17:05 Southwell Sun 13 May 2018

  • mintbet.com Follow Us On Twitter Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
  • 2m 7f 209y, Good
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£3,899.002nd£1,145.003rd£572.004th£450.005th£450.006th£450.007th£450.008th£450.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:6m 16.9sOff time:17:05:37
1
512-3OR: 102
4/1
Looked to improve for the step up in trip last time out when finishing second of 10 beaten ½L when blundering his chance away at the last. Another bold show looks likely.
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2
512-3OR: 102DWS
9/2
Has produced a number of laboured runs in two handicap hurdle appearances since the turn of the year and first-time tongue tie unlikely to improve performance on first run since wind op.
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3
612-3OR: 102
20/1
Failed to finish her final two races of 2017 following a win at Newton Abbot in April when in the care of Phillip Hobbs. Best watched on return to the track, on stable debut and with first-time tongue-tie.
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4
512-3OR: 102
14/1
Races 10lb lower than initial handicap rating in December. Well beaten and never a factor in two starts this year including an 11L defeat here last month. Looks opposable.
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5
511-12OR: 97
6/1
Left previous trainer Ian Williams for £8,000 in November 2017, and finished a close up fifth on stable debut in a Newcastle Flat handicap in March. Last seen over timber in November and should appreciate the return here.
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6
1011-12OR: 97D
25/1
Modest point-to-point form and pulled up in a Stratford handicap hurdle last month. Has work to do on bare form.
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7
811-11OR: 96
25/1
Distance winner who won a Fakenham novice handicap hurdle in February 2017. Hard to construct much of a case for him here being off the track 14 months.
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8
911-11OR: 96C
8/1
Won a Sedgefield handicap hurdle last month finishing a neck ahead of Rock Of Leon and 11 rivals over 2m5f. Raised 5lb for his effort and market should be informative.
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9
611-9OR: 94
16/1
Kept on under pressure to regain third in a nine-runner handicap hurdle at Kempton last month on soft ground and has place claims again here.
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10
1111-3OR: 88CD
10/1
C&D winner here in February of a 5lb lower mark on soft ground beating 13 rivals 4½L. Beaten 44L last time out but could go well back at this track.
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11
1110-11OR: 82CD
16/1
C&D winner but losing run now totals 21. Well beaten and never a factor last time out in an Exeter handicap hurdle finishing 43L adrift of Breaking Ground. Plenty to prove in this contest.
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12
610-9OR: 80
50/1
Sixth of eight beaten 83L in a Hexham handicap hurdle on heavy ground in March. Hard to construct much of a case for the mare here.
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13
610-5OR: 76
13/2
Well beaten in four starts since the turn of the year and others look to be progressing at a quicker rate so needs to up her game in first-time cheekpieces.
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14
810-0OR: 66
10/1
Had a couple of attempts over fences, but failed to complete on both occasions. Been back over hurdles for his last five starts and comfortably held each time.
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Last Year's Winner

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Betting

Forecast

Strawberry Spirit (4/1), The Flame (9/2), St Andrews (6/1), Stonebrigg Legend (13/2), Ever So Much (8/1), The Lion Man (10/1), Houndscourt (10/1), Oregon Gold (14/1), Admiral Blake (16/1), Classula (16/1), Theatre Rouge (20/1), Improved (25/1), Volcan Surprise (25/1), Dudette (50/1)

Verdict

STRAWBERRY SPIRIT can build on her second place last time out at Warwick going down by ½L to play a major role in this company. Although quirky Ever So Much can continue in the form that saw him win a Sedgefield handicap hurdle last month and, along with solid performer St Andrews can give the selection plenty to think about.
  1. Strawberry Spirit
  2. Ever So Much
  3. St Andrews

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