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Paul Sheldon 75th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3594.36
  • 2m 4f 205y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 5m 16s
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Paul Sheldon 75th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.60
  • Place: £2.40

Form: U347-6 CD

Last run: 166 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Absent since disappointing effort in May but scored off 4lb higher at Southwell (2m4f, good) last summer, after a break, and is a dual previous winner of this race; likely to have been primed for a big run.

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4th

2

21st Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Warwick

One Forty Seven

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2nd

4

10th Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

14:40 Wincanton

One Forty Seven

11st 5lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Gained all five chase wins on left-handed tracked, the latest at Stratford (2m5f, good) in October; now 7lb below that mark but has looked out of sorts on recent outings; needs to turn things around.

6/1

6th

8

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:55 Stratford

One Forty Seven

11st 5lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Three-time course winner, but he's not proving the easiest to catch right of late, behind when carried out four out at Bangor last month; visor replaces cheekpieces now with something to prove.

12/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 0/6-2P

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 8yo who gave good account when second to all-the-way winner at Market Rasen (2m1f, good) in July, his second run for Richard Newland, and remains lightly raced for his age; pulled up at Perth since (bled from the nose) but can pose a threat if back on song here.

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7

29th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Makka Pakka

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Maiden; was running well in defeat on good ground in October but pulled up on return to 2m last month (good to soft) and has enough to prove now tackling officially soft ground for the first time under rules.

16/1

6

12th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

13:35 Worcester

Makka Pakka

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Placed in three of his four chases, perhaps most notably when close second at Stratford (2m5f, good) last month; can cope with this drop back in trip and probably won't be far away.

6/1

3rd

3

28th Oct 2021

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

11:55 Stratford

Makka Pakka

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Record under rules is 0-13 but he's been placed in two of his three chase starts including a close second over C&D (good) 12 days ago; nudged up 2lb but that was a bold bid and he's a key player for in-form yard.

9/2

5/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 311232 CD

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D last summer and has collected another two wins this summer (2m1f/2m); tends to race too freely and is not entirely straightforward but stuck to his task very well when second at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) recently and can make his presence felt.

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6th

7

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Romanor

11st 3lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Should get some pace to come off, and both mark (5lb below his last winning one) and ground are perfect; absence since October is a concern, however, given all ten wins have come after breaks of six weeks or fewer.

10/1

3rd

5

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

14:50 Exeter

Romanor

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Pushed Kauto The King close at Newton Abbot last month but hasn't been at his best this season and he finished well behind at Warwick last time; usually ridden patiently.

6/1

Form: 4PP51-

Last run: 198 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Spent most of last season in the doldrums but bounced back to form to win at Uttoxeter (3m, good; second start after wind op) in April, where he reportedly benefited from the application of a first-time visor; returns from 198-day absence here; still well handicapped on older form, but the visor is left off this time.

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1st

4

29th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:45 Uttoxeter

Hard To Forget

11st 10lb

J: James Davies

T: Henry Oliver

5th

3

7th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

13:00 Southwell

Hard To Forget

11st 11lb

J: James Davies

T: Henry Oliver

Scored readily at Doncaster (3m, good; now 7lb higher) last time, taking chase record to 4-14 and record in visor to 2-4; has won on soft/heavy; likely player in the retained headgear.

4/1

1st

6

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

13:00 Doncaster

Hard To Forget

11st 1lb

J: James Davies

T: Henry Oliver

Well treated on his best form, including under these sort of conditions, but he has gone off the boil of late and was beaten out of sight over hurdles at Chepstow 12 days ago; unconvincing.

11/1

Form: -55232 D BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 4lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

0-4 in British chases but went down fighting when clear second at Warwick (2m4f, good; first-time cheekpieces) last month and today's 2lb higher mark looks manageable; tries blinkers this time; leading contender.

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4

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Shentri

12st 2lb

J: Miss Ellie Callwood

T: Kelly Morgan

Significant in today's context that last month's emphatic stable/pointing debut success (good) was recorded around Higham's sharp, flat left-handed circuit; theoretical possibility of the bounce factor given the preceding 587-day absence, but relative youth on his side and won't mind a dryout.

5/1

5th

1

4th Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Worcester

Shentri

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway after 9th, in touch with leaders when ridden home turn, held from 3 out, weakened run-in

11/2

4th

8

4th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

15:30 Worcester

Shentri

10st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, mistake 2nd, pushed along after 9th, ridden when outpaced before 3 out, soon held

3/1

Form: 521311 C

Last run: 2 days

W: 12st 4lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Veteran front-runner who has collected three wins this season, most recently when bolting up at Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) on Thursday; not sure to be suited by the drop back in trip if making quick reappearance under 6lb penalty here but is evidently in excellent nick; non-runner.

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6th

3

14th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

13:30 Huntingdon

Mr Mafia

11st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Bold-jumping front-runner who is best suited by good ground; proved he retains a significant chunk of ability when scoring at Newton Abbot (3m2f, good) in July, his ninth chase win, but has become very inconsistent and needs to bounce back from two poor performances.

14/1

6th

1

6th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

13:45 Fontwell

Mr Mafia

12st 2lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

took keen hold, led but pestered, carried right before 12th

10/1

Form: 41624- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Seems versatile regarding trip/ground and has very good 6-15 strike-rate over fences; signed off with laboured effort in April but begins new campaign on a workable mark and with first-time cheekpieces fitted (won in first-time blinkers in 2018); can't be ruled out.

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2

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

16:00 Fontwell

Waikiki Waves

12st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Regressive and inconsistent 10yo; proved he retains significant ability when second at Lingfield (2m6f, soft) in November but looked reluctant when pulled up there last month and it's hard to tell whether he'll warm to the task here.

13/2

3

5th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:25 Lingfield

Waikiki Waves

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

6-21 over fences but his latest win was over 2m7f on heavy ground here over hurdles last December; none too consistent but back down the weights and well capable of figuring prominently, as he showed when runner-up to Ramore Will here three weeks ago.

6/1

Form: 36331- C

Last run: 201 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

4-17 over fences, the latest win gained here (2m3f, good) in March; returns from 201-day absence on 6lb higher mark but should be fine over the longer trip, and has gone well when fresh before.

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5th

1

14th Nov 2021

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 4

12:55 Fontwell

Nightfly

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Winning for a fourth time over fences when a clearcut winner over 2m3f at Stratford (good) in March but it was a quiet return she made there a month ago and she can go well fresh; bit to prove on the back of that.

5/1

5

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

14:30 Stratford

Nightfly

11st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

4-17 over fences, the latest win gained here (2m3f, good) in March; returns from 201-day absence on 6lb higher mark but should be fine over the longer trip, and has gone well when fresh before.

5/1

Form: 54-7P3 C

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Useful in his prime but pulled up on stable debut in July and no better than a respectable third in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Bangor (2m1f, good to soft) later that month; on very good mark now but younger rivals have more appealing profiles.

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6

16th Oct 2021

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

14:30 Stratford

King Alfonso

11st 7lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Rebecca Curtis

Useful in his prime but pulled up on stable debut in July and no better than a respectable third in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Bangor (2m1f, good to soft) later that month; on very good mark now but younger rivals have more appealing profiles.

16/1

Form: P6P-82 C

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

About 27l behind dominant front-runner when second at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in August, his second run for Dai Burchell, but that still goes down as a good effort; remains very well handicapped on older form and was a 2m6f course winner for Tim Vaughan in 2019; had wind op last month.

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6

22nd Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Take Em Out

10st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Bernard Llewellyn

4th

7

3rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

13:00 Hereford

Take Em Out

10st 0lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Ran quite well when fourth for Dai Burchell here (2m5f, good to soft) in January but signed off for that trainer with a lesser effort two weeks later and is patently not as good as he once was; 1lb out of the weights for this stable debut; wears first-time cheekpieces.

14/1

9th

8

20th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

13:00 Ludlow

Take Em Out

11st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Dai Burchell

1-8 over fences; well treated on old form for Tim Vaughan but unplaced on all four starts for his current yard; faded after making running when 16l fourth of 13 at Hereford 16 days ago; not inconceivable he'll come on for that run, his first for nearly three months.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £939.00
Straight Forecast £684.80
Tricast £2717.20
Trifecta £6575.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Shentri

SPOTLIGHT:

One Forty Seven

Daily Mirror:

Romanor

RP Ratings:

Take Em Out

Telegraph:

Mr Mafia

The Sun:

Hard To Forget

POSTDATA:

Shentri

The Times:

Shentri

The Guardian:

Shentri

Daily Mail:

Shentri

Daily Record:

Romanor

WEST COUNTRY:

One Forty Seven

Daily Express:

One Forty Seven

The Star:

One Forty Seven