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14:10 Fontwell

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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3406.24
  • 2m 5f 164y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.20

Form: P94-71

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Short in the market for both his handicaps and was merely pushed out to collect the latest at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft; 9lb lower); it was on heavy when disappointing the time before but connections clearly content to go again under these conditions.

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4th

5

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Herakles Westwood

11st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

3-5 since switched to handicaps this season, the latest win gained at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in January; below form when warm favourite at Ludlow in February but further progress remains possible.

6/1

4th

4

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Herakles Westwood

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Got up on the line at Catterick (2m3f, soft) four weeks ago, completing a hat-trick and taking record in handicaps to 3-4; improving hurdler who is on a roll and has to be feared despite another rise in the weights.

2/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 5992-2

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Off since May but that was his best run yet when going close in a 2m3f handicap at Warwick (good to soft; second run in a tongue-tie); 4lb higher and he's unproven on ground this testing, but hard to rule out.

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7th

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Talimar Pearl

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up twice over hurdles last spring (2m1f/2m3f) and also at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy) in December, after a break; contender if judged on those exploits but not at best on either start this year and now 0-9.

10/1

5th

3

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:20 Fontwell

Talimar Pearl

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

took keen hold

12/1

7th

4

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

12:58 Hereford

Talimar Pearl

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up in his last three handicaps and was beaten by an improver on his comeback run at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy); up just 1lb and entitled to be sharper all round this time.

6/1

OUR TIP

20/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 053-P7

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Can be keen; most effective performances have come on good ground when winning a bumper and finishing close up in a 2m4f handicap at Huntingdon earlier this year; uncompetitive this campaign, though did lose a shoe last time.

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3rd

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Bertie B

11st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Came good over hurdles at eighth attempt, with fairly comfortable success at Hereford (2m5f, soft) a fortnight ago; recent 5lb rise does not look excessive and further progress is possible.

11/2

1st

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Bertie B

11st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Seemingly boosted by first-time cheekpieces when placed at Fontwell (2m5f heavy) in December but his hurdling strike-rate now stands at 0-7 and others in this line-up probably have more potential.

12/1

3rd

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Bertie B

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Can be keen; most effective performances have come on good ground when winning a bumper and finishing close up in a 2m4f handicap at Huntingdon earlier this year; uncompetitive this campaign, though did lose a shoe last time.

20/1

Form: /03-88

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Well below her best in two runs over 2m this season; hopes rest on big step up in distance (could suit on pedigree) and the fitting of a tongue-strap.

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5th

2

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

16:48 Fontwell

Fortuitous Favour

11st 4lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

took keen hold, led, not fluent 5th, not fluent 4 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened quickly

11/4

3rd

8

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:55 Southwell

Fortuitous Favour

11st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won a bumper on debut but 22l is the closest she's finished in her five starts since; way behind the first three when tongue tied on handicap debut at Fontwell (upped to 2m6f, heavy) on latest; mark is unchanged.

12/1

4th

8

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Fortuitous Favour

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Well below her best in two runs over 2m this season; hopes rest on big step up in distance (could suit on pedigree) and the fitting of a tongue-strap.

10/1

Form: /534P-

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Heavy-ground Irish bumper winner but has been a disappointment in Britain and was pulled up on her handicap debut in April (2m5f, good to soft); still early days, however, and perhaps she needs the mud (most British runs on good to soft); also had wind surgery.

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5th

1

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Bombay Sapphire

12st 0lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, disputed lead 5 out

7/1

0

1

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

14:07 Hereford

Bombay Sapphire

12st 0lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Nicky Henderson

Low-mileage 7yo who ran considerably better than eventual 41l defeat might suggest on seasonal debut at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy) last month, weakening out of contention only on extended run-in; with today's much reduced emphasis on stamina probably in her favour, she's one to consider.

12/1

5th

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Bombay Sapphire

11st 12lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Nicky Henderson

Heavy-ground Irish bumper winner but has been a disappointment in Britain and was pulled up on her handicap debut in April (2m5f, good to soft); still early days, however, and perhaps she needs the mud (most British runs on good to soft); also had wind surgery.

8/1

Form: -79568

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Nothing positive to report so far and he was 25-1 when tailed off on his handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m4f); last five runs have been on good ground and he was tailed off in a soft-ground bumper.

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5th

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Ipso Falco

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Chris Gordon

Modest form in novice/maiden hurdles; soundly beaten in handicaps last twice; hard to fancy.

33/1

6th

6

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Ipso Falco

11st 1lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Nothing positive to report so far and he was 25-1 when tailed off on his handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m4f); last five runs have been on good ground and he was tailed off in a soft-ground bumper.

25/1

Form: 8395-0

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

No more than minor promise over hurdles but this is his first time outside of novice company and is entitled to show more; cheekpieces added to the tongue-tie tried last time; market vibes awaited with interest.

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0

7

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:35 Leicester

Letmetellusomethin

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, jumped left and mistake 4th, weakened after 5 out, pulled up after 4 out

10/1

7th

7

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Letmetellusomethin

11st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

No more than minor promise over hurdles but this is his first time outside of novice company and is entitled to show more; cheekpieces added to the tongue-tie tried last time; market vibes awaited with interest.

8/1

Form: 16-98

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won his bumper on heavy, albeit a weak one; tailed off in all three qualifying runs over hurdles but at least he should go on the ground.

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7th

6

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

The Cox Express

11st 5lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Has been disappointing since a successful bumper debut but there's some light at the end of the tunnel after running third over this trip at Fontwell (heavy; 5-1); now goes in cheekpieces and he has each-way claims.

8/1

3rd

3

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 5

16:55 Fontwell

The Cox Express

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Robert Walford

Won heavy-ground bumper on debut last January but has cut little ice in his five runs over hurdles, the latest his handicap debut at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) when tongue tied first time after wind surgery; work to do.

25/1

Form: -U4345

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

0-10 but hasn't been too far away in his completed handicaps and now gets cheekpieces; conditions are a complete grey area as he's unraced on anything softer than good to soft.

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0

9

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Inspector Lynley

10st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Neil Mulholland

0-10 but hasn't been too far away in his completed handicaps and now gets cheekpieces; conditions are a complete grey area as he's unraced on anything softer than good to soft.

8/1

5th

10

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

17:20 Hereford

Inspector Lynley

10st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Not beaten far in any of his three completed handicaps, most recently when fourth at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft) seven weeks ago, but latest 1lb drop is not quite enough to tempt.

16/1

Form: -PP7PP

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Has accomplished very little under rules, including a handicap 12 days ago when tried in blinkers; 3lb out of the weights.

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5th

12

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Crookbarrow

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Cynthia Woods

towards rear

100/1

7

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

16:05 Wincanton

Crookbarrow

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Cynthia Woods

Runner-up in a point-to-point bumper but he's struggled on his eight rules starts and would be a surprise winner from 10lb out of the handicap.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £95.00
Straight Forecast £125.80
Tricast £872.40
Trifecta £543.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Herakles Westwood

WEST COUNTRY:

Talimar Pearl

D Express:

Fortuitous Favour

The Times:

Talimar Pearl

Daily Mirror:

Talimar Pearl

The Sun:

Talimar Pearl

Daily Record:

Talimar Pearl

RP RATINGS:

Herakles Westwood

POSTDATA:

Herakles Westwood

LAMBOURN:

Herakles Westwood

Telegraph:

Herakles Westwood

The Guardian:

Herakles Westwood

Daily Mail:

Herakles Westwood

The Star:

Herakles Westwood