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Jobseekers Recruitment Services 50th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5016.95
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Jobseekers Recruitment Services 50th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 6-2521 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Made all for an easy success in small-field novice hurdle at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in December when last seen, proving suited by going beyond 2m for the first time; now fitted with tongue-tie; open to further progress at this sort of trip and commands respect.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

7

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:00 Fontwell

Decorated

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Made all at Taunton (2m3f, heavy; first time tongue-tie; from 2lb higher) last March; mixed fortunes this season; working slowly back to form post wind surgery, and better at Exeter (2m5f, soft; fourth, beaten 17l) last time; this shorter trip should suit.

10/1

4th

6

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Decorated

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

disputed lead

10/1

4th

6

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Decorated

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Has an up-and-down profile and is untested beyond 2m4f; however, he's had wind surgery (his second) since being pulled up at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and he won twice on testing ground last season; wears first-time cheekpieces and is not written off.

16/1

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7/2

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 50/651 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Made all in weak novice hurdle at Exeter (2m2f, good) last month, opening his account at the fifth attempt; while that form isn't especially compelling, further improvement is possible now he's on the scoreboard; one to consider.

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2

21st Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Earth King

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Has only won a four-runner novice hurdle; only run of distinction in five starts over fences was his third over 2m4f here on Boxing Day (good to soft); jumped moderately next time over 2m6f and then pulled up over 3m2f when heavy ground shouldn't have bothered him; should be on a good mark but not exactly crying out to be backed.

7/2

Form: 21-13P D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Form dipped sharply in a Pertemps qualifier at Chepstow (2m7f) last month; progressive otherwise and career record stands at 3-6; may still have more to offer and enters calculations back down in trip/grade.

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4th

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:53 Taunton

Operation Manna

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Well beaten at Sandown (2m7f, good to soft) in February but that was a hot handicap and he was progressive previously, winning three in a row (2m3f-2m7f, good to soft-heavy); could bounce back now back down in grade.

6/1

10th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Operation Manna

11st 2lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

7yo who has won six of his ten races; ridden by Cameron Iles on last three starts when coming home 13l clear on this course (2m4f, soft), easily following up at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) and emerging best by a neck over C&D (heavy); up another 6lb but he's not fully exposed as a stayer and may well have more to give.

11/1

1st

8

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Operation Manna

10st 6lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

7yo who has won five of his nine races; probably acts on heavy; ridden by Cameron Iles when coming home 13l clear at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago and when easily following up off the same mark in four-runner race at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) nine days later; 9lb higher this time but worth today's second crack at 2m7f (not beaten by the trip when he tried it in February) and remains of major interest.

3/1

Form: -36462

Last run: 40 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Went close at Wincanton (2m4f, good) on latest chase start despite some jumping issues; 6lb higher back hurdling but is still well treated on best form in this sphere (Listed winner last term); possibilities.

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6th

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Balko Saint

11st 10lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Very well handicapped on some of last year's placed form but returned from break with three below-par runs in the autumn and needs to turn a corner; won a heavy-ground hurdle in France in 2021 but may be best suited by good ground.

16/1

7th

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:05 Taunton

Balko Saint

11st 2lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Runner-up four times over fences at up to 2m5f during the spring/summer but below par in a hurdle race/chase at Wincanton since returning from a break; up in trip; others have less to prove.

20/1

Form: 42-566

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Hurdles winner in France; has come up well short in three British races but may improve off this reduced mark and with Ned Fox taking off a handy 7lb; in excellent hands and not written off.

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0

6

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Oxygen

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Looked an exciting prospect (on the back of a wind op) when landing 2m4f handicap chases at Lingfield and Plumpton this winter but he beat only one at Plumpton last time; he remains with potential though and shouldn't be written off by any means.

3/1

4th

5

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

13:15 Plumpton

Oxygen

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 6yo; unplaced all four hurdling starts for Venetia Williams last season but, following a wind op, is 2-2 since switched back to chasing this term, the latter win over C&D (good to soft) three weeks ago; should be fine on today's slower ground and has plenty of scope for further progress.

9/4

Form: 67453/

Last run: 730 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Five-race maiden; absent since finishing third at Warwick (2m5f, good) two years ago; represents major yard and may be capable of progress now handicapping; interesting on return to action, especially if the market speaks positively.

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3

12th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:25 Southwell

Roscoe Tara

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Seven-race maiden; well-held fourth of seven at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) last month but that was only his second run after a mammoth absence and he shaped as though this step up to 3m could suit; one to keep an eye on.

5/1

4th

6

9th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:00 Ffos Las

Roscoe Tara

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

prominent

7/1

6

30th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:15 Taunton

Roscoe Tara

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alan King

Five-race maiden; absent since finishing third at Warwick (2m5f, good) two years ago; represents major yard and may be capable of progress now handicapping; interesting on return to action, especially if the market speaks positively.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £117.00
Straight Forecast £131.50
Trifecta £438.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Decorated

POSTDATA:

Balko Saint

The Times:

Roscoe Tara

Telegraph:

Earth King

RP Ratings:

Decorated

TOPSPEED:

Decorated

LAMBOURN:

Decorated

D Express:

Decorated

Daily Mirror:

Decorated

Daily Record:

Decorated

The Star:

Roscoe Tara

WEST COUNTRY:

Balko Saint

The Guardian:

Balko Saint

Daily Mail:

Balko Saint

The Sun:

Balko Saint