March 17 / 17.30 Cheltenham

17.30

Soft

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39022.5
  • 2m 4f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 24 runners
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Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 24 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.60
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 244-11 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Promising fourth in major juvenile hurdles last term on his first two British starts (ex-French); has justified favouritism in two handicaps at Wetherby (2m3f, good/soft) upped in trip this season, the latest powerfully by 14l; improving 5yo who is one to consider.
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2nd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.

7/2

2nd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.

7/2

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very progressive over hurdles last term (on good/soft), winning the Martin Pipe at this meeting and third in 3m Grade 1 novice at Aintree; impressive over fences at Warwick (2m4f) in November, cruising home on the bridle in a race that Stage Star won en route to 2023 Turners success; picked up an injury soon afterwards and was deemed out for the season but has recovered faster than expected; exciting contender who brings lots of potential to this second chase attempt.

5/1

25/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 13P-19 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced; gamely made a winning reappearance in Kempton handicap (soft) over Christmas, then came up well short in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (again over 2m); he's 2-2 over 2m4f (two easy novice wins) and, still unexposed at this distance, can't be comfortably dismissed.
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7th

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

No Ordinary Joe

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on soft ground, unraced on heavy; showed clear signs of a return to form at Kempton (2m5f) last month, setting him up nicely for a return to the Cheltenham Festival; good second off only 1lb lower in this race last year and can't be dismissed, though the current form of his stable is a note of caution.

8/1

3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Nicky Henderson

Two efforts this term (chase/hurdle) leave something to be desired; however, ran well in the Martin Pipe at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and has possibilities if back to that form.

11/1

8th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Nicky Henderson

Made very disappointing seasonal/chase debut in December and now quickly switches back to hurdling; only 2lb higher than for commendable second at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft), and today's faster ground will also suit; contender if back on song.

7/1

25/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 706122 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Off the mark at Fairyhouse (2m4f, soft) in January; stuck on gamely in a battle with the market leader at Thurles (2m4f, good; Grade 3) most recently, going down by a short head and running very well on the figures; hit with a big rise in his mark but is by no means fully exposed.
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2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

in touch with leaders, headway after 10th, led before 3 out, headed last, stayed on

10/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Acts on soft going; good second in 2m4f handicap at this meeting last year; looks set to go well again, having posted a big effort (40-1 fourth, two places behind Flooring Porter) in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham most recently.

10/1

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Third in the Martin Pipe here last March (2m4f, soft) and continued to progress in handicaps last year, defying top weight in big field here (3m, soft) in November; struggled in two Irish Grade 1s in December and has to prove he can cut it in this company, but he's capable of better than those last two performances and maybe a break will have helped; not ruled out each-way.

25/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 232-82

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to 2022 Cheltenham Festival winner and 2023 Gold Cup contender Stattler; showed very useful form as a novice hurdler last term, notably second in Grade 1 at Aintree (good to soft) on sole 2m4f attempt; interesting returned to this distance, on the back of his good effort in 2m1f handicap here (neck second on soft ground) seven weeks ago; tongue-tie fitted.
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6th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

16/1

6th

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

14:20 Aintree

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Mixed fortunes over fences this season and needs to jump better than in the Coral Cup last month when back over hurdles; however, in the circumstances (particularly a very bad mid-race blunder) he did pretty well to finish 13th and he's now 5lb lower than when a good fourth in the Martin Pipe (2m4f, soft) last March; ran a big race on sole visit here; cheekpieces (worn on last three starts) are left off; capable of playing a leading role.

16/1

13th

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Might I

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Fourth in the Martin Pipe here (2m4f, soft) one year ago off 3lb higher; his jumping has not been so convincing switched to fences this term but he's still looked in form; strong-travelling sort who should get into serious contention on this return to hurdling.

14/1

Form: 1-1222

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Solid candidate whose career form figures read 11222, most recently second in Listed novice event at Navan (good to yielding; wins came on deep ground); remains open to more progress, especially as he's bred to be suited by this new trip; with that in mind, could prove very well treated (handicapped on his 2m form); trainer won this race in 2017 and 2018; highly respected.
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4th

1

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 146y

13:05 Punchestown

Imagine

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

soon raced in second, mistake 6th, lost second and weakened before 2 out

7/2

1st

2

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 43y

13:55 Punchestown

Imagine

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second

4/7

1st

3

7th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

11:53 Fairyhouse

Imagine

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped well, made all, ridden briefly when faced challenge after 2 out, soon clear, pushed out, comfortably

11/4

Form: 312331

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Recorded a game success in maiden event at Navan (2m, good to yielding) last month, opening his hurdles account at the fourth attempt; has posted two promising efforts over 2m4f and he's bred to relish the return to this distance; could well prove ahead of this opening mark; interesting.
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3rd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

14:32 Fairyhouse

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

2nd

4

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

12:35 Leopardstown

Firm Footings

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, rallied and went second approaching last, kept on but no chance with winner run-in

8/1

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 43y

12:00 Punchestown

Firm Footings

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

raced in second, ridden and challenging when bumped and hampered 2 out, soon led narrowly or disputed lead, kept on well but headed towards finish

5/2

Form: -171F1 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Went clear for a 14l success under Caoilin Quinn at Kempton (2m5f, good) three weeks ago, taking his record over hurdles to 6-12; acts on soft; has 10lb higher mark but earns points for having a progressive profile and good strike-rate.
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19th

9

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Mark Of Gold

11st 8lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Creditable seventh in 2023 Martin Pipe here; won the same 2m5f race at Kempton in February for the last two seasons and in good style, on soft ground latest; revised mark is a career high, though, and he needs to find extra.

33/1

1st

5

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Mark Of Gold

11st 10lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Fell four out in the Lanzarote over C&D six weeks ago; comfortably held in his completed starts this term; won this race in emphatic style last year (off 7lb lower) and has a good chance if back in similar form.

9/2

0

5

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Mark Of Gold

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

on well over C&D (good) last February but needs to prove he can cope with this higher mark and better grade; only a modest fourth here on Boxing Day; early faller in this race last year.

12/1

Form: 378-04

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Respectable fourth at Punchestown (2m3f) when last seen, despite jumping sloppily in first-time cheekpieces (retained today); not disgraced (about 10l seventh) in this contest 12 months ago but isn't especially well treated off only 2lb lower this time round.
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6th

5

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 80y

15:40 Killarney

Au Fleuron

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, headway and went third 6th

7/1

9th

1

14th Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Au Fleuron

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

Bumper and maiden hurdle winner has acquitted himself with credit in smart handicap company in that sphere but has been below form the last twice; beaten a long way in testing ground on chasing debut last year; can better that but looks stable second-string.

5/2

Form: 095321 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Regained the winning thread in emphatic style at Sandown (2m4f, soft) ten days ago, scoring by a wide margin, and retains plenty of ability aged ten; however, unlikely to follow up at this stronger level, taking on numerous younger and less exposed rivals.
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4th

3

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

West To The Bridge

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Yet to win this season and not getting any younger but retains most of his ability, and this month's fourth at Newbury (2m, heavy) was perfectly respectable; 2lb lower here and the move back up in trip will suit; no surprise if he features.

7/2

Form: -22111 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Improving youngster who has form figures of 2111 since having wind surgery, most recently winning a useful 2m3f handicap at Ascot; now 5-10 over hurdles and may not have stopped progressing yet; trainer won this race in 2013 and 2016; big player granted ideal conditions (all wins on good/good to soft).
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3rd

6

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Irish Hill

10st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won three in a row last season (2m3f/2m4f, good/good to soft); 0-7 and mixed form since but he took a step back in the right direction when fifth of 16 at Ascot (2m3f, good to soft) last month and may build on that.

4/1

5th

12

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Irish Hill

10st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Was on the crest of a wave when completing a hat-trick in this race (good to soft) 12 months ago off a 3lb higher mark than today's; hit and miss since but he was far from disgraced when ninth behind Jay Jay Reilly in the Lanzarote at Kempton five weeks ago, fading after having a clear lead turning for home; Freddie Gingell claims a handy 5lb; must be considered.

8/1

9th

13

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Irish Hill

10st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Stablemate of Sonigino; ran respectably in first-time blinkers at Newbury (2m4f) two weeks ago, albeit no match for the winner; faces a harder task off same mark in this deeper race.

18/1

Form: 8-1352 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Useful mare who has winning form at Listed/Graded level; no match for a less exposed rival at Warwick (2m5f) most recently; has a record of 2-3 in handicaps and is on a workable mark but has something to prove back against males; all wins against her own sex.
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0

2

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Molly Ollys Wishes

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has got herself well handicapped and, after running well for a long way on her return at Chepstow, she found only one too good in the new cheekpieces at Wetherby (2m3f); getting away from heavy ground (both runs this season) won't do her any harm; solid chance.

4/1

2nd

1

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

13:19 Wetherby

Molly Ollys Wishes

12st 1lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders

7/1

Form: 021-P0 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Won off 1lb higher, albeit in a much weaker field, at Ascot (2m5f) last spring; not in anything like the same form in two runs this term, long way behind Irish Hill at Ascot (folded tamely) latest.
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4th

3

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

12:45 Ascot

Fifty Ball

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

2-5 at Ascot; mostly disappointing in his nine runs this year, including twice at this track, and his best run in that period came when runner-up over 3m2f in May; wore cheekpieces on last four starts; 12lb higher this time last year but a revival is needed.

8/1

Form: 812B6 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Made a winning hurdles debut at Navan and ran well in Leopardstown handicap next time (both 2m4f); only sixth at Fairyhouse (returned to 2m4f) most recently but that race panned out unfavourably as he came from a difficult position; may do better still.
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0

5

28th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:00 Naas

Spirit Of Legend

11st 9lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear, headway and went fourth 5 out, fell 4 out

5/1

Form: 14B702

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Campaigned mostly at about 2m but performed well returned to 2m4f last time, finishing second at Navan (soft); has respectable Cheltenham Festival form having finished sixth in the 2018 Champion Bumper, fifth in the 2019 Supreme and tenth in the 2022 County; should give his running.
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5

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Felix Desjy

11st 4lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Big run behind HMS Seahorse at Navan in January; tailed off in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham last time but he has a better record at this venue (four wins from six starts) and he's on a good mark.

20/1

14th

1

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Felix Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Campaigned mostly at about 2m but performed well returned to 2m4f last time, finishing second at Navan (soft); has respectable Cheltenham Festival form having finished sixth in the 2018 Champion Bumper, fifth in the 2019 Supreme and tenth in the 2022 County; should give his running.

28/1

2nd

2

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:07 Navan

Felix Desjy

11st 8lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1 winning hurdler who signed off last season with a win in a competitive Punchestown handicap; fair way below that form in four starts this term; 2lb above last winning mark; off four months.

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: -61124 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Solid record (and progressive RPRs) since switched to hurdles, winning 2m4f maiden and 3m Listed event then running well in Grade 3 at Cork (3m) and Grade 1 at Leopardstown (2m6f); appears to act on any ground; doesn't shape as if he's crying out for a return to 2m4f but has an attractive profile.
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14

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Cool Survivor

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, never better than midfield, towards rear when bad mistake 13th, pulled up after 14th

25/1

14

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Cool Survivor

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, never better than midfield, towards rear when bad mistake 13th, pulled up after 14th

25/1

13th

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cool Survivor

11st 6lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

3m Listed novice hurdle winner last season (heavy) and best run in that sphere was his staying-on fourth in Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown (2m6f, yielding) last February; hasn't hit same form heights over fences, most recently 19l fourth of 25 in handicap chase at Leopardstown (2m5f), but he's on a good mark on his hurdle form and the step up in trip could be ideal.

13/2

33/1

Form: 111515 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Productive mare who is 4-6 this season but her Listed win at Punchestown (2m3f, yielding) in December is flanked by Grade 3 defeats that exposed her limitations to some extent; an unlikely winner in this hot handicap back against males.
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2nd

3

21st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 41y

14:45 Punchestown

Saylavee

10st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

led, jumped slightly left 1st, jumped slightly left 6th, joined after 2 out, headed before last, ridden and no extra run-in, no match for winner

9/4

5th

8

29th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Saylavee

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Useful mare at her best; well below the level of a Punchestown Listed win on her final two starts last season; made an encouraging start to the season with Punchestown second behind Hispanic Moon.

11/2

2nd

2

26th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 40y

13:20 Punchestown

Saylavee

11st 1lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Smart mare at her best, winning a Listed hurdle at this track last year over 2m4f; however, was well below that level on her last two starts; needs to bounce back but has a good record fresh, so has to be considered.

3/1

Form: 404-8P

Last run: 103 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Had bits of Graded form for previous stable but completely failed to show it on debut for Gordon Elliott; subsequently placed in 1m2f AW Flat event; has stamina to prove on first attempt beyond 2m.
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3rd

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:02 Lingfield

In From The Cold

11st 11lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Grace Harris

disputing second, lost position before 4th, raced in last when not fluent 5th, left in third 4 out, hampered by loose horse before 3 out, struggling on turn after 3 out, tailed off

5/1

Form: 1322 BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Bought for 360,000euros after winning his sole start in France; consistent efforts for Willie Mullins without yet making the expected progress, most recently second at Thurles (2m4f, good to yielding); has been untidy with his jumping the last twice but is open to any amount of improvement off this opening mark granted an error-free round and his trainer has won this contest four times with horses who proved handicap snips in hindsight; has to be feared.
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3rd

6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:02 Gowran Park

Spanish Harlem

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, led, mistake 3rd, headed 3rd, soon lost second but prominent, switched right after 2 out, went second again from last, no extra when lost second towards finish

7/2

Form: -51431 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Campaigned this term exclusively on good ground; won at Huntingdon (2m) in November and Wetherby (narrowly, upped to an extended 2m3f) last month; has a consistent record in handicaps but this is a harder task, especially if he doesn't get a sound surface.
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5th

4

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:28 Ayr

Impulsive One

10st 13lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Brian Ellison

Five-time hurdle winner; gave good account when third at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) two weeks ago but his two attempts at chasing in the summer were not entirely convincing, albeit he wasn't beaten far when last of four on second occasion; others have more potential.

8/1

3rd

1

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 3

17:00 Sedgefield

Impulsive One

12st 1lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Brian Ellison

Five-time hurdle winner (good/good to soft) for Nicky Henderson; not beaten far when last of four at Stratford (2m1f, good) last month on second chase start and has had a wind op since; however, his claims aren't compelling on this season's evidence and testing ground would be a worry.

5/1

Form: 626-71 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Out of his depth in last year's Ballymore at this meeting on second start for Willie Mullins; opened his hurdles account at Punchestown (2m4f, soft) in January, adding to his French bumper win; still has low mileage and may have more to offer for powerful stable; hard to dismiss.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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17

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Haxo

10st 9lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Course maiden winner over 2m4f has twice been well below that level and has questions to answer stepping up in trip; tongue-tie on now.

33/1

12th

11

10th Apr 2023

Yielding

2m 5f 155y

16:15 Fairyhouse

Haxo

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

soon midfield, lost position when pushed along after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

12/1

19

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Haxo

10st 13lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

Out of his depth in last year's Ballymore at this meeting on second start for Willie Mullins; opened his hurdles account at Punchestown (2m4f, soft) in January, adding to his French bumper win; still has low mileage and may have more to offer for powerful stable; hard to dismiss.

14/1

Form: 26-P52

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Ran creditably in maiden hurdle at Punchestown (2m4f, yielding; clear second) last month; however, rather exposed (now 0-9 in this sphere) and looks unlikely to go one better in this hot handicap.
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16th

4

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Hollow Sound

12st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Luke Comer

led, headed and raced in second 3rd, briefly led 4th

25/1

7th

2

12th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 3f 56y

13:30 Punchestown

Hollow Sound

12st 0lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Luke Comer

Bumper winner, inconsistent over hurdles, though ran well to take second in a 22-runner maiden here last winter; pulled up in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; lacks the benefit of a recent outing.

25/1

22

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Hollow Sound

10st 10lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Luke Comer

Ran creditably in maiden hurdle at Punchestown (2m4f, yielding; clear second) last month; however, rather exposed (now 0-9 in this sphere) and looks unlikely to go one better in this hot handicap.

50/1

Form: UP4153

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
In decent form at about 2m of late, winning at Thurles (yielding) then running creditably at Leopardstown (valuable handicap) and Naas; bred to be suited by this step up in trip, being half-brother to last year's Ballymore winner Sir Gerhard; could go well at big odds.
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8

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

15:25 Naas

Hey Johnny

11st 2lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Thomas Mullins

Won twice last term but well held in competitive handicaps later in campaign and again this term; hard to fancy.

40/1

12th

18

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Hey Johnny

10st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Thomas Mullins

towards rear of midfield

20/1

Form: -63275 BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Dual bumper scorer in France; ran well in Grade 2 juvenile hurdle (2m) last April but hasn't progressed since, including for new yard the last twice; new trip needs to have major effect.
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10th

13

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 2f 0y

12:40 Leopardstown

Innatendue

10st 2lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

Runner-up in four of her ten races over hurdles; last two runs have been in maidens at Cheltenham; unlikely to make the breakthrough now.

25/1

Form: 21-0P0

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Successful on Flat and over hurdles for Joseph O'Brien; has shown little in handicaps for new stable this season and is hard to fancy on that recent evidence; tongue-tie reapplied.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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10th

1

(4)

22nd Dec 2023

Standard

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Dundalk (AW)

Vultan

10st 2lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: A J Martin

Hasn't won on the Flat since a 1m4f success on turf back in 2021; ran okay over 1m4f here a fortnight ago on all-weather debut and well worth another go at this trip.

12/1

4th

6

(2)

8th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

20:30 Dundalk (AW)

Vultan

8st 7lb

J: Siobhan Rutledge

T: A J Martin

Useful handicapper on turf in 2021 when he also won over hurdles; unable to make much impact under either code this year and now makes AW debut.

12/1

Non-runners

Wonderwall, Grozni, Hey Johnny

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £104.90
Straight Forecast £79.21
Tricast £2266.38
Trifecta £2580.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Iroko

Daily Mail:

Cool Survivor

SPOTLIGHT:

Imagine

Telegraph:

Spanish Harlem

The Star:

Haxo

POSTDATA:

Irish Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Might I

LAMBOURN:

Impulsive One

TOPSPEED:

Molly Ollys Wishes

The Times:

Imagine

THE NORTH:

Iroko

The Guardian:

Iroko

Daily Mirror:

Iroko

D Express:

Cool Survivor

The Sun:

Cool Survivor

Daily Record:

Cool Survivor