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South Coast Skips Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 3f 49y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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South Coast Skips Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Eighth foal; closely related to winners Willie Butler (bumper) and Mulcahys Hill (bumper/useful 2m4f hurdle/3m chase), half-brother to bumper/2m4f and 2m6f hurdle winner Penn Lane; dam French 1m7f claiming hurdle winner; this looks a tough enough starting point and he's probably best watched.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Celtic Ned

11st 2lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Second in a Lingfield novice in November and ran respectably on his handicap debut there (again 2m on good to soft) next time; needs to bounce back from a lesser show here (2m4f, soft; 7-1) three weeks ago but he appeared to be stretched by the longer trip, weakening after a mistake two out; a lot more lightly raced and less exposed than today's rivals.

7/2

7th

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Celtic Ned

11st 9lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

After filling second in a Lingfield novice he came up shy of market expectations on his handicap debut back there (again 2m on good to soft), going down by 8l (behind Artistic Endeavour); bred for this longer distance and no doubt capable of better.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 350-22 D BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Just the five runs for Venetia Williams since arriving from France and has had two wind operations; made a bold bid when runner-up in a good Bangor handicap (2m3f, soft) on his return in November and he was only narrowly denied by a Dan Skelton-trained improver when back in a novice at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) last month; sets a fair standard on this step back up in trip and he won on heavy ground over fences in France; big player.

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4th

3

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Georges Saint

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ended last year with two wins (2m3f/2m5f), and his close third at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) in January was also a good effort; unexposed over this sort of trip and features prominently in calculations.

11/4

3rd

3

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Georges Saint

11st 7lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

jumped left throughout, led, pressed winner when headed 2 out, kept on run-in, lost second final stride

5/2

Abandoned

Form: 23

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well backed when runner-up in Ascot bumper (1m7f, good; 6-1) on his debut in November and he built on that when a promising third of 15 on his switch to hurdling at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month; would have finished closer if he didn't makes some late mistakes in that race and he has plenty of scope for further progress; respected.

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3rd

3

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Hermino AA

11st 13lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

Hated fences but has run well in two of his four starts since returning to hurdles, notably when just missing out in a 2m7f handicap at Sandown (good to soft); barely sighted here three weeks ago but conditions were bog-like and he can be given another chance.

12/1

4th

1

1st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:45 Newbury

Hermino AA

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

chased clear leader, lost ground before 6th, struggling on turn before 3 out, tailed off

5/1

2nd

9

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Hermino AA

10st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Didn't take to fences in November; good third at Cheltenham (3m, soft) on the return to hurdles but needs to improve on that form, and he was beaten a long way when next seen in good 2m5f handicap at Kempton (25-1) three weeks ago; work to do, even now back up in trip.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

9,000euros yearling; tenth foal; half-brother to four winners including Urbaine (11.5f-1m7f AQPS Flat/3m chase), Gouet Des Bruyeres (2m chase) and Fence Des Bruyeres (1m4f/14.5f AQPS Flat, 2m1f/2m3f hurdle); dam 1m6f AQPS Flat/2m5f-2m6f cross-country chase winner; interesting newcomer and he needs watching in market.

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5

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Warwick

Intel Des Bruyeres

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Out of a French AQPS flat/cross-country chase winner; 11-1, made low-key debut when tailed off at Bangor (2m, good to soft) last month; tries a new trip today.

12/1

8th

5

10th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 3

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Intel Des Bruyeres

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

9,000euros yearling; half-brother to two French AQPS flat/jumps winners and fair chaser Gouet Des Bruyeres; dam French AQPS flat/cross-country chase winner; has pretty good standard to reach on debut.

16/1

6

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Ffos Las

Intel Des Bruyeres

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Form: 0-88

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Big prices and has struggled in a bumper and two novice hurdles (2m3f/2m), most recently when eighth of 12 at Plumpton two weeks ago; remains best watched for now.

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9

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Lingfield

Often Overlooked

11st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Joe Tizzard

Well held at big prices in three novice hurdles but he rallied for a respectable third behind the two market leaders at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; this is more realistic on handicap debut and this lightly raced gelding needs a close looks.

9/1

3rd

4

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:40 Plumpton

Often Overlooked

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Bettered inauspicious hurdling debut when respectable eighth over C&D (soft) four weeks ago and can probably improve again in due course but has quite a bit to find with the principals here.

20/1

Form: 88

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Finished last in Ascot bumper (18l behind Hermino AA) on his debut in November and he was tailed off again when switched to hurdling at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) last month.

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2

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:40 Plumpton

Privatearing

11st 13lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

took keen hold, disputing second

12/1

9th

2

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

16:05 Huntingdon

Privatearing

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Andy Irvine

Runner-up in 2m5f Fontwell novice last February but he has failed to kick on sent handicapping, pulled up at Kempton (3m) when last seen out ten months ago; cheekpieces go on with plenty to prove on his comeback run.

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

First foal; dam unraced half-sister to French winners Adagio Des Bordes (2m2f-2m3f hurdle/chase including Listed) and Venus Des Bordes (2m1f hurdle/2m2f chase); yard is in decent form and market should guide on debut.

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4

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:17 Plumpton

El Capote

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Gretton

novicey jumping, took keen hold, never going well, pulled up after 6th

100/1

8th

4

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

13:45 Stratford

El Capote

11st 4lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Tom Gretton

Huge prices and has failed to complete in two hurdle runs, falling early on debut and pulled up at Lingfield in February; now goes in a hood.

100/1

3

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Lingfield

El Capote

11st 2lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Tom Gretton

200-1 for hurdle debut at Plumpton 21 days ago when coming to grief at the second flight; can only watch after that.

200/1

Form: 0679

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Didn't show much in two bumpers and she's struggled again at triple-figure odds in both runs over hurdles (1m7f/2m5f); can only be watched until she shows some promising signs.

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9th

18

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Palmagreen

10st 2lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Showed no significant promise at triple-digit odds in three qualifying runs (1m7f-2m5f) and is 12lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut; sports first-time cheekpieces; considered only if lively in the betting.

20/1

14

23rd Jan 2023

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Palmagreen

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

No worthwhile form in two bumpers and as many hurdles; one for handicaps further down the line.

100/1

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Verdict

Top of the list is GEORGES SAINT, who made a bold bid in a good 2m3f handicap on his return in November and was only narrowly denied by an improver back in a novice at Leicester last time. He sets a fair standard on this step back up in trip and was successful on heavy ground over fences in France. The danger is the very lightly raced Hermino AA, who showed plenty of promise with his third on his hurdling debut at Doncaster last month. The pick of the newcomers could be Intel Des Bruyeres, who is a half-brother to several jumps winners.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Georges Saint

TOPSPEED:

Hermino AA

WEST COUNTRY:

Often Overlooked

Telegraph:

Hermino AA

Daily Mail:

Hermino AA

The Sun:

Hermino AA

RP Ratings:

Georges Saint

POSTDATA:

Georges Saint

The Times:

Georges Saint

The Guardian:

Georges Saint

D Express:

Georges Saint

Daily Mirror:

Georges Saint

The Star:

Georges Saint

Daily Record:

Georges Saint