17:15 Cheltenham

Friday 23 October 2020

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Back And Lay At Matchbook Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle

Class 3  |   2m 87y  |   Good  |   17 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 17:16  |   Winning time: 3m 54.43s
Weighed In
1
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: Sean Houlihan |  T: P J Hobbs|  OR: 140|  D
20/1

Useful on Flat/over hurdles and was as good as ever when second in a handicap at Warwick 17 months ago. Not seen since, but hard to completely dismiss from same mark.

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2
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8  |  J: C Brace |  T: F O'Brien|  OR: 136|  BF|  CD
6/1

Patiently-ridden hurdler who landed this last season from a 9 lb lower mark but seemed amiss on his only subsequent outing. Not ruled out despite a lengthy absence.

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3
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: Charlie Price |  T: Tim Vaughan|  OR: 134|  D
18/1

Juvenile hurdle winner for Brendan Duke in December 2019 but looked averagely handicapped when only fifth over C&D on debut for this stable 7 months ago. Likely to need the run.

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4
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Lorcan Williams |  T: P F Nicholls|  OR: 133|  D
17/2
5
Age: 8|  Weight: 11-4  |  J: Callum McKinnes |  T: D Skelton|  OR: 132|  D
50/1
7
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: Jack Tudor |  T: N J Henderson|  OR: 129|  BF|  D
18/1

Landed 2 juvenile hurdles in France but turned over at 30/100 on debut for new yard in juvenile at Market Rasen 8 months ago. In excellent hands so likely to prove a different proposition.

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8
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12  |  J: Theo Gillard |  T: J J Quinn|  OR: 126|  BF|  D
11/1

Dual novice winner last season who shaped as if ahead of his mark on both handicap outings. Ran respectably back on the Flat last month, so no forlorn hope if his jumping holds up.

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9
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Ben Godfrey |  T: Henry Oliver|  OR: 125|  D
125/1

Three handicap hurdle win in 2018/19 and back on track when runner-up at Ludlow 8 months ago. Up in grade off a 4 lb higher mark now, though.

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10
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Fergus Gregory |  T: Olly Murphy|  OR: 125|  D
28/1

Fairly useful Flat winner who was progressive over hurdles last winter, winning novices at Ayr and Newcastle. Opening mark looks reasonable and should be tuned up after 8 months off.

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11
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Maxime Tissier |  T: Mrs L Wadham|  OR: 125|  D
14/1

Dual scorer over hurdles last season and shaped as if retaining all her ability when fourth in handicap at Fontwell on return. Solid gallop should suit but she has a bit to find.

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12
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: J Nailor |  T: N A Twiston-Davies|  OR: 125|  D
4/1

Point/bumper winner who left hurdling debut form to readily get off the mark in this sphere in a novice at Uttoxeter 19 days ago, making all. More to come switched to more competitive environment.

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13
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: William Marshall |  T: D Skelton|  OR: 125|  DWS
22/1

Fairly useful hurdler who made a winning reappearance at Southwell in July but dropped out tamely at Stratford later that month. Not seen since and others make more appeal.

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14
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Harry Reed |  T: Mrs S Leech|  OR: 125|  D
33/1

Confirmed encouragement of reappearance when landing a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter in August. Below form in France subsequently and will probably find this too competitive.

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15
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-11  |  J: Richard Patrick |  T: Kerry Lee|  OR: 125|  CD
5/1

Losing run dates back to 2018 but has gone close on a few occasions. Didn't shape at all badly on Plumpton reappearance last month and not ruled out off 2 lb lower mark here.

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16
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-10  |  J: K Brogan |  T: Jonjo O'Neill|  OR: 124|  D
5/1

Fairly useful on the Flat in France and came good over hurdles with a hood added at Huntingdon (2m, heavy) in March. Good second both subsequent efforts and has the benefit of a recent run.

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17
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: Lewis Stones |  T: Olly Murphy|  OR: 123|  D
28/1

Boasts an excellent strike rate for this stable and can be excused a lesser effort at Stratford 48 days ago. Needs further improvement on the back of a break, though.

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18
Age: 11|  Weight: 10-4  |  J: Danny McMenamin |  T: S Lycett|  OR: 118|  D
22/1

Front runner who has hit the frame on all 3 outings this term but is likely to find this a bit too competitive.

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Non-Runners

6
Byron Flyer27
Weight: 11-4|  Age: 9
T: Ian Williams  J: C J Todd

Betting

Forecast

One True King (4/1), Tegerek (5/1), Magic Dancer (5/1), Benny's Bridge (6/1), Wild Max (17/2), Ashington (11/1), Miss Heritage (14/1), Byron Flyer (14/1), Nanabelle (18/1), Clemencia (18/1), Sternrubin (20/1), Hallings Comet (22/1), Scorched Earth (22/1), St Gallen (28/1), Endlessly (28/1), Percy (33/1), Fair Mountain (50/1), Hijran (125/1)

Verdict

ONE TRUE KING readily opened his account at Uttoxeter last time and, provided his lack of experience doesn't hold him back in this much bigger field, he could show an opening mark of 125 to be rather lenient. Nanabelle and Wild Max both have disappointing runs to put behind them, but they're fresh and likely to get back on track.

  1. ONE TRUE KING (IRE)
  2. WILD MAX (GER)
  3. NANABELLE (FR)

Previous Winners

2019
Benny's Bridge
Weight: 11-3  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-3  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: C Brace
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T: F O'Brien
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £7,213.002nd: £2,118.003rd: £1,059.004th: £529.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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