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SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 2
  • 16 runners
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SSS Super Alloys Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 4131-2 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Ended last season with some very good efforts under Angus Cheleda, including one win on heavy and another in 16-runner handicap at Aintree festival (2m, good to soft) in April; good second to an easy winner at Ascot in October on return and may well be able to build on that; player.

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4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Hacker Des Places

11st 8lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Held on for neck win under regular rider Angus Cheleda at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) two weeks ago, building on his Ascot reappearance effort (behind Highway One O Two) and taking record to 5-11; appears to handle good ground; progressive sort who enters calculations under 5lb penalty.

1st

6

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Hacker Des Places

10st 11lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Ended last season with some very good efforts under Angus Cheleda, including one win on heavy and another in 16-runner handicap at Aintree festival (2m, good to soft) in April; good second to an easy winner at Ascot in October on return and may well be able to build on that; player.

9/2

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4/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1232-8 D BF

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

No ground worries; ended last term with second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m4f); possibly failed to stay 3m when favourite for good handicap at Haydock on reappearance but he reportedly also boiled over in the paddock; 2m is quite a rethink but he should still have potential.

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6th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

16/1

13th

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Fourth in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) one year ago off 3lb higher; his jumping has not been so convincing switched to fences this term but he's still looked in form; strong-travelling sort who should get into serious contention on this return to hurdling.

14/1

3rd

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 1

15:05 Ascot

Might I

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

raced in third and in touch with leaders, hit 4 out, hit 3 out, soon ridden, weakened after 2 out

9/4

9/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 2F5-16 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Impressively off the mark in a Chepstow novice (2m, good to soft) in October but well-beaten favourite on handicap debut at Newbury (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago, seemingly not down solely to the trip; very early days.

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11

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Pikar

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won his novices on good to soft/good but acted on soft when close up in his latest handicap, in a good 2m1f race at Cheltenham in January 2023; had wind surgeries either side of his latest run that April and readiness for this is an unknown but it's possible a stiffer test at this trip would suit.

12/1

5th

5

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Pikar

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 3 out, headway before 2 out, ridden approaching last, weakened run-in

9/2

1st

4

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Warwick

Pikar

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Useful form when winning his novice at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) and has contested two strong handicaps since then, the latest at Cheltenham when sticking on well for third; shouldn't have a problem with this longer trip and his form is right up there in this company; now tongue tied.

5/4

Form: 911-11 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Four from four since joining Fergal O'Brien and fitted with tongue-tie, with the first three of those wins gained over 2m/2m4f on soft going and the latest in pretty smooth style over 2m1f here on good; raised another 8lb but he still looks capable of better.

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5th

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Punctuation

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent, not fluent 3rd, bit short of room and hampered last, soon no extra

6/1

5th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Punctuation

11st 10lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won 20-runner handicap at last season's Aintree festival (2m, soft) and returned from break with good Flat win in the autumn; safely held in major handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in November but today's race is a bit easier and he's not yet fully exposed in this sphere.

9/1

Form: 13P6-4 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; close third in this race last year off same mark; signed off last season with a couple of shockers but he returned from wind surgery with a partial revival at Doncaster in November; needs not just a return to his peak form but a career best.

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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Plumpton

Hystery Bere

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Tom Symonds

From the front he beat three rivals on his chase debut at Warwick last May (2m, good; 1lb lower) but was pulled up in final chase and followed that with a modest effort on the AW (2m Class 5); now on a retreival mission in first-time blinkers.

4/1

6th

4

(5)

11th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

15:27 Lingfield (AW)

Hystery Bere

9st 5lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Tom Symonds

raced in second, ridden over 3f out, weakened from over 2f out

6/1

0

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

15:45 Newbury

Hystery Bere

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Tom Symonds

Won from the front on chase debut at Warwick (2m, good) last May and then bumped into one who was thrown in at Stratford (2m3f, soft); came up short in a small field at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) 55 days ago and looks on a high enough mark but it's still early days over fences.

7/2

Form: 414-24 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Has done his winning in Scotland, most recently in Grade 2 novice hurdle at Kelso (2m2f, soft) last March; bit disappointing on the latest of his two chase runs this term; headgear enlisted for this return to hurdling; needs to resume improvement but he is relatively lightly raced.

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1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:10 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Got off the mark over fences at Carlisle (2m) in October and he comes here on the back of a good second in 2m5f handicap here 23 days ago; he can't be discounted back in trip now.

6/4

2nd

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

raced in third, outpaced and lost position after 3 out, rallying when left in third 2 out, went second before last, no impression run-in

100/30

4th

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Nells Son

11st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Opened chasing account at third attempt, with clearcut success at Carlisle (2m, soft) in October; contender if judged on that performance but was disappointing odds-on favourite on heavy ground the following month and is not sure to be seen to best effect on the quicker surface here.

9/1

Form: 531U0/ D

Last run: 721 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Big shout judged on best efforts for Joseph O'Brien in Ireland but ended his time there on a low note and earlier managed only 12th when favourite for the Martin Pipe at the 2020 Festival here; absent for very nearly two years and his market strength should be revealing.

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2nd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Front View

11st 11lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

15/2

4th

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Front View

12st 1lb

J: Tpr Lucy Westlake

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ex-Joseph O'Brien; not as good as he was by the looks but placed the last twice (3m, heavy) and produced an honest effort to take second at Haydock; it could be that he needs that longer trip these days but this a stiff track.

7/1

2nd

1

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

12:15 Haydock

Front View

12st 1lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, went third after 1st

7/1

Form: 17-332 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Did well over hurdles last season (four wins, first of them on soft) and began chasing career with two good efforts in the autumn; scale of his defeat at Musselburgh last time was a bit disappointing and he's now back over hurdles, needing to resume progress.

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6th

1

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:45 Sedgefield

Barrichello

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Failed to build upon satisfactory seasonal debut when soundly beaten at Doncaster last month and is evidently a declining force but has been given another wind op and is too well handicapped to rule out.

8/1

7th

6

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

13:25 Doncaster

Barrichello

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

His form took a downturn as last season progressed and he failed to threaten on his reappearance in October; needs to get back on track but he's on an attractive mark and it's possible he'll improve for that latest outing; not written off in a first-time tongue-tie.

5/1

Form: U/73-4 D BF

Last run: 118 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Fine on testing ground; smart for Henry de Bromhead in 2020 and 2021; ran creditably in a Listed race on Flat last June before two lesser efforts, the latest (October) back over hurdles; £50,000 buy in December and needs to be at his best off this lofty mark.

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22

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Jason The Militant

10st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Capable of very useful form for Henry de Bromhead; however, record for current stable is far from convincing and latest defeat came in lower grade at Newcastle; hopes of revival are pinned on first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces worn the last twice).

100/1

5th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Jason The Militant

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to tumble down the weights and is one to watch in the betting, but hasn't been shaping as though he's about to halt the slide.

8/1

5th

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Jason The Militant

11st 11lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

led

20/1

28/1

Form: 12124- D

Last run: 413 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Regular improvement culminated in his Wetherby win in October 2021; ran creditably both subsequent starts but has been absent for 413 days; good mark were he to return at his best but unraced on worse than good to soft.

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2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Takeit Easy

11st 13lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Pam Sly

Took advantage of a reduced mark when scoring at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last April and was a good third of 17 in the Swinton at Haydock the following month; returns after 314 days off but he remains well treated on his old form and has a decent strike-rate (5-18) in this sphere; in the mix on this drop back in grade.

12/1

3rd

12

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

14:15 Haydock

Takeit Easy

10st 5lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Has steadily recaptured his form since returning from an absence, and got back on the scoresheet in a Class 3 at Chepstow (2m, good to soft), albeit courtesy of some good fortune with the leader departing at the last; only 2lb higher but others are more appealing.

25/1

1st

6

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

19:00 Chepstow

Takeit Easy

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Pam Sly

Yet to hit top gear since returning from a long layoff this year but was unlucky to come to grief at Haydock three weeks ago and continues to lurk on a good mark; can't be ruled out.

7/1

Form: 2343-8 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Placed twice in Grade 1 hurdle races in France on testing ground over about 2m3f in 2021; off for nearly a year and had wind surgery before tailed off on British debut in a handicap at Sandown (16-1) in early December; it's possible he will be a different proposition with that run under his belt.

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1st

4

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Martator

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, jumped left on occasions, made all, not fluent 2 out, soon shaken up, good jump last, ridden out run-in

11/4

1st

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Martator

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ran creditably at Carlisle (2m, soft) last month, taking chase form figures to 333223; no match for Issar d'Airy here (2m) the time before but combination of 14lb pull and longer distance could prompt a different result; first success over fences is not out of the question.

9/2

3rd

5

5th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

14:02 Carlisle

Martator

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, slow jump 1st

9/4

Form: 4-1U4B C

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Switch to chasing did not go well in November and he was brought down at the second when 40-1 back over hurdles two weeks ago; ran well in top handicap hurdles at Cheltenham last term over 2m (good) and 2m5f (soft) but needs to resume his improvement given the revised mark since comfortable win at Punchestown last April.

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0

1

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Camprond

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, eased and pulled up after 3rd

20/1

15th

3

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Camprond

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Returned to form with close third of 26 in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, where he was 3l ahead when not fluent at the final flight; close second of 22 at this meeting in 2021 (2m, good to soft) and he's a strong contender despite a 5lb rise since last time.

11/2

3rd

18

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Camprond

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fourth in two major handicaps here last term, including this race when soft ground might not have been ideal; won well in a good handicap at Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) next time; failed to shine this winter, chasing initially, but he is 2lb lower than this time last year; headed the recent betting.

9/1

25/1

Form: 4111-7 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 3 juvenile handicap for fillies here (2m1f) last April, completing a good-ground hat-trick, and she also had two 2m Flat wins this autumn; tailed off back over hurdles at Newbury nine weeks ago but clipping heels early on did not help; more to prove on soft and from 3lb out of the handicap but she may still be capable of better.

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11th

4

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Malakahna

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins at Ascot (good) and Newmarket (good to soft); more to prove on soft, as her latest start (heavy defeat at Ascot) confirms but she was in good form going into that; usual cheekpieces are replaced by a visor.

10/1

6th

7

(9)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Malakahna

9st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins here (good) and at Newmarket (good to soft; more to prove on soft); seconds this month at Chester and York confirm she's a big player if the ground is okay.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

Malakahna

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Ian Williams

slightly awkward start, towards rear on outer, pushed along briefly halfway

6/1

Form: /11P-P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

3-3 over hurdles in France in spring 2021, winning at Vichy (heavy) last two occasions; however, pulled up in Grade 1 juvenile event at Aintree last April and same again in mares' Listed race at Sandown (soft) three weeks ago; 2m4f may have contributed to the latter and a hood is enlisted today.

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3rd

3

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

Fautinette

11st 9lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

3-3 over hurdles on testing ground in France; has yet to offer all that much for Venetia Williams (three of her five starts in handicaps) but the handicapper is doing his best for her.

20/1

4th

3

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

16:35 Hereford

Fautinette

11st 9lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

3-3 over hurdles in France in 2021; well beaten on all four subsequent starts for Venetia Williams, most recently when pulled up in Bangor handicap last March, but has dropped a long way down the weights and can't be written off just yet.

9/2

4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 3

15:43 Bangor-on-Dee

Fautinette

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

led, joined 7th, weakened 4 out, well behind when pulled up 2 out

12/1

Form: 121/23 D BF

Last run: 86 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Unraced on worse than good to soft under rules; made a bright start under rules but then went absent for 668 days; minor honours when tongue tied in 2m handicaps at Perth and Newbury this autumn but this is a much tougher race and he's 6lb out of the handicap.

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15th

15

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Long Stay

10st 2lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Unraced on worse than good to soft under rules; made a bright start under rules but then went absent for 668 days; minor honours when tongue tied in 2m handicaps at Perth and Newbury this autumn but this is a much tougher race and he's 6lb out of the handicap.

20/1

3rd

3

3rd Nov 2022

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:50 Newbury

Long Stay

11st 6lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two wins (good/good to soft) in 2020 from his first three rules starts and then absent until Perth (2m, good) this September, when a good second on his handicap debut; this unexposed 7yo could have more to offer and he's firmly in calculations.

5/2

2nd

2

22nd Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:55 Perth

Long Stay

12st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent, pushed along before 2 out, soon ridden to lead, hard pressed last, headed run-in, outpaced inside final 110yds, no extra towards finish

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £211.00
Straight Forecast £203.00
Tricast £701.00
Trifecta £790.00

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