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Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5650.67
  • 2m 0f 190y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 241312 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won twice towards the end of last year, including over C&D on heavy, and his good form continued when runner-up at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) last month; remains on a career-high mark but he's a solid candidate.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

13:30 Newcastle

Horn Cape

11st 11lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Ben Haslam

disputing second early, raced in second after 3rd, disputed lead and going best 2 out, shaken up to lead before last, 1 length ahead when left well clear last, pushed out run-in

7/4

2nd

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Horn Cape

10st 13lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders on outer, not fluent 3rd, good jump and went second 2 out, challenging run-in, no extra final 110yds, no match for winner

15/8

1st

6

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Horn Cape

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Won twice towards the end of last year, including over C&D on heavy, and his good form continued when runner-up at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) last month; remains on a career-high mark but he's a solid candidate.

7/4

4/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 3-2126 CD

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Flopped at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day when the trip and ground shouldn't have been an issue; in good form previously, however, winning at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) before a short-head defeat at Doncaster (2m3f, good), and he can be in the mix if leaving last time behind.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:07 Fontwell

Matchless

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Jennie Candlish

prominent, lost position before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

6th

2

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Matchless

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Musselburgh 2m score in November was followed by a nose defeat at Doncaster off 1lb higher than today (2m3f, good); not far off that level again latest, and has stamina to spare back down in trip; chance.

11/2

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Matchless

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Flopped at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day when the trip and ground shouldn't have been an issue; in good form previously, however, winning at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) before a short-head defeat at Doncaster (2m3f, good), and he can be in the mix if leaving last time behind.

4/1

Form: P-PP14 C BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

6th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Beaten favourite (behind Foveros) in similar event at Leicester in January, having made a bad mistake three out; respectable form in handicaps otherwise this year, third at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy) latest; leading chance provided he runs to his rating.

6/4

3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

7/1

4th

1

31st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:50 Leicester

Baron De Midleton

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Brian Ellison

led, bad mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon lost second, lost ground approaching last, no extra and lost third run-in

8/11

25/1

Form: 5261-P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Back from absence when pulled up at 100-1 over hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, soft) last month; wore a tongue-tie for his two French chase wins in 2022 and it returns today (also has first-time hood), but he has plenty to prove.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 5

15:00 Kelso

Iwa

11st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Two chase wins in France, over 2m4f and 2m2f; not that competitive over hurdles or fences since returning from a long absence and others appeal more.

16/1

4th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:02 Newcastle

Iwa

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Returned from long absence in January and encouraging fourth over hurdles here (2m1f, heavy) two weeks ago on second start back; won two chases when trained in France and he could play a leading role now back over fences.

9/1

4th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Iwa

10st 4lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Back from absence when pulled up at 100-1 over hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, soft) last month; wore a tongue-tie for his two French chase wins in 2022 and it returns today (also has first-time hood), but he has plenty to prove.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 7P-095 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Continues to tumble down the weights and is one to watch in the betting, but hasn't been shaping as though he's about to halt the slide.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

22

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Jason The Militant

10st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Capable of very useful form for Henry de Bromhead; however, record for current stable is far from convincing and latest defeat came in lower grade at Newcastle; hopes of revival are pinned on first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces worn the last twice).

100/1

5th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Jason The Militant

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to tumble down the weights and is one to watch in the betting, but hasn't been shaping as though he's about to halt the slide.

8/1

5th

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Jason The Militant

11st 11lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

led

20/1

Form: 12132- CD BF

Last run: 374 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Absent since last February but won over fences when fresh last season and he's well handicapped on his chase form; won four times over C&D over hurdles in 2021-22 campaign (including on soft) and he's an interesting contender now back here for his return to action.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Since Day One

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Absent since last February but won over fences when fresh last season and he's well handicapped on his chase form; won four times over C&D over hurdles in 2021-22 campaign (including on soft) and he's an interesting contender now back here for his return to action.

7/2

1

12th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

14:30 Southwell

Since Day One

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Form: 3191U- D

Last run: 371 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Useful on the Flat and easily made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (2m, good/soft); absent since last February but has potential off this mark and he's one to watch in the betting on his comeback.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

I Have A Voice

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (good/soft) but returned from break with two heavy defeats in handicaps this year; needs a good boost from the refitted cheekpieces here.

33/1

6

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

I Have A Voice

11st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Useful on the Flat and easily made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (2m, good/soft) but he returned after a lengthy absence with a heavy defeat at Newcastle (last of seven) last month; still has potential in this sphere but he has something to prove after that comeback run.

25/1

7th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

I Have A Voice

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Nigel Hawke

Useful on the Flat and easily made all in two juvenile hurdles last season (2m, good/soft); absent since last February but has potential off this mark and he's one to watch in the betting on his comeback.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £96.00
Straight Forecast £110.50
Trifecta £519.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Horn Cape

WEST COUNTRY:

I Have A Voice

The Times:

Since Day One

POSTDATA:

Baron De Midleton

The Guardian:

I Have A Voice

The Star:

I Have A Voice

Daily Mirror:

Since Day One

RP RATINGS:

Horn Cape

TOPSPEED:

Horn Cape

Telegraph:

Horn Cape

Daily Mail:

Horn Cape

D Express:

Horn Cape

The Sun:

Horn Cape

Daily Record:

Horn Cape