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13:05 Fontwell

Good To Soft

EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 1f 162y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.20
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-P1

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner last season; flopped on hurdling debut in the autumn but quickly got back on track with clearcut success at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) last month; has more to do under penalty here but could easily have a lot more to offer.

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4th

5

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:50 Plumpton

Churchills Boy

11st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Won a maiden over C&D and got up on the line in a 2m1f novice at Fontwell; pulled up either side of those two wins but he was only 17-2 for the EBF Final at Sandown on latest, which was run on heavy going and he's probably forgiven that performance; could bounce back.

8/1

10

11th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Churchills Boy

11st 1lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Similar profile to Crambo as his career record is 4-5; successful over hurdles at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) and Fontwell (2m1f, good; got up on line) the last twice; this step back up in trip looks a plus; progressive sort who is one to consider.

9/1

1st

1

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

13:05 Fontwell

Churchills Boy

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 3rd

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 16

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Weakened out of contention after racing too freely in Sandown Grade 2 last month (2m4f, soft) but created pretty good impression when scoring by over 8l on hurdling debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft) in October and today's drop in trip could be a good move.

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1st

4

6th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Kempton

Id Like To Know

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced chaser with scope; went down by a short-head on chase debut at Newbury (2m, soft) before doing it comfortably on his return visit there (heavy); his Plumpton run was disappointing given the good ground was expected to suit but perhaps the track found him out; 6lb out of the weights but new partner Angus Cheleda claims 5lb; races prominently; respected.

9/2

4th

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Id Like To Know

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced 7yo with some scope about him; won over hurdles and he would be 2-2 over fences but for getting short-headed at Newbury in January; had something in hand when going one better back there a month ago (2m; raised 8lb); those runs were on soft/heavy ground but trainer reckons goodish ground will suit him well, as should this return to further.

15/8

1st

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:10 Newbury

Id Like To Know

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced 7yo; scored over hurdles last term; made a promising chase debut in C&D event (soft; off 4lb lower) most recently, going down narrowly to Issar d'Airy who is declared (3:00) on this card; open to further progress and holds very solid claims.

9/4

5/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-3

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to top-class jumper Delta Work; won French bumper on debut in October 2021 and made promising start to British hurdling career when third (albeit well held) at Newbury (2m, soft) last month; should have more in the locker; enters calculations.

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1st

2

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

12:40 Newton Abbot

Inneston

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

prominent on inner

8/11

2nd

5

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 183y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Inneston

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Two solid performances at Sandown (2m4f) since switched to handicap level, winning narrowly in February then close second (clear of remainder) in the EBF Final; looks the type to improve further; commands respect.

3/1

2nd

14

11th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Inneston

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Bumper winner in France; opened his British account in C&D event (good to soft; handicap debut) last month, justifying favouritism by a head from Twin Power; that was his first crack at 2m4f; nicely bred 5yo who should have more to offer; appealing type.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 214-12 BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won a bumper last season and impressed on hurdling debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in November; no match for easy winner when second at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) last month but certainly didn't run badly, and has a major role to play here.

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4th

2

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

13:05 Fontwell

Firestream

11st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

prominent, not fluent 4th, not fluent 3 out

13/8

2nd

1

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

12:40 Ffos Las

Firestream

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

An impressive Exeter win was not his only good run in bumpers last season and he powered clear to collect by some 21l on his switch to hurdling at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie; RPR 134); could be decidedly smart.

2/1

1st

5

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:10 Chepstow

Firestream

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

Brother to very useful hurdler Master Debonair; displayed significant ability in all four bumpers last season, most notably when winning by 11l at Exeter (good to soft) on third outing, and features prominently in calculations on today's hurdling debut; tongue-tie fitted.

7/2

Form: 2560

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Both bumper runs last year were encouraging but he was well beaten on his first two attempts at hurdling and will probably be of greater interest once qualified for handicaps.

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5th

5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

Titanium Bullet

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Joanne Foster

Not far away in his first two chases at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) and it wasn't his first below-par run on soft last time; possibilities.

3/1

3rd

2

6th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

14:45 Catterick

Titanium Bullet

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Joanne Foster

Still a maiden but has performed well in two C&D events (good to soft) since switched to fences and ties in with Kings Justice on those pieces of form; possibilities off same mark back from 11-week break.

6/1

Form: 8

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Never better than mid-division when eighth of 11 in Plumpton bumper on last month's debut; can only be watched on today's hurdling debut.

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5th

8

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:05 Taunton

Spicy Nelson

10st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

raced wide, prominent, not fluent 3rd

12/1

0

11

12th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 5

13:15 Wincanton

Spicy Nelson

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Hasn't shown much across his four starts but this 50,000euros 3yo now goes handicapping off a basement mark; one to watch in the betting.

10/1

Form: 657-5P

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made fairly encouraging hurdle debut when fifth at Newton Abbot (2m1f, good) in September but pulled up (albeit on heavy ground) since and faces a tall order today.

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6

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

16:10 Newton Abbot

Mountain Grey

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, hit 1st, jumped right and slow jump 6th, ridden after 9th, weakened after 4 out, pulled up after 2 out

25/1

6th

5

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

15:30 Newton Abbot

Mountain Grey

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Seamus Mullins

Has not finished closer than 13l to a winner in his eight starts and was pulled up over fences here (3m2f, good) two weeks ago; was always behind in that race and he has a lot to prove; 2lb out of the weights.

20/1

7

17th May 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:10 Newton Abbot

Mountain Grey

10st 10lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Unplaced all seven starts, the latest on last month's chasing/handicap debut at Exeter; young enough to improve but now takes a major step up in trip, which is not certain to work on pedigree.

14/1

Form: 353

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Displayed clear promise in points/bumpers last year and also when keeping on for third over C&D (good to soft) on hurdle debut on Boxing Day; will need to improve to pose a significant threat in this race, though.

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4th

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

Proper Twelve

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Winning hurdler who was runner-up in his first two chases at about 2m3f (beaten 20l and just under 4l) before his early fall at Taunton when stepped up to 2m7f; there could be improvement lurking over this far; off since November.

2/1

0

8

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

13:25 Taunton

Proper Twelve

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

No match for easy winner when second of four on last month's chasing debut but probably bettered that performance when second at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) 24 days ago; contender if suited by today's longer trip.

6/1

2nd

1

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

13:37 Plumpton

Proper Twelve

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Off the mark over hurdles with clearcut success at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in May; no match for easy winner when second of four on last month's chasing debut at Fontwell (2m3f, good) but positives can be drawn from that performance and he's 3lb lower now.

5/1

Form: PP-

Last run: 333 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pulled up at triple-digit odds on both hurdling starts last season; returns from 11-month absence today.

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9

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

13:05 Fontwell

Think For A Minit

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, lost ground but in touch with leaders before 2nd, reminder with one circuit to go, soon got behind and pulled up

100/1

8

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:05 Wincanton

Think For A Minit

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

First foal of a fair hurdler/chaser; 125-1 and pulled up at Newbury (2m, soft) on debut; watching brief suggested.

100/1

7

19th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:38 Wincanton

Think For A Minit

11st 5lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Seamus Mullins

First foal of fair hurdler/chaser; pulled up (in deeper race than this) when a big-priced outsider for debut at Newbury in December.

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

First foal; dam 2m7f/3m hurdle winner out of unraced half-sister to high-class chaser Farmer Jack; will need to be quite useful to land a significant blow on today's debut outing.

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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

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Payout
Exacta £433.00
Straight Forecast £690.50
Trifecta £1489.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Firestream

POSTDATA:

Inneston

The Sun:

Churchills Boy

TOPSPEED:

Pearly Island

Daily Mail:

Inneston

Daily Mirror:

Inneston

The Star:

Inneston

Daily Record:

Inneston

RP Ratings:

Firestream

WEST COUNTRY:

Firestream

The Times:

Firestream

Telegraph:

Firestream

D Express:

Firestream