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EBCS Leisure Giddy Up Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4710.78
  • 2m 2f 110y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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EBCS Leisure Giddy Up Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 88-643 BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Irish Flat winner in 2021; yet to score over hurdles but stayed on well to finish third here (2m1f) 13 days ago (attracted strong support); the longer trip could well suit and he is one for the shortlist.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

6

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

12:40 Taunton

Sassified

11st 9lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Three hurdle wins on good ground this season (2m1f-2m3f); behind two of these when below form at Exeter last month and would prefer the rain to stay away but, if judged on Flat form, he could still be on a good mark.

6/1

7th

8

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

14:00 Exeter

Sassified

11st 8lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Has enjoyed a fruitful summer on good ground, making it three wins from his last four starts with a 2l success at Fontwell (2m3f); has another 4lb to deal with but that looks manageable.

4/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 8367-4

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Maiden; not disgraced at Warwick last month (after wind surgery, in these aids) but more needed to gain a win; Harry Cobden rides and stable has started the season in good form but other runners in this are still preferred.

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8th

13

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Escobedo

10st 3lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Sylvester Kirk

in touch with leaders, mistake 1st

20/1

12th

10

(11)

12th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 6

16:38 Southwell (AW)

Escobedo

10st 4lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Sylvester Kirk

Partnered by Lily Jones on five of his six starts (once over hurdles) since switching to current stable and has been placed twice this year, more recently when third to Harbour Vision at Wolverhampton (9.4f) a fortnight ago; may not be ideally suited by this drop back in trip, though.

14/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 444-52 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Consistent in bumpers and his three attempts over hurdles; not much fortune when second at Worcester last month (favourite) and considered on this handicap debut, with this trip likely to suit.

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7th

8

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Moonshine Spirit

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Placed off 5lb higher on handicap debut at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in June but has looked out of sorts on recent outings and comes here with a lot to prove.

16/1

11th

6

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Moonshine Spirit

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Reached the frame in three of his first four hurdle runs but he's returned from a break with two disappointing efforts this autumn; looks feasibly treated on his best hurdles form but needs to get back on track.

10/1

10th

1

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:40 Chepstow

Moonshine Spirit

12st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear of midfield, weakened 3 out

9/1

Form: P7F-54 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Unplaced in six starts but his Market Rasen fifth, two starts ago, suggested he was capable of winning; hot favourite next time at Fontwell but finished tailed off; wind surgery two days later and cheekpieces tried; dangerous to rule out.

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0

13

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

One Man Party

10st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

Ten-race maiden; has each-way claims if judged on a couple of last summer's efforts but was safely held last week, after a break, and makes only limited appeal from 3lb out of the weights; tongue-tie/visor added.

20/1

8th

11

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:37 Hereford

One Man Party

10st 5lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: David Bridgwater

Backed into favouritism when unseating midrace on chase debut in August (absent since); only 7l away over 2m4f at Uttoxeter the time before and, although 5lb out of the weights, Caoilin Quinn draws back 3lb of that with his claim.

16/1

Form: 245-32

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Runner-up for the fourth time over hurdles when chasing home an in-form rival at Ffos Las 19 days ago; every chance on that but career record now 0-22 and doubts will remain until he manages a win.

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0

3

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

13:30 Stratford

Heronord

10st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Last month's win at Newton Abbot (2m, good to soft) was a first victory at the 24th attempt, and he was a well-beaten second of four at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) last time; however, he bumped into a progressive winner and could be involved today; also effective on good ground.

2/1

2nd

5

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

14:45 Market Rasen

Heronord

10st 4lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up over hurdles (2m, good) in June and back to form when winning over fences at Newton Abbot (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; unproven on soft/heavy; that was a first victory at the 24th attempt but he had 4l to spare and remains well treated on past exploits.

4/1

1st

4

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:50 Newton Abbot

Heronord

10st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up over hurdles at Ffos Las (2m, good) last month and remains very well handicapped on some of last year's chasing form but weakened rather tamely here (over hurdles) three weeks ago and career strike-rate is now 0-23; all his best form was recorded on good/good to firm ground.

11/4

Form: 3464-6

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Chase winner (fortunate) last September; has been running no more than respectably over hurdles this year, including in cheekpieces latest, but drop in trip and Sam Twiston-Davies taking over from an amateur might provoke some necessary improvement; not ruled out.

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3rd

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

17:13 Ludlow

Fantomas

11st 3lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Usually claimer ridden; came good over hurdles at 15th attempt, by a neck from Johns Dream at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) in March, but looked unenthusiastic next time; not disgraced at Stratford last time and cheekpieces are now replaced with a visor; probably not the percentage call.

8/1

5th

8

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

13:40 Stratford

Fantomas

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Came good over hurdles at 15th attempt, digging deep to beat Johns Dream by a neck at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) last month, but looked unenthusiastic when well-held third at Bangor on latest outing; others appeal more.

12/1

3rd

6

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

16:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Fantomas

11st 4lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Came good over hurdles at 15th attempt, digging deep to prevail by a neck at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; 6lb rise demands a bit more from him, but at least we know he's in good nick.

9/4

OUR TIP

Form: 4-55

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Best of three hurdle attempts when fifth at Worcester this month; may well improve now handicapping but he was a very modest maiden on the Flat, which tempers confidence.

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7th

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Kempton

Emanate

11st 2lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, no impression after 2 out

14/1

8th

10

(7)

2nd Apr 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Emanate

9st 0lb

J: Hayley Turner

T: Neil Mulholland

Won twice over hurdles last summer but was safely held in a 1m4f classified when returned to the Flat here last month, after a break, and needs to have taken significant benefit from that outing.

33/1

Form: 3224-P

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Frustrating performer; 0-15 over fences (placed in nine of them) and pulled up when tried in cheekpieces on latest; first hurdle start since March 2021 and hard to be confident this will be his golden hour.

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6

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

19:00 Newton Abbot

Eros

10st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Frustrating performer; 0-15 over fences (placed in nine of them) and pulled up when tried in cheekpieces on latest; first hurdle start since March 2021 and hard to be confident this will be his golden hour.

20/1

8

17th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:40 Worcester

Eros

11st 4lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Longstanding maiden who was disappointing at Exeter last month and it's hard to be confident after that; however, he went there on the back of two good seconds (2m4f/2m, good/soft) and it's possible he'll be able to bounce back in first-time cheekpieces and a reapplied tongue-tie; not written off.

10/1

Form: 834P-P

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Has the ability to figure but 1-34 in career and pulled up in a chase last month after a break; yet to win over hurdles and recent wind surgery needs to enable him to turn a corner.

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8

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

19:00 Newton Abbot

Yaazaain

10st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

prominent

33/1

12

17th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:40 Worcester

Yaazaain

10st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Won over fences last May and went close in a selling handicap hurdle in September; however, he has a patchy profile and was struggling when last seen in December; others have more compelling claims.

33/1

8

30th Dec 2022

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:15 Taunton

Yaazaain

10st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Career record is 1-32, the success coming over fences at Huntingdon May (did his best to throw it away); well held over hurdles lately; safe conveyance and trainer in form but limited appeal, especially if there's more rain.

16/1

Form: P670/7

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Well beaten at Worcester on return from 13 months off; might be straighter for that but has never been placed; cheekpieces tried.

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10

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

19:00 Newton Abbot

What A Pleasure

10st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Well beaten at Worcester on return from 13 months off; might be straighter for that but has never been placed; cheekpieces tried.

50/1

7th

12

26th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:10 Worcester

What A Pleasure

10st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Offered too little on Exeter handicap debut 13 months ago and unseen since; half-brother Fat Sam has enjoyed a productive last two summers for Chris Down on today's sort of trip/ground, and that way hope lies.

66/1

10th

12

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:40 Exeter

What A Pleasure

10st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Some promise in bumpers but none in three starts over hurdles; handicap debut and others far more obvious.

50/1

Form: P59-8

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Poor on the Flat in Ireland and no better over hurdles in Britain; beaten 40l on last month's handicap debut and 7lb out of the weights here; it's just the presence of Sean Bowen in the saddle which piques interest.

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12

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

19:00 Newton Abbot

Atlantic Breeze

10st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Nigel Hawke

in rear

20/1

8th

12

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Atlantic Breeze

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for three hurdle races last season and is 2lb out of the weights for today's handicap debut but is, nevertheless, worth a glance in the betting.

16/1

9th

12

27th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Atlantic Breeze

10st 9lb

J: James Davies

T: Nigel Hawke

Soon became disappointing after a promising Flat debut in Ireland; nothing positive to report so far over hurdles.

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £251.00
Straight Forecast £191.80
Tricast £539.00
Trifecta £813.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Heronord

The Times:

Sassified

POSTDATA:

Moonshine Spirit

SPOTLIGHT:

Hillsin

D Express:

Escobedo

WEST COUNTRY:

Moonshine Spirit

The Sun:

Moonshine Spirit

Daily Mail:

Heronord

Daily Mirror:

Heronord

Daily Record:

Heronord

Telegraph:

Sassified

The Guardian:

Sassified

The Star:

Sassified