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bet365 Select Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £45560
  • 2m 5f 110y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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bet365 Select Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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11/4 (Won)

Form: -11423 C BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Listed bumper winner on soft ground in 2020; landed the valuable novices' handicap on this card a year ago and resumed with another two wins in the autumn, the latter in a Wincanton Grade 2 (1m7f, good to firm); his improvement seems to have levelled off since the turn of the year but he didn't run badly when third at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in February and should be fine over today's trip.

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

1st

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Knappers Hill

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, prominent, disputed lead 7th, good jump and led clearly 5 out, pushed along before 2 out, went clear approaching last, easily

4/6

2nd

3

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Chepstow

Knappers Hill

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, outpaced after 5 out, soon hung left, went second after 4 out, kept on run-in, not pace to challenge

4/5

1st

2

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:00 Sandown

Knappers Hill

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Listed bumper winner on soft ground in 2020; landed the valuable novices' handicap on this card a year ago and resumed with another two wins in the autumn, the latter in a Wincanton Grade 2 (1m7f, good to firm); his improvement seems to have levelled off since the turn of the year but he didn't run badly when third at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in February and should be fine over today's trip.

11/4

3/1

Form: -31235 C

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Enigmatic 7yo who is very smart when on song, as he reminded us when keeping on stoutly for Grade 2 win at Ascot (2m3f, good; slow ground probably suits even better) in November; this season has been a very mixed bag, including two disappointing chase runs and a 39l defeat at Fontwell on his latest outing, but returning to a right-handed track will be very much in his favour today; impossible to rule out.

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

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

Goshen

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Notoriously quirky but is a talented hurdler when on song; nowhere near best in Graded contests this term and now gives chasing another shot; disappointing in both attempts over fences but this represents a big drop in class off a very attractive mark; good chance provided he's on a going day.

5/1

3rd

1

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Goshen

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

pressed leader, dropped to last but in touch with leaders after 5th, outpaced before 2 out, went third run-in, no match for first two

8/1

9th

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Goshen

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

A prolific winner but rarely the easiest to predict; going right-handed suits him well (dual Ascot winner) but hasn't been at his best under either code of late and failed to uphold his good Sandown record when last of four in the recent Fighting Fifth (cheekpieces tried there soon removed); was in better form when dividing Paisley Park and Champ in the rearranged version of this 12 months ago (Kempton) on his only previous attempt at 3m.

40/1

Form: 1-U316 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

5-9 over hurdles; looked in excellent nick when easily winning Warwick Listed race (2m5f, good) in February then ran about as well as could have been expected in last month's Grade 1 mares' hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft); not yet fully exposed and well worth her place in this line-up.

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

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Glory

11st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

pressed leaders

100/1

5th

4

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:35 Doncaster

Theatre Glory

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful at up to 2m5f and has Graded form; running respectably when final-flight faller in Cheltenham handicap most recently; some of her relatives have 3m form and she shapes accordingly; interesting upped in distance.

11/2

0

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Theatre Glory

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won here in April 2022 and creditable sixth of nine when 50-1 in the Grade 1 Mares' Hurdle here (2m4f, soft) this March; not disgraced on Ascot reappearance, despite being only third of five as favourite, but might not be well enough handicapped to win this.

5/1

Form: 5-1218 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

High-class staying hurdler who took well to fences towards end of last year, notably when winning Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) on Boxing Day; disappointed at Cheltenham last month (reportedly lost his jumping confidence) but has very good chance at the weights on today's return to hurdling and is versatile regarding ground.

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

4th

6

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 1

14:25 Wetherby

Thyme Hill

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, ridden 3 out, no extra approaching last

7/4

4th

5

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:00 Sandown

Thyme Hill

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

High-class staying hurdler who took well to fences towards end of last year, notably when winning Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton (3m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) on Boxing Day; disappointed at Cheltenham last month (reportedly lost his jumping confidence) but has very good chance at the weights on today's return to hurdling and is versatile regarding ground.

5/2

8th

10

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 80y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Thyme Hill

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

High-class staying hurdler whose belated switch to fences kicked up a gear in first-time cheekpieces last time when landing Grade 1 Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day (3m, soft); plenty of his rivals fluffed their lines that day and he needs to back up the performance jumping-wise (has been hesitant on occasions) but his ability cannot be doubted.

8/1

Form: -12520 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Won this race in 2018 and has posted some good efforts in competitive handicaps this season, winning at Kempton (2m5f, good) and twice second over 2m7f here (soft/good to soft); struggled at Cheltenham last month and is not as good as he was, but it won't be a surprise if he gives a good account.

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

12th

2

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Call Me Lord

11st 13lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nicky Henderson

midfield, outpaced 2 out, weakened quickly approaching last

20/1

6th

1

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Call Me Lord

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nicky Henderson

Dual Grade 2 hurdle winner in his prime and still performing at a pretty high level, most recently when keeping on stoutly from an unpromising position to lead on run-in at Hereford (2m3f, good) three weeks ago; that form is treated with a degree of caution but he's only 1lb higher here and looks well worth another crack at a staying trip.

7/1

1st

1

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 2

13:35 Hereford

Call Me Lord

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Dual Grade 2 hurdle winner in his prime and still performing at a pretty high level last season, most notably when second off today's mark in valuable Sandown handicap (2m7f, good to soft) in February; today's trip/ground combination should also suit; contender if fully tuned up after break.

7/2

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Payout
Straight Forecast £237.90

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Knappers Hill

SPOTLIGHT:

Thyme Hill

Telegraph:

Theatre Glory

POSTDATA:

Goshen

TOPSPEED:

Call Me Lord

D Express:

Theatre Glory

Daily Mirror:

Theatre Glory

The Guardian:

Knappers Hill

The Star:

Knappers Hill

Daily Record:

Knappers Hill

Daily Mail:

Goshen

RP Ratings:

Thyme Hill

The Times:

Thyme Hill

The Sun:

Thyme Hill

LAMBOURN:

Call Me Lord