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Wednesday 29 May 2019

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  • Celebrating 10 Years The Par Inn Novices' Handicap Hurdle
  • Class 5  |   2m 2f 110y  |   Good (Good to Firm in places)  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 12:00  |   Winning time: 4m 32.9s
1
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-7  |  J: James Best |  T: Miss L Hurley|  OR: 86
9/1

Without a win since 2015 and now 0-10 over hurdles having once more weakened late in the piece at Exeter this month over similar trip on first start after win surgery.

2
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-7  |  J: T Scudamore |  T: M Scudamore|  OR: 86
50/1

Makes his handicap debut having shown very little in bumpers and over hurdles so far (pulled up on his last two starts). Sports a hood (has worn various headgear to little effect previously) and needs to improve.

3
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-6  |  J: David Noonan |  T: W S Kittow|  OR: 85|  D
6/1

Landed a selling novice handicap hurdle in determined fashion at Exeter last month (2m2½f, good; 16-1) and ran to similar level of form back there since. Shouldn't be far away when it matters.

4
Age: 4|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Daniel Sansom |  T: J W Mullins|  OR: 89
40/1

Seven-race maiden for whom positives have been in short supply, including four stars over timber. No improvement on handicap bow at Plumpton (2m, good; 40-1) this month and relying on cheekpieces having a dramatic first-time effect now.

5
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-5  |  J: Alan Johns |  T: Tim Vaughan|  OR: 84
7/2

Successful on the Flat in France back in 2017 scoring on three occasions, but 0-8 so far over timber for this trainer. Not devoid of promise (twice placed) though will require a career-best in this sphere to pick up the prize.

6
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-3  |  J: Charlie Deutsch |  T: Alexandra Dunn|  OR: 82
16/1

Best effort (from six) since arriving from Ireland when third at Taunton (2m½f, good; 25-1) last month came despite racing a bit too keenly early on. Entitled to build on that run.

7
Age: 9|  Weight: 11-1  |  J: T J O'Brien |  T: A E Jones|  OR: 80|  BF|  C
3/1

Lightly-raced for a nine-year-old, form is nothing to scream about but produced a much better effort over C&D three weeks ago when staying on to take third spot (never troubling front pair, 7-2f). Can hold similar aspirations and maybe more.

8
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Sean Houlihan |  T: Mrs S Gardner|  OR: 79|  CD
9/4

Much-improved when scoring over C&D a fortnight ago as a 40-1 chance, getting up late on despite sketchy jump at second last. Had previously been unplaced in nine runs over hurdles. Runs from 5lb higher and of interest now.

Betting

Forecast

Lapford Lad (9/4), Stand By Me (3/1), Akkapenko (7/2), Dora's Field (6/1), Candyman Can (9/1), Broke Away (16/1), Given Name (40/1), Plenty Of Butty (50/1)

Verdict

Lapford Lad improved drastically when scoring over C&D a fortnight ago, defying big odds in doing so. He must go on the shortlist and a repeat will leave him in the mix despite carrying an extra 5lb now. There's no outstanding candidate on for, but BROKE AWAY ran her best race for these connections at Taunton last time and could build on that now. Stand By Me and Dora's Field are entitled to be considered on their most recent efforts.
  1. Broke Away
  2. Lapford Lad
  3. Dora's Field

Prize Money

1st: £4,809.002nd: £1,412.003rd: £706.004th: £353.005th: £350.006th: £350.007th: £350.008th: £350.00

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