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  • Date: 15 January 2022
  • Going: SOFT
  • Surface: Turf
  • Status: Completed

Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (1) (Class 1)

  • Distance: 2m 5f
  • Age: 5 years old+
  • Runners: 7
  • Prize: £50,000
  • Race status: Weighed In

Fairly useful Flat stayer who built on a promising debut over hurdles at Huntingdon when scoring back there in the mud on Boxing Day. Good chance he has more to offer in this sphere.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
26/12/21 Huntingdon 1/8 Hurdle 2m 3f 137y Heavy 10st 12lbs Ciaran Gethings 18
05/12/21 Huntingdon 5/11 Hurdle 1m 7f 171y Good 10st 12lbs Ciaran Gethings 43.71
22/10/21 Doncaster 6/7 Flat 1m 6f 115y Soft 0 8st 7lbs Luke Morris 25.49
29/09/21 Nottingham 12/13 Flat 1m 6f Good 9st 10lbs Jim Crowley 11
03/09/21 Kempton Park 6/6 Flat 1m 7f 218y Slow 10st 0lbs Luke Morris 8.8
10/08/21 Nottingham 1/11 Flat 1m 6f Gd/Sft 10st 5lbs Jim Crowley 8.4
30/06/21 Kempton Park 3/7 Flat 1m 7f 218y Std/Slow 9st 7lbs Jim Crowley 6.88
29/05/21 Salisbury 9/12 Flat 1m 6f 44y Good 9st 7lbs Luke Morris 11.56
27/04/21 Lingfield Park 3/5 Flat 1m 7f 169y Std 9st 0lbs Luke Morris 3.83
23/10/20 Newbury 1/8 Flat 1m 5f 61y Heavy 8st 4lbs Luke Morris 9.22
14/10/20 Bath 2/10 Flat 1m 6f Good 8st 12lbs Jim Crowley 11
18/09/20 Kempton Park 5/9 Flat 1m 7f 218y Std/Slow 9st 2lbs Luke Morris 13
07/09/20 Leicester 4/7 Flat 1m 3f 179y Gd/Sft 9st 5lbs Luke Morris 32
13/08/20 Salisbury 2/2 Flat 1m 4f 5y Firm 9st 3lbs Jim Crowley 3.53
12/07/20 Lingfield Park 1/9 Flat 1m 4f Slow 9st 2lbs Luke Morris 27.36
10/06/20 Kempton Park 5/11 Flat 1m 2f 219y Slow 9st 0lbs Jim Crowley 34

Smart stayer on the Flat (good record in the mud) who impressed when beating a subsequent winner on hurdles debut at Hereford last month. Potentially lots more to come from him in this game.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
11/12/21 Hereford 1/16 Hurdle 2m 3f 147y Gd/Sft 0 10st 12lbs Gavin Sheehan 1.91
18/10/21 Pontefract 1/5 Flat 2m 2f 2y Heavy 0 9st 12lbs Hollie Doyle 1.64
03/08/21 Deauville 8/12 Flat 1m 6f 201y Gd/Sft 0 9st 0lbs James Doyle 3.95
19/06/21 Ascot Queen Alexandra Stakes 4/15 Flat 2m 5f 143y Soft 0 9st 4lbs Hollie Doyle 7.14
28/04/21 Ascot 4/6 Flat 1m 7f 209y Gd/Frm 0 9st 0lbs Hollie Doyle 18.6
19/10/20 Pontefract 1/6 Flat 2m 2f 2y Heavy 0 9st 0lbs Hollie Doyle 2.06
08/09/20 Goodwood 1/7 Flat 2m Good 0 8st 6lbs Hollie Doyle 2.69
25/08/20 Catterick Bridge 1/8 Flat 1m 5f 192y Heavy 0 9st 3lbs Hollie Doyle 2.7
23/07/20 Sandown Park 4/6 Flat 1m 6f Good 9st 2lbs Hollie Doyle 6.15
11/07/20 Ascot 3/6 Flat 1m 7f 209y Gd/Frm 9st 7lbs Adam McNamara 3
15/06/20 Goodwood 1/4 Flat 1m 6f Gd/Frm 9st 8lbs Adam McNamara 6
16/10/19 Bath 4/11 Flat 1m 2f 37y Soft 9st 5lbs Oisin Murphy 3.63
25/09/19 Goodwood 3/10 Flat 1m 1f 197y Heavy 9st 5lbs Hollie Doyle 7.8
11/09/19 Carlisle 3/14 Flat 7f 173y Soft 9st 5lbs Paul Mulrennan 2.66

Has made a mighty start for this yard, making it 3 wins in 4 in 2m Ffos Las handicap in the mud 10 days ago. This is tougher, while he also has stamina to prove, but he clearly can't be dismissed.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
05/01/22 Ffos Las 1/6 Hurdle 1m 7f 182y Heavy 11st 12lbs Adam Wedge 4.5
12/11/21 Cheltenham 13/18 Hurdle 2m 87y Gd/Sft 11st 12lbs Adam Wedge 8.69
15/10/21 Fakenham 1/4 Hurdle 2m 3y Good 11st 5lbs Adam Wedge 1.31
04/10/21 Stratford-On-Avon 1/9 Hurdle 2m 70y Good 10st 12lbs Adam Wedge 2.35
10/03/21 Wexford 2/12 Hurdle 2m Heavy H 12st 0lbs I. J. Power 5.06
21/02/21 Navan 5/19 Hurdle 1m 7f 170y Heavy H 11st 13lbs I. J. Power 29.52
28/12/20 Leopardstown 6/20 Hurdle 2m 4f Soft H 11st 9lbs R. A. Doyle 365.47
14/12/20 Naas 6/19 Hurdle 2m Heavy H 11st 9lbs I. J. Power 63.25
22/11/20 Cork -/13 Hurdle 2m Heavy H 11st 9lbs Mr M. J. Sweeney 205.04

Has made a fine start over hurdles, winning 21.6f Ascot maiden and then falling 2 out when going well in the Challow at Newbury (set to finish third at worst). Could have plenty more to give.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
29/12/21 Newbury -/7 Hurdle 2m 4f 118y Soft 11st 7lbs Charlie Todd 45.29
17/12/21 Ascot 1/7 Hurdle 2m 5f 141y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs Charlie Todd 31.76
17/11/21 Warwick 8/15 Hurdle 2m Good 10st 12lbs Charlie Todd 4.07
30/03/21 Warwick 2/10 Bumper 2m Good 11st 2lbs Charlie Todd 10.88
06/03/21 Doncaster 3/9 Bumper 2m 128y Good 11st 2lbs Charlie Todd 6.4
02/02/21 Newcastle 3/14 Bumper 2m 56y Slow 11st 4lbs Charlie Todd 18

Cost a fair bit and filled the runner-up spot again on hurdles debut at Leicester (20.5f) last month, not lying down behind the promising winner. Had a hard race but he's open to improvement.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
15/12/21 Leicester 2/8 Hurdle 2m 4f 110y Soft 10st 12lbs Stan Sheppard 3.7

Won 19.5f Lingfield maiden hurdle in November and built on that when second (albeit held) in Sandown Grade 2 shortly after. Has bags of scope and must be on the shortlist.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
03/12/21 Sandown Park Winter Novices' Hurdle 2/5 Hurdle 2m 3f 173y Gd/Sft 11st 0lbs Harry Skelton 8.92
16/11/21 Lingfield Park 1/9 Hurdle 2m 3f 110y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs Harry Skelton 3.38

Looking a good prospect having maintained his unbeaten record over hurdles in quite taking style at Doncaster (19.4f, heavy) last month, coming clear with plenty in hand. Lots to like.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
29/12/21 Doncaster 1/10 Hurdle 2m 3f 88y Heavy z 11st 4lbs Nathan Brennan 16.5
28/11/21 Leicester 1/3 Hurdle 2m 4f 110y Soft z 10st 11lbs James Bowen 4.4
26/05/21 Warwick 2/7 Bumper 2m Gd/Sft 10st 12lbs James Bowen 5.2

Timeform Verdict Timeform Verdict

Smart Flat stayer STAG HORN was impressive when beating a subsequent winner on his first go over hurdles 5 weeks ago at Hereford and there could be lots more to come from him in this sphere. The quick step up in grade could be justified and he's selected over Surrey Quest and Viva Lavilla.

Betting Forecast

10/1 Gentleman At Arms (Ire), 4/1 Stag Horn, 12/1 Howdyalikemenow (Ire), 9/2 Party Business (Ire), 16/1 Scipion (Ire), 15/2 Viva Lavilla (Ire), 5/2 Surrey Quest (Ire)
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