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15:10 Fontwell

Good To Soft

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  • 2m 5f 164y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: 6P24-

Last run: 221 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Hurdle form has not amounted to much so far but handicaps should see him in a better light.

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8

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Endersen

11st 1lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

in touch with leaders on outer, dropped to midfield 2nd, dropped to rear 4 out

33/1

0

10

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield

Endersen

11st 1lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

0-4 in points and 0-5 under rules, well held when making the frame in two 2m5f Kempton novice hurdles in February/March; 40-1, beaten 50l on chase/handicap debut at Plumpton (2m3f) on recent reappearance; tries a new trip under rules and there is stamina in his pedigree.

40/1

9th

4

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

13:37 Plumpton

Endersen

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

Well held when making the frame in two 2m5f Kempton novice hurdles in February/March but his Irish point form from spring 2022 offers hope he can get closer to the target on this chase/handicap debut.

14/1

Form: 42P

Last run: 50 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Winning pointer; ran okay in his first two hurdles and, at odds of 9-2, better was presumably expected when pulled up on his switch to handicaps at Bangor (2m3f, good); remains unexposed.

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6th

5

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:35 Huntingdon

Calvic

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Still had sufficient in reserve despite whacking two out to get up by a neck over 2m4f here last month (good; RPR 98); 3lb rise perfectly fair and a point win at Penshurst in 2022 confirms a sharp 3m is within range.

2/1

1st

6

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

15:35 Huntingdon

Calvic

10st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Maiden hurdler/chaser for Lawney Hill but this point winner got back on track for his new yard when third of ten in C&D handicap 12 days ago; he must enter calculations lowered 2lb here.

3/1

Form: 47-812 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Raced enthusiastically but was still up to the job when winning over C&D under Dylan Whelan in August and he then bumped into one well handicapped at Plumpton (2m4f; again good); if a sound surface is important to him then the weather doesn't bode well.

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13th

1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Rebel Intentions

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Dual hurdle winner at up to 2m5f, including on soft; 2lb lower than when beaten under 2l into third at Ascot (3m, good) last November; below par since then but could be revived down in grade.

12/1

5th

6

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

15:55 Ascot

Rebel Intentions

11st 6lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Doubled hurdling tally with 2m3f course win in November (soft ground) and bettered that performance when close third over an extended 3m here (good) later that month; good claims if judged on that evidence but his next two runs were lacklustre (hurdle/chase) and he now has a point to prove.

9/1

0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:00 Huntingdon

Rebel Intentions

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

in rear, soon detached

6/1

Abandoned

Form: 057

Last run: 129 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Modest form in Ireland (0-4 in points; 0-3 maiden hurdles) and was sold on for 7,000gns; likely best watched on handicap debut unless attracting support.

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0

12

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield

Alkajack

10st 11lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

A glimmer of promise in points and hurdle races when trained in Ireland and changed hands for 7,000gns this summer; 40-1, failed to show much on chase/handicap debut at Warwick (2m4f, soft) there weeks ago; visor (tried once, well beaten but best form) returns.

50/1

0

5

8th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

12:45 Warwick

Alkajack

11st 8lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Clare Hobson

midfield, slow jump 2nd, towards rear with one circuit to go, detached and struggling before 11th

33/1

Form: 7B99-3

Last run: 168 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Only his second run in handicaps and his first over this far when a 9l third over C&D in May; could need good ground but he should be winning soon.

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4th

1

8th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

17:10 Fontwell

Celtic Fortune

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield, lost ground after 5th, towards rear with one circuit to go

7/1

4th

4

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Fakenham

Celtic Fortune

11st 11lb

T: Neil Mulholland

in touch with leaders, jumped path before 1st

15/2

Abandoned

Form: 32224-

Last run: 272 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won after a break at Stratford (2m2f, good) a year ago and placed in all his subsequent outings; trainer can get them fit at home and he's hard to rule out; handles soft.

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7th

9

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Samatian

10st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Not badly treated on his best hurdle form at about 2m4f, including on this course, but he didn't do enough on his recent chase debut at Hereford to put him in this picture.

10/1

7th

9

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:58 Hereford

Samatian

10st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Third over hurdles at Ludlow in November but fared less well at Taunton (again 3m) and now has a strike-rate under rules of 1-17; on a competitive mark should he take a fancy to fences.

8/1

6th

11

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

Samatian

10st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Just 1-15 over hurdles but bounced back from a disappointing seasonal debut when keeping-on third at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) last month and remains unexposed over this trip; probably won't be far away.

5/1

Form: 51P50- CD

Last run: 199 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Had the benefit of a recent run when the comfortable winner of this 12 months ago off 4lb lower; well below that level in just three subsequent starts, the latest following wind surgery; bit to prove.

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10th

15

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Whats My Line

10st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Michael Madgwick

Profile implies that he's most proficient over shorter trips (won over 2m at Lingfield in November), so his latest modest third over 2m5f here can be excused; is capable from this kind of mark, but will probably find a few of the others stronger.

14/1

3rd

6

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:42 Fontwell

Whats My Line

10st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Michael Madgwick

C&D winner who scored on his reappearance at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last November and, after two lesser runs here, was a good second at Lingfield (2m, heavy) last month; 3lb out of the handicap today but holds each-way possibilities nevertheless.

9/1

2nd

8

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Lingfield

Whats My Line

10st 3lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Michael Madgwick

C&D winner on good to soft in November when just 2lb lower; beaten 13l and 15l on slower ground in the meantime and conditions are a concern.

10/1

Form: -P4368

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Two of his three hurdle wins were in Jersey; last win was over fences nearly a year ago; recent efforts in both disciplines have been nothing to shout about.

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4th

11

12th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

16:38 Ludlow

No Worries

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Last win came over fences here in November 2022; two minor honours in that sphere last summer but lost his form, including three runs over hurdles when last seen in the autumn; had good record after a break, prior to last season.

14/1

0

13

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

15:45 Exeter

No Worries

10st 3lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Neil Mulholland

Last success came over fences a year ago; couple of poor efforts since returned to hurdles and he has a doubt over current form; opposed.

25/1

9th

16

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 181y

Class 5

15:53 Doncaster

No Worries

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Failed to progress over fences after winning the first attempt; poor effort returned to hurdles six weeks ago; has a doubt over current form and others are preferred.

33/1

Form: -8P771

Last run: 2 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Hammered in his previous handicaps but was a further advertisement for his new trainer's talents when making all for a comfortable success on his debut for the yard at Plumpton on Monday (2m, good to soft; 5-4f); hard to believe that today's longer trip will trouble him (has raced over 3m1f) and he's well in with a penalty.

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1st

9

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

14:15 Fakenham

King Otis

10st 2lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: James Owen

midfield, not fluent 1st, headway before 4 out

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 6060-2

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Took a step forward to finish runner-up over 2m4f at Perth (heavy), though couldn't lay a glove on the winner; that's something to build on.

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16th

16

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Libor Lad

10st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

Took form to whole new level when winning comfortably at Doncaster (2m3f, soft) in February, his 11th hurdling start, but was safely held (albeit on heavy ground) off new mark last month and it's hard to know what to expect from him in first-time cheekpieces here.

16/1

Form: 7P67-9

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Longstanding maiden who was beaten about 20l at Plumpton (2m4f, good) last month; doesn't look a winner waiting to happen.

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7th

15

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield

Shiroccos Delight

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anna Newton-Smith

20-race maiden; only two of those were over fences (including latest) but he's very hard to fancy from 10lb out of the weights proper.

100/1

8th

11

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

13:37 Plumpton

Shiroccos Delight

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Anna Newton-Smith

19-race maiden who was pulled upon chasing debut last December and hasn't shown a great deal over hurdles since; 5lb out of the weights; not the obvious answer.

50/1

Form: 80P6-P

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 66

Form & Verdict

Showed some ability in Irish points but has yet to offer much over hurdles, with his struggles continuing in a Perth handicap four weeks ago (2m4f, heavy); perhaps best to overlook that latest run given the conditions.

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5th

8

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

13:40 Market Rasen

Dr Lockdown

10st 8lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

0-6 in points and hadn't shown much under rules until fitted with a tongue-tie over C&D latest, finishing second in a three-way tussle but he hung left and positions with close third Diamond Twin were reversed; chance if repeating that improved effort.

100/30

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Verdict

Rebel Intentions bumped into one last time but his improvement has come on good ground, so with rain about he might be worth taking on. Samatian should go well if able to resume where he left off last season and there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Libor Lad after his improved effort last time. However, KING OTIS looked a different horse on his debut for James Owen when making all at Plumpton on Monday and he didn’t appear to have a hard race. He can defy a penalty.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Rebel Intentions

SPOTLIGHT:

King Otis

The Times:

Celtic Fortune

WEST COUNTRY:

Samatian

The Guardian:

Libor Lad

Daily Mirror:

Rebel Intentions

The Sun:

Rebel Intentions

Daily Record:

Rebel Intentions

D Express:

Celtic Fortune

Telegraph:

Samatian

RP RATINGS:

King Otis

Daily Mail:

King Otis

The Star:

King Otis