November 20 / 15.15 Ascot

15.15 Ascot Good

Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £44225.5
  • 2m 0f 167y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 4m 13s
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Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3211-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Has form figures of 131111 (bumpers/chases) over 2m, most recently beating Sky Pirate by 6l at Cheltenham (good) where he jumped well and made all; looks capable of further progress at this sort of distance and should cope with 8lb rise; strongly respected.
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6th

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Before Midnight

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Often leads; improved 2m form (mostly on good) this season and he added to his reputation if anything at Doncaster in January when collared near the line by one who has gone on to better things since; should be suited by this track, too, and has a big run in him off the same mark.

13/2

6

16th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Before Midnight

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Progressive sort who has a good strike-rate at about 2m; beat Sky Pirate by 6l over C&D in October, the middle leg of a chase hat-trick; good effort at Doncaster last time behind Funambule Sivola, who followed up in the Game Spirit and runs in the Champion Chase today; shortlisted.

14/1

2nd

2

28th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

13:15 Doncaster

Before Midnight

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Sam Thomas

Front-runner who won two handicaps (2m/2m1f, good) in autumn to make it four wins on the spin; faced very tough task in Kempton Grade 2 last month and he's capable of a bold bid now back in a handicap.

3/1

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6/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1228-1 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Came with a strong run to collar Monsieur Lecoq in the final strides in Listed handicap over C&D (soft) three weeks ago, taking Ascot form figures to 121; close second in this race last year; should go well again, provided he takes to first-time cheekpieces.
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4th

4

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Amoola Gold

11st 2lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

All his four wins have come at about 2m, the latest at Ascot in October; ran perfectly well over this far at Warwick two outings back but he never turned up last time at Newbury and this is no easy race in which to bounce back.

12/1

8th

2

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Amoola Gold

11st 12lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

All wins at about 2m, the most recent at Ascot in October; respectable third back over 2m4f at Warwick (good to soft) three weeks ago; now 2lb lower and Jack Andrews takes off 5lb; could go well again.

12/1

3rd

1

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Amoola Gold

11st 12lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Has done all his winning and the vast majority of his racing at 1m7f-2m1f and he wasn't at the top of his game on his latest handicap start at Cheltenham in December; however, he ran some big races here and at Ascot earlier last year, and he seemed fine over 2m4f on one of his attempts in 2019; not disgraced in red-hot Grade 1 last time; not ruled out back in a handicap.

12/1

Form: 382-15 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Weakened into fifth (behind two of these rivals) here on return from layoff but may be sharper for that run; showed useful 2m form at major festivals in April, finishing second at Aintree then going one better at Punchestown; possibilities if back to that level.
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5th

3

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Sully D’Oc AA

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

In excellent form over 2m in the spring when runner-up at Aintree (good to soft) before winning at Punchestown (yielding); perhaps even better again when third over 2m1f here in November (good) and, for whatever reason, he just never fired a week later at Newbury; may be better for the longer break this time and he's a player; regular tongue-tie/cheekpieces discarded.

7/1

6th

1

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Sully D’Oc AA

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Anthony Honeyball

Suited by good/good to soft; has done well in competitive handicaps since returned to 2m at Aintree in April, including when winning at Punchestown later that month; last week's third at Ascot was another solid effort but there are a few with potential against him here.

7/1

3rd

5

20th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Sully D’Oc AA

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

Weakened into fifth (behind two of these rivals) here on return from layoff but may be sharper for that run; showed useful 2m form at major festivals in April, finishing second at Aintree then going one better at Punchestown; possibilities if back to that level.

7/1

Form: 1121-2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict
Has form figures of 11212 since dropped to 2m, notably a success in last season's Grand Annual at Cheltenham (good to soft); beaten 6l by Before Midnight there on reappearance but now gets an 8lb pull; has solid claims and should be bang there at the finish.
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5

23rd Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 119y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Sky Pirate

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has spent most of his career in good handicaps; won last season's Grand Annual and finished fourth in Aintree Grade 3 most recently; 0-7 this season and will do well to end the campaign on a winning note, as he faces a stiff task on these terms; cheekpieces added.

25/1

4th

1

7th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Sky Pirate

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has course form over hurdles; is suited by Cheltenham but heavy ground dashed his hopes of repeating his 2021 win in the Grand Annual (good to soft) at the Festival last month; weights chance of turning things round with Before Midnight on autumn form at Cheltenham and Ascot (about 2m, good) but the latter has pressed on upwards since; the less rain the better.

12/1

11th

1

16th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Sky Pirate

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has form figures of 112 in 2m contests at Cheltenham, including a narrow success (off 4lb lower; first two clear) in this race last year; largely consistent in handicaps, including two contests won by Before Midnight, and Grade 2 races this term; solid chance.

12/1

Form: 3518-9 CD

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Finished 12l second in this contest two years ago and isn't badly treated off 6lb lower this time; campaigned over hurdles since, winning at Plumpton in April but well held in two subsequent runs; not sure what to expect back over fences.
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2nd

2

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:55 Kempton

Diego Du Charmil

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart hurdler/chaser at around 2m in his prime; seemingly a force in decline now but looked stretched by 2m4f when about 19l fifth here in March and might get closer to the target over today's trip; cheekpieces (worn once in 2020) given another go.

10/1

5th

3

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Diego Du Charmil

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Virtually all his racing at up to about 2m1f but he showed plenty on the step up to 2m3f at Ascot in December (good to soft; has won on good) when outpointed only late by an improved one; has run well over hurdles here and is one of the better ones.

11/2

2nd

2

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Diego Du Charmil

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Spent last season over hurdles (winning once) and it was a belated return to fences here four weeks ago when he looked threatening up to a point but ended up well held; down 3lb but others have more pressing claims.

8/1

Form: 12-202 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Comparatively unexposed having raced only six times over fences; good effort over C&D most recently, nabbed in the final strides by Amoola Gold having looked the likely winner jumping the last; remains well handicapped on peak hurdles form; not ruled out.
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2

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

15:20 Newbury

Monsieur Lecoq

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Smart hurdler with mixed chase record although is on a fair mark on close second at Ascot in October and he jumped these fences well when making most over C&D last month (soft; second-time blinkers); good claims.

2/1

1st

2

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:35 Newbury

Monsieur Lecoq

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Massive chance judged on his close second at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in October; blinkers replaced cheekpieces when second of three at Hereford (good) on latest outing, dropped in class; it's been a hit-and-miss campaign but he has to be taken very seriously at a lower level than usual.

9/4

2nd

4

31st Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Monsieur Lecoq

11st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Massive chance on his head second of ten at Ascot (2m1f, soft; collared last strides despite jumping left) in October, but his three runs since have been disappointing; clearly a contender if all the better for blinkers (replacing cheekpieces), but that's a big 'if' and conditions will be faster than he'd prefer.

3/1

14/1

Form: 4267-8 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Creditable second at Sandown in February in a race he'd won in 2019 and 2020; soundly beaten in the Game Spirit, Celebration Chase and Chepstow handicap since; well treated off this mark but has a doubt over his current form.
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7th

2

7th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Dolos

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Favourably treated and much his best run of the season when winning at Sandown in February (1m7f, good to soft) but that was a race he has targeted and won twice previously (soft); still on a winning mark despite going back up 5lb but by no means sure to repeat the form on his first run here.

9/1

1st

3

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 119y

Class 2

13:15 Sandown

Dolos

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has contested this race for the last four years, resulting in form figures of 2112 (all off higher marks); out of sorts this term but could well stage a revival given his solid record in this event; interesting.

11/2

8th

1

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Dolos

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Highly tried on occasions last season but he's been handicapping again of late and with no joy, finishing well held in 2m3f and 2m1f affairs; needs to show some of his old spark before getting involved.

18/1

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Payout
Exacta £167.00
Straight Forecast £224.80
Trifecta £1071.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Before Midnight

POSTDATA:

Sky Pirate

The Guardian:

Amoola Gold

The Times:

Monsieur Lecoq

TOPSPEED:

Dolos

RP Ratings:

Diego Du Charmil

Telegraph:

Before Midnight

Daily Express:

Before Midnight

Daily Record:

Before Midnight

WEST COUNTRY:

Sky Pirate

Daily Mail:

Sky Pirate

The Star:

Sky Pirate

Daily Mirror:

Amoola Gold

The Sun:

Amoola Gold