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Happy Birthday Annie Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £3812.2
  • 2m 0f 70y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Happy Birthday Annie Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 16F

Last run: 96 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Joined these top connections after winning a soft-ground bumper in France last May; beaten 30l when pitched into a Grade 2 for his hurdling debut at Cheltenham (on good; 7-2) in November and way off the first two when he fell at the final flight at Kempton (2m, soft) over Christmas; needs a big turnaround but has now had wind surgery.

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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Iberico Lord

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Supplemented last week at a cost of £18,000; has flopped in both attempts on good ground; very progressive on soft/heavy otherwise, notably winning major 2m handicaps at this course in November and Newbury last month; the form is working out very well and he's the type to make his mark in even stronger company; could well improve further and post a big effort at this higher level, granted suitable conditions.

9/1

1st

9

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Iberico Lord

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on heavy; disappointing in the Ascot race won by stablemate Luccia but may well rebound; progressive otherwise in 2023, notably winning the Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, soft; beat Lookaway; strong form) in November; still of interest.

6/1

7th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Iberico Lord

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Problems on his first two British starts but marked improvement in his three since wind surgery; latest was the 15-runner Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, soft) in which he was held up travelling well, challenged at the last and stayed on strongly for a clearcut win as the first two drew clear; up 8lb but no surprise if he improves again for another win.

3/1

5/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 2151 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Flat win in France over 2m1f; made all in a novice hurdle at Hereford (2m, soft) and, following a flop on good ground for handicap debut at Taunton, he made most to score with authority under Angus Cheleda in handicap at Sandown (2m, good to soft) on latest outing; firmly in calculations.

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3rd

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:55 Ayr

Beau Balko

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, steady headway and went second 9th

5/1

5

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Kempton

Beau Balko

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Did well to finish second at Hereford (2m, good) in December having made a bad mid-race mistake and he won at Musselburgh next time (2m, good to soft; ground changed to soft after race); he could do with settling better over today's extra 2f but this 6yo may continue to progress for his top yard.

2/1

1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Beau Balko

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual hurdle winner who was second in two four-runner chases towards end of last year, more recently at Hereford (2m, good) behind a next-time-out winner; did well to recover from very bad jumping error that day and has good claims off same mark here.

9/4

Form: 3-16P D

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to high-class stablemate Editeur Du Gite; hooded on soft ground for all three British starts, making all at Newbury on New Year's Eve but way too headstrong up front at Cheltenham since in both a Grade 2 and the Grade 1 Triumph; looked very promising at Newbury (clear form pick on that) but he badly needs to calm down; no hood today.

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4th

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

led, soon clear

7/4

1st

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Impressive hurdle debut at Newbury (2m, soft) last winter; nowhere near that level in five subsequent outings over hurdles but back on track switched to fences when second of eight in 2m Hereford handicap (good to soft) in January; this sometimes keen-goer doesn't appeal as certain to benefit from this longer trip.

5/1

Form: 1210 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Fair 1m2f win on Flat; promised to be much better with his first three hurdle starts, including two wins, one on soft, but out the back when 20-1 for 4yo handicap at Cheltenham Festival 18 days ago (raced freely, made the early running); this race also requires improvement but he could bounce back.

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11th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Samuel Spade

11st 1lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

towards rear

14/1

1st

1

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

16:35 Huntingdon

Samuel Spade

12st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Triple hurdle winner at up to 2m3f, including on soft, the latest at Taunton in December; the handicapper has had his measure in two more competitive races since but drops in grade and that could be the key to a revival.

11/4

6th

12

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Samuel Spade

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Proved suited by the step up to 2m3f at Taunton (good to soft) in December, running on well; rather disappointing in the Lanzarote over C&D since but still isn't fully exposed beyond 2m; not written off.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 3-2129 D

Last run: 95 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Steadily progressive, including Plumpton 2m win on good to soft in October, until soundly beaten on soft at Kempton over Christmas on handicap debut; that prompts some doubts and he needs to resume improvement anyway.

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6th

6

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Kempton

Alien Storm

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

jumped left on occasions, midfield, weakened after 3 out

8/1

3rd

9

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Alien Storm

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Some notable form to his name last season as a novice; dropped out at Kempton last time after jumping to the right (first-time tongue-tie; has form at that venue) but his two runs before then in fair handicaps were encouraging; another with each-way claims.

20/1

11th

10

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Alien Storm

10st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charlie Longsdon

Kept on well for near-10l fourth of 13 at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January, when not helped by mistakes four out and three out; ran well in novices here last season (good/good to soft); tongue-tie goes on; stable form is a positive and today's further step up in trip could be just what he needs.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair Flat form up to 10.5f in Ireland as a 3yo but didn't progress; picked up for 33,000gns in October 2021 but not seen again until last of 11 in 9.4f handicap on AW two weeks ago; tough task on hurdling debut.

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1st

3

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

18:00 Hereford

Captain Attridge

11st 9lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Henry Oliver

Ex-Irish maiden who caught the eye in a couple of novice starts last year; should be up to featuring off this mark if ready to go again after another absence.

8/1

5th

8

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Captain Attridge

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Henry Oliver

Some fair form on Flat in 2021; missed last year and has not made an impact in his four hurdle runs since April but he attracted the attention of the stewards with his third over C&D (good) on penultimate run; never got involved at Stratford on his return last month but he looks a possible improver on this handicap hurdle debut and is one to keep an eye on.

12/1

Form: 4/5

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Low-level form in an Irish bumper (hot favourite) in March 2021 and a Ludlow novice hurdle (2m, soft; 80-1) in March 2023.

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8

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Worcester

My Boy Grizzle

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Ellam

Maiden whose struggles continued when pulled up on his recent chase debut; out of the weights.

66/1

0

10

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

18:00 Market Rasen

My Boy Grizzle

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Clare Ellam

Modicum of promise on hurdling bow in March but little since, and exited early last time; watching brief wisest switching to fences.

100/1

0

9

18th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:40 Southwell

My Boy Grizzle

11st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Ellam

took keen hold, held up in rear, bad mistake and unseated 3rd

100/1

Form: 0P

Last run: 134 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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8th

16

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Onnaroll

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Cynthia Woods

15-race maiden; runner-up from 12lb out of the handicap over C&D (66-1) in September; has failed to better that in six subsequent starts, so it isn't all that difficult to focus on others for the solution; 10lb wrong.

66/1

6th

11

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Onnaroll

10st 6lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Cynthia Woods

Not living up to his name as a 14-race maiden and, although placed a couple of times, he can be keen and inconsistent; tongue-tie joins regular hood.

20/1

Form: 2-26

Last run: 130 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Filly

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5th

6

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

17:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Forever A Dove

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Won modest mares' maiden on hurdle debut at Stratford (2m, good to soft) in April but was beaten about 30l when fourth of eight on handicap debut there (2m2f, good) last month and clearly needs to do better here.

12/1

4th

1

4th Jul 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

18:40 Stratford

Forever A Dove

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

prominent, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last

15/8

4th

1

29th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 4

14:20 Cartmel

Forever A Dove

11st 9lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Runner-up in two of her three bumpers before winning modest Stratford maiden (2m, good to soft) on last month's hurdling debut; has a bit more to do under a penalty here but the quicker ground ought to suit.

5/1

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Non-runners

Dancila, Captain Attridge, Onnaroll, Forever A Dove

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Payout
Exacta £175.00
Straight Forecast £189.30
Trifecta £508.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Beau Balko

RP Ratings:

Jupiter Du Gite

WEST COUNTRY:

Samuel Spade

LAMBOURN:

Iberico Lord

The Guardian:

Alien Storm

TOPSPEED:

Jupiter Du Gite

POSTDATA:

Jupiter Du Gite

Daily Mirror:

Jupiter Du Gite

Telegraph:

Beau Balko

Daily Mail:

Beau Balko

D Express:

Beau Balko

The Sun:

Beau Balko

Daily Record:

Beau Balko

The Times:

Samuel Spade

The Star:

Samuel Spade