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14:17 Kelso

Good To Soft

bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31322.5
  • 2m 2f 25y
  • Class 1
  • 12 runners
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bet365 Premier Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 131 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won on hurdle debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft) in November and, after a well-beaten third of five in a Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, heavy), he easily made all at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) in January; back up in grade today but could pose a much bigger threat than at Sandown.

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6th

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Personal Ambition

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Acts on soft ground; bagged Grade 2 honours at Kelso (2m2f) six weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 3-4, but had little to spare and posted a substandard performance for that particular race; has much more on his plate at this higher level.

20/1

1st

9

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Personal Ambition

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

didn't always jump with fluency, disputed lead, prominent when awkward jump 2nd

4/1

1st

1

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Personal Ambition

11st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won on rules debut at Warwick (2m3f, soft) in November despite a final-flight mistake, and the runner-up has franked that form; well-beaten third of five in Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) last month but nevertheless holds leading claims under a penalty today now back down in grade.

5/4

2/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 112 BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

There is a question mark regarding the form of the stable and he carries a 5lb penalty today, but he nevertheless holds leading form claims having won the Grade 1 Formby Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (2m, soft) on Boxing Day; good Listed second under penalty at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) last time.

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2nd

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Jango Baie

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won the Grade 1 Formby Novices' Hurdle here (2m, soft) on Boxing Day and runner-up the next twice at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) and Kelso (2m2f, good to soft); improvement is needed if he's to defy his opening mark today in a hot race, but that's possible from this very lightly raced 5yo.

10/1

2nd

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Jango Baie

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent on inner

2/1

2nd

1

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 1

14:50 Huntingdon

Jango Baie

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in last, bit short of room when pressed leaders after 3 out, switched left and bit short of room before 2 out, went second before last, ridden and kept on after last, no match for winner

10/11

OUR TIP

9/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 2-113

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Carries 3lb penalty and was no match for Jango Baie when third in the Grade 1 Formby Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (2m, soft) on Boxing Day; however, that was still a good run and prior to that he made all on his hurdle debut at Cheltenham (2m, soft); no surprise to see a bold bid.

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2nd

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:40 Newbury

Cannock Park

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Paul Robson

Point/bumper/maiden winner, all from the front; beaten 15l when third in a Grade 1 at Aintree on Boxing Day but got closer to the winner of that race when only 2l away in a strong Grade 2 at Kelso (2m2f, good to soft); has to concede weight all round here but undoubtedly sets the standard.

5/4

3rd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Cannock Park

11st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Paul Robson

in touch with leaders

9/1

3rd

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

13:05 Aintree

Cannock Park

11st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Paul Robson

led, joined 2nd, led overall after 5th

20/1

Form: 10-212 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Dual bumper winner (good/soft; including here) who won at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) in December on his second hurdle start; soundly beaten second at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft) since and has something to find today, but the extra yardage may help and he's not ruled out each-way.

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4th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Berties Ballet

11st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Dianne Sayer

held up in rear, hampered by faller 1st, dropped to last before 3rd

20/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:25 Musselburgh

Berties Ballet

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Dianne Sayer

Dual bumper winner; second at Wetherby (2m, heavy) on hurdles debut, to a subsequent Grade 1 novice runner-up, and went one better in tidy fashion at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) five weeks ago; this is a much harder task but he's promising.

12/1

Form: 1256

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Dual point winner who has failed to build upon the promise of his hurdle debut win at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) last August, having tackled 2m5f, 2m7f then 3m on his next three starts; however, the drop in trip may be a plus and he's not written off each-way in first-time cheekpieces.

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9th

5

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Dripsey Moon

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Dual point winner (one on soft); won his maiden hurdle at Perth and hasn't looked that comfortable going in against Graded horses on his final three appearances, from 2m2f to 3m; has plenty to find on the figures and, while he should stay the trip okay, it will likely be in a slower time than a lot of these.

100/1

5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Dripsey Moon

11st 5lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: John C McConnell

towards rear, slightly hampered 1st

25/1

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Dripsey Moon

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Irish stable won this two years ago with the now smart chaser Mahler Mission; the form of his second at Kelso (through the winner) gives him a similar sort of chance to Kerryhill and perhaps the soft to heavy ground wasn't up his street when failing to fire in a 2m7f Grade 2 at Limerick a month ago; perhaps placed at best.

14/1

Form: 132 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Won on rules/hurdle debut at Hexham (2m, soft) in October and not beaten far when last of three in Listed race at Sandown (2m, heavy) next time; however, he has to improve upon that form and was a soundly beaten second here (2m6f, soft) most recently; others are preferred.

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6th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Choose A Copper

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

disputed lead early, led overall 2nd

25/1

2nd

1

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

13:20 Kelso

Choose A Copper

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

3m point runner-up who won on rules debut at Hexham (2m, soft) in October and wasn't beaten far when third of three in Listed novice at Sandown (2m, heavy) last month; bred to stay and has leading claims under a penalty now back down in grade; tongue-tie goes on.

6/4

3rd

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

11:35 Sandown

Choose A Copper

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

led at steady pace, not fluent 2nd, increased tempo before 2 out, headed 2 out, lost second run-in, kept on

11/1

Form: 41 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Talented stayer on the Flat and could be even better over hurdles in view of his easy win here (2m, soft) a fortnight ago on his second jumps start; had plenty to spare from a solid yardstick and today's extra yardage should be in his favour; he's a highly likeable prospect.

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7th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Alnilam

11st 5lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

in rear early, hampered by faller 1st

11/2

1st

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

14:25 Kelso

Alnilam

11st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

prominent on inner

4/1

Form: 13

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point runner-up who won on bumper debut at Hexham (2m, soft) in October, before fair third at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft); however, he's thrown in at the deep end on this first hurdle start and lots of improvement is needed.

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8th

11

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Will Knott

11st 5lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

in rear

100/1

3rd

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

15:40 Musselburgh

Will Knott

11st 9lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

raced in third and in touch with leaders, took keen hold early, pushed along and went second over 2f out, ridden and lost second over 1f out, soon no extra

3/1

Form: 211F BF

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Point (2m4f, good to yielding) and dual bumper winner (good/yielding to soft) who was beaten when falling at the final flight at Wexford (2m4f, heavy) in November on sole hurdle start; however, he looked exciting previously and the first-time tongue-tie and return to better ground could help him get back on track; not discounted.

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7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Intense Approach

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

in touch with leaders on outer

11/1

0

1

17th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

12:50 Wexford

Intense Approach

11st 7lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

disputed lead early, raced in second after 6th, pressed winner when ridden before 2 out, lost second when mistake 2 out, weakening and eased when fell heavily last

11/10

1st

2

23rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

17:40 Listowel

Intense Approach

11st 12lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: John C McConnell

raced in second, led 5f out, headed but sustained duel with runner-up from over 1f out, ran on and led again towards finish

6/5

Form: 012

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner who beat three rivals to win at Catterick (1m7f, heavy) on New Year's Day on his second hurdle start; best of the rest behind the highly talented Dysart Enos at Doncaster (2m, good) last time but there's a suspicion his limitations will be exposed once more today.

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1st

5

(1)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

14:45 Pontefract

Justus

8st 13lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Dual Flat winner at about 2m on soft ground; pulled up on his final run over hurdles but that was a Grade 2 novice and he had previously chased home the classy Dysart Enos at Doncaster; has won off this mark and that was without a claimer riding.

5/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Justus

11st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

towards rear

50/1

2nd

1

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

12:20 Doncaster

Justus

11st 8lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Scored in small field at Catterick (1m7f, heavy) on New Year's Day when having second attempt over hurdles; last Flat win came at this venue (soft); forecast good ground isn't ideal but, otherwise, he has place claims.

13/2

Form: -33512

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Improved form when easily winning a Catterick novice (2m3f, good to soft) in December on fourth hurdle start and when clear second on handicap debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good) subsequently; others may have greater potential but it was a solid performance last time and he's an each-way possible.

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4

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Rich Spirit

11st 6lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Won a Catterick novice (2m3f, good to soft) and then clear second on handicap debut at Doncaster (good); going the right way and he fell early when 16-1 for a strong Grade 2 at Kelso this month.

9/2

10

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Rich Spirit

11st 5lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

in touch with leaders when fell heavily 1st

16/1

2nd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Rich Spirit

10st 7lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Found Grade 2 novice too hot two starts ago but delivered on earlier promise when winning readily by 10l at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) last month and should have more to offer in handicaps; high on the list.

6/1

Form: 653F11 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Things clicked with an easy win in a mares' maiden at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in January and she built on that when bolting up in a competitive Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (2m2f, soft) four weeks ago; major player on the back of that latest performance.

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13th

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Brucio

11st 11lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fell on second hurdle start but has looked smart since, winning as she liked at Catterick (1m7f) and reeling in the clear leader to win 2m2f Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (both on soft) in February; had no chance of keeping her feet when brought down since but one of the more interesting ones if none the worse.

7/1

12

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Brucio

11st 1lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

midfield when badly hampered and brought down 1st

9/2

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Straight Forecast £100.80
Tricast £816.70
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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Jango Baie

WEST COUNTRY:

Personal Ambition

SPOTLIGHT:

Brucio

The Guardian:

Brucio

The Star:

Brucio

Daily Record:

Brucio

TOPSPEED:

Jango Baie

POSTDATA:

Jango Baie

LAMBOURN:

Jango Baie

Telegraph:

Jango Baie

The Sun:

Jango Baie

The Times:

Personal Ambition

Daily Mail:

Personal Ambition

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Personal Ambition