March 05 / 16.20 Newcastle

16.20

Heavy

Vickers.Bet And LHS Champion Racing Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3247.81
  • 2m 4f 62y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Vickers.Bet And LHS Champion Racing Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 9-293

Last run: 12 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Placed in two of this three qualifying races, more recently when third behind the two market principals in Lingfield maiden (2m3f, heavy) 12 days ago; open to improvement in handicaps and one to consider.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:50 Ffos Las

Ballyvaughan Bay

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: D J Jeffreys

Placed in two slow-ground maiden hurdles during the winter (2m4f/2m3f) but was already well beaten before this month's handicap debut was truncated and declared void; comes here with a point to prove.

7/1

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Ballyvaughan Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: D J Jeffreys

held up in rear, headway and prominent after 4th, weakened 3 out, flagged down after 2 out, race voided

5/1

3rd

2

22nd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

14:45 Lingfield

Ballyvaughan Bay

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: D J Jeffreys

Fell in two points either side of showing some promise in an Irish bumper; his second at Fakenham was remote (2m4f, soft) and he then dropped out quietly at Plumpton 24 days ago; others have shown more.

25/1

Form: 6289

Last run: 52 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner; runner-up in modest Carlisle novice (2m3f, good to soft) on hurdling debut in December but well beaten twice since and needs to up his game on this handicap debut.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Askmore

11st 9lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Point winner (3m); slightly disappointing since finishing runner-up on hurdles debut at Carlisle (2m3f novice; 11-8 favourite) in December; had seemingly run his race - on the retreat on handicap debut - in the voided race over 2m4f here this month; still low mileage.

9/1

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Askmore

12st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

led, headed 3 out, lost second 2 out, soon flagged down, race voided

7/1

Form: 0-F2

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Only third best on merit when remote second in Ayr maiden (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago but that piece of form represented significant improvement, and he could plausibly have more to offer in handicaps.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Didnt Ask

11st 9lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

in rear throughout

10/1

2nd

6

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

15:20 Ayr

Didnt Ask

11st 9lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Irish point winner in spring 2022; 150-1 for rules debut at Hexham (2m4f, heavy) in November and was struggling when falling before penultimate flight.

100/1

0

2

10th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

13:35 Hexham

Didnt Ask

11st 4lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Won an Irish point on debut in March 2022 (yielding to soft) but well beaten next two starts, the second over hurdles; probably best watched.

50/1

Form: 8/U034

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Placed over C&D (soft; first-time tongue-tie) on handicap debut in January and his subsequent fourth over 2m6f here (heavy) was very respectable; behind Glory Hights in both those races and needs to find something extra today but still enters calculations.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

6

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Scalloway Bay

11st 0lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Third to the recent Haydock scorer Yealand (Glory Hights second) over 2m4f here (first-time tongue-tie) in January, before running to a similar level (over 2m6f) next time; keeping-on in fourth in the voided race here (2m4f) this month, so looks well worth a try over 3m.

11/1

5

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Scalloway Bay

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

in rear, not fluent 5th, headway 3 out, 5 lengths fourth 2 out, soon flagged down, race voided

7/1

4th

4

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Newcastle

Scalloway Bay

11st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Steadily improving at a minor level; best effort when third on his handicap debut here (2m4f, soft; first-time tongue-tie); the longer trip and 1lb drop can help; player.

7/1

Form: 448434 BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Beaten favourite when well-held fourth at Kelso (2m, soft) in January and now 0-15 over hurdles but was placed off mark 4lb higher than today's here (2m1f, heavy) two starts ago and is probably better suited by this trip; can't be ruled out.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Ballyquin Bay

11st 5lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

in touch with leaders, lost position 4 out, weakened 3 out, flagged down after 2 out, race voided

5/1

4th

5

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 5

12:50 Kelso

Ballyquin Bay

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

led

8/1

3rd

2

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

14:50 Newcastle

Ballyquin Bay

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Alison Hamilton

0-13 but he took a step back in the right direction when fourth of 12 off this reduced mark at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) last month, and it's possible today's drop back in trip will help; not discounted.

13/2

Form: 4-8850

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Well beaten when upped to 3m for handicap debut in January but was not disgraced in any of his three qualifying races (2m-2m3f) and may benefit from today's drop back in trip.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

4

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Knacker Trapper

11st 6lb

J: William Maggs

T: Andrew Crook

in rear

16/1

7th

4

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Knacker Trapper

11st 6lb

J: William Maggs

T: Andrew Crook

in rear

16/1

7

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Knacker Trapper

11st 4lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Andrew Crook

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, weakened after 3 out, 7 lengths fifth 2 out, soon flagged down, race voided

14/1

Form: 679247

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Outran 50-1 odds when second of 14 on handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in November but two lesser efforts have followed (2m2f/3m) and it's hard to know what to expect from her here; had wind op in January.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:20 Newcastle

Line In The Sand

11st 3lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders, pulled up quickly just after 4th, fatally injured, race voided

14/1

7th

10

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 4

13:40 Wetherby

Line In The Sand

10st 10lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

Placed in 3m points and good second at 50-1 on handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in November; of interest on that evidence but tailed off at Kelso (2m2f, heavy) recently and has to leave that well behind.

20/1

4th

6

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 4

14:28 Kelso

Line In The Sand

10st 6lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

prominent, lost position after 4 out

5/1

Form: 35-F54

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Beaten about 24l when fourth over C&D (heavy) on handicap debut in December but subsequent events have shown that the clear front pair in that race were both very well handicapped; this fellow has dropped 2lb in the meantime and still has potential.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

12

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Greenhill Gardens

11st 1lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

in rear

12/1

6th

12

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Greenhill Gardens

11st 1lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

in rear

12/1

6th

9

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

16:22 Newcastle

Greenhill Gardens

10st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Placed in a bumper; modest efforts at about 2m over hurdles and hung left over C&D (heavy) when fourth on his handicap debut; shaped better in a void race back here latest; no surprise if he takes a step up on that.

8/1

Form: 65-523

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Close second over C&D (soft) on handicap debut in January and again ran well when third here (2m6f, heavy) later that month; may yet have a bigger run in him; likely contender.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

8

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Glory Hights

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

prominent in centre of group, in touch with leaders 4th

5/1

4th

8

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 5

15:25 Newcastle

Glory Hights

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

prominent in centre of group, in touch with leaders 4th

5/1

2nd

7

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 5

17:05 Newcastle

Glory Hights

10st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Chris Grant

Twice finished in front of Scalloway Bay here (2m4f-2m6f) in recent months; jumped the final hurdle (usual two out) in front and seemingly in control in the voided race here (2m4f) this month; compensation opportunity if equally effective over 3m.

11/2

Non-runners

All Ways And Ever

Selections

POSTDATA:

Glory Hights

The Times:

Didnt Ask

Telegraph:

Ballyvaughan Bay

THE NORTH:

Askmore

SPOTLIGHT:

Greenhill Gardens

RP RATINGS:

Knacker Trapper

Daily Mirror:

Scalloway Bay

Daily Mail:

Glory Hights

The Sun:

Glory Hights

The Star:

Glory Hights

Daily Record:

Glory Hights

The Guardian:

Didnt Ask

D Express:

Ballyvaughan Bay