November 18 / 14.55 Cheltenham

14.55

Good To Soft

Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 7f 208y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 32-431

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Went handicapping in January; placed over 2m4f last term at the Cheltenham (hung left on run-in, then rallied) and Aintree festivals; took the step up to 2m6f in his stride when clearcut winner at Galway (soft) three weeks ago; usually ridden by Jack Gilligan; up the weights again and not totally sure to be suited by 3m but he's reliable and highly progressive.
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4th

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Consistent sort and continues to progress; followed his fourth in the Stayers Hurdle with an excellent second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle; going to the well again but likely to give a good account again if his recent exertions hasn't taken the edge off him.

6/1

4th

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:00 Punchestown

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Consistent sort and continues to progress; followed his fourth in the Stayers Hurdle with an excellent second in the Grade 1 Liverpool Hurdle; going to the well again but likely to give a good account again if his recent exertions hasn't taken the edge off him.

6/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Buddy One

11st 10lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

in touch with leaders, headway after 10th, led before 3 out, headed last, stayed on

10/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 5P223- D

Last run: 231 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Best form and sole win (2021) is over fences but he ended last season with three places at about 3m as a hurdler (two novice events and a handicap); needs to improve on that form, including as he's 2lb out of the handicap, and his best efforts have been on good or good to soft.
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3rd

4

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

The Newest One

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Winning chaser who belatedly got off the mark over hurdles with an easy win in a Chepstow novice (2m7f, heavy; 11-8f) in December; only seventh in a Cheltenham handicap next time but he was placed in a Grade 2 event at Doncaster (3m, good) on his last outing and has leading claims on that form; key player.

2/1

3rd

9

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

The Newest One

11st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Winning chaser who belatedly got off the mark over hurdles in a Chepstow novice (2m7f, heavy; 11-8f); only seventh next time in a 3m Cheltenham handicap and he's not got the obvious profile for a race of this nature.

12/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 1P/UF- C

Last run: 327 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Dual Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser and also took the 3m1f Grade 2 Cotswold Chase here in January 2022; latter is the only completion in his last five starts and he took a heavy fall when last seen on Boxing Day 2022; acts on soft; not seen over hurdles since March 2020 but he's thrown in judged on at least five chase efforts.
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5th

7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Chantry House

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear early, midfield 5 out, headway 3 out, went third going okay after 2 out, went second before last, pecked on landing last, soon weakened quickly

25/1

5th

7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Chantry House

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear early, midfield 5 out, headway 3 out, went third going okay after 2 out, went second before last, pecked on landing last, soon weakened quickly

25/1

9th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Chantry House

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Shaped encouragingly back over hurdles when 13l third of 15 at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in November and is now 6lb lower; rather disappointing since, including in the Pertemps Final at the Festival but plenty from his stable underperformed there; won a Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting in 2021 and he's too well handicapped to be comfortably dismissed.

18/1

Form: 909-P2

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Left Gordon Elliott after some disappointing runs last winter; tongue tied for new yard this term when both pulled up in September and back-to-form second at Ayr (3m) two weeks ago; seemed in charge at the final flight in the latter, which may explain the resort to cheekpieces this time; peak efforts on good or good to soft.
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16th

24

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Noble Birth

10st 3lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Tongue tied for new yard this term; raced a bit freely up front in cheekpieces (dispensed with since) in November on sole run here; stays 3m but everything really clicked when he took the Naas qualifier (2m7f, soft) 18 days ago from Cleatus Poolaw; his revised mark demands a fair bit more.

20/1

1st

15

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 147y

15:55 Naas

Noble Birth

10st 0lb

J: Daniel King

T: E McNamara

Two wins for Gordon Elliott; a couple of good runs at Ayr and Cheltenham in November; soundly beaten at Musselburgh last time; 2lb wrong and others preferred.

25/1

9th

12

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:00 Musselburgh

Noble Birth

10st 6lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Tongue tied for new yard this term and back-to-form second at Ayr (3m) on second occasion, when he seemed in charge at the final flight; raced a bit freely up front in first-time cheekpieces (dispensed with today) at Cheltenham two weeks later but not disgraced; peak efforts on good or good to soft; place chance.

12/1

Form: 10P-46 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.
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3rd

23

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Steel

10st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

towards rear, headway but still plenty to do home turn, ran on well from last, went third towards finish

20/1

5th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Real Steel

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: E McNamara

Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.

16/1

6th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Real Steel

10st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.

14/1

Form: /152P/ C

Last run: 611 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Won here in December 2020 and third in that season's Pertemps Final, both over 3m on the New Course; ran over fences two seasons back and has not been seen since pulled up here in March 2022; dropped 5lb for this reappearance but perhaps best watched this time.
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3rd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Come On Teddy

11st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Had potential as a 2m4f novice chaser (also had form over 2m7f) two seasons ago but is taking time to recapture form and was rather laboured behind an eased-down winner over hurdles (3m, soft) in February; the return to an easier stamina test looks worth a go now back chasing.

9/2

2nd

3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Come On Teddy

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom George

took keen hold, held up in rear

6/1

6th

6

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Come On Teddy

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Close third in the Final at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) in 2021; unknown quantity now, having been well held in two starts back from an absence, and dropped just 3lb for those defeats.

20/1

Form: /22222 D

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Runner-up on all five starts since rejoining Fergal O'Brien this season, over fences on last two occasions; stays well and acts on soft, but this race promises to be a bit too competitive.
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7

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

17:45 Cheltenham

Polish

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Four-time winner who was second again in a Southwell hunter chase two months ago (3m, soft), getting outpointed by Haven't Time; still brings each-way credentials and he'll get maximum assistance from the saddle.

7/1

7

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

17:45 Cheltenham

Polish

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Four-time winner who was second again in a Southwell hunter chase two months ago (3m, soft), getting outpointed by Haven't Time; still brings each-way credentials and he'll get maximum assistance from the saddle.

7/1

2nd

10

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Polish

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

led but pestered, jumped right and bumped rival 1st, clear with one other after 9th

14/1

Form: 113312 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
In a solid spell from May onwards, including three good-ground wins but also placed on soft and heavy; wore cheekpieces on last two starts, showing career-best form on latest when strong-finishing second of 20 over C&D; up another 3lb but will probably get in the shake-up.
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4

13th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:25 Worcester

Judicial Law

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Scored off today's mark in first-time cheekpieces at Kelso (3m2f, good) in September and also has a C&D success on his CV but has not been firing on all cylinders this year (with and without headgear).

7/1

4th

4

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 83y

Class 3

19:00 Stratford

Judicial Law

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Was entitled to run better than he did back on good ground at Haydock three weeks ago (3m) but that was a strong race; last season's peaks (at 3m2f/3m) bring him right into it off this mark.

10/1

10th

7

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Judicial Law

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Well beaten over C&D (soft) last time; he can be effective on soft/heavy going but better ground may be preferable and he's very much of interest on his fine efforts last autumn, when winning at Kelso (3m2f, good) and finishing second of 20 at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft); on the shortlist.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10-171 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Had a fruitful summer with two wins on the Flat (2m/2m1f) and two over hurdles (3m/2m4f); all those were on good or good to yielding, whereas he was well beaten in his three Irish runs on soft or heavy, so that's the worry.
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9th

3

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Dartan

11st 9lb

J: James Smith

T: Matthew J Smith

Had a fruitful summer with two wins on the Flat (2m/2m1f) and two over hurdles (3m/2m4f); all those were on good or good to yielding, whereas he was well beaten in his three Irish runs on soft or heavy, so that's the worry.

14/1

12th

5

(12)

13th Oct 2023

Standard

1m 4f 0y

19:45 Dundalk (AW)

Dartan

9st 8lb

J: Ben Coen

T: Matthew J Smith

Dual-purpose sort had been in good form over the summer, winning twice over 2m on the Flat and twice over hurdles; below form on soft last time; might find this trip a bit sharp.

9/1

12th

22

(23)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Dartan

9st 4lb

J: Leigh Roche

T: Matthew J Smith

prominent, went second after 2f, led 4f out

66/1

Form: 12P153

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Won twice over hurdles at Stratford (2m6f and 3m2f) this summer but he's an inconsistent sort, with more to prove on worse than good to soft; he's also 8lb out of the handicap.
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6th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Hunting Percival

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

prominent

33/1

6th

10

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Hunting Percival

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Syd Hosie

prominent

33/1

0

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Hunting Percival

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Syd Hosie

Dual winner at Stratford last summer (2m6f/3m2f), latterly off today's mark; drops in grade after respectable fourth at Wincanton (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day and will be suited by the forecast good ground here; high on the list.

8/1

Form: 1/170- D

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Prolific over fences from August 2021 until June 2022; had a run over hurdles this March (first for two years, well beaten) before remote 15th in the Grand National, in touch for a long way; unraced on soft (has won on it) or heavy since May 2021, having been withdrawn from an Aintree chase last week; well treated on best chase efforts but still has plenty to prove.
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2nd

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Minella Trump

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Has a fine record over fences, winning eight of his 15 races; not at his best this season but has been running in much stronger races; well handicapped and has possibilities now down in grade but testing ground is a concern (has won on soft).

9/4

5th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Minella Trump

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Very productive in 2021 and 2022, winning numerous times, but lost his form badly (over hurdles/fences) in 2023; big revival is required.

20/1

9th

1

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Minella Trump

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Has won eight of his 13 chase starts and ran creditably for a long way in last season's Grand National, before fading; he may have needed his reappearance over hurdles at Cheltenham four weeks ago and has won off this mark in the past; not ruled out.

16/1

Form: 3FP-53

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Surged back to form when close third of ten in handicap at Exeter (2m7f, good) on latest start; one of his two good runs last season was at Cheltenham (soft) and he could still have more to offer with a serious stamina test; not entirely dismissed.
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9th

3

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Moka De Vassy

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent

12/1

9th

3

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Moka De Vassy

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent

12/1

5

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Moka De Vassy

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

in touch with leaders, jumped left 1st

7/1

Form: F62/P- D BF

Last run: 327 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
In the process of registering a big career best when he fell in Grade 2 chase at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) in October 2021; has run only three times since and pulled up when favourite back at Wetherby last Christmas on latest start; has big-race entries over fences next month but there are questions to answer on this first hurdles run since March 2020.
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3rd

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead

6/1

3rd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

High-class chaser at 2m4f-3m in his prime but he took a terrible fall at Wetherby two years ago and hasn't been the same since; easily excused a pulled-up run over hurdles in November and it's just possible he didn't act on the track when back over fences at Chepstow since, but the fitting of cheekpieces adds to the doubts.

6/1

Form: P-8924 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
7-53 overall and he's proved himself thoroughly at about 3m on testing ground; creditable second at Gowran Park (3m, heavy) in September, before his form dipped in a conditions event on latest start; needs to find extra to win this.
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6th

5

17th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 100y

18:45 Kilbeggan

Walking On Glass

11st 3lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

Versatile performer has won seven races and was second off 1lb higher at Gowran in September; likely to need this after seven months off.

12/1

0

7

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Walking On Glass

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

7-53 overall and he's proved himself thoroughly at about 3m on testing ground; creditable second at Gowran Park (3m, heavy) in September, before his form dipped in a conditions event on latest start; needs to find extra to win this.

25/1

4th

5

19th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 0y

16:00 Thurles

Walking On Glass

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Padraig Roche

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders early, dropped to last after 1st, mistake 4th

12/1

Form: 142124

Last run: 71 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
8-18 over hurdles/fences in France, where last seen in September running well in defeat; unraced over this far but 3-5 over 2m6f in the mud as a chaser and he's been running as if this extra distance may well suit him; also looks on a good mark, so he is very much one to note on British debut.
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1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

16:00 Wetherby

Placenet

12st 2lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Multiple French winner over 2m1f-2m6f on soft-heavy ground; pulled up/well beaten on his two British starts but he was still in touch turning for home at Sandown (3m, soft) a fortnight ago and could benefit from this drop back down in trip; not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.

9/2

7th

1

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Placenet

12st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

8-18 over hurdles/fences in France; 3-5 over 2m6f in the mud as a chaser there and looked very interesting for British debut in 3m handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) three weeks ago but he was hugely disappointing; has had wind surgery since and now tries British fences; it will be interesting to see if his backers return.

9/2

0

10

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Placenet

10st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

8-18 over hurdles/fences in France, where last seen in September running well in defeat; unraced over this far but 3-5 over 2m6f in the mud as a chaser and he's been running as if this extra distance may well suit him; also looks on a good mark, so he is very much one to note on British debut.

5/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £43.80
Straight Forecast £39.32
Tricast £284.81
Trifecta £366.30

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Placenet

TOPSPEED:

Judicial Law

Telegraph:

Buddy One

POSTDATA:

Chantry House

Daily Mail:

Real Steel

The Star:

Noble Birth

Daily Mirror:

Buddy One

The Sun:

Judicial Law

Daily Record:

Judicial Law

RP RATINGS:

Placenet

WEST COUNTRY:

Placenet

The Times:

Placenet

The Guardian:

Placenet

LAMBOURN:

Chantry House

D Express:

Real Steel