Grade Two International Hurdle Guide 2024

Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 15:00
1
Harry Cobden

Rubaud

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-10
OR: 149
Days: 32

Readily outclassed by Constitution Hill over Christmas in a Grade 1 at Kempton.

Prior to that had won both his starts this term including the Grade 2 Elite hurdle at Wincanton.

Has to give weight away all round here but can make his presence felt.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-104
26/12/23KEM16Gd11-102
11/11/23WCN15GS11-81
22/10/23KEM16Gd11-81
22/04/23AYR16Gd10-111
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 15:00
2
James Bowen

First Street

J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-8
OR: 141
Days: 32

Has finished behind Rubaud in both his hurdles starts this season.

Beaten at 1/7 in a two runner chase in between those runs on his first try over the larger obstacles.

Hard to see him play a role in this.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-83
26/12/23KEM16Gd11-103
27/11/23KEM18GS11-42
22/10/23KEM16Gd11-63
22/04/23AYR16Gd11-128
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 15:00
3
Sam Twiston-Davies

Guard Your Dreams

J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-4
OR: 140
Days: 660

Off the track for 660 days.

Did have some decent form when last seen during the 2021/22 season.

Big ask to win this on his return and even if fully tuned up he would need to improve.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
17/02/24WCN15Hy11-44
27/01/24CHL17GS11-45
07/04/22AIN20GS11-7UR
27/02/22FON19GS11-103
05/02/22SAN16GS11-112
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 15:00
4
Paul Townend

Lossiemouth

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-0
OR: 147
Days: 273

Only defeat last season came in the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Won the Grade 1 Triumph at the Cheltenham Festival and the Grade 1 4yo hurdle at Punchestown.

Makes her seasonal return here and Paul Townend comes over to take the ride.

Interesting to see how she goes stepped up to open company.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-01
29/04/23PUN16Gd/Y10-71
17/03/23CHL17Sft10-91
04/02/23LEO16Y10-72
26/12/22LEO16Sft10-91
Cheltenham - January 27 2024
Cheltenham 15:00
5
Jonathan Burke

Love Envoi

J: Jonathan Burke
T: Harry Fry
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-1
OR: 151
Days: 49

Not seen to best effect when 2nd in the rearranged fighting fifth at Sandown in December.

Interesting connections once again opt to keep her at 2m despite her best form being at 2m 4f.

Should run well but another crack at the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham (2nd last year) will be the ultimate aim.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/01/24CHL17GS11-12
09/12/23SAN16Hy11-32
29/04/23PUN19Gd/Y11-76
14/03/23CHL20Sft11-52
07/01/23SAN20Sft11-71