December 10 / 14.25 Huntingdon

14.25

Soft

TrustATrader You Can Trust Our Traders Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £16423.91
  • 1m 7f 171y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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TrustATrader You Can Trust Our Traders Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Qualifier)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: 61-2U9 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Has some quirks but held on by a short head in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton in April and a last-flight error might have cost him the Swinton at Haydock in May; unseated in October and his Ascot run eight days later was disappointing, probably not accounted for by the soft ground; player if he reverts to one of his better efforts.
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4th

8

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Teddy Blue

10st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Unplaced on his last four starts but there was a bit more promise in his sixth of 19 to Jay Jay Reilly in the Lanzarote at Kempton five weeks ago, when the 2m5f trip might have stretched his stamina (both hurdles wins at 2m); this intermediate distance could be ideal and he's gradually slipping in the weights; not without a chance in a first-time tongue-strap.

9/1

6th

9

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Teddy Blue

11st 3lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Useful at about 2m on his day but has a major question mark over current form; chance depends on whether the combination of new trip and first-time cheekpieces prompts a revival.

33/1

9th

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:35 Ascot

Teddy Blue

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Has some quirks but held on by a short head in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton in April and good second in the Swinton at Haydock (again on good; acts on soft) in May, when a last-flight error might have cost him the race; unseated early on reappearance, eight days before tailed off here seven weeks ago, so others have more pressing claims at the moment.

20/1

Abandoned

Form: 1586-5 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Returned last season from a mammoth absence and won three times in that campaign; acts on soft and heavy; with a satisfactory reappearance here last month under his belt, he's one to consider.
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11th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Nayati

10st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Won three times last season, following a mammoth absence, and he's 2lb lower than when last successful (at Musselburgh on New Year's Day); however, his subsequent form hasn't come up to scratch and he needs to improve for last month's reappearance outing at Huntingdon.

16/1

5th

1

14th Nov 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:15 Huntingdon

Nayati

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, outpaced after 3 out, kept on run-in, went fourth post, never on terms

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1-512P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won at Southwell before good second at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in October; a pretty consistent sort but he was up against it in the Greatwood at Cheltenham three weeks ago and pulled up at 100-1; more interesting today but even this race may demand his best form for over two years.
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4th

6

(4)

11th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

15:50 Southwell (AW)

Swaffham Bulbeck

9st 3lb

J: Cam Hardie

T: Stuart Edmunds

A pretty useful jumper, last successful in a 2m handicap hurdle here in September; rarely seen on the Flat in recent years but he has finished second in staying handicaps on AW on his last two runs in this sphere; should be involved.

11/4

8th

1

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:40 Taunton

Swaffham Bulbeck

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Stuart Edmunds

Outclassed in the Greatwood last time when pulled up at 100-1; usually consistent and went into that in form after competitive runs over 2m (good/heavy); however, he .does look on a tough mark and might be vulnerable.

9/1

Form: 211P-P D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
10yo who pulled up on final run last season and again on reappearance (back over hurdles) five weeks ago; appeared to need the race in the latter and he's well handicapped judged on last season's best efforts over fences, including one on heavy going; first preference engagement is at Kelso.
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3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

7/1

4th

1

31st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:50 Leicester

Baron De Midleton

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Brian Ellison

led, bad mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon lost second, lost ground approaching last, no extra and lost third run-in

8/11

Form: 13-212 D BF

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Won when back to hurdling at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) in November and beaten a nose at Doncaster (2m3f, good) eight days ago; has won on soft (more to prove on heavy) and is one to take seriously.
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2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Matchless

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Flopped at Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day when the trip and ground shouldn't have been an issue; in good form previously, however, winning at Musselburgh (1m7f, good to soft) before a short-head defeat at Doncaster (2m3f, good), and he can be in the mix if leaving last time behind.

4/1

6th

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 2

13:10 Musselburgh

Matchless

11st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

prominent on outer

4/1

Form: 12-2 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 10lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Beat his only three rivals on hurdling debut before improved form when second at Ludlow in January (again on soft) and October (good to soft); the last named was a nine-runner handicap in which he kept on strongly and finished 15l clear of the third; 5lb rise may underestimate him and he's a very lightly raced 4yo who brings potential.
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2nd

4

19th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 3

15:20 Wincanton

Javert Allen

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won one of his two races as a juvenile last term and was clear second to a next-time-out winner on handicap debut at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) in October; raised 5lb for that but has plenty of scope for further progress.

2/1

2nd

4

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

17:41 Ludlow

Javert Allen

11st 8lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Beat three rivals to make winning debut in junior hurdle at Bangor (2m, soft) last November and was second to useful rival in similar race over C&D (soft) in January; makes handicap debut after 293-day absence but should have more to offer this season.

6/1

Form: 5-3154 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Disappointing in a bumper on heavy going; won 2m3f maiden here (good) on second start over hurdles and better form in defeat over 2m at Cheltenham twice since, fourth of 17 in a handicap last time; free-going sort who has jumped out to his right (notably on penultimate start) and it's easy to think that 2m at Huntingdon will suit him well.
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2nd

7

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Mr Mackay

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Off the mark in 2m3f maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (good) in October; respectable efforts in Cheltenham handicaps since, including on good to soft; this less testing finish should suit and he shouldn't be far away.

11/2

Non-runners

Arqoob

Verdict

A small but strong field. Javert Allen is highly respected after only three races, with the prospect of further improvement, but 2m on this right-handed track could prove just the ticket for MR MACKAY, who has already won here once and ran a cracking race in a big-field handicap at Cheltenham last time out. Nayati and Matchless also look ready to run well.[Richard Austen]

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Javert Allen

SPOTLIGHT:

Mr Mackay

RP RATINGS:

Nayati

D Express:

Matchless

POSTDATA:

Mr Mackay

The Times:

Javert Allen

Telegraph:

Javert Allen

Daily Mirror:

Javert Allen

The Sun:

Javert Allen

The Star:

Javert Allen

Daily Record:

Javert Allen

TOPSPEED:

Nayati