January 24 / 14.45 Exeter

14.45 Exeter

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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6th

1

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:35 Fontwell

Dusky Days

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

Runner-up on first two attempts over hurdles during the spring before running to a similar level here (2m1f; third) in September; bitterly disappointing in a first-time tongue-tie (left off on this occasion) on handicap debut at Plumpton latest; others make more appeal.

8/1

4

31st Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

17:05 Plumpton

Dusky Days

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Fourth in a Listed Ascot bumper last season, producing his highest RPR to date; hasn't exactly hit the ground running over hurdles but going handicapping in a first-time tongue-tie may help.

3/1

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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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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No Results Found

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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1

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Kalpaga

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

Acted on heavy ground in France but has not yet settled down in Britain and was soundly beaten and pulled up in two 2m3f handicaps in the autumn.

50/1

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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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

8th

2

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Any Biscuits

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Safely held in two bumpers and two maiden hurdles in Ireland last season (all on slow ground) and is probably best watched on today's stable debut.

33/1

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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5th

5

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:40 Wincanton

Pak Army

11st 7lb

J: Jack Martin

T: Brian Barr

Overall strike-rate of 3-45 when trained in Ireland but he's 0-12 as a hurdler and yet to be placed; 33-1 when falling early at Taunton.

33/1

12

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:45 Taunton

Pak Army

10st 13lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Brian Barr

Overall strike-rate of 3-45 when trained in Ireland but he's 0-11 as a hurdler and yet to be placed; last seen struggling on the AW.

33/1

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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6

31st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

After The Fox

11st 4lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Weighted to go well on Chepstow win last January (2m3f, soft) but he hasn't flourished since and was way back at Leicester recently (in refitted cheekpieces; now first-time blinkered); still has something to prove.

10/1

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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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

5

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 5

11:55 Warwick

Mr Sociable

11st 8lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Chris Down

His second in a Newton Abbot maiden is miles clear of anything else he's achieved; absent for 594 days before finishing well beaten in a Taunton handicap when weak in the betting.

33/1

9th

2

8th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:00 Taunton

Mr Sociable

11st 12lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

125-1 second of eight in a maiden at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) on penultimate start stands out a mile in his five results in January-April 2021; absent 504 days before this handicap debut.

16/1

OUR TIP

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

10

27th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

16:20 Doncaster

Clay

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Neil King

Became disappointing on the Flat for Richard Hannon and was soundly beaten on first two hurdling starts for Neil King; however, he made some fairly encouraging late headway when sixth at Exeter (2m, heavy) on New Year's Day and ought to be suited by the better ground on today's handicap hurdle debut.

11/1

6th

5

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:30 Exeter

Clay

11st 1lb

J: James Davies

T: Neil King

Three times runner-up on the Flat for Richard Hannon; tailed off over hurdles at Chepstow and Taunton.

100/1

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

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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No Results Found

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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6th

16

30th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:45 Taunton

Gyllen

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Mitchell Hunt

Very useful Flat form for Andre Fabre; now 0-9 over hurdles and, after shaping better in first-time cheekpieces when third to Karakoram at Exeter (2m2f; good to soft), he took another backward step at Hereford on soft ground that shouldn't have bothered him; not the easiest to call.

16/1

4th

12

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

14:45 Hereford

Gyllen

11st 0lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Mitchell Hunt

Talented on the Flat in France but failed to win over hurdles for Tim Vaughan (0-7); reinvigorated by first-time cheekpieces when a close third at Exeter (2m2f; good to soft; with Isle of Aron second; 20-1) recently; a possible contender.

7/1

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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5th

12

4th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

13:00 Hereford

Baliyad

10st 11lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Matt Sheppard

Won a seller (about 2m2f) last September and has been running consistently in recent starts, most recently when second at Taunton (2m, good); back up in trip but main concern is whether he will handle soft ground; chances if he does.

7/1

2nd

6

8th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:00 Taunton

Baliyad

10st 9lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Matt Sheppard

Stratford selling winner in September; runner-up in handicaps at Wincanton and Ludlow on last two outings and has to be a serious candidate given that this race looks so weak.

3/1

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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3rd

16

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:50 Taunton

Presgrave

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Fair fourth of 11 in selling handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in September last time out; however, this maiden is in a tougher race here and is 4lb out of the handicap; others are more compelling.

25/1

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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10th

11

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

15:35 Taunton

Lady Ironside

10st 2lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Carroll Gray

always towards rear, not fluent 1st

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]