March 20 / 13.40 Taunton

13.40

Good To Soft

Melanie And Philip Gibbs RNLI “Hands And Heels” Handicap Hurdle (Cond/Am) (Excellence Initiative)

  • Prize money: £5016.95
  • 2m 3f 1y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Melanie And Philip Gibbs RNLI “Hands And Heels” Handicap Hurdle (Cond/Am) (Excellence Initiative)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.10
  • Place: £1.90

Form: -33264

Last run: 126 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Made the frame in three good-ground maiden/novice hurdles last spring/summer (2m-2m4f) but his first two handicap runs were no better than respectable and he needs to find something extra on first start for four months.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

6

29th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Worcester

Ike Sport

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Seemingly aided by first-time cheekpieces when very close second in Southwell handicap (2m4f, good) in June then doubled his hurdling tally in C&D novice the following month; probably still on a workable mark; shortlisted.

12/1

1st

5

10th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:45 Worcester

Ike Sport

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Came good in Taunton handicap (2m3f, good to soft) in March and runer-up in three of his four subsequent handicaps, most recently at Southwell (2m4f, good; cheekpieces added) last month; will cope if the ground ends up soft and has very good chance at the weights on return to novice company.

5/4

2nd

3

6th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:20 Southwell

Ike Sport

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Off the mark over hurdles with clearcut success at Taunton (2m3f, good to soft) in March and probably bettered that performance when second to well-backed rival at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) last month; will be dangerous if the first-time blinkers have any positive effect.

9/2

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8/11

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 121 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Unexposed 5yo who made all to win Chepstow maiden (2m3f, good to soft) fairly comfortably by 10l last month, his second hurdle start; should have more improvement to come in handicaps and commands respect.
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3rd

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Ioupy Collonges

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Had an excuse (found to have irregular heartbeat) on sole run this season, namely chase debut 140 days ago; progressive otherwise under rules and showed promise in points; remains of interest, particularly if the market signals are positive.

9/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 595F17 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Led close home to open account under Jack Martin at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last month, his fifth start over hurdles; disappointed when dropped back to 2m at Sandown a fortnight ago but his winning form has worked out pretty well and he's not yet fully exposed.
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2nd

3

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Exeter

Gingerbred

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Course hurdles winner (2m2f, good to soft) who got off the mark over fences at the fifth attempt at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) last month, and he's since been a good second at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); solid contender.

7/2

Form: 5/4-3P

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Pulled up on heavy ground at Exeter in January and now 0-11 over hurdles but the forecast better ground here ought to be much more suitable and he is too well handicapped to rule out; hood refitted.
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1st

7

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:20 Market Rasen

If Karls Berg Did

10st 11lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Generally very disappointing in recent years but stayed on well to open hurdling account off lowly mark at Fakenham (2m7f, good) five weeks ago, and a 4lb rise is manageable if he's turned over a new leaf.

5/1

1st

4

4th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

17:30 Fakenham

If Karls Berg Did

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Milton Harris

in touch with leaders, prominent after 2nd, ridden when outpaced after 3 out, headway after 2 out, led after last, won going away

5/1

3rd

11

20th May 2023

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

20:35 Uttoxeter

If Karls Berg Did

10st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Milton Harris

Well treated on his old hurdles form but he's still a maiden after 18 starts and was only fifth of nine at Fakenham (2m4f, good) 11 days ago; others preferred.

14/1

Form: 81-250

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles in France (2m1f, soft) a year ago but was well beaten on last month's British debut at Sandown (2m, good to soft) and needs to have taken significant benefit from that outing.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

13:32 Huntingdon

Flamelco

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Ex-French; winner of a handicap hurdle at Nantes in March 2022 (2m1f, soft); placed twice over fences this season, last time finishing second of three at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy); faded late on there so return to this trip could suit; each-way chance.

7/2

2nd

2

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:50 Fontwell

Flamelco

11st 12lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

His one win came over hurdles in France in March 2022; six runs for this yard, easily the most substantial of those when third of 13 at Lingfield (2m, good to soft) on penultimate start, but he then pulled up at Plumpton; questions to answer but the same applies to all of these.

6/1

Form: /P085P

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Very respectable fifth over C&D (good) on last month's handicap debut (last-flight error extended margin of defeat) and still has low mileage but needs to bounce back quickly from a poor performance 11 days ago and is 2lb out of the weights.
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11

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

Prince Nino

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

2-17 over hurdles; back on a workable mark now but not seen since running poorly in January and probably better suited by 2m4f.

25/1

11

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

Prince Nino

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

2-17 over hurdles; back on a workable mark now but not seen since running poorly in January and probably better suited by 2m4f.

25/1

7th

2

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Prince Nino

11st 11lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Two wins at Perth (2m4f, good/soft) last August/September; mixed form since but he had an excuse when pulled up at Newcastle a fortnight ago (bad mistake five out) and he's not ruled out each-way.

14/1

Form: /2U3-P

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Ran big race over fences at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in November 2021 but seen only twice again since, more recently when pulled up over hurdles on last month's seasonal debut; might have needed that run and drops in grade here but others have less to prove; sports first-time cheekpieces.
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10th

3

6th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

12:50 Hereford

Pontresina

11st 11lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

It was a good handicap chase in which he pulled up last time at Exeter but was struggling over hurdles and he's not looking the force of old.

50/1

0

10

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Pontresina

10st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Lund

prominent

50/1

4th

6

18th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

20:15 Fontwell

Pontresina

11st 1lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

took keen hold, pressed leader, led narrowly 3rd, hit 6th, shaken up and headed before 2 out, lost ground approaching last, ridden and weakened quickly run-in

33/1

Form: -35P5P

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Close third on hurdle debut for Gordon Elliott at Perth (2m4f, good) last summer but this year's form for Seamus Mullins has been very underwhelming; drops back in trip after racing too freely in two handicaps last month (3m1f/3m2f); needs to turn a corner.
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8th

5

4th Jul 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

18:40 Stratford

Dame Prestige

11st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

held up in rear, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened

40/1

2

31st May 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

17:03 Newton Abbot

Dame Prestige

11st 5lb

J: Daniel Sansom

T: Seamus Mullins

Close third on hurdle debut for Gordon Elliott at Perth (2m4f, good) last summer but he's been pulled up in three of his four runs for new yard this year, including in his last two handicaps; dropped another 5lb but has a lot to prove.

33/1

6

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

13:40 Taunton

Dame Prestige

10st 7lb

J: Mr William Gough

T: Seamus Mullins

Close third on hurdle debut for Gordon Elliott at Perth (2m4f, good) last summer but this year's form for Seamus Mullins has been very underwhelming; drops back in trip after racing too freely in two handicaps last month (3m1f/3m2f); needs to turn a corner.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £16.40
Straight Forecast £14.22
Tricast £24.74
Trifecta £49.90

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ioupy Collonges

The Guardian:

Ike Sport

TOPSPEED:

Gingerbred

RP Ratings:

Ioupy Collonges

POSTDATA:

Ioupy Collonges

WEST COUNTRY:

Ioupy Collonges

The Times:

Ioupy Collonges

Telegraph:

Ioupy Collonges

Daily Mail:

Ioupy Collonges

D Express:

Ioupy Collonges

Daily Mirror:

Ioupy Collonges

The Sun:

Ioupy Collonges

The Star:

Ioupy Collonges

Daily Record:

Ioupy Collonges