March 01 / 13.50 Newbury

13.50

Soft

Howden Supporting West Berkshire Mencap Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £6337.2
  • 2m 4f 118y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Howden Supporting West Berkshire Mencap Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.10

Form: P-9342 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Seven-race maiden; fitted with tongue-tie for handicap debut at Fontwell (2m6f, soft) last time and raised his game to go down by a head; up 4lb and needs another step forward.
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2nd

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Kruger Park

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, headway and went second before 3 out, hit 2 out, not fluent last, soon weakened

13/8

2nd

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Kruger Park

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, headway and went second before 3 out, hit 2 out, not fluent last, soon weakened

13/8

9/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 24-447 BF

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
0-2 in points and 0-5 under rules; heavy defeat when co-favourite for handicap debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December last time, which sees cheekpieces enlisted today.
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1st

11

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Il Va De Soi

11st 5lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Unexposd 6yo who left a disappointing handicap debut a long way behind when clear second in first-time cheekpieces at Newbury (2m4f, heavy) last month; major player if the headgear continues to aid.

7/2

1st

11

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Il Va De Soi

11st 5lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Unexposd 6yo who left a disappointing handicap debut a long way behind when clear second in first-time cheekpieces at Newbury (2m4f, heavy) last month; major player if the headgear continues to aid.

7/2

2nd

12

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Il Va De Soi

11st 1lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

0-2 in points and 0-5 under rules; heavy defeat when co-favourite for handicap debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December last time, which sees cheekpieces enlisted today.

9/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: -17641 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Won hurdle debut last May and clicked again to justify 13-8 favouritism in seven-runner handicap at Hereford (2m4f, soft) 16 days ago, travelling much the best to go on turning for home (ungainly at the last); up 6lb but could still be a work in progress, with significant potential.
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3rd

10

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Soldierofthestorm

11st 8lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won hurdle debut last May and clicked again to justify 13-8 favouritism in seven-runner handicap at Hereford (2m4f, soft) 16 days ago, travelling much the best to go on turning for home (ungainly at the last); up 6lb but could still be a work in progress, with significant potential.

3/1

1st

4

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:32 Hereford

Soldierofthestorm

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

travelled strongly, prominent, pressed leader 2 out, led going easily approaching last, not fluent last, pushed along and went clear run-in, readily

10/1

4th

6

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

13:40 Doncaster

Soldierofthestorm

11st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

It was a winnable maiden that he won at odds-on and he's not remotely threatened to defy a penalty, at Ascot then Warwick; now goes up in distance for his handicap debut and has stamina in his pedigree.

13/2

Form: 371-3F

Last run: 105 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Effective with varied tactics; good third at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft; acts on soft) on reappearance but fell two out at Cheltenham (not far away but under pressure) in November and not seen since; needs extra.
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4th

2

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Knockanore

12st 0lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Ryan Potter

Effective with varied tactics; good third at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft; acts on soft) on reappearance but fell two out at Cheltenham (not far away but under pressure) in November and not seen since; needs extra.

12/1

0

16

17th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Knockanore

11st 4lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Ryan Potter

Won two novice hurdles last season (2m3f/2m) and was given a positive ride when ultimately third behind a well-handicapped winner on his return at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft); perhaps flattered to some extent there but off the same mark he's hard to rule out.

12/1

3rd

9

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:10 Aintree

Knockanore

10st 7lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Ryan Potter

Successful twice as a novice hurdler last season, including at Ffos Las (2m) on final outing, but struggled with consistency and isn't sure to progress this term; others preferred.

10/1

Form: U55433 D

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Kempton second (2m5f, soft) last March was one of his peak efforts; 10lb lower today, having failed to fire in the same way this season (over fences initially); back hurdling on last three starts, best of those on second occasion; place chance but others are more convincing for the win.
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7th

2

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

The Bomber Liston

11st 10lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Nicky Henderson

Has yet to win a handicap but he's well treated on some efforts, notably a Kempton second (2m5f, soft) 12 months ago off a 12lb higher mark; stable still not out of the woods after their recent troubles but he's hard to discount.

8/1

5th

7

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

The Bomber Liston

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Kempton second (2m5f, soft) last March was one of his peak efforts; 10lb lower today, having failed to fire in the same way this season (over fences initially); back hurdling on last three starts, best of those on second occasion; place chance but others are more convincing for the win.

14/1

3rd

2

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

12:05 Ludlow

The Bomber Liston

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lily Jones

T: Nicky Henderson

Has got himself well handicapped again after a downturn in his fortunes and there were positives to take from his 7l third over C&D last month when Lily Jones was aboard; the cheekpieces seem to be having a positive effect; possibilities.

13/2

Form: 21-551 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful on the Flat at his best and best effort over hurdles came on latest start when winning comfortably at Kempton (2m5f, soft; acts on heavy) on first venture beyond 2m1f; up 6lb but on the shortlist.
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4

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Thunderclap

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Ridden clear to win over 2m5f at Kempton (soft) in February and wasn't disgraced in a stronger handicap than this back there in March; has won on heavy and if he can last home over this trip then he won't be far away.

8/1

4

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Thunderclap

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Ridden clear to win over 2m5f at Kempton (soft) in February and wasn't disgraced in a stronger handicap than this back there in March; has won on heavy and if he can last home over this trip then he won't be far away.

8/1

7th

12

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

Thunderclap

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Hughie Morrison

2lb out of the handicap today and tailed off at Newbury a fortnight ago; however, conditions were extremely attritional and prior to that he won in good style over this C&D (soft) when upped in trip; no forlorn hope.

25/1

Form: 9-2644

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery, but that's been followed by three lesser efforts; rarely seen over this far.
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3rd

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Sizing Pottsie

11st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Smart chaser in his prime; on the downgrade now and has rather mixed record over hurdles this season but lurks on a very tempting mark and ought to handle today's ground well; will be very dangerous if perked up by first-time blinkers.

7/1

7th

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery, but that's been followed by three lesser efforts; rarely seen over this far.

33/1

4th

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery; followed that with a poor show but made a partial revival at Leicester on latest outing, albeit held by Made For You.

5/1

Form: 31-61P D BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Fair stayer on the Flat and his second hurdles win came at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in January; stamina seemed to win it that day but he flopped when favourite on the step up to 2m7f at Ascot 13 days ago, having been held up a detached last (jockey reported he ran too freely); back down in trip but that Ascot run is a worry.
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8th

9

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Havaila

11st 9lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Fair stayer on the Flat and his second hurdles win came at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in January; stamina seemed to win it that day but he flopped when favourite on the step up to 2m7f at Ascot 13 days ago, having been held up a detached last (jockey reported he ran too freely); back down in trip but that Ascot run is a worry.

12/1

11

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Havaila

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

Fair stayer on the Flat and this move up in trip holds strong possibilities following his Sandown 2m4f win (soft) three weeks ago when stamina seemed to win the day; up 4lb and needs improvement but he makes serious appeal.

11/2

1st

13

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Havaila

10st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Anthony Charlton

Useful dual-purpose performer who returned to jumps action with a 14l sixth in a competitive handicap at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft); has to find something on that form but conditions won't bother him, nor the trip; each-way appeal.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 351-6 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Won 2m4f Ffos Las maiden last January; looked a promising candidate for handicaps after that, but tailed off on handicap debut at Exeter (2m7f, again good to soft) one month ago when next seen, making the early running at 6-1; back down in trip and may strip fitter this time, for in-form yard.
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9th

1

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Hercules Morse

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won 2m4f Ffos Las maiden last January; looked a promising candidate for handicaps after that, but tailed off on handicap debut at Exeter (2m7f, again good to soft) one month ago when next seen, making the early running at 6-1; back down in trip and may strip fitter this time, for in-form yard.

9/1

6th

2

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Hercules Morse

11st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Shaped with promise on first two hurdling starts, then took a big step forward to win a Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, good to soft); that win was last January and the layoff asks a question but he did look a promising candidate for handicaps and moving up in trip; one to note.

11/2

1

3rd Apr 2023

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

14:30 Ludlow

Hercules Morse

11st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Shaped with promise on first two hurdling starts then took big step forward to win Ffos Las maiden (2m4f, good to soft) ten weeks ago; that form already puts him right in the thick of things here, and he's open to further improvement.

2/1

Form: 974523

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Sole win in 25 races was in a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott; this season's first two starts for new yard were his best efforts for a while, but his placings behind runaway winners at Sandown on last two outings do not read so well; not proven beyond 2m1f and unraced over this far; acts on soft.
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10th

5

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Douglas Dc

11st 12lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Tony Carroll

Sole win in 25 races was in a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott; this season's first two starts for new yard were his best efforts for a while, but his placings behind runaway winners at Sandown on last two outings do not read so well; not proven beyond 2m1f and unraced over this far; acts on soft.

20/1

3rd

5

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Douglas Dc

11st 11lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Tony Carroll

Sole win in 24 races under rules was in a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott; goes well on soft ground (runner-up on heavy on Flat) and this season's first two starts for new yard were his best efforts for a while; second of eight in a military race over C&D latest, behind a runaway winner but this 6yo is still one to consider.

9/2

2nd

1

26th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:50 Sandown

Douglas Dc

12st 2lb

J: Sgt Nathan Rahman

T: Tony Carroll

Sole win in 23 rules races was in a maiden hurdle in April 2022 for Gordon Elliott; goes well on soft ground and, after running his best race for a while at Ascot (1m7f, good to soft), he found everything happening too fast at Kempton behind the smart Rare Edition; can do better this time.

10/1

Form: 210-PF

Last run: 96 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Won in good style at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) last February and in front when falling three out over fences at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) in November with first-time cheekpieces; back over hurdles off what should be a competitive mark, but there's also a step back down in trip to weigh up.
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3

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Farmers Gamble

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Won in good style at Exeter (2m7f, good to soft) last February and in front when falling three out over fences at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) in November with first-time cheekpieces; back over hurdles off what should be a competitive mark, but there's also a step back down in trip to weigh up.

11/1

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Payout
Exacta £53.80
Straight Forecast £47.11
Tricast £167.94
Trifecta £258.10

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Thunderclap

TOPSPEED:

Soldierofthestorm

D Express:

Kruger Park

The Times:

Havaila

LAMBOURN:

The Bomber Liston

POSTDATA:

Soldierofthestorm

WEST COUNTRY:

Soldierofthestorm

The Star:

Soldierofthestorm

RP RATINGS:

Thunderclap

Telegraph:

Thunderclap

The Guardian:

Thunderclap

Daily Mail:

Thunderclap

Daily Mirror:

Thunderclap

Daily Record:

Thunderclap