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Betfair Beacons Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 3f 173y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Betfair Beacons Winter Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 3-1

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Both rules runs came after absences; this British point winner (3m, soft) built upon last October's hurdle debut third (2m1f, good to soft) to win with something to spare at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) last month; he's a highly likeable prospect and is entitled to respect now up in grade.

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

1st

1

8th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Deafening Silence

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Both rules runs came after absences; this British point winner (3m, soft) built upon last October's hurdle debut third (2m1f, good to soft) to win with something to spare at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) last month; he's a highly likeable prospect and is entitled to respect now up in grade.

6/1

1st

3

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 3

12:35 Exeter

Deafening Silence

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, went second after 3 out, pushed along to lead after 2 out, ridden clear run-in

9/4

3rd

1

26th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Deafening Silence

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

towards rear of midfield, pushed along after 3 out, headway 2 out, went third before last, pushed out and kept on well run-in

5/1

9/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 4-1

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner (3m, yielding to soft) who had wind surgery after finishing fourth in his sole bumper, and won easily on last month's hurdle and seasonal debut at Exeter (2m, good to soft); that form reads well and he's a leading player for his top trainer, who won this in 2019 and 2022.

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

3rd

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 1

15:05 Exeter

Insurrection

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won over C&D (good to soft) on hurdle debut in November and good second in Sandown Grade 2 (2m4f, heavy) in December; only third at 4-6 in Taunton novice (2m3f, soft) last month but that form has been firmly boosted by the front two and he's entitled to respect.

11/4

3rd

1

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Insurrection

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Created good impression when making all on hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in November and ran big race in defeat in Sandown Grade 2 (2m4f, heavy) last month; back in calmer waters today and a very strong contender.

10/11

Form: 1 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Third on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, heavy) in March and won at 12-1 on last month's rules debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft), despite a mistake at the final flight; that form has been franked by the runner-up and he has plenty of potential; one to consider.

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

1st

9

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Personal Ambition

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

didn't always jump with fluency, disputed lead, prominent when awkward jump 2nd

4/1

1st

1

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Personal Ambition

11st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won on rules debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft) in November despite a final-flight mistake, and the runner-up has franked that form; well-beaten third of five in Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) last month but nevertheless holds leading claims under a penalty today now back down in grade.

5/4

3rd

4

8th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Personal Ambition

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Third on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, heavy) in March and won at 12-1 on last month's rules debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft), despite a mistake at the final flight; that form has been franked by the runner-up and he has plenty of potential; one to consider.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 414-11 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner (2m, soft) who scored easily on his hurdle debut at Warwick (2m5f, good) in October and followed up at Aintree (2m4f, soft); goes up in grade and his regular rider Jamie Neild can't claim his usual 7lb, but he's clearly thriving and his stable continues in fine form; contender.

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

5th

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 2

14:35 Exeter

Josh The Boss

11st 10lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won his first two hurdle starts (2m5f/2m4f, good/soft) and was running well in a share of second when unseated rider at final flight in Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) in December; strong claims under double penalty.

2/1

0

3

8th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Josh The Boss

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Bumper winner (2m, soft) who scored easily on his hurdle debut at Warwick (2m5f, good) in October and followed up at Aintree (2m4f, soft); goes up in grade and his regular rider Jamie Neild can't claim his usual 7lb, but he's clearly thriving and his stable continues in fine form; contender.

7/1

1st

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

12:25 Aintree

Josh The Boss

11st 5lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Jumped well and scored impressively on hurdling debut at Warwick (2m5f, good; by 19l) five weeks ago; that's the best hurdles form in this contest and he had previously seemed to revel in the mud when winning a big-field bumper at Kempton in the spring; yard won this race in 2019; solid claims.

9/4

Form: 1-1 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point (3m, soft) and bumper (2m, good) winner who made it 3-3 when readily landing a maiden hurdle here (2m, soft) last month at odds-on; he did it in good style and could continue to progress for his leading trainer now tackling a longer trip; strong claims.

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

2nd

3

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

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11st 11lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won point (soft), bumper (good) and soft-ground maiden hurdle here in November, all of them with a nice bit in hand; sent off 11-8, he looked in a spot of bother when unseating two out in Grade 2 back at Sandown last month and it could be that heavy ground was troubling him; evidently held in high regard by top team and remains exciting.

4/6

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Payout
Exacta £210.00
Straight Forecast £216.70
Trifecta £710.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Insurrection

SPOTLIGHT:

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The Times:

Personal Ambition

POSTDATA:

Josh The Boss

The Guardian:

Personal Ambition

The Star:

Personal Ambition

WEST COUNTRY:

Insurrection

Telegraph:

Insurrection

D Express:

Insurrection

Daily Mirror:

Insurrection

The Sun:

Insurrection

TOPSPEED:

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LAMBOURN:

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Daily Mail:

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Daily Record:

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