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British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7920.97
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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British EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £1.84
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 111-1 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

3-3 in bumpers last season, signing off with 9l romp in 20-runner Grade 2 at Aintree (good to soft) in April; 1-7 for a mares' novice hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good) one month ago and the win was never in any significant doubt despite some room for improvement in her jumping; unraced on worse than good to soft but that Aintree run is the best form in this line-up and she's a very classy prospect.

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1st

9

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

12:20 Doncaster

Dysart Enos

11st 1lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Talented mare who justified favouritism in a better race at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) last month, taking rules record to 5-5; won on good ground the time before; well clear on the figures and should extend her winning sequence en route to the Cheltenham Festival.

2/7

1st

10

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Dysart Enos

10st 13lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

3-3 in bumpers last season, signing off with 9l romp in 20-runner Grade 2 at Aintree (good to soft) in April; 1-7 for a mares' novice hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good) one month ago and the win was never in any significant doubt despite some room for improvement in her jumping; unraced on worse than good to soft but that Aintree run is the best form in this line-up and she's a very classy prospect.

2/1

1st

5

14th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:05 Huntingdon

Dysart Enos

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

3-3 in bumpers last season, signing off with 9l romp in 20-runner Grade 2 at Aintree (good to soft) in April; ought to be very hard to beat if she jumps adequately on today's hurdling debut.

8/13

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7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 210-21 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who has raised his game switched to hurdling this season with a second at Chepstow and narrow win at Ascot, both over about 2m3f on good to soft; unraced on softer; back down in trip but has narrowly the best chance on hurdles form and must be on the shortlist.

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2nd

1

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Beat The Bat

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Bumper winner who has raised his game switched to hurdling this season with a second at Chepstow and narrow win at Ascot, both over about 2m3f on good to soft; unraced on softer; back down in trip but has narrowly the best chance on hurdles form and must be on the shortlist.

7/2

1st

3

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

12:15 Ascot

Beat The Bat

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Bumper winner (2m, good to soft) who was tailed off in Grade 2 at Aintree but bounced back when going close in a big field on last month's hurdle and seasonal debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); he was clear of the remainder and sets a strong standard for the rest of these to aim at.

5/2

2nd

2

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Beat The Bat

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

prominent, disputed lead just after 2 out, led narrowly last, soon hung right, kept on but headed towards finish

5/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.70

Form: 2525-1 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Some of his bumper form reads well, despite no win, and he got up close home from a 2-9 favourite in 12-runner maiden at Tramore (2m, soft) 17 days ago on first attempt over hurdles; now tongue tied first time; needs another step forward but impressed with his strong finish last time.

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5th

5

23rd Jan 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 33y

13:10 Down Royal

Soldante

11st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Showed ability in bumpers without winning; got off the mark in a Tramore 2m maiden hurdle in November before a cracking run in a Cheltenham novice when should have finished closer; can be involved.

4/1

3rd

4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Soldante

11st 6lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Some of his bumper form reads well, despite no win, and he got up close home from a 2-9 favourite in 12-runner maiden at Tramore (2m, soft) 17 days ago on first attempt over hurdles; now tongue tied first time; needs another step forward but impressed with his strong finish last time.

16/1

1st

7

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 50y

12:30 Tramore

Soldante

11st 12lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

in touch with leaders early, not fluent 1st, prominent 2 out (usual 4 out), ridden when went second omitted 2 out, stayed on to lead towards finish

11/2

Form: 2-11 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Second on debut, before winning at Warwick in a bumper in May and a 2m3f, soft-ground novice hurdle in November; 4-6 in a 13-runner race last time when he didn't take the last two flights fluently and did not score with the authority that seemed likely; runner-up won next time but this 4yo, who's bred to stay well, needs to find improvement.

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5th

7

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Kintail

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Would have beaten a subsequent winner with greater authority without late mistakes at Warwick (2m3f, soft) in November; 14-1 when beaten 17l by the smart Dysart Enos at Cheltenham where dropping back to 2m didn't seem to help; should pay his way in handicaps.

5/1

4th

2

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Kintail

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Second on debut, before winning at Warwick in a bumper in May and a 2m3f, soft-ground novice hurdle in November; 4-6 in a 13-runner race last time when he didn't take the last two flights fluently and did not score with the authority that seemed likely; runner-up won next time but this 4yo, who's bred to stay well, needs to find improvement.

9/2

Form: 35-

Last run: 270 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

£33,000 buy after her second in an Irish maiden point; showed ability in her two bumpers but a lot more is required on this hurdling debut.

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4th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:50 Taunton

Brendas Asking

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

in touch with leaders

12/1

4th

10

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:55 Kempton

Brendas Asking

10st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kim Bailey

towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway 3 out, went fourth and no impression approaching last

12/1

5th

11

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Brendas Asking

10st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

£33,000 buy after her second in an Irish maiden point; showed ability in her two bumpers but a lot more is required on this hurdling debut.

40/1

Form: 130-25 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

His best form from three bumpers was a Listed third at Newbury (good); no match for the winner on hurdling debut at Stratford (2m, good) in October; perhaps failed to stay 2m4f when a well-beaten front-running favourite at Fakenham (good to soft) last month but needs major overall improvement.

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5

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:48 Uttoxeter

Shinji

11st 9lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

prominent, mistake 6th, going okay and challenging when ran out 3 out

9/2

6th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Shinji

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

His best form from three bumpers was a Listed third at Newbury (good); no match for the winner on hurdling debut at Stratford (2m, good) in October; perhaps failed to stay 2m4f when a well-beaten front-running favourite at Fakenham (good to soft) last month but needs major overall improvement.

28/1

5th

6

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

14:05 Fakenham

Shinji

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Martin Keighley

led, jumped right 1st, not fluent 4th, headed last (usual 2 out), weakened quickly run-in

2/1

Form: 6

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

£17,000 buy after his second in Irish maiden point in April; had wind surgery and reappeared in a tongue-tie when 13l sixth of 16 in bumper at Chepstow (2m, good to soft; 25-1) in October; tough task on hurdling debut.

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1st

4

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

16:20 Fontwell

How And Ever

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

prominent on outer

8/1

5

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:25 Fontwell

How And Ever

11st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Oliver Signy

Respectable sixth in Chepstow bumper (good to soft) on rules debut in October and not disgraced in Cheltenham maiden hurdle (2m1f, soft) last month; well beaten at Hereford (2m3f, good) since, though, and has a lot to find here; sports first-time cheekpieces.

25/1

7th

4

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:07 Hereford

How And Ever

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Second in a point; shaped okay when midfield in a Chepstow bumper and it was always going to be tough last time at Cheltenham on hurdling debut; others have shown more, however.

25/1

Form: 1251-1

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

2-4 in bumpers (with a good second here on soft) and made a successful start to hurdling career in a nine-runner novice at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) five weeks ago, always prominent and scoring comfortably at 10-11 despite some wandering; looks set for further improvement with that experience under his belt, so one to consider.

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8th

3

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Meatloaf

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

2-4 in bumpers (with a good second here on soft) and made a successful start to hurdling career in a nine-runner novice at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) five weeks ago, always prominent and scoring comfortably at 10-11 despite some wandering; looks set for further improvement with that experience under his belt, so one to consider.

11/2

1st

5

11th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

12:40 Wincanton

Meatloaf

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Half-brother to smart Thyme White; nearly won a Cheltenham Listed bumper in January and won two of his other three starts in that scene; the horse he beat cosily here in April created a very strong impression on his recent hurdling debut; this 4yo is held in high regard and his yard has bossed this race in recent times.

11/10

1st

3

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

17:20 Wincanton

Meatloaf

11st 1lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

made all, pushed along from over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, cosily

5/2

Form: O

Last run: 183 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Achieved little in Irish maiden points in spring 2022 but showed a lot more on rules debut in a ten-runner maiden hurdle at Worcester (2m, good; 40-1) this June, leading at the fifth and 2l clear when running out at the final hurdle; while that run, as far as it went, showed significant ability, this field is a lot stronger.

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9th

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Ascension Day

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Shaun Lycett

Achieved little in Irish maiden points in spring 2022 but showed a lot more on rules debut in a ten-runner maiden hurdle at Worcester (2m, good; 40-1) this June, leading at the fifth and 2l clear when running out at the final hurdle; while that run, as far as it went, showed significant ability, this field is a lot stronger.

50/1

1

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

20:25 Worcester

Ascension Day

11st 2lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Shaun Lycett

Modest Irish pointer (failed to complete on two of his three starts); best watched on hurdles/stable debut.

33/1

2

13th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

20:17 Kilbeggan

Ascension Day

12st 0lb

J: Niall Prendergast

T: Paul Hennessy

Form: 5B-93

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

10l winner in his Irish point; opposable on what he has shown under rules, although his third of eight at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last time was better than his hurdling debut form.

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10th

7

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Royal Defender

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

10l winner in his Irish point; opposable on what he has shown under rules, although his third of eight at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last time was better than his hurdling debut form.

25/1

3rd

5

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:10 Lingfield

Royal Defender

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Beat a good horse in his Irish point but opposable on what he has shown under rules, latterly finishing tailed off on his hurdling debut at Ascot when 40-1.

8/1

Form: 131-2 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

2-3 in bumpers on good to soft; made a good start to hurdling career when second of nine in maiden at Sandown (2m, soft) last month, coming from the rear behind a hot favourite; that makes him one of the top contenders on hurdles form and he has plenty more to offer.

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0

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Spirits Bay

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-3 in bumpers on good to soft; made a good start to hurdling career when second of nine in maiden at Sandown (2m, soft) last month, coming from the rear behind a hot favourite; that makes him one of the top contenders on hurdles form and he has plenty more to offer.

6/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dysart Enos

TOPSPEED:

Spirits Bay

LAMBOURN:

Kintail

RP RATINGS:

Beat The Bat

The Star:

Brendas Asking

Daily Record:

Soldante

Telegraph:

Kintail

POSTDATA:

Spirits Bay

The Guardian:

Spirits Bay

D Express:

Spirits Bay

WEST COUNTRY:

Dysart Enos

The Times:

Dysart Enos

Daily Mail:

Dysart Enos

Daily Mirror:

Dysart Enos

The Sun:

Dysart Enos