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13:10 Sandown

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5809.1
  • 2m 3f 173y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Virgin Bet Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 23-22

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Has twice had wind surgery; very mixed in his two bumpers and two novice hurdles; tongue-tie added when he put up a much better performance at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) at the turn of the year; carried head to one side and had no answer to Twinjets on the run-in that day but now has an 8lb pull.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Twin Power

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

Goes up in trip and could do with settling better than when soundly beaten at Sandown (2m4f) last month; however, the heavy ground may have been too much and he was progressive there previously, with a win and a near-miss (both 2m4f on good to soft); his dam won at up to 3m and he could get back on track with a big performance for his top trainer.

7/2

7th

12

11th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Twin Power

11st 0lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

Improved form in novice handicaps over C&D (good to soft) last month, beating Twinjets then head second to Inneston; evidently well suited by this track and trip; one of three solid-looking contenders for Paul Nicholls and should go well again.

14/1

2nd

8

16th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:45 Sandown

Twin Power

11st 6lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Paul Nicholls

Opened his account in similar event over C&D (good to soft; handicap debut) 12 days ago, reversing placings with a rival who had beaten him the time before; should improve further; solid claims.

5/1

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11/8

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1-1611 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who was 2-2 in bumpers; odds-on for all three starts over hurdles, progressing to win at Leicester (1m7f, soft) and Plumpton (2m4f, soft); moved 9l clear from Twin Power on the run-in last time; has two Grade 1 novice entries at Cheltenham; has jumped to his left but he's promising and may well be entering handicaps on a good mark.

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4th

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

Twinjets

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Comfortably justified favouritism in novice handicap over C&D (good to soft; off 9lb lower) two weeks ago on debut for Paul Nicholls and only second attempt over rules fences; unexposed at this trip and should improve further; acts on soft; respected.

4/6

1st

2

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:15 Doncaster

Twinjets

11st 8lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual bumper winner in spring 2022 and a three-time hurdle winner last season; heavy ground was an excuse on return and he then finished third on chase debut at Ascot (2m3f, soft) despite jumping out to the left on occasions; going left-handed makes sense on debut for Paul Nicholls.

11/2

Form: 45P

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Irish maiden point winner before £78,000 sale; fourth of 14 at Chepstow (2m3f; good to soft) on hurdling debut but there have been two major backward steps on soft ground since; back on forecast better ground but much may also depend on the addition of a tongue-tie.

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9

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Hot Rod Lincoln

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Harry Fry

disputed lead

15/2

0

3

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:15 Wincanton

Hot Rod Lincoln

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Harry Fry

Beat a subsequently very useful type in sole Irish point (yielding to soft); won minor 2m5f hurdle (good) for this yard in May but his chase debut at Warwick didn't go to plan and he was pulled up after making a bad blunder four out; too soon to write off and the return to shorter may suit.

13/2

0

6

8th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Warwick

Hot Rod Lincoln

11st 3lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Harry Fry

Application of a tongue-strap saw him come to fruition over hurdles, finishing third in a Sandown handicap in February and winning a modest Fontwell maiden in May; starts chasing life on a good mark and this winner of his only start in Irish points is another to consider.

7/2

Form: 24-751

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Hooded on last two starts; 50-1, transformed when winning 11-runner novice at Wincanton (upped to 2m5f, good to soft) on latest, going clear before two out and making a mistake at the last; improvement is needed off this opening mark but he was well on top for that win.

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3rd

2

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

16:07 Wincanton

I Shut That DOr

11st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

50-1 winner of a 2m5f novice hurdle here last season; that's not been a springboard to anything better and he was a remote third in his only completion over fences; pulled up after wind surgery last time.

12/1

Form: /272-P

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Beaten a neck in Wetherby maiden (2m5f, heavy) last March, clearly her best form; needs better, whereas she was pulled up on seasonal/handicap debut at Kelso (2m6f, soft) in November; now has tongue tied first time.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

6

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Jens Georgie

11st 1lb

J: Danny Burton

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, not fluent 6th, headway before 8th, pushed along and got behind after 9th

20/1

5th

6

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

13:10 Sandown

Jens Georgie

10st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

raced in last, not fluent 4th, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened

25/1

2

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:28 Kelso

Jens Georgie

11st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Unexposed sort whose best effort came over 2m5f on heavy at Wetherby when last seen in early March; raised 6lb but may be capable of better this season.

3/1

Form: 292

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Placed in two of seven Irish points and bought for £38,000; mistakes did not help when he flopped on his second go over hurdles but he was much better on starts either side, pipped in a maiden at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) on latest; should still be open to improvement, which is needed.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

7th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

20:00 Hereford

Heaven Smart

12st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Kempton winner in first-time blinkers off an 8lb lower mark three months ago (made all) who should be happier back round an easy, right-handed track; it remains to be seen how two subsequent unseats have effected confidence however.

8/1

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Heaven Smart

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Took well to first-time blinkers at Kempton (3m, soft), belatedly opening his account; beaten when unseating rider at Newbury (Class 3) since but this drop back in grade may suit; headgear retained.

7/1

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Heaven Smart

10st 5lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Sent chasing this season; let down by his jumping on penultimate start but switching from cheekpieces to blinkers worked on latest, in which he easily won from the front in a six-runner handicap at Kempton (3m, soft) despite two mistakes; up 9lb, with another 2lb out of the handicap, but it's hard to pin down just how much he had in the tank in that breakthrough win.

5/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Twinjets

WEST COUNTRY:

Twin Power

TOPSPEED:

Hot Rod Lincoln

Daily Mirror:

Twin Power

RP Ratings:

Twinjets

POSTDATA:

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Telegraph:

Twinjets

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Daily Mail:

Twinjets

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Twinjets

The Sun:

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The Star:

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