20:05 Ffos Las 13 Jul 2018

Davies Chemists Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Winner £12,913 - 13 run - Draw Advantage: None

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Data quality71%
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1
0/5650-3
iT
Royal blue, white halved sleeves, red cap, royal blue star (Mrs Rosemary Luck & Mrs Deirdre Walker)

Chelsea Flyer (IRE)  48 

b g Westerner - Aktress (Oscar)

7 11-12
125
7 11-12
125

Fairly useful hurdler who took a step back in right direction when third of 9 at Ffos Las in May. Each-way claims if turning up in similar form again.

Fairly useful hurdler who took a step back in right direction when third of 9 at Ffos Las in May. Each-way claims if turning up in similar form again.

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Chelsea Flyer Score: 402

2
1P3222-
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Yellow, maroon stars, maroon sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap (The Aeolus Syndicate)

Coeur Tantre (IRE)  199 

ch g Fruits Of Love - Ding Dong Belle (Minster Son)

7 11-12 t
125
7 11-12 t
125

Dual winning hurdler last summer and runner-up 3 times over fences to end 2017. Much depends on whether he's primed after a break.

Dual winning hurdler last summer and runner-up 3 times over fences to end 2017. Much depends on whether he's primed after a break.

Coeur Tantre Score: 371

3
PP37-17
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Maroon, white diamond, diabolo on sleeves (Thorne Farm,mrsk Hawke,mrwilliamsimms)

Lord Ballim (FR)  40 

ch g Balko - Lady Pauline (Hamas)

8 11-9 t h
122
8 11-9 t h
122

Won over fences off this mark at Worcester in May. Not at best at Perth the following month and now back hurdling.

Won over fences off this mark at Worcester in May. Not at best at Perth the following month and now back hurdling.

Lord Ballim Score: 398

4
U121-7
iT
Black, yellow chevrons, checked sleeves, quartered cap (The General Asphalte Company Ltd)

Novis Adventus (IRE)  24 

b g New Approach - Tiffed (Seattle Slew)

6 11-8 t1
121
6 11-8 t1
121

Took well to hurdling with a couple of wins last summer, including here. However, last of 14 on AW Flat in June after 9 months off and also below par back hurdling at Stratford since.

Took well to hurdling with a couple of wins last summer, including here. However, last of 14 on AW Flat in June after 9 months off and also below par back hurdling at Stratford since.

Novis Adventus Score: 393

5
12951-3
iT
Red, light blue stars, yellow cap, light blue stars (Mr Mark Adams)

Burst Ya Bubble (IRE)  47 

b g Spadoun - Accordian Lady (Accordion)

6 11-8
121
6 11-8
121

Proved better than ever after break when winning 19f Warwick handicap hurdle in April and just as good when third at Uttoxeter a month later. Nudged up another 3 lb but still expected to figure.

Proved better than ever after break when winning 19f Warwick handicap hurdle in April and just as good when third at Uttoxeter a month later. Nudged up another 3 lb but still expected to figure.

Burst Ya Bubble Score: 410

6
71-42
iT
Grey, pink epaulets, quartered cap (Mr Raymond Tooth)

Starcrossed 27 

b g Cape Cross - Gretna (Groom Dancer)

6 11-5
118
6 11-5
118

Fair on the Flat and much improved from hurdling bow when winning 15-runner novice at Huntingdon (2m) in February. Better effort in handicaps since when second at Fontwell (19f) last time.

Fair on the Flat and much improved from hurdling bow when winning 15-runner novice at Huntingdon (2m) in February. Better effort in handicaps since when second at Fontwell (19f) last time.

Starcrossed Score: 366

7
426-U11
iT
Black, white hoop, black sleeves, white stars (Mr R E R Williams)

Voodoo Doll (IRE)  19 

b g Getaway - Voodoo Magic (Platini)

5 11-5 p
118
5 11-5 p
118

Winner of handicaps over this trip at Bangor and Worcester last month. Only up another 2lb and likely to go well on hat-trick bid.

Winner of handicaps over this trip at Bangor and Worcester last month. Only up another 2lb and likely to go well on hat-trick bid.

Voodoo Doll Score: 426

3
8
221315/
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Dark blue and purple stripes, dark blue sleeves, yellow armlets, dark blue and purple hooped cap (Bolingbroke Flatt Howard Sutton Turner)

Deserter (IRE)  456 

ch g Tagula - Lady Van Gogh (Dubai Destination)

7 11-4 t p1
117
7 11-4 t p1
117

Three-time winner in handicap hurdles in 2016 but hasn't been seen since. Cheekpieces added for belated return. Johnson up but market perhaps best guide to what's expected.

Three-time winner in handicap hurdles in 2016 but hasn't been seen since. Cheekpieces added for belated return. Johnson up but market perhaps best guide to what's expected.

Deserter Score: 439

2
9
67P-846
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Yellow, emerald green braces, armlets and star on cap (David Robbins & Karen Bowen)

Dr Robin (IRE)  3 

b g Robin Des Pres - Inter Alia (Dr Massini)

8 11-2 b
115
8 11-2 b
115

Generally below form since winning at Worcester (fences) last summer, failing to build on a slightly better effort here when well-held sixth at Uttoxeter since. Blinkers back on.

Generally below form since winning at Worcester (fences) last summer, failing to build on a slightly better effort here when well-held sixth at Uttoxeter since. Blinkers back on.

Dr Robin Score: 315

10
F440-14
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White, red braces, emerald green and white check sleeves, white cap, red star (James And Jean Potter)

Equus Millar (IRE)  55 

b g Masterofthehorse - Lets Get Busy (Presenting)

5 11-1
114
5 11-1
114

Low-mileage 5-y-o who opened his account on his second handicap start at Ludlow (2m) in May. Let down by his jumping when only fourth at Bangor (17f) since. Back up in trip.

Low-mileage 5-y-o who opened his account on his second handicap start at Ludlow (2m) in May. Let down by his jumping when only fourth at Bangor (17f) since. Back up in trip.

Equus Millar Score: 425

4
11
3/P68-U5
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Red and white check, white cap (Tim Syder)

Hidden Cargo (IRE)  38 

b g Stowaway - All Heart (Alhaarth)

6 10-12 p1
111
6 10-12 p1
111

Fair maiden hurdler who was below that level on his completed start over fences at the start of this season. Cheekpieces on for first time now reverting to hurdles.

Fair maiden hurdler who was below that level on his completed start over fences at the start of this season. Cheekpieces on for first time now reverting to hurdles.

Hidden Cargo Score: 326

12
37P-187
iT
Light blue, royal blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, striped cap (Mr L H & Mrs T Evans)

Ayla's Emperor 22 

b m Holy Roman Emperor - Ayla (Daylami)

9 10-9 p
108
9 10-9 p
108

Revitalised by a break when landing 13-runner handicap at Ludlow in May but has found life tougher twice since and Court Duty looks very much the stable first pick.

Revitalised by a break when landing 13-runner handicap at Ludlow in May but has found life tougher twice since and Court Duty looks very much the stable first pick.

Ayla's Emperor Score: 333

13
4305-41
iT
Mauve, purple triple diamond, armlets and diamond on cap (Davies & Price)

Court Duty (IRE)  9 

b g Court Cave - Easter Duties (Aristocracy)

6 10-1
100 11
6 10-1
100 11

Improved to readily win 11-runner handicap hurdle at Worcester (20f, good) 9 days ago. Escapes a penalty as that was a conditionals' event and the one to beat even though this a stronger race.

Improved to readily win 11-runner handicap hurdle at Worcester (20f, good) 9 days ago. Escapes a penalty as that was a conditionals' event and the one to beat even though this a stronger race.

Court Duty Score: 506

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Verdict

VOODOO DOLL has proved a tough nut to crack the last twice and is backed to land the hat-trick having only been raised 2lb following his narrow victory at Worcester. Court Duty impressed when eight lengths clear at that same venue last week and he escapes a penalty so is a big danger. Burst Ya Bubble and the consistent frame-hitter Coeur Tantre are others who warrant respect.

Verdict

A competitive field but it's still hard to get away from COURT DUTY who escapes a penalty for last week's easy win at Worcester and is effectively 5lb lower if Richard Patrick's claim is taken into account. Burst Ya Bubble, the hat-trick seeking Voodoo Doll and Dan Skelton's Starcrossed are all on the shortlist.