March 04 / 16.25 Doncaster

16.25

Good

Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4330.42
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Virgin Bet Daily Extra Places Handicap Hurdle (Go North Cab On Target Series Qualifier)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: -12619 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
2-5 over hurdles, the latter win gained off 5lb lower over C&D (good) in January; needs to bounce back from a lesser effort at Taunton last month but still features prominently in calculations.
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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

1

11th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

16:00 Huntingdon

Give Me A Cuddle

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Yet to make any further progress since winning at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in January but gave very good account before fading into fifth at Kempton (2m5f, good; first-time tongue-tie) ten days ago and has each-way claims at least if in similar form here.

10/1

5th

9

1st May 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Kempton

Give Me A Cuddle

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

disputed lead, prominent after 2nd

33/1

12th

3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:50 Kelso

Give Me A Cuddle

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

took keen hold, prominent

16/1

Form: 1-6235

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Not quite at best when fifth at regular haunt Carlisle last month but was placed on consecutive appearances at end of last year (2m1f/2m2f) and is very versatile regarding ground; each-way claims at least.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

15th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

19:45 Uttoxeter

Malpas

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

prominent, pressed winner 5th, lost position but in touch with leaders 10th, weakened gradually after 4 out

5/1

1st

5

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

18:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Malpas

11st 9lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

prominent, hit 4 out, led 3 out, kept on well from 2 out, ridden out

12/1

1st

5

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

18:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Malpas

11st 9lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Went close over C&D (heavy) in February and will also be suited by today's faster ground but finished down the field over hurdles here last month and remains without a win since March 2022; others have more appealing profiles.

12/1

Form: -11753

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Triple 2m hurdle winner last year; failed fully to convince stamina-wise when third over C&D (good) in January but that was still a pretty good effort and a subsequent 2lb drop helps.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 2

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Fringill Dike

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won three in a row (1m7f-2m, good/good to soft) when blinkers were added in early part of last season and posted another career best when close second at Kempton (2m2f, good) last month, after a break; could plausibly still be on the upgrade; respected.

6/1

1st

3

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 2

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Fringill Dike

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won three in a row (1m7f-2m, good/good to soft) when blinkers were added in early part of last season and posted another career best when close second at Kempton (2m2f, good) last month, after a break; could plausibly still be on the upgrade; respected.

6/1

2nd

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Fringill Dike

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

prominent, good jump last, challenging final 110yds, no extra towards finish

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: P5524U BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
0-8 over hurdles but ended 2022 with two good efforts (both over 2m) and looked poised to make his challenge before unseating rider at third-last flight over C&D (good; race in which Fringill Dike was third) in January; no surprise if he makes his presence felt.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Galahad Threepwood

11st 11lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Ben Pauling

Edged home off 1lb lower at Doncaster last March (2m3f, good) but he suffered a heavy fall next time and hasn't got his mojo back in three subsequent starts; however, didn't run too badly last time at Huntingdon and cheekpieces could give him a lift.

12/1

Form: 383921 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Seemingly aided by cheekpieces this year and drew clear pretty comfortably to open hurdling account at Catterick (2m3f, good) last month; 9lb higher here but has plenty of scope for further progress; major player.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Prairie Wolf

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Has made it 3-5 over fences with wins at Catterick (2m3f, soft) and Haydock (2m4f, soft) the last twice; he's up in the weights and in grade today and could do with jumping with greater fluency, but he's clearly progressing nicely and could have even more left in the tank.

5/1

3rd

4

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Prairie Wolf

11st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Has made it 3-5 over fences with wins at Catterick (2m3f, soft) and Haydock (2m4f, soft) the last twice; he's up in the weights and in grade today and could do with jumping with greater fluency, but he's clearly progressing nicely and could have even more left in the tank.

5/1

1st

2

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

14:45 Haydock

Prairie Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Two wins (2m4f/2m3f, good to soft/soft) from last three starts, with good fourth in hot novice handicap at Cheltenham in between; did it comfortably at Catterick latest despite final-fence blunder; unexposed over fences and could have more to offer in this sphere; key player up 7lb for last time.

Evs

Form: 3-3186 CD

Last run: 5 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Came good over hurdles at fifth attempt, in first-time cheekpieces over C&D (good) in November, but well below that form on both starts this year (headgear left off last time, as today) and now has questions to answer.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

9

26th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

14:50 Kelso

Okavango Delta

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Went close at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) in December on second chase start and ran respectably next time; off 103 days before pulled up at Musselburgh 16 days ago and his only win (17 races) was in 2022 when headgear was first enlisted.

16/1

6th

9

26th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

14:50 Kelso

Okavango Delta

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders, weakened 2 out

16/1

3

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

Okavango Delta

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

Went close at Catterick (2m3f, good to soft) in December on second chase start and it was a competitive Class 4 in which he was an 11l third at Doncaster; this is easier than that and he has potential over this longer trip.

7/2

Form: 5317-9 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Fair Flat-racer at up to 1m6f; won maiden hurdle here (2m, good) just over a year ago but soundly beaten in both handicap hurdles; tries a new trip and sports refitted cheekpieces here; others have much less to prove.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8th

5

(3)

17th Jun 2023

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 5

17:00 Chester

Thunder Ahead

9st 6lb

J: Cieren Fallon

T: Alan King

in touch with leaders

14/1

7th

4

(3)

27th May 2023

Good To Firm

1m 3f 175y

Class 5

13:15 Haydock

Thunder Ahead

9st 8lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Not at his best on the Flat and over hurdles this year but didn't run badly when fourth of eight at Chelmsford (1m6f, AW) last month and, having raced freely, he could benefit from this drop back in distance; on a competitive mark and not ruled out.

10/1

4th

1

(7)

27th Apr 2023

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

22:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Thunder Ahead

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Alan King

led

25/1

Form: 33P078

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Irish-raider; from a much respected stable but has modest 1-20 strike-rate over hurdles and was unable to land a telling blow when midfield at Huntingdon (2m4f, good to soft) in January; needs to up his game.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

13th

10

3rd Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

16:20 Sedgefield

Bentham

10st 12lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sara Ender

took keen hold, led narrowly

16/1

5th

5

26th Aug 2023

Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 5

17:06 Cartmel

Bentham

11st 7lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Sara Ender

Ex-Gavin Cromwell; fair efforts in cheekpieces behind Ambassador at Uttoxeter on last two starts; more needed.

12/1

4th

4

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:45 Uttoxeter

Bentham

11st 8lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Sara Ender

led early, headed and prominent 2nd

14/1

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Prairie Wolf

The Guardian:

Fringill Dike

WEST COUNTRY:

Galahad Threepwood

TOPSPEED:

Malpas

The Times:

Okavango Delta

RP Ratings:

Prairie Wolf

Telegraph:

Prairie Wolf

Daily Mail:

Prairie Wolf

D Express:

Prairie Wolf

The Star:

Prairie Wolf

Daily Record:

Prairie Wolf

Daily Mirror:

Fringill Dike

POSTDATA:

Malpas