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14:25 Aintree

Good To Soft

Village Hotels Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £42202.5
  • 3m 0f 149y
  • Class 1
  • 22 runners
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Village Hotels Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 12-21

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Given time to get over her game win in a particularly gruelling Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton (2m5f, soft; only four of 20 finished) in January; that was only her fourth start under rules and there should be better to come, particularly now stepping up to 3m; high on the list.

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3rd

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

West Balboa

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Had a bleak midwinter but showed clear signs of a revival when a close sixth of 11 at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; that should have put her spot-on for a repeat bid for this race, which she won in convincing fashion off 6lb lower 12 months ago; handles soft ground, unraced on heavy; commands major respect attempting to make it 3-3 at Aintree.

3/1

6th

1

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

West Balboa

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Tailed off when favourite for Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot in December (failed to settle) and no return to form in Sandown handicap last month; however, this mare was highly progressive previously, including a C&D win last January in the ultra-competitive Lanzarote, and she's not written off.

14/1

8th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

West Balboa

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Flopped badly as favourite for the Group 1 Long Walk at Ascot six weeks ago when returned to 3m, having raced freely; however, very progressive otherwise (form figures of 2122111 previously), does stay 3m and may well bounce back provided she settles better.

8/1

28/1

  • Place: £10.90

Form: 0-1416

Last run: 107 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Landed a fourth handicap win when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in October; not so good at Doncaster over Christmas but freshened up since and his overall record suggests he's unlikely to stay down for long; well held in this race last year, however; cheekpieces now applied.

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4th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Pounding Poet

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, not fluent 1st

8/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 233-33

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Latest hurdle win was over three years ago but he's run several good races in defeat since, most recently third of 23 to Good Time Jonny in the Pertemps at Cheltenham (3m, soft), leading from before the last until halfway up the run-in; also third to Party Business in this last year; likely to be in the thick of things again.

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15th

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Mill Green

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Third in the big 3m handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals in both 2022 and 2023; exposed 12yo but there's every indication that he retains all of that ability, so may well be seriously involved once more.

20/1

3rd

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Mill Green

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on heavy; third in 3m handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals last spring for the second season running; two runs over fences this winter suggest he's at least as good as ever; exposed 12yo but he should be seriously involved.

7/1

3rd

8

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Mill Green

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Nicky Henderson

Smart hurdler who was placed in 3m handicap hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals last spring for the second season running; steered clear of fences after falling in the summer of 2021 but he was back over them when second to Thomas Darby over C&D in November; hard to call him well handicapped but he's entitled to be in the mix.

9/1

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11/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: P40301 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Added to his good record in big-field handicaps over this trip when coming with a very strong run from well off the pace to win the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival (soft) under Liam McKenna last month, powering away when hitting the front late on; a 5lb rise won't prevent another prominent showing if he shows up in similar form.

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15

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Good Time Jonny

10st 10lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: A J Martin

held up in rear, pulled up after 18th

10/1

3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

16:25 Fairyhouse

Good Time Jonny

11st 12lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: A J Martin

held up in rear, went modest third after 2nd, no extra from 3 out

5/2

Form: -2P753

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Bumper and dual hurdles winner and acts on any ground; not disgraced in two competitive handicaps or a conditions race on his last three starts, without suggesting he's a likely winner here.

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0

17

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Gatsby Grey

11st 0lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Oliver McKiernan

Good novice hurdler and a consistent performer in conditions and handicap contests last season; okay run behind Jesse Evans on the Flat at Leopardstown; up against it here a little bit but unlikely to be disgraced.

66/1

5th

6

(9)

13th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 0y

20:30 Leopardstown

Gatsby Grey

11st 2lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Oliver McKiernan

Bumper and dual hurdles winner; rated 137 in the latter discipline and good fifth in 3m handicap at Aintree Grand National meeting two runs back; only Flat start was over inadequate trip last year; not ruled out although will need a couple to underperform.

10/1

Form: 322110 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Winner of small-field handicap hurdles over about 3m at Kempton (soft) and Warwick (heavy) this winter but well beaten when faced with a much more competitive scenario in the Pertemps at Cheltenham; the first-time cheekpieces worn last time are retained.

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6th

4

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:20 Warwick

Glimpse Of Gala

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Charlie Longsdon

prominent, pressed leader with one circuit to go, not fluent and lost ground 7th, hit 4 out, dropped to rear 3 out, weakened home turn

14/1

6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Glimpse Of Gala

11st 6lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Often leads; last season was a good one in staying hurdles; reappeared over fences and then tailed off back hurdling at Kempton; however, getting back on slower ground was a positive when a 13l fifth to Classic Concorde at Chepstow and he was within 2l of Thursday's Cheltenham winner Monmiral; ran in snatches that day but unlikely to be far away.

40/1

5th

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Glimpse Of Gala

11st 8lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Often leads and often ridden by Bradley Roberts; had a fine season last term, including winning the Warwick qualifier (3m1f, heavy), except for her heavy defeat in the final at Cheltenham; chase/seasonal debut in October looked promising, which was followed by a flop over hurdles (good to soft) but today's more testing ground should help; needs peak form.

8/1

Form: FF9204

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Smart performance when narrowly denied in 18-runner handicap at Naas (2m4f, yielding to soft) in November but below par when stepped up to about 3m on his last two outings; dangerous to rule out given who trains him but others are more compelling.

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Form: 21-236 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Added to his solid record when sixth of 23 to Good Time Jonny in the Pertemps at Cheltenham (3m, soft), shaping a bit better than the bare result after getting messed about a bit approaching the last and also hitting the flight; fresh for this stage of the season and likely to give a good account.

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8th

9

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

An Tailliur

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Added to his solid record when sixth of 23 to Good Time Jonny in the Pertemps at Cheltenham (3m, soft), shaping a bit better than the bare result after getting messed about a bit approaching the last and also hitting the flight; fresh for this stage of the season and likely to give a good account.

8/1

6th

10

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

An Tailliur

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Crept through the ranks over hurdles without doing lasting damage to his mark and his third in C&D qualifier in October (good), when picking up late on the run to the line, suggested there was still some better to come; all wins on good but he has run to form on soft; yard has won this four times.

10/1

3rd

8

22nd Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

An Tailliur

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear of midfield, steady headway after 6th, in touch with leaders 2 out, soon ridden, went third final 110yds, stayed on

15/2

Form: 21P211

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Pulled up behind West Balboa in the Lanzarote at Kempton in January but that's his only blip this season; landed a novice at Wincanton and a handicap back at Kempton (both at about 2m5f) last month; proven at 3m; could easily have more to offer for top stable.

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2nd

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:45 Sandown

Outlaw Peter

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders after 6th

7/2

1st

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Outlaw Peter

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Novice who was placed twice in a row this winter (2m4f, good/soft) before winning at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft) last month; came clear with a course specialist last time and could continue to progress for top yard.

9/2

1st

6

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Outlaw Peter

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Useful novice chaser who posted solid placed efforts the last twice (good/soft), including over C&D, and the form has received strong boosts since; attractively weighted off an unaltered mark and he was successful over hurdles on this card 12 months ago; commands major respect.

3/1

33/1

Form: 580F13

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Back from some lesser efforts to win a 2m Cork novice hurdle in January; creditable third in a similar race at Punchestown (2m4f, heavy) 23 days later; no impact in his two previous handicap hurdles, though.

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16th

21

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Starzov

10st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: P J Rothwell

Won a 2m novice hurdle at Cork last season and ran okay at Aintree on this year's return; may find others on better marks.

40/1

Form: 51-495 CD

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won this race on good to soft last year; below par in two runs (back from layoff) in February; this has presumably been the target again and no surprise if he bounces back to form, but he's 5lb higher than 12 months ago and will need a big career best.

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5th

6

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Party Business

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Has finished fourth in the last two runnings of this race and he's lower in the weights today; returned from break with encouraging fifth to Zain Nights at Cheltenham (3m, good) last month and could build on that run.

10/1

5th

6

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Party Business

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

midfield, bad mistake and lost ground 2nd, soon recovered, not fluent and dropped to rear 3 out

20/1

0

6

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Party Business

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Now only 2lb higher than when beating his 20 rivals at Aintree festival (3m, good to soft) in April 2022 but did not hit peak form during a fairly light campaign last season; had wind op in June; others preferred.

18/1

Form: 214381

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Proved a revelation stepping up to about 3m for the first time when barely coming off the bridle to win a Uttoxeter novice event (soft) a fortnight ago; went about 14l clear at the last before being eased, so a 7lb rise in his mark looks lenient; stable won this race in 2021; considered.

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6th

2

19th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:35 Carlisle

Mexico

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Displayed improved form when upped in trip and winning easily in a novice hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) in April; unexposed over staying trips and not ruled out on his chase debut, but this is a tough first assignment in this sphere and he's not bred for fences.

10/1

12th

18

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

Mexico

10st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Proved a revelation stepping up to about 3m for the first time when barely coming off the bridle to win a Uttoxeter novice event (soft) a fortnight ago; went about 14l clear at the last before being eased, so a 7lb rise in his mark looks lenient; stable won this race in 2021; considered.

10/1

1st

1

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Mexico

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

in touch with leaders on outer, hit 6th, led going easily after 4 out, went clear after 3 out, eased run-in, easily

9/2

Form: F3-224 BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Displayed strong chase form last season and ran really well when going close back over hurdles in a handicap at Doncaster (3m, good) in December; subsequently had wind surgery and not in quite the same form when fourth (Itchy Feet second) in Grade 2 at Haydock eight weeks ago.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Erne River

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Back to form in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) to win six-runner handicap at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and solid fifth of 18 in Great Yorkshire Chase there since; also effective on soft; however, needs to build on those latest efforts to win this and Doncaster brings out the best in him.

20/1

Form: 11P2 BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Pair of novice hurdle wins at 2m3f on good ground at the end of 2022; got stuck in the heavy ground in a Warwick Grade 2 in January but straight back on track when second of eight to the reopposing Henry's Friend (who received 5lb) in Doncaster novice (2m3f, good) last month; shapes as if he'll stay further and brings potential to this handicap debut.

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7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Moon Hunter

10st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

A very promising novice hurdler last season and made an encouraging chase debut in the autumn but two heavy defeats have followed; drying ground would aid his cause here and he still has plenty of time to turn things around but he's a risky option at the moment.

10/1

5th

1

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

14:10 Market Rasen

Moon Hunter

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

Winning pointer (3m, good) who won his first two starts over hurdles in 2022 (both over 2m3f on good ground); decent fourth on chase debut over 2m4f at Cheltenham in October (good) but lesser run at Exeter last time (3m, good to soft); has potential but soft ground not ideal and best rules form is over shorter.

7/2

Form: 78-048

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Respectable fourth at Punchestown (2m3f, soft to heavy) in December; not disgraced but never looked like getting competitive when eighth of 21 in Martin Pipe at Cheltenham since; now steps up to 3m for the first time and has a change of headgear (first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces).

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6th

5

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 80y

15:40 Killarney

Au Fleuron

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, headway and went third 6th

7/1

25/1

Form: -46120 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Exploited a lower hurdle mark at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft) in January; another good run when second in Grade 2 Rendlesham at Haydock (3m, good to soft) but he was behind a few of these rivals when only midfield in the Pertemps at Cheltenham.

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7th

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Itchy Feet

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Olly Murphy

Won this race last year (good to soft) and he might have finished closer in the Final at Cheltenham, when beaten under 7l, with an uninterrupted run; two lesser runs followed but he took advantage of a winning mark at Market Rasen in November; weights chance back up 3lb.

8/1

1st

2

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 2

13:40 Market Rasen

Itchy Feet

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Failed to fire on final outing last season and pulled up on last month's reappearance at Newton Abbot; however, he may have needed that latest outing and runs off the same mark as when winning at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft) in January; capable of playing a leading role.

9/2

0

1

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

15:35 Newton Abbot

Itchy Feet

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in second, lost two places but prominent before 5th, outpaced before 3 out

5/2

Form: 1-1408 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

As good as ever when making a successful reappearance at Sandown (2m7f, soft) in December but below that level on all three outings since.

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2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Dolphin Square

12st 6lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Mixed form over hurdles last year and tailed off at Chepstow over Christmas when last seen; however, he showed some spark earlier in December and he won hunter chases in February 2022 (2m7f/3m2f, heavy/soft) on his last two runs over fences; capable of having a big say.

4/1

6th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Dolphin Square

11st 3lb

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride at Sandown (2m7f, soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; went downhill since until a change to this headgear back in the same Sandown race 18 days ago was his best performance since New Year's Day, so there is renewed hope.

10/1

4th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Dolphin Square

11st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride in this race (soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; has an 8lb lower mark this time round, having gone downhill after that win and he was tailed off at Newbury one month ago; first-time blinkers replace his usual cheekpieces.

12/1

Form: 14/1-8 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Pair of handicap wins at about 3m on good ground in spring 2021 but not seen again until last of eight at Newbury (3m) in February; can only be watched after that.

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9

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Regarding Ruth

10st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

pressed leader, led 8th, ridden when headed after 3 out, soon weakened, hit 2 out, pulled up last

7/1

1st

7

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:25 Warwick

Regarding Ruth

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Has won four times over hurdles; not at her best in two runs this season having been off for 645 days after scoring at Market Rasen in May 2021 (2m7f, good); best watched for now.

25/1

18th

22

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

14:25 Aintree

Regarding Ruth

10st 8lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Pair of handicap wins at about 3m on good ground in spring 2021 but not seen again until last of eight at Newbury (3m) in February; can only be watched after that.

40/1

Form: -F5339 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Has not taken to fences this season and also well held back hurdling at Musselburgh (3m) in February; on a feasible mark if bouncing back to his best but others arrive with more pressing claims.

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6th

1

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

18:40 Tipperary

Bardenstown Lad

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, mistake 5th, slow jump and detached 9th, tailed off

8/1

6th

2

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 150y

19:20 Downpatrick

Bardenstown Lad

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead

9/4

Form: 13241 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Easy winner of a four-runner novice here (2m4f, good) last May and back on the up in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) when seeing off the reopposing Moon Hunter in a 2m3f novice at Doncaster (good) last month, albeit receiving 5lb from Henry Daly's runner; the way he cleared away after the last suggests this longer trip could suit now handicapping; lacks big-field experience but still an interesting contender.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Henrys Friend

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

raced in second, lost second and prominent 8th, pecked on landing 16th, mistake and lost ground 18th, pulled up before 4 out

14/1

1st

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Henrys Friend

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Won at Newbury (2m6f, soft) in December on second chase start and followed up in another novice handicap at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) last month; others have more substance to their form but he could continue to progress and is not ruled out; wears first-time cheekpieces.

13/2

Form: 9382F6

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Has a rather mixed record since his game win off 2lb lower at Worcester (2m4f, good) last summer; looked stretched by 3m at Musselburgh latest and others are preferred.

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

4th

3

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

15:07 Fakenham

Gaelik Coast

11st 10lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Hurdle and chase successes on ground ranging from good to soft; winner of one course start, over fences in 2020, and well handicapped on much of his form at about 2m4f; some way off his best on last two starts, though, and blinkers worn once last winter weren't much help.

5/1

5th

2

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Gaelik Coast

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Six rules wins divided between hurdles and fences; back hurdling the last twice, not beaten far when third of six at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and heavy ground was an excuse last time (has won on soft); very well handicapped on some of his form.

10/1

6th

5

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Gaelik Coast

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

held up in last, headway and in touch with leaders 6th

11/2

Form: 627P93 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Went close off 8lb higher over fences at Carlisle (3m, good) in October but that was his last effort of note (remote third back at Carlisle latest) and others are more solid.

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

5

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:43 Ayr

Dallas Des Pictons

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Dianne Sayer

in touch with leaders, outpaced and dropped to last 9th, slow jump 10th, lost touch 11th, struggling 13th

20/1

6th

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Dallas Des Pictons

11st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Cashed in on a much reduced mark when a 40-1 winner at Hexham (2m4f, good) in September, but he struggled in his final two runs (hurdle/chase) in the autumn; handles most ground but he needs a major revival back over hurdles after four months off; cheekpieces removed.

20/1

0

9

19th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:35 Carlisle

Dallas Des Pictons

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Second in this last year (good) and he capitalised on his much-reduced mark at Hexham (2m4f, good) last month; however, this 10yo has struggled more often than not over the last 12 months and was well beaten at Kelso (2m5f, good) last time; others are more solid.

25/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

West Balboa

TOPSPEED:

Outlaw Peter

Daily Mirror:

An Tailliur

RP Ratings:

Mexico

D Express:

Erne River

The Sun:

Good Time Jonny

LAMBOURN:

Mill Green

WEST COUNTRY:

Outlaw Peter

The Star:

An Tailliur

The Guardian:

West Balboa

Daily Mail:

West Balboa

Daily Record:

West Balboa

Telegraph:

Mexico