December 02 / 12.10 Newcastle

12.10

Soft

BetMGM EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 2m 0f 46y
  • Class 4
  • 16 runners
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BetMGM EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Produced form figures of FPP52 in Irish points, running well behind Young Jack the final time; sold for £15,000 since; out of a 2m hurdle winner; represents last year's winning yard and looks one to consider.
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2nd

2

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Benefit Ben

11st 7lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield

33/1

8th

2

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:20 Ayr

Benefit Ben

11st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sandy Thomson

Bought for £15,000 at Doncaster in May having run a career-best when second in an Irish point 17 days earlier (3m, good); no easy task on rules debut.

50/1

Form: 507-8

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Showed some promise in bumper here last December but has failed to build on that effort; may be more interesting in handicaps shortly; second run for new stable.
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9th

7

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 5

14:07 Sedgefield

Better Be Definite

10st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

prominent

10/1

6th

1

18th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

12:55 Musselburgh

Better Be Definite

11st 4lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Showed some ability in a Newcastle bumper (2m, good to soft) last December but he's struggled in three starts since including in two hurdle runs at Kelso (2m, soft); has stamina on his dam's side but he needs a transformation on this step up in trip.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 9-7

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Stablemate of rules debutant Benefit Ben; holds modest claims on his two bumper efforts and is best watched kept to 2m; bred to need a lot further.
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5th

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 156y

Class 4

13:30 Catterick

Bowler Jack

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Sandy Thomson

soon midfield, lost ground after 4 out, no telling impression

50/1

3

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Bowler Jack

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Well beaten in both bumpers and same story on last month's hurdle debut at Ayr (2m, soft); pedigree suggests this step up in trip will suit but dramatic improvement is required.

100/1

11th

1

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Ayr

Bowler Jack

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Hurdle debut; well beaten in both bumpers (2m, good to soft) and pedigree suggests he'll come into his own when tackling further.

50/1

Form: 4-

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Showed some ability, though only fourth of six, in Wincanton bumper in April; first two have franked the form since; open to improvement and looks interesting on reappearance.
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3rd

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:30 Taunton

Coastal Rock

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Half-brother to a useful French hurdler; fourth of six in Wincanton bumper (good to soft) on debut in April; needs to improve to make a winning hurdle debut but has potential.

8/1

4th

4

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 5

17:20 Wincanton

Coastal Rock

10st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

prominent, ridden over 2f out, kept on but not pace to challenge

100/30

Form: P-

Last run: 290 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Achieved nothing at Wetherby in February, having been hindered by greenness and a lack of fluency; had wind surgery since and now goes in tongue-tie; may do better this time.
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8th

1

(4)

28th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 5

17:00 Newcastle (AW)

Coco Loco

9st 7lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Rebecca Menzies

Makes belated Flat debut after two non-completions over hurdles; very opposable.

66/1

0

4

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Carlisle

Coco Loco

11st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Achieved nothing at Wetherby (2m) in February, having been hindered by greenness and a lack of fluency; had wind surgery since and now goes in/ tongue-tie; may do better this time.

20/1

Form: 44

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Off the mark at the third attempt in Irish points; respectable fourth in Hexham bumper and Ayr novice hurdle, both over 2m, for new yard; again has frame possibilities.
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4th

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

14:20 Kelso

Dream Boy

11st 8lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Point winner who built upon his previous rules promise to score over C&D (heavy) last month on his third rules start; carries penalty and Doyen Du Bar appeals as having stronger form, but he can give another good account.

13/2

1st

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

15:02 Kelso

Dream Boy

11st 4lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Irish point winner in April (3m, soft); only 7l away at Ayr on his first run over hurdles and, although beaten further there next time, that race was won by the smart Florida Dreams; a strict interpretation of that form gives him something to find with Ballyfort but should go well.

10/1

5th

3

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:20 Ayr

Dream Boy

11st 6lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Won an ordinary Irish point in April (3m, soft); fair form over hurdles, last time finishing fourth to a subsequent winner over C&D (good to soft, 40-1); each-way chance.

20/1

Form: 2116-2 D BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Progressive bumper form included two wins at Ayr and a good sixth to Florida Dreams in Aintree Grade 2; clear second at Kelso (2m, good to soft; beaten favourite but ran okay) on the switch to hurdles; one of the main players.
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0

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:40 Doncaster

Esprit Du Potier

11st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won two of his four bumpers (heavy/good to soft); runner-up in a pair of 2m hurdles but improved for 2m4f when making all at Ayr (heavy) and he might well progress again for going this far; couldn't rule out.

8/1

1st

2

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

12:45 Ayr

Esprit Du Potier

11st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

made all, went clear going easily from 2 out, readily

10/11

Form: 11-3 D BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Two from two in bumpers last season, winning at Musselburgh (soft) and Aintree (good to soft; Grade 2); below-par third in Ayr novice hurdle (2m) on reappearance but should improve with that outing under his belt; remains of major interest.
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3rd

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Florida Dreams

11st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

novicey jumping, held up in last, mistake 7th, not fluent 10th

9/4

5th

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 103y

Class 1

13:05 Aintree

Florida Dreams

11st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear, not fluent 4th

14/1

Form: 5

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Good-ground point winner; weakened into modest fifth in soft-ground novice hurdle at Hexham (2m) on rules debut; may do better when back on a sounder surface; also declared 12:21 Doncaster.
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4th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:54 Sedgefield

Hawkseye View

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th

7/1

6th

4

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Hawkseye View

11st 10lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sue Smith

midfield

20/1

2nd

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

12:45 Catterick

Hawkseye View

11st 5lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sue Smith

prominent, pressed leader after 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden approaching last, good jump last, headed run-in, kept on

2/1

Form:

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
0-5 in Irish points; beaten long way in Wetherby novice hurdle (2m3f) for new stable; others preferred.
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3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

13:05 Newcastle

Hemicycle

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, weakened and lost touch 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

33/1

8th

4

11th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 4

13:55 Catterick

Hemicycle

11st 3lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

Displayed some ability in points but tailed off at 50-1 on rules debut at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November and a transformation is needed.

66/1

Abandoned

Form: 76-346

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish 6yo who has shown some ability in bumpers and over hurdles, keeping-on sixth at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) most recently; better than bare result two starts ago; could go well.
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1st

2

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

16:40 Southwell

Kilta

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

in touch with leaders

11/2

6th

6

17th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

11:50 Carlisle

Kilta

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Ex-Irish 6yo who has shown some ability in bumpers and over hurdles, keeping-on sixth at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) most recently; better than bare result two starts ago; could go well.

8/1

Form: P

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Achieved nothing in Carlisle novice hurdle six weeks ago; needs to improve markedly for that debut experience.
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8th

4

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Lord Denning

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

towards rear, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 2nd

10/1

5th

4

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

13:40 Newcastle

Lord Denning

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

held up in rear

50/1

9th

9

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:20 Ayr

Lord Denning

11st 6lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Pauline Robson

Gelding by Doyen who was bought for 45,000 euros as a 3yo; 50-1 when pulled up on hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m1f, heavy); probably best watched for now.

100/1

Abandoned

Form: 3P

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Opened his account at the third attempt in Irish points; holds weak claims on his rules efforts, both at Chepstow (bumper/hurdle).
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5th

6

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:40 Fakenham

Mistymal

10st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders, weakened before 3 out

4/1

2nd

6

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:35 Southwell

Mistymal

10st 13lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

Pulled up/tailed off on his three hurdle starts but now goes handicapping off a lowly mark and he won an Irish maiden point last April, after which he was bought for £58,000; he's one to keep a close eye on in the betting.

13/2

10th

14

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

12:00 Chepstow

Mistymal

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won an Irish point in the spring but soundly beaten in a small-field bumper and two hurdle races (2m3f/2m5f) since switched to racing under rules this autumn.

66/1

Form: 415- D

Last run: 252 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
0-5 in Irish points; solid bumper form for new yard, winning at Sedgefield (soft) on second attempt then creditable fifth in series final at Kelso; now wears tongue-tie; bred to make a useful hurdler and looks one for the shortlist.
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3rd

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

16:35 Newcastle

Raffles Wonder

11st 4lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

took keen hold, slowly away, held up in rear, good jump and headway 4 out, in touch with leaders 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in

4/1

6th

7

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Raffles Wonder

11st 7lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

in rear, headway after 3rd, mistake when midfield 3 out

10/1

8

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Raffles Wonder

11st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

Well beaten on first two hurdle starts but it's still very early days in this sphere and he won a bumper at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) last January; could run into a place if settling better than last time.

20/1

Form: 28-

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Both bumper starts at Ayr, finishing second of five in March then coming up well short in deeper field on Scottish National day; bred to need further than 2m now hurdling.
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5th

9

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

13:40 Sedgefield

River Ayr

11st 7lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

midfield

50/1

6th

8

2nd Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

River Ayr

11st 8lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

Second of five in a very slowly run bumper here last season but was soundly beaten when 100-1 for hurdling debut over C&D (soft) three weeks ago.

100/1

9th

8

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:50 Ayr

River Ayr

11st 6lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: R Mike Smith

1l second of five in course bumper on debut in March then soundly beaten in good bumper here (both 2m, good) in April; there's every chance he has a future over hurdles, but perhaps over further in view of his pedigree.

33/1

Abandoned

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Raced twice in Irish points, beating Benefit Ben the second time; out of a 2m3f hurdle winner; open to further improvement and looks an interesting rules debutant, especially with Daryl Jacob a positive booking.
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1st

9

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 4

14:50 Newcastle

Young Jack

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

led narrowly

Evs

2nd

7

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 0y

Class 4

13:05 Newcastle

Young Jack

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

Major improvement when winning Irish maiden point (3m, good) in May on second start; sold for £14,500 later that month; brings potential to this rules debut and the betting may be informative.

14/1

Verdict

With the Kelso reappearance under his belt, ESPRIT DU POTIER can resume his progress and go one better. Grade 2 bumper winner Florida Dreams is second choice on his second hurdle start. Raffles Wonder and Coastal Rock are interesting seasonal debutants, while rules debutants Young Jack and Benefit Ben are set for an intriguing rematch and look potentially good recruits for their new joint-owners Dave Armstrong and Lee Westwood.[Steve Boow]