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Williamhill Gold Cup Top Price Guarantee Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5016.95
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Williamhill Gold Cup Top Price Guarantee Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 341 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Delivered on earlier promise when winning C&D (good) maiden by 11l three weeks ago, his third start over hurdles; faces tougher opposition on today's handicap debut but could easily have more in the locker; respected.

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5th

3

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Killaloan

11st 9lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Triple hurdle winner last season (twice here); ran very poorly on the Flat in October, after a break, but was very respectable third when back over hurdles at Wincanton (2m4f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in November; seemingly overlooked by Harry Cobden today but still enters calculations.

10/1

3rd

4

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Killaloan

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 5th

4/1

11th

1

(4)

18th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 24y

Class 6

17:45 Bath

Killaloan

10st 3lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Paul Nicholls

5yo who made it 3-5 over hurdles when completing a hat-trick in Ludlow handicap (2m, soft) in March; pulled up in final run in the spring but he's on a dangerous mark on this return to the Flat and is still unexposed in this sphere; interesting contender for yard that won this in 2018 and 2020.

7/2

5/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 24

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Second on hurdle debut at Exeter (2m, good) in November and also shaped with significant promise when fourth of 16 there (2m2f, heavy) in January; open to improvement in handicaps and can't be ignored.

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4th

1

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Ffos Las

Western General

12st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield

9/2

2nd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

15:18 Taunton

Western General

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Joe Tizzard

Low-mileage 6yo who won over hurdles a year ago; ultimately well beaten in two 2m3f Exeter chases at start of this year, but was moving into contention before bad jumping error cooked his goose at fourth-last fence on latter occasion; another 4lb lower today and a possible if all goes to plan this time; tongue-tie added.

12/1

10th

1

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Western General

12st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won 2m maiden hurdle on soft but heavy ground may have found him out when pulled up on recent chase debut over C&D; this will take less winning though so too soon to pass over back on less testing ground.

10/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 75-545 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

On very dangerous mark now and hinted at possible return to form when fourth at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft) two runs ago, but can't blame the heavy ground for his 31l defeat last time and needs to respond very positively to first-time cheekpieces here.

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3rd

6

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Mack The Man

11st 4lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Had dropped to a good mark and he's got back on track in the visor, following his second at Ayr with a decisive win at Musselburgh (Class 2 over 2m1f, soft); up 8lb but fully entitled to have a say if continuing the good work.

11/2

1st

11

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Mack The Man

11st 1lb

J: Mr Kit Alexander

T: N W Alexander

Historically well handicapped and the first-time visor prompted a return to form when second at Ayr (2m, good to soft); whether he'll be as good as again remains to be seen and this is tougher.

10/1

Form: 87-800 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Chase and dual hurdle winner (all on slow ground) when trained in Ireland, but signed off for Jim Dreaper with two disappointing efforts in the autumn and finished well down the field on last month's stable debut.

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0

7

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Forrard Away

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Ryan Chapman

Won two hurdles and a chase in Ireland, the latter in May 2021, but low key over hurdles and fences in Britain over the last 12 months.

33/1

0

1

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Forrard Away

12st 0lb

J: Mr Martin McIntyre

T: Ryan Chapman

In Ireland he won a chase and two hurdles, all on slow ground; yet to show the same level of form in three starts for current yard.

25/1

Form: 2750

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Second of five on hurdling debut at Market Rasen (2m, good) in September but soundly beaten three times since, most recently when upped to 2m3f and fitted with cheekpieces for handicap debut here last month; tried in a visor today; needs to turn things around.

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9

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

15:33 Plumpton

Just Another One

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Second of five on hurdling debut at Market Rasen (2m, good) in September but nothing since, including a couple of handicaps (cheekpieces/visor); much to prove.

20/1

5th

11

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

16:00 Taunton

Just Another One

10st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Second of five on hurdling debut at Market Rasen (2m, good) in September but soundly beaten three times since, most recently when upped to 2m3f and fitted with cheekpieces for handicap debut here last month; tried in a visor today; needs to turn things around.

25/1

10th

8

7th Feb 2023

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:00 Taunton

Just Another One

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Good effort to go close on second Flat run (1m2f, good) last summer; early hurdle promise in September and had class/soft-ground excuses since; of interest now handicapping but cheekpieces are an unknown.

10/1

Form: 8/UP-0 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Failed to complete two chases in autumn 2021 and, following a long absence, was well-beaten 50-1 shot when back over hurdles last month; that run might have brought him on but his current ability is hard gauge.

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4th

6

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

On The Wild Side

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent, not fluent 2nd

5/1

6th

6

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

16:00 Taunton

On The Wild Side

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Failed to complete two chases in autumn 2021 and, following a long absence, was well-beaten 50-1 shot when back over hurdles last month; that run might have brought him on but his current ability is hard gauge.

20/1

12th

9

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:05 Chepstow

On The Wild Side

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won two Hexham novice hurdles in October 2020; only three runs since, with lengthy absences (wind surgery both times) either side of his two non-completions over fences in autumn 2021; now a 10yo and he's back hurdling off a 7lb lower mark, with stable among the winners.

16/1

Form: 10-667 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner; made quite promising seasonal/hurdle debut when sixth at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) but again raced too freely when disappointing on both subsequent outings; might settle better in first-time hood on today's handicap debut but still has questions to answer; had wind op in January.

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8

8th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Filanderer

11st 1lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Hughie Morrison

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, unseated 7th

11/2

5th

4

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Filanderer

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

took keen hold, didn't jump with fluency, prominent, led 2nd, headed 4th, mistake and pecked on landing 4 out, weakened and lost two places from last

100/30

2nd

2

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

14:20 Plumpton

Filanderer

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

prominent, lost position and pushed along briefly 8th, not fluent 9th, ridden before 2 out, no impression when left in modest second last

2/1

Form: 351P D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Improved to win against own age-group at Hereford (2m, soft) in January, his third start over hurdles, but was pulled up at Wetherby later that month and it's hard to know what to expect from him on today's handicap debut; sports first-time visor.

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7th

9

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Tying The Knot

11st 1lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Daniel O’Brien

prominent

40/1

7th

2

(2)

21st Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

20:30 Southwell (AW)

Tying The Knot

9st 8lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Daniel O’Brien

Hurdle winner for Alan King in early 2023 but he had mixed form for that yard and has been rather down on his luck for this one so far, on the AW and over hurdles.

25/1

4th

1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:52 Plumpton

Tying The Knot

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Daniel O’Brien

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced and detached before 4 out, tailed off

25/1

Form: -24566 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner on good ground last season, latterly off mark 1lb higher than today's, but not really firing on all cylinders since returning from a break in the autumn; needs to raise his game.

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3rd

2

(3)

6th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Chelmsford (AW)

Coolnaugh Haze

9st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: James Owen

in touch with leaders, outpaced but went third inside final furlong, no match for first two

10/1

7th

7

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Coolnaugh Haze

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: James Owen

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

12/1

5th

2

(5)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 5

16:05 Southwell (AW)

Coolnaugh Haze

9st 9lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

soon disputed lead, lost position 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

11/4

Form: 23-4

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Fair Flat-racer who was placed in two maiden hurdles in autumn 2021; raced a bit too freely and was below that form last month, after a long absence, but looks interesting now switched to a handicap and with that run under his belt.

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2nd

2

7th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:48 Southwell

Book Of Secrets

11st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Put in a dominant display at Market Rasen (2m maiden) last month but he was disappointing under a penalty there two weeks later; may have gone off too hard in that race but he has a patchy record and is now 1-9 over hurdles; risks attached.

13/2

4th

1

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

17:30 Market Rasen

Book Of Secrets

11st 7lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

1m2f winner; dominant from a long way out when unchallenged over C&D two weeks ago (good to soft); penalised in a better race here but they wouldn't want to give him too much rope.

7/2

1st

2

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

13:35 Market Rasen

Book Of Secrets

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Below form on first two starts for current stable but seemingly boosted by first-time cheekpieces when clear second at Southwell (2m, good to soft) last month, where he raced freely and built up a big lead; will be hard to catch in this modest race if in similar form again; effective on good/good to soft; unraced on soft.

10/11

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Non-runners

Light Em Up Nigel, Coolnaugh Haze, Book Of Secrets

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Payout
Exacta £56.00
Straight Forecast £45.40
Tricast £157.50
Trifecta £203.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Killaloan

SPOTLIGHT:

Western General

TOPSPEED:

Filanderer

RP Ratings:

Light Em Up Nigel

WEST COUNTRY:

Western General

The Guardian:

Western General

Daily Mail:

Western General

The Times:

Killaloan

Telegraph:

Killaloan

D Express:

Killaloan

Daily Mirror:

Killaloan

The Sun:

Killaloan

The Star:

Killaloan

Daily Record:

Killaloan