15:40 Fontwell Tue 11 December 2018

  • John And Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
  • 2m 1f 162y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 13 Runners
  • Winner£3,119.002nd£916.003rd£458.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 45.1sOff time:15:40:38
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1
711-12OR: 99
8/1

First run for current stable since joining from Mark Pattinson's yard when falling at Hereford last month. Runs off the same mark and is feasibly treated.

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2
511-11OR: 98
18/1

Wore a hood for the first time when pulling up on handicap bow at this track last month. The headgear is removed and he competes off 2lb lower.

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3
411-8OR: 95
3/1

Irish import who was making his debut for this stable when a staying-on fifth of eight at Exeter. Runs off the same mark and can do better.

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4
611-7OR: 94
20/1

Returning from a break when a tailed-off sixth of 10 at Plumpton last month. Big step forward is needed off 2lb lower.

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5
811-7OR: 94
9/4

Having his first outing for this stable after leaving James Ewart's yard when third of 14 at this course last month. Beaten 17L that day, but may be sharper this time and 1lb lower mark offers hope.

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6
511-5OR: 92
10/1

Out of the frame in six starts over hurdles, latterly in handicap company at this venue. Readily opposed despite lower rating.

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7
911-5OR: 92D
100/1

Little to shout about since joining current stable from Ireland, where he won three times. Hard to fancy despite continued fall in the weights.

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8
611-3OR: 90
20/1

Has failed to hit the frame in six runs over timber. Best watched as he makes his first appearance since finishing sixth of 13 at Plumpton in May.

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9
811-2OR: 89
25/1

Two ordinary efforts since joining this yard from Neil Mulholland. Down 7lb, but hard to fancy on form.

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10
310-10OR: 97
25/1

Well-beaten sixth of 10 in a C&D juvenile contest last month. Makes her handicap debut and is worth a look in in the betting.

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11
710-10OR: 83CD
9/2

First outing since May, but stable is in really good form and it is fair to assume he will be primed for a bold bid off last winning mark over C&D in January. Interesting in a a weak contest.

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12
610-5OR: 78CD
40/1

Nicely treated on his best form, but has not run since September of last year and presumably has had his problems. Best watched unless the market speaks in his favour.

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13
810-0OR: 64
100/1

No sign of any real ability in five starts, latterly in handicap company. Huge task from 9lb out of the handicap

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Our Merlin510-91/1
T: R WalfordJ: H Cobden

Betting

Forecast

Sky Full Of Stars (9/4), Dan Gun (3/1), Blue April (9/2), Briac (8/1), Mazalto (10/1), Snowy Oscar (18/1), Zante (20/1), Laketour Leader (20/1), Fading Icon (25/1), Owners Day (25/1), Kingston Mimosa (40/1), L'Attesa (100/1), Dont Call Me Doris (100/1)

Verdict

A modest handicap hurdle which looks best left to BLUE APRIL, who represents an in-form stable off his last winning mark. Dan Gun caught the eye on his first run for this yard and can improve, while chances can be given to the likes of Briac, Sky Full Of Stars and handicap debutant Fading Icon.
  1. Blue April
  2. Dan Gun
  3. Sky Full Of Stars

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