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Stepway Veterans Charity Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £10033.9
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Stepway Veterans Charity Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 551-31 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Two out of three in novice hurdles since wind surgery with the only defeat coming over C&D when the ground was softer than the official description; going up 6lb for latest Warwick success looks harsh on handicap debut but he's progressive and in good form, which counts for plenty.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

1

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Everyonesgame

11st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Three hurdle wins this season, the latest gained in Class 2 handicap at Worcester (2m4f, good) in June; below form on latest outing (reportedly unsuited by soft ground) and has to concede weight to all his rivals here but can make his presence felt.

25/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 46B-41

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Last month's Uttoxeter win came in much weaker company but was notable in that he didn't pull as much as he often has and he also found more under pressure than has sometimes been the case; this will be a sterner test and he'll need to jump better while this trip is unknown territory.

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6th

3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Galata Bridge

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

held up in rear, badly hampered and dropped to rear 3rd, detached 4 out

16/1

3rd

3

20th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:10 Worcester

Galata Bridge

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Settling better again the last twice has enabled him to record a 2m Uttoxeter win and class 2 second over this C&D; little margin for error off a still career-high mark, but the drop in class is a positive.

3/1

2nd

11

28th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:28 Worcester

Galata Bridge

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Last month's Uttoxeter win came in much weaker company but was notable in that he didn't pull as much as he often has and he also found more under pressure than has sometimes been the case; this will be a sterner test and he'll need to jump better while this trip is unknown territory.

11/2

33/1

  • Place: £15.80

Form: FP46P- D

Last run: 312 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Chase winner in May 2022, on final start for Paul Nicholls; ran well until falling on stable debut but nothing in four subsequent outings; back from ten months off and best watched.

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6th

8

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Eritage

10st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Syd Hosie

0-8 for current stable; 312 days off before rediscovering some form this summer with two placed efforts over hurdles; not so good on latest outing; well treated judged on peak chase efforts but failed to complete last May/June on last two attempts in this sphere; below form sole run over this far.

20/1

5th

1

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 2

16:30 Newton Abbot

Eritage

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Syd Hosie

in touch with leaders

6/1

2nd

1

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 122y

Class 3

15:25 Newton Abbot

Eritage

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Syd Hosie

Generally very disappointing since switching to current stable last spring but returned from layoff with respectable third at Worcester (2m4f, good) last month and has possibilities here if able to build on that performance; suited by good/good to soft ground.

11/2

Form: 0P85-4 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Four starts for Tom Lacey and ran very well at Cheltenham in March (now 7lb lower); hasn't matched that since and didn't appear to be crying out for this trip when well held in fourth at Market Rasen 19 days ago.

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4th

7

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Luttrell Lad

11st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Placed twice in a row in the winter (2m3f, good) and returned from a break with fair seventh of 19 at Aintree last month (2m, soft; beaten 6l); however, he needs something extra if he's to land this.

20/1

7th

8

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Luttrell Lad

11st 8lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Exceeded market expectations when eighth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last March; has been running well this winter but his sole handicap win came at Cartmel (2m1f, heavy) last July and he's still 6lb higher, so it's likely he has his share of weight; cheekpieces (tried once in 2022, Flat) are refitted.

16/1

3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Luttrell Lad

11st 3lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Won on heavy ground last July and returned from a break with two good runs towards end of last year; made brave bid from the front when second at Hereford (2m3f, good) on latest occasion and benefits from Cameron Iles's very useful 7lb claim today; highly respected.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1116-P C

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Seven wins last year (five in chases) but soon in trouble on recent return from eight months off; reverts to hurdles and cheekpieces return but probably best watched until showing a deal more.

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6

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Clear The Runway

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: L J Morgan

Prolific over hurdles and fences in 2022 and he's tumbled down the weights; market check advised with Harry Cobden booked on first outing since last August, but he struggled last year and returns with lots to prove.

16/1

5th

3

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

19:30 Market Rasen

Clear The Runway

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

held up in last but in touch with leaders, ridden omitted 2 out, soon outpaced

9/1

Form: /1123- CD

Last run: 240 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Finished last on the Flat at Newmarket on return from seven months off; that might set him up nicely for this, having won twice over C&D a year ago (made all each time); they were small fields so much more of a test of his mettle in this line-up.

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4th

1

25th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Solo Saxophone

12st 0lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Alex Hales

Multiple Flat and hurdle winner but badly out of form under all codes this year; sports refitted tongue-tie and swaps visor for cheekpieces today; leap of faith required to support him.

14/1

0

2

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Solo Saxophone

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

pressed leader, led before 2nd

25/1

0

3

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 3

14:35 Uttoxeter

Solo Saxophone

11st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

didn't jump well, always behind

16/1

Form: 21112- CD

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Four wins in the second half of last year, in these aids, and including one over C&D; well held off this mark when last seen seven months ago and could have opposition if wanting to adopt usual front-running role.

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3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Finisk River

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

11yo who was inconsistent across his five runs last year and returns from some time off today; however, he was runner-up at Bangor (2m7f, good) last September and his claims will be boosted if he's on good ground.

12/1

7th

1

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

12:35 Musselburgh

Finisk River

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Sent up in trip at Bangor (2m7f, good) in September and returned to form with good second; best recent form on good ground; could be involved.

11/2

Form: 11/12- D

Last run: 382 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in four races between May 2021-May 2022 but winning run came to an end with a narrow Hexham defeat, off this mark, a year ago; absence a concern but she has won after a similar break; makes the running but isn't the only in this field to do that; one of two runners for yard.

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8th

7

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 2

16:30 Newton Abbot

Merry Berry

11st 9lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, headway before 5th

7/1

0

8

28th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:28 Worcester

Merry Berry

11st 3lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Unbeaten in four races between May 2021-May 2022 but winning run came to an end with a narrow Hexham defeat, off this mark, a year ago; absence a concern but she has won after a similar break; makes the running but isn't the only in this field to do that; one of two runners for yard.

7/1

2nd

4

11th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Merry Berry

11st 2lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

led, briefly headed 2nd, led again 3rd, increased tempo 6th, good jump 2 out, pushed along home turn, ridden approaching last, kept on until headed by winner inside final 110yds

2/1

Form: P68-77

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Two wins last year in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien but unplaced in five starts for current trainer; not beaten far in the second of them, at Wetherby in February, but heavy defeats at big odds since.

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5th

1

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Celestial Horizon

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Dual Flat (at up to 1m6f) and dual hurdles winner (at up to 2m1f) when trained in Ireland; well beaten in all nine starts for this trainer and plummeting in the handicap; new headgear now tried (has won in blinkers); watching brief advised unless market vibes strong.

9/1

8th

6

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 3

17:00 Sedgefield

Celestial Horizon

10st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

His mark continues to tumble and he's worth a market check, but he was pulled up in summer 2022 on his final three runs for Joseph O'Brien and his struggles have continued for this yard.

16/1

Form: 151-0V C

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Two wins here and last month's Haydock outing should have put him right; latest event at Stratford voided after a mile; all wins (apart from one in Jersey) at up to 2m1f so stamina to prove at this trip; chances if staying.

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6th

5

16th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:00 Stratford

Jamacho

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

in touch with leaders on outer

8/1

0

10

28th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:28 Worcester

Jamacho

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Two wins here and last month's Haydock outing should have put him right; latest event at Stratford voided after a mile; all wins (apart from one in Jersey) at up to 2m1f so stamina to prove at this trip; chances if staying.

7/1

0

5

20th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:30 Stratford

Jamacho

11st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

midfield, pulled up before 4th, race voided

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £160.00
Straight Forecast £154.10
Tricast £7782.30
Trifecta £6434.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Merry Berry

WEST COUNTRY:

Accidental Rebel

SPOTLIGHT:

Everyonesgame

RP RATINGS:

Luttrell Lad

POSTDATA:

Finisk River

The Sun:

Clear The Runway

Daily Mail:

Solo Saxophone

Telegraph:

Everyonesgame

D Express:

Luttrell Lad

The Times:

Merry Berry

The Guardian:

Merry Berry

Daily Mirror:

Accidental Rebel

Daily Record:

Accidental Rebel

The Star:

Finisk River