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Saturday Meeting 20th January Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4832.11
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Saturday Meeting 20th January Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 4P-874 CD BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Cosy winner of this race last year (soft); below best either side of a summer break but there was more promise in her latest fourth here (2m3f, good); primed to go well off much the same mark as 12 months ago.

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6

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Sawpit Sienna

10st 13lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

9/2

5/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 4-3558

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Has hinted at some ability in bumper company and over hurdles, especially behind a subsequent Listed winner at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November; expecting better at this level for the first time.

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4

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Selkirk Grace

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

There was some promise before she went down by only a neck on her handicap debut at Taunton (2m, soft); not a given on pedigree that this longer trip will suit but she's only 4lb higher than last time and probably improving.

4/1

2nd

6

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Selkirk Grace

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Has hinted at some ability in bumper company and over hurdles, especially behind a subsequent Listed winner at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November; expecting better at this level for the first time.

5/1

8th

11

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:05 Wincanton

Selkirk Grace

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Flat-bred filly; minor promise in bumpers and well beaten in two hurdles, at Warwick then Newbury; opposable.

100/1

11/2

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 7973-4

Last run: 240 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Two good efforts from the front on last two starts in 2m maiden hurdles, at Stratford and Warwick (both on good to soft); has a big weight to carry on handicap debut and lack of a run since May is not ideal.

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3rd

1

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Ilary de LEcu

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Two good efforts from the front on last two starts in 2m maiden hurdles, at Stratford and Warwick (both on good to soft); has a big weight to carry on handicap debut and lack of a run since May is not ideal.

11/2

4th

8

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:25 Warwick

Ilary de LEcu

10st 11lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

led, took keen hold and increased tempo after 3rd, ridden when headed before 2 out, kept on until no extra run-in

14/1

Form: 32-666 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Has won a chase (2m2f) and two hurdles (1m7f and 2m6f); won't mind the conditions but well below best in two runs since back from a break and this race looks best left to others; cheekpieces refitted.

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8th

8

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Gaia Vallis

10st 9lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: David Bridgwater

prominent

12/1

4th

7

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Gaia Vallis

11st 4lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: David Bridgwater

hampered start

12/1

Form: 58-4

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Broke duck in 1m AW handicap in October (visored; cheekpieces refitted today); acts on soft and this handicap debut is her most likely hurdles task so far but stamina in question, even on a sharp track like this.

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4th

3

(13)

14th Feb 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 2f 219y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Opticality

9st 8lb

J: Rhys Clutterbuck

T: Mitchell Hunt

Got off the mark in a Wolverhampton handicap (8.6f) in October but she's been held under both codes in four runs since; only 1lb higher than for her win but she's now 1-22 and comes with risks attached back on the Flat; reapplied visor replaces cheekpieces.

13/2

5th

5

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Opticality

11st 5lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Mitchell Hunt

Broke duck in 1m AW handicap in October (visored; cheekpieces refitted today); acts on soft and this handicap debut is her most likely hurdles task so far but stamina in question, even on a sharp track like this.

10/1

16/1

Form: 56-546

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Has proved vulnerable over a range of trips from 1m7f to 2m5f since switched to handicaps last April; continues to drop in the weights but not very tempting in first-time cheekpieces.

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3rd

11

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Damask

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Off a reduced mark she ran her best race yet when coming from off the pace to finish a close fourth at Ffos Las (2m, heavy); has a longer trip on drying ground this time but now has a platform on which to build.

12/1

4th

11

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Damask

10st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Tom Symonds

held up in rear

16/1

6th

12

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Damask

10st 11lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

hampered start

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: /3PP-0

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Nothing special about form in novice/Listed hurdles but she's a well-connected mare who showed ability in bumpers two winters ago; no surprise if she turns a major corner now more realistically placed on handicap debut.

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3rd

5

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

15:30 Ffos Las

Annie Wicks

10st 10lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Safely held when seventh of 13 on last month's handicap hurdle debut at Taunton (2m, soft), but remains very lightly raced for her age and today's switch to fences may show her in a better light.

10/1

7th

3

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Annie Wicks

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

jumped right on occasions

13/2

11th

12

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Kempton

Annie Wicks

10st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Achieved little when last of three on hurdling debut last November and was pulled up on both outings the following month.

100/1

Form: /3336-

Last run: 440 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Winning Irish pointer; bits and pieces of handicap hurdle form at about 2m4f for Neil Mulholland but has been off since October 2022 and goes without regular tongue-tie for new yard.

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2nd

11

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Sevenofus

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

0-10 over hurdles when trained by Neil Mulholland and, following a long absence, was soundly beaten (albeit on soft ground) here on last month's stable debut; this return to good ground will suit but she makes her chasing debut with quite a bit to prove; 2lb wrong.

40/1

8th

10

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Sevenofus

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Carroll Gray

swerved left start and hampered rivals start

16/1

6th

15

25th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

15:10 Chepstow

Sevenofus

10st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

towards rear, headway from 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, went fourth last, ridden run-in, no extra and lost two places inside final 110yds

9/2

Form: 446-P8

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Winning Irish pointer but rules career has yet to get off the ground and she's achieved terribly little in handicaps over hurdles and fences; reverts to hurdles with something to prove in first-time cheekpieces.

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3rd

7

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Criquette

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Billy Aprahamian

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, rallied and went third after 2 out, no extra run-in

20/1

9th

2

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Criquette

11st 10lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Billy Aprahamian

Winning Irish pointer but rules career has yet to get off the ground and she's achieved terribly little in handicaps over hurdles and fences; reverts to hurdles with something to prove in first-time cheekpieces.

16/1

8th

4

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Criquette

11st 6lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Billy Aprahamian

Pulled up over hurdles on recent seasonal/stable debut at Fakenham (2m4f) but some positives can still be drawn from that performance and she may benefit from today's drop back in trip; this Irish point winner makes her chasing debut here and enters calculations.

12/1

33/1

Form: P066-6

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Has had few chances but her two handicap runs over 2m, the latest after wind surgery, suggest she will be out in the cold again.

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11

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

16:25 Leicester

La Referi

10st 5lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Nigel Hawke

Has offered little in her six starts over hurdles thus far, only tenth in 2m Taunton handicap last time; she's hard to make a case for.

50/1

10th

13

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

La Referi

10st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Has had few chances but her two handicap runs over 2m, the latest after wind surgery, suggest she will be out in the cold again.

33/1

6th

8

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

12:15 Sedgefield

La Referi

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Didn't achieve much when sixth of 14 on handicap debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft) in April, since when she has undergone wind surgery; well out of the weights again and has plenty to find.

25/1

Form: /63-03

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Novice hurdle winner three years ago; hasn't been in much form since returning from an absence in October and although her latest 15l third at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy) was better, she may not be in a position to benefit from a much-reduced mark.

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2nd

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:40 Fakenham

Triple Nickle

10st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Bernard Llewellyn

prominent, ridden 3 out, no extra from 2 out

9/4

6th

3

(6)

8th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

15:35 Lingfield (AW)

Triple Nickle

9st 4lb

J: Jordan Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

8yo who is not easy to predict but she returned to form with a creditable third at Kempton (2m) two weeks ago and wasn't far behind Baileys Warrior in that race; on same mark here and has claims if she can back that up.

7/1

3rd

8

(6)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Triple Nickle

9st 2lb

J: Jordan Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Never the slightest threat at Wolverhampton last week but she did make up some ground from a poor position in the straight; work to do with Baileys Warrior on that run but she wouldn't be a lost cause.

25/1

Form: 71-8P7 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Resolute winner of a soft-ground bumper at Fakenham last April; has kept a low profile in two completions over hurdles but she's on a plater's mark and is surely capable of better at this modest level.

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3rd

8

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

14:35 Market Rasen

Birdhouse

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

midfield, not fluent 4th, mistake 3 out

14/1

0

9

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Birdhouse

11st 1lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Resolute winner of a soft-ground bumper at Fakenham last April; has kept a low profile in two completions over hurdles but she's on a plater's mark and is surely capable of better at this modest level.

5/1

7th

13

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Taunton

Birdhouse

10st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Came from behind to win a Fakenham bumper (soft) in April; Flat bred and hasn't offered much in her first two runs over hurdles.

33/1

Form: 34P-7P

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Maiden who has mostly struggled over hurdles, including in two handicaps for new yard this winter (pulled up at Fakenham 20 days ago).

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0

11

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:05 Taunton

Boudica Warrior

10st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

Maiden who has mostly struggled over hurdles, including in two handicaps for new yard this winter (pulled up at Fakenham 20 days ago).

33/1

0

9

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

13:10 Fakenham

Boudica Warrior

10st 3lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Joe Tickle

Disappointing maiden on Flat and has shown only minor promise over hurdles; beaten only about 15l on stable/handicap hurdle debut at Taunton (2m, good to soft; race won by Lady Gwen) last month but improvement is needed.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £229.00
Straight Forecast £216.30
Tricast £1508.90
Trifecta £1167.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Sawpit Sienna

The Times:

Selkirk Grace

WEST COUNTRY:

Opticality

RP RATINGS:

Sawpit Sienna

POSTDATA:

Sawpit Sienna

Telegraph:

Sawpit Sienna

D Express:

Sawpit Sienna

Daily Mirror:

Sawpit Sienna

The Sun:

Sawpit Sienna

The Star:

Sawpit Sienna