April 14 / 17.15 Aintree

17.15

Good To Soft

Abersoch Land And Sea Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 2m 0f 103y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Abersoch Land And Sea Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys’ And Amateur Riders’ Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

16/1 (Won)

Form: 1-114P D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Has done well since joining this yard; ran creditably at Cheltenham in January when bidding for a five-timer, then shaped better than bare result suggests in the Imperial Cup; remains on highest mark, however.
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1st

1

(5)

4th May 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Goodwood

Punctuation

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, smooth headway on far side of group and led over 2f out, ridden and faced challenges from over 1f out, stayed on final 110yds

2/1

1st

1

(5)

4th May 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Goodwood

Punctuation

9st 12lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear, smooth headway on far side of group and led over 2f out, ridden and faced challenges from over 1f out, stayed on final 110yds

2/1

5th

1

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Punctuation

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent, not fluent 3rd, bit short of room and hampered last, soon no extra

6/1

Form: 2-4P91 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Had wind surgery prior to 50-1 win at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft) just 12 days ago when making handicap debut and having only third start for Paul Nicholls; incurs 7lb penalty but further progress is possible.
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4th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Blueking DOroux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 6th, headway and pressed leaders when bumped 2 out, jumped left and mistake last, soon no extra

16/1

4th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:10 Sandown

Blueking DOroux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 6th, headway and pressed leaders when bumped 2 out, jumped left and mistake last, soon no extra

16/1

9

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 97y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Blueking DOroux

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced improver from a top yard and was a rare 4yo winner of the Grade 2 Coral Hurdle (2m3f, good) here four weeks ago when edging out one who went close in a Grade 1 novice last season; unraced beyond that trip so will be into unknown territory a long way from home, but he's promising.

10/1

Form: 13-5P2 D

Last run: 107 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Ran well (third off 3lb higher) in this race last year but that came off the back of a recent win; not sure to repeat that effort, having been absent since a well-held second in December; cheekpieces enlisted.
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0

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Washington

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Two hurdle wins for Olly Murphy and plenty of good efforts in defeat, notably his third at Aintree in April; all form at 2m so bit to prove on chasing/stable debut but no doubting his ability; wind surgery.

11/4

9th

15

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Washington

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Filled third in a deep 2m handicap at Aintree's Grand National meeting for the second year running and conditions (soft) went against him last month; hasn't had much racing for a 7yo and he's one to consider.

10/1

3rd

21

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Washington

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Olly Murphy

Ran well (third off 3lb higher) in this race last year but that came off the back of a recent win; not sure to repeat that effort, having been absent since a well-held second in December; cheekpieces enlisted.

12/1

Form: 7-2067 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Went close over 2m4f at this venue in October; nowhere near that form since (2m-2m5f) and returns here under something of a cloud; second run since wind surgery.
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8th

1

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 2

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

A Different Kind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won four small-field chases last summer (2m4f-2m5f, good-heavy) but was soundly beaten at Perth last month, after a layoff, and needs to have taken significant benefit from that outing.

10/1

8th

1

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 2

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

A Different Kind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won four small-field chases last summer (2m4f-2m5f, good-heavy) but was soundly beaten at Perth last month, after a layoff, and needs to have taken significant benefit from that outing.

10/1

5th

1

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

16:10 Perth

A Different Kind

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won four small-field chases last summer, two over this C&D, the second on soft ground in September; could go well but went up 20lb for his wins and no easy task on return from break.

3/1

Form: 2105-1 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Promising comeback in Taunton handicap (2m, good to soft) last month on first run since struggling in the 2022 Supreme; still has low mileage and may well build on the reappearance win; one to consider.
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7th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

JPR One

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield, in touch with leaders 6th

8/1

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

Form: P-2541 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
All wins on soft/heavy, latest at Wetherby two weeks ago (has a good record there); pulled up in both Aintree runs, including in this contest 12 months ago; something to prove back here.
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5th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

14:37 Newcastle

Alberts Back

11st 3lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

held up in last, lost touch from 3 out, never on terms

9/1

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Alberts Back

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, four of them here; 0-5 over fences and was under pressure some way out when only fourth of five finishers at Haydock in December; dropped 4lb as a result but needs to raise his game.

14/1

4th

1

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Alberts Back

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Michael & David Easterby

Mudlark who has won five times over hurdles, including over 2m3f on heavy ground here; has shown some fair form in four runs over fences, but hasn't run in a chase since February 2020; others stronger.

12/1

Form: 12321U D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Campaigned in Scotland of late; won at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) in February, then unseated rider early in the Morebattle at Kelso; faces a difficult task in this field.
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1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Collingham

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won a Class 2 handicap off 11lb higher under Charlie Maggs at Musselburgh 14 months ago so the ability is there; however, last season didn't really get off the ground and he tried two different types of headgear.

9/1

1st

2

12th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:28 Ludlow

Collingham

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won a Class 2 handicap off 11lb higher under Charlie Maggs at Musselburgh 14 months ago so the ability is there; however, last season didn't really get off the ground and he tried two different types of headgear.

9/1

12th

3

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Collingham

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won a Class 2 handicap here just over 12 months ago off 7lb higher but this season hasn't really got going and blinkers are now turned to.

20/1

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7/1

Form: 24-541 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Fourth in last season's Challow (form well advertised since); has steadily found his feet in handicaps this term, most recently winning at Wetherby (2m, soft); now wears cheekpieces; should improve further; respected.
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5th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Go Dante

11st 13lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Below best in first-time cheekpieces in this race last year but he had wind surgery after and is now an established performer in leading 2m handicaps, winning two of his last three starts, including the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; a further 5lb rise will test him but his proven ability at this level counts for plenty.

11/2

5th

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Go Dante

11st 13lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Below best in first-time cheekpieces in this race last year but he had wind surgery after and is now an established performer in leading 2m handicaps, winning two of his last three starts, including the valuable Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last month; a further 5lb rise will test him but his proven ability at this level counts for plenty.

11/2

1st

8

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Go Dante

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

8yo who has very healthy 4-11 strike-rate; won at Cheltenham (2m1f, soft) in December and another good run when third of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) four weeks ago, albeit no match for the front two; every chance he'll be in the mix.

13/2

Form: 11-122 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Front-runner; had a brief crack at chasing in November (won the first attempt); good second in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, heavy) on the return to hurdles; could well remain competitive up just 1lb.
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4

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Knickerbockerglory

11st 11lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Tristan Durrell aboard in his last five races, including a decisive success at Ascot in November (1m7f, soft) when just 4lb lower; has subsequently struggled in some hot handicaps and cheekpieces could trigger something; would prefer softer ground, mind.

10/1

5th

4

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Knickerbockerglory

11st 10lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Second in this last year (heavy) and won on reappearance at Ascot (1m7f, soft) in November; unplaced in two hot handicaps since but helped set things up for those ridden more patiently when sixth in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month, and he's capable of a bold bid if things go his way in front; Tristan Durrell has ridden him on his last four starts.

12/1

6th

4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Knickerbockerglory

11st 11lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Dan Skelton

Front-runner; acts on heavy ground; absent since midfield effort in the Greatwood which likely came too soon after his reappearance win at Ascot (1m7f, soft) earlier in November; interesting, given his good record when fresh.

20/1

Form: -30131 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Sound record in Class 3 handicaps this year, including wins at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) and Newbury (2m, good); however, has more on his plate off new mark in this higher grade.
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7th

7

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Fruit N Nut

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Enjoyed a fruitful period in Class 3 handicaps last season before finishing tailed off in a higher grade at Aintree (soft no real excuse); this is another rung up the ladder and he looks up against it.

33/1

10th

17

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Fruit N Nut

11st 3lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Sound record in Class 3 handicaps this year, including wins at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft) and Newbury (2m, good); however, has more on his plate off new mark in this higher grade.

25/1

1st

4

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:25 Newbury

Fruit N Nut

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

4-8 under rules and 2-5 over hurdles, latest win in handicap at Sedgefield (2m1f, good to soft; acts on good) in January; creditable third off this 4lb higher mark at Catterick latest and he's in each-way calculations.

5/1

16/1

Form: -112P3 CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Useful novice hurdler who has two pieces of Grade 2 form, third in the Dovecote at Kempton latest; won well over C&D (good) last spring and has possibilities back here on handicap debut.
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4th

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:35 Warwick

Ukantango

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

raced in third

2/1

4th

1

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:35 Warwick

Ukantango

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

raced in third

2/1

2nd

2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

17:04 Market Rasen

Ukantango

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

raced in third, good jump 8th, went second home turn, went clear with winner before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, no match for winner

3/1

Form: /31211 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Progressive sort who is 3-4 since wearing a tongue-tie; gained those three wins easily, latest at Fakenham (2m, soft) where he beat a subsequent scorer; scored under Bradley Roberts in January; big player.
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15th

3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Parramount

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

prominent

33/1

15th

3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Parramount

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

prominent

33/1

5

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Parramount

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Bumper and three-time hurdle winner whose final run in this discipline was when pulled up in Haydock's Swinton last May; recent AW efforts weren't too shoddy and, despite being 8lb higher than his winning mark, he's not one to put a line through.

16/1

Form: 211112 D BF

Last run: 183 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Productive in small fields over fences from last spring to autumn; lacks recent match practice and faces a very different scenario in this hot handicap returned to hurdles; others preferred.
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4th

4

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

18:55 Aintree

Geromino

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Has very good 11-33 career strike-rate, the last two wins gained in quite valuable Doncaster handicaps (2m/2m3f) during the winter; ended last season with two lesser efforts, though, and needs to up his game here.

20/1

4th

4

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

18:55 Aintree

Geromino

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Has very good 11-33 career strike-rate, the last two wins gained in quite valuable Doncaster handicaps (2m/2m3f) during the winter; ended last season with two lesser efforts, though, and needs to up his game here.

20/1

10th

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Geromino

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, clipped heels and stumbled 1st, outpaced before 2 out

20/1

Form: 135162 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Creditable second over 2m3f at Bangor last month; this drop back in trip looks a positive, as he's done his winning at 2m, but he faces a harder task in this deep field; remains on career-high mark.
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1

17th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

18:20 Aintree

Homme Public

12st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

3-5 over fences since the autumn, the latest win gained at Doncaster (2m good to soft) in March; well beaten at Grand National meeting here last month and remains on fairly tough mark but should be fine back over 2m4f.

5/1

6th

1

17th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

18:20 Aintree

Homme Public

12st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

3-5 over fences since the autumn, the latest win gained at Doncaster (2m good to soft) in March; well beaten at Grand National meeting here last month and remains on fairly tough mark but should be fine back over 2m4f.

5/1

7th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Homme Public

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Has won three of four chases at about 2m (good and good to soft) this season but the luck was with him on one occasion and he didn't need to improve to win at Doncaster in March; has more to do here and he bypassed two soft-ground races last term, so the state of the ground is a worry.

9/1

Form: 1-P04P D

Last run: 203 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Scored in big field at Fairyhouse (2m, good to yielding) last April and ran well in the Galway Hurdle in the summer; interesting on those pieces of form; market support should be heeded on return from 203-day absence.
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20th

11

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Glan

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Midfield in this race last year (on comeback) but later recorded wins at Listowel and Roscommon (flat); let down by jumping in very valuable handicaps at Galway and Listowel and absent since so may need this.

14/1

20th

11

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Glan

11st 3lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gordon Elliott

Midfield in this race last year (on comeback) but later recorded wins at Listowel and Roscommon (flat); let down by jumping in very valuable handicaps at Galway and Listowel and absent since so may need this.

14/1

13th

7

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

14:05 Listowel

Glan

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to give her true running when pulled up in this 12 months ago and was found to be clinically abnormal after disappointing in the Galway Hurdle (well backed); went into that race bang in form and could be given another chance.

15/2

Form: 06501- D

Last run: 386 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Absent since his 40-1 success in small field at Cork (2m, good) in March 2022 when making debut for this stable; faces stiffer competition on return to action but may have more to offer for current connections.
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5

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Advanced Virgo

11st 7lb

J: Miss A B O’Connor

T: Anthony McCann

Absent since his 40-1 success in small field at Cork (2m, good) in March 2022 when making debut for this stable; faces stiffer competition on return to action but may have more to offer for current connections.

25/1

Form: 511062 D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Scored twice in the autumn; best form since when beating all bar smart Gaelic Warrior (subsequent Ballymore runner-up) in valuable 2m handicap at Leopardstown last time; likely player if repeating that effort.
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12th

9

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Nibiru

11st 4lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

Refused to race in this contest 12 months ago (14-1) and well beaten on sole hurdle start since (last August); however, he's a three-time winner in this code and won on the Flat in February last time out; capable of a bold show and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

20/1

12th

9

11th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 144y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Nibiru

11st 4lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

Refused to race in this contest 12 months ago (14-1) and well beaten on sole hurdle start since (last August); however, he's a three-time winner in this code and won on the Flat in February last time out; capable of a bold show and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the betting.

20/1

1st

1

(10)

23rd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 4f 0y

18:45 Dundalk (AW)

Nibiru

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: A J Martin

dwelt start, towards rear, outpaced over 3f out, headway when bit short of room and switched left under 2f out, pressed leaders when switched left and ran on inside final furlong, led up the centre final strides

16/1

Form: 13-3U4 D BF

Last run: 95 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Switch to fences hasn't gone well the last twice; has a solid record (21133) over hurdles, placed in Ascot handicap (1m7f) the final time; granted a continuation, he holds each-way hopes back in this sphere.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

20:05 Warwick

Call Of The Wild

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Made disappointing start to chasing career in 2022-23 season (two attempts); returned from layoff with pleasing second in Class 3 handicap hurdle at Wincanton (2m4f, soft; also suited by good) in November but was safely held on only other appearance last season and it's hard to know what to expect from him as he begins his second spell over fences

7/1

3rd

3

11th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

20:05 Warwick

Call Of The Wild

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Made disappointing start to chasing career in 2022-23 season (two attempts); returned from layoff with pleasing second in Class 3 handicap hurdle at Wincanton (2m4f, soft; also suited by good) in November but was safely held on only other appearance last season and it's hard to know what to expect from him as he begins his second spell over fences

7/1

10th

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

Call Of The Wild

11st 1lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Chasing didn't go to plan last season and he was a mid-race faller when returned to hurdling in the spring but his reappearance second at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) in November was very encouraging and his current mark ought to be workable; shortlisted.

6/1

Form: -11111 D

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Justified favouritism at Cheltenham (2m) when last seen six months ago, taking record in handicaps to 7-8; tremendously progressive but chance depends on how the ground is riding; all seven wins on good going.
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2nd

3

17th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

18:20 Aintree

Soul Icon

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Eight-time hurdle winner; 0-5 over fences but ended last season with two creditable seconds, the latter in valuable race at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month; today's forecast quicker ground ought to be in his favour; big player.

5/2

2nd

3

17th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

18:20 Aintree

Soul Icon

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Eight-time hurdle winner; 0-5 over fences but ended last season with two creditable seconds, the latter in valuable race at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month; today's forecast quicker ground ought to be in his favour; big player.

5/2

2nd

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Soul Icon

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Keiran Burke

Back to form with neck second of five in novice handicap chase at Kempton (2m2f, good to soft) last month; also effective over 2m4f and on soft ground; there's a suspicion that latest performance (when he lost a shoe) represents strong form and this 7yo novice could be in the mix once more.

15/2

Form: 22281P D

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Irish mare who recorded a 33-1 success at Leopardstown (2m) in December but failed to back up that form there in February; comparatively exposed (4-34 Flat/hurdles record) and can be opposed.
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0

6

17th Dec 2023

Yielding

1m 7f 205y

14:35 Thurles

Tullypole Annie

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Useful hurdler for Peter Flood last season, highlight being Leopardstown novice handicap win off 114; pulled up in big handicaps on final two starts and two underwhelming chase efforts this term; blinkers now fitted for hurdles return.

12/1

6th

9

16th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 131y

12:55 Punchestown

Tullypole Annie

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

in touch with leaders, lost position and towards rear 4th, keeping on when hampered by faller 2 out

9/2

9th

11

7th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

13:55 Fairyhouse

Tullypole Annie

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Useful hurdler for Peter Flood last season, the highlight provided by 33-1 Leopardstown novice handicap win; pulled-up in big handicaps on final two starts last term; change of stable.

16/1

Form: -15211 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Has made all in novice hurdles at Newcastle (2m1f, soft) and Southwell (2m, good) since dropped back in distance (from 2m4f/2m5f); open to further improvement; enters calculations on handicap debut.
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19

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Densworth

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Reappeared after long absence (wind surgery) to record career-best when running away with 2m Doncaster handicap last month but reportedly unsuited by tacky ground at Aintree and pulled up; cheekpieces now fitted.

12/1

19

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 149y

16:15 Punchestown

Densworth

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Reappeared after long absence (wind surgery) to record career-best when running away with 2m Doncaster handicap last month but reportedly unsuited by tacky ground at Aintree and pulled up; cheekpieces now fitted.

12/1

7

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 2

17:15 Aintree

Densworth

11st 9lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Early reminder and soon pulled up in this race last year but wide-margin winner of both starts at about 2m either side of that, the latest at Doncaster (heavy) after wind surgery; up 10lb in a better race but has to be respected with conditions no issue.

10/1

Form: F51391 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Irish novice hurdler who arrives in promising form, having scored decisively under Shane O'Callaghan at Leopardstown (2m4f, yielding) last month; likely player provided she copes with the drop back in trip.
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16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Gaoth Chuil

10st 10lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

Pulled up at Aintree (2m) last April in her only race in Britain; firmly on the upgrade in Ireland this term with three seconds and a win from four attempts, all under Shane O'Callaghan; the last two saw her prove her stamina at Leopardstown over 3m, second of 22 in a major handicap last time, and this strong-travelling 6yo looks sure to be in the shake-up.

8/1

2nd

10

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Gaoth Chuil

11st 4lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

towards rear

14/1

1st

13

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

Gaoth Chuil

10st 4lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

Won a mares' handicap hurdle from a stone lower here towards the end of last season and has hit the crossbar in two runs this term; creeping up the handicap but should go well again.

17/2

Non-runners

Homme Public

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Straight Forecast £625.91
Tricast £7570.60

Selections

POSTDATA:

Knickerbockerglory

SPOTLIGHT:

Go Dante

TOPSPEED:

Collingham

The Star:

Gaoth Chuil

WEST COUNTRY:

JPR One

Daily Mail:

Ukantango

RP Ratings:

Parramount

Daily Mirror:

Homme Public

The Times:

Nibiru

The Guardian:

Advanced Virgo

D Express:

Go Dante

Telegraph:

Knickerbockerglory

Daily Record:

Knickerbockerglory

THE NORTH:

Collingham