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Good To Soft

John Sumner Memorial Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 10 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 6m 21s
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John Sumner Memorial Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 10 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: /1/53- D

Last run: 242 days

W: 10st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Good efforts in both starts for Fergal O'Brien in the spring, including a third in the Midlands Grand National; 3m on good to soft may not be enough of a test but he could still play a leading role.

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10

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Final Nudge

10st 4lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Familiar with these staying chases and he was only just over 3l away when third 12 months ago; thorough stayer who won't be inconvenienced by these attritional conditions and it's been another solid start to the season.

12/1

2nd

4

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Final Nudge

11st 0lb

Placed in the 2021 Midlands National on second run for Fergal O'Brien, then justified favouritism in veterans' race at Warwick (3m, good to soft; now 3lb higher) in November; still well treated on peak RPRs; acts on heavy; shortlisted.

9/2

1st

8

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Warwick

Final Nudge

10st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Good efforts in both starts for Fergal O'Brien in the spring, including a third in the Midlands Grand National; 3m on good to soft may not be enough of a test but he could still play a leading role.

11/2

12/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: /6317- D

Last run: 221 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Proved he still has what it takes when romping home at Newbury in January; safely held at Aintree on only subsequent start so bit to prove on his return and still 6lb above the winning mark.

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5th

4

19th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:35 Carlisle

Fagan

10st 10lb

J: Harriet Tucker

T: Alex Hales

11lb lower than when going close at Warwick in November 2021, which was only five starts back; outpaced on good ground last time and wouldn't be too dismissive in first-time cheekpieces.

10/1

4th

2

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:00 Doncaster

Fagan

11st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Now 8lb lower than when going close at Warwick in November 2021 but pulled up the following month and has struggled on his two starts this season, following an absence; major revival required.

12/1

4

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Fagan

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alex Hales

Won by 8l here (2m7f, heavy) in January 2021 off just 2lb lower; has run only four times since, showing his form only once, but had a year off prior to his run over the National fences at Aintree four weeks ago (100-1) and can probably be forgiven that; veteran who's not entirely dismissed.

50/1

16/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: PPP1P- D

Last run: 208 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Not one for Placepot devotees as he has won two of his last six races but been pulled up in the other four; has run well fresh but anybody's guess how he'll perform, given his recent record; others less risky.

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8th

7

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Uttoxeter

Head To The Stars

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Best known as a Ludlow specialist in recent years but didn't run well there on latest appearance six weeks ago and comes here with something to prove; younger rivals appeal more.

16/1

5th

1

23rd Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

16:10 Ludlow

Head To The Stars

12st 2lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

Reserves his best for this track and may have given Tide Times something to think about but for final-fence blunder here in January; another good effort last month but does look rather marooned off current mark.

9/1

2nd

1

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:45 Ludlow

Head To The Stars

12st 2lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Unreliable sort but he's a three-time C&D winner and held every chance when almost falling at the final fence in 3m1f handicap here last time; he can't be ruled out, especially if jumping better.

9/1

Form: 231-34 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Consistent and another solid effort at Chepstow last month; possibly vulnerable off current mark but should give it a good go again.

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1st

3

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Sir Ivan

11st 12lb

J: Miss Megan Bevan

T: Harry Fry

pressed leader early, raced in second when mistake 4th, hit 6th, pushed along briefly after 13th, slight lead when mistake 3 out, 2 lengths ahead last, kept on well

13/8

6th

8

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Sir Ivan

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Respectable thirds to kick off the campaign and his jumping was a bit ragged when well beaten at Sandown (third the two previous seasons); likely to give a good account if more on the ball this afternoon.

14/1

11th

12

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Sir Ivan

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Third in the last two runnings of this race, both in the mud; has made a solid start to this campaign and, although needing to raise his game again, he enters the reckoning off his lowest mark since 2015, 11lb lower than he was 12 months ago.

11/1

Form: 5261-6 CD

Last run: 187 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Finished a long way adrift of two of today's rivals at Aintree when last seen in May; however, won this race a year ago, on return from a break, and repeat of that display gives him every chance of another success.

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12th

5

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

14:40 Cheltenham

Potters Legend

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Teenager who was placed on two of first five starts for Charlie Longsdon, more recently when third off 2lb higher at Doncaster (3m, good) last month; on the retreat when falling at Newbury last time but will be fine over today's trip and has a pretty good record at Cheltenham; shortlisted.

16/1

11

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Potters Legend

11st 1lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Couple of respectable efforts this season, the latest when 6l away over 3m at Doncaster; looks to have nothing in hand of his current mark but brings each-way claims.

11/1

3rd

1

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:10 Doncaster

Potters Legend

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Charlie Longsdon

13yo who was soundly beaten at Wincanton last month but that was a 0-135 and he's back down in grade here; good second at Catterick (3m1f, soft) two starts ago on his second stable start and he's also effective on good ground; could have a part to play.

8/1

Form: P0614- CD

Last run: 235 days

W: 10st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Took a few outings to recover his form in the spring (had been absent for more than a year) but did just that when winning at Doncaster in March; claims on that but absent for eight months; probably best when leading but may have a rival for that role.

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24

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Red Infantry

10st 10lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Ian Williams

12yo who is the oldest horse in the field but he won off this mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good) last March and his fair fourth at Sandown (3m5f, good to soft) in December can be upgraded as he jumped to the left; all four chase wins have come at left-handed tracks (including on soft); not ruled out.

50/1

4th

6

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 4f 166y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Red Infantry

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ian Williams

Runner-up in this race three years ago off 7lb higher on sole chase run at this track (won here over hurdles); not so good since but a 448-day absence played a part and he did win at Doncaster this March; not disgraced at Warwick on recent reappearance and enters each-way calculations.

10/1

6th

9

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Warwick

Red Infantry

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Took a few outings to recover his form in the spring (had been absent for more than a year) but did just that when winning at Doncaster in March; claims on that but absent for eight months; probably best when leading but may have a rival for that role.

8/1

Form: U-3454 D BF

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Two wins last year saw him climb the handicap and he's found life tough since; not beaten far at his favoured Aintree latest and down another 2lb but will need a return to his peak to take this.

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8

23rd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

14:05 Aintree

Minellacelebration

11st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Katy Price

in rear throughout, weakened and pulled up after 13th

13/2

5th

2

14th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:10 Taunton

Minellacelebration

11st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Katy Price

Goes well fresh so no good thing to improve on last week's remote fourth at Newbury (3m2f, soft); tongue-tie tried there is soon left off here; should be well handicapped but sliding mark looks warranted.

8/1

4th

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:15 Newbury

Minellacelebration

11st 6lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Katy Price

Defied a 4lb higher mark in similar event at Aintree (3m1f, soft) in 2020; less appealing on the balance of this season's form but has possibilities if helped by first-time tongue-tie back from a break.

12/1

Form: 7531-5 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Very good handicapper on his day, as he proved again with Cheltenham Festival success in March; only fifth in this last year, when he had the benefit of an outing, as is the case today; will need his best.

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2

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Vintage Clouds

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Creditable efforts in this in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the highlight his third in 2018; after a wind op he returned to form when second in Doncaster veterans' chase in February and he's on a handy mark, but he's since been pulled up at Cheltenham and this 12yo is back to having something to prove.

33/1

12

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Vintage Clouds

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Having his sixth run in this race and has been solid as a rock when running in it off marks in the 140s, placed in 2018 and 2019 then rising from the ashes to see off his rivals 12 months ago (soft); place chance off just 1lb higher; has won on good but is suited by soft.

25/1

2nd

2

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Vintage Clouds

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

12yo who was tailed off on his final two starts towards the end of last year and has something to prove; however, he's off the same mark as when winning at the Cheltenham Festival last March and he's had wind surgery since last time, which could prompt a revival; not written off.

15/2

Form: 320-P3 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Still capable of fine efforts, as he showed at Ascot last month, but it's a long time since he showed his best away from that track; others preferred, on that basis.

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13

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Regal Encore

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

15yo who last won in October 2020, with 12 races since; 3m at Ascot was the scene of his last four wins (including this race in 2018) but also seven of those last 12 defeats; player judged on his fourth in this race last year (13lb lower today) but not if judged on his two visits this autumn.

33/1

9

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

14:40 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

14yo who has been beaten 11 times since his last win in October 2020, and he was tailed off over C&D on reappearance three weeks ago; however, he may have needed that run and, if he is to snap his losing sequence, it's highly likely to be at Ascot which has been the venue for his last four wins.

10/1

11th

8

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:15 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Approaching his 15th birthday but has always been a force to be reckoned with around Ascot and his form figures in the last three renewals of this race alone read 213; it goes against the grain to side with a veteran in races of this nature but you wouldn't put it past him off his lowest mark in years.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 28/29/ C

Last run: 691 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in two hurdle runs here and also produced some fine chasing performances in 2019; absent since December of that year so asking a lot for him to reappear with a win; best if making the running.

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3

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Warwick

Now McGinty

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Unbeaten in two hurdle runs here and also produced some fine chasing performances in 2019; absent since December of that year so asking a lot for him to reappear with a win; best if making the running.

10/1

Form: PP7R3- D

Last run: 247 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Mostly out of form last season though ran well over hurdles on final start; tends to jump to his right, which would be no help around here, but now on a fair mark (4lb lower than when winning final of this series in 2020).

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7th

1

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

15:55 Exeter

Jepeck

12st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

led

14/1

10

26th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 2

15:13 Wincanton

Jepeck

11st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Front-running veteran who proved suited by the switch back to hurdling last term, including for a 2m5f win under 5lb claimer here and he also ran well here on next two outings; stamina isn't a problem and he goes well in the mud; his reappearance this time round was better than in the previous two seasons and he could have a say if that run has helped to put him right.

11/1

4th

2

20th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 3

14:33 Uttoxeter

Jepeck

11st 13lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

13yo who wasn't at his best in March last time out but he was in good form previously, winning at Wincanton (2m5f, soft) in January and twice finishing second in February (2m5f/2m7f, soft/heavy); could have a part to play if fully tuned up for this comeback run.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £636.00
Straight Forecast £631.40
Tricast £8172.20
Trifecta £7177.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Vintage Clouds

TOPSPEED:

Final Nudge

SPOTLIGHT:

Potters Legend

POSTDATA:

Regal Encore

The Times:

Now McGinty

Daily Express:

Fagan

Telegraph:

Vintage Clouds

Daily Mail:

Vintage Clouds

The Star:

Vintage Clouds

Daily Record:

Vintage Clouds

Daily Mirror:

Potters Legend

The Guardian:

Final Nudge

The Sun:

Final Nudge

WEST COUNTRY:

Regal Encore