January 01 / 13.25 Cheltenham

13.25 Cheltenham

Soft

Paddy Power Novices’ Chase (Registered As The Dipper Novices’ Chase) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31322.5
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
  • Win time: 5m 22s
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Paddy Power Novices’ Chase (Registered As The Dipper Novices’ Chase) (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.30

Form: /16-11 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Has had only six races (first two on very soft in France); highly convincing this season when switched to chasing for handicap at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) and a graduation chase at Ascot (2m5f, good to soft) and looks a very exciting prospect.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

L’Homme Presse

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

1st

9

16th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 80y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

L’Homme Presse

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

One of the success stories of the season, unbeaten in four races over fences; all those wins have come in clearcut style and been characterised by fluent jumping, including when he made all in 2m5f Grade 2 novice here (soft) in January; showed further improvement when landing the odds in five-runner Grade 1 at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) last month by 21l; shapes as if he'll stay 3m and this likeable 7yo may well extend his winning run.

7/2

1st

3

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

L’Homme Presse

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Talented novice who is prominent in the betting for the Turners at Cheltenham next month; 3-3 over fences (2m3f-2m5f), the wins gained in handicap at Exeter, graduation chase at Ascot and Grade 2 Dipper at Cheltenham by an aggregate of 29l; made all last time; raced only on slow ground in this sphere but gained his hurdles success on good going; highly progressive and commands major respect.

4/5

3/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 125-11 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Cosy winner on chase debut at Bangor (2m1f) and followed up in good style at Warwick (2m4f, soft); that followed notable achievements in bumpers and over hurdles; plenty suggests she will prove better over this sort of trip than shorter and, although this is a move back out of mares-only contests, she looks a major each-way player.
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1st

1

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

The Glancing Queen

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

2-4 over fences this season, winning Listed novice events at Bangor (2m1f) and Warwick (2m4f) before bumping into L'Homme Presse in the Dipper on this course (2m5f, soft); far from disgraced when seventh of 15 in a competitive handicap at the Festival four weeks ago; back in calmer waters here and she's 1-1 on good ground; leading contender.

Evs

7th

13

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

The Glancing Queen

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful mare who has taken well to fences this season, winning Listed events (against her own sex) at Bangor and Warwick then creditable second in the Dipper over this C&D (soft); her form stacks up well and she's open to further improvement in this sphere; shortlisted.

4/1

2nd

9

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:25 Cheltenham

The Glancing Queen

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Cosy winner on chase debut at Bangor (2m1f) and followed up in good style at Warwick (2m4f, soft); that followed notable achievements in bumpers and over hurdles; plenty suggests she will prove better over this sort of trip than shorter and, although this is a move back out of mares-only contests, she looks a major each-way player.

3/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 213-12

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Very solid over hurdles last term, including on soft; has raised his game again over fences this season when winning well in a handicap at Lingfield and second of three in a Grade 2 at Doncaster; has a bit to prove coming back from 3m and in form terms against a couple of these rivals, but he's promising.
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4

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Fantastikas

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Untested beyond 3m1f and beaten 13l in seventh in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival 18 days ago; however, this 7yo novice was progressive previously and his trainer has won this three times, the latest in 2009, and has had eight horses finish placed since; therefore he's worth a second look.

12/1

7th

11

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fantastikas

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has come a long way in a short time, having made his hurdle debut in November 2020; has done well over fences, with 2m7f handicap and novice wins at Lingfield (good to soft/heavy) bookending good runs in Grade 2s at Doncaster and here; straightforward type who stays well and knows how to grit his teeth; can improve further for yard that is 30% (8-27) here this season.

12/1

1st

3

21st Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Fantastikas

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Progressive novice hurdler last season but has soon raised the bar over fences, winning a good C&D handicap in November and respectable in better company subsequently; it was a very warm Grade 2 in which he was a 12l third at Cheltenham (soft) and that trip of 2m4f would be short of his best; solid.

100/30

Form: 323-F3 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Placed in Grade 1 novice hurdles over 3m at Cheltenham and Aintree in the spring; still going nicely and poised to challenge when falling three out in good novice chase here (3m) on reappearance; the way he cut out late on at Huntingdon (2m7f) last time is a worry, though, for all that he went head to head up front on that occasion.
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9

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Oscar Elite

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Colin Tizzard

7/1

3rd

23

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Oscar Elite

10st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Colin Tizzard

Runner-up in 3m Albert Bartlett (good to soft) last March; running well when he came to grief on chase debut here in November but hasn't gone on from that (bled from the nose once) and was well held on handicap debut over 2m4f here in January; has plenty to find from 4lb wrong.

16/1

5th

3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Oscar Elite

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Runner-up in last season's Albert Bartlett; poised to challenge when falling three out in good novice chase back here (3m, good) in November and wasn't disgraced in the Dipper over C&D on New Year's Day (bled from nose); possibilities off a handy mark on handicap debut.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 1336-1 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Seemed suited by 3m as a hurdler last season, including when winning here (soft) in December and third in the Pertemps Final here (good to soft) in March; got his chase career off to a winning start at Uttoxeter (2m4f) over three weeks ago and has further improvement in him but it is needed.
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14

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Come On Teddy

11st 4lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Tom George

Third in the Pertemps Final (3m, good to soft) at last season's Festival and began his chasing career with a win at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) in December; made two bad mistakes when runner-up to Omar Maretti at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) last time and needs to avoid those blunders today, but that form reads well with the winner having gone in again since; of interest.

10/1

2nd

1

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:55 Newcastle

Come On Teddy

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Placed over hurdles at last season's Cheltenham Festival and made winning chasing debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) last month; can easily be excused subsequent defeat in Grade 2 event and will be suited by today's move back up in trip; obvious contender.

15/8

5th

3

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:25 Cheltenham

Come On Teddy

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Seemed suited by 3m as a hurdler last season, including when winning here (soft) in December and third in the Pertemps Final here (good to soft) in March; got his chase career off to a winning start at Uttoxeter (2m4f) over three weeks ago and has further improvement in him but it is needed.

9/1

66/1

Form: 236267

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Campaigned entirely in France, for this trainer since September 2020; has pretty useful form up to 2m5f there over hurdles but tailed off on chase debut in 2020 and turned over at 1-2 in October when making his second attempt; plenty to prove.
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5th

3

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

14:10 Ascot

Zurekin

10st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Sophie Leech

All but one of his races has been in France and he faced tough task in Cheltenham Grade 2 in January on his sole British run; ran well when fourth at Compiegne this month but needs something extra today and he's done the vast majority of his racing on testing ground; good going is an unknown.

14/1

6th

8

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:25 Cheltenham

Zurekin

11st 0lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Sophie Leech

Campaigned entirely in France, for this trainer since September 2020; has pretty useful form up to 2m5f there over hurdles but tailed off on chase debut in 2020 and turned over at 1-2 in October when making his second attempt; plenty to prove.

66/1

Form: 3-3814

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Last-gasp winner on chase debut at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) four weeks ago but his jumping came up badly short in Ascot Grade 2 two weeks later, including by jumping to his left; goes left-handed this time but has plenty to prove in this company.
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1

13th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

14:00 Exeter

Gladiateur Allen

11st 10lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Made winning chase debut over C&D in December and is back here for the first time since; however, he's fallen/unseated the last twice and, even with a clear round, this looks tough under a 10lb penalty.

13/2

2

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Gladiateur Allen

11st 4lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Got up on the line at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) on chase debut; jumping has been an issue at Ascot (well behind Pic D'Orhy having made some errors) and Cheltenham (fell four out in race won by L'Homme Presse) since; needs improvement in first-time hood.

25/1

1

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:25 Cheltenham

Gladiateur Allen

11st 3lb

J: Chester Williams

T: Mrs Jane Williams

Last-gasp winner on chase debut at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) four weeks ago but his jumping came up badly short in Ascot Grade 2 two weeks later, including by jumping to his left; goes left-handed this time but has plenty to prove in this company.

20/1

Form: 12P-F BF

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Bought for £450,000 after winning his only Irish point; solid start in novice hurdles before pulled up with a respiratory noise in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m; 11-2) in April; had wind surgery soon afterwards; favourite but had weakened markedly out of contention when taking a heavy fall two out in handicap at Exeter (2m3f) in November on chase debut, which was concerning.
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1st

2

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 3f 150y

15:45 Down Royal

Gallyhill

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Went to Nicky Henderson's for big money after winning a point-to-point and started well over hurdles in Britain (rated 136); afflicted by breathing difficulties afterwards (two wind ops) and failed to complete in three starts over fences; tongue-tied when taking a step in the right direction for new yard in finishing second in albeit modest 2m Clonmel beginners' chase recently, looking as though he wants further; one to consider.

5/2

2nd

2

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Clonmel

Gallyhill

11st 12lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

2/1

5

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Gallyhill

10st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Bought for £450,000 after winning his only Irish point; five starts under rules along with two wind operations, the latest following his fall in November when weakening markedly on chase debut; brought down at the first when next seen two months later; fingers crossed for him this time and he's unexposed, but also 7lb out of the handicap.

20/1

Form: 213-1U D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Excellent third at 80-1 in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle in April and impressed when winning a five-runner novice at Huntingdon on chasing debut in October; it was not his first jumping error when he unseated two out in four-runner Grade 2 at Newbury five weeks ago but he had a clear lead at the time, confirming that he has the best form in this line-up.
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5th

6

26th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 60y

18:35 Punchestown

Millers Bank

11st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

1st

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Millers Bank

11st 4lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Good third in the Aintree Hurdle on this card last year; has unseated rider in two of his four chase starts; only 1l behind Pic D'Orhy at Kempton last time but is now 5lb worse off with that rival.

11/2

2nd

4

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:25 Kempton

Millers Bank

11st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Comes with obvious risks attached having unseated the last twice; however, granted a clear round he has the ability to have a big say, as he was third in the Grade 1 Aintree Hurdle (2m4f, good to soft) last April and won in fine style on his chase debut at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) in October; has had wind surgery since his last run.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £67.00
Straight Forecast £70.70
Tricast £481.50
Trifecta £498.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

L'Homme Presse

WEST COUNTRY:

Oscar Elite

POSTDATA:

The Glancing Queen

Telegraph:

Come On Teddy

Daily Express:

Oscar Elite

RP Ratings:

L'Homme Presse

TOPSPEED:

L'Homme Presse

The Times:

L'Homme Presse

The Guardian:

L'Homme Presse

Daily Mail:

L'Homme Presse

Daily Mirror:

L'Homme Presse

The Sun:

L'Homme Presse

Daily Record:

L'Homme Presse

The Star:

The Glancing Queen