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JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Finesse) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £45560
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Finesse) (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 131 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Peak RPR of 87 during consistent Flat career; only defeat over hurdles came at the hands of Triumph favourite Lossiemouth and he moved much the best en route to edging out a rallying Dixon Cove at Chepstow (2m Grade 2, soft); 5lb worse off with that rival so has to step up again, but that's very feasible.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

10th

3

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Comfort Zone

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Won Grade 2 juvenile hurdle at Chepstow before landing the Triumph trial last season; only seen once since when runner-up in a Premier Handicap on the Flat in September; doesn't look particularly well treated from this mark but still early days.

11/2

2nd

11

(3)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 4f 180y

17:05 Leopardstown

Comfort Zone

8st 10lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, short of room against far rail and switched right under 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ran on well and went second towards finish, no match for winner

10/1

1st

1

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

11:40 Cheltenham

Comfort Zone

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent in chasing group, made strong challenge last, soon ridden, led narrowly run-in, kept on well towards finish

5/2

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3/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 11 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Ex-Aidan O'Brien inmate who still has a future on the Flat judged on winning a valuable 1m4f AW handicap a month ago; that came on the back of an unbeaten start over hurdles, latterly beating solid yardstick Perseus Way (third to Comfort Zone at Chepstow before winning at Huntingdon) with some comfort in a Grade 2 here (good); unraced on soft ground since his Flat debut (sixth) but brings compelling form credentials.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

3

(20)

26th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 2

15:35 York

Scriptwriter

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Ex-Aidan O'Brien; has seen more action for current yard, mostly in a hurdles campaign but he's also made advances on the Flat; 10-1 for a five-runner Group 3 over C&D (good to soft, unraced on firmer than good) on latest start and he gave the odds-on favourite Hamish a scare, just in front of Tashkhan; up 3lb but he's a rising force.

12/1

2nd

3

(1)

15th Jul 2023

Good

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

15:45 York

Scriptwriter

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Milton Harris

Useful turf form for Aidan O'Brien; better when winning a 1m4f AW handicap in late December, in the midst of a higher-profile hurdles campaign; held up from wide draw in handicap at Royal Ascot and never got into it, probably running creditably; others in this Group 3 field have better form but he's considered for second.

16/1

7th

5

(15)

20th Jun 2023

Good

1m 6f 34y

Class 2

18:10 Ascot

Scriptwriter

9st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Milton Harris

Promise at up to 1m2f during short Flat career for Aidan O'Brien; all but one of his runs for this yard have been over hurdles (won juvenile Grade 2), the exception a 1m4f AW win last December; this is tougher but he may have untapped potential at 1m6f; handles good/soft, unraced on good to firm.

25/1

Form: 2-3112 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has improved on her French form since moving to Britain, and Chepstow last time was comfortably her best effort yet when responding gamely for pressure to get within a neck of Comfort Zone at Chepstow (soft); has a handy 5lb pull with her conqueror and, while there are others to worry about, she's a definite player.

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3rd

7

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

11:40 Cheltenham

Dixon Cove

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, made challenge home turn, ridden and every chance approaching last, kept on but outpaced run-in

7/2

2nd

10

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 1

13:40 Chepstow

Dixon Cove

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Placed in all three starts over hurdles in France and is 2-2 for this yard after breezing home at Hereford and digging deep at Aintree (both on good to soft; tongue tied latterly); probably has to find something on the form of that latest Listed success against her own sex but that's perfectly feasible.

7/1

1st

5

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

12:55 Aintree

Dixon Cove

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Paul Nicholls

Placed in all three starts over hurdles in France (1m7f-2m1f, Auteuil; very soft/heavy), twice finishing ahead of Isaline De Chandou who has improved in the meantime; breezed home at long odds-on at Hereford (2m, good to soft) despite not jumping great and she clearly has an engine.

6/5

Form: 3

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for 60,000gns despite failing to win any of his six Flat starts in Ireland, though did run to a useful level (peak RPR 86); shaped with plenty of promise when third at Ludlow but really had to win there to advertise his credentials for this.

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12th

9

(7)

30th Apr 2023

Good

1m 4f 104y

Class 4

17:15 Musselburgh

Active Duty

9st 8lb

J: Connor Beasley

T: Ben Pauling

Patchy form over hurdles this year but he was fourth of seven in a Grade 2 4yo hurdle at Cheltenham in January, and he's on a competitive mark on his best Irish Flat form; respectable run when 10l second of six in a 1m4f AW novice three weeks ago and he's not ruled out.

13/2

2nd

2

(4)

10th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

14:18 Wolverhampton (AW)

Active Duty

9st 4lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up twice from six starts on turf in Ireland last year and has run some creditable races over hurdles for this yard, albeit beaten out of sight in the Triumph Hurdle last time; likely to find a few of these more progressive on AW debut.

8/1

13th

1

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Active Duty

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

Fairly useful maiden on his day on Flat, best form 1m4f on soft; had gelding and wind operations afterwards; third at Ludlow on hurdles/stable debut and much better form when 12l fourth of seven in Grade 2 here (2m1f, soft) next time; however, lots to find on that form, whereas he was a flop when favourite at Market Rasen on latest outing.

100/1

Form: 1142 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

2-2 in 3yo hurdles in France last year, including a Listed success on very soft; beaten 15l and 17l in small-field juvenile events in Britain (good/soft) and needs to rediscover that French form to be troubling the best of these.

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5th

2

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

11:40 Cheltenham

Mombasa

11st 5lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs

prominent in chasing group, nudged along from 4th, shaken up after 3 out, outpaced after 2 out

50/1

2nd

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

12:05 Sandown

Mombasa

11st 10lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs

2-2 in 3yo hurdles in France last year, including Listed win at Auteuil (2m1f, very soft); likely unsuited by the much faster surface when only fourth of five at Fontwell (good) on British debut; remains of interest.

11/2

4th

1

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

12:35 Fontwell

Mombasa

11st 12lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs

Two from two in France for Francois Nicolle, latest success in Listed 3yo hurdle at Auteuil (2m1f, very soft); subsequently sold for 250,000euros; useful recruit who has leading claims even with a double penalty.

6/4

Form: 3-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

This half-brother to smart stablemate Editeur Du Gite looked hot property when spreadeagling the opposition on soft ground at Newbury (made all; first-time hood); that positive impression was backed up by the figures and he falls into the "could be anything" category.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

led, soon clear

7/4

1st

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Impressive hurdle debut at Newbury (2m, soft) last winter; nowhere near that level in five subsequent outings over hurdles but back on track switched to fences when second of eight in 2m Hereford handicap (good to soft) in January; this sometimes keen-goer doesn't appeal as certain to benefit from this longer trip.

5/1

100/1

Form: 115712 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Suited by testing ground in France where she's won at up to about 2m2f in two hurdle races and a chase from nine starts, virtually all in this headgear; runner-up when last seen on New Year's Day; tough task on British debut.

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7th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

11:40 Cheltenham

Naeva

10st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Alexandra Dunn

raced in last, pushed along from 4th, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened

100/1

9

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Naeva

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Alexandra Dunn

Her nine runs in France included two hurdle wins and a success over fences (2m2f) on her penultimate run last month; however, she's fairly exposed in this sphere and this looks a tough assignment on her British/stable debut so is probably best watched; all wins have been on soft/heavy.

20/1

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Exacta £70.00
Straight Forecast £70.40
Tricast £156.60
Trifecta £174.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Jupiter Du Gite

WEST COUNTRY:

Dixon Cove

SPOTLIGHT:

Scriptwriter

Telegraph:

Comfort Zone

TOPSPEED:

Jupiter Du Gite

POSTDATA:

Jupiter Du Gite

The Times:

Jupiter Du Gite

The Guardian:

Jupiter Du Gite

Daily Mirror:

Jupiter Du Gite

Daily Mail:

Dixon Cove

The Sun:

Dixon Cove

The Star:

Dixon Cove

Daily Record:

Scriptwriter

D Express:

Comfort Zone