January 06 / 12.20 Wincanton

12.20

Heavy

Virgin Bet Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4220.64
  • 2m 5f 82y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Virgin Bet Novices’ Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

OUR TIP

11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £1.80
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3-P21 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Highly tried in the Grade 2 Persian War on hurdling debut and duly struggled; however, has since confirmed himself to be smart and wasn't at all pressed to win easily on soft ground over 2m4f here 18 days ago; promising on the strength of that effort.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

12:20 Wincanton

Lord Of Thunder

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

travelled strongly, prominent, going best when led 2 out, soon went clear, easily

11/8

1st

4

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:20 Wincanton

Lord Of Thunder

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

in touch with leaders

9/4

6/1

  • Place: £6.50

Form: 4

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Bought for £55,000 after finishing second in an Irish point; no threat when fourth of five on bumper debut at Market Rasen (2m, soft; 2-1) but should do better now raised in trip for hurdling debut.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:15 Uttoxeter

Casual Observer

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Bought for £55,000 after finishing second in an Irish point; no threat on bumper debut but showed more when second to an odds-on shot in a small-field novice hurdle at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) in January; similar level of form when fifth in a stronger race at Ascot (2m3f) six weeks later; retains potential but he will need improvement to win this.

10/1

5th

5

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Casual Observer

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Bought for £55,000 after finishing second in an Irish point; no threat on bumper debut but showed more when second to an odds-on shot in a small-field novice hurdle at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) six weeks ago; this race is much more competitive but he's unexposed and in very good hands.

11/1

2nd

4

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

12:20 Wincanton

Casual Observer

11st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

held up in last but in touch with leaders, went fourth 3 out, went second run-in, stayed on but no match for winner

6/1

Form: 12-1

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to stable's very smart chaser Espoir De Romay; won a bumper on heavy and revelled in the same conditions when digging deep for a successful hurdling debut at Chepstow (2m3f) two months ago; high up the list on form and potential.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Heros De Romay

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, not fluent 1st, lost second then not fluent 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened, left in modest third last

3/1

Form: 7-18

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Half-brother to smart jumper Sporting John; following a wind op, kept on strongly to cause 125-1 surprise on hurdling debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) but then dropped out to be tailed off on heavy at Chepstow; hard to be confident on the back of that capitulation.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Theyseekhimthere

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Kept on strongly to cause 125-1 shock on hurdling debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in November but has not built on that performance; will find this easier than the Ascot novice he contested last month but still has a point to prove on his handicap debut.

16/1

7th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Theyseekhimthere

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Half-brother to the smart jumper Sporting John who won this race in 2020 for Philip Hobbs; kept on strongly to spring 125-1 surprise on hurdling debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in November but hasn't built on that and has something to find on the ratings.

33/1

4th

3

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

12:20 Wincanton

Theyseekhimthere

11st 7lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Warren Greatrex

pressed leader, mistake 5th, lost second before 2 out, weakened approaching last

12/1

Form: 3

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
It took six attempts to win an Irish point but he won that by 15l; perhaps needed the run when getting tired on heavy ground at Chepstow (2m7f) four weeks ago and finishing a remote third; in the right hands to do better.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

12th Jun 2024

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

14:43 Fontwell

Paddy De Pole

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

A different horse since the recent return to the good ground of his 3m Irish point win, and has gained two legs of his handicap hat-trick (all 2m4f or thereabouts) under Freddie Gingell; another personal best needed upped 9lb and 3m2f asks a fresh question, but strong case nonetheless.

7/4

1st

2

13th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Paddy De Pole

11st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Not an instant success over hurdles but struck form with wins at Plumpton and Wincanton (both 2m4f, good) last month; would prefer the rain to stay away here but is probably still on the upgrade; likely contender.

11/10

1st

2

13th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Paddy De Pole

11st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Not an instant success over hurdles but struck form with wins at Plumpton and Wincanton (both 2m4f, good) last month; would prefer the rain to stay away here but is probably still on the upgrade; likely contender.

11/10

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Payout
Exacta £13.10
Straight Forecast £12.48
Trifecta £29.90

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Heros De Romay

SPOTLIGHT:

Lord Of Thunder

LAMBOURN:

Casual Observer

POSTDATA:

Lord Of Thunder

D Express:

Lord Of Thunder

The Star:

Lord Of Thunder

TOPSPEED:

Heros De Romay

WEST COUNTRY:

Heros De Romay

The Times:

Heros De Romay

Telegraph:

Heros De Romay

The Guardian:

Heros De Romay

Daily Mail:

Heros De Romay

Daily Mirror:

Heros De Romay

The Sun:

Heros De Romay

Daily Record:

Heros De Romay