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  • 1m 7f 144y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Sky Bet Build A Bet Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Form: 1-6P28 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Below par more often than not over the last two seasons and soundly beaten at Ascot four weeks ago; however, he won the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) last March and popped up with another big run when second at Ascot (1m7f, good) two starts ago; in the mix if on a going day.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Ended last season with a narrow success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham off 3lb lower; harder to fancy on the balance of his form this term, most recently well held in the Ascot contest won by Luccia.

66/1

8th

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Faivoir

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Came good at the right time to win at 33-1 in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in March, capitalising on a reduced mark; near that form when second of six off this 3lb higher mark over C&D (good) four weeks ago but he faces improvers in this line-up.

25/1

Form: 2219-P CD

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on chase and seasonal debut at Wetherby in November but he was in touch when making a bad mistake five out and has had wind surgery since; won two handicap hurdles last season (2m3f, soft/good to soft; including here) and could have a part to play now back in this sphere.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:55 Kelso

Jungle Jack

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has won five of his nine races over hurdles; not disgraced in a strong handicap at Aintree on final start last season having won a 2m3f handicap at Bangor on previous start; pulled up over fences at Wetherby on only start this term; has since had wind surgery; chance back over hurdles.

11/2

Form: F2-124 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 5yo who won on his British debut in a maiden hurdle at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft) in November, before a good second at Sandown (2m, heavy) on handicap debut; disappointing at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day but retains potential and is not written off now back down in trip.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Bucksy Des Epeires

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Didn't go with much zest at Aintree on Boxing Day and then came down early in the Lingfield race won by Inthewaterside, but he certainly has claims on his clear second in a handicap at Sandown (2m, heavy) before then, form that has worked out quite well; needs to bounce back but it's still relatively early days for him.

10/1

0

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Bucksy Des Epeires

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French; narrow C&D winner on British debut and better again when runner-up in a 2m heavy-ground handicap at Sandown; didn't really race with great gusto when a remote fourth at Aintree (2m4f, soft) but still early days.

8/1

Form: 0/354- D

Last run: 394 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Soundly beaten twice in a row at the end of 2022 (chase debut on second occasion) and this is her first run since; however, the handicapper has given her a chance and she goes well fresh; not discounted on return.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Current Mood

10st 11lb

J: Miss Eleanor Williams

T: Evan Williams

led narrowly or disputed lead, headed before 2 out, soon outpaced, no chance but kept on run-in, went fourth towards finish

14/1

6th

9

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Current Mood

11st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Three-time winner over hurdles who should be well handicapped but she needed to shape better on her return to be strongly considered for this.

25/1

0

4

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Current Mood

11st 10lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear, struggling after 4 out, detached when pulled up before 2 out

8/1

Form: 13/

Last run: 1077 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Absent since September 2021, when showing useful Flat form for the now-retired Keith Dalgleish; unruly at post and withdrawn at Warwick last Saturday (22-1 at the time); however, his new trainer brought Mint Gold back from a similar layoff to win in November, and this fellow showed considerable promise on both hurdle starts in 2020-21; not ruled out in first-time blinkers.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Sextant

11st 13lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Smart on the Flat in his heyday and won a novice hurdle in 2020 but, following a mammoth absence, looked reluctant to race and never really got involved when 50-1 for last month's stable/handicap hurdle debut (first-time blinkers); current ability very hard to gauge.

33/1

12th

7

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Sextant

10st 10lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Running well at a useful level on the Flat for Keith Dalgleish when last raced in September 2021; had earlier run twice over hurdles, winning a Carlisle novice before a respectable effort raised in class here; comes with risks after so long out (22-1 when unruly at the post for an intended start at Warwick last month) but he's in good hands and couldn't be ruled out; tries blinkers (has run well in a visor).

25/1

Form: -31549

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Somewhat underwhelming at Cheltenham last month but prior to that this lightly raced 5yo was an encouraging fourth there (2m, good to soft) on his handicap debut, and he's a player if tapping back into that promise.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

7

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Mr Mackay

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Off the mark in 2m3f maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (good) in October; respectable efforts in Cheltenham handicaps since, including on good to soft; this less testing finish should suit and he shouldn't be far away.

11/2

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Verdict

Two of these are returning from absences and none of the other four ran well last time out, so it’s a tricky puzzle. JUNGLE JACK has had wind surgery since being pulled up on his chase debut and he won over hurdles here last season. He earns the vote ahead of Mr Mackay, who was a good fourth at Cheltenham two starts ago, while it will be no surprise if Faivoir and Bucksy Des Epeires are involved.[Ben Hutton]