15:50 Fakenham Fri 14 February 2020

  • Valentine's Day Novices' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4)
  • 2m 7f 95y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • 5 Runners
  • Winner£6,433.002nd£1,889.003rd£944.004th£472.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:6m 13.2sOff time:15:55:27
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1
611-12OR: 120
15/8

Improved on second on hurdles bow when scoring nicely at Market Rasen (2m2f) in November on first start following wind surgery. Returns from nearly three month break and makes handicap bow over 5f further. Could be more to come if he stays.

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2
611-10OR: 118BFC
2/1

Fair form in bumpers last term. Won first two starts over hurdles and failed by just a neck to give 12lb at Carlisle last week. First start in a handicap and steps up half a mile in trip. Should give another good account of himself.

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3
711-9OR: 117BF
11/2

Ran out 3 out when every chance at Wincanton last time having won there time before over extended 2m5f. Swerved and unseated rider 2 out at Exeter earlier in term so looks a touch quirky. Chance if able to keep mind on the job.

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4
611-8OR: 116
9/1

Ex-Irish gelding off the mark last time at Punchestown 2m4f in October. Not seen since and makes British debut for new handler. Not the easiest to assess so well worth checking for signs of market confidence.

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5
710-8OR: 102
7/2

First-time tongue-tie applied. Showed plenty of ability when placed in two Listed bumpers in 2017/18 season. Lightly raced since and shown only modest hurdles form. Kept on after last at Warwick 2m3f latest and stiffer test may help cause.

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Last Year's Winner

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Uno Mas510-55/2
T: Christian WilliamsJ: James Bowen

Betting

Forecast

Dundrum Wood (15/8), Penny Mallow (2/1), Woulduadamandeveit (7/2), Nifty At Fifty (11/2), Premier D'troice (9/1)

Verdict

The mare PENNY MALLOW has done little wrong in her three starts over hurdles, winning the first two then only narrowly failing under a double penalty last time. The extra 4f should suit on handicap bow and she can just get the better of another promising sort, Dundrum Wood. The top weight won nicely at Market Rasen last time and if he stays will give the selection plenty to think about. Nifty At Fifty threw his chance away last time - not for the first time - and doesn't looks straightforward, while ex-Irish Premier D'troice has joined a good team and is worth noting for a market move.
  1. Penny Mallow
  2. Dundrum Wood
  3. Premier D'troice

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