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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39022.5
  • 2m 4f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 21 runners
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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 21 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 0-F142

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Has raced mainly on soft/heavy; disappointing when only 10-1 in the 2023 Champion Bumper; won easily at Fairyhouse (2m7f) on second hurdles start and has posted good efforts, including in Grade 2 behind subsequent Supreme winner Slade Steel, at Navan (2m4f/2m) since; possibilities provided he remains in form back at Cheltenham.

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

1st

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Better Days Ahead

11st 7lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Has raced mainly on soft/heavy; disappointing when only 10-1 in the 2023 Champion Bumper; won easily at Fairyhouse (2m7f) on second hurdles start and has posted good efforts, including in Grade 2 behind subsequent Supreme winner Slade Steel, at Navan (2m4f/2m) since; possibilities provided he remains in form back at Cheltenham.

9/1

2nd

1

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

12:45 Navan

Better Days Ahead

11st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led, ridden and faced challenge after 2 out, headed before last, no extra when mistake last, no match for winner

11/10

4th

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

13:07 Navan

Better Days Ahead

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, joined leader 2 out, soon led, headed approaching last, mistake and weakened last

4/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 7-112 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Unexposed sort who beat Answer To Kayf at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft; won going away) in December, following up his reappearance success; ran creditably at Leopardstown (2m4f, soft to heavy) in the hat-trick attempt, beating all bar a rival who dictated the pace; should have more to offer and looks an ideal type for this race; strongly respected.

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2nd

13

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Waterford Whispers

11st 0lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

Unexposed sort who beat Answer To Kayf at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft; won going away) in December, following up his reappearance success; ran creditably at Leopardstown (2m4f, soft to heavy) in the hat-trick attempt, beating all bar a rival who dictated the pace; should have more to offer and looks an ideal type for this race; strongly respected.

7/2

2nd

5

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Waterford Whispers

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, pressed leaders, went second and challenging on outer before last, ridden and kept on well run-in, no match for winner

11/4

11

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 165y

13:25 Fairyhouse

Waterford Whispers

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Henry De Bromhead

Cost 62,000euros as a 3yo; some debut promise in 2m maiden here at Easter and reappeared to readily land weak enough Galway maiden in late October, plenty green but finding plenty to win going away; bare form doesn't amount to much but gave the impression he could be a big improver upped in trip and Mark Walsh prefers him to Sundial.

4/1

OUR TIP

3/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: P4-11

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Ex-French youngster who is 2-2 (2m3f/2m) since joining Willie Mullins, who has won this contest four times; all out in small field at Clonmel (2m, heavy) last time, having jumped none too fluently, and that form lacks depth; however, he looks open to further progress now up in trip and has to be feared given the yard he represents.

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3rd

5

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Quai De Bourbon

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Ex-French youngster who is 2-2 (2m3f/2m) since joining Willie Mullins, who has won this contest four times; all out in small field at Clonmel (2m, heavy) last time, having jumped none too fluently, and that form lacks depth; however, he looks open to further progress now up in trip and has to be feared given the yard he represents.

3/1

1st

2

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 116y

13:35 Clonmel

Quai De Bourbon

11st 9lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Half-brother to the trainer's 2m maiden hurdle winner Quais De Paris; two French hurdle runs in 2022 were marred by poor jumping; recovered from an error three out to win readily on Irish debut at Naas last month; may ultimately need further, but can build on that if brushing up his jumping.

8/13

1st

10

14th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 7y

12:35 Naas

Quai De Bourbon

11st 7lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent

2/1

7/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: -81231

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Steadily improving novice hurdler who has built up a good partnership with John Shinnick this season, winning at Naas (2m3f, heavy) most recently; ran well at Fairyhouse (2m4f; just under 2l behind Waterford Whispers) and Limerick (2m7f Grade 2) in December; holds very solid claims on handicap debut and is one for the shortlist.

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4th

9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Answer To Kayf

11st 4lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Steadily improving novice hurdler who has built up a good partnership with John Shinnick this season, winning at Naas (2m3f, heavy) most recently; ran well at Fairyhouse (2m4f; just under 2l behind Waterford Whispers) and Limerick (2m7f Grade 2) in December; holds very solid claims on handicap debut and is one for the shortlist.

7/1

1st

1

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 21y

13:55 Naas

Answer To Kayf

11st 10lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Landed a 2m maiden hurdle at Limerick in October, but has proved equally if not more efficient upped in trip; second in a Fairyhouse novice hurdle in early December before a staying second in a Grade 2 Limerick novice over 2m7f; dropping back to this trip is unlikely to be an issue and should go close.

2/1

3rd

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

13:33 Limerick

Answer To Kayf

11st 3lb

J: John Shinnick

T: Terence O’Brien

Accounted for a subsequent Grade 3 winner over 2m here in October and bumped into a promising rival when picked off late at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft); will need his best yet to take this but he's by no means exposed and goes up in trip.

6/1

Form: 71-P18 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; successful in handicap hurdles (2m2f) in two of his last three French starts; didn't live up to market expectations in major race at Newbury (2m; reshod beforehand) on debut for Willie Mullins, fading in the latter stages; should do better at some stage but he's not guaranteed to stay this new trip judged on breeding.

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8th

16

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Ocastle Des Mottes

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Two-time French hurdle winner who hasn't threatened on his two runs for Willie Mullins, but he did well to finish a 15l fifth of 21 in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) last month given he pulled hard; the first-time hood could help him settle and he's one to be interested in.

5/1

5th

14

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Ocastle Des Mottes

11st 0lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Acts on heavy; successful in handicap hurdles (2m2f) in two of his last three French starts; didn't live up to market expectations in major race at Newbury (2m; reshod beforehand) on debut for Willie Mullins, fading in the latter stages; should do better at some stage but he's not guaranteed to stay this new trip judged on breeding.

10/1

8th

10

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Ocastle Des Mottes

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

re-shod

11/2

Form: -12152 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Campaigned at 2m (on soft/heavy) since switched to hurdles; ties in with Answer To Kayf on October running and bagged Grade 3 honours next time; readily brushed aside by useful mare on latest start; pedigree and other factors suggest this step up in trip is well worth exploring.

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4th

8

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Whats Up Darling

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Beaten about 16l when upped in trip and sixth of 21 in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy) last month; however, he was behind some unexposed rivals and it could turn out to be a red-hot race; makes just his eighth rules start today and could have more to offer for top Irish yard.

16/1

6th

10

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Whats Up Darling

11st 4lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Campaigned at 2m (on soft/heavy) since switched to hurdles; ties in with Answer To Kayf on October running and bagged Grade 3 honours next time; readily brushed aside by useful mare on latest start; pedigree and other factors suggest this step up in trip is well worth exploring.

14/1

2nd

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:17 Gowran Park

Whats Up Darling

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide, chased clear leader, steadied 2nd, not fluent 4th, pressed leader after 3 out, led but faced challenge before 2 out, headed and ridden before last, weakened run-in, no match for winner

13/8

Form: 27-P83 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft ground, unraced on heavy; showed clear signs of a return to form at Kempton (2m5f) last month, setting him up nicely for a return to the Cheltenham Festival; good second off only 1lb lower in this race last year and can't be dismissed, though the current form of his stable is a note of caution.

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7th

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

No Ordinary Joe

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on soft ground, unraced on heavy; showed clear signs of a return to form at Kempton (2m5f) last month, setting him up nicely for a return to the Cheltenham Festival; good second off only 1lb lower in this race last year and can't be dismissed, though the current form of his stable is a note of caution.

8/1

3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Nicky Henderson

Two efforts this term (chase/hurdle) leave something to be desired; however, ran well in the Martin Pipe at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and has possibilities if back to that form.

11/1

8th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Nicky Henderson

Made very disappointing seasonal/chase debut in December and now quickly switches back to hurdling; only 2lb higher than for commendable second at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft), and today's faster ground will also suit; contender if back on song.

7/1

50/1

Form: 163135

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Irish hurdler who has winning form on British soil, namely at Cartmel (2m1f, good to soft) and Hereford (2m, good); seemingly outstayed over 2m4f at Punchestown (soft to heavy) last month and evidently needs a return to shorter; headgear enlisted.

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8th

19

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Fiveonefive

10st 10lb

J: E Walsh

T: Cian Collins

Irish hurdler who has winning form on British soil, namely at Cartmel (2m1f, good to soft) and Hereford (2m, good); seemingly outstayed over 2m4f at Punchestown (soft to heavy) last month and evidently needs a return to shorter; headgear enlisted.

50/1

5th

2

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 198y

15:20 Punchestown

Fiveonefive

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Cian Collins

Three-time winner, two in Britain including in a novice handicap at Hereford in November; probably finished as close as he was entitled in a Navan novice event last month; chance in a competitive race.

7/1

3rd

3

20th Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 0f 0y

12:45 Navan

Fiveonefive

11st 4lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Cian Collins

raced in third, lost third but in touch with leaders before 3 out, mistake when pecked on landing 2 out, went third again from last, no match for first two

6/1

Form: 121640 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Successful twice over 2m4f this term, overcoming adversity to beat Stuzzikini at Galway (heavy) on second occasion; not in the same form since, most recently never landing a blow in big-field handicap at Leopardstown (3m); not the percentage call in another warm event.

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9th

15

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Sequestered

10st 13lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Successful twice over 2m4f this term, overcoming adversity to beat Stuzzikini at Galway (heavy) on second occasion; not in the same form since, most recently never landing a blow in big-field handicap at Leopardstown (3m); not the percentage call in another warm event.

50/1

10th

11

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Sequestered

11st 4lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

held up in rear

25/1

4th

3

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 6f 110y

14:45 Thurles

Sequestered

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Won a maiden at Sligo in August and a novice event at Galway in October, both over an extended 2m4f; in between, no match for today's rival High Class Hero at Listowel; dropped away after a mistake two out in a 2m5f Grade 2 event at Cheltenham in November.

8/1

Form: 4-3P9U D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

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10th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Games

11st 11lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since finishing third in the Galway Plate in August; filled the same position in this contest two years ago (good to soft; off 1lb lower) and holds each-way claims provided the effort is repeated on this return to hurdles.

20/1

13

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

10st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual bumper winner and Grade 3-winning novice hurdler; decent chaser too, third in the Galway Plate and probably did not get home in the Paddy Power; more at home over this trip and the choice of Jack Kennedy; each-way chance.

16/1

9th

11

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Hollow Games

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than midfield, weakened after 2 out (usual 3 out)

33/1

Form: /98140

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Useful handicap hurdler at about 2m; won at Down Royal (soft) in November and had no luck (badly hampered, unable to recover) at Leopardstown last month; however, he's more exposed than many of these rivals, looks vulnerable off top weight and has something to prove over this new trip.

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1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Magic Tricks

11st 12lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful handicap hurdler at about 2m; won at Down Royal (soft) in November and had no luck (badly hampered, unable to recover) at Leopardstown last month; however, he's more exposed than many of these rivals, looks vulnerable off top weight and has something to prove over this new trip.

40/1

12th

1

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Magic Tricks

11st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Good handicapper at his best, second in this race two years ago and beat The Model Kingdom in a Listed contest at Down Royal in November; good fourth off this mark in a similar contest at Fairyhouse in December; claimer gets on well with him and likely to run well despite his impost.

20/1

4th

1

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Magic Tricks

11st 12lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

7/1

Form: 3-3410 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Acts on any going; disappointing last time but may well bounce back, having been mostly progressive otherwise in the last two seasons; solid effort under Freddie Gingell in major 2m handicap here (form has worked out well) in November, then defied top weight in clearcut style at Aintree (2m4f); still of interest.

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12th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

His two visits to Aintree have yielded a good third in this race last year (good to soft) and a 6l C&D win (heavy) in December; the return to this track could reignite some spark but he's been disappointing the last twice and a major turnaround is required.

16/1

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Sonigino

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on any going; disappointing last time but may well bounce back, having been mostly progressive otherwise in the last two seasons; solid effort under Freddie Gingell in major 2m handicap here (form has worked out well) in November, then defied top weight in clearcut style at Aintree (2m4f); still of interest.

12/1

12th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Sonigino

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Justified favouritism with 6l success at Aintree (2m4f, heavy; off 6lb lower) last month, taking record to 6-16; versatile ground-wise; generally progressive and looks a major contender.

11/2

Form: 235810 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Campaigned mostly on good/good to soft; contrasting performances since switched back to hurdles from fences, winning major handicap at Kempton (2m5f) under Tristan Durrell then well held at Ascot; the penultimate piece of form gives him a chance.

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7

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Jay Jay Reilly

11st 6lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Campaigned mostly on good/good to soft; contrasting performances since switched back to hurdles from fences, winning major handicap at Kempton (2m5f) under Tristan Durrell then well held at Ascot; the penultimate piece of form gives him a chance.

20/1

12th

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Jay Jay Reilly

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Had been competing over fences prior to springing a 33-1 surprise in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January, travelling well for a long way and sealing the issue with a good jump at the last; up 7lb but that's solid form and he's likely to be in the thick of things again.

12/1

1st

8

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Jay Jay Reilly

11st 3lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Successful over hurdles and fences at Kempton; however, hasn't raced in this sphere since a heavy defeat over C&D in March 2022; watching brief is advised.

33/1

Form: 321133

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Successful twice (2m2f/2m) on soft ground in the autumn; good third in a couple of handicaps at Leopardstown (2m4f/3m) since and the latest effort shows he's effective in a huge field; ties in with Waterford Whispers on the penultimate piece of form; consistent and steadily progressive, so looks set for another big run.

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8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Yeats Star

11st 5lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gordon Elliott

Successful twice (2m2f/2m) on soft ground in the autumn; good third in a couple of handicaps at Leopardstown (2m4f/3m) since and the latest effort shows he's effective in a huge field; ties in with Waterford Whispers on the penultimate piece of form; consistent and steadily progressive, so looks set for another big run.

16/1

3rd

8

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Yeats Star

11st 6lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, dropped to midfield when bit short of room before 5th

25/1

3rd

2

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Yeats Star

11st 13lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

briefly led, soon raced in second, not fluent 6th, lost second on inner before last, kept on, no match for first two

7/2

Form: -27445 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winner over hurdles/fences in his younger days but career got interrupted by a mammoth absence; 0-7 for current yard and it's hard to envisage him winning this hot contest aged ten, despite having course form (runner-up in lower grade over 2m4f here in October).

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11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Angels Breath

11st 3lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Grade 2 winner over hurdles/fences in his younger days but career got interrupted by a mammoth absence; 0-7 for current yard and it's hard to envisage him winning this hot contest aged ten, despite having course form (runner-up in lower grade over 2m4f here in October).

25/1

5th

5

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Angels Breath

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Smart in 2019 (acted on heavy going) before a long absence; way below that standard nowadays, nevertheless taking second of 16 in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in October but he's not quite matched that since in two chases or a handicap hurdle; others preferred.

8/1

4th

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Angels Breath

11st 9lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Back from yet another absence to finish second of 16 in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in October, since when he's come up short in two handicap chases (2m4f/3m1f); he's not without a squeak on that comeback effort and Dylan Johnston's 7lb claim is something for nothing.

14/1

Form: 322189

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Consistent spell culminated in a wide-margin win at Clonmel (3m, heavy) in November; form has dipped markedly in his two subsequent starts, which is far from ideal coming to this bigger stage and also leaves him with still something to prove off this sort of mark.

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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

12

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Stuzzikini

11st 3lb

J: Jake Coen

T: Gordon Elliott

Consistent spell culminated in a wide-margin win at Clonmel (3m, heavy) in November; form has dipped markedly in his two subsequent starts, which is far from ideal coming to this bigger stage and also leaves him with still something to prove off this sort of mark.

33/1

9th

3

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Stuzzikini

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Consistent performer gained a second career win in a Clonmel handicap hurdle in November; well beaten off his new mark at Punchestown later that month; best watched.

20/1

8th

3

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Stuzzikini

11st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Consistent young hurdler who took his form to a new level with a wide-margin 3m Clonmel win; up 9lb for that but probably capable of sustained progress in tests of stamina such as this.

9/2

Form: 122453

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Ran well over 2m4f here in October but this is a stiffer assignment and she has shown no further progress, well-held third to notable stablemate at Navan (Listed) most recently; sole win over hurdles came in an ordinary race last summer; others preferred.

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17

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mel Monroe

10st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Ran well over 2m4f here in October but this is a stiffer assignment and she has shown no further progress, well-held third to notable stablemate at Navan (Listed) most recently; sole win over hurdles came in an ordinary race last summer; others preferred.

50/1

3rd

5

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:15 Navan

Mel Monroe

10st 9lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, challenging before 2 out, outpaced and lost second approaching last, kept on

9/2

5th

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Mel Monroe

11st 5lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Maiden point winner who also took a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick last June; good minor honours since in novice events over about 2m4f at Cheltenham, Navan (Grade 3) and Punchestown (Listed); no ground worries and the step up to 3m holds possibilities on this handicap debut.

9/4

Form: 311-10 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; productive spell culminated at Aintree (upped to 2m4f) on Boxing Day, completing a hat-trick; however, form dipped sharply in major handicap at Kelso (2m; never on terms) two weeks ago, leaving him with something to prove off same mark in another hot race.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

18

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Bingoo

10st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: James Moffatt

Acts on heavy; productive spell culminated at Aintree (upped to 2m4f) on Boxing Day, completing a hat-trick; however, form dipped sharply in major handicap at Kelso (2m; never on terms) two weeks ago, leaving him with something to prove off same mark in another hot race.

40/1

11th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Bingoo

11st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: James Moffatt

Won two in a row at Hexham (2m, heavy/soft) last spring and made it 3-3 in handicaps at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; has also won on good to soft; today is a tougher test of his credentials but this unexposed 8yo travelled well at Aintree and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

10/1

1st

6

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Bingoo

10st 2lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

raced in fourth

10/1

Form: 03-139

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Three wins over 2m, the most recent at Chepstow (heavy) in October; shapes as if this longer distance is worth exploring but still has something to prove in strongly contested handicaps, having been well held in the Boodles here last year and the Imperial Cup at Sandown last Saturday.

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

21

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Shared

10st 6lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Three wins over 2m, the most recent at Chepstow (heavy) in October; shapes as if this longer distance is worth exploring but still has something to prove in strongly contested handicaps, having been well held in the Boodles here last year and the Imperial Cup at Sandown last Saturday.

66/1

9th

12

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Shared

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

This is more competitive than he's used to and he was only third of six at Newbury last Saturday; however, that was still a fair run from this 5yo following a 140-day break, and the form of his small-field handicap win at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October reads well; each-way possibilities.

25/1

3rd

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Shared

11st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Harry Derham

disputing second, drifted left approaching last, soon lost third, kept on final 110yds, went third again towards finish

6/1

Form: P-0955

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

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).

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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: 1-4PP5

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

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Selections

Telegraph:

Quai De Bourbon

SPOTLIGHT:

Waterford Whispers

D Express:

Better Days Ahead

WEST COUNTRY:

Sonigino

RP RATINGS:

No Ordinary Joe

POSTDATA:

Mel Monroe

The Guardian:

Bingoo

TOPSPEED:

Jay Jay Reilly

Daily Mail:

Quai De Bourbon

The Star:

Quai De Bourbon

Daily Record:

Better Days Ahead

Daily Mirror:

Sonigino

LAMBOURN:

No Ordinary Joe