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Carlsberg Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3406.24
  • 2m 7f 70y
  • Class 5
  • 17 runners
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Carlsberg Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £29.80
  • Place: £5.00

Form: 85465-

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Yet to be placed after seven hurdle starts but kept on well in closing stages when fifth of 18 at Exeter (2m7f, good) last month and is effectively 2lb lower here; not ruled out.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

15:32 Chepstow

Elfride

10st 2lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Richard Phillips

Sole success came in lower grade last May and her subsequent form, which includes a few non-completions, leaves plenty to be desired; nearly a stone out of the weights; opposed.

40/1

13

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

14:17 Hereford

Elfride

10st 4lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Richard Phillips

Won over 2m7f at Uttoxeter (good to soft) last May and has hopes if finding that form again.

16/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: PP56-4 D

Last run: 5 days

W: 10st 8lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Failed to complete all four chases last season; has posted some very respectable efforts since reverting to hurdling this spring but younger rivals appeal more all the same.

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10th

12

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Loch Garman Aris

10st 8lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Creditable second of 17 here (2m7f, good to soft) last May but this teenager has struggled in both runs this winter and he remains without a win since 2021.

25/1

8th

13

17th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell

Loch Garman Aris

10st 7lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

towards rear

20/1

6th

7

8th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Warwick

Loch Garman Aris

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Veteran who has never won over hurdles but who finished a good second of 17 at Uttoxeter when last seen in May; has tended to need an outing in recent seasons but repeat of that effort would put him firmly in this.

13/2

16/1

  • Place: £5.00

Form: 75047-

Last run: 207 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Gave fairly good account when fourth at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) in September but not seen since a lesser effort the following month and now 0-10 over hurdles.

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7th

7

3rd Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:30 Worcester

Tre A Peni

10st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

0-14 over hurdles but belied 28-1 odds when third to Dynamic Kate and Rubys Reward from out of the weights over C&D (good) last month; effectively 1lb lower today; obvious each-way claims if in similar form again.

13/2

3rd

11

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

20:45 Worcester

Tre A Peni

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Third off lowly marks on consecutive starts in May (2m7f/3m) but well beaten when tried in a visor six weeks ago and now 0-13 over hurdles; usual blinkers back on today; 9lb out of the weights.

14/1

7th

9

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

20:40 Uttoxeter

Tre A Peni

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

prominent, jumped slightly right 5th

8/1

OUR TIP

8/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 4507-

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner in spring 2022; soundly beaten in three novice/maiden hurdles last season (2m-2m3f) but makes his handicap debut in a low-grade event and ought to be suited by the step up in trip; no surprise if he gets more competitive this time.

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1st

5

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Townhill

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

soon led, headed but prominent after 1st, pushed along disputing second home turn, keeping on and 1 length down when left in lead 2 out, clear approaching last, kept on well, comfortably

3/1

4th

1

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Townhill

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Placed in first two handicaps (2m7f/2m5f) before making virtually all in first-time cheekpieces at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) last month; drew clear of the others with the runner-up there and a recent 5lb rise does not look excessive; high on the list.

11/4

1st

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:20 Doncaster

Townhill

11st 11lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Irish maiden point winner in March 2022; did his best work late in the day when fourth over nearly 3m at Uttoxeter (good to soft) in May on handicap debut and his rallying third of 15 over 2m6f at Taunton (soft) three weeks ago looked highly encouraging for this step back up in trip; cheekpieces are also enlisted; one for the shortlist.

5/1

Form: 448/4- BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Just a respectable fourth when favourite for recent stable debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) and now 0-7 over hurdles but that was his first run since January 2022 and today's longer trip will suit; could be dangerous if that recent outing has brought him on.

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7

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:28 Hereford

Dragoon Springs

10st 13lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

in touch with leaders

16/1

5th

8

6th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Uttoxeter

Dragoon Springs

11st 3lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Just a respectable fourth when favourite for recent stable debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) and now 0-7 over hurdles but that was his first run since January 2022 and today's longer trip will suit; could be dangerous if that recent outing has brought him on.

6/1

Form: 44842-

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

0-16 over hurdles; seemed to give pretty good account when second in Wetherby seller (2m3f, good to soft) for Mark Walford last month but has stamina to prove on today's stable debut; others preferred.

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3rd

6

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Astroman

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 3rd

12/1

4th

8

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

13:44 Wincanton

Astroman

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

Won twice over hurdles in the spring (2m6f/3m2f) and ran game race in defeat over fences here (3m1f, good) ten days ago but some of today's rivals have more potential and this drop back in trip may not be ideal; cheekpieces refitted.

5/1

2nd

2

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:52 Wincanton

Astroman

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Syd Hosie

Finally off the mark over hurdles with back-to-back wins this summer (maiden/handicap); has remained in decent form, though was soon switched back to hurdles after finishing last on chase debut four runs back.

11/2

16/1

Form: 0P04-

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Struggled to get competitive in three novice/maiden hurdles last season (2m-2m4f) but made fairly encouraging handicap debut when fourth at Ffos Las (3m, good; first-time cheekpieces) in March; now needs to build on that.

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4th

4

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

16:18 Fontwell

Ideallko

10st 13lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear, good headway before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, weakened from 2 out

9/4

2nd

8

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 5

15:50 Doncaster

Ideallko

10st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Evan Williams

Won at Ffos Las (2m) in October on second chase start and followed up at Plumpton (2m3f, also good to soft) eight days later; heavy ground may not have suited next time and he was keeping on well in a close third when falling at final fence at Sedgefield on Boxing Day; this unexposed 6yo could have more to offer but the ground may have gone against him.

9/2

Form: 15670-

Last run: 88 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Started off in handicaps with two very underwhelming 2m3f runs at Taunton in January/February; subsequent wind op might have made a difference, though, and her Irish point winner offers hope this trip will suit.

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10th

8

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

18:00 Uttoxeter

Tango Arumba

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Safely held in first two handicaps but ran considerably better than eventual 25l defeat might suggest here (2m7f, good to soft) last month, having led a field of 17 over the penultimate flight; drops back in trip with cheekpieces added today; one to consider.

7/1

8th

10

6th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Uttoxeter

Tango Arumba

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

prominent

20/1

10th

9

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:30 Taunton

Tango Arumba

10st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Soundly beaten on her three hurdle starts but this point and bumper winner now goes handicapping in a first-time tongue-tie off a lowly mark and it will be no surprise if she plays a part, especially if well backed.

7/1

Form: 44-

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Fair stayer on the Flat for Ralph Beckett last year (albeit a maiden); didn't achieve a great deal when fourth in two hurdles for new stable towards end of last season (2m/2m1f) but makes her handicap debut from a lowly mark and may benefit from today's step up in trip.

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7th

10

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:22 Market Rasen

Miss Blennerhasset

10st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Bit better for the cheekpieces when an 8l third over 2m4f here (good) four weeks ago; not sure to build on that and probably needs to.

16/1

3rd

10

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

14:55 Market Rasen

Miss Blennerhasset

10st 11lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Some fair form at staying trips for Ralph Beckett but it's been a modest start over hurdles and low-grade handicaps are more her scene; cheekpieces are new.

50/1

5th

8

23rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

14:10 Market Rasen

Miss Blennerhasset

10st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Fair stayer on the Flat for Ralph Beckett last year (albeit a maiden) but hasn't shown a great deal over hurdles for new stable this year; pulled up in 2m4f Hexham handicap three weeks ago and effectively on same mark from out of the weights here.

33/1

10/1

Form: 95P13-

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Came from very poor position for unlikely win at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) and was third under much more conventional circumstances at Perth (2m4f, soft) eight days ago; worth another go at this sort of trip; could have a say.

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4th

6

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

20:10 Uttoxeter

The Bandit

10st 13lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

No improvement since winning at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in April on third handicap start; kept plugging away last time at Fakenham (2m4f, good) but was only fifth of seven runners.

8/1

5th

5

4th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:00 Fakenham

The Bandit

10st 8lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

Won at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in April on third handicap start; of interest on that form but he's failed to replicate it the next twice.

12/1

10th

11

6th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Uttoxeter

The Bandit

10st 13lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

held up in rear

10/1

Form: P26P5-

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Runner-up twice over this trip at Fakenham last season, losing out only by a short head off today's mark in first-time cheekpieces on latter occasion; below form on recent outings, though, and needs today's headgear switch to give her a boost.

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5th

10

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:13 Huntingdon

Doireann

10st 9lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Maiden with placed form over hurdles; below par when last seen in early summer and she jumped moderately on her previous chase start; more new headgear tried.

20/1

11th

6

6th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Uttoxeter

Doireann

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Runner-up twice over this trip at Fakenham last season, losing out only by a short head off today's mark in first-time cheekpieces on latter occasion; below form on recent outings, though, and needs today's headgear switch to give her a boost.

14/1

5th

6

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Warwick

Doireann

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Runner-up here once last term; now a 12-race maiden under rules, with two close seconds at Fakenham (2m7f, good/good to soft) as this season's easily best efforts; pulled up on chase debut 13 days ago; this trip looks worth a go and there are no ground worries but she's been inconsistent.

14/1

Form: 66772-

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on handicap debut in January but fared much better when second of six at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in March and is open to further progress over today's longer trip.

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3rd

11

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Awesome Foursome

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Heavy-ground handicap hurdle winner (2m4f) who has run well in defeat on his last three starts (2m3f/2m5f); however, he's just 1-14 over hurdles and may be vulnerable to stronger stayers now back up in trip.

10/1

2nd

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

14:07 Huntingdon

Awesome Foursome

11st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a handicap off 5lb lower at Perth in September (2m4f, heavy) and mainly creditable efforts since then, last time finishing third over 2m5f at Hereford (soft); chance.

8/1

Form: /6900-

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Placed in three of his four bumpers in 2021-22 season but cut little ice over hurdles last term, most recently when well down the field on handicap debut in January (2m); tries a much longer trip today.

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0

4

10th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Worcester

Barnards Green

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, pushed along after 4 out

20/1

13th

7

6th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:50 Uttoxeter

Barnards Green

11st 5lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Placed in three of his four bumpers in 2021-22 season but cut little ice over hurdles last term, most recently when well down the field on handicap debut in January (2m); tries a much longer trip today.

25/1

14th

7

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

16:20 Doncaster

Barnards Green

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Placed in three of his four bumpers last season (all on good to soft); soundly beaten in three soft-ground maiden hurdles this term (2m-2m4f) but is back on a less testing surface for today's handicap debut and has plenty of scope for improvement.

10/1

Form: 26613-

Last run: 13 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Fair Flat-racer who made winning handicap hurdle debut at Plumpton (2m1f, soft) last month; subsequent Stratford third (2m2f, good to soft) was perfectly respectable, and today's hike up in trip is an interesting move.

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7th

7

10th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 5

15:50 Leicester

Embolden

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Clare Hobson

Yet to make any further progress since his winning handicap debut at Plumpton (2m1f, soft) last April and raced lazily in rear before eventually staying on for third there (2m, good to soft) last month; others preferred.

13/2

3rd

10

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

14:40 Plumpton

Embolden

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Clare Hobson

Didn't fire at Lingfield last month but made the frame three consecutive times (once over C&D) in September/October and is now 4lb lower than when winning here (2m1f, soft) in April; can't be ruled out.

8/1

7th

5

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 5

13:10 Lingfield

Embolden

11st 9lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

not fluent 3rd, awkward jump 2 out

6/1

Form: 06PU-

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Failed to complete the last two of his three hurdling starts but displayed some promise when sixth here (2m, good) on debut in January and remains very unexposed; well worth keeping an eye on in the betting.

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6th

7

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

12:55 Hereford

Hey Mister Dj

10st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled up in first two handicaps, both over 2m7f at Uttoxeter in May; remains unexposed and returns with a tongue-tie fitted but considered only if lively in the betting.

20/1

3

28th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

17:05 Uttoxeter

Hey Mister Dj

11st 0lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

towards rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 4th

20/1

Form: 9P97F-

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 7yo who looked set to make winning handicap debut at Plumpton last month until crumpling over just after penultimate flight; has to take a 4lb rise on the chin but remains of strong interest.

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1

26th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

Dear Ralphy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Form figures of 212 in staying handicap hurdles (good to soft or soft) after undergoing wind surgery and didn't take to fences at Wincanton last time; might not have any great margin for error off this mark but respected nonetheless.

15/8

0

4

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:00 Wincanton

Dear Ralphy

11st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

didn't jump well, prominent, bad mistake 2nd, overjumped 4th, bad mistake and fell 5th

3/1

Form: PP/P5-

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 61

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced when fifth of ten (beaten about 26l) on last month's handicap hurdle debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) and is effectively 8lb lower here but still needs to improve over today's longer trip.

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0

12

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

16:52 Market Rasen

Isla Diamonds

10st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Longstanding maiden under both codes and being out of the weights is no help.

50/1

8th

13

(1)

24th Jun 2023

Good

0m 7f 219y

Class 6

14:47 Redcar

Isla Diamonds

8st 11lb

J: Andrew Breslin

T: Mike Sowersby

held up in rear, pushed along 4f out, ridden and no impression from 3f out

50/1

6th

8

(2)

12th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 2f 5y

Class 6

20:00 Pontefract

Isla Diamonds

8st 9lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Mike Sowersby

Not disgraced by her standards at Redcar two weeks ago but is far from certain to build on that effort; now 0-18 and has a patchy record.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £2016.00
Straight Forecast £1607.20
Tricast £32441.10
Trifecta £13426.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dear Ralphy

Daily Mirror:

Awesome Foursome

RP RATINGS:

Loch Garman Aris

The Star:

Elfride

The Times:

Tango Arumba

D Express:

Townhill

POSTDATA:

Doireann

The Guardian:

Dragoon Springs

The Sun:

The Bandit

Telegraph:

Embolden

Daily Record:

Awesome Foursome

WEST COUNTRY:

Dear Ralphy

Daily Mail:

Dear Ralphy

TOPSPEED:

Loch Garman Aris