13:45 Leicester Thu 9 January 2020

Abandoned
  • Dove Selling Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 4f 110y, Soft (Heavy in places)
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner£4,809.002nd£1,412.003rd£706.004th£353.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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1
711-12OR: 129
5/2

Improving and has been very competitive in sellers, claimers and handicaps since the summer, winning four of his last seven starts from 2m-2m7f, including on soft. Ran well over 2m here last time and looks a big player back up in trip.

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2
911-12OR: 138D
9/4

Versatile and a multiple winner over both hurdles and fences. Scored in this sphere in a Fakenham selling handicap (2m4f, good to soft) on New Year's Day. Best off at the weights here, and looks the one to beat.

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3
1111-9OR: 114D
16/1

Mudlark who will want it as soft as possible to be seen to best effect. Latest of his five wins came at Ffos Las (2m6f) in November, when 6lb lower. Well held since and looks up against it on these terms.

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4
911-6OR: 127D
3/1

Decent handicap hurdler when with Gordon Elliott for whom he won the Martin Pipe at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Has clearly had his issues since then, but more encouraging effort in a seller over C&D last time, but much more needed.

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5
611-6OR: 122
13/2

Another former Gordon Elliott inmate, who has changed yards twice since and makes his debut for this trainer today. Claimed for £6,000 after finishing second at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and not ruled out back up in trip after that career-best.

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6
911-6OR: 122D
8/1

Dual chase and multiple hurdle winner from 2m1f-2m7f. Well treated on his form of 2018, but out of sorts lately and most of his good form has been on a sound surface.

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7
1311-6OR: 66CD
100/1

Well beaten in all starts since his 33-1 surprise success at Huntingdon last March. Although he is a C&D winner, he is terribly treated on these terms and is impossible to recommend in this field.

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Last Year's Winner

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Regulation1011-610/3
T: N B KingJ: Bryony Frost

Betting

Forecast

Wells De Lune (9/4), Ballyellis (5/2), Blow By Blow (3/1), Percy (13/2), Souriyan (8/1), Never Equalled (16/1), The Jugopolist (100/1)

Verdict

Ballyellis has to be of interest again, given his excellent recent record in such events plus the return to further. However, he has a bit to find with WELLS DE LUNE, who also arrives in good form and gets the vote. If anything can cause a bit of an upset, then perhaps Percy could be the one.
  1. Wells De Lune
  2. Ballyellis
  3. Percy
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