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Stables Business Park Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13202.5
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Stables Business Park Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 14FP-2

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won the Grade 1 hurdles at Cheltenham and Aintree as a juvenile; had one mammoth absence since then and was returning from another lengthy break (336 days) when runner-up under 12st at Doncaster a month ago (2m3f, good to soft); the winner wasn't disgraced in last week's Lanzarote; strongly considered with Freddie Gordon taking off 5lb this time.

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Form: /1211- C

Last run: 568 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Record of 4-12 over hurdles and was in good form chasing when last seen, winning three small-field races during the summer of 2022; strong form claims off this mark if as good as he was after a long absence; trainer runs two and the owners three, so makes sense to heed market signals.

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7th

1

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Wild Max

12st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Record of 4-12 over hurdles and was in good form chasing when last seen, winning three small-field races during the summer of 2022; strong form claims off this mark if as good as he was after a long absence; makes sense to heed market signals.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: -44152 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Four wins divided between bumpers and hurdles; got competitive a long way out before getting collared in a slow-motion finish at Hereford last month (2m3f, good); off the same mark here and likely to go well if this pans out a tad more favourably.

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3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Luttrell Lad

11st 3lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Won on heavy ground last July and returned from a break with two good runs towards end of last year; made brave bid from the front when second at Hereford (2m3f, good) on latest occasion and benefits from Cameron Iles's very useful 7lb claim today; highly respected.

7/1

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 2

13:35 Hereford

Luttrell Lad

11st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Tom Lacey

Came good for Tom Lacey at Cartmel (2m1f, heavy) during the summer and returned from break with creditable fifth at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) three weeks ago, where a last-flight error magnified his margin of defeat; remains on a workable mark and will be fine on good ground; respected.

5/2

Form: P222U1 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

In good form over fences before his successful return to hurdling under Charlie Maggs at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) where he pretty much made all; only 2lb higher than for that narrow success and the third Rare Edition won at Kempton last weekend; every chance.

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1st

9

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Geromino

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Held on gamely to make all under Charlie Maggs here (2m, good to soft) when back over hurdles six weeks ago and will be fine over today's longer trip but that race was somewhat unsatisfactory (several flights omitted) and others in this field appeal more.

8/1

1st

10

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Geromino

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

made all

10/1

Form: 1111F/ CD BF

Last run: 872 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won six hurdle races during 2021, the last five under Ben Bromley; has been a long-time absent but he's potentially well handicapped and the market should be informative with the owners running three.

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0

3

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Chez Hans

11st 10lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Paul Nicholls

Won six hurdle races during 2021, the last five under Ben Bromley; has been a long-time absent but he's well handicapped and the market should be revealing.

16/1

Form: 1115P4 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Defied a 2lb lower mark last summer (2m4f, good; fine on softer) and returns to this discipline after two defeats over fences, the latest a respectable effort (beaten 10l); probably in fair form and entitled to run well.

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0

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Mullinaree

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

Defied a 2lb lower mark last summer (2m4f, good; fine on softer) and returns to this discipline after two defeats over fences, the latest a respectable effort (beaten 10l); probably in fair form and entitled to run well.

20/1

Form: 913689 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Heavy ground would not have been ideal at Cheltenham 19 days ago but that was his third modest run on the bounce; won off this mark at Stratford last summer but reservations at the minute.

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7th

8

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Shantou Express

10st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Heavy ground would not have been ideal at Cheltenham 20 days ago but that was his third modest run on the bounce; won off this mark at Stratford last summer but reservations at the minute.

33/1

9th

7

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Shantou Express

10st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Usually not seen on worse than good to soft and although he won a soft-ground novice in 2020, he was well beaten when trying to come from the rear on soft here on latest outing (often front-runs); that's two modest runs in a row, with wind surgery (his second) in between; others preferred.

16/1

Form: 6566-7 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Has won five hurdles on good/good to soft ground; didn't run at all badly over C&D 12 days ago on his stable debut (after an absence) and especially given the conditions; could build on that and he's 4lb lower.

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5th

3

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Getalead

11st 5lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Five hurdle wins at 2m3f-2m5f for previous trainer (good/good to soft), most recently in September 2022; solid excuses for recent defeat for new connections but needs to show 2m is his trip (first attempt since late 2021).

20/1

7th

5

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Getalead

11st 8lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Five-time hurdle winner on good/good to soft ground; on a good mark for today's stable debut but has fitness to prove after ten-month absence and would appeal more on better ground.

25/1

Form: /31466

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Second run back from a long absence when winning easily at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October and followed that with a fair fourth at Aintree; has struggled since (2m4f, heavy; 2m5f, good) and, from out of the weights (James Turner has claimed in four of his last five starts), others appeal more.

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4th

1

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

15:50 Ludlow

Chance A Tune

12st 1lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Easy hurdles win at Chepstow (2m, heavy) on second run back from a long layoff, followed by fair fourth at Ascot (1m7f, soft); weakened to heavy defeats both starts since but they were 2m4f/2m5f and he should be more interesting back over this trip, if he takes to chasing at the first attempt.

11/2

6th

9

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Chance A Tune

10st 4lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

759 days off before this season; won easily at Chepstow (2m, heavy) on second run back, followed by a fair fourth at Ascot (1m7f, soft) but he weakened badly late on over 2m4f on heavy at Aintree 17 days ago; while he had 2m4f form on good ground in 2021, others have more solid achievements at this sort of trip.

10/1

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Verdict

Rare Edition winning at Kempton last weekend shines an even brighter light on Geromino’s game win at Doncaster and the McCain horse should go well again off just 2lb higher on a track that will suit his style of racing. Whether he will be good enough to repel PENTLAND HILLS is another matter, as the Henderson runner made a very pleasing return at that same venue and he has a handy 5lb off his welter burden this time. Luttrell Lad’s Hereford effort can be upgraded and he’s preferred of the others.[Alistair Jones]