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bet365 Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 2m 3f 171y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 121-41

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Two wins (Ludlow) and two seconds as a novice last term; built on that when justifying favouritism at Market Rasen (extended 2m2f, good to soft) on Boxing Day in his second handicap, failing to settle early on but seizing the initiative entering the final turn and in charge from before two out; the extra distance asks a question but he's bred to stay and 5lb rise should be outstripped at some point soon by his potential.

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1st

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Welsh Charger

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Two wins (Ludlow) and two seconds as a novice last term; built on that when justifying favouritism at Market Rasen (extended 2m2f, good to soft) on Boxing Day in his second handicap, failing to settle early on but seizing the initiative entering the final turn and in charge from before two out; the extra distance asks a question but he's bred to stay and 5lb rise should be outstripped at some point soon by his potential.

7/2

1st

4

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

15:32 Market Rasen

Welsh Charger

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alastair Ralph

Kept on for two novice hurdle wins at Ludlow (2m, good/soft) last term and not beaten far when fourth on last month's handicap and seasonal debut at Huntingdon (2m, good); open to improvement over today's extra yardage.

5/1

4th

12

25th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:13 Huntingdon

Welsh Charger

11st 5lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Alastair Ralph

2-4 in novice/maiden hurdles last season, with both wins gained at Ludlow (2m, good/soft); has fitness to prove after eight-month absence but could easily have more to offer in handicaps this term.

8/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: -55512 CD BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Capitalised on a reduced mark to win by just over 5l over C&D (good to soft) in December; again came from the rear to challenge strongly under William Maggs over C&D (soft) one month ago but was seen off by Duyfken and is back up another 5lb today; place chance.

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2nd

7

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 9lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

Capitalised on a reduced mark to win by just over 5l over C&D (good to soft) in December; again came from the rear to challenge strongly under William Maggs over C&D (soft) one month ago but was seen off by Duyfken and is back up another 5lb today; place chance.

13/2

2nd

7

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Lihyan

11st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last

3/1

1st

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:25 Musselburgh

Lihyan

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Rebecca Menzies

His sole win was in a maiden hurdle last summer but he's dropped a long way down the weights and has finished a respectable fifth at Ayr (2m, good to soft) and Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) in his two runs this autumn; looks worth another try at this trip and he's in the mix on this drop in grade.

3/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 21-331 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Has improved almost every time over hurdles, last time upped from 2m when making all to see off Lihyan in eight-runner handicap over C&D (soft) one month ago; up another 6lb but it's very hard to rule out further progress.

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4th

3

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Duyfken

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Has shown respectable form at Musselburgh (soft) since upped to 2m4f, winning then creditable third; consistent sort who has solid claims off an unaltered mark; tongue-tie fitted.

8/1

3rd

6

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Duyfken

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Has improved almost every time over hurdles, last time upped from 2m when making all to see off Lihyan in eight-runner handicap over C&D (soft) one month ago; up another 6lb but it's very hard to rule out further progress.

5/1

1st

8

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Duyfken

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

made all

4/1

Form: 6-6638 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Mopped up in mares' handicap hurdles at up to 3m last season, winning five and the last two were in good style over C&D; more disquiet on what she's done this term, having been competitive only once (here on penultimate start) but she can't be ruled out.

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4th

5

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Lone Star

11st 10lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Mopped up in mares' handicap hurdles at up to 3m last season, winning five and the last two were in good style over C&D; more disquiet on what she's done this term, having been competitive only once (here on penultimate start) but she can't be ruled out.

12/1

8th

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

11:55 Aintree

Lone Star

11st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Mopped up in mares' handicap hurdles at up to 3m last season, winning five; best run this season when third of six at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) 26 days ago but remains 3lb above her last winning mark.

18/1

3rd

2

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:35 Musselburgh

Lone Star

11st 12lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Won back-to-back C&D mares' handicap hurdles in March (both good to soft) but has found things tough since; bit to prove.

6/1

Form: 22-307 C

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Good season last term included two wins (one here) and culminated in his second in a series final at this track (3m, good to soft); however, this season he's followed a respectable reappearance with two backward steps; well treated if surging back to his best.

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5th

12

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Faithfulflyer

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Good season last term included two wins (one here) and culminated in his second in a series final at this track (3m, good to soft); however, this season he's followed a respectable reappearance with two backward steps; well treated if surging back to his best.

14/1

7th

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Faithfulflyer

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on outer

9/1

Form: 212-47

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

French bumper winner who has been well beaten over hurdles on all three British starts, last of seven off this mark on handicap debut at Sandown on latest (2m, heavy; 5-1, weakening when hampered at the final flight); cheekpieces join the tongue-tie.

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6th

13

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Impact Du Bonheur

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

French bumper winner who has been well beaten over hurdles on all three British starts, last of seven off this mark on handicap debut at Sandown on latest (2m, heavy; 5-1, weakening when hampered at the final flight); cheekpieces join the tongue-tie.

11/2

7th

7

8th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

15:35 Sandown

Impact Du Bonheur

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

French bumper winner who has been well beaten over hurdles on both British starts but they were still fair runs relative to today's modest opening mark, and he shaped over C&D last time as though he would improve for the run; possible improver for leading yard and firmly in calculations.

5/1

4th

5

12th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:40 Sandown

Impact Du Bonheur

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

midfield, headway after 3 out, soon went fourth, weakened after 2 out

4/1

Form: 52/3-P

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

2021 Irish point winner but he's had just four races under rules, pulled up on handicap debut at Ayr (2m4f, soft; 33-1) in December on latest; that was after a 435-day layoff and he had wind surgery soon afterwards; also now tongue tied but he needs to build on his 2022 novice placings.

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7th

11

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Whelans Bridge

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

2021 Irish point winner but he's had just four races under rules, pulled up on handicap debut at Ayr (2m4f, soft; 33-1) in December on latest; that was after a 435-day layoff and he had wind surgery soon afterwards; also now tongue tied but he needs to build on his 2022 novice placings.

33/1

0

11

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Whelans Bridge

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rose Dobbin

3m point winner who showed ability in his three novice hurdles last year; this is his first run since but trainer can ready one after an absence and Brian Hughes is booked on handicap debut; interesting.

9/1

Form: 1-649P D

Last run: 57 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

12yo who is 5lb lower than when winning at Ayr (2m4f, good) last April; had excuses here (bad mistake) and at Aintree (heavy going) on latest two outings, so he needs a second look.

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8th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Voix Du Reve

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

12yo who is 5lb lower than when winning at Ayr (2m4f, good) last April; had excuses here (bad mistake) and at Aintree (heavy going) on latest two outings, so he needs a second look.

16/1

0

9

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Voix Du Reve

10st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Iain Jardine

Won off this mark at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and returned from break with fair fourth at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) in October; making headway when blundering at Musselburgh last time and this 11yo is an each-way possible.

12/1

Form: 24U-P8 CD

Last run: 88 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Below best on final two runs in last season's chase campaign and, after wind surgery, didn't offer much on return to hurdling for two starts this autumn; all his three wins have been at this track but he now has questions to answer.

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9th

14

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Diamond State

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Below best on final two runs in last season's chase campaign and, after wind surgery, didn't offer much on return to hurdling for two starts this autumn; all his three wins have been at this track but he now has questions to answer.

33/1

8th

8

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Diamond State

10st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Below best over fences on final two runs last season and didn't offer much on return to hurdling 20 days ago, though the ground was heavy (handles soft); on a dangerous mark but with questions to answer at the minute.

12/1

Form: 26355P

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Ex-Gordon Elliott; first two runs for new yard were his best form but he's made two major backward steps since; back hurdling today, for the first time since last March.

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3rd

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Cardamon Hill

11st 10lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Dianne Sayer

held up in rear, dropped to last before 10th

25/1

10th

4

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Cardamon Hill

11st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Ex-Gordon Elliott; first two runs for new yard were his best form but he's made two major backward steps since; back hurdling today, for the first time since last March.

25/1

0

3

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

14:00 Haydock

Cardamon Hill

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Ex-Gordon Elliott; placed in a couple of points in 2022 before winning a maiden hurdle at Tramore (2m6f, heavy) in January last year; bit disappointing over fences, although has excuses for a below-par run at Kelso last time; bit to prove.

7/1

Form: -22544

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Didn't look a natural towards the end of last year on first two chase starts and he was well beaten in first-time cheekpieces (kept today) behind Duyfken and Lihyan over C&D when back over hurdles one month ago; most hurdles form last year, on the other hand, would give him a chance.

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11th

9

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Less Legacy

11st 5lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

Didn't look a natural towards the end of last year on first two chase starts and he was well beaten in first-time cheekpieces (kept today) behind Duyfken and Lihyan over C&D when back over hurdles one month ago; most hurdles form last year, on the other hand, would give him a chance.

14/1

4th

4

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Less Legacy

11st 5lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

in rear

7/1

4th

5

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:50 Ayr

Less Legacy

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Susan Corbett

didn't jump with fluency, towards rear but in touch with leaders, weakened after 4 out

5/1

12/1

Form: -43522

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

1-7 in points; 0-6 over hurdles, taking second in handicaps at Carlisle (2m3f) and Ayr (2m2f; ridden by 10lb claimer Ben Smith) on last two occasions but he needs to find a bit extra.

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3rd

5

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:35 Ayr

Dance Thief

10st 11lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

Ran poorly last time, taking rules record to 0-7; twice a clear second in December, including at this venue (2m2f, soft), and has possibilities if bouncing back to that form.

16/1

12th

10

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

16:05 Musselburgh

Dance Thief

11st 4lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

1-7 in points; 0-6 over hurdles, taking second in handicaps at Carlisle (2m3f) and Ayr (2m2f; ridden by 10lb claimer Ben Smith) on last two occasions but he needs to find a bit extra.

12/1

2nd

2

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 5

12:25 Ayr

Dance Thief

11st 12lb

J: Ben Smith

T: R Mike Smith

prominent on outer

4/1

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Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £226.00
Straight Forecast £181.90
Tricast £836.70
Trifecta £789.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Duyfken

SPOTLIGHT:

Welsh Charger

POSTDATA:

Lihyan

Daily Mirror:

Dance Thief

The Times:

Sleeping Satellite

TOPSPEED:

Lone Star

The Sun:

Duyfken

Daily Record:

Duyfken

Telegraph:

Welsh Charger

D Express:

Welsh Charger

The Star:

Lihyan