December 28 / 13.03 Catterick

13.03

Soft

Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5064.78
  • 2m 3f 66y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/1 (Won)

Form: 3738-1

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Ex-French gelding who finished a solid third to an improver in this race last year (similar ground); bettered that when winning off 6lb lower on his comeback last month (first-time cheekpieces) and enters calculations.
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0

8

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Happy And Fine

10st 12lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

Kept to hurdles for three seasons but he is making great strides as a chaser, following a Leicester win with one from the front at Haydock (both 2m4f on heavy) where he didn't waste an ounce of energy at his fences; a further 8lb rise asks for more in this better company, though.

14/1

1st

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Happy And Fine

11st 7lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

made virtually all

15/8

1st

3

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 4

13:35 Leicester

Happy And Fine

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Came good over hurdles with two wins in cheekpieces towards end of last year and made very solid start to chasing career when third of 13 against experienced handicappers at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November; not yet proven on heavy ground but, otherwise, he has strong claims.

5/2

6/1

Form: 11-23U D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Dual Sedgefield winner for Tom Midgley in the spring, latterly off a 12lb lower mark; back to that level, if not better, over C&D last time before unseating at the final flight and is one of the likelier winners.
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2nd

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Hajey

12st 2lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tracy Waggott

raced wide, prominent, not fluent 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner final 110yds

100/30

2

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:25 Catterick

Hajey

11st 12lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tracy Waggott

Beat just three rivals when winning over C&D (soft) last month and now on a career-high mark; however, he did it in good style and has now won on his last two visits here (the other one being this race last year); key player.

11/2

16/1

Form: 2-4236 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Infrequent winner under both codes and has had too many near-misses for comfort since his last victory; didn't look to have any excuses over C&D last time and now goes in a first-time tongue-tie.
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3rd

6

(7)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Ripon

Spantik

9st 0lb

J: Ben Curtis

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

reluctant to load, raced in second

8/1

5th

1

(5)

13th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 47y

Class 5

15:15 Carlisle

Spantik

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

Normally consistent, but was ending a 19-race losing run when making all at Ripon (2m, good) 15 days ago; only 2lb higher and worthy of respect, especially if allowed his own way again; acts on good to soft, though anything softer could be an issue.

7/2

1st

1

(7)

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 6

17:00 Ripon

Spantik

10st 3lb

J: Daniel Tudhope

T: Roger Fell & Sean Murray

made all, ridden when faced challenge over 1f out, kept on well final 110yds, gamely

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 2412-F

Last run: 8 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Win and a second to an improver once switched from bumpers in the spring and was well on top when falling at the last at Ludlow last Tuesday; is in off the same mark and clearly the one to beat.
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3rd

4

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Haas Boy

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Charlie Longsdon

Sole win came in a maiden here (2m, soft), though would have defied a mid-110s mark at Ludlow 13 months ago but for falling late on; weakening efforts latterly, however, including on recent return from wind surgery.

12/1

5th

5

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

Haas Boy

11st 6lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Charlie Longsdon

Had wind surgery since tailing off on his chase debut three months ago (lost a shoe); has some wellbeing issues to address but if back to the form he showed in this race 12 months ago he'd take some stopping, as he would have won convincingly off a 5lb higher mark had he not come down at the last; interesting.

7/1

Form: 212P-5 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Two wins and two seconds to his name in five runs over fences here; is entitled to have come on for last month's comeback, when he pulled hard, but he'll need to improve on previous hurdles efforts.
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3

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

13:35 Catterick

Da Vinci Hand

11st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Joanne Foster

Dual course winner; non-stayer over 3m1f back here last week; only a modest fifth in this contest 12 months ago but is 18lb lower this time; attractively handicapped.

7/2

5th

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Da Vinci Hand

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Joanne Foster

Remains below his best despite finishing runner-up over 2m5f at Market Rasen (good to soft) when ultimately no match for the winner; all his best form is over shorter distances than this; cheekpieces added.

12/1

Form: 127-35

Last run: 137 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Handled soft ground when winning a novice last winter but was generally kept to better conditions by his three previous trainers; stamina would be a question mark back from four months off.
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5th

1

28th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:45 Catterick

Kavanaghs Cross

12st 1lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Patrick Neville

led

7/2

1st

10

13th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:45 Catterick

Kavanaghs Cross

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Patrick Neville

Form dipped sharply the last twice (hurdles/fences) but a revival looks possible off current mark with Brian Hughes up for first time; well treated on peak performances and can't be dismissed.

6/1

6th

7

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

13:35 Doncaster

Kavanaghs Cross

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Patrick Neville

jumped left on occasions, held up in rear, slow jump 7th, detached when not fluent 8th

16/1

Form: 48-557 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Landed the second hat-trick of her career early in the year, one she completed off a 2lb higher mark; two poor efforts back from a summer break leave her hard to back today though.
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10th

1

15th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

16:50 Wetherby

Desaray Girl

12st 0lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Showed clear signs of a return to form at Catterick (2m3f, good) last time, sticking on for second; remains 5lb below last winning mark; one for the shortlist.

13/2

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

13:10 Catterick

Desaray Girl

12st 0lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Landed a hat-trick early last year and she's well handicapped on that form; she's one to watch in the betting but has to perform considerably better than on her final three starts towards the end of last year.

25/1

7th

11

28th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:03 Catterick

Desaray Girl

11st 2lb

J: Miss Becky Smith

T: Micky Hammond

Landed the second hat-trick of her career early in the year, one she completed off a 2lb higher mark; two poor efforts back from a summer break leave her hard to back today though.

33/1

Form: 32-451 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Proved his stamina for this sort of trip when winning over fences on soft here last month; is 6lb higher today but 6lb lower than when last running over hurdles for Olly Murphy, so a follow-up wouldn't shock despite his general lack of consistency.
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6th

9

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Getaway Luv

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Inconsistent and can make mistakes but he won last year in March, July and October; the last named was career-best form but he probably needs another step forward to win this.

10/1

4th

7

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

13:50 Catterick

Getaway Luv

11st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

in touch with leaders, outpaced when mistake 2 out, weakened approaching last

7/2

1st

8

18th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

15:33 Wetherby

Getaway Luv

10st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Lizzie Quinlan

chased clear leader, headway before 5th, not fluent 8th, led before 3 out, bumped by loose horse 3 out, mistake 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in, all out

16/1

Form: 15/586

Last run: 90 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Dual 1m2f Dundalk winner last winter before losing his way, including in three runs back over hurdles; conditions are no concern but stamina would be, with him not looking to see it out in a couple of tries over 2m2f+.
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6th

8

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 3

15:30 Catterick

Very Excellent

10st 9lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

in touch with leaders

20/1

2nd

6

11th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

15:40 Catterick

Very Excellent

11st 7lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Mike Sowersby

Won on the Flat last July and runner-up over hurdles at Cartmel (2m1f, soft) in August; it was his first start since when tailed off at Market Rasen (2m, soft) last month but he has to improve a bundle for the run.

25/1

6th

5

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

11:55 Market Rasen

Very Excellent

11st 4lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Mike Sowersby

Huge run when second at 40-1 in a Cartmel 0-130 in August (2m1f); struggler in handicap hurdles before that but still on a fine mark next to his peak Irish form of long ago and won't mind how slow the ground is.

13/2

Form: /28-P9 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
All wins have come in the spring and he remains 7lb above his last successful mark; hasn't shown enough in two runs back from a long absence to be considered.
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8

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Roxboro Road

10st 5lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

held up in rear, mistake 4th, niggled along briefly 5th, outpaced 7th

33/1

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6

16th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Roxboro Road

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Mike Sowersby

towards rear throughout, lost touch 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

16/1

7th

2

30th Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

19:20 Uttoxeter

Roxboro Road

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Signs of a revival when beaten ten lengths in a Cartmel chase in June but tailed off at Market Rasen since; plenty to prove back hurdling even though his mark continues to tumble.

7/1

Form: /18-21 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Bumper win in the spring has been well advertised since and she appreciated the step up to 2m4f when off the mark over hurdles last month; both came against her own sex and this is tougher now handicapping but she warrants respect.
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6

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:20 Musselburgh

I Am Gonna Be

10st 5lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

She was perhaps fading when badly hampered by a faller three out at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; however, prior to that she was a promising second on her chase/stable debut at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) and is in calculations on that form; runner-up in a point on soft ground.

7/2

8th

10

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

I Am Gonna Be

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won at Newcastle in 2022 in a bumper and a maiden hurdle; had wind surgery in August and her second of 12 at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft; not proven on soft) on chase/seasonal debut was a good effort in the tongue-tie first time; there's room for improvement in her jumping and, although raised 3lb, she could be thereabouts.

13/2

Form: 953-P

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced but didn't offer much on his handicap debut two months ago, when pulled up on his return from ten months out; is some way down the pecking order.
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12

28th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:03 Catterick

Algesiras

11st 0lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Lightly raced but didn't offer much on his handicap debut two months ago, when pulled up on his return from ten months out; is some way down the pecking order.

33/1

5

28th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

13:10 Wetherby

Algesiras

11st 10lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

midfield, pushed along 4 out, dropped to rear and struggling before 3 out, mistake 3 out, soon pulled up

13/2

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I Am Gonna Be

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Payout
Straight Forecast £18.78
Tricast £236.79

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Haas Boy

TOPSPEED:

Happy And Fine

Telegraph:

I Am Gonna Be

Daily Mail:

Getaway Luv

The Times:

Happy And Fine

The Sun:

Happy And Fine

Daily Record:

Happy And Fine

RP Ratings:

Haas Boy

POSTDATA:

Haas Boy

Daily Mirror:

Haas Boy

The Star:

Haas Boy

The Guardian:

I Am Gonna Be

D Express:

I Am Gonna Be