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Good To Soft

Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 15 runners
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Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.70
  • Place: £2.30

Form: -12241

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Made all in Grade 3 at Naas (1m7f, soft) last month, taking advantage of drop back in class; has strong Grade 1 form-lines, notably a good effort in the Royal Bond when narrowly beaten by the subsequent Supreme winner Marine Nationale; ran well on sole 2m4f attempt; solid claims.

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2nd

2

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 45y

18:00 Punchestown

Irish Point

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led

100/30

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Irish Point

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy, versatile and still improving; has won his last four races, comprising Grade 1 events over 2m4f/2m7f and Grade 3 events over 1m7f/2m1f; easily justified favouritism in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown (2m7f, heavy) most recently, becoming a leading candidate for the Stayers' Hurdle but switches to this race with Constitution Hill absent and connections relying on Teahupoo in the three-miler; major contender, despite dropping back almost a mile in trip.

11/2

1st

6

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

13:50 Leopardstown

Irish Point

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Ran in four Grade 1 races as a novice last season; fine effort in the 2m Royal Bond when narrowly beaten by the subsequent Supreme winner Marine Nationale; highlight came over 2m4f at Aintree on the final start, with the Challow winner Hermes Allen back in third; started the season with 2m1f Grade 3 win at Down Royal; very interesting staying proposition.

11/8

12/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 15-111 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Respectable fifth in Grade 2 bumper at this meeting 12 months ago; 4-4 otherwise, including an easy win at Huntingdon on sole 2m4f attempt; progressive mare but faces a tougher task now taking on males for first time.

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1st

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Kateira

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Returned from a break with solid fourth to stablemate Boombawn on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; fine second in Grade 1 novice over this C&D (good to soft) last April and she could build on that latest effort; has won on soft; Harry Skelton's mount of the Dan Skelton four.

9/2

4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Kateira

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Dan Skelton

A tad underwhelming in Listed mares' events last autumn but has had a break since and she could be on a good mark for this handicap debut if tapping back into the promise shown when runner-up in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last April.

8/1

2nd

2

27th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:35 Kempton

Kateira

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/11

7/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1116 D BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Impressive in the Challow at Newbury (2m4f, soft), continuing his good progress; disappointing favourite in the Ballymore but his trainer's most notable Challow winners, Denman and Bravemansgame, also failed to land that race and they turned out fine; looked very smart before the Cheltenham flop and remains of strong interest.

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3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, chased clear leader after 6th, not fluent 8th, still plenty to do 3 out, 13 lengths down when fell 2 out

11/10

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won 2m4f Grade 1 Challow Hurdle during last year's festive period; failed to justify favouritism at the spring festivals but had wind surgery prior to his successful chase debut at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and that was impressive in many ways; unraced over this far under rules but with his pointing background he should stay well; still unexposed and held in the highest regard by a trainer who has won this five times.

13/8

1st

2

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Hermes Allen

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below-par favourite in Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals but may well benefit from the subsequent wind surgery and he starts this campaign as a major prospect for novice chases; earlier progress culminated in an easy win in the Challow here (2m4f, soft; Grade 1) and that form has worked out well; point winner; leading player.

11/8

Form: /24214

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Campaigned at only 2m6f-3m since switched to hurdles, most recently fourth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham (soft); useful stayer but this easy 2m4f may prove inadequate unless the ground is testing.

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8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Letsbeclearaboutit

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has raced only on softer than good; ran well (fourth) in the Albert Bartlett over 3m here 12 months ago but failed to show his form when back at similar trip on latest chase start; promising record at 2m4f over fences, winning twice then solid third in Grade 1; however, he's the wrong age according to the stats (no horse older than eight has won this prize).

25/1

3rd

1

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Letsbeclearaboutit

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, headway and went third before 5 out, raced wide from 3 out, outpaced approaching last

9/4

3rd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Letsbeclearaboutit

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has seemingly improved for a fence and a step up in trip to 2m4f this season; ran with credit in the Drinmore here when last seen; has more to give over fences but a return to this sort of trip is the main question mark; not one to put a line through.

5/2

Form: -11211 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Ran well behind Hermes Allen in the Challow (sole hurdles defeat); has recorded a couple of Grade 2 wins against her own sex since, latest at the Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft; made all); improving mare who, with the 7lb allowance, holds a respectable chance.

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7th

11

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

You Wear It Well

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, led 2nd

20/1

3rd

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 1

13:02 Haydock

You Wear It Well

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Made all in the Grade 2 mares' novice at the Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft) last March and reappeared with Listed mares' win at Wetherby (2m, soft) in November; second in slowly run mares' Grade 2 when upped to 3m at Doncaster (good) three weeks ago and has leading claims under 4lb penalty.

4/6

Form: 1-1311 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Defied a double penalty in smooth style at Wetherby (soft) last month, taking overall record to 4-6; suited by step up to 2m3f the last twice and should have more to offer at this sort of trip; interesting.

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1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Springwell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Second-season hurdler who won on reappearance at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November and, after failing to get home there (3m, heavy) next time, went very close at Musselburgh (3m, soft) when drawing clear with the neck winner who has since followed up; solid each-way claims up 2lb.

20/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Springwell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Three novice wins last term; tends to race a bit freely but he found plenty for pressure, as well as travelling up smoothly to lead two out, when winning his handicap/seasonal debut at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November; tongue tied first time when not quite so good over 3m (bred to stay well) on heavy ground there on New Year's Day but could still have potential.

13/2

Form: 1-1P11 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Something was possibly amiss in the Challow; 5-5 otherwise (bumpers/hurdles), rallying gamely to win the EBF Final at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) most recently; open to further improvement and can't be ruled out.

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8th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Acts on ground from good to heavy; disappointing in the Stayers' Hurdle most recently but progressive otherwise and could well rebound; won at this course (2m4f handicap) in October and Ascot (3m Grade 1, gamely) in December; remains of major interest.

7/1

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Crambo

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Highly progressive second-season hurdler who won the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot (3m, good) in December by a short head from Paisley Park; he needs a bigger performance on today's first outing since but this 7yo keeps finding the necessary further improvement, as his excellent seven-from-ten strike-rate attests; versatile ground-wise; entitled to plenty of respect.

5/1

1st

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Crambo

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

Only defeats in his novice campaign were at Grade 1 level; impressed in a 2m4f Aintree handicap on his comeback and, although only third on his step up to 3m at Haydock (Class 1 handicap, good to soft), his strong finish from off a steady pace was seriously eyecatching; has to bridge a sizeable class-gap here but could be progressive enough to do so.

7/2

Form: 5-1151 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Scoped dirty after his Tolworth flop; 3-3 over hurdles otherwise, easily defying a double penalty at Sandown (2m soft) most recently; won his sole attempt at about 2m4f; useful sort who can't be dismissed.

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5th

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

20:05 Warwick

Authorised Speed

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Useful hurdler; fell on two of his three chasing attempts last season and comes with obvious risk here but proved his wellbeing when placed in competitive handicap hurdle at Sandown (2m4f, good) a fortnight ago and has the raw ability to be very dangerous if all goes to plan.

5/2

4th

9

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Authorised Speed

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Let down by jumping in his three goes over fences, falling two out at Ascot with the race at his mercy and coming down early when 100-1 for the Arkle; showed useful form in novice hurdles last term, scoring twice over 2m on this course; yet to prove conclusively he stays 2m4f but he's still relatively low mileage and impossible to rule out.

11/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Authorised Speed

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders, mistake and fell 2nd

66/1

Form: 4-2161

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in the Tolworth; had wind surgery prior to winning a Newbury handicap (2m3f, soft; tongue-tie applied) last month; unexposed at this sort of distance but faces a stiffer task back at Grade 1 level.

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5th

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Blow Your Wad

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Acts on any ground; responded well to second-time cheekpieces in the Pendil (2m4f Grade 2) in February, taking Kempton record to 3-3; faces a stiffer task on this third attempt at the Aintree festival but is fresher than his rivals, having bypassed Cheltenham, and may rate higher still.

10/1

1st

3

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Blow Your Wad

11st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Acts on any ground; wears cheekpieces for first time over fences, having never really travelled at Cheltenham four weeks ago; better off with Le Patron on Sandown running in November (chase debut); successful in novice handicap over C&D on Boxing Day, taking Kempton record to 2-2, and warrants respect back here.

9/4

6th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Blow Your Wad

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Lacks Cheltenham experience but he looked a novice to follow when finding plenty to win at Kempton last month (2m4f, good; acts on soft), beating a Nicholls runner with strong handicap hurdle form at the track; up 6lb but every chance he will be running off higher marks before long.

5/1

Form: 611240 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Disappointing when joint-favourite for the Martin Pipe (2m4f) at the Cheltenham Festival; progressive otherwise but may need a return to further; his Listed/Graded form is at 2m6f and 3m.

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14

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Cool Survivor

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, never better than midfield, towards rear when bad mistake 13th, pulled up after 14th

25/1

13th

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cool Survivor

11st 6lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

3m Listed novice hurdle winner last season (heavy) and best run in that sphere was his staying-on fourth in Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown (2m6f, yielding) last February; hasn't hit same form heights over fences, most recently 19l fourth of 25 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (2m5f), but he's on a good mark on his hurdle form and the step up in trip could be ideal.

13/2

4th

17

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Cool Survivor

10st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Smart form over hurdles last season including fourth of eight in a 2m6f Grade 1 event here; solid display against the smart Quilixios on chasing debut at Limerick; twice soundly beaten at Punchestown since behind top Mullins novices; others preferred but not without a chance.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11/136

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Has lost an unbeaten record since upped in class but far from disgraced in those two Grade 1 races, sixth in the Supreme at Cheltenham (soft) latest; major player if he stays the new trip (first go beyond 2m).

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5

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Aintree

Dark Raven

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has lost an unbeaten record since upped in class but far from disgraced in those two Grade 1 races, sixth in the Supreme at Cheltenham (soft) latest; major player if he stays the new trip (first go beyond 2m).

4/1

6th

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Dark Raven

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

2-2 in bumpers in spring 2021 (2m, yielding) and returned from a long absence to win on hurdle debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December; remains open to improvement but he was a near-10l third of six to stablemate Il Etait Temps in the Grade 1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) last month and others have stronger credentials.

25/1

3rd

1

5th Feb 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Leopardstown

Dark Raven

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, not fluent 1st, left in fourth just after 4th

12/1

Form: 8/71

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Thrice-raced 6yo; had wind surgery prior to 40-1 success in maiden hurdle at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft; tongue-tie applied) most recently; much more is required at this markedly stronger level.

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1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Hallwood

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Mark Rimell

Sprung a 40-1 surprise when winning a Carlisle maiden (2m1f, good to soft; first time tongue-tie) last February; struggled since and continues to fall in the weights; back in trip for first start since wind surgery.

16/1

4th

4

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:10 Hereford

Hallwood

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Mark Rimell

Lightly raced 7yo who caused 40-1 surprise when making all to win Carlisle maiden (2m1f, good to soft) by 12l last February; struggled on seasonal/handicap debut in December, though, and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

20/1

Form: 45-1PU

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Sole success came at Bangor (2m) last May; in third place when unseating rider in handicap there (2m3f) three weeks ago; has ordinary form and he's bottom of this pack on ratings.

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4th

11

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:53 Southwell

Stony Man

11st 8lb

J: James Best

T: Gary Hanmer

Has failed to complete all five hurdle races since winning Bangor maiden (2m, good to soft) in May 2022 and has huge amount to prove on this chasing debut; cheekpieces removed after one use.

33/1

Form: 22241

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Consistent at up to 2m4f, apart from a below-par effort two starts ago; off the mark at Warwick (2m, soft) latest; in good hands but has plenty to find on ratings in this field.

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7th

10

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Uncle Bert

11st 4lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has won with something to spare under James Turner the last twice (2m4f, soft), particularly at Bangor three weeks ago; he's gone up another 8lb and is in a much hotter race today, but things have clearly clicked for this 7yo and it's possible he remains ahead of the handicapper.

16/1

1st

5

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Uncle Bert

11st 6lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two wins this season, the latter under James Turner at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) last month; recent 4lb rise does not look excessive and further progress is not out of the question; respected.

9/2

1st

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

Uncle Bert

11st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Shot up the weights after winning by 12l at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September and there's a suspicion he remains a shade high in the handicap, but he ran well when second of fourth at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last time and might not be far away.

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £1060.00
Straight Forecast £681.20
Tricast £2500.30
Trifecta £6353.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Dark Raven

SPOTLIGHT:

Irish Point

RP Ratings:

Hermes Allen

LAMBOURN:

You Wear It Well

Daily Mirror:

Springwell Bay

The Star:

You Wear It Well

The Times:

Irish Point

D Express:

Irish Point

Daily Record:

Irish Point

WEST COUNTRY:

Hermes Allen

Telegraph:

Hermes Allen

POSTDATA:

Dark Raven

The Guardian:

Dark Raven

Daily Mail:

Dark Raven

The Sun:

Dark Raven