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Grace & Dotty Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3775.91
  • 2m 0f 70y
  • Class 5
  • 7 runners
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Grace & Dotty Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.20
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 5P71-1 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Has won his last two hurdle races from the front (2m1f, soft; 2m, good) and in between he did something similar on the Flat at Bath (1m3f, good to soft); had a bit in hand at Warwick last time despite not jumping all that fluently and he has a big shout despite 6lb rise.

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3

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Pak Army

11st 13lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Daisy Hitchins

Enjoyed a purple patch for Brian Barr last spring, winning three hurdles (2m-2m1f, good-soft) and a Flat race, but was pulled up on recent debut for owner-trainer and is difficult to enthuse over after that run.

25/1

2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:52 Huntingdon

Pak Army

11st 13lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Daisy Hitchins

Won three times over hurdles, including on soft ground, and once on the Flat last year; stiffer task now (8lb higher than for last win); perhaps best watched on return from a break.

10/1

4th

2

(6)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:15 Lingfield

Pak Army

10st 0lb

J: William Carson

T: Brian Barr

led

7/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 753-

Last run: 82 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won over 10.5f on the Flat in Belgium; uncompetitive so far over hurdles but there has been a smidgeon of promise and handicaps can see him in a better light.

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7th

1

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

16:08 Fontwell

Nadim

12st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Completed quick hat-trick when fitted with cheekpieces in July and was beaten under 1l when third off today's mark at Cartmel (2m1f, soft) on Saturday, albeit after racing rather lazily in rear for much of that contest; will be fine on today's faster ground and could have more improvement to come if switch to first-time visor helps to keep the revs up.

6/4

3rd

2

26th Aug 2023

Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 5

17:06 Cartmel

Nadim

11st 13lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Has improved with cheekpieces, winning his last three races from 2m-2m4f on good/soft; has gone up 10lb in total (only 3lb rise for latest win); strong chance.

13/8

1st

3

27th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:32 Worcester

Nadim

11st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Aiming to complete a quick hat-trick after Stratford (2m2f+) and Market Rasen (2m1f) wins in the last 11 days, both since cheekpieces were fitted; only due to go up 6lb in future so no handicap good thing under a penalty but evidently thriving; first attempt at 2m4f.

11/4

Form: 3P7P-3

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Flat bred but signs at Fontwell last time (2m1f, good; beaten under 7l) that she could win a race off this sort of mark.

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2

18th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

15:18 Fontwell

Miss Fedora

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression after 4 out, bad mistake 3 out, soon pulled up

13/2

5

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

16:05 Wincanton

Miss Fedora

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Returned from a break to score in a mares' hurdle at Fontwell in November (2m3f, heavy; raced prominently), when 5lb lower; unable to back that up here (2m4f, soft) next time; travelled strongly before weakening into fourth at Fontwell (2m5f, soft) latest, a career best; each-way player.

13/2

4th

5

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:45 Fontwell

Miss Fedora

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Off the mark at tenth attempt with 2m3f course win on heavy ground in November, after a break; won't mind if conditions are much quicker today but was pulled up at Wincanton last month and is not an easy one to predict.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 77645-

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Free-going front-runner perhaps not seen to best effect over Chepstow's 2m3f the last twice (soft/good to soft), the latest his handicap debut; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

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0

15

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Hes My Shadow

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Free-goer who ran big race from the front when fourth in C&D (soft) novice last March; safely held in both subsequent handicaps and has fitness to prove after 235-day absence but still worth a second look.

20/1

4th

2

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

20:55 Stratford

Hes My Shadow

11st 6lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Free-going front-runner perhaps not seen to best effect over Chepstow's 2m3f the last twice (soft/good to soft), the latest his handicap debut; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

6/1

10

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:48 Ffos Las

Hes My Shadow

11st 7lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Enthusiastic front-runner who hasn't got home over 2m3f at Chepstow the last twice (soft/good to soft) including on handicap debut last time; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

12/1

Form: 649-9

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Low-grade Flat maiden and same story thus far over hurdles, faring no better on handicap debut latest (2m, good to soft); now goes in the cheekpieces in which she ran some of her better Flat races and a tongue-tie may also help; lots of guesswork, though.

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5th

8

(2)

4th Jul 2023

Good

0m 6f 210y

Class 6

17:02 Brighton

Ravi Road

9st 0lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Mark Usher

Stamina issues over hurdles and happier back on the Flat when coming away with Voodoo Bay over C&D a week ago; is 5lb better off today, which gives her every chance of turning things round for a yard in good nick, but she's 0-17 under both codes.

7/2

2nd

3

(8)

27th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

0m 6f 210y

Class 6

16:30 Brighton

Ravi Road

9st 3lb

J: Robert Havlin

T: Mark Usher

Well handicapped on her best 7f form last season, but she's struggled in five runs over hurdles this year; overall record now stands at 0-17 and she comes with risks attached back on the Flat; tongue-tie removed.

12/1

Form: 65P-

Last run: 124 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 65

Form & Verdict

Three wins on AW when trained by Stan Moore but struggled in two hurdle races for that yard and very minor form under both codes for this one; well out of the weights for handicap debut and makes very limited appeal.

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6th

7

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

20:55 Stratford

Vaxholm

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Barry Brennan

Three wins on AW when trained by Stan Moore but struggled in two hurdle races for that yard and very minor form under both codes for this one; well out of the weights for handicap debut and makes very limited appeal.

25/1

7th

9

(2)

12th May 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

17:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Vaxholm

9st 0lb

J: Charlie Bennett

T: Barry Brennan

slowly into stride, took keen hold, always behind

33/1

7th

8

(2)

15th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Vaxholm

9st 0lb

J: Laura Coughlan

T: Barry Brennan

dwelt start, took keen hold, never better than mid-division

25/1

Form: 4-44

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Hooded for all three runs (tongue tied the last twice) and hasn't settled well enough to give himself a chance; actually ran okay two starts back and this track looks a good fit for his handicap debut.

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4th

1

(10)

6th Apr 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:45 Chelmsford (AW)

Smart Deal

9st 10lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Habitual front-runner who battled well to prevail by a short head over 1m here last month; should be okay back at 7f but has wide draw today and recent 2lb rise might be enough to leave him vulnerable.

15/2

1st

6

(3)

9th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Smart Deal

9st 6lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

mounted in chute and taken down early, led, pushed along and joined 2f out, soon ridden, sustained duel with runner-up final furlong, just prevailed

4/1

2nd

5

(1)

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Smart Deal

9st 3lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Easy winner of a 1m seller here in November but he has found it tougher going in handicaps since; not beaten far having made the running at Lingfield two weeks ago (cheekpieces on for the first time) but he's up against some red-hot rivals today.

12/1

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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Pak Army

SPOTLIGHT:

Nadim

POSTDATA:

Miss Fedora

D Express:

Nadim

The Star:

Nadim

WEST COUNTRY:

Pak Army

The Times:

Pak Army

Telegraph:

Pak Army

The Guardian:

Pak Army

Daily Mail:

Pak Army

Daily Mirror:

Pak Army

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Daily Record:

Pak Army