Grade Two Seymour Mares’ Novice Hurdle 2024 Guide

Alex Dudley | @@Alex_Dudz_

Sandown - February 15 2024
Sandown 14:30
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James Bowen

Aston Martini

J: James Bowen
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-7
OR: 122
Days: 25

Nicky Henderson’s runner in the Grade Two at Sandown on Thursday is Aston Martini, who will be the ride of James Bowen. The five-year-old boasts a perfect record under rules, winning on all three starts.

She has also won on both appearances over hurdles, including on debut over an extended two miles and three. She was last seen beating Ooh Betty by a nose over two miles, but being back up in trip will only further her claims this week.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/02/24SAN20Sft11-74
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-71
21/11/23HER19.5Gd11-11
06/06/23STH16Gd10-111
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Harry Skelton

Cherie D'Am

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-4
OR: 123
Days: 51

Cherie D’Am represents the Dan Skelton yard this week, with Harry Skelton taking the ride. The six-year-old has won twice from three starts over hurdles, with her only defeat coming in late November when finishing four lengths behind Push The Button.

However, she returned back to winning ways over two miles and four at Aintree on Boxing Day, beating Golden Glance by three lengths in a mares’ handicap hurdle. Sets the standard on ratings, and in receipt of weight from Aston Martini.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/12/23AIN20Sft11-121
22/11/23WAR21Sft11-02
04/11/23WET19.5Sft10-71
01/04/23UTT16Sft11-01
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Nico de Boinville

Either Or

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-4
OR: N/A
Days: 24

Nico De Boinville opts to ride Either Or in the Grade Two at Sandown on Thursday for trainer Nicky Henderson. The six-year-old was a very impressive winner over two miles and three at Warwick on her previous appearance, beating Victoria Milano by just over two lengths.

This distance should suit her perfectly after previously winning over three miles in a point-to-point. Fascinating that she’s the choice of De Boinville.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/02/24SAN20Sft11-4PU
22/01/24WAR19Sft11-51
22/11/23WAR16Sft11-22
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Bryony Frost

Jeune Belle

J: Bryony Frost
T: Lucy Wadham
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-4
OR: N/A
Days: 25

Bryony Frost takes the ride on Jeune Belle this week for trainer Lucy Wadham. The six-year-old will be looking for a response this week after being pulled up on her latest start at Lingfield.

Before that effort, she was a winner on her only previous start over hurdles at Linfield in December over two miles. Interesting contender this week, but she could find one or two too good.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/02/24SAN20Sft11-4PU
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-7PU
11/12/23LIN16GS11-31
18/11/23CHL16.5Sft11-22
30/10/23HUN16GS11-21
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Sean Bowen

Little Miss Dante

J: Sean Bowen
T: Olly Murphy
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-4
OR: 123
Days: 54

Little Miss Dante is the runner from the Olly Murphy yard this week, with Sean Bowen taking the ride. The six-year-old doesn’t have much to find on ratings, and she has been consistent throughout this season. She was excellent over two miles on her first starts over hurdles, winning at both Ayr and Uttoxeter.

However, she could only finish third in a listed race over two miles and three on heavy ground at Haydock in December. Likely to give another solid account, and will be bang there.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/02/24SAN20Sft11-4PU
23/12/23HAY19Hy11-03
26/11/23UTT16Sft11-71
04/11/23AYR16GS10-71
12/04/23STH16GS10-111
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Sam Twiston-Davies

Smiling Getaway

J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-4
OR: 118
Days: 24

Nigel Twiston-Davies and Sam Twiston-Davies join forces with Smiling Getaway in the Grade Two at Sandown. The seven-year-old was previously with Dan Skelton before moving to her new yard in early December.

She has made a very pleasing first impression for connections, winning on each of her last two starts over hurdles. She was a winner over two miles and five at Ludlow in December, before dropping back to two miles and three to beat Break My Soul by eight lengths at Warwick in January. The trip is no concern.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/02/24SAN20Sft11-43
22/01/24WAR19Sft11-121
20/12/23LUD21.5Sft11-01
29/01/23STH16Gd10-94
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Connor Brace

Springtime Promise

J: Connor Brace
T: Fergal O'Brien
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-4
OR: 118
Days: 20

Connor Brace takes the ride on Springtime Promise for trainer Fergal O’Brien this week. This seven-year-old has won on two of her three starts over hurdles, including most recently at Sedgefield over two miles and four.

She finished a length clear of Condesa on that appearance, but she will have more on her plate in this company at Sandown on Thursday.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/02/24SAN20Sft11-41
26/01/24SED20Sft11-91
12/01/24HUN20.5GS11-31
28/08/23BAL22Y10-135
24/02/22THU16.5Sft11-47