January 25 / 14.35 Warwick

14.35 Warwick

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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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7th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Front View

10st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Big shout judged on best efforts for Joseph O'Brien in Ireland but ended his time there on a low note and earlier managed only 12th when favourite for the Martin Pipe at the 2020 Festival here; absent for very nearly two years and his market strength should be revealing.

33/1

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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1st

5

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:58 Wetherby

Lebowski

11st 1lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Michael Scudamore

jumped well, raced in second, good jump and disputed lead 4th, going easily home turn, led 3 out, eased clear 2 out, shaken up and ridden briefly before last, another good jump last, ridden out final 110yds, readily

3/1

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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7th

5

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:25 Huntingdon

For Pleasure

11st 9lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

A seven-time winner who races prominently; after some tough tasks it was disappointing that he couldn't raise his game back in a handicap at Kempton over Christmas.

25/1

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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OUR TIP

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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2nd

2

28th Dec 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 113y

Class 3

14:35 Leicester

Washington

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won a bumper on soft; largely consistent at about 2m on better ground last season as a novice hurdler, taking third of 16 in handicap at Aintree in April; below form at Ascot on reappearance and pulled when hooded over 2m4f at Newbury four weeks later but he could bounce back.

11/2

9

26th Nov 2022

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:55 Newbury

Washington

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Largely consistent at about 2m; ran well in Aintree handicap in April and may be sharper with Ascot reappearance under his belt; however, has stamina to prove over this new trip; hood enlisted.

12/1

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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10

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

In The Air

10st 6lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won on heavy ground in France and on soft at Newbury last March on British debut; early faller on reappearance; never-dangerous sixth of nine at Ascot (good to soft) next time and clearly needs improvement as that was his best form, but the performance contained promise and he needs a close look.

6/1

8

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:20 Sandown

In The Air

10st 5lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won juvenile hurdle in the spring (British debut); early faller on reappearance and never landed a blow last time; dropped only 3lb and still has something to prove in handicaps.

20/1

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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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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5th

8

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Zabeel Champion

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Very useful Flat-racer up to the first half of 2021; down the field on his two Flat starts this May, and likewise when back over hurdles at Chepstow in October but he's shown aptitude in this code (two wins) and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will give him a boost; not discounted.

5/1

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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8th

11

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

15:00 Cheltenham

Iontach Cheval

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Alastair Ralph

Made a successful seasonal debut at Warwick (2m, good to soft) but isn't certain to progress, as he failed to properly build on his reappearance win last term; either way has more on his plate upped in grade.

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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4th

6

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:25 Ludlow

Bubble Dubi

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Made the frame in both bumpers (2m, soft/good) and has shown solid form in defeat on his first two hurdle starts (2m/1m7f, good to soft); others here may have greater potential but he can give another good account.

10/1

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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11th

4

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

14:15 Market Rasen

Sergeant Wilson

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, awkward jump 2nd

7/2

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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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

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]