January 31 / 13.05 Ffos Las

13.05

Soft

Cazoo Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4330.42
  • 2m 5f 192y
  • Class 5
  • 13 runners
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Cazoo Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 39-223 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Three respectable efforts at about this trip but is prone to late mistakes and challenge petered out back over 2m5f at Hereford in December (first-time cheekpieces, now visored); needs to prove he can see the trip out.
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3rd

2

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Exeter

Roger Rarebit

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom Lacey

Struggling early when pulled up at Market Rasen in December but bled from the nose; prior to that he impressed on chase debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) and he won at up to 2m6f over hurdles; remains unexposed over fences and could play leading role if the removal of the visor isn't a negative.

5/1

0

1

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

14:15 Market Rasen

Roger Rarebit

12st 4lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Tom Lacey

raced in last, slow jump 3rd, pulled up with one circuit to go

10/11

1st

3

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:15 Uttoxeter

Roger Rarebit

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Wide-margin hurdle winner in first-time visor at Ffos Las (2m6f, soft) in January and bumped into a big improver when second off same mark a few days later; not seen since unseating rider in April but could have a say if fully tuned up for chase debut.

4/1

20/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 24-858

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Has a squeak on 2m3f form at Taunton last spring (soft) but has been lacklustre since back from a break and cheekpieces now given a go.
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3rd

4

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:05 Leicester

Justshortofabubble

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Three chase wins this season, the latest gained at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) last month; held narrow advantage before penultimate-fence fall at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) 16 days ago and might still be improving; not yet proven on heavy ground but handles soft well; respected.

2/1

0

3

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

13:40 Ludlow

Justshortofabubble

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

held up in rear

11/2

1st

11

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:33 Taunton

Justshortofabubble

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Improved his chase record to 2-9 when scoring at Bangor (3m, soft) last month but he couldn't make a serious impact off this revised mark at Stratford (2m6f, soft) last time; now goes back up in trip but he looks weighted near his best and others look stronger.

8/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 4-1243

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Stays 2m3f on soft; hasn't gone on from two good runs when first back from break in October, winning over 2m at Chepstow then runner-up at Hereford, but is back down in grade and has more obvious claims than many.
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4th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

raced in last, detached before 6th, struggling after 11th, soon tailed off

3/1

4th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

raced in last, detached before 6th, struggling after 11th, soon tailed off

3/1

2nd

4

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 8lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Fair 2m4f winning hurdler who is knocking on the door in this sphere, posting a good second over C&D 22 days ago; he can go well again off the same mark.

11/4

Form: 445/8P

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Thereabouts in staying handicap hurdles two years ago (soft/good) when much higher in the weights but slow to recapture form over hurdles and fences since back from an absence; something to prove for now.
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OUR TIP

Form: 645-0P

Last run: 68 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
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.
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4th

2

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:10 Southwell

Kalpaga

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

Posted a win then a near-miss over hurdles last April (2m3f/2m6f, good to soft); unable to match that form over fences this season but she was a fair fourth at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in December and has had a wind op since being pulled up last time; no surprise if she goes well now back hurdling.

7/1

2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 5

12:27 Wetherby

Kalpaga

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Tim Vaughan

Finished 3l fourth in similar event at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago, producing her best effort since switched to chasing; looks favourably weighted on best hurdles form and can't be ruled out.

5/2

Form: PP-4U1

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Well treated with Walkinthewoods on 2m form in early 2022; not plain sailing since but he found plenty when getting off the mark over 2m4f (soft; first-time visor replaced cheekpieces) back hurdling at Plumpton this month; another good run to come back up 4lb.
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11

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Bert Wilson

11st 6lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Dual hurdle winner (2m4f/2m3f) when fitted with visor in early part of last year but yet to get going this season (pulled up on two of three appearances); tries a new trip today; revival needed.

16/1

0

2

13th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Bert Wilson

11st 10lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Inconsistent but he won twice when ridden prominently on soft ground early this year and was not disgraced when front-running under Ella Herbison at Plumpton on latest outing, his second following wind surgery; considered.

13/2

Form: 906

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Showed little in a point and three novice hurdles in 2022; this is his first realistic chance but plenty of improvement is needed.
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8th

10

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:35 Exeter

Ipsos Pierji

11st 2lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Shown little but conditions were soft when pulled up on handicap debut over 2m6f and this trip/ground could be more suitable; tongue-tie added.

25/1

5

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Ipsos Pierji

11st 8lb

J: David Prichard

T: Nicky Martin

Showed little in a point and three novice hurdles in 2022; this is his first realistic chance but plenty of improvement is needed.

14/1

Form: 49690

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Showed promise in a bumper but not yet got to grips with hurdles and was tailed off on handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft) in December.
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4th

6

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:52 Wincanton

Bensini

11st 2lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Winning hurdler who has finished runner-up in both chase runs and might have won at Southwell last time (2m4f, good) but for a late mistake; the cheekpieces tried there appeared to work; soft ground would temper enthusiasm.

2/1

2nd

7

3rd Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Bensini

10st 11lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Opened hurdling account with hard-fought success at Worcester (2m4f, good) in July, after a break, and made good start to chasing career when second at Fontwell (2m5f, good) last month; can pose a threat if the addition of cheekpieces has any positive effect.

11/2

2nd

2

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

16:10 Fontwell

Bensini

11st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Opened account with hard-fought hurdling success at Worcester (2m4f, good) in July, after a break, and both subsequent runs were perfectly respectable; has a significant role to play if he takes well to fences on today's chasing debut.

4/1

Form: 550334 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Vulnerable over fences since 2m win at Ffos Las last April (good; acts on soft); hasn't run over hurdles since 2020 but he returns to them at a very realistic level and has a more obvious chance than many.
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7

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Dunbar

11st 2lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: David Rees

Vulnerable over fences since 2m win at Ffos Las last April (good; acts on soft); hasn't run over hurdles since 2020 but he returns to them at a very realistic level and has a more obvious chance than many.

6/1

4th

8

5th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:30 Ffos Las

Dunbar

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: David Rees

C&D winner on good in April 2022; has weights turnaround with convincing winner Haldon Hill (2m5f, soft) in November and return to 2m should suit but has been vulnerable for a while; regular hood discarded.

10/1

3rd

7

25th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 4f 199y

Class 5

12:55 Ffos Las

Dunbar

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: David Rees

Point winner who is 1-26 under rules but his win came over fences here (2m, good) in April and he returned from a short break with a close third back at this track (2m, soft) two weeks ago; on unchanged mark and he's a big player if he can repeat that form back up in trip.

7/2

Form: 58P6

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Not yet shown much in a point, bumper and maiden hurdles (first-time hood latest, retained); needs plenty more now handicapping.
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9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Sheila Lewis

Inconsistent maiden; clear best effort when second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April; achieved nothing of value here (2m4f/2m, soft) the last twice; opposed.

25/1

5th

7

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

15:50 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Sheila Lewis

13-race maiden under rules; second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April but no comparable form before or since and he's 12lb out of the handicap today; now tongue tied for the first time.

50/1

Form: 009

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Triple-figure prices in maiden/novice hurdles and has trailed home in all of them; represents a leading yard, though, and is now tongue tied for her handicap debut; any market move would be encouraging.
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11

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Bashful Kate

10st 8lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Triple-figure prices in maiden/novice hurdles and has trailed home in all of them; represents a leading yard, though, and is now tongue tied for her handicap debut; any market move would be encouraging.

8/1

9th

11

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:40 Taunton

Bashful Kate

10st 7lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Big odds and well beaten in maiden/novice hurdles in recent weeks.

250/1

Form: 8050-P

Last run: 268 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Needs plenty more than he showed for Christian Williams, including on handicap debut last May; off since and has plenty to prove for new yard.
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12

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Rose Kar

10st 7lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Adrian Wintle

Needs plenty more than he showed for Christian Williams, including on handicap debut last May; off since and has plenty to prove for new yard.

50/1

Form: 58P7

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict
No immediate progress for the switch to handicaps at Taunton before Christmas (3m, good; first-time blinkers, retained); up against it.
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13

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 192y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Octavius Sabini

10st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Joe Ponting

No immediate progress for the switch to handicaps at Taunton before Christmas (3m, good; first-time blinkers, retained); up against it.

50/1

7th

10

8th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:40 Taunton

Octavius Sabini

10st 3lb

J: Danny Burton

T: Joe Ponting

Three heavy defeats include one in a seller; blinkers applied for his handicap debut and has to rate as an unlikely winner.

25/1

Non-runners

Kalpaga

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £17.10
Straight Forecast £14.46
Tricast £46.90
Trifecta £47.90

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bert Wilson

RP Ratings:

Roger Rarebit

Telegraph:

Dunbar

D Express:

Walkinthewoods

WEST COUNTRY:

Bert Wilson

The Times:

Bert Wilson

The Sun:

Bert Wilson

The Star:

Bert Wilson

POSTDATA:

Roger Rarebit

The Guardian:

Roger Rarebit

Daily Mirror:

Roger Rarebit

Daily Record:

Roger Rarebit

Daily Mail:

Dunbar