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17:25 Fakenham

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  • 2m 4f 1y
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 1P524- D

Last run: 193 days

W: 12st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Currently above any winning mark, though almost obliged off just 1lb lower at Market Rasen in March (soft) and won't mind rain; 0-16 hurdling record going left-handed versus 5-11 right-handed is hard to ignore.

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

2nd

4

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:45 Wetherby

Made For You

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

led

6/4

5th

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Made For You

11st 13lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

No win since December 2022; respectable third both starts this term, latest on heavy; needs to improve on that form but yard is going well.

4/1

3rd

2

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

15:55 Leicester

Made For You

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

midfield, headway after 4 out, switched left before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, weakened approaching last

3/1

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 211911 D

Last run: 3 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Recent hot streak has been recorded in 2m hurdles, though did also score over close to today's trip in May; 3lb badly in under the penalty for Tuesday's easy Huntingdon success, but forecast is perhaps more of a concern given all his good recent work has come on a sound surface.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

12

(5)

11th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 3f 211y

Class 3

13:30 Ascot

Enthused

9st 0lb

J: Sean D Bowen

T: James Owen

Scored five times over hurdles last year; hasn't fared badly since returning to the Flat (turf/AW) but the bare form suggests he'll come up short in this competitive field, back up in grade.

20/1

3rd

1

(3)

28th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

14:10 Southwell (AW)

Enthused

9st 11lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

prominent

11/2

Form: 16-733

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 12lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Not gone on from February's Market Rasen juvenile win (good), coping with the step up to 2m4f last time without improving for it; bit more needed; cheekpieces back on after a year (and first time over hurdles).

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

5th

7

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

17:40 Chepstow

Chaos Control

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Won a juvenile hurdle in early 2023 and was placed off mark 1lb higher than today's in Uttoxeter handicap (2m4f, good) last summer; ought to have been more competitive at Cheltenham on latest hurdling start in October, though, and returned from break with underwhelming Flat run last month.

14/1

5th

4

(1)

28th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 4

17:00 Southwell (AW)

Chaos Control

9st 4lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Stuart Edmunds

led

5/1

Form: 12411- CD

Last run: 194 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Three 2m3f-2m4f handicap wins last term included a soft-ground C&D score in March; won't mind what the weather does as a winner on good also, and although up a further 5lb may not have stopped improving.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

10

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Bashers Reflection

10st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

held up in rear

20/1

8th

9

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Bashers Reflection

11st 1lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Has appeared to idle when in front this season, which didn't stop him winning comfortably at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November but was costly there (2m3f, soft) last month; also effective elsewhere; up 6lb for last time but this progressive 7yo could have lots more left in the tank, and he's a smooth-travelling sort who may be suited by the drop back in trip.

20/1

2nd

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Bashers Reflection

11st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Disappointing at Aintree (2m4f, heavy) in December last time out but prior to that he impressed when winning over this C&D (heavy), and if rediscovering that form today's 6lb higher mark may not stop him.

13/2

Form: 6P15-

Last run: 312 days

W: 11st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

French 3yo claiming hurdle win (2m3f, good to soft) a year ago is very much his standout effort; no surprise were this British debut (following wind operation) required, or his initial mark to prove steep.

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0

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:55 Taunton

Bonheur De Ballon

11st 7lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

A French winner over this far; had wind surgery before pulling up on stable debut in a handicap and underwent the same procedure ahead of another quiet run at Doncaster two weeks ago; cheekpieces added.

20/1

13th

4

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Bonheur De Ballon

11st 11lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Pulled up at 22-1 on stable debut at Newton Abbot (2m5f, heavy) in October; however, this French winner (2m3f, good to soft) has had a wind op since; one to watch in the betting now back on less testing ground.

20/1

Form: 31133-

Last run: 251 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Recorded a Market Rasen (2m1f) and Taunton (2m3f) brace last December, but although producing further career-bests in defeat the handicapper looked in charge when last seen; respected, though likely more needed again.

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2nd

4

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:25 Plumpton

Ilanz

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in last, raced in fourth after 3rd, headway on outer after 3 out, going best when led after 2 out, not fluent when faced challenge last, headed and no extra run-in

7/2

6th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Ilanz

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Won two in a row in December 2022 and back on the scoresheet on his reappearance at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when clear with the runner-up; hit with 8lb rise but that win came in a big field and this 6yo has a progressive profile; firmly in calculations.

6/1

Form: 9P4224 D BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

1-20 overall and 0-8 in cheekpieces, but stringing some results together again since joining current yard and found the stop-start gallop working against him last week; stamina to spare at today's trip; chance.

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0

14

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Edison Kent

10st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: James Owen

Wide-margin 2m7f Fakenham win before Christmas but pulled up a long way out at Fontwell one week later; much higher mark now from out of the weights; first-time visor replaces cheekpieces.

16/1

Form: 3P-715 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

4lb rise for last-time neck success at Bangor (2m3f, good) left him with nothing in hand, though lameness stopped him making a better fist of defying this mark ten days ago; unraced on soft since a 2yo.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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5th

3

25th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

11:50 Huntingdon

Anger Management

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: John Ryan

Inconsistent and unraced beyond 2m4f but was found to be lame when well beaten here last month and he scored at Bangor (2m3f, good) the time before; won here (2m, good) last season and not written off today.

7/1

5th

5

10th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

15:45 Huntingdon

Anger Management

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: John Ryan

Has very mixed record since winning four-runner juvenile hurdle here a year ago but doubled his tally with hard-fought success at Bangor (2m3f, good) last month and has the services of Sean Bowen again here.

5/1

Form: 1635-7 D

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Uttoxeter 2m4f winner (good) from further out of the weights than today a year ago, but yet to fire under either code in 2023.

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9th

11

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Seaborough

10st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Derek Shaw

Ended a long losing run when scoring off 5lb higher at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) last autumn but he's struggled this year and has been pulled up at Doncaster and Market Rasen this month; has a lot to prove again and can only be watched.

50/1

0

7

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

12:30 Market Rasen

Seaborough

11st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Derek Shaw

always behind

33/1

0

12

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 181y

Class 5

15:53 Doncaster

Seaborough

11st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Derek Shaw

Well exposed 8yo who has a modest strike-rate; holds poor claims on 2023 form (Flat/hurdles); opposed.

40/1

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Verdict

Although a Flat winner on soft two years ago, a sound surface has appeared so fundamental to Enthused’s recent hot streak that the prospect of racing on the worst of the day’s rain-softened ground limits appeal more than the third outing in nine days. Edison Kent (next best) is preferred of the James Owen duo, but he in turn is passed over in favour of BASHERS REFLECTION, still posting career-best RPRs in victory when last seen, including over C&D (soft). [Jeremy Grayson]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Enthused

RP RATINGS:

Ilanz

SPOTLIGHT:

Bashers Reflection

TOPSPEED:

Edison Kent

The Guardian:

Chaos Control

The Times:

Ilanz

The Sun:

Ilanz

Daily Mirror:

Bashers Reflection

The Star:

Bashers Reflection

Telegraph:

Enthused

D Express:

Enthused

Daily Record:

Enthused

Daily Mail:

Edison Kent