October 29 / 17.20 Wetherby

17.20 Wetherby

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5663.84
  • 2m 3f 154y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 267-

Last run: 306 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
French Flat winner (2m, good to soft) who was a second on hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m, good) last October and had tough assignments in Graded juvenile hurdles the next twice; has had a wind op since his last run in December and this 4yo, who is in top hands, has potential off his opening mark.
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5

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Ffos Las

Rocky Man

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Improved form since having wind surgery and switched to handicaps, winning at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) then clear second over this C&D (soft); looks the type to progress further; respected up just 2lb.

2/1

2nd

4

22nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:40 Ffos Las

Rocky Man

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Low-mileage 4yo who sprinted clear of the others with the warm favourite when winning on seasonal/handicap debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) in October; 6lb higher here but could have a lot more to offer.

2/1

3

30th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

15:37 Haydock

Rocky Man

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

French Flat winner who, having had wind surgery, came clear with a progressive runner-up when winning on last month's handicap and seasonal debut at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft); in top hands and this lightly raced 4yo could still be well handicapped now 6lb higher.

11/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 32111- CD

Last run: 255 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Completed a hat-trick (2m1f/2m3f, good/soft) and made it 2-2 in handicaps when winning over C&D last time out in February; did it comfortably and a 7lb rise may well underestimate this unexposed 6yo.
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4th

3

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 3

15:20 Musselburgh

Findthetime

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Disappointing at Haydock (2m3f, soft) six weeks ago on ground he should have handled but he was highly progressive previously and bumped into an unexposed 4yo when a clear second at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) in October on reappearance; remains lightly raced and no surprise to see a big run.

11/2

6th

5

19th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 2

13:15 Haydock

Findthetime

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Landed a hat-trick and made it 2-2 in handicaps when winning in fine style at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in February; clear of the third when pushing an unexposed Skelton 4yo close at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) on reappearance; up 5lb for last time but could still be ahead of the handicapper.

7/2

2nd

4

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

17:20 Wetherby

Findthetime

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

towards rear, smooth headway before 3 out, went second 2 out, soon pushed along, ridden and made strong challenge approaching last, kept on well but always held

7/2

25/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 841-P9 D

Last run: 154 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles at Sedgefield in March but struggled on final two starts for Brian Ellison and he was well beaten on the Flat on his stable debut a fortnight ago; others have more pressing claims.
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2nd

2

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 3

14:00 Sedgefield

Ashington

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Creditable efforts at about 2m4f this season but brought down four out on penultimate start and below-form third behind an impressive winner at Wetherby two weeks ago; bit more to prove back over this trip but he has a good record (211) at this track; headgear (absent last six starts) returns.

10/1

3rd

7

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:32 Wetherby

Ashington

10st 13lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Third over C&D (good to soft) in October and creditable fifth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) next time; in touch when brought down four out here (2m5f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; might not be far away if handling conditions, but he may not want soft ground nowadays.

16/1

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Ashington

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Third here (2m3f, good to soft) in October and creditable fifth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) next time; fair second over fences since and might not be far away provided conditions suit (may not want soft now).

10/1

Form: F1P5-6 D

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Runs off the same mark as when winning at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in March but that course brings out the best in him and he struggled on his final three starts in the spring; needs to get back on track after a break.
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1st

6

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:00 Newcastle

Sheriff Garrett

11st 5lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tim Easterby

Multiple hurdle winner (good record at Hexham) but only one success since June 2021; not disgraced on either start (after a break) this autumn and has slipped to a handy mark; likely to come good at some stage.

11/1

Form: /06P-5

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Won three in a row on the Flat this summer and he's well handicapped on his old hurdles form; however, he was soundly beaten back in this code at Uttoxeter last month and needs something extra here.
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5th

9

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

17:20 Wetherby

Red Force One

10st 13lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

prominent, hit 7th, pushed along before 3 out, hung left and weakened after 3 out

12/1

5th

4

7th Sep 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

14:40 Uttoxeter

Red Force One

10st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

took keen hold, prominent, ridden when mistake 2 out, held before last, weakened run-in

3/1

3

(5)

4th Sep 2022

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:05 York

Red Force One

10st 1lb

J: Kevin Stott

T: Philip Kirby

In fine form in the summer, completing a hat-trick in which the last leg was an 8l success over course and distance; the handicapper didn't miss him with a 10lb rise, though, and that seemed to find him out when fourth of eight at Nottingham (2m, good to firm) last month; something to prove from the same mark; stable also runs Tommaso.

10/1

Form: /F1P4-

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Decisive winner of maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) last December for Dan Skelton; struggled on final two runs for that yard and has changed stables (remains in the same ownership); market check advised on reappearance and stable/handicap debut but he has something to prove.
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1st

2

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:15 Uttoxeter

Cousu Main

12st 0lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway and prominent before 3 out, cruising when pressed leader 2 out, led approaching last, shaken up and went well clear run-in, easily

6/1

7th

10

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Cousu Main

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Looked promising when winning soft-ground Uttoxeter maiden by 12l for Dan Skelton one year ago but it's been largely downhill since; latest 24l third back at Uttoxeter was a bit better, particularly as he was hampered two out, but still didn't do enough to make him of interest here.

16/1

3rd

6

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

14:25 Uttoxeter

Cousu Main

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Looked promising when winning soft-ground C&D maiden by 12l for Dan Skelton a year ago; left that stable after two disappointing efforts and has been safely held in two handicaps for new stable this autumn (2m3f/2m4f; raced too freely both times) but today's drop back in trip could be a good move and it's too early to write him off.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 43/9P- D

Last run: 303 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
His profile has been patchy across his six races since winning at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) in October 2020; however, he's on a handy mark and is one to watch in the betting on his first outing of the year.
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8th

5

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 3

15:15 Catterick

Collooney

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

never better than mid-division, ridden and weakened after 3 out

16/1

7th

3

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

17:20 Wetherby

Collooney

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

held up in midfield, shaken up after 3 out, soon beaten

9/1

Form: 3O21-1 D

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Improved since being stepped up in trip and won two in a row when last seen in the spring (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft); has also shown promise on soft; up 10lb for last time but he was clear with Ask Paddington, who won his next four, and this progressive 5yo could have more left in the tank.
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2nd

1

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:55 Doncaster

Vintage Fizz

12st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won two in a row last spring (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft) but he failed to shine on his two runs in the autumn and has to get back on track.

9/1

1

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

15:00 Doncaster

Vintage Fizz

12st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won final two starts of his latest campaign, at about 2m4f on good/good to soft, but has been slow to recapture form since back from a break, fading in both starts.

16/1

4th

4

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:57 Doncaster

Vintage Fizz

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won two in a row when stepped up to around 2m4f in the spring; may have needed the outing after six months off at Wetherby four weeks ago but he did fade rather tamely.

9/2

Form: /1214- CD BF

Last run: 224 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Won on hurdle debut at Newcastle (2m4f, soft) in January and landed another novice over this C&D (soft) in February; well beaten on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m6f, good) in March but he's better than that and this unexposed 7yo has potential off his current mark.
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2nd

5

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:32 Wetherby

Rafferty’s Return

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won two novice hurdles last season (including over C&D on soft) and recaptured that promise with a game handicap win from Foster'sisland here (2m5f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; just 3lb higher today and it's possible this lightly raced 8yo will improve further.

9/2

1st

3

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Rafferty’s Return

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

Disappointing on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m6f, good) in March and again down the field on reappearance here (2m3f, good) last month; has something to prove but he looked good when winning two novice hurdles (2m4f/2m3f, soft, including here) early in 2022 and is not written off.

6/1

9th

4

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:18 Wetherby

Rafferty’s Return

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Rebecca Menzies

led narrowly, disputed lead after 2nd, pushed along before 2 out, outpaced after 2 out, disputing third when bad mistake last, soon weakened

4/1

Form: 55125-

Last run: 190 days

W: 10st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
80-1 winner of Sedgefield maiden (2m1f, good) in February; it's still very early days for this 4yo, who makes his handicap debut, but he was well beaten in a Southwell novice (2m4f, good) last time out in April and others are more compelling.
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5th

4

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

12:07 Market Rasen

Royle Steel

11st 7lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Won a maiden hurdle at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) in February and this lightly raced 4yo is open to improvement this term; however, he's not obviously well treated off his opening mark and is unproven on slow ground.

16/1

10

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

17:20 Wetherby

Royle Steel

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Micky Hammond

80-1 winner of Sedgefield maiden (2m1f, good) in February; it's still very early days for this 4yo, who makes his handicap debut, but he was well beaten in a Southwell novice (2m4f, good) last time out in April and others are more compelling.

14/1

Non-runners

Rafferty's Return, Royle Steel

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £7.00
Straight Forecast £6.68
Tricast £27.45
Trifecta £35.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

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The Guardian:

Rocky Man

RP Ratings:

Rafferty's Return

The Sun:

Vintage Fizz

TOPSPEED:

Sheriff Garrett

Daily Mail:

Rocky Man

D Express:

Rocky Man

Daily Mirror:

Rafferty's Return

POSTDATA:

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Telegraph:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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