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Blockfree Services Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £10562
  • 2m 4f 139y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Blockfree Services Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.20
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2FP34-

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Possibly didn't quite get home over an extended 2m5f at Ayr on latest hurdles start; back to the Flat subsequently when landing a Class 4 York handicap (1m4f) for the second year in succession; player with Brian Hughes in the saddle and conditions to suit.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

5

(2)

5th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Newmarket

Kihavah

9st 1lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

prominent, raced far side after 4f

14/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: /2P4-6

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Bumper and novice winner who was second on handicap debut but has found it tougher in his three starts since; bred to stay - dam was an unraced sister to a 2m5f chase/2m7f hurdle winner - and he has had only one run over this trip; possibilities.

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7th

10

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Shallow River

10st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Harriet Dickin

towards rear

9/1

1st

12

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Shallow River

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

No win since January 2022 but a very solid sequence this season under Bradley Harris, with last six starts including four seconds; wore cheekpieces last three outings; stayed on well for a close third in the Warwick qualifier four weeks ago but he was no match for Goshhowposh on the run-in at Wincanton time before and a 2lb swing should not be enough to turn the tables.

8/1

3rd

8

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Shallow River

10st 8lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Runner-up three times in a row this autumn and also ran creditably when upped to 2m7f/3m on last two outings, second again at Wincanton on latest; ridden in all those five races by Bradley Harris; wore cheekpieces last two; while needing respect for consistency, some improvement is needed for a first handicap win.

9/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 535-42 C

Last run: 4 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Course winner (2m) who is from 2lb below her last winning mark; unfortunate to bump into the progressive Park Hill Dancer at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good; 4l second) on Sunday; enters the thinking despite tackling a slightly stronger Class 3 event.

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3rd

3

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Midnight Ginger

10st 9lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Always ridden these days by claimer James Martin; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; two backward steps since, on heavy ground again over 2m3f and 3m; needs a return to her best but she did run creditably on good ground last spring.

6/1

4th

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Four-time hurdle winner; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish from unlikely position to lead close home at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; no impact when third of five at same track (2m3f) last month but she made some late gains and looks worth another try at this staying trip; not ruled out.

7/2

3rd

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

held up in rear, outpaced after 5 out, not fluent 4 out, went modest third approaching last, no match for first two

4/1

Form: 5168-F D BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Carlisle winner (2m4f, good to soft) from a 2lb lower mark last October; held every chance when taking a crashing fall on her rules chasing debut at Ludlow 18 days ago; switches back to hurdles, alongside stablemate Shallow River.

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5th

5

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Kempton

Mulberry Hill

11st 11lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, some headway after 3 out, weakened 2 out

6/1

0

5

17th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

13:35 Carlisle

Mulberry Hill

11st 8lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two outings at Carlisle have resulted in a win over hurdles and good third over fences, both on good to soft; scored comfortably at Kempton (2m4f, good) most recently, opening her chase account at the third attempt; this 7yo mare is open to further improvement; shortlisted.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 10P3-6 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won with authority on a sound surface at Doncaster (2m, good; from a 6lb lower mark) in December but patchy overall since, including in cheekpieces at Warwick (2m5f) latest; he does stay this trip (a Hexham winner) but it remains to be seen if the change of headgear can have a galvanising effect.

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5th

3

1st Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 3

19:10 Market Rasen

Restitution

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leader after 5th, hit 7th

11/1

6th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:25 Warwick

Restitution

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Displayed huge improvement when sauntering to 12l win at Doncaster (2m, good) in December and put two lesser efforts behind him when staying-on third at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; still unexposed over this trip and may benefit from the addition of cheekpieces.

6/1

3rd

3

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

Restitution

11st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

Appeared to display huge improvement when sauntering to 12l win at Doncaster (2m, good) in December; subsequent defeat in major handicap is not viewed harshly but he looked out of sorts at Stratford last month and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

20/1

Form: B323-2 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Creditable second when returning to hurdles at Plumpton (2m4f conditionals', good) last time; consistent and near enough his last winning mark in suitable conditions, but hasn't tasted success for over 14 months, which does represent a slight concern.

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3rd

5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

Ashington

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

No win since scoring over hurdles here (2m4f, Class 2; from 9lb higher) in March 2022; could strip fitter for recent comeback run (Warwick), while the switch back to fences for the first time in 13 months could potentially rekindle a spark; one to consider.

13/2

5th

4

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Ashington

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mark Walford

More than two years since last time successful but often runs well and he's dropped to a career-low mark; Cobden booking takes the eye on return from a break.

6/1

Form: 11785- D

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won twice for Nicky Richards during the summer/autumn of 2022 (Cartmel and Hexham; 2m4f-2m6f, good) before finding life tough from her elevated mark; below form both starts for this trainer, who also runs in-form stablemate Ashington, and is back from a 100-day absence; safest to monitor only.

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5th

1

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Bon Retour

12st 2lb

J: Mr Paddy Barlow

T: Mark Walford

No match for the winner on her two runs this autumn (2m4f/2m3f, heavy/soft) but she's kept on nicely to finish placed and is worth another go at this trip; versatile ground-wise; on the shortlist in first-time cheekpieces.

6/1

2nd

6

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

12:55 Warwick

Bon Retour

11st 6lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mark Walford

Won two handicaps for Nicky Richards, the latest in September 2022 off 4lb higher; there's a reason for her reduced mark but the signs were more encouraging at Carlisle last month when keeping on for third behind last week's Cheltenham runner-up White Rhino; trip/ground fine.

3/1

20/1

Form: /05-5P

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Eased markedly in the weights since returning to action but that's because he's been failing to fire; his most recent effort is excusable (hampered) but a general lack of form coupled with the prospect of good ground - has only ever won on soft or heavy - raise obvious concerns.

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8th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

JAi Froid

10st 11lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Useful at his peak and still versatile at the age of 11, winning over 1m7f (heavy) and 3m1f (soft) this term; however, put firmly in his place by Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time and may struggle to turn things round.

28/1

25

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

JAi Froid

10st 3lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Reserve; veteran who's been resurgent with forcing rides in the mud this winter, winning twice, including in the Warwick qualifier (3m1f) when Kyntara stumbled at the last; 11l fourth to Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time, however, seemed to confirm that he is vulnerable to younger legs.

40/1

Form: 1F121- C

Last run: 232 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; won two novice hurdles before taking the Bobby Renton Chase at Wetherby (2m4f, good; just headed when left clear at the last) in October; absent since and returns to smaller obstacles, alongside stablemate J'Ai Froid, from a much lower mark; market informative.

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6th

5

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Tardree

11st 7lb

J: Harry Reed

T: L J Morgan

Bumper/hurdle/chase winner; hasn't got himself together in four runs after a lengthy break, in a hurdle and three chases (all handicaps); others have more pressing claims.

25/1

0

6

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

14:40 Stratford

Tardree

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Won three times last June-October and soft ground may have been against him in the Summer Plate last time; however, he hasn't really shone on good going on his two other runs this summer and others have more pressing claims.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £259.00
Straight Forecast £246.50
Tricast £637.30
Trifecta £797.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Kihavah

SPOTLIGHT:

Tardree

RP RATINGS:

Ashington

POSTDATA:

Mulberry Hill

The Times:

Kihavah

Daily Mail:

Kihavah

D Express:

Kihavah

The Sun:

Kihavah

The Star:

Kihavah

WEST COUNTRY:

Mulberry Hill

Telegraph:

Tardree

The Guardian:

Tardree

Daily Mirror:

Ashington

Daily Record:

Ashington