May 28 / 16.05 Kelso

16.05

Good To Firm

Five Star Taxis Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £4752.9
  • 3m 1f 170y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Five Star Taxis Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: /452-4

Last run: 12 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Good runs in defeat off this mark the last twice, when second here (2m2f, good) then a close fourth at Newcastle (2m7f, good); stayed on well last time and today's extra yardage could be a positive; respected.
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1st

1

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:05 Kelso

Rae Des Champs

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders

9/4

4

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 4

19:30 Perth

Rae Des Champs

11st 1lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

4th

4

16th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 149y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Rae Des Champs

11st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rose Dobbin

Yet to make any significant further progress since her winning handicap debut in March 2022 but ran well in defeat at Kelso (2m2f, good) last month, after a break, and is still quite lightly raced; tries a new trip here; good chance.

7/2

4/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: P363-2

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
In good form over fences this spring, finishing second at Perth (3m, good) last Wednesday; this is his first hurdles start since December 2021 but he's a winner in this discipline and runs off the same mark as last time.
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10th

7

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:55 Musselburgh

Sputnik

11st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Jackie Stephen

Dual chase winner who has been placed in four of his last five starts including a creditable third over 2m4f at Ayr (Not The Chablis sixth) last month; this step back up in trip is no problem and he should go well again.

5/1

3rd

11

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:07 Ayr

Sputnik

10st 7lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Jackie Stephen

Ended last season with three placed efforts over fences (2m5f/3m) and hurdles (3m2f) but he struggled behind Thunder In Milan at Perth on his return in September; has a bit to prove after that pulled-up effort and he's exposed in this sphere.

10/1

Form: 4U635-

Last run: 79 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
0-14 but fair efforts the last twice, most recently fifth of 11 at Ayr (3m, good; finished lame); 2lb lower here and might not be far away.
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3rd

4

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:05 Kelso

Maura Jeanne

10st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Ian Duncan

held up in last

8/1

5th

6

10th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 70y

Class 5

13:30 Ayr

Maura Jeanne

11st 6lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Ian Duncan

0-4 since since rejoining Ian Duncan last autumn and now 0-13 overall; kept on for respectable third at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft) recently and ought to be suited by this return to 3m but others appeal more.

20/1

3rd

4

1st Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

15:25 Musselburgh

Maura Jeanne

11st 1lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Ian Duncan

Made it 0-12 when tailed off at Catterick (3m1f, heavy) last time but her Irish form suggests she could appreciate this return to better ground, and she's edging down the weights; not written off.

20/1

Form: 30116- C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row at Hexham (2m7f, heavy) in March and she's a three-time winner here (including on good ground); not discounted but needs to bounce back from below-par run here (2m6f, good) last time.
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1st

6

11th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 217y

15:55 Clonmel

Lissen To The Lady

11st 4lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Miss M Harding

raced wide, soon prominent, went second before 5th, led before 7th, headed and pressed leader after 8th

8/1

5th

11

28th Dec 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:15 Limerick

Lissen To The Lady

10st 8lb

J: Miss J Walton

T: Miss M Harding

towards rear, headway on inner after 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened approaching last

25/1

Form: P2F6-U

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Reverts to hurdles having fallen/unseated in chases on two of his last three starts, most recently at the first fence on recent stable debut at Perth; has run just three times in this sphere (early 2021) and didn't achieve much, but he's on a handy mark on his best chase form and isn't written off.
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5th

4

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Uttoxeter

Sir Apollo

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Both wins for previous yard came over 3m3f at Sedgefield; yet to find top form for current stable; doesn't look the percentage call.

9/1

5th

7

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

16:18 Perth

Sir Apollo

10st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Best efforts have been at Sedgefield and he was well behind over C&D last month, finishing adrift of Castletown.

20/1

5th

8

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:00 Perth

Sir Apollo

10st 8lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

took keen hold, disputed lead, led from 3rd, headed but raced in second before 11th, led again 14th

20/1

Form: 8PP51-

Last run: 94 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Won at Sedgefield (3m3f, good) in February last time out and the clear runner-up has won twice since; all three wins have come at that track and he's failed to shine on his two runs here, but he is capable of running well away from Sedgefield and he's not ruled out.
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0

5

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Musselburgh

The Blame Game

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

All three wins have been at Sedgefield (2m4f-3m3f) on a sound surface; pulled up lame at Kelso in May; has a bit to prove on return from layoff, not least his ability from this mark.

12/1

3

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:05 Kelso

The Blame Game

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

ran in snatches, held up in rear, nudged along after 5th, pushed along after 8th

3/1

3

14th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 3f 9y

Class 5

16:30 Sedgefield

The Blame Game

11st 2lb

J: Edward Austin

T: James Ewart

Has gained all his three wins here, the latest over C&D (beat Thatbeatsbanagher under 1l and is now 2lb better off) in February; up 5lb; heading back in the right direction and can't be dismissed.

6/1

Form: 8/6-38 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Has won here but that was back in 2018 and he's 0-27 since that July; hard to fancy from 5lb out of the handicap; cheekpieces go on.
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0

9

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Perth

Placedela Concorde

10st 2lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Hasn't won since 2018; well-beaten third of three from 13lb out of the handicap on return to fences at Hexham in June (2m4f, good); 2lb wrong here; others appeal more.

40/1

3rd

3

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 4

14:25 Hexham

Placedela Concorde

10st 2lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

raced in last, awkward jump 6th, lost touch from 7th

16/1

7

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:05 Kelso

Placedela Concorde

10st 2lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

led at steady pace, not fluent 3rd, headed before 9th

33/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £8.20
Straight Forecast £7.88
Trifecta £33.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Rae Des Champs

THE NORTH:

Sputnik

Daily Mirror:

Maura Jeanne

POSTDATA:

Placedela Concorde

RP RATINGS:

Rae Des Champs

TOPSPEED:

Rae Des Champs

The Times:

Rae Des Champs

D Express:

Rae Des Champs

The Sun:

Rae Des Champs

Telegraph:

Sputnik

The Star:

Sputnik

Daily Record:

Sputnik