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15:18 Haydock

Good To Soft

Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £16338
  • 3m 0f 58y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 111416 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Made it six wins for 2022 (three on good ground; made all on last three occasions) when obliging over 3m1f at Catterick in November; the drop back in trip looked against him when sixth of 15 at Fakenham (2m4f) on New Year's Day but this higher grade demands more improvement.

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16th

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnsons Blue

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Boasts an excellent (8-15) strike-rate over hurdles and posted a career best when winning ten-runner race at Doncaster (3m, soft; length down when left clear two out) in February; has a good attitude and may not have reached his ceiling just yet, but this is more competitive and he's up 5lb.

25/1

1st

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Johnsons Blue

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1st

7/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1-1122 D BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Completed a hat-trick in handicaps (first win was on good ground) and better form when runner-up since at Taunton and Huntingdon; last three runs have been at about 3m; respected for that record but further progress may be required to win this.

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2nd

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

The Changing Man

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive hurdle form last season included a course win on soft (unraced on heavy); excellent second to class act Stay Away Fay on chase debut at Exeter in November (3m, good to soft) but he's finished well beaten in his final two runs, latterly when favourite for his handicap debut in this discipline; did make a bad mistake four out that day and, if avoiding a similar mishap here, he has the class to be very competitive.

7/1

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Exeter

The Changing Man

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

towards rear, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 14th, recovered and steady headway before 4 out, ridden 3 out, outpaced 2 out, jumped left and weakened last

5/2

4th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

The Changing Man

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive in 3m handicap hurdles last season (including on soft) and took his form to a new level when second at Exeter (3m, good to soft) in November on chase debut, 1l ahead of Grey Dawning who has improved since; unseated six out in Grade 2 at Sandown latest; needs to resume improvement in a major way if he's to beat the best of these.

6/1

OUR TIP

12/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: FU233-

Last run: 315 days

W: 11st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Second in this race (heavy) last year, before his third in the Final at Cheltenham (soft) and 13l third to Party Business at Aintree (good to soft); probably fine on good ground as well; absent 315 days but has been capable of going well after a layoff.

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15th

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Mill Green

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Third in the big 3m handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals in both 2022 and 2023; exposed 12yo but there's every indication that he retains all of that ability, so may well be seriously involved once more.

20/1

3rd

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Mill Green

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on heavy; third in 3m handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals last spring for the second season running; two runs over fences this winter suggest he's at least as good as ever; exposed 12yo but he should be seriously involved.

7/1

Form: 0-54U3

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Wore cheekpieces on last three starts, with tongue tied (he isn't today) on last two; 28-1 and ridden by 7lb claimer, good third of 17 in valuable handicap at Leopardstown (second attempt at 3m, yielding) two weeks ago; his jumping is not always fluent and this British mark looks harder but he brings clear potential.

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0

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

11:45 Aintree

Hardy Bloke

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

raced in fourth, lost touch from 10th, pulled up before 13th

10/1

4th

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Hardy Bloke

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in rear, not fluent 1st, in touch with leaders when mistake 7th, not fluent 9th, outpaced after 5 out, kept on but no impression

50/1

Form: 551-49 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Luckless when fifth in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham (2m4f) last term but made amends at Aintree (3m); reportedly lame after running creditably in May and never dangerous when next seen (20-1) two weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last two starts; may still have potential and the market may guide.

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5th

6

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Party Business

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Has finished fourth in the last two runnings of this race and he's lower in the weights today; returned from break with encouraging fifth to Zain Nights at Cheltenham (3m, good) last month and could build on that run.

10/1

Form: 21-246 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

More to prove if the ground is not softer than good; progressed last season and second in a hot race over C&D (soft; 4lb higher today) in November on reappearance; rather a disappointing in her two runs since, however.

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6th

1

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Get A Tonic

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Inconsistent in the last two seasons and well beaten at Newbury in December last time out, but she comfortably made all there (2m4f, good to soft) earlier that month and can make bold bid if back on song after a break.

7/1

Form: 422211 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Form figures of 11422211 since upped to 3m-3m2f, with those last two wins at Musselburgh (on soft/good) under Edward Austin; made all latest; up another 5lb but this steadily progressive stayer keeps pulling out more.

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6th

5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Brandy McQueen

11st 10lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Four-time hurdle winner who won by 19l over fences here (2m7f, good to soft) in October; well treated on that form but he's lost his way in last four starts and was well held back over hurdles last time; has something to prove and he needs to turn things around; cheekpieces removed.

25/1

7th

8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Brandy McQueen

11st 8lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

raced wide early, led soon after start

25/1

Form: 1310-1 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in the EBF Final last March but resumed his winning ways when he reappeared in handicap at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) 19 days ago, produced late on; 5lb higher today but has plenty more to offer as a stayer.

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5th

2

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:12 Ffos Las

Jerrash

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Three-time hurdle winner at 2m3f-3m1f (good to soft/soft); his last success was off 10lb higher but that was 15 months ago and he was tailed off over fences in final run for Gary Moore; now returns to hurdling in new headgear but he comes with risks attached on stable debut.

12/1

4th

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:32 Fakenham

Jerrash

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Gary Moore

Three-time hurdles winner; below par returned to that sphere last time; respectable second at Fontwell (3m3f, soft) on most recent chase attempt; drops back sharply in trip but this seems a good opportunity, with all of his modest rivals out of the weights.

10/11

Form: 250-34 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

0-5 in handicaps, runner-up on first attempt (3m, good); ran respectably for two minor honours at about 2m4f this season; tongue tied on last three starts, also has cheekpieces this time and had wind surgery after latest start (November); player if they bring him back to his best.

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5

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:18 Haydock

Onagatheringstorm

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

0-5 in handicaps, runner-up on first attempt (3m, good); ran respectably for two minor honours at about 2m4f this season; tongue tied on last three starts, also has cheekpieces this time and had wind surgery after latest start (November); player if they bring him back to his best.

12/1

4th

3

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:18 Wetherby

Onagatheringstorm

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Fergal O’Brien

Beaten about 16l on recent reappearance at Cheltenham (2m4f) but that third of 13 was still a pretty good performance and this lightly raced 7yo is on a competitive mark on last season's best efforts; not ruled out.

11/2

3rd

6

21st Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

15:55 Cheltenham

Onagatheringstorm

11st 3lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear of midfield, mistake 1st, ridden and good headway on outer 3 out, went second and ridden 2 out, 8 lengths down last, weakened and lost second run-in

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £426.00
Straight Forecast £435.90
Tricast £4775.00
Trifecta £4346.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jerrash

WEST COUNTRY:

The Changing Man

TOPSPEED:

Mill Green

The Times:

Hardy Bloke

Daily Mail:

Brandy McQueen

RP Ratings:

Jerrash

POSTDATA:

Jerrash

Daily Mirror:

Jerrash

The Sun:

Jerrash

Daily Record:

Jerrash

D Express:

Hardy Bloke

The Guardian:

The Changing Man

The Star:

The Changing Man

LAMBOURN:

Mill Green

Telegraph:

Mill Green