March 17 / 13.00 Fakenham

13.00

Good To Soft

Country Food Trust Claiming Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 0f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Country Food Trust Claiming Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/4 (Won)

Form: 123-13 CD BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Finished in front of Us And Them, who admittedly paid for doing too much in the lead, at Leicester but was a below-par favourite in his bid to win that race for the second year running; 3-6 at claiming/selling level overall and could easily bounce back; has won over C&D.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

9th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Weebill

12st 0lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Two wins following wind surgery last season, a selling handicap off this mark at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) and a claiming hurdle here (2m, good to soft); struck into when below best on heavy last time out but a strong contender on best form.

5/2

4th

1

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

15:27 Stratford

Weebill

12st 0lb

J: Daire Davis

T: Olly Murphy

midfield, niggled along 2nd, dropped to rear before 3rd, pushed along with one circuit to go, not fluent and lost touch 2 out, tailed off, never going well

11/8

1st

5

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

13:00 Fakenham

Weebill

11st 5lb

J: Daire Davis

T: Olly Murphy

Finished in front of Us And Them, who admittedly paid for doing too much in the lead, at Leicester but was a below-par favourite in his bid to win that race for the second year running; 3-6 at claiming/selling level overall and could easily bounce back; has won over C&D.

5/4

OUR TIP

Form: 111750 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Useful on Flat; successful four times over hurdles (on good/soft) this term, mostly in handicaps (including over C&D); three substandard efforts since last win but looks one of the main players now switched to claiming level; blinkered for first time in this sphere.
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6th

2

(2)

16th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 2

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Al Zaraqaan

9st 6lb

J: Tom Eaves

T: Sam England

Prolific winner under both codes, latterly notching a four-timer over fences last summer; won first time out between the ages of three and five, so goes well fresh, but this is quite an ask off his AW mark (12lb higher than when well held on turf last spring).

16/1

3rd

1

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

14:10 Cheltenham

Al Zaraqaan

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

raced in second, led narrowly but pecked on landing last, soon headed, kept on but no match for winner

7/1

4th

2

21st Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 3

17:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Al Zaraqaan

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Very useful Flat-racer who has taken an instant liking to fences and made it 4-4 by a 9l margin at Southwell (2m, good; now 4lb higher); likely to be seen to even better effect in this race with a stronger pace on the cards; closely matched with Sir Tivo on last month's Uttoxeter clash.

11/10

Form: UFPPP4 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Useful when trained in Ireland; terrible completion record (fences/hurdles) for current yard until he got round in a Leicester claimer last month, tiring after doing too much up front (finished behind Weebill); may improve on that effort granted an economical journey.
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5th

1

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 4

13:25 Sedgefield

Us And Them

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Joe Ponting

Had some smart form over fences when trained by Joseph O'Brien including when runner-up in the 2019 Arkle, but not at the same level now and was last seen finishing third of five in a claiming hurdle for Alan Jones at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) in March; makes his debut for another new yard after eight months off and lots to prove.

14/1

3rd

4

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

13:00 Fakenham

Us And Them

11st 9lb

J: James Best

T: Alan Jones

Useful when trained in Ireland; terrible completion record (fences/hurdles) for current yard until he got round in a Leicester claimer last month, tiring after doing too much up front (finished behind Weebill); may improve on that effort granted an economical journey.

5/1

Form: 1-517P

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Clear peak form when winning twice over 2m4f at Market Rasen (good/good to soft); something was possibly amiss there (3m) last time; possibilities on his best figures but has something to prove dropped back to 2m on this tight track.
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9th

3

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Lets Have Another

11st 9lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

Signed off for Olly Murphy on a downer and he's failed to complete either run for current yard; tongue-tie added but he's readily opposed.

100/1

11

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Warwick

Lets Have Another

11st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

Last of four finishers in 2m Fakenham claimer for Olly Murphy last month and struggled when back in a handicap for recent stable debut (3m1f); drops back in trip here; not the obvious answer.

50/1

5

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:50 Huntingdon

Lets Have Another

11st 8lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Clare Hobson

Won twice over 2m4f in small fields at Market Rasen (good/good to soft) last year; similar form in a claiming hurdle one month ago but needs career best to take this; reverts to the cheekpieces he wore twice before blinkered on last two starts; has since changed hands and left Olly Murphy.

25/1

Form: 4/ BF

Last run: 723 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beaten favourite (weakened into modest fourth) in 2m3f bumper at Tipperary two years ago on sole Irish start; evidently thought capable of better; follow the market signals on return to action.
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0

8

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Worcester

My Boy Grizzle

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Ellam

Maiden whose struggles continued when pulled up on his recent chase debut; out of the weights.

66/1

0

10

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

18:00 Market Rasen

My Boy Grizzle

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Clare Ellam

Modicum of promise on hurdling bow in March but little since, and exited early last time; watching brief wisest switching to fences.

100/1

9

18th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:40 Southwell

My Boy Grizzle

11st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Ellam

took keen hold, held up in rear, bad mistake and unseated 3rd

100/1

Form: 41F/5- D BF

Last run: 521 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Scored over hurdles two years ago but not seen in this sphere since a disappointing effort later in 2021; soundly beaten in AW Flat event (back from absence) last month; may be sharper for that run, however.
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3

23rd May 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:00 Huntingdon

Tonyx

11st 12lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Well below best form since returning from long absence this year and was unsteerable before being pulled up at Fakenham in March; due to run at Market Rasen (8.15) last night; others look much less risky.

12/1

1st

5

22nd May 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

20:15 Market Rasen

Tonyx

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Amy Murphy

made all, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 5th, increased tempo and 5 lengths ahead after 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden approaching last, reduced lead run-in, kept on well towards finish

13/2

9th

1

14th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

17:35 Sedgefield

Tonyx

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Dual 1m2f Flat/AW winner who made all in a mares' novice over C&D (good) two years ago; well beaten in a 2m AW handicap and pulled up after steering issues in a Fakenham claiming hurdle in just two starts since a lengthy absence; big revival needed.

10/1

Non-runners

My Boy Grizzle

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Straight Forecast £6.91

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Weebill

TOPSPEED:

Al Zaraqaan

D Express:

Us And Them

POSTDATA:

Al Zaraqaan

LAMBOURN:

Al Zaraqaan

The Times:

Al Zaraqaan

Telegraph:

Al Zaraqaan

RP Ratings:

Weebill

The Guardian:

Weebill

Daily Mail:

Weebill

Daily Mirror:

Weebill

The Sun:

Weebill

The Star:

Weebill

Daily Record:

Weebill