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Ascot Racecourse Supports Schools Poetry Competition Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13007.5
  • 2m 3f 58y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Ascot Racecourse Supports Schools Poetry Competition Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 21-13 BF

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Impressed in a bumper in November 2021 and justified short odds on hurdle debut at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft) in October; beaten favourite but not discredited when third in Grade 2 at Cheltenham (2m, good) in November; bred to benefit from today's step up in trip and still has significant potential; respected.

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

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Springwell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Second-season hurdler who won on reappearance at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November and, after failing to get home there (3m, heavy) next time, went very close at Musselburgh (3m, soft) when drawing clear with the neck winner who has since followed up; solid each-way claims up 2lb.

20/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Springwell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Three novice wins last term; tends to race a bit freely but he found plenty for pressure, as well as travelling up smoothly to lead two out, when winning his handicap/seasonal debut at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November; tongue tied first time when not quite so good over 3m (bred to stay well) on heavy ground there on New Year's Day but could still have potential.

13/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1 C

Last run: 92 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Left in front at final flight before keeping on well to make winning rules debut here (1m7f, good to soft) in November; held by stablemate Attacca on a line through the last-flight faller in that race but has plenty of scope for improvement.

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4

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:45 Sandown

Persian Time

11st 1lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

always behind, struggling and pulled up after 10th

10/1

4th

6

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Persian Time

10st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won at Ascot (2m1f, good to soft) in December on second chase start and bounced back from Cheltenham flop for neck win at Kempton (2m2f, good to soft) last month; top trainer has won three of the last six runnings and this 6yo could have a big say if conditions suit (unproven on soft/heavy).

11/2

1

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Kempton

Persian Time

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Stable form is a concern and he was pulled up at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) last time out; however, he lost his right-hind shoe and the form of his win at Ascot (2m1f, good to soft) in December has been franked by the runner-up; not written off.

10/1

Form: 2-11

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Made all in useful Cheltenham novice (2m1f, good) in December and is now 2-2 over hurdles; ought to be suited by the longer trip here and a tilt at next month's Ballymore at Cheltenham could be on the agenda if all goes to plan today.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:20 Ascot

Attacca

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Made all in useful Cheltenham novice (2m1f, good) in December and is now 2-2 over hurdles; ought to be suited by the longer trip here and a tilt at next month's Ballymore at Cheltenham could be on the agenda if all goes to plan today.

11/8

2

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Attacca

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

1st

1

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:40 Cheltenham

Attacca

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Justified favouritism with 1l success in novice hurdle at Kempton (2m, good to soft) last month, building on the promise of his sole bumper run; others have better form as things stand but he should have more to offer for top yard; an interesting prospect.

4/1

Form: 2-12 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 5yo who won comfortably on British debut at Taunton (2m3f, soft) last month, despite racing freely, and chased home a very good prospect at Sandown (2m, good to soft) a fortnight ago; ought to play a significant role here too.

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0

2

12th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

14:50 Sandown

Iliko DOlivate

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Reportedly has to go right-handed and both wins have come in novice events at Taunton (soft/good to soft), latterly at the expense of Aurigny Mill (by 5l); may need further progress to defy this mark on handicap debut and chasing is on the agenda according to the trainer's recent Stable Tour.

4/1

1st

2

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:35 Taunton

Iliko DOlivate

11st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, increased tempo from 5th, kept on well from 2 out, readily

2/1

1

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:30 Newbury

Iliko DOlivate

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Could do with settling better but he's still shown a consistent level of form in Britain and his defeats when penalised have come at top tracks; looks sure to be involved once more.

2/1

66/1

Form: 4

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Out of a well-connected dam and was left clear to make winning Irish point debut last March; beaten about 22l when fourth on bumper debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft) three weeks ago; can only be watched here.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Townhill

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

soon led, headed but prominent after 1st, pushed along disputing second home turn, keeping on and 1 length down when left in lead 2 out, clear approaching last, kept on well, comfortably

3/1

4th

1

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Townhill

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Placed in first two handicaps (2m7f/2m5f) before making virtually all in first-time cheekpieces at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) last month; drew clear of the others with the runner-up there and a recent 5lb rise does not look excessive; high on the list.

11/4

1st

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:20 Doncaster

Townhill

11st 11lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Irish maiden point winner in March 2022; did his best work late in the day when fourth over nearly 3m at Uttoxeter (good to soft) in May on handicap debut and his rallying third of 15 over 2m6f at Taunton (soft) three weeks ago looked highly encouraging for this step back up in trip; cheekpieces are also enlisted; one for the shortlist.

5/1

Form: 523-75

Last run: 115 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in two heavy-ground bumpers in early part of last year and bettered low-key hurdle debut when keeping-on fifth at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in October; however, faces a very tough task here.

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1st

4

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

13:42 Exeter

Marty Byrde

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John Flint

Made the frame in two heavy-ground bumpers (one here) in early part of last year but has shown only minor promise over hurdles this season and needs to improve to pose a significant threat in this.

14/1

6th

7

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:20 Ascot

Marty Byrde

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: John Flint

Made the frame in two heavy-ground bumpers in early part of last year and bettered low-key hurdle debut when keeping-on fifth at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in October; however, faces a very tough task here.

50/1

5

5th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:33 Hereford

Marty Byrde

11st 9lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: John Flint

Very nearly won an Exeter bumper 13 months ago and his second run over hurdles was better than the first, though was still beaten about 15l; looks ready for this longer trip.

5/1

Form: 46

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Third on Irish point debut in October and has shaped with promise in maiden hurdles this winter (2m3f/2m4f) but can't be recommended here.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:20 Ascot

The Big Reveal

11st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Third on Irish point debut in October and has shaped with promise in maiden hurdles this winter (2m3f/2m4f) but can't be recommended here.

66/1

13

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Ffos Las

The Big Reveal

11st 10lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Bought for £105,000 after finishing third in Irish point; friendless in the betting at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft; maiden hurdle) for new yard but again shaped encouragingly and is open to improvement.

8/1

Form: 13-

Last run: 446 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won heavy-ground Newton Abbot bumper on debut in October 2021 and placed under penalty at Ayr (good to soft) the following month, but makes hurdling debut after long absence and in a hot race.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

8

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Knowwhentoholdem

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Lightly raced 9yo who is inconsistent, but he won easily for Anthony Charlton at Newbury (2m4f, heavy) four weeks ago on his third handicap run; tougher task here but makes stable debut with new yard among the winners (remains in same ownership) and a 5lb rise might not be enough to stop him.

7/2

1st

8

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Knowwhentoholdem

10st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

prominent, led 2 out, ridden and went clear run-in, comfortably

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £108.00
Straight Forecast £135.70
Trifecta £193.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Attacca

The Times:

Persian Time

WEST COUNTRY:

Springwell Bay

RP Ratings:

Attacca

TOPSPEED:

Attacca

LAMBOURN:

Attacca

Telegraph:

Attacca

The Guardian:

Attacca

Daily Mail:

Attacca

The Sun:

Attacca

The Star:

Attacca

Daily Mirror:

Persian Time

Daily Record:

Persian Time

D Express:

Springwell Bay