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Huntsman Celebrating Roger Martin’s 75th Birthday Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5819.65
  • 2m 3f 207y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Huntsman Celebrating Roger Martin’s 75th Birthday Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £29.00
  • Place: £5.90

Form: 1PP-P7 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Made all over C&D (heavy) when sporting first-time blinkers in December 2021 but pulled up in his two runs prior to that and three further non-completions followed; he did at least finish here two weeks ago but was tailed off in first-time visor; no headgear this time but he's riddled with risks.

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

4th

5

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Ballybegg

11st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

led, not fluent 1st

6/1

4th

4

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:50 Ludlow

Ballybegg

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Having a second go at chasing this term and finally clicked in this sphere when drawing 10l clear in six-runner race over C&D (soft) last time, despite jumping out to his left; back up 6lb, which still leaves him well handicapped judged on that latest run and on some hurdles form.

2/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: /1-756 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Often races too freely and got away with it when making all in a Fontwell novice (2m3f, soft) last season; has found it tougher in handicaps, despite being reined back the last twice (heavy ground was perhaps not ideal last time); however, the ability is there and the likelihood of a strong pace here will suit if he is again ridden patiently.

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1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:45 Sandown

Nickle Back

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, led, clear 2nd, not fluent 4th, reduced lead after 6th, mistake 12th

11/4

9th

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

One-dimensional front-runner who has yet to finish outside the top two in his five starts over fences; effective on soft ground but it was good going and the trip was 2m4f when hammering the Turners third Djelo in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown last time, and that was after getting left behind by Master Chewy at Kempton (2m, good to soft); he'll probably be in front for a large portion of this race but staying there could be challenging.

10/1

1st

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, jumped well, made all, 5 lengths ahead 3rd, went further clear 7th, 15 lengths ahead going best 3 out, ridden out run-in, unchallenged

12/1

15/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 243113 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

The clearcut winner of handicaps at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) and Taunton (2m3f, good) before seemingly anchored by a 12lb rise when beaten 12l at Musselburgh; still ran well though and Bradley Harris takes off a welcome 7lb this time; by no means out of it.

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2nd

4

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:25 Plumpton

Ilanz

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in last, raced in fourth after 3rd, headway on outer after 3 out, going best when led after 2 out, not fluent when faced challenge last, headed and no extra run-in

7/2

6th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Ilanz

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Won two in a row in December 2022 and back on the scoresheet on his reappearance at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when clear with the runner-up; hit with 8lb rise but that win came in a big field and this 6yo has a progressive profile; firmly in calculations.

6/1

11/4

Form: 221-13 D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Consistent and improving, even allowing for him coming up short when made favourite for his latest handicap at Taunton (2m3f, soft); ran right through the line there and he's arguably 6lb lower for this with Kai Lenihan taking away 7lb.

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3rd

1

12th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:25 Market Rasen

Sayadam

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Yet to finish out of the frame; creditable third to one completing a hat-trick on first run over 3m at Taunton last time; has won on good/soft; a possible.

9/1

3rd

6

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Sayadam

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

The winner of four of his eight starts, most recently over 2m3f on soft ground in November; not progressed since but his stable is in better form now and the step up to 3m also offers hope of better; one to take seriously.

13/2

4th

3

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Sayadam

11st 13lb

J: Kai Lenihan

T: Kim Bailey

Consistent and improving, even allowing for him coming up short when made favourite for his latest handicap at Taunton (2m3f, soft); ran right through the line there and he's arguably 6lb lower for this with Kai Lenihan taking away 7lb.

11/4

Form: 14-231

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who has won three of his last six starts and couldn't have been more impressive in the latest at Haydock (2m3f, soft; effective on good); has an 8lb rise to contend with now, and while softer ground is probably ideal for him, he smacks of a sharp improver.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

7

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Fine Casting

11st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, not fluent 5th

14/1

2nd

5

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Fine Casting

11st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

raced in last

4/1

2

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Fine Casting

10st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Bumper/hurdles winner; consistent results (232) since switched to fences, running well in first-time cheekpieces at Sandown (1m7f, soft; behind subsequent scorer) most recently; this slight step back up in trip looks ideal; holds very solid claims off same mark in the retained headgear.

5/4

OUR TIP

Form: 11-5U5 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Signed off last season with a hat-trick of wins at about 2m4f, all of them under Isabel Williams; yet to replicate that form this term and the handicapper has eased him only 2lb in the process; others appeal more.

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5

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

14:10 Newbury

Bold Plan

11st 10lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Hat-trick of wins in early 2022, the middle leg in this race (soft; subsequent Cheltenham win on good); hasn't been in the same form this winter but he ran more promisingly than the distance beaten suggests at Uttoxeter recently and is now only just above his latest winning mark; respected.

13/2

6th

2

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Bold Plan

11st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Signed off last season with a hat-trick of wins at about 2m4f, all of them under Isabel Williams; yet to replicate that form this term and the handicapper has eased him only 2lb in the process; others appeal more.

12/1

Form: 15-5F6 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Something to prove after not really taking to fences but his best form as a novice hurdler last season brings him into the equation; dangerous to dismiss./

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6th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Peejaybee

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Left disappointing stable debut a long way behind when scoring at Doncaster (3m, soft) last month but raced rather lazily before eventually finishing well for third at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) on latest outing; may benefit from today's step up in trip but it's hard to predict the extent to which he'll warm to the task.

10/1

3rd

3

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Peejaybee

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Bumper winner with a record of 3-7 over hurdles; has taken a while to get the hang of things over fences but he made it sixth-time lucky in this sphere when rallying to score at Doncaster (3m, soft; second run for new yard); now drops back to 2m6f but he's a versatile type who should have more to offer over fences; interesting off only 2lb higher than last time.

4/1

Form: 05-00P

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Smart hurdler/chaser in Ireland and he ran okay in last season's cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival; it's been a poor 12 months otherwise and pulling up in a recent hunter chase makes him very opposable back over hurdles.

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10

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Mitchouka

11st 12lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: M Kehoe

Seeing out trips better since returned to points, in March almost adding a 3m6f High Easter conditions event to an earlier 3m Horseheath success (soft); 9l to find with Pym on their last-time clash, however.

25/1

6

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Mitchouka

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Fiona Kehoe

Smart hurdler/chaser in Ireland and he ran okay in last season's cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival; it's been a poor 12 months otherwise and pulling up in a recent hunter chase makes him very opposable back over hurdles.

50/1

Form: 78-599 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won twice as a juvenile hurdler before his season fizzled out disappointingly and his struggles have continued this campaign, having yet to beat a finisher in any of his runs; his mark is in freefall but for good reason.

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4th

8

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

1m 7f 132y

15:20 Thurles

Doctor Parnassus

10st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Richard John O’Brien

Dual winner over hurdles for the Skeltons; two good efforts on the Flat and not disgraced in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Leopardstown; could have more to offer.

14/1

11th

9

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Doctor Parnassus

11st 11lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Richard John O’Brien

midfield

12/1

6th

1

(19)

4th Aug 2023

Yielding

1m 6f 14y

20:40 Galway

Doctor Parnassus

10st 2lb

J: Jack Kearney

T: Richard John O’Brien

Fair performer for David O'Meara on the Flat before a spell over jumps; encouraging yard debut last week over insufficient 1m2f and well worth another go at this trip.

14/1

Form: 3P12-P

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Odds-on winner of a Newbury maiden last February (2m, soft) and ran well under a penalty (2m4f); his handicap debut at Ludlow (3m, soft; 3-1) was too bad to be true and it's unlikely that it was the longer trip that beat him; possibilities if showing his true colours.

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2

6th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:20 Southwell

Kincardine

11st 13lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Returned to form with win in first-time cheekpieces at Exeter (2m, good to soft; first run after wind surgery) in April but was back in the doldrums at Ludlow last month; should be fine over today's trip but it's hard to predict whether he'll be in the right mood.

7/1

11th

8

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 3

19:00 Ludlow

Kincardine

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Pulled up on his first two starts this season but then landed 2m Exeter handicap on the back of a wind op (also cheekpieces on) four weeks ago; still low mileage so he's not taken lightly despite a 4lb rise.

4/1

1st

8

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Kincardine

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped right on occasions, made all, mistake 5 out, ridden and hard pressed from 2 out, mistake last, kept on well run-in

6/1

Form: -518P8 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won a small-field handicap at Hereford (3m1f, good to firm) in October but soundly beaten three times since and this is a tough race in which to bounce back.

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10th

5

22nd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

17:00 Newton Abbot

Ernesto

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Ian Williams

midfield

16/1

7th

5

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 7y

Class 5

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Ernesto

11st 5lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Ian Williams

Lurks on a very dangerous mark even before Daire McConville's useful 8lb claim is considered but has been out of form this year and needs to turn a corner; visor replaced by cheekpieces; tongue-tie removed.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £2156.00
Straight Forecast £2110.80
Tricast £8419.10
Trifecta £9360.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fine Casting

RP Ratings:

Sayadam

The Times:

Ilanz

LAMBOURN:

Kincardine

The Star:

Bold Plan

TOPSPEED:

Sayadam

WEST COUNTRY:

Sayadam

The Guardian:

Sayadam

Daily Mirror:

Sayadam

POSTDATA:

Fine Casting

Telegraph:

Fine Casting

Daily Mail:

Fine Casting

D Express:

Fine Casting

The Sun:

Fine Casting

Daily Record:

Fine Casting