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15.30

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Prestige Safety Fire Risk Assessments Novices’ Hurdle (Arc Summer Novices’ Brush Hdl Qual’) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 1m 7f 182y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Prestige Safety Fire Risk Assessments Novices’ Hurdle (Arc Summer Novices’ Brush Hdl Qual’) (GBB)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.50

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Sandown Flat winner for Roger Charlton in July 2019; has been trained in France since late 2020 and record there 2-24; stays in the same ownership and interesting to see what confidence is behind this belated hurdle debut; all three wins gained in headgear but none on here.
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4th

1

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:28 Lingfield

Young Merlin

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Amy Murphy

High Flat mileage before embarking on hurdling career this summer; won his first three (2m-2m1f; including handicap off just 2lb lower) but he's run flat the last twice and there are stamina worries over this far.

14/1

9th

3

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 4

12:55 Ascot

Young Merlin

11st 11lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Amy Murphy

Had a long career on the Flat before switching to hurdling this summer with wins in two 2m novice events at Southwell and a handicap at Cartmel (2m1f, soft); stayed well on the Flat but pulled up, seemingly not beaten by the trip, when trying 2m4f at Worcester five weeks ago.

20/1

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Evs

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11- D

Last run: 308 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Two Irish point wins last May and two British bumper victories later in the summer; absent since and time passing for this 7yo but he ought to be good enough to take this on hurdling debut if all goes well.
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9

29th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

16:00 Worcester

The Galahad Kid

11st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Dual point and dual bumper winner; opened hurdling account with ready success in Stratford maiden (2m, good) in July but safely held twice since (2m3f/2m2f) and will need to do better here.

20/1

3rd

2

11th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Newton Abbot

The Galahad Kid

11st 6lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, prominent, good jump 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, weakened from 2 out

6/4

2nd

1

21st Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

16:30 Bangor-on-Dee

The Galahad Kid

11st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won two points and as many bumpers; beaten at odds-on first time over hurdles but made amends at Stratford (2m, good), albeit in workmanlike fashion; carries a penalty but he's held in high regard by all accounts.

5/4

Form: 212 D BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Became disappointing on the Flat but has perked up over hurdles, winning at Huntingdon last month and going close at Ffos Las since; form nothing special but he's good enough to beat most of these comfortably.
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5th

2

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

14:45 Newton Abbot

Absolute Ruler

10st 12lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Jennie Candlish

took keen hold, disputed lead, lost position 4 out, outpaced after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

9/2

7th

1

(6)

30th Aug 2023

Good To Soft

1m 5f 192y

Class 6

14:10 Catterick

Absolute Ruler

10st 3lb

J: P J McDonald

T: Jennie Candlish

prominent, dropped to midfield after 4f, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened

12/1

6th

2

3rd Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:35 Southwell

Absolute Ruler

11st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

took keen hold, led, not fluent when headed 3 out, ridden and disputing lead after 3 out, weakened before 2 out

4/5

Form: 6-3O

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Flat winner; ran quite well at a modest level in first two hurdling starts but disgraced himself at Huntingdon last month (race won by Absolute Ruler); improvement needed even if he behaves this time.
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4th

4

19th Jul 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

14:40 Uttoxeter

Definite

11st 5lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Milton Harris

Flat winner (1m2f); placed in one of his maiden hurdles and open to improvement on today's handicap hurdle debut, though has raced mainly on good or faster ground.

9/2

5

16th Jul 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

14:15 Stratford

Definite

11st 7lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Milton Harris

Fair Flat-racer who has shown some aptitude for hurdling this year, most notably when placed in run-of-the-mill Plumpton maiden (2m, good) in May; open to improvement on today's handicap hurdle debut and his market strength in relation to connections' other runner Nadim may reveal some clues; raced mainly on good or faster ground.

7/1

4th

7

26th Jun 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:30 Southwell

Definite

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Milton Harris

prominent

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Disappointing maiden on the Flat (for David Menuisier), scarcely beating a rival on final four starts last year; hurdle/stable debut (same owner) after nearly eight months off and the change needs to revive him.
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5

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Worcester

Ar El Bee

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

took keen hold, led, hung badly right and ran out before 5th

5/2

3rd

5

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 3

14:32 Newton Abbot

Ar El Bee

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Became disappointing on the Flat for David Menuisier last year and did not convince with his jumping when safely held in two novice hurdles for Oliver Sherwood this summer; now with another new stable; needs to learn to settle much better.

14/1

5th

6

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 168y

Class 4

13:35 Uttoxeter

Ar El Bee

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Oliver Sherwood

Became disappointing on the Flat for David Menuisier last year and didn't convince with his jumping when well-held fifth of six on last month's stable/hurdle debut; entitled to have learned from that experience but others look safer here.

20/1

Form: 5

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in a Market Rasen bumper last month; can hopefully show more now switched to hurdles.
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7th

7

18th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:40 Southwell

Il Cima

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: L J Morgan

prominent, pushed along and lost position 5th

66/1

6th

7

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:58 Worcester

Il Cima

11st 2lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

Tailed off in a bumper and well beaten on recent hurdle debut.

66/1

6th

2

26th Jun 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:30 Southwell

Il Cima

11st 2lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: L J Morgan

took keen hold, held up in rear halfway, pushed along after 5th

25/1

Form: 4/5P-

Last run: 86 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Hasn't offered a great deal in two hurdle starts this spring, after a long absence; different ground may enable him to show more.
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0

8

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Worcester

My Boy Grizzle

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Ellam

Maiden whose struggles continued when pulled up on his recent chase debut; out of the weights.

66/1

0

10

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

18:00 Market Rasen

My Boy Grizzle

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Clare Ellam

Modicum of promise on hurdling bow in March but little since, and exited early last time; watching brief wisest switching to fences.

100/1

9

18th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

19:40 Southwell

My Boy Grizzle

11st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Ellam

took keen hold, held up in rear, bad mistake and unseated 3rd

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £14.80
Straight Forecast £13.37
Trifecta £32.90

Selections

The Times:

The Galahad Kid

SPOTLIGHT:

Absolute Ruler

Telegraph:

The Galahad Kid

Daily Mail:

The Galahad Kid

D Express:

The Galahad Kid

The Star:

The Galahad Kid

Daily Record:

The Galahad Kid

RP RATINGS:

Absolute Ruler

POSTDATA:

Absolute Ruler

The Guardian:

Absolute Ruler

Daily Mirror:

Absolute Ruler

The Sun:

Absolute Ruler