November 03 / 12.40 Wetherby

12.40

Soft

bet365 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 5f 56y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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bet365 Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: /7033-

Last run: 228 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Raised his game in each of his novice hurdles, last time beaten about 6l over 2m at Taunton; gives the impression that this step up in trip will suit now sent into his first handicap.
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8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Sea Village

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Oliver Signy

Placed three times at up to 3m1f over hurdles, all on slow ground; well treated on his form of a year ago but plenty to prove based on three starts since wind surgery.

25/1

8

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:30 Exeter

Sea Village

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Oliver Signy

Placed three times at up to 3m1f over hurdles, all on slow ground; well treated on his form of a year ago but plenty to prove based on three starts since wind surgery.

25/1

7th

1

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

16:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Sea Village

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Oliver Signy

Struggled in first three handicaps but his third of 16 behind Fantomas at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago was much better; contender if able to build on that performance.

7/2

Form: 6/3411

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Recent wins have come against her own sex in novices at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) and Newton Abbot (2m1f, heavy); has more on her plate against males here on handicap debut but further improvement is possible.
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7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

Won two novice hurdles last September (2m4f/2m1f; good to soft/heavy); pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles in first two handicaps but was a ready winner over 2m4f here yesterday; unpenalised but has more to prove up in trip if turning up again from out of the weights.

12/1

7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

prominent behind clear leaders, weakened 2 out

12/1

1st

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

11st 1lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer

8/1

Form: P/P6-2

Last run: 177 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Back from a break he returned to form when runner-up at Kelso (2m6f, good to soft) in May when last seen; partnered by a claimer then so effectively 8lb higher for this and could be vulnerable.
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8th

12

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

10st 9lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

He's well handicapped on hurdle form as recent as last May. when second over 2m6f here, but he failed to shine on his last two runs in that sphere and was down the field on his chase debut at Newcastle three weeks ago.

20/1

6th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:05 Newcastle

Firth Of Forth

10st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

held up in rear

12/1

3rd

4

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:45 Kelso

Firth Of Forth

11st 8lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

in touch with leaders, hung right and went third before 2 out, weakened before last

8/1

Form: 453-F3 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Stratford bumper winner; seems to be getting there slowly over hurdles and was only 4l away at Exeter (2m2f, good to firm) despite his rider losing a rein late on; today's softer ground and longer trip are unlikely to faze him.
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0

4

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Copshill Lad

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

in touch with leaders

9/2

2nd

2

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Copshill Lad

12st 0lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Anthony Charlton

0-7 over hurdles but returned from a break with two good efforts this autumn, latterly when close second at Plumpton (2m4f, good to soft) six weeks ago; new trip today; can make his presence felt if stamina holds out.

3/1

Form: B/264-

Last run: 316 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Placed over hurdles for this yard (including off slightly higher marks) before winning a couple of points for Joshua Newman; trip/ground fine and could go well.
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1st

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

Stratton Oakmont

11st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Took his opportunity when scoring in a three-runner affair at Southwell (3m, heavy, 5-4 joint-favourite) in November; ultra-consistent since, despite finding a single rival stronger on three occasions; tired when beaten 23l by a subsequent winner at Wincanton last time.

4/1

2nd

2

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 4

15:42 Wincanton

Stratton Oakmont

12st 0lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Beat only two rivals when off the mark under rules at Southwell (3m, heavy) in November but did it nicely and he's since been a good second in 3m handicaps at Doncaster (good to soft) and Wetherby (soft; beaten a neck); raised another 3lb but major claims.

4/1

Form: 23-553

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Flat winner who is 0-7 over hurdles; lacked the gears to land a blow over 2m2f at Market Rasen but ran well and goes further this time.
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7th

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

17:00 Market Rasen

My Brother Jack

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ollie Pears

AW Flat winner (1m6f); has yet to win over hurdles but made the frame on good ground here in September and had to deal with softer conditions since.

7/1

7th

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

17:00 Market Rasen

My Brother Jack

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ollie Pears

AW Flat winner (1m6f); has yet to win over hurdles but made the frame on good ground here in September and had to deal with softer conditions since.

7/1

0

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 4

12:20 Aintree

My Brother Jack

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ollie Pears

AW Flat winner (1m6f); yet to win over hurdles and needs to improve on recent efforts, but quite interesting now upped markedly in trip (first run at beyond 2m2.5f).

14/1

Form: 5-763P

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Placed in a bumper and maiden hurdle when based in Ireland; sold on for £19,500; pulled up on stable/handicap debut but conditions were heavy and can put a line through that.
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0

10

23rd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

14:25 Newcastle

Liberty Flame

11st 4lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Placed at Kilbeggan (2m, good) on last of three hurdling starts in Ireland in the summer but was pulled up on last month's stable/handicap debut at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) and is difficult to enthuse over after that.

25/1

Form: 50007/

Last run: 591 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in his Irish hurdles (including two handicaps) and has been both good and bad in this year's points; Brian Hughes is booked by his new connections but others have more pressing claims.
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5th

4

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:20 Perth

Carrigeen Castle

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

This year's form figures did read 1121 (2m4f/2m3f, soft) prior to him being pulled up at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) last time; something to prove after that but he lost both hind shoes so may be worth another chance.

8/1

5th

4

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:20 Perth

Carrigeen Castle

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

This year's form figures did read 1121 (2m4f/2m3f, soft) prior to him being pulled up at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy) last time; something to prove after that but he lost both hind shoes so may be worth another chance.

8/1

3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Carrigeen Castle

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Denied hat-trick when second to the highly progressive Prairie Wolf at Catterick (2m3f, soft) in February and back to winning ways at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) three weeks ago; he's 10lb higher than when beating four rivals last time but did it easily and is clearly thriving; entitled to respect.

5/1

Form: 12732-

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Debut bumper winner; similar form in both her runs over hurdles, beaten about 9l on good ground and 12l on soft; looks the type to pay her way in handicaps.
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7th

3

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Bridget Breeze

11st 13lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: /2305/

Last run: 573 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo; best form has come in bumpers but his hurdle runs weren't devoid of promise and this mark might be okay now sent into handicaps; however, he's been a good-while absent.
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3rd

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

15:50 Newcastle

Geordies Dream

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Pauline Robson

in touch with leaders, steady headway from 6th, briefly went second when mistake 3 out, weakened quickly approaching last

11/8

2nd

12

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:32 Carlisle

Geordies Dream

10st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Pauline Robson

midfield, lost position and pushed along briefly after 4th

7/1

3rd

3

10th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 48y

Class 5

14:45 Hexham

Geordies Dream

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Pauline Robson

in rear, headway after 2 out

11/2

Form: -31816

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Formerly with Harry Derham; two Perth wins for this yard (2m4f; good then soft) and reportedly unsuited by heavy ground when disappointing back there a month ago; visor replaces cheekpieces; probably needs his best yet.
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11

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

Prince Nino

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

2-17 over hurdles; back on a workable mark now but not seen since running poorly in January and probably better suited by 2m4f.

25/1

11

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

Prince Nino

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

2-17 over hurdles; back on a workable mark now but not seen since running poorly in January and probably better suited by 2m4f.

25/1

7th

2

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Prince Nino

11st 11lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Two wins at Perth (2m4f, good/soft) last August/September; mixed form since but he had an excuse when pulled up at Newcastle a fortnight ago (bad mistake five out) and he's not ruled out each-way.

14/1

Form: 456

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Placed in points; others have shown greater promise under rules and tongue-tie is tried for handicap debut; taken on.
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5th

4

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Reagrove Lord

11st 3lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Six-race rules maiden; shaped okay when placed at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy; beaten about 9l) on penultimate start but well below that level when last of five to a stablemate of Better Be Definite over C&D (heavy) subsequently; this sounder surface could suit.

10/1

5th

4

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Reagrove Lord

11st 3lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

Six-race rules maiden; shaped okay when placed at Carlisle (3m1f, heavy; beaten about 9l) on penultimate start but well below that level when last of five to a stablemate of Better Be Definite over C&D (heavy) subsequently; this sounder surface could suit.

10/1

5th

4

14th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:50 Hexham

Reagrove Lord

11st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on outer

10/1

Form: 478-

Last run: 211 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Never progressed after a promising hurdling debut here in March but retains potential ahead of this handicap debut and, with a pointing background, this longer trip should be a help.
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6th

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

13:15 Market Rasen

Annaharvey Lad

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

In the frame in two Irish points in 2021; mainly modest form over hurdles, including on handicap debut here in November (2m4f, good to soft); stable in fine form and he's likely to fare better now upped in trip and switched to fences.

11/2

6th

11

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

15:21 Market Rasen

Annaharvey Lad

10st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Fair fourth on rules debut at Wetherby (2m) last March; two lesser runs followed later in the spring but this lightly raced former pointer could be suited by the step up in trip on handicap debut; monitor the betting.

12/1

Form: 8P663-

Last run: 211 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Kept finding to finish a closing third on his handicap debut at Hereford in April (2m, good to soft) and returning to further has to be of benefit; not ruled out.
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2nd

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:18 Uttoxeter

Mister Barclay

12st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Tom Symonds

Came good over hurdles at tenth attempt, with hard-fought win at Exeter (2m7f, heavy) last month; still unexposed over this sort of trip and open to improvement over fences; shortlisted.

11/2

2nd

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:18 Uttoxeter

Mister Barclay

12st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Tom Symonds

Came good over hurdles at tenth attempt, with hard-fought win at Exeter (2m7f, heavy) last month; still unexposed over this sort of trip and open to improvement over fences; shortlisted.

11/2

1st

9

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

15:00 Exeter

Mister Barclay

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Tom Symonds

Placed on three of his five appearances this season, most recently when second to unexposed subsequent winner at Wetherby (3m, soft) last month; could still have more to offer over staying trips and helps to give his connections a good hand in this race.

7/1

Abandoned

Form: /68P4-

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Still lightly raced but only a remote fourth in his second handicap when last seen and was pulled up in the first; has enough to prove.
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5th

7

29th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 5

14:30 Ludlow

Night Jet

10st 2lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Tom Symonds

Now 0-11 and has had a few chances in handicaps, failing to finish closer than 15l; the new visor didn't do a lot for him last time.

10/1

5th

9

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:30 Ffos Las

Night Jet

10st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

in touch with leaders

16/1

Form: -64561 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict
Three AW wins but appeared to be going nowhere over hurdles until springing an 80-1 shock in a 2m6f handicap at Cartmel (good to soft); the Cartmel factor raises some doubts as to whether that form can be repeated; 4lb higher here.
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6th

15

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

12:20 Doncaster

Smart Connection

10st 8lb

J: Miss Clara Brewitt

T: Michael Chapman

Narrow Cartmel winner off 2lb higher in August (2m6f, good to soft) but below form both starts since and stamina has not been proved beyond that, including in two runs last year over 2m7f.

66/1

9th

10

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:22 Market Rasen

Smart Connection

10st 9lb

J: Miss Pippa Brown

T: Michael Chapman

Cartmel winner in August (2m6f, good to soft) and not disgraced over 2m7f here on only run since; could go well again.

50/1

7th

6

16th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

15:51 Market Rasen

Smart Connection

10st 11lb

J: Mr Lewis Saunders

T: Michael Chapman

raced wide, midfield, no impression before 3 out

16/1

Verdict

The suggestion in a very open handicap is MISTER BARCLAY who shaped nicely on his final start and should benefit from today’s step up in distance. Sea Village is another lightly raced runner who is now sent further and he’s second choice followed by Presenting Nelly.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Presenting Nelly

RP RATINGS:

Copshill Lad

SPOTLIGHT:

Mister Barclay

LAMBOURN:

Sea Village

WEST COUNTRY:

Stratton Oakmont

Daily Record:

Bridget Breeze

TOPSPEED:

Annaharvey Lad

The Times:

Mister Barclay

D Express:

Sea Village

The Guardian:

Copshill Lad

Daily Mirror:

Copshill Lad

Telegraph:

Presenting Nelly

Daily Mail:

Presenting Nelly

The Sun:

Presenting Nelly

The Star:

Stratton Oakmont