November 25 / 13.20 Newbury

13.20

Good

Coral Get Closer To The Action Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 4f 118y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Coral Get Closer To The Action Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.10

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won an Irish maiden point (3m, good) by 6l on his debut last December and was sold for £305,000 five days later; has had wind op since and wears a tongue-tie on rules debut; top trainer has won the last two runnings with subsequent Grade 1 winners and he could be another exciting recruit.
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6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won last year's Albert Bartlett and has developed as expected switched to fences this season; won at Exeter and Sandown (3m Grade 2, soft) before third in Cotswold Chase here (3m1f, good to soft) against more experienced sorts; fast finish that day would not have suited and cheekpieces go on now; the one to beat if stamina comes into play, as it often does in this race.

5/2

3rd

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Up-and-coming stayer who won last season's Albert Bartlett (Grade 1) at the Cheltenham Festival; 2-2 since switched to chasing, making all in Grade 2 at Sandown (3m, soft) latest; brings plenty of potential to open company and bids to cement his claims for the Brown Advisory (Grade 1 novice here in March); respected.

5/2

1

8th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in March and beat The Changing Man by about 2l to win on last month's chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft); carries 3lb penalty here but Paul Nicholls believes he'll improve for that reappearance run; strong claims.

10/11

OUR TIP

7/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1-2

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won four-runner bumper in good style on debut at Doncaster (2m, soft) in February and he was a close second at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last month on his first hurdles start; the form has been franked by the Aintree third and fourth, and he's a key player for his leading yard.
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2

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

Heezer Geezer

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Bumper winner (2m, soft) who was runner-up on his first two hurdle starts before winning at Hereford (2m3f, soft) in December; faded when third over 2m7f at Chepstow latest and needs to prove his stamina, but this handicap newcomer has potential for his top yard; respected in first-time tongue-tie.

9/4

3rd

1

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:30 Chepstow

Heezer Geezer

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Doncaster bumper winner; runner-up on first two starts over hurdles, including on good ground, and went one better in maiden at Hereford (2m3f, soft) in a very tight, three-way finish; sets the standard on hurdles form and he's entered in the 3m Grade 1 novice at Cheltenham Festival.

13/8

5/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 135-

Last run: 272 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner (2m, good to soft) who was third on hurdle debut at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) in January and displayed improved form when fifth in Grade 2 novice at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in February; wind op since; has leading form claims and could be capable of better still for top yard.
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14th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Russian Ruler

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.

50/1

14th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Russian Ruler

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.

50/1

23

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Russian Ruler

10st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two wins but this term hasn't gone so well, most recently below-par fifth at Kelso (2m5f) where he was friendless in the betting switched back to hurdles from fences; the current form of his yard is another negative going into this tougher assignment.

100/1

13/2

Form: 3-23

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Went close at Market Rasen (2m, good) in May on second bumper start and took another step forward when third on this month's hurdle debut at Warwick (2m3f, good to soft); that was a solid effort and he could be in the mix.
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2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Egbert

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won his only course start, over 2m4f; had good and ordinary days over hurdles and fences since early 2023 but found plenty for a first-time visor when winning at Doncaster (3m, good; has won on soft) in January; career-high mark now but it shouldn't be beyond him; respected in first-time blinkers.

9/4

1st

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Egbert

10st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Rewarded determined Tom Cannon ride when winning by nearly 5l on seasonal/chase debut at Kempton (2m4f, good) but never warmed to the task when pulled up over C&D last month; needs first-time visor to keep him interested today; others look much less risky.

12/1

Form: 12-25 BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Point runner-up and bumper winner who was a promising second on hurdle debut at Worcester (2m4f, good) in September; however, he was disappointing at Warwick last time and it's hard to be confident on the back of that.
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7th

1

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:45 Cheltenham

Everyonesgame

11st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Three hurdle wins this season, the latest gained in Class 2 handicap at Worcester (2m4f, good) in June; below form on latest outing (reportedly unsuited by soft ground) and has to concede weight to all his rivals here but can make his presence felt.

25/1

8th

1

22nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Market Rasen

Everyonesgame

12st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

midfield, ridden and switched left after 3 out, no impression from 2 out

10/1

Form: 5- BF

Last run: 267 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bought for £180,000 after winning an Irish maiden point (3m, yielding) last November; well-beaten favourite on bumper debut at Taunton (2m, soft) in March but it's still very early days and he's not written off.
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5th

5

26th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Off To A Flyer

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, slow jump 1st, pecked on landing 3rd, briefly led 4th

10/1

3

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

Off To A Flyer

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, weakened after 13th, pulled up after 4 out

9/1

0

4

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

14:35 Newbury

Off To A Flyer

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Ran creditably in useful event here (2m4f) on most recent hurdles start; well held in novice handicap chase at Kempton later in December but may do better now dropped in class; should make a chaser (point winner); not ruled out.

10/1

Form: 774/

Last run: 587 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Point winner who showed ability in a bumper and maiden hurdle in spring 2021, but improvement is required on this first outing since.
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9th

2

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

American Legacy

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Made fairly encouraging hurdle debut over 2m7f in April 2021 but wasn't seen again until tailed off at Newbury last month (2m4f) and is not the percentage call today.

33/1

7th

3

25th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

13:20 Newbury

American Legacy

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Point winner who showed ability in a bumper and maiden hurdle in spring 2021, but improvement is required on this first outing since.

40/1

Form: 54-P

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has displayed ability in a point and in maiden hurdles but he needs to take a sizeable step forward if he's to make an impact here.
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1st

1

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Uttoxeter

Ron Burgundy

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Took well to first-time visor at Worcester (2m7f, good) this month, opening his account; may build on that success and show further progress in the retained headgear; respected up 7lb.

9/4

1st

7

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:53 Worcester

Ron Burgundy

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Maiden; hasn't looked straightforward but has been placed in two of most recent three starts, the latest when just behind Ahead Of The Field over C&D last month; visor could well help him take another step forward.

7/1

3rd

8

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:20 Worcester

Ron Burgundy

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Holds solid claims on the form of his Uttoxeter third in May but he came in a remote fifth of seven in 3m Market Rasen handicap 24 days ago; he needs to get back on track.

9/1

Form: 1 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Point runner-up (3m, yielding to soft) who was narrowly in front when left clear at the final flight on last month's rules debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft); he could have more to offer but may be vulnerable under a 6lb penalty in this hotter race.
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4th

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Id Like To Know

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced 7yo with some scope about him; won over hurdles and he would be 2-2 over fences but for getting short-headed at Newbury in January; had something in hand when going one better back there a month ago (2m; raised 8lb); those runs were on soft/heavy ground but trainer reckons goodish ground will suit him well, as should this return to further.

15/8

4th

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Id Like To Know

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced 7yo with some scope about him; won over hurdles and he would be 2-2 over fences but for getting short-headed at Newbury in January; had something in hand when going one better back there a month ago (2m; raised 8lb); those runs were on soft/heavy ground but trainer reckons goodish ground will suit him well, as should this return to further.

15/8

1st

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:10 Newbury

Id Like To Know

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Lightly raced 7yo; scored over hurdles last term; made a promising chase debut in C&D event (soft; off 4lb lower) most recently, going down narrowly to Issar d'Airy who is declared (3:00) on this card; open to further progress and holds very solid claims.

9/4

Form: 8P-7

Last run: 202 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Posed no threat in his three bumpers and he'd be a surprise winner on this hurdle debut.
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4

6th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

14:30 Fontwell

Allanahs Boy

11st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Warren Greatrex

led, headed but prominent 2nd, reminder after 4th

50/1

13th

2

8th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:40 Chepstow

Allanahs Boy

11st 1lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Two pieces of low-level form and three non-completions; ducked right and unseated rider early on latest start; tongue tied first time.

200/1

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

11:57 Fontwell

Allanahs Boy

11st 0lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Warren Greatrex

No threat in three bumpers and was soon in trouble when pulled up on last month's hurdling debut; wind surgery since.

50/1

Form: 8-U

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Well beaten at 25-1 in sole bumper and he was 80-1 when unseating at the first flight on his hurdle debut; others are preferred.
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13

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:05 Exeter

Mr Mars Man

11st 6lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Unseated rider at first flight on hurdling debut in November and was a pulled-up outsider at Newbury later that month.

100/1

7

25th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

13:20 Newbury

Mr Mars Man

11st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Well beaten at 25-1 in sole bumper and he was 80-1 when unseating at the first flight on his hurdle debut; others are preferred.

100/1

5

4th Nov 2022

Good

2m 5f 137y

Class 3

13:40 Exeter

Mr Mars Man

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

25-1 for a Newton Abbot bumper (2m1f, soft) in March and was never involved before finishing eighth of 11; this stiffer stamina test should suit on hurdling debut but he needs to leave that initial form miles behind; hood worn on debut is removed.

100/1

Form: 3F- BF

Last run: 298 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Useful on the Flat and he was a fair third of five on hurdle debut at Kempton (2m, soft) in January; fell at Plumpton 16 days later and then absent until Lingfield yesterday, where he was tailed off.
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11th

6

(14)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Bath

Dirham Emirati

9st 2lb

J: Connor Planas

T: Gary Moore

All the better for this headgear combination and only narrowly failed in his hat-trick bid last time when third to Zillion; essentially 1lb lower with Connor Planas taking off 3lb; shortlisted.

6/1

3rd

2

(11)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 5f 11y

Class 6

19:10 Bath

Dirham Emirati

9st 11lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

Turned things around in new headgear when scoring over C&D (good) last month and he followed up with another narrow win over 1m6f here last time; only 2lb higher than for that success and he remains very well treated on his old form; big player in hat-trick bid.

11/4

1st

2

(3)

26th Jul 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 6

16:50 Bath

Dirham Emirati

9st 9lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Gary Moore

slowly into stride

7/2

Non-runners

I'd Like To Know, Dirham Emirati

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Payout
Exacta £7.00
Straight Forecast £6.99
Trifecta £18.60

Selections

POSTDATA:

Heezer Geezer

RP Ratings:

Russian Ruler

SPOTLIGHT:

Stay Away Fay

The Guardian:

Egbert

D Express:

Heezer Geezer

Daily Mirror:

Heezer Geezer

The Star:

Heezer Geezer

Daily Record:

Heezer Geezer

WEST COUNTRY:

Stay Away Fay

Telegraph:

Stay Away Fay

Daily Mail:

Stay Away Fay

TOPSPEED:

Russian Ruler

LAMBOURN:

Russian Ruler

The Times:

Russian Ruler

The Sun:

Russian Ruler