December 26 / 14.57 Huntingdon

14.57 Huntingdon

Heavy

Merry Christmas Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3812.2
  • 2m 3f 189y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 27s
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Merry Christmas Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £2.10

Form: -56P33

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Promising in France but disappointing for current stable over both hurdles and fences; has reached the frame on his last two starts but the returning cheekpieces and new tongue-tie need to give him a lift.
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4th

6

4th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

13:45 Worcester

Rostello

11st 2lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

held up in behind leaders, headway after 9th, disputing third when ridden after 4 out, hung left and weakened run-in

6/1

3

28th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

15:35 Plumpton

Rostello

11st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Made all at Huntingdon (2m4f, heavy) but ridden with restraint before leading at the last en route to 14l success at Fakenham (soft); no complaints about a 7lb rise; may well rate higher (peak figures were in France).

2/1

1st

1

9th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

15:22 Fakenham

Rostello

12st 0lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Front-runner; took long time to get off the mark but he scored at Huntingdon (2m4f, heavy) on Boxing Day and wasn't disgraced over 2m5f here next time; dropping back to 2m should be fine in a race as uncompetitive as this and Cillin Leonard (on board at Huntingdon) is back on board; major player.

6/4

11/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 40-762

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Didn't spend long over hurdles and he showed some promise on his recent chase debut at Plumpton, keeping on well to take second over this sort of trip (good to soft); may do better in this sphere and that doesn't apply to many in here.
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5th

4

25th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

15:00 Newton Abbot

Passing Secrets

10st 12lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Tom Gretton

Has finished runner-up in his four completed chases and he only missed out by a whisker at Fakenham (2m, good) a month ago; going back up in trip has to be a good thing.

5/2

7

24th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 28y

Class 5

15:30 Sedgefield

Passing Secrets

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tom Gretton

Runner-up on all three starts over fences, latterly when just touched off at Fontwell (2m2f, good to soft); up 2lb but has the valuable assistance of Brian Hughes and looks one of the more solid options.

11/4

2nd

7

30th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 1f 165y

Class 5

14:20 Fontwell

Passing Secrets

10st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Tom Gretton

Didn't hang about for long over hurdles and has finished second in his first two chases, at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) and Huntingdon (2m4f, heavy) last month; might well have a bigger run in him if the reduced emphasis on stamina here suits; major player.

11/4

Form: 126243 CD BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
C&D winner in May off 11lb lower (good; acts on soft); has performed with credit since and more likely to run his race than some; shortlisted.
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4th

6

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

17:30 Chepstow

Joly Maker

11st 0lb

J: Mr Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

2nd

3

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

13:50 Huntingdon

Joly Maker

11st 9lb

J: Mr Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Four-time chase winner, including over C&D (good) last spring and at Hereford (2m5f, soft) under Jamie Brace four weeks ago; doesn't have much margin for error after recent 4lb rise but is pretty consistent and probably won't be far away.

2/1

1st

3

16th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

13:20 Hereford

Joly Maker

11st 9lb

J: Mr Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has finished 25 of 26 chases (brought down in the other) and pops up from time to time, as he did at Huntingdon last May; rather a law unto himself and was well beaten when fourth in this race a year ago; acts on soft.

5/1

12/1

Form: 2/3-36

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 5lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Rising 15 but placed in two of his three runs in 2021; should be sharper for his Uttoxeter outing five weeks ago but still vulnerable for win purposes as he bids to end a drought going back to 2015.
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4th

3

26th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:57 Huntingdon

Sands Cove

10st 5lb

J: Ned Fox

T: James Evans

Rising 15 but placed in two of his three runs in 2021; should be sharper for his Uttoxeter outing five weeks ago but still vulnerable for win purposes as he bids to end a drought going back to 2015.

12/1

6th

11

21st Nov 2021

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

12:40 Uttoxeter

Sands Cove

10st 6lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

14yo who hasn't won since November 2015 and is nothing like the force of old; returned from long absence with two very respectable runs in the spring but younger rivals have much more appealing profiles.

12/1

Form: -86366

Last run: 84 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
42-race maiden; of interest on the pick of last season's efforts but has been struggling since May and has far too much to prove.
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5th

7

26th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:57 Huntingdon

Scartare

10st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

42-race maiden; of interest on the pick of last season's efforts but has been struggling since May and has far too much to prove.

12/1

6th

10

3rd Oct 2021

Good

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

13:12 Uttoxeter

Scartare

10st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Placed plenty of times over fences but his career strike-rate stands at 0-41; recent form not good enough; 5lb out of the weights.

14/1

Form: 35-48P CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict
All three wins have come at this track in the month of March; low-key return to action at Market Rasen 24 days ago and unlikely this will be the day to catch him.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

8

18th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:40 Huntingdon

Torrent Des Mottes

10st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: John Cornwall

3rd

7

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:05 Huntingdon

Torrent Des Mottes

10st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: John Cornwall

Not in top form here last week and has to raise his game, but he's won at this track in the month of March in each of the last three seasons.

13/2

5th

7

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

13:50 Huntingdon

Torrent Des Mottes

10st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: John Cornwall

Gained all three wins here, including this race in 2020 and a 2m success a year ago; out of form this season and competes from 4lb out of the weights today but the return to this track is an obvious plus.

16/1

Form: 8/5-6P

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Unplaced in all ten rules starts but has dropped a long way in the weights and may have needed first two runs this winter back from a long absence; not solid but a better effort wouldn't come as a huge surprise.
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4th

4

17th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

18:17 Huntingdon

Harry Hazard

10st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Andy Irvine

0-15 under all codes; gave good account when third in first-time cheekpieces at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in March but is effectively 7lb higher from further out of the weights here.

8/1

3rd

5

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

13:35 Plumpton

Harry Hazard

10st 0lb

J: Page Fuller

T: Andy Irvine

0-4 in chases and 0-14 overall; respectable fifth at Leicester (2m4f, good to soft) in January, but below that form over same C&D on good ground a fortnight later; 1lb out of the weights here; needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces.

14/1

7th

12

25th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:50 Leicester

Harry Hazard

10st 0lb

J: Page Fuller

T: Andy Irvine

His career has had some interruptions but there were positives to take from his 13l fifth over C&D two weeks ago; being 3lb out of the weights is no help.

12/1

Form: 3-6905

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict
13-race maiden; no progress for this yard in 2021 and latest fifth at Market Rasen saw him well beaten; new combination of accessories today but others look safer.
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4th

6

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:30 Huntingdon

Catlow

10st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Jo Davis

0-15 under rules after struggling to get in the shake-up at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; plenty to prove, including his stamina.

25/1

11

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Catlow

10st 0lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Jo Davis

0-15 under rules after struggling to get in the shake-up at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) two weeks ago; plenty to prove, including his stamina.

25/1

5th

13

2nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

15:40 Wincanton

Catlow

10st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Jo Davis

0-14 under rules; third here (2m4f, good) one year ago off 9lb higher but no great shakes since; tried blinkers last time.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £127.00
Straight Forecast £121.00
Tricast £261.30
Trifecta £478.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Joly Maker

SPOTLIGHT:

Passing Secrets

POSTDATA:

Rostello

RP Ratings:

Sands Cove

Daily Mirror:

Passing Secrets

The Star:

Passing Secrets

The Times:

Rostello

The Guardian:

Rostello

Telegraph:

Joly Maker

Daily Mail:

Joly Maker

Daily Express:

Joly Maker

The Sun:

Joly Maker

Daily Record:

Joly Maker