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16:40 Chepstow

Good To Soft

Cazoo Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2614.08
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Cazoo Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 4

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

5-2, raced prominently for a long way on Carlisle debut in November (soft) but that stiff finish found him out and he was galloping on the spot in the closing stages; should be capable of better.

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6th

19

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Beachcomber

10st 7lb

J: J J O’Neill

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

midfield early, prominent after 8th, joined winner 3 out, lost second and weakened before last

14/1

1st

12

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Beachcomber

10st 3lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Talented bumper and C&D maiden hurdle winner; warm order for a Catterick handicap since but he proved a handful, reluctant to go out on the second circuit and hanging badly until pulled up; has a black mark for behaviour but going this way round will suit and he still has potential.

6/1

0

3

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

12:30 Catterick

Beachcomber

11st 12lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Bumper winner in February who won a maiden hurdle when up to 3m1f at Huntingdon last time (good to soft); further progress likely on handicap debut.

7/4

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Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Half-brother to high-class chaser Any Second Now, who was placed in two Nationals; pulled up on point debut (7-1) but has joined Dan Skelton since and is worth a market check.

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3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Delgany Bobby Blue

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced 6yo who has posted some solid efforts, including on heavy ground and when fair third on handicap debut at Ascot (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; he's a half-brother to Any Second Now, who has twice been placed in the Grand National, and could improve now up in trip again.

11/2

3rd

8

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Delgany Bobby Blue

10st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Had wind surgery after his second bumper; better to be placed this autumn at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) and Wetherby (2m, heavy; tongue tied) in his first two starts over hurdles; needs to improve his jumping but there is plenty of encouragement in his pedigree for this longer trip, including as half-brother to the high-class chaser Any Second Now; considered on handicap debut.

7/1

3rd

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:29 Wetherby

Delgany Bobby Blue

11st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

held up in last

7/1

Form: 1 CD

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of half-sister to Grade 1-winning staying hurdler Paddy's Return; seemingly unfancied for debut here in November (good to soft) but came from off the pace to win in good style under Finn Lambert (claiming 7lb then); that form was nothing special but he did look promising and yard won this in 2021 with one who had made a winning debut.

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5th

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 183y

Class 3

14:10 Newbury

Spirits Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dual bumper winner who has taken well to hurdling, winning a novice and handicap over an extended 2m at Exeter (soft/heavy) in recent weeks; had plenty in hand latterly so an 8lb rise looks fair.

4/1

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Spirits Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Late faller on penultimate start; justified favouritism in novice contest over C&D (heavy) latest, adding to his two bumper wins; still open to further progress and should do well in handicaps; respected.

13/8

1st

5

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Spirits Bay

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dual bumper winner who was second to a useful rival on hurdling debut at Sandown (2m, soft) in November and looked set to be placed before last-flight fall in good race at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) the following month; the one to beat here.

4/7

100/1

Form: 9

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

40-1 and tailed off on her bumper debut at Ffos Las last month.

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11

9th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:55 Huntingdon

My Dream

10st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

Poor form shown in a pair of bumpers for Tim Vaughan in early 2023; goes hurdling for her new yard after 15 months off with enough to prove.

20/1

4th

11

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

My Dream

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

40-1 and tailed off on her bumper debut at Ffos Las last month.

100/1

9th

10

5th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

My Dream

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Second foal; sister to 2m7f/3m hurdle winner You Name Him; market useful guide to her chance on debut.

16/1

Form: 8

Last run: 101 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Good jumps family and yard has 35% strike-rate in bumpers this season (similar to overall course record), but this one made a low-key start here in October (5-1; good to soft) when done with a long way out; may be capable of a lot better today.

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5th

12

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:15 Chepstow

Hurricane Danny

11st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Runner-up in a Chepstow maiden (2m3f, soft) in November but he's not gone on from that and was tailed off on his handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in February; still early days in this sphere but he now steps up to 2m7f and has something to prove after another break; stablemate of Florencethemachine.

16/1

8th

3

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Hurricane Danny

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Well beaten in heavy-ground novice at Chepstow (2m3f) in December but his second in a soft-ground maiden over that C&D in November was promising and he remains unexposed; no surprise if he features.

5/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

11th foal; brother to 2m-2m1f hurdle/chase winner Cedar Hill; dam unplaced 2m/2m1f hurdles, half-sister to 2m-2m2f hurdle/chase winner Paddy O Dee; yard has had success in bumpers in the past but 0-5 this season; hooded for debut.

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9th

4

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:10 Wetherby

Ebony Spirit

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Harry Whittington

Half-brother to the useful Cedar Hill and improvement is possible on this second start, but he was beaten 31l when sixth of 14 at 22-1 on last month's debut at Chepstow (good to soft) and a big step forward is needed.

20/1

6th

5

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Ebony Spirit

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Whittington

11th foal; brother to 2m-2m1f hurdle/chase winner Cedar Hill; dam unplaced 2m/2m1f hurdles, half-sister to 2m-2m2f hurdle/chase winner Paddy O Dee; yard has had success in bumpers in the past but 0-5 this season; hooded for debut.

14/1

3

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:25 Market Rasen

Ebony Spirit

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Harry Whittington

11th foal; brother useful chaser Cedar Hill; dam unplaced in juvenile hurdles, half-sister to a hurdle/chase winner; stable wins fair share of bumpers; market may guide.

9/1

Form: 4-

Last run: 578 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Hinted at ability in a Worcester bumper during July 2021 but has been off the track since so makes limited appeal this time.

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5th

8

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

16:02 Hereford

Parsons Stone

11st 1lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

Unable to land any sort of blow in novice hurdles at major tracks on his two appearances this season but made fairly encouraging hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last April and has a lowly mark for his handicap debut; moves up in trip with usual hood removed.

20/1

11th

12

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:55 Newbury

Parsons Stone

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

took keen hold, always behind

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam point/2m3f-3m hurdle/chase winner, half-sister to 2m1f-3m6f hurdle/chase winner Sea Saffron out of half-sister to 2m1f-3m1f hurdle/chase winner Saffron Sun; unlikely to be primed for belated debut.

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8

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

17:00 Exeter

Sweet Saffron

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Gardner

Tailed off in two bumpers and hasn't raised her game over hurdles.

50/1

11

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

15:00 Newton Abbot

Sweet Saffron

10st 13lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sue Gardner

in rear

100/1

7th

6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

14:00 Fontwell

Sweet Saffron

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Sue Gardner

took keen hold, towards rear, headway after 3rd

40/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dam useful on Flat in France and over jumps in Britain, has bred winning bumper/hurdler; well-beaten fifth on point debut (3-1) in Ireland last May; others higher up the list.

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10th

6

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Ffos Las

Minella Magical

11st 7lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Nikki Evans

prominent

100/1

9

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:47 Chepstow

Minella Magical

11st 9lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Nikki Evans

Well-beaten 200-1 shot in course bumper on rules debut three weeks ago; can only be watched on today's hurdling debut.

200/1

9th

8

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Minella Magical

11st 2lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Nikki Evans

Dam useful on Flat in France and over jumps in Britain, has bred winning bumper/hurdler; well-beaten fifth on point debut (3-1) in Ireland last May; others higher up the list.

100/1

Form: 5

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Was just 5-1 for her Warwick debut 20 days ago, when finishing a remote fifth of six runners; looks likely to be one for later on.

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3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:15 Ffos Las

Passing Kate

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Matt Sheppard

Has form figures of 123132 since November and her latest second at Ludlow (2m, soft) was behind a big improver; only 1lb higher here and she should be in the thick of things again.

9/2

2nd

3

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

16:00 Ludlow

Passing Kate

11st 4lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

2-7 for new stable this season, the latter win gained in good style at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) in February; gave good account when third (albeit well held in the end) from out of the weights in higher-grade company at Hereford (2m, good to soft) last month and can play a major role on this return to Class 5.

11/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

13th foal; half-brother to four winners including Santera (2m-2m5f hurdle) and Goldgig (French 2m1f-3m1f hurdle/chase); dam unraced; pulled up on point debut last spring and best watched for new trainer.

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2

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:55 Warwick

Look Out To Sea

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Laura Hurley

250-1, pulled up in 2m Taunton novice on his hurdling debut in March; lots more is needed in first-time cheekpieces.

100/1

9

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Look Out To Sea

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Laura Hurley

took keen hold, prominent

250/1

11th

7

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Look Out To Sea

11st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Joe Tickle

13th foal; half-brother to four winners including Santera (2m-2m5f hurdle) and Goldgig (French 2m1f-3m1f hurdle/chase); dam unraced; pulled up on point debut last spring and best watched for new trainer.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£65,000 3yo; sixth foal; half-brother to winners Annie Angel (useful 2m4f-3m chase), Myztique (bumper/2m2f hurdle) and Krujers Girl (2m3f-2m7f chase); dam unraced sister to 2m4f-3m2f hurdle/useful chase winner Dun Doire; yard rarely targets bumpers now, 2-88 in them in the last five seasons.

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10th

2

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Duc Du Rene

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Was still in second (though well held by the winner) when falling inside the final furlong on his debut in a Chepstow bumper; not sure if that's knocked his confidence as he was tailed off next time and then trailed home last on recent hurdling debut at Ffos Las.

33/1

5th

4

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

12:35 Ffos Las

Duc Du Rene

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

in rear, headway after 3rd, not fluent when in touch with leaders 3 out, soon weakened

8/1

Form: 5

Last run: 101 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Came well clear of a subsequent bumper winner in sole Irish point (yielding) but he found nothing off the bridle on bumper debut for this yard here in October (3-1); clearly capable of much better and fitting a tongue-tie may be the answer.

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2

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Royal Defender

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Struggled to cope with heavy ground when upped to 2m5f for recent handicap debut but was placed in a 2m novice on good to soft in the autumn and remains unexposed; swaps cheekpieces for blinkers here.

14/1

6

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Royal Defender

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Bought for 155,000gns after winning Irish maiden point (3m) in May 2022; his rules form has been patchy but he was a fair third in a Lingfield novice hurdle (2m, good to soft) last November and is open to improvement now up in trip in first-time cheekpieces on handicap debut; watch the betting.

5/1

10th

7

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Royal Defender

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

10l winner in his Irish point; opposable on what he has shown under rules, although his third of eight at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last time was better than his hurdling debut form.

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam well beaten in bumpers, on Flat and over hurdles, half-sister to 2m hurdle/chase winner Lend A Hand Son and 2m hurdle winner Lucky Prince; yard is very respectable 3-23 in bumpers over last five seasons, including with 33-1 newcomer.

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14

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Yorgunnabealady

10st 9lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Brian Eckley

Second foal; dam well beaten in bumpers, on Flat and over hurdles, half-sister to 2m hurdle/chase winner Lend A Hand Son and 2m hurdle winner Lucky Prince; yard is very respectable 3-23 in bumpers over last five seasons, including with 33-1 newcomer.

20/1

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Royal Defender

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay

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Spirits Bay