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Happy Birthday Andy Hurtley Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7815
  • 2m 4f 216y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Happy Birthday Andy Hurtley Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.00
  • Place: £4.80

Form: 276-33

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Three hurdle wins but 0-13 as a chaser and ran poorly latest; perhaps the drop in trip and going this way around may help but obvious risks.

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

8th

8

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:10 Chepstow

Fox Pro

10st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Three hurdle wins in France; his first success of any note in Britain was when winning over 2m5f at Newton Abbot a year ago (soft), a victory that seemed unlikely until he went into overdrive late on; returns on a good mark but with fitness issues.

7/1

1st

7

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

15:25 Newton Abbot

Fox Pro

10st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Three hurdle wins but 0-13 as a chaser and ran poorly latest; perhaps the drop in trip and going this way around may help but obvious risks.

10/1

3rd

3

24th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:40 Exeter

Fox Pro

10st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

0-12 over fences but he's well handicapped on his best form in 2021 including runner-up efforts at Ffos Las (3m, good) and Hereford (3m1f, good to firm); returned from a lengthy absence with a respectable third of four in a C&D novice (good to soft) three weeks ago and he looks interesting back in a handicap.

7/4

11/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: U-2694

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Trip/ground ideal and ran a solid race at Sandown latest but has appeared to be in the grip of the handicapper this season; still 7lb above his highest winning mark (from 13 months ago); likely to run well, however.

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1

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Nocte Volatus

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Failed to win last season and ended the campaign with two below-par efforts but has slipped to a tempting mark and is sure to appreciate this ease in grade; will be suited by today's trip/ground; dangerous to ignore.

11/4

6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Nocte Volatus

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Tom Lacey

led, mistake 1st

15/2

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Nocte Volatus

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winless since early 2022 but he arrives in good nick, undergoing a breathing op before coming in third in 2m4f Newcastle handicap 39 days ago; he must enter calculations off a 2lb lower mark.

7/2

Form: 5-2024 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Has twice suffered narrow defeats this season, off today's mark, and deserves another success (lightly raced and last won in December 2019); didn't fire latest and will need his best to take this.

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2nd

6

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Knight In Dubai

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: Mrs J Owen

Still going close in 2m4f-2m5f handicaps off low-130s marks for Dan Skelton in 2022-23 around rather sharper tracks than the galloping Horseheath line of his two easy recent pointing successes (good to soft, good); confidence levels restored, and receives weight all round here.

3/1

10

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Uttoxeter

Knight In Dubai

10st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced in recent years and seemingly not as good as he was; went close when second of four at Warwick (2m4f, good) in February and kept on for third at Newton Abbot (2m5f, soft) last month but more is needed here.

10/1

3rd

3

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

15:25 Newton Abbot

Knight In Dubai

11st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Has twice suffered narrow defeats this season, off today's mark, and deserves another success (lightly raced and last won in December 2019); didn't fire latest and will need his best to take this.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 62-111

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

A revelation since joining Joe Tizzard and unbeaten in three starts, the latest at Newbury last month; up another 7lb but hard to say when his progress will peak; heavy ground fine but 2m5f is new territory under rules.

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8th

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Le Ligerien

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, good jump 7th, not fluent 5 out, outpaced after 4 out, weakened before 3 out

20/1

4th

3

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Le Ligerien

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Landed a hat-trick early last year and also won at Kempton (2m4f, good) in November; hasn't really threatened subsequently but he's edged back down the weights and is a three-time winner on heavy ground; not ruled out.

14/1

5th

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Le Ligerien

11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Lots of form on heavy going, albeit more than two years ago; with this yard over the last year, clocking up a very solid record for them over 2m-2m4f, including on soft; should not be far away.

9/1

Form: 65-31P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Latecomer to chasing and won at Warwick on his second attempt; floundered in much tougher race at Uttoxeter since but this ought to be more manageable; 4lb higher than for the success and by no means out of it.

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5th

6

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

15:25 Newton Abbot

Mister Watson

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Latecomer to chasing and won at Warwick on his second attempt; floundered in much tougher race at Uttoxeter since but this ought to be more manageable; 4lb higher than for the success and by no means out of it.

7/1

8

18th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Mister Watson

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Ben Pauling

in rear, pushed along from 5th, ridden after 14th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

12/1

1st

4

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Warwick

Mister Watson

11st 13lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Has patchy record in his ten starts over hurdles but his win came over an extended 2m3f (heavy) and he kicked off his chase career with a bold bid at Bangor last month; had to settle for third after making a bad mistake at the last in that race but that was a personal-best effort and he's an interesting contender off unchanged mark.

4/1

Form: 66UF2P

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Boasted some smart form in France but little impact when pulled up at Cheltenham last month on British debut; down 5lb and this is obviously easier but would prefer to see more positive signs before recommending.

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2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Iceo Madrik

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Three chase wins and some useful form in France but it's been a slow process acclimatising in Britain, pulled up over fences in all three starts; continues to drop in the weights but something needs to change.

33/1

0

4

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Iceo Madrik

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

A foggy case can be made on some of his French form (stayed 2m7f in the mud) but he was pulled up over fences at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f) and Newton Abbot (2m5f) in the spring for new connections; had wind surgery in July but again ran moderately on his return to hurdles a month ago; hardly the percentage call.

25/1

Form: 158561 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Finished behind Nocte Volatus two starts ago but made it three wins from his last nine starts when clinging on at Newbury 15 days ago; first pair in that race finished well clear so 6lb rise fair enough; live contender.

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7th

12

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Foxboro

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Strong stayer (latest win in December coming over 3m6f on soft at stiff Exeter) but he's inconsistent and has been tailed off in his two subsequent runs, seemingly achieving little when beaten 60l into second last time; no great significance in the return of cheekpieces (effective in blinkers that were back on last time) and others are safer.

33/1

2nd

3

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Foxboro

11st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Inconsistent and well beaten at Plumpton (3m4f, soft) last month; however, he proved very well suited to this track when winning easily over C&D in December (soft; albeit with eight fences omitted due to low sun) and this 4lb higher mark could prove lenient if he can tap back into that promise; blinkers (has won in them) replace the cheekpieces worn on last four starts.

6/1

9th

5

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Foxboro

11st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Backers can take heart that there are no stamina concerns after he eased some 20l clear over 3m6f on soft ground at Exeter last month; that form is perhaps a tad dubious with nearly half the fences omitted due to low sun, but the handicapper could have come down harder than with 5lb rise; remains unexposed as a stayer.

6/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Le Ligerien

Daily Mail:

Nocte Volatus

TOPSPEED:

Foxboro

RP Ratings:

Knight In Dubai

D Express:

Nocte Volatus

The Star:

Nocte Volatus

POSTDATA:

Foxboro

WEST COUNTRY:

Le Ligerien

The Times:

Le Ligerien

Telegraph:

Le Ligerien

The Guardian:

Le Ligerien

Daily Mirror:

Le Ligerien

The Sun:

Le Ligerien

Daily Record:

Le Ligerien