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Festive Fixture 14th December Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

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

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 275-54

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

First past the post off 1lb higher at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; remains a maiden but his comeback at Hereford was a good effort over a trip of 2m that's short of his best.

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

12th

3

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:35 Doncaster

Noble Savage

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

All out to win at Taunton (2m3f, good) two months ago, opening his account at the 19th attempt; back up 6lb and back down in trip, he doesn't look an obvious type to follow up.

6/1

1st

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Noble Savage

11st 6lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

First past the post off 1lb higher at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; remains a maiden but his comeback at Hereford was a good effort over a trip of 2m that's short of his best.

3/1

4th

7

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Noble Savage

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

0-14 over hurdles, albeit he was first past the post off today's mark at Wincanton (2m5f, good; demoted to second) in March; not seen since a heavy defeat over 2m in May; others preferred.

12/1

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12/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 672-U6

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Good second in a Ffos Las maiden in March (2m4f, good); 20-1 and weakened into a remote sixth on his switch to handicaps at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); needed to show more that day.

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

4th

6

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Lelant

11st 5lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

0-7 over hurdles; lost out only by a head at Taunton (2m3f, good) in November and his fourth of 16 over that C&D last month was also a good effort but he needs to prove he's fully effective on today's much slower ground.

5/1

4th

4

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Lelant

12st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

towards rear, outpaced when not fluent 3 out

14/1

9/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 39-222

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Gave the smart Queens Gamble a fright in a Warwick maiden in May and was beaten by another respected rival next time; looked on a fair mark for her handicap debut at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) and duly ran a solid race to be a clear second; up in trip but there's plenty of stamina in her pedigree; raised 4lb.

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

5th

7

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:42 Wincanton

EdeIffs Rock

11st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Bill Turner

Ninth race when off the mark in 13-runner handicap at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) last month, coming from off the pace to join issue at what should have been three out and hold on by a neck; 3lb higher today; this trip asks a new question but her reliability earns plenty of respect.

5/1

1st

2

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

EdeIffs Rock

11st 13lb

J: Mr Shaun Greene

T: Bill Turner

took keen hold, held up in rear

8/1

3rd

6

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

EdeIffs Rock

11st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Bill Turner

Consistent since sent over hurdles and beaten under 4l in all three handicaps (2m-2m4f; good/soft); handicap mark hasn't really gone anywhere so should be involved once more.

13/2

Form: 24P-87 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Beaten knocking on 20l in 2m/2m1f handicaps this season; clearly needs to find something on those efforts but this three-time winner is on a handy mark.

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

6th

4

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:57 Fakenham

Sawpit Sienna

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Four wins divided between this track (2m4f) and Taunton (2m); however she was running flat when falling two starts ago and was beaten a long way at Wincanton since; a revival can only be guessed at.

8/1

3rd

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:35 Wincanton

Sawpit Sienna

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Well beaten when falling at Sedgefield three weeks ago but was a game winner at Taunton (2m, soft) the time before; runner-up off 2lb higher in this contest last year; well exposed 9yo, however.

15/2

6

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Sawpit Sienna

10st 13lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

9/2

Form: F01F-0

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

It was an uncompetitive good-ground novice he won at Exeter in February; under pressure when falling on the home turn there next time (handicap debut) and tailed off on his reappearance at the same track; hard to warm to.

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

14th

15

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Prince Rhinegold

10st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Linda Blackford

slowly into stride, midfield, towards rear when mistake 3 out

20/1

5th

8

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Prince Rhinegold

10st 10lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

It was an uncompetitive good-ground novice he won at Exeter in February; under pressure when falling on the home turn there next time (handicap debut) and tailed off on his reappearance at the same track; hard to warm to.

25/1

Form: 60-873 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Back to the same mark for his 3m win here in March (good to soft) and latest third at Exeter (2m7f), for all that he was some 15l away, was a step back in the right direction; effective at this shorter distance.

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

8th

14

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Karakoram

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Five-time hurdle winner, most recently off 5lb higher mark in this race a year ago (good to soft); not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and often hits a flat spot in his races nowadays; others preferred.

12/1

6th

14

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Karakoram

10st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

Five-time hurdle winner, most recently off 4lb higher at Taunton (3m, good to soft) last March; won't mind what the weather does here but has not been firing on all cylinders this season.

14/1

Form: -9857P D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

A four-time winner over hurdles but his form has taken a turn for the worse since back-to-back wins earlier this year.

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

6th

7

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Caspers Court

11st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Four-time hurdle winner on good/good to firm (twice here); not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and seems unlikely to stage the necessary revival on today's ground.

40/1

7th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Caspers Court

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Kayley Woollacott

A four-time winner over hurdles but his form has taken a turn for the worse since back-to-back wins earlier this year.

12/1

0

4

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

12:40 Exeter

Caspers Court

11st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Kayley Woollacott

Form has suffered a marked dip since winning consecutive 2m5f hurdles (both on good) in February/March; others safer.

10/1

Form: 3095-7

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Promising third in a bumper last November but hasn't progressed at all over hurdles and finished tailed off on his handicap debut when a 25-1 chance.

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

3rd

12

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Whynotnowroy

10st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Between between 5l and 13l in a trio of 2m3f handicaps at Taunton since the hood went on, latterly joined by a tongue-tie; an each-way possible.

7/1

4th

15

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Keiran Burke

0-7 over hurdles but, with a hood fitted, displayed improvement on his two starts last month, latterly when clear second over C&D (soft); has tongue-tie added today; can make his presence felt again.

5/1

2nd

6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:05 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Keiran Burke

held up in rear

6/1

Form: 88P7-P

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Still early days but he didn't show much at all when 50-1 for his handicap debut (2m2f, soft).

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

4th

9

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Mister Upton

10st 7lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced but he's offered little so far, including two handicaps at about 2m3f; probably goes up in trip more in hope than expectation.

20/1

9th

9

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Mister Upton

10st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Still early days but he didn't show much at all when 50-1 for his handicap debut (2m2f, soft).

40/1

Form: 3052P4

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Second to an improver at Bangor in August (2m3f, good); dropped out tamely when favourite next time and did something similar at Fakenham 17 days ago (2m4f); now has questions to answer.

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

9

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:55 Southwell

Sinurita

10st 8lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

Second at Bangor (2m3f, good) last August but only one echo of that in her three starts since; unraced under rules beyond an extended 2m5f.

16/1

10th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Sinurita

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Second to an improver at Bangor in August (2m3f, good); dropped out tamely when favourite next time and did something similar at Fakenham 17 days ago (2m4f); now has questions to answer.

11/2

4th

6

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Fakenham

Sinurita

11st 2lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Neil Mulholland

Had few chances and put up an improved show when second of ten to an improver at Bangor in August (2m3f, good); weakened quickly and pulled up next time, though (favourite), so has some questions to answer.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £598.00
Straight Forecast £497.20
Tricast £2493.60
Trifecta £4033.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Noble Savage

RP RATINGS:

Sawpit Sienna

Telegraph:

Karakoram

POSTDATA:

Noble Savage

The Star:

Noble Savage

The Times:

Sawpit Sienna