December 28 / 13.20 Leicester

13.20

Heavy

Pertemps Network Selling Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5064.78
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Pertemps Network Selling Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 8137-8 CD

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Has good and moderate days but has won both course handicaps (1m7f (good)/2m4f (soft)); below best when last seen in the spring but is quite capable of putting modest form behind him; cheekpieces discarded.
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:40 Newcastle

Turning Gold

12st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robert Bevis

prominent

13/2

4th

6

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

17:05 Uttoxeter

Turning Gold

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Goes well from the front and won a Leicester seller (2m4f, heavy) in December, but he's far from consistent these days and ran poorly at Ffos Las six weeks later; chance may depend on getting an uncontested lead.

12/1

8th

11

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:43 Ffos Las

Turning Gold

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Robert Bevis

Easily won two-finisher Leicester seller (2m4f, heavy) six weeks ago, after a layoff, but the value of that form is open to question and he's been very inconsistent in recent years; not an easy one to predict.

8/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -1268P D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Winner of 2m4f handicap at Southwell in May (good) and has run well over fences here; well below best in hurdle/chase since back from a break but is still one of the better options in a terribly ordinary race.
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0

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

14:55 Musselburgh

Marajman

11st 7lb

J: Daire Davis

T: R Mike Smith

prominent, mistake and lost position 8th, not fluent and dropped to rear 9th, struggling from 10th

20/1

7th

6

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Marajman

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: R Mike Smith

Two chase wins for previous yard in 2023 (about 2m4f, good; has won on heavy) but right out of luck for new yard in November; best watched for now.

25/1

13th

3

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

13:15 Catterick

Marajman

11st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

Won twice over fences this year for a different yard; suffered early interference before later pulled up on his debut for this one; could put a line through that but good ground would be preferred.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 22286- BF

Last run: 480 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Ex-Dan Skelton; acts on soft but sole win on good and kept to that surface in 2021; sold £7,500 in 2021; risky for new yard after absence.
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8th

5

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 181y

Class 5

15:53 Doncaster

Ambassador

11st 9lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Micky Hammond

Not disgraced on Flat last week; 2-4 over hurdles for current stable, the wins gained over 2m at Uttoxeter and 2m2f at Kelso; has stamina to prove at this new trip.

10/1

4th

1

(2)

6th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

19:00 Wolverhampton (AW)

Ambassador

9st 12lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Micky Hammond

Had just one run in a staying AW handicap when last of ten at Southwell in January, but has won two of four hurdle starts for new connections since and may yet make a go of his Flat career at this ordinary level.

12/1

4th

1

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Ambassador

12st 0lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Micky Hammond

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

Form: 5

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Three Flat wins at up to 1m4f (good to firm/soft) but beaten a long way on hurdle debut for Michael Scudamore in October; sold £5,500 since; still a query as to whether he will take to hurdles, even at this level.
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3rd

2

(6)

5th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 4

16:05 Lingfield (AW)

Enthused

9st 8lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

Progressive five-time winner over hurdles last year and he had a daunting task in Grade 2 at Cheltenham (pulled up) on his final run in October; his three Flat wins have all come over middle distances but he's on a workable mark back in this sphere and needs watching in market on his AW debut; regular cheekpieces are removed.

8/1

3rd

2

(6)

5th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 0f 1y

Class 4

16:05 Lingfield (AW)

Enthused

9st 8lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

Progressive five-time winner over hurdles last year and he had a daunting task in Grade 2 at Cheltenham (pulled up) on his final run in October; his three Flat wins have all come over middle distances but he's on a workable mark back in this sphere and needs watching in market on his AW debut; regular cheekpieces are removed.

8/1

0

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:55 Cheltenham

Enthused

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: James Owen

The only of these with a Flat background and he's taken well to hurdling, progressing at a rate of knots in handicaps on his favoured good ground; it's difficult to gauge how far the momentum gathered in shallower waters might take him but he was never better than last time at Huntingdon.

20/1

Form: -P6F3P D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Latest win for Gordon Elliott was in September 2021 and has failed to complete almost as often as he's got round since; low-key debut for new trainer over fences in October and although much the highest rated in the field he is risky.
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7

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:05 Hexham

Fancy Foundations

11st 1lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

Poor completion record since his last win in 2021 and was tailed off when falling in a selling handicap chase the last time; has a lot to prove, but this is a bad race and perhaps a visor can help matters.

15/8

1

10th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:32 Fakenham

Fancy Foundations

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

Well treated on some old chase form Gordon Elliott but he has a poor completion record since his last win in 2021 and has been pulled-up in last two runs; with another new yard now and has plenty to prove back from 103 days off; cheekpieces added.

5/1

5

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:20 Leicester

Fancy Foundations

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Jake Thomas Coulson

Latest win for Gordon Elliott was in September 2021 and has failed to complete almost as often as he's got round since; low-key debut for new trainer over fences in October and although much the highest rated in the field he is risky.

6/4

Form: 76-749

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Flat and hurdle wins have been on good or quicker ground, most recently a 2m claimer in June; unknown quantity having first run on slower than good to soft in nearly three years; today's aids refitted.
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5th

8

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

15:20 Catterick

Go Fox

10st 7lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

Inconsistent in recent years but won two chases on good ground in early part of this season and ran big race from the front when clear second at Fakenham (2m, soft) 11 days ago; no surprise if he gives this a good shot.

8/1

2nd

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:10 Fakenham

Go Fox

11st 1lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Made all for a C&D win last June (good) when 4lb lower; similar tactics were employed when he backed that up with a Stratford win (2m1f, good) next time; handicapper has had his measure since but he returned to better form when second over hurdles here (2m, soft) latest; player.

5/2

Form: 475567

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Chase winner on very soft in France but out of luck for this yard in Britain despite the major drop in his handicap mark; down in class but his latest defeat came in a modest grade.
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7

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:20 Leicester

Master Blaze

11st 0lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Chase winner on very soft in France but out of luck for this yard in Britain despite the major drop in his handicap mark; down in class but his latest defeat came in a modest grade.

12/1

7th

7

21st Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:53 Taunton

Master Blaze

10st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Won a 2m1f chase on testing ground in France in 2021; beaten too far in his eight British starts (five over hurdles, the three over fences) to be recommended at the moment but he is way down the weights.

20/1

6th

6

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 4

13:05 Fontwell

Master Blaze

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Won slow-ground chase in France last autumn (2m1f) but yet to be placed after seven British starts; not written off just yet but is 5lb out of the weights here and needs to turn a corner.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £9.60
Straight Forecast £8.08
Trifecta £8.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Turning Gold

WEST COUNTRY:

Ambassador

Telegraph:

Enthused

TOPSPEED:

Marajman

D Express:

Fancy Foundations

The Star:

Enthused

Daily Mirror:

Marajman

The Guardian:

Ambassador

Daily Record:

Ambassador

RP Ratings:

Turning Gold

POSTDATA:

Turning Gold

The Times:

Turning Gold

Daily Mail:

Turning Gold