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Brain Tumour Research Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 7f 198y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Brain Tumour Research Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 1364

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won an Ayr bumper for Micky Hammond last spring; has fair form in 2m novice hurdles for this yard since; there's plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he appeals as one who could go on to better things now handicapping over a much longer trip; interesting runner.

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1st

7

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

13:40 Market Rasen

Picks Lad

11st 4lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Took a big step up in trip on his handicap hurdle debut at Taunton (3m, good to soft) in April and was awarded the race (due to interference); subsequently sold out of Kim Bailey's yard for £25,000 and this lightly raced 7yo brings potential to today's chase debut, with his new yard in fine form.

3/1

1st

3

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Picks Lad

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, challenging when short of room and badly hampered on turn after 3 out, rallied to challenge 2 out, kept on well final 110yds, just failed, finished 2nd, placed 1st

6/1

4th

5

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:35 Southwell

Picks Lad

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

prominent

9/2

11/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 2-U875 BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Yet to match his bumper form over hurdles, sent off favourite for 2m5f Wincanton handicap last time but stopped quickly to finish last of five; much too soon to write off given who trains him but has a bit to prove this time.

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2

23rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 4

15:35 Newton Abbot

Sandalwood

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, pulled up quickly after 3 out

9/4

1st

3

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

15:15 Newton Abbot

Sandalwood

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader, led 3rd, headed after 3 out, led again when ridden before 2 out, clear when not fluent last, stayed on

9/4

4

31st May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Warwick

Sandalwood

11st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

No match for easy winner when second at Plumpton this month, having refused to settle in first-time blinkers, but was first past the post in cheekpieces at Taunton (3m, good to soft; demoted to second) two starts ago and the cheekpieces are back on here; player if handling the forecast fast ground.

5/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 060244

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Second on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft) in December but a bit below that level when fourth at Ludlow (2m, good) and Chepstow (2m3f, soft); faded from the final final flight at the last-named course so this significant step up in trip isn't an obvious move.

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4th

8

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:00 Ayr

Weavers Answer

11st 6lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Opened account over 2m in the autumn and took form to whole new level when winning readily by 17l in first-time cheekpieces at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) 11 days ago; 5lb ahead of the handicapper under 7lb penalty here; needs to be taken very seriously.

2/1

Form: 465066

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Yet to make a significant impact, including in handicaps at up to 3m on last three starts; others are more persuasive.

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5th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Warwick

Safe Destination

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-6 over fences, the wins gained over 3m on good to soft ground at Uttoxeter and Ludlow; current mark is workable but he's wildly inconsistent, and it's hard to predict the extent to which he'll warm to the task.

8/1

5th

3

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:00 Huntingdon

Safe Destination

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

disputed lead, lost position but in touch with leaders after 3rd, lost ground before 6th, towards rear with one circuit to go

7/2

Form: 39-457

Last run: 87 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

0-8 over hurdles in Ireland for Colm Murphy, not really going on from his handicap debut third at Navan (2m5f, heavy) early last year; steps back up in trip for stable debut after 87 days off; betting perhaps the best guide to expectations.

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2nd

4

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Champ Royal

10st 13lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

led

3/1

2nd

2

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Champ Royal

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

Has won four of his six starts for this yard and never more impressive than last time at Catterick (3m, soft), for all that he beat just two rivals (the runner-up was a penalised last-time-out winner); 6lb rise asks a question but he has to enter the reckoning.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: P651

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Left his qualifying runs over hurdles behind when staying on well to force a dead heat on 2m Exeter handicap debut (good) five weeks ago; tackles a significantly longer trip now but this 3m point winner looks sure to stay a lot further; likely capable of better again.

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6th

1

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Looking For Larry

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Tim Dennis

pressed leaders early, prominent from 3rd, ridden after 3 out, weakening when jumped left 2 out

8/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:40 Exeter

Looking For Larry

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

Point winner; some promise in maiden hurdles and found this trip much too sharp at Taunton last month; stiffer track will help but opening handicap mark demands some improvement.

16/1

5th

8

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

16:00 Taunton

Looking For Larry

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

jumped left on occasions, in rear, outpaced 4th, ridden 4 out, stayed on and minor headway from 2 out, not pace to challenge

14/1

Form: 65U23

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who lost out only by a short head after leader fell at final flight on handicap debut at Hereford (2m5f, good) in February; beaten 13l when a no more than respectable third at Exeter (2m2f, good to soft) last month; needs this new trip to unlock some improvement.

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5th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Pedley Wood

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won his first two over fences (3m1f, good; 3m2f, good to soft) and just as good in defeat the last twice, perhaps bumping into an improver (unraced since) at Wincanton last time (soft); highly likely to give his running and be involved.

13/2

2nd

7

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Pedley Wood

10st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner who has form figures of 112 since switched to chasing; ran well at Kempton (3m, soft) most recently; edging up the weights but Freddie Gingell takes off a useful 5lb; still open to further progress and commands respect.

9/4

2nd

10

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:40 Kempton

Pedley Wood

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner who has duly taken well to rules fences, winning at Hereford (3m1f, good) and Taunton (3m2f, good to soft); could well improve further and defy another small rise in weights.

7/2

Form: 7473F2

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Best hurdle run when second in a C&D handicap (good to soft) a month ago, going down by only a neck despite fluffing the final two flights; raised 5lb but she is unexposed at this trip and there's a race in her if she can cut out the errors.

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4th

2

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

18:40 Uttoxeter

Dancingontheedge

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

0-9 over hurdles but she won a bumper and has endured narrow defeats in two of last three starts; shade unfortunate here last month and only 1lb higher; tongue-strap worn there is retained and cheekpieces added; strong claims.

5/2

1

7th Jun 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

16:10 Newton Abbot

Dancingontheedge

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Bumper winner; 0-9 over hurdles but narrow defeats in two of last three starts; shade unfortunate at Uttoxeter last month and only 1lb higher; tongue-strap worn there is retained and cheekpieces added; strong claims.

Evs

Form: 38520P

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; made an encouraging handicap debut when second at Hereford (3m1f, good) in early February but has disappointed twice since; player on the Hereford form but it's hard to be confident.

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No Results Found

Form: 335-PP

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021 but has struggled in a light handicap career since, pulling up on both outings this term.

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10

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

pressed leaders early, prominent from 3rd, pushed along after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

50/1

2

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Mojito Royale

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021; however, safely held on handicap debut last January and soon under pressure when pulled up at Fontwell (2m6f) when next seen five weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last five starts but now has tongue-tie and blinkers.

50/1

5

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Mojito Royale

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

raced lazily, prominent, lost ground after 3rd, towards rear 6th, struggling and reminder with one circuit to go

25/1

Form: 57PFP1 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Failed to complete over fences in first two handicaps but different proposition back hurdling at Market Rasen (2m7f, soft) last month; only had 4l to spare at the line but impressed with the way she quickened around twice that margin clear going to the second last, suggesting there could be more in the locker; respected.

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9

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Country Kitten

10st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Max Young

mounted in chute and taken down early

25/1

6th

9

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Country Kitten

10st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Max Young

Won at 40-1 over hurdles last March (2m7f, soft) and may pop up again at some point; however, she's been pulled up on both outings since and also failed to complete early last year on her first two chase starts.

40/1

Form: 40-374

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Showed promise in a couple of bumpers in the summer of 2021 but has been unable to build on that in four starts over hurdles, including beaten 22l into fourth on 2m4f Southwell handicap debut 24 days ago; up in trip now; early days but others arrive with more pressing claims.

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0

10

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Fakenham

Div Ine Tara

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

Not beaten far at Ludlow in April (2m5f, good to soft) but early mistakes cost her when pulled up on final start for Fergal O'Brien; probably best watched on this occasion in first-time headgear.

20/1

Form: 0896

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Beaten upwards of 42l in three qualifying runs at up to 2m5f (good/good to soft) this year but it's very rare for his top trainer to get one in off such a low opening mark; one of three runners from the stable and it'll be very interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

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4th

4

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

15:30 Newton Abbot

Imprevu Du Large

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

Beaten upwards of 42l in his first three hurdle runs but he ran well for a long way on his recent handicap debut at Ludlow (3m, good; 17l third); should have more to offer now switched to fences for top yard and he's an interesting contender on this drop back in trip; tongue-tie added.

4/1

3rd

5

14th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

17:05 Ludlow

Imprevu Du Large

10st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Beaten upwards of 42l in three qualifying runs at up to 2m5f (good/good to soft) this year but it's very rare for his top trainer to get one in off such a low opening mark; dangerous to ignore.

9/4

14

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Imprevu Du Large

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

Beaten upwards of 42l in three qualifying runs at up to 2m5f (good/good to soft) this year but it's very rare for his top trainer to get one in off such a low opening mark; one of three runners from the stable and it'll be very interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

9/1

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Nickelsonthedime, Getupearly, Div Ine Tara, Imprevu Du Large

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Payout
Exacta £989.00
Straight Forecast £877.40
Tricast £3798.70
Trifecta £6854.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dancingontheedge

Telegraph:

Champ Royal

The Guardian:

Picks Lad

The Sun:

Pedley Wood

TOPSPEED:

Getupearly

Daily Mirror:

Country Kitten

WEST COUNTRY:

Nickelsonthedime

RP Ratings:

Dancingontheedge

POSTDATA:

Dancingontheedge

The Times:

Dancingontheedge

Daily Record:

Dancingontheedge

Daily Mail:

Champ Royal

D Express:

Champ Royal