May 19 / 20.50 Aintree

20.50

Good

‘Point-To-Point’ Bumper Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Amateur RIders) (Cat 1 Elimination) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £4422.55
  • 2m 0f 209y
  • Class 3
  • 14 runners
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‘Point-To-Point’ Bumper Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Amateur RIders) (Cat 1 Elimination) (GBB)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Justified odds-on favouritism when quickening clear to win four-runner point bumper at Maisemore Park (good to soft) in March; it's hard to gauge what that form is worth but, nevertheless, she's one for the shortlist.
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5th

12

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Saunton Surf

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Warren Greatrex

Market leader for both her bumpers, initially a point version and then at Aintree; came from well off the pace to be second of 16 on hurdling debut at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft) and it was her first time on soft ground when a one-paced fifth at Newcastle (2m4f); remains of interest.

12/1

5th

11

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

12:05 Newcastle

Saunton Surf

11st 1lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Joined Warren Greatrex after quite impressive Aintree bumper win (good ground) on rules debut in May and came from the rear for creditable second on last month's stable/hurdle debut at Ludlow (2m5f, good to soft); major player here if handling the slower ground.

3/1

2nd

14

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:05 Ludlow

Saunton Surf

10st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Easily won small-field point bumper for Bradley Gibbs in March and created good impression when winning good-ground rules bumper at Aintree in May; now with Warren Greatrex; likely contender on rules debut.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Out of a mare from a good jumping family and is 2-2 in points for owner-trainer this spring, albeit beating only one (very limited) rival last time; now in the care of Lucinda Russell and it's very hard to gauge the limit of his ability.
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2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Cadell

11st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent, awkward jump 9th

5/2

7th

1

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:00 Cheltenham

Cadell

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual point winner who made a winning debut over hurdles at Kelso (2m5f) in October; Kerryhill travelled much more sweetly when they clashed at the same track (2m6f, good to soft; unraced on worse) five weeks ago but this one gave 7lb and rallied strongly to go down by three-quarters of a length; in the picture, with this longer trip likely to suit.

11/2

2nd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

11:55 Kelso

Cadell

11st 7lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway but outpaced before 2 out

11/10

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Came good in points at fourth attempt, with easy win in Cothelstone maiden (2m4f, good to soft) last month; has more on his plate here but is open to further improvement.
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3rd

3

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Douglas Longbottom

11st 12lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: H Ryall

Came good in points at fourth attempt, with easy win in Cothelstone maiden (2m4f, good to soft) last month; has more on his plate here but is open to further improvement.

10/1

Form: 7-

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won two good-ground points during the winter (maiden/restricted) but was tailed off when making rules debut in similar race to this at Exeter (good to soft) in March and has been pulled up in two of his three subsequent points; cheekpieces removed; tongue-tie added.
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4th

4

7th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

15:15 Newton Abbot

Supreme Johnson

11st 4lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

held up in rear, headway after 7th, went fourth after 3 out, soon ridden, weakened gradually from 2 out

50/1

4th

6

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 3

20:05 Newton Abbot

Supreme Johnson

11st 2lb

J: Lucy Gardner

T: Sue Gardner

held up in rear

12/1

7th

3

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

20:40 Stratford

Supreme Johnson

11st 10lb

J: Mr Myles Osborne

T: M Osborne

Dual point winner who bettered his disappointing rules debut when very respectable fourth of 14 in good-ground Aintree bumper a fortnight ago; won't be far away if in similar form here.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Out of a well-connected mare who has produced two useful hurdlers; bettered low-key debut when beating Grandpa's Folly by 3l in good-ground point bumper at Brafield-on-the-Green in March; likely contender.
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15

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:50 Ludlow

Roseburg

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

Out of a well-connected mare who has produced two useful hurdlers; won on good ground last March in her second appearance in a point bumper; 28-1, made most when 18l fifth of 13 in bumper at Aintree (2m1f, good) last May for Max Comley, which also showed ability.

40/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
2-7 in points, the latter win gained in five-runner restricted at Parham (good to soft) in March; pulled up in three-runner race at High Easter last month; others have more obvious claims here.
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1st

5

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

20:40 Stratford

Penniless

11st 3lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: N W Padfield

2-7 in points; raced too freely in rear before eventually keeping on for never-dangerous sixth of 14 on recent rules debut at Aintree (good); has over 4l to find with Supreme Johnson on that form.

7/1

6th

9

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Penniless

11st 5lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: N W Padfield

2-7 in points, the latter win gained in five-runner restricted at Parham (good to soft) in March; pulled up in three-runner race at High Easter last month; others have more obvious claims here.

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Represents last year's winning stable but was beaten a distance when third in a recent maiden point and is now 0-6 in that sphere.
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4th

4

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:35 Sedgefield

Fly Awhile Johnny

11st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Fionn McSharry

Appeared to take a step forward when third of eight in a novice hurdle over C&D (soft) seven days ago; that offerered hope, but he still has 5l to find with runner-up Toscan Genius who was having his first start over hurdles.

9/1

3rd

4

9th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:45 Sedgefield

Fly Awhile Johnny

11st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Fionn McSharry

disputed lead, good jump and led clearly 2nd, headed 5th, hit 2 out, soon outpaced and edged right, kept on run-in, no extra final 110yds

66/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
French-bred 4yo who bullt upon debut promise when easily beating It's Unbelievable by 15l in soft-ground point bumper at Mosshouses last month; must be considered.
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0

12

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

12:05 Newcastle

Take It Upstairs

11st 1lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: Tim Easterby

Soft-ground point bumper winner; about 26l behind Saunton Surf in good-ground Aintree bumper on rules debut in May but bettered that performance when close second at Hexham (good) in June; now makes her hurdling debut; further progress required.

12/1

2nd

10

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

16:53 Hexham

Take It Upstairs

10st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Tim Easterby

raced in second

9/1

8th

14

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Take It Upstairs

10st 13lb

J: Mr William Easterby

T: W H Easterby

French-bred 4yo who bullt upon debut promise when easily beating It's Unbelievable by 15l in soft-ground point bumper at Mosshouses last month; must be considered.

4/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Out of a half-sister to high-class hurdler Macs Joy and comfortably won mares' maiden point at Cothelstone (2m4f, good to soft) by 6l on debut in March; no surprise if she features here.
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5

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:50 Ludlow

Hazels Delight

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a 2m4f maiden point last March; did little in a bumper at Aintree or a 2m3f maiden hurdle at Lingfield, before unseating at Hereford (2m5f; 50-1) five weeks ago before the race began in earnest.

40/1

0

2

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 163y

Class 4

13:58 Hereford

Hazels Delight

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a maiden point (2m4f, good to soft) last March but did little in a bumper at Aintree (2m1f, good) in May or a maiden hurdle at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft; behind Melusine De Pail) in November.

33/1

0

8

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:55 Lingfield

Hazels Delight

11st 1lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Comfortably won a maiden point (2m4f, good to soft) in March on debut but tailed off when 8-1 in a bumper at Aintree (2m1f, good) in May; has left Francesca Poste and the market may guide on this hurdle debut.

14/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beaten under 1l when fourth past the post (promoted to third) on debut in Sandon point bumper (good to soft) last month; it's hard to know what to make of that form but she evidently has some ability
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10th

11

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Delilah Bucks

10st 13lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Philip Rowley

Beaten under 1l when fourth past the post (promoted to third) on debut in Sandon point bumper (good to soft) last month; it's hard to know what to make of that form but she evidently has some ability

10/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Out of a very useful Flat-racer and was very respectable second to Roseburg on debut in point bumper at Brafield-on-the-Green in March; well beaten in a jumping point since but this type of race might be more his bag.
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11th

5

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Grandpas Folly

11st 12lb

J: Mr James Jeavons

T: Mrs Kay Horsfall

Out of a very useful Flat-racer and was very respectable second to Roseburg on debut in point bumper at Brafield-on-the-Green in March; well beaten in a jumping point since but this type of race might be more his bag.

16/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beaten favourite when making the frame in three points this year (one bumper, two maidens); almost certainly needs to improve to land a telling blow in this.
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12th

8

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Wottinger

11st 12lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: John Dawson

Beaten favourite when making the frame in three points this year (one bumper, two maidens); almost certainly needs to improve to land a telling blow in this.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Placed in a bumper on Bangor's right-handed point-to-point course on debut in March (runner-up subsequently placed under rules) but ran poorly in a jumping point last month and needs to bounce back from that.
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5th

2

28th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:28 Worcester

Achtung Baby

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Mel Rowley

Placed in a point bumper and not beaten far at Stratford this month (race confined to pointers); should have a future but may have to settle for a place again here.

5/2

4th

1

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

20:40 Stratford

Achtung Baby

11st 10lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Philip Rowley

Placed in a bumper on Bangor's right-handed point-to-point course on debut in March (runner-up subsequently placed under rules) but ran poorly in a jumping point in April and needs to bounce back from that.

14/1

1

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Achtung Baby

11st 12lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Philip Rowley

Placed in a bumper on Bangor's right-handed point-to-point course on debut in March (runner-up subsequently placed under rules) but ran poorly in a jumping point last month and needs to bounce back from that.

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Has made the frame in two point bumpers but was no match for Take It Upstairs when 15l second at Mosshouses (soft) last month and needs today's faster ground to enable improvement.
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6

19th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 209y

Class 3

20:50 Aintree

Its Unbelievable

11st 12lb

J: Miss Pippa Brown

T: Ian Brown

Has made the frame in two point bumpers but was no match for Take It Upstairs when 15l second at Mosshouses (soft) last month and needs today's faster ground to enable improvement.

20/1

Non-runners

Achtung Baby

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Straight Forecast £12.20

Selections

The Times:

Saunton Surf

Telegraph:

Cadell

SPOTLIGHT:

Take It Upstairs

WEST COUNTRY:

Douglas Longbottom

POSTDATA:

Supreme Johnson

Daily Mail:

Saunton Surf

D Express:

Saunton Surf

The Star:

Saunton Surf

The Guardian:

Cadell

The Sun:

Cadell

Daily Record:

Cadell

Daily Mirror:

Take It Upstairs