November 03 / 13.50 Wetherby

13.50

Soft

bet365 Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 61586- D

Last run: 209 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Has won three of his eight starts returning from a mammoth absence last September but he was well held in final three runs last season; needs to rediscover his spark after 209 days off but this is a drop back in grade and he's back on last winning mark; one to keep an eye on.
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2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:50 Stratford

Nayati

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Musselburgh winner off 5lb higher in January 2023 (1m7f, soft); bit disappointing afterwards and not at his best this term (poor run latest); bit to prove.

16/1

11th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Nayati

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won three times last season, following a mammoth absence, and he's 2lb lower than when last successful (at Musselburgh on New Year's Day); however, his subsequent form hasn't come up to scratch and he needs to improve for last month's reappearance outing at Huntingdon.

16/1

Abandoned

Form: 211/6/ D

Last run: 756 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Made all and romped home in two novice hurdles in April 2021; has had only two runs since then but his latest was a creditable third in a Flat handicap (1m6f, soft) in May; returns after another absence but he still has potential in this sphere and looks interesting back over hurdles.
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3rd

5

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

16:30 Plumpton

Casa Loupi

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear and pushed along 7th, not fluent 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off

20/1

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Casa Loupi

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

pressed leaders, led after 2nd, pressed leaders when headed 8th, going okay when fell 9th

12/1

12th

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Casa Loupi

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Last win was at this track in April 2021; returned from an absence with a good Flat run last May but his two runs since (over hurdles in November) were uninspiring; return of cheekpieces did nothing last time and now he tries first-time blinkers; yard is going well.

25/1

Form: 2613-2 D BF

Last run: 159 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Mixed record since returned to the Flat in June but he was a good third in a Class 3 at Doncaster (1m4f, soft) on his penultimate run; now switches back to jumps but he's 2-6 in this sphere and was a good front-running second at Kelso (2m; off 1lb lower) in his last hurdle run in May; respected.
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4th

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:07 Fontwell

Matchless

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Jennie Candlish

prominent, lost position before 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/1

6th

2

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Matchless

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Musselburgh 2m score in November was followed by a nose defeat at Doncaster off 1lb higher than today (2m3f, good); not far off that level again latest, and has stamina to spare back down in trip; chance.

11/2

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Matchless

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Flopped at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day when the trip and ground shouldn't have been an issue; in good form previously, however, winning at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) before a short-head defeat at Doncaster (2m3f, good), and he can be in the mix if leaving last time behind.

4/1

Form: U1140-

Last run: 193 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Signed off in France with two impressive wins in December (2m2f/2m1f, soft) before being bought for 125,000euros the following month; had two runs for this yard in the spring but was disappointing in both of them and needs a major revival on his first run after wind surgery; stablemate of Nayati.
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5th

7

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

14:00 Catterick

Rock Hurley

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, midfield, headway 4th, weakened quickly approaching last

12/1

6th

1

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Rock Hurley

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Won twice on slow ground in France last December; yet to shine in three runs (two in handicaps) for this yard but might be taking a while to acclimatise and he should come good; down 12lb for those three defeats.

8/1

Form: 14275- D

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Has some form at a higher level having finished fourth in Grade 2 at Chepstow and second in Listed event at Musselburgh last winter; couldn't pose a threat in a Musselburgh handicap in final run last season but he's now back in a Class 3 event and needs watching in market on his return.
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4th

2

21st May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

20:28 Hexham

The Churchill Lad

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, steady headway after 3 out, went fourth home turn, soon no impression

7/1

4th

2

21st May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

20:28 Hexham

The Churchill Lad

11st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

held up in rear, steady headway after 3 out, went fourth home turn, soon no impression

7/1

9th

5

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 2

14:05 Haydock

The Churchill Lad

10st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Likeable front-runner with a consistent record; made all over C&D (heavy) just before Christmas and ran close to his best despite late mistakes when fourth in the well-contested Morebattle at Kelso four weeks ago; should be in the thick of things once more.

6/1

Form: 31133- D

Last run: 265 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Clearcut winner of handicaps at Market Rasen (2m, good to soft) and Taunton (2m3f, good) last December but he was held in third in his final two runs last season; still lightly raced in this sphere but both his hurdle wins came off 10lb lower and he needs to find more progress on his return.
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2nd

4

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:25 Plumpton

Ilanz

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in last, raced in fourth after 3rd, headway on outer after 3 out, going best when led after 2 out, not fluent when faced challenge last, headed and no extra run-in

7/2

2nd

4

12th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

16:25 Plumpton

Ilanz

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in last, raced in fourth after 3rd, headway on outer after 3 out, going best when led after 2 out, not fluent when faced challenge last, headed and no extra run-in

7/2

6th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Ilanz

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Won two in a row in December 2022 and back on the scoresheet on his reappearance at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when clear with the runner-up; hit with 8lb rise but that win came in a big field and this 6yo has a progressive profile; firmly in calculations.

6/1

Form: 105- D

Last run: 241 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Well backed when an easy winner on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las (2m, soft) last November but he was tailed off in both subsequent runs last season; still unexposed and now goes handicapping but he has something to prove after 241 days off; tongue-tie added.
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1st

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:55 Ayr

Rath Gaul Hill

10st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear, pushed along briefly after 6th, outpaced 8th, rallied and went third before 4 out

11/4

1st

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:55 Ayr

Rath Gaul Hill

10st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear, pushed along briefly after 6th, outpaced 8th, rallied and went third before 4 out

11/4

1st

8

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Rath Gaul Hill

10st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

2m novice hurdle winner who has shown signs of promise among his three chase starts, travelling well when 11l second at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) last time; this drop back in trip may help and he's not ruled out.

8/1

Verdict

This looks a bit trappy but the two that appeal most are Casa Loupi and MATCHLESS (nap) who are both 2-6 over hurdles and still have potential in this sphere. The former is respected back from another absence but the vote goes to Matchless, who is a useful performer on the Flat and looks on a dangerous mark on his return to hurdling. Third choice is Nayati, who is on his last winning mark and drops back in grade on his return to action.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Matchless

TOPSPEED:

Nayati

D Express:

Rath Gaul Hill

RP RATINGS:

Rock Hurley

The Guardian:

Ilanz

Daily Record:

Casa Loupi

The Star:

Rath Gaul Hill

The Times:

Matchless

Telegraph:

Matchless

Daily Mail:

Matchless

Daily Mirror:

Matchless

POSTDATA:

Nayati

The Sun:

Nayati