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Good To Soft

bearrene.com Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13007.5
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 4 runners
  • Win time: 5m 20s
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bearrene.com Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

2/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.23

Form: 1111-F D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Made it 4-4 over hurdles (good-soft) when bolting up in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m4f) in April, and was going well in a match here on last month's chase debut when falling two out (jumped fence fine but knuckled on landing); has star potential and should be tough to beat with a clear round.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

My Drogo

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Looked a top prospect with his performances in 2021 in novice hurdles (including one on soft) and novice chases; however, he had an injury-enforced 687-day absence and was always towards the rear when reappearing in Grade 2 Old Roan Handicap Chase at Aintree in October; he reportedly "wasn't really firing" through November but has given more positive signs this year; it's far too soon to write him off.

7/1

9th

6

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

My Drogo

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Easily beat Minella Drama in Grade 1 novice hurdle here (2m4f, good to soft) in April 2021 and won over fences at Cheltenham later that year; absent since due to injury; retains high potential in this sphere and commands respect on eagerly awaited return to action.

4/1

1st

3

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

My Drogo

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Made it 4-4 over hurdles (good-soft) when bolting up in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (2m4f) in April, and was going well in a match here on last month's chase debut when falling two out (jumped fence fine but knuckled on landing); has star potential and should be tough to beat with a clear round.

2/5

Form: 213-32 D BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Two-time hurdle winner (2m3f/2m4f, soft/good) who was a promising third here (2m4f, good) on chase debut in October, and may well have won at Ascot (2m3f, good; essentially a match) last time but for idling; can win races over fences and going back left-handed today is a plus (jumped left at Ascot), but second may be the best to hope for given he's taking on My Drogo.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

10st 6lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Had a long spell on the sidelines after winning over C&D in January 2022 off 5lb higher (on good); this season's struggles continued when behind In Excelsis Deo and Il Ridoto at the Festival here last month, yet horses from this yard can turn things around in the blink of an eye and James Turner's claim is welcomed from out of the weights.

12/1

10th

21

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Acts well here and was a C&D winner (on good; has won on soft) in January 2022; ran as well as could be expected on his first completion after an absence when sixth over C&D in December but subsequent runs, on this track and at Ascot, suggest he needs more weight off his back.

40/1

6th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Torn And Frayed

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

held up in last

12/1

Form: 1515-2 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Point (3m, yielding) and two-time novice hurdle winner (2m3f/2m5f, soft) who was runner-up on last month's chase/handicap debut at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft); faces a tough task against My Drogo (behind whom he tailed off in a Grade 1 novice hurdle in April) but has a bright future over fences.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Jay Bee Why

12st 0lb

J: Mr B Finn

T: Warren Ewing

midfield early, towards rear when mistake and unseated 6th

33/1

5th

4

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

18:25 Kempton

Jay Bee Why

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Beaten favourite in this race last year, finishing third; however, nicely weighted off 3lb lower this time round and is in decent form having been placed at Newbury the last twice; in the mix.

9/2

3rd

2

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

14:10 Newbury

Jay Bee Why

11st 13lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Both hurdle wins on soft but ran his best race of the winter when close up on good ground over 3m here last month (course record; first-time cheekpieces, retained); effective over similar trips to today's last season and is very likely to play a part.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 22F-5P

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Showed ability in novice chases in March but not enough to suggest he'll make an impact in this line-up, and he's struggled this autumn.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4

28th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 4f 25y

Class 4

15:00 Leicester

Captain Cuckoo

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Mark Gillard

4th

3

12th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

14:00 Exeter

Captain Cuckoo

11st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Mark Gillard

prominent, pushed along from 8th, ridden after 11th, soon no chance, tailed off

50/1

5th

8

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

16:00 Fontwell

Captain Cuckoo

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Mark Gillard

0-9 in points and 0-14 under rules; badly out of sorts this season (pulled up on all three appearances) and beginning to look a lost cause.

50/1

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Selections

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My Drogo

TOPSPEED:

Torn And Frayed

RP Ratings:

My Drogo

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My Drogo

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