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TrustATrader trustarader.com Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4520.18
  • 1m 7f 171y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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TrustATrader trustarader.com Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful 1m2f maiden winner who appears to stay at least 1m6f in that sphere and ran creditably twice last month; unraced on softer than good; seriously considered on this hurdles debut, with the existing hurdles form failing to set a high standard.

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1st

3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Balhambar

11st 10lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Fairly useful on the Flat and has improved with experience over hurdles; drew clear on run-in to make winning handicap debut at Ludlow (2m, soft) this month and has plenty of scope for further progress; good chance.

5/2

1st

1

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

16:00 Ludlow

Balhambar

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Fairly useful Flat-racer who has improved with experience over hurdles; kept on for respectable third in Huntingdon maiden (2m, soft) on last month's stable debut and should have more to offer in handicaps; tongue-tie added; strong contender.

6/4

3rd

1

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Balhambar

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Harry Derham

Fairly useful on the Flat for Michael Bell and bettered disappointing hurdling debut when respectable sixth in C&D maiden (good to soft) in January; sold for 32,000gns last month and might make further progress for new stable but this will be the slowest ground he has encountered.

3/1

Abandoned

Form: 7- BF

Last run: 589 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Makes appeal on pedigree and fetched 195,000euros as a 3yo but ran just once for Willie Mullins, when favourite for bumper at Punchestown (2m, yielding to soft) in April 2022 but beaten 23l in seventh of 23; tongue tied that day and on this reappearance for a new yard (same owners) which won this race with a hurdles newcomer last year and also runs Kotari today.

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1

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:45 Lingfield

Ballybay

11st 6lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Seventh of 23 in a Punchestown bumper on sole start for Willie Mullins; shaped okay on stable/hurdle debut at Sandown but still went off at 150-1 next time at Newbury and beat just one home; sent beyond 2m here but looks one for another day.

50/1

12th

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:55 Newbury

Ballybay

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, always behind

20/1

6th

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Ballybay

11st 4lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Dropped away when beaten favourite in a Punchestown bumper on sole start for Willie Mullins in April 2022; returns from a long absence for new yard with headgear added and the market should be enlightening.

12/1

Form: 4

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

2-22 on the Flat, with both wins gained in low-grade 1m2f AW handicaps in late 2022; 22-1, beaten about 19l when fourth of eight in novice at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) three weeks ago on hurdling debut; has place hopes but surely needs a fair bit better to win.

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7th

4

(4)

20th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

18:15 Brighton

Come To Pass

9st 9lb

J: William Carson

T: Tony Carroll

in touch with leaders

12/1

7th

4

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:15 Chepstow

Come To Pass

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Tony Carroll

Dual AW winner over 1m2f in late 2022; some respectable AW form this winter but has been beaten about 20l in his two hurdles (heavy/soft) and this mark is not obviously lenient for handicap debut.

10/1

4th

1

26th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:20 Plumpton

Come To Pass

11st 7lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Tony Carroll

Won two low-grade AW handicaps in 2022 and looked in pretty good nick when third at Wolverhampton recently (9.4f, RPR 58); raced a bit too freely and was beaten about 19l when fourth on hurdling debut at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November but has pretty good each-way claims here.

10/1

Form: 79

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

200-1 and 250-1 when remote at Stratford and 24l ninth of 14 at Warwick (2m, soft); now tongue tied; needs a transformation.

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12th

3

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

12:40 Plumpton

Crac De Megaudais

11st 3lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

held up in rear, headway after 4 out, no impression from 3 out, never near to challenge

100/1

9th

5

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Warwick

Crac De Megaudais

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

Went off 200-1 for a novice at Stratford and was completely tailed off; showed a tendency to jump right.

100/1

Abandoned

Form: 5

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fair maiden at about 1m2f on Flat in France and ran okay on Flat return for new yard, after a year off; however, beaten 54l when fifth of nine on hurdling debut at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) three weeks ago; prominent in the betting that day and weakened two out, so it will be interesting to see if his backers return; yard also runs Ballybay.

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1st

9

(4)

15th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Windsor

Kotari

9st 7lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Gary Moore

held up in rear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and switched right when headway over 1f out, kept on well and led towards finish

12/1

5th

1

26th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

14:50 Plumpton

Kotari

11st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Placed on four of his six Flat starts in France and made encouraging handicap hurdle debut when fourth over C&D (good to soft) last month; needs to build on that run but has possibilities if handling the forecast slower ground.

11/2

4th

4

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Plumpton

Kotari

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

held up in rear

9/2

Form: 06-U

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten in his two bumpers; 200-1, moderate jumping eventually got the better of him at the final flight on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m, soft) 18 days ago, well beaten at the time.

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7th

7

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Lunar Ocean

10st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Paul Webber

Has shown pretty much zilch so far; goes handicapping off a basement mark but with much to prove.

12/1

12th

6

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

14:42 Huntingdon

Lunar Ocean

11st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: Paul Webber

Well beaten in two bumpers and as many hurdles; limited appeal in first-time tongue-tie.

100/1

Form: 3U

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair Flat maiden (stays 1m4f, acts on good to soft) and third of ten in a maiden at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) in October on first attempt in this sphere; unseated four out when 66-1 at Ascot (off the pace; first run on soft) four weeks later; now tongue tied and that Uttoxeter effort is the best hurdling form in this field, albeit not setting a high standard.

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0

9

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 3

14:40 Ascot

Royal Thunder

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Showed ability at up to 1m4f on the Flat without being any great shakes; then bought for 40,000gns; ran a nice first race over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) but was behind Brook Bay and there are others to worry about here.

20/1

Abandoned

Form: 714-8 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won Southwell bumper (2m, good) last December and ran creditably on soft ground here next time; player on that and on pedigree, but he tailed off on hurdling debut at Exeter (2m, good to soft; 12-1) three weeks ago.

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3rd

3

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:40 Southwell

Samazul

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear

7/4

5th

12

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Samazul

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Bumper form included a good-ground success at Southwell; beaten long way in slow-ground events over hurdles, latest here; may do better when back on sound surface.

100/1

Form: 120-F C

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Not up to a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree in the spring but he was first and second here (good to soft/good) prior to that; left Lucy Wadham before falling at the third on hurdle debut at Wetherby (2m, soft; 4-1) 11 days ago but he is very much one to note judged on those Huntingdon bumper efforts.

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10th

11

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Taras Halls

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

prominent

14/1

2nd

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:19 Market Rasen

Taras Halls

11st 7lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

disputed lead early, went clear with winner after 3rd, not fluent 5th, chased clear leader 6th

7/4

10th

11

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Taras Halls

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Sue Smith

Could not have given his true running when tailed off behind Asta La Pasta on Boxing Day (sent off just 4-1) and twice runner-up subsequently, to the Cheltenham-bound Handstands (2m4f, soft) and then Champagne Twist at Doncaster (good); has a 7lb pull with the Pauling horse here and getting back on softer ground won't hurt; each-way claims.

12/1

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Verdict

There are risks with one whose only appearance over hurdles resulted in an early fall but TARAS HALLS receives the vote nevertheless on the basis of his bumper performances at this track and the apparent weakness of credentials among today’s rivals. Hopefully he has learned plenty from that experience at Wetherby. Once-raced Ballybay is an intriguing newcomer to the Gary Moore stable, which also runs Kotari, and Balhambar needs respect on his transfer from the Flat. Royal Thunder’s third at Uttoxeter puts him second on the list, though.[Richard Austen]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Taras Halls

POSTDATA:

Balhambar

The Times:

Royal Thunder

WEST COUNTRY:

Samazul

Daily Record:

Kotari

D Express:

Taras Halls

Daily Mirror:

Taras Halls

The Sun:

Royal Thunder

Telegraph:

Balhambar

The Star:

Balhambar