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Good To Soft

Williamhill Champion Chase Top Price Guarantee Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4792.48
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Williamhill Champion Chase Top Price Guarantee Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 7332

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Fair Flat-racer who has taken well to hurdling this winter and was placed for third consecutive time when close second at Plumpton (2m, good) four weeks; not yet proven on ground slower than good to soft but, otherwise, he has very solid claims.

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

5th

3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Mardoof

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

pressed leader, led before 4th, headed before 3 out

25/1

OUR TIP

14/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 7/03-3

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Displayed improvement when third of six in Ballinrobe bumper (good to yielding; first-time cheekpieces) for Johnny Murtagh in summer 2021 but, following a long absence, made underwhelming stable/hurdle debut when remote third at Exeter (2m2f, good) last month; needs to have come on from that run.

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

4th

7

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:55 Newton Abbot

Back Yourself

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

raced lazily at times, didn't jump with fluency, raced in fourth, jumped slightly left 3rd, went third before 10th, steadied 13th, lost third before 4 out

4/1

1st

6

9th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

16:45 Ffos Las

Back Yourself

11st 1lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Showed promise in a Ballinrobe bumper nearly two years ago; placed, but finished remote, in novice/maiden hurdles for new yard back from absence; this level should prove more suitable.

11/2

2nd

2

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Back Yourself

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Victor Dartnall

midfield

14/1

15/8

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 2-523

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Second in a French bumper in 2021 and has displayed clear promise on all three British hurdling starts this season; well-held third over C&D (good) in December and not seen again since but still a leading contender in this.

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

5th

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

High Game Royal

11st 12lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders

4/1

3rd

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:45 Newbury

High Game Royal

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

chased clear leader, lost ground before 6th, went modest second after 4 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened and lost position approaching last

10/1

3rd

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

12:25 Exeter

High Game Royal

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

prominent, mistake 11th, struggling 4 out, went third run-in, not pace to challenge

5/2

Form: 04

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Recovered from early alarm to finish fourth over C&D (soft) on hurdling debut in January but the form isn't anything to get excited about and he'll need to take a big step forward to trouble the principals today.

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

15th

9

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:35 Exeter

Atlantic Fleet

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Some promise when a 17l fourth in his middle run and handicaps should see him in a better light.

10/1

4th

1

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Atlantic Fleet

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

14/1

4th

1

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Atlantic Fleet

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

From a useful family and represents notable connections; soundly beaten in Chepstow bumper (good to soft) last month but should do better with that debut experience under his belt.

20/1

Form: 8-4

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Showed minor promise on bumper debut in 2011 and also when fourth of 14 on hurdle debut at Exeter (2m, heavy) ten weeks ago; that form gives him pretty good each-way claims here, and he's open to improvement.

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

4

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Dylans Double

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Seven-race maiden who looks far from solid judged on his handicap form over hurdles; however, this switch to chasing is a possible source of improvement off a reduced mark.

12/1

7th

15

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Dylans Double

10st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Six-race maiden; jumping lacked fluency on handicap/seasonal debut at Plumpton and he pulled up at Exeter three weeks later; 5lb lower than on handicap debut but others look more solid.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in his last four Irish points, most recently when winning a soft-ground match in November; worth a glance in the betting before today's rules debut.

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

2nd

11

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 3f 119y

Class 5

14:48 Stratford

Ballyrashane

10st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Jumped well when winning four-runner chase at Fakenham (3m5f, good) last month, his second start over fences, and subsequent Ffos Las second (3m, heavy) was perfectly respectable; could still have improvement to come; shortlisted.

11/2

2nd

6

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:35 Ffos Las

Ballyrashane

10st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Jumped well and dominated four-runner chase at Fakenham (good) this month, his second start over fences; it's tricky to gauge what that form is worth but he was heavily backed and is open to significant further improvement if today's different trip-and-ground combination also suits.

2/1

Form: 0-06

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in both bumpers last year and also when 150-1 for last month's hurdle debut at Exeter (2m2f).

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

4

13th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:00 Hereford

Wellwillya

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

0-10 over hurdles; placed off his lowly handicap mark at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December and was not disgraced in a 2m5f maiden there in March but faces another tough task today.

100/1

5th

9

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

14:30 Exeter

Wellwillya

11st 7lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

towards rear, steady headway before 7th

40/1

6th

7

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:05 Taunton

Wellwillya

10st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

towards rear but in touch with leaders

13/2

Form: 50

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-sister to useful jumper Grandads Horse; showed nothing more than minor promise in her two bumpers and has quite a lot to find on today's hurdling debut.

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

9th

10

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:30 Exeter

My Lady Phoenix

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jeremy Scott

always behind

33/1

0

14

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

My Lady Phoenix

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Placed twice over hurdles but no match for easy winner when second in 2m novice here on seasonal debut in November and was pulled up when upped to 2m4f for last month's handicap debut; others have stronger claims.

20/1

0

3

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

My Lady Phoenix

11st 10lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

took keen hold, midfield, not fluent 5th

6/1

Form: 66

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Out of connections' useful jumper Pass The Time but well beaten on both starts (bumper/hurdle); probably one for further down the line.

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

3

27th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Get With The Times

11st 5lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Neil Mulholland

First worthwhile form when finishing second at Newbury on Saturday but he was miles behind the winner and it's questionable what he achieved; placed at best if turned out again.

25/1

2nd

4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

15:15 Newbury

Get With The Times

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Neil Mulholland

Uncompetitive in a bumper and two hurdles; probably one for modest handicaps at some point.

100/1

9th

6

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Get With The Times

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

always towards rear, not fluent 2nd

66/1

100/1

Form: 0F4

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Achieved very little when fourth of five in very weak Exeter novice hurdle last month and career record now stands at 0-32.

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

2nd

3

(2)

6th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:45 Bath

Galactic Glow

9st 9lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Joe Tickle

Acts on any ground; has done all his winning at Bath (1m2f) and looks one to consider with 11.5f reappearance (faded late) under his belt; runner-up over C&D last September.

8/1

6th

4

(1)

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

16:10 Bath

Galactic Glow

9st 9lb

J: Tyler Heard

T: Joe Tickle

All three wins came over 1m2f here last year on good to firm/firm; acts on soft ground too, but still has stamina to prove and the seven-month absence (has undergone wind surgery) is a concern as he has a poor record fresh.

8/1

33/1

Form: 4

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner, latterly in low-grade AW handicap last spring (1m4f; RPR 62); not disgraced when fourth of 13 on recent stable/hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) but was beaten about 42l in the end and others look stronger here.

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

6th

7

3rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

16:18 Stratford

Lucky Draw

11st 3lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Daniel Bourne

Narrow defeats in two handicaps in June (both weaker contests than this) but well beaten back in novice company latest; tends to race too freely; others look to have more viable claims.

14/1

4th

10

18th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:40 Southwell

Lucky Draw

10st 9lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Daniel Bourne

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 4th, some headway 5th

13/8

2nd

2

23rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

14:10 Market Rasen

Lucky Draw

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Daniel Bourne

Dual Flat winner who has improved with experience over hurdles and was over 30l clear of the third when second to Green Or Black at Uttoxeter (2m, good) this month; has to take a 6lb rise on the chin but could still be well handicapped.

11/4

Form:

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on point debut last April and also struggled when big-priced outsider in Chepstow bumper last month.

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

2

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:55 Warwick

Look Out To Sea

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Laura Hurley

250-1, pulled up in 2m Taunton novice on his hurdling debut in March; lots more is needed in first-time cheekpieces.

100/1

9

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Look Out To Sea

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Laura Hurley

took keen hold, prominent

250/1

11th

7

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

16:40 Chepstow

Look Out To Sea

11st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Joe Tickle

13th foal; half-brother to four winners including Santera (2m-2m5f hurdle) and Goldgig (French 2m1f-3m1f hurdle/chase); dam unraced; pulled up on point debut last spring and best watched for new trainer.

33/1

Form: 00

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beat only two home in 16-runner Warwick bumper on debut in November and was never a threat on hurdling debut at Uttoxeter in January (2m; jockey reported a respiratory problem).

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

0

16

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

16:05 Taunton

Dolly Bird

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Showed no promise in three 2m maiden/novice hurdles last season and is 21lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut; could be considered only if lively in the betting.

40/1

7th

9

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:25 Chepstow

Dolly Bird

10st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Chris Honour

Beat only two home in 16-runner Warwick bumper on debut in November and has struggled in two maiden hurdles this year; tongue-tie added today.

100/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mardoof

Telegraph:

Atlantic Fleet

WEST COUNTRY:

High Game Royal

The Star:

Atlantic Fleet

RP Ratings:

Mardoof

TOPSPEED:

Mardoof

POSTDATA:

Mardoof

The Times:

Mardoof

The Guardian:

Mardoof

Daily Mail:

Mardoof

D Express:

Mardoof

Daily Mirror:

Mardoof

The Sun:

Mardoof

Daily Record:

Mardoof