John Wade Skip Hire Novices' Hurdle (John Wade And Collins Seafoods Ltd Hurdle Series Qualifier) 2m 4f

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f, Class 4, 5 runners)
  • Winner £3,119 2nd £916 3rd £458 4th £229
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
1 F1-1F1
Yellow, Royal Blue seams, Grey sleeves, Royal Blue seams, Royal Blue cap Up And Go (FR) 24
  • T:D McCain Jnr
  • J:J M Maguire
  • Form: F1-1F1
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-11
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 165 11-11 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire
2 6044/P
Yellow, Black triple diamond, Black sleeves, Yellow diamonds and diamonds on cap Ballet D'anges (FR) 34
  • T:W Amos
  • J:Callum Whillans
  • Form: 6044/P
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 W Amos Callum Whillans (5)
3 R57
MAROON and LIGHT BLUE (quartered), MAROON sleeves Bold Slasher (IRE) 52
  • T:Mrs S J Smith
  • J:Ryan Mania
  • Form: R57
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 Mrs S J Smith Ryan Mania
4 92-4363
Mauve, Purple stars, armlets and stars on cap Phoenix Returns (IRE) 25
  • T:G A Swinbank
  • J:F Davis
  • Form: 92-4363
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 158 11-4 G A Swinbank F Davis
5 080
Emerald Green, Orange hoops, checked sleeves, quartered cap Shouda (IRE) 27
  • T:Mrs S Leech
  • J:Paul Moloney
  • Form: 080
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4h
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 h Mrs S Leech Paul Moloney

In depth

Verdict

UP AND GO will be a very short price in this opener. Already a winner between the flags and in a bumper, he wasn't unfancied when falling in a Grade 2 hurdle at Sandown in December. Donald McCain's charge made amends with a smooth victory over this trip at Wetherby subsequently and has little to beat here. Phoenix Returns is probably the one for forecast-backers as he's been placed here and at Kelso, though still has his stamina to prove over this longer trip.

Formwatch

Up And Go (FR) 13-8fav (11-2) Made all, clear from 3 out, easily, won at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan beating Many Clouds (11-12) by 7l, 17 ran.

Ballet D'anges (FR) 66-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, behind when hit 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Green Flag (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.

Bold Slasher (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened from 7th, blundered 4 out, 7th of 10, well behind Midnight Oscar (10-12) at Doncaster 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.

Phoenix Returns (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went poor 3rd 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 11, 22l behind Counsel (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.

Shouda (IRE) 80-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inside, mistake and weakened 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind King Helissio (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.