15:00 Cheltenham Sat 17 November 2018

  • Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed) (Class 1)
  • 2m 7f 208y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£22,508.002nd£8,480.003rd£4,244.004th£2,120.005th£1,064.006th£532.007th£264.008th£136.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:6m 5.6sOff time:15:02:14
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1
1011-12OR: 147CD
33/1

Versatile and likable eight-time winner hasn't raced over hurdles since winning in July at Uttoxeter (four runs since). Similar marks beyond him in the past and looks high enough here.

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2
811-8OR: 143CD
10/1

Lightly raced but in good form last Winter winning twice in last three including here when last seen on heavy ground. Raised 13lb for that improved effort now so task gets tougher but potential if picking up where he left off.

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4
911-1OR: 136CD
7/1

Raced just twice since 2016, a pulled-up last term and a 10th of 20 here last month. Open to improvement now if he can stay fit but has to be considered a risky proposition.

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5
811-0OR: 135
25/1

Missed 596 days after winning a Sandown handicap to end 2016-17 campaign and therefore little surprise he needed the run when 11th here last month. Entitled to come on plenty for that but will need to do.

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6
710-11OR: 132
9/1

Won two and placed in other four of six starts in novice company and handled step up in trip last twice with a win over 2m4½f at Ayr most recently. Starts out new campaign with another step up in trip for handicap debut, chance if he stays.

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7
610-9OR: 130CD
6/4

Won once as a novice last term but took form to new level first time out this season when getting up on the line to score over 2m5f here. Upped 5lb but this trip looks likely to be ideal so could stay ahead of the handicapper.

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8
810-8OR: 129C
16/1

Looked a horse going places when bolting up at Chepstow (2m) and here (2m5f) last season but unable to build on that. Beaten a long way in last two on flat and back over hurdles so questions to answer now.

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9
Anterosp,t36
1110-8OR: 129C
9/1

Not won since 2016 success in this race but second in it once again last year. Two midfield efforts this season so far shown enough to give him possibilities once again although ground may prove quick enough.

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10
610-7OR: 128D
10/1

Only 1lb higher than last win in 2017 and signs of life latest which was his fourth start of the campaign when sixth of 16 at Aintree. More needed and can play up at the start. First-time blinkers today.

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11
1010-2OR: 123D
7/1

Three-time 3m winner in Ireland including last two starts at Clonmel and Galway. Won easily by 9L last time so 8lb rise not enough to rule him out although suggest this is a good bit tougher.

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Non-Runners

3
Vieux Lion Rouge217
1011-6OR: 141
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore

Last Year's Winner

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Thomas Campbell511-1013/8
T: N J HendersonJ: James Bowen

Betting

Forecast

First Assignment (6/4), Sweet Home Chicago (7/1), The Eaglehaslanded (7/1), Weebill (9/1), Anteros (9/1), Boyhood (10/1), Buckle Street (10/1), Vieux Lion Rouge (12/1), Master Dancer (16/1), Goodbye Dancer (25/1), Dell' Arca (33/1)

Verdict

FIRST ASSIGNMENT stayed on well to win over 2m5f here first time out and he looks likely to appreciate this step up in trip and is one to follow at this early stage of his handicapping career so gets the vote. Weebill did nothing but improve last term in novice company and like the selection now goes up in trip with genuine potential. Boyhood was going well when last seen and definitely does stay so is another worth considering.
  1. First Assignment
  2. Weebill
  3. Boyhood

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