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British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4955.32
  • 2m 0f 161y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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British Stallion Studs EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Abandoned

Form: 25-5

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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5th

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

14:15 Doncaster

Banteer

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Bumper runner-up (2m, good) who was an encouraging third of 15 at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy) a fortnight ago on his second hurdle start; he was no match for the front two and improvement is needed today, but he's in top hands and the step up in trip could well be a positive.

11/2

8

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Banteer

11st 0lb

T: Paul Nicholls

Form: 6/

Last run: 638 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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7th

2

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Benville Bridge

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Fiona Shaw

Well beaten at triple-digit odds on first two hurdling starts, both times over 1m7f at Wincanton.

100/1

11th

2

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Benville Bridge

11st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Fiona Shaw

Triple-figure prices and no impact in two course starts, a bumper in March 2022 and on hurdle debut last month; early days yet.

200/1

7th

5

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

12:45 Wincanton

Benville Bridge

11st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Fiona Shaw

It was a useful bumper here (1m7f, good to soft) in which he made his debut in March 2022 but he was soundly beaten in sixth at 200-1 and this is his first run since; probably best watched.

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0-4

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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5th

6

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Golden Ambition

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Pauling

Belied 80-1 odds when fourth on seasonal/hurdle debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in November but two lesser efforts have followed; remains unexposed but others have more persuasive profiles.

14/1

5th

6

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Golden Ambition

11st 8lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Couldn't sustain promising-looking challenge on 2m3f hurdle debut (soft) at Lingfield in November; modest effort since and, with staying types in pedigree, he wouldn't necessarily flourish over a sharp 2m like this.

14/1

10th

3

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Golden Ambition

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Ben Pauling

Made low-key bumper debut in April but his fourth over hurdles at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) last month was quite promising and he holds each-way claims at least if able to build on that performance.

9/1

Form: 63

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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2nd

3

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Letthedustsettle

12st 1lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

travelled strongly, raced in second, pressed leader on turn before 3 out, carried head high and lost ground approaching last, kept on run-in

5/4

1st

1

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

16:10 Catterick

Letthedustsettle

12st 7lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Opened his rules account with a comfortable success in similar event over C&D (soft) last week; open to further progress at this level and his penalty is offset by Cameron Iles's useful 7lb claim; rider has a great strike-rate for this stable; respected.

10/11

Form: 8/5P-

Last run: 408 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Abandoned

Form: 3P

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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5th

6

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:40 Fakenham

Mistymal

10st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out

4/1

2nd

6

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:35 Southwell

Mistymal

10st 13lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

Pulled up/tailed off on his three hurdle starts but now goes handicapping off a lowly mark and he won an Irish maiden point last April, after which he was bought for £58,000; he's one to keep a close eye on in the betting.

13/2

10th

14

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:00 Chepstow

Mistymal

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won an Irish point in the spring but soundly beaten in a small-field bumper and two hurdle races (2m3f/2m5f) since switched to racing under rules this autumn.

66/1

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3rd

2

6th Feb 2024

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Moorefields

11st 9lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Made the frame in three Irish points; this term he has run in two maiden hurdles at Exeter, coming a promising fourth on hurdling debut (2m, soft) and improving to win 16-runner race on New Year's Day (2m2f, heavy); two of today's rivals, however, demand big improvement.

12/1

1st

9

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Moorefields

11st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Made the frame in three Irish points in early part of 2023 and, having attracted market support, was very respectable fourth of 15 here (2m, soft) on last month's rules debut; has over 4l to find with Iris Des Issards on that form but still considered each-way.

13/2

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4 yo Gelding

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8

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:25 Fontwell

Nordic Storm

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Out of a well-connected mare and represents a good stable but was unable to land a significant blow on his first two outings (2m/2m3f).

66/1

4th

8

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Nordic Storm

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Out of a well-connected mare and represents a good stable, but was in rear throughout on last month's debut at Exeter (2m, soft).

33/1

Form: 75-74

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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1st

4

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:45 Fontwell

Pride Of Paris

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Victor Dartnall

Soundly beaten in 2m Taunton novice last month but his fourth in a 2m3f maiden there (good to soft) two starts ago was quite promising and he's open to improvement in handicaps.

5/1

7th

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Pride Of Paris

11st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Kept on for fifth of 13 in good-ground Exeter bumper in April but safely held in two maiden hurdles this autumn and will probably be of greater interest when qualified for handicaps after this run.

25/1

Form: 5B-93

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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10th

7

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Royal Defender

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

10l winner in his Irish point; opposable on what he has shown under rules, although his third of eight at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last time was better than his hurdling debut form.

25/1

3rd

5

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:10 Lingfield

Royal Defender

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Beat a good horse in his Irish point but opposable on what he has shown under rules, latterly finishing tailed off on his hurdling debut at Ascot when 40-1.

8/1

Form: 5

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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2nd

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:40 Exeter

Royal Jewel

11st 12lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

took keen hold, jumped well, led, faced challenge run-in, kept on but headed final stride

5/2

2nd

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:35 Exeter

Royal Jewel

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Showed only minor promise on rules debut in November but improved to win 15-runner maiden over C&D (soft; made all) last month and will be hard to catch if in similar form again.

4/6

Form: 131-2 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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1st

5

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:05 Exeter

Spirits Bay

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dual bumper winner who was second to a useful rival on hurdling debut at Sandown (2m, soft) in November and looked set to be placed before last-flight fall in good race at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) the following month; the one to beat here.

4/7

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9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Spirits Bay

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-3 in bumpers on good to soft; made a good start to hurdling career when second of nine in maiden at Sandown (2m, soft) last month, coming from the rear behind a hot favourite; that makes him one of the top contenders on hurdles form and he has plenty more to offer.

6/1

Form: 8

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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6th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Storming Nelson

11st 5lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Comfortable winner of a heavy-ground 2m novice at Exeter before struggling on his handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft); was let down by his jumping there but still need convincing that this mark is at all lenient.

7/1

5th

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:46 Sandown

Storming Nelson

11st 12lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

Displayed significant promise when third at Taunton (1m7f, soft) on his second run over hurdles and won impressively in a novice at Exeter (2m, heavy) two weeks later; this isn't a great opening mark on the face of it but he looks the sort to gallop on and there's stamina on the dam's side.

6/1

1st

9

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:35 Exeter

Storming Nelson

11st 1lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

A big-priced outsider for both hurdling starts but displayed significant promise when third (albeit no threat to easy winner) at Taunton (1m7f, soft) a fortnight ago and has each-way claims at least here.

5/1

Form: P

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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0

10

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

12:40 Wetherby

Time Theft

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

towards rear of midfield, weakened 4 out

20/1

Form: 321-5 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Filly

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1st

10

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Larchmont Lass

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second to Goodtimecrew in the bumper here 12 months ago before narrowly winning a Listed race at Sandown (heavy); has yet to really progress any further over hurdles, beaten 23l+ in both attempts (the latest a Listed race); could yet come good.

4/1

4th

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 1

14:10 Taunton

Larchmont Lass

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Maintained her progress in bumpers when getting up to deny Casa No Mento in a Listed event at Sandown in March; no more than a satisfactory return at Cheltenham (bumper) and didn't jump well enough to trouble her market rival here on hurdling debut; should be wiser this time.

9/1

2nd

13

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Larchmont Lass

10st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Led close home to win Listed Sandown bumper on heavy ground in March and made satisfactory reappearance when fifth in that grade at Cheltenham (soft) last month; ought to have a good future over jumps; respected.

5/2

Form: 76

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

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2nd

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:10 Hereford

Sammys Guarantee

12st 1lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Showed the benefit of a wind op when comfortably beating short-odds favourite in Doncaster novice (2m, good to soft) last month, her fourth start over hurdles; not sure to be suited by the slower ground on today's handicap debut but could easily have further improvement to come.

5/2

1st

13

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

13:25 Doncaster

Sammys Guarantee

10st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Runner-up in a point bumper but beaten between 29l and 37l in her three runs over hurdles, with tongue tied on last two starts and hooded latest; that was four weeks ago and she has had wind surgery since.

40/1

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Verdict

Listed bumper winner Larchmont Lass ought to make her mark over hurdles in the near future but slight preference is for SPIRITS BAY, who ran well in defeat on last month’s hurdling debut at Sandown. Golden Ambition and Royal Defender may interest each-way punters.[Chris Wilson]