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SBK Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Go North Lady Buttons Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4066.37
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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SBK Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Go North Lady Buttons Series Qualifier)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

Form: 7691 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Responded well for pressure to see off the odds-on favourite (seemingly below par) in a 2m novice here a month ago (good to soft); remains to be seen how reliable that form is but today's longer trip looks the right move; handicap debut.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:10 Hereford

Sammys Guarantee

12st 1lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Showed the benefit of a wind op when comfortably beating short-odds favourite in Doncaster novice (2m, good to soft) last month, her fourth start over hurdles; not sure to be suited by the slower ground on today's handicap debut but could easily have further improvement to come.

5/2

1st

13

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

13:25 Doncaster

Sammys Guarantee

10st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Runner-up in a point bumper but beaten between 29l and 37l in her three runs over hurdles, with tongue tied on last two starts and hooded latest; that was four weeks ago and she has had wind surgery since.

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 20-132 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who beat just three rivals on her hurdle debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, good) in October; followed that run with a respectable third but she was hammered some 25l by the winner on her C&D handicap debut a month ago (good to soft); surely has to find something on that form.

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2nd

1

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

14:35 Doncaster

Kay Tara Tara

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

held up in rear

2/1

3rd

2

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

14:40 Fontwell

Kay Tara Tara

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

First and second in two bumpers before a heavy defeat in Aintree's Grade 2; nicely on top at the finish when making a successful debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, good), albeit in a very winnable heat; should go on the ground and likely to keep progressing.

3/1

Form: 3P-742 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Solid second at Market Rasen on Boxing Day (2m2f, good to soft) in a race she won the previous season; more exposed than some of these but likely to go well.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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1st

6

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:55 Market Rasen

Gilbertina

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Winner of 2m2f handicap on this course last winter (good to soft); back to form in that race on Boxing Day but she hasn't run on soft for two years and this race is competitive.

6/1

2nd

7

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

15:32 Market Rasen

Gilbertina

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Runs off a mark 1lb lower than when winning this last year (good to soft; on her reappearance); soundly beaten fourth over C&D (good to soft) last month when back from a break but may be able to build on that performance.

14/1

Form: 2-3F5P

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Placed in Irish maiden hurdles (2m3f/2m5f); has twice disappointed for her current yard, latterly on handicap debut; cheekpieces tried.

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0

6

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

11:55 Aintree

Hamartia

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Neil Mulholland

Ran five times for Colm Murphy in Ireland, best efforts when placed in maiden hurdles at Kilbeggan (2m3f) in April and Tramore (2m5f; made most) in June; may not have stayed 2m7f when a remote fifth in Exeter novice hurdle on last month's first outing for Neil Mulholland; drops back in trip for handicap debut.

14/1

5th

3

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

12:55 Exeter

Hamartia

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Well related; ran five times for Colm Murphy in Ireland, best efforts when placed in maiden hurdles at Kilbeggan (2m3f) in April and Tramore (2m5f; made most) in June; not seen since a fall in July; unraced on worse than yielding ground; should stay; good chance if her better form is reproduced.

11/8

Form: 1/P53

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Stratford bumper winner; has improved with each run over hurdles and going further for today's handicap debut should be of benefit; stable won this with a handicap debutante 12 months ago.

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3rd

14

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Lightfoot Lady

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Won bumper at Stratford (2m, good) on debut in March 2022 then absent until pulled up on hurdle debut last June (2m, good); hung left throughout when soundly beaten fifth at Huntingdon (2m, good) in November, after wind op, but she's in top hands and things could click again at some stage.

10/1

Form: 176-81

Last run: 128 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Came with a withering late run to lead on the line at Southwell (2m4f, good) in October when sporting first-time cheekpieces; whether she'll be in the same form four months on remains to be seen but she's only 3lb higher.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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1st

9

3rd Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Shes A Rocca

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Came from a long way off the pace to win Class 5 handicap over 2m here (good) last summer but safely held on all three subsequent outings; needs a good boost from the first-time cheekpieces today; 1lb wrong.

12/1

8th

5

21st Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 5

20:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Shes A Rocca

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Needs a revival but she's back from a break and well handicapped on her defeat of Simply Red (last year's winner of this who runs earlier) on good ground at Southwell last summer (2m); below par on previous attempts at around this trip but she's bred for it.

10/1

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Non-runners

Lilting Verse, Midnight Shuffle

Verdict

Nicky Henderson won this with a handicap debutante 12 months ago and he can repeat the trick with LIGHTFOOT LADY (nap) who appears to be improving. Lilting Verse ran a bit better last time at Ludlow than her losing margin may suggest and she’s second choice with Tom Broughton taking off a handy 7lb. Sammy’s Guarantee can improve for today’s trip.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Lightfoot Lady

RP RATINGS:

Gilbertina

Daily Mirror:

Kay Tara Tara

WEST COUNTRY:

Lilting Verse

POSTDATA:

Midnight Shuffle

LAMBOURN:

Lightfoot Lady

The Times:

Lightfoot Lady

The Guardian:

Lightfoot Lady

The Sun:

Gilbertina