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14:05 Haydock

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My Pension Expert Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 1m 7f 144y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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My Pension Expert Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: -61321 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

A model of consistency over hurdles, and his latest win at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy) two weeks ago was a career best; should again have the measure of third-placed Salsada; big player once more despite a 5lb rise.

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1st

1

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Brentford Hope

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

A model of consistency over hurdles, and his latest win at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy) two weeks ago was a career best; should again have the measure of third-placed Salsada; big player once more despite a 5lb rise.

15/8

1st

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Brentford Hope

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Derham

made all, reduced lead 4 out, joined briefly home turn, going best 2 out, shaken up before last, ridden and faced challenge run-in, kept on well final 110yds, won going away

6/4

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Brentford Hope

11st 12lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

travelled strongly, disputing second, pressed winner approaching last, kept on

9/4

14/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 8-8514 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Has a rather in-and-out profile; won eased-down at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) in January but then found little at Plumpton two months later; might need a personal best even if she's on a going day.

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2nd

4

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Holly

10st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has a rather in-and-out profile; won eased-down at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) in January but then found little at Plumpton two months later; might need a personal best even if she's on a going day.

14/1

4th

2

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:52 Plumpton

Holly

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

took keen hold, midfield, good headway before 3 out, found little when mistake 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: /25-03

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Well treated on her fifth in the 2023 Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m, good); has possibly needed her two outings this season at Kelso (well beaten in the Morebattle) and Newcastle (beaten 12l by Brentford Hope); more required here but she's fresher than most and drying ground would help her cause.

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12th

14

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Salsada

10st 6lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Brian Ellison

Fifth to Rubaud in this race (good) last year; below par this season but she might have needed her first two runs and then got going too late to land a blow when third of nine at Haydock (1m7f, soft) three weeks ago; has to run from 8lb out of the weights but Dylan Johnston claims a handy 5lb; returning to Ayr may suit and she's not ruled out by any means.

14/1

3rd

6

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Salsada

10st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Well treated on her fifth in the 2023 Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m, good); has possibly needed her two outings this season at Kelso (well beaten in the Morebattle) and Newcastle (beaten 12l by Brentford Hope); more required here but she's fresher than most and drying ground would help her cause.

14/1

3rd

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Salsada

10st 13lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

raced in second, pressed leader home turn, not fluent 3 out, lost second when mistake 2 out, weakened quickly before last

14/1

Form: 154922

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

1-11; good second at Hereford and Plumpton (2m, soft) last two starts, but this is a stronger race and he'll need improvement to go one better.

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4th

8

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Mr Mackay

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1-11; good second at Hereford and Plumpton (2m, soft) last two starts, but this is a stronger race and he'll need improvement to go one better.

9/1

2nd

5

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:52 Plumpton

Mr Mackay

11st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

took keen hold, disputed lead, not fluent but led clearly 2nd, faced challenge 2 out, headed and no extra run-in

4/1

2nd

7

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Mr Mackay

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Off the mark in 2m3f maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (good) in October; respectable efforts in Cheltenham handicaps since, including on good to soft; this less testing finish should suit and he shouldn't be far away.

11/2

Form: -61374 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Surprise winner of novice at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in November on his second start over hurdles, but hasn't built on that; needs a personal best, and by some margin, from 4lb out of the handicap.

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5th

9

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Three Cliffs Bay

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Evan Williams

Surprise winner of novice at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in November on his second start over hurdles, but hasn't built on that; needs a personal best, and by some margin, from 4lb out of the handicap.

20/1

4th

6

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Three Cliffs Bay

11st 3lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Surprise winner at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in November on his second start over hurdles and was then third over 2m4f under same conditions; handicap debut at Taunton was a backward step but good ground might not be for him.

10/1

7th

4

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Three Cliffs Bay

11st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Kept on strongly from off the pace to cause 25-1 surprise at Ffos Las (2m) in November on his second start over hurdles; creditable third of five in another heavy-ground novice there (2m4f) one month later; needs better but back down in trip and may well have more to offer on handicap debut.

6/1

Form: 4213-2 D BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Fine third in the 2023 Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) and ran close to his best after a year off when a rallying neck second to Milldam at Stratford 19 days ago; again has conditions to suit; solid chance.

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16th

14

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Playful Saint

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Below par at Haydock (2m, soft) 13 days ago but rallied for close second at Stratford (2m, heavy) earlier last month when back from a layoff; staying-on third in the Imperial Cup (2m, heavy) last March also suggests this lightly raced 9yo has potential now up in trip, if bouncing back.

33/1

6th

2

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Playful Saint

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fine third in the 2023 Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) and ran close to his best after a year off when a rallying neck second to Milldam at Stratford 19 days ago; again has conditions to suit; solid chance.

7/2

2nd

1

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Playful Saint

12st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran well on last three starts last season, notably when winning at Leicester in December (1m7f, heavy) and when third in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) in March; not been out since; conditions suit and he should go well down in grade if fully wound up.

9/4

Form: 143812 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Has had a productive season, winning four times, the latest at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) earlier this month; again gave his running when second of seven at Bangor last week but he meets a significantly higher calibre of rival here and he's 5lb out of the weights.

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1st

19

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

El Jefe

10st 2lb

J: Ben Smith

T: Andrew Hamilton

Four of his five wins have come at Sedgefield (soft and heavy) and although he cracked the trend at Haydock in December he has it to prove at this level on first run at this course.

66/1

7th

10

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

El Jefe

10st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

Has had a productive season, winning four times, the latest at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) earlier this month; again gave his running when second of seven at Bangor last week but he meets a significantly higher calibre of rival here and he's 5lb out of the weights.

14/1

2nd

3

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:00 Bangor-on-Dee

El Jefe

11st 10lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

Four wins this season, the latest at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) 11 days ago; on fairly tough mark after latest 4lb rise but respected in current form.

11/2

Form: -31257 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo; third off 1lb higher in a big field at Cheltenham (2m, good) in the autumn and he shaped better than the result suggests when seventh of 17 in the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft; short of room closing stages) four weeks ago; handles the mud; may have more to offer yet.

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8th

7

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

Ballygeary

10st 6lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Lightly raced 7yo; third off 1lb higher in a big field at Cheltenham (2m, good) in the autumn and he shaped better than the result suggests when seventh of 17 in the Morebattle at Kelso (2m, good to soft; short of room closing stages) four weeks ago; handles the mud; may have more to offer yet.

8/1

7th

18

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Ballygeary

10st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

C&D novice winner who beat Skycutter in a match at Bangor (2m3f, soft) in December and has run well in defeat at Musselburgh (1m7f, soft/good to soft) the last twice; he needs something extra today but he's lightly raced and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will help.

10/1

5th

8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Ballygeary

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won a match at Bangor before finishing second of 11 over C&D (soft) on New Year's Day; that's probably as good as he is and Peter Kavanagh has been claiming 3lb this season; can give his running but might be vulnerable when it matters.

11/1

Form: 721324 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Likeable front-runner with a consistent record; made all over C&D (heavy) just before Christmas and ran close to his best despite late mistakes when fourth in the well-contested Morebattle at Kelso four weeks ago; should be in the thick of things once more.

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9th

5

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

The Churchill Lad

10st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Likeable front-runner with a consistent record; made all over C&D (heavy) just before Christmas and ran close to his best despite late mistakes when fourth in the well-contested Morebattle at Kelso four weeks ago; should be in the thick of things once more.

6/1

4th

13

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

The Churchill Lad

10st 11lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Made all in small field at Haydock (1m7f, heavy) in December and bounced back from a blip here when second of seven at Catterick (1m7f, heavy) three weeks ago; versatile ground-wise; however, he's going back up in grade today and that may find him out.

25/1

2nd

4

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 3

15:30 Catterick

The Churchill Lad

11st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

took keen hold, led, raced in second after 2nd

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £528.00
Straight Forecast £474.00
Tricast £4990.30
Trifecta £5634.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Brentford Hope

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballygeary

Telegraph:

Playful Saint

The Times:

El Jefe

WEST COUNTRY:

Mr Mackay

Daily Mail:

The Churchill Lad

RP RATINGS:

Ballygeary

TOPSPEED:

Ballygeary

LAMBOURN:

Brentford Hope

Daily Mirror:

Brentford Hope

The Sun:

Brentford Hope

Daily Record:

Brentford Hope

The Star:

El Jefe

The Guardian:

Playful Saint

D Express:

Playful Saint