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DragonBet The Bookmaker Of Wales Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4330.42
  • 2m 7f 191y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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DragonBet The Bookmaker Of Wales Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.90
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 5576

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Second in an Irish point; handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft; 10-1) on latest start was his closest finish in four starts over hurdles but he was still beaten about 20l in sixth of nine; dropped 4lb and upped in trip (dam won at up to 3m) but no solid form claims.

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2nd

3

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Puddlesinthepark

11st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Won over hurdles a year ago and placed a few times over fences this season, latterly behind one on top of his game at Plumpton (3m1f, soft); this trip probably suits better and in the mix with cheekpices fitted.

9/2

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11/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 4-860

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

First three starts on good ground; 25-1 when form dipped on soft ground at Wetherby (again 2m) on latest outing; bred to be very well suited by this step up in trip (dam sister to an Irish National winner) so he is very much one to note on handicap debut.

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0

1

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:10 Worcester

Hungry Hill

12st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, weakened before 2 out, jockey looked down to see if something was amiss run-in, soon pulled up

9/4

1st

6

12th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Hungry Hill

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

His breakthrough win at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good to soft) had been coming but he ran a modest latest race here when well behind Karavomylos and has to bounce back from that.

6/1

6th

3

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Worcester

Hungry Hill

11st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Runner-up in two of his first three handicaps before winning one at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good to soft) on latest outing, about to be challenged by Broomfields Cave when that rival fell at the last; up 5lb whereas Broomfields Cave has gone up 4lb; firmly in the mix.

4/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 34-636

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

0-13; made the frame in five of his seven handicap hurdles, the latest when third of 15 here (3m) in January on his second start back from a long absence; needs to improve on that, which he failed to do at Hereford (2m3f) 18 days ago but he's now back up in trip with tongue tied first time.

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2nd

7

9th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:35 Ffos Las

Bucks Dream

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Peter Bowen

0-14 but placed six times including when 10l third of 12 over hurdles here (3m, good to soft) five weeks ago; now goes chasing and should again be thereabouts if taking to the new discipline.

13/2

3rd

6

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Bucks Dream

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

0-13; made the frame in five of his seven handicap hurdles, the latest when third of 15 here (3m) in January on his second start back from a long absence; needs to improve on that, which he failed to do at Hereford (2m3f) 18 days ago but he's now back up in trip with tongue tied first time.

7/1

6th

10

15th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

15:00 Hereford

Bucks Dream

10st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Maiden; placed in four of six handicap hurdle attempts, the latest when third at Ffos Las (3m) last month, on his second start back from a long absence; acts on good ground and could take another step forward.

8/1

16/1

Form: 0P0

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

No apparent promise in his three hurdle races (2m, 2m2f and 2m4f); upped in trip again and headgear on this handicap debut; market may well guide.

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4th

4

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

16:18 Fontwell

Ideallko

10st 13lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear, good headway before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, weakened from 2 out

9/4

2nd

8

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 5

15:50 Doncaster

Ideallko

10st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Evan Williams

Won at Ffos Las (2m) in October on second chase start and followed up at Plumpton (2m3f, also good to soft) eight days later; heavy ground may not have suited next time and he was keeping on well in a close third when falling at final fence at Sedgefield on Boxing Day; this unexposed 6yo could have more to offer but the ground may have gone against him.

9/2

Form: 496008

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in a bumper, three novice hurdles and when 50-1 in a 2m4f handicap; had wind surgery before the last named; upped in trip again, with lots to prove.

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2nd

7

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:38 Wincanton

Robbers Bridge

10st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

After his Leicester second worked out so well he was sent off a warm order over 1m7f here a month ago (heavy) and rallied bravely to gain a deserved first success; the runner-up went one better at Uttoxeter on Saturday; respected off 6lb higher and he stays this far.

11/4

1st

12

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:05 Wincanton

Robbers Bridge

10st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Placed in 6-16 hurdles starts from 2m-2m5f and on a variety of ground; posted a career-best effort (RPR 82) when collared close home at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) in January; up 2lb; has form here; player.

9/4

Form: 546506

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Yet to make a significant impact, including in 2m4f handicaps on last two starts; 7lb lower than on handicap debut; upped in trip but others are more persuasive.

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5th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Warwick

Safe Destination

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-6 over fences, the wins gained over 3m on good to soft ground at Uttoxeter and Ludlow; current mark is workable but he's wildly inconsistent, and it's hard to predict the extent to which he'll warm to the task.

8/1

5th

3

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:00 Huntingdon

Safe Destination

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

disputed lead, lost position but in touch with leaders after 3rd, lost ground before 6th, towards rear with one circuit to go

7/2

Form: 8877

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Well held in two points and beaten at least 30l in all four starts over hurdles, the latest on handicap debut at Lingfield (28-1) when upped from 2m to 2m7f; wore a hood on first three starts over hurdles, nothing on latest start but now sports cheekpieces.

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2nd

6

1st Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

15:42 Fakenham

Via Dante

10st 3lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: David Pipe

Unlucky not to open his account at Newton Abbot (3m2f, soft) just under a year ago and ran well when fourth at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day, after a layoff, but was struggling from fairly early stage at Chepstow in January and can't be supported with any confidence after that.

7/1

0

13

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Via Dante

10st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Unplaced all eight rules runs but held clear lead before penultimate-fence fall at Newton Abbot (3m2f, soft) last April and ran well when fourth on seasonal reappearance at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day, having led between last two fences; 3lb wrong here but still considered.

12/1

4th

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

13:15 Market Rasen

Via Dante

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Modest form over hurdles; has fallen on both runs over fences but was 5l clear when coming down two out at Newton Abbot on second occasion (3m2f, soft; form franked); interesting contender on return from a break.

3/1

Form: -85825

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Lost out narrowly at Taunton (2m3f, soft) last March but not so good this winter and beaten nearly 30l when runner-up over 2m6f here on penultimate start; cheekpieces last two starts; another new trip today.

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3rd

4

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:05 Leicester

Justshortofabubble

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Three chase wins this season, the latest gained at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) last month; held narrow advantage before penultimate-fence fall at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) 16 days ago and might still be improving; not yet proven on heavy ground but handles soft well; respected.

2/1

Form: P9-4P4 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Both chase wins from the front at about 3m, latest in February 2020; long absence before last season and well below form since; four wind operations in all, the fourth before latest start; hard to rely on.

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7th

6

6th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:10 Hereford

Loud As Lions

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

Two wins in 2019/20 but absent for nearly two years after the second of them and hasn't recovered his form; however, change of headgear offers hope (won in first-time cheekpieces); best if able to lead.

12/1

9th

5

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Loud As Lions

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Tom Symonds

Both chase wins from the front at about 3m, latest in February 2020; long absence before last season and well below form since; four wind operations in all, the fourth before latest start; hard to rely on.

10/1

4th

5

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Loud As Lions

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Tom Symonds

Both chase wins from the front, most recently over C&D three years ago; well below best since back from absence last January and has lots to prove after pulled up on Boxing Day; had further wind surgery since.

14/1

Form: 0335-P

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021; however, safely held on handicap debut last January and soon under pressure when pulled up at Fontwell (2m6f) when next seen five weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last five starts but now has tongue-tie and blinkers.

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10

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

pressed leaders early, prominent from 3rd, pushed along after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

50/1

2

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Mojito Royale

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021; however, safely held on handicap debut last January and soon under pressure when pulled up at Fontwell (2m6f) when next seen five weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last five starts but now has tongue-tie and blinkers.

50/1

5

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Mojito Royale

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

raced lazily, prominent, lost ground after 3rd, towards rear 6th, struggling and reminder with one circuit to go

25/1

Form: -59961

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Won a point bumper in January 2022; well held under rules until handicap debut 18 days ago when she won seven-runner race at Hereford (good) on step up from 2m to 2m6f; 5-4 favourite that day and plenty in that performance suggested she would stay further; raised 6lb but may well follow up.

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1st

7

21st May 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

Maid Of The Night

10st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

2-3 since switched to handicaps, and the form of last month's Ludlow success (2m5f, good to soft) has recently been well advertised by the close second; moves up in trip today; could easily have more to offer.

5/1

1st

11

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

16:23 Ludlow

Maid Of The Night

10st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Improved and rewarded heavy market support on handicap debut at Hereford (2m5f, good) in February; beaten when falling at Ffos Las (3m) latest but progress remains possible.

7/1

9

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Maid Of The Night

10st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Won a point bumper in January 2022; well held under rules until handicap debut 18 days ago when she won seven-runner race at Hereford (good) on step up from 2m to 2m6f; 5-4 favourite that day and plenty in that performance suggested she would stay further; raised 6lb but may well follow up.

7/4

Form: 7P/57-

Last run: 412 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Won his sole bumper in March 2019 but he's 0-9 over hurdles and has not made a serious impact in his five handicaps (2m3f-near 3m); hooded last five starts but not today, while cheekpieces (worn on penultimate start) return; absent 412 days.

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10

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Eglantier

10st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Mark Bradstock

Won his sole bumper in March 2019 but he's 0-9 over hurdles and has not made a serious impact in his five handicaps (2m3f-near 3m); hooded last five starts but not today, while cheekpieces (worn on penultimate start) return; absent 412 days.

14/1

7th

5

17th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

14:50 Fakenham

Eglantier

10st 10lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mark Bradstock

Won his sole bumper in March 2019 but he's 0-8 over hurdles and has not made a serious impact in his four handicaps (2m3f-2m6f); mark continues to fall but he still needs to significantly raise his game; cheekpieces worn last time are removed.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £371.00
Straight Forecast £484.20
Tricast £1899.60
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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Maid Of The Night

The Times:

Bucks Dream

WEST COUNTRY:

Safe Destination

RP Ratings:

Justshortofabubble

POSTDATA:

Waterloo Quay

Telegraph:

Maid Of The Night

D Express:

Maid Of The Night

The Star:

Maid Of The Night

Daily Mirror:

Bucks Dream

Daily Record:

Bucks Dream