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David Hewston Memorial Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5809.1
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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David Hewston Memorial Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: P349-2

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Has a patchy record, with sole win in handicaps (ten attempts) coming over 3m1f on good at Plumpton in January 2022; creditable placings in two of his four starts this year, including when front-running at Huntingdon on latest; faces only four rivals and has tongue tied first time.

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5

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

15:15 Listowel

Scarpia

11st 4lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Three-time hurdle winner for Nicky Henderson including at Worcester over 2m7f when last seen in June; this is more competitive but could run well.

14/1

1st

3

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:20 Worcester

Scarpia

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has a patchy record, with sole win in handicaps (ten attempts) coming over 3m1f on good at Plumpton in January 2022; creditable placings in two of his four starts this year, including when front-running at Huntingdon on latest; faces only four rivals and has tongue tied first time.

3/1

5/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 60466/

Last run: 450 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Not the most straightforward or reliable and his hurdles form went downhill two seasons back for this yard; underperformed in his four Flat runs last year for John Gallagher; now back with Fergal O'Brien and well handicapped with any sort of a revival, so he's one to consider.

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7

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

17:45 Cheltenham

Polish

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Four-time winner who was second again in a Southwell hunter chase two months ago (3m, soft), getting outpointed by Haven't Time; still brings each-way credentials and he'll get maximum assistance from the saddle.

7/1

2nd

10

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Polish

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

led but pestered, jumped right and bumped rival 1st, clear with one other after 9th

14/1

Form: 5P0-91

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Comfortably made all in four-runner Stratford race (3m2f, good to firm) 12 days ago, just as he did on good ground last May just before a good C&D second; not much to cheer about in between but that was usually in much stronger races; back up 6lb but case can certainly be made with so few rivals today.

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5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Shantou Express

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Disappointing that he didn't run better when dropped in grade at Ludlow (3m, good) as he's got a good record in Class 4s; that casts some doubts about him at the minute.

7/1

6th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Shantou Express

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Similar type to Hurricane Harvey, having been campaigned mostly at a higher level; has lost his form since winning at Stratford last June but may revive back down in grade; 3-5 in Class 4.

12/1

7th

8

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Shantou Express

10st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Heavy ground would not have been ideal at Cheltenham 20 days ago but that was his third modest run on the bounce; won off this mark at Stratford last summer but reservations at the minute.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1121-4

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Five chase wins in the last 13 months or so, all in two or three-runner races; the latest was in April, before a lesser show when switched to hurdles (first hurdle start since March 2022) in first-time cheekpieces over 2m4f at Plumpton last month; needs better than that.

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22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Hell Red

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

5-8 over fences and well suited by good ground; won over 3m2f in a three-runner novice last term and good third of five over that trip when returned to fences at Uttoxeter on latest outing, but seemingly needs extra to take this.

8/1

3rd

2

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:10 Uttoxeter

Hell Red

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, went second after 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on but lost second run-in

9/2

4th

2

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:20 Worcester

Hell Red

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Five chase wins in the last 13 months or so, all in two or three-runner races; the latest was in April, before a lesser show when switched to hurdles (first hurdle start since March 2022) in first-time cheekpieces over 2m4f at Plumpton last month; needs better than that.

7/2

Form: F16P8- CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Sometimes front-runner; his wins in spring 2021 included two over C&D; had four rivals to beat when he scored at Uttoxeter last July off today's mark; well below form in his three runs since but should be a lot more interesting today than he was seven weeks ago after 186 days off.

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29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

11:55 Doncaster

Butlers Brief

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

Below par at Bangor a fortnight ago when the heavy going shouldn't have been an issue (won on such ground in July); however, he won at Kelso (3m2f, good to soft) two starts ago and could bounce back with a bold show.

5/2

5th

1

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 32y

Class 3

14:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Butlers Brief

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

led but pestered, headed 2 out, soon weakened

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £172.00
Straight Forecast £193.00
Trifecta £432.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Scarpia

SPOTLIGHT:

Shantou Express

Telegraph:

Hell Red

LAMBOURN:

Scarpia

The Times:

Scarpia

The Guardian:

Scarpia

D Express:

Scarpia

The Sun:

Scarpia

Daily Record:

Scarpia

RP RATINGS:

Shantou Express

POSTDATA:

Shantou Express

WEST COUNTRY:

Shantou Express

Daily Mail:

Shantou Express

Daily Mirror:

Shantou Express

The Star:

Shantou Express