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Classic Collection Holidays Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7208.56
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Classic Collection Holidays Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.50
  • Place: £3.50

Form: 104-P4

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won two non-handicaps last season, on soft and good; behind Amelia's Dance at Kempton but that race wasn't really run to suit and he might well strip fitter for this.

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10th

16

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Samuel Spade

10st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Suited by the step up to 2m3f at Taunton (good to soft) last month and may well build on that win, being unexposed beyond 2m; 3-8 over hurdles, versatile ground-wise and has won at Kempton; very much one to note.

16/1

1st

5

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Samuel Spade

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won two non-handicaps last season, on soft and good; behind Amelia's Dance at Kempton but that race wasn't really run to suit and he might well strip fitter for this.

7/1

4th

3

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Kempton

Samuel Spade

11st 8lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear, hit 3rd, some headway after 3 out, went fourth last, no extra run-in

7/1

14/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 321-59 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Signed off last season with a convincing C&D success off 6lb lower (good to soft; fine on soft); however, he'll need to leave his last two runs behind if he's to play a part.

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4th

10

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Just Loose Change

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Martin

Ended last season with a C&D win and returned to form with clear second over C&D (also good to soft) last month; has to take a 4lb rise on the chin but won't mind if the ground remains soft.

13/2

2nd

9

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Just Loose Change

10st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Martin

Signed off last season with a convincing C&D success off 6lb lower (good to soft; fine on soft); however, he'll need to leave his last two runs behind if he's to play a part.

14/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 51/45 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Ex-French; went missing for nearly 600 days after comfortably making all in a C&D novice in March 2022 (soft); his comeback run at Newton Abbot was encouraging and Sandown next time perhaps came too soon; has had a longer break prior to this and certainly not exposed just yet.

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5

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

Individualiste

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, struggling 11th, weakening when mistake 13th, soon pulled up

7/2

4th

4

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

15:15 Wincanton

Individualiste

11st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Drew clear to win easily by 16l in first-time cheekpieces at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) a week ago and is now 2-6 over hurdles; the value of that form is open to question (runner-up was 22lb out of the weights) but he's only 4lb higher here.

7/4

Form: 63-701 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Not the easiest to catch right but the front two came clear when he returned to winning ways at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) on latest start, with first-time tongue-tie and cheekpieces back on; seems fine on soft ground and not without hope of defying a 6lb rise if holding his form.

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7th

5

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

American Sniper

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Returned to form in this headgear combination to win big-field handicap at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) in November and fair fourth at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) next time; also effective on soft ground and this step back up in trip is worth a go; not ruled out.

13/2

4th

2

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

American Sniper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Not the easiest to catch right but the front two came clear when he returned to winning ways at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) on latest start, with first-time tongue-tie and cheekpieces back on; seems fine on soft ground and not without hope of defying a 6lb rise if holding his form.

3/1

Form: 545-22 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

No match for a progressive one at Wincanton (soft) but she went close when helping to set the pace at Kempton on latest start and she's a bit of a Taunton specialist; raised 3lb since last time but, unlike that race or at Wincanton, Tabitha Worsley can claim this time.

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2nd

4

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:40 Kempton

Amelias Dance

11st 10lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Robert Walford

Largely consistent form this term includes a close second here (2m, good to soft) in November; filled same position at Newbury last time; looks a solid contender.

13/2

2nd

5

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:05 Newbury

Amelias Dance

11st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Robert Walford

midfield, headway 4 out

9/1

5th

6

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Amelias Dance

11st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Robert Walford

No match for a progressive one at Wincanton (soft) but she went close when helping to set the pace at Kempton on latest start and she's a bit of a Taunton specialist; raised 3lb since last time but, unlike that race or at Wincanton, Tabitha Worsley can claim this time.

9/2

Form: F-19P4 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Fourth in the 2m2f Cesarewitch on Flat in October; four-time winner over hurdles but no excuses when only fourth of six runners over C&D two weeks ago.

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4th

5

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Bashful Boy

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

held up in rear, weakened from 3 out, left in remote fourth last

20/1

10th

8

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Bashful Boy

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Four-time hurdle winner; back on a good mark now but was unable to land a telling blow over C&D (good to soft) last month and would appeal more on better ground.

33/1

6th

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Bashful Boy

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Fourth in the 2m2f Cesarewitch on Flat in October; four-time winner over hurdles but no excuses when only fourth of six runners over C&D two weeks ago.

8/1

Form: 5412-P D

Last run: 220 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Regular mount for Harry Atkins; Hereford winner (2m3f, good to soft) last season who then finished second at Cheltenham (off just 2lb lower than today); pulled up on final run and has had wind surgery since; hard to rule out.

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5th

8

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Samtara

11st 7lb

J: L-Cdr Vicki Sollitt

T: Martin Keighley

Regularly partnered by 10lb claimer Harry Atkins; Hereford winner (2m3f, good to soft) last season who then finished second at Cheltenham (off just 1lb lower than today); ran as though the race was needed after a break at Taunton last time; tongue-tie (0-2) joins the hood that was working well for him.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-512P

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

8/1

Form: 2249-

Last run: 287 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Disappointed in her two handicaps (2m/3m) but she's a winning pointer who showed promise in novice company; unwise to get too negative just yet and she could be interesting if there's money for her.

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6th

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:35 Leicester

Iorens

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 5th, good jump and led 6th, headed 7th, mistake 4 out

8/1

8th

8

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

15:32 Market Rasen

Iorens

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Point winner who was runner-up last autumn on her first two hurdle starts; this lightly raced 5yo is in top hands and things may click again at some point, but she's struggled in her three handicaps and has something to prove.

12/1

Form: 141-10 D

Last run: 165 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Very effective front-runner but perhaps went off too fast for his own good when a weakener at Cartmel in July latest (2m1f, good to soft); 6lb above last win and returns to further (all wins at up to 2m2f).

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3

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Inferno Sacree

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Nigel Hawke

led, headed after 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, pulled up approaching last

8/1

3rd

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:45 Sedgefield

Inferno Sacree

11st 9lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Made excellent progress in first half of last year, winning five times (2m-2m2f); returned from break with disappointing run last month but his recent Plumpton fourth (2m, soft) was much better, and further improvement from this 6yo is not yet out of the question.

5/1

4th

2

7th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:55 Plumpton

Inferno Sacree

12st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Has dropped out to be tailed off on his last two starts, both on good to soft at 2m1f and 2m3f; however, on his day he can be a very effective front-runner, this place will suit his style (he goes on soft) and he wouldn't be handicapped out of it.

9/1

Form: U25/P6 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Bumper/hurdle winner in Ireland; quiet in two runs for this yard (2m, heavy; 2m4f, soft) but no surprise should he come good again at some point; has dropped 5lb.

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0

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Santana Plessis

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Bumper/hurdle winner in Ireland; quiet in two runs for this yard (2m, heavy; 2m4f, soft) but no surprise should he come good again at some point; has dropped 5lb.

33/1

6th

1

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Santana Plessis

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Had some pretty useful form in Ireland but won just twice; changed hands and left Gordon Elliott before soon pulled up at 150-1 in a handicap hurdle last month, his first run since August 2021; best watched for now.

14/1

0

10

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

16:33 Chepstow

Santana Plessis

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Had some good form in Ireland but was never prolific and last seen over fences more than two years ago; has a very long absence to overcome.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £654.00
Straight Forecast £552.30
Tricast £2120.40
Trifecta £4426.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

American Sniper

The Times:

Just Loose Change

D Express:

Individualiste

TOPSPEED:

Samtara

WEST COUNTRY:

American Sniper

Daily Mail:

American Sniper

Daily Mirror:

American Sniper

The Sun:

American Sniper

The Star:

American Sniper

Daily Record:

American Sniper