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Good To Soft

Bobby Roberts Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 0f 48y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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Bobby Roberts Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race) (Div I)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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4/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.67
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 41221- D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner; found one just too good when warm favourite for hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m, soft) in March but was nicely clear of the others, and easily took advantage of good opportunity at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) later that month; obvious contender here.

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

1st

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Wilful

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

prominent, led 1st, headed after 2nd

4/6

1st

5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

13:57 Fontwell

Wilful

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

ducked sharply left start, soon prominent, led after 1st, mistake 2 out, soon went clear, hit last, shaken up and went further clear run-in, easily

4/7

2nd

7

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Wilful

11st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Made all in Catterick bumper (good to soft) in December and might have bettered that performance when close second under penalty there (soft) in January; ought to have a future over jumps and is a major contender here.

8/11

20/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 365-

Last run: 178 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Displayed significant ability on two of his three hurdling starts last year, latterly when fifth of 12 at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) in November, but a minor role might be his best hope here.

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

2nd

3

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Conquer The Breeze

11st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Maurice Barnes

midfield

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 5-

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Second in two heavy-ground Irish points last season and ran well for long way when fifth of 12 (albeit well held in the end) in soft-ground Cork bumper on last month's rules debut; should have a future over hurdles for new stable.

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

3rd

7

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Rock On Jet

11st 1lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

took keen hold, midfield, rapid headway to lead after 2nd

14/1

5th

10

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 0y

17:18 Cork

Rock On Jet

12st 0lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Ms M M Gannon

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 8f out, went second on inner 4f out, weakened under 2f out

8/1

Form: 25-

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Runner-up on Irish point debut in March 2023 and filled same position in run-of-the-mill Kelso maiden (2m, heavy) on hurdling debut in December; safely held in stronger maiden at Wetherby in February but considered each-way here.

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

4th

9

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Walk On Quest

11st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders

6/1

5th

8

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:07 Wetherby

Walk On Quest

11st 4lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Went close on debut in Irish maiden point (3m, soft to heavy) last March and also finished second in maiden hurdle at Kelso in December (2m, heavy; 11-10 favourite); improvement needed on this second rules start but he's in good hands and the step up in trip could be a plus; bright prospect.

5/2

2nd

12

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

15:02 Kelso

Walk On Quest

11st 4lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Went close in an Irish maiden point (3m, soft to heavy) in March and in third was Itseemslikeit who has since won a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las; changed hands for £100,000 in April and could be interesting; had wind surgery and now goes in a tongue tie.

2/1

Form: F3PP-

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Found to have irregular heartbeat when flopping badly on penultimate appearance and seemed to find 3m1f on heavy ground far too taxing when again pulled up last time; arrives here with questions to answer but ran big race when third at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November and has strong claims if judged on that performance.

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

5th

6

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Le Jeune Bresil

11st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in touch with leaders

4/1

3

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

14:30 Catterick

Le Jeune Bresil

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Brian Ellison

led

13/2

0

9

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

11:10 Aintree

Le Jeune Bresil

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Easy Irish maiden point win in April; fell three out on rules debut but much better when he returned to Wetherby (2m3f, soft) at 28-1 three weeks ago, making the early running and weakening on the run-in for third of 15 behind a useful chaser; that's a lot more than most of these have shown.

3/1

Form: 8-

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Middle-distance winner on the Flat for William Knight last summer (RPR 77); beaten about 41l after racing too freely on stable/hurdle debut at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in February but that run was not devoid of promise.

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

6th

2

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Bunker Bay

11st 1lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

midfield

20/1

8th

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Bunker Bay

11st 7lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

1m3f winner (Class 5) on good to soft ground last summer, his sole success in 15 Flat runs for William Knight; bought for 13,000gns; should make a hurdler.

16/1

9th

4

(9)

16th Oct 2023

Soft

1m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:25 Yarmouth

Bunker Bay

9st 9lb

J: Brandon Wilkie

T: William Knight

led at fast pace

9/1

Form: 65-

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Placed in two Irish points in 2022 but, following a long absence, made low-key start to rules career last season; weakened into fifth on hurdling debut at Wetherby (2m, soft) in March and needs to take a good step forward here.

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

7th

8

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Sovereign Star

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders

16/1

5th

11

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Sovereign Star

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Placed in two of his three points in Ireland; well-beaten last of six in an Ayr bumper on stable debut (2m, heavy, 8-1); more needed on hurdles debut.

8/1

6th

6

26th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:20 Ayr

Sovereign Star

11st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Placed in two of his three attempts in Irish points in 2022 and the form has substance; sold for £40,000 that November; possibilities provided there are no cobwebs back from lengthy absence.

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Finished alone to open Irish point account on heavy ground in March, his sixth start; recently changed hands for 25,000euros; interesting to see how he fares on rules debut.

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

8th

4

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Famous Liss

11st 1lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

led early, not fluent and headed 1st

14/1

Form: 70-

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

A down-the-field outsider in two good-ground bumpers last season; can only be watched on this hurdling debut.

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

5

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Grand Geste

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

in rear, slow jump 1st, soon detached

100/1

12th

4

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

16:10 Doncaster

Grand Geste

11st 4lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Made no impact at Warwick (2m, good) in October, having been friendless in the betting; looks one for the longer term.

50/1

Form: 95-

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

Struggled when 150-1 for recent hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m, good); can't be recommended here.

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

10

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Belladinotte

10st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

in rear

100/1

5th

3

25th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

16:00 Huntingdon

Belladinotte

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Immediate pedigree speaks strongly of needing 3m in time; outpaced in a bumper on debut (beaten 34l) and similar outcome likely here.

66/1

Form: 00P-

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well down the field in both her bumpers and was a pulled-up outsider on hurdling debut at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in February.

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

11

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Bettybea

10st 8lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Simon Waugh

midfield, mistake 1st

100/1

10

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:50 Catterick

Bettybea

11st 0lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Simon Waugh

Tailed off in both her bumpers at massive odds.

200/1

10th

1

30th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 5

13:15 Newcastle

Bettybea

11st 4lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Simon Waugh

250-1 when tailed off on good to soft ground at Kelso in November.

100/1

Form: 0-

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Beaten out of sight when 200-1 for Wetherby maiden hurdle (2m, soft) on debut in March.

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

12

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:45 Hexham

Paywave

10st 2lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Jacqueline Coward

in rear

100/1

14th

16

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Wetherby

Paywave

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jacqueline Coward

Fourth foal of a winning pointer who was placed on the Flat and over jumps; best watched on debut.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £187.00
Straight Forecast £276.30
Trifecta £1246.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Wilful

D Express:

Walk On Quest

The Star:

Famous Liss

Telegraph:

Bunker Bay

TOPSPEED:

Le Jeune Bresil

RP RATINGS:

Wilful

POSTDATA:

Wilful

WEST COUNTRY:

Wilful

The Times:

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The Guardian:

Wilful

Daily Mail:

Wilful

Daily Mirror:

Wilful

The Sun:

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Daily Record:

Wilful