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Sky Bet Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 0f 87y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Sky Bet Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Sharp Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 346-11 D

Last run: 160 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won the Grade 2 bumper at Aintree's National meeting in 2022; he wasn't an instant success over hurdles and the two races he won by clear daylight in May (2m/2m4f) were penalty kicks for a horse of his ability; however, this winning pointer retains significant potential and seems fine on all ground.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

16th

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Lookaway

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Front-runner; dual Grade 2 winner; has form figures of 11122 this term, runner-up on soft ground the last twice in major handicap at Cheltenham (2m) and Grade 1 novice here (2m4f); may still have further progress in him; solid contender.

11/1

2nd

5

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Lookaway

11st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

0-3 switched to hurdles last term but has done well this season, producing form figures of 1112, most recently second in major handicap at Cheltenham (2m, soft); made all in Grade 2 over that C&D the time before; place possibilities on form, provided he's as effective back up to 2m4f.

6/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: B13-1 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Unable to defy a penalty in bumpers but posted an improved RPR of 119 when coming home in isolation on his hurdling debut at Worcester (2m, good to soft); like a lot of these, he's thoroughly unexposed and in good hands to progress.

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Verdict Starting price

10th

13

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Kamsinas

11st 6lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Unraced on heavy ground; useful novice hurdler whose Grade 2 form comprises a good effort at Cheltenham (behind Lookaway) and a success at Haydock; well held in Aintree Grade 1 last time but may still do better; makes handicap debut.

20/1

6th

7

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

13:05 Aintree

Kamsinas

11st 8lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

midfield on outer, headway and in touch with leaders 4th, went third after 5th

8/1

1st

6

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

12:05 Haydock

Kamsinas

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Point/bumper winner and went in at the first time of asking over hurdles with the minimum of fuss at Worcester in October (good to soft); held his own in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham next time (good) and that form looks all the stronger now, with the winner finishing second in last week's Greatwood; appealing form claims for last year's winning owners.

5/2

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16/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: 1-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Newbury bumper winner who was nicely on top in the finish on his hurdling debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good); an RPR of 109 that day would suggest he needs to raise his game in this company, but that's feasible.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Kempton

Idy Wood

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Good third in similar event at Cheltenham (2m, good) in October; justified favouritism at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) most recently, taking rules record to 3-5; could go well, back in this grade.

10/1

1st

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:15 Plumpton

Idy Wood

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent

11/10

Form: 52-1 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in a big-field bumper at Punchestown's big spring meeting before joining these connections for 110,000euros; it was a winnable novice they unearthed at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) but couldn't have won that any easier; looks useful.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Kempton

Williethebuilder

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Disappointing at Musselburgh on New Year's Day but consistent otherwise this term and may bounce back; ties in with Idy Wood and Panjari on Cheltenham form in October/December.

8/1

Form: 211 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in a bumper at the Galway Festival before going one better at Killarney (soft); had no trouble in justifying short odds in an ordinary maiden hurdle at Navan (1m7f; yielding) and he's a well-bred Irish raider who commands respect.

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5th

7

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:55 Cheltenham

Toto Too

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

Second in a bumper at the Galway Festival before going one better at Killarney (soft); had no trouble in justifying short odds in an ordinary maiden hurdle at Navan (1m7f; yielding) and he's a well-bred Irish raider who commands respect.

5/2

1st

9

16th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 120y

13:35 Navan

Toto Too

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

travelled strongly, pressed leaders early, went second before 3rd

3/1

1st

6

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 0y

20:10 Killarney

Toto Too

12st 0lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Peter Fahey

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, steady headway from over 3f out, led but faced challenge under 2f out, ridden 1f out, ran on when edged left inside final 110yds, eased towards finish

11/4

Form: 22-1 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £200,000 after winning an Irish point; came up short in his two bumpers but strolled home by 14l on his switch to hurdles at Bangor (2m, soft) despite some novicey jumping; hard to know how good he is.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:25 Southwell

Act Of Authority

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Bought for £200,000 after winning an Irish point; beaten 11l in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (2m, good) in October but easy odds-on winner from the front at Bangor (soft) on his other two starts over hurdles; sets a clear standard with all of those three pieces of form.

4/6

1st

1

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 3

14:21 Bangor-on-Dee

Act Of Authority

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Bought for £200,000 after winning an Irish point; strolled home by 14l over C&D (soft) on his hurdling debut and his jumping improved when beaten 11l in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (good) won by subsequent Greatwood runner-up Lookaway; sets a clear standard back in much calmer waters here and he should be hard to beat under his penalty.

8/13

1

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Warwick

Act Of Authority

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Bought for £200,000 after winning an Irish point; strolled home by 14l on his switch to hurdles at Bangor (2m, soft) and his jumping improved when beaten 11l in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham (good) won by last Sunday's Greatwood runner-up Lookaway; in shallower waters here under a penalty.

4/6

Form: 4-211 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Progressed to win his third bumper start before comfortably outpointing his sole rival in a match on his hurdling debut at Hereford (2m3f, good to firm; should be fine on softer); others have achieved more but he's very much heading in the right direction.

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3rd

1

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

14:15 Doncaster

Parade Away

11st 6lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

His hurdle win came in a match (2m3f, good to firm) and he carries a 6lb penalty against some interesting rivals; however, he was second behind an exciting winner at Hereford (2m3f, good) last time and can give another good account if the ground suits (ran well in a point on yielding to soft).

9/4

2nd

1

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:25 Hereford

Parade Away

11st 7lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Won Stratford bumper in the spring and easily followed up in C&D match race on hurdling debut in October; beaten only about 11l when last of seven finishers in Cheltenham Grade 2 (2m, good) later that month and needs to be taken very seriously in these much calmer waters.

8/13

7th

6

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:55 Cheltenham

Parade Away

11st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Progressed to win his third bumper start before comfortably outpointing his sole rival in a match on his hurdling debut at Hereford (2m3f, good to firm; should be fine on softer); others have achieved more but he's very much heading in the right direction.

25/1

Form: 211911 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

The only of these with a Flat background and he's taken well to hurdling, progressing at a rate of knots in handicaps on his favoured good ground; it's difficult to gauge how far the momentum gathered in shallower waters might take him but he was never better than last time at Huntingdon.

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0

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:55 Cheltenham

Enthused

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: James Owen

The only of these with a Flat background and he's taken well to hurdling, progressing at a rate of knots in handicaps on his favoured good ground; it's difficult to gauge how far the momentum gathered in shallower waters might take him but he was never better than last time at Huntingdon.

20/1

1st

2

17th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:00 Huntingdon

Enthused

11st 13lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

raced in second, pressed leader 3 out, pushed along to lead before 2 out, good jump last, went clear run-in, readily

5/2

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Payout
Exacta £313.00
Straight Forecast £351.60
Tricast £6316.60
Trifecta £6140.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Toto Too

WEST COUNTRY:

Kamsinas

LAMBOURN:

Idy Wood

D Express:

Act Of Authority

RP RATINGS:

Lookaway

POSTDATA:

Toto Too

The Times:

Toto Too

The Sun:

Toto Too

The Star:

Toto Too

Daily Record:

Toto Too

Telegraph:

Idy Wood

Daily Mirror:

Act Of Authority

The Guardian:

Kamsinas

Daily Mail:

Kamsinas

TOPSPEED:

Lookaway