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Good To Soft

Henley-In-Arden Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £3511.86
  • 2m 2f 148y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Henley-In-Arden Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.90
  • Place: £4.20

Form: 33247-

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Well beaten at Huntingdon on his return to hurdling last month; chance on last summer's best, however, and this is an ease in grade.

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1st

1

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Fandabidozi

12st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Gary Hanmer

Well beaten at Huntingdon on his return to hurdling last month; chance on last summer's best, however, and this is an ease in grade.

12/1

7th

8

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:55 Huntingdon

Fandabidozi

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gary Hanmer

Just one win from his 38 starts (0-8 over hurdles); however, he's on a competitive mark on last summer's hurdle form and ran okay on the Flat (AW) 11 days ago; each-way contender.

9/1

6th

8

(2)

21st Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 5

16:55 Southwell (AW)

Fandabidozi

8st 7lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Gary Hanmer

towards rear on inner, headway and edged left under 2f out, no extra final 110yds

25/1

7/2

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 562P-

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Useful on the Flat for the Charltons; promise in maiden/novice hurdles last year and perhaps found soft ground against him when pulled up on handicap hurdle debut ten weeks ago; may fare better returned to drying ground.

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2nd

5

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Amalfi Bay

11st 1lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Useful on the Flat for the Charltons; promise in maiden/novice hurdles last year and perhaps found soft ground against him when pulled up on handicap hurdle debut ten weeks ago; may fare better returned to drying ground.

7/2

3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Taunton

Amalfi Bay

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

in touch with leaders, jumped right 2nd, pushed along briefly 5 out, mistake 4 out, mistake and struggling 3 out

15/8

2nd

2

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:15 Exeter

Amalfi Bay

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, jumped left last, alone last

4/1

OUR TIP

25/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: PU267-

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner; 80-1 for his handicap debut at Bangor 19 days ago where he dropped right away (finished 30l behind Silverbridge); 4lb drop in weights not enough to tempt.

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3rd

2

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

The Sad Shepherd

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Irish point winner; 80-1 for his handicap debut at Bangor 19 days ago where he dropped right away (finished 30l behind Silverbridge); 4lb drop in weights not enough to tempt.

25/1

7th

7

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

The Sad Shepherd

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

Irish point winner in 2022; ran well for a long way in Hereford maiden hurdle (2m3f, soft) on last month's stable debut but raced awkwardly and lost ground quickly when coming under pressure; sports refitted tongue-tie/cheekpieces for this handicap debut; still unexposed but comes with risk.

16/1

6th

9

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:40 Hereford

The Sad Shepherd

11st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

3m point winner who was a fair second at Perth (2m, good to soft) last June for Stuart Crawford; changed hands for 16,000gns the following month; absent since but each-way claims if fully tuned up on stable debut.

8/1

Form: 99/86/

Last run: 625 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Bred to be much better than he showed in seven runs for Kim Bailey, finishing out the back in three handicap hurdle runs in 2022; has undergone wind surgery since his last run 625 days ago; interesting to see if there's market support for him on stable debut.

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4th

10

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Charming Getaway

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

Bred to be much better than he showed in seven runs for Kim Bailey, finishing out the back in three handicap hurdle runs in 2022; has undergone wind surgery since his last run 625 days ago; interesting to see if there's market support for him on stable debut.

10/1

6th

9

23rd Aug 2022

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 5

16:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Charming Getaway

10st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, ridden 4 out, soon weakened (vet said gelding lost his left fore shoe)

10/1

8

31st Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

Charming Getaway

10st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Kim Bailey

Unplaced all five hurdling starts but wasn't beaten far when upped to 2m5f at Ludlow (2m5f, good) in May and might well have a better performance in him over today's longer trip; 1lb out of the handicap.

10/1

Form: 408-

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Well held in three runs in maiden/novice hurdles for new yard this spring but has offered a hint of promise; should be seen to better effect in this low-grade handicap.

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5th

8

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

El Vigaro

10st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

Well held in three runs in maiden/novice hurdles for new yard this spring but has offered a hint of promise; should be seen to better effect in this low-grade handicap.

12/1

8th

3

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Warwick

El Vigaro

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Matt Sheppard

Modest point form and hasn't fared much better since switching to rules; always in the rear at Hereford (2m, good to soft; 200-1) latest; safe to look elsewhere for the solution.

200/1

10th

7

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:22 Hereford

El Vigaro

11st 3lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Matt Sheppard

Irish point form is nothing special; similar story in maiden hurdle here (2m3f, soft; distant fourth) last month on the switch to rules, posting a meagre RPR.

50/1

Form: 433-

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Stepped up on his qualifying efforts when third of ten at Bangor on his handicap debut 19 days ago (2m, soft); the first two there were both progressive and the form has a solid look to it; can do better over this extra distance.

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6th

6

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Silverbridge

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Stepped up on his qualifying efforts when third of ten at Bangor on his handicap debut 19 days ago (2m, soft); the first two there were both progressive and the form has a solid look to it; can do better over this extra distance.

100/30

3rd

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Silverbridge

10st 5lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Safely held when making the frame in two juvenile hurdles in January (about 44l behind Torneo on latter occasion) and not obviously well treated on this handicap debut but his two promising Flat runs in Ireland last year offer hope he might be capable of better in this sphere.

12/1

6th

7

(4)

9th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 0f 142y

Class 4

15:32 Wolverhampton (AW)

Silverbridge

9st 5lb

J: Shane Gray

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Two promising efforts on the Flat (1m4f) in Ireland last autumn but he's been disappointing in two hurdle runs for new yard this winter; sets the standard on his best Flat form but he was tailed off in his last hurdle run and has a bit to prove back in this sphere.

6/1

Form: 00070-

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Of interest on his Irish form and although he's yet to fire for Sean Curran, he's dropped 19lb in five runs; blinkers now given a go; check betting.

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7th

3

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Dixie Flyer

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Sean Curran

Of interest on his Irish form and although he's yet to fire for Sean Curran, he's dropped 19lb in five runs; blinkers now given a go; check betting.

16/1

11th

6

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:30 Exeter

Dixie Flyer

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Sean Curran

Bumper winner who was in the frame four times over hurdles in Ireland but has not yet found his form for new connections since back from a layoff and continues best watched.

33/1

33/1

Form: 300P0-

Last run: 120 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Promise in bumpers on good to soft for Harriet Dickin last spring; yet to achieve much over hurdles, held back by his jumping, but getting back on a sounder surface may help and new blinkers could spark extra too.

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8th

12

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

James Baie

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Max Young

Promise in bumpers on good to soft for Harriet Dickin last spring; yet to achieve much over hurdles, held back by his jumping, but getting back on a sounder surface may help and new blinkers could spark extra too.

33/1

12th

11

10th Jan 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 5

15:50 Leicester

James Baie

10st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: Max Young

Not disgraced in two bumpers last spring but showed no significant promise when a big-priced outsider for three novice/maiden hurdles in the autumn; cheekpieces on for handicap debut; needs to take a big step forward.

40/1

Form: 3P265-

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

0-11 but placed in three of his seven hurdle runs, notably a second of 14 at Huntingdon in February (2m3f, soft); not so good in two runs since, including tried in cheekpieces last time, and a personal best is required.

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9th

9

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Ceejaybe

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jo Davis

0-11 but placed in three of his seven hurdle runs, notably a second of 14 at Huntingdon in February (2m3f, soft); not so good in two runs since, including tried in cheekpieces last time, and a personal best is required.

14/1

5th

5

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:12 Ffos Las

Ceejaybe

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jo Davis

Flat/hurdling maiden; looks hard to predict, but a repeat of his second at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) in February wouldn't see him far away and conditions were very tiring at Fontwell (heavy) last time; cheekpieces added and he's no forlorn hope.

8/1

Form: 70344-

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Plugged on for fourth of 12 on his handicap debut at Taunton four weeks ago (2m, soft); the longer trip may help but he looks high in the weights.

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10th

4

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Basman Palace

11st 5lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Carroll Gray

Plugged on for fourth of 12 on his handicap debut at Taunton four weeks ago (2m, soft); the longer trip may help but he looks high in the weights.

10/1

4th

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:43 Taunton

Basman Palace

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Carroll Gray

Unexposed after only four hurdling starts and last month's fourth in Wincanton maiden (1m7f, soft) was quite promising; almost certainly needs a bigger performance on today's handicap debut, though.

16/1

7

27th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

16:35 Wincanton

Basman Palace

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Carroll Gray

Some sign of progress when beaten 25l by Don't Tell Su's talented stablemate Fire Flyer in a C&D novice two months ago; what he actually achieved is debatable and is probably one for handicaps.

33/1

Form: /P992-

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Improved for the switch to minor handicaps and better ground when an 80-1 second at Kempton (2m, good) 17 days ago; still looked green there and could do better.

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11th

11

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Haafback

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Improved for the switch to minor handicaps and better ground when an 80-1 second at Kempton (2m, good) 17 days ago; still looked green there and could do better.

10/1

2nd

9

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Kempton

Haafback

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

took keen hold, led

33/1

9th

4

18th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Southwell

Haafback

11st 5lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Achieved little in two bumpers and two runs over hurdles.

66/1

Form: 974-

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Useful stayer on the Flat (RPR 81); modest over hurdles thus far but it would be surprising if he couldn't fare better now handicapping at a low level.

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7

9th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

19:50 Stratford

Military Tycoon

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Useful stayer on the Flat (RPR 81); modest over hurdles thus far but it would be surprising if he couldn't fare better now handicapping at a low level.

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £1276.00
Straight Forecast £1241.10
Tricast £14032.10
Trifecta £15904.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Silverbridge

RP RATINGS:

Amalfi Bay

D Express:

Haafback

POSTDATA:

Fandabidozi

The Times:

Military Tycoon

TOPSPEED:

Dixie Flyer

The Guardian:

Silverbridge

Daily Mail:

Silverbridge

The Sun:

Silverbridge

Daily Record:

Silverbridge

Daily Mirror:

Haafback

WEST COUNTRY:

Amalfi Bay

The Star:

Amalfi Bay

Telegraph:

Fandabidozi