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Rob Gilbert 70th Birthday Bash Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5527.68
  • 2m 0f 167y
  • Class 5
  • 5 runners
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Rob Gilbert 70th Birthday Bash Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.40

Form: P52-34

Last run: 114 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Although 0-8 he has been threatening in handicaps, beaten under 5l on his last two starts (2m, soft; 2m2f, good); handicap mark has barely moved and should be in the thick of it once more.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:05 Taunton

Imperial Measure

11st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

in touch with leaders

7/2

2nd

7

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Imperial Measure

11st 3lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Won on heavy at Newton Abbot in September (2m1f) and two good runs followed, including a second over C&D; reportedly bled when a disappointing favourite last time; chance if back on song.

3/1

7/4

  • Place: £1.30

Form: -74131 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Course record is two wins and a second; won nicely from off the pace here 20 days ago and a 4lb rise should be fine in a race of this nature; testing ground is a concern, however.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:35 Ffos Las

Good Impression

11st 5lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Has pretty good 6-25 strike-rate over hurdles (includes a C&D win) and was not beaten far when sixth on slower-than-ideal ground last month, after a break; current mark is workable; contender if that recent outing has brought him on.

10/1

6th

4

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

13:40 Uttoxeter

Good Impression

11st 6lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Another good effort at Newton Abbot when last seen in September on heavy ground that's not ideal for him; dual course winner but, under these conditions and lacking a run, others appeal more.

9/2

Form: 522/77

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Five-time winner on the Flat but 0-12 over hurdles and pretty much tailed off in his two jumps runs since returning from an absence; acts on good to soft but doesn't want it any softer than that.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

22nd Sep 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:55 Newton Abbot

Ascot Day

10st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Bernard Llewellyn

led, went clear after 2nd, short of room when headed before 2 out, weakening when hit last

20/1

7th

11

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:27 Newton Abbot

Ascot Day

10st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Five-time winner on the Flat but 0-11 over hurdles; back from long absence with two heavy defeats this summer (Flat/hurdle) and 3lb out of the weights today; has a lot to prove.

33/1

7th

8

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:45 Uttoxeter

Ascot Day

10st 11lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Five-time Flat winner but he's 0-10 over hurdles; finished runner-up in two hurdle handicaps last spring but he returned from a lengthy absence with a tailed-off effort at Lingfield (1m4f, AW) two weeks ago; has something to prove after that and this looks tough back in this sphere.

16/1

Form: 3373

Last run: 15 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Placed in a maiden on soft ground; having only his second run in a handicap when third at Southwell (2m, good) 15 days ago, and while a 3lb rise is annoying, he has more going for him than most.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

16

(17)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Star Legend

8st 7lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

2m4f Fakenham maiden hurdle winner last autumn, who is 0-7 on Flat but placed on AW (1m6f/2m) in two of his last three outings; makes only his second Flat turf appearance but those recent runs give him a place squeak.

33/1

3rd

6

(4)

23rd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Star Legend

8st 13lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

Fakenham hurdles winner last autumn who looked unlucky at a big price on his Chelmsford comeback last month; wasn't beaten far at the same course last time and the return to cheekpieces has clearly helped.

6/1

9th

3

(11)

13th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

12:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Star Legend

9st 11lb

J: Adam Farragher

T: James Owen

Sole win in 14 starts came over hurdles in November, but despite meeting trouble he ran well back on the Flat when beaten half a length into third of 16 behind Merrijig over C&D 15 days ago; shouldn't be far away again.

5/1

Form: 36F-9D6 D

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won on firm ground on the Flat and conditions were good when winning his maiden at Stratford last summer; a mixed bag since then and recent withdrawals would suggest that soft ground is feared.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

9

(9)

28th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 13y

Class 5

19:00 Southwell (AW)

Reams Of Love

8st 12lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: D J Jeffreys

Hurdle winner in 2022 but he's raced only intermittently since and hasn't done nearly enough in two recent AW runs to lay claims today.

50/1

8th

10

(10)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 4

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Reams Of Love

8st 5lb

J: Mia Nicholls

T: D J Jeffreys

Flat scorer for previous yard and hurdles winner for current stable; form in latter sphere went downhill last year and in rear throughout back on the Flat here (7f) 17 days ago.

40/1

8th

6

(2)

6th Feb 2024

Standard

0m 7f 36y

Class 6

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Reams Of Love

9st 6lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: D J Jeffreys

Flat scorer for previous yard and hurdles winner for current stable; form in latter sphere went downhill last year and he's been absent since September; not seen under this code since 2021; market can guide.

14/1

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Straight Forecast £60.30
Trifecta £219.00

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