Home / March 15 / 14:10 Cheltenham

14:10 Cheltenham

Soft

BetMGM County Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 17 runners
ITV
View Course
BetMGM County Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.40
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 16P4

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

High class on the Flat, winning the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) last August; yet to transfer that ability fully to hurdles and the forecast soft ground may be a hindrance, but his Grade 1 fourth at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month behind Ballyburn and Slade Steel was a step in the right direction (King Of Kingsfield third); has potential off this mark in view of his Flat form.

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

1st

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Absurde

10st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

High class on the Flat, winning the Ebor (1m6f, good to firm) last August; yet to transfer that ability fully to hurdles and the forecast soft ground may be a hindrance, but his Grade 1 fourth at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month behind Ballyburn and Slade Steel was a step in the right direction (King Of Kingsfield third); has potential off this mark in view of his Flat form.

6/1

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

High class Flat horse, winning the Ebor Handicap and seventh in the Melbourne Cup last season; hurdles form is not so easy to assess, winning a Killarney novice last May and pulled up in the 2m Grade 1 here at Christmas; looks the third or fourth string of the Mullins quintet here.

25/1

0

1

27th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Leopardstown

Absurde

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

towards rear, brief headway before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up approaching last

9/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 433-P2 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

French 4yo Listed winner in April 2022 and, bar a blip here last November, has improved with each British run; fine second in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, after which he's up 6lb but he was clear of Go Dante and Faivoir who fought out last Saturday's Imperial Cup; Harry Skelton prefers him to Faivoir; big player.

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

5th

5

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

LEau Du Sud

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has improved with virtually every run in Britain, posting excellent efforts in defeat in the Betfair and County Hurdles on his last two outings; they came on heavy ground but he's just as effective on good to soft; edging up the weights but has a rock-solid profile and should go well again.

7/2

2nd

15

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

LEau Du Sud

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

French 4yo Listed winner in April 2022 and, bar a blip here last November, has improved with each British run; fine second in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, after which he's up 6lb but he was clear of Go Dante and Faivoir who fought out last Saturday's Imperial Cup; Harry Skelton prefers him to Faivoir; big player.

9/2

2nd

15

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

LEau Du Sud

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy ground; Listed scorer in France; has shown promise in Britain, notably when third in competitive handicap at Kelso (2m) last March, and it's best to forgive his only run this term (something looked amiss); not written off.

18/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 5426-4 CD

Last run: 111 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

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

3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

2nd

8

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Pied Piper

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle at Cheltenham (soft) this March; should be spot on for this following his August Flat run and, even though he did not stay on quite so strongly as some, his sixth of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last year, when he met lots of trouble in running, confirms he's on the shortlist.

9/2

11/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 25-122 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in Grade 2 Mares' Novices' Hurdle over C&D (soft) at this meeting last year and has continued the good work this term, last time second of 21 on last month's handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft); this lightly raced 6yo is with a leading yard and could have more to offer; respected.

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

4th

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Magical Zoe

11st 2lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Henry De Bromhead

Runner-up in Grade 2 Mares' Novices' Hurdle over C&D (soft) at this meeting last year and has continued the good work this term, last time second of 21 on last month's handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft); this lightly raced 6yo is with a leading yard and could have more to offer; respected.

11/1

2nd

9

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Magical Zoe

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won her only bumper start and boasts a 3-6 record over hurdles; career-best was in defeat against You Wear It Well at Cheltenham; not at best in Fairyhouse Grade 1; won easily on return at Gowran and lost little in defeat behind the smart Irish Point at Down Royal.

5/1

Form: -7P331 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won in decisive fashion at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) last month, having initially failed to progress this season; 5lb higher in a tougher race today at a very different track, but he kept on well for a fair eighth in last season's Fred Winter here (2m, soft) and this 5yo may have more to offer.

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

4th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Afadil

10st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Fine efforts this year in some of the warmest 2m handicaps, winning the Scottish County at Musselburgh (good to soft) and performing at least as well off higher marks at Cheltenham (County; heavy) and Aintree (soft; third of 19 eight days ago) since; seems to be thriving on a busy schedule and likely to be in the thick of things again under regular rider Freddie Gingell.

11/1

3rd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Afadil

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had a good first season over hurdles but a better horse now and was again well suited by Musselburgh's easy 1m7f when winning there in February; had a very different test in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m1f, heavy) last month wen having a more forceful ride but he still ran a cracker in fifth; left on the same mark and this sharp circuit should be ideal.

10/1

5th

21

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Afadil

10st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won in decisive fashion at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) last month, having initially failed to progress this season; 5lb higher in a tougher race today at a very different track, but he kept on well for a fair eighth in last season's Fred Winter here (2m, soft) and this 5yo may have more to offer.

25/1

Form: 6P2852 CD

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent and Harry Skelton rides stablemate L'Eau Du Sud, but he's just 2lb higher than when winning this last year (soft) and went very close off this mark in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last Saturday, when perhaps in front longer than ideal (wandered a little); firmly in calculations.

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

6th

14

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Faivoir

10st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Inconsistent and Harry Skelton rides stablemate L'Eau Du Sud, but he's just 2lb higher than when winning this last year (soft) and went very close off this mark in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last Saturday, when perhaps in front longer than ideal (wandered a little); firmly in calculations.

11/1

2nd

3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

He has an in-and-out profile but is now just 2lb higher than when winning the County Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft), and he was an encouraging fifth of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month; Harry Skelton rides; in the shake-up if he's on a going day.

9/1

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Ended last season with a narrow success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham off 3lb lower; harder to fancy on the balance of his form this term, most recently well held in the Ascot contest won by Luccia.

66/1

OUR TIP

11/1

Form: 131-33 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Fine third in Triumph Hurdle over C&D (soft) last March then won Grade 1 4yo hurdle at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft); just two runs this season, most recently good third of 21 on handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft); improvement needed but this 5yo is unexposed and in top hands; in with a chance.

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

7th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Zenta

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Fine third in Triumph Hurdle over C&D (soft) last March then won Grade 1 4yo hurdle at Aintree (2m1f, good to soft); just two runs this season, most recently good third of 21 on handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m, soft); improvement needed but this 5yo is unexposed and in top hands; in with a chance.

11/1

3rd

8

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Zenta

11st 5lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Good juvenile hurdler last season, winning a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse and the Grade 1 at Aintree; somewhat disappointing on his chase debut at Cork in December; back over hurdles off a mark which could be exploitable; interesting runner.

10/1

3rd

5

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

13:45 Cork

Zenta

10st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Among the leading juvenile hurdlers last season, winning Grade 3 at Fairyhouse, fine third in Triumph Hurdle and then not suited by steady pace when scrambling home in Grade 1 Anniversary Hurdle at Aintree, having probably gone on too soon; very interesting recruit to chasing and holds a Grade 1 entry in the Racing Post Novice at Leopardstown over Christmas.

11/8

Form: 16-135 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Beaten a neck and a nose in last season's Fred Winter (2m, soft) and won a Grade 3 against males on reappearance at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December; however, hasn't threatened the last twice and needs something extra.

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

5th

2

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Risk Belle

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: W P Mullins

Unsuited by a slow gallop in the County earlier this month but some smart form earlier in the campaign including a C&D Grade 3 success; ought to go well here from reduced mark and Kelly is good value for his 5lb claim.

13/2

8th

10

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Risk Belle

10st 9lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: W P Mullins

Beaten a neck and a nose in last season's Fred Winter (2m, soft) and won a Grade 3 against males on reappearance at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December; however, hasn't threatened the last twice and needs something extra.

16/1

5th

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 2f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Risk Belle

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Beaten a neck in the Fred Winter before winning a valuable Fairyhouse handicap in the stewards' room; respectable sixth at Punchestown to end the campaign; emphatic 2m Grade 3 scorer at Fairyhouse on return; 2m4f possibly stretched her stamina here at Christmas; strong chance.

3/1

66/1

Form: 212415 D

Last run: 166 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Disappointing in Tipperary Grade 3 last October and absent since; however, prior to that he won a big-field 4yo handicap at Listowel (2m, good to yielding) and that form reads well; also effective on soft ground; this unexposed sort retains potential for his top trainer and is not written off.

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

4th

6

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Samui

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a Listed handicap hurdle off 121 at Listowel in September; bounced back from poor run at Tipperary when beaten 9l in the County; wasn't seen to best effect and 3lb lower here; one to consider.

8/1

9th

18

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Samui

10st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Disappointing in Tipperary Grade 3 last October and absent since; however, prior to that he won a big-field 4yo handicap at Listowel (2m, good to yielding) and that form reads well; also effective on soft ground; this unexposed sort retains potential for his top trainer and is not written off.

66/1

2nd

1

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 189y

17:10 Punchestown

Samui

12st 9lb

J: Shauna Knowles

T: Gordon Elliott

.

6/1

Form: 260227 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Experienced 5yo who improved when runner-up in competitive handicaps in December at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) and Leopardstown (2m, heavy); he's better than he showed behind a few of these at Leopardstown last month (2m, soft; slightly hampered two out) but his form needs to go to a new level today.

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

6th

8

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

By Your Side

11st 1lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Just 1-18 over hurdles but better than his record suggests; ran as well as could be expected off a mark of 130 in the County (80-1 SP); 6lb lower mark helps but others may be on better marks.

25/1

10th

20

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

By Your Side

10st 2lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Experienced 5yo who improved when runner-up in competitive handicaps in December at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) and Leopardstown (2m, heavy); he's better than he showed behind a few of these at Leopardstown last month (2m, soft; slightly hampered two out) but his form needs to go to a new level today.

50/1

7th

15

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

By Your Side

10st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Just the one win over hurdles but boasts very solid form, chasing home Common Practice at Fairyhouse and One Last Tango here; tends to come late and needs to get there late; might just get the tow into the race he needs here.

12/1

Form: 7U-4F4 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on his chase form and 10lb lower than when seventh in last year's Plate here (2m4f, soft), when running well for a long way before fading; hit the front travelling well entering the straight in competitive handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month, finishing fourth, and may well build on that performance; very interesting contender.

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

11th

16

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

So Scottish

10st 5lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

Well handicapped on his chase form and 10lb lower than when seventh in last year's Plate here (2m4f, soft), when running well for a long way before fading; hit the front travelling well entering the straight in competitive handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month, finishing fourth, and may well build on that performance; very interesting contender.

10/1

4th

14

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

So Scottish

10st 9lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

Back over hurdles after falling when apparently well-fancied in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham; 9lb better in over hurdles and of obvious interest if the market speaks in his favour.

12/1

0

6

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

So Scottish

10st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

While creditable in form terms, his seventh of 23 in the Plate over C&D (soft) in March did not live up to his market billing or the promise of his previous run; jumped moderately next time and soundly beaten on reappearance, with heavy ground an excuse in the latter but he is also now tongue tied for the first time; still only a 6yo, so could still fulfil last autumn's promise at some point.

11/2

Form: 123584 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Third of 11 in 4yo fillies' handicap over C&D (good) last April and some fair efforts in soft-ground handicaps in Ireland this winter; with a leading trainer but she's 4lb out of the handicap and improvement is needed.

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

12th

22

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Media Naranja

10st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Third of 11 in 4yo fillies' handicap over C&D (good) last April and some fair efforts in soft-ground handicaps in Ireland this winter; with a leading trainer but she's 4lb out of the handicap and improvement is needed.

66/1

4th

8

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 2f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Media Naranja

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

A long way below her best at Limerick last time; previous Fairyhouse fifth was respectable, though she may struggle to uphold form with Foxy Girl who met interference.

20/1

8th

2

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:30 Limerick

Media Naranja

11st 11lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual winner including C&D maiden on soft; got 5lb for fair run in Down Royal Grade 3; fifth of 19 in strong all-aged handicap at Fairyhouse last time; can lead.

11/4

Form: 233U21 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Some solid runs in defeat this season before winning six-runner Class 3 handicap at Plumpton (2m, soft) 11 days ago; carries a 5lb penalty in this much hotter race but he did very well to finish fifth of 21 in the Fred Winter at last season's Festival (2m, soft), as his jockey reported his saddle slipped early and he was bumped after two out; could go well at a big price.

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

2nd

9

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Mr Freedom

11st 5lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Had this season's consistency rewarded with a 2l Class 3 success on soft here this month before predictably struggling when 28-1 for the County Hurdle; off his current mark he could be vulnerable to others better in.

12/1

13th

19

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Mr Freedom

10st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Some solid runs in defeat this season before winning six-runner Class 3 handicap at Plumpton (2m, soft) 11 days ago; carries a 5lb penalty in this much hotter race but he did very well to finish fifth of 21 in the Fred Winter at last season's Festival (2m, soft), as his jockey reported his saddle slipped early and he was bumped after two out; could go well at a big price.

40/1

1st

1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:52 Plumpton

Mr Freedom

12st 0lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

took keen hold, held up in rear, good headway before 3 out, went second 2 out, ridden approaching last, led run-in, kept on well

7/2

Form: -22213 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in Grade 1 Royal Bond in December (2m, soft) before winning Leopardstown maiden (2m, yielding), and he was behind this week's Festival Grade 1 winners Ballyburn and Slade Steel when 14l third in Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month; strong claims on that latest evidence.

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

14th

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

King Of Kingsfield

10st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up in Grade 1 Royal Bond in December (2m, soft) before winning Leopardstown maiden (2m, yielding), and he was behind this week's Festival Grade 1 winners Ballyburn and Slade Steel when 14l third in Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m, soft) last month; strong claims on that latest evidence.

5/1

3rd

9

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

13:40 Leopardstown

King Of Kingsfield

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway after 2 out (usual 3 out), went third after last (usual 2 out), soon outpaced and lost third, went third again and kept on inside final 110yds, no match for first two

10/1

1st

13

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

King Of Kingsfield

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Third to A Dream To Share in Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown; led when beaten at odds-on in first two maiden hurdles, behind subsequent Grade 2 winner on latter occasion; held up last time and looked like he might win Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse early in the straight before being run down by a stablemate; should be hard to beat back in a maiden.

15/8

Form: -7324B D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Won competitive handicap at Punchestown festival last April (2m, yielding to soft) and 3l fourth in Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December; 13-2 and going well in midfield when brought down two out in hot Leopardstown handicap last month, and could be involved.

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

2nd

4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Bialystok

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won a competitive 2m handicap at Punchestown this time last year, but hasn't built on that and beat only one other finisher (Petit Tonnerre) in the County at Cheltenham last month; enough to prove off an unchanged mark.

8/1

15th

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Bialystok

10st 11lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Won competitive handicap at Punchestown festival last April (2m, yielding to soft) and 3l fourth in Grade 1 Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) in December; 13-2 and going well in midfield when brought down two out in hot Leopardstown handicap last month, and could be involved.

12/1

7

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Bialystok

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Landed a Listed handicap hurdle at Punchestown last April and ran okay in the Galway Hurdle; good run in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse last time; should contend here.

12/1

Form: 7-2445 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Has gone chasing this season, posting some fair efforts without winning (four attempts); beaten about 6l by Faivoir when seventh in this last year (soft) and an each-way case can be made now 4lb lower; visor goes on.

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

7th

9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Petit Tonnerre

10st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Wasn't beaten far in last year's County but things haven't gone to plan this season; chasing was shelved after four defeats and he then finished last of all when sent back hurdling at Cheltenham five weeks ago; visored on that occasion and now fitted with cheekpieces; plenty to prove.

25/1

16th

13

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Petit Tonnerre

10st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has gone chasing this season, posting some fair efforts without winning (four attempts); beaten about 6l by Faivoir when seventh in this last year (soft) and an each-way case can be made now 4lb lower; visor goes on.

20/1

5th

5

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Petit Tonnerre

10st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

No win since British/handicap debut in February 2022 but it's nearly all been useful form since and he's contested a lot of hot races; he didn't fare any better with his sights lowered last time (heavy ground) but had some form over this longer trip last term and has to be in calculations.

4/1

Form: 0-1P24 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Only fourth in Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown (2m, heavy) last month and needs to raise his game, but before that he pushed his stablemate Quai De Bourbon close at Clonmel (2m, heavy) and the winner has been the hot ante-post favourite for today's Martin Pipe; unexposed and not discounted.

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

9th

3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Westport Cove

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Decidedly in and out in his short career to date, running respectably but finding far less than the winner when third of 12 to Effernock Fizz at Fairyhouse (2m, heavy) three weeks ago; needs more, but he may not be fully exposed and a strongly run race would probably play to his strengths.

12/1

3rd

1

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Westport Cove

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Clipped heels when pulled up (40-1 SP) for the County earlier this month; 4lb lower here and had some smart form behind Quai De Bourbon and Tullyhill previously this term; unlikely we've seen the best of him yet and this is a drop in grade; respected.

5/1

7

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Westport Cove

10st 11lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Only fourth in Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown (2m, heavy) last month and needs to raise his game, but before that he pushed his stablemate Quai De Bourbon close at Clonmel (2m, heavy) and the winner has been the hot ante-post favourite for today's Martin Pipe; unexposed and not discounted.

20/1

Terms and conditions

*Odds displayed on this page are sourced directly from online bookmakers. Please check all details before placing your bet(s). 18+ only.

Non-runners

Encanto Bruno, Hansard, Aucunrisque, Gin Coco, Parramount, Rare Middleton

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £775.00
Straight Forecast £572.40
Tricast £6395.10
Trifecta £13822.00

Selections

Daily Mail:

King Of Kingsfield

The Times:

So Scottish

WEST COUNTRY:

Petit Tonnerre

Daily Mirror:

Bialystok

RP RATINGS:

Pied Piper

POSTDATA:

Faivoir

D Express:

King Of Kingsfield

Daily Record:

King Of Kingsfield

Telegraph:

So Scottish

The Guardian:

So Scottish