Aintree 11 November 2017

Draw Advantage: None
Going: Good to Soft
Sunny spells

Forecast: Sunny spells
Temperature: 5.0° - 10.1°
Rainfall: 0.04cm
Wind: 6.6 mph NW

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1

12:30 Aintree (Class 4) (4YO plus)

188bet Ebf Stallions 'national Hunt' Novices' Hurdle

2m 4f

Winner £5,005 - 9 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
692-21
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Barton Knoll 24

b g Midnight Legend - Barton Flower (Danzero)

Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 4 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
5 11-4
114

Off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles when wining 9-runner novice hurdle at Wetherby (19.7f) last month. Will need to improve to defy a penalty but there’s no knocking what he’s done so far.

Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when 5-2jt-fav at Wetherby over 2m 4f (good) last month, beating Judge Earle by 1l.

Off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles when wining 9-runner novice hurdle at Wetherby (19.7f) last month. Will need to improve to defy a penalty but there’s no knocking what he’s done so far.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 1 2 33.3%
Hurdle 3 1 2 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 4 1 2 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 5 1 2 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 3 1 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J A P Heskin 1 1 0 100%
T J Mackie 5 1 2 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
1P3232-
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Delire D'estruval (FR) 224

b g Youmzain - Question D'estruval (Phantom Breeze)

Similar Going: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
4 10-12
 - 

Fair form when placed twice over hurdles in 2016/17: fairly useful form over fences for Guillaume Macaire in France and worth a market check on his stable/UK NH debut.

A winner of a NH flat race at 1m 4f. Beaten 1 1/2l by Dad when second of 7 on his latest outing in a chase at Auteuil over 2m 2f in April. Having his first run for a new stable today, previously with G Macaire in France.

Fair form when placed twice over hurdles in 2016/17: fairly useful form over fences for Guillaume Macaire in France and worth a market check on his stable/UK NH debut.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 0 2 0%
Hurdle 2 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 1 0 1 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 3 0 2 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 0 0 0 -
T Ben Pauling 0 0 0 -
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
320-
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Flemenskill (IRE) 197

b g Flemensfirth - Nivalf (Gildoran)

Similar Going: 3 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
5 10-12
 - 

Fairly useful form when placed in a couple of bumpers, but underperformed on final start at Punchestown (18f) in April. Worth a look on his hurdles debut.

Placed in two NH flat races from three starts. Well beaten at 12-1 behind Canardier when 14th of 18 on his latest outing in a NH flat race at Punchestown over 2m 2f (good - yielding) in April.

Fairly useful form when placed in a couple of bumpers, but underperformed on final start at Punchestown (18f) in April. Worth a look on his hurdles debut.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 0 0 0 -
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 3 0 2 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 3 0 2 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Bannister 0 0 0 -
T W Greatrex 3 0 2 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
32-
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Hear No Evil (IRE) 216

b g Getaway - Listening (King's Theatre)

Similar Going: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
5 10-12
 - 

Fairly useful form in bumpers, placed at Wetherby in January and bettered that effort when runner-up at Ffos Las (15.8f) in April, and he's one to consider now tackling timber.

Placed in two NH flat races from two starts. Beaten 3/4l by Espoir De Teillee when second of 11 at 9-2 on his latest outing in a NH flat race at Ffos Las over 2m (good) in April.

Fairly useful form in bumpers, placed at Wetherby in January and bettered that effort when runner-up at Ffos Las (15.8f) in April, and he's one to consider now tackling timber.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 0 0 0 -
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 2 0 2 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 2 0 2 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 2 0 2 0%
T D Skelton 2 0 2 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
2/2-8
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Hidden Impact (IRE) 27

br g Oscar - Maiden Flight (Jurado)

Similar Going: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a tongue strap
HG
6 10-12
 - 

Runner-up in Irish maiden point and made a pleasing start in a bumper at Chepstow in February, but disappointed when well held last month. Going up in trip can only be a positive though now hurdling.

Placed in a NH flat race and a point-to-point from three starts. Well beaten at 6-1 behind Kateson when eighth of 11 on his latest outing in a NH flat race at Chepstow over 2m (good) last month.

Runner-up in Irish maiden point and made a pleasing start in a bumper at Chepstow in February, but disappointed when well held last month. Going up in trip can only be a positive though now hurdling.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 1 0 1 0%
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 2 0 1 0%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 1 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B J Geraghty 0 0 0 -
T Miss R Curtis 2 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
2/320-F4
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Imperial Eloquence (IRE) 17

b g Kalanisi - Babble On (Anita's Prince)

Similar Going: 7 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 14.29%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
5 10-12
 - 

Listed bumper winner who shaped as if needing the run after 6 months off when well held at Sedgefield (16.8f) last month and he remains capable of better.

A winner of a NH flat race at 2m on soft ground. Well beaten at 2-1 behind Ravenhill Road when fourth of 12 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Sedgefield over 2m 1f (good to soft) last month.

Listed bumper winner who shaped as if needing the run after 6 months off when well held at Sedgefield (16.8f) last month and he remains capable of better.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 2 0 0 0%
Hurdle 2 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 7 1 3 14.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 1 3 14.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 2 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Conor Shoemark 4 1 3 25%
T F O'Brien 7 1 3 14.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
321-3
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Overworkdunderpaid (IRE) 21

b g Getaway - Another Whiparound (Saddlers' Hall)

Similar Going: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
4 10-12
 - 

Lightly-raced winner in points who showed plenty to work on when third in a bumper at Ffos Las (15.8f, soft) last month. Likely type now switched to hurdles.

A winner of a point-to-point at 3m. Third of 11 behind The Dubai Way beaten 1 1/2l at 14-1 on his latest outing in a maiden NH flat race at Ffos Las over 2m (soft) last month.

Lightly-raced winner in points who showed plenty to work on when third in a bumper at Ffos Las (15.8f, soft) last month. Likely type now switched to hurdles.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 1 1 33.3%
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 1 0 1 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 4 1 2 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 1 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Burke 0 0 0 -
T C E Longsdon 1 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
R71-
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Spider's Bite (IRE) 200

b g Scorpion - Model Girl (Classic Cliche)

Similar Going: 3 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
5 10-12
 - 

Off the mark at the third attempt in bumpers when winning small field event at Ludlow (15.8f) in April and he could be interesting at bigger odds on his hurdling bow.

A winner at 3-1 in a NH flat race at Ludlow over 2m (good) on his latest outing in April, beating Atomic Rumble by 6l.

Off the mark at the third attempt in bumpers when winning small field event at Ludlow (15.8f) in April and he could be interesting at bigger odds on his hurdling bow.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 0 0 0 -
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 3 1 0 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 3 1 0 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J R Johnson 1 1 0 100%
T H D Daly 3 1 0 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
1-
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The Dellercheckout (IRE) 251

b g Getaway - Loreley (Oscar)

4 10-12
 - 

€27,000 3-y-o, £260,000 4-y-o, Getaway gelding. Finished alone on Irish point debut (Mar 5). Commands the upmost respect now hurdling for his top yard.

Dam unraced. A winner at 5-4fav in a point-to-point race at Lismore over 3m on his latest outing in March, having finished alone. Having his first run for a new stable today, previously with Cormac Doyle in Ireland.

€27,000 3-y-o, £260,000 4-y-o, Getaway gelding. Finished alone on Irish point debut (Mar 5). Commands the upmost respect now hurdling for his top yard.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 1 1 0 100%
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
Similar Going 0 0 0 -
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 1 1 0 100%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Sean Bowen 0 0 0 -
T P F Nicholls 0 0 0 -
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

THE DELLERCHECKOUT was left alone when winning his point-to-point at Lismore back in March before being sold for 260,000 pounds to John Hales at the Cheltenham Festival sale. He has gone to Paul Nicholls and is expected to make his mark in the novice hurdle division this season. Delire D'estruval showed some smart form in France and is respected on his first start for Ben Pauling, while Hear No Evil and Barton Knoll have some decent form in the book so are worth a second look.

2

13:05 Aintree (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Bet 10 Get 20 At 188bet Novices' Chase

3m 210y

Winner £7,820 - 4 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
14234-1
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Coastal Tiep (FR) 30

b g Coastal Path - Jaltiepy (Monjal)

Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
5 11-5
139

Point/bumper winner who made all on hurdling debut at Kempton. Showed a similar level when making a winning chase debut at Exeter on return despite not looking straightforward. Headgear back on.

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race, a chase and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on good ground. A winner at 7-4 in a chase at Exeter over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Wotzizname by 7l.

Point/bumper winner who made all on hurdling debut at Kempton. Showed a similar level when making a winning chase debut at Exeter on return despite not looking straightforward. Headgear back on.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 2 1 33.3%
Chase 1 1 0 100%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
Similar Going 2 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (P only) 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 2 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Sean Bowen 0 0 0 -
T P F Nicholls 7 3 1 42.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
12/43F-6
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Captain Chaos (IRE) 27

ch g Golan - Times Have Changed (Safety Catch)

Similar Going: 8 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 37.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
6 11-0
132

Useful novice hurdler who quickly reached that level over fences last season, albeit without winning. Soon brushed aside on return, however. Headgear on.

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 2f on soft ground. Well beaten at 9-2 behind Mia's Storm when last of 6 on his latest outing in a chase at Chepstow over 3m (good) last month.

Useful novice hurdler who quickly reached that level over fences last season, albeit without winning. Soon brushed aside on return, however. Headgear on.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 9 2 2 22.2%
Chase 4 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 8 3 1 37.5%
Headgear
Today (B only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 3 2 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 8 2 2 25%
T D Skelton 9 2 2 22.2%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
22/1850-
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Clondaw Cian (IRE) 240

br g Gold Well - Cocktail Bar (Hubbly Bubbly)

Similar Going: 10 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 30%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
7 11-0
135

Made a winning return in 16-runner handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last season but in and out subsequent 3 starts. Should make a chaser given his pointing background and clearly goes well fresh.

He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a point-to-point from 2m 2f to 3m on soft ground. Well beaten at 16-1 behind Presenting Percy when 17th of 24 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 3m (good) in March.

Made a winning return in 16-runner handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last season but in and out subsequent 3 starts. Should make a chaser given his pointing background and clearly goes well fresh.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 10 3 1 30%
Chase 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 10 3 2 30%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 11 4 2 36.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Tom Cannon 0 0 0 -
T Miss S Smith 11 3 2 27.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
112630-
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Geordie Des Champs (IRE) 196

br g Robin Des Champs - Kilcoleman Lady (Presenting)

Course: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Similar Going: 6 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
6 11-0
140

Useful hurdler last season though record was rather mixed. Tongue tie fitted ahead of chase debut/return and probably remains capable of better.

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Open Eagle when 15th of 24 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Punchestown over 2m 4f (good - yielding) in April.

Useful hurdler last season though record was rather mixed. Tongue tie fitted ahead of chase debut/return and probably remains capable of better.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 3 2 42.9%
Chase 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 2 1 1 50%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 6 2 2 33.3%
Headgear
Today (T only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 3 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B J Geraghty 2 1 1 50%
T Miss R Curtis 10 4 3 40%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Paul Nicholls and Sean Bowen teamed up to take this prize 12 months ago with the ill-fated Arpege D'alene and they are represented this time by COASTAL TIEP, who jumped well when displaying his strong stamina to win on chase debut at Exeter last month. The son of Coastal Path looked as though he would strip fitter for the outing and the reapplication of cheekpieces will suit on this tighter track. Geordie Des Champs showed a good level of form over timber and is expected to make a better chaser, while Clondaw Cian has gone well fresh in the past having won at Cheltenham last November and he is preferred in the minor honours to Captain Chaos.

3

13:40 Aintree (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Pertemps Network (supporting Btrc) Handicap Hurdle

3m 149y

Winner £12,512 - 10 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
F311-21
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Beer Goggles (IRE) 29

br g Oscar - Tynelucy (Good Thyne)

Course and Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 15 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 26.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 6 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
6 11-7
152

Thrived for this yard since reverting to hurdles, posting a smart effort when making it 3 wins in last 4 starts at Newton Abbot last month. Further 7 lb rise makes life tougher but clearly thriving.

Winner of five hurdle races from 2m 7f to 3m 3f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 16-1 in a hurdle race at Newton Abbot over 3m 2f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Sir Mangan by 3/4l.

Thrived for this yard since reverting to hurdles, posting a smart effort when making it 3 wins in last 4 starts at Newton Abbot last month. Further 7 lb rise makes life tougher but clearly thriving.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 5 3 31.3%
Hurdle 13 5 2 38.5%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 0 1 0%
C Course 1 0 1 0%
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 15 4 4 26.7%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 6 3 2 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Mitchell Bastyan 0 0 0 -
T R Woollacott 8 3 3 37.5%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
5/36P52-
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Vyta Du Roc (FR) 196

gr g Lion Noir - Dolce Vyta (Grand Tresor)

Course: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Similar Going: 12 runs, 4 wins, 3 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
8 11-5
145

Smart novice hurdler in 2014/15, including second in C&D Grade 1. Better known as a useful chaser in more recent times, finishing second in Sandown handicap when last seen. Higher mark back hurdling.

Winner of four hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten a head by Henllan Harri when second of 13 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Sandown over 3m 5f (good) in April.

Smart novice hurdler in 2014/15, including second in C&D Grade 1. Better known as a useful chaser in more recent times, finishing second in Sandown handicap when last seen. Higher mark back hurdling.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 17 6 4 35.3%
Hurdle 8 4 2 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 2 0 1 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 12 4 3 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 6 4 37.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 2 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J D A Jacob 8 2 2 25%
T N J Henderson 17 6 4 35.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
0/P0-316
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Big Easy (GER) 136 (36F)

b g Ransom O'War - Basilea Gold (Monsun)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 18 runs, 2 wins, 5 places, 11.11%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 13 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 15.38%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 17 runs, 3 wins, 4 places, 17.65%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 15 runs, 1 win, 4 places, 6.67%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
10 10-8
134

2014 Cesarewitch winner who was back on the up over hurdles with a win at Warwick in May for Philip Hobbs. Not disgraced back on Flat for new yard after a break last month.

He has won four hurdle races from 2m 3f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Well beaten at 5-1 behind Knight Of Noir when sixth of 8 on his latest NH outing in a hurdle race at Worcester over 2m 7f (good) in June.

2014 Cesarewitch winner who was back on the up over hurdles with a win at Warwick in May for Philip Hobbs. Not disgraced back on Flat for new yard after a break last month.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 24 4 5 16.7%
Hurdle 24 4 5 16.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 2 1 1 50%
G Similar Going 18 2 5 11.1%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 13 2 4 15.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 17 3 4 17.7%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 15 1 4 6.7%
Connections
J R T Dunne 0 0 0 -
T Ian Williams 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
665116
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Holly Bush Henry (IRE) 14

b g Yeats - Maslam (Robellino)

Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 8 runs, 4 wins, 0 places, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Blinkers: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing blinkers
HG
Current Handicap: 7 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 14.29%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 10-1
134

Blinkers have sparked return to form for yard, winning at Worcester and Plumpton in September. Creditable sixth in big field at Cheltenham latest. Ought to give his running again.

Winner of five hurdle races, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 3m 1f on good and soft ground. Finished 10l behind Thomas Campbell when sixth of 17 at 12-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 3m (good) last month. Has won at Plumpton and Worcester this season.

Blinkers have sparked return to form for yard, winning at Worcester and Plumpton in September. Creditable sixth in big field at Cheltenham latest. Ought to give his running again.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 20 6 1 30%
Hurdle 15 5 1 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 8 4 0 50%
Headgear
HG Today (B only) 3 2 0 66.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 2 0 0 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 7 1 0 14.3%
Connections
J Fergus Gregory 1 0 0 0%
T P W Middleton 6 2 0 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
71-4119
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Earthmoves (FR) 112

b g Antarctique - Red Rym (Denham Red)

Similar Going: 6 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 66.67%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 12 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing cheek pieces
HG
7 10-7
133

Useful hurdler for Paul Nicholls and also successful 3 times over fences since the spring. Good run of form came to a halt at Market Rasen in July and now back hurdling after a break.

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and three chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 19l behind Alcala at 10-1 when 9th of 15 on his latest outing in a chase at Market Rasen over 2m 5f (good) in July.

Useful hurdler for Paul Nicholls and also successful 3 times over fences since the spring. Good run of form came to a halt at Market Rasen in July and now back hurdling after a break.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 5 2 31.3%
Hurdle 9 2 2 22.2%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 6 4 1 66.7%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 5 3 0 60%
HG Cheek Pieces 5 3 0 60%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Harry Skelton 0 0 0 -
T P Bowen 4 2 0 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
10-3433
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Nautical Nitwit (IRE) 24

b g Let The Lion Roar - Mrs Pugwash (Un Desperado)

Similar Going: 11 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 9.09%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Handicap: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
8 10-2
133

Won 3 times last season. Creditable in-frame efforts on his last 3 starts but will need to pull out a bit more to get his head back in front.

He has won four hurdle races from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Third of 7 behind Lough Salt beaten 2 1/4l at 11-4fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Wetherby over 3m (good) last month.

Won 3 times last season. Creditable in-frame efforts on his last 3 starts but will need to pull out a bit more to get his head back in front.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 26 4 7 15.4%
Hurdle 26 4 7 15.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 2 0 0 0%
Distance 3 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 11 1 3 9.1%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 28 4 7 14.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 4 0 0 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 1 0%
Connections
J Thomas Dowson 4 0 2 0%
T P A Kirby 21 3 6 14.3%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
41F11-6
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Louis' Vac Pouch (IRE) 28

b g Oscar - Coming Home (Exit To Nowhere)

Similar Going: 6 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Hood: 6 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a hood
HG
5 10-6
132

Won final 3 completed starts last season and further progress when 2 lengths sixth of 18 in Silver Trophy at Chepstow on return, staying on from further back than ideal. Up in trip. Big player.

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 5f on good and soft ground. Finished 2 1/4l behind Court Minstrel when sixth of 18 at 25-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 totepool Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow over 2m 3f (good to soft) last month.

Won final 3 completed starts last season and further progress when 2 lengths sixth of 18 in Silver Trophy at Chepstow on return, staying on from further back than ideal. Up in trip. Big player.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 3 0 42.9%
Hurdle 7 3 0 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 6 1 1 16.7%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 6 3 0 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J R Johnson 4 1 1 25%
T P J Hobbs 10 3 1 30%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
6221-6
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Forza Milan (IRE) 54

b g Milan - Nonnetia (Trempolino)

Similar Going: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
5 9-13
128

Chepstow maiden winner in February. Shaped encouragingly (probably needed run) when sixth of 13 on Worcester handicap debut/reappearance. Interesting with that under his belt.

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 3f on soft ground. Finished 13l behind Holly Bush Henry when sixth of 13 at 4-1fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Worcester over 2m 7f (good) in September.

Chepstow maiden winner in February. Shaped encouragingly (probably needed run) when sixth of 13 on Worcester handicap debut/reappearance. Interesting with that under his belt.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 4 1 2 25%
Hurdle 4 1 2 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 3 1 2 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 5 1 2 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Killian Moore 5 1 2 20%
T Jonjo O'Neill 5 1 2 20%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
32311-6
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Winningtry (IRE) 29

br g Flemensfirth - Jeruflo (Glacial Storm)

Course: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Similar Going: 4 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 75%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
6 10-2
128

Bumper winner who ended last term on the up, landing a maiden/handicap at up to 3m. Not disgraced when sixth of 9 on Newton Abbot return last month and remains an unexposed sort from top yard.

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 1m 7f to 3m on good to soft and soft ground. Finished 16l behind Beer Goggles when sixth of 9 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Newton Abbot over 3m 2f (good) last month.

Bumper winner who ended last term on the up, landing a maiden/handicap at up to 3m. Not disgraced when sixth of 9 on Newton Abbot return last month and remains an unexposed sort from top yard.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 2 2 33.3%
Hurdle 6 2 2 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 1 0 1 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 4 3 1 75%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 3 2 42.9%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Sean Bowen 2 0 2 0%
T P F Nicholls 7 3 2 42.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
U362P1
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Bon Chic (IRE) 13

b m Presenting - Homebird (Be My Native)

Course and Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 13 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 7.69%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Visor: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a visor
HG
8 9-4 (oh 4)
126 4

Return to hurdles and change of headgear saw her resume winning ways over C&D last month. However, overall records means she's no certainty to be in same form this time and is 4 lb out of handicap.

Winner of four hurdle races, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. A winner at 33-1 in a hurdle race over this course and distance (good to soft) on her latest outing last month, beating Black Ivory by 3/4l.

Return to hurdles and change of headgear saw her resume winning ways over C&D last month. However, overall records means she's no certainty to be in same form this time and is 4 lb out of handicap.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 20 5 2 25%
Hurdle 10 4 0 40%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 1 1 0 100%
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 13 1 1 7.7%
Headgear
HG Today (V only) 1 1 0 100%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 3 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 3 0 0 0%
Connections
J Charlotte Jones 2 1 0 50%
T James Moffatt 9 1 1 11.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

A competitive event with a couple of these still on an upward progression and none more so than Beer Goggles, who surprised when winning on his return at Newton Abbot and still doesn't look finished improving. The booking of Mitchell Bastyan looks notable with his valuable 5lb claim being put to good use. Forza Milan and Winningtry are two progressive young horses who should both strip fitter for their return efforts over the past couple of weeks along with LOUIS' VAC POUCH, who shades the vote here. He kept improving over hurdles last season and shaped well in the Silver Trophy behind Court Minstrel when given far too much to do. He remains on the same mark and has the potential to prove better stepping up to 3m1f for the first time with the Philip Hobbs team currently in excellent form. Bon Chic was given a brilliant ride by Charlotte Jones over C&D 13 days ago but is likely to find life tougher off 9lb higher in a more competitive race, while Holly Bush Henry and Nautical Nitwit can make their presence felt.

4

14:15 Aintree (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Rugby Betting At 188bet Handicap Chase

2m 3f 200y

Winner £46,425 - 12 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
41-3F91
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Ballybolley (IRE) 42

b g Kayf Tara - Gales Hill (Beau Sher)

Course: 4 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 50%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Distance: 9 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 33.33%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 15 runs, 5 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 21 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 28.57%
HG has previously won wearing only a tongue strap

Tongue Strap: 25 runs, 7 wins, 4 places, 28%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 6 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-12
150

Probably would have won but for departing 3 out at Uttoxeter in May. Found the Galway Plate too competitive next time but produced a career best to score at Market Rasen 6 weeks ago. Respected.

Has won two hurdle races, three NH flat races and five chases from 2m to 2m 5f on good and good to soft ground. A winner at 10-1 in a chase at Market Rasen over 2m 5f (good to soft) on his latest outing in September, beating Guitar Pete by 4l.

Probably would have won but for departing 3 out at Uttoxeter in May. Found the Galway Plate too competitive next time but produced a career best to score at Market Rasen 6 weeks ago. Respected.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 27 7 5 25.9%
Chase 19 5 2 26.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
C Course 4 2 0 50%
D Distance 9 3 1 33.3%
G Similar Going 15 5 2 33.3%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 21 6 2 28.6%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 6 2 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 20 6 2 30%
T N A Twiston-Davies 30 10 5 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
1P223-1
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Virgilio (FR) 176

b g Denham Red - Liesse De Marbeuf (Cyborg)

Course and Distance: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 7 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 42.86%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 6 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 12 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 4 runs, 4 wins, 0 places, 100%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 11-11
149

Smart effort when ready winner of 25f handicap here when last seen in May and capable of making another bold bid off 7 lb higher (goes well fresh).

Winner of four hurdle races and three chases from 2m 1f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 9-4fav here over 3m 1f (good) in May, beating Minellacelebration by 7l.

Smart effort when ready winner of 25f handicap here when last seen in May and capable of making another bold bid off 7 lb higher (goes well fresh).

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 6 2 50%
Chase 7 3 2 42.9%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 3 2 0 66.7%
C Course 5 3 0 60%
D Distance 7 3 1 42.9%
G Similar Going 6 3 1 50%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 12 6 2 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 4 4 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 11 5 2 45.5%
T D Skelton 12 6 2 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
2112-33
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Master Dee (IRE) 42

b g King's Theatre - Miss Lauren Dee (Montelimar)

Distance: 6 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 9 runs, 2 wins, 5 places, 22.22%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 5 runs, 1 win, 4 places, 20%
HG has previously won wearing only a tongue strap

Tongue Strap: 9 runs, 3 wins, 5 places, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
8 11-7
145

Won 3 times in 2016 and better for return when third behind Ballybolley in handicap chase (8/1) at Market Rasen (21.4f, good) despite an uncharacteristically mixed round of jumping.

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m 1f to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Third of 13 behind Ballybolley beaten 6l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Market Rasen over 2m 5f (good to soft) in September.

Won 3 times in 2016 and better for return when third behind Ballybolley in handicap chase (8/1) at Market Rasen (21.4f, good) despite an uncharacteristically mixed round of jumping.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 17 5 9 29.4%
Chase 10 3 5 30%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 6 2 2 33.3%
G Similar Going 9 2 5 22.2%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 5 1 4 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Burke 0 0 0 -
T F O'Brien 9 3 5 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
40P-2P3
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Voix D'eau (FR) 21

b g Voix Du Nord - Eau De Chesne (R B Chesne)

Similar Going: 6 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 15 runs, 3 wins, 4 places, 20%
HG has previously won wearing only a tongue strap

Tongue Strap: 17 runs, 3 wins, 5 places, 17.65%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 8 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 12.5%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
7 11-2
145

Three-time winner in 2015/16. However, patchy form since, not looking straightforward when third at Stratford 3 weeks ago.

He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 2m 1f to 2m 5f on good and good to soft ground. Third of 6 behind Romain De Senam beaten 3 1/2l at 8-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Stratford over 2m 5f (good to soft) last month.

Three-time winner in 2015/16. However, patchy form since, not looking straightforward when third at Stratford 3 weeks ago.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 17 3 5 17.7%
Chase 15 3 4 20%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 2 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 6 1 2 16.7%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 15 3 4 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 6 0 2 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 8 1 1 12.5%
Connections
J Mr M Legg 6 2 1 33.3%
T Harry Fry 17 3 5 17.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
F/U2412-
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Gardefort (FR) 239

b g Agent Bleu - La Fresnaie (Exit To Nowhere)

Similar Going: 10 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 30%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 8 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7
145

Notched fifth chase success at Wincanton in February and ran a stormer when runner-up in Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival on final start. Player if ready to go.

Winner of a hurdle race and five chases from 1m 7f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 1 3/4l by Rock The World when second of 24 at 20-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) in March.

Notched fifth chase success at Wincanton in February and ran a stormer when runner-up in Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival on final start. Player if ready to go.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 4 4 25%
Chase 16 4 4 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 2 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 10 3 2 30%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 4 4 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 8 2 3 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B J Cooper 0 0 0 -
T Miss V Williams 15 3 4 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
124/115-
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Pobbles Bay (IRE) 301

b g Oscar - Rose De Beaufai (Solon)

Distance: 2 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 9 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
7 11-7
145

Already a much better chaser than hurdler, scoring easily on debut at Uttoxeter before shrugging off 14 lb rise at Chepstow. Not seen since below par in January but remains with potential.

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Finished 15l behind American when fifth of 7 at 4-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Warwick over 3m (soft) in January.

Already a much better chaser than hurdler, scoring easily on debut at Uttoxeter before shrugging off 14 lb rise at Chepstow. Not seen since below par in January but remains with potential.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 9 3 2 33.3%
Chase 3 2 0 66.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 2 0 100%
G Similar Going 9 3 2 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 9 3 2 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 1 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Adam Wedge 6 2 2 33.3%
T Evan Williams 9 3 2 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
253115-
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Warriors Tale 204

b g Midnight Legend - Samandara (Kris)

Distance: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 18 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 22.22%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 4 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-5
143

Improved since fitted with a tongue tie, winning twice at Newbury in March. Disappointed at Ayr following month but type to bounce back.

Winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Well beaten at 7-2 behind Two Taffs when fifth of 8 on his latest outing in a chase at Ayr over 2m 4f (good to soft) in April.

Improved since fitted with a tongue tie, winning twice at Newbury in March. Disappointed at Ayr following month but type to bounce back.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 18 5 3 27.8%
Chase 10 3 2 30%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 5 3 0 60%
G Similar Going 18 4 4 22.2%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 4 2 0 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 3 1 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Sean Bowen 6 2 1 33.3%
T P F Nicholls 13 3 3 23.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
35P5-35
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Three Stars (IRE) 27

b g Westerner - Hapeney (Saddlers' Hall)

Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 13 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 15.38%
G has previously won on similar going
G
7 11-0
141

All the better for return when creditable fifth of 13 in handicap chase at Cork (17f, good to soft, 6/1) 27 days ago. May build on that again but others look better treated on balance.

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 2m 2f on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. Finished 10l behind Ballyoisin when fifth of 13 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Cork over 2m 1f (yielding - soft) last month.

All the better for return when creditable fifth of 13 in handicap chase at Cork (17f, good to soft, 6/1) 27 days ago. May build on that again but others look better treated on balance.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 17 4 4 23.5%
Chase 10 2 1 20%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 13 2 1 15.4%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 19 4 4 21.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J J J Slevin 0 0 0 -
T H de Bromhead 19 4 4 21.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
8/20354-
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On Tour (IRE) 273

b g Croco Rouge - Galant Tour (Riberetto)

Course and Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 5 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 20%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 13 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 23.08%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 6 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 16.67%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 9 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
9 10-6
135

Dual novice chase winner and some fair efforts in defeat last season, including when runner-up in this on return. Has eased in the weights ahead of comeback and promising rider takes off another 5 lb.

Has won three hurdle races, two NH flat races, two chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Finished 9l behind Templehills when fourth of 5 at 7-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Warwick over 2m 4f (heavy) in February.

Dual novice chase winner and some fair efforts in defeat last season, including when runner-up in this on return. Has eased in the weights ahead of comeback and promising rider takes off another 5 lb.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 5 2 33.3%
Chase 9 2 1 22.2%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 0 1 0%
C Course 1 0 1 0%
D Distance 5 1 1 20%
G Similar Going 13 3 3 23.1%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 21 8 4 38.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 6 1 1 16.7%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 9 0 1 0%
Connections
J Mitchell Bastyan 0 0 0 -
T Evan Williams 19 7 4 36.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
U-43445
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Matorico (IRE) 13

gr g Mastercraftsman - Hashbrown (Big Shuffle)

Distance: 4 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 25%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 14 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 14.29%
G has previously won on similar going
G
This horse has had 3 runs wearing only a tongue strap without success

Tongue Strap: 10 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 10%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 7 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 14.29%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 10 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 10%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 10-5
129

Useful hurdler but has made a quiet start over fences and likely to find this too competitive.

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 4f on good to soft and soft ground. Well beaten at 10-1 behind Vintage Clouds when fifth of 9 on his latest outing in a chase here over 3m 1f (good to soft) last month.

Useful hurdler but has made a quiet start over fences and likely to find this too competitive.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 2 2 12.5%
Chase 3 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 4 1 1 25%
G Similar Going 14 2 1 14.3%
Headgear
Today (T only) 3 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 7 1 2 14.3%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 10 1 1 10%
Connections
J R P McLernon 3 0 0 0%
T Jonjo O'Neill 19 2 2 10.5%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
11
144/131-
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Tiquer (FR) 253

b g Equerry - Tirenna (Sleeping Car)

Distance: 9 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 22.22%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 12 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
9 10-0 (oh 1)
124 1

Improved form when winning 2 of his 3 starts this season, though 10 lb rise for his latest success looks a tad harsh and making comeback in much deeper race.

He has won three chases from 2m 3f to 2m 4f on soft ground. A winner at 3-1 in a chase at Doncaster over 2m 3f (soft) on his latest outing in March, beating Banny's Lad by 12l.

Improved form when winning 2 of his 3 starts this season, though 10 lb rise for his latest success looks a tad harsh and making comeback in much deeper race.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 14 3 2 21.4%
Chase 12 3 2 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 9 2 1 22.2%
G Similar Going 12 3 2 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 14 3 2 21.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Brendan Powell 2 1 0 50%
T A E Jones 14 3 2 21.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
12
6F1322-
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The Fresh Prince (IRE) 197

b g Robin Des Pres - Hayley Cometh (Supreme Leader)

Distance: 5 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 20%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 8 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
7 9-10 (ow 3) (oh 1)
127 4

Point/hurdles winner who made it third time lucky over fences at Uttoxeter (2½m) in January. Ended last season with a good second at Perth and remains unexposed.

He has won a hurdle race, a chase and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on soft and heavy ground. Beaten 5l by Lord Ballim when second of 7 at 9-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Perth over 2m 4f (good) in April.

Point/hurdles winner who made it third time lucky over fences at Uttoxeter (2½m) in January. Ended last season with a good second at Perth and remains unexposed.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 10 2 3 20%
Chase 6 1 2 16.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 2 0 0 0%
D Distance 5 1 2 20%
G Similar Going 8 2 2 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 3 3 23.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harrison Beswick 1 1 0 100%
T O Sherwood 11 2 3 18.2%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Virgilio has form figures of 11531 at this track, with his only defeats coming in a 22-runner handicap hurdle and a Grade 1 novice chase, and he makes plenty of appeal. That said, a chance can be taken with ON TOUR, who is likely to be at a much bigger price. Evan Williams' nine-year-old has never finished worse than second in his starts that followed a 100-or-more-day break. One of those performances was his second-placed finish in this race last year from 2lb higher in the ratings where there was 28 lengths back to the third. Voix D'eau and Warriors Tale are others who could go well at decent prices.

5

14:50 Aintree (Class 2) (4YO plus)

Read Noel Fehily At 188bet Hurdle

2m 4f

Winner £28,152 - 3 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
1/11131-
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Unowhatimeanharry 198

b g Sir Harry Lewis - Red Nose Lady (Teenoso)

Distance: 3 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 18 runs, 9 wins, 5 places, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 10 runs, 9 wins, 1 place, 90%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
9 11-6
167

Flawless record for Harry Fry ended in the 2017 Stayers' Hurdle but better than ever when reversing form with Nichols Canyon in the Irish equivalent. Must concede 8 lb but record fresh is good,

Has won nine hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m 2f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 4-1 in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown over 3m (good - yielding) on his latest outing in April, beating Nichols Canyon by a head.

Flawless record for Harry Fry ended in the 2017 Stayers' Hurdle but better than ever when reversing form with Nichols Canyon in the Irish equivalent. Must concede 8 lb but record fresh is good,

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 21 9 8 42.9%
Hurdle 21 9 8 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 3 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 18 9 5 50%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 10 9 1 90%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 3 1 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B J Geraghty 3 3 0 100%
T Harry Fry 10 9 1 90%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
111123-
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Top Notch (FR) 219

b g Poliglote - Topira (Pistolet Bleu)

Distance: 4 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 25%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 13 runs, 8 wins, 2 places, 61.54%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 4 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 75%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 10-12
157

Very smart hurdler and every bit as good over fences, including Grade 1 success at Sandown in February. Excellent second to Yorkhill in JLT at Cheltenham and 8 lb concession may prove decisive.

Has won six hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Third of 6 behind Flying Angel beaten 6l at 6-5fav on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase here over 2m 4f (good) in April.

Very smart hurdler and every bit as good over fences, including Grade 1 success at Sandown in February. Excellent second to Yorkhill in JLT at Cheltenham and 8 lb concession may prove decisive.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 8 3 50%
Hurdle 9 4 2 44.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 4 1 1 25%
G Similar Going 13 8 2 61.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 8 3 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 4 3 0 75%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 13 6 3 46.2%
T N J Henderson 16 8 3 50%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
21/4175-
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Value At Risk 198

b g Kayf Tara - Miss Orchestra (Orchestra)

Distance: 6 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 13 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 30.77%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
8 10-12
146

Chase career hasn't gone to plan, but he is a smart performer on his day over hurdles. Up against in on these terms on reappearance, though.

Winner of two hurdle races, two NH flat races and a chase from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. Well beaten at 13-8fav when fifth of 7 on his latest outing in a chase at Perth over 2m 4f (good) in April.

Chase career hasn't gone to plan, but he is a smart performer on his day over hurdles. Up against in on these terms on reappearance, though.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 3 2 25%
Hurdle 6 2 2 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 6 2 2 33.3%
G Similar Going 13 4 4 30.8%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 15 5 4 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 2 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 11 3 2 27.3%
T D Skelton 12 3 2 25%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Unowhatimeanharry is the classiest hurdler in the field and sets the clear form standard based on his dominance of the 3m hurdling division last term. However, he is running over trip short of his best, has bigger targets in mind later in the season and this small field, and potentially muddling pace, are perhaps not ideal for him from a tactical viewpoint. There is good reason to believe Value At Risk, a Grade 2 hurdles winner, could ruffle a few feathers on the front end here at what is likely to be a big price, but TOP NOTCH boasts some classier hurdles form and appears more likely to cash in if the first-named disappoints. He enjoyed a productive chasing campaign last term, winning the Scilly Isles and finishing runner-up to Yorkhill in the JLT, and for all he's likely to be sent back over fences after this outing, his hurdles form in isolation is very strong and he may still emerge on top, competing over his optimum trip.

6

15:25 Aintree (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Free Spins At 188bet Casino Handicap Chase

1m 7f 176y

Winner £15,640 - 8 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
22145/2-
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Duke Of Navan (IRE) 198

b g Presenting - Greenfieldflyer (Alphabatim)

Distance: 14 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 28.57%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 10 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 40%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
9 11-9
140

Won twice over fences in 2014/15. Confined to just 3 starts subsequently but shaped as if retaining all of his ability when runner-up at Perth (2m) in April. Mark feasible if ready to roll now.

Winner of three hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 2m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Beaten 4l by Pain Au Chocolat when second of 5 at 5-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Perth over 2m (good) in April.

Won twice over fences in 2014/15. Confined to just 3 starts subsequently but shaped as if retaining all of his ability when runner-up at Perth (2m) in April. Mark feasible if ready to roll now.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 5 2 33.3%
Chase 8 2 2 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 14 4 4 28.6%
G Similar Going 10 4 1 40%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 17 5 4 29.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 2 0 2 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 3 0 1 0%
Connections
J Ryan Day 0 0 0 -
T N G Richards 17 5 4 29.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
2P2501-
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Pain Au Chocolat (FR) 198

b g Enrique - Clair Chene (Solido)

Distance: 8 runs, 5 wins, 0 places, 62.5%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 13 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 30.77%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
6 11-11
139

Useful chaser on his day for Dan Skelton and back to best on yard debut at Perth (2m) in April, scoring by 4 lengths. 4 lb higher ahead of return but possibilities if arriving in same form.

Winner of two hurdle races and three chases at 2m on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 5-2 in a chase at Perth over 2m (good) on his latest outing in April, beating Duke Of Navan by 4l.

Useful chaser on his day for Dan Skelton and back to best on yard debut at Perth (2m) in April, scoring by 4 lengths. 4 lb higher ahead of return but possibilities if arriving in same form.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 18 5 1 27.8%
Chase 10 3 0 30%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 8 5 0 62.5%
G Similar Going 13 4 1 30.8%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 5 1 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 3 2 0 66.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 3 0 0 0%
Connections
J C O'Farrell 0 0 0 -
T Rebecca Menzies 1 1 0 100%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
216P36
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Ink Master (IRE) 17

b g Whitmore's Conn - Welsh Connection (WELSH TERM)

Distance: 17 runs, 5 wins, 0 places, 29.41%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Hood: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a hood
HG
Class: 13 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 15.38%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-5
133

Fairly useful handicapper chaser at best for Philip Hobbs who has yet to hit the same heights over timber for present stable. Did too much too soon at Sedgefield latest but others rate stronger.

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases at 2m on good ground. Well beaten at 9-1 behind Vancouver when last of 6 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Sedgefield over 2m 4f (good to soft) last month.

Fairly useful handicapper chaser at best for Philip Hobbs who has yet to hit the same heights over timber for present stable. Did too much too soon at Sedgefield latest but others rate stronger.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 21 5 1 23.8%
Chase 13 4 0 30.8%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 17 5 0 29.4%
Similar Going 10 0 0 0%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 2 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 13 2 1 15.4%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Brendan Powell 0 0 0 -
T D McCain Jnr 2 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
3500-23
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Ballyhill (FR) 15

b g Al Namix - Laly Light (Start Fast)

Distance: 10 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 10%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Class: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
6 11-0
133

Fairly useful hurdler who looks destined for better things in this sphere judged on pair of efforts in novice chase events. Latest Cheltenham third rates solid form and big player now handicapping.

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m and 2m 5f on good ground. Third of 7 behind North Hill Harvey beaten 2 1/2l at 14-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 2m (good) last month.

Fairly useful hurdler who looks destined for better things in this sphere judged on pair of efforts in novice chase events. Latest Cheltenham third rates solid form and big player now handicapping.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 2 1 18.2%
Chase 2 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 10 1 2 10%
Similar Going 4 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 15 2 2 13.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 2 1 0 50%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Mr Z Baker 0 0 0 -
T N A Twiston-Davies 14 2 2 14.3%
  • Grey