April 22 / 15.25 Bangor-on-Dee

15.25

Good

Carr & Associates Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 0f 145y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Carr & Associates Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 5-0709

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Unexposed after only four hurdle runs but was behind Moorland Rambler when only ninth of 12 on last month's handicap debut at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) and clearly needs to do much better here.
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2

5th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

16:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Governor Green

11st 6lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

led, mistake 3 out, increased tempo after 3 out, faced challenge when fell 2 out

3/1

6

10th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Governor Green

10st 6lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Alastair Ralph

Unplaced in his first six starts but the seventh saw him land a significant gamble over C&D in April (made all); unable to repeat the feat next time but still ran respectably; probably needs shade more in this company.

6/1

3rd

2

20th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

20:05 Uttoxeter

Governor Green

11st 13lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Of the mark (seventh attempt) with a front-running win under Jay Tidball in a Bangor handicap (2m, good) last month; up 7lb but he landed a gamble with that clearcut success and is open to more progress; highly respected.

7/2

6/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 611862 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Bounced back from two substandard runs when keeping-on second at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) this month but was hit hard by the handicapper for his two winter wins and may find others better treated here.
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1st

3

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

15:50 Ludlow

Force De Frap

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Placed in French chases in 2020 and back over fences for first time since when scoring easily by 15l from off the pace at Bangor (2m1f, heavy) in December; 10lb higher in a better race here but highly respected given his dominance last time.

9/4

4

17th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:00 Southwell

Force De Frap

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Placed in French chases in 2020 and back over fences for first time since when bolting up at Bangor (2m1f, heavy) last month; he's 10lb higher in a better race here but has to be respected given his dominance last time.

5/2

1st

2

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

12:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Force De Frap

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

travelled strongly

7/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 35-213 D

Last run: 310 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Delivered on earlier promise when keeping on well to make winning handicap debut at Ludlow (2m, good) last May but not quite in same form at Ffos Las the following month and has fitness to prove after 310-day absence.
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0

1

20th Jul 2023

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

19:20 Worcester

Zucayan

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Both wins at Ludlow but has shown form elsewhere; only 4lb higher than for authoritative win in May and strong claims on that; slight concern that he hasn't been seen since but still plenty to like.

13/8

1st

9

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:35 Ludlow

Zucayan

11st 3lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Improved to make winning handicap debut over C&D (good) just under a year ago and returned from 11-month absence with encouraging third at Bangor three weeks ago; leading contender if that outing has brought him on.

6/1

3rd

4

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Zucayan

11st 6lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: Fergal O’Brien

Delivered on earlier promise when keeping on well to make winning handicap debut at Ludlow (2m, good) last May but not quite in same form at Ffos Las the following month and has fitness to prove after 310-day absence.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4-172 D BF

Last run: 72 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Won on hurdle debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) in the autumn; slightly disappointing when only second of four at Doncaster (2m, good) in February but had wind op soon afterwards and probably still has potential.
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7th

3

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

13:05 Ludlow

Spirit Of Regulus

11st 11lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Won on his hurdling debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) last October but generally disappointing since and was pulled up in a Uttoxeter handicap when last seen in May; still lightly raced but has something to prove after six months off; cheekpieces worn last time are removed.

10/1

3

28th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

17:35 Uttoxeter

Spirit Of Regulus

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Donald McCain

Sedgefield maiden winner (2m1f, good) last year but he finished a tired fourth on handicap debut at Bangor (2m, good) after undergoing wind surgery; tongue-tie/cheekpieces now fitted and need to bring something.

9/1

Form: 20-821 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Improving mare who won Fakenham maiden (2m, soft) in pretty good style last month, her third start over hurdles; open to further progress in handicaps; shortlisted.
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1

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Nothingtochance

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Improving mare who won Fakenham maiden (2m, soft) in pretty good style last month, her third start over hurdles; open to further progress in handicaps; shortlisted.

7/4

1st

8

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

14:20 Fakenham

Nothingtochance

10st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

Sister to Edwardstone; close up on bumper debut round Southwell's sharp track and she ran better than the bare result on return from break behind a long odds-on shot at Exeter in February (2m, good to soft); of interest for yard that is 7-24 with hurdlers here in last five years.

6/4

2nd

10

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Nothingtochance

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

held up in rear, mistake 4th, some headway after 4 out, ridden after 3 out

10/1

Form: 2-5317 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Ran well on good to soft ground in first two handicaps then won on heavy at Ffos Las in January; only 3lb higher here but below form upped to 2m4f on good ground last month and could probably use some rain.
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5th

6

17th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

15:07 Wincanton

Moorland Rambler

10st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

held up in last, not fluent 9th, headway 13th, disputing fourth after 3 out, weakened gradually from 2 out

6/1

4th

5

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

13:50 Exeter

Moorland Rambler

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

5yo whose sole hurdle win came over 2m here in January (on heavy ground); unraced beyond 2m4f but there's some stamina in his pedigree and the way he kept on for fourth of six over 2m3f here (good to soft) on last month's chase debut suggests today's trip is worth a go; interesting.

10/1

Form: 0764

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 97

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4th

1

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Worcester

Bear A Hand

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Lightly raced mare who made pretty good start to handicap career when third of ten at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) three weeks ago; should be okay on today's faster ground and may still have a bigger run in her; respected.

11/4

3rd

5

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:15 Uttoxeter

Bear A Hand

11st 11lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Best of three runs when fourth in a Doncaster novice last time (2m3f, good); weakened late on so shouldn't be inconvenienced by the drop in trip on handicap debut; a possible

20/1

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Bear A Hand

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Richard Price

Form: 756-34

Last run: 307 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
0-8 over hurdles; gave good account when placed behind Zucayan at Ludlow (2m, good) last May but absent since finishing lame at Worcester the following month; others have more pressing claims here.
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5th

8

31st May 2023

Good

2m 1f 46y

Class 5

18:50 Cartmel

Mcpherson

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Placed off 11lb higher on handicap hurdle debut at Ludlow (2m, good) just over a year ago but returned from layoff with two down-the-field runs this spring and needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

8/1

8th

11

6th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:15 Uttoxeter

Mcpherson

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Fair form on the Flat at up to 1m4f for Jessica Harrington; subsequently had wind surgery but mainly disappointing over hurdles, although on a lowly mark now.

10/1

8

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Mcpherson

10st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

0-8 over hurdles; gave good account when placed behind Zucayan at Ludlow (2m, good) last May but absent since finishing lame at Worcester the following month; others have more pressing claims here.

10/1

Form: P96P

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Struggled after racing too freely on last month's handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) and is effectively only 2lb lower today; drops back in trip with hood fitted here.
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11th

10

14th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

16:35 Ludlow

Rebel Mc

10st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Struggled after racing too freely on handicap debut in March (2m4f) and was unable to land a telling blow when fifth in first-time hood at Bangor (2m, good) last month; remains unexposed but stable's other runner Hollow Run appeals much more.

25/1

9

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Rebel Mc

10st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Struggled after racing too freely on last month's handicap debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) and is effectively only 2lb lower today; drops back in trip with hood fitted here.

25/1

7

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:10 Southwell

Rebel Mc

10st 13lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Held every chance when final-fence faller in British point last March; has struggled in novice hurdles but may do better now qualified for a mark; follow the market signals.

16/1

Form: 0-9868

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict
Always towards rear at triple-digit odds in three novice hurdles; makes handicap debut from 6lb out of the weights; could be considered only if much stronger in the betting this time.
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10

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Belleloise

10st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

Always towards rear at triple-digit odds in three novice hurdles; makes handicap debut from 6lb out of the weights; could be considered only if much stronger in the betting this time.

25/1

8th

9

31st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:50 Wetherby

Belleloise

10st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gary Hanmer

Didn't progress in bumpers and she's been tailed off at triple-figure odds on both hurdle starts; she's very hard to fancy.

200/1

6th

8

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:35 Southwell

Belleloise

10st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

held up in rear

66/1

Form: 3-2256

Last run: 59 days

W: 10st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Won on the Flat in 2015 but is 0-14 over jumps; placed three times off lowly marks last spring but struggled on chasing debut in February and looks up against it from 10lb out of the weights today.
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8th

8

11th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:10 Ludlow

Diamond Joel

10st 2lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Sarah Hollinshead

taken down early, in touch with leaders, outpaced and dropped to last before 3 out, soon lost touch

50/1

9th

8

29th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Huntingdon

Diamond Joel

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah Hollinshead

in touch with leaders

33/1

11

22nd Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Diamond Joel

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah Hollinshead

Won on the Flat in 2015 but is 0-14 over jumps; placed three times off lowly marks last spring but struggled on chasing debut in February and looks up against it from 10lb out of the weights today.

25/1

Non-runners

Bear A Hand

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £47.10
Straight Forecast £41.81
Tricast £284.47
Trifecta £264.30

Selections

RP Ratings:

Nothingtochance

WEST COUNTRY:

Zucayan

SPOTLIGHT:

Bear A Hand

The Times:

Force De Frap

The Star:

Mcpherson

POSTDATA:

Nothingtochance

Telegraph:

Nothingtochance

The Guardian:

Nothingtochance

Daily Mail:

Nothingtochance

Daily Mirror:

Nothingtochance

The Sun:

Nothingtochance

Daily Record:

Nothingtochance

D Express:

Zucayan