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12:45 Plumpton

Good To Soft

Weatherbys & Birdie Calendars Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4955.32
  • 2m 4f 114y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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Weatherbys & Birdie Calendars Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 5423-3

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Only 3l away in his last two bumpers and would have finished closer than 14l in a Fontwell novice (2m3f, good) had he not made a bad mistake; the second has won easily since; should be a factor.

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4th

2

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Bentleys Return

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Placed in two bumpers towards end of last season and built upon encouraging hurdle debut when third of 13 in Plumpton maiden (2m4f, good to soft; unraced on anything slower) in December, form that has recently been well advertised by the runner-up; makes handicap debut here; respected.

7/1

3rd

2

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

Bentleys Return

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Placed in two bumpers in the spring and recovered from significant mid-race jumping error to take very respectable third on seasonal/hurdle debut at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in October; likely contender here.

3/1

Form: 3/32-2 BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Competitive in his three bumpers and held every chance when clouting the final flight on his switch to hurdling at Wetherby (2m3f, good); the winner was consistent on the Flat and is now 2-2 as a jumper; strong form claims here.

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3rd

2

22nd Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:15 Plumpton

Bob Bob Ricard

11st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st

4/1

Form: 0/08

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

No worthwhile form in two bumpers and a 2m3f maiden hurdle.

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9

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

DAmbonnay

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Camilla Poulton

No impact in bumpers or three maiden/novice hurdles at up to 2m4f; may do better now handicapping in first-time cheekpieces, but 4lb wrong.

50/1

3

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:25 Fontwell

DAmbonnay

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Camilla Poulton

Has struggled to get competitive in two bumpers and two maiden hurdles (2m3f/2m4f); makes no appeal.

100/1

Form: 0-4

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Set to make winning point debut before last-fence fall in March; has made an underwhelming start under rules (bumper/2m5f hurdle) and looks as though he needs some time.

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0

7

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Deerstalker

11st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on hurdling debut in October (2m5f) but shaped with significant promise when fourth (albeit well held in the end) at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) last month; back up in trip for today's handicap debut but could easily have a lot more to offer.

8/1

Form: P

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Bought for £100,000 soon after finishing third in slow-ground Irish point in December 2021; absent for 701 days prior to hurdling debut over C&D when he stopped quickly and was pulled up; best watched for now.

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5th

8

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Hawaii Du Mestivel

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Placed in an Irish point in 2021 but, following a long absence, he's struggled in three hurdle runs (2m4f/2m7f) this winter; in good hands and now goes handicapping off a lowly mark but he still needs major improvement; tongue-tie added.

9/1

8th

3

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

12:30 Uttoxeter

Hawaii Du Mestivel

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Placed in an Irish point in 2021 (form worked out quite well) but, following a long absence, weakened quickly and was well beaten in two novice hurdles this autumn (albeit after travelling well for a long way); will need to last much longer here.

20/1

7th

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Hawaii Du Mestivel

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Neil Mulholland

Bought for £100,000 soon after finishing third in slow-ground Irish point in December 2021; that form has worked out quite well but he stopped quickly on his belated return to action in a novice hurdle at Plumpton.

33/1

Form:

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£55,000 3yo out of a useful 2m5f-3m2f hurdle/chase winner; beaten about 26l in a Newbury bumper and was under the pump a long way out; no doubt capable of a lot better as he gains experience.

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5th

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

16:10 Plumpton

Honey Jack

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Down the field in a Newbury bumper (good to soft) and then pulled up on hurdling debut at Aintree (2m1f, heavy) when 100-1; still early days but comes here with plenty to prove.

20/1

0

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

11:10 Aintree

Honey Jack

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

£55,000 3yo; first foal; dam useful 2m5f-3m2f hurdle/chase winner; 17-2 from 16-1 for a bumper at Newbury (2m, good to soft) one month ago but ended among the backmarkers.

20/1

Form: 85-52

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

It was a significant step forward from his previous efforts when chasing home a shorter-priced stablemate over a similar trip at Chepstow ten days ago (soft); that form entitles him to a major say here and he looks to be learning on the job.

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8th

3

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Hurricane Danny

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Well beaten in heavy-ground novice at Chepstow (2m3f) in December but his second in a soft-ground maiden over that C&D in November was promising and he remains unexposed; no surprise if he features.

5/1

4th

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Hurricane Danny

11st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, not fluent 2nd

3/1

Form: 5

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well-related 4yo who finished fifth of seven and beaten 11l in a soft-ground Sandown bumper; a lack of pace in that race casts some doubts over the form but he should improve.

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7th

8

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

Jack Sparrow Grey

11st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: 678

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Sixth of eight in a bumper and tailed off in two hurdles; one for handicaps.

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12th

8

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:00 Chepstow

Jongleur DEtoiles

11st 4lb

T: Neil Mulholland

Unable to land a significant blow in three novice/maiden hurdles in the autumn (the last two over C&D) and will probably be of greater interest when the handicapper has seen fit to give him a mark.

66/1

8th

8

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

14:40 Chepstow

Jongleur DEtoiles

11st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 3 out, weakened 2 out

40/1

Abandoned

Form: 5-4

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Only mild promise thus far, beaten 10l in a bumper and 16l in a Warwick novice (2m3f); has to step up.

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5th

2

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

15:05 Fakenham

Nelson Criq

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Lightly raced 5yo who has shown ability in two of his four starts over hurdles, including when fourth of seven on handicap debut at Chepstow (2m4f, heavy) where he would have finished closer but for being hampered at the last; shortlisted.

11/2

4th

2

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

13:00 Chepstow

Nelson Criq

12st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Alan King

Low-mileage 5yo who made quite promising seasonal/hurdle debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft) in November; yet to build on that performance and not obviously well treated for this handicap debut, but has potential.

11/2

0

8

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:07 Hereford

Nelson Criq

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Finished upside Stay If U Want To when fifth in a Ludlow bumper on debut; beaten 16l and 28l in his two hurdles (2m3f) and needs to raise his game.

33/1

Form: 6-9P

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

250-1 when beaten a long way out over 2m5f at Kempton; set for another minor role.

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0

11

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

No No Espresso

11st 4lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

in touch with leaders

100/1

0

9

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:45 Kempton

No No Espresso

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Safely held in two bumpers in the spring (both on good to soft); best watched on today's hurdling debut.

66/1

Form: 0-8

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Third in two maiden points but nothing positive to report so far under rules.

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8th

8

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

Vendant

11st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Richard Rowe

took keen hold, prominent, lost position with one circuit to go, outpaced before 3 out

100/1

6th

12

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

Vendant

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Richard Rowe

towards rear

150/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Still in the dark as to the strength of form he showed when second in a 3m Irish point (yielding) but he was bought for £65,000 and probably has a bright future.

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1st

5

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:30 Hereford

Village Master

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Has finished tailed off in three novice hurdles (2m3f-2m5f) but he was placed in a point and perhaps chasing will be the making of him; would like to see some confidence behind him, mind.

5/1

7th

7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Village Master

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Close up in an Irish point last May but he's been tailed off in both hurdle runs this winter; has had wind surgery but he has stacks to find here and can only be watched.

40/1

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Verdict

Jonjo O’Neill’s BOB BOB RICARD ran a lot better at Wetherby than a near 10l defeat would imply and, in keeping with many of his yard’s inmates this season, he should be sharper for a run. Hurricane Danny would appear to be learning on the job after his improved Chepstow effort and he’s feared most along with Bentley’s Return.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bob Bob Ricard

The Sun:

Hurricane Danny

LAMBOURN:

Village Master

The Guardian:

Nelson Criq

Daily Record:

Hurricane Danny

RP RATINGS:

Bob Bob Ricard

POSTDATA:

Bob Bob Ricard

WEST COUNTRY:

Bob Bob Ricard

The Times:

Bob Bob Ricard

Daily Mail:

Bob Bob Ricard

D Express:

Bob Bob Ricard

Daily Mirror:

Bob Bob Ricard