March 20 / 15.45 Taunton

15.45

Good To Soft

Jackson-Stops Country House Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £7287.78
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Jackson-Stops Country House Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 12105- C

Last run: 370 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Smart novice at 2m-2m3f, including on soft, but was very highly tried on handicap debut in the Betfair Hurdle last February (was only 13-2), then in the Supreme at Cheltenham; off since and initially due to go chasing but should have plenty to offer at this level over hurdles.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Lingfield

JPR One

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

raced in second, slightly hampered 1st, joined leader 8th, led clearly and going easily after 2 out, ridden run-in, idled towards finish, always doing enough

100/30

3rd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

JPR One

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, went second after 3 out, mistake and pecked on landing 2 out, lost second run-in, soon no extra

7/4

0

2

17th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

JPR One

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Didn't have a lot of racing over hurdles, winning three of his seven starts; while his three rivals posted superior RPRs in that discipline, he promises to make a better chaser judged on his sound-jumping success at the expense of respected opposition at Newton Abbot (2m, heavy; fine on less taxing ground); potentially very smart.

6/4

9/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 116-F6 D

Last run: 122 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Won consecutive hurdles in France and on British debut last winter but out of depth in Grade 1 at Aintree after; fell early on return to action in October and although well adrift at Ascot next time he ran more promisingly than his 12l defeat suggests; can be a factor.
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14th

15

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

In The Air

10st 3lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Adam West

Had an all-or-nothing profile for Gary Moore, and after a pleasing start over fences at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) he was pulled up twice at the end of 2023; needs to be revitalised by a change of stable (same owner).

33/1

0

1

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

15:10 Newbury

In The Air

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Gary Moore

Didn't fire at Sandown last month and needs to bounce back here but made good start to chasing career when clear second at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October and is a contender if judged on that performance.

7/1

Form: -37421 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Had dropped to a mark he could win off when ending a long losing run at Chepstow 23 days ago (2m, good to soft) but it wasn't straightforward and he's gone back up 4lb into a more competitive race; overall record suggests he'll have work to do.
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2nd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

11st 10lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Runs this track well; won this last year off the very same mark and has been in good nick over fences, latterly going down narrowly here in a small field on heavy (off 5lb higher); thereabouts.

11/4

2nd

3

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

15:20 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

11st 1lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Placed twice over hurdles this season and stayed on well to win by 5l over C&D (heavy) when back over fences last month; probably still on a workable mark after 5lb rise; obvious contender.

4/1

1st

6

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

15:25 Chepstow

Zambezi Fix

11st 9lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

/Placed over hurdles on first two starts this season (heavy/soft) and might have found the good ground too lively when slightly disappointing on his latest outing; not seen over fences since March 2021 but is very well suited by this track and enters calculations.

6/1

Form: 5110-6 D

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Dual bumper winner in 2018; several layoffs since but won consecutive 2m hurdles early in 2022 and a subsequent defeat came in the Imperial Cup last March; ran a fair race on chase debut in December but probably needs to be at full strength on immediate return to hurdles.
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3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

13:38 Newcastle

Mr Grey Sky

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

led, not fluent 8th, headed 3 out, lost ground approaching last, weakened run-in, lost second final strides

4/1

Form: 16-231 D

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Useful dual bumper winner who travelled strongly and won with authority when returned to 2m at Chepstow in January (soft); unlikely to be dependent on a stiff track to show his best; strong contender now handicapping.
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1st

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

12:55 Cheltenham

Libberty Hunter

10st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumper/hurdle winner who was going well when falling three out on his chase debut at Chepstow (2m, soft) in November, and made amends at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) a fortnight ago; 10lb higher in a better race here but did it very easily last time and he could have lots more left in the tank.

3/1

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

15:25 Chepstow

Libberty Hunter

12st 4lb

T: Evan Williams

1st

1

19th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 4

12:50 Wincanton

Libberty Hunter

12st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

travelled strongly, raced in fourth, smooth headway after 4 out, challenging when mistake 3 out, led 2 out, soon clear, easily

2/1

Form: 9-4163 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Probably not a push-button ride but he did well to beat a useful one on hurdle debut over C&D in November (good); had his work cut out in novices since but has more going for him now handicapping; thereabouts.
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0

3

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

Mamoon Star

11st 9lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

Sandown's soft ground was perhaps all too much for him last time (has only won on good) and he had returned with a reasonable effort at Wincanton; however, has to prove his stamina for this far and he's not always looked straightforward.

12/1

0

6

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

12:30 Sandown

Mamoon Star

11st 5lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

The best of his soft-ground runs was in a bumper; Taunton novice winner last November; hasn't always looked the easiest and he hung badly when tailed off on final start last term; back with a creditable second when tongue tied at Wincanton last month but needs a career best.

7/1

2nd

7

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:45 Wincanton

Mamoon Star

11st 8lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

raced in last, not fluent and pushed along briefly 2nd, headway after 3 out, went second approaching last, kept on but no match for winner

4/1

Non-runners

Mamoon Star

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £12.40
Straight Forecast £11.81
Trifecta £30.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

JPR One

RP Ratings:

Zambezi Fix

The Times:

Libberty Hunter

Daily Mirror:

In The Air

The Sun:

Mamoon Star

TOPSPEED:

Mr Grey Sky

WEST COUNTRY:

JPR One

Daily Mail:

JPR One

The Star:

JPR One

Telegraph:

Libberty Hunter

Daily Record:

Libberty Hunter

POSTDATA:

Zambezi Fix

The Guardian:

Zambezi Fix

D Express:

Zambezi Fix