15:50 Sedgefield 8 Nov 2018

Best Odds Guaranteed With blacktype.bet Maiden Hurdle (Class 5) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,119 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 178y

Good (Good to Soft in places on the back straight)

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
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Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
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Data quality65%
Position
1
P43-1
iT
Yellow, emerald green star, yellow sleeves, emerald green stars, yellow cap, emerald green star (S & G Soils Limited)

Chosen Flame (IRE)  186 

b g Well Chosen - Flaming Misty (Flemensfirth)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Dam unraced half-sister to useful hurdler/chaser (stayed 3m) Busty Brown. Off mark at fourth attempt in Irish points last time (May 6). Market should guide to expectations.

Dam unraced half-sister to useful hurdler/chaser (stayed 3m) Busty Brown. Off mark at fourth attempt in Irish points last time (May 6). Market should guide to expectations.

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Chosen Flame Score: 277

2
iT
Yellow and maroon (quartered), yellow sleeves, maroon stars, yellow cap, maroon stars (Mr Kenneth Walters)

Dark Ruler (IRE)  (41F) 

b g Dark Angel - Gino Lady (Perugino)

9 11-5
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9 11-5
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Pretty useful handicapper at his best on the Flat but well held in a couple of comeback outings for new yard this autumn and remains to be seen if he fares any better on this very belated hurdle bow.

Pretty useful handicapper at his best on the Flat but well held in a couple of comeback outings for new yard this autumn and remains to be seen if he fares any better on this very belated hurdle bow.

Dark Ruler Score: 274

3
11-
iT
Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves (Paul & Clare Rooney)

I'm To Blame (IRE)  293 

b g Winged Love - Swap Shop (Lord Americo)

5 11-5 h1
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5 11-5 h1
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Unbeaten in a couple of bumpers last season. Hood added for hurdle debut. Good prospect who should prove hard to beat.

Unbeaten in a couple of bumpers last season. Hood added for hurdle debut. Good prospect who should prove hard to beat.

I'm To Blame Score: 458

1
4
7/1170-
iT
White, red cross belts, dark green sleeves, white and dark green quartered cap (Division Bell Partnership)

Theatre Legend 209 

b g Midnight Legend - Theatre Belle (King's Theatre)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Won pair of course bumpers under Brian Hughes towards the end of 2017. Not in the same form in 2 runs in the spring. Retains potential now hurdling but Hughes sides with I'm To Blame this time.

Won pair of course bumpers under Brian Hughes towards the end of 2017. Not in the same form in 2 runs in the spring. Retains potential now hurdling but Hughes sides with I'm To Blame this time.

Theatre Legend Score: 345

3
5
iT
Emerald green, yellow and emerald green diabolo on sleeves, emerald green and yellow quartered cap (Mr E G Tunstall)

Calliope (30F) 

b m Poet's Voice - Costa Brava (Sadler's Wells)

5 10-12
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5 10-12
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Fair on Flat (stays 1¾m). Largely decent efforts in that sphere in 2018 but surprise if he doesn't find a few too strong on hurdle bow.

Fair on Flat (stays 1¾m). Largely decent efforts in that sphere in 2018 but surprise if he doesn't find a few too strong on hurdle bow.

Calliope Score: 329

4
6
41/1332-
iT
Pink, white seams, white and pink halved sleeves, white cap (Corbett & McMahon)

Heartasia (IRE)  282 

b m Danehill Dancer - Big Heart (Mr Greeley)

5 10-12 t
105 WS
5 10-12 t
105 WS

Dual bumper winner (fairly useful form) who ran her best race to date over hurdles when second on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m, heavy) in January. Been off since.

Dual bumper winner (fairly useful form) who ran her best race to date over hurdles when second on handicap debut at Newcastle (2m, heavy) in January. Been off since.

Heartasia Score: 373

2
7
5
iT
Royal blue, white braces and sleeves, white and royal blue striped cap (Mr Mark J Phillips)

Stormy Blues 69 

b g Sepoy - Miss Brown To You (Fasliyev)

4 10-9 t
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4 10-9 t
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Fairly useful form when runner-up on second of 3 starts on Flat for Charlie Appleby in 2017. Hurdle debut fifth at Bangor in August wasn't without promise but he'll need to step up on that form.

Fairly useful form when runner-up on second of 3 starts on Flat for Charlie Appleby in 2017. Hurdle debut fifth at Bangor in August wasn't without promise but he'll need to step up on that form.

Stormy Blues Score: 296

Verdict

Chosen Flame got off the mark between the flags when last seen in May before joining Rose Dobbin and warrants a market check, although the form of that success doesn't appear to have worked out so far. Dark Ruler was rated 91 at his pomp on the Flat, while Theatre Legend ran in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree last term and is also respected. However, it could be worth sticking with the unbeaten I'M TO BLAME, who did it well in two bumpers last winter and is bred to make up into a nice hurdling type for his powerful connections.

Verdict

I'M TO BLAME looked very useful when winning both bumpers last winter and is likely to take plenty of stopping now switched to hurdles on his return. Theatre Legend also notched a couple of bumper wins last season (both here) and could be the one to chase Keith Dalgleish's charge home.