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15:40 Lingfield

Good To Soft

At The Races App Expert Tips Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 3f 110y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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At The Races App Expert Tips Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Went very close in the second of his two Irish points in March before being sold for £60,000 the following month; has a good jumping pedigree and he needs a close look on this switch to rules.

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1st

10

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Captain Wallace

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Tailed off on handicap debut in February but took huge step forward at Exeter (2m2f, good) on Friday, keeping on strongly to win readily by 10l; needs to be taken very seriously under 7lb penalty here.

11/8

1st

11

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:30 Exeter

Captain Wallace

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

raced in second

14/1

9th

12

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Captain Wallace

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Joined Sam Thomas after going very close in soft-ground Irish point last March; launched rules career with three disappointing maiden/novice hurdle runs towards end of last year (2m-2m4f) but makes handicap debut from a lowly mark and still has plenty of time to get his act together; hooded for first time.

6/1

Form: 23-

Last run: 412 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Close second in a Sligo bumper last July but he was well below that form on his stable debut at Newton Abbot two months later; has been back on the sidelines since then and has something to prove now switched to hurdling after 412 days off.

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2nd

9

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Eire Street

11st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Jackie Stephen

Well beaten in 2m novice here on stable debut in December but 2-2 since switched to handicaps, the latest win gained in very good style at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in February; seemingly on a steep upward curve; major player.

11/2

1st

7

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Eire Street

10st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Jackie Stephen

Opened his account with a 25l success at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last Monday, on handicap debut and second run for new yard; good chance under 7lb penalty, provided the form is repeated in this different scenario (longer distance, contrasting course and higher grade).

Evs

Form: 2212- BF

Last run: 238 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for 90,000euros after winning good-ground French bumper last autumn; wel-held second when odds-on for hurdling debut at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in March but he ran into a useful prospect in that race and should benefit from that experience; respected back from another break.

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8

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

15:05 Plumpton

Impact Du Bonheur

11st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

midfield, not fluent 5th, niggled along briefly 8th, outpaced and dropped to rear 9th

11/2

6th

13

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Impact Du Bonheur

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

French bumper winner who has been well beaten over hurdles on all three British starts, last of seven off this mark on handicap debut at Sandown on latest (2m, heavy; 5-1, weakening when hampered at the final flight); cheekpieces join the tongue-tie.

11/2

7th

7

8th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

15:35 Sandown

Impact Du Bonheur

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

French bumper winner who has been well beaten over hurdles on both British starts but they were still fair runs relative to today's modest opening mark, and he shaped over C&D last time as though he would improve for the run; possible improver for leading yard and firmly in calculations.

5/1

Form: 1-

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Easy winner of an Irish point in October 2021 and he made it 2-2 with his impressive win in a Taunton bumper (2m, heavy) on his comeback in March; now goes hurdling after another beak but he's an exciting prospect and could have a bright future in this sphere; tongue-tie added.

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4th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnnywho

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Stoutly bred gelding who was expected to relish the step up to 3m in last month's Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but could finish only eighth of 13; that was a second underwhelming performance this year; needs to rediscover his spark as he moves into handicaps.

15/2

8th

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Johnnywho

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Point/bumper winner; tongue tied for all his hurdle races; unextended in his first (runner-up since placed in a Grade 2) and has shaped as though crying out for a stiffer stamina test (in keeping with his pedigree) when finishing 2l behind Captain Teague in the Challow (soft) and just under 7l off Gidleigh Park, again over 2m4f, here on Trials Day (good to soft); this could be the ideal race for him to reveal his true colours; shortlisted.

11/1

4th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Johnnywho

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Tongue tied the last twice; point/bumper winner who tanked through the race before easing clear of Moon D'Orange on his hurdling debut at Carlisle; confirmed himself to be highly promising when holding his own in the Grade 1 Challow at Newbury (2m4f, soft) where he closed to within 2l of the highly regarded Captain Teague (third in last season's Champion Bumper); hard to knock, back down in grade.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

0-5 in Irish points but he went very close in final run in that sphere in April before changing hands for £38,000; out of a fairly useful 2m3f hurdle winner and he needs watching in market on rules debut.

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2nd

4

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:02 Lingfield

Kilbarry Hill

11st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in last, went second after 3 out, pushed along and no impression before 2 out, no match for winner

13/8

3rd

3

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:50 Plumpton

Kilbarry Hill

11st 10lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Runner-up in his last two Irish points and he's been placed in all three hurdle runs this winter; rallied well when a close third at Sedgefield (2m4f, good to soft; tongue-tie added) on Boxing Day and he has leading claims on that form; key player.

2/1

3rd

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

11:45 Sedgefield

Kilbarry Hill

11st 0lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide, pressed leaders, lost ground after 3 out, rallied and went third run-in, no match for first two

11/4

Form: 5

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £60,000 after his second in an Irish point last November but he made a low-key start over hurdles when a remote fifth of seven at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft; 7-2) last month; has bit to prove after that and he needs a transformation on this drop in trip; stablemate of Johnnywho.

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7th

3

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

17:50 Stratford

Mullys Choice

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Second in a 2022 Irish point; soundly beaten in three runs over hurdles and pulled up on handicap/chase debut (2m7f) in January when last seen, despite being second favourite; early days at least.

9/1

0

5

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:20 Huntingdon

Mullys Choice

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Solid second (form has substance) in Irish point; soundly beaten over hurdles for new stable but looks a likely improver now handicapping and switched to chasing; interesting off a mark of just 90.

3/1

7th

4

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

12:00 Lingfield

Mullys Choice

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Second in an Irish point; from a good jumping family but it's been a quiet start under rules, latterly finishing tailed off behind an odds-on stablemate at Carlisle (2m4f novice, soft); perhaps one for handicaps.

40/1

Form: 31/

Last run: 787 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

7yo who ran in two good-ground bumpers in 2021 and he won the second one in good style at Perth; returns after more than two years off but he needs watching in the market on his hurdling debut.

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12th

10

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Renegade Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

never going well, always behind, tailed off

16/1

15th

12

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

12:45 Wincanton

Renegade Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a good-ground bumper in September 2021 but, following a long absence, he finished down the field last month on his first two hurdle starts (2m, heavy/soft) and has to raise his game in a big way.

66/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Promising third in an Irish maiden point (3m, soft) last April before being sold for £25,000 the following month; makes his rules after a long absence but yard is in decent form and he's out of a sister to a 2m3f hurdle winner; one to keep an eye on.

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0

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Sprucefrontiers

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Third in Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) and fair fourth towards the end of last year on first two rules starts (2m4f/2m7f, good to soft/heavy); improvement needed on handicap debut but he's very lightly raced and in good hands to progress.

6/1

4th

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Sprucefrontiers

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Placed in an Irish point and then bought for £25,000; it was a decent novice hurdle in which he was beaten 12l at Plumpton (2m4f) and this trip on a stiffer track should work in his favour.

6/1

4th

5

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:07 Plumpton

Sprucefrontiers

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Kept on well for third on Irish point debut in April 2022 and was bought by Kim Bailey for £25,000 the following month; that form hasn't worked out well and this rules debut comes after a 561-day absence.

12/1

Form: 0-

Last run: 277 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Third in two maiden points last spring but he was tailed off at a big price in a Fontwell bumper (2m1f, good to soft) in January; returns after another lengthy absence and he's best watched on hurdling debut.

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8th

8

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

Vendant

11st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Richard Rowe

took keen hold, prominent, lost position with one circuit to go, outpaced before 3 out

100/1

6th

12

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

Vendant

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Richard Rowe

towards rear

150/1

Form: 509-35

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Modest bumper form and similar story in two hurdle runs, most recently when a well-held fifth of eight at Fontwell (2m3f, good) on his return last month; has plenty to find here and can only be watched.

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7th

12

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

19:35 Taunton

Elpologreg

10st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Won an eventful novice handicap chase at Fakenham in February (2m, soft), in which he looked in trouble at one stage and the race essentially fell apart; finished last of the five next time at Plumpton.

20/1

5th

5

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

14:30 Plumpton

Elpologreg

10st 8lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

The outsider of five when getting off the mark in an eventful novice handicap chase at Fakenham 24 days ago (2m, soft); probably flattered, as he looked in trouble at one stage and the race essentially fell apart; has a 5lb rise to deal with.

7/2

1st

5

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:10 Fakenham

Elpologreg

10st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

0-9; well beaten in all three starts over fences; others preferred.

9/1

Form: 97-7

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off at big prices in both bumpers and same outcome on his hurdling debut at Stratford (2m3f, good) last month.

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3rd

4

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Mountain Bay

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Seamus Mullins

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th

25/1

4th

3

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Mountain Bay

11st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

held up in rear, outpaced 5th

25/1

Abandoned

Form: U242-2 BF

Last run: 154 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

10.5f Flat winner (soft) in France and he finished runner-up in three of his five hurdle runs there, including close seconds in his last two starts; changed hands for 75,000euros in July and he's an interesting contender on his first run for Ben Pauling.

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19

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 3f 93y

15:05 Punchestown

Sun Joy

10st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

led, headed but prominent before 1st, hit 3rd

16/1

4

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Sun Joy

11st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

His French Flat win (soft) came in cheekpieces, which he wore for the first time in Britain when winning handicap hurdle at Huntingdon (2m4f, good to soft) in January; he beat 14 rivals and has just a modest 3lb rise to deal with this afternoon; on the shortlist in the retained headgear.

9/2

1st

7

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Sun Joy

11st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Mark is finally more in line with his peak hurdling achievements here and in France on all going types; interesting to see whether the first use of cheekpieces since his Flat days can inspire a stronger finish.

14/1

Form: 21-

Last run: 235 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Made a promising start when runner-up in a Sandown bumper in February and he built on that with his clearcut win at Warwck (2m, soft) the follwing month; half-brother to a good hurdle winner at up to 2m3f and he's in the mix on his return.

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9

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Ten Lengths Tom

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent

15/2

2nd

1

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Ten Lengths Tom

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Bumper winner who built upon November's encouraging seasonal/hurdle debut when battling well to collect Uttoxeter maiden (2m4f, soft) four days later; has a major role to play here.

7/4

1st

5

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

11:55 Uttoxeter

Ten Lengths Tom

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Split two Nicholls horses in his first bumper and won comfortably at Warwick (soft) next time; 9-2 but ridden a long way out when a soundly beaten sixth of 12 on hurdling debut at Ascot (1m7f, soft) but that was against some talented principals and it looked as if he was crying out for a longer trip, which he gets today; considered.

7/2

Abandoned

Form: 5P9-

Last run: 243 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Well held in her two completed starts in bumpers, most recently when ninth of 12 at Newbury (2m, good) in March; this looks a tough starting point over hurdles and remains best watched for now.

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9th

10

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 4

17:10 Newbury

Taras Light

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Had a physical excuse (lost her action in the early stages, soon pulled up, found to be lame) at Ascot two weeks ago; showed signs of ability at Fontwell in January but that bare form gives her modest claims.

50/1

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Verdict

The most striking contender in this interesting novice event is the unbeaten JOHNNYWHO, who has been impressive when winning an Irish point and a bumper. He returns after another absence but this 6yo looks an exciting prospect and he could have a bright future at this new discipline. Paul Nicholls’ Impact Du Bonheur is feared most ahead of Ben Pauling’s French recruit Sun Joy but there are plenty of others who need watching in the market including Captain Wallace and Ten Lengths Tom.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Johnnywho

Telegraph:

Impact Du Bonheur

The Times:

Sun Joy

Daily Mail:

Ten Lengths Tom

Daily Record:

Impact Du Bonheur

The Guardian:

Sun Joy

RP RATINGS:

Johnnywho

POSTDATA:

Johnnywho

WEST COUNTRY:

Johnnywho

D Express:

Johnnywho

Daily Mirror:

Johnnywho

The Star:

Johnnywho