August 24 / 18.50 Fontwell

18.50

Good

V2 Rodeo Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 1f 162y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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V2 Rodeo Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict
Slightly classier ex-Charlie Johnston recruit than Grain Of Hope (RPR 76) and similarly effective at up to 1m6f; potentially fair hurdling recruit, though all best work to date has come around galloping tracks.
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13th

7

(12)

16th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 2

15:25 Bath

Book Of Tales

9st 1lb

J: Charles Bishop

T: Charlie Longsdon

C&D winner this summer for Charlie Johnston, then followed up at Yarmouth (1m3f) before finishing a 2l second off this mark back here over 1m5f; recently made a winning start for this yard over hurdles; should go well.

7/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Signed off for Charlie Johnston with a short-head second at Thirsk (1m6f, good to firm; RPR 69); ought not fail for stamina here, and one 2m-3m hurdles winner (including two USA Grade 1s) among half-siblings.
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9th

11

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:40 Warwick

Grain Of Hope

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Emma Lavelle

Limited on the Flat despite threatening a couple of times; never out of the first two in first four hurdle runs and she had a tough task from out the weights at Cheltenham last month; still has potential in this sphere and she's not ruled out back in calmer waters at this new trip; her Ludlow win came at 2m (good) but she looked a strong stayer on the Flat.

13/2

9th

11

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 5

14:40 Warwick

Grain Of Hope

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Emma Lavelle

Limited on the Flat despite threatening a couple of times; never out of the first two in first four hurdle runs and she had a tough task from out the weights at Cheltenham last month; still has potential in this sphere and she's not ruled out back in calmer waters at this new trip; her Ludlow win came at 2m (good) but she looked a strong stayer on the Flat.

13/2

6th

11

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Grain Of Hope

10st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Emma Lavelle

Limited on the Flat despite threatening a couple of times; never out of the first two in four hurdles, winning decisively on good ground at Ludlow before finishing a clear second on good to soft at Fakenham (four ran); this represents a stiff task on handicap debut from 3lb out of the weights.

20/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Short-head too good for Grain Of Hope at Thirsk last month (1m6f, good to firm); 2m looked inadequate switched to hurdling at Uttoxeter and tonight's longer trip rates a plus; does need to jump straighter.
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8th

9

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:15 Chepstow

Dance Havana

10st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Grace Harris

Two Flat wins for another yard, at 1m1f (good to soft) and 1m6f (good to firm); also showed some promise in two hurdles for Alice Haynes but left that yard for 6,500gns and, having raced freely, she dropped out on recent handicap debut at Taunton (2m3f, soft); this shorter trip looks a good move but would prefer drier ground.

7/1

4th

8

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

14:40 Taunton

Dance Havana

10st 5lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

9/2

5th

7

(2)

13th Oct 2023

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 56y

Class 6

16:20 Newcastle (AW)

Dance Havana

9st 6lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Alice Haynes

Both wins on turf, latest over 1m6f in July; can be opposed on the balance of subsequent form (Flat/hurdles) and also bearing in mind the return to AW presents a question mark.

16/1

Form:

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict
Behind from halfway when nearly 40l behind City Of Ruins on his hurdling debut, and no renewed encouragement back on the Flat since.
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8th

9

22nd Feb 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 6

16:35 Chelmsford (AW)

Steven Seagull

8st 10lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: John Ryan

One win in 18 starts came in a four-runner hurdle in November and form of that race is decidedly shaky; poor under both codes since then including when well behind Reverberation over C&D in December.

20/1

8th

8

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

13:45 Fontwell

Steven Seagull

10st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: John Ryan

Lowly rated maiden on the Flat; won what turned out to be a very uncompetitive juvenile hurdle here (2m1f, heavy) in November but was pulled up when back in a handicap hurdle at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) recently.

12/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 9lb

3 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Best Flat RPR of 80 for Jim Bolger, though 0-7 in that sphere and stamina for 1m2f and beyond still perhaps open to question; all headgear dispensed with on this hurdling/British/stable debut.
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6th

8

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

14:30 Sedgefield

Feach Amach

11st 0lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Kept on resolutely to cause 33-1 surprise in juvenile hurdle here (2m1f, soft) in November and returns after fair fifth in Catterick handicap (2m3f, soft) last month; 3lb lower this time; probably won't be far away.

10/1

5th

13

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:20 Catterick

Feach Amach

10st 2lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Kept on resolutely to cause 33-1 surprise in Sedgefield juvenile hurdle (2m1f, soft) in November, her third hurdling start, but was just a respectable third in a handicap over that C&D last month and is effectively 1lb higher today; needs to find something extra over this longer trip.

12/1

3rd

7

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

13:35 Sedgefield

Feach Amach

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Nigel Hawke

in touch with leaders, outpaced and lost position 4th

4/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to one hurdles winner (around here), albeit as an older horse; has looked a weakish finisher in Flat handicaps of late, even when placing at 1m2f (good to firm), and may appreciate more time.
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4th

11

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

19:10 Chepstow

Ocean Ridge

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Deborah Faulkner

Won a basement-grade AW race last month but was soundly beaten when switched back to hurdling at Hereford (2m, good to soft) 12 days ago and still needs to prove himself under this code.

33/1

4th

11

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

19:10 Chepstow

Ocean Ridge

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Deborah Faulkner

Won a basement-grade AW race last month but was soundly beaten when switched back to hurdling at Hereford (2m, good to soft) 12 days ago and still needs to prove himself under this code.

33/1

9th

14

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

14:22 Hereford

Ocean Ridge

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Deborah Faulkner

Opened his Flat account in low-grade AW event (1m4f) last month; in good form but he's only a modest sort and looks inferior to some of these rivals; second crack at this sphere.

33/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Colt

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Form & Verdict
The lower rated of the two ex-Jim Bolger Flat recruits (RPR 74), if however also the lighter raced; Flat-bred but half-sibling to two jumps winners, and has joined some smart connections; has been gelded; one for the shortlist.
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13th

13

(6)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 6f 0y

Class 5

15:25 Chelmsford (AW)

Unification

9st 5lb

J: Neil Callan

T: James Owen

soon led at steady pace

16/1

7th

5

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

18:50 Fontwell

Unification

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: James Owen

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, soon slightly hampered

11/4

6th

3

(3)

24th Jun 2023

Good To Yielding

1m 2f 75y

14:35 Down Royal

Unification

9st 13lb

J: Rory Cleary

T: J S Bolger

prominent

10/1

Form: 32

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Near-5l second at Stratford this month (2m1f, good to soft) didn't represent a huge step up on his debut third, and his jumping could have been better; that still sets a realistic form standard here, however.
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0

2

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

18:50 Fontwell

City Of Ruins

11st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Donald McCain

led but pestered, unseated 1st

6/4

2nd

1

3rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:08 Stratford

City Of Ruins

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Racecourse debut when finishing a fair third at Hexham two months ago (favourite); entitled to improve for that experience so should play a leading role assuming he handles likely softer ground.

3/1

3rd

1

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

14:55 Hexham

City Of Ruins

10st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Donald McCain

Third foal; brother to fair hurdler Tuddenham Green; dam 2m AW winner (RPR 58), half-sister to 1m4f Group 2 winner Horseplay and Flat/useful hurdle winner Devilment; in good hands but his five rivals all have experience from the Flat; market may guide.

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £47.50
Straight Forecast £58.97
Trifecta £347.90

Selections

RP RATINGS:

City Of Ruins

SPOTLIGHT:

Unification

The Times:

Feach Amach

POSTDATA:

City Of Ruins

Telegraph:

City Of Ruins

The Guardian:

City Of Ruins

Daily Mail:

City Of Ruins

Daily Mirror:

City Of Ruins

The Sun:

City Of Ruins

The Star:

City Of Ruins

D Express:

Unification

Daily Record:

Unification