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13:55 Newcastle

Soft

BetMGM Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £64710.5
  • 2m 0f 46y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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BetMGM Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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Abandoned

Form: 211P-4 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Saddle slipped at Carlisle on chase/seasonal debut; largely consistent hurdler last term and won the Morebattle (handicap) at Kelso in March but this is a markedly stiffer task; has the worst chance at the weights.

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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Benson

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Approaching the veteran stage of his career but retains most of his ability, winning at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and running well when fourth to Afadil in the Scottish County there (1m7f, good to soft) in February; however, his last two runs have been subdued and it's asking quite a lot for him to bounce back in a race as warm as this.

33/1

17th

15

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Benson

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Made all at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day 2023 and 2024; last season he then came from the rear to win the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft) but he pulled up in this race next time and never got out of the rear division in the Morebattle 11 days ago; has a fair bit to prove now, especially given need for a career best; tongue-tie (last worn in 2022) returns.

66/1

15th

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Benson

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Came from the rear of the field to win this last year (good to soft); made all in the Hogmaneigh Hurdle at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day for the second season running and creditable fourth there (1m7f, good to soft) last time when caught out for pace at that sharp track; on the shortlist.

10/1

Form: /1111- CD

Last run: 233 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 175

Form & Verdict

Head and shoulders above the rest in this division; impressive in this race (good to soft) last year, en route to a similarly spectacular display in the Champion Hurdle (soft); not quite so dominant over 2m4f at Aintree on last appearance but still beat his rivals comfortably and remains unbeaten under rules; looks set to extend his winning sequence.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Constitution Hill

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Currently head and shoulders above the rest in this division; won this race by 17l last year, en route to an impressive success in the Champion Hurdle; not quite so dominant over 2m4f at Aintree on last appearance but still beat his rivals comfortably and remains unbeaten under rules; now reappears at Christmas having missed the Fighting Fifth at both Newcastle (due to abandonment) and rescheduled Sandown (due to heavy ground); continues to set a very tall standard, being again well clear on ratings.

1/8

Form: 5/355- CD

Last run: 263 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Showed useful Flat form this autumn despite his advancing years; dead-heated in this contest in 2021 but was a humble third behind Constitution Hill 12 months ago and even further behind that superstar in the Champion Hurdle; other youngsters in this field add to his vulnerability.

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4th

4

(7)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:45 Newbury

Not So Sleepy

9st 8lb

J: Tom Marquand

T: Hughie Morrison

disputed lead early, led after 1f

9/1

5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Acts on any going; very useful dual-purpose performer who retains his ability and enthusiasm despite his advancing years; comfortably won the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, rescheduled to Sandown, when last seen three months ago; however, beaten in this race for the last four years (form figures P555) and, at the age of 12, is surely set for another supporting role.

33/1

1st

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:15 Sandown

Not So Sleepy

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Hughie Morrison

Showed useful Flat form this autumn despite his advancing years; dead-heated in this contest in 2021 but was a humble third behind Constitution Hill 12 months ago and even further behind that superstar in the Champion Hurdle; other youngsters in this field add to his vulnerability.

40/1

Form: /1126- D BF

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Picked up a stress fracture at Punchestown (soundly beaten) when last seen but has made a full recovery; has a solid/progressive record (at 2m-2m5f) otherwise and career record is 8-11; ran well behind Honeysuckle in a strong Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival (soft) two starts ago; remains of major interest.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Love Envoi

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

towards rear

12/1

2nd

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Love Envoi

11st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Raced mainly on soft/heavy (withdrawn due to good ground once); smart mare whose record is 8-12 and who performed very well (first/second) at the last two Cheltenham Festivals; may be back on song with Sandown reappearance under her belt; has the best chance at the weights.

3/1

2nd

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

13:15 Sandown

Love Envoi

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Picked up a stress fracture at Punchestown (soundly beaten) when last seen but has made a full recovery; has a solid/progressive record (at 2m-2m5f) otherwise and career record is 8-11; ran well behind Honeysuckle in a strong Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival (soft) two starts ago; 3-3 at Sandown, including a win on this card last year; remains of major interest.

13/2

Form: 2115-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; currently inferior to the other mare in this field, Love Envoi, on ratings; however, has shown steady improvement and bagged Grade 2 honours at the Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft) last season; reappearance win at Wetherby (2m Listed) shows she has returned in good form; should perform well.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

11

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

You Wear It Well

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, led 2nd

20/1

3rd

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 1

13:02 Haydock

You Wear It Well

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Made all in the Grade 2 mares' novice at the Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft) last March and reappeared with Listed mares' win at Wetherby (2m, soft) in November; second in slowly run mares' Grade 2 when upped to 3m at Doncaster (good) three weeks ago and has leading claims under 4lb penalty.

4/6

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Verdict

He could have gone chasing but CONSTITUTION HILL sticks to hurdles, having been so brilliant in this sphere thus far and with the clear potential to be a multiple Champion Hurdle winner. Once again he’s well clear on the figures and, unless he takes an unexpected downturn, he should win a second Fighting Fifth. Productive mares Love Envoi and You Wear It Well are taken to fill the next two places, in that order.[Steve Boow]