December 09 / 14.25 Sandown

14.25

Soft

Rachael Blackmore Serial Winners Fund Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31218
  • 1m 7f 216y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Rachael Blackmore Serial Winners Fund Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 1111-4 CD BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Productive juvenile hurdler last term, completing a four-timer that included C&D win (heavy); may resume his progress with Cheltenham reappearance under his belt; 2-2 in handicaps; remains of interest.
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Verdict Starting price

15th

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Spirit DAunou

11st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Scored comfortably at Sandown (2m, heavy) two months ago, taking handicap record to 3-3 and overall record to 5-7; hit with 10lb rise but has a progressive profile and his trainer has won this race three times; strong credentials.

8/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: /2F2-1

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 4yo who narrowly won at Lingfield (2m3f, good to soft; maiden event) last month on British debut; 3lb out of weights in this handicap but Ned Fox takes off 5lb; open to further progress.
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9th

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Bucksy Des Epeires

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Didn't go with much zest at Aintree on Boxing Day and then came down early in the Lingfield race won by Inthewaterside, but he certainly has claims on his clear second in a handicap at Sandown (2m, heavy) before then, form that has worked out quite well; needs to bounce back but it's still relatively early days for him.

10/1

0

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Bucksy Des Epeires

11st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French; narrow C&D winner on British debut and better again when runner-up in a 2m heavy-ground handicap at Sandown; didn't really race with great gusto when a remote fourth at Aintree (2m4f, soft) but still early days.

8/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 1307-2 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Easy winner in France a year ago; 0-4 in Britain but is finding his feet and ran well at Wetherby (2m, heavy) most recently, finishing clear second behind a useful and well-treated rival who dictated the pace; may well build on that reappearance effort; interesting off the same mark.
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2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Punta Del Este

11st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Suited by racing beyond 2m for the first time when wide-margin winner of 2m3f course handicap (heavy) seven weeks ago; raised 10lb but there should be more to come as his stamina is drawn out; a must for the shortlist.

4/1

1st

6

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Punta Del Este

11st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 5th, went second 6th, mistake 7th

3/1

Form: 44-137 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Veteran who came up well short in similar event at Ascot five weeks ago and again looks highly vulnerable; has done all his winning off lower marks and in lower grades.
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2nd

4

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:35 Haydock

Thereisnodoubt

11st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, mistake 3rd

6/1

4th

8

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Thereisnodoubt

10st 5lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Veteran who came up well short in similar event at Ascot five weeks ago and again looks highly vulnerable; has done all his winning off lower marks and in lower grades.

20/1

7th

8

4th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Thereisnodoubt

10st 10lb

J: Conner McCann

T: Lucinda Russell

10yo who reappeared with a win at Perth (2m, heavy) in September and good third at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) nine days ago; needs more in this higher-quality race, though.

16/1

6/1

Form: 123-31 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Justified favouritism with a clearcut win over C&D (soft) last month, taking hurdles form figures to 2412331; now 2lb out of weights but is still favourably treated judged on Flat achievements; solid claims.
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3rd

16

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Arqoob

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Lucy Wadham

Gained clearcut success at Sandown (2m, soft) in November and ran just as well when third of six to Rare Edition at Kempton (2m, good to soft) last month; however, he's 2lb out of the handicap in this more competitive race and he's moving into unknown territory trip-wise.

20/1

3rd

6

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Kempton

Arqoob

10st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, not fluent 3rd, jumped left from 5 out, pressed leaders after 3 out, no extra from last, lost second inside final 110yds

11/2

Form: 16P3-P D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Impressive at Newbury on British debut nearly a year ago; disappointing since, sometimes proving too headstrong; achieved nothing over C&D last month on first handicap attempt.
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2nd

5

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Jupiter Du Gite

11st 9lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, not fluent 1st

9/2

Form: 531-37 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Ran poorly, albeit back from a layoff, on latest chase start; returns to hurdles looking well treated on best form over fences, and he has won over C&D; not seen in this sphere since March 2021.
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7th

5

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Red Rookie

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

3-4 on heavy going; third of five when wearing first-time cheekpieces over C&D 12 days ago was easily his best show this term; needs to take another step back up the ladder but he's well handicapped on last season's form.

14/1

3rd

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

14:00 Sandown

Red Rookie

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

held up in last, pushed along after 4 out, ridden after 3 out, no impression, left in third last

9/1

4th

1

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Kempton

Red Rookie

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Acts on good to soft but it was soft when he achieved his best result, a handy Warwick win (2m) last March; has had two poor results this term since back from a break, way off his best back hurdling in December latest; stamina query over this far (weak finisher in a 2m3f chase last winter) and the first-time tongue-tie has a big job to do.

4/1

Form: 3781-6 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Landed the 2021 Imperial Cup over C&D but his two subsequent wins came at 2m4f/2m5f; well beaten on seasonal debut, remains on career-high mark and isn't crying out for this drop back in trip.
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14th

1

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Langer Dan

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

The winner of three major handicap hurdles, most recently last season's Coral Cup off 2lb lower; however, badly out of form this term and needs a big revival.

40/1

9th

2

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Langer Dan

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Won the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March and is one to watch in the betting, but he's struggled on his two starts this season (the latest only last Saturday) and a major turnaround is required.

33/1

Form: 2-2223

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Successful in Fontwell juvenile hurdle on British debut a year ago; 0-9 since but has proved consistent, most recently third at Ascot (1m7f, good); holds place possibilities off same mark.
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13th

18

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Jilaijone

10st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Normally consistent but his form dipped sharply in the Sandown race won by Spirit D'Aunou last time; fairly exposed and has managed only one win from 13 appearances; opposed in this hot handicap.

66/1

0

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Jilaijone

10st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Successful in Fontwell juvenile hurdle on British debut a year ago; 0-9 since but has proved consistent, most recently third at Ascot (1m7f, good); holds place possibilities off same mark.

9/1

3rd

4

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 2

14:35 Ascot

Jilaijone

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Runner-up on last four starts, most recently a level-weights 4yo race at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) when unfavoured by the terms; hit with a 7lb rise now back in a handicap but he's progressive and can be in the mix.

9/2

Form: 54-233 D BF

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 5lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Consistent efforts this season but faces a tougher assignment in this field and the forecast slow ground is a negative; has gained all turf wins (Flat/hurdles) on good/firmer.
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2nd

4

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Mr Freedom

11st 9lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Consistent 5yo who made the frame on first three starts this season (2m-2m4f) and was disputing third before last-flght fall in valuable Sandown handicap (2m, heavy) last month; still on a workable mark and ought to make his presence felt again.

8/1

0

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Mr Freedom

10st 5lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Consistent efforts this season but faces a tougher assignment in this field and the forecast slow ground is a negative; has gained all turf wins (Flat/hurdles) on good/firmer.

20/1

3rd

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 3

13:31 Doncaster

Mr Freedom

11st 4lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Made hay in juvenile hurdles last season and added three on the Flat to his tally this summer; back from a break to continue his good work with placed efforts in Fontwell/Plumpton handicaps (2m3f/2m4f) but that's come at a small cost ratings-wise and he might just be vulnerable.

7/2

Non-runners

Impose Toi, Too Friendly

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £41.10
Straight Forecast £40.57
Tricast £201.75
Trifecta £282.90

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Impose Toi

The Guardian:

Spirit D'Aunou

SPOTLIGHT:

Punta Del Este

WEST COUNTRY:

Jilaijone

POSTDATA:

Punta Del Este

D Express:

Jilaijone

TOPSPEED:

Impose Toi

LAMBOURN:

Impose Toi

The Times:

Impose Toi

Telegraph:

Impose Toi

The Sun:

Impose Toi

The Star:

Impose Toi

Daily Mail:

Spirit D'Aunou

Daily Mirror:

Spirit D'Aunou

Daily Record:

Spirit D'Aunou