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Follow @bresbet On Twitter Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £7393.4
  • 2m 0f 53y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Follow @bresbet On Twitter Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares’ Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 11-704 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Five wins last year, including two on the Flat; not at her best in recent starts, however, and deteriorating conditions would be another concern.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

4

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Malakahna

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins at Ascot (good) and Newmarket (good to soft); more to prove on soft, as her latest start (heavy defeat at Ascot) confirms but she was in good form going into that; usual cheekpieces are replaced by a visor.

10/1

6th

7

(9)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Malakahna

9st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins here (good) and at Newmarket (good to soft; more to prove on soft); seconds this month at Chester and York confirm she's a big player if the ground is okay.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

Malakahna

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Ian Williams

slightly awkward start, towards rear on outer, pushed along briefly halfway

6/1

Form: 134212 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Easy winner at Kempton last month, on third start for this yard, and just collared at Wetherby five days later, when 2m3f+ may have been far enough; 4lb higher than for both of those but effective on most ground and has strong claims; often makes the running.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Progressive

11st 12lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

2-5 for new stable since the autumn, the latter win gained in three-runner race at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) last month; 2m4f on good ground should also suit but recent 4lb rise demands a career best here.

12/1

1st

1

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:50 Ffos Las

Progressive

12st 1lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

made all, increased tempo before 3 out, shaken up when good jump last, went clear run-in, readily

8/13

Form: 3-1215 CD

Last run: 116 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Below her best when last seen in November but may have been feeling the effects of a busy (and successful) campaign; C&D winner the previous month (now 6lb higher) and considered; most wins on good but has form on softer,.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

9

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

17:40 Chepstow

Princess T

10st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Neil Mulholland

Five-time hurdle winner; looked back in good nick when close second to next-time-out winner at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) in November but went up 5lb and returns from five-month break in a much higher grade.

10/1

2nd

1

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Princess T

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Neil Mulholland

Well handicapped on her 2m win at Hereford (good) last October but she's been out of sorts under both codes in last three runs; drops back into a Class 5 event but she was pulled up at Hereford three weeks ago and needs a major turnaround; equipment removed.

10/1

0

8

6th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:50 Hereford

Princess T

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Clearcut winner of this 12 months ago off the very same mark; sole subsequent success came in a small field in Jersey and was also placed on the Flat in September; below par under both codes since but she has bounced back in the past.

20/1

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Form: 72/216 CD BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

C&D winner in January, on her handicap debut, overcoming a blunder at the final flight; unable to repeat the feat at Leicester off this 8lb higher mark when sticky ground was blamed; still unexposed and plenty to like with yard remaining in fine form (30% strike-rate in 2023).

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

14:15 Ffos Las

Fay Ce Que Voudras

11st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Made a winning handicap debut at Hereford (2m, soft; from a 6lb lower mark) in January; hasn't quite matched that form since, but with stamina in her family - sister to the 2m5f winner Barbados Blue and the 3m-3m1f winner Barbados Buck's - this extra yardage promises to be within range.

8/1

5th

9

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

15:15 Chepstow

Fay Ce Que Voudras

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Kerry Lee

Runner-up in her first two hurdle starts (599 days apart); off the mark in a 2m mares' handicap at Hereford in January but her progress stalled at Leicester last month (ground reportedly unsuitable); too soon to write her off and she's bred to stay this longer trip.

8/1

Form: 17-554 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Won her first four career starts but has finished unplaced in four handicap attempts since; finished just in front of Fay Ce Que Voudras at Leicester last time and better off with that rival but may do well to confirm the places unless first-time cheekpieces offer some help.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

2

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

12:30 Sandown

Coreys Courage

11st 11lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Has a record of 5-10 over hurdles, the most recent win by 10l in a five-runner race at Ffos Las (2m6f, soft) in May on latest outing; 7lb higher today but has to be taken seriously for yard among the winners.

5/1

1st

4

9th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

15:35 Ffos Las

Coreys Courage

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Has a record of 4-9 over hurdles, the most recent win at Huntingdon (soft) in March; beaten favourite at Uttoxeter (again over 2m4f) since but shaped as if this new trip will suit; won her bumper on good ground; enters calculations.

4/1

3rd

4

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

15:20 Uttoxeter

Coreys Courage

11st 9lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

6/4

Form: 636-22 BF

Last run: 100 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Ability in bumpers and runner-up in two hurdling starts, both over further; not sure she's crying out for a drop back to 2m but still interesting on handicap debut; made the running on latest start.

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4th

3

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

14:15 Ffos Las

Houi Cherie

11st 13lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Off the mark over hurdles when an all-the-way C&D maiden winner (heavy; 6-4 favourite) penultimate; weak in the betting - still favourite though - when underwhelming on handicap debut at Carlisle subsequently; switching back to Ffos Las, with Ned Fox returning to the saddle, is a sensible move.

9/2

5th

1

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

13:55 Carlisle

Houi Cherie

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Confirmed previous promise when off the mark with a 15l-win in a mares' maiden hurdle at Ffos Las last time (2m4f, heavy); stiffer task on handicap debut but worth considering.

4/7

1st

4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Ffos Las

Houi Cherie

11st 2lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

made all, shaken up before 2 out, went well clear approaching last, impressive

2/1

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Verdict

A competitive contest which can go to PROGRESSIVE, who should enjoy the return to 2m. Fay Ce Que Voudras is feared most, even though she disappointed at Leicester last month.[Jonathan Neesom]