November 03 / 15.35 Wetherby

15.35

Soft

bet365 Junior “National Hunt” Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4752.9
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Junior “National Hunt” Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form: 31 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 7lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Tailed off on his debut (favourite) but made amends with a Hereford win ten days ago (four ran); form questionable but he has advantage of experience to offset his 7lb penalty; both runs on good ground.
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OUR TIP

Form: 4

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Late gains (after being hampered) when fourth of 15 in an Exeter bumper ten days ago; that racecourse experience could be vital now that he tackles hurdles for the first time.
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1st

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:10 Taunton

Dodger Long

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

Second in two bumpers towards end of last year before respectable sixth in Cheltenham Listed race in January; did not convince with his jumping and was shade disappointing when third of five on subsequent hurdling debut at Chepstow (2m, heavy) but can improve if more fluent over the flights here.

7/2

3rd

4

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:35 Chepstow

Dodger Long

11st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, hit 1st, wandered on approach 2nd, not fluent 4th, edged left and went second before 2 out, mistake 2 out, soon no chance with winner, mistake last, soon lost second

6/1

6th

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 5f 209y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Dodger Long

11st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Beaten in races won by Kel Du Large and Dirty Den before raising his game to finish runner-up on heavy ground at Wincanton; could handle these conditions better than some and has each-way claims in the new cheekpieces.

10/1

Form: O

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Was looking held when running out at the final flight on last month's debut (race won by Summer Night City); could well finish much closer to that rival but Harry Skelton jumps ship.
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5th

13

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

14:30 Wincanton

Great Valley

10st 11lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, jumped right 1st, outpaced from 2 out, no extra run-in

3/1

2nd

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:20 Taunton

Great Valley

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Looked set for third (of three remaining) when running out at the final flight on his Hereford debut; achieved more when second at Kempton (2m, good to soft) 17 days ago but he was beaten 23l by Captain Marvellous and bumps into another promising Jane Williams runner here.

8/1

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

3 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Cost 29,000gns as a yearling; half-brother to Flat winner Venice Biennale (RPR 100); enough appeal on paper to pique the interest on debut.
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3rd

3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Valadon

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Second to the smart Salver on debut; narrow winner of juvenile hurdles at Exeter (soft) and Newbury (good to soft; penalised), beating a subsequent winner the final time; the handicapper has factored in some potential into his mark but he's promising.

9/4

1st

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

14:00 Newbury

Valadon

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

took keen hold, prominent

Evs

1st

3

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

12:55 Exeter

Valadon

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

led at steady pace, increased tempo from 3 out, faced challenge approaching last, kept on well run-in, ridden out

4/9

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Last run:

W: 10st 7lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Bought for £10,500 last year; half-sister to winning hurdler Happy Index and dam a hurdle/chase winner; market may guide on debut.
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6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 4

12:35 Musselburgh

Apples Destiny

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: R Mike Smith

didn't jump well, held up in rear

66/1

7th

9

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 4

15:50 Aintree

Apples Destiny

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: R Mike Smith

£10,500 2yo; Sir Percy half-sister to 2m5f hurdle winner Happy Index; dam useful 2m-2m4f hurdle/chase winner; the only filly in the line-up; stable 0-36 in bumpers in the last five seasons.

40/1

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Last run:

W: 10st 7lb

3 yo Filly

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Home-bred; first foal and dam a hurdle/chase winner (2m3f-2m6f); doesn't appear precocious on paper but represents a powerful stable that is firmly among the winners; needs a second look.
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7th

9

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

15:55 Stratford

Raise Your Glass

10st 3lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

No match for wide-margin winner when second in juvenile hurdle over C&D (heavy) six weeks ago but remains very lightly raced and is another with scope for progress in handicaps.

7/1

7th

9

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

15:55 Stratford

Raise Your Glass

10st 3lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

No match for wide-margin winner when second in juvenile hurdle over C&D (heavy) six weeks ago but remains very lightly raced and is another with scope for progress in handicaps.

7/1

2nd

8

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 3

13:50 Stratford

Raise Your Glass

10st 7lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

took keen hold, prominent, lost position and dropped to midfield 2nd

14/1

Form:

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 7lb

3 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Beat only one home on last month's Ludlow debut (25-1); Harry Skelton rides this time; can hopefully do better.
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7th

1

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

13:15 Ludlow

Virginia Lodge

11st 7lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Didn't show much here on debut before winning easily at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) when Circle Of Hope was well behind; this is clearly much easier than her latest Listed assignment at Aintree where the ground was heavy; not the easiest to assess and she does have a penalty.

5/1

0

10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 209y

Class 1

14:40 Aintree

Virginia Lodge

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Left October's debut run miles behind with easy win against fellow fillies at Fakenham (2m, good to soft) last month; it remains to be seen where her limitations lie but the strength of that latest form is questionable and Harry Skelton rides stablemate Le Fauve.

25/1

Verdict

The hurdling form on show doesn’t add up to much and the most promising racecourse display is probably Dodger Long’s fourth in an Exeter bumper. He could prove good enough but Harry Fry’s newcomer VALADON is given the nod.[Jonathan Neesom]

Selections

Daily Mail:

Raise Your Glass

SPOTLIGHT:

Valadon

POSTDATA:

Dodger Long

Telegraph:

Summer Night City

The Guardian:

Great Valley

Daily Mirror:

Raise Your Glass

Daily Record:

Raise Your Glass

WEST COUNTRY:

Valadon

D Express:

Valadon

The Times:

Dodger Long

The Star:

Dodger Long