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Soft

Racing TV Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £3812.2
  • 1m 7f 169y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Racing TV Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Snow showers

Form: 4

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
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1st

12

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Beachcomber

10st 3lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Talented bumper and C&D maiden hurdle winner; warm order for a Catterick handicap since but he proved a handful, reluctant to go out on the second circuit and hanging badly until pulled up; has a black mark for behaviour but going this way round will suit and he still has potential.

6/1

0

3

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

12:30 Catterick

Beachcomber

11st 12lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Bumper winner in February who won a maiden hurdle when up to 3m1f at Huntingdon last time (good to soft); further progress likely on handicap debut.

7/4

1st

1

25th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

13:38 Huntingdon

Beachcomber

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

made all, increased tempo before 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden when not fluent last, kept on well run-in, comfortably

5/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Fifth foal; half-brother to 2m4f chase winner Holme Abbey; dam well beaten in a bumper, sister to point winner Brockwell Park, half-sister to bumper/2m4f hurdle winner Miss Abbey out of point winning sister to high-class staying chaser Grey Abbey; yard 0-23 in these races during recent seasons.
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6th

2

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

17:12 Stratford

Brockarno

11st 2lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: John Groucott

Showed something to build on when third of six at Hereford (good; 40-1) in February, but that wasn't the strongest of bumpers and he'll need to do better to make an impact today.

14/1

3rd

1

15th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

16:40 Hereford

Brockarno

11st 2lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: John Groucott

Half-brother to a chase winner; yard 0-23 in bumpers in last five seasons; others look more likely on paper.

33/1

Form: 2

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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2nd

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:05 Wincanton

Goonhilly

11st 7lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

A long way clear of the third when second at Aintree (2m1f, heavy) in December; that's among the best form in this line-up, so he's one to consider seriously despite a disappointing show at Taunton (2m, soft) in January.

11/8

5th

4

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:25 Taunton

Goonhilly

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Placed on seasonal/hurdle debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in October and was a long way clear of the third when second at Aintree (2m1f, heavy) last month; ought to play another significant role here.

11/4

Form: 662-

Last run: 277 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Improved with each start in French bumpers, last time finishing runner-up over 1m4f on good to soft; bought for 30,000euros and has joined a good yard.
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5th

4

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:20 Fontwell

Intimate

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

in touch with leaders, midfield with one circuit to go

16/1

6th

5

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

15:15 Wincanton

Intimate

11st 4lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Well beaten on last season's hurdling debut but had a wind op during the summer and was placed on consecutive outings towards end of last year, more recently when close third in Uttoxeter maiden (2m4f, heavy); probably needs to improve again to make a winning handicap debut but that's possible.

7/2

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Bought for £60,000 after winning an Irish point in March; trainer has a healthy strike-rate in bumpers, one that was enhanced with a newcomer at Warwick on Saturday.
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4th

1

7th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:40 Sedgefield

Townhill

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Placed in first two handicaps (2m7f/2m5f) before making virtually all in first-time cheekpieces at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) last month; drew clear of the others with the runner-up there and a recent 5lb rise does not look excessive; high on the list.

11/4

1st

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:20 Doncaster

Townhill

11st 11lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Irish maiden point winner in March 2022; did his best work late in the day when fourth over nearly 3m at Uttoxeter (good to soft) in May on handicap debut and his rallying third of 15 over 2m6f at Taunton (soft) three weeks ago looked highly encouraging for this step back up in trip; cheekpieces are also enlisted; one for the shortlist.

5/1

3rd

5

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 5

13:25 Exeter

Townhill

11st 9lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Tom Lacey

Irish point winner in spring 2022 and was doing all his best work late in the day when never dangerous over a trip just shy of 3m at Uttoxeter on final run in May (good to soft); drop in distance wouldn't be an obvious move but this is a stiff track and the ground should be softer; considered.

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
42,000euros 3yo; second foal; half-brother to bumper winner Ernest Gray; dam smart 2m-2m5f hurdle/chase winner, sister to useful bumper/2m4f hurdle winner Pride Of The Parish; likeable pedigree and stable has plenty of success in these races.
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5th

9

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Tregele

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Fair third on last month's Taunton comeback (2m) and goes handicapping at the earliest opportunity off an understandable mark; smart dam won plenty over hurdles and fences at up to 2m5f, including the Lady Protectress that follows this race; very interesting contender.

11/2

Form: P

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Filly

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6

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

15:35 Leicester

Autumn Blaze

10st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Has had few realistic chances but yet to show much, well held in two handicap hurdles and pulled up in both chase starts; 10lb wrong.

100/1

12

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:30 Hereford

Autumn Blaze

10st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

towards rear

100/1

7

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

15:30 Ffos Las

Autumn Blaze

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Showed no significant promise during five-race hurdling spell last April-July and is 8lb out of the weights for today's chasing debut; sports first-time blinkers; can't be recommended.

33/1

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Last run:

W: 10st 11lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
£1,600 3yo; eighth foal; half-sister to winners Boomarang (bumper and 2m2f/2m4f hurdle), Mythical Legend (3m hurdle) and Pass Me By (3m1f hurdle); dam well held in bumpers, sister to bumper/useful 2m6f-3m hurdle winner Material World; stable 0-21 in bumpers the last five seasons.
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7th

4

17th Jun 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

20:40 Uttoxeter

Might Do Emery

11st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out

100/1

5

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

20:30 Ludlow

Might Do Emery

11st 2lb

J: Miss Jess Stewart

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Well-held fifth of seven in a point bumper; dam bred bumper winner but this one's pedigree suggests she'll come into her own over further.

50/1

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Last run:

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
£19,000 3yo; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to useful German/French 7.5f-10.5f winner Szoff out of German Group-placed 6f 2yo winning sister to German 10.5f Listed winner Servenya; armed with the 4yo allowance he's not ruled out.
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1st

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:05 Wincanton

Tedley

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Placed in three of his five runs over hurdles, notably when second on heavy going at Ffos Las over 2m and 2m4f; rather disappointing at Warwick in between but he has a huge shout if latest form is reproduced.

8/11

2nd

7

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:30 Ffos Las

Tedley

11st 9lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Lacked the pace to land a blow and was a shade disappointing when well-held fourth at Warwick (2m3f, soft) last month, but lost out only narrowly here (2m, heavy) in December and has strong claims if judged on that performance.

13/8

Verdict

The 5yo GOONHILLY impressed paddock watchers ahead of going close on his debut at Hereford and, now with the Skeltons, he should go on to better things. Beachcomber, Intimate and Townhill can make their presence felt, but the main danger could be Tregele, who is a half-brother to smart bumper winner Ernest Gray.[Alistair Jones]