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13:25 Exeter

Soft

Merry Christmas Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3973.6
  • 2m 5f 137y
  • Class 5
  • 15 runners
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Merry Christmas Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.90
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 7F73-U

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Never-dangerous third behind a smart horse in his final qualifying run at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) and was noticeably short in the betting at 11-4 on his handicap debut over 3m at Ludlow (soft) where he departed early doors; interesting.

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

4th

5

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:50 Wincanton

Shuil Ceoil

11st 4lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

All out to win a Class 5 handicap at Exeter (2m5f, soft) and again ran well to be second off 3lb higher at Fontwell; up another 2lb but Thomasina Eyston takes off 7lb this time and this 6yo has some scope about him.

4/1

2nd

2

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:20 Fontwell

Shuil Ceoil

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

led, headed 2 out, kept on but no chance with winner from last

11/4

7/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 3-7062

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Dangerously handicapped and returned to form with a near miss at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft; fine on soft) when 11l ahead of Maroochi; back up 4lb but he was well backed last time and looks a player.

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2nd

3

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

No Rematch

11st 10lb

J: Miss Imogen Mathias

T: Evan Williams

Dangerously handicapped and returned to form with a near miss at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft; fine on soft) when 11l ahead of Maroochi; back up 4lb but he was well backed last time and looks a player.

7/1

2nd

4

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

14:50 Plumpton

No Rematch

11st 2lb

J: Miss Imogen Mathias

T: Evan Williams

Won handicaps over hurdles and fences during a previous spell for this yard; the wheels have rather come off and it's been a quiet start back with Evan Williams.

16/1

6th

8

6th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

12:50 Hereford

No Rematch

11st 3lb

J: Miss Imogen Mathias

T: Evan Williams

Won handicaps over hurdles and fences during a previous spell for this yard; the wheels have rather come off and it was a quiet return for Evan Williams at Exeter, albeit over too sharp a trip (2m2f).

20/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 4507-4

Last run: 229 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner in spring 2022 and was doing all his best work late in the day when never dangerous over a trip just shy of 3m at Uttoxeter on final run in May (good to soft); drop in distance wouldn't be an obvious move but this is a stiff track and the ground should be softer; considered.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Townhill

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Placed in first two handicaps (2m7f/2m5f) before making virtually all in first-time cheekpieces at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) last month; drew clear of the others with the runner-up there and a recent 5lb rise does not look excessive; high on the list.

11/4

1st

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:20 Doncaster

Townhill

11st 11lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Irish maiden point winner in March 2022; did his best work late in the day when fourth over nearly 3m at Uttoxeter (good to soft) in May on handicap debut and his rallying third of 15 over 2m6f at Taunton (soft) three weeks ago looked highly encouraging for this step back up in trip; cheekpieces are also enlisted; one for the shortlist.

5/1

3rd

5

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Townhill

11st 9lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Irish point winner in spring 2022 and was doing all his best work late in the day when never dangerous over a trip just shy of 3m at Uttoxeter on final run in May (good to soft); drop in distance wouldn't be an obvious move but this is a stiff track and the ground should be softer; considered.

9/2

Form: 477-P1 C

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Off a career-low mark when coming clear here last week over 2m2f (soft) and effectively off the same mark now with Ella Herbison claiming 7lb; that was after a break and she goes well fresh, yet quite capable of holding her form; stays 3m.

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4th

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Sindabella

11st 0lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Conditions were soft when a comfortable winner at Exeter in December and ran well back there next time; still on a competitive mark but does have to rebound after a modest run at Leicester and there are question marks against her on heavy.

16/1

9th

7

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Sindabella

10st 9lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

led

7/1

Form: 82F9-8

Last run: 155 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

16l off the winner when runner-up in a novice hurdle; beaten about a distance in his two handicaps (2m4f; tongue tied latest) but was only 5-1 last time at Uttoxeter and he made a pretty serious mid-race mistake; that was in July but may yet do better.

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5th

5

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:00 Southwell

Inchester DAmsyl

11st 8lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, not fluent 8th

9/1

17

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Inchester DAmsyl

10st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Soundly beaten in first two handicaps but, following a break, last month's fifth of 15 at Exeter (2m5f, soft) was more encouraging; has a fighting chance here if that run has brought him on.

16/1

5th

7

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Inchester DAmsyl

11st 4lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

16l off the winner when runner-up in a novice hurdle; beaten about a distance in his two handicaps (2m4f; tongue tied latest) but was only 5-1 last time at Uttoxeter and he made a pretty serious mid-race mistake; that was in July but may yet do better.

11/1

Form: 83-542 BF

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Has made a pleasing start in handicaps and attracted support when runner-up to a 50-1 winner at Wincanton (3m, heavy); won't be troubled by this shorter distance.

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2nd

4

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Ginderella

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

pressed leader

6/1

2nd

9

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Ginderella

10st 13lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Mitchell Hunt

Reached the frame in three of her first four handicaps, including when runner-up at Wincanton (3m, heavy) last month, but she was disappointing back at 2m5f at Exeter (soft) last time; bit to prove again after that laboured effort and others are more persuasive.

7/1

6th

17

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Ginderella

10st 8lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: Mitchell Hunt

Has made a pleasing start in handicaps and attracted support when runner-up to a 50-1 winner at Wincanton (3m, heavy); won't be troubled by this shorter distance.

8/1

Form: 14P-22 D

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Running well over fences when last seen, finishing second at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft) and Ffos Las (3m, good to firm); raised a collective 7lb for those efforts and he's back hurdling over a shorter trip.

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2nd

5

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Unblinking

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Bang there in 3m2f/3m handicap chases back in May and he was a big market drifter when quiet on last week's return over hurdles (2m5f); there's good reason to expect more from him here.

14/1

7th

4

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Unblinking

11st 9lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Robert Bevis

Running well over fences when last seen, finishing second at Fontwell (3m2f, good to soft) and Ffos Las (3m, good to firm); raised a collective 7lb for those efforts and he's back hurdling over a shorter trip.

12/1

Form: 68504/

Last run: 1448 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Five defeats during his previous stint with Katy Price included a 16l fourth of 16 on handicap debut at Hereford (2m3f, heavy) when 10lb higher; had 1193 days off the track following that run but she won a couple of small-field points earlier this year; now a 9yo but wouldn't be too dismissive.

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5th

10

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:28 Hereford

M Lady May

10st 10lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Katy Price

led

50/1

8th

12

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

M Lady May

10st 13lb

J: Miss Carys Morris

T: Katy Price

Five defeats during his previous stint with Katy Price included a 16l fourth of 16 on handicap debut at Hereford (2m3f, heavy) when 10lb higher; had 1193 days off the track following that run but she won a couple of small-field points earlier this year; now a 9yo but wouldn't be too dismissive.

16/1

Form: 7/97P-

Last run: 313 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

His standout piece of form remains a 125-1 second in a good-ground maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot in early 2021; well held in three handicaps (2m-2m5f) since returning from an absence and now returns from another lengthy break.

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7

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

16:35 Wincanton

Mr Sociable

10st 5lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Chris Down

125-1 runner-up in maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot in April 2021 but has shown little across his seven subsequent starts; transformation needed in first-time cheekpieces on today's chase debut.

50/1

7th

8

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:45 Wincanton

Mr Sociable

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Chris Down

His 125-1 second in a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in April 2021 remains his standout piece of form; two lengthy absences since then and has shown little in handicaps.

33/1

13th

11

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Mr Sociable

10st 13lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Chris Down

midfield, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

66/1

Form: 54P353 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Just 1-23 but not in bad form and 2m4f around Plumpton last time was on the sharp side (behind No Rematch); each-way claims.

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3rd

7

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:45 Wincanton

Maroochi

10st 5lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Keiran Burke

1m7f would have been too sharp here last time but she was poor the time before over 2m5f and is now 1-25 under rules.

16/1

5th

8

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:05 Wincanton

Maroochi

10st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Keiran Burke

Only 1-24 under rules and has struggled for consistency since back-to-back falls in late 2022; even if on a good day, this trip is short of her best.

33/1

10th

9

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Maroochi

11st 1lb

J: Miss Alice Procter

T: Keiran Burke

Just 1-23 but not in bad form and 2m4f around Plumpton last time was on the sharp side (behind No Rematch); each-way claims.

12/1

Form: U75-0U

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Flat winner; seven-race maiden over hurdles and has to raise his game; 20-1 when unseating early in a C&D handicap last month.

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7th

1

(3)

2nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

15:17 Lingfield (AW)

Arthalot

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Victor Dartnall

midfield

25/1

11th

11

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Arthalot

11st 0lb

J: Miss Heidi Stevens

T: Victor Dartnall

Flat winner; seven-race maiden over hurdles and has to raise his game; 20-1 when unseating early in a C&D handicap last month.

25/1

0

10

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

15:45 Exeter

Arthalot

11st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

held up in rear

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 80045-

Last run: 269 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

In Ireland he won a chase and two hurdles, all on slow ground; yet to show the same level of form in three starts for current yard.

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0

7

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Forrard Away

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Ryan Chapman

Won two hurdles and a chase in Ireland, the latter in May 2021, but low key over hurdles and fences in Britain over the last 12 months.

33/1

0

1

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Forrard Away

12st 0lb

J: Mr Martin McIntyre

T: Ryan Chapman

In Ireland he won a chase and two hurdles, all on slow ground; yet to show the same level of form in three starts for current yard.

25/1

Form: 5-56PP C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Triple hurdle winner who has won over fences; however, he looks stuck in a rut right now in both disciplines and now has another change of headgear (has won in cheekpieces).

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0

6

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Midnight Glance

11st 4lb

J: Mr Rian Corcoran

T: Alan King

Triple hurdle winner who has won over fences; however, he looks stuck in a rut right now in both disciplines and now has another change of headgear (has won in cheekpieces).

20/1

0

1

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:33 Taunton

Midnight Glance

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Triple hurdle winner who won over fences at Exeter (3m, good) last November but he's lost his way since and was pulled up at Huntingdon last month; now 2lb lower than for his chase win but he needs to turn things around; reapplied visor replaces cheekpieces.

20/1

0

3

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:13 Huntingdon

Midnight Glance

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Three-time hurdle winner who won a 3m chase at Exeter (good) last November; soon went downhill afterwards (twice hurdling this summer) and now has questions to answer.

10/1

Form: P1-96P

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Was going nowhere when pulled up on chase debut last time; didn't head into that in much form and the ground was good when he won at Taunton in March; tongue-tie sported then and since is now left off.

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0

8

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Unspeakable

11st 3lb

J: Mr Daniel Ellis

T: Christian Williams

Was going nowhere when pulled up on chase debut last time; didn't head into that in much form and the ground was good when he won at Taunton in March; tongue-tie sported then and since is now left off.

12/1

0

5

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

13:30 Fakenham

Unspeakable

10st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

held up in rear, detached and struggling before 6th, pulled up before 9th

9/1

6th

6

10th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

16:55 Huntingdon

Unspeakable

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Left disappointing handicap debut a long way behind when rallying gamely for narrow win at Taunton (3m, good; first-time tongue-tie) in March; back in the doldrums at Warwick in May and not an easy one to predict here, but probably still has potential.

6/1

Form: 9-3550

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

0-8 and no closer than 14l in any of her races; didn't look the easiest of rides when tailed off on her handicap debut at Taunton (2m3f, good; 25-1).

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4th

3

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

14:20 Plumpton

Nathan Walker

10st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

held up in rear, mistake 4th, not fluent 9th, mistake and outpaced 3 out, left in remote fourth when not fluent last

33/1

0

10

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Nathan Walker

11st 0lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Keiran Burke

0-8 and no closer than 14l in any of her races; didn't look the easiest of rides when tailed off on her handicap debut at Taunton (2m3f, good; 25-1).

33/1

10th

5

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Nathan Walker

11st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Keiran Burke

towards rear, headway after 5th

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £637.00
Straight Forecast £429.60
Tricast £2393.30
Trifecta £2639.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Shuil Ceoil

RP RATINGS:

Sindabella

D Express:

Townhill

Daily Mail:

Ginderella

WEST COUNTRY:

Maroochi

Telegraph:

Forrard Away

The Times:

Shuil Ceoil

The Guardian:

Shuil Ceoil

Daily Mirror:

Shuil Ceoil

The Sun:

Townhill

POSTDATA:

Sindabella

The Star:

Sindabella

Daily Record:

Sindabella