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  • Prize money: £3696.7
  • 2m 0f 51y
  • Class 5
  • 16 runners
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visitkelso.com Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

7/2 (Won)

Form: 9-5913 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

He was upped in trip for his handicap debut at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) in November and displayed improved form to win; weakened into third over 2m6f here (soft) since and there's a major rethink on trip today, but this surplus stamina may be no bad thing on the testing ground; respected.

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1st

3

8th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:10 Kelso

Faithfulflyer

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 1st, dropped to midfield after 2nd, headway and went second after 3 out, led going best 2 out, pushed along and went clear approaching last, comfortably

10/1

13th

15

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Faithfulflyer

10st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Ended last season with a good effort and made quite pleasing reappearance in October but has not been firing on all cylinders since; has more to prove than a few of these.

16/1

Form: 1/FP-5 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Has run just three times since winning a bumper at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) on his debut in November 2020 and things haven't gone to plan; however, he didn't fare badly when fifth in a novice hurdle at Market Rasen three weeks ago and is not ruled out now handicapping for his good yard.

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6th

2

11th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:35 Ayr

Barnabas Collins

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Bumper winner; 0-5 over hurdles but placed on both starts in handicaps on heavy/good to soft; should go well again but suspicion that one or two others may be better treated.

13/2

3rd

9

10th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Barnabas Collins

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

prominent

5/1

Form: /9-440

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to very smart Tommy's Oscar; displayed some ability when fourth in maiden/novice hurdles in the autumn (including over C&D and on soft) but he was a 23l last of 14 at 22-1 on his handicap debut at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; needs to leave that run well behind.

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6th

7

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

16:35 Hexham

Take Centre Stage

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

took keen hold, disputed lead early, led before 2nd, headed but prominent 5th, lost second and pushed along briefly 7th, lost position before 2 out

3/1

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:02 Newcastle

Take Centre Stage

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Jumped well and easily made all in first-time visor over C&D (heavy) last month; 6l second under a penalty at Sedgefield eight days later and he's a further 4lb higher today, but over half of the fences were omitted last time which may not have played to his strengths; retains potential.

3/1

2nd

2

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:33 Sedgefield

Take Centre Stage

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

led, headed on turn before 2 out, soon lost ground, rallied after 2 out, kept on

6/5

OUR TIP

Form: 4-0123 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won in a first-time hood (retained since) at Uttoxeter (2m, good) in November and has been placed the next twice (2m1f/1m7f, soft); there's every chance this in-form 5yo will be bang there.

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9th

1

(8)

29th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Bashful

9st 10lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Iain Jardine

Won four times on the Flat last season (once over C&D) and added two hurdle wins to his haul in February; not at best on the AW lately, though, and probably doesn't have much margin for error off current mark.

16/1

Form: 4476-P C

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Ran some fair races over fences early last year and is well treated on that form; however, he's struggled in chases on his last three starts and a revival is required now back over hurdles in a first-time visor.

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10

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

19:40 Hexham

Lastin Memories

10st 2lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sandy Forster

Infrequent winner and his form has regressed in the last 18 months; had an excuse last time (saddle slipped) but still has enough to prove.

33/1

6

1st Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 170y

Class 5

16:25 Musselburgh

Lastin Memories

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Sandy Forster

Fair second at Newcastle last February but this 11yo's form has gone the wrong way since; hard to fancy from 6lb out of the weights.

25/1

6th

8

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

14:10 Catterick

Lastin Memories

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Sandy Forster

Fair second at Newcastle last February but this 11yo's form has gone the wrong way since; hard to fancy from 4lb out of the weights.

25/1

Form: 56-7

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Has failed to threaten on his three hurdle starts and he was tailed off here (2m6f, heavy) on last month's reappearance; however, this point winner now goes handicapping off a lowly mark and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

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10

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:35 Hexham

Goodoldbill

10st 7lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Jane Walton

Won a handicap chase off 2lb lower at Newcastle in November (2m7f, soft, Coolmoyne fourth); not run as well since; better ground will suit and a possible.

10/1

11

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 5

16:30 Ayr

Goodoldbill

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Jane Walton

Reportedly suited by move up to 2m7f when holding on well to cause 33-1 surprise at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) in November; has some scope for further progress but dropped out rather tamely in home straight at Newcastle last month (2m4f) and is 2lb wrong here.

16/1

4th

8

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

Goodoldbill

10st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jane Walton

pressed leader, pecked on landing 5 out, pushed along and led narrowly before 4 out, headed before 3 out, weakened 2 out, lost third approaching last

3/1

Form: 3P18-2 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

10yo who is inconsistent, but she won at Ayr (2m, soft) on her final start last season and good second there (2m, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; has run well here and she's a contender if on a going day.

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1st

1

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Atlantic Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

10lb higher than for last year's win in this race but went in again over C&D in December when much too good for a subsequent winner; latest Ayr third also respectable and returning here has to be a bonus.

9/2

3rd

5

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Ayr

Atlantic Dancer

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Won a novice handicap over C&D in 2022 (soft); has since won three more races over hurdles, the last two mares' handicaps over 2m2f at Kelso; went up 8lb for latest win (December); others look better treated.

8/1

3rd

3

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:10 Newcastle

Atlantic Dancer

11st 9lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Has won three of her last five and powered clear to beat Ip Up by 10l at Kelso (2m2f, heavy; fine on good to soft and good) last time out; an 8lb rise seems justified.

7/4

Form: 53-345

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Handicap newcomer who has been well beaten the last twice; however, she's had wind surgery since (also wears a first-time tongue-tie) and that may help her tap back into the promise shown in the first half of last year (including on heavy ground); could have a part to play.

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4

19th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:50 Musselburgh

Its A Midnight

11st 6lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent

12/1

8th

7

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

13:00 Kelso

Its A Midnight

11st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Handicap newcomer who has been well beaten the last twice; however, she's had wind surgery since (also wears a first-time tongue-tie) and that may help her tap back into the promise shown in the first half of last year (including on heavy ground); could have a part to play.

7/1

5th

3

17th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

12:00 Newcastle

Its A Midnight

11st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed in an Ayr bumper (heavy) in February, on her second start; followed that up with a promising hurdles debut (2m, good to soft) in May; looked in need of the run when well beaten in a Hexham novices' contest last month; open to improvement now stepping up in trip.

7/1

Form: 5451-0 D

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Fourth in this last year (good to soft) and won at Newcastle (2m, good) in March; his good form continued on the Flat in the spring, including on soft ground, and he may have needed his comeback run at Hexham in November; the tongue-tie returns and he's not written off.

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9th

5

(2)

12th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

15:40 Catterick

Jamil

9st 13lb

J: Mark Winn

T: Tina Jackson

Four-time C&D winner, the latest in July, and he's continued in good form here the next twice; solid claims.

9/2

3rd

7

(6)

21st Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 5

14:25 Catterick

Jamil

10st 5lb

J: Miss Lois Teal

T: Tina Jackson

Likes it here and has run well over C&D on his last three starts, with a third under Lois Teal (good to soft) being followed by a win (good) and a near miss (good to soft); solid claims off the same mark as last time.

7/1

2nd

2

(8)

8th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

17:10 Catterick

Jamil

9st 13lb

J: Ryan Sexton

T: Tina Jackson

Four wins over C&D, the latest last month when scoring narrowly off a 4lb lower mark (good); suited by good ground or softer but has never won off a mark this high.

7/2

Form: 2-2678

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on first two starts (2m/2m4f, good to soft), on the second occasion on her hurdle/stable debut at Sedgefield in October; three lesser runs have followed, however, and she was tailed off here on her recent handicap debut (2m2f, heavy); major turnaround needed in first-time tongue-tie.

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6

23rd Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

15:15 Stratford

Reve De Niamh

11st 3lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Iain Jardine

Still to win a race but she showed improved form when upped to 3m at Ayr in February (good to soft; cheekpieces first time, retained); up 3lb but still has time to do better.

13/2

2nd

5

27th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:25 Ayr

Reve De Niamh

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Iain Jardine

Runner-up in a bumper and on hurdling debut last year but soundly beaten in first three handicap hurdles (2m-2m4f) and not really bred to benefit from today's step up in trip; cheekpieces (worn three starts ago) are given another whirl.

20/1

7th

6

14th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:45 Ayr

Reve De Niamh

11st 3lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Iain Jardine

Showed promise when runner-up in a bumper and on hurdle debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, good to soft); things have gone rather pear-shaped since but heavy ground is a possible excuse for latest two defeats; had wind surgery since; not dismissed.

25/1

Form: /402/6

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Well beaten over C&D (soft) last month but he failed to settle and ran fairly well for quite a long way on that first outing since December 2020; could improve for the run and he's now 10lb lower than when runner-up over C&D (soft) on his penultimate start; one to consider.

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7th

11

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:25 Kelso

Getaway Gerry

10st 6lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Katie Scott

midfield

40/1

11

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

14:35 Ayr

Getaway Gerry

10st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Katie Scott

14-race maiden; runner-up at Kelso (2m) on two occasions but has proved inconsistent overall and needs to show he retains ability having achieved little in two starts since returning from long layoff.

20/1

11th

10

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

13:00 Kelso

Getaway Gerry

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Katie Scott

Well beaten over C&D (soft) last month but he failed to settle and ran fairly well for quite a long way on that first outing since December 2020; could improve for the run and he's now 10lb lower than when runner-up over C&D (soft) on his penultimate start; one to consider.

20/1

Form: 70P8-P

Last run: 83 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Has struggled to get competitive in his five handicap hurdles and he's 7lb out of the weights here; it's best to look elsewhere.

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11

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:25 Carlisle

Dunnottar Castle

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Jackie Stephen

Struggling with nothing positive to glean from his most recent Kelso run (2m, heavy; 12th of 14, beaten 50l); does tackle this 3m1f trip for the first time but is impossible to fancy from 14lb out of the handicap.

100/1

12th

16

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

13:00 Kelso

Dunnottar Castle

10st 2lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Jackie Stephen

Has struggled to get competitive in his five handicap hurdles and he's 7lb out of the weights here; it's best to look elsewhere.

20/1

15

24th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 5

14:10 Ayr

Dunnottar Castle

10st 5lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Jackie Stephen

towards rear, slow jump 6th, lost touch and pulled up before 7th, burst blood vessel (vet said gelding had bled from the nose)

33/1

Form: 2280-P D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in June 2021 on first two starts for the stable but tailed off the next twice and he was returning from a long absence when pulled up at Ayr a fortnight ago; probably best watched.

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8th

2

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Darkest Day

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

All four wins have been on good ground including two at at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f) in September; his last success was off 1lb higher but he's been well held back on slow ground in his last three runs and conditions could be an issue again here.

9/1

6th

8

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

14:10 Musselburgh

Darkest Day

10st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: William Young Jnr

Two wins at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f, good) in September and he may return to form when back on good ground; however, better could still have been expected at Kelso (2m, good to soft) and Ayr (2m, good to soft) the last twice.

25/1

Form: /U638-

Last run: 480 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Stable debut; lightly raced 7yo who has shown hints of ability, but this is her first start since well beaten on handicap debut at Perth in September 2021 for Nick Alexander; others make greater appeal.

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12

10th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:25 Kelso

Brave Bairn

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Catch Bissett

0-8; encouraging third in Carlisle handicap (2m1f, heavy; second run for new yard) most recently, shaping as if this step back up in trip will suit; this is a deeper field but she may improve again.

20/1

3rd

5

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Carlisle

Brave Bairn

10st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Catch Bissett

Unexposed after only five hurdle runs but was well down the field when 50-1 for last month's seasonal/stable debut at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) and needs to have taken considerable benefit from that outing.

20/1

10th

10

14th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:45 Ayr

Brave Bairn

10st 6lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Catch Bissett

Hinted at some ability earlier in career but was well beaten on handicap debut at Perth in September 2021 and has left Nick Alexander since; best watched back from absence.

50/1

Form: 69764U

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Ran okay when fourth of 12 here in November (2m5f, soft; beaten about 12l) on last completed start; however, she's 0-19 and it remains to be seen whether this drop back in trip will suit; others are more compelling.

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11th

12

14th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:45 Ayr

Halcyon Dreams

10st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Katie Scott

Maiden who was a respectable fourth over 2m5f at Kelso in November (soft) but she unseated, then pulled up, on next two starts; looks unlikely from 6lb out of the weights.

25/1

14

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

13:00 Kelso

Halcyon Dreams

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Katie Scott

Ran okay when fourth of 12 here in November (2m5f, soft; beaten about 12l) on last completed start; however, she's 0-19 and it remains to be seen whether this drop back in trip will suit; others are more compelling.

16/1

17

2nd Jan 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

Halcyon Dreams

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Katie Scott

0-16 over hurdles; kept on for modest fourth at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in November but will need to find something extra to get a win on the board; 1lb out of the weights.

11/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £182.20
Tricast £1228.40

Selections

RP Ratings:

Atlantic Dancer

SPOTLIGHT:

Its A Midnight

Telegraph:

Bashful

POSTDATA:

Faithfulflyer

The Sun:

Barnabas Collins

The Times:

Getaway Gerry

D Express:

Its A Midnight

The Star:

Bashful

Daily Mirror:

Atlantic Dancer

Daily Record:

Atlantic Dancer