November 26 / 13.55 Newbury

13.55

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Coral Racing Club Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £21784
  • 2m 4f 118y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Coral Racing Club Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £5.00

Form: 5618-0 D

Last run: 203 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Sole runner for Paul Nicholls but is not an interesting type, having proved inconsistent and become somewhat exposed over fences and hurdles for this yard; absent since May; others are more appealing.
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4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Red Risk

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders

3/1

8

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Red Risk

11st 7lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Better known as a handicapper and closely matched with West Balboa on their close encounter in last season's Lanzarote Hurdle; again just missed out behind Botox Has (conceding 4lb) on only his second attempt at 3m in a Grade 2 at Wetherby and he saw out the trip fine; isn't weighted to reverse those placings and there are others to worry about.

25/1

2nd

5

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 1

14:25 Wetherby

Red Risk

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below par in March/June on final two starts, unproven at the trip and others have more substance to their form; however, he has a good record when fresh around this time of year and that could count for a lot given that the main form players all lack a recent run; not discounted.

12/1

OUR TIP

12/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 111P-3

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Good third to Peking Rose at Aintree (upped to 2m4f; third run for current connections) on seasonal debut; in good hands, has low mileage and looks open to further improvement; shortlisted.
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5th

5

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Petit Tonnerre

10st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

No win since British/handicap debut in February 2022 but it's nearly all been useful form since and he's contested a lot of hot races; he didn't fare any better with his sights lowered last time (heavy ground) but had some form over this longer trip last term and has to be in calculations.

4/1

4th

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

12:55 Cheltenham

Petit Tonnerre

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Solid seventh in County Hurdle here in March (2m1f, soft; off 2lb higher) and promise in defeat on his first two chase starts, in the Grade 2 Arkle Trial here (2m, good to soft) then the Grade 1 Henry VIII at Sandown (1m7f, heavy); on a competitive mark and respected in first chase handicap.

5/2

8

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Petit Tonnerre

11st 4lb

T: Jonjo O’Neill

25/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 251-56 CD

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Ended last season with a comfortable win at Kempton; however, he failed to show his form there 19 days ago (back from layoff) and he's much more exposed than some of these rivals; opposed.
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3rd

7

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:55 Newbury

Dorking Boy

11st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

took keen hold, prominent, disputed lead 3rd, led 4th, joined 2 out, headed approaching last, ridden and weakened run-in

25/1

6th

3

7th Nov 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

16:05 Kempton

Dorking Boy

10st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, pushed along and headway after 3 out, ridden 2 out, soon weakened

13/2

Form: 44F-21 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Fourth in last season's Betfair Hurdle at this venue; solid second at Chepstow (2m3f; strong form) on reappearance then went one better with an emphatic win at Plumpton (2m4f, good); not dismissed.
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7th

9

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Lord Baddesley

10st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Has form on all types of ground; unexposed beyond 2m4f; good second upped to 2m6f at Newbury (good to soft) in early December when last seen, while shaping as if this extra distance will suit; represents an in-form stable and has won when fresh; strongly respected.

7/1

2nd

10

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 2

12:30 Newbury

Lord Baddesley

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway from 4 out

20/1

7th

2

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

14:37 Plumpton

Lord Baddesley

11st 8lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Won this race by over 9l last year (good ground) and returned from break with good run over fences here (2m3f, good to soft) last month; still on a workable mark and also handles soft/heavy ground; major player.

9/2

Form: 4310-3 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Versatile mare who scored three times (2m-2m5f, good/soft) as a novice hurdler last season; shaped promisingly at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) on reappearance; could go well off unaltered mark.
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6th

9

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Current Mood

11st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Three-time winner over hurdles who should be well handicapped but she needed to shape better on her return to be strongly considered for this.

25/1

0

4

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Current Mood

11st 10lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear, struggling after 4 out, detached when pulled up before 2 out

8/1

Form: 1227-1 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Has bumped into highly notable rivals on occasions (form stacks up well); had wind surgery prior to justifying favouritism in Aintree handicap (2m4f, good to soft) last month and, while he scored only narrowly, looks set for a productive campaign; still unexposed at this trip; respected.
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8th

7

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Peking Rose

11st 3lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won first time out last term but two disappointments followed; back with a bang after 11 months off when winning by a whisker at Doncaster two months ago, which sees him back up 1lb today; not dismissed but two withdrawals (ground) from 3m races last term mean he goes into unknown territory today beyond an extended 2m4f.

10/1

1st

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:41 Doncaster

Peking Rose

12st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

midfield, headway home turn, went second omitted last, soon challenging and edged left, led towards finish

8/1

6

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:05 Cheltenham

Peking Rose

10st 8lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Form: 24111- C

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Productive filly over hurdles and on the Flat; won Grade 3 juvenile handicap at Cheltenham (2m1f) when last seen under this code, completing a hat-trick; however, goes into unknown territory now upped in distance.
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11th

4

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Malakahna

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins at Ascot (good) and Newmarket (good to soft); more to prove on soft, as her latest start (heavy defeat at Ascot) confirms but she was in good form going into that; usual cheekpieces are replaced by a visor.

10/1

6th

7

(9)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Malakahna

9st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins here (good) and at Newmarket (good to soft; more to prove on soft); seconds this month at Chester and York confirm she's a big player if the ground is okay.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

Malakahna

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Ian Williams

slightly awkward start, towards rear on outer, pushed along briefly halfway

6/1

Form: 12116-

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Very useful juvenile hurdler last season, having won the Finale at Chepstow and fared best of the British runners when sixth in the Triumph; possibilities provided he stays this new trip on reappearance.
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2

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:55 Newbury

Porticello

11st 13lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Very useful juvenile hurdler last season, having won the Finale at Chepstow and fared best of the British runners when sixth in the Triumph; possibilities provided he stays this new trip on reappearance.

10/1

Form: 2/1P- C

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Eventually pulled up, having made mistakes, in 2m4f Grade 1 at Aintree in April; impressive at this course (2m, good to soft; hurdles debut) on his only other start last season, looking potentially smart; big player off just 132 back here, granted an error-free round.
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2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Walking On Air

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) last March off 1lb lower, doing well considering his jumping wasn't great and he didn't get the best of runs; close call on chase debut at Newbury (2m6f, soft) on sole run this season showed he's better than ever and he also has Grade 1 entry in Cheltenham novice chase; major claims.

7/2

2nd

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Walking On Air

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

2-7 over hurdles; absent since slightly disappointing run at Punchestown in April but was very creditable fifth off today's mark in Pertemps Final at Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) in March and it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's chasing debut.

7/2

9th

5

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Walking On Air

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Disappointed as a novice but had back surgery after and back to form to win at Exeter this season; ran well in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham since but his chance would be enhanced if the ground dried out.

8/1

Form: 12- D

Last run: 332 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Thrice-raced mare; easily made a winning rules debut at Warwick (2m5f, good to soft) last November, then finished second in the Challow over this C&D (soft); considering that she has Grade 1 course form and remains unexposed, she looks very interesting off just 127 on return to action.
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8th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

West Balboa

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Flopped badly as favourite for the Group 1 Long Walk at Ascot six weeks ago when returned to 3m, having raced freely; however, very progressive otherwise (form figures of 2122111 previously), does stay 3m and may well bounce back provided she settles better.

8/1

10

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

West Balboa

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Improved last season to win high-profile 2m5f/3m handicaps and made light work of the talented Brewin'upastorm over 2m4f at Aintree last month (soft), albeit in receipt of 9lb; has something to find on BHA ratings but she's unexposed after just six races and especially as a stayer.

3/1

Form: 3313-5

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Largely consistent at about 2m; ran well in Aintree handicap in April and may be sharper with Ascot reappearance under his belt; however, has stamina to prove over this new trip; hood enlisted.
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0

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Washington

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Two hurdle wins for Olly Murphy and plenty of good efforts in defeat, notably his third at Aintree in April; all form at 2m so bit to prove on chasing/stable debut but no doubting his ability; wind surgery.

11/4

9th

15

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Washington

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Filled third in a deep 2m handicap at Aintree's Grand National meeting for the second year running and conditions (soft) went against him last month; hasn't had much racing for a 7yo and he's one to consider.

10/1

3rd

21

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Washington

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Olly Murphy

Ran well (third off 3lb higher) in this race last year but that came off the back of a recent win; not sure to repeat that effort, having been absent since a well-held second in December; cheekpieces enlisted.

12/1

Form: 32142-

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Raced mainly at 2m7f-3m2f last term, winning four times; creditable second over 3m at Haydock on final outing; faces a harder task in this field and the drop back in trip looks a negative.
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5th

9

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Imphal

11st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

midfield, niggled along and lost position before 8th

7/1

10th

13

27th Jan 2023

Frozen

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:35 Huntingdon

Imphal

10st 7lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Raced mainly at 2m7f-3m2f last term and it was a highly fruitful campaign, including four wins (here on third occasion); 2m and soft ground were both major worries when he reappeared three weeks ago, never figuring; a lot more interesting today but probably needs to resume improvement if he's to win.

16/1

7th

11

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Imphal

10st 3lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

jumped left on occasions, held up in rear, ridden after 3 out, minor headway from 2 out

14/1

Non-runners

Walking On Air, West Balboa, Imphal

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £240.00
Straight Forecast £253.22
Tricast £8829.71
Trifecta £4834.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

West Balboa

LAMBOURN:

Walking On Air

The Times:

Malakahna

WEST COUNTRY:

Peking Rose

POSTDATA:

Lord Baddesley

TOPSPEED:

Imphal

Telegraph:

Walking On Air

RP Ratings:

West Balboa

The Guardian:

West Balboa

Daily Mail:

West Balboa

D Express:

West Balboa

Daily Mirror:

West Balboa

The Sun:

West Balboa

The Star:

West Balboa

Daily Record:

West Balboa