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17:15 Aintree

Soft

Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 2m 0f 103y
  • Class 2
  • 19 runners
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Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 19 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

66/1 (Won)

  • Win: £69.40
  • Place: £9.10

Form: 438127 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

OUR TIP

Form: 2-311U D BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Scopey type who has made great strides since his hurdle debut in November, winning a useful Taunton event then giving a powerful display of front-running there (again 2m; good to soft) in December; can take the odd liberty with the hurdles and he paid the price when unseating early at Chepstow 11 days ago; still an interesting contender on handicap debut.

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1

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Ballee

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Two-time novice hurdle winner (good/good to soft) who was a fine second of 19 on last month's handicap debut at Aintree (2m, soft); this lightly raced 5yo could have more to offer if settling better, and he's one to consider.

10/1

2nd

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Ballee

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Scopey type who has made great strides since his hurdle debut in November, winning a useful Taunton event then giving a powerful display of front-running there (again 2m; good to soft) in December; can take the odd liberty with the hurdles and he paid the price when unseating early at Chepstow 11 days ago; still an interesting contender on handicap debut.

12/1

1

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Ballee

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Built upon promising hurdle debut when scoring at Taunton (2m, good) in November and displayed further improvement when winning by 24l over that C&D (good to soft) the following month; has 12lb penalty and slower ground to overcome but ought to be a tough nut to crack.

10/11

10/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 7P3315 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

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

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11th

4

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Afadil

11st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Won at Musselburgh in February (1m7f, good to soft; has also won on good ground) and has run excellent races in defeat off this mark in hot handicaps on his three starts since, most recently a close fourth in the Scottish Champion Hurdle three weeks ago (2m, soft); could be bang there once more.

9/1

4th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Afadil

10st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

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

11/1

3rd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Afadil

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

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

10/1

25/1

  • Place: £7.40

Form: 64F271 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

In good form after a narrow Ffos Las win (2m, heavy) but 2lb badly in under a penalty and he tends to fall short in really competitive races, such as this one in 2022 and when well held in the Imperial Cup in March.

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6th

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

13:30 Perth

Lively Citizen

12st 0lb

J: Cian Chester

T: D J Jeffreys

Now exposed but arrives here on the back of an excellent run two weeks ago at Aintree when fourth of 19 (2m, soft); should feature.

13/2

4th

18

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Lively Citizen

10st 12lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: D J Jeffreys

In good form after a narrow Ffos Las win (2m, heavy) but 2lb badly in under a penalty and he tends to fall short in really competitive races, such as this one in 2022 and when well held in the Imperial Cup in March.

25/1

Form: 8-6131 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Below best in first-time cheekpieces in this race last year but he had wind surgery after and is now an established performer in leading 2m handicaps, winning two of his last three starts, including the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; a further 5lb rise will test him but his proven ability at this level counts for plenty.

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5th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Go Dante

11st 13lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Below best in first-time cheekpieces in this race last year but he had wind surgery after and is now an established performer in leading 2m handicaps, winning two of his last three starts, including the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; a further 5lb rise will test him but his proven ability at this level counts for plenty.

11/2

1st

8

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Go Dante

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

8yo who has very healthy 4-11 strike-rate; won at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in December and another good run when third of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) four weeks ago, albeit no match for the front two; every chance he'll be in the mix.

13/2

3rd

16

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Go Dante

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Justified favouritism at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) two months ago, beating Doddiethegreat and taking record to 4-10; however, faces a stiffer task back up in class and is held by some of these rivals on Greatwood form.

20/1

Form: 14-11P D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Started season with two clear wins at about 2m (good to soft and good) but the spell was broken when pulled up at Kelso since; hard to feel positive after that and soft ground likely to be more of a hindrance than a help.

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6th

10

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Rewired

11st 6lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Started season with two clear wins at about 2m (good to soft and good) but the spell was broken when pulled up at Kelso since; hard to feel positive after that and soft ground likely to be more of a hindrance than a help.

25/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Rewired

11st 2lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Won twice last season and has continued to improve this term under Luke Scott, making it 2-2 for the campaign (2m, good to soft/good) with a commanding victory at Taunton in February; he's up 7lb for last time and in a higher grade this afternoon, but may well have more left in the tank.

12/1

1st

1

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Rewired

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Usually ridden by Luke Scott; last season went well apart from final start and he was straight back in the groove when easily taking a four-runner handicap at Doncaster (2m) in late December on reappearance; 5lb higher today and faces more opposition but he needs plenty of respect.

3/1

Form: 441523 D BF

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Exceeded market expectations when eighth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last March; has been running well this winter but his sole handicap win came at Cartmel (2m1f, heavy) last July and he's still 6lb higher, so it's likely he has his share of weight; cheekpieces (tried once in 2022, Flat) are refitted.

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4th

7

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Luttrell Lad

11st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Placed twice in a row in the winter (2m3f, good) and returned from a break with fair seventh of 19 at Aintree last month (2m, soft; beaten 6l); however, he needs something extra if he's to land this.

20/1

7th

8

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Luttrell Lad

11st 8lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Exceeded market expectations when eighth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last March; has been running well this winter but his sole handicap win came at Cartmel (2m1f, heavy) last July and he's still 6lb higher, so it's likely he has his share of weight; cheekpieces (tried once in 2022, Flat) are refitted.

16/1

3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Luttrell Lad

11st 3lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Won on heavy ground last July and returned from a break with two good runs towards end of last year; made brave bid from the front when second at Hereford (2m3f, good) on latest occasion and benefits from Cameron Iles's very useful 7lb claim today; highly respected.

7/1

Form: 22116 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Two front-running wins in mares' novices (about 2m; good to soft and soft); still prominent but not looking the likely winner when badly hampered at the last on recent handicap debut at Newbury (2m4f); extra needed back at 2m.

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8th

15

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Party Vibes

11st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Two front-running wins in mares' novices (about 2m; good to soft and soft); still prominent but not looking the likely winner when badly hampered at the last on recent handicap debut at Newbury (2m4f); extra needed back at 2m.

20/1

6th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Party Vibes

11st 9lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Placed in a 3m Irish point; given her pedigree she's done well to win twice over 2m, latterly strong in the finish when under Alice Stevens she put Ooh Betty in her place at Market Rasen (soft; penalised); doesn't look on too bad a mark, especially with the potential to improve plenty over this trip.

9/2

1st

3

20th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 3

15:25 Market Rasen

Party Vibes

11st 8lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Placed in an Irish point last year; three sound runs over hurdles for current yard, getting off the mark in a Wincanton novice last time (1m7f, good to soft); this looks more competitive, but progressive and worth considering.

5/2

Form: 16-382 D

Last run: 108 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Versatile regarding the ground and effective at 2m but his best efforts have been over 2m4f, such as when runner-up here on Boxing Day; soft ground will bring his stamina into play but there's still a query as to whether he will have the pace to keep tabs on the principals.

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9th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Ted Hastings

11st 11lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Versatile regarding the ground and effective at 2m but his best efforts have been over 2m4f, such as when runner-up here on Boxing Day; soft ground will bring his stamina into play but there's still a query as to whether he will have the pace to keep tabs on the principals.

16/1

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Ted Hastings

10st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear

14/1

8th

12

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Ted Hastings

10st 4lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

12/1

Form: 032611 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Progressive Flat stayer in younger days (best RPR 100) and although it's been a long and winding road over hurdles he's been in career-best form of late with 2m wins in a maiden at Leopardstown and a Limerick handicap (heavy); this will need another step forward but that's not ruled out.

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4th

13

12th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

14:45 Killarney

Zeeband

10st 2lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Four-time Flat winner; 2-11 over hurdles, with wins gained back-to-back in March, in a Leopardstown maiden and a Limerick handicap; faded from the last in an amateur riders' handicap hurdle at Aintree.

10/1

10th

14

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Zeeband

11st 1lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Progressive Flat stayer in younger days (best RPR 100) and although it's been a long and winding road over hurdles he's been in career-best form of late with 2m wins in a maiden at Leopardstown and a Limerick handicap (heavy); this will need another step forward but that's not ruled out.

16/1

Form: 9/2413 D BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Useful Flat form (best RPR 102) and has been going the right way over hurdles for this yard, albeit taking time to pick up when a keeping-on third in a competitive Kelso hurdle (2m, good to soft) last time; effective on more testing ground and a strong pace will suit, so should improve further.

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11th

16

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Skycutter

11st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Useful Flat form (best RPR 102) and has been going the right way over hurdles for this yard, albeit taking time to pick up when a keeping-on third in a competitive Kelso hurdle (2m, good to soft) last time; effective on more testing ground and a strong pace will suit, so should improve further.

9/1

3rd

16

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Skycutter

10st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Won by 5l under Tristan Durrell at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) last time on his third run for Dan Skelton; on that evidence a 6lb rise isn't harsh and his useful Flat form also provides optimism he remains well treated off his current hurdle mark; has also won n good/good to soft; firmly in calculations.

13/2

1st

3

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:32 Carlisle

Skycutter

11st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway into midfield after 4th

6/1

Form: 313-0F D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced since Limerick maiden hurdle win in late 2022; never showed his face on handicap debut at Galway in October but was running really well until taking a purler two out at Cork (2m, soft/heavy) recently and that step forward, if none the worse, makes him of interest this time.

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2nd

10

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:20 Ballinrobe

Maidenstreetprince

11st 12lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

prominent throughout, not fluent 4th, ridden but no extra run-in

10/1

12th

9

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Maidenstreetprince

11st 7lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

Lightly raced since Limerick maiden hurdle win in late 2022; never showed his face on handicap debut at Galway in October but was running really well until taking a purler two out at Cork (2m, soft/heavy) recently and that step forward, if none the worse, makes him of interest this time.

5/1

4

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Maidenstreetprince

11st 2lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

in touch with leaders, went third before 2nd

40/1

Form: 53F11B D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Fell on second hurdle start but has looked smart since, winning as she liked at Catterick (1m7f) and reeling in the clear leader to win 2m2f Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (both on soft) in February; had no chance of keeping her feet when brought down since but one of the more interesting ones if none the worse.

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3rd

1

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Brucio

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Progressive mare; won a Catterick maiden in January (1m7f, soft); bettered that by some way when landing a Listed mares' handicap in February (2m2f, soft) which resulted in a 16lb rise; down 4lb after below-par effort at Aintree; may find others better handicapped.

10/1

13th

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Brucio

11st 11lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: S R B Crawford

Fell on second hurdle start but has looked smart since, winning as she liked at Catterick (1m7f) and reeling in the clear leader to win 2m2f Listed mares' handicap at Leopardstown (both on soft) in February; had no chance of keeping her feet when brought down since but one of the more interesting ones if none the worse.

7/1

Form: 72312 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Flat maiden with a very modest mark but has come on a ton over hurdles, making a successful handicap debut at Punchestown and toughing it out well to take second of 13 finishers in the juvenile handicap at Cheltenham (also 2m on heavy); has a sharper test to cope with this time but has conditions in his favour and is going the right way.

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14th

17

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Eagles Reign

10st 13lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Flat maiden with a very modest mark but has come on a ton over hurdles, making a successful handicap debut at Punchestown and toughing it out well to take second of 13 finishers in the juvenile handicap at Cheltenham (also 2m on heavy); has a sharper test to cope with this time but has conditions in his favour and is going the right way.

12/1

2nd

13

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Eagles Reign

11st 1lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Way inferior to a few of these on the Flat; got off the mark over hurdles at the fourth attempt in a heavy-ground handicap at Punchestown in January but this race demands oh so much more from him.

66/1

1st

2

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 30y

13:40 Punchestown

Eagles Reign

11st 9lb

J: Tom Harney

T: Ross O’Sullivan

led narrowly or disputed lead, briefly headed before 3 out, headed when not fluent 2 out, soon shaken up and led again, faced challenge when ridden and kept on well after last

9/2

Form: 19-P26 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Five hurdle wins at 1m7f-2m3f, including on heavy; returned from wind surgery with a close call at Kelso in February but he didn't run much of a race at Bangor (where he'd won two of his previous three course starts) three weeks ago which puts him down the list this time.

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15th

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Jungle Jack

11st 13lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Five hurdle wins at 1m7f-2m3f, including on heavy; returned from wind surgery with a close call at Kelso in February but he didn't run much of a race at Bangor (where he'd won two of his previous three course starts) three weeks ago which puts him down the list this time.

33/1

6th

1

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Jungle Jack

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

5-10 over hurdles, including comfortable win in this race a year ago (good to soft); not much went to plan on seasonal/chase debut in the autumn but, following another break, he lost out only by a neck when back over hurdles at Kelso (2m, soft) last month; ought to be on the premises again.

7/2

2nd

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:55 Kelso

Jungle Jack

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has won five of his nine races over hurdles; not disgraced in a strong handicap at Aintree on final start last season having won a 2m3f handicap at Bangor on previous start; pulled up over fences at Wetherby on only start this term; has since had wind surgery; chance back over hurdles.

11/2

33/1

Form: 75619P D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Colt

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Made all for heavy-ground 2m win at Limerick in December but no match for the principals in Afadil's race at Musselburgh next time; lifeless effort when ridden more patiently at Fairyhouse latest and, although the return to 2m will suit, he is down the list with cheekpieces refitted.

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16th

12

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Your Honor

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Made all for heavy-ground 2m win at Limerick in December but no match for the principals in Afadil's race at Musselburgh next time; lifeless effort when ridden more patiently at Fairyhouse latest and, although the return to 2m will suit, he is down the list with cheekpieces refitted.

33/1

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 135y

14:40 Fairyhouse

Your Honor

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

towards rear, mistake 5th

8/1

9th

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Your Honor

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: J A Nash

Dual Flat winner who has gained both hurdle wins on slow ground at Limerick, latterly making pretty much all in a Listed handicap at Christmas; may need soft or heavy ground if he's to defy this high a mark on British debut.

11/2

Form: 211P-1 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Early reminder and soon pulled up in this race last year but wide-margin winner of both starts at about 2m either side of that, the latest at Doncaster (heavy) after wind surgery; up 10lb in a better race but has to be respected with conditions no issue.

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

19

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Densworth

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Reappeared after long absence (wind surgery) to record career-best when running away with 2m Doncaster handicap last month but reportedly unsuited by tacky ground at Aintree and pulled up; cheekpieces now fitted.

12/1

7

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Densworth

11st 9lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Early reminder and soon pulled up in this race last year but wide-margin winner of both starts at about 2m either side of that, the latest at Doncaster (heavy) after wind surgery; up 10lb in a better race but has to be respected with conditions no issue.

10/1

1st

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Densworth

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Dual novice winner last season (2m1f/2m); absent since running as though something was amiss on handicap debut at last season's Aintree festival but still has potential; had wind op last August; contender if fully tuned up.

5/1

Form: 16315- D

Last run: 359 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Won his novices on good to soft/good but acted on soft when close up in his latest handicap, in a good 2m1f race at Cheltenham in January 2023; had wind surgeries either side of his latest run that April and readiness for this is an unknown but it's possible a stiffer test at this trip would suit.

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

11

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Pikar

11st 6lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Won his novices on good to soft/good but acted on soft when close up in his latest handicap, in a good 2m1f race at Cheltenham in January 2023; had wind surgeries either side of his latest run that April and readiness for this is an unknown but it's possible a stiffer test at this trip would suit.

12/1

5th

5

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Pikar

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

midfield, headway 3 out, headway before 2 out, ridden approaching last, weakened run-in

9/2

1st

4

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Warwick

Pikar

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Useful form when winning his novice at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) and has contested two strong handicaps since then, the latest at Cheltenham when sticking on well for third; shouldn't have a problem with this longer trip and his form is right up there in this company; now tongue tied.

5/4

Form: 1P-473 D

Last run: 108 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Much improved when winning 2m maiden at Gowran (soft/heavy) last March but pulled up on handicap debut next time; has shown promise over fences since but lots to prove back hurdling after leaving Ellmarie Holden for £40,000 in January.

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

13

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Karuma Grey

11st 4lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Christian Williams

Much improved when winning 2m maiden at Gowran (soft/heavy) last March but pulled up on handicap debut next time; has shown promise over fences since but lots to prove back hurdling after leaving Ellmarie Holden for £40,000 in January.

16/1

3rd

6

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 160y

14:40 Limerick

Karuma Grey

11st 5lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Miss Ellmarie Holden

Maiden hurdle winner; would have finished closer on his chase debut but for a late mistake and it was always going to be tough for him in a strong beginners' chase at Fairyhouse; in calmer waters here and should feature.

10/1

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Selections

POSTDATA:

Densworth

TOPSPEED:

Go Dante

WEST COUNTRY:

Ballee

Daily Record:

Eagles Reign

Daily Mirror:

Brucio

SPOTLIGHT:

Afadil

D Express:

Karuma Grey

RP RATINGS:

Maidenstreetprince

The Times:

Skycutter

The Guardian:

Ballee

Daily Mail:

Densworth

The Star:

Densworth

Telegraph:

Go Dante

The Sun:

Go Dante