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Good To Soft

Think Smart At Vertem Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4520.18
  • 2m 0f 190y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Think Smart At Vertem Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 233

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

All starts on soft ground; placed in points and his sole bumper, and has finished third on both hurdle starts (including C&D); solid contender.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

4

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Blue Fin

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won a maiden hurdle at Newcastle (2m1f, good to soft) last February and he reappeared with a promising second on his chase debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); he may appreciate this return to hurdles having struggled over fences the last twice, but has something to prove regarding current form.

20/1

2

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

Blue Fin

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Flopped when warm favourite at Carlisle (2m, good to soft) in December but was creditable second to smart rival on seasonal/chase debut there (2m4f, soft) in November and still has potential.

6/1

6th

1

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 4

12:25 Carlisle

Blue Fin

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Promising second in similar event here (2m4f, soft; chase debut) six weeks ago; open to progress in this sphere and commands respect off same mark back down in distance (2m1f hurdle winner).

13/8

7/2

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 2-O

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on debut in French hurdle (2m2f, very soft) in September 2021 and then absent until Hereford (2m3f, good) three weeks ago, where he was 9-2 and in front when running out at the fifth flight; comes with risks attached after that but has potential if on his best behaviour this time.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

3

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Si Elegant

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Tailed off (bled from the nose) on his chase and handicap debut at Leicester (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago but that doesn't tell the full story as he was going well when making a very bad blunder three out; that was his first run for nearly a year and this unexposed 6yo is an interesting contender.

100/30

3rd

3

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 4

16:20 Leicester

Si Elegant

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

keen to post, led approaching last, going okay when bad mistake 3 out, not recover

3/1

10

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

13:23 Bangor-on-Dee

Si Elegant

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Ran out at fifth flight on last month's British debut but made amends with promising second at Newcastle (2m1f, good to soft) a fortnight later; moves up in trip here and should still have more to offer; major player.

7/4

7/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 02

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point winner who left her hurdle debut form miles behind when runner-up at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; open to further improvement and she's firmly in calculations here.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Hashtag Boum

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Ruth Jefferson

midfield

16/1

4th

3

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Hashtag Boum

11st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Ruth Jefferson

Runner-up twice in a row (2m4f/2m6f, soft) towards end of last year and went one better at Market Rasen (soft) last month, where rail adjustments meant the distance was close to 3m; this lightly raced mare could have more to offer over staying trips and is on the shortlist up 4lb.

4/1

1st

4

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:05 Market Rasen

Hashtag Boum

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Ruth Jefferson

Won at Kelso (2m6f, good) last April on second handicap start and ran well to finish second on her two starts towards the end of last year (2m4f/2m6f, soft); today's extra yardage could be a positive for this lightly raced mare and she's one to consider.

7/2

Form: 3

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

His jumping was novicey and he failed to settle when 22l third of ten over C&D (soft) on last month's debut; improvement is required and his pedigree suggests he may need further, but the form of that first run has been franked and he's in good hands to progress; not ruled out.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

12

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Caithness

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Down the field at Kempton and Musselburgh on his two runs this year and needs to raise his game; however, made all twice in a row over C&D (good/soft) in the autumn, prior to a good third of 17 at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft), and he'd be a player if rediscovering that sort of form.

33/1

10th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Caithness

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Twice made all at Kelso (good/soft) before a front-running third of 17 at Cheltenham (second handicap); didn't jump well enough to remain competitive when last of six at Kempton three weeks ago and he's better than that.

9/1

6th

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Caithness

11st 3lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

took keen hold, led, mistake 1st, not fluent 2nd, mistake 3 out, headed home turn, not fluent 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

Form: 46/1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Returned from a long absence to win a bumper at 40-1 at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago, when wearing a first-time tongue-tie (retained) on his third start; a player if transferring that promise to hurdles.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

16:35 Ffos Las

Long Symphony

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Won a bumper at 40-1 at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) in February and has had wind surgery prior to this second hurdle start; however, he was well beaten at Newcastle (2m1f, good to soft) last time and needs to be an entirely different proposition here.

9/1

5th

4

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:53 Newcastle

Long Symphony

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Returned from a long absence to win a bumper at 40-1 at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago, when wearing a first-time tongue-tie (retained) on his third start; a player if transferring that promise to hurdles.

11/2

1st

5

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:30 Wetherby

Long Symphony

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Laura Horsfall

Beaten 14l and 18l in two bumpers during early 2021; there's ability lurking but whether he's up to winning one of these remains to be seen.

20/1

Form: 05524

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Runner-up at Wexford (2m, good to yielding) on final run for Ross O'Sullivan; soundly beaten fourth of five at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) on stable debut in December but has had wind surgery since and wears a first-time tongue-tie today; might not be far away if back to his best.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

13:40 Market Rasen

Lenebane

11st 0lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Still a maiden and had six chances in handicaps; ran quite well in two of them but she needs to raise her game.

16/1

3rd

2

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

16:10 Catterick

Lenebane

11st 4lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Still a maiden and posted a modest effort on latest outing but otherwise has bits of encouraging form; may be capable of being competitive off a reduced mark and with William Maggs claiming 7lb.

8/1

5th

8

18th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

13:25 Musselburgh

Lenebane

11st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

0-10 over hurdles but she was only beaten around 5l by Maggie O at Doncaster (2m, good) on her return last month and would have finished closer if not hampered by a faller at the last; has claims if she can build on that and yard won this in 2021.

4/1

Form: 7F

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

In the mix when falling at final fence in sole point (last April; sold for £50,000 in May) and ran okay in mid-division on bumper debut on Boxing Day; however, he was 50-1 and struggling when falling two out over hurdles at Wincanton earlier this month, and has to leave that run well behind.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Shuil Ceoil

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Dug deep to open account at Exeter (2m5f, soft) in December but has suffered a dip in form in recent weeks; hooded for first time today; arrives with a point to prove.

16/1

10

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Shuil Ceoil

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Dug deep to open account at Exeter in December and his subsequent second to Bobalot at Fontwell (also 2m5f, soft) was another good effort; well behind Zonda when fourth on heavy ground last month but is not yet fully exposed and enters calculations.

10/1

Form: 7-P

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Tailed off on debut in Ayr bumper last April and pulled up at the same venue in December on first hurdle start; hard to fancy.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

14

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Captain Nelson

10st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: R Mike Smith

0-7 in novice/maiden hurdles, completing only twice and showing no significant promise; makes handicap debut from a basement mark but still needs improvement.

50/1

8th

1

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Captain Nelson

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: R Mike Smith

Showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for his three hurdling starts last spring; returns from a break today.

100/1

3

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 4

18:20 Cartmel

Captain Nelson

11st 2lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Has a tongue tie on for first time but significant improvement needed.

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £324.00
Straight Forecast £348.80
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Selections

The Times:

Hashtag Boum

SPOTLIGHT:

Blue Fin

Telegraph:

Caithness

D Express:

Lenebane

The Star:

Si Elegant

The Guardian:

Hashtag Boum

Daily Mail:

Hashtag Boum

Daily Mirror:

Hashtag Boum

The Sun:

Hashtag Boum

Daily Record:

Hashtag Boum

RP Ratings:

Blue Fin

POSTDATA:

Blue Fin