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Read Nicky Henderson’s Exclusive Unibet Blog Handicap Hurdle

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  • 2m 7f 16y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Read Nicky Henderson’s Exclusive Unibet Blog Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 233-79

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Well-in judged on form at about 2m3f-2m5f late in 2022 but, after 306 days off, he's been tailed off on both starts for new yard this season; unconvincing record over this sort of trip; visor replaces usual blinkers.

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4th

6

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:05 Market Rasen

Breaking Waves

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alex Hales

He's well handicapped judged on his form towards the end of 2022 but struggled on both outings this season and a major turnaround is needed in a first-time visor (replacing blinkers).

16/1

Form: 94-711

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Sent handicapping this term, with clearcut wins at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) and Fontwell (2m6f, heavy) on last two outings; raised another 5lb but he's going the right way now and is one to take seriously.

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4th

4

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Herakles Westwood

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Got up on the line at Catterick (2m3f, soft) four weeks ago, completing a hat-trick and taking record in handicaps to 3-4; improving hurdler who is on a roll and has to be feared despite another rise in the weights.

2/1

1st

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Herakles Westwood

11st 3lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Won at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) in November on second handicap start and again had something to spare when following up at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy); progressive and could take latest 5lb rise in his stride.

100/30

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 313135

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Claimer ridden on last five starts but not today; won at Newton Abbot (3m2f, heavy) and Wincanton (3m, good) in October and back near that form on latest outing; peak form puts him in with a good shout.

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3rd

7

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Ben Lilly

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

midfield

12/1

Form: 08-901 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won three in a row (one at this track) over about 2m4f last winter; four lacklustre efforts were swept aside when he justified favouritism in clearcut style at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy; 6lb higher today) four weeks ago, better than ever, and that performance suggested he would stay further; one for the shortlist.

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2nd

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Accidental Legend

12st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Displayed sudden return to form and rewarded heavy market support when battling on well to beat Jack Sprat at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month, his fourth hurdle win; back up 6lb which demands a bit more.

4/1

Form: 6-82F8

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Maiden who's been runner-up on good ground or firmer in three of his ten races under rules, including over 3m1f last May; beaten when falling at Uttoxeter in June and he tired badly approaching the second last at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in November, before making two mistakes; others appeal more.

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0

11

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Kilfilum Woods

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Paul Webber

Recorded perfectly serviceable bumper and chase debuts at this venue in 2022, but ended last year on a low note over hurdles, weakening before stamina should have become an issue at Warwick latest; overlooked.

50/1

Form: 55-58B

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

No better than fifth in any of his seven races; outsider in this three handicaps, beaten over 40l on first two occasions; close up when brought down four out at Wetherby on latest; cheekpieces are now added to the tongue-tie; market moves may again prove revealing.

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3rd

13

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Mahler Moon

11st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Well beaten in the autumn in his first two handicaps (2m/2m5f); had wind surgery but was again an outsider when brought down at Wetherby (2m3f) on Boxing Day, close up at the time but it was at the fourth last; cheekpieces are added and he's upped in trip.

20/1

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Mahler Moon

11st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

Well beaten in first two handicaps but this lightly raced 5yo is in top hands and perhaps a wind op will have done the trick; watch the betting.

16/1

Form: 66-43

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

From a top yard but has not set the world alight in his two bumpers or when taking minor honours in his two hurdle races (about 2m5f); had wind surgery before latest start; upped in trip for this handicap debut and these are early days, so he's not dismissed.

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5th

6

26th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Jemura

11st 1lb

J: Mr Henry Main

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders, not fluent 8th, lost ground before 13th, soon dropped to last

100/30

3rd

1

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:20 Fontwell

Jemura

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in rear, headway 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, went third approaching last, kept on

2/1

Form: 40334- BF

Last run: 307 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; minor honours over fences last January-March on all three runs for Mel Rowley; there's more for him to prove over hurdles judged on 2021 and 2022 when last seen in this sphere, but his current hurdles mark is 10lb lower than that over fences; with new yard (same owner) and has a big chance on that 2023 chase form.

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4

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

14:55 Southwell

Key Commander

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

1-19 over hurdles and 1-14 as a chaser; returning from 310 days off when tailed off in a handicap hurdle at Warwick and not easy to side with on the back of that.

11/2

6th

8

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

Key Commander

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Ex-Irish 8yo with a strike-rate of 2-33; ran well in three chases for Mel Rowley last year but returns to hurdles following an absence and probably best watched.

25/1

Form: 1P-322 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

1-10 over hurdles, the win at Carlisle (2m1f) last April; solid sequence on varied ground this term, including when beaten only a neck when closing all the time in 15-runner race at Doncaster (2m5f, good) on penultimate start, the furthest he's been; needs better for another win but the new trip holds possibilities.

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Form: 1261-3

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

His winning spree last February-April was initiated by a 3m2f hurdle win at Catterick before three wins on AW Flat; placed in both spheres this winter and while he looks vulnerable on that form for win purposes, 7lb claimer is now recruited.

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6th

4

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

17:10 Carlisle

Kiss My Face

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

held up in rear, slightly hampered 9th

13/2

5th

4

(7)

5th Feb 2024

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

19:30 Southwell (AW)

Kiss My Face

9st 7lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: Brian Ellison

midfield, towards rear after 3f

8/1

Form: 732-P5

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Placed last March on her first two hurdle starts (2m5f on second occasion); has run in two handicaps this term, with latest a big step back in the right direction but her persistently hanging left was a worry; new trip is plausible but she needs improvement on all hurdles form.

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7th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Bridget Breeze

11st 13lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: -682PP

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Second on stable debut at Southwell (3m2f, good) in September, beaten a long way; pulled up both starts since, when soft/heavy ground may have been against him but sole win came back in June 2021; tongue-tie (used once in 2022, pulled up) returns.

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8

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Massons Castle

10st 10lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Mike Sowersby

Second on stable debut at Southwell (3m2f, good) last September, beaten a long way; pulled up both starts since, when soft/heavy ground may have been against him; switches back from chasing but sole win came back in June 2021.

20/1

0

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

13:55 Catterick

Massons Castle

10st 2lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Mike Sowersby

in rear and detached, not fluent 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 11th

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 058-33

Last run: 210 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Well-beaten outsider in all three bumpers; third in two small-field hurdle races (2m4f/2m7f) on good ground here last June, with a respiratory noise reported on second occasion and he's not been seen since; improvement is needed on this handicap debut.

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9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 5

16:15 Doncaster

Matoury

11st 2lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Mike Sowersby

held up in rear

33/1

6th

4

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:00 Southwell

Matoury

11st 9lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Mike Sowersby

took keen hold, in rear

16/1

Form: 3P393C

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

His time with Alex Hales ended out of form; two runs over fences for new yard, with a partial revival on first occasion but well beaten when carried out on latest; jumped to his right in both and now goes back over hurdles; unraced much beyond 2m5f; 5lb out of the handicap but still well treated judged on chase form as recent as last May.

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2nd

9

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:25 Southwell

Foxs Socks

10st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Mike Sowersby

Well in on some of his placed form over fences for Alex Hales but left that yard after some disappointing efforts in the summer; well-held third here in September on stable debut but didn't show much at Doncaster in November; back over hurdles today and unraced beyond 2m4f; 5lb out of the handicap.

16/1

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Verdict

Key Commander looks the most interesting among those who have proved their stamina at about 3m but ACCIDENTAL LEGEND, Herakles Westwood and Burrows Hall make appeal stepping up in trip and they are preferred in that order.[Richard Austen]