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Good To Soft

Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £19511.25
  • 3m 0f 52y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Play Coral ‘Racing-Super-Series’ For Free Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 321-2

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Placed in two maiden hurdles on soft before winning one at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) in March, prevailing in a good scrap with the front two drawing 21l clear; 7-2, tongue tied when good second of 11 in novice handicap at Ascot (2m3f, soft) four weeks ago, always close up and front two clear; up 6lb but looks set for further progress and well worth a go at this trip.

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3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Ed Keeper

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Improvement every time, finding the most when upped to 3m for an impressive handicap win at Newbury (good to soft; acts on soft) in December; may well have followed up at Cheltenham (3m, heavy) on New Year's Day but for blundering when travelling strongly at the final flight; 5lb rise rubs salt in the wounds but he could be a very useful prospect.

4/1

3rd

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Ed Keeper

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Improvement every time, finding the most when upped to 3m for an impressive win in 12-runner handicap at Newbury (good to soft; acts on soft) one month ago; 9lb higher today but he could be a very useful prospect.

11/4

1st

8

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Ed Keeper

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Placed in two maiden hurdles on soft before winning one at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) in March, prevailing in a good scrap with the front two drawing 21l clear; 7-2, tongue tied when good second of 11 in novice handicap at Ascot (2m3f, soft) four weeks ago, always close up and front two clear; up 6lb but looks set for further progress and well worth a go at this trip.

9/2

4/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 23P-3

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden point in March 2022; pulled up in a Kelso Grade 2 novice in March but placed in his other three races over hurdles, back from wind surgery when third of 16 in a maiden at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) one month ago; needs better in this warm race on handicap debut but early days and he rallied well last time, so the new trip might help.

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2nd

12

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Hoe Joly Smoke

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won a maiden point in March 2022; pulled up in a Kelso Grade 2 novice in March but placed in his other three races over hurdles, back from wind surgery when third of 16 in a maiden at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) one month ago; needs better in this warm race on handicap debut but early days and he rallied well last time, so the new trip might help.

4/1

3rd

5

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Hoe Joly Smoke

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on and went third last

7/2

7

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:25 Kelso

Hoe Joly Smoke

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in midfield on inner

9/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 327-11 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

C&D second in March; returned from six-month break with ready wins at Warwick (2m5f, good) and Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) in October; up another 6lb but he's a rising force and looks sure to go well again.

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2nd

3

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:20 Warwick

Hyland

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders, went second 4 out, led going easily home turn, joined 2 out, headed approaching last, weakened gradually run-in, no match for winner

4/1

14th

17

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Hyland

10st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Notched ready wins at Warwick (2m5f, good) and Cheltenham (3m, good to soft; 20-runner qualifier) in October; good third at Newbury (3m) in December and last month's lesser show at Ascot was no disgrace back over 2m3f; has run only once on soft, in January 2022, so that could be an issue as could stable form; otherwise a bold show from this reliable sort would not surprise.

20/1

Form: 392-39 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Always ridden by Jack Hogan these days; won twice (2m7f/3m) last winter and second at Cheltenham in April; made a creditable reappearance but well beaten behind Hyland at Cheltenham (33-1) five weeks ago; probably needs to show his best form for over two years to win this.

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1

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Hurricane Harvey

12st 2lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Usually runs in better races; stayed on for third at Ascot (2m5f) most recently; defied a 4lb higher mark over C&D last term and looks interesting at this level returned to this scenario; 3-4 in Class 4.

9/1

3rd

8

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Hurricane Harvey

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Fair fourth of 12 at Newbury (3m, good to soft) in December and he's now 6lb lower; however, this 10yo has been well beaten the last twice, most recently here (2m7f, good to soft), and needs to get back on track.

25/1

8th

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Hurricane Harvey

12st 1lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Ridden by Jack Hogan since October 2022; two wins last winter and ran creditably for minor honours on first and third of his four starts this term, but he needs to perform a lot better than he did at Ludlow (a race he won last year) six weeks ago on latest outing.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2/79U-

Last run: 307 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

First hurdle race for exactly five years; still a smart chaser as recently as April 2022 and reappearance last November was respectable, before one heavy defeat and an early unseat (the latter when trying headgear); too well handicapped to be discounted entirely but his stamina is unproven beyond 2m4f, after two attempts in 3m1f Grade 2 chases two winters back.

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5th

1

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Simply The Betts

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

First hurdle race for exactly five years; still a smart chaser as recently as April 2022 and reappearance last November was respectable, before one heavy defeat and an early unseat (the latter when trying headgear); too well handicapped to be discounted entirely but his stamina is unproven beyond 2m4f, after two attempts in 3m1f Grade 2 chases two winters back.

40/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 5lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Has some good form at this track, notably wins on this card and in the Plate in 2020 (for previous yard); below best in two races here this term but has possibilities if taking well to first-time headgear.

16/1

9th

4

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 8lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Has good form at this track, notably Plate win in 2020 (off this mark; for previous yard) and second in this contest last year; however, finished behind some of these rivals in the Paddy Power seven weeks ago and got trounced by Stolen Silver last April; opposed judged on those efforts.

16/1

12/1

Form: 1U-713

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Second-season hurdler who returned from a break to edge home in a 2m5f handicap at Newton Abbot (soft) in October; creditable, never-nearer third of 16 at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) five weeks ago and this second attempt at 3m under rules (the first was in May) looks in order.

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1st

1

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Rambo T

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

Went up 8lb for winning at Newbury in December (2m4f, soft); far from disgraced off that new mark when 16l-eighth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham last time; has since been dropped 1lb; one to consider.

9/2

8th

22

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Rambo T

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

Three wins in 2023, taking a particular step forward at Newbury (2m4f, soft) at the end of the year; 8lb higher today and he was never dangerous when 16-1 at Ascot last month, but a running-on third here (2m4f) in October ensures he is not entirely ruled out.

33/1

9th

7

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Rambo T

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Three wins in 2023, putting up a career-best effort when scoring in convincing style at Newbury (2m4f, soft) at the end of the year; further improvement cannot be ruled out but he's in deeper here off a 9lb higher mark.

9/1

Form: /52-30

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Much better form over fences but he also has a markedly lower hurdles mark and, with cheekpieces added, he was placed on consecutive starts this spring (2m5f/2m7f); had wind op in September and did not show much in Hyland's Cheltenham race (14-1) five weeks ago, so some caution is advised.

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7th

2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Espoir De Romay

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Soundly beaten on all three starts this season but showed some spark at Newbury two starts ago, when failing to see out 3m, and he's 7lb lower than when second in this race last year (good to soft); not written off.

12/1

4th

2

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

15:10 Chepstow

Espoir De Romay

11st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Seemingly boosted by addition of cheekpieces when placed twice last spring (2m5f/2m7f) but, following a break, was below par on both outings towards end of last year; arguably ran better than eventual 19l defeat suggests at Newbury (3m, good to soft) on latter occasion but others appeal more all the same.

8/1

Form: 3112-1 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Usually front-runner; major improvement in the spring when stepped up to 3m+ on soft ground and he reappeared with clearcut win at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; up another 5lb but going places and the step back up in trip should help.

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16

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ramo

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Usually gives his running and eked out a bit more improvement when a neck second of ten at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in January; no obvious reason why he won't perform creditably again but he's creeping up the weights and this is undoubtedly the strongest opposition he's encountered.

22/1

2nd

9

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Ramo

10st 6lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Has won three of his last seven starts and now looks high in the weights after appearing to give his running but only placed in 3m1f handicaps the last twice; even with Ned Fox's welcome claim, this probably demands his best form yet.

10/1

3rd

7

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Ramo

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won three times over hurdles last year (once over C&D on soft ground); not yet fully exposed but was no match for easy winner when second at Carlisle (3m1f, good to soft) three weeks ago and will need a career best.

5/1

Form: UF2PP-

Last run: 237 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Well treated on some French chase form but pulled up over fences at Cheltenham Festival (3m1f) and Newton Abbot (2m5f) in the spring for new connections; had wind surgery in July and returns with rare run over hurdles.

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2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Iceo Madrik

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Three chase wins and some useful form in France but it's been a slow process acclimatising in Britain, pulled up over fences in all three starts; continues to drop in the weights but something needs to change.

33/1

0

4

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Iceo Madrik

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

A foggy case can be made on some of his French form (stayed 2m7f in the mud) but he was pulled up over fences at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f) and Newton Abbot (2m5f) in the spring for new connections; had wind surgery in July but again ran moderately on his return to hurdles a month ago; hardly the percentage call.

25/1

Form: 85563- D

Last run: 252 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Well held when fifth in this race in 2021 and 2022; C&D third when last seen in March but he was way behind the first two and he's now failed to win since New Year's Day 2020, despite his move down the weights.

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3rd

4

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Skandiburg

11st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Charlotte Fuller

prominent, ridden after 4 out, no extra from 3 out

16/1

10th

11

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Skandiburg

10st 9lb

J: James Davies

T: Charlotte Fuller

Well held when fifth in this race in 2021 and 2022; C&D third when last seen in March but he was way behind the first two and he's now failed to win since New Year's Day 2020, despite his move down the weights.

25/1

Form: 84-051 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Well down weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) three weeks ago; that was a doughty performance but he's back up 5lb and probably now needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

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11th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Gentleman At Arms

11st 3lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Stuart Edmunds

Had a career-low jumps mark when winning at Aintree (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to heavy defeats on both starts since; has been wearing cheekpieces but now tries a visor; 7lb claimer is recruited.

25/1

7th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Gentleman At Arms

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down the weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to a heavy defeat when back up 5lb at Newbury three weeks later; needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

12/1

11th

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Gentleman At Arms

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) three weeks ago; that was a doughty performance but he's back up 5lb and probably now needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

8/1

Form: 16-

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Easily won a British maiden point (2m5f, heavy) last November on his second start and also impressive when winning a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in January; trailed the field when 11-2 for a six-runner Listed novice race at Perth (3m, good to soft) in April but he's so lightly raced, he could still have significant potential.

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1st

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Regal Blue

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has produced shockers in two of his last three starts but he won the race in between over 2m4f on heavy at Haydock when coming clear at the finish; this far shouldn't be an issue provided his jumping stands the test.

10/1

1

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

14:25 Wincanton

Regal Blue

12st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has somewhat mixed record this season but came good over fences with clearcut success at Haydock (2m4f, heavy) last month and could have untapped potential over today's longer trip if in the right mood again.

3/1

1st

3

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Regal Blue

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Disappointing at Lingfield (3m5f, soft) four weeks ago, when beaten before stamina may have been an issue; however, prior to that he stayed on strongly for a good second over this C&D (heavy) on his second chase start and he's a player if tapping back into that promise.

3/1

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Payout
Exacta £207.00
Straight Forecast £149.00
Tricast £525.00
Trifecta £626.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Hyland

TOPSPEED:

Ramo

SPOTLIGHT:

Ed Keeper

The Guardian:

Hoe Joly Smoke

The Star:

Espoir De Romay

RP RATINGS:

Gentleman At Arms

WEST COUNTRY:

Regal Blue

D Express:

Ed Keeper

Telegraph:

Ramo

Daily Record:

Ramo

The Sun:

Hoe Joly Smoke

LAMBOURN:

Hyland

The Times:

Hyland

Daily Mail:

Hyland

Daily Mirror:

Hyland