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betting.betfair.com “Introductory” Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
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betting.betfair.com “Introductory” Juvenile Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

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5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.91
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 2

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well backed into 2-1 when clear second to an experienced rival on debut at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October; that was a very pleasing start to his career and he's open to improvement; strong claims.

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

2nd

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:10 Haydock

Castelfort

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

pressed leader, lost ground 3 out, soon ridden, kept on from 2 out, no match for winner

9/4

1st

1

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:35 Chepstow

Castelfort

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

took keen hold, disputed lead, raced in second after 1st, led 2nd, headed and pressed leader 5 out, not fluent 4 out, good jump and led again 3 out, went clear before last, not fluent last, readily

5/4

1st

1

8th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Castelfort

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

Well backed into 2-1 when clear second to an experienced rival on debut at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October; that was a very pleasing start to his career and he's open to improvement; strong claims.

5/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Has run well in defeat on the Flat on his last three starts (1m2f/1m4f), posting a fairly useful RPR of 80 on the final occasion; unproven on slow ground but he brings potential to this hurdle debut and is not ruled out.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Ithacas Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

raced in second, mistake 5th, challenging before 3 out

9/2

2nd

7

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Ithacas Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

1m4f AW winner; only headed late on in a juvenile hurdle at Sandown (heavy) when 13l ahead of Royal Way; perhaps unnerved by an early mistake when behind that same rival at Kempton (good to soft) in a race won by Triumph favourite Sir Gino; likely contender if returning to the Sandown form.

10/1

5th

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:20 Kempton

Ithacas Arrow

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

midfield, hit 1st, some headway after 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, soon no impression

7/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Comfortable win in France in September (1m4f, very soft) on third and final Flat start; makes hurdle debut with new trainer among the winners and he could go well, especially if attracting market support.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:50 Ludlow

Royal Way

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Perhaps unsuited by heavy on hurdling debut (behind Ithaca's Arrow), then ran into top-class Sir Gino at Kempton before winning a weak race with ease here a month ago; penalised accordingly but he's coming along nicely.

2/1

1st

2

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:35 Ludlow

Royal Way

11st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Flat winner in France; beaten in the region of 14l in two British hurdles, though probably bumped into a good prospect at Kempton nine days ago; this is easier.

4/5

2nd

8

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:20 Kempton

Royal Way

11st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, led, jumped slightly left 1st, hit 3 out, headed before 2 out, kept on but no chance with winner approaching last

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

His peak RPR on the Flat for Nigel Tinkler was a ordinary 63 but he won three of his last four starts in that code and has joined a leading jumps trainer following an £18,000 sale; could have more to offer; respected.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

8th Feb 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

Goblet Of Fire

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Three Flat wins for previous yard; justified favouritism at Hereford (2m, good to soft) last month on second attempt under this code, pulling clear with a subsequent scorer; this unexposed juvenile hurdler is due to go up 3lb in future and has to be respected.

5/2

1st

2

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

13:28 Hereford

Goblet Of Fire

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

disputed lead

15/8

4th

3

8th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Goblet Of Fire

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

His peak RPR on the Flat for Nigel Tinkler was a ordinary 63 but he won three of his last four starts in that code and has joined a leading jumps trainer following an £18,000 sale; could have more to offer; respected.

3/1

33/1

Form: 3

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

She has a useful Flat pedigree but failed to shine in that code in France and she was a well-beaten third of four at 20-1 on last month's hurdle and stable debut at Fakenham (2m, good to soft); improvement needed.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

5

(8)

26th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Wolverhampton (AW)

Zooks

10st 7lb

J: Miss Ellie Holder

T: Ian Williams

Ex-French 4yo; no great shakes in three juvenile hurdles for new yard this winter and she's been well held back on the Flat in last three runs; mark continues to fall but she's now 0-10 and others are more convincing.

16/1

9th

7

(6)

15th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:30 Chelmsford (AW)

Zooks

9st 5lb

T: Ian Williams

led

14/1

5th

4

(6)

3rd Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 5

20:15 Kempton (AW)

Zooks

9st 9lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

Modest form on the Flat in France; no great shakes in three juvenile hurdles for new yard this winter and was sent off at 80-1 when fading into fourth of six back on the Flat at Chelmsford (1m2f) three weeks ago; this looks weaker but she'll still need to build on that.

10/1

Form: 76

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in mid-division in bumpers last month on his first two starts (2m/1m5f, good to soft/good) and others make greater appeal.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

8

26th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

14:50 Plumpton

Macari

10st 6lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Showed only minor promise on first two hurdling starts and was well beaten on latest outing but has a lowly mark for today's handicap debut and remains unexposed.

10/1

7th

5

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

14:00 Newbury

Macari

11st 0lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

25/1

3rd

2

7th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

12:45 Plumpton

Macari

11st 0lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

prominent, overjumped and lost ground 2nd, in touch with leaders but overjumped 3rd, outpaced before 3 out

14/1

Form: P

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Pulled up at 40-1 on hurdle debut at Cheltenham three weeks ago but that was a Grade 2 and he was badly hampered early and hit a course marker; bought for 50,000gns in July after showing useful middle-distance form on the Flat and no surprise to see a good run now down in grade; a first-time hood replaces cheekpieces; makes stable debut after one run for Syd Hosie.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

8

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Galactic Jack

10st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Anthony Charlton

Two Flat wins for Andrew Balding; has been poor under both codes for current connections.

50/1

0

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

12:20 Kempton

Galactic Jack

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Anthony Charlton

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, detached after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

33/1

10th

4

(2)

29th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 2

18:00 Southwell (AW)

Galactic Jack

9st 6lb

J: Dougie Costello

T: Anthony Charlton

midfield

20/1

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Exacta £96.00
Straight Forecast £116.00
Trifecta £339.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Castelfort

Daily Mail:

Royal Way

RP RATINGS:

Castelfort

POSTDATA:

Castelfort

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Castelfort

Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

Castelfort

The Star:

Castelfort

Daily Record:

Castelfort