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12:45 Leicester

Soft

Leicester Racecourse Ideal Self-Hire Wedding Venue Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 1m 7f 113y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Leicester Racecourse Ideal Self-Hire Wedding Venue Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sleet

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Abandoned

Form: 7

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won just one of his eight Flat runs in France (1m2f-1m4f; effective on soft) but showed useful form; faced a stiff task on his hurdling debut at Cheltenham and some interference didn't help; respected.

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

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

12:05 Cheltenham

Ellerton

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Fairly useful on Flat in France but has plenty to find on hurdles form, beaten favourite at Fontwell most recently; gelded since and now goes in cheekpieces; those two factors need to prompt marked improvement.

100/1

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

14:17 Fontwell

Ellerton

11st 2lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Syd Hosie

11.5f Flat winner (good) in France in August, when showing promise; well beaten in a Cheltenham Grade 2 event on his British debut; raced freely and prominently when 13l third over C&D (heavy) recently; if settling better, he is one of the more likely winners in his field.

2/1

Form: 5

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Left Ralph Beckett for 12,000gns and as a seven-race maiden; had some flashes of respectable form and this is weaker than the Huntingdon hurdle won by Burdett Road that he ran in four weeks ago.

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

7th

1

(4)

27th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Seahouses

9st 11lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Barry Brennan

0-7 for Ralph Beckett, best effort when second at Salisbury; has failed to transfer that form to hurdles for new yard; chance of winning partly depends on how well he takes to new scenario (AW debut).

14/1

8th

12

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Seahouses

11st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Barry Brennan

Some ability on the Flat for Ralph Beckett; has finished tailed off in both his hurdles, on the first occasion finishing well behind Palio.

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Nearly won a 2m AW handicap on final start in October (stable debut) but that was a low-grade Class 6; posted inferior figures to stablemate Walk The Moon in that discipline.

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

5th

4

(1)

23rd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 4

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

The Craftymaster

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Has won seven in the past four months (three here) and gone up the weights by 27lb; didn't have the race run to suit off his revised mark on Polytrack last time but he's no certainty to here either and will need another career-best.

5/1

5th

5

(1)

10th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

20:00 Kempton (AW)

The Craftymaster

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Won seven of his last eight (the defeat when beaten less than a length into second) at four different AW tracks; runs here for the first time since down the field on debut but the long straight ought to play to his strengths.

9/4

1st

3

(4)

23rd Mar 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 5

16:55 Newcastle (AW)

The Craftymaster

9st 6lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden against near rail 2f out, went third 1f out, kept on to lead final 110yds, won going away

2/1

Form: 35

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Down the field in six Flat runs from 7f to 1m4f; fair start over hurdles when third of eight at Wetherby (2m, good) before struggling in a better race at Musselburgh; definite chance on his Wetherby form.

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

6th

9

(1)

16th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

14:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Walk The Moon

9st 3lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

Has been unable to get competitive in this code; still early days after just three handicap starts and he's down another 2lb and up in trip for his AW debut; only of serious interest if supported.

10/1

4th

7

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

12:05 Cheltenham

Walk The Moon

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tony Carroll

Limited six-race maiden on the Flat (7f to 1m4f); signs that he could make a better hurdler when third at Wetherby (2m, good) and then raced too freely at Musselburgh (good to soft); his form is a good way beneath the requisite standard to win a race of this stature.

66/1

Form: 2

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Poor Flat maiden and highly questionable what she achieved in a small field on heavy ground at Fontwell, especially as the favourite disappointed; this can reveal more.

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

4th

8

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:15 Chepstow

Queen Of Steel

10st 3lb

J: Isabelle Ryder

T: Mark Usher

Looked a non-stayer at 2m3f in her second handicap but placed in the other two at 2m, last time reversing Ffos Las placings with My Granny Lily when runner-up at Exeter (soft); Isabelle Ryder is again on board and she should be in the thick of it.

100/30

2nd

7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:10 Exeter

Queen Of Steel

10st 2lb

J: Isabelle Ryder

T: Mark Usher

prominent, led but hit 4th, pressed winner when headed 5th, hit last, kept on

14/1

5th

8

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

16:55 Fontwell

Queen Of Steel

10st 5lb

J: Isabelle Ryder

T: Mark Usher

prominent

9/1

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Verdict

A weak juvenile hurdle and ELLERTON has to be of strong interest as he ran okay in a warm race at Cheltenham. Of the rest, Walk The Moon is preferred to Seahouses on the strength of his Wetherby effort.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ellerton

LAMBOURN:

Queen Of Steel

Daily Mirror:

Walk The Moon

RP RATINGS:

Ellerton

POSTDATA:

Ellerton

WEST COUNTRY:

Ellerton

The Times:

Ellerton

D Express:

Ellerton

The Star:

Ellerton

Telegraph:

Queen Of Steel

Daily Record:

Queen Of Steel

The Sun:

Walk The Moon