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15:35 Cheltenham

Good To Soft

William Hill Epic Weekend Free Bet Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £9241.75
  • 2m 7f 208y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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William Hill Epic Weekend Free Bet Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 7212-1 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Improving as he gains experience and it was very easy on his first attempt over 3m at Southwell (good; has won on soft); good to see the remote second win easily next time at Kempton; has the double penalty but looks useful.

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2nd

3

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Butch

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

led, jumped slightly right throughout, niggled along briefly on turn after 6th, pushed along when joined home turn, headed and ridden before 3 out, no chance with winner approaching last

5/2

1st

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Butch

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won on soft ground in March, unraced on heavy; upped to 3m this season for front-running novice wins at Southwell (good) and Cheltenham (good to soft); in the latter he rallied well to regain the lead in the final strides, so looks a thorough stayer at the trip; needs further improvement in this handicap but has more to give with serious stamina tests.

7/2

1st

1

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Butch

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

raced in second, led 2nd, ridden after 2 out, 2 lengths ahead last, headed inside final 110yds, rallied to lead final strides, gamely

7/2

11/10

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 821

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Has taken a nice step forward in each of his runs and he readily accounted for bumper winners from top yards when off the mark at Punchestown (2m4f, yielding); as a son of Presenting, 3m should be right up his alley; respected.

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3rd

1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 58y

15:40 Punchestown

Antrim Coast

11st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Course maiden winner over 2m4f last October; went close over 3m at Cheltenham later that month; January run at the same venue was too bad to be true but trainer could not explain at the time.

10/1

6th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Antrim Coast

11st 5lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has found steady improvement with each of his runs and the horse he pushed to a neck here in October (good to soft) has since returned to win a Class 2 handicap; that October race here was over 3m but he won his Irish maiden at this trip and one of two Festival entries is over 2m5f; now has tongue tied; each-way claims.

4/1

Form: 2313

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Useful on the Flat in Britain (at up to 2m) and bought for 40,000gns; nicely progressive since returning from a year off and, after justifying strong market support in a Downpatrick maiden (2m5f, good), he was third at Listowel behind a Willie Mullins horse who has since followed up at Listed level; stepping up to 3m looks highly likely to suit.

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9th

10

(1)

27th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 5f 0y

17:10 Navan

Reverend Hubert

9st 2lb

J: Sean Davis

T: C Byrnes

Easy winner of a Downpatrick maiden hurdle last August and ran solid enough races in defeat twice subsequently; decent Flat stayer for Richard Hannon, winning three times; cheekpieces tried here and the market may guide.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: -61311

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Made it 3-4 over hurdles when making pretty much all the running to dispose of just three other finishers at Ludlow (2m5f, good; unraced on softer under rules); has more to deal with here under his penalties but represents a yard that's won this twice in three years with similarly progressive types.

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4th

2

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Lisnamult Lad

11st 8lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

led, raced in second when headed 2nd, hit 2 out, soon lost two places, weakened run-in

13/2

Form: 5/6-1

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Had lengthy breaks between his last three runs and was returning from 11 months off when overcoming a late mistake to scramble home at Warwick (2m5f, good); down the pecking order on form but has potential.

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4th

2

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Track And Trace

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Off the mark over fences at third attempt, in North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick (3m6f, soft; also suited by good ground) in January, but was pulled up on both subsequent outings and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

8/1

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Track And Trace

11st 13lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

held up in rear, not fluent 14th, not fluent 17th, weakened after 5 out, soon pulled up

3/1

7

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:40 Exeter

Track And Trace

11st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Short-headed by progressive winner at Carlisle (3m2f, good to soft) in December on second chase start and won the North Yorkshire National at Catterick (3m6f, soft) last month; appeared to idle in front last time and a 5lb rise could underestimate this unexposed 7yo's performance; key player.

11/4

Form: 212

Last run: 97 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

All three bumpers were on good ground; with Nigel Twiston-Davies when beating four rivals at Worcester and probably bumped into a decent horse when penalised at Stratford (debut for this yard); set tough task on his hurdling introduction.

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2nd

4

8th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

18:40 Fontwell

Thirtyfour Thirty

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Syd Hosie

Justified support on handicap debut here (2m1f, heavy) in December but he's been disappointing in two runs at 2m5f since; now only 1lb higher than for his win but he has plenty to prove again and is untried at this trip.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £96.00
Straight Forecast £105.90
Trifecta £289.00

Selections

The Times:

Antrim Coast

TOPSPEED:

Lisnamult Lad

POSTDATA:

Butch

SPOTLIGHT:

Reverend Hubert

WEST COUNTRY:

Track And Trace

Telegraph:

Antrim Coast

The Guardian:

Antrim Coast

D Express:

Antrim Coast

Daily Mirror:

Antrim Coast

The Sun:

Antrim Coast

Daily Mail:

Lisnamult Lad

Daily Record:

Lisnamult Lad

The Star:

Butch

RP RATINGS:

Reverend Hubert