May 17 / 20.05 Aintree

20.05

Good

Ha Civils Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

  • Prize money: £3960.75
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Ha Civils Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

11/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.70
  • Place: £3.30

Form: 221P4- D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Assessor quick to respond to January's Doncaster demolition job (2m3.5f, good to soft), the 11lb rise for that appearing to compromise her for win purposes at Ludlow latest; bit extra needed from somewhere.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

10

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Masked Dance

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

Assessor quick to respond to January's Doncaster demolition job (2m3.5f, good to soft), the 11lb rise for that appearing to compromise her for win purposes at Ludlow latest; bit extra needed from somewhere.

11/1

1st

10

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Masked Dance

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

Assessor quick to respond to January's Doncaster demolition job (2m3.5f, good to soft), the 11lb rise for that appearing to compromise her for win purposes at Ludlow latest; bit extra needed from somewhere.

11/1

4th

5

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Masked Dance

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Mel Rowley

Went close over C&D in November, after a layoff, then drew clear to win by 25l at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in January; still has scope for further progress but stopped quickly after racing too freely here in February and needs to put that performance behind her.

6/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 11-4 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Unbeaten hurdling record went west on this month's Hereford handicap debut (2m3.5f, good), the litter of errors proving too much to shrug off this time; mark and headgear of choice are both unchanged.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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3rd

3

(4)

27th Jun 2024

Good To Firm

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:40 Newmarket (July)

My Chiquita

9st 3lb

J: Jack Gilligan

T: B F Brookhouse

Two fast-ground wins last summer (1m2f and 1m4f) and she also won twice over about 2m4f as a hurdler in October; good runs (hurdles and Flat) on last two outings, beaten a neck at Doncaster (14.5f) latest; unraced over this far on Flat but she's one to take seriously.

4/1

2nd

7

(6)

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

1m 6f 115y

Class 5

16:38 Doncaster

My Chiquita

9st 1lb

J: Alistair Rawlinson

T: B F Brookhouse

Two fast-ground wins last summer (1m2f and 1m4f) and she also won twice over hurdles in October; last two hurdle runs (around 2m4f) have represented further improvement and she still has potential on the Flat; could probably use the ground drying out though.

6/1

2nd

3

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

My Chiquita

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Unbeaten hurdling record went west on this month's Hereford handicap debut (2m3.5f, good), the litter of errors proving too much to shrug off this time; mark and headgear of choice are both unchanged.

14/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 71213- D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
All wins on soft or heavy, and found 2m1f and good ground too sharp for her in a Cheltenham Grade 3 juvenile handicap latest; step back up in trip may prove a plus, but unchanged mark looks prohibitive.
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3rd

11

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Majestic Jameela

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

All wins on soft or heavy, and found 2m1f and good ground too sharp for her in a Cheltenham Grade 3 juvenile handicap latest; step back up in trip may prove a plus, but unchanged mark looks prohibitive.

5/1

3rd

11

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Majestic Jameela

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

All wins on soft or heavy, and found 2m1f and good ground too sharp for her in a Cheltenham Grade 3 juvenile handicap latest; step back up in trip may prove a plus, but unchanged mark looks prohibitive.

5/1

3rd

5

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Majestic Jameela

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

The most exposed of these after 11 starts over hurdles and she quite possibly coped best with the heavy ground when winning by a wide margin at Uttoxeter 12 days ago (2m4f; fine on good ground); an 8lb rise could have been worse but this will take a lot more winning.

15/2

Form: /4PFP- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Hasn't entirely clicked for her over fences yet, and current hurdles mark merely fair set against the pick of her late-2022 winning mares' novice hurdle form (2m3.5f-2m5f); something more needed.
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2

26th May 2024

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

15:00 Uttoxeter

Touchy Feely

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

led, headed and pushed along 6th, soon lost position, mistake and pulled up 7th

7/2

2

26th May 2024

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

15:00 Uttoxeter

Touchy Feely

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

led, headed and pushed along 6th, soon lost position, mistake and pulled up 7th

7/2

4th

4

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Touchy Feely

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Hasn't entirely clicked for her over fences yet, and current hurdles mark merely fair set against the pick of her late-2022 winning mares' novice hurdle form (2m3.5f-2m5f); something more needed.

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: 357P1- D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
First win in a year when bouncing back to form at Perth last month (2m4f, soft); 5lb rise makes sense and she won't mind any drier ground, but have to hope the effects of the wind surgery which preceded that success last longer than those of the previous autumn's similar procedure.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Space Voyage

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

First win in a year when bouncing back to form at Perth last month (2m4f, soft); 5lb rise makes sense and she won't mind any drier ground, but have to hope the effects of the wind surgery which preceded that success last longer than those of the previous autumn's similar procedure.

5/1

5th

2

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Space Voyage

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

First win in a year when bouncing back to form at Perth last month (2m4f, soft); 5lb rise makes sense and she won't mind any drier ground, but have to hope the effects of the wind surgery which preceded that success last longer than those of the previous autumn's similar procedure.

5/1

1st

2

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:25 Perth

Space Voyage

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won three novice hurdles at up to 2m5f last season; not fared as well in handicaps this term (poor efforts on last three starts); returns on a good mark after a second wind operation.

15/2

Form: 23410- D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Cashed in a career-low mark at Catterick in March (2m3.5f, soft); class 2 she trailed home last in since was effectively only a 0-121, so can't say this represents a vastly easier assignment; others likelier.
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5th

2

14th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 4

17:15 Market Rasen

Could Be Trouble

11st 13lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Cashed in a career-low mark in a Catterick 0-105 in March (2m3f, soft); this looks easier than both assignments since, though whether she's shown quite enough in defeat in either to interest here is moot.

20/1

6th

9

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Could Be Trouble

11st 5lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Cashed in a career-low mark at Catterick in March (2m3.5f, soft); class 2 she trailed home last in since was effectively only a 0-121, so can't say this represents a vastly easier assignment; others likelier.

25/1

6th

9

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Could Be Trouble

11st 5lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Cashed in a career-low mark at Catterick in March (2m3.5f, soft); class 2 she trailed home last in since was effectively only a 0-121, so can't say this represents a vastly easier assignment; others likelier.

25/1

Form: 136/1- D

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Took fair record fresh to a new level when shrugging off a 22-month break to oblige on debut for Ryan Potter at Uttoxeter last month (2m, soft); back up 7lb and there's always the potential to bounce, but is proven over this longer trip and sounder surface before now; 2lb badly in.
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7th

13

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Lady Malarkey

10st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Ryan Potter

Took fair record fresh to a new level when shrugging off a 22-month break to oblige on debut for Ryan Potter at Uttoxeter last month (2m, soft); back up 7lb and there's always the potential to bounce, but is proven over this longer trip and sounder surface before now; 2lb badly in.

5/1

7th

13

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Lady Malarkey

10st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Ryan Potter

Took fair record fresh to a new level when shrugging off a 22-month break to oblige on debut for Ryan Potter at Uttoxeter last month (2m, soft); back up 7lb and there's always the potential to bounce, but is proven over this longer trip and sounder surface before now; 2lb badly in.

5/1

1st

3

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

18:45 Uttoxeter

Lady Malarkey

10st 13lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Ryan Potter

prominent, led narrowly or disputed lead 5th, pushed along and led clearly 3 out, went clear run-in, comfortably

7/1

Form: 53053-

Last run: 106 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
1-26; taking in a first 0-120 since her November 2021 handicap debut and does so from 13lb out of the weights; surely too big an ask.
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2nd

5

5th Jul 2024

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 5

17:45 Newton Abbot

Maroochi

10st 11lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Keiran Burke

Sole win (28 races) came when dead-heating in a C&D handicap (good) in 2022; well supported when a good third over 3m2f at this track (good; beaten 2l) last month; should give a good account back in distance.

100/30

3rd

8

5th Jun 2024

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

15:10 Newton Abbot

Maroochi

10st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Keiran Burke

Sole win (27 races) was at this track in September 2022; chance on some 2023 form but she needs better than on last five outings if she's to win and there are stamina doubts judged on three attempts at about 3m.

10/1

8th

14

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Maroochi

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Keiran Burke

1-26; taking in a first 0-120 since her November 2021 handicap debut and does so from 13lb out of the weights; surely too big an ask.

66/1

Form: 1126F- D

Last run: 193 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Has never won after breaks of over 30 days, so this quick return after two Flat spins for current handler last month rates a plus; sometime tendency to pull too hard very much back on that recent evidence, however.
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7th

6

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Simply Red

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Four-time course winner when trained by Donald McCain (2m-2m3f, good); well beaten all three starts (twice on the Flat) for new stable this spring and has a lot to prove but the return to this track is an obvious plus.

20/1

9th

7

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Simply Red

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Has never won after breaks of over 30 days, so this quick return after two Flat spins for current handler last month rates a plus; sometime tendency to pull too hard very much back on that recent evidence, however.

25/1

9th

7

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Simply Red

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Has never won after breaks of over 30 days, so this quick return after two Flat spins for current handler last month rates a plus; sometime tendency to pull too hard very much back on that recent evidence, however.

25/1

Form: 34/25- D

Last run: 336 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Proven capable of running up to her best (and indeed winning) after a lengthy absence, so oughtn't fail for the lack of a run since last June; winless in handicaps but is back on a career-low mark; chance.
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9th

5

28th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

21:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Nora The Xplorer

11st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Well beaten on last month's stable debut; that run came after an 11-month absence, she's on a tempting mark and conditions will be preferable; effective in the reapplied blinkers.

8/1

10th

12

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Nora The Xplorer

10st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Proven capable of running up to her best (and indeed winning) after a lengthy absence, so oughtn't fail for the lack of a run since last June; winless in handicaps but is back on a career-low mark; chance.

10/1

Form: /0330-

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Below-par run in the Scottish Champion Hurdle needs forgiving but had placed twice in class 2/3 company before that and she faces her easiest task in handicaps here; mixed signals as to whether 2m4f is needed, though.
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6th

2

23rd Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 4

16:18 Hexham

Salsada

11st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Not seen to best effect at Cartmel (2m1f, soft) last month but was placed off 2lb higher in valuable series final at Haydock (1m7f, soft) in March and could plausibly have untapped potential over 2m4f; fine on good ground; can't be ruled out.

6/1

6th

3

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 3

16:35 Cartmel

Salsada

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in touch with leaders, pushed along briefly after 4th, lost position and struggling before 3 out, lost touch from 2 out

7/1

6th

3

25th May 2024

Soft

2m 1f 46y

Class 3

16:35 Cartmel

Salsada

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in touch with leaders, pushed along briefly after 4th, lost position and struggling before 3 out, lost touch from 2 out

7/1

Form: 6/145- D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
20l fifth in a Listed Cheltenham novice last time (2m4.5f, good) represented a new form personal best, if still not anything that quite warrants this tough-looking opening mark; more needed again, therefore.
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5

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Mellificent

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

20l fifth in a Listed Cheltenham novice last time (2m4.5f, good) represented a new form personal best, if still not anything that quite warrants this tough-looking opening mark; more needed again, therefore.

4/1

5

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Mellificent

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

20l fifth in a Listed Cheltenham novice last time (2m4.5f, good) represented a new form personal best, if still not anything that quite warrants this tough-looking opening mark; more needed again, therefore.

4/1

5th

6

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 56y

Class 1

15:50 Cheltenham

Mellificent

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Not particularly impressive when winning modest novice hurdle at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) on hurdling debut in October but her close fourth in a Doncaster Listed race (3m, soft) last month was a good effort; needs to improve again here but that's possible if the drop back in trip suits.

25/1

Form: 912F5-

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Pick of her beaten handicap form rates a step up on that shown when victorious in a Doncaster novice previously (16.5f, good to soft), though can't say she's anything much in hand of her mark now.
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6

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Sammys Guarantee

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Pick of her beaten handicap form rates a step up on that shown when victorious in a Doncaster novice previously (16.5f, good to soft), though can't say she's anything much in hand of her mark now.

14/1

6

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Sammys Guarantee

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Pick of her beaten handicap form rates a step up on that shown when victorious in a Doncaster novice previously (16.5f, good to soft), though can't say she's anything much in hand of her mark now.

14/1

5th

4

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

16:35 Huntingdon

Sammys Guarantee

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Improved to win at Doncaster (2m. good to soft) in January; stepped up on that when second on handicap debut at Hereford (2m3f, soft); fell at Chepstow only eight days ago but considered on the earlier form.

3/1

Form: 02P3P-

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
December's Newbury Listed mares' novice second (beaten a head) remains an outlier form-wise; have to hope her disappointing handicap debut effort back at the same venue last time was owed to the heavy ground.
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4th

2

7th Jun 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 4

13:48 Market Rasen

Brave Jen

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: T Ellis

Close second in Listed novice at Newbury (2m, good to soft) for Nicky Henderson in December but was sold for £7,000 after some disappointing efforts; needs to have been revitalised by recent change of regime.

6/1

8

17th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

20:05 Aintree

Brave Jen

11st 6lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Nicky Henderson

December's Newbury Listed mares' novice second (beaten a head) remains an outlier form-wise; have to hope her disappointing handicap debut effort back at the same venue last time was owed to the heavy ground.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £65.90
Straight Forecast £45.71
Tricast £232.04
Trifecta £334.50

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Space Voyage

Daily Mail:

Lady Malarkey

WEST COUNTRY:

Mellificent

SPOTLIGHT:

Nora The Xplorer

The Sun:

Majestic Jameela

The Times:

Salsada

POSTDATA:

Space Voyage

The Guardian:

Space Voyage

Daily Mirror:

Space Voyage

Daily Record:

Space Voyage

Telegraph:

Mellificent

TOPSPEED:

Nora The Xplorer

D Express:

Lady Malarkey

The Star:

Lady Malarkey