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14:30 Ascot

Good To Soft

WB Wealth Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £8264.76
  • 1m 7f 152y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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WB Wealth Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £18.70
  • Place: £4.30

Form: 22-42

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in both bumpers (good to firm/heavy) and again showed ability when second at Taunton (2m, good to soft) on his second hurdle start; he was no match for the odds-on winner last time but this very lightly raced 5yo begins handicap life on a fair mark and is open to improvement.

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1st

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:46 Sandown

Titan Discovery

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Runner-up in four of his six races; went one better by a head in a sustained duel for 14-runner handicap at Ascot (1m7f) in December, before finding only a Henderson-trained favourite too hot in ten-runner novice handicap over C&D (again good to soft) 12 days ago; more to prove back in the mud and after a 4lb rise, but lots to like.

9/4

2nd

9

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

13:25 Sandown

Titan Discovery

11st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Runner-up in three of first four starts; went one better by a head in a sustained duel for 14-runner handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft) six weeks ago; 7lb higher today but this longer trip has to be of interest.

12/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 460321 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 5yo who built upon last month's stable debut second at Warwick (2m, soft) when winning at Wetherby (2m, soft) most recently; his opening mark could underestimate him and he's respected.

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6th

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Toonagh Warrior

12st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Ex-Irish maiden who has made a cracking start for his new connections, following his novice success (2m, soft) with a narrow failure in a competitive Class 4 handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft; pulled clear of the third); needs another jolt of improvement off 7lb higher but that's feasible over this longer trip.

8/1

2nd

7

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Toonagh Warrior

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Ex-Irish 5yo who built upon last month's stable debut second at Warwick (2m, soft) when winning at Wetherby (2m, soft) most recently; his opening mark could underestimate him and he's respected.

8/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 106-32

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

French heavy-ground hurdle winner who has improved with each of his four British starts, most recently finished second at Newbury (2m, good to soft); this 4yo could continue to progress and he's one to consider.

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2nd

14

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Bad

10st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Winless in five runs since arriving from France but the first of them came in the competitive Fred Winter at Cheltenham and he has been placed on all three starts this season, two of them here; went in snatches last time but still ran well and has since had wind surgery; reappears in cheekpieces with his stable in very good form; moving up from 2m to 2m3f could suit; interesting.

6/1

3rd

1

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Bad

12st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

French heavy-ground hurdle winner who has improved with each of his four British starts, most recently finished second at Newbury (2m, good to soft); this 4yo could continue to progress and he's one to consider.

7/2

2nd

7

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

14:15 Newbury

Bad

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

French hurdle winner who was very well backed on his British debut when mid-division in the 4yo handicap at the Cheltenham Festival in March; fair efforts at Ascot on his two runs since and he could improve for last month's reappearance there, but he needs to.

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: F67-97 D

Last run: 116 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott but he hasn't been at his best in various disciplines in the second half of this year, and he may be best watched on today's stable debut.

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3rd

5

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Douglas Dc

11st 11lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Tony Carroll

Sole win in 24 races under rules was in a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott; goes well on soft ground (runner-up on heavy on Flat) and this season's first two starts for new yard were his best efforts for a while; second of eight in a military race over C&D latest, behind a runaway winner but this 6yo is still one to consider.

9/2

2nd

1

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Douglas Dc

12st 2lb

J: Sgt Nathan Rahman

T: Tony Carroll

Sole win in 23 rules races was in a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott; goes well on soft ground and, after running his best race for a while at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft), he found everything happening too fast at Kempton behind the smart Rare Edition; can do better this time.

10/1

5th

4

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Douglas Dc

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Tony Carroll

held up in rear, slow jump 3 out

9/1

Form: 32-672

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Placed in bumpers and tapped back into that promise when second at 40-1 at Newbury (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago on his third hurdle start, behind the exciting Jeriko Du Reponet; he could have more to offer and is a possible contender on his handicap debut.

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6th

2

8th Feb 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:40 Huntingdon

King William Rufus

11st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Ran respectably at Newbury (behind notable rival) and Ascot (handicap debut) the last twice; still well treated on bumper form, which has plenty of substance; one to consider.

12/1

5th

9

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

King William Rufus

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Chris Gordon

Placed in bumpers and tapped back into that promise when second at 40-1 at Newbury (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago on his third hurdle start, behind the exciting Jeriko Du Reponet; he could have more to offer and is a possible contender on his handicap debut.

10/1

2nd

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:10 Newbury

King William Rufus

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Has failed to transfer his consistent bumper form to two hurdles attempts, distant seventh over C&D latest; as things stand, he'll be more interesting when qualified for handicaps.

25/1

Form: 86231-

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Below par on the Flat seven weeks ago on latest start but fair effort in that code in October; on his last handicap hurdle start he was third in a 4yo race over C&D (good to soft) in April and, with that form having worked out nicely, he appeals as being well treated off this 2lb higher mark.

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11

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Havaila

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

Fair stayer on the Flat and this move up in trip holds strong possibilities following his Sandown 2m4f win (soft) three weeks ago when stamina seemed to win the day; up 4lb and needs improvement but he makes serious appeal.

11/2

1st

13

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Havaila

10st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

Useful dual-purpose performer who returned to jumps action with a 14l sixth in a competitive handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft); has to find something on that form but conditions won't bother him, nor the trip; each-way appeal.

14/1

16/1

Form: 216F-F D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Disappointing on handicap debut at Newbury in March and has fallen the next twice; however, he was in contention when exiting two out over C&D last month on his reappearance and this 5yo remains lightly raced; not discounted.

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7th

6

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Poncho

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Disappointing on handicap debut at Newbury in March and has fallen the next twice; however, he was in contention when exiting two out over C&D last month on his reappearance and this 5yo remains lightly raced; not discounted.

16/1

0

7

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Poncho

10st 4lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Showed promise on first three starts before winning a novice hurdle at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) in January; his first two handicap outings in March yielded a heavy defeat then an early fall, but this very lightly raced 5yo retains potential and is not written off on reappearance.

11/2

Form: 22-3 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Beaten at 5-2, 10-11 and 13-8 on his three starts, and no match for the first two when third on last month's handicap debut here (2m3f, soft); however, he's in top hands and things may click in a big way at some point.

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0

5

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Huntingdon

Immortal

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

raced in second, not fluent 6th, pulled up quickly after 7th

5/2

8th

8

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Immortal

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Beaten at 5-2, 10-11 and 13-8 on his three starts, and no match for the first two when third on last month's handicap debut here (2m3f, soft); however, he's in top hands and things may click in a big way at some point.

3/1

Form: 3031-P

Last run: 235 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Made all at Sedgefield (2m4f, good; also effective on good to soft) and on that evidence this 5lb higher mark may not be beyond him; however, he struggled over hurdles and on the Flat on his last two outings in May/June and needs to get back on track following a break.

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1

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Jaramillo

12st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made all at Sedgefield (2m4f) last February off 3lb lower; however, he's struggled in his three starts (one on Flat) since, the latest six weeks ago after 203 days off; not proven beyond 2m4f (one attempt).

9/1

9th

5

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Jaramillo

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made all at Sedgefield (2m4f, good; also effective on good to soft) and on that evidence this 5lb higher mark may not be beyond him; however, he struggled over hurdles and on the Flat on his last two outings in May/June and needs to get back on track following a break.

14/1

Form: 13846-

Last run: 245 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Easy win off this mark at Fontwell (2m1f, good) last December and also on the scoresheet on the Flat this June; however, his 2023 form in both codes has been patchy, and he's been well beaten on the Flat the last twice.

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8th

3

29th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:20 Plumpton

Rays The One

11st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Mark Pattinson

midfield

20/1

10th

15

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Rays The One

10st 8lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Mark Pattinson

Easy win off this mark at Fontwell (2m1f, good) last December and also on the scoresheet on the Flat this June; however, his 2023 form in both codes has been patchy, and he's been well beaten on the Flat the last twice.

50/1

Form: 346620

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Ran well when second of seven at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October on second handicap start, but down the field at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) subsequently and he needs to raise his game this afternoon.

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11th

14

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Redbridge Rambler

10st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Ran well when second of seven at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October on second handicap start, but down the field at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) subsequently and he needs to raise his game this afternoon.

25/1

13th

18

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 3

16:05 Cheltenham

Redbridge Rambler

10st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Fair maiden after seven races under rules; ran in handicaps on last two outings, good second of seven at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) on latest when he made a mistake at the final flight; headgear enlisted; could still prove capable of better.

20/1

25/1

Form: /4161- D

Last run: 260 days

W: 10st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

11yo who won over fences on two of his final three runs last season; he's on a competitive mark on that form but chasing is his game and he was tailed off in January on his last hurdle outing; others make greater appeal.

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5th

7

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Ardmayle

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ali Stronge

in touch with leaders, bumped 2nd

14/1

12th

13

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Ardmayle

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Ali Stronge

11yo who won over fences on two of his final three runs last season; he's on a competitive mark on that form but chasing is his game and he was tailed off in January on his last hurdle outing; others make greater appeal.

25/1

1st

2

6th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Ardmayle

12st 1lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Ali Stronge

Readily won at Southwell (2m, good; fine on soft) in February but failed to repeat that form when only sixth on his return visit; on a decent mark but hard to know what to expect from him.

100/30

Form: 351P8- D

Last run: 284 days

W: 11st 1lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Won maiden hurdle at Hereford (2m, soft) in January for Alan King but struggled in this code the next twice; failed to threaten on the Flat in June on first two runs for this yard and he has something to prove.

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9th

6

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:20 Fontwell

Tying The Knot

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Daniel O’Brien

towards rear, struggling before 3 out

50/1

13th

11

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Tying The Knot

11st 1lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Daniel O’Brien

Won maiden hurdle at Hereford (2m, soft) in January for Alan King but struggled in this code the next twice; failed to threaten on the Flat in June on first two runs for this yard and he has something to prove.

66/1

3rd

5

(1)

28th Jun 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:50 Kempton (AW)

Tying The Knot

9st 6lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Daniel O’Brien

2m hurdles winner in January (soft) but the same trip has stretched him a bit in C&D Flat handicaps latterly, even when placing; also nearly 7l to find with Devizes for their clash over 1m4f here in April.

25/1

Form: 33213- D BF

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Some good performances during last season's novice hurdle campaign, the highlight his easy maiden win at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in March; needs to prove he can cut it off this handicap debut mark, but not discounted.

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0

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 4

14:30 Ascot

Mardoof

11st 13lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Some good performances during last season's novice hurdle campaign, the highlight his easy maiden win at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in March; needs to prove he can cut it off this handicap debut mark, but not discounted.

14/1

3rd

3

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:35 Taunton

Mardoof

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Mitchell Hunt

raced in second, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and lost second before 2 out, weakened approaching last

11/10

1st

10

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Mardoof

11st 6lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

jumped well and travelled strongly, prominent, led 3rd

6/4

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TOPSPEED:

Immortal

Daily Mirror:

Toonagh Warrior

SPOTLIGHT:

Jagwar

POSTDATA:

Immortal

LAMBOURN:

Immortal

Daily Mail:

Immortal

D Express:

Immortal

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