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squareintheair.com Handicap Hurdle

Class 3  |   2m 5f  |   Good  |   19 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 15:01  |   Winning time: 5m 9.1s
Weighed In
1
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Mr S Lee |  T: P W Middleton|  OR: 138|  C|  D
50/1

Winner of 3m listed handicap here last November but he was well held on his reappearance in this race prior to that and got to be chance that 3m contest next month is the target again.

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2
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-11  |  J: D A Jacob |  T: N J Henderson|  OR: 137|  BFWS
17/2

French bumper winner who looked useful when winning 2 of his 3 starts in novice hurdles last term. Unexposed sort from a top yard who should have more to offer now handicapping. Has had wind op.

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3
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-10  |  J: Sam Twiston-Davies |  T: N A Twiston-Davies|  OR: 136|  D
8/1

Having just third start for this yard when bagging very competitive event at Kempton (21f) in March. 6 lb rise not excessive (race thrown up winners) and contender if ready to roll after 7 months off.

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4
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-9  |  J: J M Davies |  T: R Rowe|  OR: 135|  D
11/1

Had a good first season over hurdles winning novices at Lingfield and Kempton at up to 21f. Shaped well when fourth of 7 in 19f Fontwell handicap on return, leaving impression run just needed.

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5
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-7  |  J: Tom Cannon |  T: A King|  OR: 133
20/1

Campaigned over fences in recent campaigns but was a useful novice hurdler a couple of years back. On a competitive mark if primed for this reappearance.

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6
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: Luca Morgan |  T: B Pauling|  OR: 132
22/1

Point winner who defied odds of 33/1 to score on hurdle debut at Ascot (21.5f) in December. Also a good third in Kempton novice in March and returns as an unexposed sort.

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7
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: Adam Wedge |  T: Miss E C Lavelle|  OR: 132|  BF|  D
18/1

Dual novice hurdler who was a good second when switched to handicap company at Uttoxeter in August. Not in the same form when only fifth at the same venue since, though.

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8
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Dale Irving |  T: I Jardine|  OR: 131
14/1

Fairly useful Flat winner and equally as good over hurdles, running as well as he's ever done when second at Kelso (21f) in September. Not long with this yard and possible he can build on that.

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9
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: Nico de Boinville |  T: N J Henderson|  OR: 130|  BF
11/2

Dual 2m Ludlow novice hurdle winner. Stepped up on any of those efforts when second in 19f Fontwell handicap on return and every chance there's more to come as a lightly raced sort from top yard.

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11
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: David Bass |  T: K C Bailey|  OR: 128|  D
9/1

Made it 4 wins from 6 starts over hurdles when battling well to shade tight finish at Ludlow (21f) 16 days ago. 3 lb rise fair but this is definitely a deeper race.

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12
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2  |  J: P J Brennan |  T: F O'Brien|  OR: 128|  BF|  D
12/1

Completed a handicap hat-trick on Southwell return in July but a further 11 lb rise was enough to find him out at Perth last time.

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13
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: B S Hughes |  T: C E Longsdon|  OR: 127
33/1

Ended last season with comfortable 19.5f Doncaster handicap win. Performed just as well when third of 8 to reopposing Yeavering Belle at Ludlow latest but this demands an even bigger performance.

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14
Age: 10|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: Lilly Pinchin |  T: M Keighley|  OR: 127|  C
100/1

Ended last season on a high with Uttoxeter win in March. Never involved on his involved on his reappearance over fences last month but this former course winner may fare better back hurdling.

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15
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-13  |  J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. |  T: Jamie Snowden|  OR: 125|  D
12/1

Improved when ready winner of 21f Ludlow handicap debut in February. May have just needed the run when third on Hexham reappearance 3 weeks ago and should be spot on now. Remains unexposed.

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16
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: C Brace |  T: F O'Brien|  OR: 123
14/1

Has posted respectable efforts over hurdles/fences this term and is 4 lb lower than when fourth in this race 2 years ago.

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17
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-10  |  J: Jack Tudor |  T: W Greatrex|  OR: 122
9/1

Point/bumper winner who came good over hurdles with a tongue tie added (also had wind op over summer) in Sedgefield novice hurdle last month. Makes handicap debut in strong race, though.

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18
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-10  |  J: M G Nolan |  T: Miss S Smith|  OR: 122|  D
28/1

Yet to make a significant impact in handicaps and finished down the field on his Uttoxeter reappearance 19 days ago. Hard to fancy here after that.

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19
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: Cillin Leonard |  T: Dr R D P Newland|  OR: 121
15/2

Failed to win in points but he's made a good start to his hurdle career, making all in 2m novices at Uttoxeter this summer. Steps up in trip now handicapping for yard which won this last year. Player.

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20
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-8  |  J: Lee Edwards |  T: J Groucott|  OR: 120|  D
100/1

Improved since fitted with a tongue tie, making it 3 wins in last 6 starts when seeing off 10 rivals at Ludlow (21f, heavy) in February. Needed the run on reappearance last season, though.

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Non-Runners

10
Hometown Boy223
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 5
T: Stuart Edmunds  J: C Gethings

Betting

Forecast

Hijack (11/2), Captain Tom Cat (15/2), Our Power (8/1), Fix Sun (17/2), Yeavering Belle (9/1), Young Lieutenant (9/1), Hometown Boy (10/1), Up The Straight (11/1), Exod'ela (12/1), Imperial Elysian (12/1), Weather Front (14/1), Lungarno Palace (14/1), Dagueneau (18/1), Good Man Pat (20/1), Whatsupwithyou (22/1), Debestyman (28/1), Storm Goddess (33/1), Golan Fortune (50/1), Star of Rory (100/1), Solstice Star (100/1)

Verdict

Dr Richard Newland and Cillin Leonard combined to take this last year and may be able to stage a repeat with CAPTAIN TOM CAT who doesn't look overburdened from a mark in the low 120s on the back of a pair of Uttoxeter novice wins. Nicky Henderson's Hijack and Fix Sun are similarly unexposed types and rate obvious dangers, while Our Power is also respected having won a strong race when last seen.

  1. CAPTAIN TOM CAT (IRE)
  2. HIJACK (IRE)
  3. OUR POWER (IRE)

Previous Winners

2019
Duke Street
Weight: 11-8  |Age: 7
Weight: 11-8  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: Cillin Leonard
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T: Dr R D P Newland
9/1

Prize Money

1st: £9,487.002nd: £2,786.003rd: £1,393.004th: £696.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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