March 19 / 13.30 Chepstow

13.30

Soft

Cazoo Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4465.72
  • 2m 3f 100y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Cazoo Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.20
  • Place: £1.10

Form: U3

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beaten when unseating two out on his debut in October; better effort when third of 15 at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) in January; open to further progress and he's one of the likelier types.
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4

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:25 Ffos Las

Tzarmix

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won going away at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) on final start for Sam Thomas; something looked amiss on debut for new yard and now goes in tongue-tie; raced only four times and may still have more to offer.

9/1

5th

5

3rd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

16:05 Southwell

Tzarmix

11st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent

9/2

1st

7

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Tzarmix

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Sam Thomas

Beaten when unseating two out on his debut in October; better effort when third of 15 at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) in January; open to further progress and he's one of the likelier types.

4/1

OUR TIP

2/5

  • Place: £1.02

Form: 1-12

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
The winner of a bumper and a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las on his first two starts; upped to Grade 1 company at Sandown ten weeks ago when he was a very creditable second to Tahmuras in the Tolworth, fourth jumping the last but sticking on well; ready for today's extra yardage and he should be hard to beat in this less-demanding company.
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2nd

1

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

LAstroboy

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

The winner of a bumper and a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las on his first two starts; upped to Grade 1 company at Sandown ten weeks ago when he was a very creditable second to Tahmuras in the Tolworth, fourth jumping the last but sticking on well; ready for today's extra yardage and he should be hard to beat in this less-demanding company.

2/5

2nd

5

7th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

LAstroboy

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear, pushed along and headway before 2 out, soon ridden, no chance with winner but stayed on and went second towards finish

12/1

1st

6

25th Nov 2022

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

12:20 Ffos Las

LAstroboy

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Sprang a 25-1 surprise when finishing well to lead close home on his bumper debut here (2m, good to soft) in February; beat a useful dual subsequent hurdle winner in that race and he's respected on his switch to this sphere.

5/4

100/1

  • Place: £8.30

Form: 577-89

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Nothing to write home about in four bumpers or two novice hurdles for Ben Lund; not easy to fancy on his stable debut.
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9th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Exmoor Forest

11st 2lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Upped to 3m1f when making all in a Warwick maiden (3m1f, good) last May; pulled up next two starts since and, after wind surgery, well beaten at Exeter (2m7f) 17 days ago but that was a step back in the right direction; needs overall improvement and 7lb claimer takes over.

25/1

4th

7

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Exmoor Forest

11st 9lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

Upped to 3m1f when making all in a Warwick maiden (3m1f, good) last May; pulled up in handicaps on both starts since (May and October) so a great deal seems to depend on November's wind surgery.

14/1

Form: 3776

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Promise in points; has also hinted at ability in bumpers/hurdles but unlikely to reveal his full potential until handicapping over further.
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0

15

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Hes My Shadow

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Free-goer who ran big race from the front when fourth in C&D (soft) novice last March; safely held in both subsequent handicaps and has fitness to prove after 235-day absence but still worth a second look.

20/1

4th

2

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

20:55 Stratford

Hes My Shadow

11st 6lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Free-going front-runner perhaps not seen to best effect over Chepstow's 2m3f the last twice (soft/good to soft), the latest his handicap debut; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

6/1

10

9th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

17:48 Ffos Las

Hes My Shadow

11st 7lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Enthusiastic front-runner who hasn't got home over 2m3f at Chepstow the last twice (soft/good to soft) including on handicap debut last time; return to this trip looks a positive and interesting to see what effect the hood has.

12/1

Form: 3-28

Last run: 78 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Placed in her first two bumpers but she ran poorly at Uttoxeter 11 weeks ago; should appreciate this trip now hurdling.
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2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:25 Ludlow

Ottoline

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Off the mark at Uttoxeter (2m6f, heavy) on most recent hurdles start; disappointing on chase debut there since but pedigree suggests she should still have more to offer, including in this sphere; not written off.

9/2

Form: 507

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Bred to have a future over obstacles but she needs to leave her bumper/C&D hurdle efforts well behind her.
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6

31st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

16:25 Leicester

Passing Kate

11st 1lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

Much improved for her current yard this term, scoring here in November before posting an excellent second of nine in 2m4f Ffos Las handicap following month; she can go well again.

11/2

2nd

5

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

13:52 Ffos Las

Passing Kate

11st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

held up in rear

4/1

Form: 77

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Minor promise in a bumper here in December; well beaten on his hurdle debut at Fontwell six weeks ago (2m1f, good); likelihood is that he's a longer-term prospect.
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10th

2

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

14:35 Newton Abbot

Bohemian Lad

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Anthony Honeyball

towards rear on outer, headway and in touch with leaders before 3 out

40/1

7th

2

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Bohemian Lad

11st 5lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Minor promise in a bumper here in December; well beaten on his hurdle debut at Fontwell six weeks ago (2m1f, good); likelihood is that he's a longer-term prospect.

66/1

7th

3

6th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:30 Fontwell

Bohemian Lad

11st 7lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, bad mistake and dropped to rear 5th, soon reminders, struggling when slightly hampered 4 out

20/1

Form: 365

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Point winner; encouraging rules debut in a bumper here in November; minor promise in two hurdle starts since but handicaps likely to be his forte after this.
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8th

6

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Talkingtothemoon

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Point winner; encouraging rules debut in a bumper here in November; minor promise in two hurdle starts since but handicaps likely to be his forte after this.

20/1

5th

7

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:30 Plumpton

Talkingtothemoon

11st 10lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Winning pointer who was placed in Chepstow bumper (good to soft) on rules debut in November; well beaten when switched to hurdling at Hereford (2m3f, soft) last month, though, and needs to take big step forward here.

16/1

Form: 30

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Placed in a Wincanton bumper on debut (RPR 96; sent off 3-1 third favourite) in November; 80-1 and tailed off over C&D on hurdle debut 12 weeks ago; has since left Anthony Honeyball (same owner); best watched.
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6th

16

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

16:50 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Keiran Burke

held up in rear

25/1

8th

10

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Whynotnowroy

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Keiran Burke

Promising third in a bumper last November but hasn't progressed at all over hurdles and finished tailed off on his handicap debut when a 25-1 chance.

25/1

7th

16

2nd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:55 Stratford

Whynotnowroy

10st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Keiran Burke

Third in a bumper last November but he was tailed off at big prices in three hurdle runs after that; now goes handicapping off a lowly mark but he needs to show a lot more back from 208 days off.

25/1

Form:

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to useful chaser Oscar Elite but he was sent off at 16-1 and beaten 199l in a Southwell bumper seven weeks ago; not easily recommended on that evidence.
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3

8th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

14:10 Uttoxeter

Nitwit

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has shown pretty much nothing in a bumper and 2m3f novice hurdle; in good hands and, as a half-brother to former smart staying chaser Oscar Elite, going up in distance should at least be a positive.

20/1

5

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Nitwit

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Half-brother to useful chaser Oscar Elite but he was sent off at 16-1 and beaten 199l in a Southwell bumper seven weeks ago; not easily recommended on that evidence.

25/1

10th

5

29th Jan 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:25 Southwell

Nitwit

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Half-brother to smart hurdler/chaser Oscar Elite but jockey bookings would suggest that Cawthorne Banker is the yard's main hope on this occasion.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £6.50
Straight Forecast £4.78
Trifecta £80.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

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WEST COUNTRY:

Talkingtothemoon

RP Ratings:

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TOPSPEED:

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POSTDATA:

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The Times:

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Telegraph:

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D Express:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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