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Blackdown Motor Company Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4673.68
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Blackdown Motor Company Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 6-85

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Smart on the Flat in his prime and showed first significant promise over hurdles when fifth of 18 in Lingfield novice (2m, good to soft) a fortnight ago but others have more persuasive profiles.

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5th

6

8th Feb 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

Quian

11st 8lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Absent since scoring at Taunton (2m, good to soft; off 5lb lower) eight weeks ago on handicap hurdle debut; remains favourably treated on best German Flat form which includes two Group wins in 2020; no longer that smart but is hard to leave out of calculations.

13/2

1st

4

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Quian

11st 12lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

Smart on the Flat in his prime and showed first significant promise over hurdles when fifth of 18 in Lingfield novice (2m, good to soft) a fortnight ago but others have more persuasive profiles.

20/1

5th

9

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:45 Lingfield

Quian

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Thomas Gallagher

midfield, bumped 1st

50/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 784-U

Last run: 219 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Fair Flat-racer; seemed to be getting his act together over hurdles when fourth in C&D (good) novice in February but unseated rider on handicap debut in May and has been absent since a very poor Flat run in July.

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4th

7

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

Kings Castle

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Flat winner; 0-5 over hurdles but returned from five-month break with good second at Taunton (2m, good to soft) 12 days ago and could still have a bigger run in him in this sphere; respected.

6/1

2nd

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Kings Castle

11st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Fair Flat-racer; seemed to be getting his act together over hurdles when fourth in C&D (good) novice in February but unseated rider on handicap debut in May and has been absent since a very poor Flat run in July.

14/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 0P-032

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Out of form on the Flat and over hurdles this year but placed in two chases last month, more recently when close second to revitalised opponent at Hereford (2m, good); ought to handle today's slower ground and switches back to hurdling on a good mark.

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8th

6

(11)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Phoenix Aquilus

9st 7lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Seamus Durack

All his three Flat wins have come on the AW and he comes here on the back of a good third in 2m Taunton handicap hurdle last month; considered.

12/1

3rd

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Phoenix Aquilus

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Seamus Durack

Out of form on the Flat and over hurdles this year but placed in two chases last month, more recently when close second to revitalised opponent at Hereford (2m, good); ought to handle today's slower ground and switches back to hurdling on a good mark.

6/1

2nd

3

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Phoenix Aquilus

11st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Seamus Durack

Out of form on the Flat and over hurdles this year but made a fairly good start to chasing career when third at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago and is another 3lb lower here; one to consider.

11/2

Form: 6P59/2

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Seven-time Flat winner; well beaten on handicap hurdle debut in spring 2022 but returned to this sphere with very good second of 15 over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago and is a major player if he copes with today's forecast slower ground.

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4th

8

(1)

10th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 4

20:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Johnny Boom

9st 6lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Shaun Lycett

Won four times here (8.6f-1m4f) last AW season and made the frame in two low-grade handicap hurdles towards end of last year but made low-key return to the Flat (albeit on Polytrack) last month and remains on a fairly tough mark.

20/1

7th

5

(3)

31st Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

19:30 Kempton (AW)

Johnny Boom

9st 11lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Shaun Lycett

Has gained all four AW wins at Wolverhampton and reverts to the Flat (from hurdling) off a career-high mark; not the percentage call.

10/1

4th

5

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Johnny Boom

11st 10lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Shaun Lycett

Seven-time Flat winner; well beaten on handicap hurdle debut in spring 2022 but returned to this sphere with very good second of 15 over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago and is a major player if he copes with today's forecast slower ground.

7/2

Form: 5324- BF

Last run: 296 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Pretty useful on the Flat and has made the frame on three of his four hurdling starts, most recently when fourth of 12 on handicap hurdle debut here (2m3f, good) in February; needs a better performance today, though, and returned from break with a disappointing AW run last month.

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6th

6

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

13:00 Chepstow

Dancing Harry

11st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Roger Teal

Fairly useful on the Flat but 0-6 over hurdles; ran well when fifth on return to this sphere at Taunton (2m, good to soft) last month but was below that form on his latest outing and his stamina heads into unknown territory here; others preferred.

10/1

6th

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Dancing Harry

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Roger Teal

prominent, disputing second after 3 out, lost position after 2 out, weakened approaching last

8/1

Form: 0/00-1 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Showed very little on his five hurdling starts in Ireland but improved to win readily on stable debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) in October; encounters slower ground here but could easily have a lot more to offer.

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4th

8

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:35 Doncaster

Karloss

11st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Ex-Irish; improved sharply to win at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) on debut for new stable and was perhaps unsuited by the return to slower ground last time; may still have more to offer.

10/1

6th

10

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Karloss

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Showed very little on his five hurdling starts in Ireland but improved to win readily on stable debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) in October; encounters slower ground here but could easily have a lot more to offer.

5/2

1st

8

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Karloss

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

midfield, headway after 3 out, ridden and went second approaching last, switched right run-in, led final 110yds, readily

9/1

Form: 523700

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Placed off 5lb higher on handicap debut at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in June but has looked out of sorts on recent outings and comes here with a lot to prove.

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7th

8

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Moonshine Spirit

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Placed off 5lb higher on handicap debut at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in June but has looked out of sorts on recent outings and comes here with a lot to prove.

16/1

11th

6

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Moonshine Spirit

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Reached the frame in three of his first four hurdle runs but he's returned from a break with two disappointing efforts this autumn; looks feasibly treated on his best hurdles form but needs to get back on track.

10/1

10th

1

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:40 Chepstow

Moonshine Spirit

12st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear of midfield, weakened 3 out

9/1

Form: 27882-

Last run: 274 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

0-11 over hurdles for Ben Pauling; no match for winner when second of four at Huntingdon (2m, soft) in March and makes stable debut after 274-day absence; had wind surgery in October; others preferred.

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11

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Chadlington Lad

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Richenda Ford

towards rear

40/1

8th

11

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Chadlington Lad

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richenda Ford

0-11 over hurdles for Ben Pauling; no match for winner when second of four at Huntingdon (2m, soft) in March and makes stable debut after 274-day absence; had wind surgery in October; others preferred.

12/1

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33/1

Form: 0/P-49

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Belied huge odds when fourth of 12 in Newton Abbot novice (2m1f, good to soft) in May but struggled (albeit on heavy ground) there in October and is not an easy one to predict on today's handicap debut.

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6th

8

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

17:07 Hereford

Zufal

11st 1lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

Belied huge odds when fourth of 12 in Newton Abbot novice (2m1f, good to soft) last May but struggled when 80-1 for handicap debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in December; upped in trip today.

50/1

9th

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Zufal

12st 0lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Jimmy Frost

Belied huge odds when fourth of 12 in Newton Abbot novice (2m1f, good to soft) in May but struggled (albeit on heavy ground) there in October and is not an easy one to predict on today's handicap debut.

33/1

9th

3

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

14:15 Newton Abbot

Zufal

11st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

always behind

20/1

Form: P64-0

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Tailed off when 66-1 for handicap hurdle debut at Plumpton in May and struggled in low-grade Flat races afterwards.

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0

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Sous Surveillance

11st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out

66/1

10th

12

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Sous Surveillance

11st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

Tailed off when 66-1 for handicap hurdle debut at Plumpton in May and struggled in low-grade Flat races afterwards.

100/1

8th

6

(5)

10th Jul 2023

Good To Firm

1m 4f 0y

Class 6

20:40 Chepstow

Sous Surveillance

9st 9lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

11-race maiden who has struggled in six runs under both codes for a new yard this year; finished a remote last of six at Brighton (1m2f, good to firm) 13 days ago and he needs a tongue-tie to make a big difference at this new trip.

25/1

Form: 073P

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Pulled up when 66-1 for last month's handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy); combination of first-time blinkers and reduced emphasis on stamina may show him in a better light here, but he's not the most obvious one.

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3

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

No Mean Feat

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

A well-beaten outsider in all three handicap hurdles, the last twice over 2m here (good to soft/soft); needs combination of forecast good ground and switch to chasing to enable considerable improvement.

25/1

11th

8

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:25 Taunton

No Mean Feat

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

Belied 80-1 odds when placed in Newton Abbot maiden (2m1f, heavy) in October but well beaten in two subsequent Class 5 handicaps, the latter over C&D last month; blinkers removed after one use.

50/1

11th

6

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

No Mean Feat

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Pulled up when 66-1 for last month's handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy); combination of first-time blinkers and reduced emphasis on stamina may show him in a better light here, but he's not the most obvious one.

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £676.00
Straight Forecast £544.00
Tricast £2681.90
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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Johnny Boom

SPOTLIGHT:

Karloss

D Express:

Dancing Harry

LAMBOURN:

Phoenix Aquilus

Telegraph:

Karloss

Daily Mail:

Karloss

The Star:

Karloss

POSTDATA:

Johnny Boom

The Times:

Johnny Boom

The Guardian:

Johnny Boom

Daily Mirror:

Johnny Boom

The Sun:

Johnny Boom

Daily Record:

Johnny Boom