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racingtv.com/freetrial Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 1m 7f 113y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: U53-3P

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

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3

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

14:35 Leicester

Barnaviddaun

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Bridgwater

Won twice (2m3f/2m4f) over hurdles in Ireland in 2020; appeared to be running with credit when he twice unseated over fences last winter but he's been below form since; tried cheekpieces/visor on last two outings (both are absent today) and the latter was a step back in the right direction, before today's return to hurdles, but others have more pressing claims.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 0/9P-5 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

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5th

5

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

14:35 Leicester

Martinhal

11st 6lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Won a 2m1f maiden and 2m2f novice early in 2021 on soft ground, but he's been tailed off or pulled up in all three of his handicaps; latest was in cheekpieces; had wind surgery later last December and not seen since; worth a market check.

8/1

4

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Martinhal

11st 9lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Tailed off or pulled up so far in handicaps but there's potential off this mark on his early form and perhaps wind surgery will turn him around; market informative.

7/1

Form: 16P-P6 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

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6th

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 3

13:42 Fontwell

Swinging London

11st 3lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Olly Murphy

took keen hold, towards rear, headway 3rd, led when pecked on landing 4 out, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last

12/1

Form: 433 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

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3rd

8

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:00 Lingfield

Hold Up La Colmine

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Won the second of his two Irish points in April and he's shown promise with his two frame efforts over hurdles at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) this autumn; was beaten 27l last month but that third was behind an impressive winner in a big field and he sets the standard here; key player.

5/2

Form: 157-43 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

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3rd

2

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

12:47 Leicester

Kotmask

11st 12lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won two juvenile hurdles last season (on good to soft and soft) and, although beaten in all three handicaps, he ran well for a long way in a Class 2 at Ascot a month ago; needs considering back down in class.

9/2

Form: O36-21 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

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4th

3

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:25 Hereford

Gardener

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Promise in bumpers in Ireland; ran well for second on his stable/hurdle debut at Leicester last month and went one better at the same track 33 days ago (near 2m, heavy), making the running and digging deep close home; bold bid on the cards on this handicap debut.

5/1

Form: 26-078 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

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8th

13

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Lively Citizen

10st 5lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: D J Jeffreys

Big player judged on his second off 4lb higher in the Imperial Cup at Sandown in the spring, but he hasn't fired on all cylinders since, only seventh of nine at Ascot in November; needs to get back on track.

16/1

9

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

15:00 Cheltenham

Lively Citizen

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: D J Jeffreys

Has done well in this contest for the last two years (runner-up in 2020, won in 2021) but on both occasions he was in better form at the time; couple of below-par efforts this season and needs to bounce back.

14/1

Form: 5-6471

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

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1st

6

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:00 Newcastle

Sheriff Garrett

11st 5lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Tim Easterby

Multiple hurdle winner (good record at Hexham) but only one success since June 2021; not disgraced on either start (after a break) this autumn and has slipped to a handy mark; likely to come good at some stage.

11/1

Form: 25-7PP C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

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8

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:30 Lingfield

Doukarov

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Four-time chase winner at around 2m when trained by Sean Curran but ran poorly on both starts for Amy Murphy in the autumn and needs last month's wind op to have made a difference.

20/1

Form: 2P5524

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

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6

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:20 Doncaster

Galahad Threepwood

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear

4/1

4th

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Galahad Threepwood

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Fairly useful on Flat; 0-6 hurdling but it could be beginning to click for him, going down only to a progressive type in 2m Sandown handicap (soft) at the start of the month; raised 4lb but still respected.

11/2

Form: 33-634 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 5lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 109

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4th

6

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 3

14:30 Kelso

Mcgowan’s Pass

10st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Beaten on his last 11 starts going back to January 2020 and he's not the force of old; however, he was a fair third at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) last time and continues to drop down the weights; might not be far away.

12/1

3rd

9

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

14:35 Leicester

Mcgowan’s Pass

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Can front-run; nearly all his best efforts have been on heavy going, albeit with last win in January 2020; thrown in on his old form and has a good shout judged on two of his efforts early this year; well beaten on reappearance this month (cheekpieces on last two starts) but it's possible he will have come on markedly since.

16/1

Form: P47-32 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

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6th

7

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

12:55 Doncaster

Keepyourdreamsbig

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a juvenile hurdle in 2021 (2m, good) and has run pretty well for this yard on first two chase starts, most recently staying on for second of four at Leicester (2m, good); the step up in trip could be a positive now back over hurdles and there's every chance he'll be thereabouts.

5/1

Form: 16-95

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

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6th

10

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:25 Huntingdon

Omega

10st 4lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Won four on the continent, three Flat and one hurdling; easy to back and finished well held on his British debut over 2m4f at Leicester; that was in a first-time visor and he's better in blinkers, but others still appeal more.

33/1

Form: 137-81 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

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1st

2

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:20 Leicester

Turning Gold

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Robert Bevis

Has good and moderate days but has won both course handicaps (1m7f (good)/2m4f (soft)); below best when last seen in the spring but is quite capable of putting modest form behind him; cheekpieces discarded.

9/2

Verdict

Plenty are in with a shout. In-form Galahad Threepwood (second choice) brings very solid credentials to the table while both Kotmask and Swinging London are weighted to have a say. Omega and Hold Up La Colmine need factoring in too but Alex Hales’ C&D winner GARDENER looks to have got in lightly for his handicap debut and gets the nod.[Peter Entwistle]