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Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk “The French Furze” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 6f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk “The French Furze” Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 1

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won British maiden point (2m4f, soft) in January before £35,000 sale; 11-2, won ten-runner novice hurdle at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) in October, going on before three out and galloping on much too strongly for two challengers; this is a strong field but he has plenty of scope for progress and the extra distance will help.

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2nd

1

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Big City Roller

11st 7lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Scopey 5yo who comfortably won British maiden point (2m4f, soft) in January and followed up in a 2m4f novice hurdle at Carlisle (soft); has lots more on his plate here with a penalty but he's a nice prospect.

6/1

Form: 1

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Close second in May in his final Irish point, before £95,000 sale; has useful pedigree and made a winning start to life under rules seven weeks ago, starting 2-5 in a ten-runner novice at Hexham (2m, soft) and making all after others threatened before the final flight; some rivals in this have better form but he's promising and up in trip.

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2nd

7

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Choose A Copper

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Won a Hexham novice hurdle in October (2m, soft) and creditable efforts at up to 2m6f in better company next twice; below par when last seen out; makes handicap debut after having wind surgery.

6/1

6th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Choose A Copper

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

disputed lead early, led overall 2nd

25/1

2nd

1

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:20 Kelso

Choose A Copper

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

3m point runner-up who won on rules debut at Hexham (2m, soft) in October and wasn't beaten far when third of three in Listed novice at Sandown (2m, heavy) last month; bred to stay and has leading claims under a penalty now back down in grade; tongue-tie goes on.

6/4

Form: 12 BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Dual point winner in the spring who followed up easily in a maiden hurdle at Perth (2m4f) in August; second at 4-5 in Kelso novice (2m5f, again good to soft) in October was creditable, behind the Russell-trained Cadell (received 4lb) who was beaten by Kerryhill next time; the pick on form but others are promising.

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6th

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 2

15:20 Ayr

Dripsey Moon

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: John C McConnell

Hasn't looked that comfortable going in against Graded horses on his final four appearances, from 2m2f to 3m; should fare better now into handicap company for the first time but others appeal more; cheekpieces did nothing when tried once before.

33/1

9th

5

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Dripsey Moon

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Dual point winner (one on soft); won his maiden hurdle at Perth and hasn't looked that comfortable going in against Graded horses on his final three appearances, from 2m2f to 3m; has plenty to find on the figures and, while he should stay the trip okay, it will likely be in a slower time than a lot of these.

100/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £115,000 in May, having won an Irish point (3m, soft to heavy); second favourite in five-runner novice at Kelso (2m6f, good to soft) three weeks ago, travelling best to lead two out before holding off the Russell-trained Cadell (gave 7lb) who'd beaten Dripsey Moon the time before; has made a cracking start.

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1st

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Kerryhill

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ruth Jefferson

midfield, headway 3 out, led going easily before 2 out, shaken up and wandered around before 2 out, ridden clear run-in

7/1

4th

6

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Kerryhill

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Ruth Jefferson

Bought for £115,000 in May, having won an Irish point (3m, soft to heavy); second favourite in five-runner novice at Kelso (2m6f, good to soft) five weeks ago, travelling best to lead two out before holding off Cadell (gave 7lb); others have better form but he looks very promising.

9/1

Form: P-4421

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

2-4 in bumpers but it took seven attempts before he was off the mark over hurdles, produced late in a 3m handicap at Musselburgh (good to soft) 24 days ago; no stamina worries and he has place claims but the more lightly raced sorts seem to have more potential.

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13

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Call Me Harry

10st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

raced in last

16/1

4

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Call Me Harry

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

Runs this track well and when behind a couple of these here last time he was let down by his jumping; respected.

7/1

4th

1

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Call Me Harry

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last, awkward jump 4th, some headway before 10th

5/2

Form: 17-4 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won bumper at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) in March; not so good at Hexham the following month and managed only fourth of eight when 5-4 favourite for a maiden hurdle at Kelso (2m, soft) five weeks ago; major work to do.

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5th

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:22 Newcastle

Rob Roy Macgregor

11st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Heavy-ground bumper winner; hasn't yet managed to build on that over hurdles, including when coming in for some support on his return from wind surgery at Ayr (3m, soft; handicap debut) last month; drops 2lb and has a bit to prove but a competitive effort would not surprise.

11/1

5

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Rob Roy Macgregor

11st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Heavy-ground bumper winner; shade disappointing when upped to 2m6f to Kelso last month but began hurdling career with two very encouraging runs and could still have significant untapped potential over staying trips.

8/1

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Verdict

Kerryhill put up a striking performance on his hurdling debut and brings loads of potential. A line through the runner-up, the Lucinda Russell-trained Cadell, gives Dripsey Moon the better form but it would not be a surprise were Kerryhill to improve past him. Russell has a fascinating candidate herself in Choose A Copper, who drew clear again late on in a race at Hexham over just 2m. Another major player, though, is BIG CITY ROLLER, who has also won his only start under rules, over 2m4f, and he looks nailed on to improve with today’s extra distance, so he gets the vote ahead of Kerryhill.[Richard Austen]