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Tom & Nicola Allan Wedding Day Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6680.46
  • 2m 6f 7y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Tom & Nicola Allan Wedding Day Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 347-31

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Probably took form to new level when keeping on well to score at Bangor (2m3f, good) four weeks ago and is now 3-17 over hurdles; on career-high mark now but could plausibly have untapped potential over this longer trip.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

7

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

17:05 Cheltenham

Buckos Boy

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Form figures of 112 since undergoing wind surgery, just repelling Thirtyfourstitches at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft) before being put in his place off this 4lb higher mark at Kelso (2m5f); that's probably a fair reflection of where he is right now; perhaps vulnerable.

12/1

2nd

5

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

17:50 Kelso

Buckos Boy

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

led narrowly or disputed lead, led overall after 3rd, good jump 3 out, keeping on after 2 out, headed before last, no match for winner

7/4

1st

4

31st Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 3

18:30 Stratford

Buckos Boy

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, not fluent 7th, went second before last, ridden run-in, kept on well and led inside final 110yds

3/1

Form: 723-12 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Not always an easy one to predict but has won three times from the front since December and was in career-best form when clear second at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) last month; contender if in the right mood again.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

9

(9)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Thirtyfourstitches

9st 6lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

A fairly useful 2m4f hurdles winner but he has yet to match that form in four runs on the Flat, coming in a never-dangerous fifth on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton (2m) 17 days ago; he may still do better.

9/2

0

7

(12)

7th Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 5

18:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Thirtyfourstitches

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

dwelt start, towards rear, took keen hold after 4f

7/1

5th

2

(12)

18th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Thirtyfourstitches

9st 11lb

J: Gina Mangan

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Experienced 8yo who is a ten-time hurdles winner; has raced in two C&D events since switched to Flat, finishing third then sixth; the balance of that form gives him something to find.

16/1

Form: /6-128

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Safely held on heavy ground last month but was in good form on sound surfaces beforehand, notably when winning readily by nearly 5l at Hexham (2m4f, good) in May; quite lightly raced for his age and still on a workable mark; must be considered.

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3rd

3

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

13:25 Doncaster

Glinger Flame

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

11yo who returned in April from a long absence and has looked as good as ever the last twice with wins at Kelso (2m5f, good) and Ayr (3m, good to soft); could play a leading role once more.

4/1

1st

4

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

13:42 Ayr

Glinger Flame

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

midfield, pushed along and headway after 3 out, staying on 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, led inside final 110yds, won going away

4/1

1st

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

17:50 Kelso

Glinger Flame

10st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, smooth headway and went third before 2 out, soon going best, shaken up to lead but hung left before last, ridden clear run-in

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 213P-3 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Five-time hurdle winner on good ground (once over C&D); travelled well for a long way when third behind Hunting Percival here (3m2f, good to soft) this month, after a layoff, and will be a danger to all if that run has brought her on.

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4th

3

31st Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 3

18:30 Stratford

Isthebaropen

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Gary Hanmer

in rear but in touch with leaders, hit 6th, headway after 2 out

4/1

3rd

3

3rd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 3

17:25 Stratford

Isthebaropen

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Gary Hanmer

Won 5-9 between July 2021 and August 2022 but absent since being pulled up last October; still 4lb above her highest winning mark and all her successes gained on good ground.

12/1

Form: 2P12P1 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Scored over C&D last month and bounced back very quickly from a moody chase run when winning over hurdles here (3m2f, good to soft) four weeks ago; if today is another going day, his new mark ought to be manageable.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Hunting Percival

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

prominent

33/1

0

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Hunting Percival

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Syd Hosie

Dual winner at Stratford last summer (2m6f/3m2f), latterly off today's mark; drops in grade after respectable fourth at Wincanton (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day and will be suited by the forecast good ground here; high on the list.

8/1

Form: 14P-47

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Useful stayer on the Flat; began hurdling career with two 2m wins last year and is completely unexposed over this sort of trip but seems to have lost his way under both codes since; has more to prove than all five rivals; no headgear today.

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6

7th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

19:00 Hereford

Throne Hall

11st 10lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Wide-margin Flat winner under Brodie Hampson at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) in March but he laboured badly under a penalty after; has had more of a break this time and should be well treated back hurdling even though this career has seen more troughs than peaks since two wins in late 2022.

14/1

3rd

3

(3)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 5y

Class 4

14:15 Pontefract

Throne Hall

9st 4lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Archie Watson

Goes well at Doncaster where he perhaps handled the testing conditions better than his rivals when storming to a 10l success there last week (1m4f); clearly a strong contender under a penalty if as good again, and he's the only runner with some recent match practice.

8/11

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Payout
Exacta £74.00
Straight Forecast £86.20
Trifecta £357.00

Selections

The Times:

Isthebaropen

TOPSPEED:

Thirtyfourstitches

WEST COUNTRY:

Hunting Percival

SPOTLIGHT:

Glinger Flame

POSTDATA:

Thirtyfourstitches

The Star:

Hunting Percival

The Guardian:

Isthebaropen

Daily Mail:

Isthebaropen

Daily Mirror:

Isthebaropen

The Sun:

Isthebaropen

Telegraph:

Glinger Flame