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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6th

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Gidleigh Park

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Unbeaten in a bumper and three hurdle races (2m-2m4f); it was the first time he's had to roll up his sleeves when pushed close in the 2m4f Grade 2 here on Trials day, but that steadily run race wouldn't have brought the best out of him and the manner in which he pulled it out of the fire was encouraging; Harry Fry is evidently sweet on seeing him over further and the trainer has won this before.

5/1

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

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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4th

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:15 Uttoxeter

Range

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Beaten in three bumpers but made it second-time lucky over hurdles at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) in December; led for long way before fading into fifth in 3m Doncaster Grade 2 in January; that suggests this drop back in trip could suit; probably capable of better again.

9/4

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

4/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 8- BF

Last run: 253 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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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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6th

7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Koenigsstern

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Four wins in German Flat races and two wins in British points; consistent results (4433) over hurdles for new yard and ties in with Donnacha on Warwick running two starts ago; possibilities.

13/2

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

Form: 80-

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

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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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2nd

6

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

16:25 Exeter

Rangatira Jack

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

raced in second

6/1

2nd

6

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

16:25 Exeter

Rangatira Jack

11st 4lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

raced in second

6/1

3rd

4

27th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

16:00 Wincanton

Rangatira Jack

11st 6lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Linda Blackford

Arrived here last month with no form claims and yet was beaten under 10l behind respected opposition in a maiden hurdle (1m7f, heavy); that's something to build on.

11/2

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

29th May 2024

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 5

17:03 Newton Abbot

Wellwillya

10st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

took keen hold, prominent, pulled way into lead after 2nd, headed 4 out, weakened quickly after 3 out

25/1

4

13th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:00 Hereford

Wellwillya

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

0-10 over hurdles; placed off his lowly handicap mark at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December and was not disgraced in a 2m5f maiden there in March but faces another tough task today.

100/1

4

13th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:00 Hereford

Wellwillya

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Helen Nelmes

0-10 over hurdles; placed off his lowly handicap mark at Exeter (2m2f, soft) in December and was not disgraced in a 2m5f maiden there in March but faces another tough task today.

100/1

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Last run:

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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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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7th

7

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Samazul

11st 3lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

pressed leaders, dropped to midfield when not fluent 1st, wandered on approach 2nd, headway 6th, pressed leaders 3 out, weakened 2 out

3/1

7th

7

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

19:00 Taunton

Samazul

11st 3lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Bumper winner who shaped well when fifth of 16 in a Newbury maiden and that form has worked out; had a wind op afterwards and reportedly unsuited by the tacky surface when well beaten at evens on his handicap debut (first-time tongue-tie now discarded); can be given another chance.

3/1

3rd

3

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:40 Southwell

Samazul

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear

7/4

200/1

Form: 800

Last run: 4 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Mare

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

21st Jul 2024

Good

3m 2f 83y

Class 5

14:25 Stratford

Fox Wallace

10st 2lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Ella Pickard

No worthwhile form in his novice races at up to 2m3f and she's well out of the weights here for handicap debut; had wind surgery and tries a hood.

20/1

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

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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1st

1

26th May 2024

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 5

17:20 Uttoxeter

Mr Hope Street

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear

6/4

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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5th

4

5th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:15 Newton Abbot

Thurley

11st 8lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Beaten in the region of 20l since switched to handicaps and his mark has dropped just 5lb; the hood will need to make a difference for him to get off the mark here but that's feasible.

11/2

OUR TIP

100/1

Form:

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

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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

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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

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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

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