13:50 Huntingdon Thu 22 February 2018

  • Smarkets Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
  • 2m 4f 145y, Soft
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£3,899.002nd£1,145.003rd£572.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 29.6sOff time:13:50:25
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1
611-12OR: 100
7/1

Soundly beaten on all four starts and opening handicap mark looks steep based on his modest achievements to date.

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2
1211-7OR: 95D
7/1

There were 32 months between his latest successes and he was below that form next time at Towcester. It is possible he was not at his best on the contours there but the drop in trip is a concern.

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3
511-6OR: 94
6/1

Collected a three runner bumper on fast ground last season and well beaten in all four hurdles since. Hood tried now along with a considerably longer trip.

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4
611-6OR: 94
9/1

Showed first signs of hurdling ability last time when tried in a tongue-tie. Noted making late headway on first run for nine months and open to improvement

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5
1311-5OR: 93C
11/1

Veteran is a regular here with a record one win and four places from 13 visits. Recent form requires improvement and he probably needs further nowadays.

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6
611-3OR: 91
6/1

Was a fair maiden hurdler at his best when with Mick Channon but rather appears to have lost his way and has shown very little in five runs for this yard

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7
711-2OR: 90
6/1

Best form over hurdles and in point-to-points has been achieved on quicker surfaces. Pulled up twice on soft ground this winter and opposable as a result.

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8
511-2OR: 90
25/1

Has looked moderate so far including his handicap debut earlier this month. Trainer has scoured the tack room for answers this time, but still best watched for now.

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9
611-2OR: 90
22/1

Has shown some ability on better ground than this, but would be hard to fancy on his efforts on softer surfaces. Drops in class and tries a new trip for his handicap debut.

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10
610-13OR: 87
18/1

Half-brother to winners including the useful Rock The World. Has shown little so far, but his latest run was not devoid of promise and his new mark would make any market moves worth noting

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11
1010-13OR: 87
100/1

Longstanding maiden who has looked a wayward character and is readily opposable despite the poor nature of this contest.

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12
1010-12OR: 86
12/1

Has only had 19 runs so has clearly been difficult to train. His sole win came almost five years ago and he was well supported for his last run in June. Trip and ground are fine.

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13
610-11OR: 85
11/1

Her form rather reflects the in and out year the stable are having. Has failed to deliver on debut promise and her last couple of efforts have been woeful. Up in trip for handicap debut and Aidan Coleman up for the first time since that initial run.

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15
810-0OR: 65BF
66/1

17-race maiden who has shown little ability and doubtful he has got any better during the two years he has beed sidelined.

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14
Taken By Force14
510-10OR: 84
T: T H WestonJ: C Poste

Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Lubatic (6/1), Sackett (6/1), The Blue Bomber (6/1), Red Admirable (7/1), Now Listen Here (7/1), Sergio (9/1), Phare Isle (11/1), Phoenix Rock (11/1), Sizing Sahara (12/1), Taken By Force (16/1), Yellow Kangaroo (18/1), Celma Des Bois (22/1), Arthur's Reuben (25/1), Dude Alert (66/1), Blazing Glen (100/1)

Verdict

It is hard to be positive about many of these, but there was some encouragement to be gained from SERGIO's latest run and he may be the answer with the champion jockey taking the ride. Yellow Kangaroo and Sizing Sahara are two who would make some appeal if supported in pre-race markets. Taken By Force and Phoenix Rock have fewer miles on the clock than most in this, therefore either could improve enough to take advantage of their low weights.
  1. Sergio
  2. Yellow Kangaroo
  3. Sizing Sahara

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