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15:15 Aintree

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Boylesports Extra Place Races Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Boylesports Extra Place Races Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 813-34 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Third of 20 in competitive C&D handicap (good to soft) in April and has also run well in defeat on both starts this season, at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) and in the Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last time; this step back up in trip should be in his favour and he's a solid contender.

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12th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

His two visits to Aintree have yielded a good third in this race last year (good to soft) and a 6l C&D win (heavy) in December; the return to this track could reignite some spark but he's been disappointing the last twice and a major turnaround is required.

16/1

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on any going; disappointing last time but may well bounce back, having been mostly progressive otherwise in the last two seasons; solid effort under Freddie Gingell in major 2m handicap here (form has worked out well) in November, then defied top weight in clearcut style at Aintree (2m4f); still of interest.

12/1

12th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Sonigino

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Justified favouritism with 6l success at Aintree (2m4f, heavy; off 6lb lower) last month, taking record to 6-16; versatile ground-wise; generally progressive and looks a major contender.

11/2

16/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 2-1546 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Steadily progressive 6yo who won twice in the spring (2m4f, good to yielding/good) and was a respectable sixth of 20 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; also effective on soft; last time was his first run since July and he may be able to build on it.

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2nd

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Prince Zaltar

10st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: P J Rothwell

Steadily progressive 6yo who won twice in the spring (2m4f, good to yielding/good) and was a respectable sixth of 20 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; also effective on soft; last time was his first run since July and he may be able to build on it.

16/1

6

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Prince Zaltar

11st 8lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

The winner of two 2m4f handicaps in Ireland this year and late mistakes did him no favours when beaten 14l over 2m7f the final time; needs to resume improvement to defy this sort of mark.

20/1

4th

7

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 180y

15:05 Killarney

Prince Zaltar

10st 11lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: P J Rothwell

Has gained two wins over 2m4f this year; not at his best back at this trip at Ballinrobe when last seen; probably needs a career best to defy his current mark.

10/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 2421-2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Two novice hurdle wins (2m3f/2m, good to soft) during last season's first campaign and she also ran well on soft; good second on last month's handicap and seasonal debut at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) and this lightly raced 6yo could have more to offer for her top trainer.

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5th

3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Vicki Vale

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, not fluent 3 out, weakened before 2 out

5/1

6th

4

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Plumpton

Vicki Vale

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Dual hurdle winner who compiled a consistent profile in handicaps and it was a fair race for the grade last time at Taunton (2m, soft); did get outpaced there and she may need further than this, but she's still of interest on this switch to fences.

100/30

4th

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Vicki Vale

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Dual winner who has made the frame in all her handicaps and she travelled strongly only to find no extra when 2l behind Inca De Lafayette over 2m3f here (soft) last month; fighting chance of reversing those placings back at 2m.

7/2

Form: 211P-4 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in Coral Cup on final run last season and didn't really shine on chase/seasonal debut at Carlisle; however, he's just 3lb higher than when winning a competitive handicap hurdle at Kelso in March (2m5f, good to soft; also effective on soft); second in this last year and capable of going well.

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13th

7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Benson

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Approaching the veteran stage of his career but retains most of his ability, winning at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and running well when fourth to Afadil in the Scottish County there (1m7f, good to soft) in February; however, his last two runs have been subdued and it's asking quite a lot for him to bounce back in a race as warm as this.

33/1

17th

15

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Benson

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Made all at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day 2023 and 2024; last season he then came from the rear to win the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft) but he pulled up in this race next time and never got out of the rear division in the Morebattle 11 days ago; has a fair bit to prove now, especially given need for a career best; tongue-tie (last worn in 2022) returns.

66/1

15th

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Benson

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Came from the rear of the field to win this last year (good to soft); made all in the Hogmaneigh Hurdle at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day for the second season running and creditable fourth there (1m7f, good to soft) last time when caught out for pace at that sharp track; on the shortlist.

10/1

Form: 11-117 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row in the spring (2m-2m3f, various ground) and completed a four-timer at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on last month's comeback; he's better than he showed at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago but needs to leave that performance well behind here.

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4th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Fingals Hill

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out

6/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

16:35 Carlisle

Fingals Hill

11st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Peter Atkinson

raced in third, went second before 2 out, chased clear leader before last, kept on but no impression run-in

9/2

5th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Fingals Hill

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

Won three in a row in the spring (2m-2m3f, various ground) and completed a four-timer at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on last month's comeback; he's better than he showed at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago but needs to leave that performance well behind here.

18/1

Form: 32/314

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Returned from very long absence with good third at Market Rasen (2m, good) in September and won easily at Chepstow (2m, heavy) next time; fair fourth at Ascot (1m7f, soft) most recently and the time looks right for this step back up in trip; on the shortlist.

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2

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Chance A Tune

11st 9lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dual hurdle winner who got off the mark over fences at the second attempt, keeping on strongly to win readily at Hereford (2m3f, soft) eight days ago; has 7lb penalty to shoulder but still commands respect.

6/4

1st

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 208y

Class 4

15:40 Hereford

Chance A Tune

11st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Acts on heavy; below best switched to fences at Ludlow (2m; behind Abingworth) last time but may improve with that experience under his belt; bred to make a chaser and looks nicely treated on hurdles form.

9/2

Form: 411-31 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Last season concluded with two wins (2m4f, soft/good) and he improved upon his reappearance third at Wincanton to win at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy) three weeks ago; travelled well last time and appeared to idle in front, and a 7lb rise could underestimate his dominance; strong claims.

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9th

10

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Bashers Reflection

10st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

held up in rear

20/1

8th

9

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Bashers Reflection

11st 1lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Has appeared to idle when in front this season, which didn't stop him winning comfortably at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November but was costly there (2m3f, soft) last month; also effective elsewhere; up 6lb for last time but this progressive 7yo could have lots more left in the tank, and he's a smooth-travelling sort who may be suited by the drop back in trip.

20/1

2nd

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Bashers Reflection

11st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Disappointing at Aintree (2m4f, heavy) in December last time out but prior to that he impressed when winning over this C&D (heavy), and if rediscovering that form today's 6lb higher mark may not stop him.

13/2

Form: 1222-3

Last run: 222 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) last November when back from a break and has run well in defeat on his four starts since, most recently at Down Royal (3m, yielding) in May; can go well fresh and could be a player.

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6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:40 Musselburgh

Holmes St Georges

10st 8lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Just 1-9 over hurdles but bounced back quickly from a disappointing December run when close second in competitive handicap here (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and will pose a threat if able to transfer that form to fences at the first attempt; first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

2nd

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

13:10 Musselburgh

Holmes St Georges

11st 1lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders in centre of group

12/1

8th

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Holmes St Georges

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Won at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) last November when back from a break and has run well in defeat on his four starts since, most recently at Down Royal (3m, yielding) in May; can go well fresh and could be a player.

8/1

Form: 61-649 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won off this mark at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and returned from break with fair fourth at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) in October; making headway when blundering at Musselburgh last time and this 11yo is an each-way possible.

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3rd

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Voix Du Reve

11st 6lb

J: Mr Dominic Hislop

T: Iain Jardine

Won this last year and now 8lb lower; market check advised but this 12yo has been below par on his last few runs; needs to turn things around.

25/1

8th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Voix Du Reve

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

12yo who is 5lb lower than when winning at Ayr (2m4f, good) last April; had excuses here (bad mistake) and at Aintree (heavy going) on latest two outings, so he needs a second look.

16/1

Form: /411-6 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won last season on his first two hurdle starts (2m3f, soft/good to soft); beaten 21l when sixth of 20 on handicap and seasonal debut at Navan (2m, soft to heavy) three weeks ago but that gives him something to build on and this unexposed 6yo is open to improvement now back up in trip; considered.

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5

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Largy Shark

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Dual novice winner, on good to soft and soft; his handicap debut at Navan in November was respectable (sixth of 20 over 2m) but he hasn't built on that (over 2m4f); could still have a say off this reduced mark.

11/2

6th

2

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Largy Shark

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Form dipped in Class 2 event at Aintree when last seen in December but still isn't fully exposed over hurdles and looks interesting back down in grade, being 2-2 in Class 4s (including soft-ground Ayr win).

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £451.00
Straight Forecast £477.70
Tricast £1929.60
Trifecta £2433.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bashers Reflection

POSTDATA:

Sonigino

TOPSPEED:

Holmes St Georges

RP RATINGS:

Benson

Daily Record:

Vicki Vale

Daily Mail:

Bashers Reflection

Daily Mirror:

Bashers Reflection

The Star:

Bashers Reflection

WEST COUNTRY:

Sonigino

Telegraph:

Sonigino

The Sun:

Sonigino

The Times:

Holmes St Georges

D Express:

Holmes St Georges

The Guardian:

Benson