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CONNECTIVE TO RUN AT UTTOXETER ON THURSDAY.

We have one runner on Thursday when Connective runs in division two of the 0-100 handicap hurdle at 1.40pm, at Uttoxeter, over a trip just short of three miles, with stable jockey Joe Colliver taking the ride.

Connective made the perfect start to his career when winning a bumper in April of last year, and probably ran his best race over hurdles, over this course and distance, last July when finishing third in a novices hurdle. He has had wind surgery, and run well at Musselburgh since.


Good luck to the connections, Craig & Laura Buckingham. CONNECTIVE. 21 April 2015. Dubawi-Connecting. Owner-Craig & Laura Buckingham.

Connective has had only 10 races,so his best days are still in front of him. He has raced in two bumpers, and eight hurdle races to date, winning on debut, and looking to have an attractive looking handicap mark. He is by the unraced Singspiel mare Connecting, whose only other racecourse representative, Beaming was a sprinter, but Connective looks like he needs at least two and a half miles over jumps.

Connective made the perfect start by winning a bumper on debut at Carlisle, under Joe Colliver, in April 2019.His next appearance was at Sedgefield three weeks later, where under a penalty, and in a better race, he was beaten nine lengths into fifth place, but probably bettered his debut effort.

Connective made his hurdles debut in June under Henry Brooke, over two miles at Uttoxeter, he never got competitive, with Henry reporting that the gelding jumped very novicey. Henry was on board again two weeks later at Stratford, and this time he said that the horse once again jumped poorly, but also hung left.Connective was back in action just one week later at Uttoxeter, with Harry Skelton now on board, to date all of his racing had been over the minimum trip, but on this occasion he was stepping up to three miles.He ran his best race to date over hurdles, by finishing third beaten under six lengths in a novice hurdle. Unfortunately he couldn't build on that, and struggled from a mark of 105 in his next two races, before it was decided that wind surgery was needed.

On his return in December he didn't get competitive over the minimum trip at Market Rasen, but at Musselburgh on New Years Day 2020, over two and a half miles, he was staying on pleasingly, to be beaten only two and a half lengths into fifth place. He has raced just the once since, on good to soft ground, over three miles at Doncaster, pulling up after making a mistake two out.

Connective probably wants a stiff two and a half miles, on good ground, to bring the best out of him, but there is no denying that a bumper winner racing from a mark of just 91 is interesting.

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