13:20 Haydock

Wednesday 4 December 2019

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  • Class 4  |   2m 6f 177y  |   Soft (Good to Soft in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:25  |   Winning time: 5m 40.2s
1
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: B S Hughes |  T: Ruth Jefferson|  OR: 123
6/4

More experience to his name over obstacles than these rivals. Returned to action with a fine effort when second on handicap debut at Kelso (2m5f; heavy). Solid claims back in a maiden. Stable hold a 40% strike-rate at this track (2-5).

2
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: T J O'Brien |  T: Ian Williams
5/1

Talented staying handicapper on the flat, and wasn't disgraced on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m3f; good to soft) last month. Will need to improve plenty to win this though. Profile overall suggests he prefers faster ground.

3
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: Nick Scholfield |  T: J Scott
18/1

Is stepped back up in trip after posting a lesser effort when dropped down in distance at Sandown (2m; heavy) last time. Still needs to prove he handles softer ground (lesser efforts have came on ground with give in it).

4
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: Bryony Frost |  T: N B King
25/1

Contested competitive and decent staying-handicaps on the level (officially rated 78) this year. Now makes hurdles debut on first run since July, and is respected in what isn't an overly hot race. Has place claims.

5
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: Adrian Heskin |  T: B Pauling
40/1

Yard have been quiet in recent weeks. Starting to have runners again now, but it would still be difficult to fancy him on seasonal/hurdles debut. Sole run came at the end of last season when he finished 11th of 13 in a Warwick (2m; good) bumper.

6
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: D Crosse |  T: P J Hobbs
11/8

Runner-up on rules/hurdles debut in what appeared to be a decent race at Aintree (2m4f; soft). The third has recently franked the form, and this step up to 2m6f should suit him. Leading contender in this weaker affair.

7
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: Thomas Dowson |  T: P A Kirby
200/1

16-race maiden on the flat who recently started his hurdles career at Wetherby (2m3f; good to soft) when tailed off. Has been set a similarly impossible task again in this field. Of more realistic interest when entering handicaps.

Betting

Forecast

Keep Wondering (11/8), Bally Conor (6/4), Blue Laureate (5/1), Clondaw Dancer (18/1), Flintrock (25/1), Foggy Creek (40/1), Sincerely Resdev (200/1)

Verdict

A contest which is likely to prove particularly informative. The hurdles newcomer Flintrock has definite place claims given the level of ability he showed on the flat, coupled with the fact he has placed form on ground with give in it. Bally Conor holds obvious claims, given some of the smart form he has to his name including when runner-up to the exciting Imperial Aura over hurdles last season. However, he may be vulnerable to an improver in the shape of KEEP WONDERING who produced a highly promising display on hurdles debut when second at Aintree. This looks a less competitive affair, which can enable him to get off the mark at the second attempt for the in-form Phillip Hobbs yard.
  1. Keep Wondering
  2. Bally Conor
  3. Flintrock

Previous Winners

2018
Newtide
Weight: 11-2  |Age: 5
Weight: 11-2  |  
Age: 5  |  
J: J J Burke
  |  
T: K C Bailey
11/10

Prize Money

1st: £5,198.002nd: £1,526.003rd: £763.004th: £382.00

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