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Herring Queen Series Final Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 2m 0f 51y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Herring Queen Series Final Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

OUR TIP

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 3P/21- D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Several decent efforts over hurdles, all with give in the ground; off the mark in a mares' maiden at Ayr last time (2m, soft) having been well beaten at 8-15 at Catterick on previous start (1m7f, soft) when returning from a break; going a concern and this looks tougher.

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1st

2

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Lily Du Berlais

11st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Several decent efforts over hurdles, all with give in the ground; off the mark in a mares' maiden at Ayr last time (2m, soft) having been well beaten at 8-15 at Catterick on previous start (1m7f, soft) when returning from a break; going a concern and this looks tougher.

5/1

1st

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Lily Du Berlais

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Good bumper campaign in Ireland included a Grade 2 mares' win; further Graded races in her first two hurdle races also read well last term but she was pulled up next time and comprehensively turned over when 8-15 at Catterick last month after 332 days off; questions to answer after that but she's still on the shortlist.

7/4

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 44611- D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Has won mares' handicaps at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) and Hereford (2m5f, soft) on her last two starts; up another 6lb (13lb rise in total) but of more concern is whether she will be as effective over this sharp 2m on better ground; cheekpieces now tried.

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2nd

3

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Politacus

11st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has won mares' handicaps at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) and Hereford (2m5f, soft) on her last two starts; up another 6lb (13lb rise in total) but of more concern is whether she will be as effective over this sharp 2m on better ground; cheekpieces now tried.

6/1

1st

1

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

14:57 Hereford

Politacus

12st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, steady headway 4 out, pressed leader before 2 out, led and ridden when hung left on turn before last, kept on well final 110yds

Evs

10/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: F11B0- D

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: /6324- BF

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Plumpton bumper winner last April (2m, soft); best run over hurdles when runner-up to a smart mare in a Taunton novice in February (2m, good); tongue-tie tried; interesting on handicap debut.

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4th

8

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Linda Moon

10st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Plumpton bumper winner last April (2m, soft); best run over hurdles when runner-up to a smart mare in a Taunton novice in February (2m, good); tongue-tie tried; interesting on handicap debut.

14/1

4th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:15 Doncaster

Linda Moon

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Neil King

Won a soft-ground Plumpton bumper last spring and has been placed on two of her three hurdling starts this season, more recently when second in Taunton maiden (2m, good) last month; could easily have more to offer in handicaps; respected.

5/2

2nd

8

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:50 Taunton

Linda Moon

11st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

prominent, jumped right 1st

9/1

Form: 34322-

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Huntingdon bumper winner in November (1m5f, good); some fair efforts over hurdles, notably when back on decent ground and a neck-second in a juvenile filles' handicap at Cheltenham last time (2m; finished well clear of the remainder); up 4lb and 4lb out of the handicap, but might still be the answer.

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5th

12

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Dameofthecotswolds

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Huntingdon bumper winner in November (1m5f, good); some fair efforts over hurdles, notably when back on decent ground and a neck-second in a juvenile filles' handicap at Cheltenham last time (2m; finished well clear of the remainder); up 4lb and 4lb out of the handicap, but might still be the answer.

8/1

2nd

8

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Dameofthecotswolds

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Bumper winner (1m5f, good) who has been mostly consistent over hurdles (from good to soft/heavy) and now makes her handicap debut; beaten by respected opposition the last twice (including the Triumph third) and could have a part to play off this mark with James Turner taking off 7lb.

16/1

2nd

8

20th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 4

15:15 Haydock

Dameofthecotswolds

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Bumper winner (1m5f, good) who has also shown ability over hurdles, most recently third of four in juvenile race over C&D (heavy) behind two previous winners (including last week's Triumph third Salver); receives valuable 10lb allowance from the older mares and she's a strong candidate.

3/1

Form: 04B22-

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Yet to win a race but sound efforts last two starts, finishing runner-up to a three-time winner at Kempton in March (2m, good to soft) before 7.5l-second to Lily Du Berlais (now 11lb worse off) at Ayr (2m, soft); could go well on h'cap debut.

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6th

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Shakeyatailfeather

10st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Yet to win a race but sound efforts last two starts, finishing runner-up to a three-time winner at Kempton in March (2m, good to soft) before 7.5l-second to Lily Du Berlais (now 11lb worse off) at Ayr (2m, soft); could go well on h'cap debut.

6/1

2nd

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Shakeyatailfeather

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Started to improve in recent starts, notably on latest when second of 15 in novice at Kempton (2m, good to soft) and she travelled strongly until after two out before keeping on well; should be placed again at the very least and further improvement could see her finish in front.

2/1

Form: 62224-

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Dual AW Flat winner at round 1m6f; has improved since going handicapping over hurdles, best run when 10l-second to an improver in mares' race at Doncaster in March (2m, heavy; winner now rated 14lb higher); may improve again on this better ground.

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7th

9

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Spit Spot

10st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual AW Flat winner at round 1m6f; has improved since going handicapping over hurdles, best run when 10l-second to an improver in mares' race at Doncaster in March (2m, heavy; winner now rated 14lb higher); may improve again on this better ground.

12/1

4th

2

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

16:30 Kelso

Spit Spot

11st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Stayed well on the Flat; no match for the winner on her handicap debut at Doncaster (2m, heavy) but ran a respectable race and it's still early days over hurdles.

7/2

Form: /3512- D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Progressive mare; off the mark in a Hereford mares' maiden in February (2m, soft; made all) before finishing second in a Stratford mares' handicap last time (2m, good to soft; didn't jump well); good run in a Cheltenham bumper on good ground last April; interesting.

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8th

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Mighty Moth

10st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

Progressive mare; off the mark in a Hereford mares' maiden in February (2m, soft; made all) before finishing second in a Stratford mares' handicap last time (2m, good to soft; didn't jump well); good run in a Cheltenham bumper on good ground last April; interesting.

10/1

2nd

4

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

14:15 Stratford

Mighty Moth

11st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

didn't always jump with fluency, prominent, led after 2 out, headed approaching last, kept on well run-in, just held

11/4

14/1

Form: 33867-

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Placed in two bumpers (third to Mick's Jet at Cheltenham in April 2023); decent efforts first two starts over hurdles, but hasn't progressed (hampered when seventh in a 2m4f Cheltenham handicap last time).

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9th

10

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Mary

10st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ian Williams

Placed in two bumpers (third to Mick's Jet at Cheltenham in April 2023); decent efforts first two starts over hurdles, but hasn't progressed (hampered when seventh in a 2m4f Cheltenham handicap last time).

14/1

7th

15

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:40 Cheltenham

Mary

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Good third of six in Listed novice at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in December; ran no race on soft ground back there next time and, although better than that, she was last of six on handicap debut ten days later; off 100 days and needs major improvement but she's one of the least exposed and this significant step up in trip holds appeal.

50/1

6th

4

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

13:10 Market Rasen

Mary

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Good third in Listed novice over 2m at Newbury in December before running no race back there just ten days ago; hard to trust on the back of that but her previous effort brings her into it.

4/1

Form: 3431P- D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in a mares' Listed novice at Cheltenham last time (2m4f, good) having won a mares' maiden at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on her previous start; this ground is fine, but she may not be so effective at 2m.

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5

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Micks Jet

10st 11lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Pulled up in a mares' Listed novice at Cheltenham last time (2m4f, good) having won a mares' maiden at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on her previous start; this ground is fine, but she may not be so effective at 2m.

12/1

7

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Micks Jet

11st 2lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Won the bumper on this card a year ago (good ground) and was placed in a Listed bumper here (soft) in November; made low-key start to hurdling career in the winter, though, and her dominant win from the front at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) in February came in an uncompetitive race.

20/1

Form: 2PF21- D

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Off the mark in a mares' maiden at Bangor last time (2m, heavy); has run well on good ground; worth considering.

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6

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Strong Belle

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Off the mark in a mares' maiden at Bangor last time (2m, heavy); has run well on good ground; worth considering.

8/1

1st

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 145y

Class 3

15:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Strong Belle

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Disputing the lead when falling at the final flight at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in December; backed up that improved show when second of seven at Wetherby (2m, soft; made most) and brings clearly the best hurdles form.

2/1

Form: /5442- BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Second in an Irish point in October 2022 (3m, good); yet to win over hurdles; creditable fourth to a smart sort in a mares' novice at Taunton in February (2m, good) but a bit to find with runner-up Linda Moon on that run.

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11

8th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:45 Kelso

Brendas Asking

10st 3lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Second in an Irish point in October 2022 (3m, good); yet to win over hurdles; creditable fourth to a smart sort in a mares' novice at Taunton in February (2m, good) but a bit to find with runner-up Linda Moon on that run.

7/1

2nd

3

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:45 Ludlow

Brendas Asking

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Has finished behind some talented winners when fifth/fourth this winter on first three hurdle starts (2m/2m1f, soft-good); now goes handicapping off a realistic mark and this lightly raced 6yo is open to improvement.

2/1

4th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:50 Taunton

Brendas Asking

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

in touch with leaders

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £293.00
Straight Forecast £367.00
Tricast £4700.30
Trifecta £3842.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Lily Du Berlais

RP RATINGS:

Strong Belle

The Guardian:

Brendas Asking

SPOTLIGHT:

Dameofthecotswolds

POSTDATA:

Shakeyatailfeather

The Times:

Linda Moon

WEST COUNTRY:

Politacus

TOPSPEED:

Strong Belle

Daily Record:

Strong Belle

D Express:

Brendas Asking

The Star:

Brendas Asking

Daily Mail:

Lily Du Berlais

Daily Mirror:

Lily Du Berlais

The Sun:

Lily Du Berlais