January 26 / 15.10 Wetherby

15.10

Soft

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  • Prize money: £3812.2
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 17 runners
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Runners: 17 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.40
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 3-22 BF

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Third on debut in Chepstow bumper (2m, soft) last February and he's been runner-up on his first two starts over hurdles (2m3f/2m1f, good to soft); holds leading claims here for his top yard.
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7th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Etalon

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Didn't hang about over hurdles and has looked a natural over fences in going 3-3 (at about 2m on soft), latterly impressing in a handicap at Sandown; has a good bit to find on the figures with some of these but it's hard to gauge how good he is and his jumping should be an asset off frenetic fractions.

11/2

7th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Etalon

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Didn't hang about over hurdles and has looked a natural over fences in going 3-3 (at about 2m on soft), latterly impressing in a handicap at Sandown; has a good bit to find on the figures with some of these but it's hard to gauge how good he is and his jumping should be an asset off frenetic fractions.

11/2

1st

6

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Etalon

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fourth of 16 in the EBF Final here (2m4f, heavy) on his final start last term; sent chasing this season, looking a natural on his first attempt at Newbury last month and following up that clearcut win with an easy dismissal of his only rival at Warwick (again 2m on soft); current mark may well be lenient and he has stacks of potential.

2/1

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8/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 84

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Improved form when 10l fourth of 14 in a bumper here (2m, soft) last month on his second start; he's bred to come into his own over further but it looked a warm race last time and he could go well on hurdle debut.
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3rd

9

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Big Ambitions

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Signs of promise on both hurdle starts (2m/2m3f, soft/good to soft), most recently 28l third of 16 in warm maiden at Lingfield; this very lightly raced 5yo is bred to get better the further he goes and is open to improvement on this handicap debut; firmly in calculations.

7/2

3rd

2

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield

Big Ambitions

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Left debut form behind when a promising fourth in Wetherby bumper in December and he made a solid start over hurdles when runner-up in another big field at that track (2m, soft) last month; needs to find more progress but he's well related and this step up in trip should suit on pedigree.

5/1

2nd

1

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

Big Ambitions

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4 out

8/1

50/1

  • Place: £13.90

Form: 6-70

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Failed to threaten in either bumper and he was well beaten at 40-1 on his recent hurdle debut at Wincanton; best to look elsewhere.
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8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Sea Village

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Oliver Signy

Placed three times at up to 3m1f over hurdles, all on slow ground; well treated on his form of a year ago but plenty to prove based on three starts since wind surgery.

25/1

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Sea Village

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Oliver Signy

Placed three times at up to 3m1f over hurdles, all on slow ground; well treated on his form of a year ago but plenty to prove based on three starts since wind surgery.

25/1

7th

1

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

16:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Sea Village

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Oliver Signy

Struggled in first three handicaps but his third of 16 behind Fantomas at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago was much better; contender if able to build on that performance.

7/2

Form: 7/04

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Two-time point winner who represents a top northern stable and for whom things may click under rules at some point; however, he's failed to shine on his first two hurdle starts and plenty of improvement is required.
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3rd

4

26th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:40 Worcester

Present Fair

11st 11lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Has lost his way since winning off today's mark at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in December and is not sure to be suited by the much quicker conditions here; had another wind op (his second) after latest run; others look safer.

33/1

8th

4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Present Fair

11st 7lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Caused 28-1 surprise at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in December, his fifth start over hurdles, but seems to have lost his way this year and drying ground may not be ideal for him here; tongue-tie fitted.

20/1

8th

4

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Present Fair

11st 7lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Caused 28-1 surprise at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in December, his fifth start over hurdles, but seems to have lost his way this year and drying ground may not be ideal for him here; tongue-tie fitted.

20/1

Form: 123/3- C BF

Last run: 355 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Very useful in bumpers (good to soft/heavy), finishing third in the mares' Grade 2 at Aintree in April 2021; it was her first run since when the 8-11 favourite and only third of seven on hurdle debut over C&D last February, and she's back from another absence today; however, a bad mistake two out proved costly and she may have lots more to offer in this code; respected.
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3rd

4

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

14:20 Hexham

Miss Lamb

11st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won C&D maiden on heavy ground in March and runner-up over C&D on both subsequent appearances (heavy/good to soft); today's faster ground may not be ideal but her handicap mark is workable and, if her useful bumper form is a guide, she may yet do better over hurdles.

15/8

2nd

5

6th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

18:40 Hexham

Miss Lamb

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

novicey jumping, led

11/8

2nd

4

30th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

14:45 Hexham

Miss Lamb

11st 5lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles over C&D (heavy) a fortnight ago, which was her second start back from another absence; has the potential to be better than this opening mark in view of her useful bumper form.

5/2

Form: 3293

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Placed in both bumpers and third at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago on his second hurdle start; he has place possibilities but was beaten 17l last time and is probably vulnerable once more for win purposes.
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5th

3

22nd Jul 2024

Good

3m 1f 83y

Class 4

15:20 Cartmel

Boomslang

11st 11lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, headway before 2 out, outpaced approaching last, no extra run-in

11/2

1st

1

28th Jun 2024

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

13:20 Cartmel

Boomslang

11st 4lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Looks exposed after nine hurdling starts but was runner-up twice last month, latterly in soft-ground C&D handicap; also suited by good ground; likely to be right in the thick of things again.

6/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
90,000euros 3yo; third foal; brother to a point winner; dam unraced sister to some talented winners; trainer had a double at the last meeting here; could play a major role on debut, especially if strong in the betting.
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12th

12

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

12:30 Market Rasen

Ranging Bear

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Showed some promise in the first of his two starts last winter; had wind surgery since the last one and now goes in tongue-tie; nicely bred and looks open to improvement this term; possibilities.

16/1

10

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:22 Chepstow

Ranging Bear

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Out of an unraced half-sister to smart jumper Emily Gray; safely held when seventh of 17 on debut at Wetherby (2m, soft) last month but significant positives can be drawn from that performance and he has very obvious scope for improvement.

9/2

7th

13

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

Ranging Bear

11st 2lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, wandered on approach 1st

4/1

Form: 0/P0

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down the field in Kempton bumper on sole run for Paul Nicholls and has shown little over hurdles on his two runs for this yard.
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10th

10

4th Jul 2024

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Prince Nino

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

A dual C&D winner last season but he's offered little in two runs this summer, pulled up at Southwell (3m) 23 days ago; he needs to take a major step forward off the back of subsequent breathing surgery.

25/1

9

11th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

18:05 Southwell

Prince Nino

10st 12lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Lizzie Quinlan

in touch with leaders

25/1

8th

8

1st Jun 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Hexham

Prince Nino

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Dual 2m4f winner (good/soft); back on his last winning mark, so dangerous to rule him out but he has three poor efforts to put behind him.

20/1

Form: 83

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Improved effort when a near-18l third of eight in Southwell bumper (2m, soft) in November on his second start; there's every chance he'll continue to progress but a sizeable step forward is needed on hurdle debut.
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7

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:35 Leicester

Letmetellusomethin

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, jumped left and mistake 4th, weakened after 5 out, pulled up after 4 out

10/1

7th

7

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:10 Fontwell

Letmetellusomethin

11st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

No more than minor promise over hurdles but this is his first time outside of novice company and is entitled to show more; cheekpieces added to the tongue-tie tried last time; market vibes awaited with interest.

8/1

Form: 4-86

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
All three starts on good ground; has shown ability, including when sixth of 16 at Huntingdon (2m) last month on his second hurdle start, but plenty of improvement is needed to threaten here.
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0

1

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:10 Worcester

Hungry Hill

12st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent, weakened before 2 out, jockey looked down to see if something was amiss run-in, soon pulled up

9/4

1st

6

12th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Worcester

Hungry Hill

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

His breakthrough win at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good to soft) had been coming but he ran a modest latest race here when well behind Karavomylos and has to bounce back from that.

6/1

6th

3

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

20:00 Worcester

Hungry Hill

11st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Runner-up in two of his first three handicaps before winning one at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good to soft) on latest outing, about to be challenged by Broomfields Cave when that rival fell at the last; up 5lb whereas Broomfields Cave has gone up 4lb; firmly in the mix.

4/1

50/1

Form: 5275

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fair second in bumper at Kelso (2m, good to soft) in November but he's been soundly beaten on both hurdle starts and others are preferred.
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3

19th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 5

14:50 Musselburgh

Getabeau

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Chris Grant

towards rear

6/1

11th

7

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

Getabeau

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Chris Grant

led, jumped right 1st, headed after 4 out

50/1

5th

7

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:25 Newcastle

Getabeau

11st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Chris Grant

Has shown ability at an ordinary level in bumpers but failed to match the pick of that form on hurdle debut; might well find one or two too good again.

66/1

Form: 444U67

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Displayed some ability in her first two bumpers but she's struggled over hurdles and would be a surprise winner here.
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9th

11

21st Jul 2024

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

16:35 Stratford

Emily Wade

10st 6lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Won a mares' handicap at Southwell in June (2m4f, good; first-time tongue-tie); reportedly never travelled when tailed off at Cartmel next time (2m6f, good); bit to prove now.

10/1

8th

5

28th Jun 2024

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

14:30 Cartmel

Emily Wade

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Returned to form and won readily at Southwell (2m4f, good; first-time tongue-tie) this month, beating Fiadh (runs in Division 1) by 3.5l; still well handicapped after recent 6lb rise, and ran well on only previous visit to Cartmel (3m, good); good chance.

5/2

1st

7

11th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:30 Southwell

Emily Wade

10st 6lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

took keen hold, held up in rear, rapid headway to lead 2 out, pushed along and went clear approaching last, readily

9/2

40/1

Form: 087

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
The form of his stable is a positive and he's a half-brother to three winners; took a step in the right direction when 22l seventh of 17 over C&D (soft) last month but needs another leap of improvement today.
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13

15th Jun 2024

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

18:10 Uttoxeter

Eddie Mush

10st 11lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Sue Smith

Did not show a great deal over hurdles in 2022-23 season and, following a long absence, was tailed off at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) last month.

33/1

12th

8

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

20:05 Sedgefield

Eddie Mush

11st 3lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Sue Smith

Pulled up when 66-1 for handicap debut in February (2m3f, good; wore cheekpieces) and didn't show much when back in novice company later that month (1m7f no headgear); still unexposed but significant improvement is needed.

25/1

12th

8

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

20:05 Sedgefield

Eddie Mush

11st 3lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Sue Smith

Pulled up when 66-1 for handicap debut in February (2m3f, good; wore cheekpieces) and didn't show much when back in novice company later that month (1m7f no headgear); still unexposed but significant improvement is needed.

25/1

Form: 3-0

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Fair third on debut in bumper here (2m, soft) last January but then absent until Boxing Day, when tailed off at 22-1 at Newcastle (2m1f, soft); probably best watched on hurdle debut.
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14th

17

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

Wellfleet Witch

10st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Fionn McSharry

took keen hold, held up in rear

25/1

10th

16

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

15:10 Newcastle

Wellfleet Witch

11st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Chris McSharry

Third of ten to a subsequent winner at Wetherby in January; not seen since and the hood worn that day is left off, but minor place claims if that performance can be built on.

16/1

Form: 309-50

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Third on debut in bumper at Ayr in October but failed to go on from that and he was tailed off over C&D on last month's first hurdle start.
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7th

7

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:45 Wetherby

Haut Berry

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Andrew Crook

Placed in a bumper in 2021 but showed no promise on first three hurdling starts (2m-2m3f) and is 5lb out of the weights for this handicap debut; significant improvement required.

25/1

Form: 06-60

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Down the field all four starts, over hurdles the last twice.
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6th

4

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

17:10 Sedgefield

Couldntgivamonkeys

11st 4lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Failed to improve for the switch to handicap level at Newcastle last month having been friendless in the betting; this six-race maiden holds weak claims on overall form and needs a big step forward.

16/1

7th

4

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

17:15 Newcastle

Couldntgivamonkeys

11st 10lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Showed very little on first four starts but was making some encouraging late headway when a final-flight faller at Wetherby (2m, soft) last month; could be in the mix if building on that now handicapping.

12/1

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

Couldntgivamonkeys

11st 2lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

held up in rear

100/1

Form: 05-54U

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Horse

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Form & Verdict
Well beaten in his four bumpers and he was 300-1 when unseating at the first flight over C&D on last month's hurdle debut.
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5

18th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:40 Southwell

Dee Day Landing

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Mark Weatherer

held up in rear, ridden and no impression from 3 out

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £11.00
Straight Forecast £18.13
Trifecta £357.50

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