January 24 / 13.35 Exeter

13.35

Soft

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  • 2m 2f 111y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
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Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 4-615

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Built upon promising hurdle debut when narrow winner at Leicester (1m7f, good to soft) last month; didn't get home when encountering heavy ground over that C&D four weeks ago but certainly didn't run badly, and could easily have more improvement to come in handicaps.
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2nd

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Mount Tempest

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, headway 5 out, soon disputing lead, led clearly after 4 out, headed then mistake 2 out, soon no chance with winner

4/1

2nd

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

15:38 Wincanton

Mount Tempest

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, headway 5 out, soon disputing lead, led clearly after 4 out, headed then mistake 2 out, soon no chance with winner

4/1

4th

2

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Mount Tempest

11st 13lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Pulled up at Chepstow last month and now goes without blinkers, in which he'd been running well previously this winter (two wins); however, heavy ground may have been too much last time; a contender if bouncing back.

5/1

Abandoned

Form: 69/635 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Seemed to find 2m7f on heavy ground too taxing here a fortnight ago but his third at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) two starts ago was a good effort and he's now 4lb lower; sports first-time cheekpieces; can't be ruled out.
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2nd

1

30th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:40 Ffos Las

Kepagge

12st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Bumper winner and four victories over hurdles (including here); however, he didn't take to fences and was no better on a recent return to hurdling; questions to answer now.

20/1

8th

4

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Kepagge

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Hasn't taken to fences on his last four starts (after wind surgery) so no surprise that he's back over hurdles and this mark is manageable on the best of his form, albeit at shorter trips; there are enough doubts on a few counts to turn elsewhere.

12/1

8th

4

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Kepagge

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

prominent, pressed leaders from 4th, weakened after 3 out

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 114-61 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Developed into useful Flat-racer last year and took hurdling form to new level when scoring at Leicester (1m7f, soft) last month; his tendency to race too freely is a worry but he could have a lot more to offer in this sphere.
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1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Aggagio

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Won valuable series final on latest hurdle start at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) last April when 7lb lower, and was in good form on the Flat afterwards; didn't jump with any real fluency when runner-up on chase debut at Huntingdon (2m, good) but he should have learnt from that.

13/8

1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Aggagio

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Won valuable series final on latest hurdle start at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) last April when 7lb lower, and was in good form on the Flat afterwards; didn't jump with any real fluency when runner-up on chase debut at Huntingdon (2m, good) but he should have learnt from that.

13/8

2nd

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Huntingdon

Aggagio

11st 11lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

soon in touch with leaders, towards rear after 6th

11/2

Form: 18/UP-

Last run: 445 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Looked promising when winning two novice hurdles in autumn 2020 but failed to complete two chases in autumn 2011 and has been absent since; given another wind op (his third) in September and now reverts to hurdling; on a tempting mark but current ability is hard to gauge.
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4th

6

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

On The Wild Side

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent, not fluent 2nd

5/1

6th

6

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

16:00 Taunton

On The Wild Side

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Failed to complete two chases in autumn 2021 and, following a long absence, was well-beaten 50-1 shot when back over hurdles last month; that run might have brought him on but his current ability is hard gauge.

20/1

12th

9

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:05 Chepstow

On The Wild Side

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won two Hexham novice hurdles in October 2020; only three runs since, with lengthy absences (wind surgery both times) either side of his two non-completions over fences in autumn 2021; now a 10yo and he's back hurdling off a 7lb lower mark, with stable among the winners.

16/1

Form: 245-2F

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Runner-up on seasonal debut at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) in November and was in contention for a place before penultimate-flight fall there last month; needs to find something extra here but not yet fully exposed.
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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: 11-U43 C BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner last season (2m1f/2m) and posted good effort when placed over fences here (2m3f, heavy) on New Year's Day; switched back to hurdling on a 1lb lower mark; one to consider.
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10th

1

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Hititi

12st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Robert Walford

Ended last season with three hurdle wins; even better again in defeat this campaign with three near misses and off a tough mark it makes sense to claim 5lb through Angus Cheleda; solid claims with no trip/ground issues.

12/1

2nd

6

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Hititi

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Robert Walford

Two wins here; ended last season with three hurdle wins; best efforts on latest two outings when beaten a neck at Sandown (2m7f, heavy) and second again at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft); up another 3lb but a leading player.

5/1

2nd

5

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Hititi

11st 3lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Robert Walford

Ended last season with three hurdle wins (2m4f-3m) and posted another career-best performance when close second at Sandown (2m7f, heavy) last month; latest 4lb rise does not look excessive and he might still be improving; good chance.

9/2

Form: 626

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Bettered low-key rules debut when clear second in Uttoxeter maiden (2m, good to soft) last month; failed to build on that performance at Chepstow four weeks ago but should still have potential; handicap debut today.
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13

15th May 2024

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

16:30 Ffos Las

Ballydisco

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won off 10lb higher over hurdles (2m7f, good to soft) last April but he's not matched that form since and has a record of P4P5 in his four runs over fences; down the list.

14/1

2nd

13

15th May 2024

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

16:30 Ffos Las

Ballydisco

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won off 10lb higher over hurdles (2m7f, good to soft) last April but he's not matched that form since and has a record of P4P5 in his four runs over fences; down the list.

14/1

5th

8

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Ballydisco

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Ended last season with a 2m7f hurdle win (good to soft) on this card and is now 8lb lower but has been out of form over hurdles and fences this term; needs to turn a corner.

16/1

Form: 2216-2 C

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Came good over hurdles with easy win here (2m, good to soft) last season and ran very well in defeat at Taunton (2m3f, good) on latest outing in November; today's forecast soft ground may not be ideal for her, but she still features in calculations.
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2

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

14:30 Newton Abbot

Tibbie Dunbar

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Stuart Kittow

took keen hold, prominent, headway after 6th, ridden after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon eased, pulled up last

9/2

2nd

7

(8)

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:45 Goodwood

Tibbie Dunbar

9st 3lb

J: Dane O’Neill

T: Stuart Kittow

Doubled her Flat tally with an AW success (2m) in January; creditable fourth at Bath (1m6f, good to soft) back in this sphere last month; has frame possibilities off same mark.

8/1

4th

7

(10)

21st Apr 2023

Soft

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Bath

Tibbie Dunbar

9st 8lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Stuart Kittow

7yo who was well held when falling at the last over hurdles last month but she scored in good style on the Flat (2m, Polytrack) on her penultimate run; 5lb higher here but conditions should be fine on this switch back to turf and she's in the mix.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 212-13 C BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
3-6 since switched to handicap hurdles, the latest win gained here (2m, good to soft) in November; had to settle for third off today's mark at Plumpton (2m, soft) three weeks ago but remains open to further progress; cheekpices added today.
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1st

4

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:00 Wincanton

Pilsdon Pen

10st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

jumped well, raced in second, going easily and briefly led 2 out, pushed along and led again approaching last, kept on well run-in, comfortably

3/1

2nd

5

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:50 Wincanton

Pilsdon Pen

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear, good headway and went second before 3 out, kept on but no chance with winner approaching last

13/8

1st

4

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:15 Wincanton

Pilsdon Pen

11st 8lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear, headway 4 out, went third on inner 2 out, shaken up to lead last, ridden clear run-in

12/1

Form: 4114-P

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Won two juvenile hurdles in summer 2021 (good/good to firm) but, following a long absence, struggled on last month's handicap debut; not the obvious answer here.
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5th

3

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

18:15 Fontwell

Scrappy Jack

10st 13lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Bill Turner

Continues to operate below the level of his two 2021 Newton Abbot juvenile hurdle wins, mistakes confining him to the rear-division throughout his recent chasing debut (2m4f, good); 5lb drop is not persuasive.

14/1

7th

3

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

18:00 Worcester

Scrappy Jack

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Bill Turner

Both wins in 2m1f hurdles at Newton Abbot in the summer of 2021 but his form since returning from 16 months off last December has been very ordinary; has much to prove now chasing.

28/1

8th

4

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:40 Newton Abbot

Scrappy Jack

11st 9lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Bill Turner

held up in rear, ridden after 3 out, no telling impression

16/1

Form: 52-342

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Triple hurdle winner who made pleasing return from seven-month absence when clear second here (2m, heavy) a fortnight ago; remains on a good mark and today's longer trip won't be a problem; shortlisted.
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8th

7

4th May 2023

Soft

1m 6f 44y

Class 6

16:55 Salisbury

Global Agreement

9st 2lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Milton Harris

Runner-up over hurdles in January but out of form in his five starts since, including on first Flat run since 2020; 0-12 overall on Flat.

25/1

13

24th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:00 Hexham

Global Agreement

11st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Not been in the best of form on the Flat and over hurdles recently; has won on heavy but this forecast better ground suits and could bounce back; tongue-tie now tried.

16/1

7th

4

(6)

7th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 3f 137y

Class 6

14:50 Bath

Global Agreement

9st 5lb

J: Paul Mulrennan

T: Milton Harris

Well beaten over hurdles on his last three starts; however, perhaps this first run on the Flat since 2020 will trigger a revival and he ran well over jumps as recently as January (on heavy ground); not discounted.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 5313 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 4yo who caused 22-1 surprise when winning by 7l against own age-group on last month's British debut at Fontwell (2m1f, good); managed only third when favourite at Wetherby (2m, soft) just after Christmas but still ran well there; makes handicap debut today and he still has potential.
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5th

3

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Jilaijone

11st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Progressive in the first half of this season, with his place finishes at Cheltenham and Ascot (the latter off 3lb higher) reading especially well in today's context; chance dropping sharply in class from the Betfair Hurdle of last time, but not easy to win with (1-14).

8/1

13th

18

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Jilaijone

10st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Normally consistent but his form dipped sharply in the Sandown race won by Spirit D'Aunou last time; fairly exposed and has managed only one win from 13 appearances; opposed in this hot handicap.

66/1

0

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Jilaijone

10st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Successful in Fontwell juvenile hurdle on British debut a year ago; 0-9 since but has proved consistent, most recently third at Ascot (1m7f, good); holds place possibilities off same mark.

9/1

Form: 443

Last run: 160 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Kept on well for modest third on handicap debut at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August and remains lightly raced but we haven't seen him again since and he's up in grade today.
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11th

10

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:55 Ffos Las

Mr Craftsman

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sue Gardner

Kept on for modest third on handicap hurdle debut at Worcester (2m7f, good) last summer and, following a break, was not disgraced when last of four behind useful rivals in Exeter novice chase (3m, good to soft) last month; has much better chance at the weights in this handicap chase and remains unexposed; interesting.

11/1

4th

3

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:35 Exeter

Mr Craftsman

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sue Gardner

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 5 out, headway before 4 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out

50/1

Form: 152P6/ D

Last run: 686 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Seemed to have quite a bit left in the tank when winning off today's mark on handicap hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) in November 2020 but didn't kick on from that success and has been absent since two disappointing Flat runs in Summer 2021.
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6

21st Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:35 Wetherby

Darksideoftarnside

10st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Neil Mulholland

Dropping down the weights and he's one to watch in the betting, but he was pulled up twice last month following a long absence.

20/1

10

27th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:30 Plumpton

Darksideoftarnside

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

prominent

14/1

11

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Darksideoftarnside

11st 1lb

J: Thomasina Eyston

T: Neil Mulholland

Won handicap debut in this sphere off this mark at Chepstow (extended 2m3f, heavy) in November 2020 but not quite so good afterwards; unraced since out of form in two Flat starts in 2021, so there are questions to answer.

20/1

Form: 528

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Fair Flat-racer who was second in what turned out to be a gruelling juvenile hurdle at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; found Grade 2 Finale too hot four weeks ago but is back in calmer waters for today's handicap hurdle debut.
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7th

10

(2)

24th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:25 Goodwood

Havaila

8st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: Gary & Josh Moore

in touch with leaders

9/2

7th

10

(2)

24th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:25 Goodwood

Havaila

8st 13lb

J: William Buick

T: Gary & Josh Moore

in touch with leaders

9/2

Verdict

His tendency to race too freely remains a nagging concern but AGGAGIO was always fending off the clear runner-up at Leicester last month and, in view of the progress he made on the Flat last year, could still be on a very good mark over hurdles. He gets the nod but this is competitive for the grade and good cases can also be made for, among others, Global Agreement (second choice), Hititi and Pilsdon Pen.[Chris Wilson]