13:50 Sandown Sat 27 April 2019

  • bet365 Novices' Championship Final Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)
  • 1m 7f 216y, Good (Good to Firm in Places)
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£61,900.002nd£18,380.003rd£9,190.004th£4,580.005th£2,300.006th£1,160.007th£580.008th£280.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 53.8sOff time:13:50:42
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1
611-12OR: 147D
9/2

Flopped in the Premier Hurdle at Kelso (2m2f) in March, but back on song north of the border with a fast, fluent round of hurdling at Ayr (2m, good) 15-days ago; conditions favourable; live contender.

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2
611-1OR: 136D
14/1

French import; made short work of inferior rivals at Fontwell (2m1½f, good to soft) and Kelso (2m, good); never really able to get competitive in the Grade 3 Imperial Cup over C&D (soft) latest; stablemate of Heatstroke.

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3
610-12OR: 133BFD
7/1

Useful on the flat (103-rated); 2-5 over hurdles, enjoying rich pickings in very winnable contests in the north at Sedgefield (2m1f) and Hexham (2m); competitive until the bitter end (fourth) on handicap debut at Aintree (2m+, good).

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4
610-12OR: 133D
13/2

Stepped up in grade seeking a hat-trick following back-to-back wins at Kempton (2m) and Market Rasen (2m2½f); official handicap rating edging steadily upwards for those novice wins; conditions fine; has the measure of a couple of today's rivals.

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5
610-11OR: 132D
8/1

Five-time Flat winner (Group placed); ready 4½L winner at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) at the start of his second spell over timber; weakened (fifth) in the Grade 2 Dovecote at Kempton latest - ran better than the bare finishing position.

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6
710-11OR: 132BFD
20/1

Sent off at 4/1f for a Class 2 handicap at Haydock (2m, good) last weekend, but had the misfortune to slip up before the race developed in earnest; relatively fresh and will handle conditions; improvement required on overall balance.

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7
710-9OR: 130D
16/1

One of two runners for the in-form Skelton yard; progressing nicely over obstacles and versatile in terms of conditions (good and soft ground winner); pushed clear to beat Espoir De Guye by 7L at Warwick (2m) in March.

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8
510-8OR: 129
14/1

92-rated on the Flat (close up fourth in Doncaster's November Handicap); finished second on his first three starts over hurdles before winning his next couple (both over 2m3f at Taunton); Harry Cobden prefers stablemate Getaway Trump.

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9
610-8OR: 129
17/2

2-3 over hurdles in 2019, recording a clear career best at Cheltenham (2m1f, good to soft) in January when beating today's rival Flash The Steel by almost 3L; yard among the winners up at Perth this week.

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10
710-7OR: 128D
33/1

Stablemate of Dream Du Grand Val; made a winning hurdles debut (maiden) in a slowly run race at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in January; well below-par behind Harambe next time, before a better run at Wincanton latest; more required.

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11
510-6OR: 127D
6/1

One of two runners for the in-form Skelton yard (appears to be the number one with Harry Skelton in the saddle); showed a determined attitude when fending off 12 rivals in a Class 4 novice at Newbury (2m) five-weeks ago; handicap debut.

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12
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610-6OR: 127D
25/1

One-time AW regular for James Bethell; joined the Pipe yard for 14,000gns in October 2018, springing a 14/1 surprise on debut at Taunton (2m+, good); has run adequately since without necessarily improving; blinkers added.

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13
610-5OR: 126D
22/1

Short odds winner of a couple of minor events at Hereford (2m, good to firm) in the autumn of 2018; has come up fractionally short in better races since but deserves to take his chance with conditions suitable.

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14
410-2OR: 128D
16/1

Left John Gosden light on experience for 26,000gns in October 2018; has proved to be a shrewd acquisition with two hurdle wins at Ludlow and Stratford (beat today's rival Airton most latterly) already recorded in 2019; the sole 4yo in the line-up.

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15
510-0OR: 121D
28/1

Won three-times in the summer of 2018 (Stratford x2 and Fontwell), so clearly relishes racing on a sound surface; well held third to Harambe (Kempton) off a three-month break latest; this race is seemingly too competitive.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Ballymoy511-713/2
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: D A Jacob

Betting

Forecast

Getaway Trump (9/2), Humble Hero (6/1), Harambe (13/2), Lord Yeats (7/1), Scarlet Dragon (8/1), Benny's Bridge (17/2), Birds Of Prey (14/1), Dream Du Grand Val (14/1), Flash The Steel (16/1), Petit Palais (16/1), Cause Toujours (20/1), What's Occurring (22/1), Airton (25/1), Romanor (28/1), Heatstroke (33/1)

Verdict

Top-weight Getaway Trump deserves plenty of credit for bouncing back swiftly from his Premier Hurdle flop when posting an impressive 6L win at Ayr's two-day Scottish Grand National fixture. However, with 11st 12lb on his back, he could just prove vulnerable to a fast-emerging rival lower down the weights. The hat-trick seeking Harambe fits the bill and holds a few of today's rivals on the evidence of previous racecourse action, whilst Scarlet Dragon shouldn't be dismissed lightly. However, with the Skelton yard in red-hot form, we'll opt for the handicap newcomer HUMBLE HERO who displayed a very nice attitude when winning at Newbury five-weeks ago.
  1. Humble Hero
  2. Harambe
  3. Getaway Trump

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