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Good To Soft

Rabbit And Dowling Plant Hire Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3406.24
  • 2m 1f 162y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Rabbit And Dowling Plant Hire Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: 133-1

Last run: 164 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

French bumper winner (1m6f, very soft) who made it third-time lucky over hurdles when landing a Plumpton maiden (2m, good) in May; that was a narrow success but he's open to more progress on this handicap debut and needs a close look on his return.

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5

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

15:50 Plumpton

Angels Dream

11st 9lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Won the C&D maiden on this card a year ago (good ground) but generally very disappointing since; tailed off in 2m1f handicap won by Macari here last month and the first-time blinkers need to make a big difference.

10/1

7th

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Angels Dream

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Course maiden winner last May (2m, good); wasn't beaten too far in a handicap back here in December before getting stuck in the mud at Wincanton; he's of interest.

10/1

Form: 4/2-41 CD

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

8yo who cashed in on a reduced mark when justifying support over C&D (good to soft) last month; 4lb higher after another short break but he beat a clear second last time and remains feasibly treated; respected.

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1st

2

1st Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

16:08 Fontwell

Fort De LOcean

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Michael Roberts

No longer the force of old but returned from long absence with two pleasing efforts in the spring, more notably when second at Southwell (2m, good to soft) on first occasion; back from another three months off here but still considered.

4/1

4th

2

29th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Huntingdon

Fort De LOcean

11st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Michael Roberts

held up in rear

13/2

Form: 776-80 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

On workable mark and conditions should be fine but his sole hurdles win was ten months ago and he's been out of sorts in five runs since then; has questions to answer and he needs a major revival.

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9

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Ffos Las

Henry Box Brown

10st 9lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

in rear, hampered by faller 6th

25/1

8th

1

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Henry Box Brown

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won his sole bumper but he's 1-14 over hurdles and has struggled in his five runs this year, including in one start over fences; on a dangerous mark and conditions are no problem but he needs a major upturn in form.

20/1

Form: 2301-5

Last run: 164 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Added to his Flat win when scoring at Hereford (2m, good to soft) in April but he faded into a 12l fifth of 12 at Plumpton in his final run in the spring; still 5lb higher than for his hurdles win and has some work to do back from 164 days off; stablemate of Angel's Dream.

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5th

12

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Executive Pool

10st 8lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Idled when justifying favouritism at Hereford (2m, good to soft) last April; failed to kick on positively over hurdles, and hasn't exactly relished the recent switch to fences either; easing mark returning to hurdles; stablemate of Tara Iti and Bridge.

20/1

4th

4

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

14:30 Plumpton

Executive Pool

10st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Defied a 4lb higher mark over hurdles at Hereford last April (2m, good to soft); hasn't offered a great deal in the meantine and jumping has looked an issue in his two chase runs.

12/1

Form: F54-

Last run: 192 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 5yo who has a good pedigree and was a promising fourth of ten in a Wincanton maiden (1m7f, good to soft) in April; travelled well for a long way in that race and he looks interesting now switched to a handicap on his return.

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4th

8

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Ventara

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Improved second on his handicap debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) when seemingly crying out for further; solid chance.

9/2

2nd

10

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:40 Chepstow

Ventara

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, went second before 2 out, soon outpaced, disputing second run-in

8/1

Form: 88P7-

Last run: 199 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Not much to show for one bumper run and three over hurdles (1m7f/2m) last season; this is more realistic on handicap debut but he still needs a transformation on his return.

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1st

10

8th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Mister Upton

10st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

disputed lead

20/1

4th

9

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Mister Upton

10st 7lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced but he's offered little so far, including two handicaps at about 2m3f; probably goes up in trip more in hope than expectation.

20/1

Form: 234454

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Showed some ability in bumpers but he's been beaten 32l or more in his three hurdle runs since August; still early days and now switches to a handicap but he needs improvement.

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4th

7

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Footloose Man

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Six-race maiden but he showed some promise in bumpers and his best effort from three hurdle runs was a rallying fourth in a novice here (2m, good) last month; beaten 32l then but possible improver now handicapping.

16/1

4th

6

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:10 Stratford

Footloose Man

10st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Showed a degree of ability in run-of-the-mill bumpers this season but has made an underwhelming start to his hurdling career and will probably be of greater interest when qualified for low-grade handicaps; hood refitted; tongue-tie on for first time.

66/1

Form: P0114- D BF

Last run: 210 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Got back in the groove when scoring over fences at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) and Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in March but he was disappointing in final run last season; now returns to hurdling off 5lb lower than for last win but he's 1-15 in this sphere and has an uninspiring record when fresh; down the list.

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5th

9

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 4

16:20 Fakenham

Templier

10st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sarah Humphrey

Scored over C&D (good to soft) on seasonal debut in November and has remained in good form since but usually knocks about in Class 5 races and may find a couple of today's rivals too strong.

5/1

2nd

3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Templier

11st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sarah Humphrey

midfield, not fluent and dropped to rear 2 out (usual 3 out), soon rallied, went third home turn

6/1

5th

3

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Templier

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

midfield, pushed along before 4 out, went fourth but outpaced 3 out, weakened gradually from 2 out

7/2

Form: 0345P-

Last run: 200 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

12-race maiden who has struggled in his two hurdle handicaps and was well held on the Flat at Goodwood (2m, soft) on his recent return; looks opposable back in this sphere.

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12

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Loudspeaker

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Fair Flat-racer; well beaten over hurdles this month but finished well to lead close home on recent chasing debut at Doncaster (2m, good); effectively 5lb higher here but, given the Flat ability, could still have a bigger run in him over fences.

9/4

1st

9

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 5

13:00 Doncaster

Loudspeaker

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Seamus Mullins

Has some fair Flat form on his CV but his record over hurdles is not inspiring and he's not bred for chasing; 1lb out of the weights here; others have much stronger claims.

33/1

8th

14

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Loudspeaker

10st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Has been most competitive on the Flat (stays well) but remains a maiden and achieved nothing in two soft-ground handicap hurdles last season.

33/1

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Verdict

Fort De L’Ocean cashed in on a reduced mark over C&D last month and he’s respected in his follow-up bid but there are some interesting handicap newcomers in opposition. Angel’s Dream won a Plumpton maiden in May and is open to more progress on his return but slight preference is for Joe Tizzard’s unexposed 5yo VENTARA, who showed clear promise in his final run last season and is bred to be much better than his opening mark.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ventara

RP RATINGS:

Henry Box Brown

D Express:

Mister Upton

WEST COUNTRY:

Ventara

The Star:

Ventara

POSTDATA:

Henry Box Brown