April 23 / 16.40 Southwell

16.40

Good To Soft

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  • Prize money: £4066.37
  • 2m 4f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 3-3419

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Beat only three rivals to win Fontwell novice (2m3f, heavy) in February on third hurdle run, and soundly beaten on subsequent handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft); has to prove he can cut it off this mark but it was a hot race last time and he's not discounted; runner-up in good-ground bumper.
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1st

5

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

High Treason

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Beat only three rivals to win Fontwell novice (2m3f, heavy) in February on third hurdle run, and soundly beaten on subsequent handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft); has to prove he can cut it off this mark but it was a hot race last time and he's not discounted; runner-up in good-ground bumper.

10/1

1st

5

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

High Treason

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Beat only three rivals to win Fontwell novice (2m3f, heavy) in February on third hurdle run, and soundly beaten on subsequent handicap debut at Sandown (2m4f, soft); has to prove he can cut it off this mark but it was a hot race last time and he's not discounted; runner-up in good-ground bumper.

10/1

9th

12

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

High Treason

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Only beat three rivals on heavy ground at Fontwell (heavy; first-time tongue-tie) and he didn't exactly blow them away; this opening mark looks challenging but could be open to progress in a race of this nature.

16/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 2F-9P5 D

Last run: 104 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
His best form has come over fences and he's struggled in that sphere this season; however, a wind op may prompt a revival and he's on an attractive mark; won over hurdles in 2021; not a forlorn hope.
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6th

8

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Nothin To Ask

11st 4lb

J: Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear

6/1

6th

8

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Nothin To Ask

11st 4lb

J: Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear

6/1

2nd

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Nothin To Ask

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

His best form has come over fences and he's struggled in that sphere this season; however, a wind op may prompt a revival and he's on an attractive mark; won over hurdles in 2021; not a forlorn hope.

12/1

50/1

  • Place: £8.70

Form: P61405

Last run: 157 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Won Stratford selling handicap (2m2f, good) last September for Fergal O'Brien; however, unable to threaten last autumn on his three starts for John Cornwall (who still owns him); may be best watched on stable debut.
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2nd

1

4th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

17:20 Southwell

Elham Valley

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

in touch with leaders

9/2

2nd

6

14th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell

Elham Valley

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Won four times over hurdles for Fergal O'Brien, the last a Stratford seller in September last year (2m2f, good); changed hands for £8,000 and best run since was last time on debut for another new yard when third over 2m4f here (good); may do better.

9/1

2nd

6

14th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell

Elham Valley

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Won four times over hurdles for Fergal O'Brien, the last a Stratford seller in September last year (2m2f, good); changed hands for £8,000 and best run since was last time on debut for another new yard when third over 2m4f here (good); may do better.

9/1

Form: 2331PP CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Knocking on the door (including on good to soft ground) prior to winning at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) in January; has tackled 2m7f/3m when pulled up the last twice and this drop back in trip could help, but it's hard to be confident in this 10yo's claims on the back of those performances.
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6th

4

15th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Ffos Las

Rare Clouds

11st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Ended a long losing run at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) in January but was pulled up in next two runs; bounced back with a fair fourth at Southwell last time but he was some way behind the first two in that race and needs to build on that; both wins have been at shorter trips but he stays this far.

6/1

6th

4

15th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Ffos Las

Rare Clouds

11st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Ended a long losing run at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) in January but was pulled up in next two runs; bounced back with a fair fourth at Southwell last time but he was some way behind the first two in that race and needs to build on that; both wins have been at shorter trips but he stays this far.

6/1

4th

11

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Rare Clouds

11st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Simon Earle

Knocking on the door (including on good to soft ground) prior to winning at Wincanton (2m5f, heavy) in January; has tackled 2m7f/3m when pulled up the last twice and this drop back in trip could help, but it's hard to be confident in this 10yo's claims on the back of those performances.

20/1

Form: P5-668 D

Last run: 123 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Ex-Nicky Henderson 8yo who didn't run badly on last September's stable debut but he's been well beaten on both starts since and a return to form is needed on this return from a break.
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5

30th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Ffos Las

Rathmacknee

11st 5lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

Dual hurdles winner over about 2m4f for Nicky Henderson; four starts for new yard have seen him come well down the weights and he might have needed the run last time, after four months off; makes chase debut and others inspire a bit more confidence, although there are notable chasers in his family.

25/1

5th

10

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Rathmacknee

11st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

Ex-Nicky Henderson 8yo who didn't run badly on last September's stable debut but he's been well beaten on both starts since and a return to form is needed on this return from a break.

40/1

5th

10

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Rathmacknee

11st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Danni O’Neill

Ex-Nicky Henderson 8yo who didn't run badly on last September's stable debut but he's been well beaten on both starts since and a return to form is needed on this return from a break.

40/1

Form: /12-P3

Last run: 126 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
French winner (2m2f, very soft) who was under pressure very early when 23l third of eight at Fakenham (2m, soft) in December on second stable start; however, today's longer trip may help and he's not ruled out.
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4th

1

26th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

17:00 Fontwell

Seignor Gringo

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

led, headed after 2 out, soon lost second, no extra when lost third inside final 110yds

12/1

4th

1

26th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 5

17:00 Fontwell

Seignor Gringo

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Winner of a claiming hurdle in France (2m2f, very soft) in November 2022 but well held in three handicaps over 2m-2m5f since joining this yard; needs to improve for the step up in trip if he is to collect; cheekpieces return (wore them once in France).

12/1

6th

13

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Seignor Gringo

10st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

French winner (2m2f, very soft) who was under pressure very early when 23l third of eight at Fakenham (2m, soft) in December on second stable start; however, today's longer trip may help and he's not ruled out.

16/1

Form: -7211P D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Pulled up when back in a handicap at Sandown last month; however, that was a hotter race than this and he'd previously shown improved form in these cheekpieces, winning a Ludlow maiden (2m5f, soft) then a Leicester novice (2m4f, soft); also effective on good/good to soft; not ruled out.
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7th

2

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Awaythelad

11st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Pulled up when back in a handicap at Sandown last month; however, that was a hotter race than this and he'd previously shown improved form in these cheekpieces, winning a Ludlow maiden (2m5f, soft) then a Leicester novice (2m4f, soft); also effective on good/good to soft; not ruled out.

7/1

7th

2

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Awaythelad

11st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Pulled up when back in a handicap at Sandown last month; however, that was a hotter race than this and he'd previously shown improved form in these cheekpieces, winning a Ludlow maiden (2m5f, soft) then a Leicester novice (2m4f, soft); also effective on good/good to soft; not ruled out.

7/1

7

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 173y

Class 1

13:50 Sandown

Awaythelad

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Ben Pauling

Beaten six times over hurdles (including two handicaps) before going 2-2 in the cheekpieces, winning easily at Ludlow before defying a penalty with an all-out defeat of Roger Pol at Leicester (2m4f, soft); likeable type who can run well but ultimately come up short.

16/1

8/1

Form: -26517 D

Last run: 93 days

W: 11st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Disappointing in first-time visor at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in January and the headgear is retained for this first run since; however, this 5yo looked progressive when winning at Wetherby on Boxing Day (2m3f, soft; in cheekpieces) and is not written off; also effective on good/good to soft.
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8th

4

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Elogio

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Disappointing in first-time visor at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in January and the headgear is retained for this first run since; however, this 5yo looked progressive when winning at Wetherby on Boxing Day (2m3f, soft; in cheekpieces) and is not written off; also effective on good/good to soft.

8/1

8th

4

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Elogio

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Disappointing in first-time visor at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in January and the headgear is retained for this first run since; however, this 5yo looked progressive when winning at Wetherby on Boxing Day (2m3f, soft; in cheekpieces) and is not written off; also effective on good/good to soft.

8/1

7th

6

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Elogio

11st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Bounced back from a couple of average efforts to win with a good bit in hand at Wetherby (2m3f, soft); effectively a stone higher for this as he went up 7lb and Cameron Iles claimed 7lb, but it could be that he's turned a corner; visor replaces cheekpieces.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: -55527 D

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
11yo who was inconsistent across his five runs last year and returns from some time off today; however, he was runner-up at Bangor (2m7f, good) last September and his claims will be boosted if he's on good ground.
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4th

2

29th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 4

19:20 Cartmel

Finisk River

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Dual course winner but an 11yo now and has become inconsistent; he was runner-up at Bangor (2m7f, good) last September and that was only three starts back, so you couldn't put a line through him.

12/1

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Finisk River

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

11yo who was inconsistent across his five runs last year and returns from some time off today; however, he was runner-up at Bangor (2m7f, good) last September and his claims will be boosted if he's on good ground.

12/1

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Finisk River

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

11yo who was inconsistent across his five runs last year and returns from some time off today; however, he was runner-up at Bangor (2m7f, good) last September and his claims will be boosted if he's on good ground.

12/1

Form: -P8955 C

Last run: 248 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Prolific over hurdles and fences in 2022 and he's tumbled down the weights; market check advised with Harry Cobden booked on first outing since last August, but he struggled last year and returns with lots to prove.
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7th

9

19th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Worcester

Clear The Runway

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders, jumped badly left 1st

16/1

6th

7

14th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell

Clear The Runway

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Won five on the trot in 2022, three chases and two novice hurdles, including over C&D; wasn't in such good form last summer, and was below his best on return last month; others stronger.

20/1

6th

7

14th May 2024

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:30 Southwell

Clear The Runway

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Won five on the trot in 2022, three chases and two novice hurdles, including over C&D; wasn't in such good form last summer, and was below his best on return last month; others stronger.

20/1

Form: 421423

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Irish bumper winner (1m7f, good to yielding) who won on hurdle debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) last October and has run creditably in defeat since at up to 2m3f; lightly raced and could have potential off opening mark.
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8

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Tommy Time

11st 8lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Irish bumper winner (1m7f, good to yielding) who won on hurdle debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) last October and has run creditably in defeat since at up to 2m3f; lightly raced and could have potential off opening mark.

7/1

8

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Tommy Time

11st 8lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: Philip Kirby

Irish bumper winner (1m7f, good to yielding) who won on hurdle debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) last October and has run creditably in defeat since at up to 2m3f; lightly raced and could have potential off opening mark.

7/1

3rd

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 4

14:15 Wetherby

Tommy Time

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Philip Kirby

raced in third and in touch with leaders, jumped left 3rd, ridden after 3 out, no telling impression

4/1

Form: -102PP D

Last run: 171 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Pulled up on last two starts in the autumn (soft/good to soft); however, he's of interest on his creditable good-ground form earlier in the season and he can go well fresh; could be a player if getting his conditions.
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7th

4

16th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 5

16:50 Perth

Fennas Loss

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Bumper and dual 2m4f hurdle winner (all on good); 7lb lower than when a close second over hurdles at Hexham last September but badly out of sorts in both disciplines since.

16/1

7th

4

16th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 5

16:50 Perth

Fennas Loss

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Bumper and dual 2m4f hurdle winner (all on good); 7lb lower than when a close second over hurdles at Hexham last September but badly out of sorts in both disciplines since.

16/1

12

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Fennas Loss

11st 1lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Pulled up on last two starts in the autumn (soft/good to soft); however, he's of interest on his creditable good-ground form earlier in the season and he can go well fresh; could be a player if getting his conditions.

14/1

Non-runners

Mr Bramley, Shinji

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £44.20
Straight Forecast £38.36
Tricast £1010.42
Trifecta £689.80

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Tommy Time

SPOTLIGHT:

Mr Bramley

Daily Mirror:

High Treason

WEST COUNTRY:

Awaythelad

Telegraph:

Clear The Runway

The Star:

Nothin To Ask

POSTDATA:

Tommy Time

The Guardian:

Tommy Time

D Express:

Tommy Time

Daily Record:

High Treason

RP RATINGS:

Mr Bramley

The Times:

Mr Bramley

The Sun:

Mr Bramley

Daily Mail:

Awaythelad