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14:25 Sandown

Soft

Betfair Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 1
  • 18 runners
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Betfair Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 18 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.40
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 1144-2 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Looked a smart prospect when running away with juvenile hurdle at Kempton (2m, soft) in December 2021; hasn't built on that as expected but he shaped nicely after ten months off when 3l second to Hardy Du Seuil over C&D in January, doing his best work late on; may well turn the tables on that rival on 3lb better terms, and with even better to come he looks a danger to all.

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0

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Iceo

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, stumbled 1st, broke down and pulled up quickly 5 out, fatally injured

9/2

3rd

1

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 3

13:05 Newton Abbot

Iceo

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, jumped well, led, faced challenge 3 out, soon headed, no extra when lost second after 2 out, weakened before last, eased run-in

8/11

1st

1

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 3

14:15 Newton Abbot

Iceo

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, took keen hold, 8 lengths ahead 3rd, good jump 7th, reduced lead 8th, faced challenge but going best 3 out, not fluent 2 out, shaken up and went clear approaching last, easily

11/10

16/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 311-12 D BF

Last run: 108 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; 3-6 over hurdles last term and has taken well to fences this season, winning at Ffos Las (2m, soft) and second to a progressive type at Wetherby when last seen in November; not dismissed lightly on return to hurdling, although usual rider Harry Skelton is on Playful Saint.

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4

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Knickerbockerglory

11st 11lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Tristan Durrell aboard in his last five races, including a decisive success at Ascot in November (1m7f, soft) when just 4lb lower; has subsequently struggled in some hot handicaps and cheekpieces could trigger something; would prefer softer ground, mind.

10/1

5th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Knickerbockerglory

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Second in this last year (heavy) and won on reappearance at Ascot (1m7f, soft) in November; unplaced in two hot handicaps since but helped set things up for those ridden more patiently when sixth in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, and he's capable of a bold bid if things go his way in front; Tristan Durrell has ridden him on his last four starts.

12/1

6th

4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Knickerbockerglory

11st 11lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Dan Skelton

Front-runner; acts on heavy ground; absent since midfield effort in the Greatwood which likely came too soon after his reappearance win at Ascot (1m7f, soft) earlier in November; interesting, given his good record when fresh.

20/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: /1-421 D

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo; bumped into the smart Love Envoi over C&D (soft) in December and easily went one better at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) three weeks later; does not look overburdened with a 7lb rise and his stable won this race in 2021 with Langer Dan; still unexposed and needs plenty of respect.

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16th

14

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Playful Saint

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Below par at Haydock (2m, soft) 13 days ago but rallied for close second at Stratford (2m, heavy) earlier last month when back from a layoff; staying-on third in the Imperial Cup (2m, heavy) last March also suggests this lightly raced 9yo has potential now up in trip, if bouncing back.

33/1

6th

2

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Playful Saint

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fine third in the 2023 Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) and ran close to his best after a year off when a rallying neck second to Milldam at Stratford 19 days ago; again has conditions to suit; solid chance.

7/2

2nd

1

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Playful Saint

12st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran well on last three starts last season, notably when winning at Leicester in December (1m7f, heavy) and when third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) in March; not been out since; conditions suit and he should go well down in grade if fully wound up.

9/4

14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 4-2315 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Like many from his stable he's having a good season, and a convincing win at Haydock (2m3f, soft) in December was a personal best; however, he was only fifth of 11 off his revised mark at Uttoxeter next time and this contest looks even warmer.

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2nd

5

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Fine Casting

11st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

raced in last

4/1

2

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Fine Casting

10st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Bumper/hurdles winner; consistent results (232) since switched to fences, running well in first-time cheekpieces at Sandown (1m7f, soft; behind subsequent scorer) most recently; this slight step back up in trip looks ideal; holds very solid claims off same mark in the retained headgear.

5/4

4

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

Fine Casting

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Three hurdle wins; two good runs off this mark over fences (2m3f/2m), the latest at Cheltenham on heavy ground that he handles well; that was a fine effort in a good race but he did jump left on occasions and all his wins have come going that way round; no headgear until now.

5/1

7/1

Form: 118-15 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Never a factor when eighth of 22 in this race last year but he has improved since, impressive at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft) in November and far from disgraced when fifth in the Betfair (2m, good) at Newbury last month; handles the mud and ought to be in the thick of things.

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3rd

3

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Monviel

11st 13lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Triple hurdle winner for Philip Hobbs; started off over fences for this yard but back hurdling the last twice and, in first-time cheekpieces, he went down only narrowly in a 2m4f handicap at Uttoxeter 23 days ago; acts well on heavy and unlikely to be far away despite going back up 3lb.

5/1

2nd

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Monviel

11st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Triple hurdle winner for Philip Hobbs, including on heavy; bumped into JPR One when second of three at Newton Abbot on his chase and stable debut and had an irregular heartbeat and lost a shoe when beaten favourite at Ascot in November; reverted to hurdles after a break and wasn't discredited when midfield in a warm race at Ascot four weeks ago; respected down in grade with cheekpieces added.

15/2

8th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Monviel

10st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Most recent hurdles run came when fifth in the Imperial Cup at Sandown last March on final outing for Philip Hobbs; has beaten just one rival in two chase starts this season but had an irregular heartbeat and lost a shoe when favourite on this course in November; still low-mileage and quite interesting back over hurdles for a stable that continues in very good form.

7/1

25/1

Form: 42-123 D BF

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Multiple Flat winner in France/Germany; in the frame all five starts over hurdles, although a well-held third of 16 when favourite at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) two months ago seemed a backward step and this is tougher.

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6th

17

11th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Kellahen

10st 7lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Multiple Flat winner in France/Germany; in the frame all five starts over hurdles, although a well-held third of 16 when favourite at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) two months ago seemed a backward step and this is tougher.

25/1

3rd

2

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

13:15 Doncaster

Kellahen

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Tom Symonds

Multiple Flat winner in Europe who found plenty when winning at Bangor in November and ran up against a smart-looking rival on handicap debut at Wetherby since (both 2m, soft); has potential improvers against him but is strong on bare form.

11/4

2nd

6

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:58 Wetherby

Kellahen

11st 1lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Tom Symonds

in touch with leaders

9/4

Form: 22-531 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Usually gives his running and a 3l defeat of Iceo over C&D (soft) in January was his best effort in this sphere; unlikely to be far away under similar conditions, although one or two others may have more potential.

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8th

1

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Hardy Du Seuil

12st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Went off only 12-1 when pulled up over fences in the Grand Annual last time; had a decent spell over hurdles at the start of last year when competitive off this sort of mark; 2m might be his best trip but certainly not dismissed lightly.

8/1

16

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Hardy Du Seuil

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had a decent spell over hurdles at the start of last year and returned to fences to finish a creditable third on his 2m Sandown reappearance (soft) four weeks ago, keeping on well from the rear; the cheekpieces he wore at the end of last season are refitted; not discounted.

12/1

3rd

4

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Hardy Du Seuil

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Below form in the Imperial Cup here last March on his only start on heavy; had won over 2m here (soft) last January and was runner-up elsewhere twice last spring, all over hurdles but he was pretty useful over fences too the season before; not seen since April but has to be given a close look.

7/1

Form: 1-1230

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Easy winner at Exeter (2m2f, good to soft) on British debut, looking a useful prospect; beaten favourite next two starts, behind Hardy Du Seuil and Iceo over C&D on second occasion, and he was again disappointing when upped in trip at Ascot last time; still lightly raced but needs to turn a corner.

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8th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won his first three over fences, including a narrow defeat of Master Chewy on similar terms around here (soft) and later a Grade 2 at Ascot (2m3f); although placed since in 2m4f Grade 1s, he couldn't lay a glove on Nickle Back at Sandown, nor the front two in the Turners at Cheltenham; won't mind returning to 2m and, with course form, he has each-way claims.

12/1

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Seems to handle any ground; early faller, having been badly hampered, on penultimate outing; ran creditably, albeit without ever threatening the all-the-way winner, in Grade 1 at Sandown (2m4f) latest when taking form figures in completed chase starts to 1112; Grade 2 winner in December; proving useful over fences but needs further progress in this field.

20/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 7th, mistake 12th, went third but still plenty to do before 3 out, no impression when left in second 2 out, kept on from last, no match for winner

4/1

Form: P417-P CD

Last run: 75 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed his finest hour over jumps when winning the Tolworth over C&D (heavy) in January 2021; again appeared to revel in muddy conditions when landing the November Handicap when switched back to the Flat in the autumn, but he hasn't beaten a rival in two runs since and needs a revival.

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10th

2

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Metier

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Ran twice over hurdles last season and pulled up each time (including in this race); however, he races off his last winning mark (2m, heavy; January 2022) and won the Chester Cup on the Flat last May; can go well fresh and is not ruled out on this first outing since last October.

20/1

1st

8

(14)

12th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:15 Chester

Metier

9st 1lb

J: Saffie Osborne

T: Harry Fry

Unraced here; it was heavy ground when he landed the 1m4f November Handicap at Doncaster last term and good to soft when excellent second at Musselburgh (1m6f) five weeks ago; has more to offer on the Flat (useful hurdler on his day) and he's worth a go at this test.

13/2

Form: /74-15 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

9yo with seven wins to his name, most recently under Ben Bromley at Kempton (2m, soft) in November; however, he was well held behind three of today's rivals over C&D in January and this is an even tougher assignment.

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3

11th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Lightly Squeeze

11st 6lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

9yo with seven wins to his name, most recently under Ben Bromley at Kempton (2m, soft) in November; however, he was well held behind three of today's rivals over C&D in January and this is an even tougher assignment.

33/1

5th

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Lightly Squeeze

11st 8lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

prominent, not fluent 3rd, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

1st

1

21st Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:25 Kempton

Lightly Squeeze

11st 11lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Returning from lengthy absence and having first run since rejoining Harry Fry; useful on his day and has two pieces of notable Grade 3 handicap form (off 7lb higher); heed the market signals.

5/1

Form: 11P1 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Has won all three of his completed races under rules, easily making all in C&D novice (good to soft) three weeks ago; lack of stamina might have been responsible for a poor run over 2m5f (heavy) at Warwick the time before; in deeper here but he may not have reached his ceiling just yet and he's one to consider on today's handicap debut.

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4th

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Givega

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, disputed lead, good jump and led clearly 5th, headed 5 out, outpaced 4 out, weakened quickly before 3 out

13/2

5

11th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Givega

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Has won all three of his completed races under rules, easily making all in C&D novice (good to soft) three weeks ago; lack of stamina might have been responsible for a poor run over 2m5f (heavy) at Warwick the time before; in deeper here but he may not have reached his ceiling just yet and he's one to consider on today's handicap debut.

15/2

Form: P14155

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Her 13 jumps races in France produced seven wins, three of them on heavy going (2m1f/2m2f) last year; raced freely and faded when soundly beaten in 2m4f Listed chase at Huntingdon (50-1; wind surgery since) on British debut six weeks ago; today's drop back in trip may suit but others arrive with less to prove.

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4th

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

15:02 Carlisle

Royale Margaux

12st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Having had wind surgery she returned to form when second in Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, soft) in December, and faced a tough task in a Listed race at Doncaster next time; could play leading role now back in a handicap.

5/4

5th

8

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

Royale Margaux

11st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Has a very healthy strike-rate and, following a wind op, this 5yo returned to form with a close second in a handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; however, she has to go to a new level to threaten today.

20/1

2nd

3

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Royale Margaux

11st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Seven wins in the mud in France, two of them over fences; two minor honours stand out among her five runs for this yard and she's now had her second wind operation during her time in Britain; chance if she bounces back from her reverse here in October.

12/1

Form: 1-524F D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Pick of eight runs over hurdles was when fourth in a big field at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December; early faller at Leopardstown five weeks ago; not discounted on today's British debut but he'll need a career best.

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1st

14

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Man O Work

10st 2lb

J: Cian Cullinan

T: P G Fahey

held up in last early, towards rear after 3rd, headway and in touch with leaders after 3 out, keeping on when switched right on near side of group before 2 out, ran on to lead before last, kept on well

16/1

2nd

5

17th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

20:19 Tramore

Man O Work

11st 0lb

J: Miss N Fahey

T: P G Fahey

Became a shade frustrating hurdling, even if he ran well enough off 128 in April; safely held by Uxmal at Navan sole Flat start; rider 2-8.

16/1

7th

5

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:25 Killarney

Man O Work

11st 5lb

J: Cian Cullinan

T: P G Fahey

Won juvenile hurdles at Naas and Limerick the season before; some creditable efforts in defeat last season before later reverses; signs of a return to form at Punchestown last time but others make much more appeal.

14/1

Form: 11-114 D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won first four races for Fergal O'Brien, shooting up the weights as a result; creditable fourth of 15 off this mark at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft; wind surgery since) six weeks ago; a repeat of that would put him thereabouts again but he'll need another jolt of improvement to return to winning ways.

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5th

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Punctuation

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent, not fluent 3rd, bit short of room and hampered last, soon no extra

6/1

5th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Punctuation

11st 10lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won 20-runner handicap at last season's Aintree festival (2m, soft) and returned from break with good Flat win in the autumn; safely held in major handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in November but today's race is a bit easier and he's not yet fully exposed in this sphere.

9/1

Form: 122-2 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Useful on the Flat and won on hurdling debut (2m, good) in October 2021; lightly raced since, seeming to excel herself when second to Epatante in Grade 2 at Doncaster (2m, good) in January; well handicapped if that run can be taken at face value and she handled soft ground on the Flat earlier in her career; interesting contender.

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3rd

6

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Salsada

10st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Well treated on her fifth in the 2023 Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m, good); has possibly needed her two outings this season at Kelso (well beaten in the Morebattle) and Newcastle (beaten 12l by Brentford Hope); more required here but she's fresher than most and drying ground would help her cause.

14/1

3rd

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Salsada

10st 13lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

raced in second, pressed leader home turn, not fluent 3 out, lost second when mistake 2 out, weakened quickly before last

14/1

14th

10

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Salsada

11st 1lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Brian Ellison

Absent since fair fifth in Scottish Champion Hurdle last April and needs a bigger run today; however, this useful Flat performer can go well fresh and last January she returned from some time off with creditable second in mares' Grade 2 at Doncaster (2m, good); looks well handicapped on that form and she's an interesting contender; effective on soft/good to soft on the Flat.

11/1

Form: 2F51/2 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Flat/hurdles winner in Britain in 2017/2018, and he also won a Listed hurdle in France (2m3f, heavy) in March 2021; weak in the market but shaped well after a long absence when second of 12 at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago; big chance if building on that first run for Peter Fahey, who took this 12 months ago with Suprise Package.

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20th

3

(12)

18th Oct 2023

Yielding

1m 6f 0y

17:05 Navan

Zoffany Bay

10st 0lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Peter Fahey

Useful hurdler who was runner-up in an Ascot handicap earlier this year; 1m4f winner at Tramore in July and another good run back there a month ago (2m); thereabouts.

6/1

3rd

2

(9)

13th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

17:25 Tramore

Zoffany Bay

10st 3lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Peter Fahey

prominent, soon went second, led under 2f out, headed inside final 110yds, lost second final strides

11/2

Form: 0-1315 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Made it 2-3 over hurdles when scoring at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in January but he raced too freely when well beaten in a Listed race at Exeter next time; receives weight all round on his handicap debut but has improvement to make in a first-time hood.

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

4

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Kempton

Western Zephyr

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Has bled from the nose when tailed off the last twice (December/January); however, he's on a handy mark judged on the promise of his first two chase starts in the autumn and the recent form of his stable is encouraging; no surprise if he bounces back to form with a big performance.

10/1

5th

2

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:00 Wincanton

Western Zephyr

11st 13lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

held up in rear, niggled along 10th, outpaced 12th, lost touch before 3 out, tailed off

4/1

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Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £1970.00
Straight Forecast £1348.00
Tricast £8423.00
Trifecta £18153.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Iceo

Daily Mirror:

Monviel

The Star:

Playful Saint

TOPSPEED:

Western Zephyr

RP Ratings:

Kellahen

LAMBOURN:

Hardy Du Seuil

Telegraph:

Givega

POSTDATA:

Fine Casting

The Guardian:

Zoffany Bay

WEST COUNTRY:

Iceo

The Times:

Iceo

Daily Mail:

Iceo

D Express:

Iceo

The Sun:

Monviel

Daily Record:

Playful Saint