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Your Dream Holiday With Optimum Experience Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7393.4
  • 2m 3f 207y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Your Dream Holiday With Optimum Experience Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.40
  • Place: £2.60

Form: /11-10 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

First start for 552 days and first-time headgear when winning seven-runner handicap chase at Hereford (2m5f, soft) in December; never involved in a competitive 3m handicap chase at Sandown next time but he does have a lower mark to work with back hurdling.

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

3rd

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:20 Newcastle

Equus Dancer

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Won over fences (2m5f, soft) and hurdles (2m4f, soft) during light campaign last season; off since struggling over Aintree's big fences last April but has good record when fresh and will probably be okay over this trip.

4/1

15th

27

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Equus Dancer

10st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

A dab hand at mixing hurdling with chasing over the last three years and looks better than ever since returning from an absence; hardy 9yo who is unlikely to be fazed by a race of this nature (debut over the fences) and it's unwise to turn a blind eye to his stable's excellent record in this race having won it for a fifth time 12 months ago.

14/1

1st

6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Equus Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear, headway when mistake 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, ridden and disputed lead last, led run-in, hard pressed towards finish, just did enough

10/1

15/8

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 3-211 CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Switches to handicap company on the back of novice hurdle wins over C&D (good to soft) and at Wetherby (extended 2m3f; soft); while it would be tough to argue his opening mark looks lenient he should have more to come in this sphere for his top stable; high on the list.

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

5th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Hitching Jacking

10st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Below the best of his hurdle form in three runs over fences and failed to quash stamina doubts over this far when a weakening third last time at Kempton (3m, good to soft); Dan Skelton happy to persevere with this trip, however, and he's on a perfectly good mark.

6/1

12/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: P/7887 D

Last run: 86 days

W: 10st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Beaten a long way on all four outings since returning from a long absence but his mark is in freefall as a result; given 12 weeks off and worth a precautionary betting check with cheekpieces refitted.

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

11th

2

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

Limited Reserve

11st 11lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

First sign of retaining ability since returning from a long absence when 4l third over 2m4f at Uttoxeter in refitted cheekpieces (retained) three weeks ago; not certain to benefit from this shorter trip but he is well handicapped.

7/1

3rd

10

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Limited Reserve

10st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Beaten a long way on all four outings since returning from a long absence but his mark is in freefall as a result; given 12 weeks off and worth a precautionary betting check with cheekpieces refitted.

12/1

7th

9

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:40 Ffos Las

Limited Reserve

10st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Back from long absence with three disappointing efforts this autumn; ran well to a point in refitted cheekpieces at Kempton (3m, soft) last time and is too well handicapped to be ruled out but he has a lot more to prove than some; no headgear today.

25/1

Form: 1P8-P2 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Warwick last season but he ran no sort of race (stopped quickly) in the Lanzarote at Kempton on his reappearance and was beaten 35l when second on his Catterick chase debut since; has something to prove at present.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Stag Horn

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

disputed lead, led before 3 out, ridden and joined 2 out, headed and weakened approaching last

9/1

2nd

3

28th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:15 Catterick

Stag Horn

11st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Warwick last season and predictably struggled in Grade 1 company afterwards; didn't run much of a race on his reappearance in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f handicap) but he's clearly a strong contender at this level if taking to fences; has won on fast ground.

2/1

7

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Stag Horn

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Won the Leamington at Warwick on this day 12 months ago, taking hurdles record to 2-2; exposed in a couple of 3m Grade 1 races subsequently; drops in class but lacks recent match practice (absent for nine months).

16/1

Form: 4-9124 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who got back on track with a win at Wetherby (2m5f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; creditable in-frame efforts both starts since; ought to give his running again.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Raffertys Return

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has improved with headgear on last three starts, winning over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) in first time cheekpieces and then scoring over 2m4f at Newcastle in a visor; could go well again despite 7lb rise.

4/1

1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3P7-37

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Made a good return to action when third in the competitive Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in January; that was a particularly gruelling race (only four of 20 finished) and he perhaps wasn't over those exertions when fading out of it at Carlisle since; more than capable off this mark if close to his best.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:15 Chepstow

Up For Parol

12st 1lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

His last win was in December 2021 but he's well treated on old form and was a close second at Fakenham (2m4f, good) 25 days ago; untested beyond 2m5f under rules but he rallied well last time and has claims if his stamina holds out.

11/2

2nd

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

15:07 Fakenham

Up For Parol

12st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Smart form as recently as last February (2m5f, soft) and his close second in a match at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) in November wasn't too bad; not seen to good effect in two starts since but this is a drop in class and the competition isn't strong.

2/1

3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Up For Parol

12st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

led

5/1

Form: 1P-4PP D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won pair of handicap chases last term but has been pulled up in similar events on his last two starts; needs a return to hurdles and new headgear (blinkers instead of cheekpieces) to spark a revival.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

3

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:10 Chepstow

Chinwag

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Well handicapped judged on hurdle and chase form of previous campaigns; this is his first season without a win and he's been right out of form when trying headgear on last three starts; no headgear today but, after one attempt last November, his stamina for this sort of trip has not been proved.

40/1

7th

8

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Chinwag

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Neil Mulholland

disputed lead, headed before 3 out, weakened quickly 2 out

16/1

5

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 2

16:03 Newcastle

Chinwag

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Neil Mulholland

Won twice last season and has dropped below his last winning mark; however, he was pulled up last March and there's been no return to peak form on his two outings this term; needs to raise his game.

14/1

Form: 3PP-10 D

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Back to form with a bang when making a winning reappearance at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in November; disappointed at Kempton on Boxing Day but given time to get over that and could bounce back for a stable which continues to knock in the winners.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Optimise Prime

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

midfield, lost position and ridden halfway, weakened and pulled up before 3 out

7/1

6

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Optimise Prime

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, mistake 5th, pushed along and dropped to midfield when bit short of room after 4 out

11/1

1st

2

15th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

14:00 Lingfield

Optimise Prime

11st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders

8/1

Form: 125-58

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Second in a C&D novice (soft) on this day last year; well beaten in a pair of 3m handicaps this winter but it's possible that trip stretches his stamina and he has a reduced mark to work with back over shorter; no shock were he to revive.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

10

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Del La Mar Rocket

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Ben Pauling

Won a maiden at Ffos Las (2m6f, soft) in February 2022 but there was nothing to cheer in his three runs last season or in his two attempts (over fences) this term; tongue tied twice last season and blinkered on latest outing; back over hurdles with a major question to answer.

20/1

6th

6

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 3

14:15 Ffos Las

Del La Mar Rocket

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

prominent, led from 2nd

20/1

Form: 12-8P6 D

Last run: 78 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Triple hurdle and chase winner at up to 2m3f when trained by Guillaume Macaire in France; well beaten in two chases and a hurdle for this yard at the end of last year but he returns from an 11-week break with a reduced mark and his stable among the winners; one to keep a close eye on in the betting.

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

6th

8

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Batman For Ever

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Four-time winner when trained in France; unplaced all six British starts for Rebecca Menzies and failed to justify strong market support when well beaten on last month's stable debut but it will be interesting to see whether his backers wade in again.

6/1

9th

9

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Batman For Ever

11st 1lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £346.00
Straight Forecast £304.60
Tricast £4317.90
Trifecta £4755.00

Selections

Daily Mail:

Hitching Jacking

SPOTLIGHT:

Optimise Prime

TOPSPEED:

Up For Parol

Telegraph:

Stag Horn

Daily Mirror:

Hitching Jacking

The Sun:

Hitching Jacking

The Star:

Hitching Jacking

The Times:

Up For Parol

The Guardian:

Up For Parol

RP Ratings:

Optimise Prime

WEST COUNTRY:

Optimise Prime

D Express:

Optimise Prime

Daily Record:

Stag Horn