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Vickers.Bet Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 1f 162y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Vickers.Bet Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 5313 CD BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Placed in France (2m3f, good to soft) in November on his second start and improved to make a winning stable debut over C&D (good) last month; held in third under a penalty at Wetherby (2m, soft) last time but that was another creditable effort, particularly as he made a bad mistake two out; sets the standard on that form and he still has potential in this sphere.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

3

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Jilaijone

11st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Progressive in the first half of this season, with his place finishes at Cheltenham and Ascot (the latter off 3lb higher) reading especially well in today's context; chance dropping sharply in class from the Betfair Hurdle of last time, but not easy to win with (1-14).

8/1

13th

18

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Jilaijone

10st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Normally consistent but his form dipped sharply in the Sandown race won by Spirit D'Aunou last time; fairly exposed and has managed only one win from 13 appearances; opposed in this hot handicap.

66/1

0

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Jilaijone

10st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Successful in Fontwell juvenile hurdle on British debut a year ago; 0-9 since but has proved consistent, most recently third at Ascot (1m7f, good); holds place possibilities off same mark.

9/1

Form: U6

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful maiden at up to 2m on the Flat but he didn't get very far on hurdling debut at Sandown (unseated at first) last month and was behind Jilaijone when a well-held sixth at Wetherby last time; should still have a future over hurdles but he needs to find significant improvement here.

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2nd

8

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Planet Legend

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Successful in a couple of 2m juvenile hurdles last season; down the field in two AW Flat handicaps this year; enough to prove upped markedly in distance.

20/1

10th

3

(5)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Planet Legend

9st 12lb

J: David Probert

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

A two-time 2m hurdles winner for his current yard but he was tried in blinkers when a below-par ninth back in this sphere over C&D 18 days ago; he needs to bounce back.

5/1

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Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Some fair form at up to 1m4f on the Flat but he was disappointing in his final two runs for the Charltons before changing hands for 16,000gns in October; still lightly raced but has a bit to prove now switched to hurdling for new yard.

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4th

7

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Shared

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

midfield

12/1

21

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Shared

10st 6lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Three wins over 2m, the most recent at Chepstow (heavy) in October; shapes as if this longer distance is worth exploring but still has something to prove in strongly contested handicaps, having been well held in the Boodles here last year and the Imperial Cup at Sandown last Saturday.

66/1

9th

12

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Shared

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

This is more competitive than he's used to and he was only third of six at Newbury last Saturday; however, that was still a fair run from this 5yo following a 140-day break, and the form of his small-field handicap win at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October reads well; each-way possibilities.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well held at big prices in all five Flat runs (1m-1m2f) for Alan King, with a best RPR of 47; now switches to hurdling for new yard and can only be watched back from a break.

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0

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Sous Surveillance

11st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

66/1

10th

12

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Sous Surveillance

11st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Tailed off when 66-1 for handicap hurdle debut at Plumpton in May and struggled in low-grade Flat races afterwards.

100/1

8th

6

(5)

10th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

20:40 Chepstow

Sous Surveillance

9st 9lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

11-race maiden who has struggled in six runs under both codes for a new yard this year; finished a remote last of six at Brighton (1m2f, good to firm) 13 days ago and he needs a tongue-tie to make a big difference at this new trip.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam 2m7f/3m hurdle winner out of unraced half-sister to bumper/2m-3m useful hurdle/high-class chase winner Farmer Jack; this looks a tough enough starting point and he is best watched unless market suggests otherwise.

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9th

10

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

14:40 Chepstow

The Flying Fig

11st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

in rear throughout, outpaced 6th, lost touch after 3 out

100/1

4

19th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

15:00 Newbury

The Flying Fig

11st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

80-1 for recent debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good) and seemed to be finding it hard to keep up before unseating rider at fourth flight.

66/1

Form: 442

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Shaped with some promise in her two hurdle runs in France last spring and she made a good start for new yard when runner-up at Hereford (2m, soft; 11-4) 12 days ago; she should benefit from that reappearance run; interesting contender.

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4th

7

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

15:50 Ludlow

Jikala

11st 2lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, prominent, pushed along and outpaced after 4 out, hit 3 out

4/1

1st

6

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:15 Hereford

Jikala

10st 7lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French filly who made promising British debut when clear second over C&D (soft) in January; soundly beaten in Sandown handicap a fortnight ago but has a big role to play here if back on song.

7/2

5th

7

11th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Jikala

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French filly who made an encouraging British debut at Hereford (soft) two months ago, finishing a clear second; open to further progress and warrants respect.

4/1

Form: 7

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful at up 1m6f on the Flat for Hugo Palmer; changed hands for 18,000gns in October but she made a low-key start for new yard when tailed off on her hurdling debut at Doncaster (2m, good) last month; didn't jump well in that race and she needs a transformation.

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9th

2

(1)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lady Valentine

9st 9lb

J: Luke Morris

T: Michael Appleby

0-19 since 2yo debut win, including no significant impact in four outings for new yard this winter.

10/1

6th

5

(7)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 5

20:15 Kempton (AW)

Lady Valentine

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Michael Appleby

0-18 since 2yo debut win, including no significant impact in three outings for new yard this winter; needs first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) to have a positive effect.

7/1

7th

4

(2)

20th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Lady Valentine

9st 11lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: Michael Appleby

prominent on inner

13/2

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Verdict

Jilaijone made a good start for his new yard when scoring over C&D last month and he made a bad mistake two out when a creditable third under a penalty at Wetherby last time. He sets the standard on that form and is strongly respected, but preference is for another ex-French performer in JIKALA. She travelled well for a long way before finishing a clear second at Hereford on her recent stable debut and should benefit from that reappearance run.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jikala

RP Ratings:

Jilaijone

The Times:

Jikala

Telegraph:

Jikala

The Guardian:

Jikala

D Express:

Jikala

Daily Mirror:

Jikala

The Star:

Jikala

Daily Record:

Jikala

POSTDATA:

Jilaijone

WEST COUNTRY:

Jilaijone

Daily Mail:

Jilaijone

The Sun:

Jilaijone