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Cheltenham

Wed, 18th Apr 2012
15:10
Auriga Network Handicap Hurdle, 2m 4f 110y
13 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 2) Total Prize Fund - £16000

No/Draw/Horse (days since last run)
Age colour sex, Sire - Dam (Damsire)
Form/Owner(s)
Wearing Details

Weight/Penalty
Offical Rating

Forecast Price*
Jockey/
Trainer

1 Minella Class (IRE) (53J)
7 br g Oscar (IRE) - Louisas Dream (IRE) (Supreme Leader)
126-2UP Deal George Kelvin-hughes Nicolson

11-12  
144

4/1
Jeremiah McGrath (5)
N J Henderson

He has won two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 3f on good and heavy ground. Pulled up 3 out when 15-8jt-fav in the Group 2 Racing Plus Pendil Novices' Chase at Kempton over 2m 4f (good) in a Grade 2 chase won by Cristal Bonus in February on his latest outing.

2 First Fandango (GB) (365F, 35J)
5 b g Hernando (FR) - First Fantasy (Be My Chief (USA))
0-32140 Wrb Racing 40 & Premier Chance Racing
Tongue strap

11-7  
139

12/1
Michael Byrne (5)
Tim Vaughan

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 4f on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 28-1 behind Son Of Flicka when 19th of 28 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race here over 2m 5f (good) last month.

3 Royal Charm (FR) (53J)
7 bl g Cadoudal (FR) - Victoria Royale (FR) (Garde Royale)
13-F476 Mrs Angela Tincknell & Mr W Tincknell

11-6  
138

12/1
Harry Derham (7)
P F Nicholls

He has won two hurdle races and two chases at 2m 1f on good to soft and heavy ground. Well beaten at 25-1 behind Nacarat when sixth of 10 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Racing Plus Chase at Kempton over 3m (good) in February.

4 Native Gallery (IRE) (32J)
7 gr g Portrait Gallery (IRE) - Native Bev (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
421-112 Mr William A Tyrer

11-4  
136

5/1
D A Jacob
B De Haan

He has won two hurdle races and a chase from 2m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Beaten 1/2l by Volador when second of 15 at 7-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Uttoxeter over 2m 4f (good to soft) last month. Has won at Aintree and Uttoxeter this season.

5 Pateese (FR) (205F, 33J)
7 b g Priolo (USA) - Flyer (FR) (Highest Honor (FR))
108607 The Test Valley Partnership
Blinkers

11-2  
134

10/1
R Johnson
P J Hobbs

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on soft ground. Beaten 6l behind Attaglance at 66-1 when seventh of 24 on his latest outing in a hurdle race over this course and distance (good) last month.

6 Kangaroo Court (IRE) (81F, 46J)
8 b g Lahib (USA) - Tombazaan (IRE) (Good Thyne (USA))
F05/4-53 Mr N Mustoe

11-0  
132

7/1
D Elsworth
Miss E C Lavelle

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 2m 4f on good to firm and good ground, but last win was over two years ago (latest flat win was in January). Third of 7 behind Corkage beaten 16l at 10-3 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Doncaster over 3m (good) last month.

7 Red Not Blue (IRE) (158J)
9 b g Blueprint (IRE) - Silent Valley (Forzando)
1341P0 The Plum Merchants

10-12  
130

20/1
A Thornton
Simon Earle

Winner of five hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 3m on good ground. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Dorset Square when 11th of 19 on his latest outing in a hurdle race here over 3m 1f (good to soft) in November last year. Has won 3 times this season.

8 Jetnova (IRE) (28J)
7 b g Luso - Yamashina (IRE) (Kahyasi)
7-F2553 Mr David Sewell

10-11  
129

15/2
R Thornton
A King

He has won three hurdle races from 2m 5f to 2m 6f on good to soft and soft ground. Third of 11 behind Timesawastin beaten 4l at 9-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Haydock over 2m 4f (good) last month.

9 Court In Session (IRE) (33J)
7 b g Court Cave (IRE) - Dangerous Dolly (IRE) (Jurado (USA))
114780 The Figjam Partnership

10-11  
129

16/1
A P Cawley
M Keighley

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good to firm and good ground. Well beaten at 66-1 behind Alderwood when 23rd of 26 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race here over 2m 1f (good) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

10 Fiulin (GB) (714F, 17J)
7 ch g Galileo (IRE) - Fafinta (IRE) (Indian Ridge)
30P-190 Mr R J H Geffen

10-10  
128

16/1
Conor O'Farrell (3)
D Pipe

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 5f on good to soft ground. Well beaten at 7-1 behind Kasbadali when 13th of 16 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Ascot over 3m (good) earlier this month.

11 The Pier (IRE) (159F, 102J)
6 ch g Alhaarth (IRE) - Cois Cuain (IRE) (Night Shift (USA))
6/137-02 Mr Allan Stennett

10-9  
127

10/1
T Scudamore
D Pipe

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m on yielding - soft ground. Beaten 3l by Star Of Angels when second of 12 at 40-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Wincanton over 2m 4f (soft) in January.

12 Raslan (GB) (266F, 158J)
9 b g Lomitas - Rosia (IRE) (Mr Prospector (USA))
055754 Mr D J Reid
Blinkers, Tongue strap

10-7  
125

12/1
T J Murphy
D Pipe

Winner of six hurdle races from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Finished 12l behind Dorset Square when fourth of 19 at 16-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race here over 3m 1f (good to soft) in November last year.

13 Dancing Dude (IRE) (656F, 88J)
5 ch g Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Wadud (Nashwan (USA))
1-1P5 Mr A D Spence

10-0  
118

12/1
A Tinkler
N J Henderson

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 3f and 2m 4f on good to firm and good ground. Well beaten at 14-1 behind Shuil Royale when fifth of 13 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Wincanton over 2m 6f (good to soft) in January.

Race Verdict

Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson landed this 12 months ago with My Shamwari and team up this time around with Pateese, who is respected despite having seen his good early-season form tail off. Preference, however, is for THE PIER following a more than pleasing return to this sphere at Wincanton. David Pipe's gelding is up 5lb for that run behind stablemate Star Of Angels and the pair had pulled clear of the subsequent chase winner, No Loose Change, and everything else in the race. Native Gallery completes the shortlist.

Selection: The Pier        Danger: Native Gallery        Alternative: Pateese
* These are prices forecast by PA Sport Ltd. and are to be used only as a guide to the betting market.
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