16:20 Cheltenham Fri 25 October 2019

  • Foundation Developments Ltd Maiden Hurdle (Class 3)
  • 2m 87y, Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner£9,384.002nd£2,772.003rd£1,386.004th£693.005th£346.006th£174.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:4m 17.0sOff time:16:26:00
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411-0OR:
8/1

€80,000 purchase after finishing runner-up at Auteuil on his second career start with that form looking to be relatively sound. Should handle any softening of the ground (both runs on soft so far); makes GB/stable debut for top connections.

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2
411-0OR:
200/1

Hard to see that he won't be outclassed having shown modest form in four bumpers and has failed to better that form over hurdles. Well beaten at Chepstow on his latest start; needs this run for a handicap mark.

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Fred208
411-0OR:
3/1

First stable/GB start having arrived from France; second in his last three races in a bumper and two hurdles, the latest two starts at Auteuil. Form of his latest Auteuil run has been franked by the winner since; has first-class connections.

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4
411-0OR:
33/1

Three-Flat wins to his name this year at up to 1m4f in low-grade handicaps; shaped better than the market expected on his Worcester hurdles debut. Finished second at a respectable distance to a useful sort; much more to do here though.

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511-0OR: CDWS
6/5

Very promising in bumpers in the early part of his career winning a Listed version at the November meeting here (had the very useful Thyme Hill behind). Below-par in two big Graded bumpers at the spring Festivals; hurdles debut off a wind op.

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411-0OR:
20/1

Useful stayer on the Flat with form at up to 2m who now goes over hurdles for the first time. Entitled to make some sort of impact if he does take to this discipline; changed hands for £48,000 in September, stayed with same yard.

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7
411-0OR:
28/1

Showed the benefit of his initial experience to push a short-priced favourite all the way in a slowly run affair at Chepstow when with Sam Thomas. Makes his stable/hurdles debut in the same headgear combination (had a wind op prior to debut).

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8
511-0OR:
50/1

Still very much in need of the experience when appearing for the second time in a Chepstow bumper taking a strong hold and running in snatches. In good hands and entitled to do better over hurdles; may need time and distance.

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10
511-0OR:
200/1

Disappointing sort on the Flat who achieved very little in that sphere and remains a maiden. Soon tailed off on his hurdles debut he's of very limited interest in this; hard to see him making an impact.

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11
Getariverh1,t238
610-7OR: DWS
4/1

Dual bumper winner defying a penalty against her own sex last time at Newbury having been successful on her debut at Ludlow. Well thought of in the yard, now goes hurdling (already a point-to-point winner); has to be of interest.

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12
510-7OR: D
33/1

Winner of a Navan bumper in January she's offered little since then although to be fair she has been highly tried in Listed/Graded company. Overall though her form suggests she'll find this a tough gig on hurdles debut.

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Non-Runners

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Tricks And Trails14
611-0OR: 112
T: A E JonesJ: M G Nolan

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Thomas Darby511-011/2
T: Olly MurphyJ: R Johnson

Betting

Forecast

Master Debonair (6/5), Fred (3/1), Getariver (4/1), Cap Du Mathan (8/1), Ship Of The Fen (20/1), Stolen Silver (28/1), Heaven Help Us (33/1), Kingfast (33/1), Storm Force Ben (50/1), Tricks And Trails (66/1), Chestnut Pete (200/1), Trois Bon Amis (200/1)

Verdict

If the winner of this turns out to be as good as last year’s victor then connections will have very right to be pleased as Thomas Darby went on to finish second in the Supreme at the Festival. He two ex-French recruits are two that will attract interest with Fred looking to be favoured in the market on his first start for Nicky Henderson. However, the Nicholls newcomer CAP DU MATHAN might be the better play with the trainer having spoken in glowing terms about his charge. Master Debonair returns from a wind op but his bumper form can be questioned and it may well be that Getariver can show more in this sphere. Ship Of the Fen looks best of the newcomers having shown some decent Flat form.
  1. Cap Du Mathan
  2. Getariver
  3. Fred

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