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Thursday 25 November 2021

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    Read Hollie Doyle's Column On attheraces.com Novices' Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 4  |   2m  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   17 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:52  |   Winning time: 3m 57.58s
1
Horse silk
Crossing The Bar118
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: T J O'Brien| T: P J Hobbs| BF
14/1
Dam half-sister to useful hurdler (2m winner) Cops And Robbers. Fairly useful on Flat, stays 1¾m. Left Sir Michael Stoute for 60,000 gns and rates an interesting hurdling debutant.
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2
Horse silk
Duke Of Rockingham27
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: Aidan Coleman| T: O Murphy| D
7/2
Kayf Tara gelding who built considerably on his debut effort a year on to win a 9-runner bumper at Uttoxeter (15.8f) 27 days ago. Switches to hurdles now and must be respected.
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3
Horse silk
Exmoor Expressh22
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: James Bowen| T: V R A Dartnall| D
25/1
Signed off last season with a Chepstow bumper win but was in need of experience on hurdling debut there 22 days ago. Should do better in time.
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4
Horse silk
Green Planet30
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: Tom Cannon| T: A King
6/1
Fairly useful maiden on the Flat. Modest form only start in bumpers but showed plenty more sent hurdling behind a good prospect at Bangor (16.7f) last month. In the mix if building on that.
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5
Horse silk
Heltenham115
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: Harry Skelton| T: D Skelton
9/2
Bumper winner who posted a good second in 4-y-o event at Vichy (17.4f, good to soft) on hurdling debut in August. Has subsequently joined a top yard, so improvement anticipated.
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6
Horse silk
Hey Joe30
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-12| J: R P McLernon| T: Jonjo O'Neill
80/1
Progressive in bumpers (runner-up twice) but comfortably held both hurdle starts. Will be better off in handicaps.
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7
Horse silk
Jersey21
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: Mr T Durrell(7)| T: D Skelton
80/1
Modest in bumpers and similar form in 2 hurdle runs. Handicaps presumably up after this.
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8
Horse silk
Kalakawa Enkih1663
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-12| J: Page Fuller| T: A Irvine
300/1
Pulled up in a Sandown novice hurdle on debut for Gary Moore in 2019/20. Missed the following season. Hood added on return for new stable.
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9
Horse silk
Ocean Heights45
Age: 4|  Weight: 10-12| J: T Scudamore| T: D Pipe| D
10/1
Fair bumper winner who was sold out of Lucy Wadham's yard for £26,000 in August. Has matched that form both starts on the Flat subsequently and should have a future over hurdles.
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10
Horse silk
Piaff Bubbles23
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: Stan Sheppard| T: T Lacey
5/1
Placed on the second of 2 starts in bumpers last season. Is bred to come into his own now jumping but swerved right and unseated his rider on Exeter hurdling bow 23 days ago. Open to improvement.
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11
Horse silk
Sherborne23
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-12| J: Brendan Powell| T: C L Tizzard
7/2
Modest form in bumpers and ran to a similar level when fourth on Exeter hurdles debut (16.7f) 23 days ago. Entitled to do better.
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12
Horse silk
250/1
Runner-up sole start in point bumpers but achieved nothing when tailed off in an Aintree bumper on Rules bow in May.
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Has shown bits and pieces of promise in bumpers/over hurdles so far but will be of more interest in low-grade handicaps after this.
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14
Horse silk
200/1
Is likely to flourish at a later stage and shaped accordingly when well held in a novice hurdle at Exeter on debut 23 days ago.
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15
Horse silk
250/1
Has merely hinted at ability in a bumper/maiden hurdle 33 months apart.
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16
Horse silk
10/1
Fairly useful on Flat, stays 1¾m, resuming winning ways in amateurs handicap last time. Worth a second look now going hurdling.
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17
Horse silk
50/1
Fair maiden on Flat, stays 11.5f, respectable second on stable debut 14 months ago. Not seen since but in good hands ahead of hurdle bow.
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Forecasts

Sherborne (7/2), Duke Of Rockingham (7/2), Heltenham (9/2), Piaff Bubbles (5/1), Green Planet (6/1), Lady Isabel (10/1), Ocean Heights (10/1), Crossing The Bar (14/1), Exmoor Express (25/1), Rock Of Fame (50/1), Jersey (80/1), Hey Joe (80/1), Glorious Isolation (200/1), Time Bandit (250/1), Hot In The City (250/1), William Ewart (250/1), Kalakawa Enki (300/1)

Verdict

HELTENHAM made a promising start over hurdles when runner-up in a 4-y-o event at Vichy in August, and having subsequently joined Dan Skelton, improvement should be forthcoming. He earns the vote, though fairly useful Flat recruit Crossing The Bar and bumper-winner Duke of Rockingham are considered big threats.

  1. HELTENHAM (FR)
  2. CROSSING THE BAR (IRE)
  3. DUKE OF ROCKINGHAM

Previous Winners

2020
Annual Invictus
Weight: 10-12  |Age: 5
1/1

Prize Money

1st: £4,084.002nd: £1,882.003rd: £940.004th: £471.00

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