16:10 Cheltenham
Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle (2) 4yo+
Steel Plate And Sections Handicap Hurdle (2) 4yo+
Going:
Soft
Soft
Distance: 2m 179y Runners: 12
Hurdle Turf
Soft 2m 179y
Having made an eyecatching British debut when tanking along for most of the 2m5f Lanzarote at Kempton, the ex-French LE PATRIOTE (nap) can make the most of this drop back in trip. Zaidiyn and Huntsman Son, preferred in that order, are two more who could benefit from today's shorter distance. The radically improved Our Merlin completes the shortlist but he's not the only other in-form candidate.[Richard Austen]
RP Ratings Litterale Ci
LAMBOURN Dino Velvet
TOPSPEED Dino Velvet
WEST COUNTRY Litterale Ci
POSTDATA Remiluc
SPOTLIGHT Le Patriote
THE NORTH Zaidiyn
No Runner Rating Previous Odds Odds Each Way 1/4 1-2-3
6
Le Patriote
D Jacob/Dr R Newland
Age: 6
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 1-5897
143 4/1
10/3
SP
Dual 2m2f winner on heavy ground in France; stamina looked a potential issue on British debut in useful 2m5f handicap at Kempton two weeks ago and, having travelled strongly up front before two out, he ended up in seventh; very much one to note back down in trip.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 13/01/18
    KEM 21Sft Cl1 LisHdHc,26K
    10-8
    7/16 10l, William Henry[10/1]11-7
    Brian Hughes
    127
    115
    125
  • 05/11/17
    Aut 18VSft LisHdHc,40K
    10-11
    9/18 12l, Silver Axe[116/10]11-5
    Alexis Acker
    120
  • 24/10/17
    Aut 18VSft 5yHdHc,37K
    11-1
    8/16 11 1/2l, Vlatan[77/10]10-8
    Alexis Acker
    119
  • 02/05/17
    Com 19VSft LisHd,35K
    10-10
    5/8 13 1/2l, Fixe Le Kap[31/10]10-8
    Alexis Acker
    129
  • 29/03/17
    Com 18Sft Hd,20K
    10-12
    1/12 1 1/4l, Epicea[84/10]10-10
    Alexis Acker
    129
  • 05/03/17
    Aut 18Hy 5yHdHc,25K
    10-8
    6/11 17l, Forest Forest[9/2]11-5
    Alexis Acker
    107
10
Litterale Ci
B J Geraghty/H Fry
Age: 5
Weight: 10-9
Spotlight Form: 242-41
146 4/1, 5/1
4/1
SP
It took her five attempts to register first British/hurdles win but it was delivered in taking style in amateurs' race at Ludlow (2m, soft) last month, coming from off the pace; up 7lb and into a much better race but she may have turned a corner.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 20/12/17
    LUD 15Sft Cl4 HdHc,6K
    11-4
    1/9 4l, Prussian Eagle[7/2]10-10
    Miss A B O'Connor
    115
    99
    125
  • 21/10/17
    STR 16GS Cl3 HdHc,8K
    11-0
    4/8 6 1/2l, Miss Night Owl[7/4F]11-7
    Noel Fehily
    118
    94
    112
  • 23/01/17
    BAN 16Sft Cl4 HdHc,5K
    10-11
    2/4 3l, Whizzzey Rascal[EvensF]12-2
    Noel Fehily
    115
    51
    111
  • 03/12/16
    Ain 16GS 3yCl1 LisHd,13K
    10-12
    4/8 38l, Evening Hush[4/1]10-12
    Barry Geraghty
    65
    91
  • 20/11/16
    EXE 16Sft 3yCl4 Hd,3K
    10-5
    2/14 2 1/2l, Evening Hush[5/2J]10-5
    Niall P Madden
    90
    107
  • 07/06/16
    Sai 14Sft 3y,13K
    8-10
    1/8 1 1/2l, Sirinska[136/10]8-9
    Vincent Cheminaud
    32
    83
3
Clondaw CastleD
P Brennan/T George
Age: 6
Weight: 11-7
Spotlight Form: 18-131
142 4/1
9/2
SP
Won Irish point, bumper and two novice hurdles, on latest start well on top at Kelso (2m, soft) despite rather wandering in front; third at Doncaster on penultimate start when making the running in warm company, giving 6lb to today's 3.00 runner De Rasher Counter who beat him half a length; good prospect and this looks a viable mark for handicap debut.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 14/01/18
    KEL 16Sft Cl4 NvHd,4K
    11-1
    1/14 4l, Aye Right[11/10F]10-9
    Ciaran Gethings
    129
    114
    135
  • 16/12/17
    DON 16Gd Cl3 NvHd,6K
    11-4
    3/10 7 1/2l, Countister[5/2]10-5
    A P Heskin
    105
    127
  • 25/11/17
    HUN 15GS Cl4 MdHd,3K
    11-5
    1/14 1l, Global Citizen[6/5F]11-8
    Ciaran Gethings
    91
    127
  • 07/04/17
    Ain 16Gd 4-6yCl1 G2NHF,25K
    11-4
    8/19 9 1/4l, Lalor[20/1]11-4
    Paddy Brennan
    111
    98
    120
  • 13/03/17
    STR 16Sft 4-6yCl4 MdNHF,3K
    11-4
    1/11 1 1/2l, Hatcher[7/2]10-10
    A P Heskin
    89
    110
5
Our MerlinD
H Cobden/R Walford
Age: 6
Weight: 11-0
Spotlight Form: 6U1112
142 8/1, 7/1
6/1
SP
Can make the running; trotted up three times in the space of 11 days last month; after latest win he went up 23lb and improved again when second to an unexposed Henderson horse at Sandown (2m, heavy; ridden by 7lb claimer); up another 4lb but it's hard to rule out further progress.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 06/01/18
    SAN 15Hy Cl2 HdHc,16K
    9-13
    2/10 3 1/4l, Call Me Lord[7/2]11-12
    Jonjo O'Neill
    123
    87
    132
  • 14/12/17
    TAU 16Sft Cl4 HdHc,5K
    11-3
    1/15 15l, Mr Lando[11/10F]10-2
    Harry Cobden
    100
    87
    125
  • 11/12/17
    FON 17Hy Cl4 HdHc,3K
    10-9
    1/6 11l, Jebs Gamble[EvensF]11-2
    Harry Cobden
    93
    97
    115
  • 04/12/17
    PLU 15GS Cl5 HdHc,4K
    10-12
    1/8 21l, Kristal Hart[9/4J]11-8
    Harry Cobden
    86
    74
    108
  • 20/11/17
    PLU 17GS Cl5 HdHc,3K
    11-1
    UR/5 Dalaman[7/1]11-9
    James Best
    86
  • 12/10/17
    WOR 20GF Cl4 HdHc,3K
    10-10
    6/6 39l, Stonemadforspeed[12/1]10-13
    Harry Cobden
    88
    29
    66
4
Huntsman Son
J Bowen/A Hales
Age: 8
Weight: 11-6
Spotlight Form: 3-2114
143 10/1
8/1
SP
2-3 in points; very progressive hurdler until he found 2m4f on heavy going too much for him late on at Newbury; impressed in both previous handicaps, admittedly also at about 2m4f but first crack at this sort of trip is very interesting; also ridden last two starts by star claimer James Bowen.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 30/12/17
    NBY 20Hy Cl2 HdHc,11K
    10-13
    4/7 8 1/2l, Brave Eagle[9/2]11-2
    James Bowen
    133
    38
    127
  • 15/12/17
    DON 19Gd Cl4 NvHdHc,4K
    12-0
    1/12 3 3/4l, Slanelough[6/4F]12-0
    James Bowen
    122
    119
    135
  • 07/12/17
    MAR 20GS Cl4 HdHc,5K
    11-10
    1/8 15l, Stick To The Plan[2/1F]12-3
    Harry Bannister
    115
    34
    130
  • 03/11/17
    UTT 19Gd Cl4 NvHd,3K
    10-12
    2/14 6l, Who's My Jockey[14/1]10-12
    Harry Bannister
    96
    124
  • 04/06/16
    WOR 20Gd Cl4 MdHd,4K
    11-0
    3/8 2l, River Of Intrigue[8/1]10-4
    Harry Skelton
    99
    111
2
ZaidiynD
D Cook/B Ellison
Age: 8
Weight: 11-8
Spotlight Form: 4417/5
142 12/1, 11/1
17/2
SP
Probably acts on soft, won in France on heavy; won well off today's mark in February 2016; recent fifth of 11 at Wetherby was his first run over hurdles for 21 months, better than the result given he travelled well until bad blunder two out and was attempting 2m3f; seriously considered.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 13/01/18
    WET 19Sft Cl3 HdHc,7K
    11-12
    5/11 13 1/2l, Westend Story[14/1]11-1
    Connor King
    135
    26
    133
  • 15/11/17
    NCS 16St Cl4Hc,8K
    9-9
    9/13 5 1/4l, Mobbhij[6/1]9-7
    Stevie Donohoe
    80
    38
    80
  • 27/10/17
    DON 14GS Cl3Hc,8K
    8-12
    2/9 2 1/2l, Golden Birthday[22/1]9-7
    Ben Robinson
    80
    69
    84
  • 29/07/17
    ASC 11Sft Cl3Hc,10K
    9-9
    10/14 16l, Royal Associate[33/1]9-1
    Saleem Golam
    83
    27
    69
  • 16/04/16
    AYR 16GS Cl1 G2HdHc,58K
    11-8
    7/13 7l, Ch'Tibello[16/1]11-1
    Gavin Sheehan
    142
    128
    143
  • 27/02/16
    NCS 16GS Cl2 HdHc,13K
    11-7
    1/8 4 1/2l, Bobs Lady Tamure[11/2]10-5
    Gavin Sheehan
    135
    101
    144
1
RemilucDBF
H Reed/C Gordon
Age: 9
Weight: 11-12
Spotlight Form: 4U3222
144
10/1
SP
Won once last term for Harry Reed and two good seconds last month for another claiming rider, including front-running here on soft; heavy ground and/or having another go at chasing could explain lesser form at Newbury latest; position so near career-high mark looks the problem today.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 30/12/17
    NBY 16Hy Cl3 NvChHc,9K
    10-11
    2/4 9l, Saint Calvados[13/8F]11-8 t
    Tom Cannon
    127
    102
    131
  • 15/12/17
    CHL 16Sft Cl3 HdHc,8K
    11-7
    2/10 2l, Smaoineamh Alainn[8/1]11-4 t
    Paul O'Brien
    137
    117
    140
  • 02/12/17
    NBY 20GS Cl2 HdHc,26K
    10-7
    2/12 2 3/4l, Old Guard[14/1]11-7 t
    Paul O'Brien
    135
    81
    140
  • 19/11/17
    FON 17GS Cl3 HdHc,7K
    11-12
    3/9 3 1/2l, Raven's Tower[7/2]11-4 t
    Tom Cannon
    135
    128
    135
  • 21/10/17
    Ffo 15Sft Cl2 HdHc,28K
    9-11
    UR/6 The New One[12/1]11-5 t
    Harry Reed
    140
  • 07/10/17
    FON 19Gd Cl2 HdHc,9K
    11-12
    4/7 3 3/4l, Dashing Oscar[12/1]11-8 t
    Tom Cannon
    135
    80
    132
11
Dino VelvetD
A P Heskin/A King
Age: 5
Weight: 10-8
Spotlight Form: 28-550
144
11/1
SP
Good fifth of 12 at Newbury on penultimate start showed that he stays 2m4f but he was well beaten at Kempton (2m5f, soft; peak RPRs on good to soft) next time; back down in trip but overall he needs marked improvement.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 13/01/18
    KEM 21Sft Cl1 LisHdHc,26K
    10-4
    12/16 20l, William Henry[16/1]11-7
    Wayne Hutchinson
    123
    102
    109
  • 02/12/17
    NBY 20GS Cl2 HdHc,26K
    10-0
    5/12 7l, Old Guard[14/1]11-7
    Brendan Powell
    123
    65
    124
  • 14/10/17
    CHP 16GS 4yCl2 HdHc,13K
    11-0
    5/10 10 1/2l, Silver Streak[9/2]10-4
    Wayne Hutchinson
    125
    112
    124
  • 15/03/17
    CHL 16GS 4yCl1 G3HdHc,46K
    10-10
    8/22 9 1/4l, Flying Tiger[11/1]11-5
    Wayne Hutchinson
    125
    108
    121
  • 22/02/17
    LUD 15GS Cl3 HdHc,9K
    11-3
    2/12 11l, I'm A Game Changer[100/30]11-9
    Wayne Hutchinson
    125
    56
    121
  • 26/01/17
    WAR 16Sft 4yCl4 Hd,4K
    11-5
    2/9 3l, Don Bersy[7/4]11-5
    Wayne Hutchinson
    125
    92
    118
8
EddiemauriceD
T Scudamore/J Flint
Age: 7
Weight: 10-12
Spotlight Form: 3-P442
142
14/1
SP
In top form on last two outings when fourth at Ascot and second at Kempton, the latter on soft (more to prove on heavy); going back up 4lb, however, probably leaves him vulnerable against today's less exposed rivals.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 27/12/17
    KEM 16Sft Cl3 HdHc,13K
    10-7
    2/10 1 1/2l, Kayf Grace[7/1]11-4
    Tom Scudamore
    121
    55
    126
  • 24/11/17
    ASC 15GS Cl2 HdHc,19K
    10-11
    4/12 5 1/2l, Verdana Blue[25/1]11-11
    Tom Scudamore
    122
    108
    126
  • 08/11/17
    CHP 16Sft Cl3 NvChHc,8K
    11-8
    4/9 11 1/2l, Itshard To No[33/1]11-4
    Ian Popham
    122
    109
    121
  • 21/10/17
    Ffo 20Sft Cl3 Ch,9K
    11-5
    PU/6 West Approach[50/1]11-5
    Jamie Moore
    122
  • 14/04/17
    BAT 13Fm Cl4Hc,5K
    9-3
    2/6 1/4l, Midtech Star[6/1]8-7
    Daniel Muscutt
    74
    5
    78
  • 06/04/17
    TAU 19Gd Cl3 HdHc,7K
    10-13
    3/3 24l, Black Corton[4/1]11-10
    Rhys Flint
    124
    43
    110
9
ViserionD
W Kennedy/D McCain
Age: 6
Weight: 10-11
Spotlight Form: -P8614
146
20/1
SP
Rather patchy form but he won by 6l in seven-runner race at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft) on penultimate outing; ran respectably when cheekpieces returned at Kempton two weeks ago but this better race demands a career best.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 13/01/18
    KEM 16Sft Cl3 HdHc,6K
    10-12
    4/9 12l, Jenkins[9/1]11-5 cp
    Will Kennedy
    125
    102
    124
  • 08/12/17
    SED 16Sft Cl4 HdHc,3K
    11-12
    1/7 6l, Dark And Dangerous[5/4F]10-6
    Will Kennedy
    118
    80
    126
  • 13/11/17
    CRL 17Sft Cl4 HdHc,4K
    11-12
    6/14 2 3/4l, Rhymers Stone[11/2]11-5
    Will Kennedy
    119
    103
    119
  • 21/10/17
    STR 18GS Cl3 HdHc,9K
    11-6
    8/8 48l, El Terremoto[20/1]11-12
    Will Kennedy
    124
    65
    88
  • 21/05/17
    MAR 20Gd Cl3 HdHc,13K
    11-6
    PU/15 Sandymount[10/1]11-5
    Will Kennedy
    124
  • 23/04/17
    WET 16Gd Cl4 NvHd,4K
    11-5
    1/11 1 1/4l, Blue Hussar[5/2]11-5
    Will Kennedy
    122
    106
    126
7
Robin Of Locksley
J Davies/Mrs S Leech
Age: 8
Weight: 10-12
Spotlight Form: -2P341
141
33/1
SP
Front-runner; peak hurdle and chase efforts over further make this look a decent mark but he went badly the wrong way this winter until easily winning a seller (2m4f, heavy) 16 days ago; has since changed hands and left Caroline Bailey; usually hooded last season and this, with cheekpieces instead on latest outing but neither today; others are more persuasive.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 11/01/18
    LEI 20Hy Cl5 SlHd,4K
    11-9
    1/8 10l, Hansupfordetroit[6/5F]11-6 cp(1)
    Sean Bowen
    130
    80
    122
  • 31/12/17
    UTT 19Hy Cl3 HdHc,5K
    11-12
    4/4 27l, Cave Top[6/1]11-3 h
    Sean Bowen
    130
    33
    111
  • 06/12/17
    HAY 20Hy Cl2 NvCh,13K
    11-2
    3/6 46l, Eamon An Cnoic[7/1]11-2 h
    Sean Bowen
    132
    61
    108
  • 19/11/17
    FON 21GS Cl3 NvChHc,8K
    11-8
    PU/6 Markov[5/2F]10-11 h
    Tom Cannon
    134
  • 19/10/17
    UTT 22Sft Cl3 NvChHc,6K
    11-3
    2/11 2l, Sir Ivan[20/1]11-8 h
    Tom Scudamore
    130
    118
    137
  • 24/04/17
    WAR 25Gd Cl3 HdHc,6K
    11-3
    5/7 19l, The Tourard Man[11/4]11-2 h
    Sean Bowen
    130
    99
    122
12
Birch HillD
N Scholfield/Mrs S Leech
Age: 8
Weight: 10-7
Spotlight Form: 9/11P-
143
40/1
SP
Won his first two starts for this stable in summer 2016 but pulled up lame that October and not seen since; this looks a very tough return.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 09/10/16
    CHP 19Gd Cl1 NvG2Hd,20K
    11-4
    PU/9 El Bandit[50/1]11-4 t
    Tom Scudamore
    125
  • 13/08/16
    MAR 20Gd Cl4 NvHd,3K
    11-5
    1/5 1/4l, Hassle[11/8]11-5 t
    Richard Johnson
    125
    125
  • 31/07/16
    MAR 16Gd Cl5 MdHd,3K
    10-12
    1/10 2 3/4l, Winning Ticket[4/6F]10-12 t
    Richard Johnson
    125
    50
    108
  • 15/04/16
    AYR 24Sft Cl3 NvHdHc,8K
    11-11
    9/9 59l, Gully's Edge[8/1]11-6
    Andrew Tinkler
    126
    30
    79
  • 23/03/16
    HAY 18Gd 4-8yCl3 NvHdHc,8K
    11-9
    2/5 3/4l, Sharpasaknife[9/2]11-12
    Andrew Tinkler
    122
    114
    125
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