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Weatherbys & Birdie Calendars Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5809.1
  • 2m 3f 207y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Weatherbys & Birdie Calendars Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 37440- D

Last run: 290 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; good fourth in the 2021 Ballymore (unbeaten previously); below that form subsequently (over fences/hurdles) but looks interesting off this reduced mark dropped in grade; first run since wind surgery.

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Form: 121-P2 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; successful twice, including here, as a novice hurdler last term; solid second, behind a rival who was on middle leg of hat-trick, at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) most recently; respected off 1lb lower.

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7th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Benassi

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Easy win on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft) last April and returned to form when second of four at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) in November; firmly put in his place on that latest start but the winner is a highly progressive sort who was on the middle leg of a hat-trick; appealing claims.

7/2

2nd

1

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

14:20 Lingfield

Benassi

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, not fluent 1st, pressed winner then switched left before 2 out, kept on run-in, no match for winner

9/2

Form: 37-314 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Stablemate of Benassi; seemingly outstayed over 2m7f on heavy ground most recently; successful at Warwick (2m5f, soft) the time before and that form has substance; has won here; remains of interest.

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2nd

1

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:33 Uttoxeter

Benign Dictator

12st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, headway after 7th, led 2 out, soon idled and ridden, headed inside final 110yds, kept on

7/2

Form: 6P9-26

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Formerly useful; close second at this course (2m, heavy) on seasonal debut but failed to back up that effort last time; something to prove back up in distance, having done all his winning at about 2m.

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3rd

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Sizing Pottsie

11st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Smart chaser in his prime; on the downgrade now and has rather mixed record over hurdles this season but lurks on a very tempting mark and ought to handle today's ground well; will be very dangerous if perked up by first-time blinkers.

7/1

7th

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery, but that's been followed by three lesser efforts; rarely seen over this far.

33/1

4th

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery; followed that with a poor show but made a partial revival at Leicester on latest outing, albeit held by Made For You.

5/1

Form: 556-P6

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Hurdle/chase winner in France; has shown no promise in two starts for new stable, having been a 33-1 shot both times; best watched unless the market signals are stronger.

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2

11th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:40 Catterick

Fricotin

12st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

French hurdle/chase winner who is one to watch in the betting on his third stable start, but he's struggled over fences/hurdles on his first two runs in Britain and a major turnaround is required.

25/1

6th

6

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:41 Doncaster

Fricotin

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Won over hurdles and fences in France last year but struggled to get competitive in Wetherby chase on last month's British debut and is very difficult to enthuse over after that performance.

20/1

Form: 25-12P D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Very disappointing at Fakenham last week; in great form otherwise this term, opening her account at Fakenham (2m4f, good to soft) then going very close at Leicester (1m7f, heavy); may well bounce back.

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6

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Crem Fresh

10st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Barry Brennan

Below her best on last three appearances, though a reluctance to settle (often the case) was never going to help when upped to nearly 3m the last time; she did win at Fakenham in November (7lb lower) on her last race at about this trip and heavy ground is fine.

10/1

3rd

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:40 Fakenham

Crem Fresh

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Barry Brennan

took keen hold, led, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out

9/1

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Verdict

Provided wind surgery has the desired effect, class-dropper BEAR GHYLLS could well take advantage of a handy mark and record a first success since his useful novice campaign. Benassi (second choice) and Benign Dictator give Olly Murphy a robust hand.[Steve Boow]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bear Ghylls

RP RATINGS:

Benign Dictator

TOPSPEED:

Benassi

The Times:

Benassi

The Sun:

Benassi

POSTDATA:

Benign Dictator

Daily Mirror:

Benign Dictator

Daily Record:

Benign Dictator

WEST COUNTRY:

Bear Ghylls

Telegraph:

Bear Ghylls

D Express:

Bear Ghylls

The Star:

Bear Ghylls