November 20 / 13.15 Exeter

13.15

Soft

Exeter Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4955.32
  • 2m 0f 161y
  • Class 4
  • 13 runners
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Exeter Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.50
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1- D

Last run: 246 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
6-1, won comfortably on debut in Chepstow bumper (2m, soft) in March; in good hands to progress and he's a strong candidate on hurdle debut.
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1st

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Gidleigh Park

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Has won his bumper and two novice hurdles without turning a hair and the horse he brushed aside at Newbury last time (2m4f, soft) had some smart bumper form on the board; that positive impression was backed up by an impressive RPR and he firmly falls into the "could be anything" category; as low as 7-1 for the 2m5f Grade 1 here in March.

10/11

1st

2

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

14:35 Newbury

Gidleigh Park

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Comfortable win in a Chepstow bumper (2m, soft) in March was good form and he had no difficulty adding a 13-runner novice hurdle at Exeter (2m, good to soft; at 1-2) one month ago; the Exeter runner-up won next time; 2m4f looks no problem on pedigree; scopey sort and lots to like.

7/4

1st

2

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Gidleigh Park

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

6-1, won comfortably on debut in Chepstow bumper (2m, soft) in March; in good hands to progress and he's a strong candidate on hurdle debut.

4/6

7/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 235-

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Went close on debut in Chepstow bumper (2m, good to soft) last November; didn't really kick on from that the next twice but still ran well and it will be no surprise if he's in the shake-up for his in-form yard on hurdle debut.
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5th

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Range

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Sam Thomas

led, headed before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, no chance when not fluent last

8/1

1st

12

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Chepstow

Range

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

midfield

9/4

4/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 8- BF

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in sole bumper at Warwick (2m, soft) in March but went off favourite having impressed in a British maiden point (2m4f, soft) in March 2022, after which he changed hands for £205,000; makes hurdle debut in first-time tongue-tie having had a wind op; remains of interest for in-form yard.
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3rd

10

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Salt Rock

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Tailed off in sole bumper at Warwick (2m, soft) in March but went off favourite having impressed in a British maiden point (2m4f, soft) in March 2022, after which he changed hands for £205,000; makes hurdle debut in first-time tongue-tie having had a wind op; remains of interest for in-form yard.

4/1

8th

6

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:20 Warwick

Salt Rock

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Soldier Of Fortune gelding; unraced dam is closely related to 2m/2m4f chase winner Larkhall and is a half-sister to 2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Golanova; bought for £205,000 after impressive victory in Charlton Horethorne point a year ago; very interesting on rules debut.

11/2

9

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

14:47 Chepstow

Salt Rock

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Comfortably won two British point-to-points earlier this year (3m, good to soft/soft) and brings potential to this rules debut; could go well.
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3rd

6

12th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Koenigsstern

11st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

led, bad mistake last (usual 4 out)

5/1

3rd

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:40 Warwick

Koenigsstern

11st 1lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Has an unusual profile, beginning his career on the Flat in Germany (wins at 10.5f-1m7f) before scoring twice in points (good to soft/soft) early in 2023; promise on both his starts in novice hurdles, losing two places late on when fourth of 13 at Plumpton (2m4f) on second of them; interesting candidate back at 2m on handicap debut.

9/1

4th

9

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

Koenigsstern

11st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

prominent

14/1

Form: 80-

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Down the field at big odds on his two bumpers in the spring (soft/good; including here) and he'd be a surprise winner today.
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4th

8

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Rangatira Jack

11st 7lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Linda Blackford

Has no obvious form claims having been beaten 31l and 45l in his two hurdles; perhaps one for handicaps.

100/1

9th

13

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Rangatira Jack

11st 6lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

Made quite encouraging hurdle debut when fifth (albeit well held) in 2m novice here (good to soft) in November but seems unlikely to make the necessary progress today.

33/1

5th

8

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Rangatira Jack

11st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

Down the field at big odds on his two bumpers in the spring (soft/good; including here) and he'd be a surprise winner today.

100/1

Form: 6770-P

Last run: 173 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict
Has shown little across his seven starts and is hard to fancy.
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11

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

15:25 Fontwell

Wellwillya

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

0-7 over hurdles; stayed on for third off lowly mark in Exeter handicap (2m2f, soft) last month but that piece of form does little to advertise his claims at this level.

50/1

3rd

12

13th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Wellwillya

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Helen Nelmes

Appeared to show improved form when staying-on sixth of 13 in novice here (2m, good to soft) last month after his summer break, a 38l defeat at 300-1 but it entitles him to a second look on his return to a handicap (his third) in this weak field.

10/1

6th

13

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Wellwillya

11st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Helen Nelmes

Has shown little across his seven starts and is hard to fancy.

200/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
80,000euros 3yo; fourth foal; half-brother to French 2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Hyde Madrik; dam unraced half-sister to useful French chase winner from family of smart staying chaser Lord Du Mesnil; trainer has a healthy 17% strike-rate here and the betting could be informative on debut.
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7th

3

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Jumper Madrik

11st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Charlie Longsdon

80,000euros 3yo; fourth foal; half-brother to French 2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase winner Hyde Madrik; dam unraced half-sister to useful French chase winner from family of smart staying chaser Lord Du Mesnil; trainer has a healthy 17% strike-rate here and the betting could be informative on debut.

16/1

10/1

Form: 714- D

Last run: 250 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Won Southwell bumper (2m, good) last December and fair fourth of six under a penalty next time in a warm bumper at Huntingdon (2m, soft); has a useful pedigree and he's a nice prospect for hurdles; respected.
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12

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Samazul

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Bumper form included a good-ground success at Southwell; beaten long way in slow-ground events over hurdles, latest here; may do better when back on sound surface.

100/1

200/1

Form: 800

Last run: 4 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Tailed off at big odds on all three rules starts.
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9th

14

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Fox Wallace

10st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Ella Pickard

Tailed off at big odds on all three rules starts.

200/1

10th

11

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:00 Taunton

Fox Wallace

10st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Ella Pickard

Unseated in her sole point and she's finished tailed off in both hurdles runs (2m1f/2m) this autumn; no appeal.

100/1

10th

12

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 3

13:45 Exeter

Fox Wallace

10st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Ella Pickard

Tailed off when unseating in a point and was beaten a long way on heavy ground at Newton Abbot (bumper).

100/1

Form: 45-75

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Ran okay when 26l fifth at 33-1 at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last month on second hurdle start and he's open to improvement for his top yard; not ruled out each-way but his limitations may well be exposed once more.
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8th

9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:55 Ludlow

Mr Hope Street

10st 13lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Handicap debutant from a leading stable and it was always going to be tough in his latest novice won by the high-class Gidleigh Park; market informative.

11/2

10th

7

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Mr Hope Street

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran okay when 26l fifth at 33-1 at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy) last month on second hurdle start and he's open to improvement for his top yard; not ruled out each-way but his limitations may well be exposed once more.

33/1

Form: 0-4

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Well beaten on both starts but his fourth of 15 at 40-1 at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) on recent hurdle debut was a step in the right direction, and his pedigree provides hope he'll continue to improve; each-way possible.
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4th

11

12th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Thurley

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tended to hang but showed signs of ability when fourth of ten finishers on C&D hurdle debut in October; didn't run much of a race at Exeter on sole completion since though and hard to support after that.

100/1

0

12

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Thurley

11st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Easily his best run when 18l fourth behind a well-supported stablemate in a 1m7f maiden on soft at Wincanton; his following run at Exeter was thoroughly underwhelming.

66/1

11th

12

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Thurley

11st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Well beaten on both starts but his fourth of 15 at 40-1 at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) on recent hurdle debut was a step in the right direction, and his pedigree provides hope he'll continue to improve; each-way possible.

20/1

OUR TIP

100/1

Form:

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in British maiden point (2m4f, good to soft) in April on second start but tailed off at 150-1 on bumper debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago and is probably best watched now hurdling.
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10th

3

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Azolo

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

Struggled when a big-priced outsider for first two hurdling attempts (2m/2m4f).

100/1

11th

1

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

13:40 Plumpton

Azolo

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Ben Clarke

in touch with leaders

150/1

0

1

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Azolo

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

Runner-up in British maiden point (2m4f, good to soft) in April on second start but tailed off at 150-1 on bumper debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago and is probably best watched now hurdling.

100/1

Form: 2-

Last run: 218 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in British maiden point (2m4f, good) last December on second start and, following £100,000 sale, occupied same position in bumper at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in April; open to improvement and he could have a part to play in a first-time tongue-tie on hurdle debut.
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0

5

20th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

13:15 Exeter

Man Of My Dreams

11st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up in British maiden point (2m4f, good) last December on second start and, following £100,000 sale, occupied same position in bumper at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in April; open to improvement and he could have a part to play in a first-time tongue-tie on hurdle debut.

10/1

2nd

6

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

17:00 Huntingdon

Man Of My Dreams

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

led, shaken up and went clear over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed towards finish

7/1

Non-runners

Moorefields

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Payout
Exacta £3.40
Straight Forecast £3.13
Trifecta £15.90

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gidleigh Park

The Star:

Range

D Express:

Salt Rock

RP RATINGS:

Gidleigh Park

POSTDATA:

Gidleigh Park

WEST COUNTRY:

Gidleigh Park

The Times:

Gidleigh Park

Telegraph:

Gidleigh Park

The Guardian:

Gidleigh Park

Daily Mail:

Gidleigh Park

Daily Mirror:

Gidleigh Park

The Sun:

Gidleigh Park

Daily Record:

Gidleigh Park