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14:15 Fontwell

Good To Soft

Cazoo Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4330.42
  • 2m 5f 164y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Cazoo Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £26.00
  • Place: £6.30

Form: 439-88

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in first three handicaps, the latest over 2m3f here on Boxing Day; needs the first-time cheekpieces to make a big difference today; 1lb out of the weights.

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4th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:55 Fontwell

My Ticketyboo

10st 13lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Really got his act together with cheekpieces added when scoring here (2m5f, good/good to soft) in January/February but he was laboured in his hat-trick bid at Southwell (3m, good) last month; has bit to prove again after that and needs to resume his progress.

7/1

3rd

6

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:05 Southwell

My Ticketyboo

10st 13lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Showed little until springing a surprise at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) in January; defied penalty over same C&D (good) latest; just 1lb higher and should be thereabouts.

2/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 6-754

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Unexposed after only four hurdling starts but was comfortably held when fourth on this month's handicap debut at Hereford (2m3f, soft) and needs to build on that performance here.

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8th

12

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Leading Swoop

10st 8lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Made quite pleasing start to chasing career when second at Fontwell (2m5f, soft) in January but two disappointing efforts followed last month (cheekpieces added last time); still has plenty of time to turn things around but looks risky at present.

10/1

2

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

16:17 Fontwell

Leading Swoop

11st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

8yo maiden who was soundly beaten at Chepstow last Thursday but his two visits to Fontwell have coincided with his two best performances, the latest when runner-up on his chase debut in January (2m5f, soft); wears first-time cheekpieces for last year's winning yard; could go well.

7/2

5th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Leading Swoop

12st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Unlucky not to win over hurdles and pushed an in-form rival to within 2l on his belated chase debut at Fontwell (2m5f, soft); has low mileage for an 8yo and he can improve on that.

3/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 8-2445

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

A maiden after 14 hurdle starts but was only 3l behind Alexandra Romanov when fourth over C&D last month and his subsequent Fakenham run was respectable; continues to slip down the weights; each-way claims at least.

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6th

7

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

San Pedro

11st 5lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Two 3m1f soft-ground wins at Plumpton this year but he wasn't great back there three weeks ago and he bids to bounce back off what looks a tough mark.

12/1

7th

9

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

San Pedro

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

in touch with leaders on outer, prominent 4th, went second 3 out

5/1

1st

4

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:30 Plumpton

San Pedro

10st 9lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

travelled strongly, pressed leader, not fluent 3rd, led 8th, went clear after 4 out, canter

6/4

Form: 232F-7

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Four-time point winner; lacked fluency and was safely held in a chase on last month's seasonal debut but switches back to hurdling on a workable mark and is not yet fully exposed under rules.

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7th

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:30 Fontwell

Concrete King

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Has very mixed record this season but ran well and looked the likely winner for a long way before weakening into third over C&D (heavy; just behind Mister Murchan) last month; 2lb lower today; can't rule out.

6/1

Form: 313236 CD

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Just did enough to prevail by a nose over C&D (good) last June and returned from a break with some good efforts towards the end of last year; holds no secrets from the handicapper but probably won't be far away.

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10th

9

6th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Warwick

Caspers Court

11st 6lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

led narrowly or disputed lead

8/1

6th

7

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Caspers Court

11st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Four-time hurdle winner on good/good to firm (twice here); not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and seems unlikely to stage the necessary revival on today's ground.

40/1

Form: 2-P543 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Triple hurdle winner last season, most recently off today's mark over C&D (good to soft) last February, but yet to hit top gear after four runs this term; never looked dangerous before keeping on for third in first-time blinkers at Huntingdon on Boxing Day; others appeal more.

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2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

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11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Toby Lawes

Six wins on Flat and over hurdles but ended his time with Gary Moore on a low note and little sign of a revival for new yard; limited appeal with first-time visor replacing cheekpieces and tongue-tie discarded.

12/1

8th

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

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12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Became disappointing for Gary Moore last season (often racing lazily) and was safely held on stable debut at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) in November; subsequent wind op might have helped but others look less risky.

16/1

Form: 1667

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Prevailed by a nose on bumper debut at Worcester (good to soft) last spring and has shown minor promise on all three subsequent hurdling starts (1m7f-2m4f); not obviously well treated for today's handicap debut but has plenty of scope for improvement if aided by first-time tongue-tie.

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2nd

4

12th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

16:03 Ludlow

Awesome Foursome

11st 10lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1-13 in handicaps, the win at Perth (2m4f, heavy) last September, but usually gives his running and looks effective from 2m4f to 3m; usually claimer ridden; possibly ideally suited by ground softer than good but should not be far away if the first-time headgear does not have adverse effect.

7/2

3rd

6

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Awesome Foursome

11st 10lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2m4f hurdle winner (heavy); thereabouts in three of his last four starts, although beaten 19l at Haydock (3m, soft) latest; drops 1lb and should be competitive.

13/2

Form: 7P-337

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Placed over 2m on first two hurdling starts; ultimately well beaten when upped to 2m4f for last month's handicap debut at Huntingdon but was going well until a bad jumping error three out seemed to knock the stuffing out of him; no surprise if he fares better here.

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4th

2

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

13:30 Plumpton

Godot

11st 7lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

Two of his three wins have been here, the latest a C&D chase on soft ground in January off just 4lb lower (narrowly); again went close here last month and it was a fairly deep handicap in which he struggled last time at Ascot; has won on good.

8/1

7th

11

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Godot

11st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Andy Irvine

Dual hurdle winner last spring and battled on well for narrow chase success at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) in January; also ran well when close second in small-field contest there three weeks ago but others in this deeper race have more compelling form.

11/1

2nd

3

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Godot

11st 4lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Andy Irvine

Just did enough to fend off progressive subsequent winner over C&D (soft) in January, on second chase start, and still looked in good nick at Kempton (3m, soft) last month, where he ran well until jumping errors in the home straight took their toll; good chance.

4/1

Form: 2-4P86

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Chasing didn't go to plan in the autumn (two attempts) and he made no telling impression when back over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m7f, heavy) last month; still has low mileage, though, and today's return to less testing ground can show him in a better light.

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2nd

2

30th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

13:15 Huntingdon

Royal Lake

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Won a 2m5f soft-ground handicap hurdle for Oliver Sherwood earlier this year and very nearly doubled his tally back at Fontwell on final appearance in May (3m2f); joined this yard for £22,000 and entitled to be involved.

5/2

2nd

2

30th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

13:15 Huntingdon

Royal Lake

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Won a 2m5f soft-ground handicap hurdle for Oliver Sherwood earlier this year and very nearly doubled his tally back at Fontwell on final appearance in May (3m2f); joined this yard for £22,000 and entitled to be involved.

5/2

2nd

6

10th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

18:45 Fontwell

Royal Lake

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Oliver Sherwood

Off the mark over hurdles when winning going away here (2m5f, soft) last month; lost a shoe when third at Southwell (good to soft) since; up another 2lb and again in trip, so likely he'll need further improvement.

9/4

Form: 22-P64

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Won a point and was second in two bumpers last year; began hurdling career with three very underwhelming runs (2m-2m4f) but might get more competitive on today's handicap debut.

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9

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 3f 119y

Class 5

14:48 Stratford

Hilltown

10st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

Made somewhat shaky start to his chasing career this season but has really got his act together lately, and looked in excellent nick when drawing clear to win by 13l at Plumpton (3m1f, good) three weeks ago; went up 9lb for that but still commands respect.

11/4

1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

Hilltown

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

Defied near enough a stone higher mark in the staying handicap hurdle on this card 12 months ago (soft); hasn't been that convincing over fences but went a long way to putting that right when second to an in-form rival over C&D three weeks ago.

5/2

2nd

7

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

16:00 Plumpton

Hilltown

10st 4lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, pressed leader 11th, outpaced before 12th, cajoled along and rallied 3 out, ridden and raced wide when lost ground home turn, kept on approaching last, went second again run-in, no match for winner

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0-3141 CD

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Looked very well suited by the step up in trip when keeping on strongly to score over C&D (good) on last month's handicap debut and has been nudged up only 2lb for that; high on the list.

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5th

9

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Alexandra Romanov

11st 8lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

in touch with leaders, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 5th

10/1

3rd

9

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Alexandra Romanov

10st 13lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Got back on the up with success in six-runner handicap over C&D ten days ago; this is tougher but she's no forlorn hope under a 7lb penalty.

3/1

Form: 20335-

Last run: 390 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021 but safely held when fifth over that C&D (good to soft) on handicap debut last January and not seen again since.

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10

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

pressed leaders early, prominent from 3rd, pushed along after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

50/1

2

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Mojito Royale

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021; however, safely held on handicap debut last January and soon under pressure when pulled up at Fontwell (2m6f) when next seen five weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last five starts but now has tongue-tie and blinkers.

50/1

5

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Mojito Royale

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

raced lazily, prominent, lost ground after 3rd, towards rear 6th, struggling and reminder with one circuit to go

25/1

Form: 45-4PP

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

13-race maiden; pulled up in C&D hurdle in October, after a break, and also on subsequent chasing debut; others have considerably less to prove.

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7th

15

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield

Shiroccos Delight

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anna Newton-Smith

20-race maiden; only two of those were over fences (including latest) but he's very hard to fancy from 10lb out of the weights proper.

100/1

8th

11

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

13:37 Plumpton

Shiroccos Delight

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Anna Newton-Smith

19-race maiden who was pulled upon chasing debut last December and hasn't shown a great deal over hurdles since; 5lb out of the weights; not the obvious answer.

50/1

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Exacta £2701.00
Straight Forecast £2398.70
Tricast £28679.10
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SPOTLIGHT:

Alexandra Romanov

The Times:

Godot

TOPSPEED:

Mojito Royale

D Express:

Leading Swoop

The Guardian:

Concrete King

WEST COUNTRY:

Caspers Court

Telegraph:

Alexandra Romanov

The Star:

Alexandra Romanov

POSTDATA:

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Daily Mirror:

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