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Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5016.95
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Invest Southwest Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 6-0P31 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Off the mark at the seventh attempt over hurdles when justifying favouritism in a big-field handicap over C&D (good to soft) two weeks ago; up 10lb but he surged 9l clear under David Prichard last time and is open to more improvement; big player.

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5th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Phoenix Risen

11st 11lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won this 12 months ago (good to soft) and he followed up two weeks later, again here (soft); didn't show a lot back from a break at Newbury but could leave that running behind and he's on a perfectly good mark.

9/1

14

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Phoenix Risen

10st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Taunton winner who went close at Fontwell on his penultimate run last summer but he's fairly exposed now and has an uninspiring record when fresh; looks opposable upped in grade after 249 days off.

20/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: -44UU3

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Went the wrong way after last winter's 1m7f maiden win and chasing didn't really go to plan this season but he took a big step back in the right direction when third over hurdles at Wincanton (2m5f, good) last time; on same mark here and has claims if he can build on that back in trip.

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3rd

6

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Great Ocean

11st 7lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a soft-ground maiden here in 2022 and a handicap at Hereford (2m3f, good; under Joe Anderson) last November; heavy ground may have been too much here on penultimate start but he also needs to perform better than at Market Rasen last time.

16/1

6th

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

15:32 Market Rasen

Great Ocean

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Won at Hereford (2m3f, good) last month and heavy ground may have been too much at Wincanton a fortnight ago; effective on soft; not ruled out.

9/1

8th

7

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Great Ocean

11st 2lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

disputed lead, lost position but in touch with leaders from 2nd

4/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: -3735B C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Well treated judged on his two wins (2m/2m3f) as a novice last season but he's yet to hit top gear this term; brought down early on at Chepstow two weeks ago but that was after a heavy defeat at Haydock and he needs a major revival back at this trip.

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2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Kingofthewest

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

raced in second, fell 3rd

5/2

2nd

4

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Kingofthewest

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

prominent, left in third 9th, stayed on run-in, went third towards finish, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 113-6P CD BF

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 5yo; won in good style on stable/hurdle debut over C&D (good to soft) last spring but well held in next two runs before pulled up in a Chepstow handicap in February; with top yard and still unexposed but has some questions to answer; tongue-tie reapplied, having been used in his French days.

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2nd

7

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Inca De Lafayette

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Not sure what happened two runs back but he's won his other two races this season and it was fairly straightforward over 2m3f here last time (soft); only 4lb higher, won't mind dropping back in trip and he won his French bumper on heavy.

11/4

1st

9

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Inca De Lafayette

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has very mixed record during seven-race hurdling career and needs to bounce back from a poor run in November, but looked in very good nick when winning on seasonal debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in October and should be fine on today's slower ground.

7/1

14/1

Form: 066366 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Creditable third of 17 in a Doncaster handicap (2m, good) in January but he's not hit the same level in his two runs since and is now 0-14; others are more persuasive.

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3rd

6

(10)

20th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 5

17:50 Doncaster

Clay

9st 12lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Neil King

took keen hold, disputed lead, raced in second after 1f, shaken up when led under 3f out, ridden when headed 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

14/1

2nd

2

(4)

9th May 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

15:25 Lingfield (AW)

Clay

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Neil King

Maiden on Flat for Richard Hannon and over hurdles (modest form) for current yard; runner-up twice over C&D in early 2021 but has seemingly regressed overall; others preferred.

12/1

5th

9

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

18:25 Taunton

Clay

10st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Creditable third of 17 in a Doncaster handicap (2m, good) in January but he's not hit the same level in his two runs since and is now 0-14; others are more persuasive.

14/1

Form: 245662 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

His last hurdle win was off 1lb higher at Huntingdon (2m) last April and he got back near his best when runner-up in the same race (under Elizabeth Gale) 17 days ago; that was a bold bid after a break and he's respected; both wins have come on good ground but last run was on good to soft.

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3rd

2

(3)

6th Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Chelmsford (AW)

Coolnaugh Haze

9st 12lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: James Owen

in touch with leaders, outpaced but went third inside final furlong, no match for first two

10/1

7th

7

(3)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Coolnaugh Haze

9st 8lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: James Owen

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

12/1

5th

2

(5)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 5

16:05 Southwell (AW)

Coolnaugh Haze

9st 9lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

soon disputed lead, lost position 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

11/4

OUR TIP

Form: P58411

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Took a while to get off the mark but he won a maiden hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in February and followed up in a handicap over same C&D (good to soft) last month; 4lb higher in this deeper race but he's open to more progress and is a key player in his hat-trick bid.

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8th

13

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Universal Secret

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Helen Nelmes

Won off 7lb higher last year when beating John Betjeman at Wincanton (good to soft), after which he was well beaten in this race; hasn't rediscovered his touch this campaign following wind surgery.

14/1

4

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:05 Wincanton

Universal Secret

11st 9lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

Won back-to-back C&D hurdles this time last year (good/good to soft), the latter when 7lb higher; had wind surgery after his next start but has been nowhere near best since; well treated if he revives.

14/1

Form: -41217 D BF

Last run: 153 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Won handicaps at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) and Wincanton (1m7f, good) in the autumn and had an excuse when upped to 2m3f in final run last year; returns from 153 days off but yard is in good form and he could resume his progress back at this trip; dangerous.

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0

4

9th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

17:15 Market Rasen

Cornicello

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

held up in last, detached throughout, pulled up before 3 out, never going well

14/1

4th

3

16th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

19:20 Fontwell

Cornicello

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Can be considered on his two wins last autumn but hasn't found that form in a pair of starts this spring; last of four at Ffos Las 20 days ago and blinkers now fitted in an attempt to perk him up.

10/1

4th

3

27th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:25 Ffos Las

Cornicello

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, ridden and outpaced 3f out, weakened 2f out

9/2

Form: 611-P6 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Ended 2021 with 2m handicap wins on slow ground at Lingfield and Sandown but, after 14 months off, he's struggled in both runs this year; now only 2lb higher than for last win but he needs to turn things around.

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6

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

16:25 Plumpton

Naturally High

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Paddy Butler

held up in rear

16/1

6th

5

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:15 Chepstow

Naturally High

11st 7lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Paddy Butler

Forced a dead-heat at Fontwell on Boxing Day (2m3f, good to soft) but well held the next time, finishing tailed off in new cheekpieces on his last run for Gary Moore; on a fair mark for new yard and handles soft.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £346.00
Straight Forecast £357.70
Tricast £2308.00
Trifecta £3112.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Phoenix Risen

The Times:

Universal Secret

RP Ratings:

Coolnaugh Haze

Telegraph:

Cornicello

TOPSPEED:

Kingofthewest

POSTDATA:

Phoenix Risen

WEST COUNTRY:

Phoenix Risen

Daily Mail:

Phoenix Risen

D Express:

Phoenix Risen

Daily Mirror:

Phoenix Risen

Daily Record:

Phoenix Risen

The Guardian:

Universal Secret

The Sun:

Universal Secret

The Star:

Universal Secret