February 21 / 13.30 Doncaster

13.30

Soft

SBK EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4193.42
  • 2m 3f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 15 runners
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SBK EBF “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.67
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 26

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
£250,000 buy after winning on debut in an Irish maiden point (3m, yielding) last February; lots of promise when second of five in novice hurdle at Ascot (2m5f, good) in November, but well below that form when front-running over that same C&D (good to soft) at Christmas, making mistakes at the last two flights; the initial Ascot form sets a clear standard in this field.
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4th

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Leader In The Park

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Bought for £250,000 after last year's impressive Irish point debut and came good over hurdles at third attempt, making all for clearcut success in Doncaster maiden (2m3f, soft) in February; needs to progress again but has considerable potential.

7/1

4th

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Leader In The Park

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Bought for £250,000 after last year's impressive Irish point debut and came good over hurdles at third attempt, making all for clearcut success in Doncaster maiden (2m3f, soft) in February; needs to progress again but has considerable potential.

7/1

1st

12

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Leader In The Park

11st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

£250,000 buy after winning on debut in an Irish maiden point (3m, yielding) last February; lots of promise when second of five in novice hurdle at Ascot (2m5f, good) in November, but well below that form when front-running over that same C&D (good to soft) at Christmas, making mistakes at the last two flights; the initial Ascot form sets a clear standard in this field.

5/4

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 23

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Irish maiden point winner (3m, yielding to soft) last April; second of five in a Bangor bumper (2m, heavy) in December and third of seven in maiden hurdle at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft; front rank long way) six weeks ago; place claims, needing to improve again if he's to win.
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2nd

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 3

13:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Grand Albert

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, increased tempo before 3 out, good jump and going best 2 out, no extra and headed towards finish

2/1

2nd

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 3

13:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Grand Albert

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, increased tempo before 3 out, good jump and going best 2 out, no extra and headed towards finish

2/1

1st

2

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 3

15:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Grand Albert

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Closely matched with Guard The Moon on their bumper clash over 2m here in December and, like his conqueror, has since improved for going further over hurdles; was clear of the rest behind a talented horse at Doncaster a month ago (2m3f, soft); every chance.

4/5

66/1

  • Place: £12.90

Form: 49

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
His 3m maiden point win (good to soft) last Easter has been scrubbed off as he carried insufficient weight; modest form on both starts over hurdles (soft) this winter and he needs to leave that well behind.
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2nd

8

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Best Life

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Mel Rowley

First past the post in British maiden point last April (3m, good to soft; disqualified due to carrying incorrect weight); took step in right direction when 23l third of 15 at Doncaster (2m3f, soft) last month on third hurdle start and he could relish this longer trip on handicap debut; contender.

8/1

3rd

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Best Life

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Mel Rowley

His 3m maiden point win (good to soft) last Easter has been scrubbed off as he carried insufficient weight; modest form on both starts over hurdles (soft) this winter and he needs to leave that well behind.

66/1

9th

2

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:20 Ludlow

Best Life

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

His 3m maiden point win (good to soft) last Easter has been scrubbed off as he carried insufficient weight; kicked off his hurdling career with a remote fourth of five at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft; 33-1) last month and he needs to leave that form well behind.

40/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Eighth foal; brother to bumper/2m4f hurdle winner Bells On Sunday, closely related to useful bumper/2m hurdle winner Top Bandit, half-brother to winners Spirit Of Shankly (useful bumper and 2m-3m jumps) and Lagonda (2m7f hurdle); dam 2m1f hurdle winner; his three runs in British points don't read nearly so well; gelded since.
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4th

13

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Mythe Bridge

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Henry Daly

Eighth foal; brother to bumper/2m4f hurdle winner Bells On Sunday, closely related to useful bumper/2m hurdle winner Top Bandit, half-brother to winners Spirit Of Shankly (useful bumper and 2m-3m jumps) and Lagonda (2m7f hurdle); dam 2m1f hurdle winner; his three runs in British points don't read nearly so well; gelded since.

33/1

Form: 7

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
60,000euros yearling; half-brother to five winners, notably Amore Alato (bumper/hurdle/chase), Solomon Grey (hurdle/chase) and Eva's Oskar (hurdle/chase), all useful; 15-2, never dangerous from the rear when seventh of 16 in slowly run maiden hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; Leader In The Park has much better form but he could be a big improver.
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5th

5

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Entity Of Substanz

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

60,000euros yearling; half-brother to five winners, notably Amore Alato (bumper/hurdle/chase), Solomon Grey (hurdle/chase) and Eva's Oskar (hurdle/chase), all useful; 15-2, never dangerous from the rear when seventh of 16 in slowly run maiden hurdle at Newbury (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; Leader In The Park has much better form but he could be a big improver.

7/1

7

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Entity Of Substanz

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

60,000euros yearling; half-brother to five winners, notably Amore Alato (bumper/hurdle/chase), Solomon Grey (hurdle/chase) and Eva's Oskar (hurdle/chase), all useful; interesting newcomer, especially if the market speaks positively.

5/1

Form: 6

Last run: 113 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Made all in Irish maiden point on debut last February, before £35,000 sale; 25-1 and tongue tied, beaten 37l when sixth of 16 in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in October, prominent long way; has ability but needs big improvement.
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8th

12

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Ginger Jonny

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Irish point winner in February 2023; showed only glimmers of promise in three 2m3f maiden hurdles this season and not obviously well treated for handicap debut but improvement is possible.

14/1

8th

12

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

15:30 Southwell

Ginger Jonny

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Irish point winner in February 2023; showed only glimmers of promise in three 2m3f maiden hurdles this season and not obviously well treated for handicap debut but improvement is possible.

14/1

5th

4

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 137y

Class 4

14:42 Huntingdon

Ginger Jonny

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Made all in Irish maiden point; twice tailed off over hurdles, over 2m3f on good to soft and soft; best watched for now.

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Seventh foal; dam fairly useful 1m4f winner; ran in three Irish maiden points in 2022, winning a four-runner race in May but not seen since; on rules debut, probably best watched.
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1st

7

18th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

17:20 Uttoxeter

Clatterbridge

10st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Stella Barclay

Winning pointer; hasn't offered much at all in maidens/novices from 2m1f to 2m3f; this trip is optimistic on pedigree.

20/1

1st

7

18th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

17:20 Uttoxeter

Clatterbridge

10st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Stella Barclay

towards rear

20/1

Form: 4/0

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Prominent long way when fourth of seven in a Doncaster bumper (2m, soft) in March 2022; not seen again until soundly beaten at 25-1 in a maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; major work to do.
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8th

11

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Kentanddover

11st 9lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Prominent long way when fourth of seven in a Doncaster bumper (2m, soft) in March 2022; not seen again until soundly beaten at 25-1 in a maiden hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; major work to do.

25/1

10th

9

25th Jan 2024

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

13:25 Huntingdon

Kentanddover

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Jonjo O’Neill

midfield

25/1

Form: 9756

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
About 11l seventh of 13 to Gentleman's Relish in Newbury bumper (good to soft) in November but beaten about 50l at Wincanton and Hereford in his two runs (about 2m4f) over hurdles.
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2nd

9

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 137y

Class 5

17:45 Huntingdon

The Dark Edge

10st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

prominent

12/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
26,000euros 3yo; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to bumper and smart 2m4f-3m1f hurdle/chase winner Casey Jones; ran in two Irish maiden points last year, runner-up in October on second occasion; probably one for later on but market should guide on rules debut.
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2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Cave Article

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

26,000euros 3yo; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to bumper and smart 2m4f-3m1f hurdle/chase winner Casey Jones; ran in two Irish maiden points last year, runner-up in October on second occasion; probably one for later on but market should guide on rules debut.

16/1

Form: 40-38P

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Low-level form in three bumpers and two Doncaster novice hurdles.
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3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Cave Bleu

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: John Mackie

Low-level form in three bumpers and two Doncaster novice hurdles.

100/1

0

1

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Cave Bleu

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: John Mackie

always behind, mistake 3rd, struggling when mistake 4 out

100/1

8th

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 128y

Class 4

12:21 Doncaster

Cave Bleu

11st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: John Mackie

Well beaten in both bumpers last season and did not achieve much when third of four in very weak novice hurdle in June.

66/1

Form: 0-1P BF

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Made all in bumper at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November; flopped on starts either side, latest when favourite for a maiden hurdle at Kempton (2m, good) on Boxing Day, so there are very mixed messages.
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3rd

3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton

Gentlemans Relish

11st 4lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in rear, headway 7th, went third after 3 out, challenging when hit 2 out, kept on run-in

14/1

3rd

3

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton

Gentlemans Relish

11st 4lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Nicky Henderson

His only effort of note was when making all in a Newbury bumper on good to soft; has failed to complete both his hurdles (on good and soft) and Nico De Boinville prefers Ideal Des Bordes this afternoon.

14/1

6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Gentlemans Relish

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Made all in bumper at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in November; flopped on starts either side, latest when favourite for a maiden hurdle at Kempton (2m, good) on Boxing Day, so there are very mixed messages.

7/2

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
80,000euros 3yo; 11th foal; closely related to 2m-2m6f hurdle/chase winner Dalamoi, half-brother to six winners including Don Poli (high-class 2m4f-3m1f hurdle/chase), Debece (useful bumper/2m-3m1f hurdle/chase) and Politesse (bumper/2m-3m hurdle/chase); newcomer to note from a top yard.
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5th

8

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton

Jukebox Fury

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in rear, headway 7th, outpaced after 3 out, kept on but no chance run-in

20/1

5th

8

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:30 Kempton

Jukebox Fury

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Pulled up and tailed off in maidens at Doncaster (soft) and Market Rasen (good to soft); all to prove.

20/1

12th

6

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

13:57 Market Rasen

Jukebox Fury

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

80,000euros 3yo; 11th foal; closely related to 2m-2m6f hurdle/chase winner Dalamoi, half-brother to six winners including Don Poli (high-class 2m4f-3m1f hurdle/chase); 4-1 from 11-2 for 15-runner maiden hurdle at Doncaster (2m3f, soft) seven weeks ago but no show and pulled up; stable has had health problems in last two months or so and it will be fascinating to see if his backers return.

7/1

Form: 7

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in two British maiden points in April 2022; well beaten in that sphere last year and, after wind surgery, tailed off at 150-1 in a novice hurdle at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; cheekpieces are added.
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7th

4

21st May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

19:58 Hexham

Paris Cercy

11st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Runner-up in two British points in April 2022 and trainer has won the last two runnings of this race; however, he's struggled at massive odds this year on his two hurdle starts and would be a shock winner this evening.

100/1

7th

4

21st May 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

19:58 Hexham

Paris Cercy

11st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Rebecca Menzies

Runner-up in two British points in April 2022 and trainer has won the last two runnings of this race; however, he's struggled at massive odds this year on his two hurdle starts and would be a shock winner this evening.

100/1

14

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Paris Cercy

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Runner-up in two British maiden points in April 2022; well beaten in that sphere last year and, after wind surgery, tailed off at 150-1 in a novice hurdle at Kelso (2m6f, soft) last month; cheekpieces are added.

100/1

Form: 85-09

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict
Second run in a bumper was markedly better than her three other runs, the last two over hurdles (wind surgery in between); best watched for now.
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16

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:30 Doncaster

Cotoneaster

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

Second run in a bumper was markedly better than her three other runs, the last two over hurdles (wind surgery in between); best watched for now.

66/1

9th

6

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

14:25 Ludlow

Cotoneaster

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Noel Williams

Bettered inauspicious debut when fifth of 14 in Southwell bumper in April (first-time tongue-tie) and was not beaten far on last month's hurdling debut (2m4f; had wind op soon afterwards) but others in this field have much stronger claims.

66/1

Non-runners

Jagwar

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Payout
Exacta £6.70
Straight Forecast £7.72
Trifecta £280.80

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Leader In The Park

LAMBOURN:

Gentleman's Relish

SPOTLIGHT:

Entity Of Substanz

Telegraph:

Cave Article

Daily Record:

Grand Albert

Daily Mirror:

Gentleman's Relish

POSTDATA:

Leader In The Park

WEST COUNTRY:

Leader In The Park

The Times:

Leader In The Park

The Guardian:

Leader In The Park

Daily Mail:

Leader In The Park

D Express:

Leader In The Park