March 26 / 15.10 Carlisle

15.10

Heavy

Bells Fishmongers Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4752.9
  • 3m 1f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Bells Fishmongers Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.20
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 5F1796

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Down the field the last twice (2m4f, good to soft/good) but she's now 3lb lower than when winning a four-runner mares' handicap at Perth (3m, soft) last September and the return to testing ground may suit; not ruled out.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9th

10

15th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 4

18:52 Perth

Topkapi Star

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Ewan Whillans

Winner off 1lb lower at Carlisle last spring (3m, heavy); pulled up when returning from more than a year off here in April; should come on for that but is hard to support in a competitive race.

14/1

9th

10

15th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 4

18:52 Perth

Topkapi Star

10st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Ewan Whillans

Winner off 1lb lower at Carlisle last spring (3m, heavy); pulled up when returning from more than a year off here in April; should come on for that but is hard to support in a competitive race.

14/1

7

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:55 Perth

Topkapi Star

11st 0lb

J: Mr Paddy Barlow

T: Ewan Whillans

Two wins over hurdles last season, the first over C&D (good) and the second over 3m1f at Carlisle (heavy); has been off for a year, but only 1lb higher than for her Carlisle win and could go well.

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 5-7463

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Ran his best race of the season when third at Ayr (3m, good to soft) last month and that race has worked out really well; has shown promise on soft/heavy ground and he's a contender if repeating that latest form.
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3rd

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle

Nights In Venice

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Disappointing at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago but he'd previously made a positive start to his chasing career and won at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in February; can be a contender if leaving last time behind.

7/2

3rd

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 5

16:30 Newcastle

Nights In Venice

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

Disappointing at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago but he'd previously made a positive start to his chasing career and won at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in February; can be a contender if leaving last time behind.

7/2

4th

3

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Nights In Venice

11st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Donald Whillans

in touch with leaders

7/4

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6/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 562512 D BF

Last run: 10 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Off the mark at Wetherby (3m, soft) in January and neck second of 15 at Hexham (2m7f, heavy) ten days ago, when appearing to idle after hitting the front; has a progressive profile and holds strong claims once more.
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3rd

1

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Carlisle

Piaff Bubbles

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Off the mark at Wetherby (3m, soft) in January and neck second of 15 at Hexham (2m7f, heavy) ten days ago, when appearing to idle after hitting the front; has a progressive profile and holds strong claims once more.

6/4

2nd

3

16th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

16:30 Hexham

Piaff Bubbles

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Better RPRs with each race this term, so 6lb rise for his Wetherby win (3m, soft) may be coped with; not well off with Lewa House on their autumn clash here (2m4f), but not the same stamina question to answer.

5/1

1

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:25 Carlisle

Piaff Bubbles

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Jumped well when deservedly off the mark at Wetherby (3m, soft; 3-1), proving stamina in the process; has more to do from a 6lb higher mark over this slightly longer trip, but still merits ample respect even from the summit of the weights.

11/4

Form: 896014 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Improved to win in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) at Kelso (2m6f, good) last month and fair fourth at Ayr (3m, good) since off this 6lb higher mark; has shown some promise on testing ground; may not be far away.
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7th

6

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Shantou Moon

11st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

in rear

12/1

7th

6

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

20:25 Hexham

Shantou Moon

11st 4lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

in rear

12/1

7th

7

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

16:15 Carlisle

Shantou Moon

10st 10lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

Not at his best last time but won over 3m1f at Catterick in January (soft) and twice placed after that, beaten under 5l; brings solid form credentials.

9/1

Form: 33-604

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Has shown glimpses of ability in light career and he stayed on well for fourth behind an easy winner in a first-time hood (retained) at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; today's test of stamina could be ideal for this brother to 2m7f chase winner Faustinovick and Brian Hughes is booked.
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3rd

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Sadlers Bay

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Tom Gretton

Still a maiden but this is only his fourth run over fences and he beat all bar an in-form rival over 3m at Exeter (heavy) three weeks ago; unlikely to be far away.

3/1

2nd

9

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Sadlers Bay

11st 3lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

A maiden after nine starts but began his chasing career with two good efforts in November, latterly when second at Southwell (3m, heavy); moves up in grade today but Beau Morgan claims a useful 5lb; respected.

6/1

2nd

3

28th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:10 Southwell

Sadlers Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom Gretton

0-7 over hurdles but might have won at Warwick (3m1f, good to soft) in May had he not lost his footing just after the penultimate fight; satisfactory chase debut at Plumpton (near 2m4f) three weeks ago; probably acts on soft; one to consider seriously.

9/2

Form: P0-3P7

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo who has displayed some ability and didn't run badly in mid-division at Ayr last month on her second handicap start, but others have more compelling claims.
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8

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Gypseys Secret

10st 6lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Sandy Forster

Off the mark over hurdles at 12th attempt, keeping on well to beat Arctic Mann at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) last month; 4lb rise demands a bit more from her here but she's evidently in very good nick.

4/1

Form: 011-7P CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Well beaten at Perth last May then absent until pulled up at Hexham recently; a dramatic turnaround is needed just ten days on but he may have needed the run and he was progressive when winning two in a row early last year (including C&D on soft); a tongue-tie goes on and he's not written off.
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5th

4

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:30 Hexham

Don Brocco

11st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Dual winning hurdler; yet to score over fences, although was second over 4m here last month (heavy); rather disappointing since.

12/1

5th

4

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:30 Hexham

Don Brocco

11st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Dual winning hurdler; yet to score over fences, although was second over 4m here last month (heavy); rather disappointing since.

12/1

6th

13

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:57 Carlisle

Don Brocco

10st 2lb

J: William Maggs

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Ran well when second of five to Breeze Of Wind at Hexham (4m, heavy) on March 14 and subsequent run there may have come too soon; however, he's 0-8 over fences and 3lb out of the handicap today; others are more compelling.

20/1

33/1

Form: 3390-8 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 2lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Three-time heavy-ground course winner who showed some spark here as recently as last February, but this 14yo has struggled on his last three starts and is without a win since 2018; hard to fancy from 9lb out of the handicap.
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8th

8

26th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Carlisle

Pistol

10st 2lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Three-time heavy-ground course winner who showed some spark here as recently as last February, but this 14yo has struggled on his last three starts and is without a win since 2018; hard to fancy from 9lb out of the handicap.

33/1

8th

12

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

16:45 Carlisle

Pistol

10st 2lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

pushed along soon after start, prominent on outer, nudged along 3rd

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £51.20
Straight Forecast £45.89
Tricast £101.40
Trifecta £173.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Piaff Bubbles

RP Ratings:

Don Brocco

Telegraph:

Don Brocco

POSTDATA:

Piaff Bubbles

The Times:

Piaff Bubbles

D Express:

Piaff Bubbles

Daily Mirror:

Piaff Bubbles

The Sun:

Piaff Bubbles

The Star:

Piaff Bubbles

Daily Record:

Piaff Bubbles