• Apasionado

    Showed ability in three runs in bumpers in Ireland before joining his new yard and made an impressive start when winning a reasonably well contested bumper at Market Rasen (24/09). He doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary but he should continue to progress and showed more than enough here to believe that he can make his mark in minor novice hurdles or handicap company a little further down the line. WON @ 4/1 on his hurdling debut.

    Trained by Stuart Edmunds, Sired by Mamool
    Chestnut gelding, 5yo

  • Azzerti

    Failed to live up to market expectations in his bumpers but took a big step in the right direction on his hurdling bow at Fontwell Park (19/10) when chasing home a useful rival having been held up out the back. He made his ground up smoothly but it was no surprise when the prominent racing - and well regarded - Movewiththetimes pulled out a little more in the straight. His proximity to that rival will no doubt be reflected in his price next time but Azzerti looks to have the ability to keep progressing and may well turn out to be above average.

    Trained by A King, Sired by Voix du Nord
    Bay gelding, 4yo

  • Ballymountain Boy

    A relatively cheap purchase for a winning pointer but there was more than enough promise in his racecourse debut in a Newton Abbot bumper to believe that it could be money well spent. A scopey individual, he moved into contention smoothly and was only run out of the places in the closing stages in what may turn out to be an above average race of its kind. Staying hurdles are likely to be his game and he should be able to pick up a novice before going handicapping.

    Trained by M Keighley  Sired by Mountain High

    Bay gelding, 5yo

  • Book Direct

    Placed on his sole start between the flags in Ireland, this half-brother to a jumps winner made a pleasing start to his career under Rules when chasing home a talented rival at Newton Abbot (20/10). While the margin of defeat may have flattered him to some extent, there's no doubt that he has a bright future ahead of him and he should be able to progress through the novice ranks this season.

    Trained by P J Hobbs, Sired by Kayf Tara
    Bay gelding, 5yo

  • Cottersrock

    Quietly progressive hurdler but already looks like making up into a better chaser judged by his winning debut over the larger obstacles at Uttoxeter (02/10) That was a decent race even allowing for the odds-on favourite underperforming (again) but the handicapper shouldn't be able to raise his mark (obtained over hurdles) given he was rated 4lbs ahead of the second. Assuming connections don't raise their sights too high (a three mile novice at Cheltenham was mentioned post-race), there should be more races to be won with this promising individual who is related to Wolf Moon, a useful performer for the same yard.

    Trained by M Keighley, Sired by Robin Des Pres
    Bay Gelding, 6yo

  • Debdebdeb

    Often raced too freely in her first season over hurdles but she improved at the backend and there was a lot to like about her seasonal reappearance in a traditionally hot race at Chepstow (08/10). She was held when making a juddering mistake at the last but she had travelled and hurdled well up to that point and it's easy to see her making further improvement over obstacles now that she's more tractable with a strongly run two miles possibly ideal.

    Trained by D Skelton, Sired by Teofilo
    Bay mare, 6yo

  • Night Of Sin

    This half-brother to the useful Fox Norton made his debut in a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen (24/09) that has been won by some useful performers in recent years and this season's renewal could well prove to be up to scratch. The yard's youngsters often benefit considerably from their initial experience so it bodes well that he produced such a solid effort, keeping on well for pressure having been prominent throughout and he should be able to make his mark in similar company before too long.

    Trained by Nick Williams, Sired by Sinndar
    Grey gelding, 3yo

  • Old Harry Rocks

    Made his debut in what appeared to be - on paper at least - a decent bumper for the track at Worcester (19/10) and shaped very pleasingly, staying on strongly in the closing stages to claim third. With his yard only operating in their lower gears at this stage of the season, it was a taking run and the experience should not be lost on this well related individual who should get a trip once being sent over hurdles which may well happen sooner rather than later.

    Trained by H Fry, Sired by Milan
    Bay gelding, 4yo

  • Ordinary World

    His task was made easier at Fairyhouse (08/10) on his chasing debut by the odds-on favourite unseating at the first but it was still a very taking performance and he looks to have a bright future in this sphere. Reportedly disappointed his trainer over hurdles last season so it may not pay to look too unfavourably on that form and he certainly looks capable of achieving more over the larger obstacles following this slick display of jumping and he can win again either in novice company or a handicap before he finds his level.

    Trained by H de Bromhead, Sired by Milan
    Brown gelding, 6yo

  • Quarenta

    Ultimately well beaten on his hurdling debut at Newton Abbot (20/10), that doesn't quite tell the full story. He looked a real stayer in two runs in bumpers - races which are often won by stamina laden individuals in any respect - and was readily outpaced in a slowly run race. That may, in part, have been due to a lack of sharpness on his reappearance but he travelled well enough for long enough in this race to suggest that he has a future at this game and he's one to keep a close eye on next time as it's possible handicaps might prove to be his metier further down the line.

    Trained by Jonjo O'Neill, Sired by Voix du Nord
    Bay gelding, 4yo

  • Sgroppino

    Travelled takingly in what has been a decent bumper at Newton Abbot in the past couple of seasons and ran on well to make a more experienced and useful rival pull out all the stops. This year's renewal looked decent on paper so it would be no surprise if the form works out and it will be disappointing if he can't make his mark when switched to hurdles.

    Trained by P J Hobbs, Sired by Getaway
    Bay gelding, 4yo

  • Singlefarmpayment

    Made a decent start to his career, winning three times over hurdles for Tom Lacey last season, but this point winner is bred to jump a fence and made a pleasing start to that discipline for his new yard at Worcester (19/10) when only dropping out of contention in the latter stages of a warm heat. Entitled to come on for that run and the experience, it shouldn't be long until he makes his mark in this sphere with George adept at placing his novices in handicap company where suitable.

    Trained by T R George, Sired by Milan
    Bay gelding, 6yo

  • Taquin Du Seuil

    Much depends how he is campaigned this season but it was hard not to noticed his encouraging comeback at Chepstow (08/10) on his first start over hurdles since the 2013 Neptune. It was just his sixth career start over timber and connections could be persuaded to persevere over the smaller obstacles given that he won't be the easiest to place over fences. If that is the case, it would be no surprise to see him take full advantage of a handicap mark that's 8lbs lower than his chase rating having stayed on takingly in a hot race run over an insufficient trip.

    Trained by Jonjo O'Neill, Sired by Voix du Nord
    Bay gelding, 9yo

  • Vieux Lille

    His first three victories all came on heavy ground so he may well have found conditions a shade faster than ideal on his chasing debut at Chepstow (09/10) where he shaped a little better than the bare form suggests. His jumping was a little deliberate after an early mistake but Richard Johnson sensibly didn't ask him too many serious questions for the remainder of the race and the experience should stand him in good stead in the future. He will certainly face easier tasks than this and it will be disappointing if he can't step up considerably during the course of the season.

    Trained by P J Hobbs, Sired by Robin Des Champs
    Bay gelding, 6yo

  • Yur Next

    A winner between the flags in Ireland but a distinctly moderate performer judged by her performances under Rules so far. However, she is handicapped accordingly and her run at Huntingdon (02/10) offered more encouragement. It was her first start for a new yard and first in a tongue tie and she stayed on stoutly enough in the straight - admittedly from a long way back - to believe that she might be able to pick up a small race granted a stiffer test. 

    Trained by J Farrelly  Sired by Definite Article

    Brown mare, 8yo