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15:35 Ludlow

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Welsh Guards Association Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 1m 7f 169y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Welsh Guards Association Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: /2133- CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Improved to make winning handicap debut over C&D (good) just under a year ago and returned from 11-month absence with encouraging third at Bangor three weeks ago; leading contender if that outing has brought him on.

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6

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Zucayan

11st 6lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Not his only win here when taking this 12 months ago on good ground off just 3lb lower; encouraging return from a layoff at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft) and the third in that race won earlier this week.

5/1

4th

6

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:42 Hereford

Zucayan

10st 11lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Lacks recent match practice (absent for nine months) and has something to prove in this scenario having gained both wins over 2m on good ground at Ludlow; not the percentage call.

10/1

0

1

20th Jul 2023

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

19:20 Worcester

Zucayan

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Both wins at Ludlow but has shown form elsewhere; only 4lb higher than for authoritative win in May and strong claims on that; slight concern that he hasn't been seen since but still plenty to like.

13/8

7/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3P3-

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Beaten at short odds on debut in October and was pulled up on next outing but his third at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in March was quite encouraging and he's open to significant improvement in handicaps.

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3rd

3

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Him Malaya

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only win was quite comfortable in a 1m7f soft-ground handicap at Wincanton last season; perhaps better again when third after a break at Kempton (2m, good) as he wasn't best positioned when the tempo increased; that run can be upgraded and he ran well in this 12 months ago, finishing second to Zucayan.

4/1

3rd

13

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Him Malaya

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, held up in rear, plenty to do 3 out, headway before 2 out, went third approaching last, kept on

12/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 74721- D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Delivered on earlier promise when winning Plumpton maiden (2m, soft) last month, his eighth start over hurdles; that form probably isn't anything to get too excited about, though, and he'll need a better performance in this handicap.

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4th

7

(3)

2nd May 2024

Heavy

1m 3f 197y

Class 4

18:50 Doncaster

Highland Frolic

8st 11lb

J: David Egan

T: Mark Rimell

chased clear leader, headway over 4f out, briefly disputed lead 3f out, weakened 2f out

20/1

0

4

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:35 Wincanton

Highland Frolic

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Milton Harris

towards rear

7/1

Form: 56626- D

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Clear second at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) last month, after a break, and may not have been suited by soft ground when slightly below that form two weeks later; still on a workable mark; no surprise if he features.

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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

Form: 18622- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won twice (once over C&D) during the winter and was back in good form last month, including when second to Scherbobalob over C&D (good to soft); probably doesn't hold any secrets from the handicapper but can make his presence felt again.

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5th

6

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Force De Frap

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Becoming ever more versatile, winter's Bangor and Ludlow wins being his first on soft or slower; handicapper has appeared to have his measure the last twice, a scruffy round of jumping latest notwithstanding.

7/1

5th

4

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Force De Frap

10st 13lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last

7/2

2nd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

15:50 Stratford

Force De Frap

11st 6lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

held up in rear

5/2

Form: 94U15- CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Didn't get home after racing too freely at Stratford three weeks ago and needs to put that run behind him but came good over hurdles with convincing C&D success two starts ago and has obvious claims if judged on that.

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8th

4

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Scherbobalob

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Off the mark when scoring over C&D (good to soft; 10-1) in April but he's not gone on from that and pulled up back here on his return last month; only 1lb higher than for his win but overall record now stands at 1-15 and others are more convincing.

14/1

0

9

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

17:41 Ludlow

Scherbobalob

11st 2lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Came good over hurdles with convincing C&D (good to soft) win in April but wasn't quite in same form on next two outings; has fitness to prove after 165-day absence and tends to race too freely; others appeal more.

12/1

6th

4

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Scherbobalob

11st 9lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Didn't get home after racing too freely at Stratford three weeks ago and needs to put that run behind him but came good over hurdles with convincing C&D success two starts ago and has obvious claims if judged on that.

10/1

Form: /1557- CD

Last run: 160 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Easily beat Zucayan to win C&D novice on this card a year ago (good ground) but ended last year with two very underwhelming handicap runs and struggled (albeit on soft ground) on the Flat last month, after a break; cheekpieces removed after one use; tends to race too freely; others look safer.

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6th

3

7th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

15:35 Newton Abbot

Fight For It

11st 10lb

J: Ned Fox

T: John O’Shea

Novice winner but unplaced in all four handicap efforts; bang there at Ludlow in the latest of them last month but faded out of contention; tends to race too freely and another whose chance may depend on the effect of a hood (worn for the first time over hurdles).

14/1

7th

8

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Fight For It

11st 3lb

J: Ned Fox

T: John O’Shea

Easily beat Zucayan to win C&D novice on this card a year ago (good ground) but ended last year with two very underwhelming handicap runs and struggled (albeit on soft ground) on the Flat last month, after a break; cheekpieces removed after one use; tends to race too freely; others look safer.

20/1

Form: 50115- CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Aided by cheekpieces when twice making all under William Maggs in February, latterly over C&D on good ground; finished tired in race that developed into a slog at Kempton three weeks ago but didn't run badly there and remains of interest.

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8th

5

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Patient Dream

11st 8lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Aided by cheekpieces when twice making all under William Maggs in February, latterly over C&D on good ground; finished tired in race that developed into a slog at Kempton three weeks ago but didn't run badly there and remains of interest.

4/1

5th

10

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:25 Kempton

Patient Dream

10st 12lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

2-2 since fitted with cheekpieces, both wins gained from the front under William Maggs in February, latest at Ludlow (2m, good); still well handicapped judged on peak Flat ability; big player in the retained headgear, provided he returns from two-month break in the same form.

9/2

4

10th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:20 Huntingdon

Patient Dream

11st 8lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Has done better since returned to forcing tactics with cheekpieces fitted on last two starts at 2m, winning quite convincingly at Market Rasen before narrowly hanging on at Ludlow (good), both under William Maggs; back up 6lb, leaving him with more to find.

11/4

Form: 369PP- D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on some of his form for Nicky Henderson; looked out of sorts when pulled up on first two starts for current stable; too risky.

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0

10

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:20 Worcester

Chasamax

10st 11lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Never lower in the weights but he's nothing like the force of old and remains opposable.

66/1

10th

12

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Worcester

Chasamax

10st 11lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

With a new yard this year and nowhere near his old form; dropped 24lb in the process but does not look the percentage call.

66/1

0

5

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

17:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Chasamax

11st 7lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Very well handicapped on form shown for Nicky Henderson but generally very disappointing for current stable since the spring; swaps cheekpieces for first-time blinkers.

40/1

Form: 14116- CD BF

Last run: 164 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Four wins in 2022, the latest gained by 18l over C&D (soft) in November; not seen since running poorly a few days later (raced too freely) but will be fine on good ground and further improvement not out of the question.

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4th

8

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Gerard Mentor

11st 3lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Has dipped beneath his last winning mark which was at this track in November 2022; ran well on a couple of occasions last season but not last time at Taunton following wind surgery; bit to prove now.

16/1

12th

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Gerard Mentor

11st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Had a break and wind surgery since two heavy defeats in November (soft/good to soft); doesn't need top of the ground but had finished second under those conditions previously and he's on a competitive mark.

10/1

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Exacta £305.00
Straight Forecast £332.50
Tricast £2298.40
Trifecta £3075.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Him Malaya

Daily Mirror:

Highland Frolic

The Times:

Patient Dream

TOPSPEED:

Force De Frap

RP RATINGS:

Coolnaugh Haze

POSTDATA:

Zucayan

WEST COUNTRY:

Him Malaya

Telegraph:

Him Malaya

D Express:

Him Malaya

The Sun:

Him Malaya

Daily Record:

Highland Frolic

The Star:

Patient Dream