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Star Sports Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4066.37
  • 2m 5f 164y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Star Sports Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 33P48-

Last run: 87 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

0-9 under rules; third in three consecutive starts over 2m-2m3f in the autumn and 3m on soft ground was probably too much for her at Taunton last time out, but she still has enough to prove back from another three months off.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

10

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 4

16:25 Taunton

Sams Amour

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Keiran Burke

Started handicap career with two good runs at about 2m3f (on good and heavy) but was pulled up over 3m next time and never really threatened back in trip at Exeter last month; others more likely.

14/1

4th

8

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

13:40 Exeter

Sams Amour

10st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

towards rear, not fluent 5 out

12/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 587-

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in one of three Irish points and some promise when fifth of ten on hurdles debut at Ascot (2m3f, good; first-time tongue-tie) in November; has not built on it in his two starts since but may show more now handicapping and is worth a market check.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

6

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

16:42 Taunton

Ballyfinn

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Bought for £65,000 after finishing second in his final Irish point; 121 days between his two runs in Ascot maidens in which he was beaten 17l and 32l; clearly has to raise his game.

12/1

8th

1

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

13:35 Ascot

Ballyfinn

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Bought for £65,000 after finishing second in his final Irish point; tongue-tie added for his hurdling debut over C&D in November (good) and he ran well for a long way, only weakening out of the places late on; subsequent absence is a concern but he's clearly useful.

9/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: /3124-

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Easily landed a mares' maiden hurdle at Market Rasen (2m3f, good) a year ago but has finished well behind the winner in both starts since, including on her Southwell reappearance (2m4f, good) last month; probably needs to resume her progress up in trip on handicap debut.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:05 Southwell

Stowaway Jess

11st 7lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Made virtually all to win comfortably by 9l at Market Rasen last May and was not discredited when well-held second behind useful mare at Stratford (also 2m2f, good) a month later; has each-way claims at least if returning from 308-day layoff in similar form.

7/1

2nd

1

20th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 4

15:15 Stratford

Stowaway Jess

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won a bumper last year and has improved with experience over hurdles; came good with 9l success from the front at Market Rasen (2m2f, good) four weeks ago and features prominently in calculations here; raced mainly on good ground but made the frame in a bumper on good to soft.

9/4

Form: 5/21-2

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Made it tenth-time lucky under rules when winning in good style at Southwell (2m4f, good) last summer and was off for 11 months before second of 13 (clear of the third) at Warwick (2m5f, good) 20 days ago; tongue-tie is now given a go and she is much respected from just 1lb higher.

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2nd

3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:40 Warwick

Midnight Gold

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Off the mark at the ninth attempt over hurdles when landing a Southwell handicap (2m4f, good) last June; 6lb higher here after a lengthy absence but that was a personal best last time and she's open to more progress; respected for in-form yard.

5/1

1st

2

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:15 Southwell

Midnight Gold

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

0-8 over hurdles but only her last four runs were for this stable and she seemed to respond very well to first-time cheekpieces when close second at Fontwell (2m5f, good) last month; big player if in similar form here.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 36254- C

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Two of his three hurdle wins have come over shorter trips around here and this the furthest he has attempted under rules, but he drops into a 0-110 for the first time since winning by 17l at Worcester (2m4f, good) just over a year ago; much respected if he stays.

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4th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Sambezi

11st 5lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Oliver Signy

Only 3lb higher than when a 17l winner of a 2m4f good-ground handicap at Worcester last May; beaten about 15l in all four races this season and clearly needs to find a bit from somewhere.

8/1

Form: P/135- CD

Last run: 201 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Dual winner over hurdles, including over C&D, but twice held since making a winning return at Warwick (2m5f, good) last September; still 5lb above her last winning mark and not seen in seven months, but she is proven fresh; not dismissed easily.

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5th

9

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Alexandra Romanov

11st 8lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

in touch with leaders, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 5th

10/1

3rd

9

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Alexandra Romanov

10st 13lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Got back on the up with success in six-runner handicap over C&D ten days ago; this is tougher but she's no forlorn hope under a 7lb penalty.

3/1

Form: 32P3P-

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Has mainly run well off higher marks since winning at Fakenham (2m4f, good) last summer and his record suggested he would have needed last month's run after 224 days off, but it would still have been preferable had he shown more.

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5

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Sermando

11st 12lb

J: Sgt Nick Oliver

T: Alexandra Dunn

Has mostly run well since joining this yard, with his only blip two runs ago over fences; wasn't far away off this mark at Fontwell (2m3f, good) when last seen in September and hard to rule out.

13/2

3rd

5

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:38 Fontwell

Sermando

10st 10lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Alexandra Dunn

Performed poorly in a chase here 17 days ago and needs to bounce back quickly from that but started off for Alexandra Dunn with three good runs, most recently when winning over hurdles on stable debut at Fakenham (2m4f, good) in June.

9/1

Form: 66473-

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Placed for the first time when third of six at Taunton (3m, soft) last month on his return from 110 days off, on his fifth start under rules, but still finished around 40l behind the winner; others preferred.

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3rd

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

14:08 Taunton

Illogical Logic

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

didn't always jump with fluency, prominent, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

4/1

7th

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

12:40 Ascot

Illogical Logic

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Made the frame in both Irish points late last year; three runs over hurdles this autumn, improving markedly when about 11l fourth of six at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) last time; should still be capable of better (which is needed) and a market check is advised on this handicap debut.

16/1

Form: 14P5-6 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Back off the same mark as when winning over C&D (soft) in January, but his efforts in the meantime raise doubts as to whether he can take advantage and drying ground wouldn't be ideal.

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6th

6

8th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

18:40 Fontwell

Bobalot

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

Recorded his second hurdle win when scoring over 2m5f here (soft) in January; only 3lb higher than for that clear-cut success but he's failed to repeat the form in three runs since and needs to get back near his best; first win was at 2m7f but this is his first try at this trip.

6/1

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Exacta £486.00
Straight Forecast £468.50
Tricast £3601.70
Trifecta £3690.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Midnight Gold

D Express:

Stowaway Jess

The Sun:

Stowaway Jess

RP RATINGS:

Midnight Gold

POSTDATA:

Midnight Gold

The Times:

Midnight Gold

Telegraph:

Midnight Gold

Daily Mirror:

Midnight Gold

The Star:

Midnight Gold

Daily Record:

Midnight Gold