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15:00 Kelso

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13007.5
  • 2m 4f 189y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 475711

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

With the tongue-tie back on (retained since) he won on handicap debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) on Boxing Day and followed up at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft), both under Ben Sutton; has shot up the weights but is clearly thriving for his top yard; could play leading role once more.

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1st

1

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Santos Blue

12st 2lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Dan Skelton

Not at best when tenth (Monviel eighth) of 16 at Ascot last month but this largely consistent 7yo won at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) prior to that and isn't the type to stay down for long.

9/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 16B-5P C

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Something to prove regarding current form having failed to shine over fences on his two starts this season; however, he's had wind surgery since and could appreciate the return to hurdles, having shown promise in this sphere during last season's novice campaign; not written off.

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3rd

13

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Donny Boy

10st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Bumper/hurdle winner who is 0-6 over fences and this is a tough race in which to make the breakthrough; probably no more than place claims even if the cheekpieces trigger something.

14/1

3rd

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Donny Boy

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, went third and challenging 3 out, ridden and weakened last

11/4

4th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Donny Boy

10st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: N W Alexander

0-4 over fences but ran big race and lost out only by a head at Newcastle (2m7f, good) five weeks ago; only 3lb higher here and needs to be taken very seriously.

11/2

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 523-15 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 7yo who showed improved form to win on his stable debut in a maiden hurdle at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last October; made eyecatching headway before fading in 3m Grade 2 novice at Doncaster (3m, good) last time and he's an interesting contender now back down in trip in a handicap.

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6

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Mahons Glory

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Patrick Neville

Made big impact on only second outing for current yard when running away with seven-runner event at Kempton (2m5f, good) on Boxing Day; faced tough task at Aintree (Grade 1; 100-1) two weeks ago, but he's now 10lb higher than at Kempton and in a stronger race, so another personal best is needed.

14/1

8th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Mahons Glory

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Patrick Neville

Won C&D maiden (good to soft) in October 2022 and readily made all in handicap at Kempton (2m5f, good) this December on second run for new yard; showed promise on soft/heavy earlier in career; takes a leap in grade today but it was a career-best performance last time and it remains to be seen where the ceiling of his ability now lies; not ruled out each-way at big odds.

66/1

Form: 14-912 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who got back on track with a win at Wetherby (2m5f, good to soft) on Boxing Day then bumped into highly progressive winner when 14l second there (2m3f, soft) last time; can give another good account.

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5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Raffertys Return

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has improved with headgear on last three starts, winning over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) in first time cheekpieces and then scoring over 2m4f at Newcastle in a visor; could go well again despite 7lb rise.

4/1

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

Form: 213111 C

Last run: 135 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Has done very well since joining this yard and landed an autumn hat-trick (2m/2m1f, good/soft); also won over 2m4f last June; returns from a break but he's a key player if resuming where he left off in October.

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Form: 3211-1 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Returned from a long absence to belatedly land a hat-trick on handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) in January; 6lb higher in a better race here but every chance he has more to offer; showed promise on soft in Ireland.

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11

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:20 Ascot

Clay Rogers

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, lost ground but in touch with leaders after 4th

10/1

6th

6

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

15:00 Kelso

Clay Rogers

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Returned from a long absence to belatedly land a hat-trick on handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) in January; 6lb higher in a better race here but every chance he has more to offer; showed promise on soft in Ireland.

7/1

1st

4

29th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Clay Rogers

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Makes handicap debut after quite an absence and they were weak 2m4f events that he won at Uttoxeter when last seen in 2021; the cheekpieces worn for those wins are absent; would need to see some confidence behind him, especially with the yard also running Clonakilty.

13/2

Form: 1/0311 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) on Boxing Day on third start back from a long layoff and followed up here (2m, good) a fortnight ago; this is a better race than last time, and over a different trip, but he did it comfortably and showed promise over C&D earlier in his career; strong claims.

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0

4

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Needs to produce more than he's managed this season on his first three chase starts, but Musselburgh last time was a sizeable step in the right direction and he could continue to get better over fences; won here twice over hurdles and he's well treated on his form in that sphere; not ruled out.

10/1

3rd

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Dancewiththewind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Won Irish point earlier in career but his four rules wins have come over hurdles and although he had a stiff task on chase debut at Carlisle he showed no enthusiasm when pulled up early at Kelso in November (first-time cheekpieces, discarded now); risky.

7/2

0

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

raced in last, reminder after 1st, detached after 3rd, pulled up after 4th

7/1

Form: 642-96 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on form as recent as last April for Olly Murphy and heavy ground may not have suited on his first two runs for this yard; however, he's been tailed off each time and a major turnaround is required in first-time cheekpieces.

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7th

5

18th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:25 Perth

Enemy Coast Ahead

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Katie Scott

All of his three hurdle wins (2m/2m4f) came on good ground in the summer of 2020; very well treated on his old form but he's struggled in four runs for this yard and a big turnaround is needed.

25/1

5th

5

28th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 3

13:30 Perth

Enemy Coast Ahead

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Katie Scott

Possible to make excuses for three outings from this yard (heavy ground in first two, hampered latest) but has been tailed off each time and urgently needs a return to something more positive.

25/1

8th

10

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

15:00 Kelso

Enemy Coast Ahead

10st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Katie Scott

Well handicapped on form as recent as last April for Olly Murphy and heavy ground may not have suited on his first two runs for this yard; however, he's been tailed off each time and a major turnaround is required in first-time cheekpieces.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 21627P D

Last run: 98 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

10yo who showed he retained spark when going close over fences at Carlisle last October; struggled over hurdles/fences the next twice, however, and the subsequent wind op has to make a big difference.

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5

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:43 Ayr

Dallas Des Pictons

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Dianne Sayer

in touch with leaders, outpaced and dropped to last 9th, slow jump 10th, lost touch 11th, struggling 13th

20/1

6th

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Dallas Des Pictons

11st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Cashed in on a much reduced mark when a 40-1 winner at Hexham (2m4f, good) in September, but he struggled in his final two runs (hurdle/chase) in the autumn; handles most ground but he needs a major revival back over hurdles after four months off; cheekpieces removed.

20/1

Form: 14-246 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Last season's two novice hurdle wins came here (2m/2m2f, good/soft), including the Grade 2 on this card; respectable sixth of 15 in Cheltenham handicap (2m1f, soft) in January and has had wind surgery since; should be fine now back up in trip and firmly in calculations given his record here.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Nells Son

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Runner-up to course specialist at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in February then won easily in small field there (2m1f, soft) latest; has run well on all four visits here and further improvement can't be ruled out, but he's back up in grade and needs to be better than ever to defy a 7lb rise for last time.

7/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:10 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Got off the mark over fences at Carlisle (2m) in October and he comes here on the back of a good second in 2m5f handicap here 23 days ago; he can't be discounted back in trip now.

6/4

2nd

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

raced in third, outpaced and lost position after 3 out, rallying when left in third 2 out, went second before last, no impression run-in

100/30

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Payout
Exacta £461.00
Straight Forecast £397.40
Tricast £1941.90
Trifecta £2347.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Dancewiththewind

The Times:

Santos Blue

SPOTLIGHT:

Mahons Glory

POSTDATA:

Nells Son

Telegraph:

Clay Rogers

The Guardian:

Santos Blue

The Sun:

Santos Blue

TOPSPEED:

Mahons Glory

D Express:

Nells Son

Daily Mail:

Dancewiththewind

Daily Mirror:

Dancewiththewind

The Star:

Dancewiththewind

Daily Record:

Dancewiththewind