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Allan John (AJ) Memorial Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £10562
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 13 runners
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Allan John (AJ) Memorial Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: -41723

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle for Henry De Bromhead; two solid efforts in 2m4f Uttoxeter handicaps (soft/heavy) for Kerry Lee and looks sure to be involved once again if holding his form.

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3

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

Kings Keeper

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Runs off a mark fully 10lb lower than when winning over hurdles at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in January 2023; however, he's been a long way below that level this season over fences and the first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) need to prompt major improvement.

13/2

4th

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:52 Hereford

Kings Keeper

11st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Hurdle winner of 5lb higher in early 2023; entitled to have needed the run when well-held fifth on return to chasing in November but dropped away very tamely in straight at Chepstow in January and comes here with some questions to answer.

9/2

0

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Kings Keeper

12st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

held up in rear, outpaced 4 out

7/1

33/1

  • Place: £11.50

Form: 8/3-38 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Disappointed last time out but he's well treated on old form and his Kempton third after an absence was encouraging; couldn't entirely dismiss.

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3rd

3

23rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

16:05 Newton Abbot

Yes No Maybe So

10st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Tom Lacey

raced in third and in touch with leaders, not fluent 11th, not fluent 12th, weakened after 3 out

5/1

4th

5

9th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

Yes No Maybe So

11st 7lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Four wins in 2020 but no joy since; good second at Ffos Las in January (off 6lb higher) but has rather lost his way since; visor no help when pulled up latest and tongue-strap now enlisted for the first time.

14/1

1

8th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:50 Worcester

Yes No Maybe So

11st 12lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Tom Lacey

Quite lightly raced since winning four in a row on good ground in 2020 and comes here after two disappointing efforts, the latter in refitted cheekpieces; needs to be perked up by the first-time visor.

16/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: /956-3 D

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Soft-ground winner in Ireland who returned from a long absence to finish third of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) in November; has a history of going well fresh but he's a major player if confirming that latest promise.

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3rd

5

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Oscar Thyne

11st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Soft-ground winner in Ireland who returned from a long absence to finish third of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) in November; has a history of going well fresh but he's a major player if confirming that latest promise.

5/1

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Oscar Thyne

11st 9lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two-time Irish winner (including on soft) who returned from a long absence to finish third of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) last month on his stable debut; he has a history of going well fresh but he's a major player if confirming that latest promise.

9/2

3rd

8

11th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Oscar Thyne

11st 10lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won for Gavin Cromwell (same owner) in a 2m3f maiden hurdle (September 2020) and a 2m4f beginners chase (April 2021) but did not build on that in either sphere; those wins did show that he can go well fresh, however, and despite the 517-day layoff this time, he's not ruled out on this debut for new yard.

11/1

Form: 212 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Showed a good attitude to win his novice at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) and jumping out to his left was no help when turned over at Wincanton; still finished clear of the remainder behind a likely improver; handicap debutant.

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4

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Top Target

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Won quite comfortably on hurdle debut at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) in December and has performed well on both subsequent outings, more recently when fourth on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in January; that form already puts him in the mix here and he could quite plausibly have untapped potential over today's longer trip.

9/2

4th

4

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Top Target

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Showed a good attitude to win his novice at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) and jumping out to his left was no help when turned over at Wincanton; still finished clear of the remainder behind a likely improver; handicap debutant.

4/1

2nd

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

12:20 Wincanton

Top Target

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

jumped left throughout, led, increased tempo when joined 8th, ridden when headed home turn, briefly led but hung left before 2 out, 5 lengths down last, stayed on

5/4

Form: 31-231 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Tough and reliable mare who beat a five-time winner at Newbury (2m, good to soft) a month ago; didn't have a lot in hand but a 3lb rise is fair and returning to further won't bother her; James Martin rides again.

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3rd

3

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Midnight Ginger

10st 9lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Always ridden these days by claimer James Martin; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; two backward steps since, on heavy ground again over 2m3f and 3m; needs a return to her best but she did run creditably on good ground last spring.

6/1

4th

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Four-time hurdle winner; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish from unlikely position to lead close home at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; no impact when third of five at same track (2m3f) last month but she made some late gains and looks worth another try at this staying trip; not ruled out.

7/2

3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

held up in rear, outpaced after 5 out, not fluent 4 out, went modest third approaching last, no match for first two

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 15- D

Last run: 374 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 7yo who hasn't been seen since finishing a respectable fifth in a good novice hurdle at Ascot (2m5f, soft) 12 months ago; would be interesting if holding his own in the market.

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6th

2

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:15 Perth

Charles Ritz

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Tom George

Won over 2m3f on heavy at Exeter on New Year's Day and it was a strong Cheltenham handicap in which he struggled next time; however, his Newbury third was very remote and disappointing (2m7f, heavy); he's bred to stay this far but much depends on what effect the cheekpieces have.

11/2

3rd

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Charles Ritz

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Lightly raced 8yo; showed plenty of resolution to win handicap at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) on New Year's Day, but put firmly in his place in a warm race at Cheltenham five weeks ago; probably on a good mark but this sort of trip is something new.

8/1

Form: 4-615

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

The form of his novice win at Leicester has been franked (1m7f, good to soft) and when fifth on her return he was penalised on heavy ground; not thrown in for his handicap debut but there's potential to improve some more.

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2nd

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Mount Tempest

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, headway 5 out, soon disputing lead, led clearly after 4 out, headed then mistake 2 out, soon no chance with winner

4/1

4th

2

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Mount Tempest

11st 13lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Pulled up at Chepstow last month and now goes without blinkers, in which he'd been running well previously this winter (two wins); however, heavy ground may have been too much last time; a contender if bouncing back.

5/1

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

15:43 Chepstow

Mount Tempest

11st 3lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, disputed lead 6th, outpaced and lost position before 5 out, weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before last

9/2

Form: 11-351

Last run: 227 days

W: 12st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Bought for 195,000euros after winning an Auteuil handicap (2m2f, very soft) in June; RPR of 127 suggests this mark should be realistic.

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3rd

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

Zertakt

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Tailed off on British debut in January 2023 and absent since; however, he's a three-time hurdle winner in France and is just the type his trainer excels with; no surprise if he plays a leading role on today's chase debut.

9/4

8th

1

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Zertakt

12st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Bought for 195,000euros after winning an Auteuil handicap (2m2f, very soft) in June; RPR of 127 suggests this mark should be realistic.

15/2

Form: 42/8P-

Last run: 385 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

With Johnny Farrelly when completing a four-timer at Cheltenham two seasons ago; below par in two runs for Philip Hobbs and now with another new yard; watching brief seems the best call after a good while out.

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2

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Breffniboy

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Claire Harris

With Johnny Farrelly when completing a four-timer at Cheltenham two seasons ago; below par in two runs for Philip Hobbs and now with another new yard; watching brief seems the best call after a good while out.

33/1

2

11th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

13:20 Exeter

Breffniboy

11st 9lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

He was completing a four-timer at Cheltenham (for Johnny Farrelly) just over a year ago and showed that he could deal with this mark when going close upped to 2m5f at Kempton last March; goes on this ground and if sharper for his return he could well have a say.

8/1

Form: 17-108

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won two novice events last spring, both over 2m5f on good ground; has not shown a lot in either handicap though and this is competitive.

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2nd

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Warwick

Gris Majeur

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Winner of two good-ground novice hurdles but yet to be placed in handicap company; showed a little more at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last time but not enough to make him a betting proposition on this step back up in trip.

14/1

6th

10

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:57 Chepstow

Gris Majeur

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

midfield, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

33/1

10

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Gris Majeur

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Won two novice events last spring, both over 2m5f on good ground; has not shown a lot in either handicap though and this is competitive.

33/1

Form: 22443-

Last run: 323 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Not at his best on final three runs of last season and he'll need more to threaten here in his second handicap; perhaps the blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) will give him a lift.

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7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Jazz King

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alastair Ralph

midfield, lost position 7th, mistake 9th, soon no impression, pulled up after 4 out

16/1

Form: 26426-

Last run: 519 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Strike-rate of 5-27 over hurdles but wasn't at his best during 2021 despite win/placed form; has a long absence to overcome.

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13

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Ballyellis

11st 2lb

J: Mr James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Strike-rate of 5-27 over hurdles but wasn't at his best during 2021 despite win/placed form; has a long absence to overcome.

33/1

7

22nd Sep 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 3

14:00 Perth

Ballyellis

10st 6lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Not at his best this year, and all five of his hurdles wins have come in sellers or claimers; up against it in a competitive race.

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Payout
Exacta £3797.00
Straight Forecast £2735.00
Tricast £12864.30
Trifecta £18866.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Midnight Ginger

D Express:

Zertakt

Daily Mirror:

Mount Tempest

WEST COUNTRY:

Top Target

Daily Mail:

Oscar Thyne

SPOTLIGHT:

Kings Keeper

RP Ratings:

Mr Muldoon

Daily Record:

Zertakt

The Sun:

Mount Tempest

Telegraph:

Top Target

POSTDATA:

Midnight Ginger

The Times:

Midnight Ginger

The Guardian:

Midnight Ginger

The Star:

Oscar Thyne