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Tony Connell Memorial Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £18210.5
  • 3m 1f 83y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Tony Connell Memorial Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 77732-

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Struggled on first few starts for Ben Haslam but has worked his way back to form this year; kept on well for clear second at Ayr (3m, good to soft) last month and is not yet fully exposed over this sort of trip; shortlisted.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Aramax

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

towards rear, struggling from 4 out

12/1

9th

2

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:42 Ayr

Aramax

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

midfield on outer, pushed along after 8th, lost position and reminder after 9th, dropped to rear 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off

6/1

4th

1

26th Aug 2023

Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

17:36 Cartmel

Aramax

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

held up in rear

9/4

3/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 962-11

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Displayed significant jolt of improvement to win by 15l on handicap debut at Ludlow (first-time cheekpieces) this month and followed up with 13l win under penalty at Ffos Las (also 3m, good) a week ago; effectively another 13lb higher today but still commands respect.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:15 Doncaster

Scrum Diddly

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Dual 3m hurdle winner; made a bad mistake before finishing tailed off on chase debut at Newbury but pushed a progressive rival all the way at Ascot (3m, good) where his jumping stood the test; 2lb lower for this having been out of the weights last time; good ground has looked ideal so far.

7/2

10/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: /P524- D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Has never won anywhere other than Aintree but ended last season with two good runs, more recently when fourth behind Tiger Jet in series final at Haydock (3m, good to soft) last month; each-way claims at least.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

My Bobby Dazzler

11st 5lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Mel Rowley

Triple hurdle winner at up to 3m, including on soft; runner-up twice returned to hurdles this year, although he was beaten 21l by the reopposing Astronomic View at Warwick (3m2f, soft) latterly.

14/1

2nd

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

My Bobby Dazzler

11st 10lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

prominent, pressed leader 9th

11/2

8th

10

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

My Bobby Dazzler

10st 7lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Can lead and he gave a plucky display from the front when returned to hurdles at Cheltenham (3m, heavy) this month, doing his best to regain the lead on the run-in against an improver; back up 5lb but not weighted out of it.

6/1

Form: 97219- D

Last run: 74 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Came good with comfortable success in Class 5 handicap at Carlisle (3m1f, good to soft) in February and may not have been suited by the heavy ground when well beaten the following month but contests this stronger race from 2lb out of the weights and others have more pressing claims.

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6th

8

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Our Sam

11st 0lb

J: Leah Noreci

T: James Moffatt

7yo who completed a hat-trick in the first half of the season and ran another fine race when second of six over C&D (heavy) just before Christmas; there's no reason why he won't give his running but he is up against a few progressive types here.

14/1

2nd

5

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Our Sam

11st 0lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

in touch with leaders, went second 4 out, kept on but no impression from 3 out

2/1

Form: 34712-

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won run-of-the-mill Ayr maiden (2m4f, good to soft) in February, his fourth start over hurdles, and bettered that performance when second in 3m handicap there (good to soft) last month; still unexposed as a stayer and lightly raced in general; one to consider.

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5th

7

29th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Langdale Lane

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: S R B Crawford

didn't jump with fluency, midfield, slow jump 2nd

5/1

17

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

12:35 Haydock

Langdale Lane

10st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: S R B Crawford

Won run-of-the-mill Ayr maiden (2m4f, good to soft) in February, his fourth start over hurdles, and probably bettered that performance when second in 3m handicap there (good to soft) three weeks ago; moves up in grade today but may still have more to offer.

20/1

2nd

8

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Langdale Lane

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: S R B Crawford

Built upon his previous promise when winning a 2m4f maiden here (good to soft) in February; that form has been boosted and he has potential off his handicap debut mark, while he wasn't stopping at the line so this longer trip may well be within range.

11/2

Form: 11234-

Last run: 189 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Did well in early part of last season, winning three times (2m5f-3m2f), but returns from six-month absence on career-high mark and will need to hit the ground running to have any chance.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

15:35 Newton Abbot

Mr Yeats

10st 4lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

held up in last, headway and went third 3rd, disputing second after 4th

7/1

6th

3

11th Sep 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

16:25 Newton Abbot

Mr Yeats

11st 7lb

J: Daire Davis

T: Milton Harris

towards rear

9/1

2nd

6

26th Aug 2023

Soft

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

17:36 Cartmel

Mr Yeats

10st 4lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders on inner

9/2

Form: 1163-1

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Progressive mare who was very creditable third in Listed novice at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month then held on well to collect Warwick handicap (2m5f, good to soft) 16 days ago; will be fine over today's longer trip and probably won't be far away.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

29th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

I Spy A Diva

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent

11/2

1st

3

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:25 Warwick

I Spy A Diva

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Began last season with three wins on good/good to firm (2m3f-2m5f) and, following a break, took form to new level when third in Cheltenham Listed race (2m4f, good) last month; might still be improving; respected.

11/2

3rd

4

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

I Spy A Diva

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Won two novices (2m5f/2m3f) and a 3m handicap earlier in the season and it wasn't her first below-par run on soft ground when well held in a Kempton handicap over Christmas; has no doubt been held back for a spring campaign and could run well.

16/1

Form: 3761-6

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Posted career-best performance when coming from off the pace to win series final at Haydock (3m, good to soft) last month but wasn't in same form over same C&D a couple of weeks ago and will need to kick on again here.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Tiger Jet

11st 1lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

Ended last season with 3m Haydock success and back to form when a solid fifth in 3m Cheltenham handicap in December; possibilities after a break.

6/1

5th

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Tiger Jet

10st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Brian Ellison

3-15 over hurdles, most notably coming from off the pace to win a 15-runner series final at Haydock (3m, good to soft; 6lb higher today) in April; surged back to that form when third of nine here (2m5f, soft) on latest start, catching the eye big time with the way he came from a most unpromising position; back up 2lb but also 3f in trip, which will surely suit him.

9/1

Form: 1224-2

Last run: 9 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Made excellent progress last spring/summer, winning three times (2m7f-3m1f), and posted another career-best performance when close second at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) nine days ago, after a break; latest 4lb rise demands even more from him, though.

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0

3

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Hillview

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Gary Hanmer

All best form on good ground; nothing to prove regarding stamina but he's edged up the weights for defeats since his latest win, at Uttoxeter in June 2022, and a return to fences may be imminent (holds a Cheltenham entry in the Brown Advisory).

33/1

8th

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 2

13:35 Aintree

Hillview

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gary Hanmer

Made excellent progress in spring/summer 2022; only four races since, running creditably in two and tailed off in two; even if back on song, he does not look on a great mark and all his significant form is on good ground.

40/1

Form: /F0P3-

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Didn't fire on his two hurdling starts for Henry de Bromhead in Ireland last season and was sold for £6,500 after finishing last in three-runner chase last month; others in this line-up have much less to prove.

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0

3

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

17:50 Kelso

Minella Escape

10st 9lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

in touch with leaders on outer, went second after 8th

33/1

0

4

22nd Jul 2023

Soft

2m 6f 31y

Class 3

15:25 Cartmel

Minella Escape

11st 12lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: James Moffatt

in rear, fell 1st

33/1

4

29th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 83y

Class 2

14:55 Cartmel

Minella Escape

11st 6lb

J: Leah Noreci

T: James Moffatt

in rear

25/1

Form: /PF9F-

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Group 3 Flat winner for Godolphin in 2019 (1m7f) and scored in fairly good style on stable/hurdle debut at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) in December 2021; not much has gone to plan since he returned from a long layoff in December but he tries a new trip today and is not written off just yet.

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1

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

16:35 Newcastle

Moonlight Spirit

12st 0lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Smart on the Flat in his prime but lightly raced and generally very disappointing since winning hurdle debut in December 2021; had wind surgery during 228-day absence; swaps cheekpieces for refitted blinkers; current ability hard to gauge.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £249.00
Straight Forecast £236.40
Tricast £869.60
Trifecta £1174.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Scrum Diddly

SPOTLIGHT:

Langdale Lane

WEST COUNTRY:

I Spy A Diva

The Times:

Tiger Jet

The Sun:

Hillview

Daily Mirror:

Aramax

TOPSPEED:

My Bobby Dazzler

The Star:

Moonlight Spirit

POSTDATA:

Scrum Diddly

LAMBOURN:

Scrum Diddly

Telegraph:

Scrum Diddly

Daily Mail:

Scrum Diddly

D Express:

Langdale Lane

Daily Record:

Langdale Lane

The Guardian:

I Spy A Diva