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14:40 Wincanton

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Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 3m 0f 150y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 13-426 C BF

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Won 1m7f maiden here (soft) last season and looked suited by step up to 3m when close second at Kempton (soft) in November; slightly disappointing after racing a bit too freely at Taunton in December but is a contender here if back on song after 11-week break.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

6

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Island Run

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Good and bad in five chase starts since finishing runner-up in this race 12 months ago off this very mark (good ground); ran well enough in his final chase run to believe he's in similar form.

4/1

3rd

9

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Island Run

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

11/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 6623U3

Last run: 13 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Yet to add to his win in 2018 but was placed on consecutive appearances in December (2m7f/3m) and also ran well when third of seven at Exeter (2m7f, good) a fortnight ago; likely to be on the premises again.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

C&D winner in December and, bar the one blip, has been running well all season; still on a competitive mark and latest Haydock effort wasn't too shoddy.

8/1

3rd

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

11yo who was tailed off at Newbury last month but that was a strong Class 3 and he's been running pretty well this season, winning at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December; not ruled out now back down in grade.

15/2

10th

10

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Ballymagroarty Boy

10st 13lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Won at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December and not helped by mid-race mistake when fair fourth of six at Haydock (3m, heavy) 11 days later; this consistent 11yo could give a good account but has a modest 2-33 strike-rate and today's race is warmer than he's used to; others are more compelling.

12/1

Form: 1-0P02

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in first three handicaps but bounced back to form with clear second at Fontwell (2m5f, good) 11 days ago; 2lb ahead of the handicapper and could have untapped potential over 3m; a player.

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3

31st May 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

16:00 Newton Abbot

Bluffmeifyoucan

11st 11lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Has a patchy record and he didn't fire at Wincanton (100-30 favourite) in March but that was after a good second at Fontwell (2m5f, good) and he was successful in a novice event last spring; has claims if he can get back near best after a break and he's in the mix.

13/2

3rd

7

9th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

14:40 Wincanton

Bluffmeifyoucan

11st 2lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

took keen hold, midfield, headway after 3rd

11/4

2nd

8

26th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:00 Fontwell

Bluffmeifyoucan

11st 2lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Big improvement to win Exeter novice (2m2f, soft) in February on final start last term by 18l; has done little in handicaps this winter, reportedly making a respiratory noise on second occasion; best watched.

50/1

Form: 14-53F

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Switched to fences for first three handicaps (2m-2m5f) and failed to justify his prominence in the betting in any of them; now switches back to hurdling over a new trip and with first-time blinkers fitted; not written off just yet but needs to get career back on track.

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4th

5

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Hatos

10st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

raced in second, mistake 2nd, disputing lead after 5 out

13/2

4th

4

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:30 Wincanton

Hatos

11st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

disputed lead, pressed leader before 10th, led before 3 out, headed before 2 out

3/1

Form: /2-566 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced since quick hat-trick on good/good to firm ground in October 2020 and was below form at Exeter last month but is on a good mark now and might be dangerous if the rain stays away.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

1

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

16:04 Wincanton

Oscars Moonshine

12st 9lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Completed a 12-day hat-trick in October 2020, culminating in this race; two long layoffs since but he was back to form when scoring under Olive Nicholls over C&D in April and Kempton last Sunday, seemingly helped no end by the introduction of cheekpieces; all five wins on good or good to firm but he also has a good piece of heavy-ground form (2021); did it easily last week, so should go well under his penalty in hat-trick bid.

2/1

1st

4

22nd Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Kempton

Oscars Moonshine

11st 11lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent

9/2

1st

5

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Oscars Moonshine

11st 9lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Completed his 12-day hat-trick in October 2020 with a C&D success (good); diminishing returns so far this season, but 4lb back below his last winning mark, and drying ground will help; cheekpieces now tried.

7/1

Form: 5447

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Travelled well to a point but was ultimately well beaten when upped to 2m7f and fitted with cheekpieces for handicap debut at Lingfield (good to soft) in January; tried in a visor here; improvement required.

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0

3

27th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:20 Worcester

Jet Smart

11st 11lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Made a fair fist of last month's chasing debut (after wind surgery) when second over 2m7f here; unexposed 5yo and could well improve on that; has to prove himself on soft ground but still considered.

4/1

2nd

5

28th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:58 Worcester

Jet Smart

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Unplaced in five hurdle starts, the latest pair in handicaps earlier this year; runner-up in only Irish point so could be a different proposition on chasing debut after wind surgery; interesting.

5/1

6th

4

9th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

14:40 Wincanton

Jet Smart

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

prominent

9/1

Form: P33204

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Placed in four of five starts since returning from a break in October, most recently when fourth of 17 here (2m4f, good to soft) last month, but is not as good as he was and is yet to convince over 3m; others appeal more.

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5

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Sermando

11st 12lb

J: Sgt Nick Oliver

T: Alexandra Dunn

Has mostly run well since joining this yard, with his only blip two runs ago over fences; wasn't far away off this mark at Fontwell (2m3f, good) when last seen in September and hard to rule out.

13/2

3rd

5

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:38 Fontwell

Sermando

10st 10lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Alexandra Dunn

Performed poorly in a chase here 17 days ago and needs to bounce back quickly from that but started off for Alexandra Dunn with three good runs, most recently when winning over hurdles on stable debut at Fakenham (2m4f, good) in June.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £178.00
Straight Forecast £178.60
Tricast £492.80
Trifecta £593.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Bluffmeifyoucan

TOPSPEED:

Ballymagroarty Boy

SPOTLIGHT:

Island Run

D Express:

Hatos

The Star:

Oscars Moonshine

Daily Mail:

Sermando

WEST COUNTRY:

Island Run

The Times:

Island Run

Telegraph:

Bluffmeifyoucan

The Guardian:

Bluffmeifyoucan

Daily Record:

Bluffmeifyoucan

POSTDATA:

Ballymagroarty Boy

Daily Mirror:

Ballymagroarty Boy