December 27 / 14.10 Chepstow

14.10 Chepstow Soft

Coral “Fail To Finish” Free Bets Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 6m 5s
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Coral “Fail To Finish” Free Bets Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 1221-3 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Reliable sort who won over C&D (good; acts on heavy) when upped in trip on final start last term; third at Ffos Las (3m, soft) on reappearance but needs to resume improvement.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

3rd May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

15:50 Ayr

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 13lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

3rd

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 3

15:45 Taunton

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Price

T: Tim Vaughan

5th

7

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:18 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

10st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Seemed the only one to cope with the soft ground when winning by 22l over C&D at Christmas and might be flattered, as that RPR is miles in advance of his other figures; soundly beaten off this 8lb higher mark at Huntingdon one month ago, which adds to the doubts.

5/1

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5/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 305-83 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
His three attempts at 3m (latest in November 2020) did not work out but he's regularly shown he stays 2m4f well on soft; fair third at Aintree last time on second run for new stable; has a competitive mark if he can build on that and also show this time that he stays.
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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

22nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

17:50 Chepstow

Kateson

12st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Alastair Ralph

6th

2

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:37 Newbury

Kateson

11st 10lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Often leads; suited by this C&D when winning a novice hurdle and a fine third in a Grade 1 (good to soft; has won on soft); has been dropping in the weights since early in 2021 and newly eligible for this grade after fading at Ascot in January; could revive with tongue-tie refitted.

7/1

5th

8

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:45 Ascot

Kateson

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alastair Ralph

Distant second at Chepstow last time over a trip (2m7f) that's probably too far for him; creditable third in this race 12 months ago (for previous stable) and has a fighting chance off 8lb lower this time round.

10/1

Form: 8953-3 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Back down the weights, best with a stamina test in the mud and reappearance third to Take Your Time over C&D (good to soft) was creditable; in-form stable has another live contender.
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8

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Flashjack

10st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

12yo who is inconsistent nowadays and was a well-beaten third at Chepstow (2m7f, soft) last time out; however, he showed some spark when third there previously (2m7f, good to soft) and it's a positive that he's a previous C&D winner on heavy ground, so isn't ruled out today.

14/1

3rd

5

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Flashjack

11st 3lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Henry Daly

Back down the weights, best with a stamina test in the mud and reappearance third to Take Your Time over C&D (good to soft) was creditable; in-form stable has another live contender.

10/1

3rd

2

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

12:47 Chepstow

Flashjack

11st 10lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Henry Daly

Back down to a dangerous mark and last season was by no means a washout despite failing to win a race; will turn 12 next month though and he would like the ground soft or heavy ideally.

10/1

Form: -11501 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Took advantage of his drop in the weights to land two 3m handicaps at Ffos Las in the summer and back on song to score at Uttoxeter on latest outing; did the job in tidy fashion last time and, although back up 4lb since, he had markedly better form in 2017 and 2018, including in the mud.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 3

13:45 Wincanton

Geordie Des Champs

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Three wins last year, the latest at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in November; today's 3lb higher mark ought to be manageable but he hasn't fired on recent outings and is somewhat unreliable nowadays.

11/1

5th

2

10th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 3

13:45 Ludlow

Geordie Des Champs

11st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Rebecca Curtis

Has a good strike-rate and bounced back from a below-par run when winning at Uttoxeter in November (2m7f, good; has also won on soft); therefore it won't be a shock if he can leave behind his heavy last-time-out defeat at Chepstow, but others provide more reliable options.

8/1

4th

2

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Geordie Des Champs

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

Took advantage of his drop in the weights to land two 3m handicaps at Ffos Las in the summer and back on song to score at Uttoxeter on latest outing; did the job in tidy fashion last time and, although back up 4lb since, he had markedly better form in 2017 and 2018, including in the mud.

6/1

Form: 39P-04

Last run: 24 days

W: 12st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Reappearance (for new trainer) made it three poor runs in a row over fences; however, his Sandown fourth (2m7f) back hurdling three weeks later under claimer Thomas Doggrell puts him back into serious calculations.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

15:55 Newbury

Al Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Similar profile to Lalor as he finished third (off a higher mark) in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last term; mixed results over hurdles and fences for new stable this season but latest effort (in first-time cheekpieces) was encouraging; tongue-tie now added; respected.

5/2

3rd

2

26th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

14:53 Chepstow

Al Dancer

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Sam Thomas

Smart in his prime and was seemingly back in form when fourth over hurdles at Sandown (2m7f, good to soft) in December, his second run for Sam Thomas; well below that level here just after Christmas, though, and now reverts to chasing with cheekpieces tried.

6/1

5th

1

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Al Dancer

12st 7lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Sam Thomas

Reappearance (for new trainer) made it three poor runs in a row over fences; however, his Sandown fourth (2m7f) back hurdling three weeks later under claimer Thomas Doggrell puts him back into serious calculations.

7/2

Form: 3P2-11 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Wore cheekpieces on last three starts, on last two occasions winning at Ffos Las (soft) and over C&D (good to soft; Flashjack third); needed some pushing last time and has been raised another 5lb but he may well have more to offer with these stamina tests.
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2

25th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 105y

Class 3

14:30 Newton Abbot

Take Your Time

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Wore cheekpieces on last four starts, including when he started this season with wins over about 3m at Ffos Las (soft) and Chepstow (good to soft); needed some pushing in the latter and he did not fire when 6-4 favourite back at Chepstow at Christmas; should stay and although he may need to resume his progress, he's lightly raced so that may be possible.

6/4

4

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Take Your Time

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Wore cheekpieces on last three starts, on last two occasions winning at Ffos Las (soft) and over C&D (good to soft; Flashjack third); needed some pushing last time and has been raised another 5lb but he may well have more to offer with these stamina tests.

2/1

1st

4

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

12:47 Chepstow

Take Your Time

11st 8lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Only his seventh career start when making a successful return to handicaps at Ffos Las (3m, soft), beating one of his market rivals with the pair well clear; 6lb rise could have been worse and he's hard to knock.

7/4

Form: 2431-9 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Raced mainly on soft/heavy; game and steadily progressive last term, ending it with a win at Uttoxeter (2m7f); weak in the betting when tailed off on reappearance at Carlisle 15 days ago but she may have needed the run.
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6

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:10 Chepstow

Saint Dalina

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Raced mainly on soft/heavy; game and steadily progressive last term, ending it with a win at Uttoxeter (2m7f); weak in the betting when tailed off on reappearance at Carlisle 15 days ago but she may have needed the run.

10/1

9th

9

12th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:10 Carlisle

Saint Dalina

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Raced mainly on soft/heavy; game and steadily progressive, ending last season with a win at Uttoxeter (2m7f), and she may not have stopped improving yet; one to consider.

11/2

7

10th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

15:35 Cheltenham

Saint Dalina

10st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Charlie Longsdon

Good progress at about 3m on soft/heavy last season included wins at Uttoxeter in December and when last seen in March; wore cheekpieces on last two outings; raised another 5lb but further improvement is possible.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £344.00
Straight Forecast £331.00
Trifecta £1430.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Take Your Time

SPOTLIGHT:

Flashjack

The Times:

Al Dancer

Daily Mirror:

Bells Of Peterboro

TOPSPEED:

Saint Dalina

Daily Mail:

Kateson

The Guardian:

Geordie Des Champs

Telegraph:

Take Your Time

The Sun:

Take Your Time

The Star:

Take Your Time

Daily Record:

Take Your Time

Daily Express:

Al Dancer

RP Ratings:

Flashjack

POSTDATA:

Flashjack