January 19 / 14.25 Wincanton

14.25 Wincanton

Soft

Hatherleigh Farm Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4488.85
  • 2m 3f 179y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Hatherleigh Farm Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 53-122 D BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
A winner on soft ground in France and there were plenty of positives to take from his Plumpton run (2m4f, soft), for all that the 20-1 winner was out of form going into that race and has pulled up since; 3lb higher for this and he's without Caoilin Quinn's handy 5lb claim, so he probably needs more.
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2nd

1

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:30 Plumpton

Le Patron

12st 1lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

held up in rear, headway when good jump 4 out, hampered before 3 out, went second after 3 out, ridden home turn, held approaching last, kept on

4/1

10

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

15:00 Cheltenham

Le Patron

10st 7lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

In good form on last two French starts, winning by 5l at Nancy (2m3f) then clear second at Auteuil (2m2f), both 4yo hurdle races; wears a refitted hood on British debut; still an unexposed sort and market confidence should be heeded.

15/2

Form: 2-1113 D

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Went unbeaten in three good-ground novice events early last summer but was tailed off on his Hereford handicap debut in November when perhaps softer ground was a factor; it's likely to be even slower this time.
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4th

2

29th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Fountains Chief

11st 12lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Unbeaten in three novice events last summer but tailed off on November's handicap debut at Hereford; plenty to prove after that.

8/1

5

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

14:45 Taunton

Fountains Chief

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Unbeaten in three novice events early in the summer but was tailed off on last month's Hereford handicap debut; plenty to prove after that.

16/1

Form: -34191 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Seen to best effect around here under positive tactics, making it 3-3 at the track when breezing home on good to soft ground 24 days ago; this softer surface won't bother him but an 11lb rise might; still commands respect.
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1st

9

26th Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

No No Tonic

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Mark Gillard

Goes well here, having won at the track on soft (1m7f) and good ground (2m4f) since March; well held off this career-high mark at Taunton but returning here has to be a good thing.

11/1

9th

1

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

No No Tonic

12st 4lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Mark Gillard

Easily made all at Wincanton (2m4f, good) last Thursday; that course brings out the best in her but she's run with credit on both visits here and has to be respected under a 7lb penalty.

5/1

Form: 1P-17P

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Three wins from six starts when trained in France, including last May (2m2f, soft) on his final outing there; should be capable of better than he's shown in two British handicaps (2m; good and heavy), though was easy to back on both occasions.
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6

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

14:35 Leicester

Issam

11st 5lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Tom Symonds

Three wins from six starts when trained in France, including in May (2m2f, soft) on final outing there; well beaten in handicap at Wetherby last month on British debut but that was on good ground and it's possible he will be a very different proposition today.

10/1

7th

6

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:03 Wetherby

Issam

11st 1lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Tom Symonds

prominent on outer, pushed along 3 out, hit 2 out, soon weakened

7/1

Form: 26426-

Last run: 507 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
All five of his hurdles wins have come in sellers or claimers; wasn't firing as he can when last seen and he's returning from a long absence.
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Form: 3P5-32

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Hasn't won since March 2021 but he's started this season well with placed efforts at Lingfield and Fontwell; soft ground fine and he probably stays this far.
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2nd

8

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 3

13:42 Fontwell

Pyramid Place

10st 11lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Fair effort on last month's Lingfield return and could build on that; hasn't won since March 2021 (pulled up in this a year ago when favourite) but too well handicapped to be dismissed out of hand.

10/1

Form: -F6FP5

Last run: 97 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
A dual winner for the Skeltons in 2021 (3m/3m2f) but has lost his way big time; tongue-tie joins regular cheekpieces.
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4

26th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:25 Chepstow

Starsky

11st 10lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Barry Brennan

Won twice over hurdles (3m/3m2f) for Dan Skelton last year but seems to have lost his way.

40/1

5th

4

14th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 4

13:30 Fakenham

Starsky

11st 6lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Barry Brennan

always towards rear, reminders after 7th, weakened before 2 out

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-523

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Has been running okay in 2m novice/maidens won by decent horses and this stiffer test of stamina could well suit him now his attentions are turned to handicaps; considered.
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3rd

6

21st Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:23 Taunton

High Game Royal

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Runner-up on debut in a French bumper (1m7f, soft) last October and same again when beaten 13l in a novice at Lingfield (2m, soft) four weeks in his second hurdling/British start; different ground is forecast this time but he's in each-way calculations.

7/2

2nd

8

24th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:05 Lingfield

High Game Royal

11st 0lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Runner-up on debut in French bumper (1m7f, soft) last October and he also showed promise when fifth of 15 behind subsequent Listed winner Tahmuras on recent hurdle/stable debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft); open to improvement and he's one to consider.

4/1

Form: 245-2F

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner who is 0-6 over hurdles; however, he might have been placed at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) had he not taken a heavy fall two out (would have finished behind Le Patron); could still go well with it still early days.
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4

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

14:30 Plumpton

Super Duper Sam

11st 10lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield, headway when not fluent and pecked on landing 3 out, soon pushed along, 5 lengths down when fell heavily 2 out

10/1

Form: 14-52U

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Won his bumper easily on soft ground; this mark looks okay on his second in a Bangor novice (2m3f, soft; RPR 110) and he was only 7-2 for a Uttoxeter maiden 19 days ago only to unseat mid-race; could go well.
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9th

2

27th Jan 2023

Frozen

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Rockinastorm

11st 13lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Henry Daly

towards rear of midfield

7/1

8

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

12:03 Uttoxeter

Rockinastorm

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

Bumper form included an easy win at Bangor; ran respectably there (2m3f) last month on second attempt over hurdles; may prove suited by this new trip; enters calculations.

7/1

Form: 410057 C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Won two novice events on good ground last spring and is probably best under those conditions; finished a remote seventh behind No No Tonic at this track on his latest outing.
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7th

4

26th Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

Toronto

11st 13lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Can handle soft ground but probably needs it good over hurdles, as when winning two novice events in the spring; beaten a long way in two handicaps since returning from a break.

18/1

5th

4

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

14:25 Uttoxeter

Toronto

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Brian Barr

Dual novice hurdle winner in the spring (both times on good ground) but has found things much tougher in his first two handicaps and others have much more obvious claims.

25/1

Verdict

No No Tonic is 3-3 here and he could take some reeling in despite an 11lb higher mark than last time. However, ROCKINASTORM has the potential to be better treated than most of these now he enters the handicap scene and the same comment applies to second choice High Game Royal. Le Patron probably has to improve on his Plumpton second but he had been absent for a while prior to that.[Alistair Jones]