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SBK Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4193.42
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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SBK Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

Form: 0-1P BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pulled up on hurdle debut at Kempton (2m, good) on Boxing Day and has something to prove on the back of that, but he won a bumper at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November and retains potential for his top yard.

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6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Gentlemans Relish

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Made all in bumper at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November; flopped on starts either side, latest when favourite for a maiden hurdle at Kempton (2m, good) on Boxing Day, so there are very mixed messages.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 6

Last run: 100 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Won an Irish maiden point (3m, good to yielding) on his debut last February; well-beaten sixth at 25-1 in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in October and could improve for the run, but very much needs to.

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6th

7

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Ginger Jonny

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Made all in Irish maiden point on debut last February, before £35,000 sale; 25-1 and tongue tied, beaten 37l when sixth of 16 in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in October, prominent long way; has ability but needs big improvement.

16/1

6th

4

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:25 Chepstow

Ginger Jonny

11st 4lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

took keen hold, disputed lead, headed and raced in second 2nd, lost position after 3 out, weakened 2 out, mistake last

14/1

Form: 4-3362

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Has shown promise and he produced a career best in first-time cheekpieces (retained) when going very close in a handicap at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) last month; strong claims if repeating that form.

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2nd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:23 Chepstow

Idefix De Ciergues

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

led, led clearly 4 out, headed but prominent 4 out, outpaced after 3 out

8/11

2nd

11

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Idefix De Ciergues

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Runner-up in a point and a bumper; third in maidens at Ffos Las (2m6f, good to soft) and Bangor (2m3f, soft) on his first two attempts over hurdles, followed by a lesser show when he tried 2m7f at Ascot on handicap debut; now fitted with headgear.

16/1

Form: 42P

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Disappointing at Exeter on New Year's Day but the heavy ground may have been too much; prior to that he was a good second there (2m, soft) and he's an each-way contender if bouncing back to form; displayed promise in 3m points (including on good ground).

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5th

2

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

17:07 Hereford

Iris Des Issards

11st 12lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Disappointed in final qualifying run but his second of 15 at Exeter (2m, soft) in December was very encouraging, and he has plenty of scope to build on that performance if back on song for handicap debut.

6/1

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7

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Iris Des Issards

11st 6lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Took good step forward from encouraging rules debut when second of 15 here (2m, soft) last month and is likely to be suited by today's step up in trip; has another significant role to play.

9/2

Form: 2-25 BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Didn't always jump with fluency when merely fifth of six on handicap debut at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) in December; however, he'd previously looked a likeable prospect when runner-up at both Auteuil (2m2f, heavy) and Aintree (2m4f, good to soft), and could well play a leading role today.

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1st

4

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:30 Carlisle

Jagwar

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders, not fluent 7th, went second after 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, pushed along when mistake last, switched right and rallied run-in, ridden to lead inside final 110yds, just did enough

4/7

Form: 3

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Irish maiden point runner-up (3m, heavy) who kept on for an encouraging third of 14 on hurdle debut at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) in December; he's in good hands to progress and is one to consider today.

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3rd

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

13:00 Taunton

Long Draw

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

towards rear

5/2

Form: 666

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

2m4f point runner-up who has shown ability among his three rules starts, finishing sixth each time (2m/2m1f); improvement is possible now up in trip but others have more substance to their claims.

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6

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Mr Mahler

11st 10lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sue Smith

took keen hold, midfield, bumped 1st

16/1

6th

11

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Wetherby

Mr Mahler

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

in touch with leaders

25/1

Form: 7

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Runner-up in two points in April 2022 but form went the wrong way in that sphere and he was tailed off at 150-1 on last month's hurdle debut at Kelso (2m6f, soft); transformation needed now in cheekpieces.

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14

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Paris Cercy

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Runner-up in two British maiden points in April 2022; well beaten in that sphere last year and, after wind surgery, tailed off at 150-1 in a novice hurdle at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; cheekpieces are added.

100/1

7th

3

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:20 Kelso

Paris Cercy

11st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Half-brother to useful hurdler/chaser Parisencore; runner-up in two British maiden points in April 2022 but unable to reproduce that promise last spring; has has wind op since; may be best watched on rules debut.

33/1

Form: 32-48U

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

In the first three in both bumpers but failed to threaten on first two hurdle starts and he unseated at the first flight at Hereford last Monday; others make greater appeal.

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5th

6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

16:05 Ludlow

Pearl Island

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

Slowed dramatically and unseated rider at first flight on latest outing; something to find on earlier form but is bred to do better, being out of a triple hurdles winner for his connections.

25/1

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6

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

14:00 Hereford

Pearl Island

11st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Placed in two bumpers; ran up against subsequent winners when fourth on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) but he didn't shine over 2m on that ground in December; has more of a stamina test again today but the fitting of cheekpieces raises questions.

16/1

Abandoned

Form: 532-52

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Placed in both bumpers (good to soft) and clear second at Catterick (2m3f, soft) last month on his second hurdle start; there was plenty to like about that latest performance and he's on the shortlist here.

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1st

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Pic Roc

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Placed in two bumpers last spring (both on good to soft) and has since laid a sound foundation for his hurdling career, giving the impression he might have won at Catterick (2m3f, soft; first two well clear) five weeks ago with a slicker jump at the last; likely to continue on an upward curve.

12/1

2nd

6

11th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:55 Catterick

Pic Roc

11st 3lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Placed in final two bumpers last spring (both good to soft); only fifth on hurdle debut at Newbury (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago but that was a warm race and he's open to improvement; could be a player.

13/2

Form: 9756

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Well beaten this winter on his first two hurdle starts and needs to be an entirely different proposition today.

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9th

15

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

The Dark Edge

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

About 11l seventh of 13 to Gentleman's Relish in Newbury bumper (good to soft) in November but beaten about 50l at Wincanton and Hereford in his two runs (about 2m4f) over hurdles.

66/1

6th

10

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:07 Hereford

The Dark Edge

11st 4lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Didn't run too badly in a useful Newbury bumper but was beaten a long way on his switch to hurdling at Wincanton (2m4f, soft; 28-1).

50/1

Form:

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W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Pretty consistent in defeat in staying handicaps on the Flat last year but at an ordinary level; improvement needed for the change of codes.

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4th

7

(8)

18th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 6

12:16 Lingfield (AW)

Wannabe Brave

9st 11lb

J: Tommie Jakes

T: James Fanshawe

in rear

100/30

5th

1

(6)

10th Oct 2023

Standard

2m 0f 102y

Class 6

18:30 Southwell (AW)

Wannabe Brave

9st 12lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

2m winner on the Polytrack last winter when 7lb higher; unable to exploit his sliding mark this year but gives his running more often than not; should be on the scene.

6/1

Form: 85-09

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Down the field at triple-figure odds on both hurdle starts and a chunk of improvement is required.

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16

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Cotoneaster

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

Second run in a bumper was markedly better than her three other runs, the last two over hurdles (wind surgery in between); best watched for now.

66/1

9th

6

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

14:25 Ludlow

Cotoneaster

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

Bettered inauspicious debut when fifth of 14 in Southwell bumper in April (first-time tongue-tie) and was not beaten far on last month's hurdling debut (2m4f; had wind op soon afterwards) but others in this field have much stronger claims.

66/1

Form: 26-357

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict

Placed in good-ground bumpers and open to improvement, including in the jumping department, on this second hurdle start; however, she was soundly beaten at Huntingdon last time and needs a sizeable step forward.

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7th

9

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

13:50 Huntingdon

Of Course You Can

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

0-4 in bumpers but has been placed twice, including here, and ran well on the bare figures in Listed grade at Doncaster (2m, good to soft; finished fifth) most recently; gives the impression she'll be suited by this longer distance; shortlisted.

13/2

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Non-runners

Clatterbridge

Verdict

The very lightly raced 5yo JAGWAR is much better than he showed on his handicap debut at Haydock in December and earns the vote on account of the promise he showed on his first two starts. Pic Roc was a clear second at Catterick last month and is feared most ahead of Idefix De Ciergues who also went close last time out. Long Draw is a possible improver, while the Nicky Henderson-trained Gentleman’s Relish is not written off.[Ben Hutton]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jagwar

WEST COUNTRY:

Pic Roc

The Times:

Pic Roc

The Guardian:

Pic Roc

The Star:

Pic Roc

Daily Record:

Pic Roc

RP RATINGS:

Jagwar

TOPSPEED:

Jagwar

POSTDATA:

Jagwar

Daily Mail:

Jagwar

D Express:

Jagwar

Daily Mirror:

Jagwar

The Sun:

Jagwar