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Malcolm Hopkinson Memorial Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 4f 28y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Malcolm Hopkinson Memorial Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

OUR TIP

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.30
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 2322/5

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Three defeats on the spin as favourite in bumpers before missing the best part of two years; was entitled to have needed his recent hurdling debut, when shaping fairly, and enters the equation with that behind him.

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3

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 4

19:30 Perth

Fly By Milan

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Off the mark over hurdles at just the second time of asking in 2m4f Hexham maiden in March; backed it up under a 7lb penalty with a solid second in 2m3f Carlisle novice the following month so this son of Milan needs considering now upped in trip on his handicap debut.

3/1

2nd

1

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

15:05 Carlisle

Fly By Milan

11st 9lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Off the best part of two years before his hurdle debut fifth; all the sharper for that run when winning over 2m4f at Hexham (heavy) 23 days ago; more will be needed here but he did score pretty readily.

4/1

1st

1

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:10 Hexham

Fly By Milan

11st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders, pushed along and headway after 2 out, made strong challenge approaching last, led run-in, soon edged right, readily

6/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 324 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Easy to pick holes in his Newcastle second early in the year and he didn't build on that as favourite last time; yard going great guns lately but he needs to find more.

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4th

2

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

14:30 Catterick

Had To Be Hugo

11st 4lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rebecca Menzies

raced in last

11/2

0

10

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 123y

Class 3

14:57 Market Rasen

Had To Be Hugo

10st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Lightly raced; well-beaten third on his chase debut at Kelso last month (2m7f) but then stayed on well for the same placing on his return there over hurdles (both runs in cheekpieces); looks a thorough stayer who might be helped by the new visor, but lack of chasing experience is a concern.

8/1

3rd

2

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:10 Kelso

Had To Be Hugo

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders, outpaced and dropped to rear after 3 out, rallied approaching last, kept on run-in, went third inside final 110yds

3/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Picked up for £120,000 after winning an Irish maiden point (March 2019) before a long absence; made a pleasing comeback on Boxing Day and about sets the standard on that; claims are obvious.

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1st

3

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

14:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Vandemere

11st 11lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: John Quinn

Irish point winner (good to yielding ground) who was placed on first two hurdling starts, more recently when third at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) last month; back on a less testing surface for today's handicap debut and open to significant improvement; high on the list.

4/1

3rd

9

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:10 Hexham

Vandemere

11st 7lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: John Quinn

prominent, led after 2 out, faced strong challenge approaching last, ridden and headed run-in, no extra when lost second towards finish

3/1

Form: 25

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Changed hands for £17,000 after an easy Irish point win in November and made a pleasing hurdles debut early in the year; pulled hard when out of his depth last time and this is more realistic.

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4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

15:47 Newcastle

Shadows In The Sky

11st 13lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

Irish point winner who is 0-8 under rules; on a competitive mark; would be a player if in the same form as when third at Musselburgh in December (2m7f, good to soft) but needs to better his other three efforts this season; tongue-tie and cheekpieces go on.

6/1

Form: F44

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Irish point runner-up who's shown enough over hurdles this winter to suggest he can be a factor back down in trip; goes on the shortlist.

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6th

5

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

17:20 Stratford

Home Sweet Highway

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent, dropped to rear when bad mistake 3rd, outpaced after 4 out, weakened after 2 out

6/1

4th

3

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:00 Market Rasen

Home Sweet Highway

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 4 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

German Group 2/3 winner in 2020 who lost his way in France last year; some promise for his new yard, having been gelded, in a good-quality Polytrack handicap three weeks ago and is an interesting hurdling newcomer.

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9th

1

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

18:15 Huntingdon

Quian

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Multiple Flat winner at up to 2m, including a German Group 2; 1-7 over hurdles, having won on handicap debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) last December; similar effort in defeat here (2m, soft) next time but below par last two starts; bit to prove.

12/1

4th

1

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

Quian

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Group 2 Flat winner in Germany a few years ago and made winning handicap hurdle debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in December; two lesser efforts have followed this year, though, and others have more pressing claims here.

20/1

Form: 0/PP

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who's started big prices and been pulled up in two runs over hurdles for his current yard; remains best watched back from wind surgery.

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10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Glenavaddra

10st 2lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Winning pointer just over two years ago; pulled up in both his chases and he's 29lb out of the handicap here; had wind surgery.

100/1

0

9

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

Glenavaddra

10st 2lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

led narrowly, headed 5 out

33/1

Form: 04

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Beaten a long way in one bumper and one run over hurdles this year; remains best watched.

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7

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:10 Hexham

Rue Galilee

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

in touch with leaders, struggling 3 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off when pulled up before last

50/1

4th

10

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

13:45 Carlisle

Rue Galilee

11st 3lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

prominent, not fluent 3rd, dropped to midfield with one circuit to go

100/1

Form: 53

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

French Flat winner (1m7f, very soft) who ran her best race for this yard when third at Wetherby around the turn of the year; today's stiffer track should suit and she holds each-way claims.

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7th

6

(2)

15th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 189y

Class 5

15:50 Catterick

Visite Officielle

8st 12lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Ex-French mare who was again beaten a fair way at Pontefract last time when having Vintage Valley behind over 2m5.6f; is on a competitive mark now though.

12/1

4th

6

(6)

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 139y

Class 6

16:10 Pontefract

Visite Officielle

9st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Fair fourth over 2m2f here (good to soft) last October and now 4lb lower; however, she was well beaten by the first two when third at Redcar (2m, soft) a fortnight ago when fit from hurdling; others appeal more.

12/1

3rd

2

(2)

10th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 217y

Class 6

15:26 Redcar

Visite Officielle

9st 9lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

1-23 in France and 0-7 in Britain; hurdling hasn't worked out (refused to race on penultimate appearance, tailed off latest) and her one piece of solid handicap form last season is not enough to persuade.

11/1

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Payout
Exacta £396.00
Straight Forecast £440.40
Trifecta £1148.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Vandemere

D Express:

Had To Be Hugo

TOPSPEED:

Home Sweet Highway

Daily Mirror:

Had To Be Hugo

The Sun:

Had To Be Hugo

POSTDATA:

Home Sweet Highway

Telegraph:

Home Sweet Highway

RP Ratings:

Vandemere

The Times:

Vandemere

The Guardian:

Vandemere

Daily Mail:

Vandemere

The Star:

Vandemere

Daily Record:

Vandemere