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Friday 23 October 2020

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Catesby Estates Maiden Hurdle (GBB Race)

Class 3  |   2m 87y  |   Good  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 16:12  |   Winning time: 4m 0.41s
Weighed In
1
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: P J Brennan |  T: F O'Brien
9/1

Fair ex-French maiden on Flat. 5/2, promising first run for new yard when second of 5 in novice hurdle at Market Rasen (20.6f, good) 68 days ago. Should progress but he needs to here.

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3
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Harry Skelton |  T: D Skelton|  BF|  D
4/11

Dual bumper winner before encouraging second of 11 in novice at Uttoxeter (15.8f, good to soft) on hurdles bow 19 days ago, travelling strongly long way. Winner has gone in again since so in the mix.

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4
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Sam Twiston-Davies |  T: N A Twiston-Davies
16/1

Samum gelding. Half-brother to useful 7f-9f winner Lijian. Unplaced in Irish point but yard always to be highly respected here so worth monitoring in the betting.

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6
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: B S Hughes |  T: D McCain Jnr|  D
9/2

Landed Newcastle bumper in February before (3/1) showing up well on hurdling bow when second of 10 in novice at Bangor (16.7f, soft) 23 days ago. Hood on now and sure to do better so considered.

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7
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Harry Bannister |  T: A W Carroll
150/1

Fair 12f Flat winner who (28/1) hinted at promise when sixth of 10 in novice hurdle (28/1) at Warwick (16f, good) on NH debut 31 days ago. This demands a lot more though.

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8
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: James Best |  T: M Keighley
40/1

Hooded when second of 8 in bumper at Stratford (16.3f, heavy, 9/1) on NH debut 65 days ago. Makes hurdles debut now but this is a tough introduction.

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Non-Runners

5
Pipesmoker251
Weight: 11-0|  Age: 5
T: N J Henderson  J: Nico de Boinville
2
Champagnesuperover258
Weight: 11-0|  Age: 5
T: Olly Murphy  J: Adrian Heskin
Betting

Forecast

Faivoir (4/11), Pipesmoker (5/4), Champagnesuperover (9/4), Presentandcounting (9/2), Art Approval (9/1), Lessankan (16/1), Found On (40/1), Temur Khan (150/1)

Verdict

Some promising sorts on show but PIPESMOKER sets the bar high and is taken to open his account after fine placed efforts here and at Ascot last season. Presentandcounting also has much better days ahead of him so is fancied to chase home Nicky Henderson's useful prospect, while exciting bumper winner Champagnesuperover is much respected on his hurdling bow.

  1. PIPESMOKER (FR)
  2. PRESENTANDCOUNTING (IRE)
  3. CHAMPAGNESUPEROVER (IRE)

Previous Winners

2019
Heaven Help Us
Weight: 10-7  |Age: 5
Weight: 10-7  |  
Age: 5  |  
J: D E Mullins
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T: P Hennessy
33/1
Prize Money
1st: £7,194.002nd: £2,125.003rd: £1,063.004th: £531.005th: £266.006th: £133.00

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