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Louise Naylor 50th Birthday “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 6f 7y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Louise Naylor 50th Birthday “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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Form: 00

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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0

1

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

13:20 Warwick

Blagthebookies

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Joined Christian Williams after Irish point win in March; a well-beaten outsider in three 2m hurdles last month; will probably be of much greater interest once the handicapper has seen fit to give him a mark.

66/1

0

1

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Blagthebookies

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Joined Christian Williams after Irish point win in March; a well-beaten outsider in two 2m hurdles this month and will probably be of much greater interest when upped in trip and switched to handicaps.

100/1

Form: 85-

Last run: 260 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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8th

3

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Hurricane Danny

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Well beaten in heavy-ground novice at Chepstow (2m3f) in December but his second in a soft-ground maiden over that C&D in November was promising and he remains unexposed; no surprise if he features.

5/1

4th

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Hurricane Danny

11st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, not fluent 2nd

3/1

Abandoned

Form: 5/32-

Last run: 452 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

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5th

1

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Lingfield

Iddergem

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Claire Dyson

Competitive at plating level this winter for Olly Murphy, winning two sellers; heavy ground was no excuse last week when tailed off in a handicap on stable debut; blinkers return in place of cheekpieces but he's 3lb lower in future.

12/1

6th

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:50 Wincanton

Iddergem

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Claire Dyson

Quirky sort but he has won a pair of selling hurdles this term, blinkered when just holding on at Southwell (2m) a month ago on his final run for Olly Murphy; likely to need more now sent into a handicap for stable debut but he does go on heavy.

12/1

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W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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3rd

2

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:05 Huntingdon

Illico De Cotte

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Irish point winner; showed ability either side of being pulled up (lost a shoe) in a Grade 2 Cheltenham event and was off the mark at Hereford (3m1f, soft) latest; cheekpieces fitted; he should be open to some improvement in handicaps.

7/4

1st

4

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Illico De Cotte

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, led 7th, pushed along and went clear 2 out, reduced lead when mistake last, stayed on run-in, ridden out

Evs

Form: 54

Last run: 153 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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1st

8

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Joe Cotton

11st 1lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Soundly beaten in first two handicap hurdles and soft ground would possibly be a negative; however, this lightly raced 6yo won two point-to-points early last year (2m4f, good to firm/good to soft) and could relish this switch to fences; interesting contender.

9/2

8th

9

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

Joe Cotton

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual point winner this year; still unexposed under rules but made just a respectable handicap debut when well-held fifth at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) last month and needs to improve.

12/1

Form: 2-2 BF

Last run: 157 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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2nd

4

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

King Of The Lake

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

led but pestered, raced in second before 4th, led before 3 out, headed just before 2 out, weakened inside final 110yds

3/1

2nd

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

14:30 Exeter

King Of The Lake

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

midfield

7/4

2nd

5

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

14:45 Taunton

King Of The Lake

10st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

raced in fourth and detached, headway after 3 out, went third before 2 out, stayed on run-in, went second towards finish

11/4

Form: 2-

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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2nd

13

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Monbari

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Made quite promising hurdle debut in November (2m3f, soft), but is yet to build on it and was pulled up on handicap debut two months ago (3m, heavy); drops back in trip with cheekpieces tried.

25/1

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W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

14:10 Huntingdon

Ballynaheer

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

made all, 4 lengths ahead 1st, went further clear 4th

10/1

11

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

16:25 Doncaster

Ballynaheer

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: David Dennis

held up in last, weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before last

9/1

Form: 0-

Last run: 191 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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5th

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Sparkling Duke

11st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent early, dropped to last when not fluent 3rd, struggling 6th, detached from 8th, tailed off

7/1

8th

9

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Sparkling Duke

10st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Well bred; tailed off in his bumper and when beaten 18l by a nice prospect at Aintree (2m4f) they went a very steady gallop; looks the stable second string on jockey bookings.

16/1

4th

11

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:35 Aintree

Sparkling Duke

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Joe Tizzard

Soundly beaten in Taunton bumper in April; nicely bred and may do better in due course.

40/1

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Verdict

The standard set by those with rules form is not a daunting one for Irish point winner ILLICO DE COTTE, who joined Dan Skelton for a six-figure sum after his impressive debut in March. King Of The Lake and Iddergem (preferred in that order) were both placed on their first two hurdling starts and may improve for today’s stiffer test of stamina.[Chris Wilson]