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Jayne Cragg 60th Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

  • Prize money: £4779.3
  • 2m 7f 63y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Jayne Cragg 60th Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 8691-2 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Progressed since handicapping; beat a stablemate at Ayr (3m, good) in March, and bettered that in defeat over C&D (good to soft) recently; has more to find from this 5lb higher mark, but could yet prove capable of better; should be thereabouts.

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2nd

16

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Better Be Definite

10st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in rear

8/1

1st

14

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:18 Ayr

Better Be Definite

10st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Down the field on all four hurdle starts, including weakening quickly after travelling comfortably up with the pace until two out on his 2m4f Sedgefield handicap debut eight weeks ago; not obviously crying out for 3m on that evidence.

25/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 58968- C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

No win since March 2021 (Kelso; 3m2f); well beaten in three appearances (all 3m) since early March; seemingly has a mountain to climb to reverse Ayr placings with Better Be Definite; difficult to consider.

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8th

9

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:55 Perth

Dequall

10st 7lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Stuart Coltherd

Hasn't won for three years and well beaten on last five starts, but didn't run badly last time at Musselburgh when 22lb out of the handicap; runs off his proper mark here; each-way chance

14/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 1/36-6

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Dual-purpose campaigner; runner-up on AW at Wolverhampton (2m, 7-4 favourite) on penultimate start; outpaced, and could make no impression on return to hurdles over 2m4f here, beaten over 6l, subsequently; sits 2lb lower in a weaker race and the return to further could assist.

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6th

9

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Kiss My Face

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Brian Ellison

towards rear, awkward jump 1st, midfield before 3rd

8/1

Form: /F2V-3

Last run: 10 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo; was fitted with a tongue-tie when a creditable third to an odds-on favourite over C&D (maiden, good, beaten 5l) recently; makes the switch to handicapping at a realistic level; a probable contender.

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3rd

2

11th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 4

18:15 Hexham

Didnt Ask

11st 6lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Third best on merit when remote second in an Ayr maiden (2m4f, soft) before contesting a voided race; shouldn't be the answer at these weights; first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

Form: 56435-

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Six-race rules maiden; shaped okay when placed at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy; beaten about 9l) on penultimate start but well below that level when last of five to a stablemate of Better Be Definite over C&D (heavy) subsequently; this sounder surface could suit.

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5th

4

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:50 Hexham

Reagrove Lord

11st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on outer

10/1

Form: 6476/0

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Eight-race maiden; was returning from a 425-day absence when finishing down the field at Kelso (2m5f, good; beaten 33l) a fortnight ago; entitled to come on for that run but, despite competing from a 5lb lower mark, makes little appeal.

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11th

14

8th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

15:10 Kelso

Bolt Man

10st 12lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Ian Duncan

midfield, no impression from 3 out

16/1

Form: P6269-

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Gave a good account when runner-up at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft; same mark) in December but has failed to stake any kind of claim at Sedgefield or Southwell subsequently; the percentage call is to focus on less-exposed rivals.

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13

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Just Call Me Al

10st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Gillian Boanas

Proved he retains some ability when second at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) in December but this regressive veteran was safely held on his latest outing and is not the percentage call.

12/1

Form: 3PP4P-

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Some promise in bumpers but has toiled in all four starts over hurdles, regularly pulling up; switches to handicaps from a lowly mark on much better ground which offers scope for optimism; it's impossible to have confidence though unless the market speaks favourably.

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2

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

15:05 Newcastle

Court Case

11st 7lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Pulled up in his first two hurdles and then tailed off over C&D three weeks ago; has weak claims, though this will be his first time away from heavy ground.

50/1

4th

4

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Court Case

11st 5lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders

100/1

Form: 32750- CD

Last run: 104 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

1-32 overall; last year's winner from a similar mark; ran creditably back here on his next two starts before gradually losing his way again; had a break since struggling at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in February; the market may offer the best guide, as was the case last year.

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No Results Found

Form: 6P/P6- C

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 70

Form & Verdict

Both wins here at Hexham (2m4f) in late 2021; chasing (0-5) didn't appear to suit, and has struggled to make any impact since returning to hurdles earlier this year; this is just his second attempt beyond 2m5f; an unlikely candidate.

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10

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

19:10 Musselburgh

Shoughalls Boy

10st 2lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Mostly disappointing since winning twice at Hexham in late 2021 with latest non-completion coming after an absence.

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £172.00
Straight Forecast £152.90
Tricast £510.10
Trifecta £757.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Better Be Definite

RP RATINGS:

Kiss My Face

D Express:

Didnt Ask

POSTDATA:

Better Be Definite

Telegraph:

Better Be Definite

Daily Mail:

Better Be Definite

Daily Mirror:

Better Be Definite

The Star:

Better Be Definite

Daily Record:

Better Be Definite

The Times:

Kiss My Face

The Guardian:

Kiss My Face