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12:27 Chepstow

Soft

Coral Racing Club Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Coral Racing Club Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

4/6 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.10

Form: P223-2 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Record of 1-21 and sole win came in a two-finisher chase; however, has been knocking on the door over hurdles and went close in a Class 2 handicap at Cheltenham most recently (3m, soft); that run gives him cast-iron form claims back in novice company.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

The Newest One

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Winning chaser who belatedly got off the mark over hurdles with an easy win in a Chepstow novice (2m7f, heavy; 11-8f) in December; only seventh in a Cheltenham handicap next time but he was placed in a Grade 2 event at Doncaster (3m, good) on his last outing and has leading claims on that form; key player.

2/1

3rd

9

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

The Newest One

11st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Winning chaser who belatedly got off the mark over hurdles in a Chepstow novice (2m7f, heavy; 11-8f); only seventh next time in a 3m Cheltenham handicap and he's not got the obvious profile for a race of this nature.

12/1

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Scopey 5yo who comfortably won British maiden point (2m4f, soft) in January and followed up in a 2m4f novice hurdle at Carlisle (soft); has lots more on his plate here with a penalty but he's a nice prospect.

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2nd

1

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Big City Roller

11st 7lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Scopey 5yo who comfortably won British maiden point (2m4f, soft) in January and followed up in a 2m4f novice hurdle at Carlisle (soft); has lots more on his plate here with a penalty but he's a nice prospect.

6/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

It took six attempts to win an Irish point but he won that by 15l and the runner-up beat the useful Ivy Wood in winning his point; now with Paul Nicholls and even better days should lie ahead.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

14th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

16:25 Plumpton

Paddy De Pole

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, went second after 3 out, led going best 2 out, mistake last, ran on well last, won going away

4/1

5th

6

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:50 Wincanton

Paddy De Pole

11st 3lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

It took six attempts to win an Irish point; this mark looks high enough for his modest achievements to date over hurdles (2m5f-3m) but handicap newcomers from this yard are a dangerous species; tries cheekpieces.

13/2

7th

8

12th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:00 Wincanton

Paddy De Pole

11st 6lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

held up in rear

8/1

Form: 4

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in an Irish point and then bought for £25,000; it was a decent novice hurdle in which he was beaten 12l at Plumpton (2m4f) and this trip on a stiffer track should work in his favour.

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0

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Sprucefrontiers

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Third in Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) and fair fourth towards the end of last year on first two rules starts (2m4f/2m7f, good to soft/heavy); improvement needed on handicap debut but he's very lightly raced and in good hands to progress.

6/1

4th

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Sprucefrontiers

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Placed in an Irish point and then bought for £25,000; it was a decent novice hurdle in which he was beaten 12l at Plumpton (2m4f) and this trip on a stiffer track should work in his favour.

6/1

4th

5

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:07 Plumpton

Sprucefrontiers

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Kept on well for third on Irish point debut in April 2022 and was bought by Kim Bailey for £25,000 the following month; that form hasn't worked out well and this rules debut comes after a 561-day absence.

12/1

Form: P

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won a 3m British point last December but failed to complete five of his other six; completely out of his depth in a novice chase at Cheltenham last month; also hard to recommend here on first run over hurdles.

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3rd

7

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:00 Exeter

Cloudy Flamingo

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Keiran Burke

Won a point in 2022 but has not shown much under rules this season and was safely held on last month's handicap chase debut at Taunton (2m7f, soft); not written off just yet but needs a good boost from the first-time blinkers here.

10/1

5th

6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Cloudy Flamingo

10st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Keiran Burke

led

16/1

8th

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Cloudy Flamingo

11st 6lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Won a good-ground maiden point just over a year ago; ran well to a point on last month's hurdling debut at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) but is not the most obvious answer.

40/1

Form: 322P2- BF

Last run: 229 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Three-time chase winner in France and was runner-up in three hunter chases last season; retains plenty of ability but it is unlikely that he'll be good enough in a hurdle of this nature.

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6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Drop Flight

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Barely sighted before pulling up in this last year when 66-1 and expectations can be no higher this time despite his recent Exeter success.

100/1

1st

5

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Strong claims on last spring's hunter chase form and his recent third to Haven't Time at Southwell (3m, soft) was a step back in the right direction; however, he certainly needs another today, having been beaten 13l.

8/1

3rd

8

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

pressed leader, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, clear with one other after 9th

12/1

Form: P

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £100,000 soon after finishing third in slow-ground Irish point in December 2021; that form has worked out quite well but he stopped quickly on his belated return to action in a novice hurdle at Plumpton.

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5th

8

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Hawaii Du Mestivel

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Placed in an Irish point in 2021 but, following a long absence, he's struggled in three hurdle runs (2m4f/2m7f) this winter; in good hands and now goes handicapping off a lowly mark but he still needs major improvement; tongue-tie added.

9/1

8th

3

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

12:30 Uttoxeter

Hawaii Du Mestivel

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Placed in an Irish point in 2021 (form worked out quite well) but, following a long absence, weakened quickly and was well beaten in two novice hurdles this autumn (albeit after travelling well for a long way); will need to last much longer here.

20/1

7th

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Hawaii Du Mestivel

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Neil Mulholland

Bought for £100,000 soon after finishing third in slow-ground Irish point in December 2021; that form has worked out quite well but he stopped quickly on his belated return to action in a novice hurdle at Plumpton.

33/1

Form:

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £37,000 after going close in an Irish mares' maiden point (3m, good) in April 2022; weak 25-1 chance on her belated reappearance in a mares' maiden at Market Rasen and she didn't show a lot.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

9

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:27 Chepstow

Easy On Me

10st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Bought for £37,000 after going close in an Irish mares' maiden point (3m, good) in April 2022; weak 25-1 chance on her belated reappearance in a mares' maiden at Market Rasen and she didn't show a lot.

66/1

11th

5

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:05 Market Rasen

Easy On Me

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

midfield, hampered 1st

8/1

Form: 47

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Close fourth in a Ffos Las bumper before finishing tailed off on his hurdling debut at Aintree; cheekpieces are soon turned to.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

Valens Bruyee

10st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Rebecca Curtis

Improved to cause 50-1 shock in heavy-ground novice over C&D in January, his third start over hurdles; also ran well on subsequent handicap debut but was a bit disappointing when returned here last month (2m3f), and others in this field appeal more.

10/1

5th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Valens Bruyee

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, soon dropped to rear, not fluent 4th, headway before 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened

9/2

3rd

6

15th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:46 Sandown

Valens Bruyee

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Showed something in a bumper on debut and, having weakened badly (2m4f/2m7f) on first two starts over hurdles, he sprung a 50-1 surprise when leading after two out in 11-runner novice at Chepstow (2m, heavy) three weeks ago and going on to win by nearly 10l; another step forward is needed on this handicap debut but it's very hard to rule out.

11/2

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