December 15 / 11.25 Doncaster

11.25

Good To Soft

Polypipe Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 2m 0f 128y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Polypipe Handicap Hurdle (Go North Sea Pigeon Series Qualifier)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

OUR TIP

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 134-8 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Won on hurdle and stable debut at Taunton (2m, soft) in January and he landed a charity Flat race at Wincanton this autumn; disappointing in Ascot handicap hurdle (1m7f, soft) six weeks ago but this 4yo is in top hands and may be aided by the first-time tongue-tie on this drop in grade.
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2nd

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Rare Middleton

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader

10/1

2nd

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 3

17:00 Cheltenham

Rare Middleton

11st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

pressed leader

10/1

5th

12

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 2

16:15 Plumpton

Rare Middleton

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent early, in touch with leaders 2nd

9/2

9/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 1613-4 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Point, bumper (soft) and novice hurdle (good to soft) winner who reappeared with a fair fourth on last month's handicap debut at Ayr (2m, good to soft); that form is working out well and this unexposed 5yo could play a leading role.
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4th

2

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

13:55 Carlisle

Sleeping Satellite

11st 13lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Won C&D maiden (good to soft) last season and has made the frame in both handicaps this term, more recently when creditable second of 14 at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) in December; should be fine on today's slower ground and William Maggs is good value for his 6lb claim against other conditionals.

5/1

25/1

  • Place: £11.40

Form: /61F-P D

Last run: 206 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Talented hurdler/chaser earlier in career and showed when runner-up in a point-to-point in May that some spark remains; however, he has a patchy profile nowadays and was pulled up in a hunter chase at Huntingdon later in May; makes debut for new yard and others have less to prove.
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6th

1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:55 Huntingdon

Homme Dun Soir

12st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Billy Aprahamian

Well beaten at Plumpton in February on soft ground he should have handled and has to bounce back; however, before that he'd run encouraging races on his first two starts for this yard and is not discounted.

12/1

6th

1

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:55 Huntingdon

Homme Dun Soir

12st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Billy Aprahamian

Well beaten at Plumpton in February on soft ground he should have handled and has to bounce back; however, before that he'd run encouraging races on his first two starts for this yard and is not discounted.

12/1

Form: -47322

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Remains a maiden but was runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Perth (2m, good) in August on final run for Stuart Crawford, and he was a close second of four in a handicap at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) on last month's stable debut; this race is more competitive but he might not be far away.
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5th

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 4

15:20 Wetherby

Harel Du Marais

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Ex Stuart Crawford; placed on five of his 12 runs over hurdles; pulled quite hard before falling at the last on chase debut at Leicester last time (2m1f, soft); addition of a hood should help; interesting.

6/1

3

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

14:40 Sedgefield

Harel Du Marais

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Remains a maiden but solid efforts in handicap hurdles at end of last year on first two starts for this yard, and another respectable run when fourth of seven on last month's chase debut at Leicester (2m, soft); open to improvement over fences and could have a part to play.

5/1

Form: 33321- D

Last run: 244 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Built upon her previous promise (on various ground) when making all in 4yo hurdle against males at Chepstow (2m, soft) in April; open to further improvement and could make a bold bid on seasonal/handicap debut.
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7th

5

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:30 Exeter

Imperial Jade

11st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Won 2m juvenile hurdle last April but not gone on from that, in a 2m handicap and mares' events, albeit was well out of the weights at Newbury last month; this is more her level but others still more obvious.

20/1

7th

5

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:30 Exeter

Imperial Jade

11st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Won 2m juvenile hurdle last April but not gone on from that, in a 2m handicap and mares' events, albeit was well out of the weights at Newbury last month; this is more her level but others still more obvious.

20/1

10th

17

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Imperial Jade

10st 6lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Won a junior hurdle at Chepstow (2m, soft) last April but comfortably held since, latterly finishing some 22l off Larchmont Lass at Wincanton.

100/1

Form: 406

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Makes handicap debut from 2lb wrong at the weights and he needs to improve upon what he's shown on his three hurdle starts; however, he has potential off this lowly mark based on the ability shown in his light Flat career; one to watch in the betting.
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4th

6

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

16:05 Huntingdon

Deadlock

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

A fair 1m4f maiden on the Flat but he's yet to show that form in this sphere, only sixth on his handicap debut at Doncaster (2m) in December; he needs to take a big step forward.

10/1

Form: 21424- D

Last run: 232 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Bumper (2m, good) and novice hurdle (1m7f, soft) winner who ran creditably in second at Kelso (2m, soft) in March on sole handicap start; this lightly raced 8yo could have more to offer and she could be a player.
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3rd

3

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Midnight Shuffle

11st 13lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

prominent

11/2

Form: 13P3-3 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner (2m, good) who landed a novice hurdle at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) in January; has run some fair races since and she's only five so improvement is possible, but necessary if she's to win off her current mark.
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3

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Mrs Grimley

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Ben Pauling

Won a novice hurdle at Ffos Las (2m, heavy) last January; backward steps in her three handicaps this season (favourite on latest) so connections now reach for a tongue-tie and cheekpieces.

12/1

0

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

14:35 Doncaster

Mrs Grimley

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

prominent, dropped to rear and niggled along with one circuit to go

11/1

Form: 4/18-3 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Won at Warwick (2m, good to soft) last November on second handicap start and respectable third at Sandown (2m, soft) last month when back from an absence; could build on that latest performance now back on better ground and he's firmly in calculations.
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5th

5

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 32y

Class 4

16:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Iontach Cheval

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

held up in rear, mistake 6th, outpaced with one circuit to go, reminders 8th, weakened 2 out

20/1

0

3

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Iontach Cheval

11st 13lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alastair Ralph

Back below the mark of November's Warwick success (2m) and will be happiest should conditions remain quicker than soft; never a factor at Doncaster latest but reckoned by connections to need today's trip now.

20/1

9th

5

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Iontach Cheval

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

Won at Warwick (2m, good to soft) last November on second handicap start and respectable third at Sandown (2m, soft) last month when back from an absence; could build on that latest performance now back on better ground and he's firmly in calculations.

15/2

Form: 10434P D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Largely consistent during his summer/autumn spell with Milton Harris, winning twice (2m/2m1f, good/good to soft); not written off but he was pulled up on last month's stable debut at Kempton (2m, good to soft).
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10th

6

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Call Me Rocky

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Syd Hosie

Largely consistent during his summer/autumn spell with Milton Harris, winning twice (2m/2m1f, good/good to soft); not written off but he was pulled up on last month's stable debut at Kempton (2m, good to soft).

20/1

0

8

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Kempton

Call Me Rocky

11st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Syd Hosie

led narrowly, hit and headed 4 out, soon weakened quickly, pulled up after 3 out

10/1

4th

4

24th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 3

15:45 Plumpton

Call Me Rocky

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Milton Harris

Hit the ground running for this yard with two wins in July (good/good to soft) and after a blip he's been back in good form the last twice; no reason why he shouldn't be in the thick of things.

7/2

Form: 5P-633 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Just one win from 27 starts but that came at Catterick (2m3f, good) in February and he's run reasonably well in two runs this autumn; today's return to better ground may be in his favour; could be thereabouts.
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2nd

5

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 5

16:05 Huntingdon

Lifetime Legend

11st 4lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Winless since last February and his recent form isn't overly encouraging too, making some errors when sixth at Catterick (2m3f) 27 days ago; visor is reached for now.

11/2

Form: 54-U15 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Won at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October on his second handicap start; merely fifth at Kempton (2m, good) subsequently but he can be in the mix if rediscovering his penultimate form.
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12th

11

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Jack The Savage

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Laura Horsfall

Won at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October on his second handicap start; merely fifth at Kempton (2m, good) subsequently but he can be in the mix if rediscovering his penultimate form.

10/1

5th

6

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Kempton

Jack The Savage

11st 10lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Laura Horsfall

Has a tendency to race too freely but improved to win at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) a fortnight ago, his second handicap; recent 3lb rise does not look excessive and he's open to further progress.

11/2

1st

5

30th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:00 Huntingdon

Jack The Savage

11st 7lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Laura Horsfall

Raced far too freely and was seemingly on the retreat before unseating rider at third-last flight on handicap debut; had wind op last month and remains unexposed, but needs to learn to settle.

40/1

Form: 6P15-P

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 11lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Pulled up at 22-1 on stable debut at Newton Abbot (2m5f, heavy) in October; however, this French winner (2m3f, good to soft) has had a wind op since; one to watch in the betting now back on less testing ground.
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0

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:55 Taunton

Bonheur De Ballon

11st 7lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

A French winner over this far; had wind surgery before pulling up on stable debut in a handicap and underwent the same procedure ahead of another quiet run at Doncaster two weeks ago; cheekpieces added.

20/1

13th

4

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

11:25 Doncaster

Bonheur De Ballon

11st 11lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Pulled up at 22-1 on stable debut at Newton Abbot (2m5f, heavy) in October; however, this French winner (2m3f, good to soft) has had a wind op since; one to watch in the betting now back on less testing ground.

20/1

Form: 6/416- D

Last run: 287 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Disappointing over C&D in March on final run for Harry Eustace (remains in same ownership); however, prior to that she won at Southwell (2m, good; also effective on soft) on her second handicap hurdle start and she's not ruled out on this seasonal and stable debut.
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12th

6

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

At A Pinch

11st 11lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Toby Lawes

Dual hurdle winner when trained by Harry Eustace but unseated rider at first flight on seasonal/stable and was pulled up on both subsequent outings (chase/hurdle); has too much to prove at present.

40/1

12th

6

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:30 Market Rasen

At A Pinch

11st 11lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Toby Lawes

Dual hurdle winner when trained by Harry Eustace but unseated rider at first flight on seasonal/stable and was pulled up on both subsequent outings (chase/hurdle); has too much to prove at present.

40/1

4

17th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:52 Huntingdon

At A Pinch

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Toby Lawes

Two wins over hurdles for Harry Eustace, the first a novice over C&D (soft) in February 2022; has failed to complete in two runs for new yard this season, unseating rider on first occasion and pulling up on chase debut last time; could bounce back.

11/1

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Payout
Exacta £21.80
Straight Forecast £18.03
Tricast £493.49
Trifecta £675.60

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Rare Middleton

SPOTLIGHT:

Iontach Cheval

The Sun:

Imperial Jade

The Times:

Sleeping Satellite

RP RATINGS:

Lifetime Legend

TOPSPEED:

Jack The Savage

Daily Mail:

Harel Du Marais

Daily Record:

Imperial Jade

Telegraph:

Rare Middleton

The Guardian:

Rare Middleton

D Express:

Sleeping Satellite

Daily Mirror:

Iontach Cheval

The Star:

Iontach Cheval

POSTDATA:

Lifetime Legend