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Play With The Finest Bookmaker – Fitzdares Handicap Hurdle

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Play With The Finest Bookmaker – Fitzdares Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 69P09-

Last run: 81 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Ran as though something was amiss on handicap debut in February and again dropped out very tamely (albeit after suffering some interference) at Southwell (2m4f) the following month; drops back in trip with tongue-tie fitted; not written off just yet but others look much less risky.

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6

9th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

14:25 Huntingdon

Bluebella

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Lacey

Tongue tied first time when winning by 6l at Worcester (2m, good) last May; better form in defeat since but it was not one of her peak efforts when upped from 2m4f to 2m7f at Uttoxeter last time.

6/1

5th

6

19th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

14:00 Uttoxeter

Bluebella

11st 3lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, hit 4 out, some headway before 3 out

5/1

3rd

5

30th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

19:50 Uttoxeter

Bluebella

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Much improved in four starts since a tongue-strap was fitted; every chance when falling at the final flight at Worcester six weeks ago and viable option assuming no ill effects from that.

7/2

Form: 4F41-4 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Came good over hurdles with hard-fought success at Huntingdon (2m, good) in February and has since gone close on the Flat; may not have been ideally suited by the soft ground when fourth (just behind Bear A Hand) on last month's hurdling return at Uttoxeter (2m); remains of interest.

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4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

14:50 Kelso

Boundsy Boy

11st 5lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Philip Kirby

midfield

25/1

9th

10

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

15:14 Kelso

Boundsy Boy

10st 11lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Philip Kirby

First run since leaving Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero when fifth of 12 in handicap at Sedgefield (2m1f,) 17 days ago; while that doesn't necessarily mark him down as a winner in waiting but he has dropped back to the mark he defied at Huntingdon in February.

14/1

5th

3

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Boundsy Boy

11st 9lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

prominent

9/1

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9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: /654-7

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on consecutive starts since his fairly encouraging hurdle debut in February; with a top stable and remains unexposed but will need to up his game on today's handicap debut.

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3rd

7

7th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

18:42 Southwell

Royal Max

10st 6lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Has really struggled since leaving Nicky Henderson and pulled up in handicaps over hurdles and fences the last twice when big odds.

33/1

Form: 0764-3

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced mare who made pretty good start to handicap career when third of ten at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) three weeks ago; should be okay on today's faster ground and may still have a bigger run in her; respected.

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4th

1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Bear A Hand

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Lightly raced mare who made pretty good start to handicap career when third of ten at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) three weeks ago; should be okay on today's faster ground and may still have a bigger run in her; respected.

11/4

3rd

5

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:15 Uttoxeter

Bear A Hand

11st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Best of three runs when fourth in a Doncaster novice last time (2m3f, good); weakened late on so shouldn't be inconvenienced by the drop in trip on handicap debut; a possible

20/1

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Bear A Hand

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Form: 45PPP- D

Last run: 94 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Won by 23l on stable/hurdle debut at Hexham (2m, good) last June but was expensive to follow afterwards and has been pulled up on her last three appearances; swaps cheekpieces for first-time blinkers here; leap of faith required to support her at present.

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8

7th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

15:35 Newton Abbot

Free Chakarte

10st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Seemed to be lit up by first-time blinkers (retained today) at Worcester 12 days ago, racing clear but folding late on; that was at least a step in the right direction but not enough to make her of great interest in this.

12/1

5th

6

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Free Chakarte

11st 1lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Won by 23l on stable/hurdle debut at Hexham (2m, good) last June but was expensive to follow afterwards and has been pulled up on her last three appearances; swaps cheekpieces for first-time blinkers here; leap of faith required to support her at present.

14/1

6

(7)

13th May 2023

Heavy

1m 3f 179y

Class 4

18:10 Leicester

Free Chakarte

10st 1lb

J: Oliver Stammers

T: David Pipe

Dual Flat winner in France, both on slow ground, who's completely lost the plot over hurdles since a Hexham win last summer (pulled up on her last three runs, all in cheekpieces); would want to see some support back from a short break.

10/1

Form: 9006-

Last run: 130 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

In rear throughout when 40-1 for handicap debut at Hereford (2m3f, soft) in January and not seen again since; needs today's switch to good ground to enable considerable improvement.

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6th

10

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

20:20 Stratford

Luminaries

10st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Poor form in six runs for this yard; has a basement mark but not easily recommended back from eight months off.

25/1

0

11

5th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 5

16:45 Bangor-on-Dee

Luminaries

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

50/1

Form: P59-

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for three hurdle races last season and is 2lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut but is, nevertheless, worth a glance in the betting.

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0

12

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

19:00 Newton Abbot

Atlantic Breeze

10st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Nigel Hawke

in rear

20/1

8th

12

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Atlantic Breeze

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for three hurdle races last season and is 2lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut but is, nevertheless, worth a glance in the betting.

16/1

9th

12

27th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Atlantic Breeze

10st 9lb

J: James Davies

T: Nigel Hawke

Soon became disappointing after a promising Flat debut in Ireland; nothing positive to report so far over hurdles.

66/1

Form: 880/

Last run: 505 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Placed on the Flat in June 2021 but struggled in three subsequent juvenile/maiden hurdles; handicap hurdle debut after 505-day absence and with first-time cheekpieces fitted; another who could be considered only if attracting good market support.

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12th

8

(13)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

13:40 Bath

Beat The Storm

10st 9lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Alexandra Dunn

He's on a competitive mark on his 2021 Flat form and could appreciate the return to this code, but he's struggled on his three hurdle starts this year following a long absence and has plenty to prove.

25/1

0

9

7th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell

Beat The Storm

10st 2lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Alexandra Dunn

0-13 under both codes and he's been tailed off in five hurdle runs for this yard; 6lb out of the weights here and can only be watched.

50/1

6th

9

4th Jul 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

18:40 Stratford

Beat The Storm

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Alexandra Dunn

midfield, ridden after 2 out, soon outpaced

40/1

Form: 780P-5

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Bettered inauspicious handicap debut and arguably ran a fair bit better than eventual 22l defeat might suggest at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago, having made a forward move from the rear on the final circuit; drops back in trip here; interesting.

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10th

8

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Nordy Lordy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Bettered inauspicious handicap debut and arguably ran a fair bit better than eventual 22l defeat might suggest at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago, having made a forward move from the rear on the final circuit; drops back in trip here; interesting.

8/1

5th

9

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 5

18:25 Warwick

Nordy Lordy

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Point bumper winner but struggled in five runs under rules and pulled up on handicap debut at Taunton last month; 3lb out of the weights this time and can only be watched until he shows some positive signs.

20/1

12

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Nordy Lordy

10st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Point bumper winner; poor results under rules and has pulled hard on occasions; however, he's in good hands and may be capable of better now handicapping off just 79.

16/1

Form: 20/59- D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Went close on the AW in the autumn but returned to hurdling with two underwhelming runs at Taunton (2m3f/2m, good to soft) towards end of last season; today's return to good ground ought to suit but others appeal more.

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9th

10

(8)

17th Sep 2022

Standard

0m 6f 20y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Secret Potion

9st 0lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Ronald Harris

slowly away, always towards rear

14/1

5th

5

(4)

8th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

0m 6f 16y

Class 6

16:10 Chepstow

Secret Potion

9st 3lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Ronald Harris

held up in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and outpaced 2f out, kept on inside final furlong

16/1

Form: 30P-

Last run: 147 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Didn't show a great deal in three juvenile hurdles towards the end of last year; handicap debut from a lowly mark but considered only if lively in the betting.

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10

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Ghyll Manor

10st 3lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Didn't show a great deal in three juvenile hurdles towards the end of last year; handicap debut from a lowly mark but considered only if lively in the betting.

12/1

16

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Ghyll Manor

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Handicap debutant who has very weak claims on his form shown in juvenile hurdles; jumping lacked fluency here when last seen; 4lb out of the weights; needs a transformation.

25/1

7

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:45 Taunton

Ghyll Manor

11st 0lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Last of three finishers on soft ground at Bangor and then finished completely tailed off on good at Doncaster; very opposable.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £287.00
Straight Forecast £209.50
Tricast £677.20
Trifecta £1646.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Bear A Hand

POSTDATA:

Boundsy Boy

SPOTLIGHT:

Nordy Lordy

WEST COUNTRY:

Atlantic Breeze

The Times:

Bear A Hand

Telegraph:

Bear A Hand

The Guardian:

Bear A Hand

D Express:

Bear A Hand

Daily Mirror:

Bear A Hand

The Sun:

Bear A Hand

Daily Mail:

Boundsy Boy

The Star:

Boundsy Boy

Daily Record:

Boundsy Boy