14:25 Newbury Sat 30 November 2019

  • Ladbrokes 'Where The Nation Plays' Intermediate Hurdle (Listed Limited Handicap) (Class 1)
  • 2m 69y, Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner£28,475.002nd£10,685.003rd£5,350.004th£2,665.005th£1,340.006th£670.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:3m 53.9sOff time:14:25:26
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1
611-10OR: 141CD
9/1

Returned from a competitive Flat campaign with a career best over hurdles when winning a Market Rasen Listed event (2m½f, good) in September. Has the ability to get closely involved here, but soft ground is a concern.

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2
411-9OR: 140CD
10/1

C&D winner on good to soft in March, and third in Aintree juvenile Grade 1 in April. Held on final start at Haydock. Had wind surgery prior to respectable reappearance at Wincanton, and a player from this mark if better for that.

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3
411-9OR: 140D
33/1

Held behind Fusil Raffles in same race as Christopher Wood at Wincanton last time, and probably had less excuses having gone into that after a career best the time before. Soft ground a concern here too.

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4
511-7OR: 138D
6/1

Has won half his six hurdles, proving himself capable on soft with a career-best at Ayr (2m) on his reappearance earlier this month. Up 6lb for that comfortable success and needs taking seriously.

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5
511-6OR: 137BFD
3/1

2-3 over hurdles. Beaten favourite when last seen at Cheltenham Festival in the Grade 2 mares' novices' hurdle. Drops 6lb and has a stiff task from this mark on literal interpretation of her form, but no surprise to see improvement.

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6
611-4OR: 135CD
8/1

Showed significant improvement to score by 8L on his handicap debut in a Class 3 here over C&D last time. Can't argue with 9lb rise for that, and he deserves this step up in class. Considered.

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7
611-3OR: 134CD
6/1

Scored over C&D in March, completing a hat-trick in the process. Unable to build on that very useful form in three runs since. Now just 1lb higher, but clearly has a bit to prove.

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8
511-3OR: 134D
11/2

Dual good ground novice hurdle winner earlier in the year. Not far behind the talented Reserve Tank at Sandown in February (in receipt of 4lb). Makes handicap debut open to improvement and entitled to make the shortlist.

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9
511-3OR: 134D
10/1

Stepped up on previous form when drawing clear for a 10L success at Wetherby (2m, good to soft) last month. Looks capable of better, and will need to be from a 9lb higher mark in a tougher race. Not ruled out.

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11
510-6OR: 123CD
25/1

Recorded a hat-trick on the Flat from August to October, all on soft or heavy, but well held back over hurdles last time and others make more appeal.

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12
510-5OR: 122
14/1

Won a Doncaster maiden hurdle in January, but held in a weaker race than this on her reappearance, and hard to see her being good enough.

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Non-Runners

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Fanfan Du Seuil28
411-2OR: 133
T: T R GeorgeJ: Non Runner

Last Year's Winner

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Global Citizen611-105/1
T: B PaulingJ: David Bass

Betting

Forecast

Epatante (3/1), Elusive Belle (11/2), Crooks Peak (6/1), Elvis Mail (6/1), French Crusader (8/1), Scarlet Dragon (9/1), Christopher Wood (10/1), Antunes (10/1), Fanfan Du Seuil (12/1), Storm Goddess (14/1), Torcello (25/1), Beat The Judge (33/1)

Verdict

Scarlet Dragon can't be ruled out on form, but conditions for him have to be a concern, while Christopher Wood may be capable of better than on his return to action from wind surgery and is considered. Antunes, Epatante and Elvis Mail are others with claims, but preference is for ELUSIVE BELLE, whose form with Reserve Tank reads well, and who's introduction to handicapping could bear further fruit.
  1. Elusive Belle
  2. Elvis Mail
  3. Epatante

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