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12:45 Lingfield

Good To Soft

At The Races App Market Movers Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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At The Races App Market Movers Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: U31-5

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Chepstow novice winner in March (for Sam Thomas); tailed off on last month's stable debut at Southwell, which was too bad to be true; return to soft ground a probable plus and tongue-strap fitted but still a deal to prove on first attempt in a handicap.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Tzarmix

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

With Sam Thomas when winning a Chepstow novice (2m3f, soft) 14 months ago; ran much better on his second run for this yard when beaten 18l on heavy ground at Ffos Las (3m handicap, heavy; first-time tongue-tie) but he'll need to find something on that and now returns from another absence.

7/1

4th

4

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:25 Ffos Las

Tzarmix

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear

9/1

Form: 2P4P3-

Last run: 193 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Two hurdle wins at the start of 2022; chasing not his bag last season and returns to hurdling after seven months off; has C&D form and is on a good mark if he can recover his best; not discounted.

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8th

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Whydah Gally

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Dual winner at Lingfield this season, latterly in 3m5f chase on soft ground in February; got very tired on heavy ground at Bangor (3m5f) a fortnight later but certainly didn't run badly there, and the quicker conditions here ought to suit him better.

14/1

4th

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Whydah Gally

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

led narrowly

5/1

1st

9

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Whydah Gally

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Three hurdle wins, most recently over 2m7f (soft) here in November, but has struggled to put it together over fences; way back at Fontwell 16 days ago, when adding cheekpieces (as today) failed to move things along.

16/1

Form: 12111- CD

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Giant strides last season, winning six of seven starts between November and April (only defeat came at the hands of a well handicapped rival); up another 6lb but stays well and handles soft ground well; chances again.

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4

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

The Imposter

10st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

1st

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:55 Chepstow

The Imposter

11st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Has made stunning progress to win eight of his last nine starts and none were more impressive than the latest at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft), where he was hassled up front off a strong pace and yet still found the reserves to win; may well defy another 4lb rise.

7/2

1st

4

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 3

13:40 Uttoxeter

The Imposter

11st 3lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

pressed leader, led after 4th, ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on, gamely

8/11

Form: 3322-

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Placed in all four starts over hurdles, most recently when chasing home The Imposter at Ascot in April (for Oliver Sherwood, wore cheekpieces, absent now); little between the pair on revised terms and still open to improvement after just seven career starts; has to be considered.

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7th

13

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Scamallach Liath

10st 8lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Progressive 2212 record in handicap hurdles; scored in gritty fashion at Ascot (nearly 3m1f) in November and put up another most tenacious performance when beaten a head, having made most, over an extended 2m7f there (again on good; probably acts on soft) one month later; up another 5lb but surely won't go down without a fight.

7/1

2nd

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

12:40 Ascot

Scamallach Liath

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Progressive 221 record in handicap hurdles, well-backed favourite when winning a nine-runner race in gritty fashion here (nearly 3m1f, good) on reappearance four weeks ago; probably acts on soft; up 6lb but may continue with his improvement.

11/4

1st

2

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 4

15:45 Ascot

Scamallach Liath

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Runner-up in both handicap hurdles for Oliver Sherwood, the latest behind a progressive rival here in April (2m7f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces, now discarded); retains potential off this 3lb higher mark having moved with former trainer to Harry Derham.

11/4

Form: 4-3131

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Not entirely straightforward but it hasn't stopped him winning nine races, including two of his last three over hurdles; can idle in front and this is tougher than the contest he won at Wincanton two weeks ago but he's only edging up the handicap; stays well and soft ground no concern.

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3rd

7

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Ben Lilly

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

midfield

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 122-45

Last run: 147 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Twice disappointed when last seen in the spring, having previously looking quite progressive; still early days and perhaps wind surgery will see him back on track; bit more to prove than some, however.

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1st

2

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

18:15 Huntingdon

Halligator

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

2m hurdle winner (good) who showed improvement this time last year, his best effort coming over C&D (good to soft); has gone backwards in five subsequent starts, punctuated by wind surgery; back down in grade but revival needed.

10/1

5th

9

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Halligator

11st 7lb

J: Miss Lauren Keen-Hawkins

T: Kim Bailey

took keen hold, held up in rear

16/1

10th

1

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Halligator

12st 0lb

J: Kai Lenihan

T: Kim Bailey

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 2nd, soon raced in second, mistake 4th, not fluent 5 out, disputed lead 4 out

16/1

Form: 73321U D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Quite consistent and gained a fourth win over hurdles in game fashion at Newton Abbot in August; every chance when unseating next time but more exposed than most of these and may not appreciate very testing ground.

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7th

1

6th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

12:50 Hereford

Lelantos

12st 0lb

J: Mr Henry Main

T: Nicky Henderson

Game winner over Newton Abbot's 3m2f (good) and was running well when unseating late on at Southwell; handles most ground and is entitled to be in the mix.

5/1

Form: 1/4F4- CD

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

C&D winner who is on the same mark as when scoring at Taunton in March 2022; seen just three times since then and well beaten in both completions; others look to have more compelling claims.

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5th

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

My Last Oscar

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

Ploughed through the heavy ground when winning at Hexham in December (3m; from an 8lb lower mark); arguably that wasn't the strongest of races though, and he was never travelling when pulled up at Taunton subsequently; some work to do in these newly applied cheekpieces.

8/1

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

My Last Oscar

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

C&D winner who is prone to the odd lesser effort but he has a healthy strike-rate in handicaps at 2m7f+ and made light of heavy ground at Hexham in December (2m7f); up 8lb but still respected.

8/1

1st

1

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:20 Hexham

My Last Oscar

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

Taunton winner in March 2022 (3m, soft); has not run as well since, although fair effort after a break when 20l third at Warwick last time (3m2f, soft); a possible.

7/2

Form: 22135 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Worcester maiden winner (at this trip) in July but safely held in two handicaps there since, the latest in blinkers for the first time; only seven races to date and Sean Bowen returns but improvement needed.

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2

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Woodie Flash

12st 0lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

Finished well to lead close home at Market Rasen (2m7f, heavy) last month and is now 3-8 over hurdles; only 3lb higher here and could still have more to offer; respected.

5/1

1st

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

16:05 Market Rasen

Woodie Flash

12st 2lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

Point winner who made it 2-6 over hurdles with his emphatic win at Warwick (3m2f, soft) in November; disappointing in his follow-up bid at Lingfield 13 days later but that may have come too soon and he could resume his progress here after a break; respected for in-form yard.

3/1

3rd

4

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:28 Lingfield

Woodie Flash

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Point and dual hurdle winner with low mileage on the clock; dictated throughout and came home 20l clear in a 3m2f handicap at Warwick two weeks ago (soft); hit with a 10lb rise but could deal with that.

4/6

Form: /7542-

Last run: 277 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Maiden; placed for the first time when touched off at Fontwell in January (2m5f+); chances on that, even off 3lb higher, but that was the last time he was seen on a course.

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8th

12

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Leading Swoop

10st 8lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Made quite pleasing start to chasing career when second at Fontwell (2m5f, soft) in January but two disappointing efforts followed last month (cheekpieces added last time); still has plenty of time to turn things around but looks risky at present.

10/1

2

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

16:17 Fontwell

Leading Swoop

11st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

8yo maiden who was soundly beaten at Chepstow last Thursday but his two visits to Fontwell have coincided with his two best performances, the latest when runner-up on his chase debut in January (2m5f, soft); wears first-time cheekpieces for last year's winning yard; could go well.

7/2

5th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Leading Swoop

12st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Unlucky not to win over hurdles and pushed an in-form rival to within 2l on his belated chase debut at Fontwell (2m5f, soft); has low mileage for an 8yo and he can improve on that.

3/1

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Verdict

Competitive for the grade and several have claims. THE IMPOSTER hasn’t been seen since beating Scamallach Liath at Ascot in April but he may well confirm the form and maintain his impressive winning run. Whyday Gally is on a tempting mark and is best of the rest.[Jonathan Neesom]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Imposter

The Guardian:

Scamallach Liath

TOPSPEED:

Lelantos

The Times:

Woodie Flash

RP RATINGS:

Whydah Gally

Daily Mirror:

Leading Swoop

D Express:

Scamallach Liath

The Sun:

Scamallach Liath

The Star:

Scamallach Liath

POSTDATA:

Lelantos

LAMBOURN:

Lelantos

WEST COUNTRY:

The Imposter

Telegraph:

The Imposter

Daily Mail:

The Imposter

Daily Record:

The Imposter