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14:55 Ludlow

Good To Soft

Tom Calvert Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 1m 7f 169y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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Tom Calvert Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.90
  • Place: £2.30

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

1-8 on the Flat in France, the win gained over 1m6f on very soft ground a year ago (fairly useful form); changed hands for 55,000gns in the summer and has joined a good stable for British hurdling career.

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2nd

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:50 Sedgefield

Recoup

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent, pushed along 3 out, outpaced 2 out, ridden approaching last, weakened final 110yds, just held second, no match for winner

13/8

5th

4

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:25 Musselburgh

Recoup

11st 7lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Fairly useful Flat form in France for Andre Fabre (sole win 1m6f); bought for 55,000gns last July and narrowly beat a subsequent winner in 16-runner novice on hurdling debut at Ludlow (2m, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) in October, pair clear; withdrawn once in November when ground was soft; has a Grade 1 Supreme entry at Cheltenham and needs plenty of respect.

7/2

6/4

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 32-1 D

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Out of a bumper/hurdle winner for these connections; placed in two good bumpers last season and did not need to improve to win at short odds at Market Rasen (good to soft) in May; leading contender on hurdling debut.

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5th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Choccabloc

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper winner who was all out to get off the mark over hurdles at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) last time but the front two were miles clear and the runner-up appeared strongly fancied for a novice handicap at Lingfield last week only to depart mid-race; still has a lot to find in this company and James Bowen (aboard last time) rides the yard's other one.

33/1

1st

2

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 2

15:10 Ludlow

Choccabloc

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Bumper winner; just pipped on last month's hurdle debut here (2m); that sets a good standard for the rest to aim at, especially as he's likely to appreciate this longer trip.

Evs

2nd

2

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Choccabloc

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Out of a bumper/hurdle winner for these connections; placed in two good bumpers last season and did not need to improve to win at short odds at Market Rasen (good to soft) in May; leading contender on hurdling debut.

6/4

33/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 3

Last run: 157 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Out of a French AQPS Flat winner; third of six in good-ground Market Rasen bumper on debut in May but will need to take a big step forward to pose a threat here; tongue-tie added.

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3rd

2

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:22 Hereford

Jour DEvasion

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Henry Daly

Disappointing, not beaten entirely by the 2m4f trip, at Huntingdon last month; consistent otherwise and opened his account at Ludlow (2m, soft) the time before; could well rebound.

6/1

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Jour DEvasion

11st 12lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Progressive over hurdles, getting off the mark at Ludlow last time (2m, soft); shapes as though this longer trip will suit and is one with a chance.

7/2

1st

5

29th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:50 Ludlow

Jour DEvasion

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Henry Daly

Ran well behind smart novices Tellherthename (Cheltenham-bound stablemate of Fourtowns) at Huntingdon and Go To War here (on soft) before bumping into another useful rival back at Huntingdon; this looks his best opportunity yet to make the breakthrough over hurdles.

5/4

100/30

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Very useful Flat stayer with 4-18 strike-rate; not at his best in hot handicaps in last couple of outings but it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's hurdling debut.

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4th

1

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

12:20 Hereford

Adjuvant

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Useful handicapper at up to 2m on Flat; showed promise over 2m at Ludlow on the switch to hurdles and that bare form can be marked up (would have been much closer but for losing ground by sprawling on landing at final flight); respected.

15/8

4th

8

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Adjuvant

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Michael Bell

Very useful Flat stayer with 4-18 strike-rate; not at his best in hot handicaps in last couple of outings but it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's hurdling debut.

100/30

10th

6

(9)

9th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 1y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Adjuvant

9st 4lb

J: Neil Callan

T: Michael Bell

Progressive this year, with a win at Newmarket (1m6f, good) in May and a good second at Glorious Goodwood (1m6f, heavy); merely mid-division in the Ebor recently which dents confidence in his claims today, but he could produce a bigger run if settling better and he's not written off.

7/1

Form: 00

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

OUR TIP

Form: 26

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Showed some ability when second of four on bumper debut in May but struggled when 100-1 for recent hurdling debut.

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7th

3

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

13:44 Bangor-on-Dee

Exclusive Getaway

11st 4lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Second of four on bumper debut at Warwick in May but tailed off at triple-figure odds on first three hurdle starts.

100/1

13th

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

12:09 Wetherby

Exclusive Getaway

11st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Second of four on bumper debut at Warwick in May but tailed off at triple-figure odds last month on first two hurdle starts.

100/1

0

3

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Exclusive Getaway

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Showed some ability when second of four on bumper debut in May but struggled when 100-1 for recent hurdling debut.

100/1

Form: 24-

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Joined Dan Skelton for big money after impressive Irish point debut in spring 2022 and made promising start to rules career when second in Newbury maiden hurdle (2m, good) last November; raced too freely and was rather disappointing in Exeter Listed race in February but had wind op during the summer and retains considerable potential.

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0

4

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Ittack Blue

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Joined Dan Skelton for big money after impressive Irish point debut in spring 2022 and made promising start to rules career when second in Newbury maiden hurdle (2m, good) last November; raced too freely and was rather disappointing in Exeter Listed race in February but had wind op during the summer and retains considerable potential.

7/4

4th

1

12th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 1

15:30 Exeter

Ittack Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

9-4, no match for winner when second on rules debut in Newbury maiden hurdle (2m, good) in November; improvement needed but he easily won an Irish maiden point last May, after which he was bought for 310,000gns, and could have lots more to offer for a top trainer who has won the last two runnings.

6/1

Form: 58-

Last run: 188 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second foal from very prolific pointer Lady Myfanwy; not disgraced when midfield in Exeter bumper in April, his second run, but faces a tall order on this hurdling debut.

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2nd

2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Myfanwys Magic

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Belied triple-digit odds when close second in Warwick novice (2m, soft) in November but was just a respectable fourth when upped to 3m for recent handicap debut at Southwell (good to soft); drops back in trip here; improvement needed.

14/1

4th

3

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Myfanwys Magic

11st 10lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

Went close in a novice hurdle at Warwick in November and showed that form was no fluke at Ludlow latest, both over 2m on soft; initial mark looks a bit stiff but further improvement may well be possible over this much longer trip, with the dam having had plenty of stamina.

4/1

Form: 5-55

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fifth of eight on all three starts under rules in a bumper and two maiden hurdles; evidently has some ability but handicaps are probably on the agenda after this.

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0

6

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Present De Vango

11st 2lb

J: David England

T: Olly Murphy

Fifth of eight on all three starts under rules in a bumper and two maiden hurdles; evidently has some ability but handicaps are probably on the agenda after this.

33/1

5th

7

8th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

14:15 Uttoxeter

Present De Vango

11st 4lb

J: David England

T: Olly Murphy

Showed some ability in an Irish point, Market Rasen bumper and Warwick maiden hurdle (28-1) but more will surely be needed.

10/1

Form: 8

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Always behind when 33-1 for Worcester bumper last month; hooded for today's stable/hurdle debut (was with Matt Sheppard); can't be recommended.

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0

6

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:15 Taunton

Yogis Trail

11st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Sophie Leech

took keen hold, towards rear, pecked on landing after 4 out

100/1

0

12

8th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Warwick

Yogis Trail

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Sophie Leech

No promise in a bumper or on last month's hurdle/stable debut.

100/1

0

7

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Yogis Trail

11st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Sophie Leech

Always behind when 33-1 for Worcester bumper last month; hooded for today's stable/hurdle debut (was with Matt Sheppard); can't be recommended.

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to useful jumpers Vintage Fizz and Fameaftertheglory; kept on best to make winning Irish point debut in April and was bought for £40,000 soon afterwards; could have a good future under rules but may need a stiffer stamina test than this.

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7th

1

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:00 Southwell

Getaway Glory

12st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

in touch with leaders, reminder after 3 out

4/1

4th

1

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:25 Sedgefield

Getaway Glory

11st 4lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Won sole point start; stepped up on form of hurdle debut last time but looks more one for handicaps over further in due course.

10/1

Form: 6-3

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed minor promise in two Market Rasen bumpers for Harriet Dickin in the spring, latterly when third of seven behind Choccabloc; has since changed hands for £19,000; looks up against it on stable/hurdle debut.

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12th

11

10th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 5

15:50 Leicester

James Baie

10st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: Max Young

Not disgraced in two bumpers last spring but showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for three novice/maiden hurdles in the autumn; cheekpieces on for handicap debut; needs to take a big step forward.

40/1

0

9

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

12:35 Ludlow

James Baie

11st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Max Young

Showed some ability in bumpers in the spring but he's finished tailed off at huge prices in two hurdle runs this season.

66/1

Form: 3

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Fair Flat racer; encouraging start to hurdling career when placed in run-of-the-mill mares' maiden at Exeter (2m, good to firm) this month but she has considerably more on her plate here.

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0

11

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 3

13:45 Exeter

Breccia

10st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

Won over 2m on the AW last year but mostly plied her trade at a low level on the Flat and doesn't look up to winning a novice hurdle judged on her initial attempts.

20/1

0

13

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Breccia

10st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

Fair Flat racer; encouraging start to hurdling career when placed in run-of-the-mill mares' maiden at Exeter (2m, good to firm) this month but she has considerably more on her plate here.

50/1

3rd

1

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:25 Exeter

Breccia

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Robert Stephens

2m winner on the AW and ran a decent race when third last time at Bath; Flat form was an ordinary level but could make a jumper.

12/1

Form: 3/44

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Switched to current stable after promising bumper debut on good ground in April 2022; soundly beaten in two slow-ground hurdle races this autumn, after a layoff, and seemingly Dan Skelton's second string here.

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7th

10

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Chantilly Rose

10st 5lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

midfield

16/1

6th

6

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

12:32 Fontwell

Chantilly Rose

10st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, midfield

7/2

0

14

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Chantilly Rose

10st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Switched to current stable after promising bumper debut on good ground in April 2022; soundly beaten in two slow-ground hurdle races this autumn, after a layoff, and seemingly Dan Skelton's second string here.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

0-9 in Irish points, albeit placed five times; makes rules debut after six-month absence; not the obvious answer.

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4th

8

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

15:40 Hereford

Inchiquin Spirit

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

0-9 in Irish points; has hinted at ability over hurdles but was pulled up when switched to a handicap, over 3m1f here in January (28-1); perhaps this shorter trip and subsequent wind surgery will help.

12/1

0

8

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:28 Hereford

Inchiquin Spirit

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

in touch with leaders

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 8lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

0-18 on the Flat and has struggled to get seriously competitive off basement marks in recent months; makes no appeal on hurdling debut.

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0

13

8th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:15 Warwick

Ballet Blanc

10st 7lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Richard Price

0-18 on the Flat and was pulled up on last month's hurdle debut (too free and saddle slipped); hood now fitted.

100/1

0

16

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Ballet Blanc

10st 8lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Richard Price

0-18 on the Flat and has struggled to get seriously competitive off basement marks in recent months; makes no appeal on hurdling debut.

100/1

10th

7

(4)

7th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

16:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ballet Blanc

9st 3lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Richard Price

Belied 50-1 odds when going close in 7f classified at Chepstow in June, her second run for Richard Price, and is also suited by 1m4f but her recent form is very uninspiring.

40/1

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Straight Forecast £263.30
Trifecta £4433.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ittack Blue

LAMBOURN:

Choccabloc

POSTDATA:

Recoup

Telegraph:

Adjuvant

Daily Mirror:

Choccabloc

Daily Record:

Choccabloc

RP RATINGS:

Ittack Blue

TOPSPEED:

Ittack Blue

The Times:

Ittack Blue

The Guardian:

Ittack Blue

Daily Mail:

Ittack Blue

The Sun:

Ittack Blue

The Star:

Ittack Blue

WEST COUNTRY:

Recoup

D Express:

Adjuvant