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14:50 Southwell

Good To Soft

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  • 3m 0f 60y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 2532-F

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Fell in one of three Irish points and again two out on chase debut at Warwick last month when held in second; however he shaped well when runner-up in a competitive race for the grade on handicap hurdle debut at Newbury in March (3m, soft) and should go well if none the worse for the fall.

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

1st

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

14:25 Exeter

Howaya Now

11st 6lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

0-3 in points and 0-7 under rules, but has finished runner-up in a Newbury handicap and two maiden hurdles (including last time at Hereford); looks the percentage call on balance of his form and, although unraced on heavy, he handles soft fine.

11/10

OUR TIP

Form: 322P2- BF

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Very useful 3m hunter chase form under Ben Sutton for previous connections; acts well on testing surfaces but he hasn't run over hurdles since late 2019 and he came on for his reappearance in January, albeit after a longer layoff than today's.

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6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Drop Flight

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Barely sighted before pulling up in this last year when 66-1 and expectations can be no higher this time despite his recent Exeter success.

100/1

1st

5

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Strong claims on last spring's hunter chase form and his recent third to Haven't Time at Southwell (3m, soft) was a step back in the right direction; however, he certainly needs another today, having been beaten 13l.

8/1

3rd

8

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

pressed leader, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, clear with one other after 9th

12/1

Form: 211141 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Having a fine spell in staying hurdles, perhaps finding good to firm ground too quick for him two starts ago but looking in very good heart when ridden more patiently than usual for his latest win at Ffos Las in November (3m, soft); raised further 6lb but may well be up to the task.

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

7th

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; an 11yo who has still won six of his last nine races (all staying handicap hurdles) but he bled from the nose when pulled up behind Gwennie May Boy at Uttoxeter last time and this race looks too hot.

33/1

10

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Classic Concorde

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; some feat for an 11yo to have won six of his last eight starts (all staying handicap hurdles) and at his best in the mud, as he showed with an ultra-game defeat of Supremely West at Chepstow three weeks ago; has earned his career-high mark (up 7lb for last time) and there's no knocking him.

14/1

1st

12

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; five wins last August-December, the last of which was over C&D (soft) at Christmas; up a further 7lb to another career-high mark at Huntingdon (good to soft) one month ago when that superb sequence came to an end and the scale of his defeat was concerning; needs to bounce back with another career best, aged 11.

20/1

Form: 4-1687 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Had an excellent spell between November 2022 and May, when unbeaten in six races at about 2m4f on ground ranging from soft to good; has taken a wrong turn since, though, and the return to a staying trip was no good to him at Ffos Las last month; risky for now.

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0

8

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Six wins between November 2022 and May 2023 included one over C&D (good); back to within 1lb of the final winning mark in that sequence, but too far below par the last four times to expect him to capitalise.

16/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Between November of last year and this May he won six times in seven starts (2m3f-2m4f); however, shot up the weights as a consequence and he's beaten only one finisher in his last three appearances; has stamina to prove.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 13-113 BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Has his own way of doing things but progressive at about 2m5f and that trip on an easy track looked inadequate when a close third of 12 finishers at Doncaster 18 days ago; has won on soft; good chance of staying the new trip and an interesting contender; respected.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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9th

14

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

16:00 Kelso

Zwicky

11st 1lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Won three times over hurdles (2m4f-2m5f) last year and quickly put a duff effort behind him when placed at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in February but will need to find hidden reserves to win a race this competitive.

10/1

3rd

3

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:20 Catterick

Zwicky

11st 11lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Philip Kirby

Began this season with two 2m4f wins (good/soft) and was creditable third of 15 off today's mark at Doncaster (2m5f, good) on next outing; not seen to best effect on heavy ground two starts ago and ran as though something was amiss last time; remains one to be interested in.

6/1

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Verdict

Howaya Now comes into it on his Newbury form in the spring but his recent chase fall was a heavy one and he needs to put that behind him. Classic Concorde hardly turned a hair when winning last time out and is also respected but ZWICKY gets the vote in receipt of weight all round. He doesn’t look the easiest of rides but stamina was very much in evidence when winning on Carlisle’s stiff track in October and his recent foray over 2m5f also suggested he can cope with this step up in trip.[Emily Weber]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Classic Concorde

SPOTLIGHT:

Zwicky

The Star:

Howaya Now

WEST COUNTRY:

Blue Shark

RP RATINGS:

Zwicky

TOPSPEED:

Zwicky

The Times:

Classic Concorde

Telegraph:

Classic Concorde

The Guardian:

Classic Concorde

Daily Mail:

Classic Concorde

D Express:

Classic Concorde

Daily Mirror:

Classic Concorde

The Sun:

Classic Concorde

Daily Record:

Classic Concorde