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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Join Racing TV Now Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 2P-254 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Three-time C&D winner who has twice gone very close off similar marks to today's over C&D this season; just a respectable fourth at Newcastle a fortnight ago but the return to this track is an obvious plus and soft ground will suit.

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5th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Alberts Back

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

held up in last, lost touch from 3 out, never on terms

9/1

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Alberts Back

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, four of them here; 0-5 over fences and was under pressure some way out when only fourth of five finishers at Haydock in December; dropped 4lb as a result but needs to raise his game.

14/1

4th

1

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Alberts Back

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, including over 2m3f on heavy ground here; has shown some fair form in four runs over fences, but hasn't run in a chase since February 2020; others stronger.

12/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 2-5317 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Best British form over fences but capitalised upon a reduced hurdle mark to beat subsequent Imperial Cup winner Iceo in Sandown handicap (2m, soft) in January; unable to land a telling blow in the Imperial Cup himself but can fare better in these calmer waters; first-time cheekpieces.

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8th

1

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Hardy Du Seuil

12st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Went off only 12-1 when pulled up over fences in the Grand Annual last time; had a decent spell over hurdles at the start of last year when competitive off this sort of mark; 2m might be his best trip but certainly not dismissed lightly.

8/1

16

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Hardy Du Seuil

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had a decent spell over hurdles at the start of last year and returned to fences to finish a creditable third on his 2m Sandown reappearance (soft) four weeks ago, keeping on well from the rear; the cheekpieces he wore at the end of last season are refitted; not discounted.

12/1

3rd

4

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Hardy Du Seuil

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Below form in the Imperial Cup here last March on his only start on heavy; had won over 2m here (soft) last January and was runner-up elsewhere twice last spring, all over hurdles but he was pretty useful over fences too the season before; not seen since April but has to be given a close look.

7/1

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8/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 2-2546 CD

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Gained four of five hurdle wins over C&D and his chase win was also here; hasn't really fired since going close here on seasonal debut in October and was soundly beaten at Kempton on latest outing 11 weeks ago but he's back at his favourite track today and is too well handicapped to ignore.

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10th

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Fransham

11st 12lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Pam Sly

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

5

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Fransham

11st 9lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Nearly five years since he won anywhere other than Wetherby; most encouragement for a while at Kempton in January on his first outing since wind surgery, but surprising were nothing to prove more progressive.

8/1

Form: -32134 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

In the frame all five starts this season, most notably when winning here (2m3f, good to soft) last month; not at best after racing too freely on latest outing but can cope with today's drop back in trip and is still on a workable mark.

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11th

8

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:20 Haydock

Pyramid Place

10st 13lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Syd Hosie

Trained in 26-race hurdles career by Milton Harris, best when coming from off the pace to land the Silver Trophy at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month; ran creditably at Plumpton latest but needs to hit a new high on this first attempt beyond 2m6f.

40/1

Form: /03117 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Missed last season but has made up for lost time this term, winning over C&D (good to soft) and at Kelso (2m, good); below form over 2m5f this month but is not yet fully exposed and enters calculations.

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0

4

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Needs to produce more than he's managed this season on his first three chase starts, but Musselburgh last time was a sizeable step in the right direction and he could continue to get better over fences; won here twice over hurdles and he's well treated on his form in that sphere; not ruled out.

10/1

3rd

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Dancewiththewind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Won Irish point earlier in career but his four rules wins have come over hurdles and although he had a stiff task on chase debut at Carlisle he showed no enthusiasm when pulled up early at Kelso in November (first-time cheekpieces, discarded now); risky.

7/2

0

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

raced in last, reminder after 1st, detached after 3rd, pulled up after 4th

7/1

25/1

Form: P337P9 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Signed off for Joseph O'Brien with two 2m3f wins last summer (hurdle/chase) but has generally been very disappointing for Dan Skelton (six runs); always towards rear at Kempton (2m5f) a fortnight ago; drops back in trip here.

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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

Form: 211 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who is 2-3 in novice hurdles this year, the wins gained in good style at Kelso (2m, good) and Newcastle (2m1f, heavy); tackles much stronger opposition on today's handicap debut but not yet clear how good he is; respected.

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8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Dare To Shout

11st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Has got back on track with two respectable displays in the tongue-tie (over 3m+); can cope with this shorter trip but might not be well enough handicapped to win this.

12/1

2nd

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Dare To Shout

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Course scorer who got back on track in a first-time tongue-tie when sixth of 14 in 3m Musselburgh handicap 35 days ago; considered.

11/1

Form: 1PPPP6 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Pulled up three consecutive times for Joseph O'Brien in Ireland last summer and also on stable debut in January; took big step back in right direction and wasn't beaten far when sixth here (2m3f, good) last month but needs to build on that performance today and the slower ground is probably not ideal.

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5th

1

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Celestial Horizon

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Dual Flat (at up to 1m6f) and dual hurdles winner (at up to 2m1f) when trained in Ireland; well beaten in all nine starts for this trainer and plummeting in the handicap; new headgear now tried (has won in blinkers); watching brief advised unless market vibes strong.

9/1

8th

6

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 3

17:00 Sedgefield

Celestial Horizon

10st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

His mark continues to tumble and he's worth a market check, but he was pulled up in summer 2022 on his final three runs for Joseph O'Brien and his struggles have continued for this yard.

16/1

Form: 12956P D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 chase winner in Ireland just over a year ago and started off for David Pipe with easy win in run-of-the-mill novice hurdle and creditable second in Listed novice hurdle in the autumn; not much has gone to plan since but he has faced some very tough tasks over fences in recent months and could be very dangerous off current hurdle mark.

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7th

8

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

18:10 Uttoxeter

Sizing Pottsie

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

led, not fluent and briefly headed 2nd, not fluent and headed 7th, lost position 3 out

10/1

3rd

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Sizing Pottsie

11st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Smart chaser in his prime; on the downgrade now and has rather mixed record over hurdles this season but lurks on a very tempting mark and ought to handle today's ground well; will be very dangerous if perked up by first-time blinkers.

7/1

7th

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery, but that's been followed by three lesser efforts; rarely seen over this far.

33/1

Form: 1U0/78 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 8yo who returned from long absence with very encouraging stable debut at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in January; not in same form when last of eight here (2m3f, good) last month but wasn't beaten far; can't rule out.

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5th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Front View

11st 8lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Runner-up on two of his last three starts but was no match for the winner when occupying that position at Exeter (2m5f, soft) last month, and he's just 1-15 over hurdles; others are more compelling.

9/1

2nd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Front View

11st 11lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

15/2

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Payout
Exacta £344.00
Straight Forecast £334.10
Tricast £5066.50
Trifecta £5114.00

Selections

The Times:

Dare To Shout

SPOTLIGHT:

Hardy Du Seuil

RP Ratings:

Uhtred

D Express:

Fransham

WEST COUNTRY:

Sizing Pottsie

Telegraph:

Dare To Shout

Daily Mirror:

Dare To Shout

The Sun:

Dare To Shout

The Star:

Dare To Shout

Daily Record:

Dare To Shout

TOPSPEED:

Hardy Du Seuil

POSTDATA:

Hardy Du Seuil

LAMBOURN:

Hardy Du Seuil

The Guardian:

Hardy Du Seuil