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Good To Soft

Trustatrader Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 3f 200y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Trustatrader Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 110-1P C BF

Last run: 85 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won good-ground course bumper for John McConnell a year ago and made all to win easily on hurdling debut at Bellewstown (2m1f, good) in July; ran as though something was amiss at Galway festival in August but will be a danger to all if back on song for new stable.

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9th

2

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Encanto Bruno

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

midfield

12/1

8th

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Encanto Bruno

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won good-ground Cheltenham bumper for John McConnell last season; finished in mid-field in Champion Bumper in March; smooth front-running winner on hurdling debut at Bellewstown in July; flopped at the Galway festival; restored to form when winning an Irish-dominated contest at Cheltenham last month on first start for this stable; might prefer better ground.

3/1

1st

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Encanto Bruno

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won good-ground course bumper for John McConnell a year ago and made all to win easily on hurdling debut at Bellewstown (2m1f, good) in July; ran as though something was amiss at Galway festival in August but will be a danger to all if back on song for new stable.

4/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 24-1

Last run: 132 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Only fourth when warm favourite for hurdling debut on Boxing Day but returned from break with easy win at Downpatrick (2m3f, yielding to soft) in June and is open to significant further progress.

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3rd

5

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:15 Navan

Mel Monroe

10st 9lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, challenging before 2 out, outpaced and lost second approaching last, kept on

9/2

5th

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Mel Monroe

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Maiden point winner who also took a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick last June; good minor honours since in novice events over about 2m4f at Cheltenham, Navan (Grade 3) and Punchestown (Listed); no ground worries and the step up to 3m holds possibilities on this handicap debut.

9/4

4th

5

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

14:00 Punchestown

Mel Monroe

10st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner the season before last; second on her only bumper start; did not have much to beat in a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick in June; two good runs in defeat since then, second to fellow Irish raider Encanto Bruno in a 2m4f Cheltenham event and runner-up again behind odds-on stablemate Croke Park in a 2m4f Grade 3 event at Navan.

11/4

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 34-221 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Took seven attempts to get off the mark over hurdles but bumped into some good horses before last month's comfortable success at Listowel (2m4f, yielding to soft); hold each-way claims at least here.

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3rd

3

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Tag Man

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Took seven attempts to get off the mark over hurdles but bumped into some good horses before last month's comfortable success at Listowel (2m4f, yielding to soft); hold each-way claims at least here.

7/2

1st

12

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:35 Listowel

Tag Man

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

travelled strongly, prominent, led from 4th, went clear 2 out, bad mistake last, eased towards finish, comfortably

Evs

2nd

6

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 180y

17:20 Killarney

Tag Man

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Placed in three maidens including when second to subsequent Grade 1 winner Good Land at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting; settled better than on some occasions when second over 2m5f at Galway last time; did little wrong there and was nearly 3l in front of Black Bamboo; not crying out for this longer trip but should get it around here; tongue-tie.

15/8

Form: 351-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Ended last season with good-ground Bangor bumper win and displayed significant improvement to score on last month's hurdling debut at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft); open to further progress but others look stronger.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

3

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Warwick

Push The Button

11st 6lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

jumped right on occasions but jumped well, made all, ridden and kept on well against near rail run-in, won going away

6/4

4th

4

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Push The Button

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Ended last season with good-ground Bangor bumper win and displayed significant improvement to score on last month's hurdling debut at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft); open to further progress but others look stronger.

10/1

1st

7

29th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:25 Worcester

Push The Button

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Creditable fifth of 19 in valuable Newbury bumper (soft) in March and opened account in easier race at Bangor (good) the following month; probably needs to improve to make winning hurdle debut here but has potential.

8/1

Form: 11-1 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Made all in two bumpers towards end of last season (good to soft/soft) and cruised clear to win easily by 24l when switched to hurdling at Perth (2m4f, soft) last month; today's race is much stronger and she may not be favoured if the ground dries out but, nevertheless, she's one to consider.

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5th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

13:30 Doncaster

El Elefante

10st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual bumper winner who impressed on her hurdling debut at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September; at least matched that bare form when just under 6l fifth in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) the following month and it could be that heavy ground held her back when again not disgraced in a Listed event at Haydock; talented mare with more to offer.

25/1

4th

4

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 1

12:55 Haydock

El Elefante

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Made all in two bumpers towards end of last season (good to soft/soft) and cruised clear to win easily by 24l when switched to hurdling at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September; at least matched that bare form when just under 6l fifth in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) the following month and the fourth and sixth in that have won novice hurdles since; sets the standard on form for last year's winning stable.

11/4

5th

8

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

El Elefante

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Made all in two bumpers towards end of last season (good to soft/soft) and cruised clear to win easily by 24l when switched to hurdling at Perth (2m4f, soft) last month; today's race is much stronger and she may not be favoured if the ground dries out but, nevertheless, she's one to consider.

3/1

Form: 137- BF

Last run: 200 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of a close relative of stable's top-class chaser Clan Des Obeaux and made winning debut in Chepstow bumper (good to soft) last November; not in same form in two subsequent Chepstow bumpers last season but had wind surgery during the summer and remains of interest.

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Verdict Starting price

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Isaac Des Obeaux

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders on outer

3/1

3rd

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Isaac Des Obeaux

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only sixth here in October and all his other runs have been at Chepstow; impressive in winning his last two (2m3f; soft/heavy), though the two horses who chased him home last time have since come up short in fairly ordinary maidens; chasing will be his game further down the line and others appeal as more likely winners of this.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-3118 D

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Three hurdle wins this season, the latest gained in Class 2 handicap at Worcester (2m4f, good) in June; below form on latest outing (reportedly unsuited by soft ground) and has to concede weight to all his rivals here but can make his presence felt.

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7th

1

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Everyonesgame

11st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Three hurdle wins this season, the latest gained in Class 2 handicap at Worcester (2m4f, good) in June; below form on latest outing (reportedly unsuited by soft ground) and has to concede weight to all his rivals here but can make his presence felt.

25/1

8th

1

22nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Market Rasen

Everyonesgame

12st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

midfield, ridden and switched left after 3 out, no impression from 2 out

10/1

Form: 421-

Last run: 212 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Delivered on earlier promise when battling on well to win Market Rasen bumper (good to soft) in March; tossed into a strong race on today's seasonal/hurdle debut but should have a good future over jumps.

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3rd

1

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Katate Dori

12st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Bumper winner who was placed in two of his three qualifying races, latterly when third at Hereford (2m3f, good) last month; up in trip today and should have improvement to come in handicaps; seems versatile ground-wise.

4/1

3rd

6

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:07 Hereford

Katate Dori

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Plenty of bumper promise even before he won at Market Rasen; made mistakes when sent to Cheltenham for hurdling debut and the ground was very testing (heavy) when a remote third at Chepstow (2m3f); remains open to improvement.

4/1

Form: 4-5F

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made quite promising hurdle debut at Perth (2m, good) in August and ran well from the front at Kelso (2m5f, good) last month but was beaten before last-flight fall on latter occasion and has a lot to find here.

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6th

2

11th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:55 Catterick

Here Comes Georgie

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Patrick Neville

Improved form when runner-up over C&D (good to soft) in November and went one better at Carlisle (2m1f, good to soft) latest; unraced on soft ground; could continue to progress and he's respected under a penalty.

9/2

1st

5

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Carlisle

Here Comes Georgie

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Patrick Neville

Five-race maiden; mixed results (5F92) over hurdles but his second at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) on latest start represents improvement; major player provided that form is backed up.

9/2

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Exacta £229.00
Straight Forecast £227.70
Trifecta £835.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

El Elefante

RP RATINGS:

Tag Man

WEST COUNTRY:

Isaac Des Obeaux

TOPSPEED:

Mel Monroe

SPOTLIGHT:

Encanto Bruno

Telegraph:

El Elefante

Daily Mail:

El Elefante

The Sun:

El Elefante

The Star:

El Elefante

D Express:

Isaac Des Obeaux

The Guardian:

Mel Monroe

The Times:

Encanto Bruno

Daily Mirror:

Tag Man

Daily Record:

Tag Man