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14:00 Fontwell

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  • 2m 3f 49y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 65-66

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in two Irish points last winter and he's shown promise in his three hurdle runs including when keeping-on sixth in big-field maiden at Ffos Las (2m, soft) last month; should have more to offer now handicapping up in trip and he's an interesting contender.

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1st

5

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Jet Marshall

11st 13lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs

Runner-up in two Irish points last winter and has shown bits of promise in 2m novice/maiden hurdles, ridden by Ben Sutton last time; better could be forthcoming on this handicap debut over a longer trip.

12/1

6th

10

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:10 Ffos Las

Jet Marshall

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs

Runner-up in two Irish points last winter and significant positives can also be drawn from his first two hurdle runs, but others here have stronger form and he'll probably find better opportunities in handicaps.

40/1

Form: 64-927 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won a C&D novice (soft) last February but he's not gone on from that in handicaps and was laboured at Market Rasen (2m2f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; mark continues to fall but he's now 1-9 over hurdles and others are more convincing.

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2

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Has Troke

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

In-form contender who was driven clear in the closing stages at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy; off 4lb lower) last month, opening his chase account at the sixth attempt; holds solid-looking claims.

5/2

1st

2

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

16:35 Newcastle

Has Troke

11st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

raced in second

4/1

3rd

3

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 10y

Class 5

15:32 Lingfield

Has Troke

11st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

raced wide, in touch with leaders, dropped to last 6th, not fluent and pushed along briefly 8th, outpaced and cajoled along 9th

11/2

Form: P5762

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

0-6 in France but was a creditable second in a 2m3f heavy-ground claimer in his final run there in November; now makes his British/handicap debut and he needs watching in the market on his first run for David Pipe; tongue-tie added.

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3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:55 Ayr

Royal Mer

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

in touch with leaders

9/4

1st

3

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Royal Mer

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

in touch with leaders, headway 4 out, going easily before 3 out, led just before 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

2/1

1st

2

28th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Royal Mer

11st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Has improved since going over fences this term, winning three times at up to 2m4f, latest off 6lb lower at Leicester (2m, soft); on a career-high mark but an obvious contender.

6/4

Form: 2-P543 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Triple hurdle winner who defied this mark here (2m5f) last February but he's not been at his best in four runs this season; ran respectably when third in first-time blinkers at Huntingdon on Boxing Day but he needs to build on that; acts on most ground including heavy.

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2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Legal Rights

11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Toby Lawes

Six wins on Flat and over hurdles but ended his time with Gary Moore on a low note and little sign of a revival for new yard; limited appeal with first-time visor replacing cheekpieces and tongue-tie discarded.

12/1

8th

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

Legal Rights

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Became disappointing for Gary Moore last season (often racing lazily) and was safely held on stable debut at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) in November; subsequent wind op might have helped but others look less risky.

16/1

Abandoned

Form: 07-54F

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Shaped with promise at big prices in his first two hurdle runs (2m, soft) but he was struggling when he fell three out at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) last time; still early days in this sphere and now switches to a handicap but he has a bit to prove after that last run; stablemate of Legal Rights.

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3

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

13:30 Plumpton

Abingworth

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Has his own way of jumping but has finished first or second in five of his six chases, winning for a second time in this discipline when getting up late in the day in a small field at Wincanton 18 days ago (2m4f, soft); just 2lb higher for this and he's versatile ground-wise.

5/2

1st

3

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:30 Wincanton

Abingworth

11st 1lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

didn't always jump with fluency, raced in third, disputing third with one circuit to go, mistake and lost ground 4 out

7/2

2nd

4

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 208y

Class 4

15:40 Hereford

Abingworth

11st 1lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Form figures of 4212 since switched to chasing, the win gained at Taunton (2m2f, good); went very close at Ludlow (2m, soft) most recently; may improve further and warrants respect back up in distance.

2/1

Form: 320-71

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Has a patchy record but he took advantage of a reduced mark with an emphatic win in the mud at Leicester (2m4f) 19 days ago; back up 6lb in the weights but he remains well treated on his best form and both his hurdle wins have come on heavy; big player.

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5

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:40 Newcastle

Gerolamo Cardano

11st 8lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: D J Jeffreys

midfield on outer

16/1

13

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Gerolamo Cardano

10st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Drew clear to win by 26l at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) in December and is only 4lb higher here but was well below that form on both subsequent appearances and has become a very hard horse to predict.

16/1

4th

6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

13:25 Fontwell

Gerolamo Cardano

10st 4lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: D J Jeffreys

Ended a 13-race losing run in emphatic fashion at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) in December, but blew out completely when sent off a warm favourite back there (soft) last month; a contender on that penultimate effort, but there are risks attached.

5/2

Form: P-3342 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

His only win came over C&D in November 2019 but he rallied well to go close back at this track (2m3f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; nudged up 3lb but this return to heavy ground is no problem and another bold bid could be on the cards.

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4th

4

14th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:40 Lingfield

Kenny George

11st 5lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

led narrowly or disputed lead, not fluent 2nd, headed and prominent 4th

5/1

3rd

2

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Kenny George

12st 0lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Looks interesting on his best form last season including a close call at Fontwell (2m3f, good to soft), but he has patchy record and his sole win was four years ago; probably best watched back from 234 days off.

20/1

5th

6

13th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:00 Plumpton

Kenny George

10st 3lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Sheena West

disputed lead, pushed along and lost position after 9th, not fluent 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out

5/1

Form: /848-9

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

His first four runs were for Paul Nicholls; showed promise in his first bumper but he's been beaten 31l or more in his three hurdle runs including on recent comeback for new yard; now goes handicapping off a lowly mark but he still needs a transformation; cheekpieces added.

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2nd

2

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

18:50 Stratford

Hard Frost

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Below par in last two completed starts, then early faller latest; won off just 1lb lower at Taunton (2m7f) in December and a return to that form would put him in the picture.

5/1

7

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

19:35 Taunton

Hard Frost

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Just lasted home in a 2m7f chase on good to soft here in December when only 1lb lower; nowhere near as good since then but returning here will be no bad thing (also finished fourth in this 12 months ago).

5/1

4th

4

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

16:00 Plumpton

Hard Frost

11st 7lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

led, briefly headed 7th, headed before 12th, outpaced and lost position before 2 out, weakened approaching last

3/1

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Verdict

Preference is for GEROLAMO CARDANO (nap), who is very well suited by a slog in the mud and cashed in on a tumbling mark with his emphatic win at Leicester 19 days ago. Kenny George battled well when going close over C&D last time and he’s feared most, ahead of the unexposed Jet Marshall, who looks interesting upped in trip on his handicap debut. The other one on the shortlist is the ex-French 5yo Royal Mer who needs watching in the market on his first run for David Pipe. [David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gerolamo Cardano

WEST COUNTRY:

Royal Mer

POSTDATA:

Kenny George

RP Ratings:

Legal Rights

The Guardian:

Jet Marshall

Daily Mirror:

Royal Mer

Daily Record:

Royal Mer

D Express:

Legal Rights

Telegraph:

Gerolamo Cardano

Daily Mail:

Gerolamo Cardano

The Star:

Gerolamo Cardano

The Times:

Kenny George

The Sun:

Kenny George