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

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

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 7

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£36,000 buy after second of five in good-ground maiden point in April; 22-1, some promise when 28l seventh of 12 in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m, heavy) but others are preferred; non-runner at Chepstow on Saturday.

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1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

14:10 Huntingdon

Ballynaheer

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

made all, 4 lengths ahead 1st, went further clear 4th

10/1

11

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

16:25 Doncaster

Ballynaheer

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: David Dennis

held up in last, weakened quickly after 3 out, pulled up before last

9/1

Form:

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fairly useful Flat stayer; however, he was 28-1 for hurdling debut at Hereford (2m, good) 19 days ago and beaten 91l; well beaten both starts on good to soft, unraced on worse.

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6th

4

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:22 Hereford

Blow Your Horn

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Completed a Flat hat-trick last June but not in the same form since, including twice over hurdles; something to prove back under this code.

33/1

11th

14

(6)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Blow Your Horn

9st 5lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Ian Williams

Completed a turf hat-trick over 14.5f-2m2f last summer, but not matched that form on the Flat or over hurdles since; hasn't raced over a trip this short in over four years so not hard to have reservations.

40/1

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 2

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pretty useful on Flat up to 1m3f, including on soft; 40-1 outsider of four when second on hurdling debut at Ascot (1m7f, good) 16 days ago against three previous hurdle winners and the Henderson-trained winner went 4-4; strong claims.

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14

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Junkanoo

10st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Three-time Flat winner (including on soft) who was second on first three hurdle starts (good/good to soft) before winning Plumpton novice (2m, good to soft) at 2-9; opening mark is no gift but he's unexposed in this code and trainer is 6-29 (21%) here this season; one of two for yard; not discounted.

16/1

1st

3

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Junkanoo

11st 5lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

prominent, went second 5th, led after 3 out, good jump and went clear 2 out, pushed along approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in, comfortably

1/5

Form: 07

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off in bumper at Newbury (good to soft; 12-1) and novice hurdle at Doncaster (2m, good; 25-1).

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1st

2

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

King Of The Road

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on handicap debut in February (made respiratory noise) but fared considerably better and was clearcut winner here (2m2f, good to soft) ten days ago; carries 7lb penalty today but has plenty of scope for further progress; respected.

7/2

1st

9

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

15:54 Market Rasen

King Of The Road

11st 3lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Modest form in a bumper and in four runs over hurdles, including at Taunton on handicap debut last time (2m3f, soft, rider said the gelding made a respiratory noise); others look stronger.

10/1

Form: 3/67

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Third in bumper here (2m, soft) in March 2021; not seen again until this autumn when well beaten over hurdles at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) and Warwick (2m, soft); latter was at least a step back in the right direction.

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4th

14

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

One Eye On Vegas

10st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

prominent

10/1

8

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

One Eye On Vegas

11st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

A big improver since cheekpieces were fitted in January, winning at Leicester (2m4f, soft) and Hereford (2m3f, soft) before creditable third in competitive 0-130 contest at Uttoxeter (2m4f heavy); dips back into a Class 4 race and ought to make his presence felt again.

7/2

3rd

9

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

One Eye On Vegas

10st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Low-mileage 7yo who was improved since fitted with cheekpieces and stepped back up to around 2m4f, seeing off subsequent three-time scorer Lady Balko at Leicester before getting the better of another improver at Hereford (both soft ground); up another 10lb but it may not stop him.

7/2

Form: 32-4

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

First foal of a staying hurdler for these connections; minor honours in his two bumpers (one on soft) and 19l fourth of seven when co-second favourite for a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy); should build on that but he looks a longer-term prospect.

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5th

6

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Pearl Island

10st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

Made the frame in two bumpers last spring and also displayed promise when fourth on hurdling debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in November; however, has gone the wrong way since and needs to turn things around on this handicap debut.

12/1

5th

6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

16:05 Ludlow

Pearl Island

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

Slowed dramatically and unseated rider at first flight on latest outing; something to find on earlier form but is bred to do better, being out of a triple hurdles winner for his connections.

25/1

Form: 37

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Fairly useful 1m2f Flat winner (probably acts on soft) who had over a year off before about 19l third of 11 on hurdle/stable debut at Stratford (2m, good) in October; first-time hood (retained here) when not so good at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) ten days ago; place chance on the former effort.

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3rd

5

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Schmilsson

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Progressive novice; off the mark at Sedgefield last month (2m1f, soft) and decent effort when second in novice at Ludlow last time (2m, soft); conditions suit; chance on handicap debut.

3/1

2nd

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:50 Ludlow

Schmilsson

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Flat winner for Andrew Balding and quite useful in that scene; has made a solid start over hurdles and readily justified favouritism on soft ground at Sedgefield; looks to have more on his plate here with a penalty, but unlikely to go down without a fight.

100/30

1st

9

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Schmilsson

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

made all, soon clear

7/4

Form: 5

Last run: 165 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Modest Flat maiden, short-headed over 1m2f on AW in September; sole run over hurdles, in a Worcester maiden in June, was also modest form.

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4th

5

(1)

20th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 1f 207y

Class 6

18:15 Brighton

Sunset In Paris

9st 8lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: J R Jenkins

prominent on inner early, dropped to midfield after 1f

5/2

1st

8

(6)

11th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 1f 104y

Class 6

20:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Sunset In Paris

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: J R Jenkins

towards rear, headway 2f out, edged left 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on

5/4

1st

8

(6)

19th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

15:17 Lingfield (AW)

Sunset In Paris

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: J R Jenkins

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway from 2f out, ridden and led 1f out, kept on, always doing enough

3/1

Form: 76

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Close second in a point bumper in April but she's been beaten over 30l in hurdle races at Ludlow and Taunton this autumn, all three runs on good to soft; tongue tied last time and now hooded as well.

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5th

4

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

16:35 Huntingdon

Sammys Guarantee

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Improved to win at Doncaster (2m. good to soft) in January; stepped up on that when second on handicap debut at Hereford (2m3f, soft); fell at Chepstow only eight days ago but considered on the earlier form.

3/1

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

15:00 Chepstow

Sammys Guarantee

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Black Sam Bellamy mare who has been greatly improved since undergoing breathing surgery, landing 2m Doncaster novice before posting an excellent second of seven in 2m4f Hereford handicap three weeks ago; player despite taking a 3lb rise.

11/2

2nd

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:10 Hereford

Sammys Guarantee

12st 1lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Showed the benefit of a wind op when comfortably beating short-odds favourite in Doncaster novice (2m, good to soft) last month, her fourth start over hurdles; not sure to be suited by the slower ground on today's handicap debut but could easily have further improvement to come.

5/2

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Verdict

A soft-ground run in October was among his best Flat form and his hurdling debut at Ascot 16 days ago was a bold show which stands out a mile in this line-up, so this race looks all about JUNKANOO. Blow Your Horn and Schmilsson were also pretty useful on the Flat, which the latter gave an echo of in the first of his two runs over hurdles, so he may be the one to follow the selection home. Pearl Island looks best of the rest.[Richard Austen]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Junkanoo

WEST COUNTRY:

King Of The Road

D Express:

One Eye On Vegas

RP RATINGS:

Junkanoo

POSTDATA:

Junkanoo

The Times:

Junkanoo

Telegraph:

Junkanoo

Daily Mirror:

Junkanoo

The Sun:

Junkanoo

The Star:

Junkanoo

Daily Record:

Junkanoo