13:45 Wetherby

Tuesday 23 February 2021

All13:4514:1514:4515:2015:5516:3017:00
  • BoscaSports The Retail Bookmakers Choice Novices' Hurdle (GBB Race)
  • Class 4  |   2m  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   7 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:45  |   Winning time: 4m 10.1s
1
Balleticont133
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8| J: David Bass| T: K C Bailey| OR:  127| BF| D
5/4
Showed plenty of ability in bumpers in 2018/19 and overcame a 2-year layoff to make a winning hurdling debut at Southwell (15.8f) in December. However, found life tougher under a penalty at Ludlow.
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2
Here Comes McCoy70
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-8| J: R T Dunne| T: O Murphy| OR:  123| D
11/4
Impressive winner in bumper on debut last January and made it second time lucky over hurdles at Uttoxeter in November. Failed to back that up at Wincanton since, but he's not one to write off.
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4
Franigane97
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2| J: G Sheehan| T: H Whittington
9/4
Positive start over hurdles when chasing home the useful Nada To Prada (winner again since, in listed company) in 2m Ffos Las maiden (heavy) in November. Claims here with improvement anticipated.
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5
Isle Of Aron157
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-2| J: Alan Johns| T: Tim Vaughan
40/1
Showed some ability in a brace of bumpers 7 months apart but much more needed now switching to obstacles.
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6
300/1
Sent off at 125/1 and pulled up on debut in a Leicester novice last month.
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7
Sir Apollo689
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-2| J: Jonathan England| T: S England
100/1
€30,000 3-y-o. Fifth on sole start between the flags back in April 2019 and probably best watched on Rules debut.
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8
Slievegart1156
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-2| J: Theo Gillard(7)| T: D McCain Jnr
18/1
€50,000 3-y-o. Brother to fairly useful hurdler/chaser Overland Flyer, and half-brother to fairly useful hurdler Roccowithlove. Worth a market check on Rules debut. Tongue strap enlisted.
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Non-Runners

3
The Grey Falco33
Weight: 11-8|  Age: 6
T: A Ralph  J: Lee Edwards
NR

Betting

Forecast

Balleticon (5/4), Franigane (9/4), The Grey Falco (9/4), Here Comes McCoy (11/4), Slievegar (18/1), Isle Of Aron (40/1), Sir Apollo (100/1), Johnny Mac (300/1)

Verdict

THE GREY FALCO hasn't done much wrong since switched to hurdles and he bumped into an above-average recruit when second in a Ludlow novice last time. He holds Balleticon on that evidence and is taken to go one better here. Franigane made an encouraging start in this sphere at Ffos Las and is second choice ahead of Here Comes McCoy.

  1. THE GREY FALCO (FR)
  2. FRANIGANE (FR)
  3. HERE COMES MCCOY (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Diodorus
Weight: 11-1  |Age: 6
5/1

Prize Money

1st: £3,769.002nd: £1,107.003rd: £553.004th: £277.00
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