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Good To Soft

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  • 2m 0f 46y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Follow Vickers.Bet On Facebook Open Maiden NH Flat Race (Category 3 Elim’) (Go North Jodami Qual)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Snow showers

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Form: 40

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dam was a 2m-2m5f hurdle/chase winner; nothing positive to take from his two starts so far; pulled way too hard before predictably tailing off over C&D (100-1) latest; a hood is applied presumably in order to seek to curb that enthusiasm.

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0

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

12:45 Musselburgh

Ask My Heather

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

Tailed off in his four bumpers and pulled up at triple-figure odds on all three hurdle starts.

100/1

0

1

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:35 Sedgefield

Ask My Heather

11st 4lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

took keen hold, prominent on outer, mistake 2nd, led 3rd, headed 4 out, soon weakened and lost touch, pulled up before 3 out

200/1

Form: 2

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

31,000euros 3yo; travelled strongly and went down fighting when runner-up to the more experienced Pyffo on Haydock debut (2m NHF, soft; 12-1) in December; is perfectly entitled to improve for that initial experience, so ought to prove tough to beat if bettering (or even replicating) that level of form.

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2nd

4

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

13:30 Newcastle

Coniston George

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway and in touch with leaders 5th

5/1

3rd

1

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:23 Ayr

Coniston George

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear, headway 7th, not fluent 9th, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, went third again approaching last, no impression run-in, no match for first two

11/4

1st

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

13:32 Carlisle

Coniston George

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders

9/2

Form: 3

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Sold for 50,000gns soon after finishing runner-up in a 3m Irish point (April 2022); weakened late on after making most of the running on Rules/stable debut at Musselburgh (2m NHF, soft); freshened up by a short break since and wouldn't have to improve by much in order to play a leading role.

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6th

2

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 5

13:00 Carlisle

Easter Junction

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent on inner

7/2

4th

1

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

13:35 Doncaster

Easter Junction

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

In process of running well before unseating rider at penultimate flight on last month's hurdling debut and also displayed significant promise before fading into fourth on run-in at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) 18 days later; has a big role to play here, particularly if first-time tongue-tie aids his finishing effort.

4/1

4th

2

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

15:50 Sedgefield

Easter Junction

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Shaped well in an Irish point and on bumper debut; too free in his second bumper but would probably have finished second in a maiden hurdle at Bangor (2m, soft) 18 days ago had he not sprawled on landing two out and unseated; that's something to build on and he's one to consider.

11/4

Form: 9

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fifth foal; brother to the bumper and 2m5f/2m7f hurdle winner Present In Court; was a totally unconsidered 50-1 outsider when struggling on debut in a Wetherby bumper (2m, soft) over the Christmas period; a significant amount of improvement is necessary.

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7th

4

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Knacker Trapper

11st 6lb

J: William Maggs

T: Andrew Crook

in rear

16/1

7

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Knacker Trapper

11st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Andrew Crook

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, weakened after 3 out, 7 lengths fifth 2 out, soon flagged down, race voided

14/1

10th

9

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Knacker Trapper

10st 11lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Andrew Crook

Half-brother to the useful Present In Court, who won at up to 2m7f; goes up in trip on this handicap debut and it could be a positive move, but he's not obviously well treated off his opening mark; watch the betting.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal; dam was a debut Newcastle bumper winner and a half-sister to the fellow bumper scorer McGregor's Cottage; ticks plenty of boxes with trainer Ruth Jefferson a healthy 5-36 (14%) in bumpers over the past five years and Sean Quinlan being a notable jockey booking; market informative.

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5th

8

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

12:09 Wetherby

Lunar Chief

11st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ruth Jefferson

Well backed when winning on debut in Newcastle bumper (2m1f, heavy) in March and he kept on for an encouraging fourth in a maiden hurdle at Kelso (2m, soft) three weeks ago; open to plenty of improvement now up in trip and he's one to be interested in.

10/1

4th

7

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

12:54 Kelso

Lunar Chief

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ruth Jefferson

in touch with leaders on outer, slow jump 1st

5/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

First foal from a dual point winner, who was a half-sister to the staying chaser Purple Harry (2m7f-3m2f); trainer isn't known for saddling bumper winners (0-7 over the past five years); far safer options lie elsewhere.

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4th

8

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

16:35 Newcastle

Mister Smarty

10st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Tina Jackson

Lightly raced 7yo; has shown hints of ability but well beaten at 25-1 on last month's handicap debut here (2m4f, soft); others are preferred.

40/1

9th

9

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Mister Smarty

10st 2lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Tina Jackson

Displayed minor promise in a Hexham novice (2m, good to soft) last May but struggled when upped to 2m3f for reappearance outing in November and makes only limited appeal on this handicap debut.

25/1

9

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Mister Smarty

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Tina Jackson

Has gone off at triple-figure odds on all four starts and finished well beaten each time; hard to fancy.

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fifth foal from an unraced dam; siblings Karapiro Boy and Karapiro Doug failed to achieve anything of note under Rules, which obviously serves to dilute the optimism; trainer Phil Makin is 0-3 in NHF races.

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7

9th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

13:50 Market Rasen

Topcliffe Boy

11st 2lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

Little to show for two runs in bumpers and one on the Flat; hurdle debut on first start for this trainer (was with Phillip Makin).

66/1

7th

2

(7)

5th May 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 5

18:45 Newcastle (AW)

Topcliffe Boy

9st 12lb

J: Rowan Scott

T: Phillip Makin

towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out

50/1

8th

5

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:55 Wetherby

Topcliffe Boy

11st 2lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Phillip Makin

Only 9-1 at Newcastle and, although well beaten, his trainer reported that he didn't enjoy the heavy ground; could do better.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

18,000gns yearling; ninth foal from a Listed winning sprinter; closely related to Group-placed 6f 2yo winner Elronaq (RPR 102) and a half-brother to various winners including Vindolanda (1m4f-1m6f; 92); trainer Tim Easterby is 0-3 in NHF races this season; merits a basic market check.

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5th

2

(5)

3rd Apr 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Whisky Wolf

10st 2lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Remote sixth in Doncaster bumper last month when making debut; however, pedigree suggests this scenario is likely to suit him better; improvement possible.

33/1

6th

10

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Whisky Wolf

10st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

18,000gns yearling; Territories gelding who is closely related to Group-placed 6f 2yo winner Elronaq (RPR 102) and a half-brother to three other winners, notably fairly useful Vindolanda (1m4f-1m6f); dam 6f Listed winner; appeals on paper so is one to consider, especially if the market vibes are positive.

12/1

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Verdict

Having gone into most notebooks when going down all guns blazing on debut at Haydock in December, CONISTON GEORGE sets the clear form benchmark in a winnable bumper. Of the others, Easter Junction looks the most obvious threat, although any market support for Lunar Chief could be worth heeding given that his dam (Oleohneh) was herself a debut Newcastle bumper winner back in 2014. [Mark Rowntree]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Coniston George

TOPSPEED:

Easter Junction

The Times:

Lunar Chief

RP Ratings:

Coniston George

POSTDATA:

Coniston George

Telegraph:

Coniston George

The Guardian:

Coniston George

Daily Mail:

Coniston George

D Express:

Coniston George

The Star:

Coniston George

Daily Record:

Coniston George

Daily Mirror:

Easter Junction

The Sun:

Easter Junction