April 08 / 13.30 Haydock

13.30

Good To Soft

cavani.co.uk Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 1m 7f 144y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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cavani.co.uk Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 4-6153 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Prolific on the Flat and over hurdles since joining this yard in September 2021 (bought out of a Goodwood seller); however, he's held by Whizz Kid on his penultimate run and it was disappointing that he failed to justify short odds in a weaker handicap at Fontwell.
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1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Aggagio

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Won valuable series final on latest hurdle start at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) last April when 7lb lower, and was in good form on the Flat afterwards; didn't jump with any real fluency when runner-up on chase debut at Huntingdon (2m, good) but he should have learnt from that.

13/8

1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Aggagio

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Won valuable series final on latest hurdle start at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) last April when 7lb lower, and was in good form on the Flat afterwards; didn't jump with any real fluency when runner-up on chase debut at Huntingdon (2m, good) but he should have learnt from that.

13/8

2nd

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Huntingdon

Aggagio

11st 11lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

soon in touch with leaders, towards rear after 6th

11/2

12/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: -42445 D

Last run: 156 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
On a losing run of 12, with his last success in June 2021; still needs a second look as he was runner-up in this 12 months ago off the same mark (in first-time blinkers retained since) and has gone well fresh in the past.
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3rd

1

14th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

19:00 Market Rasen

Castel Gandolfo

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, went third before 2 out, outpaced approaching last, no impression run-in

4/1

8th

15

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Castel Gandolfo

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Soundly beaten by a few of these when sixth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) last month but it wasn't a bad performance and he's run really well when runner-up over C&D on his two previous visits to Haydock (good/good to soft); on a competitive mark and not ruled out each-way.

33/1

8th

15

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Castel Gandolfo

11st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Soundly beaten by a few of these when sixth of 18 at Cheltenham (2m1f, good) last month but it wasn't a bad performance and he's run really well when runner-up over C&D on his two previous visits to Haydock (good/good to soft); on a competitive mark and not ruled out each-way.

33/1

100/30

  • Place: £1.80

Form: -25451 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Promising efforts in some decent novices and he came good in only his second handicap at Stratford (2m, good to soft), where he breezed through the race and won comfortably from Word Has It; a 5lb rise could have been worse for this progressive 6yo.
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1st

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Bubble Dubi

11st 5lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Stuart Edmunds

travelled strongly

7/2

3rd

6

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

14:05 Haydock

Bubble Dubi

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

chased clear leader, switched right when lost second after 3 out, kept on but not pace to challenge

7/1

3rd

3

25th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

14:13 Huntingdon

Bubble Dubi

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Came good over hurdles at fifth attempt, at Stratford (2m, good to soft) in March, and was third in valuable series final at Haydock (1m7f, good to soft) the following month; jumped poorly and was disappointing favourite on last month's seasonal/chase debut but could still have untapped potential in this sphere.

4/1

Form: 422246 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Blessed with plenty of Flat speed and returning to 2m bodes well after two encouraging efforts over 2m3f and then failing to stay 2m5f (on ground too soft); perhaps high in the weights but easy to see him going well if taking to blinkers.
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4th

4

(1)

2nd Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 5f 16y

Class 3

16:40 Hamilton

Too Friendly

9st 8lb

J: David Egan

T: James Owen

Seen far more often over hurdles (winner on varied ground); lost his way in that discipline but smooth 2m winner on the Kempton AW in March (first Flat start since 2021) and close second of six to Hope You Can Run at Newmarket (1m6f) two weeks ago; often wears cheekpieces, but hooded instead on latest start and has no headgear today; may still have more to offer on Flat.

8/1

2nd

6

(1)

19th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:15 Newmarket

Too Friendly

9st 3lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: James Owen

Seen far more often over hurdles (winner on varied ground); has lost his way in that discipline but he was a smooth 2m winner on the Kempton AW in March (first Flat start since 2021) and was not discredited when tenth in the Chester Cup nine days ago; first-time hood replaces cheekpieces; may still have more to offer on Flat.

4/1

2nd

6

(1)

19th May 2024

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

16:15 Newmarket

Too Friendly

9st 3lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: James Owen

Seen far more often over hurdles (winner on varied ground); has lost his way in that discipline but he was a smooth 2m winner on the Kempton AW in March (first Flat start since 2021) and was not discredited when tenth in the Chester Cup nine days ago; first-time hood replaces cheekpieces; may still have more to offer on Flat.

4/1

Form: 316158 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Has won three of his seven starts since returning from a mammoth absence but has gone cold the last twice and this is a tough race in which to bounce back.
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2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Nayati

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Musselburgh winner off 5lb higher in January 2023 (1m7f, soft); bit disappointing afterwards and not at his best this term (poor run latest); bit to prove.

16/1

11th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Nayati

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won three times last season, following a mammoth absence, and he's 2lb lower than when last successful (at Musselburgh on New Year's Day); however, his subsequent form hasn't come up to scratch and he needs to improve for last month's reappearance outing at Huntingdon.

16/1

Form: -35943 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Arrives here after three defeats over fences and his Bangor race last time looked winnable off a lower mark in that discipline (kept jumping to the left); might be a happier horse now back over hurdles but others are more intriguing.
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5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 here (2m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; not quite in same form on either start since but stuck to his task pretty well when fifth here (2m, soft) in January and is worth a crack at this longer trip.

10/1

5th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:40 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 over C&D (soft) in November but he didn't go with much zest at Haydock next time and now wears a tongue-strap; others appeal more.

8/1

4th

8

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

14:05 Haydock

Risk DArgent

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, dropped to last when not fluent 4th, struggling 3 out, stayed on run-in, went fourth towards finish

6/1

Form: F-412P D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Not sure what happened last time at Fakenham but the run before he all but held on in a Class 3 handicap at Kempton (soft; fine on good) and the winner was runner-up in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; that form brings him right into the equation.
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8th

7

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Big Boy Bobby

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Not sure what happened last time at Fakenham but the run before he all but held on in a Class 3 handicap at Kempton (soft; fine on good) and the winner was runner-up in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; that form brings him right into the equation.

10/1

6

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

15:45 Fakenham

Big Boy Bobby

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Still improving seven hurdles starts in, all but holding on in a deeper Class 3 (0-140, soft) at Kempton over Christmas with Swaffham Bulbeck 15l behind; can make his one mistake in a race, but a player even so.

4/1

2nd

14

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Big Boy Bobby

10st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alan King

Took six goes to get off the mark over hurdles but his breakthrough win at Huntingdon (2m, good) was impressive and a 7lb rise could underestimate him; commands major respect.

11/2

Form: 683717 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Justified strong market support when cruising clear to win easily by 13l at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft) in January but that was in a Class 5 and a 10lb rise find him out in stronger company next time; it might be a similar story here.
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0

6

6th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

17:45 Hexham

Cousu Main

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Susan Corbett

Has run well in both starts since joining this stable, the first of them when second to Fenna's Loss over C&D in June; possibly needs a shade more for another win but likelier than some to give it a good shot.

9/1

4th

2

22nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

14:05 Market Rasen

Cousu Main

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Susan Corbett

Signed off for Neil Mulholland with some below-par efforts in the spring but gave good account when clear second to Fenna's Lass on stable debut at Hexham (2m4f, good) four weeks ago; still unexposed over this sort of trip; a possible if in similar form again here.

9/1

2nd

3

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

15:20 Hexham

Cousu Main

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Susan Corbett

travelled strongly, prominent, going easily when went second after 3 out, ridden when challenging approaching last, kept on

10/1

Form: 243145 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Suited by the return to hurdles when hammering a subsequent winner in a mares' handicap at Chepstow (2m, soft; 6lb lower) and was then always up against it in a Grade 2 won by the high-class Epatante; her Stratford demise in the race won by Bubble Dubi harder to forgive but that wasn't her true running; on her day she's dangerous.
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1

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

14:40 Sedgefield

Galice Macalo

12st 2lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Returned to form with an easy win under Peter Summers when back over fences at Leicester (2m, soft) last month; that was a first chase victory at the 11th attempt and she beat only two rivals, but it's hard to knock that performance otherwise and a 4lb rise isn't harsh.

5/2

1st

1

10th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 4

15:20 Leicester

Galice Macalo

12st 0lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Soundly beaten over hurdles last month and evidently not as good as she was but began this season with two very respectable chase runs (one in a Listed race) and is sure to appreciate today's ease in grade; versatile regarding ground; must be considered.

7/2

4th

1

6th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 2

14:35 Ludlow

Galice Macalo

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Returned to hurdles for a dominant 10l success at Chepstow in January (soft) off only a 3lb lower mark but lost her way a little afterwards; following wind surgery she seems back in good order judged on recent chase efforts (0-10 compared with 4-16 hurdling) and has plenty in her favour back in this discipline; should give it a good go from the front.

7/2

Form: 117533 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Won a trio of novice hurdles at Hexham last year; not yet posed a serious threat in his four handicaps, though 2m3f perhaps stretched him the last twice; has dropped 7lb for those four defeats and, back over the minimum trip, he's not dismissed.
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1st

3

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 2

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Fringill Dike

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won three in a row (1m7f-2m, good/good to soft) when blinkers were added in early part of last season and posted another career best when close second at Kempton (2m2f, good) last month, after a break; could plausibly still be on the upgrade; respected.

6/1

1st

3

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 2

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Fringill Dike

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Won three in a row (1m7f-2m, good/good to soft) when blinkers were added in early part of last season and posted another career best when close second at Kempton (2m2f, good) last month, after a break; could plausibly still be on the upgrade; respected.

6/1

2nd

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Fringill Dike

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

prominent, good jump last, challenging final 110yds, no extra towards finish

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 36P281 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Fourth of 16 in one of the competitive handicaps at last year's Grand National meeting and looks back in that sort of form, returning to winning ways in typically willing fashion at Doncaster (2m, good; 2lb lower); goes well for Luke Scott and has a big run in him.
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No Results Found

Form: 4-3332 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won twice over hurdles in 2021 and, returned to this scene, he finished a distance clear of the remainder when chasing home Bubble Dubi at Stratford; has a 5lb pull on the winner but doesn't look as progressive.
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4th

1

18th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:48 Fontwell

Word Has It

12st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders, mistake and jockey unbalanced 2nd, not fluent 5th, outpaced and lost position before 4 out, soon no impression, tailed off

6/1

6th

1

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Word Has It

12st 0lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

3-13 over hurdles and largely reliable, with no ground worries; won what was effectively a match on reappearance at Fontwell (2m1f, heavy) in November and ran creditably at Warwick on sole start since; relatively exposed but firmly in calculations.

4/1

Form: 24-045 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
10lb lower than when beating the classy Tommy's Oscar at Wetherby two seasons ago but he's not been anywhere near that form since returning from a lengthy absence; getting back on some drier ground will help but others are preferred.
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9th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Takeit Easy

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

midfield

12/1

9th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Takeit Easy

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

midfield

12/1

Form: 027455

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Not had the best of seasons over hurdles but his last run in this discipline was three months ago and he returns to jumping on the back of showing career-best form on the Flat (AW); back on a fair mark and dangerous to dismiss.
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5th

1

(2)

15th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Sandown

Bashful Boy

9st 10lb

J: Neil Callan

T: David Pipe

dwelt start, midfield, some headway 2f out, weakened from over 1f out

14/1

7th

2

20th May 2024

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

15:13 Newton Abbot

Bashful Boy

11st 11lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Four-time hurdle winner (2m1f-2m5f; once here); well beaten on heavy ground last month but will be much better suited by the drying conditions here and has slipped to a tempting mark.

100/30

7th

2

20th May 2024

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

15:13 Newton Abbot

Bashful Boy

11st 11lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Four-time hurdle winner (2m1f-2m5f; once here); well beaten on heavy ground last month but will be much better suited by the drying conditions here and has slipped to a tempting mark.

100/30

Non-runners

Word Has It

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £94.90
Straight Forecast £82.27
Tricast £350.48
Trifecta £498.90

Selections

The Times:

Bubble Dubi

SPOTLIGHT:

Too Friendly

RP Ratings:

Whizz Kid

WEST COUNTRY:

Castel Gandolfo

Daily Record:

Word Has It

TOPSPEED:

Nayati

Telegraph:

Bubble Dubi

The Guardian:

Bubble Dubi

Daily Mirror:

Bubble Dubi

The Star:

Bubble Dubi

POSTDATA:

Too Friendly

Daily Mail:

Too Friendly

The Sun:

Whizz Kid

D Express:

Castel Gandolfo