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Citipost Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10892
  • 2m 4f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Citipost Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 113112 BF

Last run: 178 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Irish raider who collected a bumper and three hurdles (2m-2m5f) in early part of this season; not seen since coming second in Limerick Listed race (2m5f, soft) in October but has a leading form chance.

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4th

11

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 6f 0y

17:00 Listowel

The Friday Man

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Fine efforts in defeat all four chase starts even though broke blood vessels two starts ago at Kilbeggan; better at Killarney last time even though he jumped to the right at times; will be unhelpful if he does that again today but is capable of going close.

7/4

2nd

5

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

17:53 Killarney

The Friday Man

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, raced in second, slow jump 5th

11/4

20/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 212161 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Former pointer/hunter chaser who has shown useful form in novice hurdles this season, winning twice (2m5f/2m4f); not entirely straightforward, though, and some of the younger ones probably have more potential.

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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Twig

11st 7lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.

13/2

2nd

16

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Twig

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up in all three starts at this course, twice when hurdling and once over C&D (good to soft) which followed a successful return to fences at Uttoxeter last July; on the back foot from some way out in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December, though, and left on the same mark since.

20/1

11th

15

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Twig

10st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in May and followed up when back over fences there (3m2f, good) in July; returned from a break with good second of 13 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October and this progressive 8yo may have more left in the tank, but it's needed in this red-hot handicap.

14/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-1110

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Point/bumper winner who started off over hurdles with three very convincing 2m wins; lost unbeaten record when down the field in last month's Grade 1 Supreme here but travelled strongly for a long way in that and is back in calmer waters for first attempt at 2m4f.

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1st

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:50 Perth

Chasing Fire

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Three-time hurdle winner who made a successful chase debut in a small field at Uttoxeter in October; back in a handicap he went close at Kelso on his first attempt at 2m5f and now goes further again; prone to untidy jumping but good chance otherwise.

9/4

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

16:00 Kelso

Chasing Fire

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders on outer, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, went second last, kept on well run-in

5/1

4th

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 1

13:10 Wetherby

Chasing Fire

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide throughout, held up in last, disputing third 10th, outpaced before 4 out

15/2

Form: 121

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Made all to win readily by 12l on last month's handicap debut at Exeter (2m, good) and is now 2-3 over hurdles; tackles stronger opposition here but pedigree gives strong indication the step up in trip will suit.

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2nd

1

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:25 Warwick

Red Dirt Road

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

2-4 over hurdles, the latter win gained by 12l on handicap debut at Exeter (2m, good) in March; very creditable fourth in good-quality Cheltenham novice when upped to 2m4f last month; ought to play a major role.

9/2

4th

6

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Red Dirt Road

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

took keen hold, led narrowly, edged right after 3 out, pushed along and headed before 2 out, ridden and rallied approaching last, weakened run-in

8/1

1st

3

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:35 Exeter

Red Dirt Road

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won sole start in Irish points and beat a subsequent winner on British/hurdling debut in November; just denied at Leicester the following month and now makes handicap debut off what looks a fair mark; shortlisted.

5/2

Form: 5-1631

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Placed in Class 2 handicap here (2m1f, soft) in January then doubled his hurdling tally when back in novice company at Warwick (2m3f, good; first-time tongue-tie) the following month; given a wind op in the meantime; no surprise if he poses a threat in this.

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11

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Pikar

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won his novices on good to soft/good but acted on soft when close up in his latest handicap, in a good 2m1f race at Cheltenham in January 2023; had wind surgeries either side of his latest run that April and readiness for this is an unknown but it's possible a stiffer test at this trip would suit.

12/1

5th

5

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Pikar

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 3 out, headway before 2 out, ridden approaching last, weakened run-in

9/2

1st

4

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Warwick

Pikar

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Useful form when winning his novice at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) and has contested two strong handicaps since then, the latest at Cheltenham when sticking on well for third; shouldn't have a problem with this longer trip and his form is right up there in this company; now tongue tied.

5/4

Form: 2- BF

Last run: 546 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in both Irish points in spring 2021 and was close second to useful rival on bumper debut the following October but today's hurdling debut comes after a 546-day absence, and he's being tossed in at the deep end.

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4th

2

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

18:40 Chepstow

Chancycourt

11st 4lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has respectable point/bumper form but he's not totally solid on hurdles figures and was tailed off at Taunton (back from another lengthy absence) most recently; others look safer.

14/1

8

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:33 Taunton

Chancycourt

11st 3lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Placed in two Irish points and a bumper in 2021 and, following a long absence, ran about as well as could have been expected when sixth in very good Cheltenham novice (2m4f, good) on hurdling debut a year ago; not seen again since but may still have potential.

12/1

6th

11

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Chancycourt

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

early mistakes, held up in rear, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and no impression from 2 out

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 15-1 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner for Tom George last season and began hurdle career with Ayr maiden win (2m3f, good to soft) for new yard in February; has plenty of scope for improvement but others here have already achieved a lot more.

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5th

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Blue Hop

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

took keen hold, prominent, awkward jump 5 out, not fluent 4 out, weakened before 3 out

7/1

7th

5

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Blue Hop

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Won a bumper and 2m3f maiden hurdle among his first three starts; his only two runs since have been heavy defeats when big odds at Cheltenham, the latest last month when he switched to fences and had his tongue tied on first run since wind surgery; easily the last exposed, including as it's his handicap debut, but he also has the most to prove.

16/1

0

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Blue Hop

11st 4lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Bumper winner who doubled his tally in an ordinary maiden hurdle at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) before finishing well held in a novice here in April; had wind surgery in the meantime and a tongue-tie is added, but this represents a severe first assignment over fences.

40/1

Form: 71-2

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won good-ground Taunton bumper just over a year ago and made promising hurdle debut when second there (2m3f, good) last month, but was no match for the winner that day and needs to take a big step forward here.

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4th

3

11th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

Final Encore

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Hughie Morrison

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

3/1

8th

12

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Final Encore

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Hughie Morrison

held up in rear, ridden and no impression from 2 out

33/1

2nd

3

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:15 Taunton

Final Encore

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Hughie Morrison

Half-brother to connections' smart staying hurdler Third Wind and he won here (2m, good) last April on his second bumper start; should be suited by the step up in trip on hurdle debut and he's a leading contender.

7/4

Form: 21P CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 5yo who belied 66-1 odds when second in C&D maiden (good to soft) on New Year's Day then improved to win C&D Grade 2 (soft) at end of January; pulled up in 3m Grade 1 here last month but remains one to be interested in.

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2nd

4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Rock My Way

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last winter and has taken pretty well to fences this term, just making the odd mistake when third of seven at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) 12 days ago; should stay this far and impossible to discount but he'll probably need a career best.

8/1

3rd

1

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:30 Hereford

Rock My Way

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Irish point winner who won a Grade 2 hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last January; that career stalled a bit but he has scope for fences and there was nothing to knock when runner-up on chase debut at Plumpton (2m3f, soft; first-time tongue-tie, retained); has potential.

7/2

Form: 2-2121 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who won by 12l at Hereford (2m3f, soft) in the autumn and was even more impressive when comfortably defying penalty at Kempton (2m5f, soft) last month; effective on quicker ground too and can make a bold bid.

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13th

13

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Theatre Man

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Warm favourite when early faller in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month; prior to that he was second in a hot novice handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) and has a 1lb lower mark to work with now back over hurdles; 2-4 in novice hurdles last season (both wins on soft) and he's a major player if transferring his chase form back to this sphere.

9/1

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (also on soft); started chase career with two useful efforts in 2m7f handicaps and he laid down a strong marker for this race when runner-up in a warm C&D event (good to soft) in January, taking time to pick up but racing up the hill in great style; up 3lb but open to improvement and has solid claims with Harry Cobden a rare booking (0-1) for yard that has been among the winners of late.

4/1

2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

6/1

Form: 2/11 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

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Non-runners

Hermino AA, Theatre Man, The Carpenter

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Payout
Exacta £385.00
Straight Forecast £500.20
Trifecta £1758.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

The Carpenter

SPOTLIGHT:

Theatre Man

POSTDATA:

Red Dirt Road

RP Ratings:

The Friday Man

Daily Mail:

Chasing Fire

The Guardian:

Pikar

The Times:

Twig

TOPSPEED:

Theatre Man

Daily Mirror:

Theatre Man

WEST COUNTRY:

Red Dirt Road

Daily Record:

The Friday Man

Telegraph:

The Carpenter

D Express:

The Carpenter

The Sun:

The Carpenter

The Star:

The Carpenter