12:10 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

MansionBet Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) (3YO plus)

Winner £3,119 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

2m 178y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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No.
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Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
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1
2/4385-4
iT
Black, yellow disc, yellow sleeves, black stars, yellow cap, purple star (Mr B Lapham)

Rajapur 28 

gr g Dalakhani - A Beautiful Mind (Winged Love)

5 11-12 p
100
5 11-12 p
100

Catterick third in January remains a standout effort over hurdles. Tailed off on last month's return at Hexham.

Catterick third in January remains a standout effort over hurdles. Tailed off on last month's return at Hexham.

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2
69P0-3
iT
Royal blue, red cross of lorraine and sleeves, red and royal blue quartered cap (Eric Chapman And Douglas Pryde)

Bahama Moon (IRE)  33 

b g Lope De Vega - Bahama Bay (Dansili)

6 11-12
100
6 11-12
100

Fairly useful Flat winner who made an encouraging handicap debut back from 7 months off when third in big-field event at Carisle (17.2f) 33 days ago, travelling as well as any. Definite player.

Fairly useful Flat winner who made an encouraging handicap debut back from 7 months off when third in big-field event at Carisle (17.2f) 33 days ago, travelling as well as any. Definite player.

3
800/90
iT
Emerald green, yellow triple diamond and diamond on cap (Mrs B Keatley)

Northern Sky (IRE)  102 

b g Danehill Dancer - Moon Flower (Sadler's Wells)

5 11-7 t1
95 10
5 11-7 t1
95 10

Yet to match fair Flat form in this sphere. Can't fancy unless strong market support.

Yet to match fair Flat form in this sphere. Can't fancy unless strong market support.

4
985P/68
iT
Light blue, dark blue seams, white cap (Mrs Ger Hennessy)

Domestic Diva (IRE)  20 

b m Definite Article - Keep It Local (Needle Gun)

7 11-4 t p1
92
7 11-4 t p1
92

Has work to do from present mark judged on stable debut at Uttoxeter last month. Cheekpieces on for the first time.

Has work to do from present mark judged on stable debut at Uttoxeter last month. Cheekpieces on for the first time.

5
7-03231
iT
Green, gold sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap (Mr Anthony White)

Millie The Minx (IRE) (ex7)  10 

b f Medicean - Popocatepetl (Nashwan)

4 11-3
91 2
4 11-3
91 2

Improved when winning 10-runner handicap hurdle at this C&D (soft) 10 days ago, driven out. Obvious claims under a penalty.

Improved when winning 10-runner handicap hurdle at this C&D (soft) 10 days ago, driven out. Obvious claims under a penalty.

6
4449
iT
Yellow, red disc, yellow sleeves, red stars, red cap (Reality Partnerships Ii)

Surrender 14 

b g Sixties Icon - Mango Music (Distant Music)

3 10-11
99
3 10-11
99

Modest maiden on the Flat and similar form in 4 juvenile hurdles. Improvement needed on handicap bow.

Modest maiden on the Flat and similar form in 4 juvenile hurdles. Improvement needed on handicap bow.

7
43P67
iT
Purple, white triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs Jayne Sivills)

Jaycols Star 35 

ch g Medicean - A Lulu Ofa Menifee (Menifee)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Creditable efforts on that last 2 Flat starts and possibly failed to stay when seventh on handicap debut in this sphere at Wetherby (21.2f) last month. Not discounted returning to this trip.

Creditable efforts on that last 2 Flat starts and possibly failed to stay when seventh on handicap debut in this sphere at Wetherby (21.2f) last month. Not discounted returning to this trip.

8
98805P
iT
Yellow, light blue armlets, light blue cap (Mrs B M Lofthouse)

Mac Cennetig (IRE)  16 

b g Brian Boru - Buslane (Tidaro)

6 10-8 t p1
82
6 10-8 t p1
82

Shaped well from his much-reduced mark when fifth at Wetherby (21f) a month but disappointed when well-backed favourite at Hexham since. Drops back in trip now and cheekpieces go on.

Shaped well from his much-reduced mark when fifth at Wetherby (21f) a month but disappointed when well-backed favourite at Hexham since. Drops back in trip now and cheekpieces go on.

9
8866-60
iT
Yellow, purple hoop, chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap, purple diamond (On The Road Again)

Magic Of Milan (IRE)  170 

b m Milan - Laughing Lesa (Bob Back)

5 10-5 t1
79
5 10-5 t1
79

Hasn't shown enough yet to warrant interest. Tongue tie goes on.

Hasn't shown enough yet to warrant interest. Tongue tie goes on.

10
5/72347-
iT
Light blue, yellow sash, yellow sleeves, light blue armlets, yellow cap (Mr H L Thompson)

Sory 259 

b g Sakhee - Rule Britannia (Night Shift)

11 10-0
74 1
11 10-0
74 1

Placed twice to start 2018 but has largely struggled since. Off 8 months.

Placed twice to start 2018 but has largely struggled since. Off 8 months.

Verdict

MILLIE THE MINX was a comfortable scorer over course and distance late last month and the progressive youngster looks the one to beat again under at 7lb penalty. Bahama Moon performed with credit when third on his Carlisle reappearance and he makes plenty of appeal here, while Mac Cennetig was disappointing when favourite at Hexham last time but may be worth a second chance dropping down from 2m4f off a 2lb lower mark.

Verdict

MILLIE THE MINX won well over C&D 10 days ago, and looks a filly ahead of her mark. Bahama Moon rates the chief threat following an encouraging third on handicap debut in a stronger race than this at Carlisle.

12:40 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

MansionBet Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,094 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

2m 178y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
55
iT
Red, royal blue chevrons, striped sleeves and star on cap (Ashfield Caravan Park)

Dew Pond 9 

b g Motivator - Rutland Water (Hawk Wing)

6 10-12
-
6 10-12
-

Hasn't been running well on the Flat and has only shown modest form in a couple of hurdling outings, perhaps being brought along with handicaps in mind.

Hasn't been running well on the Flat and has only shown modest form in a couple of hurdling outings, perhaps being brought along with handicaps in mind.

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2
1-
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Eclat De Star (FR)  481 

b g Special Kaldoun - Rose Star (Passing Sale)

4 10-12
-
4 10-12
-

Picked up by top connections on the back of an easy win in a French bumper 16 months ago and bred to be useful, so worth a chance to maintain his unbeaten record now switched to obstacles.

Picked up by top connections on the back of an easy win in a French bumper 16 months ago and bred to be useful, so worth a chance to maintain his unbeaten record now switched to obstacles.

3
1-
iT
DARK GREEN and RED diamonds, DARK GREEN and WHITE diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap (Kesson,phillips,humbert,ogilvie)

Ettila De Sivola (FR)  370 

gr g Noroit - Wild Rose Bloom (Kaldounevees)

4 10-12
-
4 10-12
-

Well-bred sort who made a winning debut in a bumper at Doncaster (form has worked out) a year ago and appeals as the type to do well in this sphere, so he's one to note.

Well-bred sort who made a winning debut in a bumper at Doncaster (form has worked out) a year ago and appeals as the type to do well in this sphere, so he's one to note.

4
4
iT
Maroon, black hoop, red sleeves and cap (Mr David Carr)

Fisher Green (IRE)  10 

b g Rip Van Winkle - Prealpina (Indian Ridge)

5 10-12 t
-
5 10-12 t
-

Fair on the Flat (stays 1½m), sold from Roger Fell for £4,000 last month prior to finishing down the field in a maiden at Sedgefield on hurdling bow.

Fair on the Flat (stays 1½m), sold from Roger Fell for £4,000 last month prior to finishing down the field in a maiden at Sedgefield on hurdling bow.

5
67P
iT
Pink and dark blue diamonds, white cap (David Barlow & Lyn Rutherford)

Magic Dragon (IRE)  16 

b g Dragon Pulse - Milenka (Cape Cross)

4 10-12
-
4 10-12
-

No sign of ability in 2 bumpers and a novice hurdle.

No sign of ability in 2 bumpers and a novice hurdle.

6
570
iT
Red, yellow diamond on body and cap, red sleeves, yellow stars (Park Farms Racing Syndicate 1)

Oldtimer (IRE)  14 

br g Olden Times - Supreme Surprise (Presenting)

7 10-12
-
7 10-12
-

Has shown ability, particularly on hurdling debut, but probably won't become interesting until handicapping after another run.

Has shown ability, particularly on hurdling debut, but probably won't become interesting until handicapping after another run.

7
50P
iT
Dark green, yellow seams, halved sleeves, dark green cap (Mr P Kirby)

Pullman Brown (USA)  7 

b g Big Brown - Touch Too Much (Holy Bull)

6 10-12 h
102
6 10-12 h
102

Regressive on the Flat and has made a discouraging start to hurdles career.

Regressive on the Flat and has made a discouraging start to hurdles career.

8
8-82P79
iT
Dark green, white chevron and armlets, quartered cap (Byrnes Bloodstock Ltd)

Thosedaysaregone (IRE)  13 

b g Getaway - Gonearethedays (Be My Native)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Has some solid form in a couple of Irish maiden hurdles but he's much more exposed than most of these and is nothing out of the ordinary, so chances are he'll prove vulnerable.

Has some solid form in a couple of Irish maiden hurdles but he's much more exposed than most of these and is nothing out of the ordinary, so chances are he'll prove vulnerable.

9
552U
iT
White, red spots, blue sleeves, blue and white quartered cap (Miss S E Hall)

Emma Lamb 47 

b f Passing Glance - Lucinda Lamb (Kayf Tara)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Above-average bumper performer, about to gain his second win in that sphere prior to veering and unseating over C&D last time, so he's an interesting recruit to hurdling.

Above-average bumper performer, about to gain his second win in that sphere prior to veering and unseating over C&D last time, so he's an interesting recruit to hurdling.

10
52F2-3P
iT
Pink, purple striped sleeves, purple cap (Mrs J Drake)

Lady Of Derrygally (IRE)  20 

gr m September Storm - Lady Of Gortmerron (Orchestra)

6 10-5
-
6 10-5
-

Placed between the flags prior to showing nothing at Uttoxeter trying hurdling for the first time in November.

Placed between the flags prior to showing nothing at Uttoxeter trying hurdling for the first time in November.

Verdict

Jonjo O'Neill's stable newcomer Eclat De Star was a visually impressive winner of a bumper in France last summer before switching to the Cheltenham handler and he is of real interest on his belated first UK outing. However, preference is for EMMA LAMB, who could easily be arriving here with two course victories to her name, having finished a narrow second on her seasonal reappearance before unseating 50 yards from the line when four lengths clear here last time. Charles Byrnes' raider Thosedaysaregone is worthy of a market check, while Ettila De Sivola won a useful Doncaster bumper last winter and has the assistance of Brian Hughes today.

Verdict

ECLAT DE STAR created a big impression when landing a 13f French bumper so, despite a rather lengthy absence, there's every chance his class will pull him through now his attentions are turned to hurdling having been acquired by J P McManus and Jonjo O'Neil in the meantime. Ettila de Sivola is feared most ahead of the more established Thosedaysaregone.

13:10 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

Indian Marquee On Boxing Day Offer Mares' Novices' Handicap Chase (NHMOPS Bonus Race) (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,614 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m 3f 65y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
3/77341
iT
Red, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, white cap (Mr Fergal O'brien)

Troubled Soul (IRE)  27 

ch m Definite Article - Dorrha Lass (Fourstars Allstar)

Withdrawn

Withdrawn

Confirmed promise of Chepstow run when scoring with plenty in hand at Kelso (21.6f) last month. Encounters slower conditions on this occasion but she's a player on that evidence.

Confirmed promise of Chepstow run when scoring with plenty in hand at Kelso (21.6f) last month. Encounters slower conditions on this occasion but she's a player on that evidence.

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3035P-3
iT
Red, yellow sash, striped sleeves and star on cap (Clifford, Gosden & House)

Inch Lala (IRE)  22 

ch m Mahler - Aboo Lala (Aboo Hom)

6 11-9
106 1
6 11-9
106 1

Matched pick of her hurdles form when 10 lengths third of 9 on chase bow at Ludlow last month, suggesting a return to this longer trip will suit. Entitled to progress.

Matched pick of her hurdles form when 10 lengths third of 9 on chase bow at Ludlow last month, suggesting a return to this longer trip will suit. Entitled to progress.

3
345550
iT
Black, pink stripe, chevrons on sleeves, quartered cap (Julie & Phil Martin)

Tickerty Boo (IRE)  33 

gr m Tikkanen - La Fille D'or (Goldmark)

6 11-5 t1
102
6 11-5 t1
102

Modest form in bumpers and over hurdles, well held at Carlisle at the beginning of November. Only market support would make her of interest now chasing.

Modest form in bumpers and over hurdles, well held at Carlisle at the beginning of November. Only market support would make her of interest now chasing.

4
334-9B4
iT
Dark blue, large pink spots, pink cap (Mrs S Smith)

Trooblue 16 

gr m Great Palm - Touch of Ivory (Rossini)

6 10-13
96
6 10-13
96

Fair maiden over hurdles who was below that level on chasing debut at Hexham (15.6f, soft) in November. Entitled to do better in this sphere moving forward.

Fair maiden over hurdles who was below that level on chasing debut at Hexham (15.6f, soft) in November. Entitled to do better in this sphere moving forward.

5
P07435
iT
Emerald green and black stripes, emerald green sleeves, black spots, black and emerald green quartered cap (Mr G Fell & Mr P G Airey)

Ringaringarosie (IRE)  16 

ch m Stowaway - Megan's Magic (Blue Ocean)

5 10-8
91
5 10-8
91

No solid form over hurdles and whilst well held on chasing debut recently, she went with zest for a long way. 5 lb lower now and entitled to improve but a couple of others appeal more.

No solid form over hurdles and whilst well held on chasing debut recently, she went with zest for a long way. 5 lb lower now and entitled to improve but a couple of others appeal more.

6
6337-8P
iT
Brown, white sash, white cap (Mr R W Metcalfe)

Gogo Baloo 16 

b m Schiaparelli - Tarabaloo (Kayf Tara)

6 10-5 t1 b1
88
6 10-5 t1 b1
88

Looked one with problems earlier this year and he didn't offer much on chase debut at Hexham in November, tailed off 4 out. Blinkers now reached for.

Looked one with problems earlier this year and he didn't offer much on chase debut at Hexham in November, tailed off 4 out. Blinkers now reached for.

Verdict

TROUBLED SOUL got her chasing career up and running with an easy win at Kelso last time and Fergal O'Brien's mare rates the one to beat again, despite an 8lb rise from the assessor. Inch Lala made the podium on her first start for Evan Williams at Ludlow and the form of that race looks solid with the winner following up next time out, while any market move for Trooblue should be noted.

Verdict

TROUBLED SOUL was impressive when regaining the winning thread at Kelso recently, and in the hope she proves as effective under these softer conditions, another big run is likely on the cards. Inch Lala is a likely improver on the back of her chasing debut, and feared most.

13:40 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

Happy Christmas From Paxtons Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (3YO plus)

Winner £4,094 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 178y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
311340-
iT
Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, royal blue cap (Mr T G Leslie)

Ubaltique (FR)  244 

b g Balko - Ode Antique (Subotica)

10 11-12 t b
120
10 11-12 t b
120

Quirky sort who returned to form when winning back-to-back handicap chases at Haydock in December/January. Looked laboured towards the end of that campaign and this looks like a pipe-opener.

Quirky sort who returned to form when winning back-to-back handicap chases at Haydock in December/January. Looked laboured towards the end of that campaign and this looks like a pipe-opener.

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2U9622
iT
Black and white diamonds, emerald green sleeves and cap (Mrs Jo Tracey)

Golden Jeffrey (SWI)  20 

b g Soldier Hollow - Ange Doree (Sinyar)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Front runner who is without a win for a while but arrives bang in form to a race that mightn't take much winning, so he's very much respected.

Front runner who is without a win for a while but arrives bang in form to a race that mightn't take much winning, so he's very much respected.

3
FP544-3
iT
Light blue, purple star, dark blue sleeves, orange stars, purple cap, orange stars (Ryedale Partners No 12)

Relkadam (FR)  25 

ch g Muhtathir - Gloirez (Saumarez)

4 11-9
117
4 11-9
117

Fell late when set to post his best effort over hurdles in France just over a year ago and got back on track starting out for new yard when third in Carlisle novice recently. Mark seems fair.

Fell late when set to post his best effort over hurdles in France just over a year ago and got back on track starting out for new yard when third in Carlisle novice recently. Mark seems fair.

4
36123-6
iT
Beige, red sleeves and cap (Can't Last Won't Last)

Schiaparannie 23 

b m Schiaparelli - Annie's Answer (Flemensfirth)

6 11-8
116
6 11-8
116

Fairly useful in bumpers and made the perfect start over hurdles when winning at Wetherby over a year ago. Returned with a respectable effort on handicap bow at Ayr but mark demands more.

Fairly useful in bumpers and made the perfect start over hurdles when winning at Wetherby over a year ago. Returned with a respectable effort on handicap bow at Ayr but mark demands more.

5
541233
iT
Black and white diamonds (Brian Ellison Racing Club & Mr P Boyle)

Apterix (FR)  20 

b g Day Flight - Ohe Les Aulmes (Lute Antique)

8 11-8 p1
116
8 11-8 p1
116

Cashed in on a reduced mark in a weak 5-runner contest at Sedgefield (20f) in August. Creditable efforts in defeat around 2m twice since and likely to be in the shake-up again with cheekpieces on.

Cashed in on a reduced mark in a weak 5-runner contest at Sedgefield (20f) in August. Creditable efforts in defeat around 2m twice since and likely to be in the shake-up again with cheekpieces on.

6
4421/3-
iT
Light blue, white braces and sleeves (Tim & Miranda Johnson)

Culmination 559 

b g Beat Hollow - Apogee (Shirley Heights)

6 11-5
113
6 11-5
113

Flat winner for Andre Fabre in 2015 and struck at fourth time over hurdles in Ayr maiden in March 2017. Not seen since respectable third in Cartmel novice 10 weeks later but needs improvement now.

Flat winner for Andre Fabre in 2015 and struck at fourth time over hurdles in Ayr maiden in March 2017. Not seen since respectable third in Cartmel novice 10 weeks later but needs improvement now.

7
762414-
iT
Maroon, white hooped sleeves (Mr John Wade)

Drums Of War (IRE)  229 

b g Youmzain - Min Asl Wafi (Octagonal)

6 10-12 p
106
6 10-12 p
106

Much-improved form to get off the mark over C&D in the spring but followed it with a tame display and isn't guaranteed to be bang ready for this.

Much-improved form to get off the mark over C&D in the spring but followed it with a tame display and isn't guaranteed to be bang ready for this.

8
122-8P2
iT
Orange, black chevron, orange sleeves, black stars, orange cap, black stars (Mr Gary Smith)

Ninepointsixthree 10 

b g Bertolini - Armada Grove (Fleetwood)

8 10-12 p
106 3
8 10-12 p
106 3

Got into a good rhythm when back to form over C&D last time and remains on an appealing mark, so solid claims if in the same form (not the most reliable).

Got into a good rhythm when back to form over C&D last time and remains on an appealing mark, so solid claims if in the same form (not the most reliable).

9
89/4578-
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Call The Cops (IRE)  449 

b g Presenting - Ballygill Heights (Symboli Heights)

9 10-11
105
9 10-11
105

2015 Pertemps winner but little show for this yard, finishing tailed off at Hexham when last seen in September 2017. Could only consider if the subject of market support.

2015 Pertemps winner but little show for this yard, finishing tailed off at Hexham when last seen in September 2017. Could only consider if the subject of market support.

10
5419/5-P
iT
Red, black stars, black sleeves, red diamonds, black cap (Mr B Herron)

Starplex 16 

b g Multiplex - Turtle Bay (Dr Fong)

8 10-10
104
8 10-10
104

Big-field handicap winner on the Flat at Thirsk in April for Keith Dalgleish. Left that yard for £15,000 in September and offered nothing at Hexham 16 days ago.

Big-field handicap winner on the Flat at Thirsk in April for Keith Dalgleish. Left that yard for £15,000 in September and offered nothing at Hexham 16 days ago.

11
417667
iT
Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, black spots, black cap (The Fifty Fifty Partnership)

Ex S'elance (FR)  18 

b g Saddex - Pampa Brune (Robin Des Champs)

4 10-6 t1 h1
100
4 10-6 t1 h1
100

Fair form when winning 8-runner juvenile hurdle at Vichy (17.4f, good to soft) in May. However, nowhere near that level in 4 outings for Micky Hammond, leaving him with a bit to prove.

Fair form when winning 8-runner juvenile hurdle at Vichy (17.4f, good to soft) in May. However, nowhere near that level in 4 outings for Micky Hammond, leaving him with a bit to prove.

12
611-P34
iT
Red, beige seams, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap (R M & T Holdings Limited & Partners)

Rockliffe 15 

b g Notnowcato - Hope Island (Titus Livius)

5 10-0
94 2
5 10-0
94 2

Back-to-back handicap winner to end last season and returned from a break with a respectable fourth at Market Rasen 15 days ago. This is a tough ask from out of the weights, though.

Back-to-back handicap winner to end last season and returned from a break with a respectable fourth at Market Rasen 15 days ago. This is a tough ask from out of the weights, though.

Verdict

Triple course winner Apterix has been in much better form this winter and is nicely treated at present. He could have too much class for his rivals if taking to the first-time cheekpieces, but a chance is taken on SCHIAPARANNIE. She ran with credit for a long way on her seasonal debut at Ayr and the consistent performer could have a lot more to come in the handicap ranks back down from 2m4f off a 2lb lower mark. Ninepointsixthree performed well here when second behind a progressive youngster last time and is respected, while Golden Jeffrey finished runner-up off this mark at Wetherby latest and could have a part to play.

Verdict

APTERIX goes well here, arrives in form, and could have the race teed up nicely for him, so he can get back to winning ways from a mark that still seems lenient based on old form. Golden Jeffrey is an obvious threat, while Culmination has some handicapping scope based on Flat form going back quite a long way.

14:15 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

MansionBet Handicap Chase (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,614 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

3m 2f 59y

Soft (Heavy in places)

Weather: View Course Guide

Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
13427-9
iT
Pink, dark blue hoop, dark blue cap (Mr C B Brookes)

Socksy (IRE)  30 

ch m Flemensfirth - Bachello (Bach)

7 12-0 t p1
121
7 12-0 t p1
121

Dual hurdles winner who improved for the switch to chasing last term. Likely needed the run returning over timber last month and better expected with that under her belt. Cheekpieces added.

Dual hurdles winner who improved for the switch to chasing last term. Likely needed the run returning over timber last month and better expected with that under her belt. Cheekpieces added.

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2
75-3542
iT
Red, orange star, yellow sleeves, red stars, yellow cap, red star (Simon & Angela Gillie)

Braavos 14 

br g Presenting - Tatanka (Lear Fan)

7 11-12 t
119
7 11-12 t
119

Pretty useful three-time hurdle winner for Philip Hobbs. Failed to scale same heights over fences, but he did make an encouraging start for his new yard at Catterick recently.

Pretty useful three-time hurdle winner for Philip Hobbs. Failed to scale same heights over fences, but he did make an encouraging start for his new yard at Catterick recently.

3
335344
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Travertine (IRE)  28 

b g Danehill Dancer - Mer De Corail (Sadler's Wells)

8 11-7 p
114
8 11-7 p
114

Fairly useful winner at up to 3m over hurdles. Isn't really bred for chasing but first 2 efforts this autumn haven't been devoid of promise.

Fairly useful winner at up to 3m over hurdles. Isn't really bred for chasing but first 2 efforts this autumn haven't been devoid of promise.

4
322242-
iT
Light blue, royal blue chevrons, hooped sleeves, striped cap (Mr L H & Mrs T Evans)

Lac Sacre (FR)  224 

b g Bering - Lady Glorieuse (Le Glorieux)

9 11-0 t b
107
9 11-0 t b
107

Chepstow winner from 5 lb lower in March 2017; Several solid efforts in defeat this term and no reason why he won't be in the shake up again.

Chepstow winner from 5 lb lower in March 2017; Several solid efforts in defeat this term and no reason why he won't be in the shake up again.

5
31/665-P
iT
White, red seams, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap (County Set Six & Partner)

Late Date (IRE)  28 

b g Oscar - Regents Ballerina (Commanche Run)

7 10-5
98
7 10-5
98

Hurdles winner at Perth in 2017 but very lightly raced since, pulling up early on last month's chase bow.

Hurdles winner at Perth in 2017 but very lightly raced since, pulling up early on last month's chase bow.

Verdict

A drop in class will help Socksy, who wears cheekpieces for the first time and has the assistance of Connor Brace's 7lb allowance. However, it is perhaps telling that John Flint has booked leading northern rider Brian Hughes for the ride aboard LAC SACRE, who finished last season with a second in the Highland National at Perth and looks well handicapped reappearing off the same mark. Braavos was second on his stable debut for Sam England last time and now steps up in trip by almost a mile off the same rating, while Travertine may benefit for a little give in the ground on this occasion.

Verdict

This represents a slight drop in class for SOCKSY given the handicaps she contested last term, and with a spin over hurdles behind her, she could be the answer with this unlikely to develop into a thorough test of stamina (tackles this trip for the first time). Lac Sacre's consistency marks him down as the main threat.

14:50 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

Santander Supports Ellen Timney 'Hands And Heels' 'National Hunt' Novices Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders) (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,094 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 3f 188y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
R541/43-
iT
Yellow, royal blue seams, grey sleeves, royal blue seams, royal blue cap (Mr T G Leslie)

Flemens Story (IRE)  391 

b g Flemensfirth - Amelia Earhart (Be My Native)

7 10-12
115
7 10-12
115

Irish point winner who cost £22,000 from a good jumping family. Similar form when hitting the frame both starts at Kelso (up to 22.7f) this autumn.

Irish point winner who cost £22,000 from a good jumping family. Similar form when hitting the frame both starts at Kelso (up to 22.7f) this autumn.

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43-2
iT
Dark blue and white check, dark blue sleeves, white armlets (Tennant, Lynch,sharpe And Boston)

Schiehallion Munro 20 

ch g Schiaparelli - Mrs Fawlty (Kayf Tara)

5 10-12 h1
-
5 10-12 h1
-

Surpassed his bumper form at the first attempt over hurdles when second of 12 at Wetherby last month. Signs of inexperience were evident, so he's expected to build on that (hood may help, too).

Surpassed his bumper form at the first attempt over hurdles when second of 12 at Wetherby last month. Signs of inexperience were evident, so he's expected to build on that (hood may help, too).

3
625-U
iT
Dark green, white chevron and armlets, quartered cap (Byrnes Bloodstock Ltd)

The Big Galloper (IRE)  34 

ch g Mahler - Cuiloge Lady (Beneficial)

4 10-12
-
4 10-12
-

Bumper efforts offer hope, but he's finished well held on completed start over hurdles so far. Interesting to see what the makes of him.

Bumper efforts offer hope, but he's finished well held on completed start over hurdles so far. Interesting to see what the makes of him.

4
946P-3
iT
Light blue, purple star, dark blue sleeves, orange stars, purple cap, orange stars (Ryedale Partners No 4)

Alice Lisle 29 

ch f Flemensfirth - Twilight Affair (Dansili)

4 10-5 t
-
4 10-5 t
-

Needed the experience in bumpers and appeaks as being a handicap project over hurdles.

Needed the experience in bumpers and appeaks as being a handicap project over hurdles.

5
67657-P
iT
Red, yellow sash, hooped sleeves and cap (Mr V Thompson)

Millrose Bell (IRE)  16 

b m Flemensfirth - Laboc (Rymer)

6 10-5 (ow2)
69
6 10-5 (ow2)
69

Minor promise initially over hurdles but largely disappointing in the main, including in basement-level handicaps.

Minor promise initially over hurdles but largely disappointing in the main, including in basement-level handicaps.

Verdict

THE BIG GALLOPER only got as far as the third on his return from 216 days off the track at Down Royal last month, but Charles Byrnes' four-year-old shaped in his bumper outings last season that a step up in trip should suit. Schiehallion Munro was a clear second over a similar distance at Wetherby last time and must be seen as a danger in the first-time hood, while point-to-point winner Flemens Story could build on what he has shown under Rules so far for a leading northern yard.

Verdict

SCHIEHALLION MUNRO showed plenty to work on when runner-up on hurdles bow at Wetherby last month, despite signs of inexperience, and with a hood likely to help him, he's up to going one better. Flemens Story is feared most unless there's market support for The Big Galloper.

15:20 Sedgefield 7 Dec 2018

MansionBet Standard Open NH Flat Race (Class 5) (4YO to 6YO)

Winner £2,274 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

2m 178y

Soft (Heavy in places)

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1
iT
Royal blue, yellow epaulets, yellow and royal blue hooped sleeves, striped cap (Tor Side Racing)

Big Bad Bear (IRE)  

br g Jeremy - Our Polly (Saint Des Saints)

4 11-2
-
4 11-2
-

€55,000 3-y-o, Jeremy gelding. Dam, unraced, half-sister to useful hurdler/smart chaser (2m-2½m winner) Invitation Only. Makes plenty of appeal on paper for yard with great record in bumpers.

€55,000 3-y-o, Jeremy gelding. Dam, unraced, half-sister to useful hurdler/smart chaser (2m-2½m winner) Invitation Only. Makes plenty of appeal on paper for yard with great record in bumpers.

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7
iT
Light blue and mauve (halved), light blue cap (Mr J P L Ewart)

Cellar Vie 212 

gr g Tikkanen - Branceilles (Satin Wood)

4 11-2 h1
-
4 11-2 h1
-

Half-brother to 3 winners, including yard's useful hurdler/smart chaser Sa Suffit. Never dangerous in Kelso bumper in the spring. Will make more appeal when jumping.

Half-brother to 3 winners, including yard's useful hurdler/smart chaser Sa Suffit. Never dangerous in Kelso bumper in the spring. Will make more appeal when jumping.

3
371-5
iT
Yellow, emerald green star, yellow sleeves, purple armlets, emerald green cap, yellow star (The Bolly Champagne Crew)

Champagne Well (IRE)  30 

b g Gold Well - Perkanod (Executive Perk)

5 11-2
-
5 11-2
-

Point winner who fetched €40,000. Good fifth in useful Chepstow bumper last month and open to progress.

Point winner who fetched €40,000. Good fifth in useful Chepstow bumper last month and open to progress.

4
iT
Light blue, royal blue chevrons, royal blue cap, light blue diamond (Marwood Racing Limited)

Desai 

br g Dansili - Arabesque (Zafonic)

4 11-2 t1
-
4 11-2 t1
-

3,000 gns 4-y-o, Dansili gelding. Brother to a winner on Flat and closely related to a winner on Flat and half-brother to 6 winners, including fair hurdler Sligo. Wears tongue strap.

3,000 gns 4-y-o, Dansili gelding. Brother to a winner on Flat and closely related to a winner on Flat and half-brother to 6 winners, including fair hurdler Sligo. Wears tongue strap.

5
iT
Pink, black diamond and armlets, quartered cap (Mr & Mrs Duncan Davidson)

Enzillerya (FR)  

b g Anzillero - Trieste (Valanour)

4 11-2
-
4 11-2
-

€25,000 3-y-o, Anzillero gelding. Dam, lightly raced on Flat, half-sister to fair hurdler/fairly useful chaser (stayed 2½m) Ouste. Highly respected on debut.

€25,000 3-y-o, Anzillero gelding. Dam, lightly raced on Flat, half-sister to fair hurdler/fairly useful chaser (stayed 2½m) Ouste. Highly respected on debut.

6
P
iT
Yellow, royal blue chevron, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, royal blue cap, yellow stars (Maybe The Last Time)

Justcall'm John (IRE)  208 

b g Witness Box - Black N Amber (Alderbrook)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Dam, unraced, sister to useful hurdler (stayed 25f) Amber Brook and fair hurdler/fairly useful chaser (stayed 3m) Medical Card. Pulled up in Irish point on debut in May.

Dam, unraced, sister to useful hurdler (stayed 25f) Amber Brook and fair hurdler/fairly useful chaser (stayed 3m) Medical Card. Pulled up in Irish point on debut in May.

Verdict

Fergal O'Brien's point-to-point winner CHAMPAGNE WELL ran well for a long way on his Rules debut at Chepstow, where the long gruelling straight, along with some useful opponents, just found him out in the final few furlongs. He can build on that fifth-placed finish in what looked a smart contest, with his riders' 7lb allowance a bonus. Nicky Richards' newcomer Big Bad Bear cost 55,000 euros and is worthy of respect and a market check, while similar applies to Desai, who has the assistance of Brian Hughes in the saddle.

Verdict

BIG BAD BEAR makes plenty of appeal on paper and could have the measure of Champagne Well. Enzillerya and Desai are both interesting newcomers also.