December 03 / 12.40 Southwell (AW)

12.40

Standard To Slow

BetUK. Home Of The Acca-Fenwa Mares’ Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Cat 3 Elimination) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £2640.5
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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BetUK. Home Of The Acca-Fenwa Mares’ Open Maiden National Hunt Flat Race (Cat 3 Elimination) (GBB)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: NH Flat AW

Surface: Tapeta

Weather: Sleet

Form: 23

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Placed on both appearances, on turf here in May and on Polytrack at Lingfield last month; her form probably isn't anything to get excited about but she's a likely contender nevertheless.
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1

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Kempton

By The Grace

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, midfield, outpaced and lost position after 4 out, pulled up after 3 out

5/1

1

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Kempton

By The Grace

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, midfield, outpaced and lost position after 4 out, pulled up after 3 out

5/1

7th

3

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

16:50 Ludlow

By The Grace

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Placed in two run-of-the-mill bumpers last year and best form when fourth of ten at Plumpton (2m, soft) 16 days ago on second run over hurdles; open to further progress, should stay and probably in the shake-up.

3/1

Form:

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-sister to six Flat winners but was beaten out of sight when 80-1 for recent debut at Market Rasen.
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10th

10

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:25 Market Rasen

Curvatious

10st 9lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Simon Pearce

midfield, outpaced and dropped to rear 6f out, lost touch 4f out, tailed off

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-sister to stable's useful chaser Tile Tapper; 5l behind By The Grace when fourth of 14 on debut at Lingfield (AW) 19 days ago but she never had a good track position there and has obvious scope for progress.
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5th

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

16:16 Fakenham

Dropitlikeitshot

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Both starts on Polytrack at Lingfield, better effort when fourth on debut; siblings include a bumper/chase winner and she may be capable of improvement switched to turf.

10/1

5th

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 3y

Class 4

16:16 Fakenham

Dropitlikeitshot

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Both starts on Polytrack at Lingfield, better effort when fourth on debut; siblings include a bumper/chase winner and she may be capable of improvement switched to turf.

10/1

9th

12

11th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield (AW)

Dropitlikeitshot

10st 9lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Pour Moi half-sister to winners Hot Ryan (2m7f hurdle) and Tile Tapper (useful bumper/chaser); made an encouraging start at a big price when a 6l fourth of 14 over C&D last month; should improve for that experience and she's in the mix.

8/1

Abandoned

Form: 8

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Flat-bred filly; not disgraced when midfield on debut at Lingfield (AW) 19 days ago but was behind By The Grace and Dropitlikeitshot there, having never looked dangerous.
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9th

6

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

14:45 Chepstow

Elyssia

11st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Gary Brown

Debatable what she achieved when beaten 15l in an AW bumper and especially after then finishing tailed off on soft at Taunton; hurdling debut.

66/1

5th

5

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

17:35 Taunton

Elyssia

10st 9lb

J: Isabelle Ryder

T: Gary Brown

Didn't shape too badly in an AW bumper in November (beaten 15l) but still not easily recommended.

66/1

Form: 6

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Out of an AW bumper winner and has the services of Harry Cobden here but was beaten 38l when sixth of eight on debut at Fakenham (good to soft) three weeks ago and needs to take a big step forward.
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11th

6

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

15:40 Plumpton

Karman Line

11st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Billy Aprahamian

Out of an AW bumper winner but struggled to get competitive on last month's debut at Fakenham (good to soft).

66/1

Abandoned

Form: 0-6

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

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Form & Verdict
Half-sister to stable's useful hurdler Lookaway; bettered low-key debut and was beaten under 5l when sixth of seven in tactical race at Huntingdon (good to soft) in October but that form may not be reliable.
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5th

10

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:55 Lingfield

Sans Choix

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Wasn't beaten far in the second of three bumpers, at Huntingdon in October, and flew too high in a Listed Doncaster race in December; unraced on slower than good to soft and likely best watched on hurdle debut.

25/1

11th

12

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 1

14:50 Doncaster

Sans Choix

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Neil King

Half-sister to the stable's classy Lookaway; well beaten in February and perhaps flattered off a modest pace when under 5l away back at Huntingdon in October (behind two of these); now tongue tied; others would appear to have more going for them.

50/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Fourth foal; closely related to 3m hurdle winner Teescomponentstrig, half-sister to 2m4f-3m2f hurdle/chase winner Fenland Tiger; dam placed bumper/2m5f hurdle; bought for £5,000 in August; riding arrangements suggest Dropitlikeitshot is the stable's main hope.
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11th

14

11th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

12:35 Lingfield (AW)

Serve Your Soul

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Chris Honour

£5,000 5yo; fourth foal; closely related to 3m hurdle winner Teescomponentstrig, half-sister to 2m4f-3m2f hurdle/chase winner Fenland Tiger; dam placed bumper/2m5f hurdle; stablemate of Dropitlikeitshot and she looks a longer-term prospect.

16/1

Form: 20-

Last run: 247 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
Flat-bred filly who was close third (subsequently promoted to second) on this surface at Newcastle on debut in February; well beaten after racing too freely on turf the following month and not seen again since but her Tapeta form is a big selling point.
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11th

4

(12)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 4f 10y

Class 5

14:32 Ripon

Storm Spirit

9st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Micky Hammond

held up in rear

100/1

11th

4

(12)

18th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 4f 10y

Class 5

14:32 Ripon

Storm Spirit

9st 11lb

J: Billy Garritty

T: Micky Hammond

held up in rear

100/1

9th

11

(5)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Southwell (AW)

Storm Spirit

9st 0lb

J: Andrew Mullen

T: Micky Hammond

Placed in two of her three bumpers and showed some ability when fifth of eight in a Newcastle novice (1m2f, Tapeta) 12 days ago; hood returns, but she looks more one for handicaps.

40/1

Form: 2

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Filly

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Form & Verdict
No danger to wide-margin winner when second in her final Irish point but made pleasing start to rules career when second of 16 in soft-ground Warwick bumper last month; high on the list.
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10th

10

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

The Secret Pearl

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

Encouraging rules debut when 8l second of 16 at Warwick (2m, soft) in November but she's failed to build on that the next twice and has something to find today.

50/1

5th

9

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:57 Wetherby

The Secret Pearl

11st 4lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

prominent, lost ground 5f out

9/2

4th

11

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 164y

Class 5

15:40 Plumpton

The Secret Pearl

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Remote when second in an Irish point in April but made very promising start to rules career when second of 16 at Warwick (soft) last month, and that performance makes her a major player here.

5/1

Verdict

Stoutly bred filly The Secret Pearl is respected after finishing second in a big field on soft turf last month, while By The Grace represents a top stable and has been placed on both starts. However, it might be worth chancing STORM SPIRIT, who disappointed on turf in March but made a promising debut on this surface at Newcastle in February.[Chris Wilson]

Selections

POSTDATA:

By The Grace

RP RATINGS:

The Secret Pearl

WEST COUNTRY:

Dropitlikeitshot

D Express:

Sans Choix

SPOTLIGHT:

Storm Spirit

The Times:

The Secret Pearl

LAMBOURN:

By The Grace

Telegraph:

By The Grace

Daily Mirror:

By The Grace

The Sun:

By The Grace

The Star:

By The Grace

Daily Record:

By The Grace