15:40 Southwell 20 Mar 2017

Roa/racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

1m 7f 153y

Soft (Good to Soft in places)

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1
231858
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Yellow, blue stars on body (Mr Richard & Mrs Susan Perkins)

Sarpech (IRE)  121 

b g Sea The Stars - Sadima (Sadler's Wells)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Found life tougher since opening his hurdles account at Huntingdon (2m) in October, and others again look better treated on this occasion.

Found life tougher since opening his hurdles account at Huntingdon (2m) in October, and others again look better treated on this occasion.

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Sarpech Score: 289

2
111600
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White, black seams, black and royal blue striped sleeves, black cap (Miss Sarah Hoyland)

Tornado Watch (IRE)  44 

ch g Selkirk - Pattimech (Nureyev)

8 11-12
110
8 11-12
110

Really found his feet when winning 3 handicap hurdles on the bounce for Jonathan Fogarty in Ireland last year. However, form has dipped badly since so questions to answer on debut for new yard.

Really found his feet when winning 3 handicap hurdles on the bounce for Jonathan Fogarty in Ireland last year. However, form has dipped badly since so questions to answer on debut for new yard.

Tornado Watch Score: 388

3
3
34-5493
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Dark blue, pink chevron, pink sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap, pink star (Miss H Ward)

Hear The Chimes 18 

b g Midnight Legend - Severn Air (Alderbrook)

8 11-12
110
8 11-12
110

Successful at Ludlow off 2 lb lower last term and stepped up on reappearance effort when third at Ludlow recently, despite pulling hard. Should go well with a decent end-to-end gallop anticipated.

Successful at Ludlow off 2 lb lower last term and stepped up on reappearance effort when third at Ludlow recently, despite pulling hard. Should go well with a decent end-to-end gallop anticipated.

Hear The Chimes Score: 329

4
7P28-36
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Red, orange and red hooped sleeves, white cap (Mr Bryan Fry)

Ryeolliean 50 

ch g Haafhd - Brave Mave (Daylami)

Non Runner

Non Runner

More miss than hit in limited appearances since landing a Plumpton maiden hurdle in May 2015, but dangerous to discount down in grade off a career-low mark here all the same.

More miss than hit in limited appearances since landing a Plumpton maiden hurdle in May 2015, but dangerous to discount down in grade off a career-low mark here all the same.

Ryeolliean Score: 487

1
5
785362
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Red, royal blue cross belts, diabolo on sleeves, royal blue cap (Mrs K Hawke)

Camron De Chaillac (FR)  21 

br g Laverock - Hadeel (Polish Precedent)

5 11-11 b
109
5 11-11 b
109

Solid placed efforts in 2 of his 3 starts since switched to handicaps, runner-up in first-time blinkers at Plumpton (2m) last time. Needs considering off same mark here.

Solid placed efforts in 2 of his 3 starts since switched to handicaps, runner-up in first-time blinkers at Plumpton (2m) last time. Needs considering off same mark here.

Camron De Chaillac Score: 387

4
6
667964
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Red and black stripes, red sleeves, white cap (Mr Tony Scrivin)

Hill Fort 26 

ch g Pivotal - Cairns (Cadeaux Genereux)

7 11-8 t
106
7 11-8 t
106

Clearly not the easiest to win with and hasn't fired on all cylinders so far this season. Still, he's not one to rule out by any means given that he's now 6 lb below his last winning mark.

Clearly not the easiest to win with and hasn't fired on all cylinders so far this season. Still, he's not one to rule out by any means given that he's now 6 lb below his last winning mark.

Hill Fort Score: 391

2
7
4426P1
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White, red chevron, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap (Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar)

Beggar's Wishes (IRE)  38 

b g Oscar - Strong Wishes (Strong Gale)

6 11-8 t
106
6 11-8 t
106

Improved when returning from a break at Bangor (16.7f) last month, landing a 12-runner handicap hurdle in decent style. Up 9 lb for that and shade more will be needed this time.

Improved when returning from a break at Bangor (16.7f) last month, landing a 12-runner handicap hurdle in decent style. Up 9 lb for that and shade more will be needed this time.

Beggar's Wishes Score: 360

8
32303P
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Maroon, yellow stripe, light green sleeves, yellow armlets and spots on light green cap (Mr Royston Morgan Evans)

Miss Benefitz (IRE)  34 

ch m Beneficial - African Keys (Quws)

6 11-4
102
6 11-4
102

Showed fair level of ability for Kevin O'Sullivan and has finished in the money on 2 of her 4 starts on this side of the Irish Sea. However, bit to prove following a tame effort at Fontwell last time.

Showed fair level of ability for Kevin O'Sullivan and has finished in the money on 2 of her 4 starts on this side of the Irish Sea. However, bit to prove following a tame effort at Fontwell last time.

Miss Benefitz Score: 344

9
857
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Black, large light blue spots and sleeves (Mr Brian Johnson (northamptonshire))

Petrucci (IRE)  15 

b g Azamour - Spring Symphony (Darshaan)

5 11-2
100
5 11-2
100

Has been generally disappointing for current yard on Flat and no impact over hurdles yet.

Has been generally disappointing for current yard on Flat and no impact over hurdles yet.

Petrucci Score: 302

10
396644
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Brown, pink spots (Int-ex Contracting Limited)

Sunday Central 9 

ch g Central Park - Sunday News'n'echo (Trempolino)

6 11-2
100
6 11-2
100

Beginning to look well treated on bumper form and recent effort at Hereford (21.7f) was his best since switched to handicaps in this sphere. Drop back in trip here not ideal, though.

Beginning to look well treated on bumper form and recent effort at Hereford (21.7f) was his best since switched to handicaps in this sphere. Drop back in trip here not ideal, though.

Sunday Central Score: 310

11
0-43724
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Yellow, purple chevron and star on cap (The Songsters)

Vocaliser (IRE)  16 

b g Vocalised - Bring Back Matron (Rock Of Gibraltar)

5 11-1 t1 p
99
5 11-1 t1 p
99

Fair winner on the Flat for Jim Bolger. Best effort yet over hurdles when runner-up in 2m soft-ground Haydock handicap in January, but failed to build on that at Newbury next time. Tongue tie applied.

Fair winner on the Flat for Jim Bolger. Best effort yet over hurdles when runner-up in 2m soft-ground Haydock handicap in January, but failed to build on that at Newbury next time. Tongue tie applied.

Vocaliser Score: 350

12
7/569-43
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Emerald green, white cross of lorraine, red sleeves and cap (Three Celts)

Dragon De La Tour (FR)  48 

b g Royal Dragon - Turga De La Tour (Turgeon)

6 11-0
98
6 11-0
98

Not disgraced in handicaps at Wetherby and over 20.3f here when returning to action in January. Drop back in trip looks a good move and he's in with an each-way shout.

Not disgraced in handicaps at Wetherby and over 20.3f here when returning to action in January. Drop back in trip looks a good move and he's in with an each-way shout.

Dragon De La Tour Score: 343

13
054
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Dark blue, dark green cap (Mr David Howard)

Oskar Denarius (IRE)  31 

b g Authorized - Elizabethan Age (King's Best)

6 10-11 h
95
6 10-11 h
95

Fairly useful on the Flat for Marcus Tregoning, winning twice in 2015. Little impact in trio of starts over hurdles, though, and improvement needed now pitched into a handicap in this sphere.

Fairly useful on the Flat for Marcus Tregoning, winning twice in 2015. Little impact in trio of starts over hurdles, though, and improvement needed now pitched into a handicap in this sphere.

Oskar Denarius Score: 320

14
501060
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Dark blue, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars, dark blue cap, beige star (Mr Simon Davies)

Intifadah (IRE)  138 

b g Intikhab - Cuilaphuca (Danetime)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Won Tramore maiden on final start for Patrick Griffin in August, but has cut little ice since changing hands.

Won Tramore maiden on final start for Patrick Griffin in August, but has cut little ice since changing hands.

Intifadah Score: 338

15
F0953
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Dark blue and light blue diamonds, dark blue sleeves, light blue stars, dark blue cap, light blue star (The Blue Harlequin Racing Club)

Xhale (FR)  27 

b g Halling - Xanadu Bliss (Xaar)

5 10-1
85
5 10-1
85

Poor maiden on the Flat in France and, though he posted his best effort yet over hurdles when third at Wetherby (2m) last month, minor place money is probably the best he can hope for.

Poor maiden on the Flat in France and, though he posted his best effort yet over hurdles when third at Wetherby (2m) last month, minor place money is probably the best he can hope for.

Xhale Score: 333

Verdict

Caroline Bailey has her string in fine form currently (4-9 in the last fortnight) and she landed the spoils in this contest last year. XHALE provides the Northamptonshire-based handler with another excellent opportunity and the five-year-old showed signs of promise at Wetherby last time out, finishing third and relishing the decent ground. He will need to go up in trip in time but he can land this, possibly at the main expense of recent Bangor scorer Beggar's Wishes. Vocaliser tries a new headgear combination and needs a market check.

Verdict

A chance is taken on RYEOLLIEAN, who hasn't shown a great deal in 2 starts so far this season but was always likely to be a tad rusty following a lengthy layoff. The handicapper is showing mercy and the drying ground will be in his favour. Hill Fort also figures on a handy mark now and will be a danger to all if back to his best, while Hear The Chimes and Camron de Chaillac are others to consider.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good 12 Being Global 5 11 8 105 6-43963 86 days Mrs C Bailey (74 miles) H Skelton 4/1 4:06.00
2015 Good 9 Storm Of Swords 7 12 1 103 547281 6 days D Skelton (86 miles) Bridget Andrews 11/8 3:51.85
2014 Good 7 Yes Daddy 6 11 5 103 25-2646 77 days T Vaughan (178 miles) R Johnson 6/1 3:50.56
2013 Heavy 8 Marino Prince 8 11 7 100 4PP0F3 39 days Miss J Foster (94 miles) Samantha England 5/2 4:27.20
2012 Good to Soft 8 Bocamix 6 11 9 102 08P1-90 29 days A Crook (112 miles) A Nicol 7/1 4:09.40
2011 Good 8 The Quantum Kid 7 11 3 95 6040-5F 40 days R Dickin (86 miles) C Poste 8/1 4:05.56
2010 Good 11 Alfloramoor 8 11 7 99 4453F2 16 days C Pogson (8 miles) A Pogson 4/1 3:56.50
2009 Good 14 Fujin Dancer 4 10 4 90 243P75 32 days R Fahey (91 miles) B Hughes 4/1 3:56.10
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