March 17 / 14.50 Cheltenham

14.50

Soft

Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £75964.5
  • 2m 7f 213y
  • Class 1
  • 20 runners
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Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (Registered As The Spa Novices’ Hurdle) (GBB Race)

Runners: 20 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.00
  • Place: £4.10

Form: 12 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Beat Monty's Star by 6l in his point and posted a smart RPR for a hurdling newcomer when successful at Newbury in November (2m4f); perhaps unfortunate to relinquish his unbeaten record when squeezed out at a crucial stage at Doncaster (3m Grade 2); still a bit wet behind the ears and all his runs have been on good ground, but he's a feasible improver.
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6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won last year's Albert Bartlett and has developed as expected switched to fences this season; won at Exeter and Sandown (3m Grade 2, soft) before third in Cotswold Chase here (3m1f, good to soft) against more experienced sorts; fast finish that day would not have suited and cheekpieces go on now; the one to beat if stamina comes into play, as it often does in this race.

5/2

100/1

  • Place: £29.00

Form: 11F6

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
A length up when falling at the last in a Grade 3 at Navan (2m4f, soft) won by Dawn Rising; jumping flaws again laid bare when nowhere in a Grade 1 next time; 3m promises to benefit him but others look to have more going for them.
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5th

2

25th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

13:23 Punchestown

Affordale Fury

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

Ended last season one of the country's leading staying novice hurdlers when runner-up in 3m Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Punchestown; reappeared for successful chasing debut at Galway (2m6f), warming to his jumping on heavy ground in beating Favori De Champdou, the pair clear from some way out; potentially high-class staying novice and every chance he'll confirm that form here.

7/2

1st

1

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 6f 111y

13:16 Galway

Affordale Fury

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Noel Meade

didn't always jump with fluency, raced in second, mistake 2nd, joined leader after 2 out, led from last, clear when ridden home turn, kept on well towards finish

11/10

2nd

1

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 180y

17:20 Punchestown

Affordale Fury

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Noel Meade

held up in rear, good headway on outer and in touch with leaders after 2 out, ridden and briefly disputed lead approaching last, soon headed, kept on, no match for winner

7/2

16/1

  • Place: £7.00

Form: 2-7213

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Has improved since brushed aside by Three Card Brag (as has he) over 2m at Galway in October, following that with an easy maiden success before filling third in a 2m6f Grade 1 at Leopardstown; that latest form gives him claims despite him getting warm beforehand and having no cover, so there's reason to believe he can improve on it; one to consider.
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5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Sandor Clegane

11st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Third to Stay Away Fay in last year's Albert Bartlett at big odds; yet to match that level in three runs over fences, brushed aside by Embassy Gardens when wearing first-time tongue-tie (retained here) at Naas 45 days ago; return to this track needs to bring about serious improvement.

16/1

2nd

6

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Sandor Clegane

11st 0lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

led on inner, reduced lead halfway, steadied 11th, headed last, soon went clear with winner, no extra final 110yds

10/1

Form: 1/2421 D

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Smart in bumpers, winning three and beaten by good horses in the other two; similar profile over hurdles in that he was found wanting in Graded races (won by Hiddenvalley Lake and Favori De Champdou) before appreciating a drop in class to win his maiden (3m, heavy; at odds of 2-7); easy to see him running well but ultimately come up short.
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8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Letsbeclearaboutit

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has raced only on softer than good; ran well (fourth) in the Albert Bartlett over 3m here 12 months ago but failed to show his form when back at similar trip on latest chase start; promising record at 2m4f over fences, winning twice then solid third in Grade 1; however, he's the wrong age according to the stats (no horse older than eight has won this prize).

25/1

3rd

1

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Letsbeclearaboutit

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

held up in rear, headway and went third before 5 out, raced wide from 3 out, outpaced approaching last

9/4

3rd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Letsbeclearaboutit

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has seemingly improved for a fence and a step up in trip to 2m4f this season; ran with credit in the Drinmore here when last seen; has more to give over fences but a return to this sort of trip is the main question mark; not one to put a line through.

5/2

Form: 1-1321

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
For one with a stamina-laden pedigree he did well to win twice at 2m (bumper/maiden) and his recent form at about 2m4f makes for impressive reading, having pushed the Supreme fourth Inthepocket to a neck (Grade 2) before comfortably accounting for his market rival on return to a non-Graded novice race at Fairyhouse (soft to heavy); relentless galloper and this race should be right up his street; big player.
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2nd

6

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

12:45 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, joined 4th, clear with one other before 9th, pushed along when joined after 3 out, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra approaching last, no match for winner

11/10

2nd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

11:45 Fairyhouse

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden when faced challenge before last, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/1

6th

1

26th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 3f 180y

16:15 Punchestown

Three Card Brag

11st 12lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Gordon Elliott

Comfortably beat Sandor Clegane and Nucky Johnson in a Galway maiden hurdle (2m) on seasonal debut; was then just denied by Inthepocket in a Naas Grade 2 before winning a Fairyhouse novice, both over this trip; might not have stayed 3m in the Albert Bartlett and the drop back to this trip should suit.

7/4

50/1

Form: 11P1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Irish maiden point winner; only defeat over hurdles came in the Grade 1 Challow and there was a lot to like in how he won an Ascot handicap (2m7f, good to soft) a month ago, especially as he continued to hang left for pressure; this track will suit and he has the required stamina; still looks very vulnerable for win purposes, though.
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6th

18

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Thomas Mor

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: David Pipe

Irish maiden point winner; only defeat over hurdles came in the Grade 1 Challow and there was a lot to like in how he won an Ascot handicap (2m7f, good to soft) a month ago, especially as he continued to hang left for pressure; this track will suit and he has the required stamina; still looks very vulnerable for win purposes, though.

50/1

1st

3

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Thomas Mor

12st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

made virtually all, pressed leader, led 3rd

7/1

12

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Thomas Mor

11st 7lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Irish point winner who has added two novice hurdle victories this autumn, latter by 57l at Wincanton; hard to assess accurately but he's clearly a promising type; best efforts (and all three wins) on good ground.

20/1

Form: 1-318 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Third to Hermes Allen here in November and bravely repelled subsequent Grade 2 winner Rock My Way in a 2m4f maiden back at this track on New Year's Day (good to soft); failed to give his running when sent to Ireland for a 2m6f Grade 1 and he was only 7-2 for that; won a point over this trip (on soft) and he's of interest.
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6th

22

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has course form over hurdles and was far from disgraced in the Albert Bartlett here (3m, soft) last March; chasing type who made a useful start over fences when third of four over 3m here (good to soft) in October and although he hasn't gone on from that in two runs since, and his handicap debut was disappointing in December, the early form puts him in the picture; fitting a tongue-tie could also help on return from a break.

10/1

6th

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 3

12:40 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in touch with leaders, prominent 3 out, weakened 2 out

7/2

2nd

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:45 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Best runs last season as a novice hurdler came here when beating a subsequent Grade 2 winner in a maiden and when seventh in the Albert Bartlett (3m, soft); he was bought with chasing in mind when fetching £210,000 following his Irish point win and there were plenty of positives to take from his chase debut over C&D three weeks ago (good to soft) when only just behind his stablemate Broadway Boy; big individual who can strip fitter now.

9/2

Form: 01-41

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won his bumper for a different yard, so still early days with these connections; learnt plenty from his hurdling debut as his jumping was more accomplished when ridden out to beat the similarly inexperienced Monty's Star at Navan (2m4f, soft); that effort looks all the better now and he promises to stay all day.
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3rd

19

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Shanbally Kid

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

2m4f maiden winner (soft) last term before weakening badly from the home turn here in the 3m Grade 1 Albert Bartlett; seen only twice this term, jumping poorly over fences on first occasion and fading late on when eighth of 22 to Maxxum at Leopardstown (3m, soft); unexposed and this drop back in trip looks the right move.

20/1

8th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Shanbally Kid

11st 8lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

briefly led, soon prominent, midfield after 6th

7/1

4th

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:52 Navan

Shanbally Kid

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump well, soon prominent, bad mistake and lost ground 2nd, soon towards rear, left in fourth towards near side 3 out, soon went third, jumped left 2 out, soon weakened, tired jump last, lost third run-in (jockey said gelding jumped poorly)

5/1

Form: 112 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Guaranteed stayer having brushed aside a respected rival by 8l in a 3m Grade 3 at Cork (yielding to soft) and it was no backward step when narrowly held by stablemate Monty's Star under a penalty at Clonmel (another Grade 3); won his maiden in a big field and returning to a left-handed track rates a further positive; first-time tongue-tie; plenty to like.
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3rd

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hiddenvalley Lake

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced 7yo who justified favouritism in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan (2m5f, heavy; Grade 2) two months ago, taking record in this sphere to 3-5; open to further improvement and he's fresher than several of these rivals; stays 3m; interesting.

11/2

3rd

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hiddenvalley Lake

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, disputing second when hit 2 out, 1 length down but short of room last, stayed on final 110yds

11/2

1st

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Hiddenvalley Lake

11st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, challenging going easily 2 out, soon led, ridden clear approaching last, kept on well

13/2

Form: 10-111

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Decent bumper horse and now 3-3 over hurdles (all good to soft) after winning a small-field handicap at Wincanton, though that wasn't pretty and being left clear two out helped no end; should stay this longer trip but unlikely to be good enough.
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4th

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Chianti Classico

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Acts on any going; progressive in handicap chases this season, producing form figures of 1121; much too good for his rivals in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f) most recently, having travelled like a classy horse through the race; well worth his place in this field and warrants respect.

7/2

4th

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Chianti Classico

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Acts on any going; progressive in handicap chases this season, producing form figures of 1121; much too good for his rivals in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f) most recently, having travelled like a classy horse through the race; well worth his place in this field and warrants respect.

7/2

1st

17

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Chianti Classico

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up in the Albert Bartlett last March but 3-3 over hurdles previously; has put those exploits in the shade since going handicap chasing this season, measuring his fences well when winning at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Ascot (3m, good) before doing well at the weights against a useful sort over 3m at Kempton last month; can advance further with this stiffer test and he looks a likely type for this race.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 512111 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Much too good for Seabank Bistro in a 2m5f maiden at Limerick and followed up over 3m at Fairyhouse (handicap on soft to heavy), after which he moved to Emmet Mullins; now owned by JP McManus after showing admirable versatility to drop back to about 2m and edge home in a Grade 2 at Naas (yielding); that was only 19 days ago but any negatives stop there; settles and jumps well; massive shout.
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3rd

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Corbetts Cross

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

6l runner-up in Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown (3m, soft) in December and showed improved form in a first-time hood (retained) when bolting up in Grade 2 NH Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, heavy); faces much tougher opposition now out of novice company but he was certainly impressive last time and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

7/2

3rd

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Corbetts Cross

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Emmet Mullins

6l runner-up in Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown (3m, soft) in December and showed improved form in a first-time hood (retained) when bolting up in Grade 2 NH Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, heavy); faces much tougher opposition now out of novice company but he was certainly impressive last time and it remains to be seen where his limitations lie.

7/2

1st

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Corbetts Cross

11st 7lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

held up in rear, in touch with leaders on outer 10th, pressed leaders going easily after 3 out, good jump to lead 2 out, soon went clear, readily

2/1

Form: 3113

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Group class on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien; had luck on his side in winning a small-field Grade 3 at Navan (2m4f, soft) but held his own in a Grade 1 over that trip next time, finishing a fair third; this longer distance is worth exploring and 2017 winner Penhill had a similar Flat background.
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3rd

8

(2)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 12lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

in touch with leaders towards far side, headway and prominent under 2f out, ran on well disputing lead final 110yds, kept on but lost second post

10/1

3rd

1

(1)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 11lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, lost second after 1f, outpaced and dropped to rear over 2f out, kept on and went third inside final furlong

20/1

2nd

1

(5)

20th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Dawn Rising

9st 9lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

raced in third, dropped to last after 4f

3/1

Form: 15-241 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner; didn't jump all that fluently when fourth in a good Leopardstown maiden in December and again he was by no means foot-perfect when coming home in isolation at Thurles in a 2m7f novice that fell apart (2m7f, yielding; fine on soft); should have better days ahead of him and a lack of stamina won't stop him; stable number one according to jockey bookings.
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2nd

2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Embassy Gardens

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear, mistake 3rd, mistake 15th, headway when not fluent 3 out, went second and 1 length down when bad mistake 2 out, soon no chance with winner, kept on run-in

9/4

1st

4

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

14:45 Naas

Embassy Gardens

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

raced wide, raced in second, smooth headway towards near side after 2 out, led last, shaken up and went clear run-in, easily

15/8

1st

2

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 150y

12:30 Punchestown

Embassy Gardens

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

prominent, pressed leader after 2nd, led before 12th, disputed lead after 5 out, briefly headed after 3 out, went clear when nudged along approaching last, ran on, comfortably

5/4

Form: /2-111 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Beat the Cesarewitch winner Run For Oscar in a bumper; quite battle-hardened now after seven starts under rules and has won all three since returning from a year out, last time doing no more than he had to in readily keeping Letsbeclearaboutit at bay in a Grade 2 at Limerick (2m7f, soft to heavy); looks to possess all the attributes required for this test.
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1st

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Favori De Champdou

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 2 hurdle winner last season and achieved a higher chase rating after running away with 3m Grade 2 Punchestown novice in November; hasn't fulfilled that promise however since, most recently well held when a faller two out in Irish National; drops in grade here with major claims despite conceding weight.

10/11

1st

1

19th Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 120y

18:50 Limerick

Favori De Champdou

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 2 hurdle winner last season and achieved a higher chase rating after running away with 3m Grade 2 Punchestown novice in November; hasn't fulfilled that promise however since, most recently well held when a faller two out in Irish National; drops in grade here with major claims despite conceding weight.

10/11

4

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Favori De Champdou

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, no impression when fell 2 out

20/1

Form: 13P

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
His season started early when winning a soft-ground 2m4f maiden at Worcester in October; respectable third to Hermes Allen in the Challow but then pulled up at Doncaster (3m Grade 2, good) and he's hard to trust on the back of that.
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5th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.

7/1

5th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.

7/1

6th

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Idalko Bihoue

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Can lead; usually highly tried after impressive 2m4f hurdle debut win on soft last autumn; took a crashing fall on chase debut in October but no adverse effects three weeks later at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) where he had the race in safe keeping from some way out; up 8lb but future looks bright.

7/2

Form: 4-21 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Light on experience for a test of this nature but Minella Indo won this for the same connections after only two hurdle races and he was still a maiden; received 6lb off his stablemate Hiddenvalley Lake when beating him by half a length at Clonmel (3m Grade 3, soft) but he's a serious looker and open to bags of improvement; couldn't be discounted.
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4

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Montys Star

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Lightly raced sort who took a big step forward to comfortably account for the smart Three Card Brag at Punchestown in December (3m, heavy); jumped and travelled superbly that day and both his connections and pedigree (half-brother Monalee was fourth in the 2020 Gold Cup) suggest he will keep improving as a staying chaser; major player.

6/1

1st

5

31st Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 173y

12:45 Punchestown

Montys Star

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

jumped well, raced in second, joined leader 4th, clear with one other before 9th, joined leader going best after 3 out

11/8

3rd

9

2nd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

11:45 Fairyhouse

Montys Star

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

139-rated novice hurdler last term, pick of form when winning Grade 3 Clonmel novice over 3m; none too fluent when pulled up in Albert Bartlett on final start but half-brother to smart chaser Monalee; a potentially high-class novice chaser.

9/2

Form: 21 C

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Earned his crack at this when beating leading County fancy Pembroke in a 2m4f Grade 2 (soft) here in January, when value for more than his narrow winning margin (idled up the hill); today's extra yardage should be no hardship and he is not to be passed over lightly.
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2nd

4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Rock My Way

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Won a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last winter and has taken pretty well to fences this term, just making the odd mistake when third of seven at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) 12 days ago; should stay this far and impossible to discount but he'll probably need a career best.

8/1

3rd

1

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:30 Hereford

Rock My Way

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Irish point winner who won a Grade 2 hurdle at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last January; that career stalled a bit but he has scope for fences and there was nothing to knock when runner-up on chase debut at Plumpton (2m3f, soft; first-time tongue-tie, retained); has potential.

7/2

Form: 141-5F D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Better known as a chaser these days and he made it 0-6 over hurdles when falling late on at Haydock, where he would have been placed at best in a Grade 2 (3m, good to soft); closer to the finished article than many of his rivals but lacks their potential.
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12

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Saint Palais

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Better known as a chaser these days and he made it 0-6 over hurdles when falling late on at Haydock, where he would have been placed at best in a Grade 2 (3m, good to soft); closer to the finished article than many of his rivals but lacks their potential.

50/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Saint Palais

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Flopped when back over hurdles at Bangor (2m7f, soft) on reappearance in November and his best form has come over fences; however, he's entitled to respect in view of last season's very useful efforts in staying chases.

11/1

5th

5

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 3

17:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Saint Palais

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

0-4 over hurdles; has come a long way over fences since, with his only defeat last season coming in a Grade 2 on good ground; impressed taking a 3m Uttoxeter handicap (3m, soft) in March on final start and that's narrowly the best form in this line-up; he's just a 5yo, too.

5/2

Form: 4-6321

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Fourth in last season's Champion Bumper here; turned over when odds-on for his first two hurdle races (2m5f; just over 3l behind Corbetts Cross in the second) and it was a very winnable maiden that he picked up at Naas (2m3f, soft); however, the demands of this race can spike significant improvement and it would be no surprise if he ran his best race yet.
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7

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Seabank Bistro

11st 1lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Won a Naas maiden over 2m3f before running poorly in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham; bounced back to run a fine race over this trip at Fairyhouse and could have further improvement.

6/1

3rd

4

8th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

16:30 Fairyhouse

Seabank Bistro

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Had progressed with each run, getting off the mark in a maiden hurdle at Naas, prior to a poor showing in the Albert Bartlett last time; not obviously well treated from this mark.

8/1

14

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Seabank Bistro

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Fourth in last season's Champion Bumper here; turned over when odds-on for his first two hurdle races (2m5f; just over 3l behind Corbetts Cross in the second) and it was a very winnable maiden that he picked up at Naas (2m3f, soft); however, the demands of this race can spike significant improvement and it would be no surprise if he ran his best race yet.

20/1

Form: 133

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Team Elliott would appear sweeter on others but he took a notable step forward to finish hot on the heels of both Monty's Star and Hiddenvalley Lake at Cork (3m, soft) in his first Graded assignment; scopey individual with better days ahead of him and a case can be made for him being overpriced.
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7th

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Search For Glory

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Second-season novice who ran in this last year, pulling up at 33-1; has managed to win three times this campaign (including two 3m Grade 3s on deep ground) but there's no convincing evidence that he's a whole lot better than he was 12 months ago; the cheekpieces that have worked well in last three runs are replaced with blinkers (tongue tied for last six runs).

25/1

1st

1

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Clonmel

Search For Glory

11st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped left on occasions, raced lazily at times, led at slow pace, slow jump then reminder 4th, mistake 2 out (usual 3 out), increased tempo when shaken up before last, good jump when clear last, stayed on

5/2

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £2820.00
Straight Forecast £1587.40
Tricast £52244.14
Trifecta £29605.20

Selections

RP Ratings:

Corbetts Cross

SPOTLIGHT:

Three Card Brag

TOPSPEED:

Stay Away Fay

Daily Mirror:

Monty's Star

POSTDATA:

Letsbeclearaboutit

Daily Mail:

Hiddenvalley Lake

D Express:

Sandor Clegane

Daily Record:

Favori De Champdou

The Sun:

Three Card Brag

The Times:

Corbetts Cross

Telegraph:

Corbetts Cross

WEST COUNTRY:

Stay Away Fay

The Star:

Monty's Star

The Guardian:

Letsbeclearaboutit