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BetMGM EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 0f 46y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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BetMGM EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Produced form figures of FPP52 in Irish points, running well behind Young Jack the final time; sold for £15,000 since; out of a 2m hurdle winner; represents last year's winning yard and looks one to consider.

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8th

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Benefit Ben

10st 12lb

J: James Turner

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner

9/2

6th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:27 Newcastle

Benefit Ben

11st 5lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

held up in last, not fluent 4th

9/1

2nd

2

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Benefit Ben

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield

33/1

Form: 507-8

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed some promise in bumper here last December but has failed to build on that effort; may be more interesting in handicaps shortly; second run for new stable.

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2nd

16

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Better Be Definite

10st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in rear

8/1

1st

14

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:18 Ayr

Better Be Definite

10st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Down the field on all four hurdle starts, including weakening quickly after travelling comfortably up with the pace until two out on his 2m4f Sedgefield handicap debut eight weeks ago; not obviously crying out for 3m on that evidence.

25/1

Form: 9-7

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Stablemate of rules debutant Benefit Ben; holds modest claims on his two bumper efforts and is best watched kept to 2m; bred to need a lot further.

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5

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

14:50 Hexham

Bowler Jack

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Brother to very useful staying chaser Notachance; showed no significant promise in his three qualifying races during the winter (1m7f-2m4f) but makes handicap debut from a basement mark and might be aided by the addition of cheekpieces.

4/1

5th

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

13:30 Catterick

Bowler Jack

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Sandy Thomson

soon midfield, lost ground after 4 out, no telling impression

50/1

Form: 4-

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Showed some ability, though only fourth of six, in Wincanton bumper in April; first two have franked the form since; open to improvement and looks interesting on reappearance.

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4th

2

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 4

16:30 Musselburgh

Coastal Rock

11st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Makes stable debut having finished fourth in a Wincanton bumper (1m7f, good to soft) and 26l-third in a fair Taunton novice hurdle (2m, good to soft) for Harry Fry; interesting.

8/1

3rd

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Coastal Rock

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Half-brother to a useful French hurdler; fourth of six in Wincanton bumper (good to soft) on debut in April; needs to improve to make a winning hurdle debut but has potential.

8/1

Form: P-

Last run: 290 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Achieved nothing at Wetherby in February, having been hindered by greenness and a lack of fluency; had wind surgery since and now goes in tongue-tie; may do better this time.

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8th

1

(4)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Coco Loco

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Rebecca Menzies

Makes belated Flat debut after two non-completions over hurdles; very opposable.

66/1

0

4

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Carlisle

Coco Loco

11st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Achieved nothing at Wetherby (2m) in February, having been hindered by greenness and a lack of fluency; had wind surgery since and now goes in/ tongue-tie; may do better this time.

20/1

Form: 44

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Off the mark at the third attempt in Irish points; respectable fourth in Hexham bumper and Ayr novice hurdle, both over 2m, for new yard; again has frame possibilities.

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2nd

10

8th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:40 Kelso

Dream Boy

11st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won 2m course maiden (heavy) in December; finished fourth in all three runs since but he was only beaten 3l behind Kingston Bridge in a big-field handicap here (2m5f, soft) last time; rallied well in that race and he looks interesting on his step up to this trip.

8/1

4th

11

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Dream Boy

11st 4lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won 2m course maiden in December (heavy ground) and looked suited by the step up in trip when very respectable fourth over C&D (soft; race won by Eloi Du Puy) on last month's handicap debut; 1lb drop not enough to tempt today, though.

16/1

Form: 2116-2 D BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Progressive bumper form included two wins at Ayr and a good sixth to Florida Dreams in Aintree Grade 2; clear second at Kelso (2m, good to soft; beaten favourite but ran okay) on the switch to hurdles; one of the main players.

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7th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Esprit Du Potier

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

2-2 over 2m4f, the latest success at Newcastle (heavy) where he hammered inferior rivals; now goes up against mostly superior opponents on form hitherto but may improve further at this distance.

20/1

1st

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Esprit Du Potier

11st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

travelled strongly, made all

8/11

0

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Esprit Du Potier

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won two of his four bumpers (heavy/good to soft); runner-up in a pair of 2m hurdles but improved for 2m4f when making all at Ayr (heavy) and he might well progress again for going this far; couldn't rule out.

8/1

Form: 11-3 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Two from two in bumpers last season, winning at Musselburgh (soft) and Aintree (good to soft; Grade 2); below-par third in Ayr novice hurdle (2m) on reappearance but should improve with that outing under his belt; remains of major interest.

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8th

13

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Florida Dreams

10st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Had finest hour when winning last season's Grade 2 bumper at the Aintree festival (good to soft); made heavy weather of justifying short odds over C&D (soft) in December, and was let down by his jumping when upped in trip at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) in February; needs to get back on track but there could still be untapped potential after just four hurdles runs.

12/1

3rd

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Florida Dreams

11st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

novicey jumping, held up in last, mistake 7th, not fluent 10th

9/4

Form: 5

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Good-ground point winner; weakened into modest fifth in soft-ground novice hurdle at Hexham (2m) on rules debut; may do better when back on a sounder surface; also declared 12:21 Doncaster.

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2

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:30 Market Rasen

Hawkseye View

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Sue Smith

Just a respectable fourth on handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in February and took backward step when tailed off at Wetherby a fortnight ago; others have much less to prove.

20/1

10th

12

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Hawkseye View

10st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Point winner who was placed in two novice hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft/heavy) this winter but he was well beaten at Doncaster (2m3f, good) next time and failed to threaten on last month's handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft); needs to raise his game.

33/1

4th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:54 Sedgefield

Hawkseye View

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th

7/1

Form:

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

0-5 in Irish points; beaten long way in Wetherby novice hurdle (2m3f) for new stable; others preferred.

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3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

13:05 Newcastle

Hemicycle

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, weakened and lost touch 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

33/1

8th

4

11th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:55 Catterick

Hemicycle

11st 3lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

Displayed some ability in points but tailed off at 50-1 on rules debut at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November and a transformation is needed.

66/1

Abandoned

Form: 76-346

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 6yo who has shown some ability in bumpers and over hurdles, keeping-on sixth at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) most recently; better than bare result two starts ago; could go well.

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7th

5

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Kilta

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Won comfortably on handicap debut at Southwell (2m, soft) last month and ran big race in defeat at Haydock (2m3f, soft) 16 days layer, keeping on strongly for a close second (front pair pulled well clear); moves up further in trip here and could still have a lot more to offer.

6/1

2nd

6

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Kilta

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Promise in bumpers and initial hurdles and won very comfortably on his switch to handicaps at Southwell (2m, soft) when barely coming off the bridle; up 8lb but could still be on a handy mark.

11/8

Form: P

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Achieved nothing in Carlisle novice hurdle six weeks ago; needs to improve markedly for that debut experience.

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9th

3

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:42 Southwell

Lord Denning

11st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Just three runs in novice hurdles and the latest was quite encouraging; beaten a long way on chase/handicap debut but went off at 6-1 and heavy ground might not have helped him.

14/1

8th

4

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Lord Denning

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

towards rear, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2nd

10/1

5th

4

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Lord Denning

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

held up in rear

50/1

Abandoned

Form: 3P

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Opened his account at the third attempt in Irish points; holds weak claims on his rules efforts, both at Chepstow (bumper/hurdle).

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4th

7

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

16:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Mistymal

10st 13lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Somewhat disappointing when upped to 2m7f at Fakenham last month but his second on handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in January was a good performance, and he's probably worth persisting with over this trip.

9/2

5th

6

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:40 Fakenham

Mistymal

10st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out

4/1

2nd

6

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:35 Southwell

Mistymal

10st 13lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

Pulled up/tailed off on his three hurdle starts but now goes handicapping off a lowly mark and he won an Irish maiden point last April, after which he was bought for £58,000; he's one to keep a close eye on in the betting.

13/2

Form: 415- D

Last run: 252 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

0-5 in Irish points; solid bumper form for new yard, winning at Sedgefield (soft) on second attempt then creditable fifth in series final at Kelso; now wears tongue-tie; bred to make a useful hurdler and looks one for the shortlist.

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3rd

5

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:00 Hexham

Raffles Wonder

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Off the mark when winning by 17l over 2m here last month; race perhaps came too soon next time; now 11lb higher; could go well but stamina to prove (well beaten only previous run at this trip).

11/4

4th

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:45 Wetherby

Raffles Wonder

11st 10lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in last, good headway before 3 out, ridden and outpaced after 2 out, no impression, went fourth towards finish

Evs

1st

4

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Raffles Wonder

11st 5lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Sedgefield bumper winner; slow to get going over hurdles, but better when a close third on last month's handicap debut at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy; today's rival This Is Bob second); the application of a hood seems to have aided his cause; should be thereabouts.

5/2

Form: 28-

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Both bumper starts at Ayr, finishing second of five in March then coming up well short in deeper field on Scottish National day; bred to need further than 2m now hurdling.

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5th

10

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

16:25 Perth

River Ayr

11st 0lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Lightly raced but didn't look well treated for his handicap debut at Ayr (2m, good to soft) and was never dangerous.

33/1

8th

5

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

River Ayr

11st 9lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

Unexposed 6yo who displayed improvement when respectable fifth in Sedgefield maiden (2m1f, soft) last month, his third hurdling start; not obviously well treated for handicap debut but open to further progress.

12/1

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Raced twice in Irish points, beating Benefit Ben the second time; out of a 2m3f hurdle winner; open to further improvement and looks an interesting rules debutant, especially with Daryl Jacob a positive booking.

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9th

9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Young Jack

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Chris Grant

3m point winner (good) who was second on rules debut at Newcastle (2m6f, heavy) in December and won there in February (2m4f, heavy); another good run at Newcastle when third most recently over what looked an inadequate 2m1f (heavy), and he could relish this step up in trip on handicap debut.

10/1

3rd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:27 Newcastle

Young Jack

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

raced in second

6/4

1st

9

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Young Jack

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

led narrowly

Evs

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Verdict

With the Kelso reappearance under his belt, ESPRIT DU POTIER can resume his progress and go one better. Grade 2 bumper winner Florida Dreams is second choice on his second hurdle start. Raffles Wonder and Coastal Rock are interesting seasonal debutants, while rules debutants Young Jack and Benefit Ben are set for an intriguing rematch and look potentially good recruits for their new joint-owners Dave Armstrong and Lee Westwood.[Steve Boow]