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15:50 Carlisle

Good To Soft

Williams Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 2m 3f 61y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Williams Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 53-8F4

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

French winner who has produced fair performances in British handicaps the last twice (2m, good to soft/heavy); improvement needed today but perhaps the step up in trip will suit this lightly raced 5yo and his trainer's horses are always worth a second look at Carlisle; could be a player.

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11th

5

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Tanganyika

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Could be called the winner a long way out on deep ground at Newbury (3m) at the beginning of this month, sauntering home by 25l; couldn't dominate in the same fashion in a much bigger field at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) 15 days later and faded into a well-held third, albeit not disgraced in a hot race.

10/1

3rd

13

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Tanganyika

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Beaten when falling in Saint Davy's race at Sandown but back on deep ground he could be called the winner a long way out at Newbury (3m, heavy) and sauntered home by 25l; a 7lb rise could have been a lot worse but he was perhaps flattered to some extent in a race that fell apart, and dominating this in similar fashion won't be easy.

14/1

1st

6

1st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:45 Newbury

Tanganyika

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

made all, soon clear, went further clear before 6th, canter

20/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 7-4212

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Easy winner on handicap debut at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) in November and, although he was no match for the winner there since (2m4f, soft), he still ran well in second; could have more to offer; on the shortlist.

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6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:40 Musselburgh

Holmes St Georges

10st 8lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Just 1-9 over hurdles but bounced back quickly from a disappointing December run when close second in competitive handicap here (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and will pose a threat if able to transfer that form to fences at the first attempt; first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

2nd

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

13:10 Musselburgh

Holmes St Georges

11st 1lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders in centre of group

12/1

8th

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Holmes St Georges

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Won at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) last November when back from a break and has run well in defeat on his four starts since, most recently at Down Royal (3m, yielding) in May; can go well fresh and could be a player.

8/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4-3214

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Ciaran Gethings gets off and sticks with stablemate Marsh Wren but this bumper (1m7f, heavy) and novice hurdle (2m4f, good) winner goes handicapping off a fair mark and is open to improvement; a contender.

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6th

2

19th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:35 Carlisle

Mexico

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Displayed improved form when upped in trip and winning easily in a novice hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) in April; unexposed over staying trips and not ruled out on his chase debut, but this is a tough first assignment in this sphere and he's not bred for fences.

10/1

12th

18

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

Mexico

10st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Proved a revelation stepping up to about 3m for the first time when barely coming off the bridle to win a Uttoxeter novice event (soft) a fortnight ago; went about 14l clear at the last before being eased, so a 7lb rise in his mark looks lenient; stable won this race in 2021; considered.

10/1

1st

1

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Mexico

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

in touch with leaders on outer, hit 6th, led going easily after 4 out, went clear after 3 out, eased run-in, easily

9/2

Form: 5221

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Returned from very long absence in November and has shown promise in maiden hurdles, finishing second twice in a row (2m/2m3f, good to soft/soft) before winning at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) last month; has potential off this opening mark in view of his old, very useful Flat form; respected.

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3rd

1

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

19:05 Worcester

Astromachia

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Consistent since switched to hurdles late last year, including wins in a 2m maiden and 2m2f Fontwell handicap; latest third at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) was encouraging; chance.

11/4

3rd

3

2nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:25 Uttoxeter

Astromachia

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Reliable sort since switched to hurdles late last year, including wins in a 2m maiden and 2m2f Fontwell handicap; close third there (2m3f, good) on latest start and should be seriously involved again.

3/1

4

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Astromachia

11st 5lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Form: 21F-66 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Two-time hurdle winner who scored over fences at Wetherby last March; however, this 10yo has been below par in chases on his two outings this season and a return to form is needed.

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3rd

3

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Carlisle

Buster Valentine

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual chase winner but not been at his best this season (last twice over hurdles); on a good mark and conditions suit; could go well.

10/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

14:40 Market Rasen

Buster Valentine

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Useful chaser at his best but didn't fire on either start over fences this season and was unable to land a telling blow when back over hurdles last month; needs to turn a corner.

25/1

5th

9

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

15:50 Carlisle

Buster Valentine

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Two-time hurdle winner who scored over fences at Wetherby last March; however, this 10yo has been below par in chases on his two outings this season and a return to form is needed.

25/1

Form: 5-7465 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

It's a long time since this 11yo has threatened but he ran some fair races last year and continues to drop down the weights; has won here four times (including this in 2020) and is not ruled out now back here.

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1st

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

made virtually all

16/1

3rd

1

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Snapped a long losing run when in front at Hexham last month (2m, good) and probably ran to the same level when third back there over 2m4f 19 days ago; exposed but in form and should run well back in a Class 4.

3/1

3rd

5

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Captain Zebo

11st 5lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

took keen hold, towards rear, rapid headway and went second after 2nd

13/2

Form: 63P7-3 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Made his reappearance in the competitive Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton (2m5f, soft) last month and returned to form with a creditable third; has won on good to soft ground and has strong claims now back down in grade.

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3rd

1

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:15 Chepstow

Up For Parol

12st 1lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

His last win was in December 2021 but he's well treated on old form and was a close second at Fakenham (2m4f, good) 25 days ago; untested beyond 2m5f under rules but he rallied well last time and has claims if his stamina holds out.

11/2

2nd

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

15:07 Fakenham

Up For Parol

12st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Smart form as recently as last February (2m5f, soft) and his close second in a match at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) in November wasn't too bad; not seen to good effect in two starts since but this is a drop in class and the competition isn't strong.

2/1

3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Up For Parol

12st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

led

5/1

Form: 09721-

Last run: 346 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Good-ground bumper winner who got better with each of his four hurdle starts, finishing second at Newcastle (2m4f, good) last February then going one better there (2m, good); unexposed and brings potential to this handicap debut but has been off for nearly a year and is unproven on slow ground.

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4th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Fingals Hill

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out

6/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

16:35 Carlisle

Fingals Hill

11st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Peter Atkinson

raced in third, went second before 2 out, chased clear leader before last, kept on but no impression run-in

9/2

5th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Fingals Hill

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

Won three in a row in the spring (2m-2m3f, various ground) and completed a four-timer at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on last month's comeback; he's better than he showed at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago but needs to leave that performance well behind here.

18/1

Form: 2191-1 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

2-5 in novice hurdles last season, the wins gained over 2m/2m4f on soft/good to soft, and she won a four-runner mares' event on her handicap and seasonal debut at Exeter (2m2f, heavy) on New Year's Day; this is much tougher but she's unexposed and could have more left in the tank.

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3rd

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Marsh Wren

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Front-runner; hurdle winner on good to soft but suited by slower surfaces and this winter's improvement over fences has come on soft and heavy; has moved steadily in the right direction at 2m4f-2m6f but this is a tough task.

25/1

1st

6

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 16y

14:23 Thurles

Marsh Wren

10st 9lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

made virtually all, faced challenge after 2 out

11/8

OUR TIP

25/1

Form: 5212/0

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Tailed off at 16-1 at Huntingdon three weeks ago after a long absence and needs to show how much ability she retains; however, she's in top hands and is well treated on the form she showed in early 2021; watch the betting.

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3rd

1

14th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

16:05 Ludlow

Marada

12st 0lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

jumped left on occasions, raced slightly wide, in touch with leaders

5/1

7th

6

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Marada

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Triple 2m hurdle winner in 2020-21 season; returned from long absence with two heavy defeats at start of this year but last month's Chepstow seventh (2m3f, soft; race won by Dollar Bae) was more encouraging and she might get closer to the target on today's faster ground.

14/1

7th

1

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

15:15 Chepstow

Marada

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Promising novice in the 2020-21 season, winning three times and finishing second in a Grade 2 at Newbury; no impression in two runs back from a long absence this winter, undergoing wind surgery after the latest; down in the weights but there are risks attached.

20/1

Form: 25/1-3 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Hurdle/chase winner for Tom George who returned from a long absence with an encouraging third over hurdles on his stable debut at Haydock (2m3f, soft) in December; could build on that and he's one to consider.

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7

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

15:50 Carlisle

Doctor Dex

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Hurdle/chase winner for Tom George who returned from a long absence with an encouraging third over hurdles on his stable debut at Haydock (2m3f, soft) in December; could build on that and he's one to consider.

14/1

8

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

15:23 Wetherby

Doctor Dex

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Won over hurdles in France for Tom George in spring 2021 and, after a long layoff, outran 50-1 odds when placed for new yard at Haydock (2m3f, soft) in December; still very well handicapped on old form; could have a say.

6/1

3

29th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Doctor Dex

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Chase/hurdle winner who only recently returned from a long absence and it was in a higher grade that he finished a 12l third in that Haydock race (2m3f, soft) a month ago; that was encouraging and he's on a dangerous mark.

10/1

Form: P1267P

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Two novice hurdle wins for Joseph O'Brien last year but he's struggled on his last three starts and a major turnaround is required.

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6th

1

11th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

20:10 Uttoxeter

Faron

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won a maiden (2m2f) and a novice hurdle (2m2f) on good to yielding in Ireland last season; has been disappointing for current yard, and although well handicapped, has plenty to prove.

8/1

3rd

7

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Faron

11st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Stuart Coltherd

raced in second, went third after 3 out, ridden after 2 out, soon outpaced, not fluent last, no match for first two

20/1

11th

6

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

14:25 Perth

Faron

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Stuart Coltherd

always behind

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £865.00
Straight Forecast £730.70
Tricast £2393.30
Trifecta £4222.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Up For Parol

Telegraph:

Marsh Wren

TOPSPEED:

Faron

Daily Record:

Holmes St Georges

SPOTLIGHT:

Mexico

The Times:

Captain Zebo

Daily Mirror:

Astromachia

D Express:

Marsh Wren

The Sun:

Marsh Wren

POSTDATA:

Up For Parol

LAMBOURN:

Up For Parol

The Guardian:

Up For Parol

Daily Mail:

Up For Parol

The Star:

Up For Parol