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Good To Soft

Rowcliffes Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4792.48
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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Rowcliffes Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 52-441 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Promising fourth at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) on second hurdle start and built on that with comfortable win here (2m, good) in December; should be fine now back up in trip and he has strong claims under a 7lb penalty.

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1

29th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

13:05 Sandown

Holetown Hero

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual winner at Taunton (2m/2m3f, good/good to soft) during the winter and probably posted personal-best effort when close second to short-odds favourite at Newton Abbot (2m1f, soft; front pair well clear) this month; benefits from Freddie Gingell's useful 7lb claim on today's handicap debut; enters calculations.

16/1

2nd

1

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

12:40 Newton Abbot

Holetown Hero

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

led, awkward jump 2nd

7/4

2nd

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

16:10 Newbury

Holetown Hero

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Comfortable win at Taunton (2m, good) in December and he followed up in clearcut style over 2m3f there (good to soft; made all) on Tuesday; only four days to get over that latest run and defying the double penalty should ask a big question but he's been on a roll and needs plenty of respect.

3/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 21-35 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point (3m, good to yielding) and bumper (2m, good) winner who is yet to transfer that promise to hurdles (two attempts) but he's had wind surgery since his last run in December and that may do the trick; retains potential for leading stable.

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14th

18

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Bold Reaction

10st 10lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in rear, steady headway after 3rd, in touch with leaders when not fluent 3 out

8/1

2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Bold Reaction

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Point/bumper winner; 0-5 over hurdles but best form when second of 12 at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) on reappearance in just his second handicap, despite racing freely; 4lb higher today and back down in trip after three runs at 2m3f-2m4f; may have more to give.

4/1

14/1

  • Place: £10.10

Form: 3-P7

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Pulled up/tailed off on first two hurdle starts (2m4f/2m, soft/heavy) and lots to prove here, but the return to better ground may help as he was a promising third on good going in his sole bumper; not ruled out each-way.

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4

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Mikhailovich

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

On the last time he encountered good ground he won comfortably over this far at Huntingdon (7lb lower); could still have run better than he did on good to soft last time at Doncaster but had a break since then and he's of definite interest.

14/1

6th

2

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:40 Doncaster

Mikhailovich

11st 11lb

J: Kai Lenihan

T: Kim Bailey

The ground was good when showing much improved form to win on his return in a Huntingdon handicap (2m3f, good) and perhaps the 9lb rise found him out at Market Rasen, although conditions were good to soft that day; if the ground did dry out he would need considering with useful 7lb claimer Kai Lenihan employed this time.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 40-420

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a hot maiden at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but he's back in calmer waters here and this useful Flat performer holds leading form claims judged on his second at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in December; could bounce back with a big effort.

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6th

1

24th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Warwick

Future Investment

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Very useful on the Flat but 0-7 over hurdles; just a respectable fourth in Newbury novice (2m4f, soft) on latest outing in March and will need to do better to pose a threat on today's handicap hurdle debut.

3/1

4th

8

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:30 Newbury

Future Investment

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

The form of his second at Chepstow in December (2m3f, good to soft) makes for good reading in this company but it's been rather underwhelming in the meantime, with him never dangerous at all when a well-held fourth at Taunton latterly (2m3f); going further should help, as may this galloping track; solid chance if at his best.

7/1

4th

4

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:00 Taunton

Future Investment

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

Tailed off in a hot maiden at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but he's back in calmer waters here and this useful Flat performer holds leading form claims judged on his second at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in December; could bounce back with a big effort.

5/2

Form: 9-64

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Took a step in the right direction when fourth over C&D (soft) last month but was still soundly beaten and others are preferred.

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1st

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Bertie Wooster

12st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Still a maiden but has run a few good races in handicaps (1m7f-3m1f) and, although well beaten in a maiden last month, the winner went in again last weekend; unlikely to be far away.

10/1

2nd

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:25 Chepstow

Bertie Wooster

11st 6lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Is now 0-9 but he's proving a reliable sort and posted a good fourth of 12 in 2m4f Sandown handicap hurdle in January; he can go well again after a break.

9/4

4th

6

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Bertie Wooster

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Went up 6lb for a narrow defeat over 2m5f at Hereford (good) in November and that rise, combined with the step up to 3m1f, found him out when 12l away back there last month; however, has been placed in all his handicaps and he's unlikely to be far away.

10/1

8/1

Form: 323-56

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Displayed good form when placed in bumpers and it's still very early days over hurdles; things may click in this discipline at some point but he hasn't really shone in his first two attempts and improvement is needed.

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5th

11

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:30 Newbury

Nollyador

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Has yet to replicate his decent bumper form over hurdles and he was about 5l behind Future Investment at Taunton last time when the latter wasn't at his best; had a wind operation since then.

9/1

6th

10

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:00 Taunton

Nollyador

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Emma Lavelle

Displayed good form when placed in bumpers and it's still very early days over hurdles; things may click in this discipline at some point but he hasn't really shone in his first two attempts and improvement is needed.

8/1

6th

7

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 181y

Class 4

12:45 Doncaster

Nollyador

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Placed in three of his four bumpers and fair fifth despite a couple of jumping errors on hurdles debut at Aintree in December (2m1f, good to soft); now tongue tied; improvement likely and he has an each-way chance.

13/2

Form: 37

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed some ability in British point and also on his bumper debut at Exeter, but he's since been well beaten at Chepstow; others make greater appeal than this hurdling newcomer.

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15

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Hes My Shadow

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Free-goer who ran big race from the front when fourth in C&D (soft) novice last March; safely held in both subsequent handicaps and has fitness to prove after 235-day absence but still worth a second look.

20/1

4th

2

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

20:55 Stratford

Hes My Shadow

11st 6lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Free-going front-runner perhaps not seen to best effect over Chepstow's 2m3f the last twice (soft/good to soft), the latest his handicap debut; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

6/1

10

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:48 Ffos Las

Hes My Shadow

11st 7lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Enthusiastic front-runner who hasn't got home over 2m3f at Chepstow the last twice (soft/good to soft) including on handicap debut last time; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

12/1

Form: 7

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Two-time Flat winner, the latest last June when posting an RPR of 74; down the field at 14-1 on last month's hurdle debut here (2m, soft) and considerable improvement is required to threaten today.

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9

6th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:35 Warwick

Kings Castle

10st 13lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Flat winner in Class 5; 0-7 over hurdles but he's in a consistent vein of form, creditable third at Taunton (2m Class 5) most recently; however, bit to prove back up in grade.

10/1

Form: 45

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Hasn't been devoid of ability on his first two hurdle starts but has been soundly beaten each time and he has plenty to find here.

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7th

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Talimar Pearl

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up twice over hurdles last spring (2m1f/2m3f) and also at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy) in December, after a break; contender if judged on those exploits but not at best on either start this year and now 0-9.

10/1

5th

3

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:20 Fontwell

Talimar Pearl

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

took keen hold

12/1

7th

4

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

Talimar Pearl

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up in his last three handicaps and was beaten by an improver on his comeback run at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy); up just 1lb and entitled to be sharper all round this time.

6/1

Form: 8-25

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fair second of seven over C&D (good) on hurdle debut in November and an each-way case can be made on that form; however, he has to jump better than when well beaten over C&D (good) last time.

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1st

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Urban Soldier

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Needs to bounce back from a tame effort on soft ground in February but made very encouraging seasonal/stable/handicap debut when third at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and has possibilities here if aided by first-time cheekpieces.

6/1

3

8th Feb 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

15:25 Huntingdon

Urban Soldier

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

0-4 for Paul Nicholls then had wind surgery; solid third in Doncaster handicap (good to soft; form has substance) upped to 3m on debut for new stable; should build on that encouraging effort; respected off same mark.

9/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam unplaced in bumper, related to winners; makes belated debut at the age of eight and is probably best watched.

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6th

4

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Getaway Tothe Wood

11st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Sarah Robinson

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 5th

100/1

3

31st May 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

15:00 Newton Abbot

Getaway Tothe Wood

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Robinson

8yo who has shown very little at massive prices in his two hurdle runs (2m3f/2m4f, good to soft) this year.

100/1

1

9th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

15:15 Wincanton

Getaway Tothe Wood

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Robinson

In rear throughout when 250-1 for last month's belated debut at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft).

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair second of six in British maiden point (3m, good to soft) on debut in November, and fell at the sixth fence next time; a watching brief is advised on this first rules outing.

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5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:28 Taunton

Katopop

11st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

Hasn't shown much in novice hurdles (2m-2m5f) and improvement is needed on this handicap/chase debut; however, he was runner-up in a British maiden point (3m, good to soft) in November 2022 and the switch to fences and step up in trip could be positives; wears tongue-tie under rules for first time.

14/1

7th

7

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Katopop

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

midfield

100/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Holetown Hero

RP Ratings:

Future Investment

LAMBOURN:

Bold Reaction

WEST COUNTRY:

Holetown Hero

Telegraph:

Holetown Hero

The Guardian:

Holetown Hero

Daily Mail:

Holetown Hero

Daily Mirror:

Holetown Hero

The Sun:

Holetown Hero

The Star:

Holetown Hero

D Express:

Bold Reaction

TOPSPEED:

Future Investment

POSTDATA:

Future Investment

The Times:

Future Investment

Daily Record:

Future Investment