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Crouchie’s Equine Quest Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5809.1
  • 2m 5f 164y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Crouchie’s Equine Quest Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 5-R251

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Refused to race in May but no lack of resolution in his finishing effort when a narrow winner at Worcester 23 days ago (2m4f, good; cheekpieces left off); on a career-high mark now but more convincing than some.

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0

3

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:30 Exeter

Watergrange Jack

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Won three handicap hurdles on good ground since August and unlikely that he gave his running when his bid for a four-timer came up well short; has got himself high in the weights even if taking to fences.

16/1

6th

2

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Watergrange Jack

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Bids for a four-timer after recent handicap hurdle wins (at around 2m4f) at Worcester and Fontwell (twice); another 3lb rise takes him to a career-high mark but he's still not taken lightly in his current mood.

4/1

1st

1

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:38 Fontwell

Watergrange Jack

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

In career-best form last month, winning on good ground at Worcester (2m4f) and here (2m5f); latest 5lb rise demands more from him but he'll be fine over today's trip and commands respect in current mood.

5/4

5/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: F14-37 BF

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Ran well for a long way but lost some momentum at the final two fences in Summer Plate Trial back chasing at Market Rasen in June (2m5f, good; tongue-tie refitted, discarded now) and came home in her own time; fair hurdle run at Aintree previously and still has time on her side.

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2nd

4

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Ile De Jersey

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders, lost ground after 3rd

5/1

7th

7

23rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

15:55 Market Rasen

Ile De Jersey

10st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

5yo mare who won over fences at Southwell (2m4f, good) in November and returned from a break with a good effort over hurdles last month; moves up in grade here but we may not have seen the best of her yet.

6/1

3rd

1

19th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:15 Aintree

Ile De Jersey

12st 1lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Low-mileage 5yo who won Southwell chase (2m4f, good) off today's mark in November; not seen since disappointing run the following month but still considered on today's return to hurdling.

9/2

25/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 2P-R46 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Down a long way in the weights as a result of some poor results since a close call at Warwick last September; usually runs over further and hard to know what effect leaving off all aids will have (usually tongue tied; cheekpieces dropped latest) now back hurdling.

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3rd

6

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Irish Prophecy

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Emma Lavelle

jumped right on occasions, prominent

25/1

6th

2

4th Aug 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

15:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Irish Prophecy

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Well beaten over hurdles latest and had previously refused in a Cartmel chase so current wellbeing a doubt; on a good mark on the pick of last year's form but Tom Bellamy, who usually rides him, jumps ship.

20/1

4th

1

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:23 Worcester

Irish Prophecy

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Well beaten when refusing in a Cartmel chase in May, on his return from six months off; much lower mark for this first hurdle start since March 2021 but probably best watched for now.

10/1

Form: 4-4312

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Impressed when beating a subsequent winner in only his second handicap, at Stratford last month (2m2f, good); heavy ground not necessarily ideal but still ran well in defeat at Cartmel since; up 11lb since the win but has some potential.

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4th

3

23rd Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

16:15 Plumpton

Uggy Uggy Uggy

11st 8lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Progressive 5yo who readily drew 8l clear to score at Warwick (2m, good) last month and is now 2-7 over hurdles; latest 10lb rise asks a question of him but he still commands respect.

100/30

1st

4

25th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Warwick

Uggy Uggy Uggy

11st 8lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Won readily by 6l at Stratford (2m2f, good) in July, his second handicap, and has made the frame in Class 3 races twice since (2m1f/2m5f); eased in grade today and a likely contender again.

11/2

Form: 140-24 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Four consecutive wins, including over C&D, between May and November in 2022 (all on good); not yet got her eye in since back from a break and can find easier opportunities later.

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6th

6

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

The Height Of Fame

11st 4lb

J: Miss Alice Procter

T: Keiran Burke

Won four consecutive handicaps between May and November in 2022 (all on good); off only 2lb higher than for the last of those she returned to winning ways with a convincing success at Wincanton two months ago when in this new headgear combination; back up 7lb but goes well fresh and hard to rule out.

7/2

1st

8

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:35 Wincanton

The Height Of Fame

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Keiran Burke

prominent, mistake 7th, jumped left last

8/1

Form: 167-76 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Now 4lb below his latest hurdle win, over 2m1f here last August, and nearly pulled off a winning return to the Flat at Bath last month (1m6f, good); should be competitive back hurdling.

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1st

9

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

17:10 Exeter

Thahab Ifraj

10st 4lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Alexandra Dunn

Nearly pulled off a winning return to the Flat at Bath in July but finished completely tailed off there a month ago after a heavy defeat over hurdles; not crying out to be backed.

20/1

7th

3

(3)

13th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:35 Bath

Thahab Ifraj

9st 11lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Alexandra Dunn

Well beaten over hurdles last time but had very nearly pulled off a winning return to the Flat over C&D in July (good); same mark for this and needs considering.

8/1

6th

10

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Thahab Ifraj

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alexandra Dunn

towards rear, hit 5th

8/1

Form: -3P193

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Well held on heavy ground two starts ago but looked in good heart back hurdling when winning at Newton Abbot previously (3m2f, good) and his latest third over 2m5f there was a return to form; not dismissed.

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7th

3

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Name In Lights

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield, mistake 5th

14/1

3rd

6

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 2

16:30 Newton Abbot

Name In Lights

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

pressed leader, not fluent 3rd, led with one circuit to go, not fluent 4 out

10/1

9th

6

22nd Jul 2023

Soft

2m 6f 31y

Class 3

15:25 Cartmel

Name In Lights

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent

8/1

7/1

Form: 11-324 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles (2m5f) and fences (2m4f; both on good to soft) in April and close second in a Bangor chase in June (good); wasn't on his game at Stratford last month, though, and reverts to hurdles with cheekpieces added.

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4

22nd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Norley

11st 5lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

prominent, pulled up last

16/1

4th

5

6th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 2

14:55 Fontwell

Norley

11st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

held up in rear, mistake 2nd

16/1

8th

5

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Norley

11st 10lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

took keen hold, led, headed but pressed leader before 2nd

7/1

Form: 55FF-1 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Put the seal on some lesser hurdle runs with two falls in April but he won his next two Flat starts and had a much-needed confidence-giver when winning at Newton Abbot in July (2m5f, good); back up 8lb but another bold bid expected.

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4th

5

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Bashful Boy

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

held up in rear, weakened from 3 out, left in remote fourth last

20/1

10th

8

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Bashful Boy

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Four-time hurdle winner; back on a good mark now but was unable to land a telling blow over C&D (good to soft) last month and would appeal more on better ground.

33/1

6th

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Bashful Boy

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Fourth in the 2m2f Cesarewitch on Flat in October; four-time winner over hurdles but no excuses when only fourth of six runners over C&D two weeks ago.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 123-PP D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Multiple Flat and hurdle wins but under a cloud this year, on the Flat, over hurdles and on chase debut; at least he gets into easier races now back hurdling but not too convincing even so.

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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

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Payout
Exacta £411.00
Straight Forecast £322.70
Tricast £4001.20
Trifecta £4939.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Uggy Uggy Uggy

RP RATINGS:

Bashful Boy

LAMBOURN:

Ile De Jersey

TOPSPEED:

Name In Lights

The Star:

Watergrange Jack

Daily Mirror:

Ile De Jersey

The Times:

Uggy Uggy Uggy

The Guardian:

Uggy Uggy Uggy

D Express:

Uggy Uggy Uggy

The Sun:

Uggy Uggy Uggy

Daily Record:

Uggy Uggy Uggy

POSTDATA:

Name In Lights

Telegraph:

Bashful Boy

Daily Mail:

Bashful Boy