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Harcombe Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 2f 111y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Harcombe Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.90

Form: -17P22 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Bumper and dual winner when trained in France; made quiet start to British career this season but seemingly aided by refitted tongue-tie when second on last two appearances (2m4f/2m), and there's a good chance he'll make his presence felt again today.

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

1st

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Issam

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Had crept up the weights and was found out in a competitive handicap at Ascot last time (2m3f, good to soft); however, he won't mind returning to softer conditions and first-time cheekpieces might trigger something.

12/1

15th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Issam

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Likeable 6yo whose Exeter win (2m2f, soft) in December was his fourth over hurdles from 11 attempts; followed that with a good second at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; likely to give his running once more but he's creeping up the weights and this is much the most competitive field he's faced.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Issam

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Probably needed his comeback third here and then won with a bit up his sleeve at Exeter (2m2f, soft), for which a 4lb rise is fair; that's two wins in three runs and he's beginning to click.

7/1

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7/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: /63581 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Missed last season and is no longer the force of old but won off much reduced mark in first-time visor at Exeter (2m4f, good) three weeks ago and might be seen to even better effect on the forecast slower ground here.

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

8th

4

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Kepagge

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Hasn't taken to fences on his last four starts (after wind surgery) so no surprise that he's back over hurdles and this mark is manageable on the best of his form, albeit at shorter trips; there are enough doubts on a few counts to turn elsewhere.

12/1

6th

6

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Kepagge

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Useful four-time hurdle winner but he's been disappointing in his three chase runs since November; dropped another 4lb but he has something to prove and all of his wins have come at about 2m4f.

9/1

4th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Kepagge

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Four-time hurdle winner; hasn't reached the same level in two goes over fences but some positives can be drawn and the handicapper has given him a chance; conditions should suit and he's not one to write off just yet.

9/1

Form: 65U2

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who lost out only by a short head after leader fell at final flight on handicap debut at Hereford (2m5f, good) four weeks ago; moves up in grade here but competes off the same mark again and is open to further progress.

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

5th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Pedley Wood

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won his first two over fences (3m1f, good; 3m2f, good to soft) and just as good in defeat the last twice, perhaps bumping into an improver (unraced since) at Wincanton last time (soft); highly likely to give his running and be involved.

13/2

2nd

7

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Pedley Wood

10st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner who has form figures of 112 since switched to chasing; ran well at Kempton (3m, soft) most recently; edging up the weights but Freddie Gingell takes off a useful 5lb; still open to further progress and commands respect.

9/4

2nd

10

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:40 Kempton

Pedley Wood

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner who has duly taken well to rules fences, winning at Hereford (3m1f, good) and Taunton (3m2f, good to soft); could well improve further and defy another small rise in weights.

7/2

Form: 12-133 C BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Won here (2m, good to soft) on seasonal debut in November and form of subsequent third at Plumpton (2m, good) worked out well; didn't get home after travelling like the winner in first-time cheekpieces at Warwick (2m5f, soft) a fortnight ago but drops back in trip here and remains of interest.

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

1st

4

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:00 Wincanton

Pilsdon Pen

10st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

jumped well, raced in second, going easily and briefly led 2 out, pushed along and led again approaching last, kept on well run-in, comfortably

3/1

2nd

5

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:50 Wincanton

Pilsdon Pen

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear, good headway and went second before 3 out, kept on but no chance with winner approaching last

13/8

1st

4

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:15 Wincanton

Pilsdon Pen

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear, headway 4 out, went third on inner 2 out, shaken up to lead last, ridden clear run-in

12/1

Form: 8/2/27

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced 8yo who made pleasing return from long absence when second (albeit no match for winner) in Chepstow maiden (2m3f, good to soft) in November; below that form after racing too freely at Huntingdon on Boxing Day but should have some improvement to come in handicaps.

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

4th

6

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

17:10 Hexham

Sponthus

12st 0lb

J: Mr Thomas Easterby

T: W H Easterby

in rear

11/4

5th

3

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:07 Exeter

Sponthus

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Very lightly raced 8yo who made pleasing return from long absence when second (albeit no match for winner) in Chepstow maiden (2m3f, good to soft) in November; below that form after racing too freely at Huntingdon on Boxing Day but should have some improvement to come in handicaps.

11/2

5

13th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:30 Plumpton

Sponthus

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Very lightly raced 8yo who made pleasing return from long absence when second (albeit no match for winner) in Chepstow maiden (2m3f, good to soft) in November; below that form after racing too freely at Huntingdon on Boxing Day but should have some improvement to come in handicaps.

9/1

Form: 44/76/ C

Last run: 727 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful chaser for Paul Nicholls a few years ago but not seen since two disappointing chase runs for this stable in March 2021; given very good chance by the handicapper on this first hurdling start since 2019 but considered only if lively in the betting.

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

12th

11

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Saintemilion

10st 10lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

C&D winner in 2019 but he hasn't been in much form since returning from two years off last March.

66/1

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Saintemilion

11st 1lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Has not seen much action in recent years and he returned from another absence with two heavy defeats here (hurdle/chase) last month; mark is tumbling but he's well into the veteran stage now and has plenty to prove.

33/1

6th

1

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:55 Exeter

Saintemilion

12st 0lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

Had two long layoffs in recent years and there's hardly been an echo of his old form; way down the weights but his last win was in 2019 and he has plenty to prove on this return to chasing.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £125.00
Straight Forecast £128.00
Trifecta £333.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Pedley Wood

TOPSPEED:

Issam

SPOTLIGHT:

Pilsdon Pen

POSTDATA:

Kepagge

Daily Mirror:

Pedley Wood

The Sun:

Pedley Wood

D Express:

Issam

Daily Record:

Issam

The Times:

Pilsdon Pen

Telegraph:

Pilsdon Pen

The Star:

Kepagge