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13:42 Kelso

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 4f 189y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 1-7915 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Made it 4-8 over hurdles when returning to form to win at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December; another good run when fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January; he's back in slightly calmer waters this afternoon and could play a leading role.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

17

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Serious Operator

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and, after a solid fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote, he was back on the scoresheet at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month; up in grade today but has won five of his ten hurdle starts (including on soft) and could continue to progress.

25/1

1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Serious Operator

10st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Made it 4-8 over hurdles when returning to form to win at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December; another good run when fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January; he's back in slightly calmer waters this afternoon and could play a leading role.

5/1

5th

14

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Serious Operator

10st 11lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Suited by the return to less testing ground at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) four weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 4-8; effective at 2m5f and isn't fully exposed; could go well.

20/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 518-23 D

Last run: 61 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

11yo whose can be inconsistent but he won the Grade 2 National Spirit at Fontwell (2m3f, good) last February and ran okay when third of four in Grade 2 Relkeel at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) on New Year's Day; no surprise to see a good performance on first handicap start since January 2021.

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

1st

1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 45y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Brewinupastorm

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide, raced in second, left in lead and faced challenge 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well run-in

9/2

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Brewinupastorm

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

11yo whose can be inconsistent but he won the Grade 2 National Spirit at Fontwell (2m3f, good) last February and ran okay when third of four in Grade 2 Relkeel at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) on New Year's Day; no surprise to see a good performance on first handicap start since January 2021.

8/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Brewinupastorm

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Olly Murphy

Bang there when falling at the final flight in this race in 2022 (soft), but soundly beaten fifth of nine behind Marie's Rock 12 months ago (soft); won the Grade 2 National Spirit at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in February and he may have needed November's reappearance run at Aintree, but this 11yo has a patchy profile nowadays and could be vulnerable once more.

9/1

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11/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 235-P1 D

Last run: 100 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Promising novice campaign (including two good-ground wins) last season and he left October's reappearance run miles behind to win by 2l at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) in November last time out; appeared to idle when in front, so a 5lb rise could underestimate this progressive 7yo; likely player.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Itso Fury

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Two good-ground wins last season and back on the scoresheet at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) last November; another good run when third at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago and he may be able to build on that; chance.

4/1

3rd

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Itso Fury

10st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Promising novice campaign (including two good-ground wins) last season and he left October's reappearance run miles behind to win by 2l at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) in November last time out; appeared to idle when in front, so a 5lb rise could underestimate this progressive 7yo; likely player.

11/2

1st

3

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Itso Fury

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear but in touch with leaders, headway and prominent after 3 out, soon disputed lead

8/1

Form: 1-5425 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Patchy form across his four runs this season but they've all been on soft going and he showed spark when second at Wetherby in January; below par there since but he's had wind surgery subsequently and could be back on better ground today; back down to same mark as for 8l win at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last March and this C&D winner is capable of having a big say.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Fostersisland

10st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Patchy form across his four runs this season but they've all been on soft going and he showed spark when second at Wetherby in January; below par there since but he's had wind surgery subsequently and could be back on better ground today; back down to same mark as for 8l win at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) last March and this C&D winner is capable of having a big say.

14/1

5th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Likes it here and he returned to form with a good second over C&D (soft) three weeks ago; every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

2nd

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Fostersisland

11st 1lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

There's a doubt regarding current form, and also the suitability of testing ground; however, he twice finished second over C&D last season off similar marks to today's, and is capable of having a say if back on song.

12/1

Form: 11-4PP

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won his final two hurdle starts last spring (2m, soft/good) and fair fourth on chase/seasonal debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in December; pulled up over fences the next twice and something to prove regarding current form, but chasing may not be his game; not written off back hurdling.

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14th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Russian Ruler

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.

50/1

23

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Russian Ruler

10st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two wins but this term hasn't gone so well, most recently below-par fifth at Kelso (2m5f) where he was friendless in the betting switched back to hurdles from fences; the current form of his yard is another negative going into this tougher assignment.

100/1

5th

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Russian Ruler

10st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Henderson

Won his final two hurdle starts last spring (2m, soft/good) and fair fourth on chase/seasonal debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in December; pulled up over fences the next twice and something to prove regarding current form, but chasing may not be his game; not written off back hurdling.

14/1

Form: 1133-1

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won two in a row in December 2022 and back on the scoresheet on his reappearance at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when clear with the runner-up; hit with 8lb rise but that win came in a big field and this 6yo has a progressive profile; firmly in calculations.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Ilanz

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Won two in a row in December 2022 and back on the scoresheet on his reappearance at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when clear with the runner-up; hit with 8lb rise but that win came in a big field and this 6yo has a progressive profile; firmly in calculations.

6/1

Form: -53441 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

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1st

5

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

In first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination when beating three rivals over 2m3f at Carlisle (heavy) but he was a weakener when the visor was added at Kelso; takes on progressive opposition here and may struggle.

15/2

7th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Raffertys Return

10st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Readily made all in four-runner handicap at Carlisle (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago in first-time tongue-tie/cheekpieces; the strength of that form is dubious, but he's still 3lb lower than when a fair fourth in this last year (good to soft) and is not ruled out; visor replaces cheekpieces.

9/1

1st

4

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

16:35 Carlisle

Raffertys Return

11st 4lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

made all, set steady pace, increased tempo 3 out, pushed along 2 out, ridden and good jump last, kept on well run-in, unchallenged

7/1

Form: 7-3114

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) in November on second hurdle start and again had something to spare at Newcastle (2m1f, good) next time; not disgraced when fourth of five in Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Doncaster (2m, good) last time and he has potential now up in trip on handicap debut.

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8th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

The Kalooki Kid

10st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Won at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) in November on second hurdle start and again had something to spare at Newcastle (2m1f, good) next time; not disgraced when fourth of five in Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Doncaster (2m, good) last time and he has potential now up in trip on handicap debut.

3/1

4th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

13:30 Doncaster

The Kalooki Kid

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Well behind El Elefante in one of his bumpers but it's been all very comfortable in winning novices at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) and Newcastle (2m1f, good), impressing in how he regained his composure after a bad late mistake last time when penalised; not to be underestimated.

12/1

Form: 14FP-2

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced, with mixed fortunes, since winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2019; however, he returned from latest layoff with good second to Serious Operator at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and may be able to build on that; one to consider.

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2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Pentland Hills

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced, with mixed fortunes, since winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2019; however, he returned from latest layoff with good second to Serious Operator at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and may be able to build on that; one to consider.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £421.00
Straight Forecast £433.50
Tricast £3308.20
Trifecta £2671.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Itso Fury

SPOTLIGHT:

The Kalooki Kid

TOPSPEED:

Serious Operator

RP RATINGS:

Pentland Hills

The Sun:

Ilanz

The Times:

The Kalooki Kid

Daily Mail:

The Kalooki Kid

POSTDATA:

Serious Operator

The Guardian:

Serious Operator

D Express:

Itso Fury

Daily Mirror:

Itso Fury

The Star:

Itso Fury

LAMBOURN:

Pentland Hills

Telegraph:

Pentland Hills