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Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 5
  • 17 runners
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Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 66-0P3

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Ran well in first-time cheekpieces here (2m3f, good) six weeks ago, achieving his first piece of placed form; may well take another step forward with the headgear retained; possibilities off same mark.

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5th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Phoenix Risen

11st 11lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won this 12 months ago (good to soft) and he followed up two weeks later, again here (soft); didn't show a lot back from a break at Newbury but could leave that running behind and he's on a perfectly good mark.

9/1

14

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Phoenix Risen

10st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Taunton winner who went close at Fontwell on his penultimate run last summer but he's fairly exposed now and has an uninspiring record when fresh; looks opposable upped in grade after 249 days off.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £8.90

Form: 6-F550 D

Last run: 170 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Sole win came in 2021; has slipped to a workable mark but lacks recent match practice having been absent since a poor effort in October; best watched unless the market speaks positively.

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5th

7

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 33y

Class 4

13:55 Carlisle

Gavin

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

held up in last, some headway before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, hung left before last, weakened run-in

12/1

6th

6

12th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Worcester

Gavin

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

No match for the thriving Max Of Stars at Stratford latest (2m, good), picking off a few late on but beaten 14l; down 1lb but could be he needs further charity more than he does this first attempt at 2m4f.

9/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 652663

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Starting to look exposed as a modest maiden but holds each-way hopes having been placed in two of his last four appearances; respectable third at Exeter (2m, good) latest.

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6

21st Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

16:07 Wincanton

Gorcombe Moonshine

10st 3lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Maiden hurdler who made a successful debut over fences after a lengthy break at Fontwell (2m2f, soft) in December; similar sort of form since in his completed starts and blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) could give him a lift.

11/4

4th

9

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Gorcombe Moonshine

10st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Robert Walford

jumped left on occasions, in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistake 3rd, jumped badly left 5 out, went second 4 out, weakened approaching last, lost two places run-in

7/2

Form: 3-3085

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Six-race maiden; shaped better than bare result in first-time visor at Uttoxeter when last seen, eventually tiring on the heavy going; may improve back on better ground with blinkers now given a whirl.

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7th

6

12th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

13:40 Market Rasen

Syr Maffos

11st 0lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Tom Lacey

Generally disappointing since moving into handicaps but took good step in right direction when fourth at Taunton (2m, good to soft; first-time blinkers) last month, and that form has already worked out well; 3lb lower here; visored refitted this time; can make his presence felt.

7/2

4th

11

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Syr Maffos

11st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Six-race maiden; shaped better than bare result in first-time visor at Uttoxeter when last seen, eventually tiring on the heavy going; may improve back on better ground with blinkers now given a whirl.

14/1

5th

7

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:33 Uttoxeter

Syr Maffos

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Well behind in both his handicaps (2m/2m5f) and reportedly hung right-handed in the latest; the visor needs to have some effect.

12/1

Form: 57-627

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Finished first past the post (demoted to second) in 2m5f event at Wincanton last month; failed to back up that form over the same C&D later in March; has form at 2m but latest effort tempers enthusiasm.

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2nd

4

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Noble Savage

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Off the mark (19th attempt) when scoring over hurdles at Taunton (2m3f, good) in November but he's not easy to predict and was tailed off at Doncaster last time; now makes his chase debut after another break and he needs to bounce back near his best.

14/1

12th

3

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:35 Doncaster

Noble Savage

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

All out to win at Taunton (2m3f, good) two months ago, opening his account at the 19th attempt; back up 6lb and back down in trip, he doesn't look an obvious type to follow up.

6/1

1st

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Noble Savage

11st 6lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

First past the post off 1lb higher at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; remains a maiden but his comeback at Hereford was a good effort over a trip of 2m that's short of his best.

3/1

50/1

Form: P06

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Juvenile hurdler who has nothing to recommend her; beaten long way here the last twice; 17lb out of the weights on handicap debut.

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11

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

16:25 Leicester

La Referi

10st 5lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Nigel Hawke

Has offered little in her six starts over hurdles thus far, only tenth in 2m Taunton handicap last time; she's hard to make a case for.

50/1

10th

13

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

La Referi

10st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Has had few chances but her two handicap runs over 2m, the latest after wind surgery, suggest she will be out in the cold again.

33/1

6th

8

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

12:15 Sedgefield

La Referi

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Didn't achieve much when sixth of 14 on handicap debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in April, since when she has undergone wind surgery; well out of the weights again and has plenty to find.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 7-059

Last run: 102 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Absent since a heavy defeat in maiden hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year's Day; penultimate effort was mildly promising; nicely bred 6yo who looks open to improvement now qualified for handicaps; shortlisted.

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3rd

5

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

18:50 Stratford

Robinsville

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Joe Tizzard

From a notable family but has proved a modest maiden over hurdles; however, has possibilities off current mark, provided he improves for the switch to fences.

7/1

6th

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:38 Wincanton

Robinsville

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

0-10; had wind surgery after pulling up here in January and shaped better behind the prolific Lady Balko last time at Taunton (3m, soft); dropping in distance shouldn't be any hardship and he can go well.

13/2

Form: 2-5400

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Defied a higher mark when with previous stable; holds poor claims on form for current yard, however, and first-time tongue-tie needs to prompt a major turnaround.

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5

15th May 2023

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:45 Southwell

Forever Des Long

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Claire Dyson

Very well handicapped on some of last year's hurdling form for Philip Hobbs but hasn't shown a great deal for current stable (five runs) and has quite a bit to prove on today's chasing debut.

33/1

8th

4

28th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

20:00 Southwell

Forever Des Long

11st 8lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Claire Dyson

Very well handicapped on some of last year's form for Philip Hobbs but hasn't shown a great deal for current stable (four runs) and is not the most obvious answer here.

33/1

8th

2

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Forever Des Long

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Claire Dyson

Defied a higher mark when with previous stable; holds poor claims on form for current yard, however, and first-time tongue-tie needs to prompt a major turnaround.

25/1

Form: 7657

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Just minor form in novice hurdles at this course; however, she's bred to do better still (out of a dual hurdles winner for her connections) and looks a likely improver now handicapping off 90; very interesting.

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3rd

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

16:37 Ludlow

Faerie Cutlass

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Improved form early this season, winning at Worcester then second at Southwell, both over 2m4f; had wind surgery during her subsequent absence; likely player provided she picks up where she left off.

7/2

2nd

4

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:15 Southwell

Faerie Cutlass

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Well beaten on handicap debut in April but, with a tongue-tie fitted, finished well to collar Mrs Kinsella and open account at Worcester (2m4f, good) last month; only 3lb higher here and has scope for further progress.

3/1

Form: 613557

Last run: 113 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Hurdle scorer in France; clear best form in Britain when scoring over fences (2m5f) in October; absent since December; has something to prove back down in trip and returned to this sphere.

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5

17th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

16:55 Hexham

Ho Que Oui

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Alexandra Dunn

Generally very disappointing since her win off 3lb higher at Ffos Las (2m5f, good) in October but stopped the rot when second of four at Huntingdon (2m7f, good) last month and has possibilities if in the right mood again; cheekpieces refitted.

11/2

2nd

3

29th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:25 Huntingdon

Ho Que Oui

10st 13lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Alexandra Dunn

held up in last

14/1

4

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Ho Que Oui

11st 8lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Alexandra Dunn

Added to her hurdle win in France when scoring over fences at Ffos Las (2m5f, good) in October but she's struggled since and was beaten a long way back over hurdles two weeks ago; goes back up in trip but she's still above her last winning mark and has plenty to prove back over fences.

25/1

Form: 5P20-5 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

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9th

10

(8)

17th Sep 2022

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Secret Potion

9st 0lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ronald Harris

slowly away, always towards rear

14/1

5th

5

(4)

8th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 16y

Class 6

16:10 Chepstow

Secret Potion

9st 3lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ronald Harris

held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong

16/1

Form: 6488

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Down the field in 2m3f contest here two months ago when making handicap hurdle debut; however, looks interesting with cheekpieces applied for first time under this code (Irish Flat win came in this headgear).

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6th

6

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

12:40 Taunton

Sassified

11st 9lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Three hurdle wins on good ground this season (2m1f-2m3f); behind two of these when below form at Exeter last month and would prefer the rain to stay away but, if judged on Flat form, he could still be on a good mark.

6/1

7th

8

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

14:00 Exeter

Sassified

11st 8lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Has enjoyed a fruitful summer on good ground, making it three wins from his last four starts with a 2l success at Fontwell (2m3f); has another 4lb to deal with but that looks manageable.

4/1

Form: 0780

Last run: 80 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Point bumper winner; poor results under rules and has pulled hard on occasions; however, he's in good hands and may be capable of better now handicapping off just 79.

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10th

8

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Nordy Lordy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Bettered inauspicious handicap debut and arguably ran a fair bit better than eventual 22l defeat might suggest at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago, having made a forward move from the rear on the final circuit; drops back in trip here; interesting.

8/1

5th

9

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Warwick

Nordy Lordy

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Point bumper winner but struggled in five runs under rules and pulled up on handicap debut at Taunton last month; 3lb out of the weights this time and can only be watched until he shows some positive signs.

20/1

12

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Nordy Lordy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Point bumper winner; poor results under rules and has pulled hard on occasions; however, he's in good hands and may be capable of better now handicapping off just 79.

16/1

Form: 0065

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Distant fifth on latest outing and still has poor form; however, bred to do better still (related to two winners for her stable) and may be capable of a bigger effort now handicapping off only 78.

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1st

8

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Tuscan Rose

10st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

0-7 over hurdles but was placed for first time when keeping-on third at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in January and has possibilities if suited by today's step up in trip.

9/2

3rd

8

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:10 Southwell

Tuscan Rose

10st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

0-7 but took step in right direction when fifth of 12 at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) in November; that was her first run since last May and she might build on it; not discounted.

7/1

Form: P64307

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Finished behind fellow maiden Gorcombe Moonshine at Exeter most recently but ran well (40-1 third) over 2m3f here in November and has place claims if back to that form.

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12

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:40 Newton Abbot

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

in touch with leaders, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2nd, soon towards rear, ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

33/1

15

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Finished behind fellow maiden Gorcombe Moonshine at Exeter most recently but ran well (40-1 third) over 2m3f here in November and has place claims if back to that form.

16/1

7th

15

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:40 Exeter

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Ran well from the front when third at Taunton last November but nothing like as good on only start since, at that track last month; cheekpieces worn in both of those races now left off; 0-18 in career.

20/1

Form: 30P

Last run: 104 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Handicap debutant who has very weak claims on his form shown in juvenile hurdles; jumping lacked fluency here when last seen; 4lb out of the weights; needs a transformation.

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10

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Ghyll Manor

10st 3lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Didn't show a great deal in three juvenile hurdles towards the end of last year; handicap debut from a lowly mark but considered only if lively in the betting.

12/1

16

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Ghyll Manor

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Handicap debutant who has very weak claims on his form shown in juvenile hurdles; jumping lacked fluency here when last seen; 4lb out of the weights; needs a transformation.

25/1

7

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:45 Taunton

Ghyll Manor

11st 0lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Last of three finishers on soft ground at Bangor and then finished completely tailed off on good at Doncaster; very opposable.

100/1

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Non-runners

Man Of The Sea, Sassified, Ghyll Manor

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Payout
Exacta £1430.00
Straight Forecast £976.40
Tricast £4014.70
Trifecta £5266.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Phoenix Risen

POSTDATA:

Gorcombe Moonshine

Daily Mail:

Sassified

SPOTLIGHT:

Faerie Cutlass

D Express:

Syr Maffos

Telegraph:

Forever Des Long

WEST COUNTRY:

Noble Savage

Daily Record:

Man Of The Sea

The Times:

Phoenix Risen

The Guardian:

Phoenix Risen

The Sun:

Phoenix Risen

Daily Mirror:

Gorcombe Moonshine

The Star:

Sassified