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Download The Bresbet App Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

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  • 3m 1f 119y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 5/767

Last run: 69 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; beaten progressively further in each of three novice efforts this season; needs switch to handicaps and step up to in trip to bring out a deal more if he's to defy top weight.

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5th

1

21st Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:35 Wetherby

Grave La Klass

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Kim Bailey

Well beaten on his first three hurdle starts (2m2f/2m3f) and not obviously well treated on handicap debut, but the step up in trip could be a positive for this 3m point winner; interesting, especially if well backed.

6/1

7th

5

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:05 Exeter

Grave La Klass

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Won an Irish point last March but began hurdling career with two underwhelming runs in the autumn (both over 2m3f at Chepstow) and will probably be of greater interest when qualified for handicaps.

40/1

Form: 06-013 BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Justified strong support with Fakenham win last month, in this combination of aids (both on for the first time); race may have come soon enough when beaten at Southwelll six days later; 8lb higher but serious chance.

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6th

1

1st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:12 Warwick

Dev Of Tara

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last

5/1

3rd

1

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

17:00 Market Rasen

Dev Of Tara

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Has run well since cheekpieces were tried on last two starts, winning at Fakenham (2m7f, good) and finishing a close third off the same mark at Southwell (3m2f, good); up 8lb and not sure to run as well on this softer ground with no cheekpieces.

6/4

Form: 240-46

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Both runs this season over C&D; not beaten far in January, on return from nine months off, but didn't build on it last month and his record is now 0-14; others more appealing for win purposes.

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3

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Glance From Clover

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

In second place when falling four out at Warwick (3m5f) last month; opened his chase account with a 5l win over C&D (soft) the time before and that form has been boosted since; respected.

5/2

8

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Glance From Clover

11st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, jumped left 1st, mistake 10th, led 16th, headed 17th, 2 lengths second when fell 4 out

7/1

Abandoned

Form: 556-76

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Chase winner (in cheekpieces) for Ben Pauling two years ago; not much since and well beaten in both starts for this yard; aids return but still hard to fancy on first attempt over hurdles since December 2020.

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0

10

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Stratford

Unai

10st 2lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Belinda Clarke

Sole win under rules (20 races) was in a 3m chase at Warwick in April 2021; has dropped a long way in the weights but he's been out of sorts in the last 12 months and needs new headgear to make a big difference.

33/1

5th

8

8th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Uttoxeter

Unai

10st 9lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Belinda Clarke

Sole win under rules (19 races) was in a 3m chase at Warwick in April 2021; way down the weights, as his return to racing under rules (last five starts) has not gone well; off since May.

20/1

6

22nd May 2023

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:20 Ffos Las

Unai

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: John Groucott

Well beaten on all four starts since returned to racing under rules in the autumn; ran well to a point at Stratford (3m3f, good to soft) last month and this return to good ground will suit, but claims are not compelling.

12/1

Form: /95677

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Maiden; unplaced all five hurdling starts and no significant improvement in two handicap attempts; limited appeal despite top stable.

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6th

3

1st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:47 Warwick

Kingsfort Hill

11st 8lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Soundly beaten in first two handicap hurdles but was clear second at Southwell (3m, good to soft) in March, having been heavily backed; not in same form when returned to Southwell last month but will be dangerous if back on song in first-time cheekpieces here.

5/1

6th

9

12th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:05 Southwell

Kingsfort Hill

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, shaken up and lost ground 9th, pushed along and some headway before 3 out

5/2

2nd

4

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:05 Southwell

Kingsfort Hill

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Unplaced in five starts over hurdles, the latest two in handicaps, and well beaten over 2m4f here latest; drops 5lb.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: P9U5-4

Last run: 120 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Two chase wins in March 2021 but has lost his way over fences since; plenty to prove but runner-up the last time he was seen in a hurdle, also in March 2021, and aids (worn in the wins) return; stable appears to hold better claims with Dev Of Tara but this one worth a market glance.

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5

1st Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

20:15 Market Rasen

First Class Return

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Not so good over the last two years; took a moderate Wetherby seller (2m4f, good to soft) on penultimate start but didn't get far (fell) on his return to fences at Exeter next time; well handicapped on old form.

6/1

2

22nd May 2023

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:20 Ffos Las

First Class Return

11st 8lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

1

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

First Class Return

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Winning form over 3m as a chaser but was running moderately in that discipline before returning to form back over hurdles in a 2m3f seller at Wetherby (good to soft), which he won by 3l; can pick holes in the form but clearly a contender on the back of that.

5/2

Form: 9-8811

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Two narrow Fontwell wins since cheekpieces were fitted; probably fortunate in the latest but only 1lb higher as a result; races prominently and could complete the hat-trick with step up to this trip no real concern.

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4th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:55 Fontwell

My Ticketyboo

10st 13lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Really got his act together with cheekpieces added when scoring here (2m5f, good/good to soft) in January/February but he was laboured in his hat-trick bid at Southwell (3m, good) last month; has bit to prove again after that and needs to resume his progress.

7/1

3rd

6

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:05 Southwell

My Ticketyboo

10st 13lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Showed little until springing a surprise at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) in January; defied penalty over same C&D (good) latest; just 1lb higher and should be thereabouts.

2/1

Form: 58P6P8

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Unplaced all starts and no real improvement since handicapping; first attempt at this trip.

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9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Sheila Lewis

Inconsistent maiden; clear best effort when second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April; achieved nothing of value here (2m4f/2m, soft) the last twice; opposed.

25/1

Form: /57PFP

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; ran well until falling on chase debut at Fakenham but pulled up there since; plenty to prove back hurdling.

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0

9

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Country Kitten

10st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Max Young

mounted in chute and taken down early

25/1

6th

9

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Country Kitten

10st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Max Young

Won at 40-1 over hurdles last March (2m7f, soft) and may pop up again at some point; however, she's been pulled up on both outings since and also failed to complete early last year on her first two chase starts.

40/1

Form: 087P7

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Maiden; well beaten in novices and no improvement on last month's handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m4f+, 33-1); up in trip again.

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8th

9

9th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

17:55 Ludlow

Tellairsue

10st 5lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

Took a big step forward on just his second handicap start when scoring at Fontwell (3m1f) 18 days ago, forging clear after the final flight; up 3lb but he remains unexposed at staying trips and rates a player; cheekpieces refitted.

9/4

1st

8

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:55 Fontwell

Tellairsue

10st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

Has been well held at big prices in all of his completed starts, including on handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) in February; still very lightly raced but he needs improvement on this step up to 3m1f.

25/1

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Verdict

Few of these make much appeal. My Ticketyboo should go very close in the hat-trick bid but preference is for DEV OF TARA, who may still have room for improvement. The selection’s stable companion, First Class Return, is also worth keeping an eye on.[Jonathan Neesom]