March 17 / 17.15 Doncaster

17.15

Good

Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Category 3 Elimination) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £2534.88
  • 2m 0f 128y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Category 3 Elimination) (GBB)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.20
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
11-2, looked in need of the experience when second of 14 in bumper over C&D in January; winner has gone in since so this Soldier Of Fortune gelding merits consideration.
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2nd

2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:20 Ayr

Luckie Seven

11st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Too green to do himself justice on debut and duly improved to win comfortably back at Doncaster (good) in March; open to further progress and his stable won the Grade 2 bumper at Aintree last weekend; big player.

5/1

1st

5

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Luckie Seven

11st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

11-2, looked in need of the experience when second of 14 in bumper over C&D in January; winner has gone in since so this Soldier Of Fortune gelding merits consideration.

9/2

2nd

3

10th Jan 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

15:30 Doncaster

Luckie Seven

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

30,000euros 3yo; Soldier Of Fortune gelding; dam, point and 2m1f/2m3f hurdle winner, half-sister to useful 2m4f hurdle/chase winner Foxy Jacks out of unraced half-sister to useful bumper/2m-3m hurdle/chase winner Seven Is My Number; stable is always to be respected in bumpers so this newcomer needs considering.

14/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 75

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Sea The Stars gelding who built on debut seventh when fifth of 14 in Listed bumper at Cheltenham (1m6f) in January; he's firmly in the picture, especially back over 2m.
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6th

2

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Crystal Mer

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Paul Webber

Placed in a bumper on good; ran well for a long way before weakening on handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft); remains to be seen whether he wants the ground this slow but Cobden is booked and a tongue-tie is added.

8/1

6th

2

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

15:00 Hereford

Crystal Mer

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Paul Webber

Placed in a bumper on good; ran well for a long way before weakening on handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft); remains to be seen whether he wants the ground this slow but Cobden is booked and a tongue-tie is added.

8/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 5

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
4-1, hinted at promise on his debut when staying-on fifth of ten in bumper at Huntingdon in January; this son of Kayf Tara can build on it now.
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11th

2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Destroytheevidence

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Nicely progressive since the cheekpieces went on, following two Kempton wins (one a handicap off 8lb lower) with an excellent second in a 3m Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham in December (soft); got outpaced on good ground in another Grade 2 at Doncaster in January and that's forgiven; much better can be expected this afternoon.

3/1

4th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Destroytheevidence

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Perked up the application of cheekpieces to win comfortably on consecutive visits to Kempton, a 2m5f novice (good) and 3m handicap (good to soft); surpassed all that when keeping on for second behind a smart prospect of Nicky Henderson's in a 3m soft-ground Grade 2 at Cheltenham (raced prominently); that form is right up there and he stays well.

7/2

2nd

3

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Destroytheevidence

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Has raced only on good ground or good to soft; 3-5 over hurdles, firmly in charge with cheekpieces at Kempton on last two outings; the latest was over 3m on handicap debut, in just a five-runner race but that's the best form in this line-up.

4/1

Form: 3

Last run: 73 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Mount Nelson gelding who made a promising start when third of 13 in bumper at Musselburgh (9-2) in January, collared only close home; also finished second in a point so he rates a player with more to offer.
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6th

2

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 5

13:00 Carlisle

Easter Junction

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent on inner

7/2

4th

1

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

13:35 Doncaster

Easter Junction

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

In process of running well before unseating rider at penultimate flight on last month's hurdling debut and also displayed significant promise before fading into fourth on run-in at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) 18 days later; has a big role to play here, particularly if first-time tongue-tie aids his finishing effort.

4/1

4th

2

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

15:50 Sedgefield

Easter Junction

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Shaped well in an Irish point and on bumper debut; too free in his second bumper but would probably have finished second in a maiden hurdle at Bangor (2m, soft) 18 days ago had he not sprawled on landing two out and unseated; that's something to build on and he's one to consider.

11/4

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
£22,000 3yo; Ballingarry gelding who is a half-brother to three winners, including Hatos (2m hurdle) and Espinator (2m6f-3m2f hurdle); dam, 1m3f Flat winner, is sister to French 2m3f hurdle winner Barbe Rouge; had wind op ahead of his debut and also tongue tied but he's much respected for leading yard.
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5th

3

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Its Tuesday

11st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

£22,000 3yo; Ballingarry gelding who is a half-brother to three winners, including Hatos (2m hurdle) and Espinator (2m6f-3m2f hurdle); dam, 1m3f Flat winner, is sister to French 2m3f hurdle winner Barbe Rouge; had wind op ahead of his debut and also tongue tied but he's much respected for leading yard.

9/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
18,000gns yearling; Territories gelding who is closely related to Group-placed 6f 2yo winner Elronaq (RPR 102) and a half-brother to three other winners, notably fairly useful Vindolanda (1m4f-1m6f); dam 6f Listed winner; appeals on paper so is one to consider, especially if the market vibes are positive.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

(5)

3rd Apr 2023

Standard

1m 2f 42y

Class 4

18:00 Newcastle (AW)

Whisky Wolf

10st 2lb

J: David Allan

T: Tim Easterby

Remote sixth in Doncaster bumper last month when making debut; however, pedigree suggests this scenario is likely to suit him better; improvement possible.

33/1

6th

10

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Whisky Wolf

10st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Tim Easterby

18,000gns yearling; Territories gelding who is closely related to Group-placed 6f 2yo winner Elronaq (RPR 102) and a half-brother to three other winners, notably fairly useful Vindolanda (1m4f-1m6f); dam 6f Listed winner; appeals on paper so is one to consider, especially if the market vibes are positive.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Sans Frontieres gelding; dam, fair 2m2f hurdle winner, is a half-sister to 2m/2m4f hurdle winner Calling Classy; came in last in a point bumper last May so others appeal more.
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9th

6

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

12:30 Uttoxeter

Johnthepostman

11st 4lb

J: Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

Beaten out of sight at huge odds on both hurdling starts (2m3f/2m4f) and needs the first-time blinkers to generate miraculous improvement.

200/1

6th

2

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

13:40 Ffos Las

Johnthepostman

11st 4lb

J: Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

raced in second, lost position with one circuit to go, dropped to last before 6th, struggling from 4 out, tailed off

100/1

13th

5

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:55 Chepstow

Johnthepostman

11st 4lb

J: Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

Tailed off in first two bumpers and again in a match last time.

200/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
£15,000 4yo; half-brother to fairly useful 2m-2m4f chase winner Midnight Chill; dam, placed in bumper and 2m-2m2f hurdle/chases, is a half-sister to 2m3f-3m hurdle/chase winner Desert Queen and 2m-3m hurdle/chase winner Mister Malarky, both smart; runner-up in a point so this son of Kayf Tara is one to consider; tongue tied.
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6

17th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 5

17:15 Doncaster

Not Bad Are You

11st 5lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

£15,000 4yo; half-brother to fairly useful 2m-2m4f chase winner Midnight Chill; dam, placed in bumper and 2m-2m2f hurdle/chases, is a half-sister to 2m3f-3m hurdle/chase winner Desert Queen and 2m-3m hurdle/chase winner Mister Malarky, both smart; runner-up in a point so this son of Kayf Tara is one to consider; tongue tied.

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Yeats gelding who is a half-brother to useful 2m2f-3m1f hurdle/chase winner Fairyhill Run; dam, fairly useful 2m1f hurdle winner, is a sister to bumper and 2m4f-2m7f hurdle/chase winner Flemish Invader out of 2m4f hurdle winning half-sister to smart staying hurdler Field Conqueror; appeals on paper so newcomer is worth a market check.
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6th

5

18th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:30 Navan

Zolpharine

11st 1lb

J: Philip Donovan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Won maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan in September and bounced back from two poor efforts when fourth in a novice hurdle at Galway last month; has a bit to find against these back down in trip.

10/1

4th

7

29th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 156y

15:01 Galway

Zolpharine

11st 10lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Maiden winner over 2m at Kilbeggan; found wanting since raised in class in novice races over contrasting trips, 2m at Cork and 3m in Listowel race in which Moon D'Orange was fifth.

16/1

7th

4

15th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 50y

14:35 Cork

Zolpharine

11st 10lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Kilbeggan maiden winner was never a factor in useful four-runner Listowel novice last month; tackling an extra mile here although half-sister Fairyhill Run stays this trip well.

14/1

Form:

Last run: 132 days

W: 10st 9lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
28-1, last of 12 in bumper at Aintree in November; he returns tongue tied after his break with lots to find.
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0

5

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:50 Plumpton

The Old Bull

11st 10lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

Tailed off in both bumpers and was beaten out of sight at a massive price on his recent hurdling debut at Doncaster (2m, good to soft).

100/1

12th

10

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

The Old Bull

11st 4lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Tom Gretton

Tailed off at big odds in both bumpers and he needs to be an entirely different proposition on this first hurdle start.

200/1

7th

9

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:18 Carlisle

The Old Bull

10st 9lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

28-1, tailed off on debut at Aintree (2m1f, soft) last November; a transformation is required in a first-time tongue-tie.

50/1

Non-runners

Zolpharine, The Old Bull

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £23.70
Straight Forecast £21.88
Trifecta £128.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Easter Junction

The Times:

It's Tuesday

The Guardian:

Luckie Seven

Telegraph:

It's Tuesday

The Star:

It's Tuesday

Daily Record:

Luckie Seven

RP Ratings:

Easter Junction

TOPSPEED:

Easter Junction

POSTDATA:

Easter Junction

Daily Mail:

Easter Junction

D Express:

Easter Junction

Daily Mirror:

Easter Junction

The Sun:

Easter Junction