December 18 / 15.00 Ascot

15.00 Ascot

Good To Soft

Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39865
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 6m 8s
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Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 21P-43

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Has returned this season with two very solid efforts in handicap hurdles at about 2m5f; has to deal with a 5lb higher mark over fences but this is only his fifth start and there could also be some potential lurking for this longer trip; respected.
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1st

6

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:40 Newbury

Annsam

11st 1lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Mixes hurdling and chasing with some success and fine effort when third in a competitive Kempton handicap hurdle 13 days ago (2m5f); first attempt at 3m in this discipline but has won at the trip over fences; considered.

3/1

3rd

14

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Annsam

10st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Fair third off this mark over hurdles at Newbury in November and won off 5lb higher over fences at Ascot in December; made mistakes when pulled up over fences at Kempton three weeks ago; he'll need a hurdling career-best if he's to come out on top in this competitive field.

12/1

7

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Annsam

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Kicked off campaign with two solid runs over hurdles (including here) and showed improved form when back over fences and winning at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December; that form has been franked by the runner-up Phoenix Way and this unexposed 7yo could be a key player up 6lb.

11/2

11/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: /1P4-7

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 8yo with some flashes of smart form and he contested Grade 1s on his final two chases last season (had wind op afterwards); trainer could offer no explanation for his laboured comeback at Newbury when only 9-2 for a competitive 2m4f handicap, but there's a big effort in him and he does stay this far.
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1

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Punchestown

Phoenix Way

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

12th

33

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Phoenix Way

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Led final strides over 3m1f on soft in January 2020 on his final start over hurdles, whereas most of his seven-race chase career has been at up to 2m5f; any former impression of untapped potential as a stayer has not been backed up this term and he crashed out at the third fence on latest outing.

66/1

5

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Phoenix Way

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Lightly raced 9yo who returned to form with good second to Annsam at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December and went one better there (2m5f, soft) last month when clear with a very solid yardstick; last time was a career best and he could have more to offer; respected up 6lb.

9/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: /3PP-F

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 9yo who has still to supplement his 50-1 beginners' chase win three years ago; his last campaign dropped off a cliff with two non-completions but he did run well in a strong 2m5f handicap here on that season's reappearance off 4lb higher and this should be more his trip; only 6-1 for his reappearance here in October when falling early; can go well if putting it all together.
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11

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Jerrysback

10st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

in rear, unseated rider 3rd

40/1

1st

3

30th May 2022

Good

3m 5f 80y

Class 3

15:15 Cartmel

Jerrysback

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Ran his best races in these colours for Philip Hobbs at Ascot and would win this if anywhere near his best; however, he's only 1-16 as a chaser and evidently not the force of old.

8/1

6th

3

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

13:50 Market Rasen

Jerrysback

11st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

20/1

Form: 8U3-23 CD

Last run: 195 days

W: 11st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Got himself badly handicapped after winning the 2018 renewal of this race easily by 8l and his only subsequent success has come in a novice hurdle; didn't sign off for Nicky Henderson in bad form by any means in June but others have more pressing claims.
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7th

3

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:35 Ludlow

Valtor

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Mel Rowley

Smart hurdler/chaser in his prime and it was a good stable debut he made when fourth in Listed handicap chase at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December; given the promise of that run it was disappointing he didn't show more off a lower hurdle mark next time, but that Ascot run brings him into it.

14/1

5th

5

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

Valtor

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Mel Rowley

Long in the tooth now but was a very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime and made very respectable stable debut when fourth in Listed handicap chase at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; competes off 13lb lower hurdle mark today; can't be ruled out.

10/1

4th

8

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Valtor

11st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Mel Rowley

Got himself badly handicapped after winning the 2018 renewal of this race easily by 8l and his only subsequent success has come in a novice hurdle; didn't sign off for Nicky Henderson in bad form by any means in June but others have more pressing claims.

20/1

Form: 18P-23 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Mixed bag last season but he's started this one well, finishing second here (3m) and third over the big fences at Aintree (3m2f; beaten 16l); 4lb out of the weights last time but he's back off his correct mark now and is a 7yo with more to offer no doubt.
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2

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Checkitout

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Placed in two valuable handicaps at start of this season (3m/3m2f, soft) and gamely won small-field event at Fontwell (3m3f, good to soft) in January; well beaten in Eider Chase in February (first-time cheekpieces, retained) but still enters calculations here.

10/1

12th

9

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Checkitout

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Rallied very well to win over more than 3m4f at Fontwell (good to soft) four weeks ago, albeit in just a four-runner race; started the campaign with solid places in valuable events on soft at Ascot and Aintree (Becher); needs a career best but worth the go at this trip and first-time headgear.

10/1

1st

1

30th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 3f 149y

Class 3

13:50 Fontwell

Checkitout

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Started the season well, finishing second at Ascot (3m) and then third over the big fences at Aintree (3m2f; beaten 16l); below that level back at Ascot last time but given a break since and looks a big player over a trip he should stay fine.

7/4

Form: /486/4 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced since winning three of his first four starts over fences in the 2016-17 season but he's appealingly handicapped these days and it was a very likeable run at Bangor (3m) last month behind the subsequent Aintree heroine Snow Leopardess, especially when entitled to need the run after so long out; stable is having a good season so, all things considered, there's much to like.
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2

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

14:55 Carlisle

Belami Des Pictons

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Hasn't won for more than five years but has been lightly raced in recent seasons; still retains plenty of ability but broke a blood vessel on latest start and is hard to predict.

4/1

5th

5

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Belami Des Pictons

10st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Underwhelming when sixth at Ascot in December but he'd previously reappeared with a promising fourth at Bangor (3m, soft), and he bounced back with a good second at Exeter (3m, soft) ten days ago when clear with the course specialist winner; strong claims if reproducing that latest form.

2/1

2nd

4

13th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Belami Des Pictons

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

A bit underwhelming when sixth at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last time out in December but he'd previously finished a promising fourth at Bangor (3m, soft) following a long absence; firmly in calculations on that penultimate form, which has worked out extremely well.

9/2

Form: /5116- D

Last run: 372 days

W: 11st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
2018 winner of Sandown's big end-of-season handicap over 3m5f; won 3m2f/3m good-ground handicaps last autumn before perhaps finding Cheltenham's cross-country course less agreeable last December; returns on a handy mark but, rather worryingly, with likely competition for the lead.
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4th

13

23rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 4f 166y

Class 1

15:32 Sandown

Step Back

10st 2lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mark Bradstock

14

16th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Step Back

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Mark Bradstock

Won the big 3m5f handicap at Sandown in April 2018 and also scored there in November 2020; however, following an absence, he's been soundly beaten on both starts this winter and this 12yo would be a surprise winner today.

50/1

3rd

3

5th Feb 2022

Good

3m 7f 108y

Class 2

15:45 Musselburgh

Step Back

11st 3lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mark Bradstock

Won big 3m5f handicap at Sandown in 2018 and scored there in November 2020; on a handy mark but well beaten at Ascot seven weeks ago after a year off and there's a question mark about how much ability this 12yo retains.

8/1

Form: 20-P39 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 8lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Tailed off at Warwick last time but he was third over C&D the time before and has form figures of 1P13 in this very race; sure to give it his all once more but, about to turn 14, he'll probably be placed at best.
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12th

18

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Regal Encore

10st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Evergreen 14yo would run every week at Ascot given the chance and again gave his all there when beaten 5l in a strong 3m handicap in February; ran well to be seventh in the 2019 Grand National but subsequent form figures away from Ascot read 208PP0P9.

33/1

4th

5

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Regal Encore

10st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

14yo; has contested the last four runnings of this race, resulting in form figures of 1332; however, needs to bounce back from heavy defeats the last twice (latest here); had a third wind surgery since.

20/1

8th

2

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Tailed off at Warwick last time but he was third over C&D the time before and has form figures of 1P13 in this very race; sure to give it his all once more but, about to turn 14, he'll probably be placed at best.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11P-46 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Hugely impressive winner of last season's Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and ran well in last month's renewal considering he was 18lb higher; dropped back another 4lb but may still be handicapped to the hilt.
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30

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Cloth Cap

10st 10lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Peak efforts on good or good to soft; third in the 2019 Scottish National and ran away with the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy; favourite for last year's renewal of this race but cut out from the fifth last and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's four races either; well handicapped on peak form but a great deal would have to be taken on trust to see him recapturing that; tongue tied first time.

25/1

3rd

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Cloth Cap

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Cut out quickly when favourite for the Grand National last April and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's three races either; although he can still go well long way and is now 9lb lower than on reappearance, it has to be discouraging that he ended up refusing on latest outing.

6/1

1

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Cloth Cap

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Hugely impressive winner of last season's Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and ran well in last month's renewal considering he was 18lb higher; dropped back another 4lb but may still be handicapped to the hilt.

7/1

Form: 347P-0

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Has flattered to deceive a few times, including in his comeback run at Cheltenham when being fresh on good ground was expected to suit him; ran okay that day in what's turning out a very hot Paddy Power Gold Cup and he's down another 3lb, but others are more solid; cheekpieces enlisted.
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2

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Caribean Boy

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Upped to 3m and fitted with cheekpieces for last two starts, falling early at this course then winning at Kempton (soft); back up 4lb but remains unexposed at this distance and in the headgear; shortlisted.

13/2

1st

1

15th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Caribean Boy

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Looked a real talent when winning at Newbury in November 2020 but hasn't really built on that; not beaten far in the Paddy Power on his seasonal debut but a first-fence fall at Ascot since (in cheekpieces, retained today) is no boost to confidence that he can win this.

7/2

3

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Caribean Boy

11st 7lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Has flattered to deceive a few times, including in his comeback run at Cheltenham when being fresh on good ground was expected to suit him; ran okay that day in what's turning out a very hot Paddy Power Gold Cup and he's down another 3lb, but others are more solid; cheekpieces enlisted.

13/2

Form: 934-54

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Underwent wind surgery after last season never went to plan and there were signs of a return to form when fourth at Newbury (good to soft) as he would have been closer without a late mistake; that 2m6f was a new trip for him so stamina is by no means copper-bottomed, but his mark is a good one.
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4th

3

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Grand Sancy

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

No longer the force of old but his fourth off 7lb higher at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft; good ground also suits) in November was a good effort, and this race is much easier than the major handicaps he contested on his last two appearances; dangerous to ignore.

9/2

6th

14

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Grand Sancy

10st 7lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Continues to drop down the weights and there were encouraging signs when he was fourth to stablemate at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) in November; may appreciate going back left-handed having jumped that way at Ascot latest, but he's back to having something to prove having been pulled up there.

16/1

6

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Grand Sancy

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Underwent wind surgery after last season never went to plan and there were signs of a return to form when fourth at Newbury (good to soft) as he would have been closer without a late mistake; that 2m6f was a new trip for him so stamina is by no means copper-bottomed, but his mark is a good one.

7/1

Form: 1P50-P BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
His reappearance effort at Cheltenham was bitterly disappointing given his excellent record at that track but there's nothing wrong with his mark if able to get back in the groove, and it could prove significant that he's undergone wind surgery; by no means ruled out.
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3rd

4

30th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Uttoxeter

Storm Control

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

3

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Storm Control

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Storm Control

11st 6lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Kerry Lee

Front-runner; won at Newbury in January (second run since wind surgery) and excellent second of 16 in valuable C&D handicap ten days later, both under 10lb claimer Daire McConville; back up a further 4lb and has not sustained his form in recent campaigns but a leading player if he does so today.

7/2

Form: /5036- D

Last run: 406 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Multiple hurdle/chase winner for Gordon Elliott; predictably outclassed over hurdles on his debut for this stable but he was looking regressive before that.
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1st

1

19th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 4

16:25 Hexham

Dinons

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Mark Campion

mounted in chute, taken down early, prominent, jumped right 1st, went second 6th, led 8th, headed 4 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and led again run-in, kept on well final 110yds

9/2

2nd

3

23rd May 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

18:50 Huntingdon

Dinons

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Mark Campion

3rd

1

7th Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 75y

Class 4

14:00 Wetherby

Dinons

12st 0lb

Well handicapped on Irish form for Gordon Elliott up to 2019 but lightly raced and regressive since, and was pulled up at Ascot last month following a long absence; plenty to prove.

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £670.00
Straight Forecast £615.50
Tricast £6163.00
Trifecta £9321.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Jerrysback

WEST COUNTRY:

Checkitout

TOPSPEED:

Grand Sancy

POSTDATA:

Cloth Cap

Daily Mirror:

Belami Des Pictons

Telegraph:

Regal Encore

LAMBOURN:

Step Back

Daily Record:

Checkitout

The Times:

Grand Sancy

Daily Express:

Cloth Cap

RP Ratings:

Jerrysback

The Guardian:

Jerrysback

Daily Mail:

Jerrysback

The Star:

Belami Des Pictons

The Sun:

Regal Encore