15:00 Huntingdon
Smarkets Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle (2) 4yo
Smarkets Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle (2) 4yo
Going:
Soft
Soft
Distance: 1m 7f 171y Runners: 5
Hurdle Turf
Soft 1m 7f 171y
This looks to be between the top two on the card. Gumball has to be respected on his two earlier wins but a below-par run at Cheltenham last time leaves a slight question mark about him on soft ground even if other factors probably contributed to that defeat. Preference is for STYLE DE GARDE, whose British debut win at Newbury last month showed him to be a juvenile of considerable potential. He can build on that and follow up his top yard's win in this race last year. [Mel Cullinan]
RP Ratings Gumball
POSTDATA Gumball
TOPSPEED Gumball
WEST COUNTRY Gumball
LAMBOURN Style De Garde
SPOTLIGHT Style De Garde
No Runner Rating Previous Odds Odds Each Way 1/4 1-2
2
Style De GardeD
N De Boinville/N Henderson
Age: 4
Weight: 11-6
Spotlight Form: 3-11
139 10/11, 1/1
10/11
SP
Clear promise in two juvenile hurdles in France, finishing third at Auteuil in April then winning well at Strasbourg in October; decent form when winning well on British debut at Newbury (2m, soft) last month and strong claims for champion trainer, who won this last year.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 20/12/17
    NBY 16Sft 3yCl4 Hd,5K
    11-4
    1/12 8l, Doctor Bartolo[5/4F]10-12 h(1)
    Nico de Boinville
    106
    131
  • 01/10/17
    Stb 17Sft 3yHd,9K
    11-0
    1/3 5l, Solarina[9/10F]10-6
    Baptiste Meme
    121
  • 08/04/17
    Aut 15VSft 3yHd,23K
    10-6
    3/14 12l, Ajas[30/1]10-10
    Baptiste Meme
    118
1
GumballD
R Johnson/P Hobbs
Age: 4
Weight: 11-6
Spotlight Form: 3-112
143 11/8, 6/4
13/8
SP
Bit disappointing when comprehensively beaten by leading Triumph Hurdle hope at Cheltenham in November, when he didn't jump that well and inside pitch from the turn in were mitigating factors; clearcut wins (both on good ground) at Stratford and Chepstow previously entitle him to major respect.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 18/11/17
    CHL 16Sft 3yCl1 G2Hd,17K
    10-12
    2/6 17l, Apple's Shakira[5/4]10-5
    Richard Johnson
    144
    107
    127
  • 15/10/17
    CHP 16Gd 3yCl4 Hd,5K
    11-5
    1/7 8l, Malaya[4/6F]11-5
    Richard Johnson
    96
    135
  • 02/10/17
    STR 16Gd 3yCl4 Hd,4K
    10-12
    1/6 31l, Il Sicario[4/9F]10-12
    Richard Johnson
    86
    128
  • 28/04/17
    Die 16VSft 3yHd,9K
    10-3
    3/3 6 1/2l, Sharock[63/10]10-3
    Anthony Lecordier
    96
4
Embole
H Skelton/D Skelton
Age: 4
Weight: 10-12
Spotlight Form: 43
136 12/1, 10/1
8/1
SP
Last of four on sole start in French bumper in June; better form when third on hurdles debut at Newcastle (2m, soft) last month; that was a promising start but he'll need to improve on that to beat the top two here; hooded.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 02/12/17
    NCS 16Sft 3yCl2 Hd,13K
    10-12
    3/6 8l, Act Of Valour[7/1]10-12
    Harry Skelton
    76
    120
  • 18/06/17
    Clu 12Gd 3yNHF,4K
    9-11
    4/4 7 3/4l, El Makel9-11
    Thomas Gillet
3
Aiguille Rouge
J E Moore/G L Moore
Age: 4
Weight: 10-13
Spotlight Form: 311
125 14/1, 16/1
20/1
SP
Fair Flat maiden who has taken well to hurdling, winning in testing ground at Fontwell on last two occasions; much more on her plate against the top two here though and looks highly vulnerable.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 26/12/17
    FON 17Sft 3yCl4 Hd,3K
    10-12
    1/5 4l, Spirit Of Rome[2/1]10-5
    Jamie Moore
    117
    24
    110
  • 11/12/17
    FON 17Hy 3yCl4 Hd,3K
    10-5
    1/9 8l, Acaro[9/2]10-12
    Jamie Moore
    65
    105
  • 01/11/17
    FAK 16Gd 3yCl4 Hd,5K
    10-10
    3/6 21l, Cubswin[15/8F]10-10
    Jamie Moore
    34
    72
  • 17/10/17
    LEI 10GS Cl5Hc,4K
    9-3
    5/12 4 3/4l, Hajaam[33/1]9-5
    Hector Crouch
    75
    42
    76
  • 05/04/17
    Agt 10Sft 3y,7K
    9-2
    4/4 4l, Americain Woman[2/1F]9-2
    Pierre-Charles Boudot
    70
  • 20/02/17
    Cag 7Sft 3y,10K
    9-2
    3/3 6l, Ghurfah[4/1]9-2
    Pierre-Charles Boudot
    72
5
Esprit De Somoza
Lizzie Kelly/N Williams
Age: 4
Weight: 10-12
Spotlight Form: 5
123 33/1, 40/1
33/1
SP
Dam unraced sister to high-class 1m7f-2m6f jump winner Or Noir De Somoza and a 2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase (including Listed) winner; signs of ability on racecourse debut at Sandown last month but lot of improvement needed pitched into this stronger field.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 08/12/17
    SAN 15GS 3yCl2 Hd,13K
    11-0
    5/7 24l, Sussex Ranger[14/1]11-5
    Lizzie Kelly
    72
    107
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SP
Unnamed 2nd Favourite
SP