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14:40 Cartmel

Good To Soft

Oakmere Homes Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £21124
  • 2m 1f 46y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Oakmere Homes Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 056-12

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Travelled very smoothly when winning on handicap debut at Tipperary (2m, good to yielding) in May and clear second to odds-on winner in Perth novice (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago, when seemingly outstayed; today's drop back in trip looks ideal and he could have more left in the tank.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:45 Killarney

Fiveonefive

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Cian Collins

Two of his three hurdle wins have been gained in Britain, namely at Cartmel (2m1f, good to soft) and Hereford (2m, good); remote eighth in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham in first-time cheekpieces which are retained.

14/1

8th

19

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Fiveonefive

10st 10lb

J: E Walsh

T: Cian Collins

Irish hurdler who has winning form on British soil, namely at Cartmel (2m1f, good to soft) and Hereford (2m, good); seemingly outstayed over 2m4f at Punchestown (soft to heavy) last month and evidently needs a return to shorter; headgear enlisted.

50/1

Form: 53-31V D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Front-running tactics were adopted when he wore reapplied cheekpieces (retained) at Fakenham (2m, good) last month and he came out on top; he was ending a long losing run and today's race is more competitive, but he could have more to offer now things have clicked again; effective on good to soft.

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10th

14

(8)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

15:40 Chester

Too Friendly

8st 6lb

J: Silvestre De Sousa

T: James Owen

Seen far more often over hurdles (winner on varied ground); has lost his way in that discipline but he was a smooth 2m winner on the Kempton AW in March on his only Flat start since 2021; 4lb higher today but could have more to offer in this sphere and is one to consider.

18/1

Form: 2721-2 BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Two-time novice hurdle winner (2m, good/good to soft) who was a close second in a handicap at Worcester (2m, good) last time, when his jockey mistook the winning post and stopped riding briefly; a 5lb rise demands further improvement but he's lightly raced.

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3rd

8

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 2

14:40 Cartmel

Trolley Boy

10st 10lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

towards rear

10/1

2nd

1

17th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Worcester

Trolley Boy

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

C&D winner on his hurdling debut and back from a break when landing a Ludlow novice three weeks ago; beaten in both handicap attempts but a repeat of that latest performance makes him a leading light in this.

15/8

1st

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:40 Ludlow

Trolley Boy

11st 9lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield

7/1

Form: 323-26 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Creditable second at Plumpton (2m4f, good) in May and he's okay on good to soft ground; not ruled out but he was well beaten at Market Rasen (2m4f, good) last time and his losing sequence is up to 12.

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3rd

5

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

Ashington

11st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

No win since scoring over hurdles here (2m4f, Class 2; from 9lb higher) in March 2022; could strip fitter for recent comeback run (Warwick), while the switch back to fences for the first time in 13 months could potentially rekindle a spark; one to consider.

13/2

5th

4

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Ashington

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mark Walford

More than two years since last time successful but often runs well and he's dropped to a career-low mark; Cobden booking takes the eye on return from a break.

6/1

Form: 4452-1 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Second at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) in April and went one better at Kelso (2m, good to firm) in May; he's up 4lb for last time and may be vulnerable against some unexposed rivals, but can give another good account.

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8th

15

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Castel Gandolfo

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Soundly beaten by a few of these when sixth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) last month but it wasn't a bad performance and he's run really well when runner-up over C&D on his two previous visits to Haydock (good/good to soft); on a competitive mark and not ruled out each-way.

33/1

6th

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Castel Gandolfo

11st 5lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

midfield

25/1

Form: U28-05 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who went close at Carlisle in February but he's struggled on his last three starts and a major turnaround is needed.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Vocal Duke

12st 0lb

J: Leah Noreci

T: James Moffatt

Last win was off 6lb higher at Cartmel in June 2022 (2m1f, soft); inconsistent form this term, but chance on his second to a subsequent winner at Carlisle in October (2m1f, heavy) when wearing cheekpieces for the first time (retained).

9/2

5th

6

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:25 Newcastle

Vocal Duke

11st 10lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

No longer as good as he was but seemed to respond well to first-tme cheekpieces when creditable second at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last month and has obvious claims here if the headgear continues to have a positive effect.

4/1

Form: 5P/1-2 D BF

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle at Down Royal (2m, good) last June and returned from absence with close second of 18 in Cork handicap (2m4f, yielding) in May, when clear with one who followed up; this unexposed 7yo is open to further improvement for his top Irish trainer and has leading claims.

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7th

2

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 2

14:40 Cartmel

Banks Boy

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear, awkward jump 1st

9/2

2nd

1

6th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:33 Cork

Banks Boy

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, smooth headway and prominent 3 out, went second last, ridden disputing lead run-in, kept on, went clear with winner towards finish

8/1

1st

6

3rd Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 100y

17:25 Down Royal

Banks Boy

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in behind leaders, pressed leaders when jumped slightly left 3 out, went second before 2 out, nudged along when every chance after 2 out, ridden and hung right and no extra run-in, always held

11/8

Form: 0P77-7 D BF

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Continues to drop down the weights and he's one to watch in the betting, but he's failed to threaten this year and others appeal more.

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8th

10

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 2

14:40 Cartmel

Band Of Outlaws

10st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders

12/1

3

20th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:45 Bangor-on-Dee

Band Of Outlaws

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Beat one rival in first four starts for this stable but was still sent off favourite at Hexham two weeks ago; didn't look very keen in finishing seventh there and cheekpieces now replaced by first-time visor; nothing like the force of old but trainer in blazing form, which counts.

6/1

7th

1

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 3

20:40 Hexham

Band Of Outlaws

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Ben Haslam

Useful at his best in Ireland for Joseph O'Brien but has beaten just one rival in four outings for current yard; carries obvious risks but his mark is in freefall and he's not one to give up on just yet.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 42-032 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Third in this last year (good) and has run well to be placed on his last two starts (2m, good); each-way claims if conditions suit; has won on good to soft but rarely tackles a slow surface nowadays.

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5th

4

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

13:31 Doncaster

Hurricane Ali

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: John Mackie

Seven-time hurdle winner who is consistent in the main; ran well at Wetherby last time (no excuses) but that made it ten defeats on the trot and his handicap mark hasn't moved very far.

8/1

2nd

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:08 Wetherby

Hurricane Ali

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: John Mackie

disputed lead, raced in second before 3 out, ridden and outpaced after 2 out, jumped left last, no impression run-in

7/1

Form: 1141-1 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who has posted five wins (2m-2m2f, good-soft) from his last six starts; today's assignment is tougher but he's won in style the last twice and there could still be mileage in his mark.

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10th

14

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Inferno Sacree

10st 3lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

led

33/1

Form: /2438- D

Last run: 84 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

On a fair mark judged on last season's best efforts but below par in April on final run for Olly Murphy and sold for £35,000 in May; makes stable debut in a hot race and it's probably best to look elsewhere.

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4th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:55 Ayr

Dr T J Eckleburg

10st 11lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

held up in last, struggling from 8th

9/1

3

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 4

16:20 Fakenham

Dr T J Eckleburg

11st 8lb

T: Evan Williams

2

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:35 Fakenham

Dr T J Eckleburg

11st 13lb

T: Evan Williams

Form: 1FPF-5 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who returned to form with creditable fifth of 15 over fences at Ballinrobe (2m7f, good) in May and he's versatile in terms of trip and ground; won in fine style at Galway (2m7f, soft) last July on his last hurdles outing and this Irish challenger is a very interesting contender.

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0

5

5th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 108y

14:30 Galway

Hallowed Star

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Just 7lb lower when bolting up in this race last year and went on to win over fences; did not get the run of the race in a 2m Flat handicap here on Wednesday; forecast rain will help and very likely to be a strong contender to follow up last year's success.

7/1

6th

6

(20)

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Galway

Hallowed Star

9st 13lb

J: Gavin Ryan

T: John Joseph Hanlon

135-rated jumper; twice placed in Flat maidens; merits respect as three-time course winner over jumps; cheekpieces fitted now after a dismal run over hurdles at Cartmel.

12/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £614.90
Tricast £3426.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Banks Boy

RP RATINGS:

Hurricane Ali

Daily Mirror:

Belvedere Blast

Daily Record:

Too Friendly

D Express:

Hallowed Star

WEST COUNTRY:

Castel Gandolfo

POSTDATA:

Ashington

The Times:

Banks Boy

The Sun:

Banks Boy

The Star:

Banks Boy

TOPSPEED:

Hurricane Ali

Telegraph:

Hurricane Ali