14:05 Wincanton Thu 6 December 2018

  • Hookey Ham Patrick Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)
  • 1m 7f 65y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 12 Runners
  • Winner£12,996.002nd£3,816.003rd£1,908.004th£954.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:3m 38.0sOff time:14:36:54
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511-12OR: 130
20/1

Won three of six starts over hurdles last term culminating in a decent sixth in the valuable Swinton hurdle at Haydock. Same mark here (9lb higher than last win) but starts new campaign with plenty of scope for further improvement.

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2
511-11OR: 129
20/1

Three-time novice hurdle winner has yet to make the frame in three handicap starts. Two runs this campaign seen him beaten 35L and 28L so latest 2lb fall not enough to recommend him.

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3
511-11OR: 129
14/1

Raised 9lb for Ayr handicap win and struggled next when fourth of seven beaten 10L at Newton Abbot. Not obviously well handicapped for return so unsurprising he appears stable second string on jockey bookings.

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4
511-10OR: 128
5/1

Two Huntingdon wins this season with a pulled-up at Cheltenham in between. 4lb rise for latest 2L success not unfair and merits respect once again here with champion jockey back on board.

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5
1011-3OR: 121C
16/1

Previous C&D winner albeit way back in 2013. Only won once since so strike rate pretty ordinary but ran best race for quite some time latest when 2½L third to Snapdragon Fire at Huntingdon. 4lb better off now but younger rival is improving.

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6
611-2OR: 120
11/2

Had a profitable 17/18 season landing a hat-trick and placing the next twice before finally running below par. May have needed return this season but latest 10L third at Newbury a better effort and gets 3lb back now so has each-way potential.

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7
410-13OR: 117
17/2

French hurdles scorer got his head in front for the first time for these connections latest only to be disqualified and placed second. Should improve for that run given it came after a break so can overcome 3lb rise and go close here.

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8
510-13OR: 117BF
2/1

French bumper winner now 0-9 for this yard although went close on return at Taunton when second and possibly went too soon there when travelling like a winner. 5lb higher here but still lightly raced and suspect he will improve this season.

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9
510-11OR: 115
9/1

Plumpton maiden hurdle winner failed to build on that last term and weakened quite rapidly on return at Fontwell when eighth of 11 beaten 17L. Can improve now with fitness boosted but career best needed.

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10
510-6OR: 110
20/1

Maiden of seven starts has shown some ability along the way. Fell at the fourth on his handicap debut back in July and off since. Best days likely still ahead but evidence so far not compelling.

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11
610-6OR: 110BFCD
20/1

Firm ground C&D winner on penultimate start finished second next at Taunton on a similar surface. Considerably higher mark than three previous handicap wins now but seems to be on the up so should still be competitive if as happy on this ground.

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12
1010-2OR: 106
80/1

Over two years now since his last win and over five since the last over hurdles. Remote thirds and fourths in small fields to end last campaign someway short of the required so hard to fancy first time out.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Coeur Blimey611-65/4
T: Mrs S GardnerJ: Lucy Gardner

Betting

Forecast

Darling Maltaix (2/1), Snapdragon Fire (5/1), Our Merlin (11/2), Jaboticaba (17/2), The Premier Celtic (9/1), Dino Velvet (14/1), Minellaforleisure (16/1), Lord Napier (20/1), Borak (20/1), Arthington (20/1), Shillingsworth (20/1), Un Beau Roman (80/1)

Verdict

It may pay to chance LORD NAPIER despite the fact this will be his first run this season. Peter Bowen's five-year-old had an excellent and progressive novice campaign and could have more to come now after a summer break to strengthen up. Jaboticaba was disqualified for hanging into the path of a rival last time out but that still represented an improved effort so he is feared as is Darling Maltaix who possibly got there too soon at Taunton latest after travelling like a winner for a long while.
  1. Lord Napier
  2. Jaboticaba
  3. Darling Maltaix

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