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13:15 Cheltenham

Good To Soft

Simon Claisse Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 0f 62y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 4m 4s
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Simon Claisse Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: P11-U1 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Progressive chaser who made all in useful handicap here (2m, good) last month, idling on the run-in then rallying as the runner-up challenged; has now won his last three starts on left-handed tracks and seems best going this way round; could well have more to offer; respected.

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1

6th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Kempton

Editeur Du Gite

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Grade 1-winning chaser; inconsistency has crept into his game but he still won a Grade 2 handicap over 2m here at Christmas (off 1lb lower) and they've been Grade 1s in which he's struggled since (latterly tried in cheekpieces in Jonbon's Sandown race); if he can find some rhythm in front (competition for the lead seems assured) then his class could count; versatile ground-wise.

100/30

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Editeur Du Gite

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Front-runner who won the Grade 1 Clarence House at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last January and was back on the scoresheet in Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in December; however, he's been inconsistent this year and faces a tough task even if at his best; cheekpieces go on.

28/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4113-3 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who ran creditably in graduation event at Carlisle (2m, good to soft) on reappearance and may well build on that effort, as he looks open to further progress; interesting on handicap debut.

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2

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Cheddleton

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Won a four-runner chase at Newcastle in February (2m4f, heavy) and his pull-ups on either side of that were over hurdles; however, he's not as good as he was and this might be too big an ask.

16/1

2

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Cheddleton

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Slow-ground specialist; no longer the force of old but first-time cheekpieces enabled him to exploit a reduced mark in four-runner chase at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) last month; not sure to be in same mood here but remains well handicapped over hurdles.

8/1

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

15:27 Newcastle

Cheddleton

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, headway 10th, went second 4 out, pressed leader 3 out, challenging when ridden last, led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/2

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 314-43 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Beaten in Aintree/Ascot races won by Editeur Du Gite and Amoola Gold but meets those rivals on more favourable terms this time; creditable third at Newbury (2m, good to soft) on latest outing; could well rate higher yet, as he's in good hands and still young; shortlisted.

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23

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Frero Banbou

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

On a 15-race losing run and hasn't been at his very best on last three starts; however, last month's sixth in the Plate at Cheltenham was a big step back in the right direction and he's on a handy mark on form such as his third in the Grand Sefton over C&D (heavy) in November; each-way chance.

16/1

6th

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Frero Banbou

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Latest win in January 2022; the step up to 2m4f wasn't a success in last year's Plate but he ran two good races over C&D in midwinter (soft and heavy; effective on good to soft) and now 7lb lower than the latest of them; out of sorts since but not ignored for yard that has won this three times.

20/1

6th

6

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Frero Banbou

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Proving difficult to win with, last scoring in January 2022; however, he was running with great credit this season (2m4f/2m5f, heavy-good to soft) until an early mistake cost him when favourite back over 2m at Lingfield two weeks ago; player.

6/1

Form: 5P0-43 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Has some good form at this course, including creditable efforts in the 2019 Grand Annual and 2020 Champion Chase; below that level when third to Editeur Du Gite here last time and looks past his best aged ten.

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6th

2

8th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

13:45 Worcester

Bun Doran

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom George

Won off 1lb lower at Sandown (1m7f, good) in February and evidently retains significant ability as a 12yo but became very inconsistent last season and needs to bounce back quickly from a lacklustre effort two weeks ago.

12/1

4

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

17:55 Kempton

Bun Doran

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Tom George

towards rear

12/1

3rd

6

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:35 Warwick

Bun Doran

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

held up in rear, got behind after 1st, headway 7th, pushed along 4 out, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, went third run-in

8/1

Form: F51P-P D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in the Grand Annual and Haldon Gold Cup the last twice; has a doubt over current form but he defied this mark at Sandown (1m7f, heavy) in February and has possibilities if returning to that level.

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1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:50 Chepstow

Moonlighter

12st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Nothing like the force of old but is handicapped accordingly now; dropped another 2lb since last month's very respectable fourth at Ludlow and will be suited by the return to this C&D; can make a bold bid from the front.

9/2

4th

5

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Moonlighter

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

11yo who was disappointing at Ayr (2m, soft) last month but posted two respectable performances previously when making the frame at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) and Chepstow (2m3f, heavy), and he's been given a chance by the handicapper; could have a part to play.

5/1

5th

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Moonlighter

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Has regressed but still fancies the challenge and ran with plenty of enthusiasm before wilting late on at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy); only went down by 7l and dropping back in distance could be a good thing.

15/2

Form: 228-12 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Strong finisher in 2m1f handicaps at Ascot (soft/good) this term, getting up in the final strides on reappearance and failing by only a whisker (with cheekpieces applied) next time; headgear retained; in top form and looks a major contender.

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4th

6

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Kempton

Amoola Gold

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Both wins last season came over hurdles, including Chepstow contest on final outing; hasn't won over fences since 2020 and current mark reflects a general decline in his form; very well handicapped on his useful best.

7/1

1st

1

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:45 Chepstow

Amoola Gold

11st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Very useful chaser at his best; very much on the downgrade now and was tailed off at Haydock last month but was able to exploit his novice hurdle status in three-runner contest at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) two starts ago and ought to play a leading role here.

11/10

6th

4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 67y

Class 3

17:20 Haydock

Amoola Gold

11st 10lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

No win since 2020 as a chaser and he's not been firing on all cylinders this season; won latest start but that came when 8-13 in a three-runner novice hurdle; acts on soft, unraced on heavy; down the weights (14lb lower than this time last year) but has questions to answer.

13/2

Form: 6533-2

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Record of 0-5 since switched to chasing but has some encouraging form, notably his second in decent novice handicap at Carlisle (2m4f, good to soft) on seasonal debut; may well build on that effort and go one better; interesting off bottom weight.

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6

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Notre Pari

11st 12lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Luke Harvey

Wide-margin 2m4f point winner last April but has not done enough in the meantime to think he can enter the argument in this company.

20/1

4

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:50 Taunton

Notre Pari

11st 10lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Olly Murphy

Three wins over hurdles, most recently at Fontwell (2m3f, good to soft) in March when tried in cheekpieces for the first time; blinkered first time, remote second in a match race over fences when last seen in August; cheekpieces make a quick return now back hurdling; only 1lb above that winning Fontwell mark.

14/1

2nd

2

23rd Aug 2022

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 3

16:30 Fontwell

Notre Pari

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

jumped slightly right throughout, prominent, nudged along with one circuit to go, shaken up after 9th, ridden home turn, well held from 2 out

11/10

Form: 31450/ D

Last run: 641 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Absent since looking a non-stayer in the 2m4f novice handicap at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival; well treated off this 7lb lower mark and the drop back in trip will suit; market support should be heeded on comeback.

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5th

1

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:31 Uttoxeter

Torpillo

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Seemingly back on track when winning four-runner race at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in March but safely held at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month and now has questions to answer again.

14/1

6th

8

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Torpillo

10st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Low-mileage 7yo with records of 4-7 over hurdles and 2-7 as a chaser; got himself back on track with a second on soft ground at Sandown and then beat three rivals with relative ease at Wincanton, despite reportedly not enjoying the good ground; all that was at about 2m but Daryl Jacob reckons this trip will suit him.

7/1

1st

1

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

14:55 Wincanton

Torpillo

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Missed last season and was well beaten on reappearance outing in December but seemed to appreciate a drop in grade when second at Sandown (1m7f, soft; front pair well clear) last month; remains on a good mark but drying ground may not be ideal for him here.

2/1

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Payout
Exacta £208.00
Straight Forecast £199.10
Tricast £522.80
Trifecta £800.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Editeur Du Gite

RP Ratings:

Frero Banbou

WEST COUNTRY:

Bun Doran

Telegraph:

Cheddleton

SPOTLIGHT:

Notre Pari

Daily Express:

Moonlighter

Daily Mirror:

Frero Banbou

POSTDATA:

Editeur Du Gite

The Guardian:

Editeur Du Gite

Daily Mail:

Editeur Du Gite

The Sun:

Editeur Du Gite

The Star:

Editeur Du Gite

Daily Record:

Editeur Du Gite

The Times:

Bun Doran