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Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 5yo+
Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) 5yo+
Going:
Soft
Soft
Distance: 2m 5f Runners: 6
Hurdle Turf
Soft 2m 5f
Count Meribel ran creditably in a similar event at Cheltenham four weeks ago and holds leading claims on form. However, he's had 12 starts now and could prove vulnerable against some promising rivals who have fewer miles on the clock. The unbeaten MR WHIPPED is particularly appealing and he gets the vote over Chooseyourweapon, who has a very similar profile to the selection. Paisley Park can acquit himself with credit.[Steve Boow]
RP Ratings Count Meribel
LAMBOURN Mr Whipped
POSTDATA Mr Whipped
SPOTLIGHT Mr Whipped
TOPSPEED Count Meribel
THE NORTH Cave Top
No Runner Rating Previous Odds Odds Each Way 1/4 1-2
5
Mr WhippedD
N De Boinville/N Henderson
Age: 5
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 1-11
152 5/4, 6/5
Evens
SP
Bought for 160,000GBP after winning Irish point last March; successful in novice hurdles at Kempton (2m, good to soft) and Newbury (2m4f, soft) for new connections; latest performance (RPR 138) gives him strong claims and he likely has further progress up his sleeve.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 20/12/17
    NBY 20Sft 4-6yCl4 NvHd,5K
    11-4
    1/10 3l, Gowiththeflow[7/1]10-12
    Nico de Boinville
    95
    138
  • 13/11/17
    KEM 16GS Cl4 NvHd,4K
    10-12
    1/3 4 1/2l, Ashkoul[2/9F]10-12
    Nico de Boinville
    73
    112
1
Count MeribelDBF
M D Grant/N Twiston-Davies
Age: 6
Weight: 11-3
Spotlight Form: 2-1112
154 3/1, 10/3
7/2
SP
Consistent in defeat last season and has shown himself an improved hurdler this term, completing a hat-trick (2m3f-2m5f) before finishing second in Grade 2 at Cheltenham (3m, soft); takes on some unexposed rivals who have lower mileage, but he's the leading contender on form.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 16/12/17
    CHL 23Sft Cl1 NvG2Hd,17K
    11-1
    2/4 2 3/4l, Kilbricken Storm[7/4F]10-12
    Mark Grant
    138
    124
    143
  • 25/11/17
    ASC 21GS Cl2 NvHd,13K
    11-6
    1/9 8l, Perfect Harmony[7/2]10-12
    Mark Grant
    132
    109
    140
  • 05/11/17
    CRL 20Sft Cl4 NvHd,4K
    11-4
    1/11 2 1/4l, Kildisart[11/4]10-12
    Mark Grant
    129
    108
    134
  • 19/10/17
    CRL 19Sft Cl4 NvHd,4K
    10-12
    1/8 10l, Absolute Power[13/8F]10-12
    Mark Grant
    124
    87
    128
  • 16/04/17
    Ffo 20Gd Cl3 HdHc,6K
    11-0
    2/7 1/4l, Sir Mangan[8/1]11-10
    Mark Grant
    120
    59
    126
  • 12/03/17
    WAR 16Sft Cl4 NvHd,4K
    11-1
    2/13 7l, Grand Turina[5/6F]10-5
    Mark Grant
    120
    74
    119
3
Chooseyourweapon
A Wedge/E Williams
Age: 5
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 1-11
146 11/2, 6/1
13/2
SP
Bought for 210,000GBP after winning Irish point last April; successful in two races over hurdles at Chepstow for new connections, both over an extended 2m3f on testing ground; remains unbeaten and looks open to further improvement; interesting upped in class.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 09/12/17
    CHP 19Hy Cl4 NvHd,3K
    11-5
    1/15 3l, Golden Sunrise[5/6F]10-12
    Adam Wedge
    104
    132
  • 08/11/17
    CHP 19Sft Cl5 MdHd,3K
    11-0
    1/16 1/4l, Gowiththeflow[9/1]11-0
    Adam Wedge
    100
    129
6
Paisley Park
N Scholfield/Miss E Lavelle
Age: 6
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 2-1
143 15/2, 7/1
13/2
SP
Promising second in the bumper on this card last year; went one better in Hereford novice hurdle (2m3f, soft) four weeks ago, left in command when the favourite landed awkwardly after the final flight; still unexposed after just two runs and stable has won this race twice (2007/2011).
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 16/12/17
    HER 19Sft Cl4 NvHd,5K
    10-12
    1/11 7l, Vision Des Flos[7/1]10-12
    Nick Scholfield
    70
    129
  • 14/01/17
    WAR 16Sft 4-6yCl6 NHF,2K
    11-5
    2/14 1l, Point Of Principle[6/1]10-4
    Daryl Jacob
    59
    116
4
Knight In DubaiD
H Skelton/D Skelton
Age: 5
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 21-51
136 12/1, 14/1
16/1
SP
Irish point winner who was a disappointing favourite in Sedgefield bumper on rules debut; left that effort behind when winning Wetherby novice hurdle (2m5f, soft) five weeks ago but has more on his plate in this company; comes out worst of the field on RPRs.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 09/12/17
    WET 21Sft Cl4 NvHd,4K
    10-9
    1/10 4 1/2l, Game On[9/2]10-12
    Bridget Andrews
    37
    122
  • 03/10/17
    SED 16Gd 4-6yCl6 NHF,2K
    10-12
    5/10 16 1/2l, Delatite[2/1F]10-12
    Harry Skelton
    57
    93
2
Cave Top
D England/O Greenall
Age: 6
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 5-1211
147 25/1, 28/1
25/1
SP
Progressive in handicaps this season, winning three of four starts; justified favouritism at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) the last twice and may have more to offer at the right level; however, this is tougher upped to Graded level.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 31/12/17
    UTT 19Hy Cl3 HdHc,5K
    11-3
    1/4 2 1/4l, Crucial Role[11/8F]11-7
    Ross Turner
    128
    61
    133
  • 26/11/17
    UTT 19Hy Cl4 HdHc,4K
    11-7
    1/6 2 1/4l, Al Destoor[7/4F]11-3
    Ross Turner
    122
    87
    129
  • 31/10/17
    BAN 19Gd Cl4 HdHc,3K
    11-9
    2/9 3 1/4l, Man Look[4/5F]11-8
    Harry Skelton
    117
    78
    125
  • 24/10/17
    EXE 16GS Cl4 HdHc,4K
    11-12
    1/15 9l, Norse Light[7/1]10-7
    Mr W Biddick
    110
    95
    126
  • 21/03/17
    WET 16Gd Cl4 HdHc,5K
    11-5
    5/12 18 1/2l, Caius Marcius[20/1]11-11
    Jake Greenall
    113
    92
    103
  • 01/01/17
    CAT 25GS Cl4 NvHd,4K
    11-2
    3/4 32l, The Bay Oak[14/1]10-13
    Jake Greenall
    50
    97
Unnamed Favourite
SP
Unnamed 2nd Favourite
SP