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12:25 Chepstow

Good To Soft

Vickers.Bet Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
  • Win time: 4m 57s
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Vickers.Bet Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.10
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 2/327-

Last run: 199 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in Listed bumper at Newbury (good) in February and only beaten about 5l when creditable seventh of 20 in Grade 2 Aintree bumper in April; not bred for jumping but still commands respected on hurdling debut.

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2nd

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

13:05 Newbury

Masaccio

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Runner-up in Listed bumper here (good) in February and took well to hurdling when scoring in a big field at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in October; the runner-up gave that latest form a boost when going one better next time; open to improvement and unlikely to be far away.

2/1

1st

8

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Masaccio

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, disputed lead just after 2 out, ridden before last where not fluent and headed, kept on and led again towards finish

3/1

7th

12

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

18:20 Aintree

Masaccio

11st 6lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

6yo who ran well after a long absence when third to Bowenspark at Warwick (soft) on New Year's Eve and improved a bit more when second to Aslukgoes in Listed race at Newbury (good) in February; in the mix once again but he'll need more if he's to turn those placed efforts into a win.

14/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 210- C

Last run: 199 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Delivered on debut promise when winning 14-runner course bumper in February (good to soft); well beaten in Grade 2 bumper at Aintree festival in April but remains a good prospect for novice hurdles this season; high on the list.

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1st

3

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

12:15 Ascot

Beat The Bat

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Bumper winner (2m, good to soft) who was tailed off in Grade 2 at Aintree but bounced back when going close in a big field on last month's hurdle and seasonal debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); he was clear of the remainder and sets a strong standard for the rest of these to aim at.

5/2

2nd

2

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Beat The Bat

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

prominent, disputed lead just after 2 out, led narrowly last, soon hung right, kept on but headed towards finish

5/1

16th

2

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

18:20 Aintree

Beat The Bat

11st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Harry Fry

Went down narrowly on Wincanton debut on Boxing Day and gained compensation two months later in 14-runner race at Chepstow (good to soft; 6-4 favourite), always prominent; promising type, in good hands and ought to make his presence felt again.

16/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 23P-

Last run: 241 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Winning pointer who was placed here on first two hurdling starts (2m3f/2m); not seen since pulled up in Kelso Grade 2 in March (lost action) but back in calmer waters today and has a big role to play if back on song; had wind op in August.

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2nd

12

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Hoe Joly Smoke

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won a maiden point in March 2022; pulled up in a Kelso Grade 2 novice in March but placed in his other three races over hurdles, back from wind surgery when third of 16 in a maiden at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) one month ago; needs better in this warm race on handicap debut but early days and he rallied well last time, so the new trip might help.

4/1

3rd

5

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Hoe Joly Smoke

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on and went third last

7/2

7

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:25 Kelso

Hoe Joly Smoke

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in midfield on inner

9/1

Form: 3-

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Clearcut winner of slow-ground Irish point on debut and made pretty good start to rules career when placed in Taunton bumper (good to soft) in March; no surprise if he features on hurdling debut.

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5th

4

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 2

12:55 Ascot

Saladins Son

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

raced in second, prominent after 6th, weakened before 2 out

8/1

4th

15

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Saladins Son

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

disputed lead, led clearly 2nd, mistake 3 out, not fluent and headed 2 out, soon outpaced, weakened and lost third last

14/1

3rd

7

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Saladins Son

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Fourth foal; dam pulled up in point, half-sister to hurdle/smart chase winner Cloud Creeper; clearcut winner on Irish point debut in December before changing hands for £95,000 the following month; new stable does well in bumpers (17% strike-rate); features prominently in calculations.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 45-

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Irish point winner in spring 2022; quite promising bumper debut when fourth at Ffos Las (good) in March but his run on soft ground there in April was a backward step; had wind op last month; others look stronger.

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4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 2

12:55 Ascot

Genietoile

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

prominent, outpaced 2 out, kept on run-in

16/1

5th

3

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Genietoile

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

prominent, weakened after 2 out

25/1

5th

1

9th Apr 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:10 Ffos Las

Genietoile

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won good-ground Irish point on debut last April and shaped quite nicely (no extra late on) when fourth of seven on rules debut here (good; 6-1) five weeks ago; now wears a tongue-strap; not ruled out.

9/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made all to win seven-runner Irish point on debut in February, after which he was bought for £35,000; the runner-up from that race has done very little to advertise the form under rules; this fellow has a tongue-tie fitted for his rules debut and is probably best watched.

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6th

4

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Ginger Jonny

11st 4lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

took keen hold, disputed lead, headed and raced in second 2nd, lost position after 3 out, weakened 2 out, mistake last

14/1

Form: 75-

Last run: 193 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bettered his disappointing bumper debut when very respectable fifth of 13 at Exeter (good) in April and can probably improve again over hurdles this season but others appeal more all the same.

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4th

6

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:00 Taunton

Pride Of Paris

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Promising fifth in the second of his two bumpers in the spring; kicked off his hurdling career with a well-held seventh at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last month but that was in a useful 16-runner event and he should improve for that experience; could get involved.

25/1

7th

13

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Pride Of Paris

11st 4lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Victor Dartnall

in rear, struggling after 4 out, headway from 2 out, stayed on

50/1

Form: 41-2

Last run: 178 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won good-ground Hereford bumper in February and kept on for second in run-of-the-mill maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m, good) in May; longer trip ought to suit, but he'll need it to unlock significant improvement.

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5th

5

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Ffos Las

Out Of Focus

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won good-ground bumper at Hereford in February and ran respectably at Uttoxeter (2m) on the switch to hurdles; form dipped sharply at Chepstow (2m3f) last month; needs improvement on the figures.

10/1

8th

12

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Out Of Focus

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

in rear, headway into midfield after 4 out, no impression from 3 out

14/1

2nd

8

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

14:05 Uttoxeter

Out Of Focus

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

prominent, ridden after 3 out, went second run-in, kept on but not pace to challenge

7/2

Form: 54

Last run: 163 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dual point winner; bettered inauspicious rules debut when respectable fourth of eight in Stratford maiden (2m6f, good) in May but returns from break in a much stronger race.

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5th

6

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

15:45 Exeter

Joe Cotton

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual point winner; not particularly solid on his form in maiden hurdles and may be one for chasing in due course; however, improvement can't be totally ruled out off this opening mark.

16/1

9th

6

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Joe Cotton

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

prominent, lost position after 4 out, weakened 3 out

50/1

Form: 65-

Last run: 294 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Displayed promise in two bumpers last season, beaten about 16l on both occasions, and should have a future over jumps but is not the most obvious answer here; had wind op last month.

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10th

7

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Magical Escape

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

towards rear throughout

33/1

5th

4

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:30 Doncaster

Magical Escape

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Kim Bailey

16-1 and had a wind op before one-paced sixth of 13 in Chepstow bumper last month; he needs to build on it now.

20/1

6th

13

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

15:22 Chepstow

Magical Escape

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

32,000euros foal; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to winners Cavite Beta (bumper/2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase), Bangkok Pete (bumper/2m3f-2m7f hurdle) and Golden Firebird (bumper); stable's newcomers always merit attention.

14/1

Form: S-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well held when third of five on hurdling debut at Southwell (3m, good) four weeks ago but that was his first start since spring 2022 and the form has been well advertised by the front pair since; not ruled out each-way.

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11th

14

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Private Pike

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in rear, some headway 4 out, weakened 3 out

25/1

3rd

6

3rd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

16:05 Southwell

Private Pike

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

raced in last

16/1

7

11th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:50 Worcester

Private Pike

10st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Form: 3-

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Out of a smart chaser; placed in Exeter bumper (good to soft) on rules debut in March but the form isn't anything to go wild about and he's probably one for a bit further down the line.

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3rd

8

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Kempton

Thank You Ma’am

11st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Georgina Nicholls

Placed in point/rules bumpers in March; beaten long way at Chepstow on the switch to hurdles, having been friendless in the betting; opposed on balance.

100/1

12th

16

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Thank You Ma’am

11st 2lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Georgina Nicholls

midfield, weakened 3 out, not fluent 2 out

33/1

Form: 12- BF

Last run: 273 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Impressed on bumper debut at Hereford (soft) last December and was not discredited when clear second under penalty at Ffos Las a few weeks later; hurdling debut after nine-month absence but still considered.

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13th

1

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Alcedo

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear, mistake 1st, some headway after 4 out, weakened 3 out

8/1

2nd

1

31st Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:35 Ffos Las

Alcedo

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

prominent

9/4

1st

3

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

15:45 Hereford

Alcedo

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

42,000gns yearling; third foal; half-brother to a fairly useful 6f/1m Flat winner and an AW bumper winner; dam placed on Flat in Italy, half-sister to Group-placed 7f-1m1f winner; not bred to run over this far but stable has good bumper strike-rate (15%).

12/1

Form: /6754-

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Irish bumper winner in 2022; displayed significant improvement over hurdles when fifth of 17 in good-quality Navan maiden (2m, heavy) in March but left Henry de Bromhead after lesser effort over 3m in April; not an easy one to predict on today's stable debut but has the ability to feature.

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0

4

29th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

13:50 Wetherby

Mister Bo

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

towards rear

9/1

9

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Mister Bo

11st 4lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

midfield, weakened and in rear before 3 out, pulled up before last

20/1

4th

8

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 80y

13:50 Cork

Mister Bo

11st 12lb

J: Derek Thomas McGrath

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, dropped to rear 9th, pushed along after 4 out, went remote fourth 3 out, never on terms

8/1

Form: 3

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won Irish point in the spring; low-key start to rules career when well-held third of four (albeit on heavy ground) in recent course bumper.

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10

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Mistymal

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in rear, mistake 3rd, lost touch after 4 out, pulled up before last

50/1

Form: 1/

Last run: 741 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Absent since hard-fought win on bumper debut at Worcester (soft) in October 2021 but Paul Nicholls has persisted with him; interesting to see how he fares on this hurdling debut.

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11

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Onethreefivenotout

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

midfield, hampered 1st, weakened after 4 out, pulled up 2 out (jockey said gelding ran too free)

6/1

1st

3

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:48 Worcester

Onethreefivenotout

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

25,000euros foal, 150,000euros 3yo; fourth foal; brother to bumper/2m4f hurdle winner Orrisdale and point winner Bourbon Street, closely related to point winner Sixteen Letters; dam unraced sister to 2m4f hurdle winner Look Who's Back; no surprise if he makes an impact on debut.

7/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hoe Joly Smoke

WEST COUNTRY:

Beat The Bat

LAMBOURN:

Thank You Ma'am

The Star:

Masaccio

Telegraph:

Beat The Bat

Daily Mail:

Beat The Bat

D Express:

Beat The Bat

Daily Record:

Beat The Bat

POSTDATA:

Hoe Joly Smoke

The Times:

Hoe Joly Smoke

The Guardian:

Hoe Joly Smoke

Daily Mirror:

Hoe Joly Smoke

The Sun:

Hoe Joly Smoke