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

Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (2) (Class 2)

  • Distance: 3m 1f
  • Age: 5 years old+
  • Runners: 7
  • Prize: £30,000
  • Race status: Weighed In

Smart but clumsy chaser who wasn't at the same level when returned to hurdles at the start of 2021. Ran no sort of race back over fences on his return and has a fair bit to prove back hurdling.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
05/12/21 Huntingdon Peterborough Chase -/6 Chase 2m 3f 189y Good 11st 2lbs A. P. Heskin 150
18/03/21 Cheltenham Pertemps Final 18/22 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Gd/Sft 0 11st 3lbs A. P. Heskin 88.89
07/02/21 Musselburgh 3/8 Hurdle 3m 2f 26y Gd/Sft 11st 12lbs A. P. Heskin 8.73
16/01/21 Market Rasen 3/8 Hurdle 2m 7f 16y Heavy 11st 0lbs A. P. Heskin 22
05/12/20 Aintree 5/5 Chase 3m 210y Heavy 11st 0lbs Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 34
21/11/20 Haydock Park 4/5 Chase 3m 1f 125y Heavy 11st 7lbs Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 42
31/10/20 Wetherby 4/10 Chase 3m 45y Soft 11st 0lbs A. P. Heskin 65.38
02/02/20 Musselburgh 3/7 Hurdle 3m 2f 26y Soft 11st 12lbs A. P. Heskin 8.2
11/01/20 Kempton Park 2/5 Chase 2m 4f 110y Gd/Sft 11st 0lbs A. P. Heskin 21
14/12/19 Cheltenham -/13 Chase 2m 4f 127y Soft 11st 10lbs A. P. Heskin 19
23/11/19 Haydock Park 1/5 Chase 2m 5f 127y Gd/Sft 11st 8lbs A. P. Heskin 21.52
06/04/19 Aintree Gaskells Handicap Hurdle 3/21 Hurdle 3m 149y Good 11st 3lbs Richard Johnson 55
14/03/19 Cheltenham Stayers' Hurdle 10/18 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Gd/Sft 11st 10lbs Richard Johnson 430.37
02/02/19 Sandown Park 12/16 Hurdle 2m 7f 98y Soft 11st 4lbs Harry Teal 27
12/01/19 Warwick 1/10 Hurdle 3m 1f Good 10st 13lbs Harry Teal 7.36
14/12/18 Cheltenham 2/12 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Good 11st 12lbs Wayne Hutchinson 20.09
03/11/18 Wetherby 5/5 Hurdle 3m 26y Good 11st 0lbs A. P. Heskin 4.95
21/04/18 Ayr -/16 Chase 3m 20y Good 11st 12lbs Richard Johnson 15.5
13/03/18 Cheltenham Novices' Handicap Chase -/16 Chase 3m 7f 170y Soft 11st 6lbs Richard Deegan 44.72
03/02/18 Musselburgh -/5 Chase 2m 3f 193y Soft 11st 8lbs A. P. Heskin 4.22
16/12/17 Doncaster 1/4 Chase 2m 7f 214y Gd/Sft 11st 1lbs Gavin Sheehan 3.75

Second in Stayers' at 2021 Cheltenham Festival and also twice a winner of final of this series at that meeting. Pulled up at Leopardstown over Christmas. Cheltenham likely the main aim again.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
28/12/21 Leopardstown -/11 Hurdle 3m Soft b 11st 12lbs M. P. Walsh 13.55
07/11/21 Navan Lismullen Hurdle 2/5 Hurdle 2m 4f Gd/Sft b 11st 12lbs M. P. Walsh 5
18/03/21 Cheltenham Stayers' Hurdle 2/15 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Gd/Sft b 11st 10lbs M. P. Walsh 7.8
28/12/20 Leopardstown 3/7 Hurdle 3m Soft b 11st 12lbs M. P. Walsh 4
08/11/20 Navan 1/8 Hurdle 2m 4f Soft b 11st 7lbs M. P. Walsh 7.3
12/03/20 Cheltenham Pertemps Final 1/24 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Soft b 11st 12lbs Barry Geraghty 14.5
11/01/20 Warwick 4/14 Hurdle 3m 1f Soft + 11st 12lbs Aidan Coleman 25.72
28/12/19 Leopardstown 9/25 Hurdle 3m Soft + 12st 1lbs Barry Geraghty 40
07/12/19 Navan 4/16 Hurdle 3m 60y Heavy + 11st 10lbs Keith Donoghue 36.52
06/04/19 Aintree Gaskells Handicap Hurdle 8/21 Hurdle 3m 149y Good + 11st 12lbs Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 5.4
14/03/19 Cheltenham Pertemps Final 1/24 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Gd/Sft + 11st 9lbs Barry Geraghty 6.2
28/12/18 Leopardstown 6/23 Hurdle 3m Good z 11st 9lbs Davy Russell 22.4
10/11/18 Naas 8/13 Hurdle 2m 4f Gd/Sft z 11st 10lbs Keith Donoghue 22
25/04/18 Punchestown 8/9 Hurdle 2m 4f Soft z 11st 12lbs Barry Geraghty 2.94
16/03/18 Cheltenham Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle 4/23 Hurdle 2m 4f 56y Heavy z 11st 10lbs D. J. McInerney 13
24/02/18 Fairyhouse 2/12 Hurdle 2m 4f Soft 11st 9lbs Davy Russell 7.8
29/04/17 Punchestown 13/24 Hurdle 2m 4f 100y Gd/Sft 10st 11lbs Davy Russell 13.13
05/02/17 Punchestown 3/7 Hurdle 2m Soft 11st 8lbs Barry Geraghty 19.36
17/05/16 Compiegne 1/16 Hurdle 2m 198y Soft 10st 10lbs David Cottin -
29/04/16 Compiegne 3/8 Hurdle 2m 198y Soft 10st 9lbs David Cottin -

Very useful over hurdles and fences, including a win in last year's Troytown. Creditable fourth of 23 at Navan last month and trainer has a good strike-rate with his British runners.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
04/12/21 Navan Proudstown Handicap Hurdle 4/23 Hurdle 3m 60y Gd/Sft 0 11st 7lbs Donagh Meyler 61.43
14/11/21 Punchestown 12/20 Hurdle 2m 7f 190y Gd/Sft 11st 8lbs Donagh Meyler 77.51
07/02/21 Leopardstown 12/22 Hurdle 3m Soft 11st 3lbs Denis O'Regan 18
21/11/20 Haydock Park 6/17 Hurdle 3m 58y Heavy 11st 5lbs Miss M. O'Sullivan 12.5
08/11/20 Navan 1/22 Chase 3m Soft 10st 6lbs P. Townend 4.19
10/10/20 York 1/7 Flat 2m 56y Soft 8st 0lbs Franny Norton 1.87
04/10/20 Killarney 2/14 Flat 1m 6f Soft 8st 12lbs P. A. Harnett 16.01
11/09/20 Limerick 2/14 Flat 2m 1f Heavy 0 10st 1lbs D. E. Sheehy 36.69
31/07/20 Galway -/18 Hurdle 2m 6f 168y Soft 11st 9lbs B. Browne 60
20/07/20 Ballinrobe 13/14 Flat 1m 1f 101y Good 9st 9lbs M. A. Enright 345.68
03/07/20 Navan 15/18 Flat 2m Gd/Sft 0 11st 12lbs Mr R. M. P. McNally 44
17/06/20 Gowran Park 14/14 Flat 1m 1f 100y Good 9st 9lbs D. J. O'Keeffe 23.1
12/03/20 Cheltenham Stayers' Hurdle 9/15 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Soft 11st 10lbs Sean Flanagan 100.06
02/02/20 Leopardstown 2/28 Hurdle 3m Soft 11st 3lbs B. Browne 46
01/01/20 Cheltenham 4/12 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Soft 10st 10lbs Aidan Coleman 11.8
07/12/19 Navan 1/16 Hurdle 3m 60y Heavy 10st 2lbs Sean Flanagan 146.94
05/07/19 Newton Abbot 1/7 Hurdle 3m 2f 105y Gd/Frm 11st 5lbs Aidan Coleman 1.67
30/06/19 Cartmel 1/7 Chase 3m 1f 107y Gd/Sft 12st 2lbs Aidan Coleman 1.71
24/06/19 Southwell 1/9 Chase 2m 7f 209y Gd/Sft 11st 7lbs Aidan Coleman 3.53
15/06/19 Downpatrick 7/9 Chase 2m 7f 110y Gd/Sft 0 11st 4lbs D. E. Mullins 7.1
31/05/19 Down Royal 10/12 Flat 1m 2f 75y Gd/Sft 9st 7lbs Emmet McNamara 22.71

Looked a stayer on the up when taking Rendlesham at Haydock last February. Not at that level twice since, although he may have needed the run in Ascot Grade 1 on return and this easier.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
18/12/21 Ascot Long Walk Hurdle 7/8 Hurdle 3m 97y Gd/Sft 11st 7lbs Charlie Deutsch 22.08
10/04/21 Aintree Liverpool Hurdle -/15 Hurdle 3m 149y Gd/Sft 11st 7lbs Tom Cannon 21.27
20/02/21 Haydock Park 1/8 Hurdle 3m 58y Soft 11st 2lbs Tom Cannon 6.22
19/12/20 Ascot 5/8 Hurdle 3m 97y Soft 11st 7lbs Tom O'Brien 22
21/11/20 Haydock Park 2/17 Hurdle 3m 58y Heavy 10st 12lbs Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 7.87
05/11/20 Newbury 5/12 Hurdle 3m 52y Good 11st 12lbs Tom O'Brien 6.32
12/03/20 Cheltenham Pertemps Final 4/24 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Soft 11st 1lbs Tom O'Brien 14
26/12/19 Wincanton 1/8 Hurdle 2m 5f 82y Heavy 11st 3lbs Tom O'Brien 8.2
03/11/19 Huntingdon 7/10 Chase 2m 3f 189y Gd/Sft 11st 2lbs Tom O'Brien 5.33
09/03/19 Sandown Park 1/18 Hurdle 2m 3f 173y Soft 11st 5lbs Tom O'Brien 11.5
04/02/19 Taunton 1/9 Hurdle 2m 3f 1y Soft 11st 10lbs Richard Johnson 1.59
06/01/19 Plumpton 2/13 Hurdle 2m 4f 114y Gd/Sft 11st 8lbs Tom O'Brien 4.3
03/12/18 Plumpton 1/13 Hurdle 2m 4f 114y Soft 10st 12lbs Tom O'Brien 261.32
26/04/18 Warwick 13/18 Bumper 2m Gd/Sft 10st 11lbs Nick Scholfield 18.32
26/03/18 Huntingdon 3/18 Bumper 1m 7f 171y Gd/Sft 10st 9lbs Charlie Deutsch 15.68

Grade 1 novice chase winner last term. Made a successful return to hurdles in 3m Cheltenham listed handicap in November and respectable fourth back there since. Considered.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
10/12/21 Cheltenham 4/9 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Good 11st 12lbs Tom O'Brien 2.37
13/11/21 Cheltenham 1/9 Hurdle 2m 7f 208y Gd/Sft 11st 12lbs Tom O'Brien 6.33
09/04/21 Aintree Mildmay Novices' Chase -/7 Chase 3m 210y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs Tom O'Brien 22.28
17/03/21 Cheltenham Festival Novices' Chase -/6 Chase 3m 80y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs Richard Johnson 31.79
06/02/21 Sandown Park 1/7 Chase 2m 4f 10y Heavy 11st 4lbs Richard Johnson 17.5
11/11/20 Exeter 3/6 Chase 2m 3f 48y Gd/Sft 11st 2lbs Richard Johnson 2.1
11/03/20 Cheltenham Ballymore Novices' Hurdle 7/12 Hurdle 2m 5f Soft 11st 7lbs Barry Geraghty 8.59
15/02/20 Ascot 1/4 Hurdle 2m 3f 58y Heavy 11st 8lbs Barry Geraghty 2.66
06/12/19 Exeter 1/18 Hurdle 2m 175y Soft 11st 4lbs Barry Geraghty 1.3
05/11/19 Exeter 1/13 Hurdle 2m 175y Soft 10st 12lbs Barry Geraghty 3.99

Back on the up when second in EBF Final at Sandown last March and stepped up on even that form when runner-up in competitive 3m Haydock handicap in November. Fancied to go well again.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
20/11/21 Haydock Park Stayers' Handicap Hurdle 2/12 Hurdle 3m 58y Good 10st 4lbs Harry Skelton 16.92
24/10/21 Aintree 5/7 Hurdle 2m 4f Good 11st 2lbs Harry Skelton 4.81
01/04/21 Uttoxeter -/4 Hurdle 2m 7f 70y Gd/Sft 11st 8lbs Harry Skelton 1.65
13/03/21 Sandown Park 2/15 Hurdle 2m 3f 173y Heavy 11st 7lbs Harry Skelton 26
24/02/21 Doncaster 2/8 Hurdle 2m 3f 88y Gd/Sft 11st 9lbs Harry Skelton 3.13
26/12/20 Kempton Park 3/15 Hurdle 2m 5f Gd/Sft 10st 12lbs Harry Skelton 8.31
22/11/20 Uttoxeter 1/11 Hurdle 2m 3f 207y Heavy 11st 5lbs Harry Skelton 8.34
31/10/20 Ascot 6/11 Hurdle 2m 3f 58y Gd/Sft 11st 9lbs William Marshall 13.7
26/02/20 Market Rasen 2/13 Hurdle 2m 4f 139y Soft 11st 4lbs Harry Skelton 14.53
31/01/20 Chepstow 4/8 Hurdle 2m 11y Heavy 11st 4lbs Harry Skelton 110
16/01/20 Ludlow 6/9 Bumper 1m 6f 7y Heavy 11st 4lbs Harry Skelton 17

Point/bumper winner who was a useful novice hurdler last term, the highlight being a 3m Haydock Grade 2 success in February. Opening handicap mark of 140 looks manageable.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
19/03/21 Cheltenham Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle 5/16 Hurdle 2m 7f 213y Gd/Sft 11st 5lbs Paddy Brennan 14.5
20/02/21 Haydock Park 1/8 Hurdle 3m 58y Soft 10st 12lbs Paddy Brennan 5.05
23/01/21 Taunton 2/10 Hurdle 2m 3f 1y Heavy 11st 12lbs Paddy Brennan 5.5
22/12/20 Sedgefield 1/5 Hurdle 2m 3f 188y Heavy 11st 5lbs Paddy Brennan 1.46
11/11/20 Ayr 1/8 Hurdle 2m 4f 100y Heavy 11st 0lbs Paddy Brennan 1.99
08/10/20 Ffos Las 1/9 Bumper 1m 7f 182y Heavy 10st 12lbs Max Kendrick 5.9

Timeform Verdict Timeform Verdict

A chance is taken on the fitness of the returning ALAPHILIPPE as he doesn't look overburdened off a mark of 140 considering he was Grade 2 novice hurdle winner last season. Riggs ran well when stepped up to 3m at Haydock last time and heads the dangers along with Sporting John.

Betting Forecast

40/1 Keeper Hill (Ire), 9/1 Sire Du Berlais (Fr), 8/1 The Jam Man (Ire), 6/1 Third Wind, 9/4 Sporting John (Ire), 9/2 Riggs (Ire), 5/1 Alaphilippe (Ire)
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