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Wynnstay Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 3f 123y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Wynnstay Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 5423

Last run: 42 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Good-ground Irish point winner; remote second to an easy winner in her final novice and was beaten 40l into third on handicap debut at Kelso (2m2f, heavy); it could be that she's better than that.

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5th

2

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:45 Ayr

Similar Story

12st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Point winner whose hurdles form includes an eyecatching effort at Kelso (2m) on penultimate start; gives the impression (backed up by pedigree) she'll be suited by this first crack at 3m under rules; still unexposed and looks interesting.

9/2

3rd

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

14:28 Kelso

Similar Story

11st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

slowly into stride, soon recovered and prominent, awkward jump 1st, in touch with leaders after 3rd, niggled along briefly before 6th

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 231427

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Understandable that she struggled in a Listed race last time but was a beaten favourite the time before and she's now looking exposed; doesn't appear obviously well treated for belated handicap debut.

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1st

5

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:45 Plumpton

Majestic Jameela

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, led narrowly 5 out, headed 3 out, rallied and led again 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on well run-in

5/2

7th

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

12:20 Doncaster

Majestic Jameela

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Stuart Edmunds

Looking exposed now; she's another with plenty to find with Wodhooh and disappointing that she came up short when favourite at Wincanton three weeks ago.

33/1

Form: 48-P10 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Seen in a different light after wind surgery when winning easily on heavy ground at Ffos Las (2m4f; first run in this headgear combination and second start for Kerry Lee); failed to build on that at Hereford, though it was over 3m1f on good ground; can do better here.

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5

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:30 Southwell

Arctic Footprint

11st 6lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Kerry Lee

Out of form last season; had wind surgery before winning easily on heavy ground at Ffos Las (2m4f) in December, her first run in this equipment combination (kept since); bred to stay well but did little when trying 3m2f on good off this 8lb higher mark at Hereford five weeks ago; very mixed messages.

7/1

11th

6

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:37 Hereford

Arctic Footprint

10st 13lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Kerry Lee

Out of form for Chris Down last season; ran poorly on debut for this yard but she was favourite for that and was seen in a different light after wind surgery when winning easily on heavy ground at Ffos Las (2m4f; first run in this headgear combination); hit with an 8lb rise but may have turned a corner and she's bred to stay well.

9/2

Form: 435713

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner; the form of her Ludlow win (2m5f, good to soft) has worked out quite well and she then went down narrowly at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) after travelling the best; they claimed 5lb that day and now 7lb through Ellis Collier (has gone up 2lb); thereabouts.

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5th

5

26th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

17:05 Plumpton

Only Fools

10st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Dual Flat winner; the form of her Ludlow win (2m5f, good to soft) has worked out quite well and she then went down narrowly at Leicester (2m4f, heavy) after travelling the best; they claimed 5lb that day and she has gone up 2lb, but thereabouts

3/1

Form: P66

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

In second place when falling at the last in an Irish point in May won by Similar Story; hasn't shown that much in novice events but there's clearly some ability lurking and he now goes into handicaps.

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9

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Orbys River

10st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Sam Allwood

Ability in points; makes handicap debut here and the ground has been heavy in her qualifying runs; has a lot to prove but it wouldn't be a surprise to see her show more.

20/1

6th

7

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

12:50 Haydock

Orbys River

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Sam Allwood

held up in last

100/1

Form: 8-7545

Last run: 171 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Winning pointer; beaten single-digit lengths in her final three handicaps for Alastair Ralph and shouldn't be far away if continuing her good work for new yard; off since August, however.

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11th

10

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Citizen Jane

10st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Ryan Potter

Point winner in May; has performed okay in two of her handicaps but needs more if she's to win this; formerly with Alastair Ralph.

13/2

Form: 79P7

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Perhaps flattered by her first run over hurdles as she's been well below that level since; goes handicapping with enough to prove.

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8th

11

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:10 Taunton

Doras Addrezz

10st 3lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Katy Price

Probably flattered by proximity to principals when ninth of 14 on hurdle debut over C&D as she's offered little since; goes handicapping with much to prove.

33/1

Form: 80-O3P

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Beaten 19l into third with cheekpieces tried over 2m7f here in December and was then pulled up at Leicester; has no weight on her back here but has to improve.

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10

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Well Paid Soldier

10st 2lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

Beaten 19l when showing more at Bangor (2m7f, soft; second handicap in new cheekpieces) but it was all very lack-lustre at Leicester when behind Lady Balko.

20/1

9

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

16:25 Leicester

Well Paid Soldier

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Bettered her previous efforts in first-time cheekpieces when third in 23f Bangor handicap 60 days ago; she's no forlorn hope with headgear retained.

10/1

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Verdict

It could be that Similar Story is capable of better than she showed in her first handicap, while Arctic Footprint can leave her Hereford form behind on this slower ground. First choice is ONLY FOOLS, who has run sound races the last twice and will surely be in the thick of it if holding her form.[Alistair Jones]