January 20 / 15.00 Market Rasen

15.00

Soft

Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £17085
  • 2m 0f 125y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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Alan Swinbank Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 1-1 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
An exciting mare who has been most impressive in winning two good-ground bumpers at Cheltenham by 10l and 8l respectively, the latest a Listed event in November; penalised accordingly but she's looked well above average and it's unlikely that this softer ground will trouble her.
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1st

6

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 1

14:10 Taunton

Queens Gamble

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Derham

Two Cheltenham bumper wins included a Listed race; didn't please everyone on her hurdling debut at Warwick but made it 2-2 in this scene when coming clear of a promising previous winner at Kempton; that was a lot more like it and should be hard to beat back against her own sex.

4/5

1st

10

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:45 Kempton

Queens Gamble

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Derham

Dual Cheltenham bumper winner for Oliver Sherwood last season, latterly in a Listed race; not particularly impressive when winning modest mares' hurdle at very skinny odds at Warwick (2m, good) in May, but ought to be capable of much better than that bare form; now with Harry Derham.

2/1

1st

7

1st May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:02 Warwick

Queens Gamble

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Oliver Sherwood

Never really got involved in Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March but won two good-ground Cheltenham bumpers (one a Listed race) by a combined total of 18l last year, and her odds-on defeat at Market Rasen (good to soft) in February came at the hands of a subsequent Grade 2 Aintree festival winner; appears to have been found a simple task on today's hurdling debut.

1/6

OUR TIP

Form: 2 BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Bought for £220,000 after winning a 3m Irish point (soft/heavy) in March; in the absence of Queens Gamble (late non-runner) she was all the rage for a Listed bumper at Huntingdon and racing keenly didn't help as she found one too good; clearly has a lot of ability and held in high regard.
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3rd

3

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

13:25 Sandown

Alfies Princess

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Can front-run; Irish point winner; second in a Listed bumper last season and made a good start over hurdles with novice wins at Chepstow (near 2m4f, soft) and Exeter (2m2f, good to soft); put in her place in Listed novice event at Haydock (2m3f, heavy) six weeks ago but that was improved form; needs better still on this handicap debut.

12/1

5th

1

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 1

12:55 Haydock

Alfies Princess

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Irish point winner on testing ground; second in a Listed bumper last season and has made a good start over hurdles with novice wins at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) and Exeter (2m2f, good to soft); capable of better and respected.

6/1

1st

1

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:25 Exeter

Alfies Princess

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

made virtually all, faced challenge from 2 out, kept on well and went clear again final 110yds, ridden out

9/4

Form: 1 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Cost £95,000 after finishing second in an Irish point and made the ideal start under rules when coming well clear on good to soft at Ludlow; posted a useful RPR in the process and she's not to be underestimated.
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1st

9

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

12:20 Doncaster

Dysart Enos

11st 1lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Talented mare who justified favouritism in a better race at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) last month, taking rules record to 5-5; won on good ground the time before; well clear on the figures and should extend her winning sequence en route to the Cheltenham Festival.

2/7

1st

10

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

12:05 Cheltenham

Dysart Enos

10st 13lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

3-3 in bumpers last season, signing off with 9l romp in 20-runner Grade 2 at Aintree (good to soft) in April; 1-7 for a mares' novice hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good) one month ago and the win was never in any significant doubt despite some room for improvement in her jumping; unraced on worse than good to soft but that Aintree run is the best form in this line-up and she's a very classy prospect.

2/1

1st

5

14th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:05 Huntingdon

Dysart Enos

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

3-3 in bumpers last season, signing off with 9l romp in 20-runner Grade 2 at Aintree (good to soft) in April; ought to be very hard to beat if she jumps adequately on today's hurdling debut.

8/13

Form: 21 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Bought for £18,000 after finishing second in an Irish bumper; 40-1, but no obvious fluke about her 2l success on soft ground at Ludlow where she led from just after halfway; has more on her plate here, though.
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10

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 3

15:20 Ludlow

Inion Tiogair

10st 5lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Caused 40-1 surprise in soft-ground bumper last January on her only appearance at Ludlow; showed that sort of form only once (three starts back) from six starts since and showed little on handicap debut (2m3f) two weeks ago, albeit on heavy going, so she's hard to fancy.

40/1

0

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Inion Tiogair

12st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Caused 40-1 surprise in soft-ground Ludlow bumper just over a year ago and began hurdling career with three fairly encouraging 2m runs here; not obviously well treated for today's handicap debut but open to improvement if suited by the step up in trip.

25/1

Form: 2-1 D

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Bought for 150,000euros after finishing second in a competitive race at Fairyhouse (yielding) in April and made a successful start for this yard at Uttoxeter (good); the runner-up was beaten a lot further by Queens Gamble next time so she clearly needs to have progressed.
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1st

10

26th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Carlisle

Mellificent

10st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Uttoxeter winner (2m, good) last October who showed similar form in her other two bumpers, the latest when sixth of eight in a Listed race for fillies and mares at Aintree (good to soft) in February; with so little form among her rivals, this hurdle debut (with tongue tied first time) should offer a fine opportunity.

1/2

6

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

17:00 Cheltenham

Mellificent

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Uttoxeter winner who wasn't far behind Flying Fortune in a Listed race at Market Rasen (good to soft) won by impressive Aintree scorer Dysart Enos; could have a say.

7/1

2

9th Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

16:45 Huntingdon

Mellificent

11st 7lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Justified favouritism at Uttoxeter (2m, good) in October, building on the promise of sole Irish start; however, finished only sixth to Dysart Enos at Market Rasen (back from layoff) on Tuesday; like that rival, she doesn't look likely to turn out quickly.

11/2

Form: 3

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
8-1 for a Listed bumper at Huntingdon (good) and after getting a little outpaced she stayed on well to finish within 2l of runner-up Alfie's Princess; Jordan Nailor rides again and this softer surface might well benefit her.
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2nd

7

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:00 Wetherby

Strong Belle

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Displayed improvement and was disputing a clear lead when falling at the final flight at Catterick (1m7f, soft) in December; leading claims if confirming that promise this afternoon.

7/4

0

14

28th Dec 2023

Good

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

14:15 Catterick

Strong Belle

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has blown hot and cold in her short career to date; second in a small field on hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, good) but then folded tamely after racing freely at Ludlow; needs to get back on track.

12/1

Form: 2

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Pulled clear with a Paul Nicholls newcomer (unraced since) when runner-up at Exeter (good to soft) and came from further back than the winner; that was a promising start under rules and there's no doubt more to come.
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0

4

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

15:10 Newbury

Take No Chances

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Useful bumper form and won with a bit to spare on her hurdling debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, good to soft); brushed aside by the winner at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) but ran well and connections evidently view her as a staying type; handicap debut.

15/2

2nd

4

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:05 Market Rasen

Take No Chances

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, headway when not fluent 4th, soon led, good jump 6th

9/4

Form: 2

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Bred to stay a lot further; doesn't wear the hood that she sported when a promising second at Warwick (soft) and she'll need to find plenty on that form to trouble the best of these.
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4th

14

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:55 Southwell

Whisperonthewind

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mel Rowley

Hasn't progressed from her debut second in a bumper and has no obvious form claims; tries cheekpieces.

25/1

5th

9

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:25 Exeter

Whisperonthewind

11st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Finished second in her first bumper but form dipped afterwards; bit to prove on hurdling debut.

20/1

9th

16

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

17:00 Cheltenham

Whisperonthewind

11st 2lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Second at Warwick (soft) but her performance dipped at Huntingdon (good); hooded from the outset.

33/1

Form: 13 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Mare

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6th

7

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

You Some Girl

10st 10lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, bad mistake 4 out

8/1

6th

8

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

13:15 Ayr

You Some Girl

11st 8lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Bumper winner who was in front when falling heavily on her handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in November; may have still been feeling the effects when not jumping with much fluency at Kelso last time; may be best watched for now.

14/1

7th

7

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

13:35 Kelso

You Some Girl

11st 5lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Debut bumper winner; in process of running best race over hurdles when falling at the second-last on handicap debut at Sedgefield last time; too far out to say with certainty where she might have finished had she not exited but remains to be seen whether she's over that experience.

11/2

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W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Filly

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6th

2

15th Feb 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 6

16:53 Southwell (AW)

Daytona Beach

9st 9lb

J: David Allan

T: Rae Guest

Bumper winner who showed modest form at best in three runs over a variety of trips under Flat rules; should be suited by the return to further for this handicap debut; no surprise if she is able to show more.

10/1

6th

3

(7)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:30 Kempton (AW)

Daytona Beach

9st 11lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Rae Guest

Won a run-of-the-mill bumper last summer and was not disgraced on either of her two Flat runs this winter (1m4f/7f) but sets a very modest form standard here.

25/1

5th

8

(7)

14th Jan 2024

Standard

0m 7f 1y

Class 5

13:30 Lingfield (AW)

Daytona Beach

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Rae Guest

First four starts came in bumpers, winning at Worcester (2m, good) last July; that makes 7f today look a bit ambitious, albeit after a 13l defeat (modest form) when 16-1 over 1m4f in maiden on Wolverhampton AW four weeks ago on debut under Flat rules; others preferred.

9/1

Abandoned

Form: 3

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Filly

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0

11

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Woogrey

11st 0lb

J: Miss Pippa Brown

T: Craig Lidster

held up in rear, not fluent 1st

100/1

8th

12

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

13:40 Musselburgh

Woogrey

10st 7lb

J: Miss Pippa Brown

T: Craig Lidster

Fairly low-level bumper form for Phil Kirby and up against it on hurdling debut.

20/1

Verdict

This opposition should test her but Oliver Sherwood’s QUEENS GAMBLE has looked a bit special in winning twice at Cheltenham and she’s taken to complete the hat-trick. Alfie’s Princess and Strong Belle made highly promising rules debuts at Huntingdon, Dysart Enos posted an eyecatching RPR in winning at Ludlow, and the well-bred Daytona Beach is not entirely dismissed as her yard is doing well with similar types in bumpers this season.[Alistair Jones]