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15:35 Ascot

Good To Soft

Betfair Exchange Trophy (A Handicap Hurdle) (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £85425
  • 1m 7f 152y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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Betfair Exchange Trophy (A Handicap Hurdle) (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 143-23 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

First met defeat at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals; has had to settle for further minor honours this term (2m, soft) in Listed event at Wetherby and the Greatwood at Cheltenham, in the latter 7l third of 15 off today's mark to Iberico Lord; they were creditable efforts in form terms but she needs a bit extra if she's to take a race of today's quality.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Luccia

11st 8lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Nicky Henderson

First met defeat at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals; has had to settle for further minor honours this term (2m, soft) in Listed event at Wetherby and the Greatwood at Cheltenham, in the latter 7l third of 15 off today's mark to Iberico Lord; they were creditable efforts in form terms but she needs a bit extra if she's to take a race of today's quality.

8/1

3rd

6

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Luccia

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

First met defeat at the Cheltenham (Grade 2 Mares' Novice) and Aintree (Grade 1 novice) festivals, still making the frame but perhaps not living up to star potential shown in February; tired late on and seen off by the Mares' Novice winner once again when they reappeared at Wetherby (2m, soft) 15 days ago, but creditable on form and it's possible that she'll have come on since that run; has to be considered on this high-profile handicap debut.

9/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 212-11 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Well-backed favourite for 17-runner race at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) five weeks ago on handicap debut and he justified it, leading at the last and driven out to take career record to 5-7; withdrawn when ground was heavy two weeks ago (runner-up on soft on hurdles debut); 10lb higher than at Cheltenham, so needs further marked improvement but no shock if he finds it.

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3rd

7

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Impose Toi

11st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Form figures read 11212112; would likely have won a major handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good) most recently but for two late errors; stays 2m5f and commands respect, being a very solid and progressive sort.

3/1

2nd

8

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Impose Toi

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

Well-backed favourite for 17-runner race at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) five weeks ago on handicap debut and he justified it, leading at the last and driven out to take career record to 5-7; withdrawn when ground was heavy two weeks ago (runner-up on soft on hurdles debut); 10lb higher than at Cheltenham, so needs further marked improvement but no shock if he finds it.

11/2

11/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: /119-2 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

12-1 but ran poorly in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in April in hat-trick bid; disputed favouritism and tongue tied when creditable second of 12 on reappearance over C&D (soft) seven weeks ago on handicap debut, held up, travelling up well but never getting to grips with the winner; raised just 1lb and can surely strike at some point off this mark.

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14th

14

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Altobelli

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

3-3 prior to Grade 1 flop last April; solid efforts in handicaps at Ascot (1m7f, soft/good) this season, close third to Luccia latest despite the steady pace not being ideal; lightly raced and still gives the impression there's a good prize in him; warrants plenty of respect.

7/1

3rd

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Altobelli

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

12-1 but ran poorly in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in April in hat-trick bid; disputed favouritism and tongue tied when creditable second of 12 on reappearance over C&D (soft) seven weeks ago on handicap debut, held up, travelling up well but never getting to grips with the winner; raised just 1lb and can surely strike at some point off this mark.

11/2

2nd

4

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Altobelli

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

took keen hold, towards rear of midfield, headway 4 out, went second 2 out, kept on, no match for winner

13/2

Form: 0-7511 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Back from a lull to win at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) and Huntingdon (2m, good) on last two outings, racing close up throughout; raised another 6lb and Finn Lambert, who won twice on him last winter, takes over again; this quality race demands a marked step forward.

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9th

20

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Moveit Like Minnie

10st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Stablemate of Norman Fletcher; raced mainly on good/good to soft; creditable fourth to Luccia at Ascot when bidding for a hat-trick but may ideally need a drop back in grade; all wins in Class 3 or lower.

66/1

4th

10

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Moveit Like Minnie

10st 10lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Back from a lull to win at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) and Huntingdon (2m, good) on last two outings, racing close up throughout; raised another 6lb and Finn Lambert, who won twice on him last winter, takes over again; this quality race demands a marked step forward.

22/1

1st

6

14th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:15 Huntingdon

Moveit Like Minnie

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

led narrowly early, headed and raced in second after 1st, pressed leader after 3 out, pushed along to lead before 2 out, edged right approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in, went clear final 110yds, comfortably

9/2

Form: 154-21 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Has won on soft; excellent fourth in Grade 1 novice at Aintree in April; travelled smoothly to two out and responded well thereafter when winning eight-runner Grade 3 handicap at Newbury (again 2m on good to soft) three weeks ago; up 4lb and in a much stronger field but he's a serious prospect.

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5th

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Hansard

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Has won on soft; excellent fourth in Grade 1 novice at Aintree in April; travelled smoothly to two out and responded well thereafter when winning eight-runner Grade 3 handicap at Newbury (again 2m on good to soft) three weeks ago; up 4lb and in a much stronger field but he's a serious prospect.

6/1

1st

1

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

14:15 Newbury

Hansard

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Fine fourth in Grade 1 Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in April and that form reads well; returned with respectable second of four in Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton (2m, good to soft), which may have got the freshness out of him (didn't settle); one to consider on handicap debut.

13/2

2nd

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:00 Wincanton

Hansard

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, raced in second, pressed leader when not fluent 2 out, no chance with winner when not fluent last, kept on run-in

7/4

Form: 8-13OO D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Made good headway when favourite in 18-runner race for handicap debut at Cork (2m2f) in August, only to run out approaching the final flight; left Niall Madden prior to the Greatwood at Cheltenham (first run on soft) last month, which looked a tough target on the face of it for one so inexperienced but he's with highly respected connections and started favourite, only to run out when racing on the inner at the fourth last; has a major kink to be addressed there but it looks fair to say he has untapped potential.

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18th

25

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Onlyamatteroftime

10st 3lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Unraced on heavy ground; quirky sort, having run out in first two handicap attempts, but he is still unexposed; unsuited by steady pace at Ascot (second start for Willie Mullins) last time and this should pan out better; not ruled out.

12/1

6th

11

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Onlyamatteroftime

10st 2lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Made good headway when favourite in 18-runner race for handicap debut at Cork (2m2f) in August, only to run out approaching the final flight; left Niall Madden prior to the Greatwood at Cheltenham (first run on soft) last month, which looked a tough target on the face of it for one so inexperienced but he's with highly respected connections and started favourite, only to run out when racing on the inner at the fourth last; has a major kink to be addressed there but it looks fair to say he has untapped potential.

5/1

0

16

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Onlyamatteroftime

10st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Unraced on worse than yielding ground; awarded the race at Punchestown in June in his only bumper, after interference; made good headway when favourite in 18-runner race for handicap debut at Cork (2m2f) in August, only to run out approaching the final flight; joined a very shrewd owner before that and has since left Niall Madden; needs to have learned a great deal since but it looks fair to say he has untapped potential and that Willie Mullins is a good man to make the most of it.

4/1

Form: 6F12-1 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Problems on his first two British starts but marked improvement in his three since wind surgery; latest was the 15-runner Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, soft) in which he was held up travelling well, challenged at the last and stayed on strongly for a clearcut win as the first two drew clear; up 8lb but no surprise if he improves again for another win.

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1st

9

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Iberico Lord

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on heavy; disappointing in the Ascot race won by stablemate Luccia but may well rebound; progressive otherwise in 2023, notably winning the Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, soft; beat Lookaway; strong form) in November; still of interest.

6/1

7th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Iberico Lord

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Problems on his first two British starts but marked improvement in his three since wind surgery; latest was the 15-runner Greatwood at Cheltenham (2m, soft) in which he was held up travelling well, challenged at the last and stayed on strongly for a clearcut win as the first two drew clear; up 8lb but no surprise if he improves again for another win.

3/1

1st

13

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Iberico Lord

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

French bumper winner; problems on his first two British starts (here first time) but had wind surgery in January and much better in two April runs, leading in the final strides at Stratford (2m, heavy) first occasion; produced a tremendous late bid when close second of 15 in novice handicap at Sandown (2m, soft) last time, which was mouth-watering for his prospects this term despite his 6lb higher mark.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: P1-6P2 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Came good at the right time to win at 33-1 in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in March, capitalising on a reduced mark; near that form when second of six off this 3lb higher mark over C&D (good) four weeks ago but he faces improvers in this line-up.

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5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Ended last season with a narrow success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham off 3lb lower; harder to fancy on the balance of his form this term, most recently well held in the Ascot contest won by Luccia.

66/1

8th

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Faivoir

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Came good at the right time to win at 33-1 in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in March, capitalising on a reduced mark; near that form when second of six off this 3lb higher mark over C&D (good) four weeks ago but he faces improvers in this line-up.

25/1

Form: 61-2U9 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Has some quirks but held on by a short head in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton in April and good second in the Swinton at Haydock (again on good; acts on soft) in May, when a last-flight error might have cost him the race; unseated early on reappearance, eight days before tailed off here seven weeks ago, so others have more pressing claims at the moment.

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4th

8

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Teddy Blue

10st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Unplaced on his last four starts but there was a bit more promise in his sixth of 19 to Jay Jay Reilly in the Lanzarote at Kempton five weeks ago, when the 2m5f trip might have stretched his stamina (both hurdles wins at 2m); this intermediate distance could be ideal and he's gradually slipping in the weights; not without a chance in a first-time tongue-strap.

9/1

6th

9

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Teddy Blue

11st 3lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Useful at about 2m on his day but has a major question mark over current form; chance depends on whether the combination of new trip and first-time cheekpieces prompts a revival.

33/1

9th

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Teddy Blue

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Has some quirks but held on by a short head in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton in April and good second in the Swinton at Haydock (again on good; acts on soft) in May, when a last-flight error might have cost him the race; unseated early on reappearance, eight days before tailed off here seven weeks ago, so others have more pressing claims at the moment.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £364.00
Straight Forecast £483.90
Tricast £1951.50
Trifecta £1945.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Iberico Lord

WEST COUNTRY:

Altobelli

LAMBOURN:

Impose Toi

POSTDATA:

Luccia

D Express:

Onlyamatteroftime

The Guardian:

Moveit Like Minnie

Daily Mirror:

Hansard

RP RATINGS:

Iberico Lord

TOPSPEED:

Iberico Lord

The Star:

Iberico Lord

Daily Record:

Impose Toi

The Times:

Altobelli

Daily Mail:

Altobelli

The Sun:

Altobelli

Telegraph:

Luccia