January 24 / 14.45 Exeter

14.45

Soft

Chudleigh Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3960.75
  • 2m 0f 161y
  • Class 5
  • 16 runners
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Chudleigh Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 22-3P6 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in two maiden hurdles towards end of last season (2m1f/2m4f); made very disappointing handicap debut in the autumn but last month's Fontwell sixth (2m5f, good) was more encouraging and he may still have potential; had wind op just before Christmas; drops back in trip here.
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0

3

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 165y

Class 5

13:42 Fontwell

Dusky Days

11st 11lb

J: James Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

Soft-ground bumper winner; placed in four hurdle races at up to 2m4f; improved on his hurdles form when racing prominently and under 2l third on chase debut at Hereford (2m, good) last month; step up in trip looks positive and, if that helps draw further improvement, he's a big player.

3/1

3rd

2

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Dusky Days

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Jamie Snowden

Absent since a poor hurdle run in May and not one to rely upon heavily but his clear second off today's mark at Stratford (2m2f, good to soft) was a good effort; a possible if all goes to plan on chasing debut.

8/1

6th

1

20th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

20:05 Uttoxeter

Dusky Days

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Bumper winner who is 0-8 over hurdles and has a patchy record in this sphere; hung badly left and crashed through the wing two out at Ludlow (2m, good) on penultimate run but he was a clear second in a Stratford handicap (2m2f, good to soft) last time; that was a solid effort and he's in the mix off just 1lb higher.

6/1

Form: 20335-

Last run: 385 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles towards end of 2021 but absent since underwhelming handicap debut over that C&D just over a year ago and entitled to benefit from this outing.
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10

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:10 Taunton

Mojito Royale

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

pressed leaders early, prominent from 3rd, pushed along after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

50/1

2

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:45 Ffos Las

Mojito Royale

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Placed in two 2m3f Hereford novice hurdles (both on good) in late 2021; however, safely held on handicap debut last January and soon under pressure when pulled up at Fontwell (2m6f) when next seen five weeks ago; wore cheekpieces last five starts but now has tongue-tie and blinkers.

50/1

5

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:15 Fontwell

Mojito Royale

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

raced lazily, prominent, lost ground after 3rd, towards rear 6th, struggling and reminder with one circuit to go

25/1

Form: 57B9

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Unable to land a significant blow in three maiden/novice hurdles towards end of last year but wasn't beaten far when ninth of 15 at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last time and is open to improvement in handicaps.
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6th

5

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

13:20 Huntingdon

Celtic Fortune

11st 4lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Neil Mulholland

Maiden who has found some consistency (form figures 333) this season; close third over 2m4f, including at this venue, the last twice; should go well again.

5/1

3rd

4

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:22 Market Rasen

Celtic Fortune

11st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Has shown improved form in two handicaps this season, last time finishing a close third at Huntingdon (2m4f, good); cheekpieces now tried; one with a chance.

9/2

3rd

8

14th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

12:20 Huntingdon

Celtic Fortune

11st 2lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Neil Mulholland

9l behind Sir Rock at Fontwell in May (2m6f, good), only fading on the run-in; unseen since, but enjoys a 6lb swing with that rival and further improvement not impossible, still so early on in handicap career.

6/1

Abandoned

Form: 645-0P

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Ex-French mare who has struggled on all three British starts, the last twice in 2m3f handicaps in the autumn; big leap of faith needed to support her here.
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2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 5

12:27 Wetherby

Kalpaga

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Tim Vaughan

Finished 3l fourth in similar event at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago, producing her best effort since switched to chasing; looks favourably weighted on best hurdles form and can't be ruled out.

5/2

4th

2

6th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 5

14:00 Ludlow

Kalpaga

11st 13lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

led

10/1

7th

5

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:15 Hereford

Kalpaga

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Ended last season in good form over hurdles, notably when winning by 10l here (2m3f, good to soft); made just a respectable chasing debut last month but might come on for the run, and the return to this track is a plus.

10/1

Form: 5976-8

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish 6yo; made low-key stable debut in recent Huntingdon novice hurdle but makes his handicap debut in a low-grade event here; no surprise if he gets more competitive this time.
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1st

5

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:35 Exeter

Any Biscuits

11st 9lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Tongue-tie added and was having his first run beyond 2m over hurdles when a well-backed winner at Market Rasen (2m2f, soft); 5lb rise is fair.

4/1

1st

5

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

14:05 Market Rasen

Any Biscuits

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Ex-Irish maiden who failed to build upon low-key stable debut when soundly beaten on handicap debut at Plumpton (2m, good to soft) in January; moves up in trip and has tongue-tie fitted here; not written off just yet.

8/1

9th

4

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:24 Plumpton

Any Biscuits

11st 7lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Ex-Irish maiden; made low-key stable debut in Huntingdon novice this month but no surprise if he gets much more competitive now switched to a low-grade handicap and with that outing under his belt.

10/1

Abandoned

Form: 4-09F5

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Didn't get far on last month's stable debut but significant positives can be drawn from his fifth of 17 at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft; cheekpieces refitted) on Boxing Day, albeit he was well held in the end; no headgear today; still worth a second look.
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4th

2

(6)

5th Aug 2023

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

20:15 Lingfield

Pak Army

10st 0lb

J: William Carson

T: Brian Barr

led

7/1

7th

6

(11)

20th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 179y

Class 6

16:50 Leicester

Pak Army

9st 7lb

J: William Carson

T: Brian Barr

Ran up four-timer across the codes before paying for setting too strong a gallop over hurdles latest; 8lb rise for win over almost this far at Bath in April isn't harsh, but he's not as well drawn to dominate today.

4/1

1

16th Jun 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

19:20 Fontwell

Pak Army

11st 12lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Brian Barr

Enjoying a golden spell and completed a four-timer (one on the Flat) with a ready success at Stratford 13 days ago; up another 8lb but likely to prove hard to catch yet again if able to adopt usual front-running tactics.

13/8

Form: 40-765

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Now 2lb lower than when winning at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last winter but hasn't really fired on any of three appearances this season; dropped back in trip with first-time blinkers tried here.
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7

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 5

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

After The Fox

10st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Below best over hurdles this season and has made inauspicious start to chasing career this spring; seems versatile regarding ground but is yet to convince stamina-wise over 3m; not the percentage call.

10/1

4

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

14:15 Newton Abbot

After The Fox

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Both hurdle wins gained on soft; not at his best this season and finished some way behind Kap Chidley when both made their chasing debuts at Chepstow last month; work to do, therefore.

7/1

5th

10

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

After The Fox

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won a soft-ground handicap hurdle here 13 months ago off a 4lb higher mark; hasn't found his best form this season though and now tried his hand over fences.

16/1

Form: 809

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Good-ground point winner in December 2021; well beaten in three 2m novice hurdles this season and needs to take a big step forward on today's handicap but is with a top stable and very unexposed.
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10th

5

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 5

16:23 Warwick

Yeomen Warder

11st 4lb

J: David England

T: Dan Skelton

always towards rear

15/2

5

31st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Yeomen Warder

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Hard to work up enthusiasm for what he achieved in novice hurdles but he won his only point completion last winter and this modest event could be a ripe plum for picking now he goes handicapping up in trip.

100/30

7

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

12:15 Uttoxeter

Yeomen Warder

10st 13lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Point winner in 2021; failed to land any sort of blow in three novice hurdles towards end of last year but makes his handicap debut in a low-grade event; no surprise if he gets much more competitive this time.

9/2

Form: P27/97

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Ran well for a long way at Warwick (2m3f, soft) on New Year's Eve, his second start after a long absence, but was well beaten in the end; now 0-5 over hurdles; others have more pressing claims.
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7th

8

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:45 Wincanton

Mr Sociable

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Chris Down

His 125-1 second in a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in April 2021 remains his standout piece of form; two lengthy absences since then and has shown little in handicaps.

33/1

13th

11

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Mr Sociable

10st 13lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Chris Down

midfield, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

66/1

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 066

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Placed on four of his eight Flat starts for Richard Hannon; unable to land a significant blow in three novice hurdles for Neil King but wasn't beaten far over C&D (heavy) this month and the forecast better ground ought to be in his favour on today's handicap hurdle debut; improvement possible.
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3rd

6

(10)

20th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 3f 197y

Class 5

17:50 Doncaster

Clay

9st 12lb

J: Taylor Fisher

T: Neil King

took keen hold, disputed lead, raced in second after 1f, shaken up when led under 3f out, ridden when headed 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

14/1

2nd

2

(4)

9th May 2023

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

15:25 Lingfield (AW)

Clay

9st 9lb

J: Trevor Whelan

T: Neil King

Maiden on Flat for Richard Hannon and over hurdles (modest form) for current yard; runner-up twice over C&D in early 2021 but has seemingly regressed overall; others preferred.

12/1

5th

9

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

18:25 Taunton

Clay

10st 7lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Creditable third of 17 in a Doncaster handicap (2m, good) in January but he's not hit the same level in his two runs since and is now 0-14; others are more persuasive.

14/1

Form: 7-9P5

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Struggled on first two hurdling starts but made quite a lot of the running when fifth (well held in the end) at Taunton (2m, soft; first-time blinkers) two weeks ago and is open to further progress in handicaps.
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12th

8

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

16:24 Plumpton

Champagne Mesdames

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Struggled on first two hurdling starts but was prominent for a long way and displayed some promise when fifth in first-time blinkers at Taunton (2m, soft) this month; needs to improve again here but has potential.

12/1

5th

2

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Champagne Mesdames

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Perhaps needed the experience on sole bumper run; has achieved nothing in two novice hurdles (2m/2m3f) since but first-time headgear is a possible source of improvement.

25/1

Abandoned

Form: 7/502-

Last run: 561 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Outran 50-1 odds when second to short-priced favourite at Newton Abbot (2m2f, soft) for Chris Down in July 2021 but the value of that form is open to question and today's stable/handicap debut comes after a long absence.
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6th

17

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

19:00 Taunton

Hazy Dream

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Joe Tickle

11-race maiden who has not progressed over hurdles and has been beaten 10l or more in her four completed starts in handicaps (2m-2m5f); tongue-tie is now added at this new trip but she's out of the weights again and others are preferred.

16/1

5th

10

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Hazy Dream

10st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Joe Tickle

raced in second

12/1

6

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

13:40 Hereford

Hazy Dream

10st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Joe Tickle

0-6 over hurdles but bettered her low-key stable/handicap debut when respectable sixth at Taunton (2m3f, good) last month and ran well for a long way before weakening into third at Exeter (2m5f, good) a fortnight ago; a player if the drop back in trip suits.

5/1

Abandoned

Form: 8P-346

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
0-10 over hurdles; seemingly boosted by first-time cheekpieces when placed here (2m2f, good to soft) last month but well below that form on his next two outings; visor given a whirl today.
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7th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Gyllen

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

in touch with leaders

3/1

1st

12

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Gyllen

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

Good enough to win a Group 2 on the Flat in France when owned by Godolphin; went 0-12 over hurdles for two previous yards but he's come good for this one with back-to-back Taunton wins (2m3f, good; 3m/good to soft); raised 20lb for those but something has clicked and deeper ground here will be no hardship.

6/1

1st

5

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

Gyllen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Kayley Woollacott

Made just a fairly encouraging seasonal/stable debut in October but displayed big jolt of improvement to win easily by 13l here (2m3f, good) a fortnight ago; hiked up 13lb for that and has stamina to prove over new trip today but ought to handle the slower ground and commands respect.

7/2

Abandoned

Form: 6P2225

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
1-21 over hurdles, the win gained in weak selling handicap at Stratford (2m2f, good) in September; creditable second to next-time-out winner at Taunton (2m, good) last month but safely held on soft ground since and conditions are again a worry here.
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7th

11

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Baliyad

10st 6lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Matt Sheppard

Sole hurdle win at 2m2f in September; often competitive in defeat subsequently but has been going through a lean spell this year and was beaten a long way out over 2m4f at Uttoxeter ten days ago; others preferred.

25/1

7th

8

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

16:30 Uttoxeter

Baliyad

10st 8lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Matt Sheppard

Sole win (28 attempts) was in a 2m2f selling handicap last September; had a run of seconds over about 2m before his form dipped behind Maillot Blanc at Hereford (2m3f; soft ground a possible excuse) on penultimate start and fell two out at Wincanton on latest (looked beaten); competitive often enough to be considered.

14/1

16

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Baliyad

10st 4lb

J: Mr Ivor Herbert

T: Matt Sheppard

Sole win (27 attempts) was in a 2m2f selling handicap last September; had a run of seconds over about 2m before his form dipped at Hereford (2m3f) on latest start but it's possible that soft ground was against him; stamina has not been proved.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: -7P643

Last run: 61 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Placed for first time over hurdles when 40-1 third of 15 at Taunton (2m3f, good) two months ago, his 12th attempt; competes off same mark here; contender if coping with the slower ground.
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12

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

16:40 Newton Abbot

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

in touch with leaders, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2nd, soon towards rear, ridden and weakened after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

33/1

15

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:55 Taunton

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Finished behind fellow maiden Gorcombe Moonshine at Exeter most recently but ran well (40-1 third) over 2m3f here in November and has place claims if back to that form.

16/1

7th

15

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 161y

Class 5

16:40 Exeter

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

Ran well from the front when third at Taunton last November but nothing like as good on only start since, at that track last month; cheekpieces worn in both of those races now left off; 0-18 in career.

20/1

Form: 889-00

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
0-8 over hurdles and 0-20 overall; well beaten on both outings this season and 7lb out of the weights here; can't be recommended.
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2nd

3

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

13:35 Uttoxeter

Lady Ironside

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Carroll Gray

raced in second

25/1

6th

7

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Lady Ironside

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Carroll Gray

led, pushed along and headed after 4 out

100/1

Verdict

Baliyad and Presgrave have claims if judged on their good-ground form, while handicap debutants Yeomen Warder, Celtic Fortune, Any Biscuits and Clay are all open to significant improvement but, in the absence of anything with a strongly compelling profile, it might be worth chancing PAK ARMY. Brian Barr’s 8yo is well handicapped on some of his Irish form and shaped quite well when fifth at Wincanton on Boxing Day. Dusky Days could still have potential and is second choice.[Chris Wilson]