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12:30 Sedgefield

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Vickers.Bet Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Go North Lady Buttons Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 3f 188y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Vickers.Bet Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Go North Lady Buttons Series Qualifier)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: U30-46

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won a Taunton juvenile hurdle (2m, good to soft) last December; comfortably held in fourth in a mares' novice chase at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) on her penultimate start and never involved in a Listed mares' chase latest; this is no easy return to hurdles.

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

2nd

4

10th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 4

15:20 Leicester

Inspiratrice

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Martin

Has taken pretty well to chasing this season and was beaten under 1l when keeping on stoutly for second behind much higher-rated rival in Exeter novice (2m1f, soft; unraced on heavy) three weeks ago; mark can't be raised for that run and she'll be hard to beat if in similar form here.

13/8

2nd

5

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 3

13:55 Exeter

Inspiratrice

10st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

Not overly appealing on her hurdling exploits and was behind two of today's rivals in a chase here last month.

10/1

Form: 21424-

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Has won both a mares' bumper (good) and mares' novice hurdle (2m, soft); best effort when second at Kelso (2m, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in March; not seen since April but not ruled out on her reappearance.

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

3rd

3

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Midnight Shuffle

11st 13lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

prominent

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 173-73 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Four-time AW Flat winner at up to 16.5f and triple hurdle winner at up to 2m1f, including here on on soft; handicapper in control on her last two starts but she looks a likely player back on her last winning mark.

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

5th

6

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:45 Sedgefield

Ravenscar

10st 11lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Soft-ground C&D winner just over a year ago and added to her tally at Doncaster (2m, good) last March; not firing on all cylinders this season, though, and needs a good boost from the first-time cheekpieces today.

14/1

6th

4

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

14:35 Doncaster

Ravenscar

11st 8lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

towards rear

7/1

3rd

3

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:00 Southwell

Ravenscar

11st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Philip Kirby

Two hurdle wins at about 2m1f this year (soft and good ground), lifting her level at Doncaster in March; had some relatively quiet runs since but looked on the way back at Newcastle recently, is on winning mark and Harry Cobden up for the first time; yard won this in 2020.

7/2

Form: -41322 D

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Dual novice chase winner at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft); readily added a hurdle win at Market Rasen (2m2f, good to soft) in August when 16lb lower than today; keeps eeking out a bit more and bumped into an improver over C&D latest; up 2lb; player.

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

4th

10

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

17:05 Musselburgh

Spot On Soph

10st 7lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Sam England

Hurdle and dual chase winner at up to 2m3f; 15lb above her last winning mark but was running well before a remote finish last time at Doncaster; hard to rule out.

14/1

5th

9

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:40 Doncaster

Spot On Soph

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Hold-up performer; hurdle and dual chase winner at up to 2m3f; 16lb higher than for her Market Rasen win in August but has continued to run admirably, latterly pushing an in-form rival close at Sedgefield off just 2lb lower; respected.

6/1

Form: 5-9531 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

1m6f Flat winner who has won here over both C&D and 2m5f on soft, comfortably so against mares by almost 4l last month; up 4lb and likely to need improvement if she is to follow up.

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

2nd

2

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3rd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 4f 13y

Class 6

14:55 Catterick

Joie De Vivre

9st 11lb

J: David Nolan

T: Martin Todhunter

Win and placed form over hurdles this winter and she's a dual Flat winner (1m4f/1m6f) who enjoys soft ground; on a reasonable mark and the return of cheekpieces is no bad thing.

8/1

3rd

7

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:45 Ayr

Joie De Vivre

10st 13lb

J: William Maggs

T: Martin Todhunter

No longer the force of old but exploited some help from the handicapper with clearcut win at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in November, and a subsequent 3lb rise ought to be manageable.

7/2

Form: 2P-695

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Won back-to-back hurdle races at up to 2m1f on good ground when with Neil Mulholland; best form would give her a chance from this mark but she hasn't been at that level since January; 7lb out of the handicap.

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

7th

9

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:20 Catterick

Belle Na Bann

10st 8lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Two heavy-ground wins this winter, the latter here (1m7f) on New Year's Day; will be fine over today's longer trip but didn't see her race out here 25 days ago and probably needs to bounce back with a career-best run.

10/1

4th

3

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

16:10 Catterick

Belle Na Bann

11st 4lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Registered heavy-ground wins under Emma Smith-Chaston the last twice, latest over C&D; well held in third place the only other time she attempted a hat-trick but still has to be feared in current form.

11/4

1st

10

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

13:20 Catterick

Belle Na Bann

10st 3lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Won for the third time over hurdles at Newcastle last time (2m1f, heavy); conditions suit and should go well again despite 3lb rise.

4/1

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Verdict

Another potentially trappy contest, with last-time course winner Joie De Vivre respected and Ravenscar (next best) back on his last winning mark. Midnight Shuffle is not ruled out, despite having fitness to prove, but there are no such concerns for the admirable SPOT ON SOPH, who keeps finding extra this season and is selected in the hope that she can do so again.[Jonathan Doidge]