12:45 Ludlow Wed 8 January 2020

  • Join RacingTV Now Juvenile Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 1m 7f 169y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 10 Runners
  • Winner£4,289.002nd£1,259.003rd£630.004th£350.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:3m 53.8sOff time:12:45:23
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1
411-4OR: BF
6/4

Won at Auteuil in France (2m1½f, heavy) prior to joining Nicholls and McManus; sent off 5-2f for a Grade 2 contest at Cheltenham (2m½f, soft) in November - well beaten sixth of ten to Allmankind; now sports a tongue-tie.

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2
411-4OR: 128D
9/2

Quirky; inconsistent over hurdles to date, failing to progress (albeit in graded company) since beating Paeso by 2½L at Kempton (2m, good) in October; should appreciate the switch to this Flat track; can't be discounted.

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3
410-12OR:
16/1

Won three times on the Flat (1m2f-1m4f) during the height of the summer; finished a modest eighth of 15 on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m, soft) four weeks ago.

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4
410-12OR:
20/1

Fourth foal (unsold at €16,500 as a foal); hooded as he starts his racing career for a respected handler; is a half-brother to the bumper winner Dares To Dream.

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5
410-12OR:
14/1

Flat maiden (0-6); placed off a mark of 71 at Wolverhampton (1m1½f) in April; whipped around at the start and slowly away on hurdles debut at Plumpton (2m1½f, soft) four weeks ago.

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6
410-12OR:
66/1

Won on the AW at Wolverhampton (1m1½f) for former handler James Tate; joined this trainer for 14,000gns in May; started 33-1 for hurdles debut at Newbury (2m+, soft) three weeks ago, finishing sixth of 11 to Fraser Island.

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7
410-12OR:
16/1

Runner-up (beaten 5L) on the AW at Kempton (1m4f) in early December; either side of that effort he's looked far removed from the top rank of hurdlers at Seven Barrows.

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8
410-12OR:
33/1

Stayed on strongly to score from a mark of 61 at Southwell (1m4f Class 6 handicap) in November; weakened quickly when tailed-off on hurdles debut at Warwick (2m, soft) subsequently.

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9
410-5OR:
100/1

Lowly rated Flat maiden (0-7); no positives whatsoever to take from his opening couple of starts over hurdles; look elsewhere confidently.

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10
410-5OR:
2/1

Former Irish racer (Jim Bolger); joined the Grand National winning trainer Dr Richard Newland for 18,000gns at the Newmarket Autumn Sale; in deep at Listed level (Aintree, 2m1f soft) on hurdles debut; this looks more realistic; still early days.

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Last Year's Winner

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Capone410-124/6
T: C J MannJ: N D Fehily

Betting

Forecast

Mick Pastor (6/4), Operatic Export (2/1), Prefontaine (9/2), Peckinpah (14/1), Hydroplane (16/1), Torolight (16/1), Leading Knight (20/1), Twpsyn (33/1), Percy Alexander (66/1), Lucky Circle (100/1)

Verdict

Prefontaine has the necessary ability to take such a contest in his stride, but as a somewhat quirky and difficult to predict character he's nearly always opposed. It remains early days over hurdles for the Dr Richard Newland-trained filly Operatic Export who will surely be better suited by this much easier assignment than at Aintree (Listed contest). However, with a tongue-tie now added to MICK PASTOR, the JP McManus-owned former French racer really deserves another chance to fulfil his undoubted potential over timber.
  1. Mick Pastor
  2. Operatic Export
  3. Prefontaine

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