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Racing To School Blackbrook Primary Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Racing To School Blackbrook Primary Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 2-3171 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Said to have found good to soft going too slow at Market Rasen two starts ago but has won either side of that and did well to beat a penalised improver (who's now 7lb higher) on good ground over C&D 14 days ago; an 8lb higher mark might not be enough to stop him.

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3rd

12

8th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Worcester

Almost Gotaway

11st 2lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Won last three starts at about this trip on officially good ground, beating subsequent winners each time; up a further 5lb for the latest narrow win at Taunton in February but he keeps pulling out extra when needed; slight fitness query to answer and forecast rain is no plus.

13/2

1st

1

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Almost Gotaway

12st 2lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Said to have found good to soft going too slow at Market Rasen two starts ago but has won either side of that and did well to beat a penalised improver (who's now 7lb higher) on good ground over C&D 14 days ago; an 8lb higher mark might not be enough to stop him.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 0031U3 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Narrow winner of C&D handicap in December (good to soft) but he unseated next time and could make no impression on Almost Gotaway and the runner-up here two weeks ago; has a weights turnaround in his favour but needs more on bare reading of the latest form.

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3rd

5

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

13:30 Plumpton

Fame And Fun

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual hurdle winner at about 2m4f (good to soft); wasn't at all convincing in his first two chases but came good under a prominent ride over C&D (good) two weeks ago when readily repelling the strong-finishing second; just 4lb higher for this similar sort of race and Freddie Gingell's claim takes away 3lb of that.

11/10

1st

8

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

16:50 Plumpton

Fame And Fun

11st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual hurdle winner at about 2m4f (good to soft); had two chase runs, pulling up on first attempt and then a well-held fifth after making mistakes; may improve as he gains in confidence and his mark is okay.

5/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 26480

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Dual winning pointer who showed ability in bumper company; no joy in 2m maiden/novice hurdles but should have more going for him now handicapping at a suitable level and trip; one of the more likely ones.

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2nd

8

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Broomfields Cave

11st 5lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield

7/1

Form: -03536 BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Fair third in a big field on handicap debut at Huntingdon in January (2m3f, good to soft) before non-stayer over 2m5f latest; some improvement on the cards back at this trip but it does look needed.

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3

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

Gavroche Dallier

10st 8lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

0-8 over hurdles; in the frame on three of five starts this year, most recently here (2m4f, good) a fortnight ago, and has Irish pointing experience to call upon on today's chasing debut but a couple of the others in this field look stronger.

11/2

4th

9

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

13:55 Plumpton

Gavroche Dallier

11st 3lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders

10/1

10

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:35 Newcastle

Gavroche Dallier

11st 0lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

towards rear

4/1

Form: 867075

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Has not had many chances and the first-time hood did seem to help in just his second handicap when fifth at Market Rasen this month (2m, good to soft); still needs to prove stamina for this far.

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5th

6

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:30 Hereford

Watchoutitscookie

10st 9lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

1-15 over hurdles and was tailed off in his last run in that discipline; again well held when third on his chase debut at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) where he probably went off a bit too fast given the conditions; wouldn't be the percentage call.

6/1

Form: /502-8

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Can be considered on best bumper and novice hurdle form for previous trainer but beaten a long way at Wincanton recently on return from a lengthy absence and this run will very likely be needed as well.

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5th

8

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

17:15 Taunton

Hazy Dream

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

Had looked limited until running away with a C&D handicap two weeks ago on the back of wind surgery (second run in a tongue-tie); that was after an absence of 350 days so this is a quick turnaround, but a 6lb rise should be manageable.

4/1

1st

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Hazy Dream

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

prominent early, raced in last but in touch with leaders after 2nd, headway after 8th, led 2 out, kept on well, ridden out

25/1

6th

17

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

19:00 Taunton

Hazy Dream

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Joe Tickle

11-race maiden who has not progressed over hurdles and has been beaten 10l or more in her four completed starts in handicaps (2m-2m5f); tongue-tie is now added at this new trip but she's out of the weights again and others are preferred.

16/1

Form: 2225F7 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Sole hurdle win at 2m2f in September; often competitive in defeat subsequently but has been going through a lean spell this year and was beaten a long way out over 2m4f at Uttoxeter ten days ago; others preferred.

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7th

11

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Baliyad

10st 6lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Matt Sheppard

Sole hurdle win at 2m2f in September; often competitive in defeat subsequently but has been going through a lean spell this year and was beaten a long way out over 2m4f at Uttoxeter ten days ago; others preferred.

25/1

7th

8

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:30 Uttoxeter

Baliyad

10st 8lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Matt Sheppard

Sole win (28 attempts) was in a 2m2f selling handicap last September; had a run of seconds over about 2m before his form dipped behind Maillot Blanc at Hereford (2m3f; soft ground a possible excuse) on penultimate start and fell two out at Wincanton on latest (looked beaten); competitive often enough to be considered.

14/1

16

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Baliyad

10st 4lb

J: Mr Ivor Herbert

T: Matt Sheppard

Sole win (27 attempts) was in a 2m2f selling handicap last September; had a run of seconds over about 2m before his form dipped at Hereford (2m3f) on latest start but it's possible that soft ground was against him; stamina has not been proved.

12/1

Form: 8-UP0

Last run: 81 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Remote finisher in two completions over hurdles but bred to be capable of better now handicapping; still some guesswork needed from 6lb out of the weights.

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4th

8

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Kempton

Freddie Fleetfoot

10st 6lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

11/2

2nd

12

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Freddie Fleetfoot

10st 4lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

0-11 over hurdles; excelled himself when 66-1 second here (2m3f, good to soft; no match for easy winner) in December but struggled when reappearing at Wincanton in February; not the most obvious answer.

40/1

10th

9

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:45 Wincanton

Freddie Fleetfoot

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

Ran surprisingly well from 22lb out of the weights when virtually upsides Nordic Tiger at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) which was easily his best form yet; only 4lb wrong here and 11lb lower than last time; has to be considered.

12/1

Form: 4000

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Well held in a bumper and three novice hurdles at 2m3f and 2m but bred to do better back up in trip and he's been allotted a modest mark for his handicap debut; market can guide.

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5th

3

(5)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

16:10 Bath

Lookingdandy

9st 11lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: David Evans

0-14 under rules and needs a deal of improvement if he is to figure on Flat turf debut; stable also runs Taxiing.

33/1

10/1

Form: 45-0P3

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced; moderate form in first two handicaps but there was a lot more to like about her third to a dual subsequent winner and previous scorer at Hereford recently (2m3f, good); has scope for improvement off 2lb lower.

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4th

2

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:10 Southwell

Kalpaga

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

Posted a win then a near-miss over hurdles last April (2m3f/2m6f, good to soft); unable to match that form over fences this season but she was a fair fourth at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in December and has had a wind op since being pulled up last time; no surprise if she goes well now back hurdling.

7/1

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 5

12:27 Wetherby

Kalpaga

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Tim Vaughan

pressed leader, raced in second and prominent after 5th, lost second after 10th, soon reminders and struggling when, pulled up before 4 out

5/2

12/1

Form: -7P643

Last run: 89 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Maiden who has been off since November when giving a bold show over C&D (good), having his lead taken off him only late on, with subsequent winners ahead and behind him; not dismissed off the same mark.

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12

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:40 Newton Abbot

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

in touch with leaders, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2nd, soon towards rear, ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

33/1

15

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Finished behind fellow maiden Gorcombe Moonshine at Exeter most recently but ran well (40-1 third) over 2m3f here in November and has place claims if back to that form.

16/1

7th

15

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:40 Exeter

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Ran well from the front when third at Taunton last November but nothing like as good on only start since, at that track last month; cheekpieces worn in both of those races now left off; 0-18 in career.

20/1

Form: 5-P36P

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Maiden; not badly treated on 2m7f handicap form in November but that was his best effort by some way this winter; pulled up over fences on final start for Katy Price and risky for new yard with cheekpieces discarded.

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5

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Sams The Man

11st 1lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Alexandra Dunn

in rear, shaken up before 4th, not fluent 7th, pushed along and got well behind before 8th, pulled up back straight

40/1

2

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Sams The Man

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Alexandra Dunn

Maiden; not badly treated on 2m7f handicap form in November but that was his best effort by some way this winter; pulled up over fences on final start for Katy Price and risky for new yard with cheekpieces discarded.

16/1

5

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Sams The Man

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Katy Price

Inconsistent maiden over hurdles and doesn't look straightforward; best effort this season when third at Chepstow (2m7f) on penultimate run; chance largely depends on how well he takes to fences.

9/1

Form: 13322P D

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Consecutive 2m2f wins at Newton Abbot last May (good); stays further and this mark shouldn't be beyond him but he was pulled up in August when last seen and needs to return with a bang; cheekpieces replace regular visor.

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4th

3

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:40 Plumpton

Kapitaliste

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Alexandra Dunn

midfield, not fluent 6th, not fluent 7th, lost ground before 4 out

4/1

5th

8

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

16:15 Newton Abbot

Kapitaliste

10st 3lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Alexandra Dunn

prominent

14/1

Form: 2245PP

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner in France; won hurdle debut for this yard last June but two poor efforts in handicaps since wind surgery (out of depth in Listed race in December) and hard to predict a revival.

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8

7th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

15:35 Newton Abbot

Free Chakarte

10st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Seemed to be lit up by first-time blinkers (retained today) at Worcester 12 days ago, racing clear but folding late on; that was at least a step in the right direction but not enough to make her of great interest in this.

12/1

5th

6

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Free Chakarte

11st 1lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Won by 23l on stable/hurdle debut at Hexham (2m, good) last June but was expensive to follow afterwards and has been pulled up on her last three appearances; swaps cheekpieces for first-time blinkers here; leap of faith required to support her at present.

14/1

6

(7)

13th May 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 179y

Class 4

18:10 Leicester

Free Chakarte

10st 1lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: David Pipe

Dual Flat winner in France, both on slow ground, who's completely lost the plot over hurdles since a Hexham win last summer (pulled up on her last three runs, all in cheekpieces); would want to see some support back from a short break.

10/1

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Exacta £89.00
Straight Forecast £68.40
Tricast £388.90
Trifecta £485.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Almost Gotaway

POSTDATA:

Fame And Fun

D Express:

Presgrave

The Times:

Watchoutitscookie

WEST COUNTRY:

Fame And Fun

The Star:

Fame And Fun

Telegraph:

Almost Gotaway

The Guardian:

Almost Gotaway

Daily Mail:

Almost Gotaway

Daily Mirror:

Almost Gotaway

Daily Record:

Almost Gotaway

The Sun:

Presgrave