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Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7736.66
  • 2m 0f 48y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 1/811- D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Progressing well of late, winning at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and Newcastle (2m1f, heavy); nudged up another 4lb but open to further improvement and may well complete a hat-trick.

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4th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Fingals Hill

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out

6/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

16:35 Carlisle

Fingals Hill

11st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Peter Atkinson

raced in third, went second before 2 out, chased clear leader before last, kept on but no impression run-in

9/2

5th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Fingals Hill

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

Won three in a row in the spring (2m-2m3f, various ground) and completed a four-timer at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on last month's comeback; he's better than he showed at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago but needs to leave that performance well behind here.

18/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 31375- CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Dual 2m novice hurdle winner (including here); hasn't built on those wins as expected, although he might have needed the run (first for over six months) when 20l fifth of seven at Newcastle three weeks ago; one of two runners for Rebecca Menzies.

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1st

2

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

12:05 Catterick

Onward Route

11st 7lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, steady headway on outer from 8th, not fluent last (usual 2 out), ridden and stayed on run-in, led towards finish, won going away

12/1

4th

3

27th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:55 Perth

Onward Route

11st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Below form when tried in cheekpieces last month but quickly back on track with keeping-on fifth at Hexham (2m4f, good; behind City Derby) three weeks ago; versatile regarding ground and recent 2lb drop helps; no surprise if he features.

10/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: /1114- D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Improver of late both on the Flat and over hurdles, winning five races in total between December and March; a fourth place at Musselburgh last time (2m1f, good to soft) came in a warm contest and he's one to take seriously in these shallower waters.

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6th

1

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Russian Virtue

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has won three of his last four hurdle starts, the latest a match at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft; winner on soft) in December; goes off an untouched mark here and a good recent run on the AW bodes well.

13/2

4th

3

(4)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 6

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Russian Virtue

9st 8lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Rebecca Menzies

Disappointed at Wolverhampton on his return to the Flat 11 weeks ago but he'd been in rude health over hurdles beforehand; has two C&D wins on his record but others are more appealing in today's field.

5/1

Form: 115P0- CD

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Productive in 2022, winning five times from 2m to 2m4f; ended last season in a lull and needs to rediscover his spark, but returning to Hexham (3-3 here) could be just what he needs; not dismissed lightly.

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No Results Found

Form: 65637- D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Veteran; last success came in December 2020; now 25lb lower but he was last of the seven finishers at Carlisle (four wins there) four weeks ago and this trip is probably on the sharp side for him as well; cheekpieces on.

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1st

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

made virtually all

16/1

3rd

1

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Snapped a long losing run when in front at Hexham last month (2m, good) and probably ran to the same level when third back there over 2m4f 19 days ago; exposed but in form and should run well back in a Class 4.

3/1

Form: /2521- D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Off mark at eighth attempt under rules when justifying favouritism in Taunton maiden (2m, heavy) in March; may need some improvement as he moves into handicaps but he's relatively low-mileage and commands respect.

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3rd

1

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

12:35 Stratford

Donnie Azoff

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

led

7/4

4th

5

3rd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:55 Southwell

Donnie Azoff

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Dual 2m hurdle winner this year; beaten in three small-field chases in between but ran well on two occasions; seemed to stay 2m5f (over hurdles) two starts ago; not out of this if suited by the step up to 3m.

9/2

1st

1

9th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

15:05 Stratford

Donnie Azoff

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

jumped slightly right throughout, made all, kept on well from last, ridden out

7/2

Form: /0P77- D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Useful at his best in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien but has beaten just one rival in four outings for current yard; carries obvious risks but his mark is in freefall and he's not one to give up on just yet.

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8th

10

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 2

14:40 Cartmel

Band Of Outlaws

10st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders

12/1

3

20th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:45 Bangor-on-Dee

Band Of Outlaws

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Beat one rival in first four starts for this stable but was still sent off favourite at Hexham two weeks ago; didn't look very keen in finishing seventh there and cheekpieces now replaced by first-time visor; nothing like the force of old but trainer in blazing form, which counts.

6/1

7th

1

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 3

20:40 Hexham

Band Of Outlaws

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Ben Haslam

Useful at his best in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien but has beaten just one rival in four outings for current yard; carries obvious risks but his mark is in freefall and he's not one to give up on just yet.

12/1

Form: 29505- D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a Kelso chase last autumn but has suffered heavy defeats in four runs since; falling in the weights but excuses are wearing thin.

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6th

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 150y

19:55 Downpatrick

Gladiatorial

12st 0lb

J: Mr O McGill

T: Noel C Kelly

midfield, good headway and went second before 9th

15/2

5th

1

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 100y

18:50 Downpatrick

Gladiatorial

11st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Noel C Kelly

midfield, headway when not fluent 3 out, no impression approaching last

2/1

Form: 21192- CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Durable 11yo with seven wins to his name, the latest at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft; good course record) in February; again ran well there when last seen four weeks ago and he could be in the money once more.

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11

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Applaus

10st 6lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Micky Hammond

prominent early, in touch with leaders before 3rd

25/1

6th

6

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

13:55 Carlisle

Applaus

11st 1lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Dual C&D winner last season (soft/good to soft), and was placed off 10lb higher on the outer track here (2m1f, soft) in November; impossible to rule out but has become unreliable and was safely held here twice last month.

25/1

3rd

5

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Carlisle

Applaus

11st 9lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

raced wide, led

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 64U28- D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

May not have stayed 2m3f in the mud on his most recent outing and he comes into the reckoning on his close second to Applaus at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft) the time before; could have a say.

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5th

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Vocal Duke

12st 0lb

J: Leah Noreci

T: James Moffatt

Last win was off 6lb higher at Cartmel in June 2022 (2m1f, soft); inconsistent form this term, but chance on his second to a subsequent winner at Carlisle in October (2m1f, heavy) when wearing cheekpieces for the first time (retained).

9/2

5th

6

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:25 Newcastle

Vocal Duke

11st 10lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

No longer as good as he was but seemed to respond well to first-tme cheekpieces when creditable second at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last month and has obvious claims here if the headgear continues to have a positive effect.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £245.00
Straight Forecast £247.40
Tricast £2518.30
Trifecta £2291.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Donnie Azoff

D Express:

Russian Virtue

POSTDATA:

Onward Route

TOPSPEED:

Captain Zebo

The Guardian:

Applaus

The Star:

Donnie Azoff

Daily Record:

Donnie Azoff