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12:40 Warwick 12 Jan 2019

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
3628
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Three Bullet Gate (IRE) 28

b g Touch Of Land - Brave Hope (City Honours)

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
6 11-13
111

Fair efforts in bumper and over hurdles to date, leaving him with a bit of improvement to find from opening mark, but there's scope for it on pedigree.

Placed in a hurdle race and a NH flat race from four starts. Well beaten at 66-1 behind Rockpoint when last of 8 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham over 3m (good to soft) in December last year.

Fair efforts in bumper and over hurdles to date, leaving him with a bit of improvement to find from opening mark, but there's scope for it on pedigree.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 0 1 0%
Hurdle 3 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 4 0 2 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 4 0 2 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 2 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J C Poste 3 0 1 0%
T R Dickin 4 0 2 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
49-8
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Incus 39

b g Bertolini - Cloudchaser (Red Ransom)

Distance: 5 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 20%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 12 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
6 11-12
110

Was fair on the Flat, giving him scope for improvement on his 3 low-key outings over hurdles, but the handicapper hasn't taken any chances with his opening mark.

Unplaced in all three starts over hurdles. Well beaten at 66-1 behind Rouge Vif when eighth of 13 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Southwell over 2m (good to soft) in December last year.

Was fair on the Flat, giving him scope for improvement on his 3 low-key outings over hurdles, but the handicapper hasn't taken any chances with his opening mark.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 0 0 0%
Hurdle 3 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 5 1 0 20%
G Similar Going 12 2 1 16.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 22 4 2 18.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 6 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J David Bass 2 0 0 0%
T Ed De Giles 24 4 2 16.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
4-44225
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Sensible Friend (GR) 99

b g Reel Buddy - Senseansensibility (Capote)

Similar Going: 10 runs, 0 wins, 3 places, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 11-7
105 WS

Fair form over hurdles, finishing runner-up at Fontwell in the autumn before finishing weakly with a tongue tie applied when last seen in October. Potentially well treated if he can see his race out.

Placed in two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 11 starts. Finished 16l behind Wind Place And Sho when fifth of 6 at 11-4jt-fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Fontwell over 2m 2f (good) in October last year.

Fair form over hurdles, finishing runner-up at Fontwell in the autumn before finishing weakly with a tongue tie applied when last seen in October. Potentially well treated if he can see his race out.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 0 2 0%
Hurdle 8 0 2 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 2 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 10 0 3 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 0 3 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 6 0 1 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 4 0 2 0%
Connections
J T Scudamore 0 0 0 -
T Mrs A J Perrett 11 0 3 0%
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
4
9P8-500
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Sammylou (IRE) 13

b g Beneficial - Carrigeen Diamond (Old Vic)

6 11-7 t
105

Fair in bumpers but hasn't built on earlier promise over hurdles upon his return this year, leaving him with a bit to prove.

Unplaced in all ten starts. Well beaten at 40-1 behind Jimmy Rabbitte when 11th of 17 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Taunton over 2m 3f (good to soft) in December last year.

Fair in bumpers but hasn't built on earlier promise over hurdles upon his return this year, leaving him with a bit to prove.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 5 0 0 0%
Hurdle 5 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 4 0 0 0%
Distance 3 0 0 0%
Similar Going 7 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (T only) 4 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 6 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Kielan Woods 6 0 0 0%
T G P Mcpherson 8 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
445491
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Texan Nomad 7

ch g Nomadic Way - Texas Belle (Glacial Storm)

Similar Going: 9 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 11.11%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Hood: 6 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 16.67%
HG has previously won wearing a hood
HG
Class: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
7 11-7 h
105

Found a well-run race bringing the best out of him when winning at Wincanton a week ago so, granted similar circumstances, there's no reason why he won't go well again following a 7 lb rise.

A winner at 20-1 in a hurdle race at Wincanton over 1m 7f (good) on his latest outing earlier this month, beating Desiremoi D'Authie by 3l.

Found a well-run race bringing the best out of him when winning at Wincanton a week ago so, granted similar circumstances, there's no reason why he won't go well again following a 7 lb rise.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 1 0 16.7%
Hurdle 6 1 0 16.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 6 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 9 1 0 11.1%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 6 1 0 16.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 2 1 0 50%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Rex Dingle 0 0 0 -
T R Harris 9 1 0 11.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
0-73115
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Wenceslaus (GER) 31

b g Tiger Hill - Warrior Czarina (Pleasantly Perfect)

Distance: 10 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 20%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 11 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 18.18%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
7 11-5
103

Took his form to a new level in the autumn, winning 2m handicaps at Plumpton and Uttoxeter. Seemed undone by a rise subsequently, though, and likely up against it once more.

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good to firm and good ground. Finished 20l behind Falcon Sun when fifth of 6 at 7-2fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Leicester over 1m 7f (good to firm) in December last year. Has won at Uttoxeter and Plumpton this season.

Took his form to a new level in the autumn, winning 2m handicaps at Plumpton and Uttoxeter. Seemed undone by a rise subsequently, though, and likely up against it once more.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 13 2 1 15.4%
Hurdle 13 2 1 15.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 10 2 1 20%
G Similar Going 11 2 1 18.2%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 12 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 7 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 4 0 0 0%
Connections
J T J Phelan 2 0 0 0%
T D G Bridgwater 16 2 1 12.5%
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
049
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Star of Rory (IRE) 32

b g Born To Sea - Dame Alicia (Sadler's Wells)

Class: 4 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
5 11-3 p
101

Useful at best on the Flat, so not out of the question he can step up on previous hurdling efforts now tackling handicaps for the first time. Not dismissed.

Yet to place in three starts over hurdles. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Esprit Du Large when 9th of 13 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Uttoxeter over 2m (soft) in December last year.

Useful at best on the Flat, so not out of the question he can step up on previous hurdling efforts now tackling handicaps for the first time. Not dismissed.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 0 0 0%
Hurdle 3 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 2 0 0 0%
Similar Going 6 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (P only) 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 4 1 0 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Lee Edwards 3 0 0 0%
T J Groucott 4 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
53-8482
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Dyliev (FR) 31

ch m Dylan Thomas - Coreliev (Fasliyev)

Distance: 6 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 7 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Hood: 6 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a hood
HG
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 5 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 11-1 h
99

Fairly useful on the Flat in France and has travelled as if ahead of her mark a couple of times in this sphere, including when a creditable second at Leicester a month ago. Needs to see her race out.

Placed in two hurdle races from eight NH starts. Beaten 9l by Chilli Romance when second of 7 at 10-3fav on her latest outing in a hurdle race at Leicester over 1m 7f (good to firm) in December last year.

Fairly useful on the Flat in France and has travelled as if ahead of her mark a couple of times in this sphere, including when a creditable second at Leicester a month ago. Needs to see her race out.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 0 2 0%
Hurdle 8 0 2 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 6 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 7 0 1 0%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 6 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 6 0 2 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 5 0 2 0%
Connections
J James Bowen 1 0 0 0%
T Mrs Caroline Bailey 8 0 2 0%
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
14
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Percy Prosecco 64

b g Sir Percy - Grapes Hill (Kingsalsa)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 4 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 5 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 20%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
4 11-0
110

Fair on Flat at up to 1½m and made successful start over hurdles in Huntingdon juvenile in October. Well beaten at Warwick since, however, and needs to bounce back on switch to handicapping.

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good ground. Well beaten at 11-4 behind Elysees when fourth of 9 on his latest outing in a hurdle race over this course and distance (good) in November last year.

Fair on Flat at up to 1½m and made successful start over hurdles in Huntingdon juvenile in October. Well beaten at Warwick since, however, and needs to bounce back on switch to handicapping.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 2 1 0 50%
Hurdle 2 1 0 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 4 2 0 50%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 2 3 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 5 1 0 20%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Thomas Garner 1 0 0 0%
T Noel Williams 10 2 3 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
0-15804
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Spader (IRE) 38

b g Jeremy - Poulkovo (Sadler's Wells)

Distance: 14 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 7.14%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 17 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 5.88%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 12 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 8.33%
HG has previously won wearing only a tongue strap

Tongue Strap: 13 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 7.69%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 12 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 8.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 11 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 10-7 t
91

Winner of Southwell novice handicap in May but well below form since.

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on good ground. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Let's Sway when fourth of 10 on his latest outing in a claiming hurdle race at Ludlow over 2m (good to soft) in December last year.

Winner of Southwell novice handicap in May but well below form since.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 1 1 6.3%
Hurdle 16 1 1 6.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 3 0 0 0%
Course 3 0 0 0%
D Distance 14 1 1 7.1%
G Similar Going 17 1 1 5.9%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 12 1 1 8.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 12 1 1 8.3%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 11 0 1 0%
Connections
J Page Fuller 0 0 0 -
T Miss L V Davis 2 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
11
0772
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Mercer's Troop (IRE) 26

b g Canford Cliffs - Meek Appeal (Woodman)

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Current Handicap: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
4 10-4
100 WS2

Fairly useful on the Flat for Archie Watson and, following a wind operation, upped his game in this discipline when second (despite a late error) at Plumpton last time. Can go one better.

Placed in a hurdle race from four NH starts. Beaten 5l by Seaweed when second of 10 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Plumpton over 2m (soft) in December last year.

Fairly useful on the Flat for Archie Watson and, following a wind operation, upped his game in this discipline when second (despite a late error) at Plumpton last time. Can go one better.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 4 0 1 0%
Hurdle 4 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 0 1 0%
Similar Going 5 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 1 1 10%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 4 4 0 0 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 1 0%
Connections
J Harry Skelton 2 0 1 0%
T D Skelton 4 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
12
5/86026-
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Boutan 368 (343F)

gr m Tobougg - High Tan (High Chaparral)

Distance: 9 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 16 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 18.75%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 7 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 10-3
87

Fair performer on the Flat but hasn't matched that level as a hurdler and has a lengthy absence to overcome, so hard to make a case for.

Placed in two hurdle races from 11 NH starts. Finished 19l behind Kohuma when sixth of 17 at 10-1 on her latest NH outing in a hurdle race at Taunton over 2m (soft) in January last year.

Fair performer on the Flat but hasn't matched that level as a hurdler and has a lengthy absence to overcome, so hard to make a case for.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 0 2 0%
Hurdle 11 0 2 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 9 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 16 3 3 18.8%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 16 2 2 12.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 4 6 0 1 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 7 0 1 0%
Connections
J M Hamill 1 0 0 0%
T Grace Harris 5 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

At The Races Verdict

MERCER'S TROOP took a step forward on his handicap debut when second at Plumpton last month and looks more than capable of getting off the mark over timber. Three Bullet Gate was comprehensively outclassed in a Grade 2 over 3m at Cheltenham last month and the drop in trip on his first try in handicaps makes him of considerable interest, while Percy Prosecco could improve on his third outing over timber.

Timeform Verdict

MERCER'S TROOP has a fair bit of scope from his current mark mindful of his Flat exploits and the way he shaped at Plumpton last time suggests he's in the sort of form to take advantage. He's a confident choice ahead of last-time-out winner Texan Nomad and the relatively unexposed Percy Prosecco.

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Previous winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Soft 17 Vado Forte 5 11 4 102 7-8682 53 days Tom Lacey (71 miles) R T Dunne 14/ 1 3:55.50
2017 Soft 11 Celestial Magic 5 12 5 112 3323-P4 28 days R Phillips (22 miles) D Hiskett 6/ 1 3:58.30
2016 Heavy 14 Bold Duke 8 11 10 108 854853 17 days E Bevan (61 miles) B Poste 15/ 2 4:06.60
2015 Soft 12 Vesuvhill 6 11 3 99 64-207P 42 days B Case (21 miles) D Jacob 8/ 1 4:08.20
2014 Heavy 12 Dungeness 6 10 13 95 860F7-3 32 days Miss V Williams (61 miles) A Coleman 6/ 1 3:58.10
2013 Soft 15 Flaming Charmer 5 11 7 105 60-369 24 days C Tizzard (116 miles) B J Powell 14/ 1 4:03.60
2012 Good to Soft 15 Roll The Dice 6 11 4 101 43-F265 25 days P Hobbs (130 miles) T J O'Brien 8/ 1 3:45.00
2011 Heavy 9 Lively Fling 5 11 9 107 13432-0 77 days Miss V Williams (61 miles) A Coleman 3/ 1 3:57.70

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