December 29 / 12.28 Kelso

12.28 Kelso

Heavy

Watch The Replay At Racing TV Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7787.78
  • 2m 6f 151y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Watch The Replay At Racing TV Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 14-642 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Not seen to best effect on last month's chasing debut but lost out by only a head when clear second over hurdles at Musselburgh (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) 24 days ago and could still be well handicapped after a 3lb rise.
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1st

6

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Schalke

11st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, niggled along briefly after 4th

6/1

2nd

5

5th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

14:40 Musselburgh

Schalke

11st 3lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won two in a row early this year when upped in trip (2m7f/3m1f, good to soft/soft); failed to shine the next twice and same story on last month's chase debut at Market Rasen following a break, but his jumping lacked fluency and it will be no surprise to see him go well now back over hurdles.

6/1

4th

5

10th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:40 Market Rasen

Schalke

11st 8lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, not fluent 6th, lost position after 7th, dropped to last 9th, not fluent 12th, pushed along and got behind after 14th

6/1

5/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 411-21

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Progressive mare who rallied well to score at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month and has now won three of her last four; the extra emphasis on stamina here is unlikely to be a problem; major player.
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2nd

5

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Charm Offensive

11st 8lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on inner

5/2

1st

1

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Charm Offensive

12st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Progressive mare who won a C&D novice (heavy) and a mares' handicap (2m5f, soft; cheekpieces first time) here last season; good second in a Kelso handicap (2m4f, soft) on reappearance and although 3lb higher should go well again.

3/1

2nd

3

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Ayr

Charm Offensive

11st 6lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: N W Alexander

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, good headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led last, kept on well but headed towards finish

11/4

16/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 31-465 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Three-time C&D winner, most recently in April; not handicapped out of contention (even from 2lb out of the weights) but this is more competitive than the races she usually contests and, although she has plenty of form on soft ground, she has something to prove on heavy.
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3rd

12

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Lissen To The Lady

10st 2lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Sandy Forster

in touch with leaders on outer, midfield 5th

16/1

5th

9

24th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Lissen To The Lady

11st 0lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Sandy Forster

in touch with leaders on outer

14/1

Form: 9945-7

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Made low-key seasonal/handicap debut when seventh of nine at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month but is entitled to have benefited from that outing and is another that remains unexposed; worth a glance in the betting.
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6th

3

14th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:57 Wetherby

Nights In Venice

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Donald Whillans

Bumper runner-up who was a fair fourth of 12 at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) a fortnight ago on his second handicap start; he's lightly raced but needs another step forward if he's to come out on top here.

9/1

4th

11

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Nights In Venice

10st 6lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Donald Whillans

raced in second, joined leader 3 out, led home turn

33/1

7th

6

29th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:35 Ayr

Nights In Venice

11st 6lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Modest efforts at up to 3m1f in three runs over hurdles, last two with a tongue-tie (not on here); no easy task on handicap debut after a break.

25/1

Form: 4-32PF CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
C&D (soft) novice winner two years ago; pulled up at Carlisle in October, after a break, but was still going well before falling at third-last flight here last month and remains on a workable mark; can't be ruled out.
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5th

8

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Deluxe Range

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders

9/1

1

24th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Deluxe Range

12st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner

8/1

4

13th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 8y

Class 4

13:35 Carlisle

Deluxe Range

11st 8lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Sandy Thomson

prominent, lost position 4th, ridden 6th, weakened 4 out, well behind when pulled up before 3 out (trainer could offer no explanation for the poor form shown; vet said post-race examination failed to reveal any abnormalities)

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 32

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Unexposed 5yo who has been placed on both hurdling starts, more recently when close second in Haydock maiden (3m, soft; front pair well clear) last month; should have some improvement to come in handicaps and needs to be taken very seriously.
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6th

7

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Inis Oirr

11st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

led, joined 3 out, headed and pushed along home turn, soon weakened and lost position, ridden and beaten after 2 out

5/1

2nd

1

30th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

13:35 Haydock

Inis Oirr

11st 4lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent, pressed leader 5 out, pushed along to lead 3 out, ridden approaching last, kept on but headed towards finish

5/2

Form: 812/34 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Returned from long absence with quite encouraging chase debut here in November but now reverts to hurdling after a lesser effort; runs this track very well and is on a good mark if old ability remains; handles soft ground; not proven on heavy.
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7th

9

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Leostar

11st 1lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Ewan Whillans

prominent, outpaced and pushed along after 9th

12/1

4th

4

4th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

13:35 Kelso

Leostar

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

This is his second start back from a long absence and he needs to prove he's as good as he was; however, his 14l third over C&D on last month's chase debut was encouraging given the length of the layoff, and he's well treated on his progressive 2020-21 hurdle form (two wins here); not ruled out.

14/1

3rd

2

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

15:53 Kelso

Leostar

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Ewan Whillans

held up in behind leaders on outer

10/1

Form: -43525 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Dual 2m4f hurdle winner towards end of last season (good/good to soft) and ran well in defeat at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in October; didn't fire when favourite last time, though, and this stamina test may not bring out the best in him.
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7th

2

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:55 Doncaster

Big Bad Bear

11st 12lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Nicky Richards

C&D winner who was a close second at Market Rasen in October and he'll be in the mix if reproducing that form; however he's finished down the field the last twice and needs to bounce back.

7/1

8th

4

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Big Bad Bear

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

midfield on outer, in rear before 3rd, dropped to last and nudged along after 5th, ridden and struggling after 9th

9/1

5th

6

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:57 Doncaster

Big Bad Bear

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

In good nick in the spring, winning over around 2m4f at Newcastle (good) and Perth (good to soft); below par back at Perth in September but quickly returned to form when chasing home the progressive Harbour Lake at Market Rasen six weeks ago; likely to be thereabouts.

11/4

Form: 6/642-

Last run: 271 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced since starting hurdle career with three good-ground wins for Olly Murphy in summer 2020; returned from break with good effort at Ayr (2m5f, good to soft) in April but not seen since; sold for £3,000 in May; might be vulnerable to stronger stayers on this stable debut.
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6th

2

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:30 Kelso

Enemy Coast Ahead

11st 6lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Katie Scott

9yo who is lightly raced for his age and 3lb lower than when a good second of four at Ayr last April on his final run for Olly Murphy; changed hands for £3,000 in May; may have needed the run here on stable debut but was tailed off and a big turnaround is needed just 17 days on.

16/1

9th

3

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Enemy Coast Ahead

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Katie Scott

midfield on inner

16/1

Form: 32PP-4

Last run: 51 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Smart in his prime but without a win since February 2020; didn't run badly on last month's seasonal debut and has conditions to suit here but others have much more appealing profiles; cheekpieces given another try (pulled up both previous runs in them).
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1

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Emitom

12st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

midfield on outer, niggled along after 7th, pushed along and ridden before 8th, soon lost position and dropped to rear

10/1

4th

6

8th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

16:30 Lingfield

Emitom

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Warren Greatrex

raced wide, midfield, headway 2 out (usual 3 out), soon pushed along, ridden and weakened approaching last

13/2

Form: 520529 BF

Last run: 90 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Won at 2021 Punchestown Festival for Jessica Harrington (2m4f, yielding) but left that stable after a disappointing run in September and may find this trip-and-ground combination too taxing on first start for Ben Haslam; usual headgear is missing.
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10th

4

25th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 3

15:15 Catterick

Guiri

11st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

never better than mid-division, dropped to rear 5 out, weakened 4 out, tailed off

33/1

2

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Guiri

12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

in rear, pushed along before 8th, tailed off when pulled up after 9th

20/1

Form: 4722P-

Last run: 295 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Second in two maiden hurdles at start of this year, the latter over C&D (good); not seen since pulled up on handicap debut in March (lost action) and not proven on ground slower than good to soft but remains unexposed.
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10

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

12:28 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

11st 1lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

in rear, headway into midfield and going okay 9th

8/1

2

24th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

13:55 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

11st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £55.90
Straight Forecast £73.63
Tricast £829.04
Trifecta £383.80

Selections

RP Ratings:

Inis Oirr

SPOTLIGHT:

Schalke

LAMBOURN:

Emitom

TOPSPEED:

Firth Of Forth

The Sun:

Charm Offensive

D Express:

Big Bad Bear

The Star:

Lissen To The Lady

The Times:

Inis Oirr

The Guardian:

Inis Oirr

Daily Mail:

Inis Oirr

Daily Mirror:

Inis Oirr

Daily Record:

Inis Oirr

POSTDATA:

Schalke

Telegraph:

Emitom