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13:10 Hereford

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  • 2m 0f 8y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 468-13 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Successful in similar event over C&D (soft) on chase debut, beating School For Scandal by a neck; ran creditably at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) since; still unexposed over fences and at this trip; cheekpieces applied; respected back here.

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5th

7

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Greenrock Abbey

11st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Fortunate to finish 7l second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in January as two of those ahead of him exited the race at the final fence; however, that form has worked out well and the drop back in trip should be in his favour; on the shortlist.

15/8

2nd

3

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Greenrock Abbey

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Suited by the return to 2m when winning two of his first three chases; ran well in defeat at Sandown (1m7f, soft) last month when chasing home a good subsequent winner but he struggled on heavy ground next time and stamina queried back at 2m4f.

4/1

25/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 317P07 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Off the mark in good-ground bumper (stable debut) in August; poor form over hurdles since; showed bits of promise in points when trained in Ireland and looks a possible improver on handicap/chase debut.

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1st

9

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:30 Worcester

Ironhill

10st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Michael Scudamore

Best form in bumpers here last summer, including a win; never ran in a handicap hurdle but runner-up on his chase/handicap debut at Hereford (2m, soft) in January on his final run for Alastair Ralph and similar form when third to Zoran over C&D (good) three weeks ago; reportedly had a respiratory issue on penultimate start; each-way claims.

9/1

3rd

7

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

18:30 Worcester

Ironhill

10st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Michael Scudamore

Best form to date was in bumpers but ran a pleasing second on his chase debut at Hereford (2m, soft) in January on his final run for Alastair Ralph (sold for £7,000); didn't go unbacked on stable debut over C&D and reportedly had a respiratory issue; can leave that run behind.

10/1

7

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Worcester

Ironhill

10st 8lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Michael Scudamore

Showed much more than over hurdles when second of 11 on chasing debut at Hereford (2m) in January, on final run for Alastair Ralph; has since changed hands for £7,000 and can't be ruled out after a break for his new handler.

6/1

2/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: -PP661 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Opened his account in Class 4 handicap chase at Chepstow (2m, soft) eight days ago, making all to win by about 9l; major player under a penalty back down in grade, provided he backs up that form (has a patchy record thus far).

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3rd

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:50 Chepstow

Valirann Gold

10st 2lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Harriet Brown

Kept on dourly to score at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in February but has not really been firing on all cylinders since; made his jockey work very hard before eventually taking modest second at Fontwell (2m2f, heavy) on latest outing; will need to race with greater zest here.

10/1

5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 165y

Class 4

14:32 Fontwell

Valirann Gold

10st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Harriet Brown

2-15 over fences, the latter win gained here (2m3f, heavy) in February; this race looks stronger, though, and he's been safely held off today's mark twice this month.

3/1

Form: 7-4P5P

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Defied higher marks twice over hurdles, albeit at longer distances; largely dismal record in 2m handicap chases this season, never going well at Ffos Las most recently; something to prove.

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2

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:25 Taunton

Treasure Dillon

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Point/hurdles winner whose chase record is far from solid; below par back hurdling last week; however, along with stablemate Prime Pretender he's running in a first-time visor, which may help.

4/1

7th

10

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Treasure Dillon

10st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

in touch with leaders

14/1

12

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Treasure Dillon

10st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Two wins over hurdles, one of them here and one on testing ground; hopelessly out of sorts in 2m chases this winter but he's dropped 19lb in the weights and the return to a more suitable trip, as well as the return of cheekpieces (worn for both wins) point to a better run being on the cards.

8/1

Form: 0FP/70

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Good-ground winner over hurdles in Ireland; has achieved very little over fences for current stable, latterly on heavy ground since returning from lengthy absence; enough to prove.

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12

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:07 Uttoxeter

Luis Van Zandt

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Won over hurdles when trained in Ireland but has poor record over fences for current stable and can't be recommended from 12lb out of the weights.

100/1

5th

6

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:10 Hereford

Luis Van Zandt

11st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Good-ground winner over hurdles in Ireland; has achieved very little over fences for current stable, latterly on heavy ground since returning from lengthy absence; enough to prove.

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4/3P5-

Last run: 291 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 9yo; dual point winner in Ireland in 2018; absent since last March; well treated on the pick of his bumper/hurdles form and looks interesting dropped in grade on chase debut (should take well to this discipline); hood applied.

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2

12th Jun 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:15 Southwell

Madiba Passion

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Record of 2-3 in Irish points; no win in first ten runs under rules but he made his breakthrough in a chase handicap at Huntingdon (2m, good) last month; was left well clear when the favourite fell at the last but he was 2l up at the time and his confidence should be boosted after that; respected up 3lb.

7/2

1st

4

23rd May 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Madiba Passion

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

jumped well, pressed leader, led 4th, joined after 3 out, 2 lengths ahead when left well clear last

13/8

6

9th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Ffos Las

Madiba Passion

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Alan King

Comes into this off the back of two silver medals, firstly at Lingfield (2m, good) in February (form worked out well) and when only run out of it late at Bangor (2m1f, good) 17 days ago, though whether he would have finished in front of Feel The Pinch had that rival not unseated at the last is debatable; up another 2lb but a contender nonetheless.

5/1

Form: 6-282U

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Still a maiden and not the safest of jumpers but looked the likely winner when unseating rider at the final fence in Taunton handicap (2m2f, good) just before Christmas; however, now 5lb higher and an error-free round again isn't guaranteed.

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6

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:35 Taunton

Folly Gate

11st 4lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

0-10 over fences and 0-22 overall; looked unlucky not to open account here in December (2m2f, good; in front when unseating rider at last fence) but was behind two of today's rivals when only fifth here five weeks ago and his tendency to make jumping errors is always a worry.

7/1

5th

1

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

16:00 Taunton

Folly Gate

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Runner-up over C&D (good) in November and was 1l ahead when unseating at the final fence over C&D (good) in December; fell four out at Hereford last time and there are risks attached in view of his jumping, but he can play a leading role granted a clear round.

100/30

3

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:10 Hereford

Folly Gate

11st 13lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Still a maiden and not the safest of jumpers but looked the likely winner when unseating rider at the final fence in Taunton handicap (2m2f, good) just before Christmas; however, now 5lb higher and an error-free round again isn't guaranteed.

11/2

Form: 7-444P

Last run: 111 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Placed several times over hurdles, including at Graded level, for previous yards; nowhere near that form since joining current stable and switching to fences; fitting of tongue-tie needs to have major effect.

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0

7

23rd Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:22 Stratford

Tremwedge

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

Useful hurdler in his prime but generally very disappointing over fences since joining current yard last year; tailed off behind Opening Bid on latest start in May and effectively 15lb higher from out of the weights here.

66/1

6th

6

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 5

17:40 Worcester

Tremwedge

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

Useful hurdler in his prime but generally very disappointing over fences since switching to current stable last year; pulled up on latest start in January; tongue-tie removed after one use; not the obvious answer.

33/1

7

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:10 Hereford

Tremwedge

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Rob Summers

Placed several times over hurdles, including at Graded level, for previous yards; nowhere near that form since joining current stable and switching to fences; fitting of tongue-tie needs to have major effect.

25/1

Form: -22328 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Runner-up three times over fences; disappointing favourite at Warwick 16 days ago, taking overall record to 0-10; ties in very closely with Greenrock Abbey on C&D running (pair clear) in November and has possibilities on that form.

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5th

5

7th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

15:15 Fakenham

School For Scandal

10st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tickle

led, joined 12th, headed before 3 out

8/1

4th

8

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

School For Scandal

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

He has an up-and-down profile but he returned to form with a bold bid in first-time cheekpieces (retained) over C&D (soft) last month, finishing second; has had wind op since; could go well once more.

5/1

Form: 00-99P

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Placed once over hurdles in Ireland but never backed up that effort; has achieved little in two runs for new yard, latest over 2m5f here (chase debut); first-time visor needs to make a big difference.

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6

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

16:45 Market Rasen

Dawn Wonder

10st 2lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Poor form in four starts since joining this trainer; in rear when unseating at Hereford on Sunday; can only watch.

50/1

9

5th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

14:33 Hereford

Dawn Wonder

10st 2lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Ten-race maiden who was pulled up in two soft-ground chases here (2m5f/2m) last month and now reverts to hurdling; makes no significant appeal; visor removed after one use.

66/1

10

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:10 Hereford

Dawn Wonder

10st 6lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Placed once over hurdles in Ireland but never backed up that effort; has achieved little in two runs for new yard, latest over 2m5f here (chase debut); first-time visor needs to make a big difference.

100/1

Form: -26432

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Looks a modest maiden but has proved generally consistent over fences, most recently second at Taunton in the race that Folly Gate would have probably won but for unseating; could go well again.

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10

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:35 Taunton

Gaelic Thunder

10st 2lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Chris Honour

0-9 over fences and 0-19 overall; ran well from the front when second here (2m2f, good) in December, but is effectively 5lb higher from further out of the weights today and returns here after a 63l defeat last month.

14/1

6th

8

8th Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:05 Southwell

Gaelic Thunder

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

took keen hold, prominent on outer, disputed lead 4th, led clearly after 7th, jumped right 4 out, ridden and headed before 3 out

20/1

11

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:10 Hereford

Gaelic Thunder

10st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Looks a modest maiden but has proved generally consistent over fences, most recently second at Taunton in the race that Folly Gate would have probably won but for unseating; could go well again.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £356.00
Straight Forecast £356.50
Tricast £902.30
Trifecta £1293.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Valirann Gold

The Times:

Greenrock Abbey

Telegraph:

Folly Gate

SPOTLIGHT:

Madiba Passion

POSTDATA:

Valirann Gold

WEST COUNTRY:

Valirann Gold

The Guardian:

Valirann Gold

D Express:

Valirann Gold

Daily Mirror:

Valirann Gold

The Star:

Valirann Gold

Daily Mail:

Greenrock Abbey

The Sun:

Greenrock Abbey

Daily Record:

Greenrock Abbey