March 18 / 17.00 Kempton

17.00

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet “Junior” National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2614.08
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 17 runners
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Virgin Bet “Junior” National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 17 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £34.00
  • Place: £6.90

Form: 04

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Stepped up on his debut when fourth of 13 at Doncaster (2m, good) seven weeks ago; tongue-tie worn on that occasion retained; more will be needed here.
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8th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Josh The Boss

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

One of his autumn wins came over C&D (soft); however, no further progress and he came up short in a Class 3 handicap most recently; his form is well below the required standard at this top level.

50/1

8th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Aintree

Josh The Boss

11st 7lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

One of his autumn wins came over C&D (soft); however, no further progress and he came up short in a Class 3 handicap most recently; his form is well below the required standard at this top level.

50/1

4th

6

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 141y

Class 3

17:05 Ascot

Josh The Boss

11st 4lb

J: Mr Jamie Neild

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Disappointing at Exeter (2m2f, heavy) last month and hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he's of interest on his previous form, having won last autumn on his first two hurdle starts (2m5f/2m4f, good/soft) before a creditable showing in a Grade 2 at Sandown (2m4f, heavy; disputing second when final-fence faller); has potential off this handicap debut mark.

11/2

33/1

  • Place: £11.40

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second foal of an unraced mare who is related to plenty of winning jumpers; trainer 0-11 in bumpers this season.
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4th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

16:15 Doncaster

Linda Moon

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Neil King

Won a soft-ground Plumpton bumper last spring and has been placed on two of her three hurdling starts this season, more recently when second in Taunton maiden (2m, good) last month; could easily have more to offer in handicaps; respected.

5/2

2nd

8

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 3

15:50 Taunton

Linda Moon

11st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

prominent, jumped right 1st

9/1

3rd

12

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

13:25 Doncaster

Linda Moon

10st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Close second of 17 in Kempton bumper on debut last March and went one better at Plumpton (also on soft) the following month; 17l defeat on hurdle debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) did not live up to that promise but she still showed enough to be a serious each-way contender today.

11/2

5/2

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 2

Last run: 139 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beaten a head in a French bumper (extended 1m6f, good to soft) in October; new connections went to 165,000euros to acquire him the following month; top yard 15-46 in bumpers this season; market confidence likely significant.
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1st

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:15 Taunton

Jackpot DAthou

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced wide, disputed lead, raced in second from 4th

6/4

4th

3

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:30 Chepstow

Jackpot DAthou

11st 7lb

T: Paul Nicholls

Placed in big-field bumpers towards the end of last season and returned from wind surgery to make a successful hurdle debut in 12-runner C&D maiden (heavy) seven weeks ago, in battling fashion with Inion Tiogair 10l back in third; big player judged on that and he was declared for Aintree Grade 1 yesterday (non-runner) so connections presumably think a lot of him.

6/4

Form: 3

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
11-2, ran to a fair level when staying on from towards the rear for third on his Exeter debut (2m, good) five weeks ago; may do better.
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1st

5

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

Navajo Indy

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Obviously a concern that he was turned over at odds-on when encountering heavy ground for the first time at Fontwell (2m3f), though it wasn't a bad run and this looks an easier race; had previously finished second of 16 in a Newbury 2m maiden on good to soft; the one to beat.

Evs

1st

5

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:38 Wincanton

Navajo Indy

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Obviously a concern that he was turned over at odds-on when encountering heavy ground for the first time at Fontwell (2m3f), though it wasn't a bad run and this looks an easier race; had previously finished second of 16 in a Newbury 2m maiden on good to soft; the one to beat.

Evs

3rd

3

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

14:20 Fontwell

Navajo Indy

11st 5lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Tom Symonds

Reliable and progressive, winning a Newbury bumper before second over hurdles in 16-runner maidens at Exeter (2m, soft) and Newbury (2m, good to soft); useful brother Navajo Pass stays 2m4f; has Cheltenham 2m5f Grade 1 entry and easily the best form in this.

1/3

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to yard's bumper and 2m4f/2m5f hurdle winner Ballymountain Boy; betting should help guide to expectations.
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3rd

2

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:25 Market Rasen

Ballyvango

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Highly respectable efforts in two big-field events, staying on again into seventh upped to a Class 2 at Cheltenham latest (good); half-brother Ballymountain Boy needed a few goes to win a bumper for this yard.

9/2

7th

3

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 2

16:45 Cheltenham

Ballyvango

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Ran a nice first race to be fifth of 17 at Kempton in March (soft), keeping on; he's up there on RPRs.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Closely related to bumper winner Bellatio and half-brother to four winners, notably the stable's bumper and top-class 2m-2m2f hurdle/chase winner Altior; dam bumper/2m1f hurdle winner; makes obvious paper appeal.
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3rd

8

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Montecam

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, prominent, went second before 3 out, no impression approaching last, kept on but lost second towards finish

5/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second foal of an unraced sister to bumper winner Bob Lingo; stable does well in bumpers, including a win in this race last year.
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7th

8

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Saxons Lane

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Never threatened an easy winner at Hereford last month and dropped out very quickly after a mistake back there three weeks ago; has to raise his game.

12/1

7th

8

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

12:20 Hereford

Saxons Lane

10st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Battled on for never-dangerous second, having made a bad jumping error, over C&D (good) on recent hurdling debut but needs to take a big step forward today.

9/1

2nd

9

6th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

13:50 Hereford

Saxons Lane

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

Seventh of 17 in a soft-ground bumper at Kempton, having weakened up the straight; no doubt capable of better as he gains experience.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has a good Flat pedigree, being a Fastnet Rock half-brother to useful 7f-1m4f winner Galactic Prince and out of a three-time Lister winner at up to 11.5f; rare bumper runner for the stable; one to note in the betting.
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8th

12

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Kempton

Southerly Storm

11st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Sylvester Kirk

Has a good Flat pedigree, being a Fastnet Rock half-brother to useful 7f-1m4f winner Galactic Prince and out of a three-time Lister winner at up to 11.5f; rare bumper runner for the stable; one to note in the betting.

25/1

Form: 3-

Last run: 342 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Finished third in a 1m4f bumper on soft ground in France last April; bought for 110,000euros a few weeks later; has had wind surgery ahead of return for leading new stable; Nico De Boinville partners yard's other runner but he's still an interesting contender.
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6th

5

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

12:50 Sandown

Jaitroplaclasse

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

French bumper effort has substance; has something to find on the balance of his British form, sixth in Newbury maiden hurdle (2m, good to soft) most recently, but may still do better for top stable.

10/1

10

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Jaitroplaclasse

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Form of his French bumper effort has substance; disappointing on British debut but fared better, although only fourth of five, in C&D event (won by exciting stablemate) 24 days ago; this looks an easier assignment; respected.

4/1

4th

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

12:40 Newbury

Jaitroplaclasse

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Form of his French bumper effort has substance; disappointing on British debut and, while he may do better in due course, this looks a difficult first hurdles assignment.

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to French 2m1f/2m4f hurdle winner Chapeau Rouge; dam placed in French 2m hurdle; stable 8-80 in bumpers in the last five seasons.
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4th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:05 Warwick

Ami Bondhu

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Had them well strung out at Fakenham (good to soft; 100-30) and it was good to see the runner-up go one better next time; this could be tough with a penalty but he's thoroughly unexposed.

7/1

1st

1

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

15:40 Fakenham

Ami Bondhu

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 5f out, led going best 2f out

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second foal of an unraced half-sister to Grand National winner Mon Mome; stable has a poor strike-rate in bumpers; likely best watched.
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4th

11

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Jimmy Boum

10st 8lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

midfield

10/1

10th

13

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:48 Chepstow

Jimmy Boum

10st 13lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

towards rear

66/1

11th

9

12th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:45 Southwell

Jimmy Boum

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Finished down the field in his sole bumper and was well held again on his hurdling debut at Warwick (2m, good to soft) last month; has lots of stamina in his pedigree but he needs plenty of progress on this step up in trip; stablemate of Faded Fantasy.

25/1

Form: 5

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Showed a bit when 5l fifth of eight on his C&D debut (good to soft) five weeks ago but this looks a better race.
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5th

5

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

14:30 Plumpton

Elpologreg

10st 8lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

The outsider of five when getting off the mark in an eventful novice handicap chase at Fakenham 24 days ago (2m, soft); probably flattered, as he looked in trouble at one stage and the race essentially fell apart; has a 5lb rise to deal with.

7/2

1st

5

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:10 Fakenham

Elpologreg

10st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

0-9; well beaten in all three starts over fences; others preferred.

9/1

3rd

4

29th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

14:20 Plumpton

Elpologreg

10st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

towards rear, outpaced 3 out, some headway before 2 out, no impression when left in remote third last

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Cost 36,000euros as a 3yo and is a half-brother to a couple of pretty smart jumpers; stable not a regular source of bumper winners in recent seasons.
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4th

11

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Thurley

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tended to hang but showed signs of ability when fourth of ten finishers on C&D hurdle debut in October; didn't run much of a race at Exeter on sole completion since though and hard to support after that.

100/1

0

12

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Thurley

11st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Easily his best run when 18l fourth behind a well-supported stablemate in a 1m7f maiden on soft at Wincanton; his following run at Exeter was thoroughly underwhelming.

66/1

11th

12

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Thurley

11st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Well beaten on both starts but his fourth of 15 at 40-1 at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) on recent hurdle debut was a step in the right direction, and his pedigree provides hope he'll continue to improve; each-way possible.

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Stable has a 2-52 bumper record in the last five seasons; a watching brief is advised for this son of Sea Moon.
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7th

7

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Lunar Ocean

10st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Paul Webber

Has shown pretty much zilch so far; goes handicapping off a basement mark but with much to prove.

12/1

7th

7

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Lunar Ocean

10st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Paul Webber

Has shown pretty much zilch so far; goes handicapping off a basement mark but with much to prove.

12/1

12th

6

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

14:42 Huntingdon

Lunar Ocean

11st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: Paul Webber

Well beaten in two bumpers and as many hurdles; limited appeal in first-time tongue-tie.

100/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
26,000euros 3yo; seventh foal; half-brother to winners Valsheda (2m7f hurdle/3m chase) and Asum (2m hurdle); dam useful bumper and 2m/2m3f hurdle winner; one of two debutants in this line-up for a yard not really associated with bumper winners.
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15th

15

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:00 Kempton

Willonolo

11st 0lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

26,000euros 3yo; seventh foal; half-brother to winners Valsheda (2m7f hurdle/3m chase) and Asum (2m hurdle); dam useful bumper and 2m/2m3f hurdle winner; one of two debutants in this line-up for a yard not really associated with bumper winners.

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
£14,000 3yo; first foal; dam prolific point and 3m1f chase winner, half-sister to smart 2m-4m hurdle/chase winner Chicago Grey; leading stable quiet on the bumper front this season and this one is bred to need a greater test of stamina than this is likely to provide.
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3rd

8

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Stratford

Hot Fizzy Lizzy

10st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear

13/2

6th

11

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Warwick

Hot Fizzy Lizzy

10st 13lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Improved to cause 40-1 surprise in good-ground Southwell bumper in May, her second start, but that form looks modest and she was turned over at short odds in four-runner race on next outing; Harry Skelton rides the stable's other one; best watched.

8/1

2nd

3

1st Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

20:45 Market Rasen

Hot Fizzy Lizzy

10st 11lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Didn't show much at Kempton (soft) in March but she left that debut form well behind when finishing well to score at Southwell (2m, good; 40-1) two weeks ago; has a penalty but she looked value for more than the winning margin last time and is open to more progress for top yard; the clear pick.

2/5

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
By Sixties Icon and the third foal of a 2m5f hurdle winner; would be a surprise winner on debut.
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8th

13

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Vintage Icon

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

towards rear

100/1

8th

13

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:05 Plumpton

Vintage Icon

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

towards rear

100/1

10

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Vintage Icon

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

Triple-figure prices and low-key form in bumpers and over hurdles; 8lb out of the weights on handicap debut.

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £1767.50
Straight Forecast £1007.20
Trifecta £3251.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Montecam

SPOTLIGHT:

Jackpot D'Athou

POSTDATA:

Elpologreg

The Guardian:

Jaitroplaclasse

The Times:

Montecam

Daily Mail:

Montecam

Daily Mirror:

Montecam

The Sun:

Montecam

The Star:

Montecam

Daily Record:

Montecam

Telegraph:

Jackpot D'Athou

D Express:

Jackpot D'Athou