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British EBF BetVictor Gold Castle ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13098.5
  • 2m 7f 207y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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British EBF BetVictor Gold Castle ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £11.00
  • Place: £3.90

Form: 11

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

3m point winner (soft to heavy) who is 2-2 under rules having twice won easily over hurdles last month (2m4f/2m3f, good/heavy); this is a much tougher test of his credentials but he's a highly likeable prospect and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

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3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Giovinco

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Acts on heavy ground; the only C&D winner in this field, ran well in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham (3m) most recently and represents a trainer who landed this prize two years ago; therefore has respected credentials and cannot be dismissed.

9/1

3

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Giovinco

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Strong traveller who has won two small-field handicaps this season but Stay Away Fay had too much for him in 3m Sandown Grade 2 on soft ground in December; pulled up in Kauto Star at Kempton later that month on his other attempt at Graded level; playing for minor honours unless his form takes a leap forward.

20/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 21331P

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in Grade 1 at Aintree just 12 days ago but soft ground may not have suited; he was a clear third in a Grade 2 at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and, with that form having received major boosts from the first two, he's a leading player if bouncing back now returned to better ground.

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6th

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 166y

Class 3

15:20 Cheltenham

Hurricane Bay

11st 8lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Dual novice hurdle winner last season (2m5f/3m) and placed in Doncaster Grade 2 (3m, good) in between; probably bumped into a very good one when second in Perth Listed race in April, and his handicap mark ought to be workable on this chasing debut.

8/1

2nd

5

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 1

15:00 Perth

Hurricane Bay

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

led but pestered, joined 8th, led again after 3 out, joined 2 out, soon ridden and headed, no extra run-in

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 811241

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Two-time bumper winner (including on good to soft ground) who was winning for the second time over hurdles when getting up late in a handicap at Naas (2m3f, soft) last month; others have better form but this step up in trip could prompt further improvement and he's a possible.

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4th

3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 150y

15:20 Down Royal

Carnfunnock

11st 12lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders, prominent 2nd, briefly led after 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened run-in

10/1

10th

9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Carnfunnock

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Four-time winner at up to 2m3f; career-best RPR came when third over 3m last season so the this far will be fine, and cheekpieces are added after failing to give it his best shot last time at 2m; not on an impossible mark by any means.

10/1

6th

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:55 Kelso

Carnfunnock

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Has won over 2m and 2m3f and was a creditable third in a 3m Perth novice in April; decent fifth in a 2m3f Listed handicap at Navan on latest start; each-way chance but this sharp 2m may not be ideal.

5/2

Form: 2-1121 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Made it 3-5 over hurdles when narrowly prevailing in a Grade 2 novice at Haydock (3m, good to soft) in February last time out; now carries a 5lb penalty against some very interesting rivals but this progressive stayer could have more to offer for his top trainer and holds solid claims.

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2nd

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Makinyourmindup

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second run over fences was disappointing but he's come back with wins in two small-field handicaps over 2m7f at Newbury (again on heavy); raised another 5lb but he's on the up and today's extra yardage may well help.

13/8

1st

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Makinyourmindup

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second run over fences was disappointing but he responded two months later with improved form to win a five-runner handicap over C&D (again on heavy); switching back to a left-handed track may have helped that day; up 3lb but still looks the sort with more to offer.

11/4

1st

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Makinyourmindup

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Looked a smart prospect when winning Haydock Grade 2 novice hurdle (3m, good to soft) 12 months ago; hasn't lived up to that billing, although he made a satisfactory chasing debut when fourth in Exeter handicap (3m, good to soft) in November; jumped left and finished tired in very testing conditions at Leicester next time; not one to write off just yet, especially as switching back to a left-handed track (all three wins) could suit.

4/1

Form: 3-2112 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won two consecutive novice hurdles this winter (2m4f/2m3f, good to soft/soft) before a near-miss on handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) last month; this 3m point runner-up rallied in the closing stages last time and there's every chance he'll be suited by this step up in trip; respected.

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5th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Hitching Jacking

10st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Below the best of his hurdle form in three runs over fences and failed to quash stamina doubts over this far when a weakening third last time at Kempton (3m, good to soft); Dan Skelton happy to persevere with this trip, however, and he's on a perfectly good mark.

6/1

Form: 1

Last run: 93 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Easily won a British maiden point (2m5f, heavy) last November on his second start and also impressive when winning a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in January; goes up in grade today but he comfortably beat a solid yardstick last time and possesses considerable potential; one to consider.

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1st

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Regal Blue

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has produced shockers in two of his last three starts but he won the race in between over 2m4f on heavy at Haydock when coming clear at the finish; this far shouldn't be an issue provided his jumping stands the test.

10/1

1

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

Regal Blue

12st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has somewhat mixed record this season but came good over fences with clearcut success at Haydock (2m4f, heavy) last month and could have untapped potential over today's longer trip if in the right mood again.

3/1

1st

3

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Regal Blue

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Disappointing at Lingfield (3m5f, soft) four weeks ago, when beaten before stamina may have been an issue; however, prior to that he stayed on strongly for a good second over this C&D (heavy) on his second chase start and he's a player if tapping back into that promise.

3/1

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Payout
Exacta £619.00
Straight Forecast £526.40
Trifecta £2319.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Regal Blue

SPOTLIGHT:

Hurricane Bay

POSTDATA:

Hitching Jacking

The Star:

Giovinco

Daily Mail:

Carnfunnock

The Guardian:

Hitching Jacking

RP Ratings:

Hurricane Bay

TOPSPEED:

Hurricane Bay

Telegraph:

Regal Blue

D Express:

Regal Blue

Daily Mirror:

Regal Blue