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17:10 Newton Abbot

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William Hill Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5487.39
  • 2m 0f 167y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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William Hill Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 09F5P7

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Three Flat wins in Ireland but unplaced in 15 starts over hurdles, the latest four since arriving in Britain; return of blinkers/tongue-strap a conceivable help but others have stronger claims.

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

6th

4

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Pak Army

11st 13lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Daisy Hitchins

Won three hurdles (2m-2m1f, good-soft) and a Flat race last spring when with a different trainer; pulled up in both runs for this yard, the latest here when 150-1.

33/1

3

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Pak Army

11st 13lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Daisy Hitchins

Enjoyed a purple patch for Brian Barr last spring, winning three hurdles (2m-2m1f, good-soft) and a Flat race, but was pulled up on recent debut for owner-trainer and is difficult to enthuse over after that run.

25/1

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12/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 4599

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Showed promise on hurdle debut last November but hasn't built on it, especially when beaten 40l on last month's handicap debut; hopes pinned on a tongue-strap offering some help.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Talimar Pearl

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up twice over hurdles last spring (2m1f/2m3f) and also at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy) in December, after a break; contender if judged on those exploits but not at best on either start this year and now 0-9.

10/1

5th

3

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:20 Fontwell

Talimar Pearl

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

took keen hold

12/1

7th

4

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

Talimar Pearl

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up in his last three handicaps and was beaten by an improver on his comeback run at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy); up just 1lb and entitled to be sharper all round this time.

6/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 8/86-5

Last run: 291 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Two Flat wins but was running moderately when last seen in the autumn; first start over hurdles for ten months and unplaced in all seven attempts but has shown just enough to make him worth a second look.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

8

(2)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Zillion

9st 4lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Sue Gardner

Multiple turf winner at up to 2m, but he's 0-11 on AW and was a well-held fourth of six at Southwell (1m4f) on his return last month; now goes back up in trip and down in grade but others are preferred.

16/1

4th

5

(2)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 5

16:05 Southwell (AW)

Zillion

8st 11lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: Sue Gardner

slowly away, raced in last, headway towards far side from over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong

10/1

3rd

5

(11)

18th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 1f 24y

Class 6

17:45 Bath

Zillion

9st 11lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Sue Gardner

Scored at Chepstow (2m; beat Tin Fandango) and here (1m5f, both on good to soft) in the summer and he's held his form with runner-up efforts over 1m6f in last two starts; on same mark as for his clear second at Haydock last time and he's respected back up in trip.

7/1

Form: 463P6

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Better of two handicap attempts when sixth at Taunton last month; may do better but that is certainly needed if he's to figure strongly.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

4

25th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:30 Southwell

Coconut Twist

11st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Brian Barr

in touch with leaders

11/2

2nd

6

3rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:55 Southwell

Coconut Twist

10st 9lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Brian Barr

0-10 over hurdles but runner-up on his last three appearances (behind Secret Trix over C&D on second occasion) and it's reasonable to expect another good run today.

4/1

Form: 241442 D

Last run: 4 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Modest effort two starts ago but quite consistent apart from that, mainly in chases; runner-up on most recent hurdling start, last November, and no reason why he shouldn't figure but has won just one of last 23 starts.

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

3rd

11

8th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Shaws Cross

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

midfield

33/1

9th

11

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Shaws Cross

10st 7lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

12yo who went close at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in December but he's taken backward steps there in his last two runs; has something to prove again and this looks a tough assignment.

20/1

3rd

3

26th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

16:30 Plumpton

Shaws Cross

10st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Andy Irvine

chased clear leader

8/1

16/1

Form: 5-008P

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in three novices and usual hood missing on last month's handicap debut, when he ran himself into the ground; tends to be too keen even in the aid but might just have the potential for better.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

8

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Daany

10st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

Opened account at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy) in January and arguably ran a fair bit better than bare form suggests when a weakening fifth at Hereford (2m, soft) two weeks ago; considered each-way.

8/1

5th

9

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Daany

10st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Joe Tickle

Sole win over hurdles came at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy) in January; still going okay up front when unseating three out there last time; has the form to go well but is more exposed than some of these rivals.

8/1

6

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:05 Wincanton

Daany

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tickle

Got off the mark over hurdles at the 11th attempt, racing prominently to score over C&D (heavy) in January; bettered that despite being beaten 6l after a 7lb rise back here next time; below par both in this code and on AW in two further starts; player if bouncing back.

9/2

Form: 9P8-P5

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

French Flat winner in 2021; little to show for first four starts over hurdles but much better, in a tongue-strap, when fifth at Sedgefield in January; 6lb lower and, while more is needed, isn't ruled out.

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

6th

1

(2)

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 99y

Class 5

16:20 Windsor

Agent Empire

9st 11lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Oliver Signy

prominent

16/1

7th

10

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Agent Empire

10st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Oliver Signy

towards rear on outer

11/2

5th

11

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:20 Sedgefield

Agent Empire

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Oliver Signy

held up in rear

25/1

20/1

Form: U-3P46

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in two handicap hurdles but they were over 2m5f and he ran well for a long way in the first; just possible that dropping down in trip with a tongue-strap fitted can provoke a more positive display.

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Verdict Starting price

0

18

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

raced wide, midfield, not fluent 5th, lost ground quickly before 3 out

25/1

8th

11

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

prominent on outer, in touch with leaders 3rd

20/1

6th

8

27th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:00 Wincanton

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

midfield, prominent 6th, pushed along and dropped to rear after 3 out, weakened 2 out

20/1

Form: 3-6414 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Back from a break to gain a first hurdling success, at Lingfield in February; two solid efforts have followed, the latest on rare AW Flat outing, and entitled to be firmly involved again.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

(6)

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

15:05 Chelmsford (AW)

Good Time Ahead

9st 3lb

J: Liam Keniry

T: Jim & Suzi Best

Won over hurdles in November but no Flat success since July 2018; 5lb lower than when fourth of nine at Wolverhampton (16.5f, Tapeta) in December, but well held in three starts (AW/hurdles) since; others more solid.

20/1

3rd

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:40 Fakenham

Good Time Ahead

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Jim & Suzi Best

midfield, not fluent and lost position 5th, ridden after 4 out, went modest third from 2 out

6/4

7th

5

18th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 66y

Class 6

13:20 Chelmsford (AW)

Good Time Ahead

9st 5lb

T: Jim & Suzi Best

His AW wins were all in 2017; won twice over hurdles in 2023 and penultimate start (Wolverhampton 2m) showed all is not lost on AW, but he ran poorly (14-1; made most) with blinkers reinstated over C&D one week ago behind two of today's rivals; others look a bit more solid.

16/1

Form: 3-068

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Third in a bumper but well beaten in three novice hurdles; tailed off at Sandown in February but his tenth at Chepstow last October is better than it looks; interesting on handicap debut off this mark with tongue-strap on.

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4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Taunton

Tik Tok

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Christian Williams

held up in rear, mistake 4 out, mistake and struggling 3 out

10/1

7th

9

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

17:07 Hereford

Tik Tok

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Soundly beaten in three 2m novice hurdles last season and makes handicap debut after a one-year absence but remains very unexposed and market support will make him of interest.

10/1

4

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Tik Tok

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Third in a bumper but well beaten in three novice hurdles; tailed off at Sandown in February but his tenth at Chepstow last October is better than it looks; interesting on handicap debut off this mark with tongue-strap on.

7/1

Form: 0345

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Maiden; ability on the Flat but yet to sparkle over hurdles; already in trouble when blundering at Chepstow on last month's handicap debut; 4lb out of the weights.

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0

12

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Loudspeaker

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Fair Flat-racer; well beaten over hurdles this month but finished well to lead close home on recent chasing debut at Doncaster (2m, good); effectively 5lb higher here but, given the Flat ability, could still have a bigger run in him over fences.

9/4

1st

9

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 5

13:00 Doncaster

Loudspeaker

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Has some fair Flat form on his CV but his record over hurdles is not inspiring and he's not bred for chasing; 1lb out of the weights here; others have much stronger claims.

33/1

8th

14

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Loudspeaker

10st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Has been most competitive on the Flat (stays well) but remains a maiden and achieved nothing in two soft-ground handicap hurdles last season.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £566.00
Straight Forecast £540.50
Tricast £4139.70
Trifecta £4815.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Good Time Ahead

SPOTLIGHT:

Tik Tok

WEST COUNTRY:

Coconut Twist

POSTDATA:

Privatory

The Times:

Loudspeaker

The Star:

Agent Empire

D Express:

Zillion

Daily Mail:

Tik Tok

Telegraph:

Good Time Ahead

The Guardian:

Good Time Ahead

Daily Mirror:

Good Time Ahead

The Sun:

Good Time Ahead