April 23 / 17.50 Southwell

17.50

Good To Soft

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  • 3m 0f 60y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

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6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £4.20

Form: 250-3P

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Needs to bounce back from a tame effort on soft ground in February but made very encouraging seasonal/stable/handicap debut when third at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and has possibilities here if aided by first-time cheekpieces.
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6th

4

1st Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:55 Worcester

Urban Soldier

11st 13lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Came good over hurdles at sixth attempt, comfortably drawing 6l clear of gambled-on favourite at Southwell (3m, good; first-time cheekpieces) in April; 7lb higher here but could easily have a lot more to offer.

9/4

1st

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Urban Soldier

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Needs to bounce back from a tame effort on soft ground in February but made very encouraging seasonal/stable/handicap debut when third at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and has possibilities here if aided by first-time cheekpieces.

6/1

1st

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Urban Soldier

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Needs to bounce back from a tame effort on soft ground in February but made very encouraging seasonal/stable/handicap debut when third at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and has possibilities here if aided by first-time cheekpieces.

6/1

16/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 4-P7P

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Pulled up when upped to 2m3f for handicap at Huntingdon (2m3f, soft) in February but remains very unexposed and is still worth keeping an eye on in the betting; tongue-tie fitted.
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1st

3

23rd Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

14:48 Hexham

Jeteye

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Launched chasing career with two underwhelming runs this season and now 0-9 overall but was second off today's mark when heavily backed for Southwell handicap hurdle (3m, good) in April and will be feared if well supported again; swaps cheekpieces for first-time blinkers.

6/1

7th

2

6th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:50 Uttoxeter

Jeteye

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Finished second when sporting a first-time tongue-tie in a Southwell handicap hurdle (3m, good) in April; failed to complete on chase debut back there (3m, good) latest; competitive mark if he can get round this time; not written off.

7/2

6/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 543211 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict
Was a longstanding maiden until winning at Sedgefield (3m3f, soft) and Hexham (2m7f, heavy) in recent weeks; evidently in very good nick but will need to take another step forward to land this prize.
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3rd

3

1st Jun 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

19:07 Hexham

Rumble B

11st 6lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: Justin Landy

Was recording his second C&D win (good; previous one on heavy) latest, when just doing enough; up 4lb for that; likely to need to find a bit more if he is to win again but can't rule that out.

11/8

1st

3

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:58 Hexham

Rumble B

11st 6lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Justin Landy

C&D winner (heavy, from 4lb lower) in March; twice placed since, including when finishing just ahead of Dillarchie here 17 days ago - a form line which could receive a boost from Better Be Definite in the opener; Joshua Thompson's 7lb claim is helpful from a handicapping perspective.

11/4

1st

3

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:58 Hexham

Rumble B

11st 6lb

J: Joshua Thompson

T: Justin Landy

C&D winner (heavy, from 4lb lower) in March; twice placed since, including when finishing just ahead of Dillarchie here 17 days ago - a form line which could receive a boost from Better Be Definite in the opener; Joshua Thompson's 7lb claim is helpful from a handicapping perspective.

11/4

Form: -42413 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Consistent 5yo who asserted on run-in to open account at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) in January, his seventh start over hurdles; placed off today's mark at Ascot (2m7f, good) last month and ought to be on the premises again.
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3rd

1

2nd Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 1y

Class 5

16:45 Fakenham

Nickelforce

12st 0lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Ben Case

Consistent 5yo who opened account at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) in January and made the frame on final two starts last season (2m7f/3m, good); drops back in trip today and will probably be in the shake-up again.

3/1

4th

4

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Nickelforce

11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Consistent 5yo who asserted on run-in to open account at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) in January, his seventh start over hurdles; placed off today's mark at Ascot (2m7f, good) last month and ought to be on the premises again.

6/1

4th

4

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Nickelforce

11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Consistent 5yo who asserted on run-in to open account at Plumpton (2m4f, soft) in January, his seventh start over hurdles; placed off today's mark at Ascot (2m7f, good) last month and ought to be on the premises again.

6/1

Form: -58B32

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
0-7 over hurdles but placed on both starts since upped to 3m and fitted with cheekpieces, more recently when second in stronger race than this at Newbury (good to soft) last month; likely contender.
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1

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Mahler Moon

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

0-7 over hurdles but placed on both starts since upped to 3m and fitted with cheekpieces, more recently when second in stronger race than this at Newbury (good to soft) last month; likely contender.

3/1

1

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Mahler Moon

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

0-7 over hurdles but placed on both starts since upped to 3m and fitted with cheekpieces, more recently when second in stronger race than this at Newbury (good to soft) last month; likely contender.

3/1

2nd

10

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

17:20 Newbury

Mahler Moon

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Just his second handicap when brought down midrace over Christmas and then, with cheekpieces joining a tongue-tie, managed to hold on for a podium position at Doncaster (3m, good); was beaten 10l and he's off an untouched mark here, so more is needed.

8/1

Form: B-930P

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Struggled to cope with heavy ground when upped to 2m5f for recent handicap debut but was placed in a 2m novice on good to soft in the autumn and remains unexposed; swaps cheekpieces for blinkers here.
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2

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Royal Defender

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Struggled to cope with heavy ground when upped to 2m5f for recent handicap debut but was placed in a 2m novice on good to soft in the autumn and remains unexposed; swaps cheekpieces for blinkers here.

14/1

2

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Royal Defender

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Struggled to cope with heavy ground when upped to 2m5f for recent handicap debut but was placed in a 2m novice on good to soft in the autumn and remains unexposed; swaps cheekpieces for blinkers here.

14/1

6

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:20 Exeter

Royal Defender

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Bought for 155,000gns after winning Irish maiden point (3m) in May 2022; his rules form has been patchy but he was a fair third in a Lingfield novice hurdle (2m, good to soft) last November and is open to improvement now up in trip in first-time cheekpieces on handicap debut; watch the betting.

5/1

Form: P75342 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Has not progressed since last June's quite impressive 2m4f course maiden win (good ground) and was no match for winner when remote second over C&D (heavy) this month, but today's less testing ground ought to suit him better and he's on a good mark now.
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2nd

10

1st Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:05 Worcester

Faded Fantasy

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Made it 0-8 in handicaps when well held at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) 17 days ago, never threatening and finishing some way behind Shuil Ceoil; hard to fancy on that evidence; stablemate of Captain's Pick and Side Stepper.

20/1

8th

13

15th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:00 Ffos Las

Faded Fantasy

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Easy winner of a Southwell maiden (2m4f, good) last June but he's not matched that since and made it 0-7 in handicaps when well held at Southwell (3m, good) last month; now drops back in trip but he needs to get back near his best.

10/1

Form: 4055P0

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Just a respectable fifth on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in February and well beaten twice since (2m5f/2m4f); wore cheekpieces two starts ago; blinkers on for this first attempt at 3m; needs to turn things around.
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5th

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Golden Ambition

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Just a respectable fifth on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in February and well beaten twice since (2m5f/2m4f); wore cheekpieces two starts ago; blinkers on for this first attempt at 3m; needs to turn things around.

12/1

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Golden Ambition

11st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Just a respectable fifth on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in February and well beaten twice since (2m5f/2m4f); wore cheekpieces two starts ago; blinkers on for this first attempt at 3m; needs to turn things around.

12/1

10th

4

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

14:30 Market Rasen

Golden Ambition

11st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Safely held when fifth on handicap debut at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in February and pulled up when tried in blinkers (now removed) last month; remains lightly raced but needs to find some improvement from somewhere.

14/1

Form: 323313

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 12lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Consistent over hurdles towards end of last year and got off the mark at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in January but his last two runs were disappointing (Flat/hurdle) and he's not bred to benefit from this step up in trip; cheekpieces refitted; others look much safer.
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8

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Im Too Tired

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Consistent over hurdles towards end of last year and got off the mark at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in January but his last two runs were disappointing (Flat/hurdle) and he's not bred to benefit from this step up in trip; cheekpieces refitted; others look much safer.

12/1

8

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Im Too Tired

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Consistent over hurdles towards end of last year and got off the mark at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) in January but his last two runs were disappointing (Flat/hurdle) and he's not bred to benefit from this step up in trip; cheekpieces refitted; others look much safer.

12/1

Form: P-PP8F D

Last run: 102 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Dual good-ground hurdle winner at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f) in early 2022 but seems badly to have lost his way over hurdles and fences during the last year or so; leap of faith is required to support him here.
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9

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Freethinker

10st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Dual good-ground hurdle winner at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f) in early 2022 but seems badly to have lost his way over hurdles and fences during the last year or so; leap of faith is required to support him here.

20/1

9

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Freethinker

10st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Dual good-ground hurdle winner at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f) in early 2022 but seems badly to have lost his way over hurdles and fences during the last year or so; leap of faith is required to support him here.

20/1

0

7

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:20 Huntingdon

Freethinker

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Both wins in good-ground events over hurdles at Newcastle in 2022; achieved nothing in 2023, latterly over fences; enough to prove.

25/1

Form: 1-96PP D

Last run: 124 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict
Rallied well to lead close home at Taunton (3m, good) last March but has been out of form this season (including one chasing attempt); considered only if lively in the betting.
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2nd

6

15th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Unspeakable

10st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Now 5lb lower than when rallying gamely for narrow hurdle win in March 2023 but generally very disappointing since, including when pulled up on chasing debut in November; returned from a break with fairly encouraging hurdle run last month but needs to build on that performance.

12/1

2nd

6

15th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

17:05 Ffos Las

Unspeakable

10st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Now 5lb lower than when rallying gamely for narrow hurdle win in March 2023 but generally very disappointing since, including when pulled up on chasing debut in November; returned from a break with fairly encouraging hurdle run last month but needs to build on that performance.

12/1

7th

11

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Unspeakable

10st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Rallied well to lead close home at Taunton (3m, good) last March but has been out of form this season (including one chasing attempt); considered only if lively in the betting.

20/1

Form: 0P8668

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Safely held in three 2m3f chases (all on soft ground) for new stable this season; might be better suited by today's trip-and-ground combination on his return to hurdling but has a lot more to prove than some.
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10

14th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:35 Southwell

Mizuma

10st 11lb

J: William Maggs

T: Danny Brooke

Safely held in three 2m3f chases (all on soft ground) for new stable during the winter and also when switched back to hurdling in refitted cheekpieces here (3m, good) last month; drops back in trip with blinkers tried today.

33/1

10

14th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

17:35 Southwell

Mizuma

10st 11lb

J: William Maggs

T: Danny Brooke

led

33/1

8th

12

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Mizuma

10st 7lb

J: William Maggs

T: Danny Brooke

Safely held in three 2m3f chases (all on soft ground) for new stable this season; might be better suited by today's trip-and-ground combination on his return to hurdling but has a lot more to prove than some.

25/1

Form: 63P626

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Proved he retains some ability when second at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft) in December but this regressive veteran was safely held on his latest outing and is not the percentage call.
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7th

11

21st Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

13:35 Market Rasen

Just Call Me Al

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Gillian Boanas

always behind

33/1

6th

12

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

21:00 Stratford

Just Call Me Al

10st 3lb

J: William Maggs

T: Gillian Boanas

An 11yo who has fallen back into modest mode since his second at Musselburgh in December.

20/1

6

21st May 2024

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

17:25 Hexham

Just Call Me Al

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Gillian Boanas

Gave a good account when runner-up at Musselburgh (3m, good to soft; same mark) in December but has failed to stake any kind of claim at Sedgefield or Southwell subsequently; the percentage call is to focus on less-exposed rivals.

16/1

Form: 009P

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Struggled (albeit on soft ground) when 33-1 for handicap debut over C&D five weeks ago and is effectively 8lb higher today, from out of the handicap.
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14

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Clarehill

10st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Olly Williams

Struggled (albeit on soft ground) when 33-1 for handicap debut over C&D five weeks ago and is effectively 8lb higher today, from out of the handicap.

66/1

14

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:50 Southwell

Clarehill

10st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Olly Williams

Struggled (albeit on soft ground) when 33-1 for handicap debut over C&D five weeks ago and is effectively 8lb higher today, from out of the handicap.

66/1

6

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:00 Southwell

Clarehill

10st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Olly Williams

Modest point form in Ireland; soundly beaten in maiden hurdles at 2m and 2m3f but he goes handicapping off a very modest mark, even if 3lb out of the weights, so may do better.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £72.20
Straight Forecast £54.13
Tricast £444.65
Trifecta £937.20

Selections

The Times:

Nickelforce

POSTDATA:

Mahler Moon

SPOTLIGHT:

Faded Fantasy

RP RATINGS:

Urban Soldier

WEST COUNTRY:

Royal Defender

The Star:

Freethinker

Telegraph:

Rumble B

The Guardian:

Nickelforce

D Express:

Nickelforce

Daily Mirror:

Nickelforce

The Sun:

Nickelforce

Daily Mail:

Mahler Moon

Daily Record:

Mahler Moon