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14:20 Aintree

Soft

William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £42202.5
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 19 runners
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William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 12-324 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Returned from a break with solid fourth to stablemate Boombawn on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; fine second in Grade 1 novice over this C&D (good to soft) last April and she could build on that latest effort; has won on soft; Harry Skelton's mount of the Dan Skelton four.

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1st

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Kateira

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Returned from a break with solid fourth to stablemate Boombawn on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; fine second in Grade 1 novice over this C&D (good to soft) last April and she could build on that latest effort; has won on soft; Harry Skelton's mount of the Dan Skelton four.

9/2

4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Kateira

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Dan Skelton

A tad underwhelming in Listed mares' events last autumn but has had a break since and she could be on a good mark for this handicap debut if tapping back into the promise shown when runner-up in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last April.

8/1

2nd

2

27th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:35 Kempton

Kateira

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/11

10/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1122 C BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

8/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 1-1412 CD BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Made it 4-5 when making all on handicap debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in January; second in Ascot novice (2m3f, good to soft) since and that form has been franked by the winner, who was receiving 8lb; the first-time hood may be a plus (fractious pre-race last time); could be on a good mark now back in a handicap and he's open to further improvement for top trainer.

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3rd

21

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Inthewaterside

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Made it 4-5 when making all on handicap debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in January; second in Ascot novice (2m3f, good to soft) since and that form has been franked by the winner, who was receiving 8lb; the first-time hood may be a plus (fractious pre-race last time); could be on a good mark now back in a handicap and he's open to further improvement for top trainer.

8/1

2nd

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Inthewaterside

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Beat good horses in his bumpers and made a successful hurdling debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) despite taking a fierce hold; rather disappointing on this course next time but got firmly back on track with an all-the-way success in a Lingfield handicap (2m3f, soft) last month; should continue on the upgrade and commands major respect.

6/4

1st

5

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Inthewaterside

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Beat good horses in his bumpers and made a successful hurdling debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) despite taking a fierce hold in a slowly run race; settled better in front at Ascot (1m7f, good) but they only dawdled around and he was outpaced when it mattered; this would be a better trip for one entered in the 3m Grade 1 novice at Cheltenham; interesting handicap debutant.

11/4

16/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 121526

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: 1-4100

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

5yo who made it five wins from first seven starts when landing Sandown handicap (2m, heavy) in December; however, he's finished down the field in hot handicaps the last twice and has something to prove now up in trip.

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5th

12

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Spirit DAunou

11st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

5yo who made it five wins from first seven starts when landing Sandown handicap (2m, heavy) in December; however, he's finished down the field in hot handicaps the last twice and has something to prove now up in trip.

50/1

13th

1

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Spirit DAunou

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

He's 10lb higher than when winning over C&D (heavy) in December and was always behind in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury four weeks ago; however, he won in fine style on that penultimate outing to make it 2-2 at Sandown (and 5-7 overall), and this 5yo could have a part to play now back here.

14/1

15th

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Spirit DAunou

11st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Scored comfortably at Sandown (2m, heavy) two months ago, taking handicap record to 3-3 and overall record to 5-7; hit with 10lb rise but has a progressive profile and his trainer has won this race three times; strong credentials.

8/1

16/1

Form: -52130 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

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6th

4

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Unable to threaten over 2m5f/2m4f this spring at the big Cheltenham and Aintree meetings but he's kept on well each time and is well worth another crack at a staying trip; edging down the weights and could have a part to play if handling the ground (effective on good to soft, unraced on good).

12/1

6th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

16/1

13th

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Fourth in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) one year ago off 3lb higher; his jumping has not been so convincing switched to fences this term but he's still looked in form; strong-travelling sort who should get into serious contention on this return to hurdling.

14/1

Form: F5P211 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Has won with something to spare under James Turner the last twice (2m4f, soft), particularly at Bangor three weeks ago; he's gone up another 8lb and is in a much hotter race today, but things have clearly clicked for this 7yo and it's possible he remains ahead of the handicapper.

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7th

10

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Uncle Bert

11st 4lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has won with something to spare under James Turner the last twice (2m4f, soft), particularly at Bangor three weeks ago; he's gone up another 8lb and is in a much hotter race today, but things have clearly clicked for this 7yo and it's possible he remains ahead of the handicapper.

16/1

1st

5

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Uncle Bert

11st 6lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two wins this season, the latter under James Turner at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) last month; recent 4lb rise does not look excessive and further progress is not out of the question; respected.

9/2

1st

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

Uncle Bert

11st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Shot up the weights after winning by 12l at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September and there's a suspicion he remains a shade high in the handicap, but he ran well when second of fourth at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last time and might not be far away.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1-P185

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

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.

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19th

20

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

17:25 Punchestown

Ocastle Des Mottes

10st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Disappointing well backed favourite in the Betfair Hurdle and has failed to built on that twice since.

16/1

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

Form: 4211 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Won maiden at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January on third hurdle start and followed up in the competitive EBF Novices' Final on handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last month; the third has won since and a 7lb rise may not stop this unexposed 6yo.

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9th

19

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Champagne Twist

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Won maiden at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January on third hurdle start and followed up in the competitive EBF Novices' Final on handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last month; the third has won since and a 7lb rise may not stop this unexposed 6yo.

6/1

1st

3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Champagne Twist

11st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Irish point winner; they were good races in which he came up short in his first two hurdles and he then beat the improving Taras Halls by clear daylight at Doncaster (2m3f, good); today's softer surface will be fine and so too a thorough stamina test when the dam won over 3m; shortlisted.

10/1

1st

2

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Champagne Twist

11st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

took keen hold, prominent, led 2nd, going best when good jump 2 out, went clear from last, ridden briefly run-in, comfortably

Evs

Form: 3U/540 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2021 and is very well handicapped on that form; didn't run badly in Grade 2 at Cheltenham this January when back from a very long absence but he was tailed off in the Coral Cup there last month and needs to leave that run miles behind.

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10th

9

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Guard Your Dreams

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2021 and is very well handicapped on that form; didn't run badly in Grade 2 at Cheltenham this January when back from a very long absence but he was tailed off in the Coral Cup there last month and needs to leave that run miles behind.

25/1

18th

18

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Guard Your Dreams

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Very well handicapped judged on best efforts, including on soft at this track, but they were two seasons ago; 660 days off before last of five to high-class Lossiemouth here in January, which didn't look bad strictly on form but he struggled on heavy ground at Wincanton in another Grade 2 three weeks later; back up in trip but does not look the percentage call.

20/1

4th

5

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Guard Your Dreams

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, outpaced but before 2 out, soon went third, lost third run-in, no match for first two

8/1

Form: -79151 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Won at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and, after a solid fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote, he was back on the scoresheet at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month; up in grade today but has won five of his ten hurdle starts (including on soft) and could continue to progress.

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11th

17

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Serious Operator

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and, after a solid fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote, he was back on the scoresheet at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month; up in grade today but has won five of his ten hurdle starts (including on soft) and could continue to progress.

25/1

1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Serious Operator

10st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Made it 4-8 over hurdles when returning to form to win at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December; another good run when fifth of 19 in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January; he's back in slightly calmer waters this afternoon and could play a leading role.

5/1

5th

14

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Serious Operator

10st 11lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Suited by the return to less testing ground at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) four weeks ago, taking hurdles record to 4-8; effective at 2m5f and isn't fully exposed; could go well.

20/1

Form: -3410P CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: 1-232F D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Warm favourite when early faller in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month; prior to that he was second in a hot novice handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) and has a 1lb lower mark to work with now back over hurdles; 2-4 in novice hurdles last season (both wins on soft) and he's a major player if transferring his chase form back to this sphere.

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13th

13

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Theatre Man

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Warm favourite when early faller in Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last month; prior to that he was second in a hot novice handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m5f, good to soft) and has a 1lb lower mark to work with now back over hurdles; 2-4 in novice hurdles last season (both wins on soft) and he's a major player if transferring his chase form back to this sphere.

9/1

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (also on soft); started chase career with two useful efforts in 2m7f handicaps and he laid down a strong marker for this race when runner-up in a warm C&D event (good to soft) in January, taking time to pick up but racing up the hill in great style; up 3lb but open to improvement and has solid claims with Harry Cobden a rare booking (0-1) for yard that has been among the winners of late.

4/1

2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

6/1

33/1

Form: 629-11 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D (good) last May and belatedly followed up at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; this 7yo has now won five of his 13 hurdle starts and could continue to improve for his top trainer; contender if the ground suits (has run just once on soft, when fair second in novice hurdle in 2022).

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1st

2

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

20:05 Warwick

Boombawn

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

5-14 over hurdles, the latest win gained in quite valuable Class 2 handicap at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in March; didn't fire at least month's Aintree festival but has an obvious chance if he takes well to chasing at the first attempt.

11/4

14th

11

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Boombawn

11st 4lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Won over C&D (good) last May and belatedly followed up at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) last month; this 7yo has now won five of his 13 hurdle starts and could continue to improve for his top trainer; contender if the ground suits (has run just once on soft, when fair second in novice hurdle in 2022).

33/1

1st

4

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Boombawn

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

This is his first run since last May but he's Harry Skelton's mount of the Dan Skelton three and he won at Aintree (2m4f, good) when last seen; has done the vast majority of his racing on good ground but he showed promise on soft/good to soft early in career; has won here; could go well on comeback.

7/1

Form: 12414

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Two novice hurdle wins this term (2m1f/2m, heavy) along with a Grade 2 second, and he rallied for a near-9l fourth of 16 on handicap debut in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; this 3m point winner is open to improvement now up in trip and is one to consider; cheekpieces go on.

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

15th

22

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Making Headway

10st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Two novice hurdle wins this term (2m1f/2m, heavy) along with a Grade 2 second, and he rallied for a near-9l fourth of 16 on handicap debut in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; this 3m point winner is open to improvement now up in trip and is one to consider; cheekpieces go on.

6/1

4th

7

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Making Headway

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

3m point winner who scored on hurdle debut at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) in October and, after making the frame in Graded races the next twice, won Newbury novice (2m, heavy) last month when back down in grade; improvement needed on handicap debut but that's possible from this unexposed 6yo, who could prove well suited by this big-field scenario and expected strong pace.

5/1

1st

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:55 Newbury

Making Headway

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

made all

6/4

Form: 213-26

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

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.

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

1st

2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Playful Saint

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won three times over hurdles, all at around 2m on good to soft/heavy; good second at Stratford in March (2m, heavy); not so good in better company since (in 2m4f Aintree handicap last time); half-brother to a 2m5f winner over fences; interesting on debut over fences but stamina to prove.

9/2

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

Form: 16-142 D BF

Last run: 68 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Second-season hurdler who won on reappearance at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November and, after failing to get home there (3m, heavy) next time, went very close at Musselburgh (3m, soft) when drawing clear with the neck winner who has since followed up; solid each-way claims up 2lb.

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

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Springwell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Second-season hurdler who won on reappearance at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November and, after failing to get home there (3m, heavy) next time, went very close at Musselburgh (3m, soft) when drawing clear with the neck winner who has since followed up; solid each-way claims up 2lb.

20/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Springwell Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Three novice wins last term; tends to race a bit freely but he found plenty for pressure, as well as travelling up smoothly to lead two out, when winning his handicap/seasonal debut at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) in November; tongue tied first time when not quite so good over 3m (bred to stay well) on heavy ground there on New Year's Day but could still have potential.

13/2

Form: 84353P

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Had work to do when making bad mistake two out in last month's Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; pulled up); however, that was his first run since November, when a near-9l third here (3m, soft) having travelled well; could be suited by the drop back in trip on yard debut (has left Willie Mullins; still owned by JP McManus); each-way possibilities in first-time hood.

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

5th

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

17:10 Uttoxeter

Icare Allen

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

held up in rear

33/1

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Icare Allen

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Well treated on best form for Willie Mullins but has been pulled up in handicaps at the big Cheltenham (7-1) and Aintree (50-1) meetings on his last two starts (stable debut latest); could click at some point but on balance he's best opposed.

28/1

Form: 00-3P5 CD

Last run: 154 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won this race in 2021 and 21l eighth in 2022; some good form on the Flat and over hurdles last summer but he wasn't at his best over hurdles or fences in the autumn and has been absent since; others are more compelling.

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

1st

1

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:25 Plumpton

Tronador

12st 2lb

J: Lewis Saunders

T: Olly Murphy

didn't always jump with fluency, raced in fourth, dropped to last after 3rd, niggled along after 4 out

10/1

20

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Tronador

10st 13lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won this race in 2021 and 21l eighth in 2022; some good form on the Flat and over hurdles last summer but he wasn't at his best over hurdles or fences in the autumn and has been absent since; others are more compelling.

50/1

5th

6

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 120y

15:12 Down Royal

Tronador

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Has been mixing hurdling with Flat action; fair third in a Bellewstown handicap hurdle in July and then placed in a staying handicap on the Flat at Goodwood; makes chasing debut after failure in a valuable handicap hurdle at Chepstow last month; would get 17lb from stablemate Find A Fifty over hurdles.

12/1

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Non-runners

Santos Blue, Kamsinas, West To The Bridge

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £702.00
Straight Forecast £500.50
Tricast £3381.80
Trifecta £5037.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Inthewaterside

TOPSPEED:

Champagne Twist

The Times:

Making Headway

SPOTLIGHT:

Might I

LAMBOURN:

Jango Baie

RP RATINGS:

Sonigino

The Sun:

Champagne Twist

Daily Record:

Champagne Twist

WEST COUNTRY:

Inthewaterside

D Express:

Inthewaterside

Daily Mirror:

Inthewaterside

The Star:

Inthewaterside

Telegraph:

Making Headway

The Guardian:

Making Headway

Daily Mail:

Might I