January 19 / 13.25 Ludlow

13.25

Soft

G C Rickards Ltd Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 1m 7f 169y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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G C Rickards Ltd Novices’ Hurdle (Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Snow showers

Abandoned

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W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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5th

8

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Arqoob

10st 5lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

in touch with leaders

5/2

3rd

16

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Arqoob

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Lucy Wadham

Gained clearcut success at Sandown (2m, soft) in November and ran just as well when third of six to Rare Edition at Kempton (2m, good to soft) last month; however, he's 2lb out of the handicap in this more competitive race and he's moving into unknown territory trip-wise.

20/1

3rd

6

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Arqoob

10st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, jumped left from 5 out, pressed leaders after 3 out, no extra from last, lost second inside final 110yds

11/2

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Abandoned

Form: 4

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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4th

4

18th May 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 5

17:25 Fontwell

Dickens

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

took keen hold, towards rear, hit 3rd, hit 3 out, headway home turn, shaken up when in touch with leaders 2 out, ridden and stayed on run-in

12/1

3rd

4

29th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:10 Market Rasen

Dickens

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Two Flat wins in 2021; has been too free in all three hurdling starts but it hasn't stopped him shaping with some promise, notably when fifth at Ludlow latest; makes handicap debut off an attractive mark though ability to act on genuinely soft ground is open to question.

7/4

5th

3

2nd Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Dickens

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Fairly useful on the Flat at best; safely held after racing too freely on both hurdling starts but ran well for a long way at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) last month and today's faster ground ought to suit; can do better.

9/1

Form: 45

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

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7th

9

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

14:05 Doncaster

Gentle Frank

10st 6lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Henry Oliver

Lightly raced 7yo who impressed when winning a novice hurdle here (2m3f, good) in March and could improve for last month's chase debut here (3m, good); however, he was well beaten and this is a tough race in which to bounce back.

12/1

4th

1

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:20 Doncaster

Gentle Frank

12st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Henry Oliver

Not always fluent over hurdles but won easily at this course (2m3f, good) in March and looks interesting back here on chase/handicap debut; should take to this game, having shown promise in points.

6/1

Form: 18 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

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7

9th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:00 Ffos Las

New Beginnings

11st 7lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Worcester bumper winner (2m, good to soft) winner a year ago who has finished well behind the winner in three starts over hurdles, but he wasn't disgraced when third of 11 at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) last time (winner has gone in again since); pedigree suggests he should relish this longer trip on handicap debut and high on the list.

7/2

3rd

6

27th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

New Beginnings

11st 5lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a Worcester bumper last May but has been easy to back both times over hurdles and hasn't shown much at all; disappointing if he can't raise his game at some stage, but best watched for now.

10/1

13th

10

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

13:05 Doncaster

New Beginnings

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Out of a 2m4f-3m1f hurdle winner; justified favouritism in a Worcester bumper (2m, good to soft) on debut last May but was a weak 12-1 shot for a maiden hurdle there (2m4f, soft) in October and he finished tailed-off eighth of 12; returns from another break and has some questions to answer.

25/1

Form: 694

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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3rd

6

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Playtogetaway

11st 1lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Immediate improvement for the switch to handicaps last spring and he looked the likely winner from some way out when making it 2-2 at this level at Worcester last June (good; earlier win on good to soft); debatable what the form was worth and raised 7lb but he can find more.

7/2

Form: 7

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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8th

4

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Scherbobalob

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Off the mark when scoring over C&D (good to soft; 10-1) in April but he's not gone on from that and pulled up back here on his return last month; only 1lb higher than for his win but overall record now stands at 1-15 and others are more convincing.

14/1

0

9

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

17:41 Ludlow

Scherbobalob

11st 2lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Came good over hurdles with convincing C&D (good to soft) win in April but wasn't quite in same form on next two outings; has fitness to prove after 165-day absence and tends to race too freely; others appeal more.

12/1

6th

4

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Scherbobalob

11st 9lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Didn't get home after racing too freely at Stratford three weeks ago and needs to put that run behind him but came good over hurdles with convincing C&D success two starts ago and has obvious claims if judged on that.

10/1

Form: 5

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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2nd

12

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Some Scope

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Improving 6yo who came from a long way off the pace before drawing clear to win comfortably by over 7l here (3m, good) in January and is now 2-3 over fences; 10lb higher in a much stronger race today and may not be ideally suited by the slower ground, but still needs to be taken very seriously.

3/1

6

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

13:25 Doncaster

Some Scope

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Won with something to spare at Catterick (3m1f, good to soft; second chase attempt) two months ago and looks open to further improvement in this sphere; has low mileage; respected up 5lb.

2/1

Form: P

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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6

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:35 Southwell

Straightupsnicket

11st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Sam Allwood

always towards rear, not fluent 3rd, pushed along and became detached before 5th, well behind when mistake 3 out

100/1

4

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

15:35 Doncaster

Straightupsnicket

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

took keen hold, held up in last, mistake 2nd

200/1

14th

13

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

13:05 Doncaster

Straightupsnicket

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

Runner-up in his second point (3m, good) last April but he was pulled up at a massive price on hurdling debut at Worcester (2m4f, soft) in October; has had wind surgery since and now drops to 2m after another break.

100/1

Form: 563

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

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4th

3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Thankyourluckystar

11st 10lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Just two runs since winning off 4lb lower here last March (2m, good; probably fine on soft) and the latest was over fences (chase debut); that leaves him with a bit to prove on the wellbeing front but hard to dismiss.

10/1

0

6

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Thankyourluckystar

10st 13lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Hurdle winner here in March (2m, now 7lb higher) and fair third later that month; should stay this trip on chasing debut and trainer thinks he'll be better over fences, so not discounted.

7/1

Abandoned

Form: 9

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

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2nd

5

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Lingfield

Twp Stori

10st 3lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Eight-race maiden; much closer in handicaps at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) on his last two outings; still needs to find extra but dam won at up to 3m1f and this longer trip may well help.

8/1

3rd

11

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:18 Uttoxeter

Twp Stori

10st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Seven-race maiden but he ran his best race so far when a 7l fifth of 13 over C&D (heavy) last month; was just behind Jukebox D'Eddy in that race and he's not ruled out.

12/1

5th

14

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

13:05 Uttoxeter

Twp Stori

10st 4lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Tailed off when switched to heavy ground for last month's handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f); still unexposed but significant improvement needed.

33/1

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W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

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0

8

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Fakenham

Aurelia Fadilla

10st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Gretton

No serious involvement in four hurdles, most recently pulled up on handicap debut at Stratford in September (2m2f, good; out of the weights); runs off correct mark today but plenty more needed.

50/1

0

8

9th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:30 Stratford

Aurelia Fadilla

10st 2lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Tom Gretton

Showed no significant promise at triple-digit odds in three 2m novice hurdles during the winter; 9lb wrong for today's handicap debut and could be considered only if much stronger in the betting this time.

20/1

6th

6

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

15:35 Doncaster

Aurelia Fadilla

10st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Tom Gretton

always towards rear, mistake 2nd, mistake 3 out (usual 4 out)

100/1

Abandoned

Form: 26

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

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5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

15:10 Doncaster

Gaye Legacy

11st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Has form figures of 1221 since upped to 2m7f/3m (maiden previously), proving game in a big-field mares' handicap at Newbury (soft) most recently; improving and looks well worth her place in this higher grade; rock-solid contender.

5/1

1st

10

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Gaye Legacy

11st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

midfield on inner

6/1

2nd

15

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 121y

Class 2

15:40 Kempton

Gaye Legacy

10st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

From famous jumping family; has improved since back from a break and handicapping, sealing a Market Rasen race quite well when upped to 2m7f (good to soft) in November and perhaps finding heavy ground too much for her behind well-treated one at Aintree recently; 2lb wrong but interesting.

11/2

Form: 70

Last run: 105 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Mare

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10th

8

2nd Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Minneigh Mozze

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Unseated rider at first flight on hurdling debut in January and well beaten at big odds on both outings last month, latterly in C&D race won by Welsh Charger.

200/1

14th

12

22nd Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Minneigh Mozze

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Is yet to show any form of note in bumpers and two starts over hurdles at Hereford this year; she's very hard to make a case for.

100/1

8th

11

5th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:33 Hereford

Minneigh Mozze

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Down the field in two autumn bumpers for a different yard; 250-1 for a hurdle here last week and unseated after jinking right at the first flight.

66/1

Form: 5-

Last run: 275 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

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13

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:40 Hereford

Starlight Glance

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

in rear, lost action and pulled up after 1st

16/1

2nd

10

6th Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:00 Southwell

Starlight Glance

10st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

midfield

40/1

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5 yo Mare

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13

27th Jan 2023

Frozen

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:25 Huntingdon

Stellar One

11st 1lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, bad mistake 2nd

7/1

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6 yo Mare

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3rd

8

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:20 Fontwell

Stopherandgo

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

in rear

50/1

9th

9

7th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:55 Plumpton

Stopherandgo

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Kevin Pickard

Shock winner of a Wincanton novice last March and bumped into a useful mare next time at Ludlow (2m, soft); however, has been uncompetitive in handicaps since, one for former yard and one for her new one.

33/1

0

3

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:38 Exeter

Stopherandgo

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Kevin Pickard

visibility reduced by fog, midfield

16/1

Verdict

Those who have raced over hurdles set a modest standard and the useful Flat performer ARQOOB is taken to make a winning jumps debut. The Dan Skelton-trained newcomer Stellar One is second choice. Haydock fourth Playtogetaway is next on the list, while New Beginnings and Some Scope could be much better than they showed on their hurdle debuts.[Ben Hutton]