September 22 / 15.45 Perth

15.45 Perth Good To Soft

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  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 3m 58s
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Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.80
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 142424 C

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Tough sort over 2m-2m4f; in top form over both hurdles and fences this year, winning twice, including here; his mark has risen, however, and he was only fourth of five at Kelso last week; goes well from the front.
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1st

4

12th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 5

16:55 Perth

Sword Of Fate

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Leonard Kerr

Won off a higher mark here last September (2m, stays this trip) and has suggested he is returning to form in two latest starts (most recently over hurdles); Derek Fox (last four wins under him) back in the saddle so makes reasonable appeal; has made the running.

7/2

3rd

4

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 5

15:15 Ayr

Sword Of Fate

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Leonard Kerr

5th

3

12th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 110y

Class 4

14:40 Ayr

Sword Of Fate

11st 8lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Leonard Kerr

Six-time chase winner who is very well suited by good ground; not firing on all cylinders since return from break in February but should find this easier than the competitive series final he contested last time, and he's too well handicapped to rule out.

14/1

OUR TIP

10/1

  • Place: £5.70

Form: 3534-3 C

Last run: 137 days

W: 11st 11lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Veteran, not the force of old; slipping in the weights but below par on his two most recent outings and vulnerable to younger rivals.
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3rd

1

9th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 110y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Vengeur De Guye

12st 0lb

13yo who has been beaten 15 times since his last win in October 2019; tailed off at Hexham last month but was in fair form previously (including here) and has continued to drop down the weights; in the mix if bouncing back from last time.

6/1

7th

1

8th Dec 2021

Heavy

1m 7f 133y

Class 5

14:50 Hexham

Vengeur De Guye

11st 13lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Four-time chase winner over 2m-2m1f, including on soft (acts on heavy); consistent in defeat this season; should appreciate this drop in grade and no surprise if it proves a fruitful one.

9/2

4th

6

22nd Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

15:15 Ayr

Vengeur De Guye

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Four-time chase winner at around 2m1f but hasn't won for over two years; has run with credit in two most recent starts at Perth and Kelso and looks likely to be thereabouts again.

7/1

Form: 564443 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Durable chaser, the winner of 13 of his 70 starts, including twice here; has been running respectably over 2m4f+ but his last two wins were over 2m and he's not discounted off his lowest mark for several years.
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5th

8

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

17:32 Ayr

Ardera Cross

10st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

7th

6

12th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 110y

Class 4

14:40 Ayr

Ardera Cross

11st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: William Young Jnr

Gained six of his 11 chasing wins at this track, the last two over 2m on heavy ground this year; today's trip and ground combination will also suit, and he gave a pretty good account when fourth (albeit well held) from a long way out of the weights in a recent Listed handicap here.

6/1

4th

10

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Ardera Cross

10st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: William Young Jnr

Durable front-running veteran who has a good course record, including two wins at this trip in 2022, but he's 19lb out of the handicap here.

40/1

Form: -91824 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Ran respectably over hurdles last month but he's a better chaser, and a repeat of his second of seven at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) the time before would put him firmly in the reckoning; still only a 6yo and open to further improvement; looks the one to beat.
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4th

2

13th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

14:30 Plumpton

Fort De L’Ocean

11st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Michael Roberts

Claimed for £5,000 after finishing second in Stratford seller (2m, good) for Oliver Greenall in October; won't be far away if in similar form for new stable in this handicap.

10/1

2nd

1

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

13:55 Stratford

Fort De L’Ocean

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall

Below best form this year but battled well to win low-grade handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter (2m, good) in June and gave another good account when second over fences there two weeks ago; ought to play a significant role.

13/8

2nd

5

3rd Oct 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 214y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Fort De L’Ocean

10st 11lb

J: Ross Turner

T: Oliver Greenall

One win apiece over hurdles and fences but he's better in this discipline; good second at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) in August on his penultimate chase start and wasn't helped by a mid-race mistake when fourth over fences at Perth last time; handles all ground and entitled to be in the mix.

3/1

Form: 332624 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
0-14 over fences but several good efforts this year, collared only late on over C&D and at Uttoxeter (both on good ground) in the summer; has switched from Stuart Crawford to Donald McCain (for £5,000) since his last run but Brian Hughes knows him well and renews the association; leading contender.
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1

26th Oct 2021

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

14:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Schmidt

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

A maiden over fences but ran some good races for his previous yard at about 2m on good and soft ground; could have run better on his first start for Donald McCain (after £5,000 sale) but this looks easier than that Perth race.

7/1

5th

3

22nd Sep 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:45 Perth

Schmidt

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

0-14 over fences but several good efforts this year, collared only late on over C&D and at Uttoxeter (both on good ground) in the summer; has switched from Stuart Crawford to Donald McCain (for £5,000) since his last run but Brian Hughes knows him well and renews the association; leading contender.

3/1

Form: 56-252 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Yet to win for this yard and no success since December 2018; this trip is probably a bare minimum for him, but he's in reasonable form (second of six over 2m6f at Kelso seven days ago) and should be thereabouts.
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6th

2

22nd Sep 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:45 Perth

Wolfcatcher

11st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Jackie Stephen

Yet to win for this yard and no success since December 2018; this trip is probably a bare minimum for him, but he's in reasonable form (second of six over 2m6f at Kelso seven days ago) and should be thereabouts.

5/1

Form: 113-23

Last run: 95 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Had wind surgery in January and won twice at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) when back in action in March; the handicapper may now have his measure, however, and he was only third of eight over C&D in June.
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6th

9

12th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 5

16:55 Perth

Fourth Of July

10st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: R Mike Smith

Both wins at Kelso and ran well there three starts ago; yet to be placed at this trip and weakened out of contention at Hexham 12 days ago so stamina still to prove; Ryan Mania (both wins under him) back on board.

9/1

4th

3

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

20:20 Hexham

Fourth Of July

11st 5lb

J: William Shanahan

T: R Mike Smith

Dual chase winner in 2021; chased home very progressive rival at Kelso (2m1f, soft) last month and was very respectable third from out of the weights in valuable series final at Carlisle (2m, good) three weeks later; yet fully to convince stamina-wise over today's trip but drops in grade with promising 7lb claimer William Shanahan booked here; good chance.

3rd

11

27th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:26 Carlisle

Fourth Of July

10st 0lb

J: Thomas Dowson

T: R Mike Smith

Gained both chasing wins at Kelso in this month last year; posted sound effort when second there (2m1f, soft) three weeks ago but Wheelbahri was firmly in command in the closing stages that day and this 7yo has to compete from 4lb out of the weights here.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £474.00
Straight Forecast £384.50
Trifecta £2418.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fort De L'Ocean

TOPSPEED:

Sword Of Fate

Telegraph:

Fourth Of July

Daily Mail:

Schmidt

RP Ratings:

Ardera Cross

Daily Mirror:

Wolfcatcher

POSTDATA:

Fort De L'Ocean

The Guardian:

Fort De L'Ocean

Daily Express:

Fort De L'Ocean

The Star:

Fourth Of July

The Times:

Sword Of Fate

The Sun:

Sword Of Fate

Daily Record:

Schmidt