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John And Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3406.24
  • 2m 1f 162y
  • Class 5
  • 6 runners
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John And Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 212644

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Respectable bumper form on good ground; hasn't hit the same heights over hurdles (good to soft or soft) and conditions are a concern.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

13:00 Exeter

Thirtyfour Thirty

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Syd Hosie

Stayed on dourly to lead close home on handicap debut at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) three weeks ago and, given the manner of that success, today's move back up in trip looks the right move; enters calculations.

6/1

1st

1

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

15:40 Fontwell

Thirtyfour Thirty

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Syd Hosie

Respectable bumper form on good ground; hasn't hit the same heights over hurdles (good to soft or soft) and conditions are a concern.

9/2

8/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 5956-P

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Beaten 16l in a Wincanton maiden (1m7f, good to soft) in April so has some ability but he pulled up on his handicap debut at Stratford last month when an 11-1 chance; risky on the back of that.

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2nd

5

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:50 Ffos Las

Smart Casual

10st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

took keen hold, held up in rear, mistake 4th, pushed along and headway after 2 out, ridden disputing second run-in, no extra final 110yds

2/1

5

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Smart Casual

11st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

held up in rear

7/2

Form: 86-490

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish maiden who has finished tailed off in three 2m4f handicaps for his current yard; mark is dropping but difficult to enthuse over.

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5

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

15:05 Ffos Las

Highlander Casseul

11st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Tailed off when trying fences once in Ireland; mostly disappointing for this yard but was third in a 2m1f heavy-ground handicap hurdle at Fontwell in December so the ability is there; hard to trust nonetheless.

20/1

9th

7

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

17:10 Taunton

Highlander Casseul

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Took big step back in right direction when third of six at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) in December but was quickly back in the doldrums on next outing; needs last month's wind op to have made a big difference.

25/1

0

5

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Plumpton

Highlander Casseul

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

led

7/1

Form: 1P50-1 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Overcame some interference to win going away at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago and a 4lb rise isn't the end of the world; whether he will handle this softer ground is another matter, but fair shout if he can.

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10th

15

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

14:30 Fontwell

Whats My Line

10st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Michael Madgwick

Profile implies that he's most proficient over shorter trips (won over 2m at Lingfield in November), so his latest modest third over 2m5f here can be excused; is capable from this kind of mark, but will probably find a few of the others stronger.

14/1

3rd

6

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:42 Fontwell

Whats My Line

10st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Michael Madgwick

C&D winner who scored on his reappearance at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last November and, after two lesser runs here, was a good second at Lingfield (2m, heavy) last month; 3lb out of the handicap today but holds each-way possibilities nevertheless.

9/1

2nd

8

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Lingfield

Whats My Line

10st 3lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Michael Madgwick

C&D winner on good to soft in November when just 2lb lower; beaten 13l and 15l on slower ground in the meantime and conditions are a concern.

10/1

Form: 7812-5

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 13lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Won at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) in March on handicap debut and then second of nine at Hereford (2m, good to soft); struggled on reappearance but that was in a higher grade at Sedgefield; possibilities off a fair mark.

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3

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:30 Market Rasen

Play By The Rules

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Yet to hit top gear this season but was in front and seemingly in process of running well before running out after third-last flight at Taunton (2m3f, soft) a fortnight ago; remains on a good mark; not ruled out.

14/1

10

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:20 Taunton

Play By The Rules

11st 1lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Displayed significant jolt of improvement to win by 11l over C&D (good to soft) in first-time cheekpieces on handicap hurdle debut just over a year ago; not in same form on any of three appearances this season (latest was after a wind op) but combination of better ground and return to this track offers some hope.

25/1

Form: 935-09

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

His sole placing in Ireland came on heavy ground in a 2m4f handicap at Cork in March (blinkered); that run offers hope, but he was tailed off when 100-1 on stable debut and now tries new headgear after flirting with cheekpieces.

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4th

5

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:25 Southwell

Leading The Way

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Ex-Irish maiden; tailed off in three runs for this yard, latterly on his switch to fences (2m, heavy); opposable.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £112.00
Straight Forecast £112.00
Tricast £381.20
Trifecta £467.00

Selections

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Thirtyfour Thirty

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Smart Casual