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13:13 Worcester

Soft

Richard Davis Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £3594.36
  • 2m 7f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 6m 9s
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Richard Davis Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.20
  • Place: £1.40

Form: /2322- BF

Last run: 202 days

W: 10st 13lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Went very close in 2m3f chase on the second of two starts in France and placed over hurdles on all three runs for current yard, most recently at Ffos Las (2m4f, good to soft) in April when staying on strongly to finish second to a subsequent winner; big player back chasing over longer trip.

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12

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Saint Palais

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Better known as a chaser these days and he made it 0-6 over hurdles when falling late on at Haydock, where he would have been placed at best in a Grade 2 (3m, good to soft); closer to the finished article than many of his rivals but lacks their potential.

50/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Saint Palais

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Flopped when back over hurdles at Bangor (2m7f, soft) on reappearance in November and his best form has come over fences; however, he's entitled to respect in view of last season's very useful efforts in staying chases.

11/1

5th

5

9th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 3

16:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Saint Palais

11st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

0-4 over hurdles; has come a long way over fences since, with his only defeat last season coming in a Grade 2 on good ground; impressed taking a 3m Uttoxeter handicap (3m, soft) in March on final start and that's narrowly the best form in this line-up; he's just a 5yo, too.

5/2

10/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 2F27-4

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Showed promise in first three starts after wind surgery and back to form when fourth of seven at this track (2m4f, good to soft) last month; won his only point by 30l and should improve for the longer trip on chase debut.

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1st

3

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

18:10 Musselburgh

Velasco

11st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Susan Corbett

Won handicaps at Sedgefield (2m4f, soft) and Doncaster (3m, heavy) before pulling up at Kelso after a break of just one week; now 10lb higher than for his last win (by 18l) but this refreshed 8yo can make his presence felt.

10/1

9

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Velasco

10st 7lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Susan Corbett

Thriving and bids for a hat-trick after bagging handicaps at Sedgefield (2m4f) and Doncaster (3m) recently; has a 7lb penalty to overcome now but he's still very much one to consider.

5/1

1st

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 5

16:25 Doncaster

Velasco

11st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Susan Corbett

made all, went well clear after 3 out, canter

4/1

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8/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 852-31

Last run: 147 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Back-to-back hurdle wins (2m3f/2m4f on soft/heavy) in early 2020 and built on low-key chase debut at Warwick (2m4f, soft) when landing a hot race back at Warwick (3m, good) in May; up 5lb but looks fairly treated.

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6th

4

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

16:25 Cheltenham

Hawthorn Cottage

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Amy Murphy

Two wins this season, by a distance at Warwick in November (2m4f, good to soft) and last time when making all for a much narrower verdict at Market Rasen (2m4f, soft); long time since she raced over this short a distance but she's a front-runner who jumps well.

9/2

1st

3

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

15:15 Market Rasen

Hawthorn Cottage

11st 4lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Amy Murphy

Easy winner at Warwick in November (2m4f, good to soft) and fair third at Doncaster last time (2m3f, good); a possible.

7/2

3rd

3

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

16:20 Doncaster

Hawthorn Cottage

11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Amy Murphy

10yo who can be inconsistent but she easily made all at Warwick (2m4f, good to soft) last November and bounced back from her Cheltenham flop with a fair fourth here (3m, good) in January; could benefit from this drop back in distance and she's one to consider.

9/4

Form: 206F0-

Last run: 200 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent but ran well when sixth of 11 at Catterick (3m1f, heavy) in February; he was well held when last seen at Haydock in April but is an Irish point winner who has run well fresh and could improve on chase bow.

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6th

3

3rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

13:00 Hereford

Exodela

11st 6lb

J: Archie Bellamy

T: Jamie Snowden

Seems versatile regarding ground and won't fail through lack of stamina but has become disappointing this season; unseated rider at first fence last month (first run after a wind op) and comes here with a bit to prove.

8/1

1

18th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 5

16:25 Fakenham

Exodela

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

Point winner; yet to score over fences under rules (0-4) and his form has somewhat petered off since finishing fourth in a gruelling four-miler at Hexham (7-2 favourite) last November; sports a reapplied tongue-tie on first start since wind surgery.

4/1

12

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Exodela

10st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Only 1-11 as a hurdler and he's 0-3 over fences, with his best effort an 11l fourth over 4m at Hexham; nothing like so good on either side of that but he's an assured stayer who copes with testing ground.

25/1

Form: 3P26-4

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Travelled well for long way and ran to fairly useful level when second of 13 in maiden hurdle at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) in February but below form twice since, including when fourth of nine over 2m5f at Warwick (good) last month; bred to make a chaser and may improve for leading yard.

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2

24th Jul 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:55 Uttoxeter

Gulliver Collonges

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

held up in rear, hit 11th, soon pulled up, fatally injured

11/4

1st

2

25th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

19:35 Warwick

Gulliver Collonges

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Well treated on his best hurdle form but he was well held in his first two chase runs (2m7f/2m4f) in the autumn and has been out of sorts back over hurdles this year; record now stands at 0-10 and he has plenty to prove back in this sphere.

7/2

7th

5

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

13:09 Carlisle

Gulliver Collonges

11st 4lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Form: 4P-316

Last run: 146 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Returned to form over hurdles in the spring and stayed on strongly for narrow Ffos Las win (2m4f, good to soft); can be forgiven a below-par run over 2m4f at this course only ten days later and could improve for this longer trip on chase debut.

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6

22nd May 2023

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

15:20 Ffos Las

The Macon Lugnatic

11st 2lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Three-time hurdle winner (once here); pulled up in Exeter chase last month and now 0-10 over fences but his second to Gwencily Berbas in Devon National there (3m6f, good) brings him into this equation.

5/1

1

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

15:15 Exeter

The Macon Lugnatic

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Three hurdle wins; 0-9 as a chaser but gave it a good go over 3m6f (good) here in February and assured stamina will be no bad thing today; should feature.

9/2

2nd

10

24th Feb 2023

Good

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:15 Exeter

The Macon Lugnatic

10st 9lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Well treated on his best form over hurdles and fences last season but he's been well held in his last three completed starts; chase record now stands at 0-8 and he has some questions to answer at this new trip.

9/1

Form: 1P7/9P

Last run: 136 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdle winner who ran respectably in a strong Aintree handicap in May after a long absence but pulled up on his return to chasing at Perth in June; remains unexposed for a top yard if he can get it together.

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3

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

13:13 Worcester

Present Ranger

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Three-time hurdle winner who ran respectably in a strong Aintree handicap in May after a long absence but pulled up on his return to chasing at Perth in June; remains unexposed for a top yard if he can get it together.

14/1

Form: 1/3P6-

Last run: 221 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won one of six points but fell or unseated rider in three of them; shaped well before tiring into sixth of ten at Hereford (3m1f, soft) in March on his return from a long absence; has since had wind surgery and may be best watched on return from another long break on chase bow.

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5th

7

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Jobsonfire

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Sam Allwood

raced in last, not fluent 4 out, some headway before 3 out, soon no impression

50/1

10

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Catterick

Jobsonfire

11st 12lb

J: Mr Benjamin Abbott

T: Sam Allwood

Won three handicap hurdles in early 2020 and has shown similar form over fences; however, he's been lightly raced in recent seasons and was soundly beaten in a hunter chase at Ludlow last month; others are preferred.

66/1

Form: 6/722-

Last run: 202 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in his two bumpers in 2019 and best hurdles form when staying-on second of nine at Ffos Las (2m6f, good to soft) in April; has the size and scope to make a better chaser and should improve on debut over fences.

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9

10th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:37 Ffos Las

Anax

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Rebecca Curtis

Maiden, albeit a lightly raced one; placed over hurdles but he made mistakes before pulling up on his chase debut and wasn't a lot better last time either.

12/1

6th

5

11th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 4

14:50 Doncaster

Anax

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Placed over hurdles but made errors and was pulled up at Worcester on only run over fences (2m7f, soft); cheekpieces now tried and should do better.

14/1

7

20th Oct 2021

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

13:13 Worcester

Anax

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Showed ability in his two bumpers in 2019 and best hurdles form when staying-on second of nine at Ffos Las (2m6f, good to soft) in April; has the size and scope to make a better chaser and should improve on debut over fences.

9/1

Form: -22141 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Gained a breakthrough win in first-time blinkers in handicap hurdle at Bangor (2m7f, good to soft) in July and made a winning chase debut over C&D last time, finishing well to get up on the line; up 3lb in a stronger race but not out of it.

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3rd

1

3rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

13:00 Hereford

Wigglesworth

11st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Failed to complete three of his seven chases but rallied well to win off 3lb higher at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft) in October and posted another good effort when second at Sedgefield (3m3f, good to soft) last month, despite jumping left.

11/4

2nd

2

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 4

16:30 Sedgefield

Wigglesworth

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Winning chase debut in October but mixed bag since and latest third at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) was just a fair effort; down 3lb but needs to up his game to get back on track here.

9/2

3rd

6

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:00 Taunton

Wigglesworth

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Gained an unlikely success at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft; still only fourth jumping last) on his chasing debut in September; has failed to complete the course on three of his four starts since, although at Doncaster last time that was through no fault of his own (going smoothly four out when a stirrup leather came undone); has to be respected.

9/2

Form: -71361 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who won over hurdles here in June and landed a gamble on his return to chasing over C&D (good) last time; up 4lb but recorded RPRs of 120+ over fences in France and has major chance.

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0

5

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Coral

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Comparatively exposed sort who is only 1-15 over fences; on a handy mark but needs to prove he retains ability, having achieved nothing when back from 16-month absence last time.

20/1

0

13

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Coral

10st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Stable debut; well handicapped on form as recent as June but below par on final two runs for Fergal O'Brien and may not want slow ground nowadays.

25/1

4th

6

4th Jul 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Worcester

Coral

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, ridden home turn, well held from 3 out, went fourth run-in, stayed on

10/1

10/1

Form: 55211P CD BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won his first two chase starts over C&D and had plenty left in the tank when landing conditional riders' race here last month (2m7f, good); may have found the race coming too soon when pulled up at Perth (hung left-handed and never travelling) just ten days later but Liam Harrison, who has ridden the last twice, is on Coral.

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5th

1

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

16:00 Plumpton

Head On

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £271.00
Straight Forecast £228.60
Tricast £3007.60
Trifecta £3036.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Coral

Daily Mail:

Wigglesworth

RP Ratings:

Head On

Telegraph:

Hawthorn Cottage

The Guardian:

Saint Palais

POSTDATA:

Head On

The Sun:

Wigglesworth

The Star:

Wigglesworth

The Times:

Coral

Daily Express:

Coral

Daily Record:

Coral

Daily Mirror:

Hawthorn Cottage