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15:30 Warwick

Heavy

Happy New Year From Poundland Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2178.4
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 5 runners
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Happy New Year From Poundland Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Kept on well to make winning Irish point debut in February (yielding ground) and was bought for £225,000 the following month; some of the horses he beat have held their own under rules in the meantime; new stable has good bumper strike-rate (17%); looks a very interesting prospect.

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

15th

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Bill Joyce

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

£225,000 buy after winning a 3m Irish point; came clear at Warwick (soft) despite looking in need of the experience and his game was sharper all round when making all on heavy at Exeter; falls into the "hugely unexposed" category.

40/1

1st

1

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:45 Exeter

Bill Joyce

11st 9lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Bought for £225,000 after winning sole Irish maiden point (3m, yielding) and justified favouritism on last month's bumper debut at Warwick (2m, soft); had something to spare from two fair yardsticks and he's a very bright prospect; leading claims under 7lb penalty.

5/6

1st

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:05 Warwick

Bill Joyce

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Recruited for £225,000 after narrowly winning a 3m Irish point on yielding ground last February; the placed horses haven't done wonders for the form but he's probably a smart prospect.

7/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam runner-up in a bumper, sister to a fair 2m5f hurdle winner; stable's good bumper strike-rate (18% in last five seasons) brings him into the equation.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

16:45 Huntingdon

Jax Junior

11st 5lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Soundly beaten on debut in January but fared much better when second of 12 over C&D (soft) last month, despite racing too freely; ought to make his presence felt again; also declared for 5.00 Doncaster.

5/1

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Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

150,000euros 3yo; first foal; dam point winner, half-sister to useful bumper/jumps winner American Mike; stable has respectable bumper strike-rate (13%); no surprise if he features on debut.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:15 Warwick

Less Destiny Star

11st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Nicely bred and cost 150,000euros as a 3yo; duly made a promising debut at Doncaster (2m, good) six weeks ago, justifying favouritism, and the form has received a boost; respected even with 7lb penalty.

5/2

1st

6

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

16:10 Doncaster

Less Destiny Star

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

150,000euros 3yo; first foal of a point-winning half-sister to useful bumper/chase/hurdle winner American Mike; interesting newcomer, especially if the market speaks positively.

7/1

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who was second on rules debut at Chepstow (soft) last month and scored by 14l at Haydock (heavy) yesterday; will have 7lb penalty to shoulder if he makes a quick reappearance here.

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7th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

16:20 Sandown

San Frandisco

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

led, cajoled along before halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened

100/30

1st

4

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 144y

Class 4

15:45 Haydock

San Frandisco

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Jamie Snowden

made all, set steady pace, pushed along over 2f out, went clear over 1f out, kept on well and went further clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, unchallenged

10/11

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

4,500gns yearling; fourth foal; half-brother to fairly useful 6f-1m6f Flat winner Billy No Mates and a German middle-distance Flat winner; dam fair Flat stayer, half-sister to Listed Flat winners over 2m and 1m4f; stable 9-43 (21%) with bumper runners during last five seasons; appeals on paper.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

14:15 Uttoxeter

Valfortore

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

didn't always jump with fluency, led, joined 5th, headed before 4 out, soon dropped to last, lost ground before 3 out, soon tailed off

50/1

8

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

14:30 Exeter

Valfortore

11st 7lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

prominent, weakened from 4 out

100/1

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Verdict

With yesterday’s Haydock winner San Frandisco unlikely to turn up here, the most obvious answer is BILL JOYCE, who changed hands for big money after his Irish point win in February. That said, the three newcomers all have pretty good credentials on paper, with Valfortore arguably the most interesting in that group.[Chris Wilson]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bill Joyce

RP RATINGS:

San Frandisco

The Times:

Valfortore

D Express:

Valfortore

WEST COUNTRY:

Bill Joyce

Daily Mirror:

Bill Joyce

The Sun:

Bill Joyce

The Star:

Bill Joyce

Daily Record:

Bill Joyce

POSTDATA:

San Frandisco

LAMBOURN:

San Frandisco

Telegraph:

San Frandisco