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Star Sports Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4647.28
  • 3m 1f 166y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Star Sports Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 535PP-

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Small-field 2m2f hurdle winner (good) last year; inconsistent since, mostly over fences; returns to this sphere on a very handy mark if cheekpieces are able to help with a revival; has that to prove.

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2

21st Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Earth King

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Has only won a four-runner novice hurdle; only run of distinction in five starts over fences was his third over 2m4f here on Boxing Day (good to soft); jumped moderately next time over 2m6f and then pulled up over 3m2f when heavy ground shouldn't have bothered him; should be on a good mark but not exactly crying out to be backed.

7/2

5

14th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Earth King

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Sole win (ten races) in a four-runner novice hurdle at Exeter (2m2f) last February; sent chasing this term, easily best of four attempts when third of seven at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft; acts on heavy) on penultimate start; tried 2m6f latest; there's some stamina in the family and he's well treated judged on peak efforts.

6/1

Form: 5843-2 BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

1m7f and 3m winner on slow ground; stayed on to be 4l second in a 0-120 at Kempton (3m, good) latest; cheekpieces go on; should be thereabouts.

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2nd

6

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Island Run

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Good and bad in five chase starts since finishing runner-up in this race 12 months ago off this very mark (good ground); ran well enough in his final chase run to believe he's in similar form.

4/1

3rd

9

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Island Run

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

11/1

Form: 2/114- D

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Bumper and dual 3m1f hurdle winner (both good); returned from a break to be a creditable fourth at Plumpton (3m1f, good) last month, when on this mark; this doesn't look as competitive; player.

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4th

6

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Norton Hill

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

led but pestered, hit 6th, joined 8th, not fluent 9th, lost two places 3 out

7/4

1st

1

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Norton Hill

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Anthony Honeyball

Made all for a breakthrough win over hurdles in a C&D handicap on good ground last month, despite making a meal of some hurdles; 4lb rise is pretty fair.

6/4

Form: 575P4-

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Second in all three bumper starts on slow ground; has shown glimpses of ability over hurdles but is inconsistent; has slipped to a more competitive mark; first-time visor replaces first-time blinkers; more needed.

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4th

2

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:00 Hexham

Blue Ridge Hill

11st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Good run when fifth in a Sandown novice handicap hurdle in January (2m4f, soft) but pulled up at Doncaster next time (3m, soft) when tried in a tongue-tie (dispensed with here); now tried in blinkers.

7/1

10

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Blue Ridge Hill

10st 5lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

midfield, hampered 1st

6/1

Form: 82P3P-

Last run: 74 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Placed in 3-8 hurdles at up to 2m7f, on good or slower; didn't jump well and bled from the nose when pulled up on chase debut at Huntingdon latest; bit to prove back over hurdles.

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1

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:55 Huntingdon

Emotional Memories

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

0-8 over hurdles and not very consistent but his second of eight off today's mark at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) In November was a good effort, and he was only beaten about 3l when third of four in tactical race over that C&D ten days ago; contender if he takes well to fences at first attempt.

5/1

3rd

1

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Lingfield

Emotional Memories

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Second of eight on handicap debut over C&D (soft) in November; reportedly bled from the nose when pulled up on heavy going four weeks later; probably needs to resume improvement.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £104.00
Straight Forecast £132.90
Trifecta £200.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Island Run

SPOTLIGHT:

Norton Hill

TOPSPEED:

Earth King

The Times:

Island Run

The Guardian:

Island Run

D Express:

Island Run

Daily Mirror:

Island Run

The Star:

Island Run

Daily Mail:

Earth King

POSTDATA:

Norton Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Norton Hill

Telegraph:

Norton Hill

The Sun:

Norton Hill

Daily Record:

Norton Hill