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12:45 Ascot

Good To Soft

Howden Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8792.86
  • 2m 5f 141y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Howden Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 883-21 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Has a fine record over this sort of trip as a hurdler, including scoring by a neck in 15-runner race at Doncaster on latest outing; possibly best on good or good to soft but he demands plenty of respect.

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1st

9

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Immortal Fame

10st 9lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Has a fine record over this sort of trip as a hurdler, including scoring by a neck in 15-runner race at Doncaster on latest outing; possibly best on good or good to soft but he demands plenty of respect.

7/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 931-21

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Second over 3m on only start pointing; 2-4 in bumpers and made a solid start over hurdles when second at Newton Abbot (2m1f, soft) and making all in a maiden at Fakenham (2m, good to soft); dictated at 4-5 in slowly run race for the latter; unexposed sort who takes a marked step up in trip for this handicap debut (non-runner over 3m on heavy 13 days ago) and is one to note.

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2nd

3

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

14:55 Leicester

Roger Pol

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

Dual bumper winner; has form figures of 212 over hurdles, the win gained at Fakenham (2m, good to soft); ran well in Ascot handicap (2m5f, good to soft) most recently; strong contender returned to novice level.

13/8

2nd

6

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Roger Pol

11st 2lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

Second over 3m on only start pointing; 2-4 in bumpers and made a solid start over hurdles when second at Newton Abbot (2m1f, soft) and making all in a maiden at Fakenham (2m, good to soft); dictated at 4-5 in slowly run race for the latter; unexposed sort who takes a marked step up in trip for this handicap debut (non-runner over 3m on heavy 13 days ago) and is one to note.

11/4

7/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 20-23

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Had wind surgery after his second bumper; better to be placed this autumn at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) and Wetherby (2m, heavy; tongue tied) in his first two starts over hurdles; needs to improve his jumping but there is plenty of encouragement in his pedigree for this longer trip, including as half-brother to the high-class chaser Any Second Now; considered on handicap debut.

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3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Delgany Bobby Blue

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced 6yo who has posted some solid efforts, including on heavy ground and when fair third on handicap debut at Ascot (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; he's a half-brother to Any Second Now, who has twice been placed in the Grand National, and could improve now up in trip again.

11/2

3rd

8

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Delgany Bobby Blue

10st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Had wind surgery after his second bumper; better to be placed this autumn at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) and Wetherby (2m, heavy; tongue tied) in his first two starts over hurdles; needs to improve his jumping but there is plenty of encouragement in his pedigree for this longer trip, including as half-brother to the high-class chaser Any Second Now; considered on handicap debut.

7/1

3rd

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:29 Wetherby

Delgany Bobby Blue

11st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

held up in last

7/1

Form: P-5243 CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

2-5 at Ascot; mostly disappointing in his nine runs this year, including twice at this track, and his best run in that period came when runner-up over 3m2f in May; wore cheekpieces on last four starts; 12lb higher this time last year but a revival is needed.

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4th

3

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Fifty Ball

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

2-5 at Ascot; mostly disappointing in his nine runs this year, including twice at this track, and his best run in that period came when runner-up over 3m2f in May; wore cheekpieces on last four starts; 12lb higher this time last year but a revival is needed.

8/1

12/1

Form: 163142

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort who has won three times this year, latest at Bangor in September and he was runner-up there in early October when last seen; this trip is some concern given that most of his runs this year (and the wins) have been over 2m7f-3m.

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5th

9

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Halifax

11st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Consistent sort who won three times last year, latest in September; well below form in December on latest start but that was after 79 days off, when 20-1 and over just an extended 2m5f, whereas most of his runs last year (and the wins) were over 2m7f-3m; place chance if back on song.

12/1

Form: -81213 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Goes well for a claimer and resurgent on last four outings, including wins at Fontwell (2m5f) and Ascot (2m3f, soft); made the running in the latter and again when better than ever in close third here (3m, good) on latest outing; up another 2lb but should be bang there.

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0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:00 Huntingdon

Rebel Intentions

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

in rear, soon detached

6/1

6th

10

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Rebel Intentions

10st 6lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Goes well for a claimer and resurgent on last four outings, including wins at Fontwell (2m5f) and Ascot (2m3f, soft); made the running in the latter and again when better than ever in close third here (3m, good) on latest outing; up another 2lb but should be bang there.

6/1

Form: 61/P-5

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced in the last two years; pulled up on chase debut in October 2022 and below form back over hurdles when next seen late last month; tongue tied on last three starts and now also sports cheekpieces; won off this mark in April 2022 but it's hard to be that confident in a revival.

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0

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Mot A Mot

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

3lb below his last winning mark but hasn't shown sufficient in two outings following more than a year out to persuade especially, notwithstanding a drop in class here; cheekpieces debuted last time are retained.

16/1

7th

7

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Mot A Mot

11st 2lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Sam Thomas

Very lightly raced in the last two years; pulled up on chase debut in October 2022 and below form back over hurdles when next seen late last month; tongue tied on last three starts and now also sports cheekpieces; won off this mark in April 2022 but it's hard to be that confident in a revival.

12/1

Form: PP5-66

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won twice (2m4f/2m3f on good, latest last December) but ended his time at Nicky Henderson's mostly out of form; back up from 2m/1m7f today but has not accomplished enough in his two runs for new yard to be persuasive.

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8th

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Rathmacknee

11st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

Won twice (2m4f/2m3f on good, latest last December) but ended his time at Nicky Henderson's mostly out of form; back up from 2m/1m7f today but has not accomplished enough in his two runs for new yard to be persuasive.

50/1

6th

2

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:45 Wincanton

Rathmacknee

12st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

raced wide, took keen hold, midfield, headway and pressed leader after 3 out

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2P13P- D

Last run: 237 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Only two good runs from her six handicaps, the last five of which have been over fences; the latest good show was a win in five-runner race at Bangor (2m4f, good to soft) in February; chance if she's back in that mood.

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1

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Fable

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Only two good runs from her six handicaps, the last five of which have been over fences; the latest good show was a win in five-runner race at Bangor (2m4f, good to soft) in February; chance if she's back in that mood.

12/1

Form: 414-11

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

1-3 in bumpers, the win on good to soft and below form sole start on soft; absent 320 days before easily winning last month over hurdles at Hereford (2m4f, good) in a maiden and novice; hot favourite in both of those and this handicap debut presents much sterner opposition but he's promising.

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0

2

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Magic Seven

11st 12lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

1-3 in bumpers, the win on good to soft and below form sole start on soft; absent 320 days before easily winning last month over hurdles at Hereford (2m4f, good) in a maiden and novice; hot favourite in both of those and this handicap debut presents much sterner opposition but he's promising.

3/1

1st

1

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:20 Hereford

Magic Seven

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won bumper here last November and was far too good for Face D'Music when scoring over C&D (good) on recent seasonal/hurdle debut; faces a tough opponent today but still commands respect.

9/4

1st

3

6th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:20 Hereford

Magic Seven

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway and 5 out, led 2 out, pushed along and went clear approaching last, comfortably

2/1

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Payout
Exacta £273.00
Straight Forecast £258.90
Tricast £3748.50
Trifecta £4239.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Rebel Intentions

WEST COUNTRY:

Magic Seven

RP RATINGS:

Roger Pol

POSTDATA:

Immortal Fame

The Guardian:

Halifax

The Times:

Fifty Ball

Telegraph:

Magic Seven

Daily Mail:

Magic Seven

LAMBOURN:

Roger Pol

Daily Record:

Roger Pol

TOPSPEED:

Rebel Intentions

Daily Mirror:

Rebel Intentions

The Star:

Rebel Intentions

D Express:

Immortal Fame

The Sun:

Immortal Fame