February 21 / 14.35 Doncaster

14.35

Soft

SBK Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series Final)

  • Prize money: £5650.67
  • 3m 0f 84y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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SBK Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series Final)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 4161-U D

Last run: 162 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Ran okay in a match on chase debut at Kelso (2m7f, good) in September, his sole run this season; this front-runner is an impressive 7-14 over hurdles, winning at Haydock (3m, good to soft) last February on last run in this sphere, and he also won on soft ground last term; could make a bold bid.
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16th

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnsons Blue

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Boasts an excellent (8-15) strike-rate over hurdles and posted a career best when winning ten-runner race at Doncaster (3m, soft; length down when left clear two out) in February; has a good attitude and may not have reached his ceiling just yet, but this is more competitive and he's up 5lb.

25/1

16th

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnsons Blue

11st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Boasts an excellent (8-15) strike-rate over hurdles and posted a career best when winning ten-runner race at Doncaster (3m, soft; length down when left clear two out) in February; has a good attitude and may not have reached his ceiling just yet, but this is more competitive and he's up 5lb.

25/1

1st

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Johnsons Blue

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

took keen hold, prominent, led after 1st

7/2

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2P/686 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Following a long absence this 10yo has been soundly beaten over hurdles on his three starts this season, but those were in warm Class 2 contests and he could benefit from today's drop back in grade; a possible.
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3rd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Come On Teddy

11st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Had potential as a 2m4f novice chaser (also had form over 2m7f) two seasons ago but is taking time to recapture form and was rather laboured behind an eased-down winner over hurdles (3m, soft) in February; the return to an easier stamina test looks worth a go now back chasing.

9/2

2nd

3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Come On Teddy

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom George

took keen hold, held up in rear

6/1

6th

6

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Come On Teddy

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Close third in the Final at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) in 2021; unknown quantity now, having been well held in two starts back from an absence, and dropped just 3lb for those defeats.

20/1

25/1

  • Place: £10.00

Form: 10-P69 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row last season and has dropped below last winning mark, but he was tailed off last February on his final run for Sandy Thomson and this 11yo has struggled on his three starts for a new trainer this term.
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20

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Storm Nelson

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Olly Williams

Suited by a good test of stamina and is falling in the weights, but he doesn't look quite the force of old and he was safely held in third behind Johnson's Blue at Doncaster in February; would be a surprise winner.

66/1

20

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Storm Nelson

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Olly Williams

Suited by a good test of stamina and is falling in the weights, but he doesn't look quite the force of old and he was safely held in third behind Johnson's Blue at Doncaster in February; would be a surprise winner.

66/1

Form: 2-06PP

Last run: 57 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
He's below his last winning mark and is one to watch in the betting on his first run since wind surgery, but he's struggled this season (pulled up the last twice) and a major turnaround is needed.
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4th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Pounding Poet

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, not fluent 1st

8/1

Form: -53019 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Inconsistent and tailed off at Lingfield last month but he won a four-runner handicap at Taunton (3m, good to soft) the time before and can be in the mix if bouncing back to form.
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9th

3

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Moka De Vassy

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent

12/1

9th

3

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Moka De Vassy

11st 12lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent

12/1

5

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Moka De Vassy

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

in touch with leaders, jumped left 1st

7/1

Form: P13P-P D

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Tailed off/pulled up on her three starts since winning over fences at Bangor (2m4f, good to soft) last February, most recently back over hurdles in December on reappearance; something to prove but she's in top hands and has first-time headgear; not written off.
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11th

7

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Fable

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear, detached halfway

20/1

11th

7

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Fable

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear, detached halfway

20/1

6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Fable

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: 4OF-55 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Now 4lb lower than when making all at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in December 2022 and didn't run badly when fifth at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) last month on second start back from some time off, on ground that may not have been ideal; could build on that latest run when back on a better surface.
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1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

16:25 Haydock

Romeo Brown

12st 0lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Sue Smith

Made all over 2m4f on good to soft at Aintree last season when 5lb higher; pulled up last time on soft but ran an okay race on that ground the time before when beaten about 15l behind last weekend's Uttoxeter winner Santos Blue; could go well, especially if the ground dried out.

9/1

7

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Romeo Brown

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

held up in rear

5/1

5th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Romeo Brown

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Made all at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last season and could improve for last month's reappearance fifth at Doncaster; handicapped to make a bold bid but it's been a long time since he's run well on soft/heavy.

9/1

Form: F-PP4P D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Two-time hurdle winner who is 4lb lower than when winning over fences at Newbury (2m7f, soft) last March; has been making mistakes over fences and perhaps the return to hurdles and the first-time visor will be positives, but he has plenty of prove in terms of current form.
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3rd

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

15:20 Huntingdon

Bridge North

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

midfield, outpaced and dropped to rear 3 out (usual 4 out)

5/1

3rd

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

15:20 Huntingdon

Bridge North

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

midfield

5/1

8

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Bridge North

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Henry Daly

in touch with leaders

8/1

Form: PP-4P5

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
9yo who isn't the force of old and was beaten 13l when fifth over C&D last month on his second stable start; however, it wasn't a bad run and he continues to drop down the weights; not ruled out in weak race.
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7

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

15:20 Huntingdon

Time To Tinker

10st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Gary Hanmer

held up in rear, lost touch 3 out (usual 4 out)

25/1

7

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

15:20 Huntingdon

Time To Tinker

10st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Gary Hanmer

held up in rear

25/1

9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Time To Tinker

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Gary Hanmer

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 23-575

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in all three bumpers; in and out over hurdles but he kept on for a fair fifth on last month's handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft) and could have more to offer now up in trip; wears first-time tongue-tie.
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10

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Blue Ridge Hill

10st 5lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

midfield, hampered 1st

6/1

5th

8

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 4

16:10 Sandown

Blue Ridge Hill

11st 6lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Runner-up in all his bumpers when confined to Carlisle; shaped well when third here in his first hurdle last February but heavy defeats have followed; has to turn things around on handicap debut.

25/1

7th

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Blue Ridge Hill

11st 6lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Runner-up in three Carlisle bumpers (good to soft-heavy) in autumn 2022 and was third in good-quality novice hurdle at Sandown (2m, good to soft) in February; flopped on seasonal debut in October and not seen again since but is a leading contender here if back on song.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £20.00
Straight Forecast £22.87
Tricast £605.98
Trifecta £486.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Johnson's Blue

Daily Mail:

Blue Ridge Hill

POSTDATA:

Moka De Vassy

TOPSPEED:

Time To Tinker

RP RATINGS:

Come On Teddy

Telegraph:

Fable

Daily Mirror:

Romeo Brown

The Times:

Johnson's Blue

The Guardian:

Johnson's Blue

Daily Record:

Johnson's Blue

The Star:

Blue Ridge Hill

WEST COUNTRY:

Moka De Vassy

D Express:

Time To Tinker

The Sun:

Come On Teddy