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12:20 Doncaster

Good To Soft

Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5881.68
  • 2m 0f 78y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 4m 5s
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Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.60
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 13-225 D BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

2-11 over hurdles; satisfactory start over fences when second in novice at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) in October, but he made mistakes in handicap at Fakenham next time, finishing last of five; much more required here.

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

4th

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Xcitations

11st 13lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Looked as good as ever when holding on well to win at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) in November but has lost his way a bit since the turn of the year; stays this trip well enough but arrives here with something to prove.

8/1

6th

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Xcitations

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

1lb higher than when C&D winner in November, having won well on soft (unraced on heavy) last winter on his only other appearance at Sandown; looked set to finish second when unseating on penultimate start and ran respectably in a warm race on latest; considered.

10/1

7th

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Xcitations

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

Has pretty good 5-15 strike-rate over fences that includes two C&D wins; probably doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but looked set to finish second before coming to grief at penultimate fence at Wetherby (2m, soft) a fortnight ago and today's faster ground will also suit.

13/2

16/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 741-78 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

As good as ever when beating Sao by 11l at Perth (2m, good) in April, but his two runs since have been poor, the latest at Cheltenham after a six-month break; needs to bounce back.

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Verdict Starting price

0

2

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

16:34 Wincanton

Fanzio

11st 6lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Laura Hurley

Useful in his prime but badly out of sorts on last six starts; had wind surgery before latest; the drop back in trip does not persuade.

40/1

0

2

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Fanzio

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Laura Hurley

Useful in his prime but badly out of sorts since switched to current stable in the spring; needs latest wind op to have made a big difference.

25/1

Form: U3356- D

Last run: 306 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

0-24 over fences in Ireland for Gordon Elliott, sold for £6,500 in September; probably best watched for new stable after ten months off.

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8

10th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 0y

Class 5

17:48 Sedgefield

Dakota Moirette

10st 11lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Andrew Crook

Still seeking first win over fences (0-30); runner-up at Catterick (2m, soft; beaten 9l) over Christmas, but perhaps found the extended 2m3f (here) overstretching stamina reserves latest; first start for three months; others tick more of the required boxes.

20/1

6th

4

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

15:40 Sedgefield

Dakota Moirette

11st 10lb

J: John Kington

T: Andrew Crook

Regressive veteran with very modest 1-45 career strike-rate; stuck to his task pretty well when second at Catterick (1m7f, soft) six weeks ago and is another 2lb lower here but still makes only limited appeal; swaps cheekpieces for refitted blinkers.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 5102-2 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Has done well since joining his current stable, and last month's second of eight at Aintree (2m, good to soft; raced freely) was close to his peak; tends to come from off the pace, and likely to be doing his best work late on.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

8

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Sao

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Has put together a series of solid runs this spring/summer (once under Brian Hughes), the latest when not beaten far at Stratford last month; that took his losing run to 17, however, and others more compelling.

14/1

5th

3

4th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 3

19:10 Stratford

Sao

11st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

in touch with leaders, ridden after 2 out, left in fourth when hampered by faller last, soon no extra

5/1

Form: 111-32 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 3lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won four juvenile hurdles last season (2m-2m2f, good/good to soft ground) and he made an excellent start to his chasing career when 7l second of five to the smart Edwardstone (Grade 1 winner next time) at Warwick (2m, good to soft) 24 days ago; his jumping was sound in the main, and he should take the beating if repeating that form on today's handicap debut.

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

7th

5

(4)

13th Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 4

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Stepney Causeway

9st 4lb

J: Rob Hornby

T: Anthony Charlton

Won twice over fences last summer, but held on his return to the Flat after 193 days off here (1m4f) 11 days ago; may have needed it, but still has enough to prove.

33/1

6th

8

(3)

2nd Mar 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 3f 219y

Class 4

18:45 Kempton (AW)

Stepney Causeway

9st 7lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Anthony Charlton

Useful jumper who won 2m handicap chases at Worcester and Newton Abbot last summer; well beaten in an AW Flat handicap at the start of 2023 but he was quite useful in this sphere at the start of his career, including an AW novice win; possible he'll be using this a prep for a return to jumps but betting perhaps the best guide to expectations.

33/1

2

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

16:52 Newton Abbot

Stepney Causeway

10st 11lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Milton Harris

Took a while to open his account over fences but has bagged two four-runner chases this summer, latterly over C&D (good) 11 days ago despite almost refusing to race and giving the others a big headstart; not without risk, but a 1lb rise ought to be manageable if he gets away on terms today.

2/1

Form: 4/241- D

Last run: 264 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Gained his second chase win at Southwell (2m, good to soft) in March with more in hand than the length margin suggests; Hugh Nugent's claim helps offset a 4lb rise, and with his stable going great guns he's likely to be ready to do himself justice after nine months off; could have a say.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

22nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:20 Chepstow

Commis DOffice

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Came good for Venetia Williams off today's mark at Southwell (2m, good to soft) last spring but has matched that level of form only once from four starts this season; raced mainly on ground slower than good; needs a boost from the first-time blinkers here.

9/2

4th

1

25th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

16:15 Newton Abbot

Commis DOffice

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Southwell last March and, following his third wind operation, back to that form when second at Newbury (again 2m) three weeks ago; far from the most consistent but he's a player if that form is repeated.

13/8

2nd

6

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:35 Newbury

Commis DOffice

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Southwell (2m) last March; back to same mark after 19l defeats in his two starts this season; given his third wind operation since and the second of those preceded a creditable run over C&D in December last term; no great shock if he revives again.

4/1

Form: 515-31 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

10yo who posted a career-best performance when winning in clearcut style at Musselburgh (2m, soft) six weeks ago; a 4lb rise doesn't look excessive, and he's likely to be thereabouts once more.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Some Reign

11st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Rose Dobbin

Well held in the Morebattle back hurdling at Kelso four weeks ago but that might have been needed after a break and prior to that he'd scored comfortably over fences at Musselburgh in October; only 2lb higher but a suspicion he might be vulnerable to younger legs.

12/1

11th

10

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 2

15:15 Kelso

Some Reign

10st 5lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Won comfortably over fences at Musselburgh (2m, soft) last October and reverts to hurdles off a 2lb lower mark; won a C&D novice in 2017 but this 11yo is in a hot race on his first hurdle outing since January 2018, and he's been withdrawn the last twice having played up at the start.

28/1

1

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 3

12:20 Doncaster

Some Reign

11st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Rose Dobbin

10yo who posted a career-best performance when winning in clearcut style at Musselburgh (2m, soft) six weeks ago; a 4lb rise doesn't look excessive, and he's likely to be thereabouts once more.

6/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stepney Causeway

WEST COUNTRY:

Fanzio

POSTDATA:

Sao

RP Ratings:

Stepney Causeway

The Times:

Stepney Causeway

The Guardian:

Stepney Causeway

Daily Mail:

Stepney Causeway

The Sun:

Stepney Causeway

The Star:

Stepney Causeway

Daily Record:

Stepney Causeway

Telegraph:

Fanzio

Daily Mirror:

Sao