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14:05 Kempton

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Virgin Bet Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 121P21 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in the Lanzarote over C&D (soft) in January on sole handicap start but the vast majority struggled in that gruelling race; posted hurdle win number three in Wincanton novice (2m5f, good) recently and has the potential to be better than this mark; also effective on good to soft.

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2nd

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:45 Sandown

Outlaw Peter

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders after 6th

7/2

1st

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Outlaw Peter

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Novice who was placed twice in a row this winter (2m4f, good/soft) before winning at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft) last month; came clear with a course specialist last time and could continue to progress for top yard.

9/2

1st

6

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Outlaw Peter

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Useful novice chaser who posted solid placed efforts the last twice (good/soft), including over C&D, and the form has received strong boosts since; attractively weighted off an unaltered mark and he was successful over hurdles on this card 12 months ago; commands major respect.

3/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 12-84P

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

More than just a possible lack of stamina was amiss at Huntingdon (3m1f) in January and it's hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he was an encouraging fourth over C&D on Boxing Day when back from some time off and this lightly raced 7yo retains potential for his top yard.

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7th

2

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

The Bomber Liston

11st 10lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Nicky Henderson

Has yet to win a handicap but he's well treated on some efforts, notably a Kempton second (2m5f, soft) 12 months ago off a 12lb higher mark; stable still not out of the woods after their recent troubles but he's hard to discount.

8/1

5th

7

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

The Bomber Liston

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Kempton second (2m5f, soft) last March was one of his peak efforts; 10lb lower today, having failed to fire in the same way this season (over fences initially); back hurdling on last three starts, best of those on second occasion; place chance but others are more convincing for the win.

14/1

3rd

2

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

The Bomber Liston

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Nicky Henderson

Has got himself well handicapped again after a downturn in his fortunes and there were positives to take from his 7l third over C&D last month when Lily Jones was aboard; the cheekpieces seem to be having a positive effect; possibilities.

13/2

9/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 7-11P4 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on sole handicap start in the Lanzarote over C&D (soft) in January but so were the vast majority of the field; went there on the back of two novice wins (2m4f/2m5f, good) and he was a fair fourth in a Grade 2 novice at Haydock (3m, good to soft) last month; not discounted.

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3rd

7

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Scarface

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Improving chaser who has won three of his last four and again impressed with his jumping en route to a clearcut success at Plumpton two weeks ago (2m3f, good); could be progressive enough to deal with the 6lb rise but now tackles some tried-and-trusted handicappers at this loftier level; unquestionably needs his best form yet.

8/1

1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Scarface

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive chaser with a course win on the board and produced his best form yet with a workmanlike display at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft); no reason why he shouldn't have a major say off 3lb higher.

7/2

1st

3

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Scarface

10st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has improved with each of his five runs over fences and won in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) two outings ago; another good run when second to Kotmask there (2m3f, soft) last time; every chance he'll continue to progress and he could be in the mix once more.

5/1

Form: 1-134P D

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in the Lanzarote over C&D (soft) last time but that was a highly attritional race and only four of the 20 runners completed; in fair form otherwise this season, winning at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) then making the frame in two good handicaps; could bounce back with a bold show.

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3rd

11

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Harbour Lake

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Solid efforts the last twice, most recently runner-up to Zain Nights at Cheltenham (3m, good) when upped in trip; remains well treated on form from 2022-23 season and he could be thereabouts once more.

13/2

2nd

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Harbour Lake

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

midfield, steady headway on inner after 2 out, kept on run-in, went second towards finish, not pace to challenge

6/1

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Harbour Lake

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Hasn't taken to fences on his two starts this season; there's a question mark regarding current form but he's 4lb lower than when a solid fifth of 20 at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last April and could be involved.

8/1

Form: 411-34 D

Last run: 127 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Won three novice hurdles last season (2m4f, good to soft/good) and didn't run badly in the autumn on his first two chase starts; having had a break and wind surgery, he reverts to hurdles in a first-time tongue-tie and improvement is possible from this lightly raced 7yo.

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7th

5

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Pull Again Green

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Having been chasing last season he returned from a break and reverted to hurdles at Cheltenham (3m, good) last month, finishing a good fourth behind Zain Nights and Harbour Lake; each-way claims off the same mark.

10/1

4th

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Pull Again Green

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear, steady headway before 2 out, pressed leaders last, weakened gradually run-in

16/1

0

1

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Pull Again Green

11st 10lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Off the mark over fences at the fourth attempt when winning easily at Bangor (3m, good) and, following an 8lb rise, he bumped into a smart chasing recruit at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft); given a further 2lb nudge for that but easy to see him running well.

11/2

Form: -42224

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Tackles his longest trip to date and could do with settling better, but this consistent sort has kept on well over an extended 2m3f the last twice (good/good to soft) and could be thereabouts.

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10th

14

(8)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Too Friendly

8st 6lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: James Owen

Seen far more often over hurdles (winner on varied ground); has lost his way in that discipline but he was a smooth 2m winner on the Kempton AW in March on his only Flat start since 2021; 4lb higher today but could have more to offer in this sphere and is one to consider.

18/1

8th

2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Too Friendly

11st 13lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Belatedly returned to the Flat 18 days ago and won a Class 4 2m handicap at Kempton; he's a five-time winner over hurdles and well suited by a quick 2m; Alex Chadwick's claim is welcomed off a challenging mark; respected.

12/1

Form: 37-206

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Disappointing the last twice and something to prove, but has had wind op since last time and runs off the same mark as when short-headed on handicap debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in October; not ruled out.

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5th

1

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

16:10 Perth

A Different Kind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won four small-field chases last summer, two over this C&D, the second on soft ground in September; could go well but went up 20lb for his wins and no easy task on return from break.

3/1

1st

1

11th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

15:05 Perth

A Different Kind

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

made all, went clear going easily after 3 out, canter

2/5

Form: 21-414

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won in good style at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft) on Boxing Day in his second handicap hurdle and stayed on from the rear for a 13l fourth in the Betfair Hurdle last month (2m, good; first two clear); the time looks right for this step up in trip and this 5yo is firmly in calculations.

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17th

22

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Yorksea

10st 11lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

kept away from others at start

33/1

0

8

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Yorksea

10st 11lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

refused to race

16/1

0

2

19th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 162y

Class 3

13:33 Fontwell

Yorksea

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

refused to race

11/8

Form: 1P337P

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won last August on final two starts for Joseph O'Brien (hurdles/fences) but he's been unable to threaten on his five starts for this yard and needs to turn things around in a big way.

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0

7

30th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 90y

17:40 Bellewstown

Uhtred

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

5/1

2nd

6

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:05 Killarney

Uhtred

10st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Progressive for Joseph O'Brien early last season; was hit and miss for Dan Skelton in Britain since but he is back on a very good mark for his debut for this yard and any market support could be significant.

6/1

Form: 6-1213 D BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

6yo who has been progressive this season with wins at Taunton (2m3f, good) and Huntingdon (2m4f, good to soft), and he stayed on for a close third at Huntingdon last time (2m3f, good; Too Friendly second); today's extra yardage looks set to be in his favour and he's one to consider.

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13

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Moveit Like Minnie

11st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in touch with leaders, outpaced and lost position 5th, dropped to rear 3 out, lost touch and pulled up before 2 out

25/1

9th

10

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Moveit Like Minnie

10st 13lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Back-to-back handicap wins before a creditable fourth to the classy Luccia at Ascot; ran just okay in the Betfair Hurdle but he's a player on that penultimate effort.

14/1

9th

20

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Moveit Like Minnie

10st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Stablemate of Norman Fletcher; raced mainly on good/good to soft; creditable fourth to Luccia at Ascot when bidding for a hat-trick but may ideally need a drop back in grade; all wins in Class 3 or lower.

66/1

Form: /111-6

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on handicap debut at Taunton in January and needs to prove she can cut it off this mark; however, she's had wind surgery following that first run since last February (also first encounter with soft ground) and she was unbeaten previously (2m-2m3f, good to soft); retains potential.

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7th

1

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Lady Adare

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Has had three wind operations, the latest last May after a poor run at this meeting; won chase debut at Worcester in October and very good second in Grade 2 novice at Wincanton one month later, both at 2m4f, but a nine-day gap before latest start was seemingly insufficient as she ran poorly (2m1f); off 150 days since and needs improvement but could still have more to offer.

4/1

0

4

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 1

15:00 Exeter

Lady Adare

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Won on chase debut at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) last month and ran really well when second against males in Grade 2 Rising Stars Novices' Chase at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) nine days ago; she should be fine at this shorter trip and she holds leading form claims.

9/4

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Outlaw Peter

SPOTLIGHT:

Yorksea

Daily Mail:

Too Friendly

The Times:

Harbour Lake

The Star:

Moveit Like Minnie

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POSTDATA:

Outlaw Peter

WEST COUNTRY:

Outlaw Peter

Daily Mirror:

Outlaw Peter

Daily Record:

Outlaw Peter

Telegraph:

Yorksea

The Guardian:

Yorksea

The Sun:

Yorksea

D Express:

Too Friendly