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Benedict Cox Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Category 3 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2614.08
  • 2m 1f 162y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Benedict Cox Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Category 3 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 3

Last run: 85 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dropped to the rear at halfway but stayed on takingly to finish third at Chepstow (good to soft; 18-1); the Nicholls-trained winner was well touted and the fifth won next time; every chance.

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1st

2

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:40 Newbury

Goodwin

11st 6lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Bumper winner who has performed to a similar level in winning a novice at Plumpton and finishing third under a penalty at Kempton (both over 2m on good to soft); progressive 6yo who likes to get on with it and shouldn't be far away.

7/2

3rd

1

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:55 Kempton

Goodwin

11st 6lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

led, jumped left 1st, headed 2 out, soon ridden, lost second and no extra from last

5/2

1st

7

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

12:40 Plumpton

Goodwin

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

made all

11/4

3/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 522

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £65,000 after finishing second in Ireland and probably stepped up on that form to fill the same place behind a promising winner here (good to soft); just about edges it on form.

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4th

7

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Spitalfield

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Made it 0-10 when tailed off at Taunton (3m, soft) last month and has something to prove, including with his jumping; however, prior to that he was a good third when upped in trip at Huntingdon (3m1f, soft) and he could be thereabouts if rediscovering that form.

20/1

6th

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Spitalfield

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has run well in handicap hurdles on last two starts, seeming to stay 3m1f (soft) when third at Huntingdon this month, despite racing enthusiastically; not obviously ahead of his mark but on the premises again.

11/2

16/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£23,000 2yo; fifth foal; half-brother to winners Shiroccan Roll (2m1f hurdle/chase), Little Mix (2m3f hurdle) and Shiroccy Road (2m hurdle); dam 2m hurdle winner, half-sister to bumper winner Khumbu; nice pedigree but lack of experience is likely to count unless above average.

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3

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:05 Plumpton

Two To Tango

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

in touch with leaders, jumped left and not fluent 7th, lost ground quickly after 8th, slow jump and pulled up 9th

5/1

2nd

15

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Two To Tango

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Placed in two of his three starts, clear third at Hereford (2m3f, good) switched to hurdles latest; bred to be as effective back down in distance and may progress in this sphere.

7/1

Form: 2

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

72,000euros 3yo; no match for a Jonjo O'Neill inmate (had experience) at Hereford (2m, good to soft) in November but that was a pleasing debut on which he is likely to build; obvious contender.

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4th

6

18th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

14:13 Fontwell

Seaside Legend

11st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Did not progress after promising bumper debut for Paul Nicholls in autumn 2022 but bettered low-key stable/hurdle debut when making steady late headway for fifth at Plumpton (2m, soft) last month, and has each-way claims at least here.

11/2

5th

9

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Seaside Legend

11st 7lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

towards rear, hampered 1st

25/1

5th

5

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

13:12 Fontwell

Seaside Legend

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

held up in rear, not fluent 5th, no impression from 4 out

5/1

Form: 74

Last run: 93 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Never involved when a well-held seventh at Uttoxeter (good) and a similar story at Ffos Las (soft); has some ability but unlikely to be troubling the best of these unless transformed by cheekpieces.

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5th

4

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:50 Plumpton

Lewesian Lass

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Jim & Suzi Best

Not disgraced in two bumpers in the autumn but suffered 62l defeat at Fontwell last month and is probably best watched on today's hurdling debut; cheekpieces removed after one use.

40/1

5th

7

26th Feb 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

16:30 Fontwell

Lewesian Lass

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Jim & Suzi Best

prominent, shaken up and dropped to last with one circuit to go

33/1

4th

3

25th Nov 2022

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:50 Ffos Las

Lewesian Lass

11st 0lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Jim & Suzi Best

Closely related to a bumper winner but she was never involved when a well-held seventh at Uttoxeter (2m, good; 16-1) last month; should benefit from that experience but big improvement is needed on her second start.

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam 1m5f winner (RPR 56), half-sister to fairly useful 1m Flat and 2m hurdle winner St Gallen; would need to be pretty useful to win this first time out and the yard also runs Lewesian Lass.

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13

8th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

19:10 Fontwell

Elzaaro

10st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Karen Jewell

Unexposed after only six starts but was unable to land a telling blow when sixth of 11 here (2m3f, good) on recent chasing debut and is not bred to benefit from today's step up in trip; 2lb wrong.

14/1

6th

10

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:30 Fontwell

Elzaaro

10st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Karen Jewell

Made just a mildly encouraging handicap hurdle debut when fourth of seven at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) last month but remains unexposed and is open to improvement on today's chasing debut.

12/1

Form: 00-

Last run: 344 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Well down the field on her two starts last season and easily opposed.

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0

8

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Lingfield

Madam May

11st 3lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Laura Mongan

Modest form on all three starts in bumpers and dropped right out on her 2m4f hurdle debut (125-1) at Huntingdon in May; hood fitted but all to prove for now.

100/1

5th

6

11th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

Madam May

10st 11lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Laura Mongan

sweating, took keen hold, disputed lead at slow pace, mistake 1st, led 2nd, soon went clear, not fluent 5th, much reduced lead 6th, headed after 7th, lost position and mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off

50/1

7th

8

26th Feb 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

16:30 Fontwell

Madam May

11st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Laura Mongan

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, pushed along and lost ground over 5f out, soon got well behind

100/1

Form: 5

Last run: 227 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Finished tailed off at Killarney (good) in July but he was noticeably short in the betting at only 3-1 and he's joined a good British operation; warrants a market check.

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8th

2

26th Feb 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

16:30 Fontwell

Fruit Hill

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, some headway 7f out

8/1

5th

3

14th Jul 2022

Good

2m 1f 0y

20:30 Killarney

Fruit Hill

12st 0lb

J: Miss J Townend

T: John E Kiely

midfield, pushed along under 2f out, soon no impression

5/1

6

13th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

16:40 Punchestown

Fruit Hill

12st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: John E Kiely

Trainer-rider combination a huge plus; half-brother to three winners.

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

£20,000 2yo; fourth foal; half-brother to French 1m1f/1m2f winner Man Of Cairo; dam placed 1m2f in France, half-sister to 1m-1m2f Listed winner Maxwell; 4yo receiving weight all round and his yard is 5-27 in bumpers here.

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11th

2

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:40 Stratford

Cairo King

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Jamie Snowden

Absent since finishing third in bumper here last August (improved on debut effort); may do better again and market support should be heeded.

12/1

3rd

3

31st Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

19:30 Stratford

Cairo King

10st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

£20,000 3yo; half-brother to a French 1m1f/1m2f winner; dam placed over 1m2f on Flat in France; ran as though something was amiss when 7-4 favourite for debut at Fontwell in February and subsequently left Alan King; presumably thought capable of much better.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £127.00
Straight Forecast £113.30
Trifecta £715.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Goodwin

RP Ratings:

Spitalfield

The Times:

Seaside Legend

The Star:

Cairo King

The Sun:

Seaside Legend

Telegraph:

Goodwin

D Express:

Goodwin

Daily Mirror:

Goodwin

POSTDATA:

Spitalfield

WEST COUNTRY:

Spitalfield

Daily Record:

Spitalfield