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14:25 Huntingdon

Soft

TrustATrader You Can Trust Our Traders Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £16423.91
  • 1m 7f 171y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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TrustATrader You Can Trust Our Traders Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 61-2U9 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Has some quirks but held on by a short head in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton in April and a last-flight error might have cost him the Swinton at Haydock in May; unseated in October and his Ascot run eight days later was disappointing, probably not accounted for by the soft ground; player if he reverts to one of his better efforts.

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7th

6

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Teddy Blue

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

held up in rear

11/2

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 1586-5 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Returned last season from a mammoth absence and won three times in that campaign; acts on soft and heavy; with a satisfactory reappearance here last month under his belt, he's one to consider.

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2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Nayati

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Musselburgh winner off 5lb higher in January 2023 (1m7f, soft); bit disappointing afterwards and not at his best this term (poor run latest); bit to prove.

16/1

11th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Nayati

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won three times last season, following a mammoth absence, and he's 2lb lower than when last successful (at Musselburgh on New Year's Day); however, his subsequent form hasn't come up to scratch and he needs to improve for last month's reappearance outing at Huntingdon.

16/1

Form: 1-512P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won at Southwell before good second at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October; a pretty consistent sort but he was up against it in the Greatwood at Cheltenham three weeks ago and pulled up at 100-1; more interesting today but even this race may demand his best form for over two years.

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4th

6

(4)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

15:50 Southwell (AW)

Swaffham Bulbeck

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Stuart Edmunds

A pretty useful jumper, last successful in a 2m handicap hurdle here in September; rarely seen on the Flat in recent years but he has finished second in staying handicaps on AW on his last two runs in this sphere; should be involved.

11/4

8th

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Swaffham Bulbeck

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Stuart Edmunds

Outclassed in the Greatwood last time when pulled up at 100-1; usually consistent and went into that in form after competitive runs over 2m (good/heavy); however, he .does look on a tough mark and might be vulnerable.

9/1

Form: 211P-P D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

10yo who pulled up on final run last season and again on reappearance (back over hurdles) five weeks ago; appeared to need the race in the latter and he's well handicapped judged on last season's best efforts over fences, including one on heavy going; first preference engagement is at Kelso.

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3rd

3

6th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Beaten favourite (behind Foveros) in similar event at Leicester in January, having made a bad mistake three out; respectable form in handicaps otherwise this year, third at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy) latest; leading chance provided he runs to his rating.

6/4

3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

7/1

4th

1

31st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:50 Leicester

Baron De Midleton

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Brian Ellison

led, bad mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon lost second, lost ground approaching last, no extra and lost third run-in

8/11

Form: 13-212 D BF

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won when back to hurdling at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) in November and beaten a nose at Doncaster (2m3f, good) eight days ago; has won on soft (more to prove on heavy) and is one to take seriously.

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4th

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:07 Fontwell

Matchless

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Jennie Candlish

prominent, lost position before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

6th

2

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Matchless

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Musselburgh 2m score in November was followed by a nose defeat at Doncaster off 1lb higher than today (2m3f, good); not far off that level again latest, and has stamina to spare back down in trip; chance.

11/2

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Matchless

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Flopped at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day when the trip and ground shouldn't have been an issue; in good form previously, however, winning at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) before a short-head defeat at Doncaster (2m3f, good), and he can be in the mix if leaving last time behind.

4/1

Form: 12-2 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Beat his only three rivals on hurdling debut before improved form when second at Ludlow in January (again on soft) and October (good to soft); the last named was a nine-runner handicap in which he kept on strongly and finished 15l clear of the third; 5lb rise may underestimate him and he's a very lightly raced 4yo who brings potential.

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2nd

4

19th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:20 Wincanton

Javert Allen

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won one of his two races as a juvenile last term and was clear second to a next-time-out winner on handicap debut at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) in October; raised 5lb for that but has plenty of scope for further progress.

2/1

2nd

4

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

17:41 Ludlow

Javert Allen

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Beat three rivals to make winning debut in junior hurdle at Bangor (2m, soft) last November and was second to useful rival in similar race over C&D (soft) in January; makes handicap debut after 293-day absence but should have more to offer this season.

6/1

Form: 5-3154 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Disappointing in a bumper on heavy going; won 2m3f maiden here (good) on second start over hurdles and better form in defeat over 2m at Cheltenham twice since, fourth of 17 in a handicap last time; free-going sort who has jumped out to his right (notably on penultimate start) and it's easy to think that 2m at Huntingdon will suit him well.

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4th

8

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Mr Mackay

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1-11; good second at Hereford and Plumpton (2m, soft) last two starts, but this is a stronger race and he'll need improvement to go one better.

9/1

2nd

5

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:52 Plumpton

Mr Mackay

11st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

took keen hold, disputed lead, not fluent but led clearly 2nd, faced challenge 2 out, headed and no extra run-in

4/1

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Verdict

A small but strong field. Javert Allen is highly respected after only three races, with the prospect of further improvement, but 2m on this right-handed track could prove just the ticket for MR MACKAY, who has already won here once and ran a cracking race in a big-field handicap at Cheltenham last time out. Nayati and Matchless also look ready to run well.[Richard Austen]

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Javert Allen

SPOTLIGHT:

Mr Mackay

RP RATINGS:

Nayati

D Express:

Matchless

POSTDATA:

Mr Mackay

The Times:

Javert Allen

Telegraph:

Javert Allen

Daily Mirror:

Javert Allen

The Sun:

Javert Allen

The Star:

Javert Allen

Daily Record:

Javert Allen

TOPSPEED:

Nayati