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Saturday, February 9, 2008


Newbury, Saturday, February 9, 2008

3:55pm £14,000 TOTESCOOP6 HANDICAP HURDLE 3m 110y

GOING: Good to soft

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1) 5017/1 ALBANY Howard Johnson 8-11-12 Denis O'Regan
He is a useful sort who returned from a 627-day absence to win a competitive handicap hurdle at Wetherby in December. Faces a stiff task here off a 16lb higher mark but could surprise. BP= 9/1

2) 4123-8 ITSA LEGEND Alan King 9-11-12b1 Robert Thornton
Well-beaten by Inglis Drever on his seasonal debut last month but ran well in novice hurdles towards the end of last season. Second time in a handicap but could be on too high in the ratings of 135. Has first-time blinkers. BP= 6/1

3) P36P0- JULIUS CAESAR Howard Johnson 8-11-3 James O'Farrell (3)
Grade Three winner back in March, 2005. This seasonal debut after losing his way in the last couple of seasons. Showed sparks of his ability last season when third off 133 at Warwick - now racing of 126. So he could surprise. BP= 33/1

4) P/233- FOUNTAIN HILL Anthony Honeyball 9-11-2 Sam Thomas
Switching back to hurdles on his first run of the campaign after three placed efforts over fences last season, he is best watched here on his first run for 321 days. BP= 14/1

5) 0503P6 OPENIDE Brendan Duke 7-11-2 Mr Ross O'Sullivan (5)
No impression last time on first start over hurdles after running in staying chases since September. Well-exposed. BP= 25/1

6) 1-6206 OFAREL D'AIRY Paul Nicholls 6-10-13b1 Ruby Walsh
Carrying first-time blinkers for his first run over hurdles since three starts over fences, this versatile sort, who is well handicapped over hurdles but still a maiden and comes from an in-form stable, must has a major chance but there are some stamina doubts and he is no value. BP= 11/4

7) 007-00 ARRAYOU Oliver Sherwood 7-10-13p Dominic Elsworth
Has shown little on two starts this season, being dropped 4lb. Would need to improve significantly on recent form to figure here. BP= 33/1

8) /7-611 MASTER BUILDER Ferdy Murphy 7-10-11 Tom Dreaper
Lightly-raced seven-year-old who makes his handicap debut here after two recent successes. He's an interesting runner with good prospects and the runner-up last time won yesterday BP= 7/1

9) 449061 POCKET TOO Taffy Salaman 5-10-7p Andrew Tinkler
Has been upped 6lb for a length success over two and a half miles at Cheptsow on February 1 after two wins on the all-weather over two miles. Has been in good form of late and could be in the shake-up if he stays. Really coming to himself and looks good value. BP= 12/1

10) 21-P00 ESTATE David Pipe 6-10-6 Timmy Murphy
Three-time winner on the all-weather in October and November before being well beaten on his return to hurdling last month at Doncaster. Has yet to tackle further than two and a half miles but could figure at the business end. 2lb lower than. No value though. BP= 4/1

11) 25/860 DRUMBEATER Philip Hobbs 8-10-5 Richard Johnson
Hasn’t started the season off well, failing to get closer than sixth on his three starts to date. Has been dropped 5lb and would need to step up on his recent form to get involved. BP= 20/1

In a fascinating contest, where a number of the field have claims, the verdict is given to Ferdy Murphy's improving MASTER BUILDER. A convincing 11-length winner of a novices’ hurdle on good ground at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, he followed up with a brave performance on heavy ground at Kelso on January 11 and the form has been franked since.

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