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Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 519 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 7f 191y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 519 Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

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9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 322-34

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has very modest 1-30 strike-rate over jumps but scores good marks for consistency and is now 2lb lower than when placed over C&D (heavy; just behind Balkardy) last month; ought to be in the thick of things again.

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4th

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

C&D winner in December and, bar the one blip, has been running well all season; still on a competitive mark and latest Haydock effort wasn't too shoddy.

8/1

3rd

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

11yo who was tailed off at Newbury last month but that was a strong Class 3 and he's been running pretty well this season, winning at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December; not ruled out now back down in grade.

15/2

10th

10

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Ballymagroarty Boy

10st 13lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Won at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December and not helped by mid-race mistake when fair fourth of six at Haydock (3m, heavy) 11 days later; this consistent 11yo could give a good account but has a modest 2-33 strike-rate and today's race is warmer than he's used to; others are more compelling.

12/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 23-222 C BF

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Gained all four wins on good ground over shorter trips (three of them over fences) but last month's two C&D seconds were on heavy and soft ground; recent 1lb nudge doesn't help but another good run seems very likely.

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9th

11

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Balkardy

10st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Second hurdle success when showing a good attitude and making virtually all over 3m (soft) at Musselburgh last month but he ran poorly behind a few of these at Warwick since; bounce-back called for.

22/1

5th

6

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

Balkardy

10st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

led, good jump 7th, headed 3 out

10/1

1st

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Balkardy

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

made virtually all, pecked on landing 4th, briefly headed after 10th, led again after 11th, pushed along before 2 out, ridden before last, sustained duel with runner-up run-in, kept on towards finish, gamely

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 8U-876

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Useful when trained in Ireland but unplaced all six starts for Jonjo O'Neill since returning from two-year absence in January; too well handicapped to rule out but needs to turn a corner.

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5th

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:30 Ayr

Front View

11st 8lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Runner-up on two of his last three starts but was no match for the winner when occupying that position at Exeter (2m5f, soft) last month, and he's just 1-15 over hurdles; others are more compelling.

9/1

2nd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Front View

11st 11lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders

15/2

4th

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Front View

12st 1lb

J: Tpr Lucy Westlake

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ex-Joseph O'Brien; not as good as he was by the looks but placed the last twice (3m, heavy) and produced an honest effort to take second at Haydock; it could be that he needs that longer trip these days but this a stiff track.

7/1

Form: 81-556 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in two chases this autumn and now switches back to hurdling with cheekpieces fitted; has more to prove than some but is a contender if judged on form of last-gasp win at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) in April.

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5th

13

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Crossing The Bar

11st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Contender if judged on his two 3m1f wins at Plumpton last February/April but he's not got near that form in his five runs this autumn/winter, returned to hurdling (with cheekpieces fitted) for last three.

33/1

9th

7

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Crossing The Bar

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Contender if judged on his two 3m1f wins at Plumpton last February/April but he's not got near that form in his four runs this autumn/winter, returned to hurdling (with cheekpieces fitted) for last two of those.

16/1

Form: 6P-075 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Has not progressed from his shock novice win 13 months ago and was unable to justify good market support when well-held fifth at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) on latest outing; tries a new trip here; needs to up his game.

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3

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Always Busy

11st 12lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Christian Williams

Has become disappointing but off his reduced mark he beat all bar an in-form mare over 3m at Taunton 21 days ago (soft); has been front-running and this place should suit him.

7/2

2nd

5

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Always Busy

11st 12lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

Generally very disappointing since shock win in 2m Warwick novice in autumn 2022 and faded rather tamely after racing prominently over 2m3f here last month; unexposed over 3m and continues to slip down the weights but needs to turn a corner.

12/1

8th

7

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Always Busy

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

took keen hold, led, disputed lead 4 out

9/1

Form: 2FPP-P D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Pulled up over fences on final three starts for Tim Vaughan, most recently on seasonal debut in October; combination of recent regime change, new headgear and switch back to hurdling might rekindle his enthusiasm, but it takes a leap of faith to support him.

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0

10

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Galop Du Bosc

10st 11lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Pulled up in three consecutive chases for Tim Vaughan last year and there was no revival when he switched back to hurdling in new headgear for new stable last month; blinkers refitted today.

33/1

Form: 141P-3 CD BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Scored in good style over C&D (soft) on handicap debut last December and added to her tally at Chepstow (2m7f, soft) in March; not quite in same form when back at Chepstow for last month's seasonal debut but is not yet fully exposed and features prominently in calculations.

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0

7

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

Jasmiwa

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has won two soft-ground handicaps at about 3m but found heavy too taxing when a disappointing favourite at Ffos Las last time; wasn't at her very best first time back either but there are further races in her off this mark.

8/1

14

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 121y

Class 2

15:40 Kempton

Jasmiwa

10st 1lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Form: 1/11-0 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row on good ground in spring 2022 (2m3f-2m6f) but, following a long absence, was tailed off at Warwick (2m5f, soft) last month; needs to have taken significant benefit from that outing and he remains unproven on slow ground.

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0

4

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

12:20 Ffos Las

Mourzouk

11st 10lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Tim Vaughan

took keen hold, prominent, lost position after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

25/1

13th

1

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Mourzouk

12st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

towards rear

10/1

1st

3

25th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

15:30 Newton Abbot

Mourzouk

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Won a weak maiden at Ffos Las (2m6f, good) and followed up in a 2m3f novice at Warwick (good), albeit with some help from the stewards (promoted from second); neither were strong races but he brings momentum into his handicap debut.

4/1

Form: 5-13

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Kept on well to make winning hurdle debut at Hexham (2m4f, soft) in October; not obviously well handicapped on that form and was a shade disappointing when well-held third at Aintree last month but moves up in trip here and has plenty of scope for improvement.

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4th

2

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

15:17 Huntingdon

Minella Double

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Pulled up when upped in trip on handicap hurdle debut at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December; however, he showed signs of promise previously over hurdles and this very lightly raced 3m point winner (soft to heavy) is open to improvement now tackling fences; wears first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces.

5/2

0

5

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

12:20 Ffos Las

Minella Double

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway after 7th, weakened before 3 out, not fluent 2 out, pulled up approaching last

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £316.00
Straight Forecast £345.20
Tricast £2281.80
Trifecta £2507.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jasmiwa

TOPSPEED:

Minella Double

RP RATINGS:

Always Busy

POSTDATA:

Ballymagroarty Boy

The Times:

Balkardy

D Express:

Always Busy

Telegraph:

Minella Double

Daily Mirror:

Minella Double

The Sun:

Minella Double

WEST COUNTRY:

Jasmiwa

Daily Mail:

Jasmiwa

The Star:

Jasmiwa

Daily Record:

Jasmiwa

The Guardian:

Ballymagroarty Boy