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Ann Hitchings Memorial Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Ann Hitchings Memorial Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.00
  • Place: £5.00

Form: 7P42-8

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Narrowly denied in a maiden hurdle at Warwick (2m3f, good) in April only to disappoint in a novice next time when tried in cheekpieces; tongue-tie fitted for handicap debut here and has the ability to cope with this mark; more interesting than most of these.

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3rd

6

19th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

16:55 Uttoxeter

Democritus

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jo Davis

prominent

4/1

1st

8

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Worcester

Democritus

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jo Davis

Narrowly denied in a maiden hurdle at Warwick (2m3f, good) in April only to disappoint in a novice next time when tried in cheekpieces; tongue-tie fitted for handicap debut here and has the ability to cope with this mark; more interesting than most of these.

10/1

8th

3

27th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Worcester

Democritus

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jo Davis

Improving with experience and only just denied at Warwick (2m3f, good) on latest start three months ago; repeat of that gives him major claims and he handled soft ground on previous start; cheekpieces go on.

5/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 12S44- D

Last run: 327 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Comfortable winner at Southwell (2m4f, good) last May on his first run after second wind op and also ran well when fourth here on final sighting in October (2m4f, good); quite exposed and probably one to watch back from his break.

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4th

11

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Rare Clouds

11st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Knocking on the door (including on good to soft ground) prior to winning at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) in January; has tackled 2m7f/3m when pulled up the last twice and this drop back in trip could help, but it's hard to be confident in this 10yo's claims on the back of those performances.

20/1

3

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Rare Clouds

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Looked as good as ever when winning by 6l here (2m5f, heavy) in January and should be fine over today's longer trip but he's on a fairly tough mark now and needs to put last month's disappointing Ascot run behind him.

7/1

OUR TIP

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 4436-3 D

Last run: 87 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Infrequent winner (3-31) formerly trained by Jonjo O'Neill; only 3-1 for stable debut in a 3m2f handicap hurdle at Stratford three months ago (after 154 days away) but ran a laboured race in finishing third of the four runners; reservations despite this trip being a better fit.

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7th

2

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

14:05 Stratford

Cawthorne Lad

11st 12lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: D J Jeffreys

Two fairly good runs for new stable this season, more recently when staying-on third at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) six weeks ago; competes off same mark here and the longer trip will suit; shortlisted.

9/2

3rd

2

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Worcester

Cawthorne Lad

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

Infrequent winner (3-31) formerly trained by Jonjo O'Neill; only 3-1 for stable debut in a 3m2f handicap hurdle at Stratford three months ago (after 154 days away) but ran a laboured race in finishing third of the four runners; reservations despite this trip being a better fit.

9/2

3rd

4

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 3

18:50 Stratford

Cawthorne Lad

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

Infrequent winner (3-30); bang there at Leicester (2m4f, soft) and perhaps failed to stay 3m2f on his final run for Jonjo O'Neill; on a decent mark if his new trainer can get him going again.

3/1

Form: /22U-4 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

After unseating on her chase debut here she returned to hurdles with a front-running fourth at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good); going over shorter this time is probably in her favour.

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3rd

12

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Kazontherazz

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Martin Keighley

Stays 3m and she raced up with the pace when only narrowly denied over 2m5f at Ludlow a month ago (soft); solid each-way chance if in similar form here but others might be better handicapped.

12/1

2nd

9

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

Kazontherazz

11st 0lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Martin Keighley

Lightly raced since her last win off a 7lb lower mark two years ago; encouraging third back from wind surgery at Hereford (3m1f) and she's effective at this shorter trip.

15/2

3rd

2

21st Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:40 Hereford

Kazontherazz

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Two wins in 2021; weak finisher after the final flight in both outings this year but had wind surgery since and consequently may well see this race out better; bred to stay the new trip; possibilities.

13/2

Form: P3-135 C

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Convincing winner over fences here in May (2m4f, good) and posted a comparable RPR when third next time; was never going on final outing 75 days ago but he's better than that and has won over hurdles.

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2nd

7

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Sir Jack West

11st 4lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Too inconsistent to be relied upon heavily and comes here after a poor performance over hurdles last month but stayed on well for clearcut chase win off this mark at Worcester (2m4f, good) in May and will be suited by today's ground; can't be ruled out.

10/1

0

5

19th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

14:00 Uttoxeter

Sir Jack West

11st 5lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

held up in rear, no impression after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

16/1

5th

10

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Worcester

Sir Jack West

10st 8lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Convincing winner over fences here in May (2m4f, good) and posted a comparable RPR when third next time; was never going on final outing 75 days ago but he's better than that and has won over hurdles.

13/2

Form: 222P7- D

Last run: 125 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Solid run of form over fences during the winter before losing his form; returns from a break following wind surgery and has won off 3lb higher over hurdles.

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0

4

2nd Dec 2023

Good

3m 2f 1y

Class 4

11:49 Doncaster

Creative Control

11st 11lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Well handicapped on some of last season's form but had fortune on his side when winning at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in September and has been safely held twice since; should be fine over today's trip but needs to up his game; tongue-tie fitted.

10/1

8th

3

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:07 Ayr

Creative Control

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Made it 2-10 over fences when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in September but the clear leader fell two out in that race and this 7yo came up well short in his follow-up bid at Bangor last month; others preferred.

8/1

Form: /45PP-

Last run: 170 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Disappointing since winning for Nicky Henderson in 2020 and pulled up in both runs this year (handicap hurdles); has much to prove.

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4th

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Warwick

Heross Du Seuil

11st 8lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Ryan Potter

in touch with leaders

12/1

10th

6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Heross Du Seuil

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Ryan Potter

Not as good as he was when with Nicky Henderson and, although still a winner this season (2m4f, soft) in September, his recent efforts have been thoroughly underwhelming.

10/1

Form: 5117-9

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Back-to-back wins over 2m5f (on good) earlier this year but last two runs on either side of a break were nothing like so good; 5lb higher mark than for last win.

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10th

9

6th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

18:05 Warwick

Caspers Court

11st 6lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

led narrowly or disputed lead

8/1

6th

7

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Caspers Court

11st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Four-time hurdle winner on good/good to firm (twice here); not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and seems unlikely to stage the necessary revival on today's ground.

40/1

7th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Caspers Court

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Kayley Woollacott

A four-time winner over hurdles but his form has taken a turn for the worse since back-to-back wins earlier this year.

12/1

Form: -6140U C

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Far from the most consistent but he's won on both completed starts at this track (2m, good) and he unseated midrace on latest visit last week; could go well, though he'll be into unknown territory beyond 2m.

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5th

9

(8)

12th May 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

16:52 Newcastle (AW)

No Recollection

9st 1lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Sam England

in touch with leaders on outer, went second after 3f

12/1

2nd

5

(2)

26th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 4

17:25 Newcastle (AW)

No Recollection

8st 10lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Sam England

raced in second, led over 2f out, headed final 110yds, kept on

33/1

4th

2

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

12:35 Stratford

No Recollection

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

took keen hold, held up in rear but in touch with leaders last, weakened after 2 out

20/1

Form: 512/3- D

Last run: 474 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Bumper and dual hurdle winner; not had many chances in handicaps and his second at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) two starts back bodes well; that was a long time ago so market confidence would be welcomed.

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5th

4

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Beholden

11st 12lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Bumper and dual hurdle winner; had few chances in handicaps but he was tailed off after an absence at Worcester in August and now returns from another.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £1443.00
Straight Forecast £1471.70
Tricast £8541.40
Trifecta £7935.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Kazontherazz

SPOTLIGHT:

Democritus

RP RATINGS:

Rare Clouds

The Sun:

Beholden

The Times:

Sir Jack West

Daily Record:

Cawthorne Lad

D Express:

Democritus

Daily Mirror:

Democritus

WEST COUNTRY:

Kazontherazz

Telegraph:

Kazontherazz

Daily Mail:

Kazontherazz

The Star:

Kazontherazz

The Guardian:

Rare Clouds