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British EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (EBF Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle QualifIer) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £5446
  • 2m 4f 118y
  • Class 3
  • 15 runners
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British EBF Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (EBF Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle QualifIer) (GBB)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 27-511

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won at Exeter (2m, good to soft) in November in her only two handicaps; return to a novice race under a double penalty looks a very tough task, even with 7lb claimer on board.

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4th

6

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:33 Exeter

Asian Spice

10st 6lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

2-2 in handicaps, both over C&D (good to soft) in November, and faced tough task in Wincanton novice three weeks ago after a break (well beaten); unraced on soft/heavy and 10lb higher than for last win, but that form looks particularly strong and her half-sister Singapore Saga won on soft ground.

9/4

8th

1

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Asian Spice

12st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

The winner of two 2m handicaps at Exeter (good to soft) in November; returning to novice company under a double penalty asks a big question of her.

20/1

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Form: 221-23

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Won at Hereford on second hurdle start; has never finished out of the first three (five races) and her third of six in Listed event at Taunton (2m, good to soft; stays 2m3f) 18 days ago was her best form; a leading player.

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4th

2

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 3

15:25 Market Rasen

Jaminska

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Has done well over jumps, winning a junior hurdle last season (2m, soft) and placed in a handicap hurdle (2m3f, good to soft) and a mares' Listed novice hurdle (2m, good to soft) this term; a possible.

11/4

0

8

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Jaminska

11st 1lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

towards rear, headway 5 out, went second 3 out, mistake and pecked on landing 2 out, soon no chance with winner, lost second and weakening when fell last

4/1

Form: 4-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

£235,000 buy after making all to win by 10l on Irish point debut in October 2021; had just one run for Dan Skelton but made a winning start for this yard when always front rank in 13-runner novice at Ludlow (2m5f, soft; 11-1) four weeks ago; one of the leading candidates on form and potential.

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3rd

6

15th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

14:30 Sandown

Smiling Getaway

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, outpaced 2 out

4/1

1st

2

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Warwick

Smiling Getaway

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Bought for big money after making all to win by 10l on Irish point debut in October 2021; made an underwhelming bumper debut but ten months later she was prominent throughout en route to repelling a Henderson-trained favourite over 2m5f at Ludlow (soft); bred to go on to better things.

15/8

Form: 233-12 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won comfortably at Huntingdon (2m4f, good to soft) on hurdle debut and better form when second of five to a 1-2 shot at Market Rasen (2m5f, soft) six weeks ago; open to further progress, so in each-way contention.

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0

4

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Take No Chances

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Useful bumper form and won with a bit to spare on her hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, good to soft); brushed aside by the winner at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) but ran well and connections evidently view her as a staying type; handicap debut.

15/2

2nd

4

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:05 Market Rasen

Take No Chances

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, headway when not fluent 4th, soon led, good jump 6th

9/4

Form: 3 BF

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Comfortably justified evens favouritism in Irish maiden point (3m, good to yielding) last February and fetched £290,000 at the sales in March; 8-13, therefore, for rules debut in novice hurdle here (2m, good to soft) ten weeks ago but weakened from two out into 18l third of 11; had wind surgery later in November and may be able to put that run behind her; interesting to see if her backers return.

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2nd

4

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Warwick

Break My Soul

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Comfortable winner of her only point in Ireland and later changed hands for £290,000; dropped out disappointingly on hurdle debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) but she was all the rage in the betting that day and has since undergone wind surgery; can do better this time.

11/10

3rd

4

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 2

13:50 Newbury

Break My Soul

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Mixed messages as to the strength of her Irish point win (3m, good to yielding) but she was a strong favourite and won comfortably; fetched £290,000 at the sales in March; trainer was positive about her in his Stable Tour.

4/5

Form: 67

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Ran in two Irish maiden points in May, winning on second occasion; modest form at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) on hurdle debut and showed little when 200-1 at Lingfield (2m3f) later in November.

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8th

7

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:50 Plumpton

Chief Lady

11st 3lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Cynthia Woods

Won the second of her two Irish points last spring but she's not made an impact in two hurdle runs this season and was beaten a long way at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) last time; opposable.

100/1

7th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:55 Lingfield

Chief Lady

11st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Cynthia Woods

Ran in two Irish maiden points in May, winning on second occasion; 150-1 when sixth of 12 in maiden hurdle at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) early this month; needs much better.

50/1

Form: 6

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won Irish maiden point (3m, yielding to soft) and sold for £30,000 later last April; 7-1, nearly 2l behind Ici La Reine when sixth of 13 in maiden hurdle at Market Rasen (2m6f, good to soft) two months ago; should improve but this race looks too tough; stable won it with a hot favourite in 2022 and also now sends out Lucky Rose.

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9th

7

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Dairylane Daisy

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Noel Williams

Fetched £30,000 after winning a 3m Irish point; got outpaced but ran perfectly well to be beaten 11l in a 2m4f hurdle at Market Rasen and fully entitled to step up on that effort.

25/1

6th

4

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:05 Market Rasen

Dairylane Daisy

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Noel Williams

prominent

16/1

Form: 137-42

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner last term for Fergal O'Brien and close second in novice at Wetherby (2m4f, soft; made most) on Boxing Day on second run for this yard; this race looks a fair bit more demanding, though.

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1st

5

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:32 Carlisle

Dontyawantme

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Craig Lidster

prominent on inner

6/1

Form: 22F

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Irish maiden point winner who was runner-up this autumn in a bumper at Worcester (good) and novice at Bangor (near 2m4f, soft; beaten a neck); had a narrow lead when falling at the last at Stratford (2m6f, soft) in November, form which gives her a good shout against today's penalised winners.

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3rd

6

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:32 Carlisle

Drumlee Spud

11st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders

5/2

0

3

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

12:00 Stratford

Drumlee Spud

11st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Irish mares' maiden point winner (3m, yielding) who was runner-up on her bumper debut at Worcester (2m, good) in September and went very close in a novice hurdle at Bangor (2m3f, soft) last month; open to further improvement now up in trip and she's a key player.

7/2

Form: 17-22

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Her only blip came on heavy ground at Sandown last March; Wincanton bumper winner who was runner-up in November over hurdles at Plumpton and Wincanton; well-related mare who needs marked improvement but now goes beyond 2m for the first time, which is likely to help.

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8

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Goodtimecrew

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Beat Larchmont Lad in the bumper on this card last year but she was behind the runner-up next time at Sandown and has come up shy in both her runs over hurdles; did bump into a useful one here last time (1m7f) and this longer trip should suit one with a pointing background.

7/1

2nd

5

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:05 Wincanton

Goodtimecrew

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

prominent, raced in second when not fluent 2 out, no extra approaching last

3/1

Form: 110-5

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won bumpers at Newcastle (2m, AW) on her first two starts but tailed off at 80-1 in Grade 2 at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft); while hurdle debut at Market Rasen (nearly 2l in front of Dairylane Daisy) showed some promise, a leap forward is required against the best of today's opposition.

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6th

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Ici La Reine

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Dual bumper winner on AW; has not transferred that form to hurdles in two attempts but this drop back to 2m may help.

16/1

5th

6

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Warwick

Ici La Reine

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Warren Greatrex

Won two AW bumpers at Newcastle before finishing tailed off in the Grade 2 at Aintree; ran okay on her hurdling debut at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) but no better than that; looks vulnerable.

14/1

Form: 244-5

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Consistent form with her minor honours in bumpers last season; better is needed but she was a remote fifth of 13 in maiden hurdle at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft; 33-1) ten weeks ago; stable (won the last renewal of this race, in 2022) also runs Dairylane Daisy; best watched for now.

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4th

7

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Warwick

Lucky Rose

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Noel Williams

Bumper form was nothing to shout about and she was 33-1 when tailed off on hurdling debut at Ludlow.

50/1

5th

7

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Lucky Rose

11st 6lb

J: James Davies

T: Noel Williams

Consistent if fairly modest in bumpers last season; related to winning hurdlers but others appeal more; back from seven months off.

20/1

Form: 8

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in two point bumpers early in 2022; next seen tailed off at 300-1 in novice hurdle here (2m, good to soft) ten weeks ago.

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0

9

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

13:30 Hereford

Raindance Queen

10st 12lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: William de Best-Turner

Placed in two point bumpers in 2022 but she returned after a long absence with a heavy defeat on her hurdling debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November; that was at a massive price and others are preferred.

100/1

Form: 5

Last run: 243 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Won the second of her two point bumpers on good ground early last year; 18l fifth of 13 in bumper at Aintree (2m1f, good) in May also showed some ability, for Max Comley; has a useful pedigree too but makes her hurdling debut in a hot race.

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15

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:50 Ludlow

Roseburg

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

Out of a well-connected mare who has produced two useful hurdlers; won on good ground last March in her second appearance in a point bumper; 28-1, made most when 18l fifth of 13 in bumper at Aintree (2m1f, good) last May for Max Comley, which also showed ability.

40/1

Form: 8-240

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Went close in a bumper at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) last May on her second start and again showed promise when fourth of 16 on hurdle debut there (2m5f, good to soft) in October; flopped behind two of these at Market Rasen, however, which puts her well down the list.

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2nd

13

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Time In The Sun

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

Went close in a bumper at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) last May on her second start and again showed promise when fourth of 16 on hurdle debut there (2m5f, good to soft) in October; flopped at Market Rasen, however, and others have stronger credentials.

20/1

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Verdict

Break My Soul started 8-13 but cracked in the closing stages of her hurdles debut at this track, which preceded wind surgery later in November. She cost £290,000 after point win, while SMILING GETAWAY cost £235,000 after hers and, at the second attempt, made a far more satisfactory transition to racing under rules with the win at Ludlow on her hurdles debut. The prospect of more improvement makes her the pick, although Jaminska (second choice), Take No Chances and Drumlee Spud are also serious contenders on form.[Richard Austen]