December 26 / 15.20 Wetherby

15.20 Wetherby

Good To Soft

William Hill Betting TV Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £3703.28
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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William Hill Betting TV Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £31.90
  • Place: £6.50

Form: /11/03 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Won first two handicaps in autumn 2020; off for two years subsequently but showed he retains ability when 12l third of eight at Kelso (2m, soft) three weeks ago; needs to build on that now.
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1st

9

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Dancewiththewind

11st 11lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Won first two handicaps in autumn 2020; off for two years subsequently but showed he retains ability when 12l third of eight at Kelso (2m, soft) three weeks ago; needs to build on that now.

14/1

3rd

1

4th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

15:15 Kelso

Dancewiththewind

12st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Started off in handicaps with two wins (one over C&D) in autumn 2020; not seen again until Wetherby last month, where he ran well to a point and wasn't given a hard time once beaten; player if that recent outing has brought him on and his old ability remains.

10/1

11th

9

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:18 Wetherby

Dancewiththewind

10st 13lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

midfield, not fluent 3 out, soon shaken up and weakened

12/1

9/4

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 22

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Smart on the Flat; promise when runner-up in maiden/novice hurdles over about 2m at Ludlow (good to soft) and Taunton (good) in recent weeks; strong-travelling style marks him down as one who could do well in handicap hurdles and he's favourably treated based on Flat ability.
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2nd

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Brentford Hope

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Richard Hughes

Smart on the Flat; promise when runner-up in maiden/novice hurdles over about 2m at Ludlow (good to soft) and Taunton (good) in recent weeks; strong-travelling style marks him down as one who could do well in handicap hurdles and he's favourably treated based on Flat ability.

9/4

2nd

2

8th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:35 Taunton

Brentford Hope

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard Hughes

Capable of some smart Flat form, holding his own at Group level (best at 1m/1m2f); jumped well in the main but was readily outpointed by a nice prospect (who made all) on his hurdling debut at Ludlow (good to soft); sure to win races in this discipline.

6/5

2nd

2

21st Nov 2022

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:05 Ludlow

Brentford Hope

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Richard Hughes

One-time Derby aspirations came to nothing but he was third in two Group races (1m/1m2f) on the continent during 2021; has continued to produce triple-digit RPRs in three starts this year and has to be of interest at this level on his hurdling debut.

11/10

12/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 225271 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Threatened to come good on a few occasions before it finally all clicked at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) last month; should remain competitive up 5lb.
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2nd

1

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:20 Sedgefield

Bridge Road

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

midfield on outer

4/1

3rd

12

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Bridge Road

11st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Threatened to come good on a few occasions before it finally all clicked at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) last month; should remain competitive up 5lb.

12/1

Form: -2P552

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful on Flat; 0-6 hurdling but it could be beginning to click for him, going down only to a progressive type in 2m Sandown handicap (soft) at the start of the month; raised 4lb but still respected.
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6

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:20 Doncaster

Galahad Threepwood

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear

4/1

4th

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Galahad Threepwood

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Fairly useful on Flat; 0-6 hurdling but it could be beginning to click for him, going down only to a progressive type in 2m Sandown handicap (soft) at the start of the month; raised 4lb but still respected.

11/2

Form: /941-3 D BF

Last run: 223 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Showed promise in bumpers prior to running out a ready winner on 2m Hexham hurdle debut (soft) in April; creditable third under a penalty there (2m4f) the following month (final start for Sandy Forster); hard to argue his mark is generous but he does bring unexposed potential to this handicap debut.
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1st

10

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

15:00 Doncaster

Clear White Light

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Novice hurdle win at 2m but he seemed to stay 2m4f at Hexham last May; close up on recent handicap debut for new yard at Wetherby (2m, good to soft); extra is needed but he should come on for the run.

10/1

5th

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Clear White Light

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Adrian Paul Keatley

Showed promise in bumpers prior to running out a ready winner on 2m Hexham hurdle debut (soft) in April; creditable third under a penalty there (2m4f) the following month (final start for Sandy Forster); hard to argue his mark is generous but he does bring unexposed potential to this handicap debut.

14/1

Form: 531-41 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Ended last season with a handicap hurdle win at Bangor (2m, soft) and made a successful start over fences at that venue (2m1f, heavy) a month ago; on a competitive mark back hurdling but others are less exposed.
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6th

7

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Feel The Pinch

11st 11lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Ended last season with a handicap hurdle win at Bangor (2m, soft) and made a successful start over fences at that venue (2m1f, heavy) a month ago; on a competitive mark back hurdling but others are less exposed.

12/1

1st

7

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

12:23 Bangor-on-Dee

Feel The Pinch

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders

11/2

4th

8

8th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:30 Lingfield

Feel The Pinch

11st 4lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, hit 2nd, pushed along 3 out

11/2

Form: P4-683 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
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.
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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

Form: 225421 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Added to her very good Market Rasen record when seeing off six rivals over 2m there (soft) 39 days ago; did that comfortably but might be worth taking on away from that venue off a 9lb higher mark.
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8th

13

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Lady Babs

11st 5lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Andrew Crook

Added to her very good Market Rasen record when seeing off six rivals over 2m there (soft) 39 days ago; did that comfortably but might be worth taking on away from that venue off a 9lb higher mark.

10/1

1st

6

17th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

12:47 Market Rasen

Lady Babs

11st 9lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Andrew Crook

Back-to-form second at Sedgefield (soft) 14 days ago and her very good C&D record (two wins and three seconds from five visits) provides plenty of hope that she can build on that now; top of the list.

3/1

2nd

5

3rd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

13:42 Sedgefield

Lady Babs

11st 6lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Andrew Crook

towards rear, headway after 5th, prominent 3 out

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 431 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 13lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful Flat winner in Ireland and going the right way over hurdles, making all with plenty to spare in a juvenile maiden at Southwell (2m, good) last month; could be more to come in handicaps; respected.
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1st

3

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

12:05 Sandown

I Have A Voice

11st 6lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Flat scorer in Ireland and opened his hurdles account at Southwell in November (both wins on good going); form dipped in Wetherby handicap (good to soft) on Boxing Day; this stiffer test isn't sure to suit.

12/1

9th

14

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

I Have A Voice

10st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Nigel Hawke

Fairly useful Flat winner in Ireland and going the right way over hurdles, making all with plenty to spare in a juvenile maiden at Southwell (2m, good) last month; could be more to come in handicaps; respected.

13/2

Form: 1531-3 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
2-4 over hurdles last season; no impact on the Flat at the start of the summer but better signs back hurdling when third of five at Hexham (2m, soft) last month; the second/fourth haven't done much for that form since but she's entitled to come on for the outing.
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10th

3

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Bonne Vitesse

11st 13lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

2-4 over hurdles last season; no impact on the Flat at the start of the summer but better signs back hurdling when third of five at Hexham (2m, soft) last month; the second/fourth haven't done much for that form since but she's entitled to come on for the outing.

25/1

3rd

5

16th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

15:23 Hexham

Bonne Vitesse

11st 8lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

raced freely, prominent, pushed along and disputing second on turn before last

15/2

Form: 47-21 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Ability at ordinary level in bumpers and promising start over hurdles, second at Ayr before going one better at Kelso (2m, soft) 32 days ago; likely he has more to offer now making a quick switch to handicaps; one of two interesting contenders for his stable.
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11th

8

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Chapel Green

11st 11lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Ability at ordinary level in bumpers and promising start over hurdles, second at Ayr before going one better at Kelso (2m, soft) 32 days ago; likely he has more to offer now making a quick switch to handicaps; one of two interesting contenders for his stable.

15/2

1st

1

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

12:48 Kelso

Chapel Green

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent on inner

11/4

Form: 241-46 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Unexposed 5yo who delivered on earlier hurdling promise when winning heavy-ground C&D maiden in March; has disappointed in a pair of handicap chases this term but no surprise were he to resume progress now back over hurdles.
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1st

4

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:10 Ayr

Netywell

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Looked one to follow when comfortably winning maiden hurdle at Wetherby (2m, heavy) last March and trainer's horses usually improve for the switch to fences; remains lightly raced and things could click again at some point but he's struggled to get competitive this season, including in two chases.

8/1

12th

6

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Netywell

11st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Unexposed 5yo who delivered on earlier hurdling promise when winning heavy-ground C&D maiden in March; has disappointed in a pair of handicap chases this term but no surprise were he to resume progress now back over hurdles.

20/1

Form: 52-8

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Seven-time Flat winner; yet to better modest form over hurdles (beaten 27l when second in Catterick maiden in March) and he'll need to leave last month's handicap hurdle debut/reappearance well behind to play a prominent role here.
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3rd

5

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:20 Sedgefield

Edgar Allan Poe

11st 7lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

in touch with leaders, jumped left 2nd

5/1

1st

7

1st Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 5

15:35 Catterick

Edgar Allan Poe

11st 3lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

midfield on inner, in touch with leaders after 3rd

66/1

13th

16

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Edgar Allan Poe

10st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Seven-time Flat winner; yet to better modest form over hurdles (beaten 27l when second in Catterick maiden in March) and he'll need to leave last month's handicap hurdle debut/reappearance well behind to play a prominent role here.

66/1

Form: 4/9-44

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Well-held fourth in maiden/novice hurdles this autumn but this half-brother to very smart hurdler Tommy's Oscar rates a possible improver now making a quick switch to handicaps; one to note in the betting.
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3rd

5

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

13:00 Kelso

Take Centre Stage

11st 8lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Half-brother to very smart Tommy's Oscar; displayed some ability when fourth in maiden/novice hurdles in the autumn (including over C&D and on soft) but he was a 23l last of 14 at 22-1 on his handicap debut at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; needs to leave that run well behind.

25/1

14th

15

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Take Centre Stage

10st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Well-held fourth in maiden/novice hurdles this autumn but this half-brother to very smart hurdler Tommy's Oscar rates a possible improver now making a quick switch to handicaps; one to note in the betting.

20/1

4th

6

16th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

13:23 Hexham

Take Centre Stage

11st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Better than the bare form when 27l fourth on recent Kelso hurdling debut (2m, good to soft), the effects of a penultimate-flight blunder perhaps tiring him out as much as the nine-month absence; no surprise were this half-brother to Tommy's Oscar to do better with a clearer round.

12/1

Form: 9250-4 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler on slow ground in his prime; hasn't won for a while but he didn't run too badly when fourth on Musselburgh reappearance five weeks ago and he's dropped another 2lb since; cheekpieces on first time; could go well, particularly if the ground eases (all five wins on soft/heavy).
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2nd

7

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 3

15:15 Catterick

Chti Balko

11st 1lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, led 4th, ridden when not fluent 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in

15/2

4

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Chti Balko

11st 13lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Useful hurdler on slow ground in his prime; hasn't won for a while but he didn't run too badly when fourth on Musselburgh reappearance five weeks ago and he's dropped another 2lb since; cheekpieces on first time; could go well, particularly if the ground eases (all five wins on soft/heavy).

14/1

Form: 3/221/ D

Last run: 793 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Progressive when last seen, winning a Kelso handicap by 8l off only 2lb lower; a 793-day absence means he can only really be watched this time.
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8th

1

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:15 Uttoxeter

Rob Royal

12st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

took keen hold, soon led at steady pace, disputed lead from 3rd, shaken up after 5th

20/1

8th

13

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:43 Uttoxeter

Rob Royal

10st 6lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Progressive when last seen, winning a Kelso handicap by 8l off only 2lb lower; however, has a 798-day absence to overcome in a warm race.

20/1

11

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Rob Royal

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Progressive when last seen, winning a Kelso handicap by 8l off only 2lb lower; a 793-day absence means he can only really be watched this time.

33/1

Non-runners

Chti Balko, Rob Royal

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £142.80
Straight Forecast £81.17
Tricast £587.23
Trifecta £985.70

Selections

RP Ratings:

I Have A Voice

SPOTLIGHT:

Brentford Hope

The Sun:

Chapel Green

TOPSPEED:

Bridge Road

The Star:

Clear White Light

WEST COUNTRY:

Galahad Threepwood

Daily Record:

Chapel Green

The Guardian:

Bridge Road

POSTDATA:

I Have A Voice

D Express:

I Have A Voice

Daily Mirror:

I Have A Voice

The Times:

Brentford Hope

Telegraph:

Brentford Hope

Daily Mail:

Brentford Hope