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Dragonbet.co.uk Backing Welsh Sport Maiden Hurdle (4) Class 4

  • Distance: 1m 7f 182y
  • Age: 4yo
  • Runners: 6
  • Prize: £9,000

Confirmed debut promise when opening his bumper account at Exeter on New Year's Day and far from disgraced in defeat final 2 starts. Warrants respect on switch to hurdling.

Date Course/Class Pos Jockey Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT
09/04/22 Aintree Weatherbys National Hunt Flat 8/18 Lucy Gardner Bumper 2m 209y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs
13/02/22 Exeter 3/9 Lucy Gardner Bumper 2m 161y Heavy 11st 12lbs
01/01/22 Exeter 1/8 Lucy Gardner Bumper 2m 161y Heavy 11st 6lbs
21/10/21 Newton Abbot 3/10 Lucy Gardner Bumper 2m 167y Heavy 10st 13lbs

Won 2 of his 4 bumper starts in France and finished close second of 8 in Gr 3 event at Saint-Cloud (12.4f, good) on final start there in March. Of obvious interest on yard/hurdles debut here.

Date Course/Class Pos Jockey Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT
29/03/22 Saint-Cloud 2/8 Christophe Soumillon Bumper 1m 4f 94y Good H 10st 1lbs
21/02/22 Angers 1/10 Christophe Soumillon Bumper 1m 6f 201y Heavy H 10st 3lbs
26/11/21 Saint-Cloud 6/13 Antoine Subias Bumper 1m 4f 94y Heavy h 9st 11lbs
11/11/21 Saint-Brieuc 1/14 Antoine Subias Bumper 1m 3f 205y Soft H 10st 1lbs

Made winning NH debut in 11-runner bumper at this course (15.8f, soft) in February. Should have plenty more to offer and must enter calculations on first crack at hurdling.

Date Course/Class Pos Jockey Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT
01/02/22 Ffos Las 1/11 Adam Wedge Bumper 1m 7f 182y Soft 11st 6lbs

Offered something to work when sixth in a big-field maiden at Navan in February but well below that level next 2 starts. Shaped as if better for return on debut for new yard at Fakenham last month but percentage call is to look elsewhere.

Date Course/Class Pos Jockey Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT
26/10/22 Fakenham 5/9 Charlie Hammond Hurdle 2m 3y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs
20/04/22 Perth 6/10 Daryl Jacob Hurdle 2m 4f 35y Soft 11st 6lbs
12/03/22 Navan 3/12 J. J. Slevin Hurdle 2m Heavy 11st 12lbs
22/02/22 Navan 6/25 J. J. Slevin Hurdle 1m 7f 170y Heavy 11st 12lbs

From a successful jumps family and perfect start when landing a Perth bumper for Gordon Elliott in April. Below that level since, including for new connections, and plenty to prove now sent hurdling.

Date Course/Class Pos Jockey Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT
15/10/22 Newton Abbot 8/9 Sean Houlihan Bumper 2m 167y Gd/Sft H 11st 7lbs
03/10/22 Stratford-On-Avon 4/7 Sean Houlihan Bumper 2m 70y Good H 11st 7lbs
04/05/22 Kelso 4/7 Sean Bowen Bumper 2m 51y Gd/Sft H 11st 9lbs
22/04/22 Perth 1/7 Sean Bowen Bumper 2m 47y Gd/Sft H 11st 1lbs

Promising fourth of 11 in novice hurdle at Market Rasen (16.6f, good to soft, 14/1) on NH debut 15 days ago. May well do better and not out of things.

Date Course/Class Pos Jockey Type Dist. Gng. HDGR WGT
10/11/22 Market Rasen 4/11 Jonjo O'Neill Jr. Hurdle 2m 125y Gd/Sft 11st 4lbs