15:30 Cheltenham Sat 17 November 2018

  • BetVictor Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
  • 2m 5f, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 14 Runners
  • Winner£15,475.002nd£4,595.003rd£2,298.004th£1,145.005th£575.006th£290.007th£145.008th£70.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 3.5sOff time:15:36:10
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1
811-12OR: 137
11/2

Wins at Wetherby (2m3½f) and Hereford (2m5½f) last season with the latter his final start of the campaign. Only upped 3lb for that 11L win and this former festival bumper fifth is now getting his act together so has genuine chances.

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2
611-12OR: 137
11/1

Only won one of six hurdle starts to date but looked a good race he finished second in on recent reappearance at Chepstow (2m3½f). Only raised 2lb so can't be ruled out here with ground to his liking.

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4
611-6OR: 131
25/1

Easy winner at Uttoxeter and Perth in first two starts this term but no show last time when tailed off at Chepstow. Handicapper may now have his measure and last run hard to ignore.

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5
611-4OR: 129BF
12/1

Newton Abbot winner in August has since finished second at the same venue and third at Worcester showing an appreciation of good ground. Up in class now so task gets tougher with handicap appearing high enough.

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6
711-2OR: 127D
25/1

Winning point-to-pointer won first two starts under rules at Warwick and Carlisle (latest at odds of 1/8). Pulled up before three out next in Aintree Grade One but this more realistic. First handicap but plenty of weight for what he's achieved.

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7
811-2OR: 127
16/1

Proved victorious on his first run for this yard but that only came in a small-field novice when he started odds-on. Found life much tougher last time when 4th in a handicap here; same story applicable off the same mark.

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8
611-0OR: 125D
13/2

Well beaten third behind Westend Story at Hereford last term before winning weak race at Ludlow. Good second to start this campaign at Aintree so may remain on the up although he needs to be here.

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9
610-12OR: 123
33/1

Won first time out this term at Fontwell but fell there next time at the same venue and then struggled here finishing eighth of 20 last term. Others make more appeal.

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10
610-12OR: 123D
14/1

Won three of six career starts and last two hurdle races over 2m5f at Kelso in novice company. Very impressive in most recent of them so is interesting here despite sizable step up in class.

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11
610-11OR: 122
25/1

Taunton maiden hurdle winner stepped up in class here next and was found out as he toiled home in 10th of 14. Looks too high in the handicap on achievements to date.

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12
710-10OR: 121D
4/1

Won final start for Nicky Henderson last term and continued progress when an excellent third of 20 over C&D on stable debut last month. 2lb rise for that not unfair especially considering trouble in running so major player here.

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13
610-8OR: 119
28/1

Southwell maiden hurdle winner was second on handicap debut at Warwick albeit beaten 20L before finishing 13th of 22 here beaten 14L. More needed to contend here.

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14
510-7OR: 118
4/1

High class flat performer last seen finishing sixth of 33 in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket. Won second of three hurdle starts last term before finding soft ground and top class Apples Shakira a different proposition. Opening mark looks very lenient.

15
810-4OR: 115BFD
16/1

Irish raider won by 20L at Limerick in April but disappointed next. Two solid efforts this term at Listowel finishing third (of 12) and second (of 14). More needed here and may prefer softer conditions.

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Non-Runners

3
Dell Oro205
611-11OR: 136
T: G L MooreJ: Joshua Moore

Last Year's Winner

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Coole Cody611-1125/1
T: M BlakeJ: Brendan Powell

Betting

Forecast

Speedo Boy (4/1), Christmas In April (4/1), Westend Story (11/2), Lygon Rock (13/2), Point Of Principle (11/1), Serosevsky (12/1), Aye Right (14/1), Dell Oro (14/1), Lungarno Palace (16/1), Internal Transfer (16/1), Equus Millar (25/1), Le Musee (25/1), Louse Talk (25/1), Mahlervous (28/1), Mellow Ben (33/1)

Verdict

98-rated flat performer SPEEDO BOY could be thrown in off this weight. He won his second of three hurdles starts before getting bogged down here in a Grade Two but at this level carrying 10st 7lbs he makes plenty of appeal. Top-weight Westend Story is a big danger and was improving towards the end of last season while Christmas In April started this season with a very solid effort over C&D so he too merits respect.
  1. Speedo Boy
  2. Westend Story
  3. Christmas In April

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