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Festive Fixture 14th December Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4673.68
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Festive Fixture 14th December Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: /346-6

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

0-11 over hurdles but made fairly encouraging seasonal/stable debut when sixth of 18 at Exeter (2m2f, good) last month and might come on for the run; not ruled out.

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

7th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Gyllen

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

in touch with leaders

3/1

1st

12

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Gyllen

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

Good enough to win a Group 2 on the Flat in France when owned by Godolphin; went 0-12 over hurdles for two previous yards but he's come good for this one with back-to-back Taunton wins (2m3f, good; 3m/good to soft); raised 20lb for those but something has clicked and deeper ground here will be no hardship.

6/1

1st

5

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

Gyllen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

Made just a fairly encouraging seasonal/stable debut in October but displayed big jolt of improvement to win easily by 13l here (2m3f, good) a fortnight ago; hiked up 13lb for that and has stamina to prove over new trip today but ought to handle the slower ground and commands respect.

7/2

7/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2-3413

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Pretty consistent since switched to handicaps in February, and came good at Newton Abbot (2m1f, heavy) in September; placed off today's mark in big field at Exeter (2m, good to soft) since, in a race that is working out very well, and should be fine over today's trip; likely contender.

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4th

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:05 Taunton

Imperial Measure

11st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

in touch with leaders

7/2

2nd

7

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Imperial Measure

11st 3lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Won on heavy at Newton Abbot in September (2m1f) and two good runs followed, including a second over C&D; reportedly bled when a disappointing favourite last time; chance if back on song.

3/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 36642

Last run: 12 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 5yo who built upon an encouraging stable debut when second on handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) 12 days ago; will also be effective on the forecast faster ground here and can pose a potent threat if the first-time cheekpieces have any positive effect.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Lingfield

Atreides

11st 11lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

in touch with leaders, briefly went second before 2 out, weakened before last

8/1

3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:48 Uttoxeter

Atreides

11st 7lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, headway after 6th, went fourth 3 out, stayed on run-in, went third towards finish, no match for first two

7/1

Form: 3057-2 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Showed only glimmers of promise in his qualifying races last season but, having been made favourite, was second on recent stable/handicap debut at Fakenham (2m, good to soft); moves up in trip today and could easily have more to offer.

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1st

6

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

14:07 Huntingdon

Sailed Away

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Fairly exposed now, but comes here in decent form having finished third in a novice handicap at Market Rasen (2m4f, good) and close second in a handicap at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) on last two starts; chance.

4/1

2nd

8

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

17:10 Wetherby

Sailed Away

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Stuart Edmunds

0-9 under rules after soundly beaten third at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) latest but that was still a fair run and he was a good second at Huntingdon (2m3f, good to soft) the time before; also ran well on heavy ground in December; this might not take much winning and he's on the shortlist.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 823-76 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

1-23 when trained in France, the win gained in a heavy-ground chase last December; soundly beaten in Exeter novice hurdle on recent British debut but has better chance to get competitive in this low-grade handicap.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

I Love You Sivola

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Helen Nelmes

Modest fourth at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago, taking British record to 0-5; has become well treated on best French form but current mark reflects the recent evidence.

16/1

4th

7

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

I Love You Sivola

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Helen Nelmes

in touch with leaders, disputing fourth when mistake 4 out, weakened gradually from 2 out

20/1

Form: 2895-8

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Unable to justify prominence in the betting when well beaten on last month's handicap debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) but remains unexposed and is presumably thought capable of better.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

5

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:55 Plumpton

King Of Lombardy

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Not yet fully exposed after only six hurdle starts but was safely held in his first three handicaps (2m3f-2m5f) and needs to find some improvement from somewhere.

12/1

6th

3

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

King Of Lombardy

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield, in touch with leaders before 4 out

12/1

Form: P-1926 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Free-goer who ran big race from the front when close second at Newton Abbot (2m5f, soft) last month; has claims if judged on that performance but succumbed fairly tamely at Exeter three weeks ago and is not reliable.

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2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:35 Wincanton

Caitlins Court

11st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Best rules form at Newton Abbot, namely a win over 2m2f last May and a second-place finish over 2m5f in October; well held the last twice; something to prove in this new scenario.

20/1

7th

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Caitlins Court

11st 7lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

led, headed but prominent before 4 out

8/1

6th

8

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

13:10 Exeter

Caitlins Court

10st 9lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Lucky to win at Newton Abbot in May when left clear; can be her own worst enemy by refusing to settle and she shot off into a clear lead before collared late on back at Newton Abbot last month (2m5f, soft); comes with risks, especially on this stiffer track.

12/1

Form: 4PP-50

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful on the Flat at her best and has a hurdling win on her CV but she looked out of sorts under both codes last month and it takes a leap of faith to support her here; visor refitted.

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4th

4

(7)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Wilderness

9st 11lb

J: George Downing

T: Seamus Mullins

Arrives on a long losing run and her recent form on the Flat and over hurdles isn't overly encouraging either; it's easy to look elsewhere.

33/1

8th

10

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Wilderness

10st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

midfield, lost ground after 6th

25/1

Form: 7P0-76

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Struggled to get competitive on first four hurdling starts, most recently when upped to 2m3f this month; seems harshly treated by opening handicap mark of 88 and needs the first-time cheekpieces to make a big difference.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Haafbourd

11st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

midfield, not fluent 5th, not fluent 6th

33/1

6th

4

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

12:45 Warwick

Haafbourd

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

towards rear

250/1

7th

6

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Haafbourd

11st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Not beaten far when third of five in Fakenham bumper in November but struggled on his first two hurdling attempts.

100/1

Form: 09-355

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Not beaten far in three novice/hurdles this autumn, most recently when fifth at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) 24 days ago; moves up in trip and has the services of Harry Cobden for today's handicap debut; no surprise if she makes the necessary improvement.

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Verdict Starting price

8

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Nathan Walker

10st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Offered little in her two handicaps over hurdles and was beaten a sizeable distance on her switch to fences over 2m1f at Plumpton in January; others are far more solid.

20/1

4th

3

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

14:20 Plumpton

Nathan Walker

10st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

held up in rear, mistake 4th, not fluent 9th, mistake and outpaced 3 out, left in remote fourth when not fluent last

33/1

Form: 8455

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Unable to land a significant blow when a big-priced outsider in four maiden/novice hurdles (2m-2m2f); makes handicap debut from a lowly mark but considered only if much stronger in the betting this time; 2lb wrong.

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0

11

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Bowmans Dream

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Carroll Gray

towards rear

40/1

5th

3

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Bowmans Dream

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Carroll Gray

in rear, not fluent 1st

50/1

5th

2

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:25 Worcester

Bowmans Dream

11st 4lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

Tailed off in two Newton Abbot novices.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £164.00
Straight Forecast £125.90
Tricast £575.00
Trifecta £766.00

Selections

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POSTDATA:

Sailed Away

SPOTLIGHT:

Atreides

The Times:

Gyllen

Telegraph:

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The Guardian:

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D Express:

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The Sun:

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The Star:

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Daily Mail:

Sailed Away

Daily Mirror:

Sailed Away

Daily Record:

Sailed Away