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Heavy

Poundland Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 3m 2f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Poundland Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Stayers’ Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 125-3P D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Dual novice winner on slow ground last season (2m4f/3m1f); pulled up on chasing debut three weeks ago and now reverts to hurdling with cheekpieces fitted but the form of last month's third at Ffos Las (3m, soft) has worked out quite well and he's now 2lb lower.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

4th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Grove Road

12st 2lb

J: Miss Brodie Hampson

T: Archie Watson

Made quite pleasing seasonal debut over hurdles in the autumn but has largely been disappointing since (mostly over fences); will be suited by today's trip/ground and has become very well handicapped but has much more to prove than some.

12/1

6th

2

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

15:45 Catterick

Grove Road

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Beaten nearly 20l when third at Uttoxeter (3m2f, heavy) in January on second chase start, but that was an encouraging run behind a well-handicapped winner and 3m5f stretched him at Lingfield three weeks ago; now 7lb lower than at Uttoxeter and could go well back down in trip.

15/2

Form: 222-20 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Course bumper winner who has finished second on five of his seven hurdling starts, including when upped to 3m1f for good-ground maiden won by Exmoor Forest here in May; last month's down-the-field finish in a competitive Cheltenham handicap is not viewed harshly (hampered by a faller) and he's effective on heavy ground; might be the answer.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Hauraki Gulf

11st 5lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Placed but unable to win over hurdles; has soon put that right as a chaser in going 2-3, albeit in small fields and less competitive races than this; handicap mark hasn't really gone anywhere so just a question of whether he can deal with today's classier opposition; conditions won't stop him.

8/1

1st

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

16:05 Leicester

Hauraki Gulf

12st 1lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

pressed leader on inner, briefly led 3 out, ridden and led again approaching last, stayed on final 110yds

5/1

3rd

7

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Exeter

Hauraki Gulf

10st 12lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

prominent, awkward jump 4th, pressed leader 11th

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 34-1PP C

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Evidently suited by step up to 3m1f when making all to fend off Hauraki Gulf in good-ground course maiden in May but looked badly out of sorts in both subsequent handicaps; may have benefited from last month's wind op but is untested on heavy ground and it takes a leap of faith to support him.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:50 Chepstow

Exmoor Forest

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Generally very disappointing since his 3m1f maiden hurdle win last May but took good step back in right direction when third at Exeter (2m5f, soft) last month, and is another 2lb lower for today's chasing debut.

8/1

3rd

8

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Exmoor Forest

11st 5lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

towards rear

50/1

9th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Exmoor Forest

11st 2lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Upped to 3m1f when making all in a Warwick maiden (3m1f, good) last May; pulled up next two starts since and, after wind surgery, well beaten at Exeter (2m7f) 17 days ago but that was a step back in the right direction; needs overall improvement and 7lb claimer takes over.

25/1

Form: 58P-P6

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Drew clear for 33-1 success in Ffos Las maiden (2m6f, soft) in early 2022 but has become very disappointing; didn't jump well enough when soundly beaten in two chases last month (blinkers added last time); now reverts to hurdling over a new trip; needs to turn a corner.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

10

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Del La Mar Rocket

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Ben Pauling

Won a maiden at Ffos Las (2m6f, soft) in February 2022 but there was nothing to cheer in his three runs last season or in his two attempts (over fences) this term; tongue tied twice last season and blinkered on latest outing; back over hurdles with a major question to answer.

20/1

6th

6

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 3

14:15 Ffos Las

Del La Mar Rocket

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

prominent, led from 2nd

20/1

Form: 751-12

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

2-3 since her wind operation in March, the wins gained at Taunton (3m, soft) and Newton Abbot (2m5f, heavy); lost out only by a head at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) on latest outing and could quite plausibly improve again if this thorough stamina test suits; respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

9

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Little Else

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Won consecutive handicaps in 2023, over C&D (soft) and 2m5f (heavy), and didn't look done with from a handicapping viewpoint when fourth at Newbury in January (3m, soft); likely contender down in grade.

12/1

4th

16

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Little Else

10st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Seemingly all the better for wind surgery when winning 3m/2m5f (soft/heavy) handicaps by neck margins; got edged out by an exposed mare at Exeter (2m5f, good to soft) since but returning to further should benefit her; she's not without hope.

14/1

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Verdict

Little Else has made good progress since her wind surgery and might still be on the upgrade. However, HAURAKI GULF can easily be excused his low-key reappearance run in a big-field Cheltenham handicap last month, and his very good course record makes him of significant interest today.[Chris Wilson]

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Grove Road

WEST COUNTRY:

Little Else

SPOTLIGHT:

Hauraki Gulf

D Express:

Hauraki Gulf

TOPSPEED:

Grove Road

POSTDATA:

Grove Road

The Times:

Grove Road

Daily Mirror:

Grove Road

Telegraph:

Little Else

The Sun:

Little Else

The Star:

Little Else

Daily Record:

Little Else