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13:48 Uttoxeter

Good To Soft

Kalahari King Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5881.68
  • 1m 7f 214y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 4m 5s
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Kalahari King Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £1.80
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 11212- D

Last run: 202 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Three novice hurdle wins last season and runner-up in an Aintree Grade One when last seen in April; chasing/handicap debut and has to be considered with stable going great guns.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Minella Drama

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Creditable third in this race 12 months ago but isn't sure to repeat the effort in this stronger renewal; possibly flattered when second in the Old Roan here on reappearance (numerous fences were omitted) and not in the same form since; bottom on ratings.

50/1

2nd

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Minella Drama

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, prominent, led before 6th

9/1

7th

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Minella Drama

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, not fluent 3rd

11/4

3/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 8322-1 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

The zip had rather deserted him over hurdles in recent seasons but it reappeared with a vengeance on last week's Worcester chasing debut, where he jumped well and stormed home by ten lengths; effectively 11lb higher in a better race but hard to say he won't repeat the feat.

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6

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Magic Dancer

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Useful in his prime but getting long in the tooth now and was out of form during light campaign last season; too well handicapped to rule out here but needs a revival.

10/1

5th

1

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Magic Dancer

11st 13lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Looked as good as ever when winning veterans' chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) just over a year ago and is now 7lb beneath that mark; it was a struggle when confined to only three appearances last year but it wouldn't be a bolt from the blue should he bounce back for last year's winning stable.

16/1

Form: 2532-5 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Three novice hurdle wins last autumn (made all/odds on in all three); good efforts in stronger company after and fair return at Chepstow this month; chasing debut and strong credentials if all goes well.

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5

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Flic Ou Voyou

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Henry Hogarth

Eight-time winner when trained by Paul Nicholls (2m3f-2m4f) but left that stable after lacklustre seasonal debut in October and also struggled on first run for new trainer in January.

50/1

Form: 1327F- D

Last run: 203 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Five hurdling wins (four at Wetherby) but fell when last seen in the spring and still 10lb above his highest winning mark; will need his best on chasing debut to take this.

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10th

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

19:00 Kempton

Fransham

11st 12lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Pam Sly

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

5

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 3y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Fransham

11st 9lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Nearly five years since he won anywhere other than Wetherby; most encouragement for a while at Kempton in January on his first outing since wind surgery, but surprising were nothing to prove more progressive.

8/1

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Form: 8/F2F- D

Last run: 272 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Narrowly beaten off this mark at Doncaster last December, for Paul Nicholls, but that was sandwiched between two falls; won't mind return to likely quicker ground on debut for Dan Skelton (won twice over hurdles on good for Willie Mullins); claims if avoiding errors.

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6th

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Fast Buck

12st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

prominent, weakened from 3 out

7/1

3rd

1

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Fast Buck

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Jane Williams

Returned to form to win four-runner handicap at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy) in January but well beaten the next twice; this 10yo has to bounce back.

5/1

4th

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:10 Newbury

Fast Buck

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

Beat three rivals at Wincanton (1m7f, heavy) in January but was soundly beaten in a deeper race at Sandown since and has inconsistent form this season; the oldest and most exposed contender; opposed.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £56.00
Straight Forecast £62.40
Trifecta £108.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Flic Ou Voyou

RP Ratings:

Fast Buck

POSTDATA:

Magic Dancer

Telegraph:

Minella Drama

Daily Record:

Minella Drama

WEST COUNTRY:

Flic Ou Voyou

Daily Mail:

Flic Ou Voyou

Daily Express:

Flic Ou Voyou

The Sun:

Flic Ou Voyou

TOPSPEED:

Fast Buck

The Times:

Fast Buck

The Guardian:

Fast Buck

Daily Mirror:

Magic Dancer

The Star:

Magic Dancer