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15:43 Ffos Las

Good To Soft

Vickers.Bet Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6337.2
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Vickers.Bet Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: /24-44

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Didn't have race run to suit when respectable fourth over C&D (good to soft) on seasonal debut in October but was struggling to keep up before stamina might have been an issue over 3m at Taunton the following month and is now 0-7 over hurdles; given another wind op (his second) since latest run.

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1st

1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

17:20 Newbury

Bumpy Johnson

12st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Didn't really take to chasing and when back over hurdles at Wincanton (2m5f) he perhaps found the heavy ground against him; won on good and good to soft over 2m4f last season and he probably stays 3m; nothing wrong with his mark.

12/1

5th

1

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

15:15 Wincanton

Bumpy Johnson

12st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Pipe

Dual hurdle winner at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft/good) towards end of last season, latterly off today's mark; lacked fluency and was safely held in two chases in the autumn but ought to be seen to better effect now back over hurdles; unraced on heavy ground but handles soft well.

14/1

16/1

  • Place: £9.50

Form: 1P-17P

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Bumper and dual hurdle winner when trained in France; made fairly encouraging British/handicap debut at Wetherby (2m, good) in November but ought to have coped better with the heavy ground when pulled up at Leicester (1m7f) in December; tries a new trip today.

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1st

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Issam

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Had crept up the weights and was found out in a competitive handicap at Ascot last time (2m3f, good to soft); however, he won't mind returning to softer conditions and first-time cheekpieces might trigger something.

12/1

15th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Issam

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Likeable 6yo whose Exeter win (2m2f, soft) in December was his fourth over hurdles from 11 attempts; followed that with a good second at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; likely to give his running once more but he's creeping up the weights and this is much the most competitive field he's faced.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Issam

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Probably needed his comeback third here and then won with a bit up his sleeve at Exeter (2m2f, soft), for which a 4lb rise is fair; that's two wins in three runs and he's beginning to click.

7/1

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4/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 626

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who kept on for second in Uttoxeter maiden (2m, good to soft) in December; below that level on next outing but both his pedigree and his Irish point form strongly suggest today's step up in trip will suit.

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5th

8

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Ballydisco

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Ended last season with a 2m7f hurdle win (good to soft) on this card and is now 8lb lower but has been out of form over hurdles and fences this term; needs to turn a corner.

16/1

7th

7

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Ballydisco

11st 6lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won twice over hurdles last spring (3m/2m7f, heavy/good to soft) and is below last winning mark; could capitalise at some stage but this season has been disappointing (hurdles/fences) and needs to get back on track.

12/1

Form: 4-4233

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Slightly disappointing when well-held third over C&D (soft) last month but shaped with significant promise when placed on first two hurdling starts (both 2m4f, good to soft) and should have improvement to come in handicaps.

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6

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

13:50 Ascot

Militaire

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made the frame in both bumpers and on all four hurdling starts, most recently when very respectable fourth of 11 on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) in February; probably needs to find something extra to win this but last month's wind op is a possible source of improvement.

11/2

4th

1

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Militaire

11st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Slightly disappointing when well-held third over C&D (soft) last month but shaped with significant promise when placed on first two hurdling starts (both 2m4f, good to soft) and should have improvement to come in handicaps.

5/1

3rd

7

23rd Jan 2023

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Militaire

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Fourth in his two bumpers and has produced RPRs of 113 in finishing second over C&D and third at Cheltenham; appealing form credentials at this level should he handle the heavy ground (all runs on good to soft).

3/1

Form: -21403 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Still 10lb higher than when cruising clear to win easily over C&D (good) last June but looked back in good form when placed at Wetherby (2m4f, good to soft) on Boxing Day and enters calculations.

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2nd

1

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

17:20 Stratford

Watergrange Jack

12st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, steady headway from 4 out, led narrowly after last, kept on when headed towards finish

8/1

0

3

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:30 Exeter

Watergrange Jack

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Won three handicap hurdles on good ground since August and unlikely that he gave his running when his bid for a four-timer came up well short; has got himself high in the weights even if taking to fences.

16/1

6th

2

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Watergrange Jack

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Bids for a four-timer after recent handicap hurdle wins (at around 2m4f) at Worcester and Fontwell (twice); another 3lb rise takes him to a career-high mark but he's still not taken lightly in his current mood.

4/1

Form: 142-56

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Hurdle winner in France in October 2021; safely held on first two British starts (2m/2m4f, soft) but remains lightly raced and it won't be a surprise if Venetia Williams finds the key to him in the near future.

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0

6

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Oxygen

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Looked an exciting prospect (on the back of a wind op) when landing 2m4f handicap chases at Lingfield and Plumpton this winter but he beat only one at Plumpton last time; he remains with potential though and shouldn't be written off by any means.

3/1

4th

5

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

13:15 Plumpton

Oxygen

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 6yo; unplaced all four hurdling starts for Venetia Williams last season but, following a wind op, is 2-2 since switched back to chasing this term, the latter win over C&D (good to soft) three weeks ago; should be fine on today's slower ground and has plenty of scope for further progress.

9/4

Form: 3325P- C

Last run: 297 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won here (2m6f, good) in June 2021 and was placed three consecutive times last winter (2m-2m5f) but disappointing on last couple of outings and has fitness to prove after 297-day absence.

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4th

2

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

13:25 Chepstow

Jaunty Viking

12st 1lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Brian Eckley

Travelled well to a point on last month's seasonal debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) and arguably ran better than finishing position suggests when fifth over that C&D (good; just behind Karakoram) 18 days ago; also suited by 2m; can make his presence felt.

7/1

5th

8

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Ffos Las

Jaunty Viking

11st 7lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

prominent

33/1

7th

10

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Jaunty Viking

11st 2lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Brian Eckley

Won here (2m6f, good) in June 2021 and was placed three consecutive times last winter (2m-2m5f) but disappointing on last couple of outings and has fitness to prove after 297-day absence.

16/1

Form: 137-81 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Easily won two-finisher Leicester seller (2m4f, heavy) six weeks ago, after a layoff, but the value of that form is open to question and he's been very inconsistent in recent years; not an easy one to predict.

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6th

1

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:40 Newcastle

Turning Gold

12st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robert Bevis

prominent

13/2

4th

6

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

17:05 Uttoxeter

Turning Gold

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Goes well from the front and won a Leicester seller (2m4f, heavy) in December, but he's far from consistent these days and ran poorly at Ffos Las six weeks later; chance may depend on getting an uncontested lead.

12/1

8th

11

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Turning Gold

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Robert Bevis

Easily won two-finisher Leicester seller (2m4f, heavy) six weeks ago, after a layoff, but the value of that form is open to question and he's been very inconsistent in recent years; not an easy one to predict.

8/1

Form: 28/384

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Tailed off at Ludlow in December but shaped with significant promise on his runs either side of that, latterly when putting in good front-running shift in Chepstow maiden (2m3f, soft) last month; can go well again on today's handicap debut.

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8th

1

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Zero Tolerance

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Ex-Irish maiden who didn't progress over hurdles and was a well-held fifth when second-favourite at Catterick (1m7f maiden) on comeback in February; still lightly raced and this is only his second handicap but he needs improvement on this switch to fences.

10/1

5th

9

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Zero Tolerance

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Evan Williams

Two good runs and two bad ones over hurdles, the latest on handicap debut 12 months ago; a repeat of his previous fourth in a Chepstow maiden (2m3f, soft) would put him right in the mix.

5/1

9th

9

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Zero Tolerance

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Tailed off at Ludlow in December but shaped with significant promise on his runs either side of that, latterly when putting in good front-running shift in Chepstow maiden (2m3f, soft) last month; can go well again on today's handicap debut.

6/1

Form: 20/6-P

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Made low-key return from mammoth absence a year ago (chase debut) and was pulled up when reverting to hurdling after another layoff in December (bled from the nose); connections are persisting but he urgently needs to prove some ability remains, and Charlie Deutsch evidently prefers Oxygen today.

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5th

5

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

13:25 Fontwell

Shalakar

10st 12lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Dual winner on the Flat in France whose sole success for this yard came over hurdles at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) in April 2018; has only made the track four times since the beginning of 2019 and has shown nothing (bled on one occasion); lots to prove.

16/1

10th

8

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Shalakar

11st 6lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Made low-key return from mammoth absence a year ago (chase debut) and was pulled up when reverting to hurdling after another layoff in December (bled from the nose); connections are persisting but he urgently needs to prove some ability remains, and Charlie Deutsch evidently prefers Oxygen today.

16/1

3

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

12:47 Leicester

Shalakar

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Dual hurdle winner, once for this yard (2m5f, soft); was returning from 1136 days off when tailed off on his chase debut in February and now returns from another absence; stable form bodes well and he's nicely handicapped if as good as he was.

5/1

Form: 13-115 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Made excellent progress last year, winning five times along the way (2m-2m4f); could quite plausibly have more improvement still to come but didn't fire at regular haunt Huntingdon in December and may not be ideally suited by the switch to a left-handed track.

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5th

5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

15:17 Huntingdon

Poker Master

11st 0lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Philip McBride

His jumping lacked fluency when he was tailed off on chase debut at Market Rasen on Boxing Day; something to prove over fences but he's a four-time winner over hurdles here (soft/good) and the return to this track could prompt a big performance.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £1925.00
Straight Forecast £1937.40
Tricast £15775.80
Trifecta £34368.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Watergrange Jack

LAMBOURN:

Militaire

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballydisco

RP Ratings:

Turning Gold

The Sun:

Zero Tolerance

D Express:

Bumpy Johnson

The Times:

Militaire

The Guardian:

Militaire

WEST COUNTRY:

Ballydisco

Telegraph:

Ballydisco

POSTDATA:

Watergrange Jack

Daily Mail:

Watergrange Jack

Daily Mirror:

Watergrange Jack

Daily Record:

Watergrange Jack

The Star:

Turning Gold