Grade Two Finesse Hurdle Guide 2024

Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 12:05
1
Harry Cobden

Burdett Road

J: Harry Cobden
T: James Owen
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-5
OR: 137
Days: 70

Current favourite for the Triumph Hurdle in March after winning his two hurdles starts to date. Latest of those coming in grade 2 company.

Carries a penalty here off the back of that and is a very short priced favourite.

Couldn't of been more impressive in his wins and this will be his last test before March.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-52
18/11/23CHL16.5Sft11-01
05/11/23HUN16GS11-01
26/08/23WDR10GF9-03
03/08/23GOO12Sft9-35
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 12:05
2
James Bowen

Sir Gino

J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-5
OR: N/A
Days: 31

Won on stable debut at Kempton over Christmas by 14 lengths.

Should improve again after that run and is in top hands.

Should be a big player here and for the Triumph in March.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-51
27/12/23KEM16GS11-51
18/04/23AUT15Hy10-81
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3
Craig Nichol

Cosmic Soul

J: Craig Nichol
T: Patrick Neville
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A

Having his first run for new connections and over hurdles.

Rated 75 on the flat at his highest.

Hard to make a case for him here and definitely one best watched.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-07
01/09/23THI16Gd9-02
05/08/23THI12Sft9-45
22/07/23DON12Sft9-95
09/06/23HAY11.5GF9-13
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4
Sam Twiston-Davies

Ellerton

J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Syd Hosie
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: 99
Days: 32

Hasn't shown a whole lot in three hurdles starts so far.

Beaten 42 lengths by Burdett Road when the pair met at Cheltenham in November.

Hard to make a case for him here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-06
26/12/23FON17.5Sft10-92
12/12/23FON17.5Hy11-03
18/11/23CHL16.5Sft11-07
10/10/23SAI12GS9-03
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5
David Noonan

Excelero

J: David Noonan
T: Jane Williams
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: N/A
Days: 81

Finished 2nd to Salver on his only hurdles start 81 days ago (Winner has won twice since including the grade 2 juvenile finale at Chepstow)

That form reads very well in the context of this race and he should come on a lot from that run.

Yard knows the time of day with these younger horses and he is a big ew price pitched in at the deep end here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/11/23WAR16Sft11-02
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6
Fergus Gillard

Le Fauve

J: Fergus Gillard
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: 118
Days: 49

Finished 3rd in a listed juvenile hurdle at Aintree on his British debut for new connections.

Form hasn't really been tested yet but should keep on improving and an interesting contender.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-05
09/12/23AIN17Hy11-03
17/09/23BOU16.5VSft10-102
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7
Jonjo O'Neill Jr

Milan Tino

J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr
T: Noel George & Amanda Zetterholm
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-0
OR: 136
Days: 70

Been placed on all three of his hurdles starts so far (2 in France and 1 on these shores).

Finished 7l behind Burdett Road in November.

Gets weight here but still hard to see him reversing the placings with Burdett Road.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-03
18/11/23CHL16.5Sft11-03
14/10/23AUT18VSft10-73
12/09/23AUT18VSft10-82