April 13 / 13.20 Aintree

13.20

Soft

William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £42202.5
  • 3m 0f 149y
  • Class 1
  • 21 runners
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William Hill Handicap Hurdle (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 21 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.90
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 4-1P11

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Loves the mud and is unbeaten in two runs since joining Dan Skelton, grinding out a workmanlike success under Charlie Todd at Uttoxeter (2m7f; Floueur well held in fifth; Seefin, Classic Concorde and Lord Snootie pulled up) four weeks ago; may not have finished improving and must be seriously considered despite a 9lb rise in the weights.
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1st

17

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Gwennie May Boy

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Loves the mud and is unbeaten in two runs since joining Dan Skelton, grinding out a workmanlike success under Charlie Todd at Uttoxeter (2m7f; Floueur well held in fifth; Seefin, Classic Concorde and Lord Snootie pulled up) four weeks ago; may not have finished improving and must be seriously considered despite a 9lb rise in the weights.

7/1

1st

17

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Gwennie May Boy

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Loves the mud and is unbeaten in two runs since joining Dan Skelton, grinding out a workmanlike success under Charlie Todd at Uttoxeter (2m7f; Floueur well held in fifth; Seefin, Classic Concorde and Lord Snootie pulled up) four weeks ago; may not have finished improving and must be seriously considered despite a 9lb rise in the weights.

7/1

1st

18

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Gwennie May Boy

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Two-time winner for Jonjo O'Neill; didn't go unbacked when repelling a stablemate at Bangor (2m7f, heavy; 4lb lower) but thrown into a much better race here.

14/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: -76P2P BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Stays very well and ran a cracker when a close second to Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February; favourite at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day but ran no sort of race, reluctant early on and never the slightest threat behind Gwennie May Boy; can't be trusted after that, but he'll be a threat under optimum conditions if he's on a going day.
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8th

13

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Lord Snootie

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Runner-up over C&D (heavy) in February and bounced back from Uttoxeter flop when second of 21 at Aintree last month (3m, good to soft; albeit no match for fast-improving winner); every chance he'll be in the mix.

10/1

8th

13

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Lord Snootie

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Runner-up over C&D (heavy) in February and bounced back from Uttoxeter flop when second of 21 at Aintree last month (3m, good to soft; albeit no match for fast-improving winner); every chance he'll be in the mix.

10/1

2nd

19

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Lord Snootie

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stays very well and ran a cracker when a close second to Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February; favourite at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day but ran no sort of race, reluctant early on and never the slightest threat behind Gwennie May Boy; can't be trusted after that, but he'll be a threat under optimum conditions if he's on a going day.

16/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-1086 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Had a bleak midwinter but showed clear signs of a revival when a close sixth of 11 at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; that should have put her spot-on for a repeat bid for this race, which she won in convincing fashion off 6lb lower 12 months ago; handles soft ground, unraced on heavy; commands major respect attempting to make it 3-3 at Aintree.
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3rd

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

West Balboa

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Had a bleak midwinter but showed clear signs of a revival when a close sixth of 11 at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; that should have put her spot-on for a repeat bid for this race, which she won in convincing fashion off 6lb lower 12 months ago; handles soft ground, unraced on heavy; commands major respect attempting to make it 3-3 at Aintree.

3/1

3rd

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

West Balboa

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Had a bleak midwinter but showed clear signs of a revival when a close sixth of 11 at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) four weeks ago; that should have put her spot-on for a repeat bid for this race, which she won in convincing fashion off 6lb lower 12 months ago; handles soft ground, unraced on heavy; commands major respect attempting to make it 3-3 at Aintree.

3/1

6th

1

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Kempton

West Balboa

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Tailed off when favourite for Grade 1 Long Walk at Ascot in December (failed to settle) and no return to form in Sandown handicap last month; however, this mare was highly progressive previously, including a C&D win last January in the ultra-competitive Lanzarote, and she's not written off.

14/1

15/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 1-1448

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Stoutly bred gelding who was expected to relish the step up to 3m in last month's Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but could finish only eighth of 13; that was a second underwhelming performance this year; needs to rediscover his spark as he moves into handicaps.
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4th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnnywho

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Stoutly bred gelding who was expected to relish the step up to 3m in last month's Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but could finish only eighth of 13; that was a second underwhelming performance this year; needs to rediscover his spark as he moves into handicaps.

15/2

4th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Johnnywho

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Stoutly bred gelding who was expected to relish the step up to 3m in last month's Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham but could finish only eighth of 13; that was a second underwhelming performance this year; needs to rediscover his spark as he moves into handicaps.

15/2

8th

8

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Johnnywho

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Point/bumper winner; tongue tied for all his hurdle races; unextended in his first (runner-up since placed in a Grade 2) and has shaped as though crying out for a stiffer stamina test (in keeping with his pedigree) when finishing 2l behind Captain Teague in the Challow (soft) and just under 7l off Gidleigh Park, again over 2m4f, here on Trials Day (good to soft); this could be the ideal race for him to reveal his true colours; shortlisted.

11/1

Form: 7-7441 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.
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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Monmiral

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.

9/1

5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Monmiral

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.

9/1

1st

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Monmiral

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile win from April 2021; down the weights but something's been missing for over a year now, including in two runs over hurdles instead of fences; latest was last month's Chepstow qualifier, in which he kept hanging; tried cheekpieces twice and now it's blinkers.

25/1

Form: 351666

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Sixth in big fields at Leopardstown (3m, soft) and Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) on his last two outings, deserving extra credit considering late mistakes in the Coral Cup on latest; today's step back up in distance should suit and he's one to take seriously off an unchanged mark.
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3rd

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 58y

15:05 Punchestown

Black Bamboo

11st 6lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: John Joseph Murphy

Sixth in big fields of staying handicappers at Leopardstown, Cheltenham, and Aintree on three last two outings; probably does not need to improve much on that solid form to give himself a fair chance of reaching the money at these weights

10/1

3rd

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 58y

15:05 Punchestown

Black Bamboo

11st 6lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: John Joseph Murphy

Sixth in big fields of staying handicappers at Leopardstown, Cheltenham, and Aintree on three last two outings; probably does not need to improve much on that solid form to give himself a fair chance of reaching the money at these weights

10/1

6th

14

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Black Bamboo

10st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: John Joseph Murphy

Sixth in big fields at Leopardstown (3m, soft) and Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) on his last two outings, deserving extra credit considering late mistakes in the Coral Cup on latest; today's step back up in distance should suit and he's one to take seriously off an unchanged mark.

10/1

Form: 41101P D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Often leads; an 11yo who has still won six of his last nine races (all staying handicap hurdles) but he bled from the nose when pulled up behind Gwennie May Boy at Uttoxeter last time and this race looks too hot.
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7th

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; an 11yo who has still won six of his last nine races (all staying handicap hurdles) but he bled from the nose when pulled up behind Gwennie May Boy at Uttoxeter last time and this race looks too hot.

33/1

7th

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; an 11yo who has still won six of his last nine races (all staying handicap hurdles) but he bled from the nose when pulled up behind Gwennie May Boy at Uttoxeter last time and this race looks too hot.

33/1

10

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Classic Concorde

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; some feat for an 11yo to have won six of his last eight starts (all staying handicap hurdles) and at his best in the mud, as he showed with an ultra-game defeat of Supremely West at Chepstow three weeks ago; has earned his career-high mark (up 7lb for last time) and there's no knocking him.

14/1

28/1

Form: P81214 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Useful at his peak and still versatile at the age of 11, winning over 1m7f (heavy) and 3m1f (soft) this term; however, put firmly in his place by Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time and may struggle to turn things round.
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8th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

JAi Froid

10st 11lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Useful at his peak and still versatile at the age of 11, winning over 1m7f (heavy) and 3m1f (soft) this term; however, put firmly in his place by Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time and may struggle to turn things round.

28/1

8th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

JAi Froid

10st 11lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Useful at his peak and still versatile at the age of 11, winning over 1m7f (heavy) and 3m1f (soft) this term; however, put firmly in his place by Cuthbert Dibble at Haydock last time and may struggle to turn things round.

28/1

Form: F-3740 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Shaped encouragingly back over hurdles when 13l third of 15 at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in November and is now 6lb lower; rather disappointing since, including in the Pertemps Final at the Festival but plenty from his stable underperformed there; won a Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting in 2021 and he's too well handicapped to be comfortably dismissed.
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5th

7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Chantry House

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear early, midfield 5 out, headway 3 out, went third going okay after 2 out, went second before last, pecked on landing last, soon weakened quickly

25/1

5th

7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Chantry House

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear early, midfield 5 out, headway 3 out, went third going okay after 2 out, went second before last, pecked on landing last, soon weakened quickly

25/1

9th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Chantry House

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Shaped encouragingly back over hurdles when 13l third of 15 at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in November and is now 6lb lower; rather disappointing since, including in the Pertemps Final at the Festival but plenty from his stable underperformed there; won a Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting in 2021 and he's too well handicapped to be comfortably dismissed.

18/1

12/1

Form: 429-2P

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Eight-race maiden under rules; has to put a poor run at the Dublin Racing Festival behind him but he'd previously finished second in a competitive race at Haydock (3m, good to soft; Bold Endeavour fifth, Lord Snootie sixth) in November on his first start for Willie Mullins; may still be unexposed and arrives here fresh after missing Cheltenham.
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10th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Fine Margin

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Eight-race maiden under rules; has to put a poor run at the Dublin Racing Festival behind him but he'd previously finished second in a competitive race at Haydock (3m, good to soft; Bold Endeavour fifth, Lord Snootie sixth) in November on his first start for Willie Mullins; may still be unexposed and arrives here fresh after missing Cheltenham.

12/1

10th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Fine Margin

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Eight-race maiden under rules; has to put a poor run at the Dublin Racing Festival behind him but he'd previously finished second in a competitive race at Haydock (3m, good to soft; Bold Endeavour fifth, Lord Snootie sixth) in November on his first start for Willie Mullins; may still be unexposed and arrives here fresh after missing Cheltenham.

12/1

14

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Fine Margin

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

pulled up before last

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 235264

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Has a good record in big-field handicaps and was one of the few Henderson-trained runners to perform with credit at the Cheltenham Festival when fourth to Monmiral in the Pertemps Final (3m, soft) four weeks ago; could make the frame again but others appeal more for win purposes.
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13th

1

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Bold Endeavour

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Soundly beaten at Aintree (3m, good to soft) four weeks ago but consistent in the main and ran well at the Cheltenham Festival in March; finished second in this race last year (good) and he's a player if back on song.

12/1

13th

1

11th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Bold Endeavour

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Soundly beaten at Aintree (3m, good to soft) four weeks ago but consistent in the main and ran well at the Cheltenham Festival in March; finished second in this race last year (good) and he's a player if back on song.

12/1

11th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Bold Endeavour

11st 12lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has a good record in big-field handicaps and was one of the few Henderson-trained runners to perform with credit at the Cheltenham Festival when fourth to Monmiral in the Pertemps Final (3m, soft) four weeks ago; could make the frame again but others appeal more for win purposes.

22/1

28/1

Form: 21121P D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Was progressing well, winning at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) and Warwick (3m1f, soft), prior to bombing out at Uttoxeter four weeks ago; perhaps that was a blip but he'll need further improvement to return to winning ways in a race as strong as this one; stablemate of West Balboa and Gwennie May Boy.
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12th

21

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Seefin

10st 3lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Was progressing well, winning at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) and Warwick (3m1f, soft), prior to bombing out at Uttoxeter four weeks ago; perhaps that was a blip but he'll need further improvement to return to winning ways in a race as strong as this one; stablemate of West Balboa and Gwennie May Boy.

28/1

12th

21

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Seefin

10st 3lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Was progressing well, winning at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) and Warwick (3m1f, soft), prior to bombing out at Uttoxeter four weeks ago; perhaps that was a blip but he'll need further improvement to return to winning ways in a race as strong as this one; stablemate of West Balboa and Gwennie May Boy.

28/1

16

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Seefin

10st 10lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Hasn't looked back since sent handicapping at about 3m with three wins and a second (from soft to good); stayed on much the best at Warwick last time to earn this 6lb higher mark and goes again with his yard in red-hot form.

9/1

Form: 0-6284

Last run: 56 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Returned from a break with good second in Grade 2 at Wetherby (3m, soft) in November but down the field twice since; runs in a handicap for first time since well held in the 2023 Pertemps; first headgear needs to make a difference.
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6th

1

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

18:55 Aintree

Red Risk

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Returned from break with very good second in Grade 2 at Wetherby (3m, soft) in November but has not been in the same form again since and has become unreliable; needs to turn things around.

20/1

6th

1

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

18:55 Aintree

Red Risk

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Returned from break with very good second in Grade 2 at Wetherby (3m, soft) in November but has not been in the same form again since and has become unreliable; needs to turn things around.

20/1

7th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:20 Sandown

Red Risk

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Returned from a break with good second in Grade 2 at Wetherby (3m, soft) in November but down the field three times since, including in handicap at Aintree two weeks ago when fitted with cheekpieces; others appeal more.

33/1

Form: -4PP5P

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.
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14th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Russian Ruler

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.

50/1

14th

22

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Russian Ruler

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two 2m wins but this term has been a write-off, pulled up for the third time in four outings in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham; stamina for 3m is unproven; difficult to recommend.

50/1

23

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Russian Ruler

10st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended last season with two wins but this term hasn't gone so well, most recently below-par fifth at Kelso (2m5f) where he was friendless in the betting switched back to hurdles from fences; the current form of his yard is another negative going into this tougher assignment.

100/1

Form: 51-113 D BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Consistent 6yo who was better than ever when winning at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February and ran another cracker when third to Monmiral in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; favourite; rallied) the following month; may still have more to offer and is high on the list once more.
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15th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Cuthbert Dibble

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Consistent 6yo who was better than ever when winning at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February and ran another cracker when third to Monmiral in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; favourite; rallied) the following month; may still have more to offer and is high on the list once more.

13/2

15th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Cuthbert Dibble

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Consistent 6yo who was better than ever when winning at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February and ran another cracker when third to Monmiral in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; favourite; rallied) the following month; may still have more to offer and is high on the list once more.

13/2

3rd

12

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Cuthbert Dibble

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-5 as a novice hurdler last season and his form up went another notch when winning handicaps at Chepstow (extended 2m3f; easily) and Haydock (extended 3m) in his two starts this season; all hurdle races have been on soft or heavy ground; another 6lb higher today but it looked as if he had more in the tank last time and has plenty more to offer as a stayer; big chance.

9/1

Form: 161-U1 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
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.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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

Form: F2-54P

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Useful in 2m-2m6f novice hurdles last term, recording RPRs of 140 on three occasions; has not taken to chasing at all well this season, soundly beaten three times, and was sold from Gordon Elliott for 50,000euros in February; may be revived by a change of scenery and the return to hurdling, but he's something of a risky proposition in his first handicap.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Landrake

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

raced in second

5/1

4th

3

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 3

18:10 Hexham

Landrake

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

raced in second

5/1

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Landrake

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Useful in 2m-2m6f novice hurdles last term, recording RPRs of 140 on three occasions; has not taken to chasing at all well this season, soundly beaten three times, and was sold from Gordon Elliott for 50,000euros in February; may be revived by a change of scenery and the return to hurdling, but he's something of a risky proposition in his first handicap.

20/1

Form: 10-41P D

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Made it four wins over hurdles when leading for much of the way at Ayr (3m, heavy) in January, albeit facing only three opponents; pulled up in a much stronger race at the Dublin Racing Festival next time; needs to bounce back with a personal best off a career-high mark.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ailie Rose

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Made it four wins over hurdles when leading for much of the way at Ayr (3m, heavy) in January, albeit facing only three opponents; pulled up in a much stronger race at the Dublin Racing Festival next time; needs to bounce back with a personal best off a career-high mark.

33/1

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ailie Rose

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Made it four wins over hurdles when leading for much of the way at Ayr (3m, heavy) in January, albeit facing only three opponents; pulled up in a much stronger race at the Dublin Racing Festival next time; needs to bounce back with a personal best off a career-high mark.

33/1

Form: P-5P25 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Unpredictable over the years for several different stables; easily best effort this season when going down narrowly at Doncaster (3m, soft) in March but was beaten 41l at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day; unconvincing.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Floueur

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

raced in second

16/1

1

25th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 2f 127y

Class 3

16:45 Perth

Floueur

12st 1lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

raced in second

16/1

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Floueur

11st 1lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Rebecca Menzies

Unpredictable over the years for several different stables; easily best effort this season when going down narrowly at Doncaster (3m, soft) in March but was beaten 41l at Uttoxeter on Midlands National day; unconvincing.

66/1

Form: -18232 D

Last run: 83 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Usually gives his running and eked out a bit more improvement when a neck second of ten at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in January; no obvious reason why he won't perform creditably again but he's creeping up the weights and this is undoubtedly the strongest opposition he's encountered.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

16

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ramo

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Usually gives his running and eked out a bit more improvement when a neck second of ten at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in January; no obvious reason why he won't perform creditably again but he's creeping up the weights and this is undoubtedly the strongest opposition he's encountered.

22/1

16

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Ramo

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Usually gives his running and eked out a bit more improvement when a neck second of ten at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in January; no obvious reason why he won't perform creditably again but he's creeping up the weights and this is undoubtedly the strongest opposition he's encountered.

22/1

2nd

9

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Ramo

10st 6lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Has won three of his last seven starts and now looks high in the weights after appearing to give his running but only placed in 3m1f handicaps the last twice; even with Ned Fox's welcome claim, this probably demands his best form yet.

10/1

Form: 0-P693 D

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
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.
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4

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Storm Nelson

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Olly Williams

This is easier than a strong handicap at Aintree last time but didn't head to that in much form and he's not as good as he was.

33/1

4

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:15 Market Rasen

Storm Nelson

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Olly Williams

This is easier than a strong handicap at Aintree last time but didn't head to that in much form and he's not as good as he was.

33/1

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

Non-runners

Honor Grey

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £100.10
Straight Forecast £84.45
Tricast £280.37
Trifecta £629.10

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Cuthbert Dibble

RP RATINGS:

Monmiral

The Times:

Gwennie May Boy

THE NORTH:

Johnson's Blue

Daily Record:

Johnnywho

Daily Mirror:

Black Bamboo

SPOTLIGHT:

West Balboa

The Guardian:

Bold Endeavour

Daily Mail:

Honor Grey

LAMBOURN:

Chantry House

The Star:

Gwennie May Boy

WEST COUNTRY:

Cuthbert Dibble

D Express:

Cuthbert Dibble

The Sun:

Cuthbert Dibble

POSTDATA:

Monmiral

Telegraph:

Monmiral