November 12 / 14.25 Ffos Las

14.25

Soft

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  • 2m 7f 191y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 32322-

Last run: 198 days

W: 12st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Consistent last term, runner-up to Ballydisco at Chepstow the final time; again has place possibilities but is by no means certain to go one better, with record just 1-29 (sole win came in 2018).
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4th

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

C&D winner in December and, bar the one blip, has been running well all season; still on a competitive mark and latest Haydock effort wasn't too shoddy.

8/1

4th

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

C&D winner in December and, bar the one blip, has been running well all season; still on a competitive mark and latest Haydock effort wasn't too shoddy.

8/1

3rd

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Ballymagroarty Boy

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

11yo who was tailed off at Newbury last month but that was a strong Class 3 and he's been running pretty well this season, winning at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December; not ruled out now back down in grade.

15/2

Form: 63171- CD

Last run: 198 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; got the better of Ballymagroarty Boy at Chepstow on last appearance, taking record at about 3m under rules to 2-3; shared the spoils with The Imposter on similar terms over C&D in March; open to further improvement over this sort of trip; respected.
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7th

7

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Ballydisco

11st 6lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won twice over hurdles last spring (3m/2m7f, heavy/good to soft) and is below last winning mark; could capitalise at some stage but this season has been disappointing (hurdles/fences) and needs to get back on track.

12/1

4

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Ballydisco

11st 7lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Scored twice over hurdles last spring, including off 2lb higher; not in the same form this season, including in both chase attempts; chance partly depends on how well he takes to new headgear.

14/1

4th

4

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 2f 13y

Class 4

15:43 Uttoxeter

Ballydisco

11st 11lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Two wins at around 3m over hurdles but he was well held in that sphere four weeks ago and that was after a pulled-up effort on his chase debut at Chepstow (saddle slipped after a bad mistake); has something to prove back over fences and this is a new trip.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2P75-3

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Veteran who has not been particularly consistent in the last two years; respectable third at Newton Abbot (2m5f) on reappearance but isn't guaranteed to build on that effort; last success came over 2m3f.
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6

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Mr Muldoon

11st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Won over C&D last season and was placed off 5lb higher at Newton Abbot (2m5f, soft) in October after an absence, but his form nosedived towards the end of last year and he needs to have been refreshed by another break.

20/1

6

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Mr Muldoon

11st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Won over C&D last season and was placed off 5lb higher at Newton Abbot (2m5f, soft) in October after an absence, but his form nosedived towards the end of last year and he needs to have been refreshed by another break.

20/1

Form: U31-5

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Won going away at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) on final start for Sam Thomas; something looked amiss on debut for new yard and now goes in tongue-tie; raced only four times and may still have more to offer.
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4

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:25 Ffos Las

Tzarmix

11st 10lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won going away at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) on final start for Sam Thomas; something looked amiss on debut for new yard and now goes in tongue-tie; raced only four times and may still have more to offer.

9/1

5th

5

3rd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

16:05 Southwell

Tzarmix

11st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

prominent

9/2

1st

7

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Tzarmix

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Sam Thomas

Beaten when unseating two out on his debut in October; better effort when third of 15 at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) in January; open to further progress and he's one of the likelier types.

4/1

Form: 12111- CD

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; achieved form figures of 31112111 during his tremendously progressive 2022-23 campaign, winning at Ascot (2m7f) the final time; dead-heated with Ballydisco on similar terms over C&D in March; big player provided he continues in the same vein.
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4

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

The Imposter

10st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

1st

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:55 Chepstow

The Imposter

11st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Has made stunning progress to win eight of his last nine starts and none were more impressive than the latest at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft), where he was hassled up front off a strong pace and yet still found the reserves to win; may well defy another 4lb rise.

7/2

1st

4

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 3

13:40 Uttoxeter

The Imposter

11st 3lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

pressed leader, led after 4th, ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on, gamely

8/11

Form: 14-168 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Productive over 2m3f-2m4f from last autumn until this spring, winning six times; however, form dipped sharply with dismal efforts the last twice; this step back up in trip is another reason to oppose him.
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0

8

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Six wins between November 2022 and May 2023 included one over C&D (good); back to within 1lb of the final winning mark in that sequence, but too far below par the last four times to expect him to capitalise.

16/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Between November of last year and this May he won six times in seven starts (2m3f-2m4f); however, shot up the weights as a consequence and he's beaten only one finisher in his last three appearances; has stamina to prove.

12/1

Form: 1123-2 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Three wins during his spell over fences in 2022; close second off his lower hurdles mark at Newton Abbot (2m5f, heavy) last month on return from layoff; up 4lb but still favourably treated on chase form.
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9th

11

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Balkardy

10st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Second hurdle success when showing a good attitude and making virtually all over 3m (soft) at Musselburgh last month but he ran poorly behind a few of these at Warwick since; bounce-back called for.

22/1

5th

6

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

Balkardy

10st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

led, good jump 7th, headed 3 out

10/1

1st

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Balkardy

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

made virtually all, pecked on landing 4th, briefly headed after 10th, led again after 11th, pushed along before 2 out, ridden before last, sustained duel with runner-up run-in, kept on towards finish, gamely

5/1

Form: 311423 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Chase record is 3-4, including two wins at Newton Abbot in July; 0-4 over hurdles but ran respectably at Newton Abbot (3m2f, heavy) on penultimate attempt; place possibilities on that form.
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9

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:50 Chepstow

Honey Im Good

11st 3lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

A two-time chase scorer at Newton Abbot last summer but her more recent efforts have been far less encouraging, tried in cheekpieces when beating only one at Musselburgh (3m) four weeks ago; she's not easy to make a case for.

33/1

Form: 213313 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft ground; consistent form since July includes wins over 2m4f and 3m2f; creditable third over C&D (with cheekpieces applied) most recently; holds solid claims and is likely to go well again.
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9

12th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:25 Ffos Las

Coal Fire

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Peter Bowen

Acts on soft ground; consistent form since July includes wins over 2m4f and 3m2f; creditable third over C&D (with cheekpieces applied) most recently; holds solid claims and is likely to go well again.

6/1

3rd

1

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

15:55 Ffos Las

Coal Fire

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Led close home to collect pretty good prize at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in July and looked well suited by step up to 3m2f when doubling tally at Newton Abbot (soft) a fortnight ago; could still have more to offer if aided by first-time cheekpieces; respected.

5/1

1st

3

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

16:15 Newton Abbot

Coal Fire

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

midfield, headway when switched right after 3 out, ridden and led 2 out

11/2

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

The Imposter

The Times:

Ballydisco

RP RATINGS:

Mr Muldoon

Daily Mirror:

Coal Fire

WEST COUNTRY:

Tzarmix

TOPSPEED:

Ballymagroarty Boy

D Express:

Ballydisco

The Star:

Ballydisco

Telegraph:

The Imposter

The Sun:

The Imposter

Daily Record:

The Imposter

POSTDATA:

Mr Muldoon