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Healix “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5446
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Healix “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 11P D BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Bubble was burst when favourite for Grade 2 at Warwick (eventually pulled up) last month, having been 3-3 previously, but perhaps something was slightly amiss and/or conditions (2m5f, heavy) played some part; has gained his hurdles wins at 2m/2m1f and may resume his progress back down in distance; holds two Grade 1 entries at Cheltenham; still of interest.

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

4th

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Givega

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, disputed lead, good jump and led clearly 5th, headed 5 out, outpaced 4 out, weakened quickly before 3 out

13/2

5

11th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Givega

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has won all three of his completed races under rules, easily making all in C&D novice (good to soft) three weeks ago; lack of stamina might have been responsible for a poor run over 2m5f (heavy) at Warwick the time before; in deeper here but he may not have reached his ceiling just yet and he's one to consider on today's handicap debut.

15/2

8/11

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 2

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made a promising debut in C&D novice hurdle (soft) nearly 11 weeks ago, keeping on for second behind useful Authorised Speed who subsequently started favourite for the Tolworth (had an excuse for that defeat); had wind surgery since and now goes in tongue-tie; holds solid claims even before factoring in likely progress; strongly respected.

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0

5

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Huntingdon

Immortal

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

raced in second, not fluent 6th, pulled up quickly after 7th

5/2

8th

8

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Immortal

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Beaten at 5-2, 10-11 and 13-8 on his three starts, and no match for the first two when third on last month's handicap debut here (2m3f, soft); however, he's in top hands and things may click in a big way at some point.

3/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 39-416 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made the frame a few times in bumpers; opened his account at Taunton (2m, good) on debut over hurdles, narrowly turning over an odds-on favourite who has scored since; comfortably held at Kempton on Boxing Day, albeit in a stronger race on soft going; this return to forecast better ground may prove ideal; one of the main contenders.

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0

3

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

Mamoon Star

11st 9lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

Sandown's soft ground was perhaps all too much for him last time (has only won on good) and he had returned with a reasonable effort at Wincanton; however, has to prove his stamina for this far and he's not always looked straightforward.

12/1

0

6

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

12:30 Sandown

Mamoon Star

11st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

The best of his soft-ground runs was in a bumper; Taunton novice winner last November; hasn't always looked the easiest and he hung badly when tailed off on final start last term; back with a creditable second when tongue tied at Wincanton last month but needs a career best.

7/1

2nd

7

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:45 Wincanton

Mamoon Star

11st 8lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

raced in last, not fluent and pushed along briefly 2nd, headway after 3 out, went second approaching last, kept on but no match for winner

4/1

Form: 6

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Immortal; showed some promise in Wincanton bumper (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day, finishing sixth of 17; half-brother to two winners over jumps; open to improvement and could go well.

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8th

3

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

13:40 Warwick

Easy Rider

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Well beaten when upped to 2m5f at Kempton (soft) last month but today's race is much easier and his fourth at Sandown (2m, good to soft) in February makes him of significant interest.

11/4

6th

4

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:25 Kempton

Easy Rider

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Out of half-sister to Presenting; made respectable bumper debut and plenty of promise in never-nearer fourth on hurdle debut at Sandown in February (2m, good to soft) where better-fancied stablemate was runner-up; can improve for this longer trip but Issuing Authority looks the yard's main hope.

12/1

4th

3

16th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

15:35 Sandown

Easy Rider

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Stablemate of Immortal; showed some promise in Wincanton bumper (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day, finishing sixth of 17; half-brother to two winners over jumps; open to improvement and could go well.

16/1

Form: 03

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Modest RPRs in two bumpers at Exeter, remote third on latest occasion; half-brother to numerous winners and may do better in due course; however, has plenty to find on this first crack at hurdling.

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10th

11

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Moonlight Artist

11st 5lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Raced prominently when a C&D winner (good to soft) off 3lb lower in November; respectable effort to be third at Aintree (3m, heavy) next time; below that level twice since, including when second at Wincanton latest; interesting back here with claimer assigned.

5/1

2nd

7

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Moonlight Artist

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Came good at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) in November, his second handicap, and subsequent Aintree third (3m, heavy) was very respectable; below form after jumping left throughout at Hereford in January but can pose a potent threat if he kicks that habit here.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

20,000euros foal, £28,000 3yo; dam unraced half-sister to bumper and 2m/2m3f hurdle winner Ard Abhainn, out of bumper/2m2f hurdle winner; sole newcomer in the field; market instructive.

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4th

5

8th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

15:35 Sandown

West End Boy

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Easy win on his handicap and seasonal debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) in October and readily followed up off the same mark at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) eight days later, when forced to switch; hit with 12lb rise but could still be ahead of the handicapper.

9/2

1st

8

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:37 Plumpton

West End Boy

10st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Displayed significant improvement on seasonal/handicap debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) eight days ago, drawing clear to win quite comfortably by 10l; escapes a penalty here and commands respect.

5/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Twice raced in the Irish point-to-point sphere, better effort when close third last time; sold for £30,000 since; has hurdles winners in his pedigree but this looks a tough starting point.

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7th

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Invictus Allen

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

Left disappointing chase/handicap debut a long way behind when clear second to next-time-out winner at Ffos Las (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces); didn't appear to get home over 3m5f at Fakenham and remains capable of better; cheekpieces sported the last twice are removed.

3/1

4th

8

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 4

13:40 Fakenham

Invictus Allen

10st 4lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Unexposed after only five rules starts and left disappointing chase/handicap debut a long way behind when clear second to next-time-out winner at Ffos Las (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) last month; moves up in trip again here and could still have a lot more to offer.

4/1

2nd

6

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Invictus Allen

11st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

travelled strongly, prominent, led but pestered after 5th

20/1

Form: 3-06

Last run: 104 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Finished third at Sedgefield on sole bumper run; comfortably held in a couple of novice hurdles, latest at Exeter; needs improvement, and may be more interesting when switched to handicaps.

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4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Taunton

Tik Tok

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Christian Williams

held up in rear, mistake 4 out, mistake and struggling 3 out

10/1

7th

9

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

17:07 Hereford

Tik Tok

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Soundly beaten in three 2m novice hurdles last season and makes handicap debut after a one-year absence but remains very unexposed and market support will make him of interest.

10/1

4

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Tik Tok

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Third in a bumper but well beaten in three novice hurdles; tailed off at Sandown in February but his tenth at Chepstow last October is better than it looks; interesting on handicap debut off this mark with tongue-strap on.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £41.00
Straight Forecast £39.50
Trifecta £95.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Immortal

RP Ratings:

Givega

WEST COUNTRY:

Moonlight Artist

TOPSPEED:

Immortal

LAMBOURN:

Immortal

The Times:

Immortal

Telegraph:

Immortal

The Guardian:

Immortal

Daily Mail:

Immortal

D Express:

Immortal

Daily Mirror:

Immortal

The Star:

Immortal

Daily Record:

Immortal

POSTDATA:

Givega

The Sun:

Givega