January 19 / 14.25 Wincanton

14.25

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

Abandoned

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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4th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Le Patron

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, mistake 12th, no impression from 4 out, pecked on landing then hampered by faller 2 out, soon lost third

7/2

1st

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Le Patron

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

raced in second, not fluent 8th, not fluent 4 out, led just before 3 out, good jump 2 out, clear approaching last, ridden and reduced lead run-in, kept on

16/1

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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1st

2

26th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:00 Fontwell

Fountains Chief

11st 13lb

J: Sean O’Briain

T: Anthony Honeyball

Front-runner; unbeaten in three novice events (2m4f-2m7f, good) last May/June; tailed off on handicap debut in November but his fourth of six at Southwell (2m4f) four weeks ago was a step back in the right direction.

9/2

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

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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5th

7

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:40 Kempton

No No Tonic

11st 5lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Mark Gillard

Veteran who has done her winning at Wincanton; form dipped there on Boxing Day, following two placed efforts; first run at Kempton and isn't the percentage call.

14/1

5th

8

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 2

15:13 Wincanton

No No Tonic

10st 11lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Mark Gillard

Her three wins all came at this track (1m7f, 2m4f and 1m7f) last year; much more like it again when placed on last two outings (back here on latest) but her only two runs near this trip were serious defeats (2m7f on heavy in 2019 and 2021); 5lb claimer is recruited.

14/1

Abandoned

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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15th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Issam

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Likeable 6yo whose Exeter win (2m2f, soft) in December was his fourth over hurdles from 11 attempts; followed that with a good second at Sandown (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago; likely to give his running once more but he's creeping up the weights and this is much the most competitive field he's faced.

14/1

2nd

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Issam

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Probably needed his comeback third here and then won with a bit up his sleeve at Exeter (2m2f, soft), for which a 4lb rise is fair; that's two wins in three runs and he's beginning to click.

7/1

1st

5

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Issam

10st 13lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Tom Symonds

5lb higher than for his C&D success in March (good to soft); beaten 15l by a progressive winner on his return at Sandown (2m4f, soft) and might well come on for that run; hard to dismiss.

7/2

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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13

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Ballyellis

11st 2lb

J: Mr James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Strike-rate of 5-27 over hurdles but wasn't at his best during 2021 despite win/placed form; has a long absence to overcome.

33/1

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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11th

8

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:20 Haydock

Pyramid Place

10st 13lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Syd Hosie

Trained in 26-race hurdles career by Milton Harris, best when coming from off the pace to land the Silver Trophy at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month; ran creditably at Plumpton latest but needs to hit a new high on this first attempt beyond 2m6f.

40/1

5th

3

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

14:37 Plumpton

Pyramid Place

11st 6lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Posted career-best performance when coming from off the pace to land valuable prize at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month and is now 7-25 over hurdles; respected.

3/1

1st

15

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 2

16:15 Chepstow

Pyramid Place

10st 13lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Picked up a valuable prize at Cartmel in July (2m6f, heavy) and again ran well to be third at Newton Abbot on ground that was perhaps on the lively side; quite exposed now, though, and most of these aren't.

20/1

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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2

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Lingfield

Starsky

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: Barry Brennan

Winner of two staying events for previous connections but out of sorts over hurdles since falling over fences on debut for this yard in August; tongue-tie discarded; best watched for now.

66/1

3

1st Feb 2023

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:25 Leicester

Starsky

11st 12lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: Barry Brennan

Won twice over hurdles (3m-3m2f) for Dan Skelton in 2021 but less productive for this trainer, including when struggling at Fakenham (2m4f) in October; drops back to 2m off a three-and-a-half month break sporting a tongue-tie/cheekpieces combination for the first time.

10/1

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

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

12:25 Exeter

High Game Royal

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

prominent, mistake 11th, struggling 4 out, went third run-in, not pace to challenge

5/2

3rd

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

13:02 Chepstow

High Game Royal

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Low-mileage 6yo who won here (2m3f, good to soft) on handicap hurdle debut in April and made very promising start to chasing career when clear second of 13 at Warwick (2m4f, soft) last month; must be considered.

7/2

2nd

3

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

High Game Royal

11st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Came good over hurdles at fifth attempt, in Chepstow handicap (2m3f, good to soft) in April; this big-field chase will test his mettle but connections are evidently keen to switch him to fences.

7/1

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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7th

3

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

17:20 Wincanton

Super Duper Sam

11st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

prominent, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last

16/1

9th

12

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:05 Chepstow

Super Duper Sam

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won his only bumper; 0-6 over hurdles and he fell two out when disputing third in a handicap at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) on latest outing; arguably set to show his best form that day, so he needs improvement.

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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1st

7

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Rockinastorm

10st 7lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Henry Daly

Bright start to chase career with wins at Warwick (3m, soft) and Hereford (2m5f, good); beaten favourite the last twice (backward steps) but it's too soon to write him off; could well rebound under Gina Andrews, the winning rider in this race for the last two years.

4/1

5th

8

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 100y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Rockinastorm

11st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Lucky winner on seasonal/chase debut here (3m, soft) but was good value for his win at Hereford next time (2m5f, good) and it wasn't a bad run at Uttoxeter having escaped a penalty; that race may have come too soon, only six days later, and heavy ground probably tested him as well; 5lb higher for this but he's on the shortlist.

11/2

3rd

1

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:50 Uttoxeter

Rockinastorm

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Had luck on his side when winning on last month's seasonal/chase debut at Warwick (3m, soft) but followed up with much more convincing success at Hereford (2m5f, good) on Saturday and escapes a penalty here (due to go up 6lb); major player if he copes with today's ground.

5/2

Abandoned

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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6

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:20 Worcester

Toronto

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Formerly useful on the Flat and a dual hurdle winner in spring 2022; signed off for Brian Barr below form but was only 3-1 on debut for this yard at Bangor and after losing ground quickly it was reported that he bled; likely contender should the wheels stay on.

10/1

0

1

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

17:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Toronto

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Useful on the Flat in his prime, and a dual hurdle winner in spring 2022; ended last year with some disappointing hurdle runs for Brian Barr but makes stable debut from a very dangerous mark; can't be ignored.

7/2

5

15th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

15:00 Hereford

Toronto

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Brian Barr

Keen-going sort; two novice wins last spring but little impact in four handicaps since; continues to slide down the weights and may revive on good ground at some stage.

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]