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Parallel Creative Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4039.96
  • 2m 2f 148y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Parallel Creative Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 6369P/

Last run: 663 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Not seen over hurdles since struggling in heavy-ground handicap in Ireland in December 2021 but has done very well on the Flat since joining Seb Spencer in summer 2022, collecting five AW wins; has fitness to prove after 204-day break but could be on a very good mark in this sphere.

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14th

6

(14)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Victory March

9st 9lb

J: David Nolan

T: Rebecca Menzies

slowly away and lost many lengths start, in rear

12/1

7th

6

(7)

26th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 5

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Victory March

9st 9lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won on Tapeta in five of his last seven starts in 2022 but he was not so hot last year and was out of sorts over C&D when last seen in November; returns after another break and he has some questions to answer.

16/1

10th

9

(8)

6th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Victory March

9st 7lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Seb Spencer

Won five of his last seven starts in 2022, all on Tapeta (three of them here); not so hot this year and returning from a 220-day break perhaps not the time to catch him.

16/1

Form: FF78P/

Last run: 601 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Easily won three-runner novice on stable debut in October 2021 but became very disappointing in handicaps that season; returns from 601-day absence here; considered only if lively in the betting.

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0

6

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

Canford Light

11st 6lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Well beaten in 2m Chepstow handicap in October, after a long absence, and did not achieve a great deal when remote second in a seller over that trip here the following month (first-time cheekpieces); revival needed.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 98-24

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Began hurdling career two two heavy defeats in the spring but recent efforts have been much better; seemed to cope pretty well with heavy ground two starts ago and ran well for a long way when fourth at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft to soft) last time; no surprise if he features on his handicap debut.

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1st

2

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Chankaya

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Mitchell Hunt

Came clear with an unexposed winner over 2m4f at Wincanton in November and his defeat back there the following month was on his chase debut; could go well.

5/1

6th

8

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:15 Wincanton

Chankaya

11st 8lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Acts well in the mud so his handicap debut on heavy ground at Chepstow was disappointing; put the record straight when coming clear with an unexposed winner over 2m4f here 19 days ago; has gone up 6lb and this Flat-bred's ability to cope with fences has to be taken on trust on chase debut.

7/1

2nd

5

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Chankaya

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Looked as though he might be going somewhere when second at Newton Abbot and fourth at Uttoxeter, but he then ran moderately on his handicap debut; should have a squeak off this mark.

20/1

Form: 5P5-8

Last run: 165 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft) in May and not seen again since but it would be reckless to write him off at this stage.

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9th

1

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Call Me Arthur

11st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Tom Lacey

Left his first two handicap runs miles behind when going close in big field at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) in November; 3lb higher after a short break but he went down fighting last time and could have more to offer now things have clicked; key player.

9/4

Form: 7326-3

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

0-19 over hurdles but ran big race when close second in C&D seller on heavy ground in April and struck to his task very well when third in Market Rasen handicap (2m2f, good) last month, after a break; good chance.

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10th

7

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Captain Jack

11st 9lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: James Evans

held up in rear

4/1

2nd

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:22 Market Rasen

Captain Jack

11st 3lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: James Evans

18-race maiden; some fair form, including last time when third over 2m2f here (good); back after a break on this stable debut with no headgear (has been tried in cheekpieces and a tongue-tie); probably best watched.

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 00-526

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish maiden; struggled in basement-grade Flat race on stable debut in August but ran pretty well when sixth over hurdles at Fontwell (2m3f, good) a fortnight ago; not out of this if he settles better this time.

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2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Mi Sueno

11st 11lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Paddy Butler

Made all to win easily by 13l in a selling handicap at Fakenham (2m, soft) and repeated the trick over 2m here last month, albeit by a far narrower margin; up just 2lb and Rob Hargreaves rides again with his 7lb claim, but it could be harder to dominate this bigger field.

3/1

1st

3

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:52 Plumpton

Mi Sueno

11st 8lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Paddy Butler

took keen hold, led, 4 lengths ahead 3rd, jumped slightly left 4th, much reduced lead 4 out, hit 3 out, soon headed, rallied 2 out

11/8

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:40 Fakenham

Mi Sueno

11st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Paddy Butler

made all, went well clear from 3 out, easily

5/1

Form: -634P4

Last run: 2 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in two good-ground handicaps this summer (2m/2m4f) and bounced back quickly from a lacklustre effort when respectable fourth at Wincanton (3m, good) in Thursday but others appeal more here.

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5th

11

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

12:55 Hereford

Let It Shine

10st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Michael Scudamore

Twice made the frame on good ground during the summer (2m/2m4f) and quickly put a lacklustre run behind him when very respectable fourth at Wincanton (3m, good) last month but is 0-8 over hurdles now and others here have more potential.

16/1

4th

5

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

3m 0f 150y

Class 5

16:20 Wincanton

Let It Shine

10st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Michael Scudamore

0-9 under rules; has run well in a couple of handicaps but he hardly went a yard when pulled up at Southwell (3m, good) on latest start.

16/1

Form: 1U-U75 D

Last run: 127 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won Market Rasen chase (2m3f, good to soft) by wide margin a year ago but returned from layoff with some underwhelming chase/hurdle runs in early part of this season; back from another four months off today; others have more persuasive profiles.

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10

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

16:00 Market Rasen

Livings Boy An Co

10st 5lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: John Wainwright

towards rear

9/1

5th

3

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

16:30 Market Rasen

Livings Boy An Co

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: John Wainwright

C&D winner with cheekpieces in October 2022; fair run when third at Sedgefield last time (2m3f, soft); an interesting contender with headgear back on.

4/1

3rd

5

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:37 Sedgefield

Livings Boy An Co

10st 13lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: John Wainwright

in rear, some headway after 3 out

12/1

Form: 81233- BF

Last run: 205 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Has poor record over hurdles but scored on chasing debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) last November and ran well on all three subsequent starts over fences; switches back to hurdling off a lower mark today; not seen since March; market may guide.

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2nd

9

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:28 Taunton

Boys Of Wexford

10st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

He has a modest 1-17 strike-rate but he's run well in defeat in these cheekpieces the last twice, most recently runner-up at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft); might not be far away.

11/2

2nd

13

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:10 Huntingdon

Boys Of Wexford

10st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

prominent

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 098-P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Struggled in three maiden hurdles in early part of this year but appeared to be travelling okay until awkward jump caused saddle to slip on last month's handicap debut; due to run in first-time hood at Fakenham (4.18) yesterday; will be of interest if he turns up here; 4lb out of the weights.

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15

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Coilrock

9st 12lb

T: D J Jeffreys

13

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Fakenham

Coilrock

10st 2lb

T: D J Jeffreys

0

14

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:28 Hereford

Coilrock

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

always behind

33/1

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Verdict

Victory March has made good progress on the Flat since joining Seb Spencer and could be a potent force in this grade of handicap hurdle if his improvement transfers to this code but it’s questionable whether today’s muddy conditions will suit this AW specialist. CAPTAIN JACK is 0-19 over hurdles but he went down fighting over C&D on heavy ground in the spring and returned from a break with a pleasing effort last month. Chankaya (second choice) and Mi Sueno are others to consider.[Chris Wilson]