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Welsh Guards Association Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 1m 7f 169y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Welsh Guards Association Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 68800- D

Last run: 37 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won a Class 2 handicap off 11lb higher under Charlie Maggs at Musselburgh 14 months ago so the ability is there; however, last season didn't really get off the ground and he tried two different types of headgear.

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1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Collingham

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won a Class 2 handicap off 11lb higher under Charlie Maggs at Musselburgh 14 months ago so the ability is there; however, last season didn't really get off the ground and he tried two different types of headgear.

9/1

12th

3

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Collingham

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won a Class 2 handicap here just over 12 months ago off 7lb higher but this season hasn't really got going and blinkers are now turned to.

20/1

10th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Collingham

11st 11lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Bagged a good prize at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) 13 months ago and is now 4lb below that mark but is yet to hit top gear this season, albeit he wasn't beaten far when eighth on last month's return to Musselburgh.

14/1

Form: 08531- D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Might be a bit tricky but it was his second run in cheekpieces and his second handicap when coming clear at Kempton (2m, good) three weeks ago; the ability is there to cope with an 8lb rise and good ground seems to suit him well.

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2nd

7

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Cawthorne Banker

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Might be a bit tricky but it was his second run in cheekpieces and his second handicap when coming clear at Kempton (2m, good) three weeks ago; the ability is there to cope with an 8lb rise and good ground seems to suit him well.

3/1

1st

3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:55 Kempton

Cawthorne Banker

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

midfield

9/4

3rd

6

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Cawthorne Banker

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Handicap debutant; opening mark is roughly in line with his hurdles form but looks very attractive judged on some of his bumper efforts, including a respectable third to talented Dysart Enos; headgear applied; interesting contender.

3/1

4/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 513P3- D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Only win was quite comfortable in a 1m7f soft-ground handicap at Wincanton last season; perhaps better again when third after a break at Kempton (2m, good) as he wasn't best positioned when the tempo increased; that run can be upgraded and he ran well in this 12 months ago, finishing second to Zucayan.

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3rd

3

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Him Malaya

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only win was quite comfortable in a 1m7f soft-ground handicap at Wincanton last season; perhaps better again when third after a break at Kempton (2m, good) as he wasn't best positioned when the tempo increased; that run can be upgraded and he ran well in this 12 months ago, finishing second to Zucayan.

4/1

3rd

13

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Him Malaya

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, held up in rear, plenty to do 3 out, headway before 2 out, went third approaching last, kept on

12/1

0

7

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Him Malaya

11st 8lb

J: Bdr Jody Sole

T: Paul Nicholls

Had a bit in hand when winning over 1m7f soft at Wincanton in November and wasn't disgraced when upped to a Class 3 back there (heavy); Jody Sole has won this twice in recent seasons.

11/4

Form: 22690- CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Has dipped beneath his last winning mark which was at this track in November 2022; ran well on a couple of occasions last season but not last time at Taunton following wind surgery; bit to prove now.

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4th

8

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Gerard Mentor

11st 3lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Has dipped beneath his last winning mark which was at this track in November 2022; ran well on a couple of occasions last season but not last time at Taunton following wind surgery; bit to prove now.

16/1

12th

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Gerard Mentor

11st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Had a break and wind surgery since two heavy defeats in November (soft/good to soft); doesn't need top of the ground but had finished second under those conditions previously and he's on a competitive mark.

10/1

9th

8

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:38 Exeter

Gerard Mentor

11st 8lb

J: Kai Lenihan

T: Kim Bailey

visibility reduced by fog, took keen hold, held up in rear

11/2

Form: 52448- D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Temptingly treated on the pick of his handicap form at about 2m on ground not too slow; Taunton last time was disappointing (2m3f, good) but coming back to a sharp 2m will help and could run well if his jumping holds up (can make mistakes).

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5th

5

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Sergeant Wilson

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Temptingly treated on the pick of his handicap form at about 2m on ground not too slow; Taunton last time was disappointing (2m3f, good) but coming back to a sharp 2m will help and could run well if his jumping holds up (can make mistakes).

7/1

8th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

18:25 Taunton

Sergeant Wilson

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Chased home - albeit from afar - the well-handicapped Brentford Hope at Newbury in November (good to soft) and that wasn't his first competitive run in handicaps; has his quirks and can race freely, but soft/heavy ground wouldn't have suited the last twice and he returns to the scene of his wide-margin bumper win.

11/2

4th

10

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:50 Doncaster

Sergeant Wilson

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Ran well when second at Newbury (2m, good to soft) two starts ago and is now 4lb lower than when going very close in this race a year ago; holds obvious claims if judged on that evidence but often harms his chance by racing too freely; others are less risky.

5/1

Form: 31113- D

Last run: 213 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

In career-best form when last seen and only just came up shy at Worcester (2m, good to soft; fine on good) when bidding for a four-timer; still competitively treated but lacking a run could find her out.

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6th

9

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Saddlers Quest

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Debra Hamer

In career-best form when last seen and only just came up shy at Worcester (2m, good to soft; fine on good) when bidding for a four-timer; still competitively treated but lacking a run could find her out.

10/1

3rd

6

12th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:20 Worcester

Saddlers Quest

11st 6lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Debra Hamer

9yo who has never been better, winning handicaps at Uttoxeter and Newton Abbot (two) last three starts; the last two were by narrow margins under Joe Anderson, after notable trouble in running last time (beat Karannelle) so 5lb rise may not be as harsh as it looks at first glance; shortlisted.

4/1

Form: /1244- D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won at Warwick in October before chasing home the very classy Favour And Fortune at Hereford (2m, good), after which she didn't appear to stay 2m3f; back over 2m for handicap debut after a break at Huntingdon last month, she only lost out on the places on the run-in; might well strip fitter for that; respected.

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7th

4

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Flight Of Freedom

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Won at Warwick in October before chasing home the very classy Favour And Fortune at Hereford (2m, good), after which she didn't appear to stay 2m3f; back over 2m for handicap debut after a break at Huntingdon last month, she only lost out on the places on the run-in; might well strip fitter for that; respected.

6/1

4th

5

25th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

19:15 Huntingdon

Flight Of Freedom

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Comfy win on her Warwick hurdles debut last autumn (2m, good), after a longer absence than today's, and excuses of the penalty and (latest, on handicap debut) the 2m4f trip subsequently; chance off 1lb lower.

8/1

4th

2

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:35 Hereford

Flight Of Freedom

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

No match for easy winner when second here (2m, good) last month but won comfortably on hurdling debut at Warwick (2m, good) two weeks earlier; up in trip for first handicap and could still have a lot more to offer.

7/2

Form: 3/174- CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Not his only win here when taking this 12 months ago on good ground off just 3lb lower; encouraging return from a layoff at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft) and the third in that race won earlier this week.

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6

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Zucayan

11st 6lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Not his only win here when taking this 12 months ago on good ground off just 3lb lower; encouraging return from a layoff at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft) and the third in that race won earlier this week.

5/1

4th

6

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:42 Hereford

Zucayan

10st 11lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Lacks recent match practice (absent for nine months) and has something to prove in this scenario having gained both wins over 2m on good ground at Ludlow; not the percentage call.

10/1

0

1

20th Jul 2023

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

19:20 Worcester

Zucayan

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Both wins at Ludlow but has shown form elsewhere; only 4lb higher than for authoritative win in May and strong claims on that; slight concern that he hasn't been seen since but still plenty to like.

13/8

Form: 08764-

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Some sign of progress when a 14l fourth in a soft-ground juvenile hurdle at Hereford a month ago; that form still needs treating with an element of caution and she's out of the weights for handicap debut.

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11

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

My Mate Polly

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Bill Turner

Some sign of progress when a 14l fourth in a soft-ground juvenile hurdle at Hereford a month ago; that form still needs treating with an element of caution and she's out of the weights for handicap debut.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £346.00
Straight Forecast £339.30
Tricast £1027.30
Trifecta £1481.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Cawthorne Banker

SPOTLIGHT:

Him Malaya

TOPSPEED:

Zucayan

RP RATINGS:

Collingham

Daily Mirror:

Saddlers Quest

POSTDATA:

Him Malaya

The Times:

Him Malaya

Telegraph:

Cawthorne Banker

The Sun:

Cawthorne Banker

The Star:

Cawthorne Banker

Daily Record:

Cawthorne Banker

D Express:

Zucayan