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12:38 Haydock

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TrustATrader You Can Trust Our Traders Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7393.4
  • 2m 2f 191y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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TrustATrader You Can Trust Our Traders Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 4521-5 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Four of his six wins have been on soft, unraced on heavy; ended last season on a high and disputed the lead two out at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on reappearance, so ran a good deal better than the 18l defeat suggests; considered.

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

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Fostersisland

10st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Patchy form across his four runs this season but they've all been on soft going and he showed spark when second at Wetherby in January; below par there since but he's had wind surgery subsequently and could be back on better ground today; back down to same mark as for 8l win at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last March and this C&D winner is capable of having a big say.

14/1

5th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Likes it here and he returned to form with a good second over C&D (soft) three weeks ago; every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

2nd

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 1lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

There's a doubt regarding current form, and also the suitability of testing ground; however, he twice finished second over C&D last season off similar marks to today's, and is capable of having a say if back on song.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 614OF- C

Last run: 300 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Often front-runs; 3m winner here in May 2022 and 2m4f winner at Aintree one year ago; fortunes subsided on last three outings (ran out early on penultimate start; fell on final outing) but he's shown on occasions before that he can go well after a break; has bits of form on soft and heavy but more lesser efforts.

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

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Romeo Brown

12st 0lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sue Smith

Made all over 2m4f on good to soft at Aintree last season when 5lb higher; pulled up last time on soft but ran an okay race on that ground the time before when beaten about 15l behind last weekend's Uttoxeter winner Santos Blue; could go well, especially if the ground dried out.

9/1

7

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Romeo Brown

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

held up in rear

5/1

5th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Romeo Brown

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Made all at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last season and could improve for last month's reappearance fifth at Doncaster; handicapped to make a bold bid but it's been a long time since he's run well on soft/heavy.

9/1

Form: 3285-6 C

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won his only race here, in his highly fruitful 2021-22 season; started last term with three creditable minor honours (one on heavy) over fences, which have been followed by three lesser displays (one this term) as a hurdler and he's now tongue tied first time; down the weights.

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

6th

1

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:45 Sedgefield

Barrichello

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Failed to build upon satisfactory seasonal debut when soundly beaten at Doncaster last month and is evidently a declining force but has been given another wind op and is too well handicapped to rule out.

8/1

7th

6

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

13:25 Doncaster

Barrichello

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

His form took a downturn as last season progressed and he failed to threaten on his reappearance in October; needs to get back on track but he's on an attractive mark and it's possible he'll improve for that latest outing; not written off in a first-time tongue-tie.

5/1

Form: 19P5-5 BF

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Pulled up facing a stiff task on sole start here; won reappearance last season for Michael Scudamore before losing his way; disappointing favourite this October on return from wind surgery, racing without his declared tongue-tie, so he has a bit to prove, but he's on the same mark as for that latest win one year ago.

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

2nd

3

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Lebowski

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runs off same mark as for his win at Wetherby (2m, soft) last December; hasn't shone since but, having had a wind op, he was well backed at Chepstow on his stable and seasonal debut only to run without the declared tongue-tie; due to wear that appendage today; interesting to see if backers return.

7/2

Abandoned

Form: P221-3 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner on soft ground in France but pulled up both starts on heavy, one last December on his second British start; on the up in his next three outings (on good and good soft, including 2m2f Exeter win) and shaped as though he needed the run on soft-ground reappearance last month; just a 5yo and probably well handicapped if back to his best.

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

1st

6

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

16:08 Wincanton

Issam

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Had crept up the weights and was found out in a competitive handicap at Ascot last time (2m3f, good to soft); however, he won't mind returning to softer conditions and first-time cheekpieces might trigger something.

12/1

15th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Issam

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Likeable 6yo whose Exeter win (2m2f, soft) in December was his fourth over hurdles from 11 attempts; followed that with a good second at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; likely to give his running once more but he's creeping up the weights and this is much the most competitive field he's faced.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Issam

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Probably needed his comeback third here and then won with a bit up his sleeve at Exeter (2m2f, soft), for which a 4lb rise is fair; that's two wins in three runs and he's beginning to click.

7/1

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Non-runners

Molly Ollys Wishes

Verdict

The withdrawal of Molly Ollys Wishes puts ISSAM at the top of the list, followed by Foster’sisland.[Richard Austen]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Issam

Telegraph:

Molly Ollys Wishes

Daily Mirror:

Lebowski

RP RATINGS:

Issam

TOPSPEED:

Issam

POSTDATA:

Issam

The Times:

Issam

The Guardian:

Issam

D Express:

Issam

The Star:

Lebowski

Daily Mail:

Molly Ollys Wishes

Daily Record:

Molly Ollys Wishes