14:05 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

Toteplacepot Lough Derg Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £2,534 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

2m 6f 110y

Good to Soft

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1
2/1-1614
iT
Beige, orange star, sleeves and cap (Mr A E Frost)

African Broadway (IRE)  29 

b g Broadway Flyer - African Lily (Clearly Bust)

6 11-12
126
6 11-12
126

Built on last season's bumper success with 2 more wins over hurdles this term at Chepstow and Exeter. Failed for stamina in 3m Grade 2 event at Doncaster last time and every chance back down in trip.

Built on last season's bumper success with 2 more wins over hurdles this term at Chepstow and Exeter. Failed for stamina in 3m Grade 2 event at Doncaster last time and every chance back down in trip.

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2
23121
iT
Royal blue, brown sleeves and cap (Mr W F Caudwell)

Brough Academy (IRE)  30 

b g Key Of Luck - Cantaloupe (Priolo)

C
6 11-5
123
6 11-5
123

Won Kilbeggan bumper for Joanna Morgan and only having second start for this yard when nabbing 2¼m novice hurdle here last month. Shapes as if he'll be suited by this trip and much respected.

Won Kilbeggan bumper for Joanna Morgan and only having second start for this yard when nabbing 2¼m novice hurdle here last month. Shapes as if he'll be suited by this trip and much respected.

3
U4F-651
iT
Dark blue, light blue inverted triangle, quartered cap (Mr K A Nelmes)

Orvita (FR)  30 

b g Lute Antique - Ulvita (Spoleto)

CD
10 11-5
97
10 11-5
97

Lightly raced for one of his age, and found some improvement when off the mark in C&D handicap last time. Plenty more needed if he's to follow up back in novice company, though.

Lightly raced for one of his age, and found some improvement when off the mark in C&D handicap last time. Plenty more needed if he's to follow up back in novice company, though.

4
322244
iT
Emerald green, orange epaulets, orange sleeves, emerald green armlets, orange cap (The Rooster Partnership)

Cock Of The Rock (IRE)  46 

b g Pierre - Glynn View (Pistolet Bleu)

BF
7 10-12 p1
113
7 10-12 p1
113

Dual bumper winner who has made the frame all 5 starts at up to 3m over hurdles, but been beaten long way on recent occasions (folded tamely latest) and cheekpieces need to arrest the slide.

Dual bumper winner who has made the frame all 5 starts at up to 3m over hurdles, but been beaten long way on recent occasions (folded tamely latest) and cheekpieces need to arrest the slide.

5
166
iT
Dark green, light green star and sleeves, maroon cap, light green star (Simon And June Cadzow)

Greenlaw 46 

b g Helissio - Juris Prudence (Law Society)

6 10-12
-
6 10-12
-

Made a winning start in bumpers at Huntingdon and made promising start over hurdles when fourth at Doncaster, not beaten far and shaping as if this stiffer test would be just the ticket.

Made a winning start in bumpers at Huntingdon and made promising start over hurdles when fourth at Doncaster, not beaten far and shaping as if this stiffer test would be just the ticket.

6
2-F3
iT
Red, royal blue stars, white sleeves and cap (Mr Andy Ash)

Oscar Davy (IRE)  109 

b g Oscar - Galtee Castle (Be My Native)

BF
6 10-12
-
6 10-12
-

Irish point runner-up who looked set to make winning start over hurdles when falling last at Carlisle in October. Ran into Gullinbursti at Exeter following month and good chance back from break.

Irish point runner-up who looked set to make winning start over hurdles when falling last at Carlisle in October. Ran into Gullinbursti at Exeter following month and good chance back from break.

7
555/P58
iT
Purple, pink star, armlets and star on cap (Dorset Racing)

Philadelphus 48 

ch g Dancing Spree - Mandalay Miss (Mandalus)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Hasn't looked a natural over hurdles thus far, and will need to jump much better than he did in Taunton handicap last time to make an impact back in novice company.

Hasn't looked a natural over hurdles thus far, and will need to jump much better than he did in Taunton handicap last time to make an impact back in novice company.

8
0/160-5
iT
Black and white stripes, red cap (Mr R Musson & Mr P Thompson)

Madame Allsorts 53 

b m Double Trigger - Always A Pleasure (Chauve Souris)

7 10-5
-
7 10-5
-

Heavy-ground bumper winner who made solid start over hurdles after a 10-month break when a keeping-on fifth at Huntingdon (2m) in January. Sure to progress given this far stiffer test will suit.

Heavy-ground bumper winner who made solid start over hurdles after a 10-month break when a keeping-on fifth at Huntingdon (2m) in January. Sure to progress given this far stiffer test will suit.

9
P24P-P5
iT
Black and light blue check, black sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs S King)

Madam Noso 27 

ch m Riverwise - Lady Noso (Teenoso)

8 10-5
-
8 10-5
-

Winning pointer but didn't cut any ice in couple of runs over hurdles last month and booked for another struggle here.

Winning pointer but didn't cut any ice in couple of runs over hurdles last month and booked for another struggle here.

Verdict

African Broadway takes a drop in class after being well beaten by Rocky Creek and Gullinbursti in a Grade 2 contest at Doncaster. Previously, he'd stayed on well to land the odds at Exeter over 19 furlongs and should be capable of delivering a competitive effort at this trip. However, BROUGH ACADEMY returned from a decent break to score at this track and remains open to significant improvement after just the two hurdle runs. He is narrowly preferred. Oscar Davy, not seen since early November, looks just the sort to progress on better ground and appears the other leading player.

Verdict

A competitive novice. Previous winners African Broadway and Brough Academy look sure to make their presence felt again, but Oscar Davy ran into a useful sort at Exeter last time and is worth another chance to make up for his final-flight fall at Carlisle.

14:35 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

Toteexacta Novices' Chase (Class 2) (5YO plus)

Winner £9,384 - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

2m 6f

Good to Soft

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1
110-121
iT
White, red cross belts, red and white quartered cap (The Goblyns)

Cucumber Run (IRE)  34 

b g Oscar - Back To Roost (Presenting)

7 11-6 p
132
7 11-6 p
132

Made it 2 from 3 over fences with ease in a 4-runner event at Wetherby recently, first-time cheekpieces doing their job. This is more competitive, so will need to up his game if he's to go in again.

Made it 2 from 3 over fences with ease in a 4-runner event at Wetherby recently, first-time cheekpieces doing their job. This is more competitive, so will need to up his game if he's to go in again.

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2
2238/17
iT
White, grey spots, white cap (The Fox Inn Syndicate)

Chariot Charger (IRE)  38 

b g Oscar - Queen Boadicea (Farhaan)

D
8 11-3
138
8 11-3
138

Pretty useful hurdler/chaser who returned from 20 months off to win 3m Uttoxeter maiden chase in November. Failed to fire in a handicap since, but good chance if bouncing back to Uttoxeter form.

Pretty useful hurdler/chaser who returned from 20 months off to win 3m Uttoxeter maiden chase in November. Failed to fire in a handicap since, but good chance if bouncing back to Uttoxeter form.

3
6-22112
iT
Red, black armlets (Mr Robert Kirkland)

Definite Dawn (IRE)  134 

br g Definite Article - Good Dawn (Good Thyne)

C
8 11-3
125
8 11-3
125

Winning pointer who did well over fences in autumn, winning twice around 3¼m (including here) and good second in Cheltenham handicap. Chance he'll find this little on sharp side back from break.

Winning pointer who did well over fences in autumn, winning twice around 3¼m (including here) and good second in Cheltenham handicap. Chance he'll find this little on sharp side back from break.

4
1/2-01
iT
Red, pink hoop and armlets (Potensis Limited)

Sir Du Bearn (FR)  30 

b g Passing Sale - Girl Du Bearn (Sarpedon)

C
6 11-3
132
6 11-3
132

Won a juvenile hurdle in France in early-2010 and back on scoresheet when strolling away with a 2½m maiden chase here in January. This stronger race but could easily have plenty more to give.

Won a juvenile hurdle in France in early-2010 and back on scoresheet when strolling away with a 2½m maiden chase here in January. This stronger race but could easily have plenty more to give.

5
0/20-431
iT
Pink, emerald green chevron, striped sleeves, pink cap, emerald green star (Mr Peter Harding & Mr Stephen Williams)

Trenchant 38 

b g Medicean - Tromond (Lomond)

C
7 11-3
133
7 11-3
133

Smart hurdler on his day for Alan King and seemed sweetened by change of scenery when making winning start for new yard in Lingfield maiden chase last month. Hard ride but contender if in same mood.

Smart hurdler on his day for Alan King and seemed sweetened by change of scenery when making winning start for new yard in Lingfield maiden chase last month. Hard ride but contender if in same mood.

Verdict

A cracking novice chase with all five housing claims. However, Chariot Charger was slightly disappointing behind Michael Flips latest, Definite Dawn hails from a yard struggling for a winner at present and Sir Du Bearn defeated nothing of note when scoring here last time. Trenchant has taken well to fences and stayed on strongly to score last time at Lingfield but may just lack the class of CUCUMBER RUN. The latter is clearly suited by two and a half miles or more and travelled better the further he went at Wetherby last time. He can follow up over this slightly longer trip.

Verdict

The unexposed Sir du Bearn won as he liked here last month and is taken to follow up, though he's unlikely to have things all his own way against some fairly useful opposition, the pick of whom could be Chariot Charger.

15:10 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

totequadpot Handicap Chase (For The Certain Justice Challenge Trophy) (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,054 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m 6f

Good to Soft

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Timeform says (star rating)
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1
P-76098
iT
Red, grey cap (Mr Patrick Wilmott)

Peplum (FR)  43 

b g Subotica - Great Filly (Murmure)

9 11-12
115
9 11-12
115

Gradually lost his way after winning twice at the beginning of 2011. Yet to make much impact since returning from a break in November, and doesn't set the pulse racing despite tumbling mark.

Gradually lost his way after winning twice at the beginning of 2011. Yet to make much impact since returning from a break in November, and doesn't set the pulse racing despite tumbling mark.

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2
0-0FF15
iT
Emerald green and maroon (halved), sleeves reversed, emerald green and maroon quartered cap (Mr Andrew Wiles)

Rigadin De Beauchene (FR)  55 

b g Visionary - Chipie d'Angron (Grand Tresor)

D BF
7 11-9
112
7 11-9
112

Crashed out on first 2 starts over fences, but barely put a foot wrong when winning at Hereford in December. Failed to fire last time, but this mark by no means beyond him if forgiven that.

Crashed out on first 2 starts over fences, but barely put a foot wrong when winning at Hereford in December. Failed to fire last time, but this mark by no means beyond him if forgiven that.

3
FP-5321
iT
Pink and maroon diamonds, pink sleeves and cap (Mr J L Needham)

Mortimers Cross 45 

b g Cloudings - Leinthall Doe (Oats)

C D
11 11-9
112
11 11-9
112

Back to form when making all over 3¼m here last time. That race took little winning, however, and will find life harder over this shorter trip with an 11 lb rise to cope with as well.

Back to form when making all over 3¼m here last time. That race took little winning, however, and will find life harder over this shorter trip with an 11 lb rise to cope with as well.

4
716223
iT
Dark green, yellow seams, chevrons on sleeves, dark green cap, yellow star (Peter Earl, Lin Baker & Irene Paterson)

Not So Sure Dick (IRE)  1 

b g Flemensfirth - The Peckaloo (Buckskin)

C

Non Runner

Non Runner

Posted career best over hurdles to win 2½m handicap here in October. Just as good over fences, again placed behind thriving Hunt Ball at Kempton on Saturday. Has to be considered.

Posted career best over hurdles to win 2½m handicap here in October. Just as good over fences, again placed behind thriving Hunt Ball at Kempton on Saturday. Has to be considered.

5
P0P-4UP
iT
Yellow, dark blue epaulets, dark blue sleeves, yellow armlets (The Encore Partnership III)

Pocket Aces (IRE)  45 

b g Dr Massini - Mrs Mustard (Le Johnstan)

10 11-4
107
10 11-4
107

Drawn a blank since a fruitful novice chase campaign in 2009/10, and while he's potentially very well treated, a failure to complete on 3 of his last 4 starts shows what a risky proposition he is.

Drawn a blank since a fruitful novice chase campaign in 2009/10, and while he's potentially very well treated, a failure to complete on 3 of his last 4 starts shows what a risky proposition he is.

6
26/1233
iT
Pink, pink and white quartered cap (Mrs S De Wilde)

Magot De Grugy (FR)  41 

b g Tzar Rodney - Hirlish (Passing Sale)

CD
12 11-3
106
12 11-3
106

Not an easy ride, but made winning return for new yard over C&D in November. Not discredited since, though only third to Rigadin de Beauchene when they met at Hereford penultimate start.

Not an easy ride, but made winning return for new yard over C&D in November. Not discredited since, though only third to Rigadin de Beauchene when they met at Hereford penultimate start.

7
5-63524
iT
Yellow, red chevron, red and yellow striped sleeves, red cap (Mr And Mrs Andrew May)

Massini Sunset (IRE)  38 

b g Dr Massini - Burgundy Sunset (Buckskin)

C
12 11-1 (ow1) b
104
12 11-1 (ow1) b
104

Won a couple of handicaps in January 2011, but not in the same form this time round and this veteran is readily opposable at present.

Won a couple of handicaps in January 2011, but not in the same form this time round and this veteran is readily opposable at present.

8
82641-2
iT
Brown, orange epaulets and star on cap (Mrs C J Dunn)

River Indus 306 

b g Rakaposhi King - Flow (Over The River)

CD
12 10-12
101
12 10-12
101

Impressed with how he jumped/travelled when back to winning ways here (3½m) in April. Matched that at Exeter later in the month, though not seen since and ideally needs further than this.

Impressed with how he jumped/travelled when back to winning ways here (3½m) in April. Matched that at Exeter later in the month, though not seen since and ideally needs further than this.

9
1-P7422
iT
Emerald green, yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap (Mr R G Tizzard)

Rateable Value 8 

ch g Classic Cliche - Dame Fonteyn (Suave Dancer)

CD
8 10-9 t p
98
8 10-9 t p
98

Off the mark when taking this race a year ago, and back to form in a tongue tie to twice bag second spot in December. Had a break since and yard firing on all cylinders, so warrants maximum respect.

Off the mark when taking this race a year ago, and back to form in a tongue tie to twice bag second spot in December. Had a break since and yard firing on all cylinders, so warrants maximum respect.

Verdict

Not So Sure Dick has appealing form claims but was declared to run at Kempton on Saturday and will need to have recovered fully from those exertions to tackle this contest at his best. Therefore, RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE gets the vote although he comes with risks attached after failing to complete in two of his last four runs. He's useful when putting it together though and rates the potential improver in a field of primarily exposed rivals. Magot De Grugy, River Indus and Mortimers Cross all fall into that category, whilst Rateable Value is not discounted off the bottom perch.

Verdict

Rateable Value won this 12 months ago and looks sure to go well again, even so a chance is taken on Hereford scorer Rigadin de Beauchene returning to form after a lesser effort since. Not So Sure Dick has done little wrong of late and completes the shortlist.

15:40 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

totepool National Spirit Hurdle (Grade 2) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner £16,800 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 4f

Good to Soft

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1
092U20
iT
Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap (Jolly Boys Outing)

Battle Group 29 

b g Beat Hollow - Cantanta (Top Ville)

7 11-7
143
7 11-7
143

Prolific winning hurdler at up to 3m but temperament has got the better of him. Quite a bit to find and opposed despite his yard's good record in this Grade 2.

Prolific winning hurdler at up to 3m but temperament has got the better of him. Quite a bit to find and opposed despite his yard's good record in this Grade 2.

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462-744
iT
Green, yellow cross belts, collar and cuffs, hooped cap (Mr M C Banks)

Clerk's Choice (IRE)  16 

b g Bachelor Duke - Credit Crunch (Caerleon)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Just about the best of these over hurdles, excelling himself when sixth in last year's Champion Hurdle. Latest effort in jumpers' bumper was more encouraging, but this trip probably too far.

Just about the best of these over hurdles, excelling himself when sixth in last year's Champion Hurdle. Latest effort in jumpers' bumper was more encouraging, but this trip probably too far.

3
111-0P
iT
Royal blue, light blue epaulets, chevrons on sleeves, light blue cap (Mr P M Claydon)

Topolski (IRE)  105 

b g Peintre Celebre - Witching Hour (Alzao)

6 11-7
145
6 11-7
145

Won first 3 outings over hurdles, completing hat-trick in Grade 2 at Aintree. Has seemed amiss both starts this term, though yard going better now at least. Unproven beyond 17f.

Won first 3 outings over hurdles, completing hat-trick in Grade 2 at Aintree. Has seemed amiss both starts this term, though yard going better now at least. Unproven beyond 17f.

4
71-6720
iT
Emerald green, yellow spots and armlets, hooped cap (Robert And Sarah Tizzard)

Third Intention (IRE)  9 

b g Azamour - Third Dimension (Suave Dancer)

5 11-5 t1
145
5 11-5 t1
145

Won twice as a novice and improved again this season in some good handicaps. Mid-field in Betfair Hurdle last week and may have more to offer now upped in trip and tongue tied.

Won twice as a novice and improved again this season in some good handicaps. Mid-field in Betfair Hurdle last week and may have more to offer now upped in trip and tongue tied.

5
0-53109
iT
Dark blue, light blue star, stars on sleeves and star on cap (Mrs J K Buckle)

Afsoun (FR)  14 

b g Kahyasi - Afragha (Darshaan)

10 11-3
136
10 11-3
136

Ended long losing run in 2m Newcastle handicap in December. Well held twice since, though (jumpers' bumper last time) and will do well to better previous placings in this (third last 2 years).

Ended long losing run in 2m Newcastle handicap in December. Well held twice since, though (jumpers' bumper last time) and will do well to better previous placings in this (third last 2 years).

6
95-3114
iT
Yellow, orange star, orange sleeves, yellow stars, yellow cap, orange star (Mr Brian Derrick)

Bally Legend 38 

b g Midnight Legend - Bally Lira (Lir)

C
7 11-3
136
7 11-3
136

Likeable sort who has been in good form this season, winning couple of handicaps. Best of those to race prominently at Taunton (Third Intention second). Worth place in this grade.

Likeable sort who has been in good form this season, winning couple of handicaps. Best of those to race prominently at Taunton (Third Intention second). Worth place in this grade.

7
1/42P-5P
iT
Dark blue, red seams, white cap (Sir Peter & Lady Gibbings)

Duc De Regniere (FR)  71 

b g Rajpoute - Gladys De Richerie (Le Pontet)

D
10 11-3 p1
148
10 11-3 p1
148

Smart hurdler/chaser at best, but has struggled to refind his form of late, offering no encouragement in 2 runs for new trainer. Fitted with cheekpieces now.

Smart hurdler/chaser at best, but has struggled to refind his form of late, offering no encouragement in 2 runs for new trainer. Fitted with cheekpieces now.

8
F11-157
iT
Black and beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, beige cap (Andrea & Graham Wylie)

The Knoxs (IRE)  50 

b g Close Conflict - Nicola Marie (Cardinal Flower)

D
9 11-3
150
9 11-3
150

Made winning start for new yard in 3m Exeter handicap hurdle. Well held twice since, back over fences last time, but no surprise to see a better showing in this company.

Made winning start for new yard in 3m Exeter handicap hurdle. Well held twice since, back over fences last time, but no surprise to see a better showing in this company.

Verdict

No Champion Hurdle contenders here but a good prize all the same. Clerk's Choice has obvious chances on his sixth in last year's championship race behind Hurricane Fly but has shown little since switching stables and is best watched until doing so. The Knoxs is talented at best but quirky to say the least and THIRD INTENTION appeals as a safer option. Well beaten last time in the Betfair Hurdle, his previous efforts when second to Ranjaan and seventh in the Greatwood Hurdle behind Brampour (only beaten eight lengths) read well enough for him to oblige in this company.

Verdict

It would be no surprise were The Knoxs popular in the betting but he's got 2 poor runs to put behind him and a safer proposition could be Third Intention who may have more to offer now upped in trip. Bally Legend chased that one home at Taunton last month and could do so again.

16:15 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

totepool Supports The racehorse Sanctuary Foxhunters Trial (Hunters' Chase) (Class 6) (5YO plus)

Winner £1,373 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

3m 2f 110y

Good to Soft

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Horse
Age / Wt / OR
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Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
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Printouts
1
37P/7P-1
iT
Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe (The Queen)

Barbers Shop 9 

b g Saddlers' Hall - Close Harmony (Bustino)

10 12-2
147
10 12-2
147

Smart chaser in his prime. Went with plenty of zest when comfortably making a winning start in this sphere at Fakenham (3m) recently and tough to beat in follow-up bid.

Smart chaser in his prime. Went with plenty of zest when comfortably making a winning start in this sphere at Fakenham (3m) recently and tough to beat in follow-up bid.

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5/214-37
iT
Light blue, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap (Mr C R Whittaker)

Starburst Diamond (IRE)  31 

ro g Old Vic - Camlin Rose (Roselier)

D
10 12-2 p1
117
10 12-2 p1
117

Gradually got on top when gamely winning a 3¼m Warwick hunter in March. Let down by attitude both runs under Rules since, including back at that venue last month, and cheekpieces on now.

Gradually got on top when gamely winning a 3¼m Warwick hunter in March. Let down by attitude both runs under Rules since, including back at that venue last month, and cheekpieces on now.

3
F23-FR7
iT
Light green, beige sleeves (Mr A Campbell)

Charles Bruce (IRE)  35 

br g Lord Americo - Lissanuhig (Le Bavard)

9 11-12
-
9 11-12
-

Twice placed in Irish points, despite clumsy jumping in 2011, but ran out on British debut in that sphere in December and tailed off first try in a hunter last month.

Twice placed in Irish points, despite clumsy jumping in 2011, but ran out on British debut in that sphere in December and tailed off first try in a hunter last month.

4
008-733
iT
Black, royal blue epaulets (Mr K Goldsworthy)

Hills Of Aran 8 

b g Sadler's Wells - Danefair (Danehill)

C
10 11-12
120
10 11-12
120

Showed he retains some ability when twice placed in hunters in recent weeks, but clearly not the force of old and place prospects probably best he can hope for once more.

Showed he retains some ability when twice placed in hunters in recent weeks, but clearly not the force of old and place prospects probably best he can hope for once more.

5
15-5262
iT
Dark blue, yellow hoop, yellow sleeves, dark blue spots, yellow cap (Mrs J P Ackner, Mrs A Harvey-bailey)

King Of The Road 35 

ch g Romany Rye - Queen's Cross (Kinglet)

10 11-12
-
10 11-12
-

Dual point winner who looked decidedly limited when remote second in a 33f Cheltenham hunter in May. Respectable effort in a point last month, but up against it back over regulation fences.

Dual point winner who looked decidedly limited when remote second in a 33f Cheltenham hunter in May. Respectable effort in a point last month, but up against it back over regulation fences.

6
113111/
iT
Yellow, brown and light green check sleeves and cap (Mrs C M Gorman)

Merry Vic (IRE)  686 

ch g Old Vic - Buckamere (Buckskin)

10 11-12
-
10 11-12
-

Prolific in points, registering ninth success in that sphere when last seen in April 2010, but long absence has to be a concern ahead of Rules debut.

Prolific in points, registering ninth success in that sphere when last seen in April 2010, but long absence has to be a concern ahead of Rules debut.

7
60-3183
iT
Royal blue, dark green sleeves and cap (Mr Alan Halsall)

Palypso De Creek (FR)  35 

b g Brier Creek - Belgheera (Vorias)

9 11-12
122
9 11-12
122

One-time useful hurdler/chaser who was back on the scoreboard in a point in December. Respectable return to Rules when third at Towcester last month, but far from certain to back that up.

One-time useful hurdler/chaser who was back on the scoreboard in a point in December. Respectable return to Rules when third at Towcester last month, but far from certain to back that up.

Verdict

It was back in 2009 that BARBERS SHOP finished third in the King George won by Kauto Star and he landed his first success under Rules since December 2008 when easily landing a Fakenham hunter chase earlier this month. This is tougher for the Royal runner but he will be hard to beat at this level if retaining a reasonable proportion of his previous ability. Former decent hurdler Hills Of Aran is progressing fairly well in these contests and looks the main danger to the selection about whom there remains a stamina query. Palypso De Creek looks next best.

Verdict

Barbers Shop went with a good deal of enthusiasm when making a winning start in hunters at Fakenham recently and ought to prove too strong for Hills of Aran and Palypso de Creek.

16:45 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

Bet Totepool Text Tote To 89660 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £2,534 - 8 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 2f 110y

Good to Soft

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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
26U-631
iT
Black, red chevron, armlets and cap (Mr Anthony Pye-Jeary)

Spirit D'armor (FR)  30 

b g Port Lyautey - For The Glen (Ut*quitte Et Passe)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Improved a chunk when off the mark in 2½m soft-ground handicap hurdle at Huntingdon last month, seeing off his rivals in good style. 10 lb rise may not be enough to prevent follow-up victory.

Improved a chunk when off the mark in 2½m soft-ground handicap hurdle at Huntingdon last month, seeing off his rivals in good style. 10 lb rise may not be enough to prevent follow-up victory.

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2
261-656
iT
Beige, purple hoops, white cap, purple tassel (Mr G L Moore)

Sircozy (IRE)  94 (23F) 

b g Celtic Swing - Furnish (Green Desert)

6 11-11 b
114
6 11-11 b
114

Dual hurdles winner in 2010/11. Not as good over obstacles in this sphere so far this season, but does at least arrive on back of good second on the AW at Lingfield earlier this month.

Dual hurdles winner in 2010/11. Not as good over obstacles in this sphere so far this season, but does at least arrive on back of good second on the AW at Lingfield earlier this month.

3
17-4144
iT
Yellow, brown sash, hooped sleeves and cap (Mr Aiden Murphy)

Dormouse 87 

b g Medicean - Black Fighter (Secretariat)

7 11-10 p
113
7 11-10 p
113

Had progressed steadily over hurdles, winning for fourth time at Warwick (2m) in November. Not far off that level when fourth last twice, and place claims here.

Had progressed steadily over hurdles, winning for fourth time at Warwick (2m) in November. Not far off that level when fourth last twice, and place claims here.

4
4277-98
iT
Black and light green check, black sleeves, orange cap (The Runthatbymeagain Partnership)

Rough Times (IRE)  228 

br g Bishop of Cashel - Lady Arpel (Phardante)

7 11-9
112
7 11-9
112

Fair efforts at best over hurdles in Ireland, but no real signs of progression last season. Reappears for Tim Vaughan, who does well with new recruits but hasn't been in the best form recently.

Fair efforts at best over hurdles in Ireland, but no real signs of progression last season. Reappears for Tim Vaughan, who does well with new recruits but hasn't been in the best form recently.

5
658815
iT
Yellow, dark blue star, yellow sleeves, white armlets, yellow cap, dark blue star (Mr A Turton & Mr P Langford)

Mickmacmagoole (IRE)  82 

b g Sadler's Wells - Musk Lime (Private Account)

10 11-8
111
10 11-8
111

Paid his way down the years over jumps, including 3 wins in 2011, most recently at Ffos Las in November. Temperamental tendencies resurfaced when fifth at Sedgefield next time, though.

Paid his way down the years over jumps, including 3 wins in 2011, most recently at Ffos Las in November. Temperamental tendencies resurfaced when fifth at Sedgefield next time, though.

6
297-34
iT
Black, yellow disc, black sleeves, yellow stars, white cap (Mrs Sara Biggins & Mrs Celia Djivanovic)

Marshal Zhukov (IRE)  97 

b g Morozov - Artic Brush (Brush Aside)

6 11-4
107
6 11-4
107

Down the field in 2 bumpers but better effort when third of 11 in 3m maiden hurdle at Chepstow in October. Failed to build on that at Ludlow next time (21f), and returns from 97 days off.

Down the field in 2 bumpers but better effort when third of 11 in 3m maiden hurdle at Chepstow in October. Failed to build on that at Ludlow next time (21f), and returns from 97 days off.

7
746-337
iT
White, maroon star, white sleeves, maroon stars, white cap, maroon star (Mr S Dixon)

Sun Quest 36 

b g Groom Dancer - Icaressa (Anabaa)

CD
8 11-2
105
8 11-2
105

Has hinted at temperament and largely found things a struggle since winning over C&D in early 2010. Couple of solid efforts in defeat this winter, but below par at Wincanton (2m) last time.

Has hinted at temperament and largely found things a struggle since winning over C&D in early 2010. Couple of solid efforts in defeat this winter, but below par at Wincanton (2m) last time.

8
77/5-
iT
Mauve, black chevrons, mauve sleeves, black cap, mauve star (The Adventurers)

Bold Adventure 411 (19F) 

ch g Arkadian Hero - Impatiente (Vaguely Noble)

8 10-11
100
8 10-11
100

Hint of promise on third run over hurldes in January 2011, and arrives here fit and on the back of a win at Wolverhampton on the AW (17f), so not dismissed on handicap debut in this sphere.

Hint of promise on third run over hurldes in January 2011, and arrives here fit and on the back of a win at Wolverhampton on the AW (17f), so not dismissed on handicap debut in this sphere.

9
798-764
iT
Red and black diabolo, black sleeves, red spots, quartered cap (Trickle Treat Partnership)

Megagrace 94 

ch m Kirkwall - Megalex (Karinga Bay)

5 10-0
89 6
5 10-0
89 6

Well related, but looked distinctly limited in first 3 starts over hurdles. Much her best effort on handicap debut when 2 lengths fourth at Taunton in November, but 6 lb out of handicap here.

Well related, but looked distinctly limited in first 3 starts over hurdles. Much her best effort on handicap debut when 2 lengths fourth at Taunton in November, but 6 lb out of handicap here.

Verdict

SPIRIT D'ARMOR created a good impression when landing his first hurdling success at Huntingdon last month, travelling and jumping well before staying on strongly. He's been raised 10lb for that victory but looks just the sort of progressive type with which Venetia Williams excels. He can defy top-weight at the main expense of Bold Adventure. Willie Musson's campaigner enjoys his all-weather jaunts and looks interesting here off a tempting mark after just the three career starts over timber. Dormouse looks the each-way shout with Sircozy and the enigmatic Mickmacmagoole also of interest.

Verdict

Spirit d'Armor was an impressive winner last time, giving the impression that there was more to come, and looks the most solid proposition here. Sircozy and Bold Adventure look next best.

17:15 Fontwell 26 Feb 2012

Live Pool Information At totepool.com Standard Open NH Flat Race (Class 6) (4YO to 6YO)

Winner £1,754 - 11 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

2m 2f 110y

Good to Soft

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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
43
iT
Black and white check, yellow sleeves, black and white quartered cap (Mr Malcolm C Denmark)

Bamboleo (IRE)  27 

b g Old Vic - Sorivera (Irish River)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

Brother to smart hurdler/useful chaser Mossley. Has made promising start to finish in the frame in 2 bumpers, travelling well. May be vulnerable kept to this sphere.

Brother to smart hurdler/useful chaser Mossley. Has made promising start to finish in the frame in 2 bumpers, travelling well. May be vulnerable kept to this sphere.

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5
iT
Brown and white (quartered), orange and brown halved sleeves, white and orange quartered cap (Mr J T Brown)

Fuhgeddaboudit 67 

ch g Generous - Serraval (Sanglamore)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

25/1 when soundly beaten in Ffos Las bumper in December.

25/1 when soundly beaten in Ffos Las bumper in December.

3
iT
Dark green, pink and white striped sleeves, pink cap (Equis)

Lombard Light (IRE)  

b g Milan - All The Roses (Roselier)

6 11-3
-
6 11-3
-

Half-brother to Askanna (bumper winner on debut, progressed into useful hurdler/successful chaser) from family of Racing Demon. Yard have good record in bumpers so must be respected.

Half-brother to Askanna (bumper winner on debut, progressed into useful hurdler/successful chaser) from family of Racing Demon. Yard have good record in bumpers so must be respected.

4
00-3
iT
Purple, light green seams, quartered cap (R Jenner & J Green)

Lord Aldervale (IRE)  30 

br g Alderbrook - Monavale (Strong Gale)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

Improved on 2 efforts for Richard Rowe when third in 1¾m bumper here last month, but has his work cut out upped in trip now.

Improved on 2 efforts for Richard Rowe when third in 1¾m bumper here last month, but has his work cut out upped in trip now.

5
5
iT
Brown, orange epaulets and star on cap (Mrs C J Dunn)

Regal Flow 45 

b g Erhaab - Flow (Over The River)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

Hinted at ability in C&D bumper last month but plenty of improvement needed to take a hand.

Hinted at ability in C&D bumper last month but plenty of improvement needed to take a hand.

6
iT
White, royal blue cross belts, red sleeves, royal blue armlets and star on red cap (Anthony Honeyball Racing Club Ltd)

Royal Announcement 

b g Flemensfirth - Made For A King (Roselier)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

Half-brother to fairly useful jumper Dark Corner. Hails from in-form yard who have good record in bumpers, so market check essential.

Half-brother to fairly useful jumper Dark Corner. Hails from in-form yard who have good record in bumpers, so market check essential.

7
3
iT
Beige and red diamonds, red cap (Fortnum Racing)

Two Oscars (IRE)  66 

b g Oscar - Coumeenoole Lady (The Parson)

6 11-3
-
6 11-3
-

Easy to back and looked in need of experience when beaten 24 lengths by Vrai Vert in Hereford bumper in December. Needs to improve to figure here.

Easy to back and looked in need of experience when beaten 24 lengths by Vrai Vert in Hereford bumper in December. Needs to improve to figure here.

8
75-1
iT
Pink and yellow diamonds, yellow sleeves and cap (Mr M G St Quinton)

Whatsupjack (IRE)  98 

b g Catcher In The Rye - Riverstown Girl (Buckskin)

5 11-3
-
5 11-3
-

Bought for £15,000 after winning maiden Irish point in November. Yard had good season with it's bumper horses so not to be underestimated on debut.

Bought for £15,000 after winning maiden Irish point in November. Yard had good season with it's bumper horses so not to be underestimated on debut.

9
1
iT
Yellow, dark blue epaulets and armlets (Coldunell Limited)

Utopian (FR)  279 

ch g Kapgarde - Djeti (Boyatino)

4 11-0
-
4 11-0
-

€120,000 purchase after taking Vichy bumper in May from Ut de Sivola (subsequent Grade 3 hurdles winner for Willie Mullins). No surprise to see him go close for new yard.

€120,000 purchase after taking Vichy bumper in May from Ut de Sivola (subsequent Grade 3 hurdles winner for Willie Mullins). No surprise to see him go close for new yard.

10
974
iT
Dark blue, light blue hoop, diabolo on sleeves, yellow cap (Fortune Racing)

Grace And Fortune 40 

b m Grape Tree Road - Nouveau Cheval (Picea)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Likely flattered in Folkestone bumper last time and hard to see her making it fourth time lucky in this discipline.

Likely flattered in Folkestone bumper last time and hard to see her making it fourth time lucky in this discipline.

11
6
iT
Black and white diabolo, emerald green and black diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap, black star (Miss S J Hartley)

Witchesintune 32 

b m Beat Hollow - Music Park (Common Grounds)

5 10-10
-
5 10-10
-

Mid-field in Hereford mares bumper won by My Miss Lucy last month, showing some aptitude despite pulling hard. Hard to see her figuring in this.

Mid-field in Hereford mares bumper won by My Miss Lucy last month, showing some aptitude despite pulling hard. Hard to see her figuring in this.

12
0
iT
Red, yellow stars, black sleeves, yellow stars, black cap, yellow star (G&mrobertschurchwardfrostgreenw-willia)

Abruzzi 16 

b g Milan - Shannon Native (Be My Native)

4 10-7
-
4 10-7
-

Easy to back and well held in Kempton bumper earlier this month.

Easy to back and well held in Kempton bumper earlier this month.

Verdict

UTOPIAN hasn't been seen since outpointing Ut De Sivola last May at Vichy and now has his first run since joining Nick Gifford. He has obvious claims if that form is taken literally in view of the runner-up's subsequent performances since joining Willie Mullins, although his layoff is clearly a concern. Nicky Henderson's excellence in such contests is there for all to see and Two Oscars should progress from a solid, if unspectacular, Hereford debut. Anthony Honeyball has his string in fine heart and market support for his Flemensfirth newcomer Royal Announcement should be taken very seriously.

Verdict

Bamboleo and Two Oscars both hail from leading yards but neither have shaped like winners in waiting in this discipline. Utopian, however, had a subsequent Grade 3 hurdler in behind when winning a French bumper in May and looks the one to be with starting out for Nick Gifford. The 3 newcomers, Lombard Light, Whatsupjack and Royal Announcement all make some appeal on paper as well.