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Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7208.56
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Stables Business Park Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: /11/3-

Last run: 278 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Pushed last season's County Hurdle winner close in early 2021 before winning two small-field novices (2m4f/2m5f) at odds-on; absent for 629 days prior to finishing a 15l third at Kempton (2m5f) in February and now returns from another lengthy break; current wellbeing is an issue but he's potentially on a fair mark if as good as he was.

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0

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Will Carver

11st 11lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Promising efforts in 2021 included a C&D maiden win (good); absent 629 days prior to a fair third behind Mark Of Gold over C&D in February and back to his best when winning at Taunton (2m3f, good) late last month by 8l; today's 9lb higher mark demands more but he travelled much the best last time and ran on strongly, so may well be about to scale greater heights.

100/30

1st

1

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Taunton

Will Carver

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders

13/8

3rd

2

25th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Kempton

Will Carver

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Irish maiden point winner; last four runs were as a novice hurdler with easy odds-on wins in small fields on good ground over C&D and at Perth; tongue tied in the latter and on this first appearance for 629 days; has had ligament problems; market strength needs a close look because he appears to be on a highly competitive mark if he's tuned up for this return.

7/1

13/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 5211-P CD BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Made all on his handicap debut over C&D in March (heavy; first-time tongue-tie) and he made a bad jumping error before stopping quickly on his return at Wetherby (after a wind operation), though he wasn't exactly in cruise control at the time; remains something of an unknown quantity.

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4th

6

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Decorated

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

disputed lead

10/1

4th

6

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Decorated

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Has an up-and-down profile and is untested beyond 2m4f; however, he's had wind surgery (his second) since being pulled up at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and he won twice on testing ground last season; wears first-time cheekpieces and is not written off.

16/1

Form: 821-7P C

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

His last campaign went well, winning three times and close up behind this season's big improver Blueking D'Oroux in an Ascot handicap in April; late mistakes never helped when well held on his Cheltenham return but he was beaten at a worryingly early stage in the Greatwood; while this is easier than that assignment, he now has a point to prove with cheekpieces turned to and sent up in trip.

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3rd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Afadil

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had a good first season over hurdles but a better horse now and was again well suited by Musselburgh's easy 1m7f when winning there in February; had a very different test in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, heavy) last month wen having a more forceful ride but he still ran a cracker in fifth; left on the same mark and this sharp circuit should be ideal.

10/1

5th

21

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Afadil

10st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won in decisive fashion at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) last month, having initially failed to progress this season; 5lb higher in a tougher race today at a very different track, but he kept on well for a fair eighth in last season's Fred Winter here (2m, soft) and this 5yo may have more to offer.

25/1

1st

6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Afadil

10st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the juvenile hurdle on this card 12 months ago and later secured a third success of that campaign at Ayr in April; well handicapped with Freddie Gingell taking off 5lb and there were signs of him returning to form when third to Benson over 2m4f here on New Year's Day (soft); this trip on drier ground is probably what he wants.

13/2

Form: FF-19P D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Commendable fourth in the 2m2f Cesarewitch in October but ran no race on his return to hurdling at Cheltenham when beaten too far out to blame 3m; a four-time winner in this discipline but not easily trusted after that latest effort.

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4th

5

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Bashful Boy

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

held up in rear, weakened from 3 out, left in remote fourth last

20/1

10th

8

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Bashful Boy

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Four-time hurdle winner; back on a good mark now but was unable to land a telling blow over C&D (good to soft) last month and would appeal more on better ground.

33/1

6th

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Bashful Boy

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Fourth in the 2m2f Cesarewitch on Flat in October; four-time winner over hurdles but no excuses when only fourth of six runners over C&D two weeks ago.

8/1

66/1

Form: UF51-7

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

The horse she beat over hurdles in France last December has been very limited in Britain; looked on a tough mark for British debut at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) and she duly trailed in tailed off at 66-1.

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5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:40 Exeter

Chabadatika

11st 6lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Syd Hosie

raced wide, prominent, lost position 4th, dropped to last and struggling before 5 out

33/1

5th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Taunton

Chabadatika

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Syd Hosie

in rear

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 512P-1 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Narrow wins over C&D (soft) and 2m4f at Plumpton (good to soft) in his last four starts, having dug deepest on both occasions; 3lb rise for last time is by no means the end of the world, and every chance of him going in again.

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6th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:00 Taunton

Forever William

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

led

4/1

1st

6

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

14:37 Plumpton

Forever William

10st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Now back on same mark as when gaining hard-fought win at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in January but absent since a poor run in April and others in this field have more pressing claims.

14/1

5

27th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

14:00 Wincanton

Forever William

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Largely consistent; had Graded form last season; regained the winning thread at Taunton (2m3f, soft) in January, then ran creditably here (2m5f, good) last month; holds solid claims.

3/1

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Exacta £137.00
Straight Forecast £120.10
Trifecta £352.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Will Carver

The Times:

Forever William

POSTDATA:

Afadil

TOPSPEED:

Decorated

RP RATINGS:

Bashful Boy

WEST COUNTRY:

Afadil

Daily Mail:

Forever William

The Star:

Forever William

Daily Record:

Forever William

LAMBOURN:

Will Carver

Telegraph:

Will Carver

The Guardian:

Will Carver

D Express:

Will Carver

Daily Mirror:

Will Carver

The Sun:

Will Carver