March 17 / 13.20 Doncaster

13.20

Good

At The Races App Expert Tips Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4901.4
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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At The Races App Expert Tips Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1324 D BF

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Easy winner of a four-runner novice at Aintree in May (2m4f, good) and fair efforts next twice; well below par when long odds on at Newcastle last time (2m4f, soft); tongue-tie now on; needs to bounce back.
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3

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Henrys Friend

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

raced in second, lost second and prominent 8th, pecked on landing 16th, mistake and lost ground 18th, pulled up before 4 out

14/1

1st

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Henrys Friend

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Won at Newbury (2m6f, soft) in December on second chase start and followed up in another novice handicap at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) last month; others have more substance to their form but he could continue to progress and is not ruled out; wears first-time cheekpieces.

13/2

2/1

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11P CD

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Winning pointer who has shown quite useful novice form with wins on good ground over this trip here and at Wetherby; unsuited by the testing ground when pulled up in a Grade 2 last time; has to give weight away all round, but a contender.
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7

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Moon Hunter

10st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

A very promising novice hurdler last season and made an encouraging chase debut in the autumn but two heavy defeats have followed; drying ground would aid his cause here and he still has plenty of time to turn things around but he's a risky option at the moment.

10/1

5th

1

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

14:10 Market Rasen

Moon Hunter

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Henry Daly

Winning pointer (3m, good) who won his first two starts over hurdles in 2022 (both over 2m3f on good ground); decent fourth on chase debut over 2m4f at Cheltenham in October (good) but lesser run at Exeter last time (3m, good to soft); has potential but soft ground not ideal and best rules form is over shorter.

7/2

11/8

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 34-243

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Quite a useful bumper performer (winner over 1m4f in France in August 2021) who has shown decent form over hurdles, his best effort being last time when third on good ground at Warwick on his first try at 2m3f; sound chance on that form.
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2nd

1

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 4

18:20 Cartmel

Idealdes Villerets

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

French bumper winner; confirmed previous promise when making all to win at 4-9 on stable debut at Worcester earlier this month (2m, good; first run after a wind operation); obvious contender.

4/5

1st

3

8th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Worcester

Idealdes Villerets

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Made the frame in a Listed bumper in early 2022 and on all four hurdling starts for Mel Rowley last season, most notably when third behind two useful rivals at Warwick (2m3f, good) in February; ought to be a tough nut to crack on today's stable debut.

10/11

3rd

6

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:20 Doncaster

Idealdes Villerets

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Mel Rowley

Quite a useful bumper performer (winner over 1m4f in France in August 2021) who has shown decent form over hurdles, his best effort being last time when third on good ground at Warwick on his first try at 2m3f; sound chance on that form.

11/8

Form: 076

Last run: 78 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Modest form so far and would be a surprise winner.
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4th

1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Bear A Hand

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Lightly raced mare who made pretty good start to handicap career when third of ten at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) three weeks ago; should be okay on today's faster ground and may still have a bigger run in her; respected.

11/4

3rd

5

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:15 Uttoxeter

Bear A Hand

11st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Best of three runs when fourth in a Doncaster novice last time (2m3f, good); weakened late on so shouldn't be inconvenienced by the drop in trip on handicap debut; a possible

20/1

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Bear A Hand

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Form: 9

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to two hurdle winners but no particular promise on hurdles debut when a 150-1 shot at Plumpton in January (2m4f, good to soft); best watched.
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0

10

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:30 Lingfield

Fromposttopillar

10st 6lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Tom Gretton

It's very early days for this 5yo but, having been well beaten in three novice hurdles, there was the same outcome on his chase and handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) three weeks ago; improvement is needed.

33/1

8th

6

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:10 Sedgefield

Fromposttopillar

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Tom Gretton

took keen hold, held up in last

20/1

5th

3

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

13:50 Ascot

Fromposttopillar

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

Struggled when 250-1 for hurdle debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month and can't be recommended.

100/1

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Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Modest form over a variety of trips on the Flat; probably best watched on stable/hurdle debut.
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7th

2

20th Apr 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 0y

16:50 Kilbeggan

Ernest Loring

11st 12lb

J: Dylan Browne

T: J Larkin

Low-grade Flat maiden and tailed off only previous attempt hurdling.

33/1

20

(7)

18th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 1f 130y

17:45 Gowran Park

Ernest Loring

8st 12lb

J: Cian MacRedmond

T: J Larkin

Reserve; quiet hurdle debut for this yard but not too far away at Leopardstown (1m1f).

6th

14

(9)

5th Apr 2023

Heavy

1m 1f 0y

17:52 Leopardstown

Ernest Loring

8st 13lb

J: Adam Caffrey

T: J Larkin

Modest form for John McConnell and tailed off over hurdles on yard debut after long layoff; big outsider.

33/1

Form: 06P

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Modest form in a bumper and two hurdles; others have much stronger claims.
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6th

7

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 163y

Class 5

12:55 Hereford

Hey Mister Dj

10st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled up in first two handicaps, both over 2m7f at Uttoxeter in May; remains unexposed and returns with a tongue-tie fitted but considered only if lively in the betting.

20/1

3

28th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

17:05 Uttoxeter

Hey Mister Dj

11st 0lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

towards rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 4th

20/1

Form: P-0

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has shown little in two runs over hurdles, the first when trained in France; watching brief advised.
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4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

13:23 Bangor-on-Dee

Import Export

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Pulled up on hurdle debut in France last April and also struggled on both British starts this year (2m/2m3f); can only be watched at present.

100/1

7

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:20 Doncaster

Import Export

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Has shown little in two runs over hurdles, the first when trained in France; watching brief advised.

100/1

11th

5

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

13:27 Uttoxeter

Import Export

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

prominent, hampered 1st

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £5.40
Straight Forecast £6.48
Trifecta £7.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Idealdes Villerets

RP Ratings:

Henry's Friend

TOPSPEED:

Moon Hunter

The Times:

Henry's Friend

Telegraph:

Henry's Friend

Daily Mirror:

Henry's Friend

Daily Mail:

Moon Hunter

D Express:

Moon Hunter

Daily Record:

Moon Hunter

POSTDATA:

Idealdes Villerets

The Guardian:

Idealdes Villerets

The Star:

Idealdes Villerets