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14:20 Aintree

Good To Soft

William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £42202.5
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 22 runners
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William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.90
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 3110

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Needs to jump better than in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last month; however, in the circumstances that staying-on 22l 11th of 14 was a pretty positive run in the context of him now being in a handicap and up in trip; could be sharper since that first start in four months and he won a Cheltenham Grade 2 novice (2m, good) last November; won on soft on Flat; interesting.

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2

(2)

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 109y

Class 4

19:55 Doncaster

Fennor Cross

9st 9lb

J: Donagh O’Connor

T: John C McConnell

1st

19

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Fennor Cross

11st 1lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Needs to jump better than in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle last month; however, in the circumstances that staying-on 22l 11th of 14 was a pretty positive run in the context of him now being in a handicap and up in trip; could be sharper since that first start in four months and he won a Cheltenham Grade 2 novice (2m, good) last November; won on soft on Flat; interesting.

9/1

11th

6

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Fennor Cross

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Flat scorer, including on soft, who won a maiden here (2m, good) in October on his second hurdle start and followed up in the Grade 2 Supreme Trial here (2m, good) in November when last seen; however, it wasn't a great race for the grade last time; a long way down the pecking order on form.

66/1

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9/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 061223 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Went very close in Grade 3 novice hurdle at Thurles (2m4f, good) in February and fine third in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft), where he led into the straight and wandered off a straight line in the closing stages; this unexposed 6yo is open to further improvement and is on the shortlist.

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4th

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Consistent sort and continues to progress; followed his fourth in the Stayers Hurdle with an excellent second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle; going to the well again but likely to give a good account again if his recent exertions hasn't taken the edge off him.

6/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Acts on soft going; good second in 2m4f handicap at this meeting last year; looks set to go well again, having posted a big effort (40-1 fourth, two places behind Flooring Porter) in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham most recently.

10/1

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Third in the Martin Pipe here last March (2m4f, soft) and continued to progress in handicaps last year, defying top weight in big field here (3m, soft) in November; struggled in two Irish Grade 1s in December and has to prove he can cut it in this company, but he's capable of better than those last two performances and maybe a break will have helped; not ruled out each-way.

25/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 5-1181 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row at Chepstow (2m, good/good to soft) last October and bounced back from Greatwood defeat to make all at Huntingdon (2m3f, good) in February; effective on testing ground in France; could continue to improve for top yard but it's necessary as he had just a neck to spare last time.

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12th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

His two visits to Aintree have yielded a good third in this race last year (good to soft) and a 6l C&D win (heavy) in December; the return to this track could reignite some spark but he's been disappointing the last twice and a major turnaround is required.

16/1

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on any going; disappointing last time but may well bounce back, having been mostly progressive otherwise in the last two seasons; solid effort under Freddie Gingell in major 2m handicap here (form has worked out well) in November, then defied top weight in clearcut style at Aintree (2m4f); still of interest.

12/1

12th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Sonigino

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Justified favouritism with 6l success at Aintree (2m4f, heavy; off 6lb lower) last month, taking record to 6-16; versatile ground-wise; generally progressive and looks a major contender.

11/2

20/1

  • Place: £6.40

Form: 00-985

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Unable to get competitive over hurdles since Grade 3 handicap win at Ascot in 2021; however, he stayed on well for fifth of 16 in the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft) last month and his mark continues to fall; not discounted now back up in trip; cheekpieces (worn the last twice) left off.

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4th

2

(4)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 2

15:40 Southwell (AW)

Tritonic

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Alan King

prominent

8/1

5th

2

(13)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Tritonic

9st 13lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Third of 19 at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last June is easily the pick of his last six Flat starts and he's now 3lb lower; won four-runner chase debut in November but well beaten next time and absent 113 days since; ran creditably on sole AW start but that was 2021; others look more solid.

10/1

20/1

Form: -134P4 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Fair fourth over C&D (good to soft) last December and bounced back to form when fourth at Kempton (2m5f, soft) last month; this is a tougher race, however, and he needs something extra if he's to make the frame today.

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3rd

11

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Harbour Lake

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Solid efforts the last twice, most recently runner-up to Zain Nights at Cheltenham (3m, good) when upped in trip; remains well treated on form from 2022-23 season and he could be thereabouts once more.

13/2

2nd

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Harbour Lake

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

midfield, steady headway on inner after 2 out, kept on run-in, went second towards finish, not pace to challenge

6/1

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Harbour Lake

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Hasn't taken to fences on his two starts this season; there's a question mark regarding current form but he's 4lb lower than when a solid fifth of 20 at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last April and could be involved.

8/1

Form: 953219 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Easy winner at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last month, taking that race for the second year running; respectable ninth in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) subsequently but this 10yo may again be vulnerable here.

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4th

3

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

West To The Bridge

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Yet to win this season and not getting any younger but retains most of his ability, and this month's fourth at Newbury (2m, heavy) was perfectly respectable; 2lb lower here and the move back up in trip will suit; no surprise if he features.

7/2

4th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

West To The Bridge

11st 11lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway before 2 out, went third run-in, no extra when lost third towards finish

33/1

Form: 3P-192 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Returned from absence to win at Kempton (2m, soft) last December and bounced back from his Betfair Hurdle ninth when second of 21 in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) at Cheltenham last month; also effective on good ground; this lightly raced 7yo could still have more to offer for his top yard.

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7th

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

No Ordinary Joe

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on soft ground, unraced on heavy; showed clear signs of a return to form at Kempton (2m5f) last month, setting him up nicely for a return to the Cheltenham Festival; good second off only 1lb lower in this race last year and can't be dismissed, though the current form of his stable is a note of caution.

8/1

3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Nicky Henderson

Two efforts this term (chase/hurdle) leave something to be desired; however, ran well in the Martin Pipe at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and has possibilities if back to that form.

11/1

8th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Nicky Henderson

Made very disappointing seasonal/chase debut in December and now quickly switches back to hurdling; only 2lb higher than for commendable second at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft), and today's faster ground will also suit; contender if back on song.

7/1

Form: -246F8

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Ran well for a long way before fading into eighth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month; the slightly shorter trip and less demanding track are possible positives, but others are still preferred.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Nells Son

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Runner-up to course specialist at Kelso (2m5f, soft) in February then won easily in small field there (2m1f, soft) latest; has run well on all four visits here and further improvement can't be ruled out, but he's back up in grade and needs to be better than ever to defy a 7lb rise for last time.

7/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

14:10 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Got off the mark over fences at Carlisle (2m) in October and he comes here on the back of a good second in 2m5f handicap here 23 days ago; he can't be discounted back in trip now.

6/4

2nd

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Nells Son

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

raced in third, outpaced and lost position after 3 out, rallying when left in third 2 out, went second before last, no impression run-in

100/30

Form: 2-1221 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Made it five wins (heavy-good to soft) from his eight hurdle starts when scoring in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Bangor (2m3f) three weeks ago; did it comfortably and a 5lb rise and a higher grade of race may not prevent another bold show from this lightly raced and progressive 7yo.

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15th

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Jungle Jack

11st 13lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Five hurdle wins at 1m7f-2m3f, including on heavy; returned from wind surgery with a close call at Kelso in February but he didn't run much of a race at Bangor (where he'd won two of his previous three course starts) three weeks ago which puts him down the list this time.

33/1

Form: 16-167 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Better than ever when winning on reappearance at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) in October in first-time tongue-tie (retained since); didn't stay 3m at Haydock in November and returned with fair seventh in Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month; may improve for that run and is not ruled out.

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4th

4

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

Good Risk At All

10st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

didn't jump with fluency, pressed leaders, awkward jump 2nd, reminders after 8th, soon detached, weakened after 5 out, tailed off

13/8

3rd

4

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:45 Cheltenham

Good Risk At All

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Record of 2-9 over hurdles and was found wanting in two ultra-competitive handicaps at last season's big spring festivals; however, he surpassed all previous RPRs when doing everything right and comfortably accounting for Alaphilippe on recent chase debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); it's not a given that he'll stay 3m, but fair chance if he does.

7/4

1st

4

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Carlisle

Good Risk At All

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Reappeared with a convincing handicap hurdle win here (2m4f, heavy) last October; didn't threaten in hot handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) and Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) festivals but those weren't bad performances and he's entitled to respect on this chase/seasonal debut.

5/2

Form: 3P-F11 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Rookie trainer has made a fine start to career and this fellow won at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in January on his second stable start; again had something in hand at Newbury (2m4f, good) last month, despite being hampered early, and this progressive 8yo is one to consider; has won on soft.

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1st

4

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Kempton

Dargiannini

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Signed off with two down-the-field finishes in the spring (2m4f/3m), but looked in excellent nick when winning twice over 2m4f for new stable at start of this year and may yet have a bigger performance in him.

7/2

10th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

12:35 Haydock

Dargiannini

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Back in prime form for new stable last season, winning twice over 2m4f in good style; lacked fluency and was below form at last month's Aintree festival but remains quite lightly raced for his age and could still have untapped potential over 3m.

8/1

11th

8

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Dargiannini

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Rookie trainer has made a fine start to career and this fellow won at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in January on his second stable start; again had something in hand at Newbury (2m4f, good) last month, despite being hampered early, and this progressive 8yo is one to consider; has won on soft.

9/1

Form: 11-345 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won three novice hurdles last season (2m4f, good/good to soft); didn't run badly over fences on his first two outings this term and same story at Kempton (2m5f, soft) last month when back over hurdles following a break; he may be able to improve on that latest run when back on better ground.

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7th

5

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Pull Again Green

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Having been chasing last season he returned from a break and reverted to hurdles at Cheltenham (3m, good) last month, finishing a good fourth behind Zain Nights and Harbour Lake; each-way claims off the same mark.

10/1

4th

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Pull Again Green

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear, steady headway before 2 out, pressed leaders last, weakened gradually run-in

16/1

0

1

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Pull Again Green

11st 10lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Off the mark over fences at the fourth attempt when winning easily at Bangor (3m, good) and, following an 8lb rise, he bumped into a smart chasing recruit at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft); given a further 2lb nudge for that but easy to see him running well.

11/2

Form: -13520 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

There's a suspicion this 9yo mare isn't as good as she used to be and she was merely mid-division in the Martin Pipe last month; however, perhaps Cheltenham isn't her course and her reduced mark appeals on form as recent as last October (Listed mares' hurdle win); she's not a forlorn hope.

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0

2

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Molly Ollys Wishes

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has got herself well handicapped and, after running well for a long way on her return at Chepstow, she found only one too good in the new cheekpieces at Wetherby (2m3f); getting away from heavy ground (both runs this season) won't do her any harm; solid chance.

4/1

2nd

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:19 Wetherby

Molly Ollys Wishes

12st 1lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders

7/1

Form: 221110 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Won three handicaps in a row this winter (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft); having gone up the weights he finished in midfield in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) at Cheltenham last month but perhaps the ground wasn't ideal and this 5yo may still have potential when he's back on a better surface.

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2nd

1

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

13:57 Wincanton

Irish Hill

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Right back to form when beaten just over 2l over 2m5f at Kempton (good to soft) a month ago and might have gone close without late interference; that form now looks really strong with last week's Aintree winner Kateira one placed behind, while the fifth (Harbour Lake) and sixth (West Balboa) have also run races of distinction since; well handicapped on that and other form in the past.

5/2

3rd

6

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Irish Hill

10st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won three in a row last season (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft); 0-7 and mixed form since but he took a step back in the right direction when fifth of 16 at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) last month and may build on that.

4/1

5th

12

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Irish Hill

10st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Was on the crest of a wave when completing a hat-trick in this race (good to soft) 12 months ago off a 3lb higher mark than today's; hit and miss since but he was far from disgraced when ninth behind Jay Jay Reilly in the Lanzarote at Kempton five weeks ago, fading after having a clear lead turning for home; Freddie Gingell claims a handy 5lb; must be considered.

8/1

Form: U4B083 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Returned to form with close third of 26 in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, where he was 3l ahead when not fluent at the final flight; close second of 22 at this meeting in 2021 (2m, good to soft) and he's a strong contender despite a 5lb rise since last time.

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0

1

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Camprond

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, eased and pulled up after 3rd

20/1

15th

3

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Camprond

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Returned to form with close third of 26 in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, where he was 3l ahead when not fluent at the final flight; close second of 22 at this meeting in 2021 (2m, good to soft) and he's a strong contender despite a 5lb rise since last time.

11/2

3rd

18

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Camprond

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fourth in two major handicaps here last term, including this race when soft ground might not have been ideal; won well in a good handicap at Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) next time; failed to shine this winter, chasing initially, but he is 2lb lower than this time last year; headed the recent betting.

9/1

Form: 421430 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Good third at Musselburgh (3m, good) in February and ran pretty well in the Pertemps Final last month, not quite seeing out Cheltenham's stiff 3m (soft ground); however, he needs to raise his game to take this.

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0

8

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

The Bosses Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Miss Georgie Benson

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, pushed along briefly after 1st

10/1

3rd

3

7th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 150y

16:18 Cork

The Bosses Oscar

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, lost second before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, lost third last, rallied and went third again towards finish

6/1

5th

2

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

19:35 Cork

The Bosses Oscar

11st 6lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

led at slow pace

5/1

Form: F-2326 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Very much caught the eye when keeping on for second of 19 at Punchestown (2m3f, soft to heavy) on New Year's Eve; needs more than when fair sixth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month but he travelled well on that first run for 74 days and he may be able to build on it.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Captain Conby

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: E Sheehy

jumped left on occasions, led, faced challenge when jumped left and bumped rival 2 out, soon headed and weakened, no match for first two

4/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Captain Conby

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: E Sheehy

took keen hold, midfield, awkward jump 4th, headway before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

2nd

2

1st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 20y

17:00 Tipperary

Captain Conby

11st 1lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: E Sheehy

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed and lost two places 4th, lost ground before 4 out, mistake 3 out, kept on and went modest second run-in, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 14-800

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Has returned from an absence this season and failed to threaten, finishing tenth in the Coral Cup last month; however, his top Irish yard has a good record in this race and he may yet have a bigger run in him, having been a Listed novice hurdle winner in October 2021.

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18th

22

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Off Your Rocco

11st 0lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Has returned from an absence this season and failed to threaten, finishing tenth in the Coral Cup last month; however, his top Irish yard has a good record in this race and he may yet have a bigger run in him, having been a Listed novice hurdle winner in October 2021.

25/1

10th

25

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Off Your Rocco

10st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Three hurdle wins in 2021 as a novice, in 2m5f Listed race at Limerick (soft) on third occasion, and creditable fourth in Grade 2 novice over C&D that November; not seen again until well beaten in two warm handicaps in December (18-1 and 16-1) but he showed that some ability remains on first occasion and he's not written off yet.

66/1

12th

4

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 120y

14:32 Punchestown

Off Your Rocco

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

The last of his three hurdle wins came in a Limerick Listed race in October 2021; only midfield in a Fairyhouse handicap a month ago but that was after a year out, so should improve.

25/1

Form: 7-2223 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Faced very tough task when second of five to subsequent Cheltenham Festival runner-up Love Envoi at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in January and 2m on good ground proved too sharp at Doncaster last time; the last time she ran in a handicap she won at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) in December 2021 and she's 3lb lower today; this should be run to suit and she could be a player.

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3rd

1

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

18:50 Worcester

Martello Sky

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Ex-Lucy Wadham; useful hurdler; runner-up to a subsequent winner in a two-runner 3m novice handicap on chase/stable debut at Uttoxeter (good, lost a shoe); possibly better at this shorter trip; chance

11/4

2nd

1

28th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:20 Uttoxeter

Martello Sky

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

raced in second and pressed leader, led from 9th, clear after 14th, jumped slightly right from 15th, shaken up after 3 out, ridden when headed last, no extra run-in

8/11

19th

10

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Martello Sky

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Lucy Wadham

Faced very tough task when second of five to subsequent Cheltenham Festival runner-up Love Envoi at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in January and 2m on good ground proved too sharp at Doncaster last time; the last time she ran in a handicap she won at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) in December 2021 and she's 3lb lower today; this should be run to suit and she could be a player.

14/1

Form: 73-497

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Smart on his day for Henry de Bromhead and he's 8lb lower than when a fair ninth of 15 on stable debut at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in January; tailed off in the Champion Hurdle last time; back in a handicap here but isn't the force of old and is unproven at this trip; others are preferred.

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8th

3

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Jason The Militant

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Was always up against it at the Cheltenham Festival last month but his good days for Henry De Bromhead are a fading memory; remains opposable.

25/1

22

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Jason The Militant

10st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Capable of very useful form for Henry de Bromhead; however, record for current stable is far from convincing and latest defeat came in lower grade at Newcastle; hopes of revival are pinned on first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces worn the last twice).

100/1

5th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Jason The Militant

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to tumble down the weights and is one to watch in the betting, but hasn't been shaping as though he's about to halt the slide.

8/1

Form: 1-4213

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Bolted up at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) last December and stayed on well for third in Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) last month; the step up in trip could be a plus for this lightly raced 8yo, who represents last year's winning trainer/jockey combination; won on good to soft in France.

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1st

2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Playful Saint

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won three times over hurdles, all at around 2m on good to soft/heavy; good second at Stratford in March (2m, heavy); not so good in better company since (in 2m4f Aintree handicap last time); half-brother to a 2m5f winner over fences; interesting on debut over fences but stamina to prove.

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £806.00
Straight Forecast £706.50
Tricast £11659.60
Trifecta £16654.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fennor Cross

WEST COUNTRY:

Camprond

TOPSPEED:

Harbour Lake

The Guardian:

Dargiannini

D Express:

Playful Saint

The Star:

Jungle Jack

LAMBOURN:

No Ordinary Joe

POSTDATA:

West To The Bridge

The Times:

Harbour Lake

RP Ratings:

Fennor Cross

Daily Record:

Fennor Cross

Daily Mail:

Dargiannini

Daily Mirror:

Playful Saint

Telegraph:

Camprond

The Sun:

Camprond