Grade Two Winter Novices Hurdle Guide 2023

Sandown - December 08 2023
Sandown 13:50
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Harry Skelton

Deafening Silence

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-2
OR: 122
Days: 28

Made a promising start to his hurdles career when 3rd on debut at Chepstow in October 2022.

Off for over a year and stepped up to 2m 4f when making a winning return at Exeter 28 days.

Form doesn't look great but he is in top hands and can only keep improving.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/12/23SAN20Hy11-21
10/11/23EXE21.5GS11-01
26/10/22CHP16GS11-03
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Harry Cobden

Insurrection

J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-2
OR: N/A
Days: 28

Made a taking start to his hurdling career when winning at Exeter over 2 miles 28 days ago.

Steps up to 2m 3f here but that should be no issue for this former point winner.

Fascinating contender.

Has had a second wind surgery since Exeter.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/01/24TAU19Sft11-123
08/12/23SAN20Hy11-22
10/11/23EXE16.5GS11-01
09/04/23FFO16Sft11-44
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Mr Jamie Neild

Josh The Boss

J: Mr Jamie Neild
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-2
OR: 128
Days: 27

Two from two over this trip since going hurdling with wins at Warwick and at Aintree.

Needs to improve on what he has done so far but he has done nothing wrong to date and why not have a go at a race like this.

Jockey can't claim usual 7lb due to nature of the race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/02/24EXE18.5Hy11-105
08/12/23SAN20Hy11-2UR
11/11/23AIN20Sft10-121
05/10/23WAR21Gd10-91
22/04/23BAN16.5Gd11-04
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Kielan Woods

Personal Ambition

J: Kielan Woods
T: Ben Pauling
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 11-2
OR: N/A
Days: 31

Won his only hurdles start at Warwick 31 days beating Jingko Blue (Won at Newbury since) by 3 lengths.

Brings the best piece of form into this race and handles soft/heavy ground.

Former point winner who could go very will in this at a nice price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
10/01/24DON16.5GS11-111
08/12/23SAN20Hy11-23
07/11/23WAR19Sft10-131
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Nico de Boinville

Southoftheborder

J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 11-2
OR: N/A
Days: 26

Unbeaten in three starts in his career: one point, one NHF and on hurdles debut 26 days ago at this venue.

Step up in trip shouldn't be an issue.

Comes here from a top stable and falls into the could be anything category.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/01/24SAN16Sft11-112
08/12/23SAN20Hy11-2UR
12/11/23SAN16Sft11-41
05/03/23FFO16Gd11-51