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John Romans Park Homes “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £30908.8
  • 2m 4f 35y
  • Class 1
  • 3 runners
  • Win time: 4m 55s
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John Romans Park Homes “Rising Stars” Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.30

Form: -11154 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler who began chasing career with three front-running wins in May/June (all 2m4f, good); subsequent fifth in Grade 3 handicap at Market Rasen (2m5f, good) was perfectly respectable; has something to prove after disappointing performance at Chepstow last month but still features prominently in calculations.

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Verdict Starting price

0

2

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:40 Market Rasen

Captain Tom Cat

11st 10lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

pressed leader, led 9th, headed 2 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths second when fell last

3/1

3rd

2

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

19:40 Uttoxeter

Captain Tom Cat

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Not as good as he was over fences but remains capable of useful chase form; didn't really fire here last month but still looks interesting off his lower hurdle mark; best on good ground but handles soft.

8/1

Form: 4-1111

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

4-4 in small-field chases this season, the latest success gained in a match at Exeter (2m1f, good) last month; it's not easy to gauge the limit of his ability and he has a big chance to win again.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

17th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 2

13:30 Stratford

Mick Pastor

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

held up in last and in touch with leaders, mistake 6th, soon went fourth, niggled along briefly before 3 out, went third when edged left hampered and stumbled home turn, switched right and went second approaching last, hung left and beaten final 110yds

13/8

6th

2

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

16:55 Chepstow

Mick Pastor

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Very well suited by good ground and enjoyed productive spell in small-field chases in early part of this season (four wins); found Grade 1 novice too hot this month, after a break, but is back in calmer waters here current mark ought to be workable.

5th

6

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:00 Aintree

Mick Pastor

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Made hay early in the season, winning four times, but his progress was halted with two defeats in November, well-held third to Third Time Lucki at Cheltenham latest; faces stiff task and usual hood is removed.

25/1

Form: 4180-8 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Looked as good as ever when winning two soft-ground hurdles (2m4f/2m5f; one here) in late 2020 but was safely held in Grade 3 handicap on last month's seasonal debut at Chepstow and makes chasing debut in a tough race.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Jacamar

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Harriet Dickin

Raced mainly at around 2m4f and is on the downgrade now; went close off his much-reduced mark in four-runner race at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) in January but safely held twice since; formerly trained by Milton Harris/Anthony Charlton; now with Hariet Dickin; others preferred.

7/1

5th

7

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Jacamar

10st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Anthony Charlton

held up in rear

8/1

5th

7

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Jacamar

10st 13lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Has got himself well handicapped and has been narrowly denied in two of his last three races, latterly over this far at Plumpton (soft); drying ground would aid his cause no end and he's hard to rule out.

5/1

Form: 1132-1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

One of last season's top novice hurdlers over 2m4f+ and impressed on last month's chasing debut at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good to soft), making all and proving far too strong for last week's Charlie Hall winner Fusil Raffles; non-runner.

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6th

2

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Last season's King George winner (3m, soft) and Gold Cup second (3m2f, soft) who hasn't hit the same heights this term, coming fifth in the Gold Cup last month; however, he showed considerable spark when second in the King George (3m, good) and perhaps cheekpieces will be a plus; not ruled out.

9/1

5th

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Had an easy task in the King George (3m, soft; acts on good) last winter once L'Homme Presse had unseated at the final fence but he couldn't raise the same gallop as Galopin Des Champs when runner-up in this race next time; has had excuses since, bordering on being unlucky in the King George on Boxing Day when badly hampered two out and unable to resist the winner's late dash; very willing but unlikely to be good enough to win.

14/1

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Bravemansgame

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Triumphed in this race last year on the back of a reappearance win in the Charlie Hall, and he was a highly creditable second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March; not at his very best when runner-up on his two runs this term, in the Charlie Hall then the Betfair Chase, and he needs to raise his game, but he's a major player if rediscovering last season's peak form.

2/1

Form: 311-14 D BF

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Developed into very useful novice hurdler last season, winning five times along the way (2m-2m4f), and came from off the pace to score on chasing debut at Uttoxeter (2m, good) last month; had to settle for fourth at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) a fortnight ago but that wasn't a bad run and he's worth his place in this line-up.

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6th

14

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Faivoir

10st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Inconsistent and Harry Skelton rides stablemate L'Eau Du Sud, but he's just 2lb higher than when winning this last year (soft) and went very close off this mark in the Imperial Cup at Sandown (2m, soft) last Saturday, when perhaps in front longer than ideal (wandered a little); firmly in calculations.

11/1

2nd

3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 216y

Class 2

14:25 Sandown

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

He has an in-and-out profile but is now just 2lb higher than when winning the County Hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival (2m1f, soft), and he was an encouraging fifth of 21 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (2m, heavy) last month; Harry Skelton rides; in the shake-up if he's on a going day.

9/1

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:15 Newbury

Faivoir

11st 11lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Ended last season with a narrow success in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham off 3lb lower; harder to fancy on the balance of his form this term, most recently well held in the Ascot contest won by Luccia.

66/1

Form: 931212 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Came good over fences at sixth attempt, in Class 4 handicap at Stratford (2m5f, good) in August, and probably bettered that performance when very close second at Kempton (2m2f, good) last month but he has quite a bit to find with the principals here.

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3rd

1

29th May 2022

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 3

15:14 Fontwell

Goa Lil

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Gained the latest of his six wins in a C&D handicap in March off a 2lb higher mark; jumping errors have resurfaced twice since but he has good claims if putting in a clear round.

5/2

2nd

4

4th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:50 Newton Abbot

Goa Lil

10st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a three-runner handicap chase from out of the weights at Fontwell (2m2f, good) but when effectively only 2lb higher back there a week later he was the first beaten; that run may have come too soon and if better for a longer break he should be involved.

7/2

3rd

1

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 3

13:30 Fontwell

Goa Lil

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

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Payout
Exacta £30.00
Straight Forecast £32.20
Trifecta £38.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mick Pastor

TOPSPEED:

Captain Tom Cat

The Sun:

Faivoir

RP Ratings:

Mick Pastor

POSTDATA:

Mick Pastor

WEST COUNTRY:

Mick Pastor

The Guardian:

Mick Pastor

Daily Mail:

Mick Pastor

Daily Express:

Mick Pastor

Daily Mirror:

Mick Pastor

The Star:

Mick Pastor

Daily Record:

Mick Pastor

The Times:

Captain Tom Cat