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15:15 Doncaster

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £11706.75
  • 2m 7f 214y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 6m 8s
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bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £2.00

Form: P313U- C

Last run: 246 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Better than ever when winning at Warwick (2m4f, soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) in February; last seen unseating his rider in the Topham at Aintree; stays 3m and has a good record when fresh; could go well for last year's winning stable.

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

1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

It's possible it was the return to Ascot that prompted a revival a fortnight ago, but that close second (3m, good) also coincided with the application of a tongue-tie (retained) and he's a strong contender if repeating that latest form; also effective on heavy going and won on sole visit here.

5/2

2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Two For Gold

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up/tailed off elsewhere on last three starts and has plenty to prove regarding current form, but he's 1lb lower than when winning this last year (good to soft) and was a good second over C&D on his reappearance in November; could stage a revival now back here in a first-time tongue-tie.

9/2

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Smart in his prime and proved he retains most of his ability when second in major handicap at Ascot (3m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; didn't fire in last month's Veterans' Final but still enters calculations.

14/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 10/4P- D

Last run: 246 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Ran only twice last season, but he was a fine fourth in the competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) and now competes off a 4lb lower mark; not seen since pulling up in the Topham at Aintree, but he has an impressive record after a break and is reunited with Brian Hughes with whom he has an excellent record (5-8); no surprise if he goes well.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

4

27th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 3

16:30 Cartmel

Kauto Riko

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tom Gretton

Smart at his best but hasn't won since 2020, and completed only one of four races during light campaign last season; had excuse when pulled up at Sandown in February (scoped dirty) but others look less risky.

14/1

8

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Kauto Riko

11st 5lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

always towards rear

40/1

9

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Kauto Riko

11st 5lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

His peak ratings, including from two runs last winter, make this look a very good mark and a case can certainly be made; however, he's won only once (February 2020) in the last four years.

33/1

OUR TIP

7/1

Form: 8P068-

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on 2019-20 form in Irish Graded events up to 3m1f, but unplaced all starts last season, admittedly in competitive races (eighth in Grand National in April); has since left Jessica Harrington; worth monitoring in the market, with his new yard also responsible for The Wolf.

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Verdict Starting price

13

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Jett

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Came unstuck at Fontwell in February (3m2f) but had easily won at Kelso the time before; bowled along in a clear lead in last year's Grand National (under Sam Waley-Cohen) before fading and repeat display, over this much shorter trip, could make him hard to catch.

4/1

2nd

1

27th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 6

16:20 Fontwell

Jett

12st 2lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Front-runner with some classy form to his name in Ireland and he's still very useful based on his close third in a good 3m handicap at Doncaster in December; duly made the most of a simple hunter chase task at Kelso nine days ago and must take the world of beating.

1/2

4

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 6

16:35 Doncaster

Jett

12st 2lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Front-runner who was a Graded chase winner in Ireland in 2019; fine third in handicap here (3m, good) in December on sole run for Olly Murphy and bolted up in hunter chase at Kelso (2m7f, heavy) last Friday; this is tougher but he still holds leading claims provided the race doesn't come too soon.

100/30

Form: 54302- D

Last run: 234 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

As a 7yo he's the youngest in the party, and he ran right up to his best when second at Perth (3m, good to soft; tongue-tied; first two pulled clear) on his most recent outing in April; still possesses potential and could well be the answer with his stable among the winners.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

4/1

1

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

He's not easy to win with, having posted just one victory from his last 21 starts; however, he ran well when third in a handicap at Leicester (2m6f, soft) in January and holds stand-out claims if repeating that form today.

Evs

7/1

Form: 301463 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Fine servant over the years, the winner of ten of his 50 races; performed right up to his best when 2l third of seven at Haydock (3m2f, good to soft; 14-1) three weeks ago, and should be thereabouts again.

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2nd

10

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Fidux

11st 6lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Alan King

midfield, headway 4th, outpaced 2 out, kept on well and went second towards finish

8/1

1st

10

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Fidux

11st 1lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Alan King

Hasn't won since the summer of 2021 but he's capable of putting that right and has been close up under Oscar Palmer in his last two races (at about 3m); another with each-way hopes.

9/1

Form: 1534U2 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Has won three times over fences, and his most recent run (close second over 3m1f at Catterick) was creditable, but he's up in grade and 4lb out of the handicap today; one or two others appeal more.

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1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:35 Hexham

Mance Rayder

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Henry Hogarth

Good-ground performer who was third in a Doncaster handicap in March 2023; pulled up next time (September) and hasn't run since; on a career-low mark but may come on for the run.

25/1

0

2

6th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

19:18 Hexham

Mance Rayder

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Henry Hogarth

Thorough stayer; ran well when last seen at Doncaster in March but no great record fresh and hasn't won for well over two years.

9/1

Form: 414-85

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

2-6 over fences but his two runs this season have been underwhelming and he finished some way behind Fidux at Haydock on latest; needs the blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) to have a positive effect.

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6

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:55 Chepstow

Mr Muldoon

11st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Won over C&D last season and was placed off 5lb higher at Newton Abbot (2m5f, soft) in October after an absence, but his form nosedived towards the end of last year and he needs to have been refreshed by another break.

20/1

4th

1

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:55 Taunton

Mr Muldoon

12st 0lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Dual chase winner but was pulled up over fences last time after never travelling; his form can fluctuate but he ran well over hurdles at Newton Abbot in October and is hard to dismiss.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £174.00
Straight Forecast £156.20
Trifecta £2154.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Two For Gold

RP Ratings:

Kauto Riko

SPOTLIGHT:

The Wolf

Daily Mail:

Mance Rayder

POSTDATA:

Fidux

The Times:

Jett

The Guardian:

The Wolf

Daily Express:

Two For Gold

Daily Mirror:

Two For Gold

The Sun:

Two For Gold

The Star:

Two For Gold

Daily Record:

Two For Gold

TOPSPEED:

Kauto Riko

Telegraph:

Kauto Riko