March 17 / 16.40 Doncaster

16.40

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Doncaster Groundworks Reinforcements Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5914.72
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Doncaster Groundworks Reinforcements Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 9721-8

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Ended last season with success in 2m Newcastle novice hurdle but off 12 months before eighth in 2m3f Carlisle handicap 25 days ago; can take a step forward now.
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4th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 2

14:05 Doncaster

Fingals Hill

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out

6/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

16:35 Carlisle

Fingals Hill

11st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Peter Atkinson

raced in third, went second before 2 out, chased clear leader before last, kept on but no impression run-in

9/2

5th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Aintree

Fingals Hill

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Peter Atkinson

Won three in a row in the spring (2m-2m3f, various ground) and completed a four-timer at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on last month's comeback; he's better than he showed at Haydock (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago but needs to leave that performance well behind here.

18/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1-P752

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful ex-French hurdles winner who arrives in good form for his current yard, runner-up in 2m5f Ludlow handicap 23 days ago; ought to be in the shake-up off an easing mark.
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2nd

4

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

14:45 Haydock

Heros

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Taunton (2m2f, good to soft) on first two chase starts and, after two lesser runs, this prominent-racer was back on song when beaten just a neck at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) three weeks ago; can make another bold bid.

3/1

2nd

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

16:00 Wetherby

Heros

11st 5lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Taunton (2m2f, good to soft) this season on first two chase starts; underwhelming the last twice (2m4f, soft/good to soft; switched to hold-up tactics most recently) and needs to raise his game but this 7yo should get back on track at some point.

9/2

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 621322 BF

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Opened his account in 2m Worcester handicap hurdle in October and has continued in good nick, clear second of 15 at Taunton (2m3f) just after Christmas; cheekpieces go on now and needs considering after a break.
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6th

3

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Couldbeaweapon

11st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

prominent early, in touch with leaders from 4th, headway 4 out, weakened 3 out

8/1

Form: 38/3-2

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 7yo who has shaped with promise on both runs for his current yard, off 19 months before running-on second of 13 in 2m Uttoxeter novice in January; looks to have got in lightly for his handicap debut; big shout back up in trip.
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10th

6

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Saturday Song

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

0-7 but he's getting there and was only denied on the post at Huntingdon (2m3f, good) two months ago; looks a player off 4lb higher.

6/1

2nd

12

11th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

16:00 Huntingdon

Saturday Song

11st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Looked promising when keeping on well for second in Uttoxeter maiden (2m, good to soft) in January but both subsequent handicap runs (2m3f/2m5f) have been underwhelming; still has plenty of time to do better but others appeal more here.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1U5786 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Landed back-to-back Cartmel handicap chases in the summer but he comes here out of sorts, beating only one in 2m Sedgefield handicap hurdle last time; others are much preferred.
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5th

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:37 Sedgefield

Dr Sanderson

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

in touch with leaders

4/1

4th

3

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

15:00 Catterick

Dr Sanderson

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Back from break with three heavy defeats this autumn; lurks on a dangerous mark and may revive at some stage but it's probably wise to wait for some encouraging signals from the market.

16/1

Form: P-2158

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Stylish winner of 2m4f Southwell handicap hurdle in November but he's been well below par on both runs since; refitted with a tongue-tie when eighth at Fakenham last time; visor is reached for now.
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5th

3

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

13:50 Wetherby

Supreme Yeats

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Pulled up/tailed off on his last two runs last June; however, he can go well fresh and is on a handy mark if the wind operation is the catalyst for a return to form; the betting may be informative.

10/1

5th

10

26th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

17:00 Southwell

Supreme Yeats

11st 2lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

led, headed 3rd

12/1

Form: 235-44

Last run: 273 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Fair ex-Irish maiden hurdler who has been off the track since running poorly in 2m7f Market Rasen novice back in June; needs to hit the ground running now going handicapping.
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8th

11

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

11:55 Hereford

Perryville

10st 11lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Mel Rowley

Current mark reads well next to his peak efforts of 2021-22 but he's often keen, as when a remote third on his switch to fences at Huntingdon (2m4f); bit risky.

16/1

3rd

8

14th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:40 Huntingdon

Perryville

11st 1lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Unimproved for the application of cheekpieces (retained) when last seen in July, albeit refusing to settle; current mark looks good next to his peak efforts of 2021-22, including at this sort of trip, and smattering of chase winners in pedigree offers hope ahead of this switch to fences.

10/1

Form: 125-53

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 5yo who comes here on the back of a very good third in 2m3f Catterick handicap hurdle 32 days ago; considered off a 1lb lower mark.
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5th

7

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 28y

Class 5

14:24 Sedgefield

Royle Steel

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Led close home to win here (2m3f, good) off today's mark in October and put a lesser run behind him when keeping on for respectable fourth here (2m3f, soft) last month; not one to rely upon, though, and would appeal more on better ground.

6/1

4th

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:37 Sedgefield

Royle Steel

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

held up in rear

8/1

9th

10

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 5

13:15 Catterick

Royle Steel

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Both wins at Sedgefield, latterly on his chase debut when leading late on (2m3f, good); Brian Hughes rides again off 2lb higher and has obvious claims.

7/2

Form: 122-P7

Last run: 62 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful ex-Irish 2m winner but he's failed to fire in two runs for current yard this term, tongue tied when only seventh in 2m4f Wetherby handicap hurdle in January; needs to bounce back.
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4th

2

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

14:00 Wetherby

Hasty Brook

11st 13lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders

4/1

2nd

5

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

15:35 Haydock

Hasty Brook

11st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Irish maiden hurdle winner who was runner-up in novice hurdles last spring on his first two starts for this yard; the form of his stable is a positive but he's struggled on both runs this season; major turnaround needed.

16/1

1

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Doncaster

Hasty Brook

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Fairly useful ex-Irish 2m winner but he's failed to fire in two runs for current yard this term, tongue tied when only seventh in 2m4f Wetherby handicap hurdle in January; needs to bounce back.

14/1

Form: 7-7418 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Got off the mark in 2m3f Lingfield maiden hurdle in December but tongue tied when only eighth in 2m4f Ffos Las handicap following month; returns from a break with a bit to prove.
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3rd

5

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

16:05 Leicester

No Tackle

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Looked all about stamina when winning 2m3f maiden hurdle at Lingfield (heavy) for previous yard; had an irregular heartbeat when pulled up on stable debut but has since given a likeable display to win over C&D (soft); up 6lb against better opposition but he can progress as a chaser.

3/1

Form: 46-44U BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Scored in points but he's failed to fire over fences this term, unseating his rider early in Plumpton handicap chase last month; this fairly useful winning hurdler can't be dismissed back in this sphere in first-time cheekpieces.
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3rd

6

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Great Ocean

11st 7lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a soft-ground maiden here in 2022 and a handicap at Hereford (2m3f, good; under Joe Anderson) last November; heavy ground may have been too much here on penultimate start but he also needs to perform better than at Market Rasen last time.

16/1

6th

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

15:32 Market Rasen

Great Ocean

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Won at Hereford (2m3f, good) last month and heavy ground may have been too much at Wincanton a fortnight ago; effective on soft; not ruled out.

9/1

8th

7

12th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

14:45 Wincanton

Great Ocean

11st 2lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

disputed lead, lost position but in touch with leaders from 2nd

4/1

Non-runners

Hasty Brook, No Tackle

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £65.00
Straight Forecast £58.96
Tricast £209.16
Trifecta £288.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Saturday Song

The Times:

Couldbeaweapon

RP Ratings:

Heros

Daily Mirror:

Great Ocean

Telegraph:

Couldbeaweapon

The Guardian:

Couldbeaweapon

D Express:

Couldbeaweapon

TOPSPEED:

Saturday Song

POSTDATA:

Saturday Song

Daily Mail:

Saturday Song

The Sun:

Saturday Song

The Star:

Saturday Song

Daily Record:

Saturday Song