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Blackdown Motor Company Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

  • Prize money: £4955.32
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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Blackdown Motor Company Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div II)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.60

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Half-brother to 2m hurdle winner Cotton Jenny; dam 2m chase winner, sister to 2m chase/2m4f hurdle winner Captain Dash; has run in four Irish points, putting up an improved show when making all in early December; hard to know what that form amounts to but he goes hurdling at a realistic level.

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1st

1

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

16:00 Hereford

The Gypsy Davey

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Benefited from front-running tactics when winning an Irish point and similar tactics worked a treat when never headed on hurdle debut at Taunton (2m, soft); that wasn't a strong race but this isn't either so has a good chance of defying the penalty.

11/10

1st

9

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

The Gypsy Davey

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Half-brother to 2m hurdle winner Cotton Jenny; dam 2m chase winner, sister to 2m chase/2m4f hurdle winner Captain Dash; has run in four Irish points, putting up an improved show when making all in early December; hard to know what that form amounts to but he goes hurdling at a realistic level.

9/2

9/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 74

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Emphatic winner of final Irish point (good) in May 2023 and he hasn't done badly in Hereford and Musselburgh bumpers (good and good to soft) this winter; has a future over jumps and may have more speed than pedigree suggests (dam bred three staying jumps winners).

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8th

9

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Walkingoneggshells

11st 7lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Irish point winner; fourth in a bumper before finishing runner-up in a C&D maiden (on soft) for which Cawthorne Banker was the disappointing favourite; was entitled to run better than he did at Huntingdon but now goes in a hood and has each-way claims.

11/1

11th

13

25th Jan 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:25 Huntingdon

Walkingoneggshells

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

unseated rider on way to start, raced in second

14/1

2nd

10

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Walkingoneggshells

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Emphatic winner of final Irish point (good) in May 2023 and he hasn't done badly in Hereford and Musselburgh bumpers (good and good to soft) this winter; has a future over jumps and may have more speed than pedigree suggests (dam bred three staying jumps winners).

9/2

4/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 64

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

Triple Flat winner at 1m3f and 1m2f in 2023, including on heavy; looked as if she might make a go of it over hurdles when fourth of nine finishers at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day, but is another for whom handicaps look more likely.

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3rd

13

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Lhebayeb

11st 1lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Triple Flat winner at 1m3f and 1m2f in 2023, including on heavy; looked as if she might make a go of it over hurdles when fourth of nine finishers at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) on Boxing Day, but is another for whom handicaps look more likely.

4/1

4th

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

12:53 Wincanton

Lhebayeb

11st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Victor Dartnall

Won three low-grade Flat handicaps this year but was behind Dolly Delightful and Getmetothemoon when well-held sixth over C&D on last month's hurdling debut.

20/1

6th

6

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:05 Wincanton

Lhebayeb

11st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Consistent on the Flat this year at up to 1m3f and won three of her last five, including a heavy-ground Windsor handicap a month ago; plied her trade an ordinary level and more than likely up against it even if taking to hurdles.

33/1

Form:

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Two of dam's siblings were useful jumpers; 16-1 for racecourse debut in a Chepstow maiden hurdle in October, where he finished remote but was found to be lame; early days yet.

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5th

7

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:20 Ludlow

Schematic

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

16-1 for a Chepstow maiden hurdle in October, where he finished remote but was found to be lame; 12-1 at Taunton (2m, soft) one month ago on second start, making some late headway from well off the pace into 11l fourth of 13; essentially looks a longer-term prospect, with lots to learn, but this looks such a weak race that he could have claims.

7/2

4th

7

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Schematic

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

Two of dam's siblings were useful jumpers; 16-1 for racecourse debut in a Chepstow maiden hurdle in October, where he finished remote but was found to be lame; early days yet.

25/1

Form: 0-40

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Couldn't sustain promising-looking challenge on 2m3f hurdle debut (soft) at Lingfield in November; modest effort since and, with staying types in pedigree, he wouldn't necessarily flourish over a sharp 2m like this.

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5th

6

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Kempton

Golden Ambition

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Pauling

Belied 80-1 odds when fourth on seasonal/hurdle debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in November but two lesser efforts have followed; remains unexposed but others have more persuasive profiles.

14/1

5th

6

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Golden Ambition

11st 8lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Couldn't sustain promising-looking challenge on 2m3f hurdle debut (soft) at Lingfield in November; modest effort since and, with staying types in pedigree, he wouldn't necessarily flourish over a sharp 2m like this.

14/1

10th

3

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Golden Ambition

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Ben Pauling

Made low-key bumper debut in April but his fourth over hurdles at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) last month was quite promising and he holds each-way claims at least if able to build on that performance.

9/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict

First foal; by Jack Hobbs; dam placed in bumper/2m hurdle/2m4f chase, closely related to smart 2m4f-3m5f hurdle/chase winner Milansbar and useful 2m3f-3m hurdle winner Theatrebar; bred with stamina in mind but worth a market check on debut for leading yard (also runs Bahio Boum).

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5

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 3

15:25 Market Rasen

Jacksbar

11st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Mare by Jack Hobbs who hasn't shown a great deal in two runs over hurdles; others stronger.

25/1

9th

13

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

16:00 Hereford

Jacksbar

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Useful staying jumpers in pedigree; no threat behind The Gypsy Davey on recent Taunton debut but her sixth place was quite creditable given it was her first outing; likely to need more of a trip than 2m though.

8/1

Form: 8P8

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Tongue tied all starts; never involved on bumper debut and pulled up at Lingfield, then finished remote over C&D, in two hurdle starts.

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7th

11

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Behind The Veil

11st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Tongue tied all starts; never involved on bumper debut and pulled up at Lingfield, then finished remote over C&D, in two hurdle starts.

150/1

8th

9

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Behind The Veil

10st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Unable to justify prominence in betting when midfield on last month's bumper debut and pulled up when 40-1 for hurdling debut a fortnight ago (2m3f).

66/1

0

1

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:55 Lingfield

Behind The Veil

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Kim Bailey

Dam 2m5f hurdle winner; had wind surgery before debut and also tongue tied for that never-dangerous eighth of 16 in bumper at Warwick (soft) three weeks ago; just 11-2 that day, so much better was presumably expected.

20/1

Form: 2327-0

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Three good bumper runs, pressing a useful one at Southwell last January (good), but he didn't do so well the next time; dropped right out on hurdle debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good) but was entitled to need the run and he should have potential; unraced on slower than good to soft.

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5th

1

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Cawthorne Banker

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Given the significant promise he displayed in bumpers it's been a surprisingly quiet start over hurdles and it was his first time on soft ground when beaten 16l over C&D last month; some concerns at the minute.

10/1

8th

3

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Cawthorne Banker

11st 8lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Three good bumper runs, pressing a useful one at Southwell last January (good), but he didn't do so well the next time; dropped right out on hurdle debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good) but was entitled to need the run and he should have potential; unraced on slower than good to soft.

8/1

11th

3

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

11:55 Doncaster

Cawthorne Banker

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Disappointing on final bumper run at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in February and off since; however, he'd previously shown plenty of promise when placed on his first three starts (2m, good/good to soft) behind some useful opponents, and he could have a part to play on his hurdle debut.

9/1

Form:

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Close up in the final two of five point starts but he had more to do on his Exeter debut (20-1) last month and faded out of contention; should have improvement in him at some stage.

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4th

7

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Wetherby

Shady B

11st 2lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Runner-up in two British points last spring; however, soundly beaten this winter on first two hurdle starts and considerable improvement is needed.

100/1

9th

8

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Shady B

11st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Clive Boultbee-Brooks

Close up in the final two of five point starts but he had more to do on his Exeter debut (20-1) last month and faded out of contention; should have improvement in him at some stage.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 380

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Close third of eight on bumper debut but he ran poorly in October and his hurdle debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft; 66-1) before Christmas wasn't too eyecatching either; handicaps may be the answer after this.

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8th

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Bahio Boum

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders

33/1

10th

1

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Bahio Boum

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Close third of eight on bumper debut but he ran poorly in October and his hurdle debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft; 66-1) before Christmas wasn't too eyecatching either; handicaps may be the answer after this.

20/1

13th

1

19th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:20 Wincanton

Bahio Boum

11st 4lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Close third in a Worcester bumper (good) but then tailed off on the same ground at Stratford; others preferred.

14/1

11/4

Form: 6

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Wide-margin Flat winner over 2m in the French provinces last April; sold 62,000euros since; just 11-2 for his Exeter stable/hurdle debut (2m, good to soft) in a better race than this last month, where he took a good hold but ran well for a long way; had wind surgery since; interesting.

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6th

9

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:15 Wincanton

Johannes

10st 4lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Bought for 62,000euros after winning a 2m Flat race in France by nearly 10l; disappointing in both his hurdles either side of wind surgery and now has some questions to answer.

20/1

11th

14

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Johannes

10st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Wide-margin Flat winner over 2m in the French provinces last April; sold 62,000euros since; just 11-2 for his Exeter stable/hurdle debut (2m, good to soft) in a better race than this last month, where he took a good hold but ran well for a long way; had wind surgery since; interesting.

11/4

6th

5

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

12:20 Exeter

Johannes

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Easy success in Flat conditions race at Saumur (2m, good) on sole French run; sold for 62,000euros shortly afterwards; potentially useful recruit and has to be feared, particularly if strong in the betting.

11/4

Form: 90

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Finished last of four in his sole point and tailed off in both starts for this yard, in a bumper and a 2m novice over C&D.

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10th

6

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Bruce Gobbler

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off in all his hurdles but in good hands and there could be improvement lurking now raised in trip for handicap debut.

9/1

5th

1

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:15 Wincanton

Bruce Gobbler

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Has trailed in tailed off in three runs for this yard, the last two hurdles at Taunton; very opposable.

50/1

12th

2

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Bruce Gobbler

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Finished last of four in his sole point and tailed off in both starts for this yard, in a bumper and a 2m novice over C&D.

150/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Lightly raced on the Flat, best effort when winning 1m4f AW in September (RPR 61); should be open to some improvement but has a Flat pedigree and soft ground is also a worry.

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2nd

2

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:40 Taunton

Cornish Storm

11st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Stuart Kittow

1m4f AW winner at an ordinary level; saddle slipped on hurdling debut and he then ran surprisingly well to finish runner-up at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft; 150-1); that run entitles him to a second look.

9/2

2nd

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Cornish Storm

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Stuart Kittow

Improved Flat form when off the mark in 1m4f AW handicap in September; saddle slipped when pulled up on hurdle debut at Taunton on Monday but soft ground remains a worry.

33/1

0

4

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:55 Taunton

Cornish Storm

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Stuart Kittow

Lightly raced on the Flat, best effort when winning 1m4f AW in September (RPR 61); should be open to some improvement but has a Flat pedigree and soft ground is also a worry.

12/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Johannes

POSTDATA:

Lhebayeb

WEST COUNTRY:

Cawthorne Banker

Daily Record:

The Gypsy Davey

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Johannes

The Times:

Johannes

Daily Mail:

Johannes

D Express:

Johannes

Daily Mirror:

Johannes

The Sun:

Johannes

Telegraph:

Lhebayeb

The Guardian:

Lhebayeb

The Star:

Lhebayeb