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tote.co.uk Three French Hens Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £3696.7
  • 2m 3f 171y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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tote.co.uk Three French Hens Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 40-555

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

His sole win was in a maiden hurdle last summer but he's dropped a long way down the weights and has finished a respectable fifth at Ayr (2m, good to soft) and Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) in his two runs this autumn; looks worth another try at this trip and he's in the mix on this drop in grade.

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2nd

7

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 9lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Capitalised on a reduced mark to win by just over 5l over C&D (good to soft) in December; again came from the rear to challenge strongly under William Maggs over C&D (soft) one month ago but was seen off by Duyfken and is back up another 5lb today; place chance.

13/2

2nd

7

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last

3/1

1st

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Lihyan

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

His sole win was in a maiden hurdle last summer but he's dropped a long way down the weights and has finished a respectable fifth at Ayr (2m, good to soft) and Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) in his two runs this autumn; looks worth another try at this trip and he's in the mix on this drop in grade.

3/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 7-7547

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

On dangerous mark but she's still a maiden after 15 starts and has an uninspiring record of 4937677547 in handicaps; others preferred.

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11th

9

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

10st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

towards rear

9/1

0

11

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

11st 2lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

She's a 16-race maiden but she ran well when second here (2m4f, good to soft) last month off a career-low mark (behind comfortable winner Lihyan who is due to run in the 1:55); back up 1lb today; might not be far away.

9/1

2nd

4

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Dot Cotton

11st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: R Mike Smith

On dangerous mark but she's still a maiden after 15 starts and has an uninspiring record of 4937677547 in handicaps; others preferred.

9/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: -F9745

Last run: 89 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a bumper on his debut but he's not achieved much in his five hurdle runs (2m-2m4f) since May; got closer to the target at Kelso (2m2f, good) in September but was still only fifth of eight in that race and he needs to find more after another break.

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3rd

9

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Foxwood

10st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: George Bewley

Runner-up in a bumper on his debut but he's not achieved much in his five hurdle runs (2m-2m4f) since May; got closer to the target at Kelso (2m2f, good) in September but was still only fifth of eight in that race and he needs to find more after another break.

13/2

5th

8

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 25y

Class 5

15:30 Kelso

Foxwood

10st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders on outer

11/1

4th

2

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

18:20 Perth

Foxwood

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders, weakened gradually from 3 out

16/1

Form: 23P426

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Has overall record of 1-13 but his win came in this sphere and he's well treated on his best jumps form; returns after another short break but he was runner-up over fences (2m5f) on his penultimate run and is still unexposed at this sort of trip; dangerous.

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4th

5

18th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

16:50 Musselburgh

Copper Fox

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

0-11 in handicaps since winning a maiden hurdle in June 2022 but he ran well when fourth in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) last month, and this drop back in trip could bear fruit.

13/2

4th

5

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

14:07 Sedgefield

Copper Fox

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent on inner

9/1

4th

3

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Copper Fox

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has overall record of 1-13 but his win came in this sphere and he's well treated on his best jumps form; returns after another short break but he was runner-up over fences (2m5f) on his penultimate run and is still unexposed at this sort of trip; dangerous.

9/2

Form: 8723-6 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Flat (soft) and dual hurdles winner (good), at up to 2m7f; on long losing run but she ran well for a long way over 3m here (soft) last month and was only beaten 8l in that race; could go well on this drop back in trip and she's not ruled out.

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5th

8

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Misscarlett

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Philip Kirby

Flat (soft) and dual hurdles winner (good), at up to 2m7f; on long losing run but she ran well for a long way over 3m here (soft) last month and was only beaten 8l in that race; could go well on this drop back in trip and she's not ruled out.

6/1

6th

11

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Musselburgh

Misscarlett

10st 5lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Flat (soft) and dual hurdles winner (good), at up to 2m7f; on a two-year losing spell but she was back in better form in the spring; well beaten in two Flat runs since then but has to be considered an each-way possible back in this discipline.

10/1

Form: 37P238 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Only 2lb higher than for his Bangor win (2m3f, good) in May but he has a mixed record since and was tailed off back on soft ground at Sedgefield last month; hurdle record now stands at 1-29 and he comes with risks attached.

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7th

3

(2)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 5

16:05 Newcastle (AW)

Balranald

11st 0lb

J: Miss Serena Brotherton

T: Alison Hamilton

Hasn't run on the Flat since his early days in France in 2019, when he won over this trip on Polytrack; has a mixed record over jumps, beaten about 30l on his last two runs in 2023; cannot be ruled out but carries risks.

14/1

6th

6

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Balranald

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

Only 2lb higher than for his Bangor win (2m3f, good) in May but he has a mixed record since and was tailed off back on soft ground at Sedgefield last month; hurdle record now stands at 1-29 and he comes with risks attached.

7/1

8th

9

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

12:25 Sedgefield

Balranald

10st 7lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Alison Hamilton

The forecast soft ground is a concern and he's won just once over hurdles from 28 attempts; however, that was in May (2m3f, good) and he's run well to be placed the last twice (C&D most recently); claims if conditions suit.

9/1

Form: /4997-

Last run: 325 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Beaten 32l or more at big prices in three hurdle runs (2m-2m3f) for Fergal O'Brien last winter; still unexposed but he returns from almost a year off and needs to show a lot more on his handicap/stable debut; tongue-tie added.

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7th

5

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

We Gotta Getaway

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Beaten 32l or more at big prices in three hurdle runs (2m-2m3f) for Fergal O'Brien last winter; still unexposed but he returns from almost a year off and needs to show a lot more on his handicap/stable debut; tongue-tie added.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 911766

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

All four wins have been on good ground including two at at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f) in September; his last success was off 1lb higher but he's been well held back on slow ground in his last three runs and conditions could be an issue again here.

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8th

2

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Darkest Day

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

All four wins have been on good ground including two at at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f) in September; his last success was off 1lb higher but he's been well held back on slow ground in his last three runs and conditions could be an issue again here.

9/1

6th

8

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

14:10 Musselburgh

Darkest Day

10st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: William Young Jnr

Two wins at Kelso (2m5f/2m2f, good) in September and he may return to form when back on good ground; however, better could still have been expected at Kelso (2m, good to soft) and Ayr (2m, good to soft) the last twice.

25/1

6th

10

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:53 Ayr

Darkest Day

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: William Young Jnr

prominent on inner, pressed leader after 3rd, led before 5th, faced challenge after 3 out, headed and lost position 2 out, weakened quickly before last

12/1

Form: 6P5-BP

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Nine-race maiden who has not progressed and was pulled up at Kelso (2m5f, soft) last month on her first run after wind surgery; others are more convincing.

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0

7

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Melchoir

10st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Nine-race maiden who has not progressed and was pulled up at Kelso (2m5f, soft) last month on her first run after wind surgery; others are more convincing.

16/1

0

9

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

13:35 Kelso

Melchoir

10st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Yet to win but not fully exposed and has shown ability; last seen when brought down in May and has since had a wind op, but she needs to improve if she's to land this.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £319.00
Straight Forecast £284.00
Tricast £1271.80
Trifecta £1553.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lihyan

WEST COUNTRY:

We Gotta Getaway

Telegraph:

Copper Fox

POSTDATA:

Misscarlett

The Times:

Foxwood

The Star:

Melchoir

Daily Mail:

Balranald

Daily Mirror:

Copper Fox

RP RATINGS:

Lihyan

The Guardian:

Lihyan

D Express:

We Gotta Getaway

Daily Record:

We Gotta Getaway

The Sun:

Misscarlett