16:30 Bangor-on-Dee Fri 2 August 2019

  • Close Brothers Asset Finance Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 145y, Good
  • 15 Runners
  • Winner£4,094.002nd£1,202.003rd£601.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 55.3sOff time:16:30:32
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1
612-3OR: 112
6/1

Returning from a break when finishing fifth in a 2m handicap hurdle at Perth (good-to-soft) in June. Non-runner at the same venue recently and is worth a check in the market.

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2
612-3OR: 112
11/2

Promising 10½L seventh in a nine runner 2m handicap hurdle at Perth (good-to-soft) in June. First start following a short break that day and has a top jockey in the saddle once more.

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3
911-12OR: 107CD
25/1

C&D winner having his first start in 11 months when finishing 30L eighth at Perth (2m4f, good) a month ago. Market support would be notable back down to his last winning mark.

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5
411-11OR: 107
9/1

Six race maiden finished a promising 10½L fifth in a 2m novice hurdle at Uttoxeter (good) last month. Interesting to see how he fares on handicap debut.

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Ekayburgb1,t20
511-11OR: 106
7/1

Dual bumper winner and placed in a 1m4f handicap on the Flat at Leicester (good) in June. Well beaten back over an extended 2m2f in a handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot (good-to-firm) last time out and blinkers tried for the first time down in trip.

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7
511-10OR: 105D
6/1

Placed on each of his last three starts most recently when runner-up over this trip at Perth (good-to-soft) last month. Races off a 2lb higher mark here and is a leading contender once more.

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8
611-10OR: 105
33/1

Dual hurdles winner in 2016 but failed to score in 17 subsequent starts under all codes. Probably best watched having finished last of nine at Ffos Las (2m4f, good) on hurdles return last month.

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9
711-9OR: 104
12/1

Nine race maiden stepped up on handicap debut when finishing ½L second in a six runner contest at Hexham (2m, good-to-soft) in June. Given a break since and remains open to improvement.

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10
411-9OR: 105
14/1

Successful on the Flat at Windsor (1m2f, good-to-firm) in July last year and placed over hurdles last season. Struggled on handicap starts however including on seasonal debut at Ffos Las (2m, good) last month.

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12
1011-8OR: 103
20/1

Placed a copule of times in the spring but held on two most recent starts including on heavy ground at Cartmel (2m1f) at the end of May. Better ground forecast in his favour following a break.

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13
811-2OR: 97BFD
4/1

Winner of three of his five starts for this yard most recently over an extended 2m at Market Rasen (good) in May. Returns to hurdles having finished third over the same trip in a handicap chase at Worcester (good) five days later.

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14
411-1OR: 97
25/1

12 race maiden improved on stable debut when 29L fifth in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m, good) just over a month ago. Likely more needed if he is to take this contest.

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15
911-0OR: 95
66/1

Struggled in five starts since returning from well over 12 months off the track. Pulled up at Uttoxeter (2m, good) recently and is probably best watched at present.

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16
410-7OR: 89
16/1

Maiden after seven starts and has run some decent races since switched to handicap company. Beaten 27L when fourth at Southwell (good-to-soft) in June and interesting to see how he performs.

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17
510-3OR: 84
9/1

Well beaten fourth in a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m at Market Rasen (good) last time out. Others hold stronger claims.

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Non-Runners

4
Phoebus Lescribaa39
711-12OR: 107
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
11
The Character59
811-8OR: 103
T: D McCain JnrJ: Lorcan Murtagh

Last Year's Winner

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Hermanus611-08/1
T: Stef KeniryJ: Miss Becky Smith

Betting

Forecast

Istimraar (4/1), Goldencard (11/2), The Character (11/2), Outcrop (6/1), Royal Reserve (6/1), Ekayburg (7/1), Phoebus Lescribaa (7/1), Never A Word (9/1), Bempton Cliffs (9/1), Bobndave (12/1), Metatrons Cube (14/1), Biscay Bay (16/1), The Herds Garden (20/1), Prince Khurram (25/1), Rathbride Prince (25/1), Fool To Cry (33/1), Poor Duke (66/1)

Verdict

ISTIMRAAR hails from a top yard and he can register a sixth career success by taking this highly competitive handicap hurdle. The selection is returning from a short break and he can see off his rivals here with The Character, a winner here last time out capable of finishing runner-up ahead of Outcrop who has been running well in defeat in recent starts.
  1. Istimraar
  2. The Character
  3. Outcrop

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