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  • Date: 23 February 2021
  • Going: HEAVY
  • Surface: Turf
  • Status: Completed

Boscasports The Retail Bookmakers Choice Novices' Hurdle (4) (Class 4)

  • Distance: 2m
  • Age: 4 years old+
  • Runners: 7
  • Prize: £5,800
  • Race status: Weighed In

Full result

Impressive winner in bumper on debut last January and made it second time lucky over hurdles at Uttoxeter in November. Failed to back that up at Wincanton since, but he's not one to write off.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
15/12/20 Wincanton 7/14 Hurdle 2m 3f 166y Soft 11st 4lbs Aidan Coleman 6.48
22/11/20 Uttoxeter 1/14 Hurdle 2m 3f 207y Heavy 11st 2lbs Paddy Brennan 7.71
04/10/20 Uttoxeter 4/11 Hurdle 1m 7f 168y Gd/Sft 11st 0lbs Fergus Gregory 9.44
11/01/20 Warwick 1/18 Bumper 2m Soft 11st 5lbs Aidan Coleman 20.75

Positive start over hurdles when chasing home the useful Nada To Prada (winner again since, in listed company) in 2m Ffos Las maiden (heavy) in November. Claims here with improvement anticipated.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
18/11/20 Ffos Las 2/10 Hurdle 1m 7f 182y Heavy 10st 12lbs A. P. Heskin 9
17/03/20 Wetherby 4/7 Bumper 2m Heavy 11st 0lbs Gavin Sheehan 3.63

Showed plenty of ability in bumpers in 2018/19 and overcame a 2-year layoff to make a winning hurdling debut at Southwell (15.8f) in December. However, found life tougher under a penalty at Ludlow.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
21/01/21 Ludlow 4/13 Hurdle 1m 7f 169y Heavy 11st 10lbs David Bass 2.33
13/12/20 Southwell 1/11 Hurdle 1m 7f 182y Heavy 11st 7lbs David Bass 4.76
08/01/19 Bangor-On-Dee 5/13 Bumper 2m 145y Gd/Sft 11st 5lbs David Bass 3.05
07/11/18 Chepstow 2/15 Bumper 2m 11y Soft 10st 12lbs Mikey Hamill 8.34
13/05/18 Southwell 2/11 Bumper 1m 7f 153y Good 10st 10lbs David Bass 18.92

€50,000 3-y-o. Brother to fairly useful hurdler/chaser Overland Flyer, and half-brother to fairly useful hurdler Roccowithlove. Worth a market check on Rules debut. Tongue strap enlisted.

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Showed some ability in a brace of bumpers 7 months apart but much more needed now switching to obstacles.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
19/09/20 Newton Abbot 7/10 Bumper 2m 167y Good 10st 12lbs Charlie Price 22.66
27/02/20 Musselburgh 2/4 Bumper 1m 7f 124y Heavy 10st 7lbs Alan Johns 5.3

Sent off at 125/1 and pulled up on debut in a Leicester novice last month.

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Date Course/Class Pos Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT Jockey BSP
13/01/21 Leicester -/9 Hurdle 1m 7f 113y Heavy 11st 5lbs Alan Johns 508.33

€30,000 3-y-o. Fifth on sole start between the flags back in April 2019 and probably best watched on Rules debut.

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Timeform Verdict Timeform Verdict

THE GREY FALCO hasn't done much wrong since switched to hurdles and he bumped into an above-average recruit when second in a Ludlow novice last time. He holds Balleticon on that evidence and is taken to go one better here. Franigane made an encouraging start in this sphere at Ffos Las and is second choice ahead of Here Comes McCoy.

Betting Forecast

9/2 Here Comes Mccoy (Ire), 5/1 Franigane (Fr), 10/3 Balleticon (Ire), 14/1 Slievegar, 25/1 Isle Of Aron, 300/1 Johnny Mac (Ire), 66/1 Sir Apollo (Ire)
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