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13:57 Chepstow

Good To Soft

Pertemps Network Emea Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final)

  • Prize money: £5914.72
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Pertemps Network Emea Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.90
  • Place: £3.30

Form: F-3742 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Kept on for very respectable second at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) last month and is 1lb lower here but hasn't really been firing on all cylinders this season and today's ground is likely to be quicker than ideal for him.

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1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

12st 1lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Won over fences here (2m, heavy) during the winter and was clear second over C&D (heavy) when switched back to hurdling in February; won't mind if the ground starts to dry out today and probably won't be far away.

7/1

3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Zambezi Fix

10st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Opened his chase account at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in December; couple of second-place finishes at same venue since, latest returned to hurdles; generally consistent but loses points for having the worst strike-rate in this field; overall record is just 3-34.

3/1

2nd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

11st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Runs this track well; won this last year off the very same mark and has been in good nick over fences, latterly going down narrowly here in a small field on heavy (off 5lb higher); thereabouts.

11/4

10/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 341912 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Took form to new level when making all for wide-margin win at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day and ran another big race when second of 15 here (2m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago; must be considered.

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1st

2

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

No No Tonic

11st 13lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Mark Gillard

prominent

14/1

5th

7

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:40 Kempton

No No Tonic

11st 5lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Mark Gillard

Veteran who has done her winning at Wincanton; form dipped there on Boxing Day, following two placed efforts; first run at Kempton and isn't the percentage call.

14/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: P8-4P4 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Put a poor run behind her when very respectable fourth at Fontwell (2m1f, good) this month but is back up in grade today and is yet to progress from last season's novice win; others appeal more.

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0

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Petticoat Lucy

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in May and Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) in October on her first two attempts over rules fences; needs to bounce back from a poor show at Kempton, where she jumped to her left; won a 2021 hurdle race on soft.

14/1

7th

5

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:30 Kempton

Petticoat Lucy

11st 3lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won quite cosily at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last month, after a break, and is now 2-2 over fences; latest 6lb rise could have been worse and she commands respect in current form.

5/2

Form: /124-5 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 7yo who created good impression when winning on hurdling debut in 2021; raced too freely and was disappointing favourite on last month's belated seasonal reappearance but is entitled to have benefited from that outing and probably still has potential.

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5th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Go Dante

11st 13lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Below best in first-time cheekpieces in this race last year but he had wind surgery after and is now an established performer in leading 2m handicaps, winning two of his last three starts, including the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; a further 5lb rise will test him but his proven ability at this level counts for plenty.

11/2

1st

8

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Go Dante

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

8yo who has very healthy 4-11 strike-rate; won at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in December and another good run when third of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) four weeks ago, albeit no match for the front two; every chance he'll be in the mix.

13/2

3rd

16

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Go Dante

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Justified favouritism at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) two months ago, beating Doddiethegreat and taking record to 4-10; however, faces a stiffer task back up in class and is held by some of these rivals on Greatwood form.

20/1

Form: F955/1 D

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 13lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Front-running veteran who returned from long absence with win at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft; first run since rejoining Richard Phillips) in November; can probably cope with today's 4lb higher mark but is not one to rely upon heavily.

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1st

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:52 Huntingdon

Totterdown

12st 2lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

Veteran; fair fourth at Sandown in November (2m, soft) but rather disappointing since (hung and jumped right-handed before being pulled up at Chepstow last time); return to this right-handed track should suit; a bit to prove.

16/1

0

7

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Totterdown

11st 4lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

led, jumped right then hung right 4th, headed home turn, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

28/1

Form: 7-108P

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won two good-ground novice hurdles last spring (both 2m5f) but soundly beaten in all three subsequent handicaps (albeit twice on soft ground); drying conditions will aid his cause here, but he still has a lot to prove.

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2nd

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Warwick

Gris Majeur

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Winner of two good-ground novice hurdles but yet to be placed in handicap company; showed a little more at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last time but not enough to make him a betting proposition on this step back up in trip.

14/1

6th

10

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:57 Chepstow

Gris Majeur

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

midfield, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

33/1

10

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Gris Majeur

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Won two novice events last spring, both over 2m5f on good ground; has not shown a lot in either handicap though and this is competitive.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: -68371 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Initially disappointing for new stable this season but rewarded strong market support when cruising clear to win easily by 13l at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) last month; 10lb higher in a higher-grade race today but still can't be opposed with any confidence.

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0

6

6th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Cousu Main

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Susan Corbett

Has run well in both starts since joining this stable, the first of them when second to Fenna's Loss over C&D in June; possibly needs a shade more for another win but likelier than some to give it a good shot.

9/1

4th

2

22nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

14:05 Market Rasen

Cousu Main

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Susan Corbett

Signed off for Neil Mulholland with some below-par efforts in the spring but gave good account when clear second to Fenna's Lass on stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, good) four weeks ago; still unexposed over this sort of trip; a possible if in similar form again here.

9/1

2nd

3

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Cousu Main

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Susan Corbett

travelled strongly, prominent, going easily when went second after 3 out, ridden when challenging approaching last, kept on

10/1

Form: 616-01 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Reportedly suited by drop back from 2m4f when making virtually all to cause 40-1 surprise at Taunton (2m, good) this month, his fifth win over hurdles; subsequent 3lb rise is not excessive but it's hard to tell whether he'll be in the right mood again here.

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8th

6

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:57 Chepstow

River Bray

11st 9lb

J: Miss Heidi Stevens

T: Victor Dartnall

prominent, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

12/1

1st

2

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

River Bray

11st 13lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Won a six-runner handicap at Wincanton (2m4f, good) last March and is now 2lb lower; however, he was down the field on his final run last season (2m5f, good) and tailed off on his reappearance at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in December; this 10yo needs to get back on track.

33/1

Form: 224/49 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Ran well when fourth at Taunton (2m3f, soft) last month, his second start after a long absence, but never really got involved on his latest outing and needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces here (usually hooded).

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1

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Newton Abbot

The Pinkn

12st 0lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Has struggled to find his best since returning from nearly two years away but last month's fourth at Wincanton, when not quite seeing out 2m5f+, was a definite step in the right direction; could well be involved.

9/1

4th

8

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

The Pinkn

11st 9lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Always towards rear when tried in cheekpieces two starts ago and was left behind when pace lifted in home straight here (2m4f; no headgear) last month; can't be supported with much confidence today but is now 12lb lower than when very respectable fourth at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in January.

14/1

Form: 111175 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Very useful on the Flat in his prime and won four in a row over hurdles last August-December (1m7f-2m3f, good-soft); could still be on a good mark but needs to up his game after two below-par runs last month.

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10th

9

(7)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Chester

Al Zaraqaan

9st 3lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Sam England

Prolific winner under both codes, notching up a four-timer over fences on joining this yard last summer; well held on AW Flat return in March but he does have a lower mark on turf.

50/1

6th

2

(2)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Al Zaraqaan

9st 6lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Sam England

Prolific winner under both codes, latterly notching a four-timer over fences last summer; won first time out between the ages of three and five, so goes well fresh, but this is quite an ask off his AW mark (12lb higher than when well held on turf last spring).

16/1

Form: -101PP

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Displayed good turn of foot to win a shade cosily at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in December and subsequent defeat in Lanzarote at Kempton can be overlooked (effectively lost all chance when badly hampered at second flight); has a point to prove after duff effort four weeks ago but will be dangerous here if back on song.

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5th

10

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Rathmacknee

11st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

Ex-Nicky Henderson 8yo who didn't run badly on last September's stable debut but he's been well beaten on both starts since and a return to form is needed on this return from a break.

40/1

8th

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Rathmacknee

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

Won twice (2m4f/2m3f on good, latest last December) but ended his time at Nicky Henderson's mostly out of form; back up from 2m/1m7f today but has not accomplished enough in his two runs for new yard to be persuasive.

50/1

Form: 4113-6 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 5yo who won quite comfortably on stable/hurdle debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) a year ago; behind No No Tonic when sixth of 15 here (2m3f, good to soft) on this month's belated seasonal/handicap debut but arguably shaped with more promise than the bare result suggests; with a top stable and remains unexposed; shortlisted.

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2nd

7

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Inca De Lafayette

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Not sure what happened two runs back but he's won his other two races this season and it was fairly straightforward over 2m3f here last time (soft); only 4lb higher, won't mind dropping back in trip and he won his French bumper on heavy.

11/4

1st

9

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Inca De Lafayette

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has very mixed record during seven-race hurdling career and needs to bounce back from a poor run in November, but looked in very good nick when winning on seasonal debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in October and should be fine on today's slower ground.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £726.00
Straight Forecast £696.80
Tricast £5813.60
Trifecta £6955.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Cousu Main

RP Ratings:

Zambezi Fix

Daily Mail:

Go Dante

TOPSPEED:

No No Tonic

POSTDATA:

Al Zaraqaan

The Times:

Rathmacknee

D Express:

Go Dante

The Guardian:

Cousu Main

The Star:

Cousu Main

Daily Record:

Cousu Main

Daily Mirror:

Zambezi Fix

The Sun:

Zambezi Fix

WEST COUNTRY:

No No Tonic

Telegraph:

Al Zaraqaan