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14:25 Kelso

Good To Soft

bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 2f 25y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 123

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Impressive on hurdle debut at Hereford (2m, good to soft) last November and, after bumping into a useful prospect at Haydock (1m7f, soft) when penalised, he was a fine third in the Grade 1 Tolworth at Sandown (2m, soft; Colonel Harry about 3l back in fourth); useful stayer on the Flat in France and could have more to offer over today's extra yardage; leading claims.

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7th

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Nemean Lion

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

He'll need others to underperform if he's to win this and he wasn't at his best when sixth of eight in the Champion Hurdle (2m, heavy); however, he went there following a fine handicap second at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) and a Grade 2 win in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy), and he's in with an each-way shout if rediscovering that sort of form.

12/1

4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Nemean Lion

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Appears to need ground softer than good; progressive sort who has landed some notable prizes within the last 12 months, justifying favouritism in the Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2; beat Colonel Mustard) at Wincanton most recently; solid fifth to Iberico Lord in major C&D handicap in November (form has worked out well); has an attractive profile and should perform well.

25/1

1st

3

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Nemean Lion

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

prominent, pressed leader from 5th, led before 2 out, pushed along and kept on well run-in, always doing enough

15/8

6/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 2141

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Has comfortably made all on two of his last three starts (2m/2m1f, heavy/soft), with a creditable fourth in the Grade 1 Tolworth (2m, soft) in between; has also shown promise on good/good to soft; could be thereabouts.

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4th

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Colonel Harry

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Acts on heavy going; has useful form, having finished second in the Henry VIII (1m7f Grade 1) at Sandown and won the Towton (2m3f Grade 2) at Wetherby; however, his Turners effort (well behind Grey Dawning and Ginny's Destiny) at Cheltenham confirms that he's below the top tier in this division.

25/1

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Harry

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Strong-finishing second behind Le Patron in 1m7f Grade 1 at Sandown (heavy) in December, then went one better in 2m3f Grade 2 at Wetherby (soft); looked unsuited by the much faster surface back at Sandown (2m4f, good; behind Djelo) last time; may still have more to offer when conditions are right but this assignment looks difficult on ratings.

33/1

3rd

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Colonel Harry

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

jumped left on occasions and didn't always jump with fluency, held up in rear, detached 9th, outpaced before 12th, some headway from 2 out, soon went modest third

11/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1315 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Faded into a well-beaten fifth of seven in a Grade 2 at Warwick (2m5f, heavy) in January last time out; however, he's better than that and impressed when making all here (2m, good to soft) and at Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) previously; no surprise if he bounces back with a bold bid today.

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0

5

19th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Carlisle

Snake Roll

10st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Two wins towards the end of last year from first three hurdle starts (2m/2m4f, good to soft) and went very close on handicap debut at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) in April when last seen; Lucinda Russell excels with chasers and this soft-ground point runner-up could improve now tackling fences.

2/1

2nd

3

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:00 Perth

Snake Roll

11st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Highly tried the last twice in Grade 2s and kept digging to finish third at Kelso (2m2f, good to soft) most recently and that's strong form, with the front two not disgraced in the Grade 1 Tolworth earlier this season and the fourth winning a Grade 1 novice chase at Punchestown on Tuesday; looks well handicapped and returning to this longer trip is very much in his favour.

11/10

Form: 23

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

10l win on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, soft) last November and has shown strong form when placed in his two bumpers (2m, soft/yielding), most recently a Grade 2 at Leopardstown; thrown in at the deep end for this first hurdle start but he represents a top Irish trainer and has to be respected.

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2nd

2

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 210y

15:35 Galway

Feronily

11st 6lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

raced in third, switched left after 6th, niggled along briefly after 4 out, pressed leaders when slightly hampered and stumbled 2 out, steadied last, soon outpaced and ridden briefly, kept on and went second towards finish, no match for winner

4/11

1st

3

25th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 60y

18:35 Punchestown

Feronily

11st 10lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

jumped well, led, headed and raced in second after 2nd, led again after 6th, ridden after 2 out, reduced lead but kept on well run-in

5/1

Form: 2-52

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on debut in Fairyhouse bumper (2m, soft) last February and occupied the same position on hurdle debut at Navan (2m, good to yielding) three weeks ago; has lots to find in this line-up but this unexposed Irish raider is from a fine family and is open to plenty of improvement; not ruled out.

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6th

2

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:20 Ballinrobe

Banjaxed

11st 12lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

midfield, mistake 4 out, stayed on after 2 out

25/1

5th

6

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Banjaxed

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Lightly raced Irish challenger who won Perth maiden (2m4f, good to soft) on latest British raid last May; safely held in two handicaps towards end of last year, though, and has fitness to prove here.

12/1

12/1

Form: 11-34

Last run: 94 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 2 bumper at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft) last April; still early days over hurdles and things may click at some point, but he's failed to threaten on his first two runs in this sphere and has to raise his game.

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5th

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Lookaway

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Runs well from the front, and performed creditably in the face of a stiff task when 10l third of six in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m, soft; wore cheekpieces) two weeks ago; showed he stayed this far when second in the Challow in December, and he was also runner-up in the Greatwood at Cheltenham in the autumn; has a good attitude and ought to be thereabouts.

15/2

3rd

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Lookaway

11st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Acts on soft; disappointing in major handicap at Newbury two months ago but very consistent otherwise this term and may well rebound provided he takes to first-time cheekpieces; Greatwood effort is strong form and he scored at this meeting two years ago (Grade 2 bumper).

16/1

Form: 31122

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Made all at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) on first two hurdle starts and has run well to finish second at Catterick/Musselburgh the last twice; however, his limitations may again be exposed here.

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9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

General Officer

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Progressive novice who was suited by the return to a left-handed track when winning at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month; also effective on soft/heavy; this is a tougher test of his credentials than last time but he's up just 2lb and could continue to improve for last year's winning yard.

9/1

1st

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

General Officer

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, raced in second from 2nd, led just before 2 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on, always doing enough

4/1

3rd

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:40 Musselburgh

General Officer

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Dual course winner over hurdles in 2022 and has made a good start to chasing career this season; followed emphatic win at Doncaster (2m3f, good) with clear second to a revitalised opponent at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; major player.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: -11121

Last run: 148 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

9yo who has thrived since joining this yard, with four good-ground wins, the latest a Grade 2 2m3f novice at Chepstow last October; could still have more to offer and the 5lb penalty won't necessarily be his downfall, but he has to prove he's fully effective on this forecast slower ground.

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Form: 61-11 C

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won an Irish bumper (2m1f, good) in 2021 and, after a long absence, he's 2-2 for this yard following 2m hurdle wins here (good to soft/heavy) in December; others have stronger form but his latest race has worked out well and he could continue to improve; not discounted.

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3

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

14:45 Haydock

Carcaci Castle

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Underwhelming when third of five at Ayr (2m, heavy) last time and he could do with jumping better; however, prior to that he was a promising second on his chase debut at Carlisle (2m, soft) and is not written off.

11/2

3rd

4

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Ayr

Carcaci Castle

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Acts on heavy; bumper/hurdles winner who shouldn't be long in scoring over fences, having performed well (half-length second to Gardener) in first-time cheekpieces at Carlisle on the switch to this sphere; enters calculations.

7/2

Form: 23

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

2m4f point winner who was runner-up to a subsequent Grade 2 winner on hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last October, and stayed on well for third there (2m, good to soft) last month; improvement required here but he's in top hands and the step back up in trip is a plus; a possible.

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2nd

12

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Hoe Joly Smoke

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won a maiden point in March 2022; pulled up in a Kelso Grade 2 novice in March but placed in his other three races over hurdles, back from wind surgery when third of 16 in a maiden at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) one month ago; needs better in this warm race on handicap debut but early days and he rallied well last time, so the new trip might help.

4/1

3rd

5

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Hoe Joly Smoke

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on and went third last

7/2

7

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:25 Kelso

Hoe Joly Smoke

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in midfield on inner

9/1

Form: 31128

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Failed to settle and tailed off when back up to 3m in Grade 2 at Doncaster in January; however, this two-time winner (2m/3m, good/soft) was a good second at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last October in a novice that has worked out well, and he might not be far away if rediscovering that form.

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5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

The Wounded Knee

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Looked very promising in autumn 2022 but ran just three times last year and struggled; lots to prove on first start since last June.

25/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Nemean Lion

The Times:

Feronily

TOPSPEED:

Snake Roll

THE NORTH:

Carcaci Castle

LAMBOURN:

Colonel Harry

Daily Mail:

Accidental Rebel

Telegraph:

Feronily

D Express:

Feronily

The Star:

Snake Roll

RP Ratings:

Nemean Lion

POSTDATA:

Nemean Lion

The Guardian:

Nemean Lion

Daily Mirror:

Nemean Lion

The Sun:

Nemean Lion

Daily Record:

Nemean Lion