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Quinnbet Acca Bonus Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4193.42
  • 2m 0f 190y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Quinnbet Acca Bonus Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

50/1 (Won)

  • Win: £20.30
  • Place: £4.00

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Fair third on the middle of his three Irish maiden point starts but he was well beaten by the front two; changed hands for £3,000 last May; may be best watched on this rules debut.

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3rd

1

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:30 Carlisle

Blazing Soldier

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

in touch with leaders, went third after 3 out

11/2

1st

2

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Blazing Soldier

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

in touch with leaders, pushed along 3 out, good headway before 2 out, led narrowly approaching last, ridden and kept on well run-in, always doing enough

50/1

Evs

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict

Three Flat wins last year (1m5f/2m1f), with a useful peak RPR of 82, and promising second on last month's stable and hurdle debut at Bangor (2m, heavy); leading claims on that evidence, and he's open to improvement too.

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3rd

4

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Ayr

Two Auld Pals

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Acts on heavy ground; three Flat wins for previous yard; runner-up in two novice hurdles for new stable, latest at Newcastle (2m1f; beaten a neck); now goes in tongue-tie; solid claims.

7/4

2nd

7

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Two Auld Pals

11st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

travelled strongly, prominent, not fluent when pressed leader 6th, led going easily 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon pushed along, headed approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in, no extra towards finish

Evs

OUR TIP

9/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Carries 7lb penalty against some interesting rivals and the drop in trip isn't an obvious plus; however, he was a promising third in an Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) and defied early interference to win on last month's hurdle debut at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft); likeable prospect.

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4

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

16:35 Newcastle

Forged Well

11st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Martin Todhunter

Unexposed 5yo who made winning rules debut at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) in December and shaped very much as though today's move back up in trip will suit when third here (2m, soft) last month; needs to be taken seriously on handicap debut.

9/1

3rd

1

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Forged Well

11st 9lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Martin Todhunter

in touch with leaders, brief headway when not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, kept on approaching last, stayed on run-in, no match for first two

9/4

Form: 46

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

12l second in Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) last April but well beaten at Cartmel (2m6f, good) the following month and tailed off when next seen at Hexham (2m4f, soft) in October; lots of improvement is needed.

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7th

2

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Poetry Man

11st 10lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

held up in rear, steady headway after 6th, hit 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out

7/1

4th

6

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Poetry Man

11st 2lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

midfield

40/1

Form: P9

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pulled up on debut at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) in October and 39l ninth of 15 at 250-1 at Ayr (2m, soft) last month; however, that latest form is working out very well and he's an each-way possible in this modest contest.

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8th

4

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Lord Denning

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

towards rear, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2nd

10/1

5th

4

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Lord Denning

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

held up in rear

50/1

9th

9

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:20 Ayr

Lord Denning

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Gelding by Doyen who was bought for 45,000 euros as a 3yo; 50-1 when pulled up on hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy); probably best watched for now.

100/1

Form: 40

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off at 80-1 on hurdle/stable debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in October but he's had wind surgery since and showed some promise when fourth of seven in a warm bumper at Perth (2m, good) last August; Brian Hughes rides and he's one to watch in the betting.

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2nd

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:00 Southwell

We Got Your Back

11st 8lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Two whiffs of ability, the latest when sixth of 14 in novice at Newcastle (2m1f, soft) after wind surgery; heavy defeat at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) later in January, again making the running, but he was 40-1 and should be much more interesting in this 2m race for handicap debut; hooded three starts back and again today.

6/1

8th

10

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:10 Leicester

We Got Your Back

11st 5lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

took keen hold, led, headed 4 out

33/1

Form: 7

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off at 25-1 in seven-runner novice hurdle on debut at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) on Boxing Day; transformation needed.

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7th

11

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

17:10 Wetherby

Missy Ava

10st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Made debut on Boxing Day and has finished no better than seventh across her three starts; however, she makes her handicap debut off a basement mark and a closer inspection of her pedigree provides some hope she'll be capable of better than she's shown thus far; one to watch in the betting.

10/1

8th

9

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Wetherby

Missy Ava

10st 9lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Mark Walford

Improved form when 20l seventh of 14 at Newcastle (2m1f, soft) recently on second start but needs another big step forward today.

200/1

Form: 3

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Ability on the Flat but at a modest level and she was a well-beaten third of eight on hurdle debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) in November; others have much greater substance to their form.

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7

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:30 Southwell

Cantalupo Bella

10st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Modest Flat maiden (stays 2m); well beaten switched to hurdles for last three outings but takes another step up in trip and, in theory, a more competitive show should be forthcoming on handicap debut.

13/2

6th

8

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

13:00 Sedgefield

Cantalupo Bella

10st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

This step up in trip may help on her third hurdle start but this modest Flat maiden has been soundly beaten so far in this code.

25/1

8th

15

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Cantalupo Bella

10st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Michael & David Easterby

raced wide, took keen hold, midfield

33/1

Form: 33-

Last run: 543 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Absent since summer 2022 but showed promise back then when third in a bumper (2m, good) and a novice hurdle (2m, good); his dam was a useful hurdler and he's not discounted on today's comeback.

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8th

6

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

12:20 Doncaster

Konfusion

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Solid third in a couple of good-ground contests (bumper/hurdle) in 2022; well held on soft going last month when back from long layoff; open to improvement back on a forecast faster surface.

14/1

9th

3

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Konfusion

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

midfield, not fluent 4th, cajoled along and lost ground after 5th, weakened gradually 3 out

9/1

Form: 0-8

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a bumper and a maiden hurdle on his two runs for John McConnell; however, he impressed in a British maiden point last January and may be able to tap back into that promise at some stage; makes stable debut.

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1st

7

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:15 Musselburgh

Whosmydaddy

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won last January in his only point; tailed off in a bumper and maiden hurdle for John McConnell, while beaten about 27l in two novice hurdles at Newcastle (2m1f/2m4f) for new yard; no form claims but early days and he has new trip and first-time headgear for handicap debut; worth market check.

14/1

6th

11

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

15:00 Newcastle

Whosmydaddy

11st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Sandy Thomson

Restricted point winner this time last year; tailed off in a bumper and a maiden hurdle when with John McConnell; beaten 26l here (2m1f, soft) on his first start for this trainer.

66/1

10th

9

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Whosmydaddy

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

held up in rear

20/1

Form: 3

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Well-beaten third of five at 12-1 on debut at Hexham (2m, heavy) last month and she's bred to come into her own over longer trips.

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6th

4

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Princess Of Mercia

11st 4lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

took keen hold, midfield, towards rear after 4th

40/1

11th

12

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Princess Of Mercia

10st 9lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

midfield

14/1

14/1

Form: P

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Made early mistakes (and lost a shoe) when pulled up on hurdle and stable debut at Kelso (2m, good to soft) in November; something to prove after that but she was useful on the Flat in France and has potential in this code, if and when things click.

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12th

10

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Anamanda

10st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders

14/1

0

2

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Anamanda

11st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, mistake and nearly lost jockey 4th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

10/1

Form: 42/94

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Displayed ability in bumpers but, following a long absence, she struggled towards the end of last year on her first two hurdle starts.

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7th

9

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:45 Ayr

Vive De Charnie

10st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Second to a useful one in soft-ground Fontwell bumper two years ago but, following a long absence, has struggled in three maiden/novice hurdles (2m-2m4f) for new stable this season; makes handicap debut off a lowly mark but yard has more obvious chance with Fiveafterfour; tongue-tie added.

14/1

13th

13

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Vive De Charnie

10st 9lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in last, bad mistake 4th, soon detached

33/1

4th

6

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

12:15 Hexham

Vive De Charnie

11st 0lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Runner-up in Fontwell bumper (2m1f, soft) in February 2022 on second start then absent until Newcastle (2m4f, soft) last month, when well beaten on her hurdle debut having pulled hard; the first-time hood could help her settle better today and she's not written off now back down in distance.

12/1

Form: 7

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

His dam was useful over 7f on the Flat and he was well backed on his debut in a November in a juvenile hurdle at Catterick (1m7f, good to soft); however, after unseating his rider before the start he finished tailed off and is perhaps best watched until showing some promise.

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0

14

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Mad Mode

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Mark Walford

prominent, lost ground and weakened quickly 6th

33/1

7th

6

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

12:40 Catterick

Mad Mode

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

towards rear, outpaced and lost touch after 3 out

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £615.00
Straight Forecast £373.40
Trifecta £2835.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Two Auld Pals

Telegraph:

Forged Well

RP RATINGS:

Two Auld Pals

TOPSPEED:

Two Auld Pals

POSTDATA:

Two Auld Pals

The Times:

Two Auld Pals

The Guardian:

Two Auld Pals

Daily Mail:

Two Auld Pals

D Express:

Two Auld Pals

Daily Mirror:

Two Auld Pals

The Sun:

Two Auld Pals

The Star:

Two Auld Pals

Daily Record:

Two Auld Pals