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Tue, 1st May 2012
Higos Insurance Braunton Handicap Hurdle, 2m 7f 110y
8 Runners (4YO plus) (Class 5) Total Prize Fund - £3000

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

Offical Rating

Forecast Price*

1 Bennys Mist (IRE) (52J)
6 b g Beneficial - Dark Mist (IRE) (Mister Lord (USA))
846/032- Mr Graham Mezzone


Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams

Placed in two hurdle races from seven starts. Beaten 1/2l by Meet Me At Dawn when second of 10 at 3-1fav on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Chepstow over 2m 4f (soft) in March.

2 Hobb's Dream (IRE) (4J)
8 br m Winged Love (IRE) - La-greine (Strong Gale)
F131F5- John & Jeanette Hobbs & Mr P J Proudle
Cheek pieces


A Guerin (10)
N P Mulholland

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 3m to 3m 3f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Well beaten at 4-1 behind Absolute Shambles when fifth of 6 on her latest outing in a chase at Plumpton over 3m 2f (soft) last month.

3 Sawpit Samba (IRE) (22J)
7 b g Orpen (USA) - Kymin (IRE) (Kahyasi)
43P- Mr David A Hunt


S Thomas
Miss V Williams

Placed in a hurdle race from three starts. Pulled up 2 out when 17-2 at Huntingdon over 2m 5f (good to soft) in a hurdle race won by Francesa last month on his latest outing.

4 Wun Chai (IRE) (3388F, 9J)
13 b g King's Theatre (IRE) - Flower From Heaven (Baptism)
3/PP04P- Mr Graham Brown


David England
J F Panvert

Winner of five hurdle races from 2m 1f to 2m 6f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft, but last win was over three years ago. Pulled up 3 out when 50-1 at Wincanton over 2m 6f (good) in a hurdle race won by Henry Hook last month on his latest outing.

5 Solaise Express (GB) (50J)
7 b g Kayf Tara - Solo Girl (IRE) (Le Bavard (FR))
45/6303- Mr Richard Hawker


Mr Robert Hawker (7)
R G Hawker

Placed in two hurdle races from six starts. Third of 8 behind Gentleman Jimmy beaten 43l at 14-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Plumpton over 3m 1f (good to soft) in March.

6 Lonesome Boatman (IRE) (36J)
12 b g Old Vic - Midnight Miss (NZ) (Princes Gate)
9/P4243- Mr A J Whitehead
Cheek pieces


James Banks (7)
A Whitehead

A winner of a chase at 2m 3f on good ground. Third of 9 behind Cecily Parsley beaten 20l at 7-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Towcester over 2m 3f (good) in March.

7 Killing Me Softly (GB) (2674F, 179J)
11 b g Kingsinger (IRE) - Slims Lady (Theatrical Charmer)
5/43544- B Forsey, Mrs P Bosley


Miss J Buck (7)
B Forsey

He has won four hurdle races from 2m to 2m 4f on soft and heavy ground, but last win was over six years ago. Well beaten at 11-4fav behind Azulada Bay when fourth of 6 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Fontwell over 3m 3f (heavy) in November last year.

8 Call Me Sir (IRE) (19J)
10 b g Lord Americo - Crash Call (Crash Course)
714/U24- Mr D V Gardner


Miss L Gardner (7)
Mrs S Gardner

Placed in two hurdle races and a NH flat race from 20 starts. Finished 15l behind Terfel's Toscar when fourth of 13 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a hurdle race at Newton Abbot over 3m 3f (good) last month.

Race Verdict

Venetia Williams looks to hold a strong hand with the consistent Bennys Mist and Sawpit Samba and the market could prove a useful guide when assessing the chances of that pair. The former ran in snatches when finishing second at Chepstow last month but he is clearly useful, while the latter makes his handicap debut off a lowly mark this afternoon and certainly hasn't been devoid of promise in three starts so far. However, it might be worth chancing HOBB'S DREAM who was heavily backed for a similar race to this at Plumpton two starts back and will be ideally suited by today's conditions.

Selection: Hobb's Dream        Danger: Bennys Mist        Alternative: Sawpit Samba
* 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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