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Good To Soft

Royal Ascot Racing Club Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 1m 7f 152y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Royal Ascot Racing Club Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £59.50
  • Place: £12.00

Form: 12-4P9 D BF

Last run: 93 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in France last spring but no sign of that late last year when short-priced favourite for Grade 2 at Cheltenham (good) and juvenile race at Taunton (good to soft); a lot seems to depend on the effect of his subsequent wind surgery.

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4th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Blueking DOroux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 6th, headway and pressed leaders when bumped 2 out, jumped left and mistake last, soon no extra

16/1

5th

9

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Blueking DOroux

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced improver from a top yard and was a rare 4yo winner of the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle (2m3f, good) here four weeks ago when edging out one who went close in a Grade 1 novice last season; unraced beyond that trip so will be into unknown territory a long way from home, but he's promising.

10/1

1st

4

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 1

14:05 Ascot

Blueking DOroux

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader, carried left 6th, soon disputing second, switched right when slightly hampered after 2 out, led run-in, kept on well, ridden out

5/1

6/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1168 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won his first two hurdle races (soft/good); ran poorly at Haydock in February but back on song when eighth of 21 from off the pace in 4yo handicap at Cheltenham (2m, soft; 28-1), a short head in front of Fils De Roi and with Mr Freedom not far ahead in fifth; probably remains capable of better.

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11th

4

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Afadil

11st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won at Musselburgh in February (1m7f, good to soft; has also won on good ground) and has run excellent races in defeat off this mark in hot handicaps on his three starts since, most recently a close fourth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle three weeks ago (2m, soft); could be bang there once more.

9/1

4th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Afadil

10st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Fine efforts this year in some of the warmest 2m handicaps, winning the Scottish County at Musselburgh (good to soft) and performing at least as well off higher marks at Cheltenham (County; heavy) and Aintree (soft; third of 19 eight days ago) since; seems to be thriving on a busy schedule and likely to be in the thick of things again under regular rider Freddie Gingell.

11/1

3rd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Afadil

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had a good first season over hurdles but a better horse now and was again well suited by Musselburgh's easy 1m7f when winning there in February; had a very different test in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, heavy) last month wen having a more forceful ride but he still ran a cracker in fifth; left on the same mark and this sharp circuit should be ideal.

10/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 52862

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

0-4 for Sir Michael Stoute and 0-5 over hurdles for this yard; best hurdles form was on latest start when close second of six in handicap at Sandown (2m, heavy; made most) but this race looks more demanding.

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2nd

5

(7)

4th May 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Goodwood

Havaila

9st 0lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Both wins have come over hurdles, the latest in January; best effort on the Flat came when beaten half a length here (1m6f, good to soft) a year ago and he is 2lb lower now, but others hold more compelling claims; stable won this last year.

12/1

Form: O52135 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

No ground worries; should be far more exposed than most of these but he's still looked capable of better on last two starts; just how much he was affected by a slipped saddle in the 4yo handicap at Cheltenham (first-time cheekpieces) on latest start can't be judged but his jockey was badly inconvenienced on the final turn and they still finished fifth of 21, ahead of several of today's rivals; one to note.

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10

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Mr Freedom

11st 4lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Won at Plumpton (2m, soft) in March and, after failing to threaten in the County Hurdle, he was a fair second back at Plumpton last time (2m, good); however, there's a suspicion this will be too competitive.

16/1

2nd

9

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Mr Freedom

11st 5lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Had this season's consistency rewarded with a 2l Class 3 success on soft here this month before predictably struggling when 28-1 for the County Hurdle; off his current mark he could be vulnerable to others better in.

12/1

13th

19

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Mr Freedom

10st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Some solid runs in defeat this season before winning six-runner Class 3 handicap at Plumpton (2m, soft) 11 days ago; carries a 5lb penalty in this much hotter race but he did very well to finish fifth of 21 in the Fred Winter at last season's Festival (2m, soft), as his jockey reported his saddle slipped early and he was bumped after two out; could go well at a big price.

40/1

Form: 001 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Fair maiden on Flat (best form 7f-1m1f); improving as hurdler and won 25-runner maiden at Navan (2m, good to yielding) four weeks ago, challenging three out and leading on the post; the runner-up won comfortably on Thursday; makes handicap debut in this sphere off what may well be a good mark.

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18th

27

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 94y

15:40 Punchestown

Grappa Nonino

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: D K Weld

Progressive on Flat last season, winning over 2m1f at Killarney and over 1m6f at the Curragh before creditable sixth in competitive York contest; won a juvenile maiden hurdle at Navan; lacks a recent outing, but potentially interesting; second reserve.

4th

8

(1)

7th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 144y

18:55 Clonmel

Grappa Nonino

9st 2lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: D K Weld

prominent, outpaced under 2f out, kept on final furlong, lost third post

11/4

11/2

Form: 2-210

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won in November (2m2f, heavy) in the last of his three hurdle races in France; gambled on for the 4yo handicap at Cheltenham 19 days ago but that came to nothing, as he raced freely and prominent long way but ending in 13th; despite that, he could still be of interest.

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13

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Bad

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

0-7 in Britain but he has gone close, notably when grabbed on the line by the rallying winner at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft; Arqoob never dangerous in third) in February; disappointing when joint-favourite for the Imperial Cup on this course next time; starting to look frustrating but he's certainly not handicapped out of things and a first-time tongue-strap could help.

8/1

11th

10

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Bad

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

French winner (2m2f, heavy) who is 0-6 in Britain but has run some really good races, most recently following wind surgery when narrow second of 16 at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained); today's shorter trip may be ideal and this 5yo is in calculations up 4lb.

11/2

2nd

14

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Bad

10st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Winless in five runs since arriving from France but the first of them came in the competitive Fred Winter at Cheltenham and he has been placed on all three starts this season, two of them here; went in snatches last time but still ran well and has since had wind surgery; reappears in cheekpieces with his stable in very good form; moving up from 2m to 2m3f could suit; interesting.

6/1

Form: 9130 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Clearcut winner on his second French start (2m, heavy) and there were plenty of positives to take from his British debut when a keeping-on third at Haydock (good to soft); however, well beaten when never dangerous in the 4yo handicap at Cheltenham (20-1) last month; early days.

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1st

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Punta Del Este

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Last five runs have been on heavy so conditions were no excuse when running poorly the last twice, and was beaten too far out to blame 3m; Harry Skelton rides the yard's other one.

20/1

12th

7

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Punta Del Este

11st 6lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Impressed over 2m3f on heavy at Haydock but failed to dispel stamina doubts for this trip when a weakener over 3m there (heavy) the last time, having been raised 10lb; it could be that something came to light when his in-form trainer is evidently keen to go again over this far.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 112 D BF

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful on Flat; justified warm favouritism at Doncaster (good) and Kempton (soft; by 43l, making all) on first two starts over hurdles; creditable second in Listed event at Doncaster; retains potential.

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6

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Arclight

10st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Readily justified favouritism upped to 2m4f at Wincanton (soft) two months ago, registering another Listed win and taking chase record to 3-3; goes into deeper waters in this grade back against male rivals but may well be up to the task, being an improving mare who is 2-2 at Kempton and receives weight all round.

11/4

1st

6

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Arclight

10st 11lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Flat bred but she won twice over hurdles and is 2-2 in this discipline having jumped well en route to clearcut wins at Kempton (2m2f, good) and Exeter (2m1f, good to soft); the highest rated of these on BHA figures and gets a 4yo allowance.

4/6

Form: 231 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Displayed some promise in Ireland during light Flat career and on first two hurdle starts; 4-5, came good when winning a maiden at Haydock (1m7f, soft) 11 days ago by 12l after leading at the fifth, in just a five-runner race but he looks on the upgrade and therefore one to consider.

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2nd

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

18:25 Taunton

Fourofakind

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Both wins have come on soft ground, the handicap over this trip at Hereford in February off 3lb lower; has hit the buffers on his last two starts, with blinkers doing nothing for him last time (joining the tongue-tie he had been wearing with cheekpieces); wears no equipment this time; others safer.

12/1

3

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:55 Huntingdon

Fourofakind

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Derham

Second at Wincanton (1m7f) in January and won at Hereford (2m3f) in February; soundly beaten when merely sixth at Kelso three weeks ago but he's better than that and there's a headgear switch today; not ruled out.

13/2

Form: 422

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Finished third in last year's Group 2 Dante when with Aidan O'Brien; disappointing afterwards on Flat and although he's been runner-up on last two starts over hurdles, improvement is needed on this handicap hurdle debut.

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11th

11

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:20 Ayr

Bluegrass

10st 9lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Third in the 2022 Dante for Aidan O'Brien; however, he took a while to win his first race over hurdles, scoring easily at the eighth attempt at Fakenham on good ground he seemed to enjoy (as was also the case on the Flat); might be vulnerable under these conditions.

15/2

1st

1

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

13:10 Fakenham

Bluegrass

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Very useful on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien and he signalled his turn is near in this sphere when a good runner-up in 2m Huntingdon handicap 12 days ago; he holds major claims back in maiden company.

5/4

Form: F11F39 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Beginning to look exposed; his ninth of 21 in 4yo handicap at Cheltenham (2m, soft; short head behind Afadil, with Mr Freedom fifth) last time was creditable but behind two of today's opponents; claimer Jack Hogan returns, having won on him on British debut.

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2nd

5

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 4

15:20 Sedgefield

Fils De Roi

11st 4lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

disputed lead, prominent 2nd, awkward jump 7th, lost second 11th

4/1

11th

5

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Fils De Roi

11st 8lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Beginning to look exposed; his ninth of 21 in 4yo handicap at Cheltenham (2m, soft; short head behind Afadil, with Mr Freedom fifth) last time was creditable but behind two of today's opponents; claimer Jack Hogan returns, having won on him on British debut.

14/1

9th

15

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Fils De Roi

10st 7lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Took six goes to win in France (did so on very soft); won comfortably on his debut for this yard at Huntingdon but he was beaten when falling in a Grade 2 next time and then finished only third behind Afadil in a Musselburgh Listed race; surely needs his best yet by some way and he's beginning to look exposed.

40/1

Form: O131 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Progressive form in his only four starts, including 2m wins at Huntingdon (good to soft) and Taunton (good); needs further progress on this handicap debut but that should be possible.

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8th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Despereaux

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Dual novice winner on good and good to soft; yet to threaten in handicaps, though hasn't looked happy on testing ground and his Exeter run last time wasn't too bad all things considered; has dropped to a dangerous mark and a tongue-tie is now fitted.

8/1

4th

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Despereaux

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

towards rear but in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: 41O3 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Made all at Sandown (2m, soft) in December on his second start over hurdles; hung badly left and ran out early on handicap hurdle debut there next time and he was not at his best when third in handicap at Fontwell on latest, 12l behind Polyphonic; others are more persuasive.

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2

28th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:50 Fontwell

Penna Rossa

11st 12lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Camilla Poulton

Made all in a Sandown juvenile hurdle last December but hasn't progressed; well beaten here latest and needs the step up in trip to provoke a change of fortune.

20/1

9th

8

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Penna Rossa

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Camilla Poulton

Made all at Sandown (2m, soft) in December on his second start over hurdles but things have not gone well in three handicaps since; takes a big drop back in grade but he failed to beat a rival at Ascot last time and needs a major revival; change of headgear.

10/1

Form: 315452

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft; first-time hood, kept since) on Boxing Day by 10l; good second in handicap there (heavy) on latest start but this race looks more demanding.

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7th

7

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

13:11 Bangor-on-Dee

Polyphonic

11st 6lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Won Fontwell maiden (2m1f, good to soft) for Milton Harris last December but he has a mixed record since; wasn't beaten far when third of five at Uttoxeter two weeks ago but he's now 1-11 over hurdles and others are more convincing.

14/1

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Non-runners

Chaos Control, Polyphonic

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Payout
Exacta £4963.00
Straight Forecast £4052.80
Tricast £55208.20
Trifecta £77288.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Afadil

POSTDATA:

Fourofakind

Telegraph:

Grappa Nonino

Daily Mirror:

Chaos Control

LAMBOURN:

Arclight

RP Ratings:

Fils De Roi

TOPSPEED:

Havaila

SPOTLIGHT:

Mr Freedom

The Times:

Afadil

D Express:

Afadil

The Star:

Fourofakind

Daily Record:

Grappa Nonino

The Sun:

Chaos Control

Daily Mail:

Arclight