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Perfect Payroll Provider Optimum Pay Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 2m 7f 70y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Perfect Payroll Provider Optimum Pay Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 13-1

Last run: 113 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Posted similar RPRs for his two wins, latterly ridden out on his handicap debut over 2m6f at Ffos Las (soft) in November (following a longer break than today's); scopey 7yo who will be sent chasing sooner rather than later but he remains unexposed as a staying hurdler; raised 6lb.

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15

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Trelawne

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kim Bailey

All races on soft or heavy; stretched away when making it 3-4 over hurdles in 2m7f handicap last March but has raced at about 2m4f over fences, winning on chase debut and running particularly well when a keeping-on third to two hotshots here in December; two good efforts since (in cheekpieces latest, refitted today) and this stamina test can suit; solid contender.

7/1

3rd

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Trelawne

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

3-4 over hurdles (won debut here); also took Carlisle handicap in November on chase debut and good efforts since when third in a hot novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft; Crebilly fourth) and second of four in Grade 2 at Wetherby, all three at about 2m4f on soft; cheekpieces go on; if they have no adverse effect he should be bang there once again.

7/4

2nd

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 1

13:10 Wetherby

Trelawne

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

led, niggled along briefly 6th, hung badly right and reminder before 8th, pushed along 12th, soon edged right, mistake 4 out, headed 3 out, rallied and led again 2 out, headed approaching last, no match for winner

3/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 3741

Last run: 77 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; not quick enough to land a blow in 2m3f/2m4f novice hurdles but the step up to 3m2f worked a treat on his handicap debut at Warwick (soft); up 8lb but was good value for that win and, clearly progressing, he's a danger to all at the foot of the weights.

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8th

13

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Lord Snootie

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Runner-up over C&D (heavy) in February and bounced back from Uttoxeter flop when second of 21 at Aintree last month (3m, good to soft; albeit no match for fast-improving winner); every chance he'll be in the mix.

10/1

2nd

19

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Lord Snootie

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stays very well and ran a cracker when a close second to Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February; favourite at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day but ran no sort of race, reluctant early on and never the slightest threat behind Gwennie May Boy; can't be trusted after that, but he'll be a threat under optimum conditions if he's on a going day.

16/1

9

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Lord Snootie

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Sole win was at 3m2f so he's an assured stayer who came right back to form when perhaps unfortunate not to win at Haydock (3m, heavy) four weeks ago, the form of which now looks strong with the winner finishing third at Cheltenham on Thursday; should have every chance.

4/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2-1512

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Runs here in preference to Friday's Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; wouldn't have been out of place in that Grade 1 after only narrowly missing out in a 3m Grade 2 at Haydock and he could easily be ahead of his mark now sent into handicaps.

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4th

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Collectors Item

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

raced in second, niggled along briefly after 10th, pushed along from 14th, weakened 4 out

6/1

7th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Collectors Item

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice here; sent chasing this term, staying on well when good fourth at Sandown (3m, soft) on third attempt but a flop when favourite over 3m4f on heavy at Haydock latest; wore cheekpieces for those last two starts; back hurdling in need of a career best.

11/1

Form: 44-P20

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Never know quite what to expect from him, with his good effort in defeat at Wincanton flanked by two no-shows; not hard to turn elsewhere.

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7th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Stellar Magic

10st 13lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Billy Aprahamian

Bounced back quickly from a disappointing run (in cheekpieces) to open chasing account in first-time blinkers at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) last month; not one to rely upon heavily but recent 4lb rise ought to be manageable if he responds well to a first-time visor.

11/2

1st

2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

13:28 Wincanton

Stellar Magic

12st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Billy Aprahamian

Very respectable third on seasonal/stable debut at Huntingdon (2m7f, good to soft) last month but ought to have been suited by the soft ground when pulled up at Ludlow three weeks ago and today's headgear switch needs to perk him up.

20/1

Form: P1-35P D

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Only raced twice over hurdles, winning a novice event the final time back in 2017; now established as a smart staying chaser and, with the ground just as he likes it, he's entitled to consideration off a good mark (rated 12lb higher over fences).

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6th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Sam Brown

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

22/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Sam Brown

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won this in fine style in 2022 (good to soft) and he's been running consistently well since this visor went on, winning two veterans' chases from his last four starts (3m, soft/good); edging back up the weights and he was beaten against younger rivals two starts ago, but he's entitled to respect.

14/1

1

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Sam Brown

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won the series final at Warwick (3m, soft) in January in a first-time visor (retained since) and has continued in good form; versatile ground-wise and holds strong claims now back in a veterans' event.

3/1

12/1

Form: 11U-3P C

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

9yo with just the 11 runs behind him, winning five of them; won the novices' handicap chase on this card off 2lb higher two years ago, then won two novice hurdles, and it's been good and bad over fences since then; ran no race when only 5-1 for the Welsh National at Christmas but perhaps he's happier over hurdles and the ability is there to go close.

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3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Ask Me Early

10st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Suited by the first-time cheekpieces (retained since) when winning by 9l at Exeter (3m, heavy) in February, and ran well for a long way before weakening in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, heavy) last time; that latest race was a hard one and this outing comes just three weeks later, but he's a major player now back down in trip if reproducing the Exeter form.

7/2

8th

8

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Ask Me Early

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Has been lightly raced since winning the 3m novice handicap chase on this card three years ago, subsequently mixing hurdling with chasing; made a timely return to winning ways over 3m at Exeter (heavy) last month when coming home 9l to the good in first-time cheekpieces (joining regular tongue-tie); had got himself well handicapped so a 7lb rise isn't the end of the world providing he's as good again.

12/1

1st

12

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Ask Me Early

10st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Became disappointing during light campaign last season and was soundly beaten over C&D on reappearance outing in November; well handicapped and has conditions to suit, but the addition of cheekpieces needs to make a big difference.

10/1

Form: 1-P21P D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Has improved for cheekpieces this season and he's a thorough stayer who goes on this ground; patchy profile and it would be typical of him to bounce back from a laboured run at Sandown, but even then he might be too high in the weights.

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12th

3

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Flight Deck

11st 12lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Ran really well towards the end of last year when third on first two starts for this yard; of interest on that form but this 10yo's performances have gone the wrong way the last twice and he needs to get back on track.

50/1

17th

3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Flight Deck

11st 4lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Ex-Jonjo O'Neill; good third in handicap at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft; behind Hyland) and Newbury Grade 2 on first two starts for new stable, before a lesser show in Grade 2 here in January; has career-high mark and probably vulnerable.

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11-140 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Had Wilde About Oscar close up when making a successful reappearance at Sandown (2m7f, soft) but behind that rival back there last time and he wasn't great the run before at Cheltenham; good bit to prove now.

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2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Dolphin Square

12st 6lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Mixed form over hurdles last year and tailed off at Chepstow over Christmas when last seen; however, he showed some spark earlier in December and he won hunter chases in February 2022 (2m7f/3m2f, heavy/soft) on his last two runs over fences; capable of having a big say.

4/1

6th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Dolphin Square

11st 3lb

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride at Sandown (2m7f, soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; went downhill since until a change to this headgear back in the same Sandown race 18 days ago was his best performance since New Year's Day, so there is renewed hope.

10/1

4th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Dolphin Square

11st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride in this race (soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; has an 8lb lower mark this time round, having gone downhill after that win and he was tailed off at Newbury one month ago; first-time blinkers replace his usual cheekpieces.

12/1

Form: 2-7034

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a 3m Grade 1 at Aintree last season when novice hurdling; chasing was shortlived but on a realistic mark if putting his best foot forward on this return to the smaller obstacles.

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11th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Gentleman At Arms

11st 3lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Stuart Edmunds

Had a career-low jumps mark when winning at Aintree (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to heavy defeats on both starts since; has been wearing cheekpieces but now tries a visor; 7lb claimer is recruited.

25/1

7th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Gentleman At Arms

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down the weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to a heavy defeat when back up 5lb at Newbury three weeks later; needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

12/1

11th

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Gentleman At Arms

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) three weeks ago; that was a doughty performance but he's back up 5lb and probably now needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

8/1

Form: 7-03P6 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m4f handicap on this card two years ago when a novice and that was off 10lb higher; 0-9 in the meantime but two of this season's runs were respectable, including the latest over this far at Sandown when the tongue-tie did him no harm; enters the reckoning.

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10th

7

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Wilde About Oscar

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won a 2m4f handicap on this card two years ago when a novice and that was off 10lb higher; 0-9 in the meantime but two of this season's runs were respectable, including the latest over this far at Sandown when the tongue-tie did him no harm; enters the reckoning.

8/1

6th

7

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Wilde About Oscar

11st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Down the weights and produced easily his most competitive show for a long time when a very close third to Dolphin Square and Call Me Lord at Sandown (upped to an extended 2m7f, soft) in December; pulled up at Cheltenham four weeks later, however, and now has tongue tied first time.

20/1

5

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:05 Cheltenham

Wilde About Oscar

10st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Down the weights and produced easily his most competitive show for a long time when a very close third to Dolphin Square and Call Me Lord at Sandown (upped to an extended 2m7f, soft) four weeks ago; that puts him back into calculations.

7/1

Form: 314-1P D BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Market rival had an off day when he made a successful chase debut in November and he bled when a short-priced failure in a Grade 2 in February (first-time tongue-tie); smart novice hurdler last season, finishing third and fourth in two 3m Graded events at Cheltenham on either side of a heavy-ground win at Lingfield; has to be of some interest back over hurdles, for all that Harry Skelton prefers Wilde About Oscar.

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3rd

3

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Ballygrifincottage

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fourth in a 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival; there have been some bumps in the road since his successful chase debut the following season but he's been back in good form this year and ran well for a long way before the 4m stretched him in the Scottish National; leading player if fully recovered from those exertions.

11/4

7th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Ballygrifincottage

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on soft; fourth in the 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at 2022 Cheltenham Festival; mostly chasing since and failed to beat a rival in four runs in 2023 but he's been working his way back to form in his two runs this year, second at Sandown (3m) latest; back up 3lb but going beyond 3m1f for the first time is an attractive move.

14/1

Form: P0-81F D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Sprang a surprise on just his second run for this yard when coming 6l clear at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) and was running well (though wouldn't have won) when falling late on at Exeter (good); something has clicked and he could outrun his odds.

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8

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Lynwood Gold

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Brian Barr

Sprang a surprise on just his second run for this yard when coming 6l clear at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) and was running well (though wouldn't have won) when falling late on at Exeter (good); something has clicked and he could outrun his odds.

33/1

2

12th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

16:00 Exeter

Lynwood Gold

11st 9lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Brian Barr

in touch with leaders, nudged along from 6th, ridden before 3 out, keeping on but held when fell last

6/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Lynwood Gold

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Hadn't been in much form but sprang a surprise on just his second run for Brian Barr when scooting clear at Lingfield (2m7f, soft; 22-1) seven weeks ago; however, he's back up 7lb and this looks tougher so more will be needed if he's to follow up.

12/1

Form: 2-2413 BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Up and down this season and finished tailed off when favourite for a four-runner 3m handicap at Doncaster a month ago; this company is warmer than he's accustomed to and probably placed at best.

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9th

9

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Silver Flyer

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Only 2lb higher than for his 3m win at Doncaster in December; inconsistent and last two efforts were nowhere near his best, but perhaps blinkers will do something for him (good and bad when tried in cheekpieces).

25/1

13

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Silver Flyer

10st 7lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Donald McCain

Up and down this season and finished tailed off when favourite for a four-runner 3m handicap at Doncaster a month ago; this company is warmer than he's accustomed to and probably placed at best.

20/1

3rd

3

9th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:50 Doncaster

Silver Flyer

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Reappeared with promising second on handicap debut at Ayr (3m, good to soft) in October and bounced back from lesser run at Carlisle for a hard-fought win over this C&D (good) in December; this lightly raced 7yo could have more to offer for his good yard and is on the shortlist up 4lb.

5/1

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Tricast £993.10
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Selections

POSTDATA:

Collectors Item

The Times:

Wilde About Oscar

RP Ratings:

Lord Snootie

TOPSPEED:

Trelawne

Telegraph:

Flight Deck

SPOTLIGHT:

Ask Me Early

D Express:

Lord Snootie

WEST COUNTRY:

Trelawne

Daily Mail:

Wilde About Oscar

Daily Mirror:

Flight Deck

The Guardian:

Collectors Item

The Star:

Collectors Item

Daily Record:

Collectors Item