Jumps Season - At The Races

Philip Hobbs Stable Tour

    The Minehead maestro experienced a temporary blip in form last term but returns in 2018/19 with a team that’s in good health and contains some well-handicapped horses.
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There wasn’t to be a plus £1million in prize money for Philip Hobbs for a fifth time in succession in 2017/18 but with his team “out of sorts” the Minehead trainer still managed the respectable total of 63 winners and £709,992.

Hobbs had also managed to notch over 100 winners per season in the previous four terms and it could be well be after the temporary blip that his now full-health team are well handicapped for the action that beckons in the coming months.

Defi Du Seuil wasn’t able build on a his perfect seven for Hobbs during his juvenile campaign, which included victory in the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle and Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle but he could well be the ace in his pack once more with business returned to normal this time around.

Philip will be waiting for ground conditions to improve before unleashing several of his big guns and kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his prospects for the season ahead.

All Horses

Arthur Mac (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of his bumper on his debut at Hereford in January and unplaced in the Grade 2 bumper at Aintree.

Trainer Says:

He won his bumper well at Hereford and ran well in the bumper at Aintree. He will be starting off in novice hurdles over two and a half miles but the way the weather is we wouldn’t know for sure where a lot of them would be going right now as they need rain.

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Cedar Valley (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of her bumper on her debut at Taunton in March and unplaced in the Mares bumper at Aintree.

Trainer Says:

She won her first bumper at Taunton well and then ran in the mares bumper at Aintree. She may be aimed at the Listed bumper at Cheltenham on November 17 but could have a run before. By then she may well be running over hurdles – we will see.

Crooks Peak

Form Profile:

Winner on bumper debut at Newton Abbot in October and a listed bumper at Cheltenham the following month.

Trainer Says:

He won his first two bumpers very well and then was disappointing at the Festival. Going over hurdles I would hope he would do well and he will be out in a couple of weeks if the ground is ok. His jumping has been fine at home and we are looking forward to getting him started.

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Dark Episode (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Getaway - No Moore Bills (Nicholas Bill)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Leicester, 12 Dec 2018 15:30
  • Result: Won/4, last pair, slow 4th, slightly hampered, left 3rd and outpaced 3 out, rallied to challenge next, rider dropped whip before last, led flat, stayed on
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Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He has never run but he is doing everything well and I would hope he would be running in the next month or so. He will start off in a bumper.

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Defi Du Seuil (FR)

Form Profile:

157 rated hurdler. Won his first seven races for the stable which culminated in victories in the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and the Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree. Disappointing in both starts last season at Ascot in November and Leopardstown in February.

Trainer Says:

He is in good form and he will start straight over fences somewhere in the next month when we have had enough rain. He enjoyed such a wonderful campaign as a juvenile hurdler but just wasn’t right last season. He was sent back to Martinstown Stud and has enjoyed a good summer break. He is still a very exciting horse and let’s hope he can show that in two-mile novice chases.

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Deise Aba (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Kit Massini (Dr Massini)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 21 Nov 2018 13:10
  • Result: Won/14, keen in mid-division, headway 5 out, chased leaders next, led after 3 out, challenged last, ran on well
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Form Profile:

Winner of his only Point-to-Point in Ireland.

Trainer Says:

He is a very nice big strong horse who won his only Point-to-Point very well. As he’s a five-year-old I would imagine he would start in a two and a half mile novice hurdle.

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Demopolis

Form Profile:

Winner of his only hurdle race in Auteuil in May 2017.

Trainer Says:

He won his only hurdle race at Auteuil and we are certainly pleased with everything he has done. He will be running over hurdles to start with.

Dostal Phil (FR)

Form Profile:

Finished fourth on his only star for the stable in a novice hurdle at Bangor in October of last year.

Trainer Says:

He won his only race in France and ran satisfactorily for us in his hurdle at Bangor last October on his only run for us. He will want two and a half miles and he will in a month or so in a novice hurdle.

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Ebony Gale

  • 4-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Shirocco - Glenora Gale (Milan)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Leicester, 12 Dec 2018 13:30
  • Result: Won/12, towards rear, pecked 1st, slow and big next and 3rd, headway 3 out, went 2nd before last, driven flat, led towards finish
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Form Profile:

Winner of the second of his two bumpers at Wincanton in April.

Trainer Says:

He did well to win his second bumper at Wincanton and he will start straight over hurdles this year. He will probably start straight over two and a half miles.

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Ecu De La Noverie (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Linda's Lad - Quat'sous D'or (Lost World)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Lingfield, 27 Nov 2018 14:00
  • Result: 2/9, held up in touch, good headway tracking leaders 5th, went 2nd before 2 out, led 2 out until between last 2, kept on same pace no chance with winner
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Form Profile:

Winner over fences at Pau in January and rated 130 over fences.

Trainer Says:

He is quite interesting as he won his race over fences in Pau and we have been pleased with everything he has done. I would imagine he would start in a two and a half mile novice hurdle and we will go from there.

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Evidence De Thaix (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 3 starts in APQS Flat races in France.

Trainer Says:

She is a big strong filly who two of her three bumpers in France and she will be starting in a mares’ novices hurdle.

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For Good Measure (IRE)

Form Profile:

132 rated chaser and 137 rated hurdler. Shaped well in two races over fences last season – on the second occasion finishing third, beaten 16 lengths, to Cyrname in the Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton (2m 4 1/2f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He ran well in two chases last year and is a horse who should progress and should need three miles. We have preserved his novice status for this season and he is a full brother to Balthazar King so one day we would hope to see him competing in Cross Country Chases.

Garde La Victoire (FR)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kapgarde - Next Victory (Akarad)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 14 Oct 2018 17:10
  • Result: 4/9, tracked leader, led and hit 3rd, hit next, headed 4 out, chased leader until next, kept on same pace in 3rd, pecked last, weakened into 4th final 100 yards
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Form Profile:

149 rated chaser and winner of 12 of his 26 starts. Finished fourth, beaten 28 lengths, to Politologue in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter (2m 1 1/2f) in November of last year.

Trainer Says:

He has been a star for a long time really and, although he is a handicap chaser, he is in good form and we are hoping we can win some decent races with him this year. He will be ground dependent, but he could start at the Chepstow meeting in a fortnight if we get the rain or they water well enough.

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Gosheven (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Fair Choice (Zaffaran)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 14 Oct 2018 15:25
  • Result: 3/8, soon held up in last pair, steady headway on inside 3 out, 4th and hit next, kept on into 3rd run-in, no chance with 1st 2
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Form Profile:

Promise in all three runs last season and finished fifth, beaten six and three quarter lengths, to Diese Des Bieffes on his final start at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He improved massively in each of his three runs and ran very well at Cheltenham in April. I am hoping there will be further improvement to come from him – particularly over a long trip.

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Gumball (FR)

Form Profile:

148 rated hurdler. Winner three times last season and ended campaign with a six-length success from Zalvados at Ludlow (2m) in April. Also runner-up, beaten seven lengths to We Have A Dream in the Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree (2m 1f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He had a very good time of it last year but it is never easy with four-year-olds. We are aiming towards the four-year-old at Cheltenham at the end of October.

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Ice Cool Champs (IRE)

Form Profile:

133 rated hurdler and 126 rated chaser. Scored by six lengths from Kris Spin in a handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m 7 1/2f) in November off a mark of 124.

Trainer Says:

He did well last season and he probably wants a real test of stamina – three miles and soft ground. Hopefully he will win chases this season.

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I'm A Game Changer (IRE)

Form Profile:

138 rated hurdler. Finished runner-up, beaten a short head, to Cultivator in a handicap hurdle at Warwick (2m 3f) in May off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He was a little unlucky not to win at Warwick where he was forced to go wide and then made a mistake at the final flight. He will run in the two-mile handicap hurdle at the Chepstow meeting and will go chasing later on.

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Jerrysback (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Jeremy - Get A Few Bob Back (Bob Back)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Bangor, 1 Dec 2018 12:20
  • Result: Won/9, held up, headway 9th, tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, left 2nd at last, stayed on to lead towards finish
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Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Off last season but winner of both his novice hurdles for the stable at Plumpton (2m 4 1/2f) in January 2017 and at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) the following month.

Trainer Says:

He had very nice form in his novice hurdles when he was winning very easily. He will be going novice chasing.

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30 Jan 2017:

Kayf Adventure

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - My Adventure (Strong Gale)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Newbury, 1 Dec 2018 13:20
  • Result: 5/11, mid-division, hit 11th and next, pushed along chasing leaders before 4 out, outpaced before next, kept on again run-in
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Form Profile:

137 Rated chaser. Won a Novice Chase at Newton Abbot (2m 5f) in October 2017 and a handicap chase at Wincanton (2m 4f) in January off a mark of 133.

Trainer Says:

He did very well in his handicap chases last year and ideally he probably want two and a half miles and very soft ground.

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Kensukes Kingdom (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his three Point-to-Points in Ireland.

Trainer Says:

He is going well at the moment and will probably start off in a bumper. He won two of his three points in Ireland and should have a bright future.

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Larkbarrow Lad

Form Profile:

Placed in bumpers at Southwell, Kempton and Wincanton.

Trainer Says:

He was placed in his three bumpers and he ought to win won before too long. He will want two and a half miles over hurdles.

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Leapaway (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Gisela (King Charlemagne)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Kempton, 21 Oct 2018 15:05
  • Result: 3/4, 12 seconds lapsed from walking through start until they broke into a canter, tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th until after 3 out, weakened last
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Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Has made good progress this summer and was completing a five-timer when scoring by 13 lengths from Polkari in a novices’ hurdle at Newton Abbot (2m 2 1/2f) in September.

Trainer Says:

He will probably run now in a Listed Hurdle at Kempton on the Sunday in three or four weeks’ time. He has beaten some pretty ordinary horses and we will see what level he is at then.

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Lord Duveen (IRE)

Form Profile:

Better effort over hurdles when runner-up, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Lord Duveen at Kempton (2m) in March.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well at Kempton when he was second last time and we decided to leave him as a novice for this season. We hoped that would be worthwhile and he is another half-brother to Balthazar King and For Good Measure.

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Louis' Vac Pouch (IRE)

Form Profile:

143 rated hurdler. Gained his only success last season in a Pertemps Qualifier at Aintree (3m 1/2f) in November when beating Forza Milan two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

He will probably start off in a long-distance handicap hurdle but will go novice chasing before too long.

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Mcnamaras Band (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of his only bumper at Worcester in June 2017.

Trainer Says:

He did well to go and win his bumper when he was extremely green, and he is a nice big strong horse who is for sale.

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Melekhov (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sholokhov - Yorkshire Girl (Anshan)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Bangor, 11 Oct 2018 13:45
  • Result: 4/6, in rear, well behind 4th, mistake 5th, not fluent 3 out, modest 4th when badly hampered 2 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Runner-up in his first bumper at Ludlow in January then subsequently won his two other bumpers at Fakenham in February and Hexham in April.

Trainer Says:

He won two bumpers last year and it is always difficult to win a bumper with a penalty. He will be starting in two-mile novice hurdles fairly soon and is a fairly pleasing individual who hopefully will do well this season.

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Ninth Wave (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: September Storm - Royale Pearl (Cloudings)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Hereford, 15 Dec 2018 12:35
  • Result: 4/16, mid-division, headway 5 out, chased leaders next, effort 3 out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of a Point-to-Point bumper for Philip Rowley.

Trainer Says:

He won his only Point-to-Point bumper well and we are certainly happy with him. He will probably run in a few weeks’ time and he has been going well.

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Form Profile:

145 rated hurdler and 139 rated chaser. Better effort over fences last season on his reappearance in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown (2m 4f) in February when third, beaten 30 ¼ lengths, to Terrefort.

Trainer Says:

He ran well in his two runs over fences and he will continue in novice chases this season. He is a horse we are looking forward too and hopefully he can fulfil his potential over fences.

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Ozzie The Oscar (IRE)

Form Profile:

151 rated chaser. Continued on the upgrade when scoring by two and three quarter lengths from Kapstadt in a handicap chase at Warwick (2m) in May off a mark of 148.

Trainer Says:

He did fantastically well last season and is an improving horse. He is now rated 151 which is very high but we are hoping there are more races to be won with him. I would think the Haldon Gold Cup would be an early season target and he could have a run before then.

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Pineapple Rush

  • 5-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Kayf Tara - Celtic Native (Be My Native)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Carlisle, 18 Oct 2018 16:20
  • Result: 10/18, mid-division, headway after 4 out, chased leaders under pressure next, never able to challenge, weakened flat
  • View full form
Form Profile:

120 rated hurdler. Winner of Novice Hurdles at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in March and Hexham in April.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice mare who could still be improving. Hopefully, she has a realistic handicap mark and could well win more hurdle races. She could go chasing at some stage.

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Precious Bounty (IRE)

Form Profile:

Promoted to second in his second Point-to-Point in Ireland in May.

Trainer Says:

He did well to be placed in a Point-to-Point in Ireland in the Spring and would be a horse who could have a fair bit of improvement in him. He is likely to start off in bumpers and we will go from there.

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Reikers Island (IRE)

Form Profile:

124 rated hurdler. Scored by a neck from Boreham Bill in a novices’ hurdle at Fontwell (2m 5 1/2f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He won well at Fontwell and was probably a bit disappointing in his last run at Kempton. He had quite a busy time having run in Point-to-Points in Ireland before he came to us and he is a horse we are hoping could go the right way.

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Rock The Kasbah (IRE)

Form Profile:

137 rated chaser finished runner-up, beaten 13 lengths, to Step Back in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April on his final start.

Trainer Says:

He will probably run at that Chepstow meeting in a fortnight and he ran really well at Sandown when he finished runner-up in the Bet365 Gold Cup. He is one who will, hopefully, progress in the right direction.

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Rolling Dylan (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Indian River - Easter Saturday (Grand Plaisir)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 14 Dec 2018 14:30
  • Result: 3/9, mid-division, headway 15th, mistake 4 out, driven after 2 out, challenged 2 out, every chance flat, 3rd and held close home
  • View full form
Form Profile:

142 rated chaser. Most impressive when slamming Flintham 18 lengths in a novices’ chase at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) in February and solid effort at Hereford (3m 1f) the following month when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Geordie Des Champs.

Trainer Says:

He did very well last season but it is not going to be easy now he is handicapping. Nevertheless, you would hope he has normal improvement and can still win off his mark.

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Show On The Road

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Roses Of Picardy (Roselier)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Exeter, 7 Dec 2018 14:05
  • Result: F/12, mid-division, headway 5 out, chasing leaders when slipped and fell on bend approaching next
  • View full form
Form Profile:

126 rated hurdler. Gained his second success last season in a handicap hurdle at Exeter (2m 1f) in April when beating Trans Express 11 lengths off a mark of 120.

Trainer Says:

He did well last season and might still be improving. He will start in handicap hurdles and then we will see after that what we do.

Sneaky Feeling (IRE)

Form Profile:

132 rated hurdler. Disappointed in both of his runs last season at Aintree (2m 4f) in October and Kempton (2m 5f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He was very disappointing last year but our horses we under a cloud a bit. If he is back to what he was the season before when he won decent novices at Newbury and Sandown he could do well.

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Springtown Lake (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gamut - Sprightly Gal (Old Vic)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Haydock, 5 Dec 2018 13:20
  • Result: 2/4, tended to jump left, led, hit 8th, not fluent 3 out, soon hard pressed, ridden between last 2, headed when not fluent again last, one pace flat
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Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Gained his second success of last season when beating I’m Always Trying 38 lengths in a novices’ hurdle at Leicester (2m 4 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He did very well last season in his novice hurdles and he could have a bit of improvement in him. Hopefully, he will do well in novice chases.

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Steely Addition (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Craigsteel - Blond's Addition (Lord Americo)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 8 Dec 2018 13:55
  • Result: Won/11, held up and behind, steady progress 8th, went 2nd approaching 5 out, challenged 3 out, ridden to lead flat, stayed on
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Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Landed handicap hurdles at Wincanton (2m 5 1/2f) in October and Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) in November on second occasion beating Waterloo Warrior by ten lengths off a mark of 123.

Trainer Says:

He won two hurdle races last year and was unlucky in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham. He will be running in three-mile novices chase this season but might just run in a handicap hurdle first.

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Sternrubin (GER)

Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler and 143 rated chaser. Finished respectable third, beaten 10 ¾ lengths, to Havana Beat in a handicap hurdle at Aintree (2m 1/2f) in April off a mark of 140.

Trainer Says:

He won the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot for us and is a very decent horse. He is not going to be easy to place in handicap hurdles and he has to go right-handed over fences. He has been placed over fences so the first route may be novice chases.

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Strong Pursuit (IRE)

Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler/chaser. Scored by two and three quarter lengths from Morello Royale in a beginners chase at Newbury (2m 6 1/2f) on his only start in November.

Trainer Says:

He won his only race last season at Newbury and sustained an injury and as a result of that had 12 months off. It is not going to be easy to place him and he is going to have a high mark over fences. Maybe a graduation chase might be the route.

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That's A Given (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Great Pretender - Aulne River (River Mist)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Taunton, 13 Dec 2018 14:45
  • Result: 2/13, held up mid-division, headway before 2 out to chase leaders, kept on and held towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Huntingdon in March before finishing unplaced in a valuable event at Punchestown the following month.

Trainer Says:

He won well at Huntingdon and was a bit disappointing in Punchestown. Nevertheless, he is a horse we like and we hope he will do well in novice hurdles.

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24 Apr 2018:

Tidal Flow

Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper on his debut at Newbury in November and fourth in a similar event at Wincanton in April.

Trainer Says:

He did really well to win his bumper at Newbury and was rather disappointing at Wincanton but he has been in training a long time by then. We will forgive him that and he will be running in two and a half mile novice hurdles.

Umndeni (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of his only bumper at Warwick in April.

Trainer Says:

He won his only bumper at Warwick and he’s a very bred horse who jumps well and should do well in novice hurdles.

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Victarion (IRE)

Form Profile:

115 rated hurdler. Finished third, beaten four and three quarter length, to Commodore Barry at Worcester (2m 4f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He has been placed several times without winning and I hope that his handicap mark of 115 could be lenient.

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Vodka All The Way (IRE)

Form Profile:

127 rated hurdler. Off the mark when beating Golden Sunrise three and a half lengths at Exeter (2m 7f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He did well to win his novice hurdle at Exeter last year and he is a big strong horse who should be jumping fences. He will go novice chasing and, hopefully, has a bright future.

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Waiheke

  • 5-y-o; chestnut mare
  • Breeding: Black Sam Bellamy - Its Meant To Be (Gunner B)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Sandown, 8 Dec 2018 12:50
  • Result: 7/9, held up, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, challenging in 3rd when mistake 2 out, weakened before last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

117 rated hurdler. Opened her account with a nine-length victory from Drops Of Jupitor in a novice hurdle at Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) last November.

Trainer Says:

She was a bit disappointing after she won and she can hang a bit sometimes. She has come back from her summer break looking well and I hope she can do well this season and she will probably start in handicap hurdles.

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Wait For Me (FR)

Form Profile:

137 rated chaser and 140 rated hurdler. Finished runner-up, beaten five lengths, to Black Sam Bella in a handicap hurdle at Warwick (3m 1f) in May.

Trainer Says:

He has won a novice chaser but is probably routed over hurdles nowadays. He could win a very decent long-distance hurdle.

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War Sound

Form Profile:

136 rated chaser. Placed in all eight starts last season and finished runner-up for a fourth time when beaten four lengths by Silverhow at Sandown (2m 4f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He has been placed loads of times over fences without winning and surely should win before too long. His distance is between two to two and a half miles depending on ground.

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Westend Story (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Sarahall (Saddlers' Hall)
  • Trained by: P J Hobbs
  • Last Race: Exeter, 7 Dec 2018 14:35
  • Result: 4/7, led, keen, mistake 3rd, slow 9th, soon headed, led again next, headed 3 out, weakened next
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Form Profile:

137 rated hurdler. Scored by 11 lengths from Master Tradesman when gaining his second success of last season in a novices hurdle at Hereford (2m 5 1/2f) in March.

Trainer Says:

He won very well at Hereford at the end of last season and in a handicap at Wetherby before that. He will be going novice chasing but might well run over hurdles first.

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27 Mar 2018:

Who's My Jockey (IRE)

Form Profile:

136 rated hurdler. Gained his last success when beating Dell Oro half a length at Kempton (2m 5f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He won three races last year and is progressing and going the right way. I would imagine he would start in a hurdle race before he goes over fences.

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