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16:50 Worcester

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  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 23213- D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Often leads; first handicap win over 2m3f at Fontwell in March (soft) and didn't seem inconvenienced when returned to 1m7f and close up at Wincanton later that month; in a good run of form and unlikely to be far away.

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4th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Sambezi

11st 5lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Oliver Signy

Only 3lb higher than when a 17l winner of a 2m4f good-ground handicap at Worcester last May; beaten about 15l in all four races this season and clearly needs to find a bit from somewhere.

8/1

5th

5

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

15:07 Fakenham

Sambezi

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Oliver Signy

Two hurdle wins at about 2m4f last spring, on soft and good; below that level this winter and still 5lb higher than his latest win but he ran up against one who was well ahead of his mark (now 15lb higher) at Plumpton in February and that won't be the case today; on the premises.

9/4

2nd

4

12th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

16:15 Plumpton

Sambezi

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Oliver Signy

pressed leader

16/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 2P614-

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Usually leads; had run some good races at this trip before returning to 2m3f and breaking her duck at Warwick (soft); couldn't repeat the form when ridden more patiently at Wincanton last month and likely to have competition for the lead today.

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0

1

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

20:45 Worcester

Cluain Aodha

12st 0lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

Scored off 2lb lower at Warwick (2m3f, soft) in March, after a break, but hasn't really kicked on from that success; worth another crack at this sort of trip but needs to up her game.

10/1

4th

5

8th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:20 Uttoxeter

Cluain Aodha

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Hasn't progressed from his win at Warwick in March (2m3f, soft) and will need to hurdle with greater fluency than back there last time; one or two others appeal more.

10/1

5th

5

24th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Warwick

Cluain Aodha

11st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Returned to form to win here (2m3f, soft) in March but hasn't built on that performance on her two starts since (albeit she made the frame both times); will be fine on today's ground but needs to find extra to overcome current mark.

11/2

13/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 31711- D

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Won last three starts at about this trip on officially good ground, beating subsequent winners each time; up a further 5lb for the latest narrow win at Taunton in February but he keeps pulling out extra when needed; slight fitness query to answer and forecast rain is no plus.

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3rd

12

8th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Worcester

Almost Gotaway

11st 2lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Won last three starts at about this trip on officially good ground, beating subsequent winners each time; up a further 5lb for the latest narrow win at Taunton in February but he keeps pulling out extra when needed; slight fitness query to answer and forecast rain is no plus.

13/2

1st

1

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Almost Gotaway

12st 2lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Said to have found good to soft going too slow at Market Rasen two starts ago but has won either side of that and did well to beat a penalised improver (who's now 7lb higher) on good ground over C&D 14 days ago; an 8lb higher mark might not be enough to stop him.

4/1

1st

4

7th Feb 2023

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:00 Taunton

Almost Gotaway

11st 6lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Improved form when making all in the second of two handicaps, at Wincanton in November (2m4f, good); much less effective back on good to soft at Market Rasen on Boxing Day so this surface may not be ideal either.

7/1

Form: 47/86-

Last run: 295 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

One standout run over hurdles in Ireland, when fourth in a big field for Limerick maiden in late 2021 (heavy); not nearly as good after, including over fences in July, and two runs in Irish points since didn't suggest a turnaround; worth market check on handicap debut for new yard.

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5

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

15:05 Ffos Las

Highlander Casseul

11st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Tailed off when trying fences once in Ireland; mostly disappointing for this yard but was third in a 2m1f heavy-ground handicap hurdle at Fontwell in December so the ability is there; hard to trust nonetheless.

20/1

9th

7

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Highlander Casseul

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Took big step back in right direction when third of six at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) in December but was quickly back in the doldrums on next outing; needs last month's wind op to have made a big difference.

25/1

0

5

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Plumpton

Highlander Casseul

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

led

7/1

Form: 61P69- D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Beat two finishers in a Stratford seller for previous connections in October (2m2f, good) but not yet found his feet for new connections, including back on good ground at Warwick 11 days ago.

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5

6th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Warwick

Floating Rock

11st 11lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Michael Gates

towards rear

25/1

6th

2

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

13:40 Stratford

Floating Rock

12st 0lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Michael Gates

Won 2m2f seller here in autumn 2022 but soundly beaten in four handicaps since joining current stable; untested beyond about 2m5f and has fitness to prove after 349-day absence; look elsewhere.

40/1

5th

11

8th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Worcester

Floating Rock

11st 2lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Michael Gates

Beat two finishers in a Stratford seller for previous connections in October (2m2f, good) but not yet found his feet for new connections, including back on good ground at Warwick 11 days ago.

50/1

Form: FFPP8- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Well treated on 2m3f Chepstow win in February 2022 (soft) but had a terrible time over fences and hurdles since back from a break in November; now goes in cheekpieces after dropping right out at Wincanton recently.

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9th

1

1st Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:35 Killarney

The Street

12st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: E McNamara

Chepstow handicap hurdle winner on soft ground for Emma Lavelle; lost his way subsequently and sold for 7,000 GBP; yard debut.

25/1

2

8th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Worcester

The Street

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Well treated on 2m3f Chepstow win in February 2022 (soft) but had a terrible time over fences and hurdles since back from a break in November; now goes in cheekpieces after dropping right out at Wincanton recently.

14/1

8th

12

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

The Street

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Scored off today's mark on last season's handicap debut (2m3f, soft) but fell at first fence in both chases in the autumn and was pulled up on both subsequent hurdling starts (3m2f/3m1f); may benefit from today's drop back in trip but it takes a leap of faith to support him.

14/1

Form: 86285-

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; didn't have the stamina for 3m on soft when making handicap debut at Newbury in March but fared much better when a close fifth at Wincanton recently (2m5f, good to soft); not far away in this lower grade.

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2nd

6

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

20:05 Warwick

Way Out

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Syd Hosie

Not quite at his best over hurdles a fortnight ago, after a break, but was placed in Class 3 handicap chases at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) and Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) in the autumn and that form makes him of strong interest.

7/1

6th

5

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

17:40 Chepstow

Way Out

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

Won three in a row over hurdles (2m2f-2m5f) last spring/summer then made pretty good start to chasing career in the autumn; further progress is possible but has fitness to prove after layoff and may find 2m a bit sharp.

12/1

7th

9

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 2

12:30 Newbury

Way Out

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly 5th, headed 4 out

15/2

Form: P5412- D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

In excellent form under Harry Atkins, off the mark at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft; acts on soft) before losing his lead late in a higher grade at Cheltenham recently where he showed plenty of fight; back up 2lb but still on handy mark.

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2nd

2

9th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Samtara

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, prominent before 14th

3/1

4th

3

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Samtara

11st 11lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

2m3f hurdle winner (good to soft) last spring; well-held fourth here latest but could give him a chance based on his Hereford fourth prior to that; not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.

7/1

4th

2

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Samtara

11st 13lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

In good form over hurdles last spring and he's well treated on that form; however, this 10yo hasn't been at his best this season, including back in a chase last time, and he's never really convinced over fences.

11/1

Form: 11123- D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Chancing his arm at 3m2f didn't come off last month but previously in fine form this year, winning first four starts at about 2m5f (heavy and good to soft) then running at least as well in defeat at Chepstow in March; should go well again if latest run hasn't taken the sting out of him.

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5

8th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Worcester

Barrier Peaks

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Chancing his arm at 3m2f didn't come off last month but previously in fine form this year, winning first four starts at about 2m5f (heavy and good to soft) then running at least as well in defeat at Chepstow in March; should go well again if latest run hasn't taken the sting out of him.

11/2

3rd

4

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

3m 2f 105y

Class 4

13:50 Newton Abbot

Barrier Peaks

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

prominent in chasing group

11/4

2nd

3

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Barrier Peaks

11st 13lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

midfield

9/4

Form: 2/8F1-

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Fell two out in a better race at Chepstow (2m3f) than the maiden he won at Wincanton since (1m7f, good) where he still looked inexperienced but had something in reserve; ordinary form but he should progress.

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6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

15:50 Stratford

Boom Boom

10st 10lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Rob Summers

£7,000 buy in January having won a 1m7f Wincanton maiden for Nicky Henderson in April 2023; disappointing on both starts after that; tried in a tongue-tie for stable/chase debut.

33/1

0

9

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:15 Kempton

Boom Boom

10st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Comfortably won run-of-the-mill maiden hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in April but was pulled up on handicap debut the following month and made disappointing chase debut four weeks ago; now sports blinkers; Nico de Boinville evidently prefers Touchy Feely.

14/1

Form: 78650- CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Multiple winner who hasn't been doing well since returning to hurdles after unseating over fences in August, including in a similar grade to this two starts ago; becoming well treated but looks one to watch for now.

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5th

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:37 Sedgefield

Dr Sanderson

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders

4/1

4th

3

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

15:00 Catterick

Dr Sanderson

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Back from break with three heavy defeats this autumn; lurks on a dangerous mark and may revive at some stage but it's probably wise to wait for some encouraging signals from the market.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £534.00
Straight Forecast £441.70
Tricast £1719.60
Trifecta £2350.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Samtara

Telegraph:

Boom Boom

WEST COUNTRY:

Almost Gotaway

POSTDATA:

Cluain Aodha

Daily Mail:

Boom Boom

D Express:

Boom Boom

The Sun:

Boom Boom

The Star:

Boom Boom

The Times:

Almost Gotaway

RP RATINGS:

Samtara

TOPSPEED:

Samtara

The Guardian:

Samtara

Daily Mirror:

Samtara

Daily Record:

Samtara