March 17 / 14.10 Cheltenham

14.10

Soft

McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 0f 179y
  • Class 1
  • 28 runners
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McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 28 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

40/1 (Won)

  • Win: £66.40
  • Place: £10.40

Form: 305-4P C

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
His mark continues to fall and he didn't run badly on his reappearance at Kempton in December; however, he's since been pulled up at 25-1 in the Betfair Hurdle and needs to leave that performance miles behind.
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6th

14

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Faivoir

10st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Inconsistent and Harry Skelton rides stablemate L'Eau Du Sud, but he's just 2lb higher than when winning this last year (soft) and went very close off this mark in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last Saturday, when perhaps in front longer than ideal (wandered a little); firmly in calculations.

11/1

2nd

3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

He has an in-and-out profile but is now just 2lb higher than when winning the County Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft), and he was an encouraging fifth of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month; Harry Skelton rides; in the shake-up if he's on a going day.

9/1

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Ended last season with a narrow success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham off 3lb lower; harder to fancy on the balance of his form this term, most recently well held in the Ascot contest won by Luccia.

66/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 2-1154 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Won Grade 2 juvenile hurdle over C&D last January before good third in the Triumph at the Festival; won twice in the autumn (here, then Down Royal Grade 2) and was a creditable fourth of five in the Irish Champion Hurdle last month, but he looks to be on a tough mark in his first handicap hurdle.
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3rd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Pied Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle over C&D (good to soft) and beaten a head by Faivoir in this race last year (soft); ran okay behind State Man in Punchestown Grade 1 in November last time out and he's just 2lb higher than 12 months ago; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

10/1

4th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:35 Punchestown

Pied Piper

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in third, squeezed through on inner and disputing second before 2 out, hit and lost position last, weakened and dropped to last run-in

11/2

2nd

8

(22)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Pied Piper

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class hurdler, best form when pipped in the 2m1f County Hurdle at Cheltenham (soft) this March; should be spot on for this following his August Flat run and, even though he did not stay on quite so strongly as some, his sixth of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last year, when he met lots of trouble in running, confirms he's on the shortlist.

9/2

11/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 33-112 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
After a long layoff he showed significant improvement to win first two starts for this yard at the end of last year (good/good to soft), before a clear second to Aucunrisque in last month's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good); could have more to offer for his excellent trainer and is a likely player up 8lb provided the forecast soft ground isn't an issue; tongue-tie goes on.
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4th

7

(15)

15th Oct 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 31y

17:10 Naas

Filey Bay

9st 3lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Emmet Mullins

dwelt start, midfield, headway 4f out

9/1

10th

2

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Filey Bay

11st 5lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Emmet Mullins

Some notable efforts in British handicaps last season and was a highly respectable fifth in the Galway Hurdle, doing his best work late; has since won a maiden on the Flat; hard to discount.

5/1

6th

2

(6)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

0m 7f 110y

15:10 Tipperary

Filey Bay

9st 13lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Emmet Mullins

slowly away, in rear throughout

9/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 11-232 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
10yo who carries top weight in this red-hot handicap and hasn't quite been at his very best this term, following an absence; however, this two-time Champion Hurdle runner-up won two Grade 1s last season and may retain sufficient ability to be a serious force off today's mark; versatile ground-wise.
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9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Sharjah

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Similar profile to Zanahiyr, having performed well in two Champion Hurdles (runner-up in 2020 and 2021); has shown a good level of form over fences, including Grade 3 success over 2m4f, but subsequent Grade 1 defeats reinforce the unlikelihood of a belated first Cheltenham Festival success now aged 11; no horse older than eight has won this contest.

33/1

Form: 505-03 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Has run with credit at the last two Festivals (soft/good to soft) and, although he's 4lb higher than when 6l fifth in this race last year, he may have finished closer that day granted a clearer passage on the turn for home; arrives on the back of a solid third at Leopardstown; each-way player.
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2nd

1

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ballyadam

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Ran well all three Festival starts, fifth in last two editions of the 2m1f County Hurdle (on soft last year); four of his five starts since last year's Festival were over further than that (his solitary run this winter was in a 2m7f Grade 1) and he's shown enough to suggest he remains of interest.

12/1

3rd

2

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

13:50 Leopardstown

Ballyadam

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Grade 1-winning novice hurdler in the Royal Bond in 2020; ended a long losing sequence when landing a four-runner novice chase at Wexford in July; absent since third in a Grade 3 novice chase at the Galway festival.

20/1

3rd

3

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 54y

14:45 Galway

Ballyadam

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Grade 1-winning novice hurdler gained his first win in 15 starts when landing a four-runner novice chase at Wexford last month; well beaten by Hercule De Seuil at Ballinrobe prior to that; could get closer here with the subsequent experience but unlikely to turn the tables.

8/1

Form: P-2137 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Easily made all in Ascot handicap (1m7f, good) last October then ran as well as could be expected behind Constitution Hill in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle (2m, soft); however, went up the weights for his Ascot win and was soundly beaten in the Betfair Hurdle last time; needs a career best today.
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9th

3

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Highway One O Two

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Chris Gordon

Won easily at Ascot (1m7f, good) earlier this season and showed that he can live with his new mark when faring best of those in here who contested the County Hurdle at Cheltenham (good to soft); did well to finish sixth after forcing the pace throughout (as is his way) and easy to see him going well.

10/1

6th

11

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Highway One O Two

11st 2lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Easily made all in Ascot handicap (1m7f, good) last October then ran as well as could be expected behind Constitution Hill in Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle (2m, soft); however, went up the weights for his Ascot win and was soundly beaten in the Betfair Hurdle last time; needs a career best today.

40/1

7th

3

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Highway One O Two

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Chris Gordon

Well-held third in the Christmas Hurdle on Boxing Day (stiff task); made all to comfortably beat Hacker Des Places, who admittedly lacked recent match practice, in Ascot handicap (1m7f, good) the time before; has an 8lb higher mark and deeper field to contend with.

20/1

Form: P-32P5 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 5yo who is 0-5 since winning on British debut in three-runner handicap at Market Rasen (2m, soft) last February; however, there have been some encouraging runs in 2m3f/2m4f handicaps and he's hinted that he may be ideally suited by a strongly run race over a stiff 2m1f; a possible.
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16th

13

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Petit Tonnerre

10st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has gone chasing this season, posting some fair efforts without winning (four attempts); beaten about 6l by Faivoir when seventh in this last year (soft) and an each-way case can be made now 4lb lower; visor goes on.

20/1

Form: 222-0P D

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Grade 2 novice hurdle runner-up earlier in career and his saddle slipped when pulled up mid-race on recent stable debut in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso (18-1); however, he was well beaten on the Flat last year on his final two runs for Philip Hobbs and is probably best watched today.
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7th

8

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Luttrell Lad

11st 8lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Exceeded market expectations when eighth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last March; has been running well this winter but his sole handicap win came at Cartmel (2m1f, heavy) last July and he's still 6lb higher, so it's likely he has his share of weight; cheekpieces (tried once in 2022, Flat) are refitted.

16/1

7th

8

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Luttrell Lad

11st 8lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Exceeded market expectations when eighth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last March; has been running well this winter but his sole handicap win came at Cartmel (2m1f, heavy) last July and he's still 6lb higher, so it's likely he has his share of weight; cheekpieces (tried once in 2022, Flat) are refitted.

16/1

3rd

7

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Luttrell Lad

11st 3lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Won on heavy ground last July and returned from a break with two good runs towards end of last year; made brave bid from the front when second at Hereford (2m3f, good) on latest occasion and benefits from Cameron Iles's very useful 7lb claim today; highly respected.

7/1

Form: 196042 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Five-time hurdle winner who was fourth of 17 in a Leopardstown handicap (2m, yielding) last month before again running well when runner-up in a mares' Grade 3 at Punchestown (2m4f, yielding); however, she needs to be better than ever if she's to win this and soft ground would be a likely negative.
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7th

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Anna Bunina

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: John C McConnell

10-48 overall (5-32 over hurdles) with biggest win in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April 2022; ran well in defeat last February-April and gave easily her most encouraging performance since when having her first go over this sort of trip, running on well to take fourth in the Musselburgh qualifier (soft) last month; needs to build on that but worth a second look; first-time hood.

33/1

4th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Anna Bunina

11st 11lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: John C McConnell

10-47 overall (5-31 over hurdles) with biggest win in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle (a handicap) at Ayr in April 2022; ran well in defeat last February-April but well beaten in her three starts since and she has never raced beyond an extended 2m4f.

33/1

25/1

Form: 33-323 D BF

Last run: 81 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Beaten at 4-6 in slowly run, small-field conditions hurdle at Limerick (2m4f, soft to heavy) in December, but was previously a good second of 17 in Fairyhouse handicap (2m, soft); this lightly raced 7yo should be suited by the likely strong pace in this big field and is worthy of each-way respect.
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5th

8

13th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 70y

13:33 Thurles

Pinkerton

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4 out, soon weakened

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11-311 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Won a maiden at Naas (2m, soft) in January on third hurdle start and again had plenty in hand in Listed novice at Navan (2m, good to yielding) last month; his opening mark is a lofty one and he could do with jumping better in this red-hot handicap, but his top trainer has won two of the last three runnings of this race with inexperienced novices; could play leading role.
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5th

4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Hunters Yarn

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump with fluency, held up in rear, not fluent 1st, awkward jump 4th, outpaced and niggled along before 3 out, soon switched right and some headway on outer

11/2

1st

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Hunters Yarn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, raced in second, joined leader after 6th

8/11

0

2

16th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

12:00 Fairyhouse

Hunters Yarn

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent on inner, went second 3rd, led after 3 out, good jump and clear 2 out, 5 lengths ahead when fell last

Evs

Form: /21F-3

Last run: 112 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Midfield in Champion Bumper in 2021 and showed plenty of promise in light novice hurdle campaign last term (2m3f-2m5f, soft/good to soft); respectable third of four in Grade 2 novice chase (2m4f, good) in November on sole run this season and could have potential off this mark; cheekpieces go on.
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12th

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Wonderwall

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear

20/1

12th

2

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Wonderwall

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear

20/1

Form: 240-51 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Fourth in last year's Pertemps Final (3m, soft) for Emmet Mullins and won easily at Leopardstown (2m, soft) in December when taking a marked drop back in trip on stable debut; could have more to offer at this sort of trip but he's been hit hard by the handicapper which may makes things difficult.
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1st

3

11th Sep 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 87y

16:30 Galway

Winter Fog

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Quality hurdler has three wins in this sphere, latest in a conditions hurdle at Cork; didn't run up to his mark when disappointing behind Macgiloney at Kilbeggan; needs best again.

11/4

4th

1

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Winter Fog

11st 5lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Quality hurdler has three wins in this sphere, including in a conditions race at Cork last month; got upset in the stalls when due to run on the Flat at Galway but all must be well as he is turned out again quickly; stable jockey is on Stratum, though.

2/1

11

(14)

2nd Aug 2023

Soft

1m 4f 43y

17:40 Galway

Winter Fog

11st 12lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Promoted to 148 over hurdles after 2m Leopardstown handicap win last Christmas; back from a short spell over fences when winning a 3m conditions hurdle at Cork last month and now makes a belated Flat debut; trainer has won this in five of the last six years; deserves respect but Up And Under looks like a formidable opponent.

5/1

8/1

Form: /1-212 D BF

Last run: 124 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Defied his inexperience when second of 25 in Punchestown handicap (2m, good to yielding) last April, and was a clear second in the Greatwood here (2m, good) in November when last seen; showed promise on very soft ground when trained in France; this unexposed and progressive 7yo could be in the mix.
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4th

3

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Gin Coco

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Former Greatwood runner-up; returned to something like his best when beating five rivals at Ascot (1m7f, good) in November when tongue tied for the first time and simply never gave his running at Doncaster; had a break since then and record fresh is encouraging, as is the drying ground; strongly considered.

11/1

10th

4

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Gin Coco

10st 13lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Harry Fry

Recaptured his 2022 promise when winning in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) at Ascot (1m7f, good) three weeks ago; he's 4lb higher in this more competitive race but remains lightly raced and could have more to offer.

3/1

Form: 11-3P8 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Promising novice last season, the highlight a Grade 3 win at Naas (1m7f, soft) last March; he was over fences when below par on his first two runs this season, and 2m5f stretched him when back over hurdles in a Grade 2 at Navan last month, but his claims aren't compelling.
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6th

4

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Highland Charge

11st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

in touch with leaders, slow jump and lost ground 1st, slow jump 2nd

16/1

5th

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:52 Navan

Highland Charge

11st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, weakened 4 out, soon tailed off

33/1

Form: 1-7112 D BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Won two 2m novices (heavy/good to soft) at the end of last year and good second in Grade 2 novice here (2m4f, soft) in January; improvement needed on handicap debut but this smooth traveller could be suited by a strongly run race at this trip and Dan Skelton won the County in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
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3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Pembroke

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Effectively gifted both chase wins, at Warwick (walkover) and Aintree (2m4f; sole finisher); however, ran well at the weights in Grade 2 at Lingfield (2m, soft; finished third) most recently and may rate higher still over fences; not dismissed.

5/1

Form: 1-1221 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Second in Grade 2 novice chase at Kempton (2m, soft) in December and transferred that chasing improvement back to hurdles when making all in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, good) last month; 9lb higher today and it will be tougher to execute the same tactics, but he could make another bold bid.
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6th

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Aucunrisque

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

raced wide, prominent

6/1

17th

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Aucunrisque

11st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Campaigned mostly at about 2m under rules; mixed results over hurdles/fences this season; landed a major handicap at Newbury last February but has something to prove over this new trip.

20/1

40/1

Form: U-6152 D BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Second of 22 in the 4yo handicap at the Festival two years ago and the big-field scenario could suit this headstrong sort; third in Grade 1 novice chase last term and won when back over hurdles at Punchestown in December, but he's been beaten at short odds the last twice and has something to prove.
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1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Saint Sam

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, led, went clear after 1st, reduced lead 9th, mistake 4 out, joined before 3 out, headed when weakened after 3 out, tired jump 2 out, dropped to rear when pulled up before last

13/8

1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 160y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Saint Sam

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, led, went clear after 1st, reduced lead 9th, mistake 4 out, joined before 3 out, headed when weakened after 3 out, tired jump 2 out, dropped to rear when pulled up before last

13/8

1st

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Saint Sam

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Failed to build on initial promise as a chaser two seasons ago; had a spell over hurdles before prospering when sent back over fences at Tramore last spring; impressed with his jumping at Galway and Killarney but that ability deserted him in a match at Listowel; obvious chance here on his best form; acts well on a sound surface but has won on soft-to-heavy.

8/11

Form: 4-4U30 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Won last season's Betfair Hurdle off just 1lb lower and fourth in the Champion Hurdle here next time; ran with promise on first two starts this season but has failed to shine the next twice, over fences on the first occasion and in the Betfair Hurdle most recently; needs to get back on track.
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20th

10

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Glory And Fortune

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Won last season's Betfair Hurdle off just 1lb lower and fourth in the Champion Hurdle here next time; ran with promise on first two starts this season but has failed to shine the next twice, over fences on the first occasion and in the Betfair Hurdle most recently; needs to get back on track.

50/1

13th

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Glory And Fortune

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Returned to chasing the last twice (unseated rider then well held); very useful hurdler who has bits of Grade 1 form and won this major handicap (narrowly on good to soft) last year; however, lumbered with a 5lb higher mark and top weight this time round.

16/1

3rd

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Glory And Fortune

11st 4lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

took keen hold, prominent, left in third 8th, blundered 4 out, soon beaten

6/1

Form: 173135 D

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
He looked to be a young horse to follow when comfortably winning a handicap at Listowel (2m, good) last September; has also won on heavy ground but he's been unable to repeat the Listowel form in Graded races the last twice and was tailed off most recently; something to prove.
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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Prairie Dancer

10st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Flat runs last autumn included the biggest win of his career (front-running at 2m on soft); big step up in trip for the Carlisle qualifier (3m1f, good to soft) in December and third of eight there was clearly his best result over hurdles for 15 months, albeit subsiding by 12l didn't persuade that he's the strongest stayer; off since and others are more persuasive.

40/1

3rd

1

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Carlisle

Prairie Dancer

12st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced wide, prominent

4/1

6th

4

(5)

5th Nov 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:35 Curragh

Prairie Dancer

9st 7lb

J: Mikey Sheehy

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in rear, nudged along early, headway towards near side over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no telling impression

14/1

100/1

Form: 133254 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Won two novice chases for Willie Mullins last May/June and some fair efforts over fences more recently for his new yard; however, he looks up against it now back over hurdles in this hot race; wears first-time cheekpieces.
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13th

15

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

14:50 Kelso

Ganapathi

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: R Mike Smith

Very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime and, having dropped down the weights, his last-time-out third of seven over fences at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) suggests he's found his current level; however, he now reverts to hurdles in a competitive handicap and others are more compelling.

33/1

3rd

5

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Ganapathi

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

Seems to have arrested his decline on last two outings, more recently when third of five in first-time visor at Kelso (2m1f, heavy) in December, but is patently not the force of old and others have more appealing profiles.

7/1

3rd

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

13:20 Kelso

Ganapathi

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

raced in second, lost second but prominent after 3rd

6/1

Form: 25-133 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
He's 10lb higher than when second in this last year (good to soft) and was below par in Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle last month; however, he's had a wind op since and wears a first-time tongue-tie today, and prior to last time he'd shown improved form this term (good third in 2m4f Grade 2 here on soft in January); suited by the demands of this race and he's one to consider.
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No Results Found

Form: 5-F244 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Fine third in this race in 2021 (good to soft) before winning the Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m, good) and finishing second in the Galway Hurdle (2m, good); on those runs he's on a handy mark and he's better than he's shown on his last two starts; his each-way claims are likely to hinge on the ground, as a soft surface would be a probable negative; wears a first-time hood.
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0

2

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

17:05 Cheltenham

Milkwood

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

2021 was his year, following his third in the County with victory in the Scottish Champion Hurdle and then finishing second in the Galway Hurdle; dangerously treated on all that but last season fizzled out and he wants good ground ideally.

14/1

6th

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Ayr

Milkwood

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

On fire in 2021, following his third in the County with victory in this and then finishing second in the Galway Hurdle; dangerously treated on all that and forget his Cheltenham flop last month as soft ground was the last thing he needed (hood tried there also dispensed with); could be a player if there's not too much rain.

14/1

13

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Milkwood

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Fine third in this race in 2021 (good to soft) before winning the Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m, good) and finishing second in the Galway Hurdle (2m, good); on those runs he's on a handy mark and he's better than he's shown on his last two starts; his each-way claims are likely to hinge on the ground, as a soft surface would be a probable negative; wears a first-time hood.

33/1

Form: 11P41 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
After struggling in two Grade 1s he returned to winning ways in a conditions novice hurdle at Navan (2m, soft) in January; that race fell apart and this inexperienced 6yo made a mistake at the final flight, but he's open to improvement for his good yard and is not ruled out in his first handicap.
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3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Path Doroux

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden after eight chase starts but he's improving and his jumping was more assured than has sometimes been the case when a very solid third with no excuses to Unexpected Party in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft; first-time cheekpieces added, retained here); has a 6lb turnaround for nearly 6l but likely to need a shade more for this sharper test if he's to reverse the placings.

6/1

3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Path Doroux

11st 2lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Maiden after eight chase starts but he's improving and his jumping was more assured than has sometimes been the case when a very solid third with no excuses to Unexpected Party in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft; first-time cheekpieces added, retained here); has a 6lb turnaround for nearly 6l but likely to need a shade more for this sharper test if he's to reverse the placings.

6/1

3rd

8

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Path Doroux

11st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Not always the slickest of jumpers but he's translated his hurdle ability to fences in recent starts, chasing home Hunter's Yarn in a maiden at Fairyhouse before splitting Madara and Solness in a competitive handicap at Leopardstown (2m1f, soft) last month; has first-time cheekpieces combined with the tongue-tie he's worn lately.

10/1

Form: 1-6101 D

Last run: 175 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive last year and made it three wins from his last five starts (2m-2m4f, good/good to yielding) when powering clear in big-field 2m handicap at Listowel in September; absent since and likely to be on different ground here, but he won on soft earlier in his career and returns with his trainer among the winners; interesting contender under Michael O'Sullivan.
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7th

2

8th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 188y

18:00 Bellewstown

Magnor Glory

11st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Terence O’Brien

Has won four handicaps, notably a valuable contest at last year's Listowel festival; two creditable runs since suggest he's high enough in the ratings at this stage but he's very capable and not ruled out.

15/2

2nd

1

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:25 Killarney

Magnor Glory

11st 12lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Terence O’Brien

midfield, prominent in chasing group after 2nd, dropped to midfield when ridden after 4 out, headway after 3 out, went second but no chance with winner before last, kept on

7/1

4th

3

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 90y

17:05 Fairyhouse

Magnor Glory

11st 8lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Terence O’Brien

Won handicap hurdle at Killarney in July and bounced back from a lesser run to win a valuable handicap at Listowel when last seen in September; 9lb rise demands more and best form is on good but not discounted.

12/1

Form: 1-P04P D

Last run: 175 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Patchy profile and was pulled up at Listowel in September when last seen (reportedly lost her action); however, prior to that she kept on for fourth in the Galway Hurdle (2m, good) and this stiff finish could play to her strengths if she's back on song; won a bumper on soft; not written off each-way.
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13th

7

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Glan

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to give her true running when pulled up in this 12 months ago and was found to be clinically abnormal after disappointing in the Galway Hurdle (well backed); went into that race bang in form and could be given another chance.

15/2

0

23

3rd Aug 2023

Yielding

2m 0f 11y

17:05 Galway

Glan

10st 12lb

T: Gordon Elliott

Third reserve; fourth here last year and bang in form after wins at Listowel and Roscommon, the latter in a Flat maiden; big chance if getting a run.

10/1

1st

14

(12)

4th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 3f 154y

20:20 Roscommon

Glan

9st 4lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield, good headway 1f out, went second inside final 110yds, pushed along and ran on well to lead final strides

7/1

Form: 2D13136 D BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Only five and he was a good third in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury last month; however, he was no match for Aucunrisque and Filey Bay that day and has since been soundly beaten in the Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso.
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7th

6

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Teddy Blue

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

held up in rear

11/2

Form: 511062 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won two handicaps last autumn (2m/2m1f, good/soft) and returned to form when second of 17 at Leopardstown (2m, yielding) last month; further improvement can't be ruled out and he's an each-way possible.
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1st

1

(10)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Nibiru

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

dwelt start, towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, headway when bit short of room and switched left under 2f out, pressed leaders when switched left and ran on inside final furlong, led up the centre final strides

16/1

8th

1

(6)

12th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

15:37 Dundalk (AW)

Nibiru

10st 2lb

J: Jack Cleary

T: A J Martin

towards rear

20/1

Non-runners

Magnor Glory, Glan

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £963.10
Straight Forecast £392.62
Tricast £2746.97
Trifecta £10592.70

Selections

The Times:

Pembroke

RP Ratings:

Filey Bay

SPOTLIGHT:

First Street

TOPSPEED:

Gin Coco

POSTDATA:

Saint Sam

NEWMARKET:

Wonderwall

The Sun:

Pied Piper

Daily Mirror:

Pembroke

The Star:

Pembroke

Daily Record:

Pembroke

Telegraph:

Filey Bay

The Guardian:

Filey Bay

D Express:

Filey Bay

WEST COUNTRY:

Gin Coco

LAMBOURN:

First Street

Daily Mail:

First Street