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Abacus High Quality Decorators Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 3f 207y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Abacus High Quality Decorators Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4542-2

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Consistent 5yo with 2-10 strike-rate over hurdles; second to progressive rivals on consecutive starts this spring (2m/2m3f) and remains unexposed over this sort of trip; ought to be right in the thick of things.

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6

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Mothill

11st 11lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Has won three of his last four hurdles, latterly edging home in the new cheekpieces at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) after Joe Anderson had lost his whip (still a fine ride; always ideally positioned up with the pace); mark continues to rise (up another 5lb) but he's not easily knocked.

4/1

1st

13

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Mothill

10st 5lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Wins in 2023 came in Class 4 events at Uttoxeter and Sedgefield (both 2m4f, good to soft) and the rise in class seemed to find him out when he was only eighth in the Lanzarote at Kempton last time; needs first-time cheekpieces to spark a career-best effort.

16/1

8th

17

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Mothill

10st 9lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Solid record in Class 4 this term, winning at Sedgefield (2m4f, good to soft) most recently; 5lb claimer Joe Anderson (won on him last June) returns, in bid to offset 5lb rise; 4-12 over hurdles; upped sharply in grade but arrives in top form; shortlisted.

16/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 63423-

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 13lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

12yo who is not the force of old and hasn't won since 2020; ended last season with two good efforts on slow ground, though, and any lingering juice in the ground will aid his cause here.

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3rd

9

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:42 Southwell

Mcgowans Pass

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Jennie Candlish

Consistent enough but this veteran is on a losing run and hasn't been seen since August; not the percentage play.

14/1

6th

4

21st Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

18:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Mcgowans Pass

11st 8lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Jennie Candlish

Last won in 2020 but continues to run well and second to an in-form rival last time at Perth (2m, good); unlikely to be far away.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 62U-38 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Not as good as he was over fences but remains capable of useful chase form; didn't really fire here last month but still looks interesting off his lower hurdle mark; best on good ground but handles soft.

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2

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:40 Market Rasen

Captain Tom Cat

11st 10lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

pressed leader, led 9th, headed 2 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths second when fell last

3/1

3rd

2

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

19:40 Uttoxeter

Captain Tom Cat

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Not as good as he was over fences but remains capable of useful chase form; didn't really fire here last month but still looks interesting off his lower hurdle mark; best on good ground but handles soft.

8/1

Form: 2/14- D

Last run: 127 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Second to a good horse on bumper debut in 2021 and returned from one-year absence to make winning hurdle debut at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in October; a respectable fourth at Wetherby followed in February, and he ought to have some improvement to come in handicaps.

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9th

9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Montgomery

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Brought up the hat-trick at Bangor four weeks ago (3m, soft) but that looked unlikely for much of the race and jumping out to the right didn't help his cause; if that trait continues here then he'll do well to defy a 6lb rise in this much stronger race.

7/1

1st

4

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Montgomery

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Low-mileage 7yo who won by 8l over C&D (heavy) on last month's stable/chase debut and easily followed up at Leicester (2m6f, soft) a fortnight ago; shooting up the weights, but it's hard to tell when his improvement will level off.

10/11

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

15:50 Leicester

Montgomery

12st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Looked a cut above this level when returning to make a winning chase and stable debut at Bangor (3m, heavy; beating a bang-in-form rival) last week; carries a 7lb penalty for that success (is due a 10lb rise), so ought to prove tough to beat despite the concession of weight all round.

8/11

Form: 12P-33 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Made very encouraging return from layoff when staying-on third at Kempton (2m5f, good; usual cheekpieces missing) last month and may not have had the race run to suit when slightly below that form on his latest outing (cheekpieces back on); remains one to be interested in.

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5th

4

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

19:40 Uttoxeter

Salley Gardens

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Made very encouraging return from layoff when staying-on third at Kempton (2m5f, good; usual cheekpieces missing) last month and may not have had the race run to suit when slightly below that form on his latest outing (cheekpieces back on); remains one to be interested in.

6/1

3rd

2

24th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Warwick

Salley Gardens

11st 9lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Olly Murphy

Good-ground specialist who made promising return from 252-day absence when staying on from the rear to take third in 13-runner Kempton handicap (2m5f, good) this month; sports refitted cheekpieces (worn for last three wins) here; features prominently in calculations.

11/4

3rd

5

1st May 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Kempton

Salley Gardens

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

towards rear

16/1

Form: 1114-1 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Has excellent 6-8 strike-rate since switched to handicap hurdles, the latest win gained at Southwell (2m4f, good) last month; latest 6lb rise demands more from him, but further improvement is not out of the question.

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0

8

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Six wins between November 2022 and May 2023 included one over C&D (good); back to within 1lb of the final winning mark in that sequence, but too far below par the last four times to expect him to capitalise.

16/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Between November of last year and this May he won six times in seven starts (2m3f-2m4f); however, shot up the weights as a consequence and he's beaten only one finisher in his last three appearances; has stamina to prove.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £210.00
Straight Forecast £200.90
Trifecta £466.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Blue Shark

SPOTLIGHT:

Mothill

Daily Mail:

Shallow River

POSTDATA:

Captain Tom Cat

The Times:

Blue Shark

Daily Mirror:

Blue Shark

The Star:

Blue Shark

Daily Record:

Blue Shark

The Sun:

Shallow River

RP RATINGS:

Mothill

Telegraph:

Mothill

The Guardian:

Captain Tom Cat