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Full Circle Series At Punchestown Festival Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3960.75
  • 2m 5f 56y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Full Circle Series At Punchestown Festival Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 31-6 BF

Last run: 96 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

All three starts on good ground, winning maiden hurdle at Warwick (2m3f) last April on second outing; disappointing favourite on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m4f) in December but this half-brother to top-class chaser Protektorat may have needed the run and he retains potential; cheekpieces go on.

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1st

11

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Montregard

10st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

midfield, headway but not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, left in fourth but hit 2 out, not fluent last, led final 110yds, kept on well

8/1

6th

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Montregard

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

in touch with leaders in centre of group, awkward jump 3rd

11/8

15/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 225351 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Merely fifth in his two previous handicaps and he's just 2lb lower today; however, he got off the mark in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in a novice here (2m3f, soft) last month, when narrowly behind Willsburg when that rival fell at the final flight; and he's not ruled out.

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2nd

6

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Magical King

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Merely fifth in his two previous handicaps and he's just 2lb lower today; however, he got off the mark in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in a novice here (2m3f, soft) last month, when narrowly behind Willsburg when that rival fell at the final flight; and he's not ruled out.

15/2

1st

5

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:15 Wetherby

Magical King

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Stuart Edmunds

Runner-up in the autumn on first two hurdle starts (2m4f, good to soft/soft) and, while he hasn't really kicked on, he's run respectably in the face of some tough tasks since; has an easier assignment today and holds leading claims in first-time cheekpieces for yard in flying form.

5/4

5th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

13:25 Sandown

Magical King

11st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Went close on rules/hurdle debut in October and better form on all three starts since, place chance when hampered at the final flight on handicap debut won by Classic Anthem here (2m, heavy; stays 2m4f) on second occasion; should not be far away.

9/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 34952

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Fifth at Down Royal (2m4f, soft) in December on second hurdle start and another encouraging run when second of six at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago; this unexposed 5yo is open to improvement now moving into handicaps and is on the shortlist.

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3rd

9

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Al Kalila

11st 3lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fifth at Down Royal (2m4f, soft) in December on second hurdle start and another encouraging run when second of six at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago; this unexposed 5yo is open to improvement now moving into handicaps and is on the shortlist.

12/1

2nd

5

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

13:23 Ayr

Al Kalila

11st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

led, pushed along and went clear with winner 2 out, ridden run-in, headed final 110yds, soon outpaced

11/2

5th

4

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 50y

11:40 Down Royal

Al Kalila

11st 4lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

50's when a moderate ninth of a well stacked field on sole role of the dice so far over hurdles at Navan lately; has inroads to make.

16/1

Form: 62-381 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 9yo who is inconsistent, but he won easily for Anthony Charlton at Newbury (2m4f, heavy) four weeks ago on his third handicap run; tougher task here but makes stable debut with new yard among the winners (remains in same ownership) and a 5lb rise might not be enough to stop him.

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4th

8

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Knowwhentoholdem

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Lightly raced 9yo who is inconsistent, but he won easily for Anthony Charlton at Newbury (2m4f, heavy) four weeks ago on his third handicap run; tougher task here but makes stable debut with new yard among the winners (remains in same ownership) and a 5lb rise might not be enough to stop him.

7/2

1st

8

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Knowwhentoholdem

10st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

prominent, led 2 out, ridden and went clear run-in, comfortably

9/2

Form: -6861F

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who won at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy) last month on his third hurdle start and was narrowly in front from Magical King (who was receiving 7lb) when falling at the final flight here (2m3f, soft) last time; this 5yo front-runner brings potential to his handicap debut and could go well.

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5th

2

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Willsburg

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Oliver Signy

Bumper winner who won at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy) last month on his third hurdle start and was narrowly in front from Magical King (who was receiving 7lb) when falling at the final flight here (2m3f, soft) last time; this 5yo front-runner brings potential to his handicap debut and could go well.

9/2

2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:15 Wetherby

Willsburg

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Won Warwick bumper on debut last March and improved upon his first two hurdle runs when winning at Ffos Las (2m4f, heavy) four weeks ago; carries a penalty today and could do with jumping better, but the first-time cheekpieces could help in that regard and his latest form reads well; key player.

15/8

1st

8

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Ffos Las

Willsburg

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Won soft-ground Warwick bumper by 9l on debut last March and was very respectable sixth of 15 at Cheltenham (good to soft) in October; began hurdling career with two low-key runs towards end of last year, but was only beaten about 18l when sixth of 18 at Newbury (2m, soft) on latter occasion; still has potential.

8/1

Form: -13448 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Below par when eighth at Kempton only 12 days ago and needs to leave that run behind; however, prior to that she'd been running consistently well in some good handicaps in the winter (2m4f-2m7f, soft/good to soft) and she's a player if swiftly rediscovering that sort of form.

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6th

5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Good Look Charm

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Anthony Honeyball

Below par when eighth at Kempton only 12 days ago and needs to leave that run behind; however, prior to that she'd been running consistently well in some good handicaps in the winter (2m4f-2m7f, soft/good to soft) and she's a player if swiftly rediscovering that sort of form.

7/1

8th

11

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Good Look Charm

10st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won on reappearance at Wincanton (2m5f, good to soft) last November when back over hurdles and has run well off this mark in competitive handicaps on his three starts since, including when fourth of 19 in the Lanzarote over C&D (good to soft); on the shortlist.

9/1

4th

15

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Good Look Charm

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Back from chasing when winning at Wincanton (2m5f) and third at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) and she topped that form when staying-on fourth of 19 in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) three weeks ago; a 3m2f run last March seemed creditable at the time and the Lanzarote suggested that another crack at this sort of trip may well help.

10/1

Form: -13523

Last run: 40 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) last October and consistent in defeat since, most recently a good third at Haydock (3m, heavy) in his first handicap; has had wind op since and wears first-time tongue-tie; drops back down in grade and this lightly raced 6yo is one to consider.

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7th

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Yes Day

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won on hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) last October and consistent in defeat since, most recently a good third at Haydock (3m, heavy) in his first handicap; has had wind op since and wears first-time tongue-tie; drops back down in grade and this lightly raced 6yo is one to consider.

4/1

3rd

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Yes Day

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Quite a useful novice hurdler who ran a solid race under a penalty when runner-up at Catterick (extended 2m3f, soft) 24 days ago; proved his stamina for 3m when fifth in Cheltenham Grade 2 novice on penultimate start and he's very much unexposed now handicapping for a stable in good form.

6/1

2nd

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:20 Catterick

Yes Day

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Landed a 2m4f Uttoxeter maiden on his hurdles debut and has taken his form up a notch since, posting a good fifth in Cheltenham Grade 2 (3m) last month; he holds leading form claims.

13/8

Form: 3C-26P

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle at Newcastle (2m1f, good to soft) last February and he reappeared with a promising second on his chase debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); he may appreciate this return to hurdles having struggled over fences the last twice, but has something to prove regarding current form.

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8th

4

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Blue Fin

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won a maiden hurdle at Newcastle (2m1f, good to soft) last February and he reappeared with a promising second on his chase debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); he may appreciate this return to hurdles having struggled over fences the last twice, but has something to prove regarding current form.

20/1

2

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

Blue Fin

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Flopped when warm favourite at Carlisle (2m, good to soft) in December but was creditable second to smart rival on seasonal/chase debut there (2m4f, soft) in November and still has potential.

6/1

6th

1

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 4

12:25 Carlisle

Blue Fin

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Promising second in similar event here (2m4f, soft; chase debut) six weeks ago; open to progress in this sphere and commands respect off same mark back down in distance (2m1f hurdle winner).

13/8

Form: 3444

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Point runner-up who remains lightly raced and may have been stretched by 3m on heavy ground on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton; showed some promise in 2m3f/2m4f novice hurdles previously but needs to improve upon those efforts if he's going to be in the mix today.

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9th

10

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Chatshow Tv

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Point runner-up who remains lightly raced and may have been stretched by 3m on heavy ground on last month's handicap debut at Wincanton; showed some promise in 2m3f/2m4f novice hurdles previously but needs to improve upon those efforts if he's going to be in the mix today.

14/1

4th

1

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:42 Wincanton

Chatshow Tv

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Warren Greatrex

Runner-up in an Irish point and further minor honours over hurdles (2m3f-2m4f on soft) at Warwick, Uttoxeter and Catterick; weakening at the last named when he blundered at the final flight; improvement is required but, making handicap debut over a new trip, he needs a market check.

5/1

Form: 53264

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Point winner who was placed in two novice hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft/heavy) this winter but he was well beaten at Doncaster (2m3f, good) next time and failed to threaten on last month's handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft); needs to raise his game.

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2

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:30 Market Rasen

Hawkseye View

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Sue Smith

Just a respectable fourth on handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in February and took backward step when tailed off at Wetherby a fortnight ago; others have much less to prove.

20/1

10th

12

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Hawkseye View

10st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Point winner who was placed in two novice hurdles at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft/heavy) this winter but he was well beaten at Doncaster (2m3f, good) next time and failed to threaten on last month's handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft); needs to raise his game.

33/1

4th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:54 Sedgefield

Hawkseye View

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 32-114 D

Last run: 145 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Readily won modest contests in the first half of the season on his first two hurdle starts (2m/2m5f, good to soft/good); fair fourth on handicap debut at Ascot (2m3f, soft) last November when last seen and, while he needs to build on that today, he remains unexposed and is in good hands to progress.

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5th

7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Idem

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won last year on first two hurdle starts (2m/2m5f, good to soft/good) and fair fourth on handicap debut at Ascot (2m3f, soft) in November; bang there when falling two out at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) last month; his trainer excels with staying types and this one could be a leading player now up in trip.

14/1

3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

15:55 Wetherby

Idem

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Readily won modest contests in the first half of the season on his first two hurdle starts (2m/2m5f, good to soft/good); fair fourth on handicap debut at Ascot (2m3f, soft) last November when last seen and, while he needs to build on that today, he remains unexposed and is in good hands to progress.

10/1

4th

1

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 4

12:55 Ascot

Idem

12st 0lb

J: Conner McCann

T: Lucinda Russell

Second or third in all four bumpers (two on soft) and better when winning under 5lb claimer in novice hurdles at Hexham (2m, good to soft) in May and Kelso (2m5f, good) in September; impressive at 4-5 in the latter, so he's a promising sort making his handicap debut.

13/2

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Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Yes Day

The Sun:

Knowwhentoholdem

SPOTLIGHT:

Al Kalila

The Times:

Willsburg

POSTDATA:

Magical King

D Express:

Montregard

LAMBOURN:

Chatshow Tv

TOPSPEED:

Good Look Charm

RP RATINGS:

Al Kalila

Telegraph:

Willsburg

The Guardian:

Yes Day

Daily Mail:

Yes Day

Daily Mirror:

Yes Day

The Star:

Knowwhentoholdem

Daily Record:

Knowwhentoholdem