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Vickers.Bet Weekly Free Bet Club Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5650.67
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Vickers.Bet Weekly Free Bet Club Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 111 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in three soft-ground hurdle races over 1m7f/2m; big market mover when winning his maiden and had no trouble following up here in a weak race; brought up the hat-trick on his handicap debut at Wincanton when more workmanlike than flashy; raised 6lb but it's hard to know where his limitations lie.

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2nd

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 111y

Class 2

14:35 Exeter

Lowrys Bar

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Made it 4-4 over hurdles when winning at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month, which was his second small-field handicap victory; has achieved a strong level of form; leading claims under double penalty now back in a novice.

6/4

1st

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

15:10 Chepstow

Lowrys Bar

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Made promising Irish point debut just under a year ago and is 3-3 under rules this season (all on soft ground), including a 2m course win in November and last month's handicap debut at Wincanton (1m7f); promises to be very well suited by today's longer trip and commands respect.

15/8

Form: 116/12 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Hooded until this season; it was never in much doubt when defying a long absence with ease at Warwick (2m3f, soft) and he overraced a little when vulnerable in the finish at Haydock (heavy); raised another 3lb and goes without James Turner's 8lb claim, so looks to have more on his plate; races prominently.

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7th

11

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Lord Of Cheshire

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Scored at Warwick (2m3f, soft) on return from lengthy absence; has remained in form since, only 2l down in second place when final-flight faller at Sandown (2m4f, soft) most recently; in the mix.

10/1

0

4

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Lord Of Cheshire

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Hooded until this season; it was never in much doubt when defying a long absence with ease at Warwick (2m3f, soft) and he overraced a little when vulnerable in the finish at Haydock (heavy); raised another 3lb and goes without James Turner's 8lb claim, so looks to have more on his plate; races prominently.

8/1

Form: 37-314

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Led on the run-in to land a 14-runner handicap on soft ground at Warwick (2m5f) but only fourth here next time off today's 5lb higher mark (Dylan Johnston aboard the last twice); couldn't really blame the longer trip of 2m7f but losing a shoe probably didn't help his cause.

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2nd

1

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:33 Uttoxeter

Benign Dictator

12st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, headway after 7th, led 2 out, soon idled and ridden, headed inside final 110yds, kept on

7/2

Form: /245/3 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Bumper/hurdle/chase winner and 6l third over 2m7f here (heavy) on last month's belated return to jumping, having won his two previous starts on the Flat; visor enlisted (replacing cheekpieces) and he has it in him to go well.

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2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Black Kalanisi

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Ian Williams

Gained his Flat wins in the autumn over 2m/2m2f; subsequent hurdles efforts at about 3m; veteran who may not be crying out for this drop back to sharp 2m5f under this code.

7/1

4th

1

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

Black Kalanisi

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Bumper/hurdle/chase winner and 6l third over 2m7f at Chepstow (heavy) on last month's belated return to jumping, having won his two previous starts on the Flat; should go well.

9/2

Form: P-P164

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Only 1lb higher than for his Lingfield win in November (2m, soft; first-time cheekpieces); below par since but it was a warm Newbury handicap next time and the ground was heavy at Wincanton; good to soft is probably ideal, so one to note.

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3rd

8

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Celtic Art

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Only 1lb higher than for his Lingfield win in November (2m, soft; first-time cheekpieces); below par since then and didn't look at home on the heavy ground at Wincanton last time.

14/1

Abandoned

Form: 21/772 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Returned from a mammoth absence in October and showed signs of getting it together again when keeping on for second behind an all-the-way winner at Hereford (3m1f, good) last time; won his novice over C&D (on heavy) so likely to go well if holding his form.

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6th

1

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Slip Road

12st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Peter Bowen

held up in rear, not fluent 7th

11/2

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Slip Road

11st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Peter Bowen

Absent for 1,058 days before his recent return to action and has been well held in handicaps at about 2m4f; however, this would be easier and the longer trip is worth a go.

8/1

Form: 23-323 BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Went up 6lb for a narrow failure over 2m5f at Hereford but it could have been that a longer trip of 3m1f stretched him back there a month ago when upside Slip Road; now placed in all his handicaps and shouldn't be far away; good or good to soft is fine.

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4th

6

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Bertie Wooster

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Went up 6lb for a narrow defeat over 2m5f at Hereford (good) in November and that rise, combined with the step up to 3m1f, found him out when 12l away back there last month; however, has been placed in all his handicaps and he's unlikely to be far away.

10/1

Form: -28523

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Placed in both his handicaps (about 2m; heavy/soft) and only 2l behind Lowry's Bar last time at Wincanton despite a late mistake that probably cost him second; Isabel Williams takes off 3lb this time and he's a player.

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8th

5

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:20 Catterick

Out Of Focus

11st 10lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Made the frame in first three handicaps, most recently when third at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month; probably still on a workable mark and won't mind if the ground dries out here; likely contender.

3/1

3rd

3

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

13:00 Chepstow

Out Of Focus

11st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up on last month's handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) and also ran well when third of five at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) a week later; moves back up in trip today and ought to make his presence felt again.

2/1

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Verdict

A competitive handicap in which all the runners merit attention. Lowry’s Bar is 3-3 over hurdles but he’s no certainty to confirm latest Wincanton placings with second choice Out Of Focus, who made a late mistake and has a pull in the weights. CELTIC ART wouldn’t have been suited by heavy ground last time and that was after facing a tough task at Newbury. He’s on a handy mark and good to soft looks just the ticket for him.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Bertie Wooster

Daily Record:

Lord Of Cheshire

TOPSPEED:

Benign Dictator

SPOTLIGHT:

Celtic Art

The Star:

Black Kalanisi

POSTDATA:

Bertie Wooster

D Express:

Bertie Wooster