15:50 Wetherby Tue 19 March 2019
- Peter Harper 60th Birthday Celebration Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 5)
- 3m 26y, Soft (Good to soft in places)
- 11 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Shock winner of a 2m4f mares' novices' hurdle at Ayr in January (a race in which the long odds-on favourite Queens Cave flopped); didn't repeat that effort the following month and now tries the handicap option for the first time.
Lightly-raced; seemingly didn't quite see out the 3m1f trip on handicap debut at Plumpton (good) last month; in truth hasn't done an awful lot wrong so far and is generally progressive withing her grade; should make her mark.
Took a small step forward in a "Hands And Heels" race at Carlisle (2m3f+, soft) just under a fortnight ago when finishing 14L third to Jurys Out and stablemate Strike West; further improvement is required.
A 31-race maiden (0-22 over hurdles); has failed to complete on his two previous visits to Wetherby; running reasonably well of late with his recent Newcastle third (2m4f+) franked by runner-up Mah Mate Bob; place chance.
Infrequent winner (1-20), yet has found a rich seam of form this winter (5,2,1,2,5,2) rising a total of 10lb in the handicap; caught close home by Discay over this C&D in late December; entitled to be there or thereabouts.
Placed in an Irish PTP (3m) in May 2018; shown modest form under rules so far; unseated Brian Hughes at the fourth flight when upped in trip on handicap debut (in first-time cheekpieces) at Newcastle latest.
Maiden (0-9); out-ran his 40/1 odds when headed on the run-in at Carlisle (3m1f, good to soft) on his penultimate start; not so effective with a quick turnaround at Ffos Las (3m) eight-days later; now sits 4lb higher in the weights.
Half-brother to the bumper/2m2f-2m6f hurdle winner Bonne Fee; difficult to enthuse over his form so far, but it remains early days in handicap company; the combination of a visor/step up in trip could potentially eke out some improvement.
17-race maiden under both codes (0-6 over hurdles); falling quickly in the weights but with little else seemingly in his favour; look elsewhere.
Twice a winner on the Flat (1m6f-2m); yet to show any aptitude for hurdling (0-8) and no obvious reason as to why that is likely to change; stablemate of The Sting.
Has more letters to her name than numbers so far; competes from 8lb outside of the handicap proper this afternoon; couldn't be entertained; look elsewhere.
Last Year's Winner
Border Victor (3/1), The Sting (4/1), Dulce Panem (6/1), Gallows Point (8/1), No Trumps (8/1), Mid Day Gun (8/1), Leopard (12/1), Leverock Lass (20/1), Wishing Well (20/1), Capmonfor (25/1), How Much Is Enough (125/1)
- No Trumps
- Mid Day Gun
- Border Victor
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