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Betfred Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle (Go North Grey Bomber Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13615
  • 1m 7f 144y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Betfred Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle (Go North Grey Bomber Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1-3 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won on debut in France last April (1m7f, very soft) and that form has worked out very well; disappointing when 4-11 favourite on last month's British debut at Sandown (2m, soft) and something to prove after that, but remains of interest and his trainer won this last year.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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2nd

1

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Bo Zenith

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Beat a notable rival on sole French start; 2-3 in Britain, the wins gained at Haydock (Victor Ludorum) and Stratford (easily) on good to soft; improving hurdler who'll be suited by this track and warrants respect.

11/2

1st

1

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 3

14:05 Stratford

Bo Zenith

11st 12lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

His French win worked out really well and he bounced straight back from a quiet British debut to win the Victor Ludorum at Haydock (good to soft); held the Triumph entry until the latest forfeit stage and should be hard to beat.

4/11

1st

2

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Bo Zenith

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Won on debut in France last April (1m7f, very soft) and that form has worked out very well; disappointing when 4-11 favourite on last month's British debut at Sandown (2m, soft) and something to prove after that, but remains of interest and his trainer won this last year.

4/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3213

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over hurdles at the third attempt at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) last month, and she's since been third in a Listed juvenile fillies' race at Doncaster (2m, good); she's back against males here but may be involved.

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1

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Cianciana

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Brian Ellison

Likeable and consistent filly; got to within 4l of Aintree Grade 1 runner-up Bo Zenith at Haydock in February and it was all very straightforward in a Musselburgh handicap a month ago (2m1f, good to soft); 7lb rise sees her with top weight but she's earned it.

8/1

1st

4

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

14:25 Musselburgh

Cianciana

11st 10lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Brian Ellison

in touch with leaders, headway 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, shaken up to lead approaching last, pushed out and went clear run-in, comfortably

6/1

6th

12

(6)

6th Mar 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Cianciana

9st 3lb

J: Ben Robinson

T: Brian Ellison

Dual Tapeta winner (1m/1m2f), who won a maiden hurdle in January and has run well to finish placed in two valuable juvenile contests since (including a Listed event); untried at this trip on the Flat but she's on a workable mark back in this sphere and is not ruled out.

8/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 91 D

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Left his debut form behind with a convincing win in France (2m, heavy) in December; has joined a top stable for his British career and could play a leading role.

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1st

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Punta Del Este

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Last five runs have been on heavy so conditions were no excuse when running poorly the last twice, and was beaten too far out to blame 3m; Harry Skelton rides the yard's other one.

20/1

12th

7

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Punta Del Este

11st 6lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Impressed over 2m3f on heavy at Haydock but failed to dispel stamina doubts for this trip when a weakener over 3m there (heavy) the last time, having been raised 10lb; it could be that something came to light when his in-form trainer is evidently keen to go again over this far.

25/1

Form: 36

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Flat winner at Killarney in October but well beaten on first two hurdle starts and the first-time hood needs to prompt dramatic improvement.

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1st

9

14th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

12:20 Huntingdon

Apologise

11st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Initially stiff-looking mark is finally assuming more realistic proportions, but form of 14l-16l defeats this autumn needs building on significantly; mixed signals up to now as to whether 2m4f is required.

14/1

9th

3

8th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

17:15 Uttoxeter

Apologise

11st 11lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Handicap hurdle debut came in a warm race (March) but last month's C&D sixth (again 40-1) helps to show improvement is needed; sometimes hooded.

25/1

10/1

Form: 4943

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Two-time good-ground Flat winner who has also shown ability over hurdles, most recently third in Punchestown handicap (2m, soft); now 0-4 in this code and vulnerable if bumping into anything useful but might not be far away.

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4

24th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 50y

14:55 Limerick

Snapius

11st 5lb

J: Peter Smithers

T: J A Nash

towards rear

20/1

9th

3

(8)

14th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 150y

17:15 Dundalk (AW)

Snapius

9st 9lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: J A Nash

Won Cork 4yo maiden hurdle on heavy ground last March; had winning Flat form on good ground for Joseph O'Brien, so every chance he will cope with this surface; not seen since a couple of below-par handicap hurdle runs last summer.

12/1

Form: 11 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won on hurdle/stable debut at Taunton (2m, soft) last month and followed up in Musselburgh Listed race (1m7f, good) a fortnight ago; strong claims for top trainer who won this three times in a row between 2019 and 2021.

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11th

4

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Afadil

11st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won at Musselburgh in February (1m7f, good to soft; has also won on good ground) and has run excellent races in defeat off this mark in hot handicaps on his three starts since, most recently a close fourth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle three weeks ago (2m, soft); could be bang there once more.

9/1

4th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Afadil

10st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Fine efforts this year in some of the warmest 2m handicaps, winning the Scottish County at Musselburgh (good to soft) and performing at least as well off higher marks at Cheltenham (County; heavy) and Aintree (soft; third of 19 eight days ago) since; seems to be thriving on a busy schedule and likely to be in the thick of things again under regular rider Freddie Gingell.

11/1

3rd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Afadil

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had a good first season over hurdles but a better horse now and was again well suited by Musselburgh's easy 1m7f when winning there in February; had a very different test in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, heavy) last month wen having a more forceful ride but he still ran a cracker in fifth; left on the same mark and this sharp circuit should be ideal.

10/1

Form: 43191 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Has made all for easy wins on two of his last three starts (2m, good/soft), the latest at Sandown last month; can make another bold bid.

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7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

I Have A Voice

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (good/soft) but returned from break with two heavy defeats in handicaps this year; needs a good boost from the refitted cheekpieces here.

33/1

6

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

I Have A Voice

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Useful on the Flat and easily made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (2m, good/soft) but he returned after a lengthy absence with a heavy defeat at Newcastle (last of seven) last month; still has potential in this sphere but he has something to prove after that comeback run.

25/1

7th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

I Have A Voice

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Nigel Hawke

Useful on the Flat and easily made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (2m, good/soft); absent since last February but has potential off this mark and he's one to watch in the betting on his comeback.

8/1

Form: U61 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Talented maiden on the Flat and he won by 15l at Huntingdon (2m, good) last month on his third hurdle start; the strength of that form is open to question but he did it in good style and is respected today.

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2nd

8

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Planet Legend

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Successful in a couple of 2m juvenile hurdles last season; down the field in two AW Flat handicaps this year; enough to prove upped markedly in distance.

20/1

10th

3

(5)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Planet Legend

9st 12lb

J: David Probert

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

A two-time 2m hurdles winner for his current yard but he was tried in blinkers when a below-par ninth back in this sphere over C&D 18 days ago; he needs to bounce back.

5/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Went close on Flat handicap debut (1m, good) last September then went one better at Windsor (1m2f, soft; RPR 76); gelded since; has the credentials to be effective over hurdles but makes jumps debut in a tough race.

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5th

8

(1)

9th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 8y

Class 5

14:45 Thirsk

V Twelve

9st 0lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Martin Todhunter

Comes here in good form having won a handicap hurdle at Wetherby last month (2m, soft); showed fair form on the Flat for Ed Walker, winning a 1m2f Windsor handicap off 4lb higher in October 2022 (soft); each-way chance.

8/1

1st

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:45 Wetherby

V Twelve

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Martin Todhunter

in touch with leaders, joined leader just after 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and 2 lengths ahead when mistake last, kept on

12/1

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Straight Forecast £281.50
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Afadil

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D Express:

Punta Del Este

Telegraph:

V Twelve

Daily Mirror:

Bo Zenith

POSTDATA:

Afadil

WEST COUNTRY:

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The Guardian:

Afadil

Daily Mail:

Afadil

The Sun:

Afadil

The Star:

Afadil

Daily Record:

Afadil

TOPSPEED:

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