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Lulu And Peter Mendoza Memorial Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 3m 0f 217y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Lulu And Peter Mendoza Memorial Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 8/FP3-

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Bold effort when good third over 2m4f+ here three weeks ago, on stable debut; yet to tackle this trip but well worth considering.

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3rd

1

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

16:48 Fontwell

Hello Sunshine

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: George Baker

disputed lead, led before 2 out, headed approaching last, weakened and lost second run-in

4/1

8

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Hello Sunshine

11st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: George Baker

Started off for George Baker with three good runs last spring, most notably when winning by 11l at Plumpton (3m1f, good); ought to cope if the ground turns soft here but has fitness to prove after 264-day absence.

25/1

4th

3

21st May 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

Hello Sunshine

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: George Baker

Back in good form for new stable this spring, more recently when winning pretty comfortably by 11l at Plumpton (3m1f, good) a week ago; commands respect under 7lb penalty here.

5/4

OUR TIP

9/4

  • Place: £1.90

Form: U8752-

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Was looking a disappointment over hurdles but went some way to putting the record straight at Taunton a month ago, only to lose the race in the stewards' room; up 3lb for his troubles but still plenty of appeal on second attempt at this trip, especially if blinkers help.

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2

23rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 4

15:35 Newton Abbot

Sandalwood

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, pulled up quickly after 3 out

9/4

1st

3

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

15:15 Newton Abbot

Sandalwood

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader, led 3rd, headed after 3 out, led again when ridden before 2 out, clear when not fluent last, stayed on

9/4

4

31st May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Warwick

Sandalwood

11st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

No match for easy winner when second at Plumpton this month, having refused to settle in first-time blinkers, but was first past the post in cheekpieces at Taunton (3m, good to soft; demoted to second) two starts ago and the cheekpieces are back on here; player if handling the forecast fast ground.

5/2

13/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: P65/2-

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Finally off the mark when taking a maiden point in March; 0-22 under rules; ran well when second (of four) at Fontwell on return to hurdles last month; winner well beaten since and this looks much more competitive.

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6th

6

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

20:40 Uttoxeter

Hatchet Jack

10st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

prominent, not fluent 3rd

11/2

3rd

9

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Hatchet Jack

10st 9lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Finally off the mark when taking a maiden point in March; 0-22 under rules; ran well when second (of four) at Fontwell on return to hurdles last month; winner well beaten since and this looks much more competitive.

13/2

2nd

7

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:55 Fontwell

Hatchet Jack

10st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

Won a point (3m, good) last month but that was after a sequence of non-completions and he has a record of 0-21 under rules; on reduced mark back over hurdles but he's well into the veteran stage and looks opposable in this competitive race.

16/1

Form: 7P8F3-

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Spent much of last season (after a long absence) out of sorts; much better on two most recent starts, however, the latest when third at Exeter; could well be a threat as he acts on good ground and stays this trip.

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2nd

8

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Barrowmount

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Ran quite well from the front when fourth at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) in December but this regressive 8yo is yet to add to his maiden hurdle win in spring 2021 and is not the percentage call; 1lb out of the handicap.

12/1

4th

9

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

13:35 Taunton

Barrowmount

10st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Now 13lb lower than when placed in good-ground hurdle in the spring but was soundly beaten in two chases this autumn (2m7f/3m1f) and has a lot more to prove than some of these.

20/1

Form: 73130- C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Out of her depth at Cheltenham latest and won here in March; that win came at 2m and ability to last this trip has to be taken on trust (stays 2m4f but untried over further under rules).

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9th

9

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:25 Plumpton

Brown Bullet

10st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Andy Irvine

Three-time hurdle winner who is rated lower over fences after struggling in her first two attempts in late 2021; however, she gave it a right go on returning to this discipline over C&D three weeks ago when conceding the lead only late on (Shaw's Cross runner-up); this is a higher grade but she is entitled to a second look.

13/2

3rd

4

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

15:10 Plumpton

Brown Bullet

11st 5lb

J: James Best

T: Andy Irvine

Struggled in two chases in late 2021 and has raced exclusively over hurdles since; scored off 5lb higher mark here (2m, soft) in March and might have needed last month's reappearance run but still looks risky on this switch back to fences; usual hood removed; cheekpieces remain.

10/1

Form: 11238- D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Long way behind Hello Sunshine here last month but soft ground has never suited; judged on his two wins (3m1f/3m2f, both under Niall Houlihan) last October, he comes firmly into the reckoning.

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4th

2

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

20:25 Fontwell

Montys Award

11st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Andy Irvine

prominent, hit 3 out, soon ridden, outpaced before 2 out, weakened last

4/1

3rd

3

28th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:45 Fontwell

Montys Award

11st 1lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

Two wins last October, including over C&D; not at his best in two outings this spring and should have done better back on good ground at Plumpton latest; cheekpieces (0-6 in them) back on.

15/2

6th

4

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Montys Award

11st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Andy Irvine

Long way behind Hello Sunshine here last month but soft ground has never suited; judged on his two wins (3m1f/3m2f, both under Niall Houlihan) last October, he comes firmly into the reckoning.

12/1

Form: /463P- C

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Pulled up over fences in March on latest start; two chase wins but unplaced in five attempts over hurdles, the latest in March 2021; lot to prove back hurdling with cheekpieces on for the first time.

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9

25th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

11:50 Huntingdon

Counteract

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Suzy Smith

Two-time chase winner who was a fair third over fences here (2m7f, good) last December; however, he struggled on his next two starts in the spring (fences/hurdles) and others make greater appeal.

20/1

7th

7

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Counteract

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Suzy Smith

Pulled up over fences in March on latest start; two chase wins but unplaced in five attempts over hurdles, the latest in March 2021; lot to prove back hurdling with cheekpieces on for the first time.

20/1

5

5th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:25 Huntingdon

Counteract

11st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Suzy Smith

Finished third over C&D when last seen three months ago, showing clear signs of a revival; blossomed in spring 2021, scoring twice on good ground (including off 4lb higher); interesting with plenty in his favour.

11/2

Form: 644PP-

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Two wins in 2020/21 but little since and didn't seem to enjoy a rare foray over fences on latest start.

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6

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

20:25 Fontwell

Pour Une Raison

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Richard Mitchell

Two wins in 2021 but little since and 4lb out of the handicap.

25/1

7

28th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

15:45 Fontwell

Pour Une Raison

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Richard Mitchell

Two wins in 2021 but not much since and finished behind two of these at Plumpton a fortnight ago; 6lb out of the handicap.

16/1

8th

12

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Pour Une Raison

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard Mitchell

Two wins in 2020/21 but little since and didn't seem to enjoy a rare foray over fences on latest start.

50/1

Form: 31/PP- CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Won a division of this race two years ago (last time he ran over hurdles) and also scored over fences later that summer; pulled up in two chases this spring after a long absence; too many doubts for now.

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9th

11

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Lawtop Legend

10st 5lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won a division of this race two years ago (last time he ran over hurdles) and also scored over fences later that summer; pulled up in two chases this spring after a long absence; too many doubts for now.

33/1

7

14th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

17:05 Sedgefield

Lawtop Legend

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

All three wins have been on good ground, the most recent over a similar trip at Stratford in 2021, when on this mark; achieved nothing on his only run since, at Fakenham (3m5f, soft) last month; has to prove he retains his ability but nicely treated if back to best.

9/2

5

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 5

15:00 Fakenham

Lawtop Legend

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Off since August 2021 but connections have persevered; boasts strong credentials in today's context having powered home off today's mark in a Stratford 3m4f chase last time (good); big player if fully wound up.

2/1

Form: 65464- D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Seven hurdle wins but none since December 2020 and has tumbled a long way; well beaten on last month's stable debut (favourite) but much better when fourth at Southwell 16 days ago (in these aids); Sean Bowen booked and this 12yo might still have another hurrah in him.

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6

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Perfect Man

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Ryan Potter

Seven hurdle wins but none since December 2020 and has tumbled a long way; well beaten on last month's stable debut (favourite) but much better when fourth at Southwell 16 days ago (in these aids); Sean Bowen booked and this 12yo might still have another hurrah in him.

9/2

4th

9

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

19:25 Southwell

Perfect Man

10st 10lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Ryan Potter

midfield

11/1

6th

8

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

16:02 Stratford

Perfect Man

10st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Ryan Potter

raced in last, nudged along from 5th, became detached before 2 out

8/1

Form: 9/876-

Last run: 307 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in three novice hurdles last summer (100-1 each time); handicap debut after ten months off and a lot to prove but step up in trip should suit, on pedigree; probably needs a check in the betting.

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7th

12

24th Aug 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

Strictlyasoldier

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Christian Williams

overjumped 4th

25/1

7th

6

8th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Strictlyasoldier

10st 4lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Poor form in a bumper and four hurdle races; still has time on his side but not easily recommended.

20/1

8

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Strictlyasoldier

10st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Well beaten in three novice hurdles last summer (100-1 each time); handicap debut after ten months off and a lot to prove but step up in trip should suit, on pedigree; probably needs a check in the betting.

12/1

Form: 3454P-

Last run: 180 days

W: 10st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Out of form in chases last autumn; first hurdle start since October 2019 and only win gained a year before that.

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10

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Churchtown Glen

10st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: Michelle Bryant

Out of form in chases last autumn; first hurdle start since October 2019 and only win gained a year before that.

25/1

4

15th Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

12:20 Fakenham

Churchtown Glen

10st 7lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Michelle Bryant

Won a maiden in hurdle in Ireland but that was over four years ago; the odd fair run earlier in the year and may come on for his recent return to action at Plumpton; others look stronger as he bids for his first chase win at the 21st attempt.

16/1

4th

8

31st Oct 2022

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

14:55 Plumpton

Churchtown Glen

10st 8lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Michelle Bryant

Regularly placed but only 1-30 under rules and he made it 0-19 over fences when beaten a distance at Stratford in June; not hard to take on.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £287.00
Straight Forecast £275.10
Tricast £906.00
Trifecta £899.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Sandalwood

POSTDATA:

Brown Bullet

The Sun:

Hello Sunshine

D Express:

Lawtop Legend

RP RATINGS:

Hatchet Jack

SPOTLIGHT:

Perfect Man

Telegraph:

Sandalwood

The Star:

Sandalwood

Daily Record:

Sandalwood

The Times:

Brown Bullet

Daily Mirror:

Brown Bullet