January 25 / 14.35 Warwick

14.35

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 531U0/ D

Last run: 718 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Hurdle/chase winner for Joseph O'Brien in Ireland but has been absent for nearly two years; still low mileage (only 12 career runs) so could yet have prospects and worth keeping an eye on; yard also runs Zabeel Champion.
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4th

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Front View

12st 1lb

J: Tpr Lucy Westlake

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ex-Joseph O'Brien; not as good as he was by the looks but placed the last twice (3m, heavy) and produced an honest effort to take second at Haydock; it could be that he needs that longer trip these days but this a stiff track.

7/1

2nd

1

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

12:15 Haydock

Front View

12st 1lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, went third after 1st

7/1

3rd

3

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

12:20 Ffos Las

Front View

11st 11lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

held up in rear, headway after 7th, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, 2 lengths down when bad mistake last, not recover

10/1

Form: 11P0-1 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Emphatic Wetherby winner last month, on this season's only outing; 7lb higher (and Luca Morgan can no longer claim) but still open to progress after just five starts over hurdles; obvious contender.
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2nd

3

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Lebowski

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runs off same mark as for his win at Wetherby (2m, soft) last December; hasn't shone since but, having had a wind op, he was well backed at Chepstow on his stable and seasonal debut only to run without the declared tongue-tie; due to wear that appendage today; interesting to see if backers return.

7/2

Form: 4-3440 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Front-runner; well beaten at Kempton last month, when tackling more realistic challenge, so plenty to prove; on the plus side, has always looked better going left-handed and on a dangerous mark if enough of the old ability remains; risky to dismiss out of hand.
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5th

2

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 3

15:30 Catterick

For Pleasure

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

raced in second, led narrowly after 2nd, lost position 4th, soon lost ground

7/2

1st

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 3

11:57 Fontwell

For Pleasure

11st 8lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Formerly useful; easily took advantage of a reduced mark at Fakenham (2m, soft) last week on debut for new stable; Dylan Johnston's 7lb claim offsets the penalty; should follow up.

4/9

1st

1

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:10 Fakenham

For Pleasure

12st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

made all, took keen hold, led, going best 3 out, went well clear after 2 out, canter

9/2

Form: 42/8P- D

Last run: 379 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Five wins at the end of 2020 but no success since; finished lame when last seen a year ago (for Philip Hobbs) and not of obvious appeal on stable debut, unless attracting inspired support.
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2

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

14:50 Ffos Las

Breffniboy

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Claire Harris

With Johnny Farrelly when completing a four-timer at Cheltenham two seasons ago; below par in two runs for Philip Hobbs and now with another new yard; watching brief seems the best call after a good while out.

33/1

OUR TIP

Abandoned

Form: 13-5P2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Hasn't really found top form in three outings this season and no match for the winner when second at Leicester latest; shade unfortunate when close third behind two subsequent winners over C&D a year ago and return to that sort of form would make him very interesting.
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0

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Washington

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Two hurdle wins for Olly Murphy and plenty of good efforts in defeat, notably his third at Aintree in April; all form at 2m so bit to prove on chasing/stable debut but no doubting his ability; wind surgery.

11/4

9th

15

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Washington

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Filled third in a deep 2m handicap at Aintree's Grand National meeting for the second year running and conditions (soft) went against him last month; hasn't had much racing for a 7yo and he's one to consider.

10/1

3rd

21

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Washington

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Olly Murphy

Ran well (third off 3lb higher) in this race last year but that came off the back of a recent win; not sure to repeat that effort, having been absent since a well-held second in December; cheekpieces enlisted.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 116-F6 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Newbury winner on British debut last March but little to show for three runs since; no danger when sixth at Ascot latest but gave the impression there that he was capable of better and subsequent 3lb drop a help.
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14th

15

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

In The Air

10st 3lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Adam West

Had an all-or-nothing profile for Gary Moore, and after a pleasing start over fences at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) he was pulled up twice at the end of 2023; needs to be revitalised by a change of stable (same owner).

33/1

0

1

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

15:10 Newbury

In The Air

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Gary Moore

Didn't fire at Sandown last month and needs to bounce back here but made good start to chasing career when clear second at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October and is a contender if judged on that performance.

7/1

Form: 1/15-2 CD

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Just four career starts, which include a C&D win in November 2021; back from 11 months off when second at Exeter in November and looks a strong contender with the prospect of better to come.
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5th

2

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Hartur DOudairies

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

held up in rear

25/1

11th

12

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Hartur DOudairies

10st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Won a novice hurdle for Dan Skelton before runner-up in two handicaps; signed off for that yard with a poor run and produced another in November on his one run for Ben Haslam; sold for £4,000 since; others have more going for them.

50/1

0

2

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

13:20 Sedgefield

Hartur DOudairies

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Won a novice hurdle in these colours for Dan Skelton and then twice runner-up in handicaps; stopped very quickly on chase debut at Warwick three weeks ago and now with Ben Haslam; hard to dismiss off a dangerous mark.

5/1

Form: 241-85 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Haydock winner off 1lb lower last April but unplaced in four starts since (including two on the Flat); cheekpieces no seeming help at Wetherby latest and, while it's too soon to be writing him off, better needed.
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4th

1

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

15:20 Newton Abbot

Zabeel Champion

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, mistake 4 out

9/2

1st

2

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Zabeel Champion

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Formerly smart on the Flat; defied a similar mark to this in a better race at Haydock (1m7f, good) in April 2022, since when he's been lightly raced; perhaps failed to stay 2m5f when last seen (in first-time cheekpieces); could easily be in the thick of it.

15/8

Form: 834-18 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
C&D winner in November, after a break, but that was a 0-115 contest and he was put in his place in better company at Cheltenham next time; may be similar situation this time.
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0

3

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Iontach Cheval

11st 13lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alastair Ralph

Back below the mark of November's Warwick success (2m) and will be happiest should conditions remain quicker than soft; never a factor at Doncaster latest but reckoned by connections to need today's trip now.

20/1

9th

5

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Iontach Cheval

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

Won at Warwick (2m, good to soft) last November on second handicap start and respectable third at Sandown (2m, soft) last month when back from an absence; could build on that latest performance now back on better ground and he's firmly in calculations.

15/2

Form: 43-254

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Maiden; consistent over hurdles without seemingly progressing; switch to handicaps might give him the chance to get closer but improvement necessary if he's to win this.
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1st

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Bubble Dubi

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Stuart Edmunds

travelled strongly

7/2

3rd

6

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

14:05 Haydock

Bubble Dubi

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

chased clear leader, switched right when lost second after 3 out, kept on but not pace to challenge

7/1

3rd

3

25th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:13 Huntingdon

Bubble Dubi

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Came good over hurdles at fifth attempt, at Stratford (2m, good to soft) in March, and was third in valuable series final at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) the following month; jumped poorly and was disappointing favourite on last month's seasonal/chase debut but could still have untapped potential in this sphere.

4/1

Form: 1-U320 D BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Narrowly beaten by a subsequent winner in a Newcastle maiden in November, off the back of that, he was favourite for last month's handicap debut at Market Rasen, only to ruin his chance by racing too freely; a hood may prove the answer but he hasn't looked the most organised over hurdles.
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4th

2

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:10 Fakenham

Sergeant Wilson

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

took keen hold, prominent, outpaced 2 out, weakened approaching last

11/10

2nd

11

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:05 Newbury

Sergeant Wilson

10st 10lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

took keen hold, led but pestered, not fluent 4 out

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 25-7PP D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Four chase wins for Sean Curran but nothing in three starts for this yard; plenty to prove reverting to hurdles; cheekpieces added to usual aids.
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5

5th Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:00 Huntingdon

Doukarov

11st 8lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Amy Murphy

Well treated on best chase form; out of sorts for new yard this season until hinting at a revival back over hurdles last time; however, needs to build on that effort.

10/1

6th

4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:48 Warwick

Doukarov

11st 7lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Amy Murphy

Four-time chase winner who is very well treated on form as recent as last April; however, he's struggled on his four starts since and a major turnaround is needed with cheekpieces now added.

33/1

Verdict

Lebowski (second choice) looked good at Wetherby and should again run well. Hartur D’Oudairies has claims while a return to his best for In The Air could be on the cards. WASHINGTON has yet to strike top form this winter but this might be the time that he does.[Jonathan Neesom]