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Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (The Final Of The 2021 Veterans Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £51440
  • 3m 0f 37y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 7m 0s
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Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (The Final Of The 2021 Veterans Chase Series)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £19.10
  • Place: £5.40

Form: D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Seems well treated off current mark but has a disappointing stirike-rate over fences (only 1-16) and most of these rivals are currently in better form; pulled up (bled from nose) on latest outing.

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8

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:25 Taunton

Prime Venture

11st 9lb

J: Miss Eleanor Williams

T: Evan Williams

Now 3lb lower than when winning last season's Veterans' Final at Sandown (3m, heavy) and wasn't beaten far in this year's edition of that contest but has become very unreliable and ran no race at Warwick yesterday.

16/1

1

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Prime Venture

12st 2lb

J: Miss Eleanor Williams

T: Evan Williams

12yo who hasn't been at his best on his three runs this season but it wasn't a bad performance in the veterans' final at Sandown in January last time and he's now 8lb lower than when a fair sixth in last season's Scottish Grand National; stays well and is not ruled out.

11/1

9th

10

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Prime Venture

11st 1lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won this race last year by 9l on heavy going; has the same mark today, having failed to get near that form since but he was 50-1 in two top handicaps last April and this season's two runs were over hurdles; it would not be a shock were he to surge back to form this afternoon.

4/1

2nd
4
Final Nudge

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Placed in the 2021 Midlands National on second run for Fergal O'Brien, then justified favouritism in veterans' race at Warwick (3m, good to soft; now 3lb higher) in November; still well treated on peak RPRs; acts on heavy; shortlisted.

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10

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Final Nudge

10st 4lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Familiar with these staying chases and he was only just over 3l away when third 12 months ago; thorough stayer who won't be inconvenienced by these attritional conditions and it's been another solid start to the season.

12/1

2nd

4

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Final Nudge

11st 0lb

Placed in the 2021 Midlands National on second run for Fergal O'Brien, then justified favouritism in veterans' race at Warwick (3m, good to soft; now 3lb higher) in November; still well treated on peak RPRs; acts on heavy; shortlisted.

9/2

1st

8

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Warwick

Final Nudge

10st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Good efforts in both starts for Fergal O'Brien in the spring, including a third in the Midlands Grand National; 3m on good to soft may not be enough of a test but he could still play a leading role.

11/2

3rd
2
Sir Ivan

10/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: D

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 3lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Consistent over the last two years, most recently fourth to Final Nudge at Warwick where he tended to jump right (now returns to clockwise track); finished third in this race 12 months ago (soft) and should go well again.

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1st

3

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Sir Ivan

11st 12lb

J: Miss Megan Bevan

T: Harry Fry

pressed leader early, raced in second when mistake 4th, hit 6th, pushed along briefly after 13th, slight lead when mistake 3 out, 2 lengths ahead last, kept on well

13/8

6th

8

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Sir Ivan

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Respectable thirds to kick off the campaign and his jumping was a bit ragged when well beaten at Sandown (third the two previous seasons); likely to give a good account if more on the ball this afternoon.

14/1

11th

12

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Sir Ivan

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Third in the last two runnings of this race, both in the mud; has made a solid start to this campaign and, although needing to raise his game again, he enters the reckoning off his lowest mark since 2015, 11lb lower than he was 12 months ago.

11/1

4th
7
Dashing Perk

16/1

Form: C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Folded quickly and pulled up before three out at Haydock (3m1f) on reappearance, making it three non-completions from his last four starts; peak form remains at 2m4f; others are more appealing.

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7

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Dashing Perk

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Dr Richard Newland

Not at his best in two handicap starts this season but both of those on heavy ground; hampered and fell at the first in this last season (12-1); bit to prove but has the ability to figure if all goes well.

20/1

4th

7

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Dashing Perk

11st 7lb

Folded quickly and pulled up before three out at Haydock (3m1f) on reappearance, making it three non-completions from his last four starts; peak form remains at 2m4f; others are more appealing.

16/1

6

1st Dec 2021

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

14:50 Haydock

Dashing Perk

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

His stamina for this trip isn't guaranteed but he's on a competitive mark on last season's best 2m4f form and goes well fresh; could be in the mix if seeing out the distance on this first outing since April.

16/1

5th
11
Valadom

16/1

Form: D

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 5lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; creditable second in veterans' events at Newbury last March; not entirely disgraced over C&D on seasonal debut but was 13l behind Rolling Dylan and needs to improve on that bare form.

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5th

8

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 2

14:10 Newbury

Valadom

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Best with forcing tactics and he made a bold bid from the front when fifth in the valuable Veterans' Chase Series Final at Sandown (3m, heavy) in January; however, both runs since then have been disappointing (behind Glen Forsa and La Cavsa Nostra) and he could again be vulnerable to younger legs.

14/1

5th

3

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Valadom

11st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Hasn't won for a while and ran poorly on latest outing three weeks ago but made very bold bid from the front when fifth in valuable Veterans' Chase Series final at Sandown (3m, heavy) last month and will be very hard to catch off a 9lb lower mark if in similar form here.

7/2

6th

5

5th Feb 2022

Good

2m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Musselburgh

Valadom

11st 7lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

13yo front-runner whose reduced mark appeals on form as recent as March; reappeared with a fair third at Sandown in December and heavy ground may have been too much at that track subsequently; every chance he'll produce a bold show in a race in which he was runner-up two years ago.

13/2

1
Aso

Aso

3/1

Form: BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Formerly a smart 2m4f chaser and he finished second in the 2019 Ryanair; highly respected on that back class and he was back in better form when second in veterans' event at Haydock (3m1f, heavy) last month.

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5th

1

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Aso

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

12yo whose losing run goes back to January 2019 and he's had a mixed campaign this season; however, he didn't run badly when a 20l third at Exeter (3m, soft) last month and the subsequent 5lb drop can only help; effective on good ground earlier in his career and he's one to consider.

5/2

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:15 Newbury

Aso

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Venetia Williams

Formerly smart; runner-up in the 2019 Ryanair; best effort this term when second in veterans' chase at Haydock (3m1f, heavy; now 5lb lower) in December; on a long losing spell but warrants respect off current mark.

11/4

3rd

1

13th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Aso

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Venetia Williams

12yo who hasn't won since January 2019 and was pulled up at Sandown last month; however, he lost a shoe and prior to last time he showed considerable spark when runner-up at Haydock (3m1f, heavy); versatile ground-wise and he's a player if bouncing back to form.

11/2

OUR TIP

8/1

Form: CD

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Had a second wind surgery prior to his reappearance success in veterans' race over C&D (good to soft) when driven out to beat Dancing Shadow; subsequent two-month break is a big plus (goes particularly well fresh); acts on soft; major player.

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1

6th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

15:00 Ludlow

Wandrin Star

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up the last twice and has always struggled with his consistency, but he's a very capable chaser off this sort of mark when on a going day; the ground will be fine.

16/1

7

16th Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Wandrin Star

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

midfield

10/1

Form: D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

No win since 2018 but has placed several times over the last two years and holds each-way hopes on that form; return to 3m should suit with Exeter reappearance (2m3f) under his belt; acts on heavy.

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4th

2

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:00 Wincanton

The Kings Writ

11st 12lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Won a veterans' chase at Warwick (3m, soft) on New Year's Eve and has continued to run well, perhaps finding good ground on the lively side last time at Doncaster (beaten 12l); not as smart as he was but in good enough form to go close here.

4/1

3rd

5

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:00 Doncaster

The Kings Writ

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Won a veterans' chase at Warwick (3m, soft) on New Year's Eve and runner-up behind a progressive 8yo at Hereford (3m1f, soft) since; also effective on good ground and holds strong claims if his good form continues.

2/1

2nd

10

30th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 3

15:35 Hereford

The Kings Writ

11st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Veteran who was back in much better form at Warwick (3m, soft) one month ago, rallying gamely for narrow win; capable of remaining competitive back up 4lb (peak mark was much higher); shortlisted.

7/1

Form: D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 3231 for current yard; worse off with Wandrin Star on C&D running in November but his subsequent Exeter success (3m6f, good to soft; career-best chase run) suggests the rematch could be tight; not dismissed.

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3rd

5

22nd May 2023

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

15:20 Ffos Las

Gwencily Berbas

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Inconsistent nowadays but proved he retains a significant chunk of ability as a 12yo when winning Devon National at Exeter (3m6f, good) in February and is now only 2lb above that mark; could have a say.

5/1

7th

12

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

14:40 Cheltenham

Gwencily Berbas

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Thorough stayer who proved he retains a significant chunk of ability as a 12yo when winning Devon National at Exeter (3m6f, good) in February; again ran well over that C&D last month but is not very consistent and may not be seen to the same effect here.

16/1

3rd

8

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Gwencily Berbas

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Made it 2-2 over C&D when emerging from off the pace to win ridden out last month; for one who struggles with his consistency, it was encouraging that he posted the same RPR when third to a progressive winner at Wetherby (3m7f); back here he has to be of strong interest.

7/1

Form: D

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Point winner last May/June and has continued in decent form back under rules, finishing second on good ground at Aintree (3m1f) and over this C&D; has won on soft; still on a workable mark and enters the reckoning.

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4th

6

7th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Rolling Dylan

12st 5lb

J: Maj Charlie O’Shea

T: Philip Hobbs

prominent, briefly led 4th, dropped to midfield 11th, blundered 13th, well behind but stayed on before 2 out, went modest fourth last

7/2

2nd

5

16th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Rolling Dylan

12st 5lb

J: Maj Charlie O’Shea

T: Philip Hobbs

This race was one of two wins in military races here last season, both of them under Charlie O'Shea; disappointed last time but was also pulled up prior to his success 12 months ago, and provided he takes to blinkers (replacing usual cheekpieces) he should threaten once more.

5/2

3

2nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

12:40 Sandown

Rolling Dylan

11st 12lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Philip Hobbs

Very safe jumper (has never fallen) and he landed a double in military races over this C&D (soft/good to soft) early in the year; below par when last seen in May but no surprise if he bounces back after a break; runner-up in this race last season under Ella Herbison.

13/2

Form: D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Most wins on good ground, including three last spring; failed to give his running on heavy going at Haydock on return from layoff; opposed in this major prize with forecast conditions again not ideal.

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3rd

3

4th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

13:45 Worcester

Psychedelic Rock

11st 13lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Ian Williams

prominent, disputing third when ridden after 4 out, stayed on run-in, not pace to challenge

7/2

4th

6

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 2

14:10 Newbury

Psychedelic Rock

11st 1lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Ian Williams

In contention when falling four out in this race 12 months ago, and he's now 8lb lower; signs of return to form when fourth to Glen Forsa at Musselburgh eight weeks ago; goes well on good ground; one to consider.

7/1

4th

4

5th Feb 2022

Good

2m 6f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Musselburgh

Psychedelic Rock

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Pulled up on his two outings this winter so there's a big question mark about his current form; however, those runs were on heavy going and his three wins last spring came on good ground; below his last winning mark and can't be ruled out now back on a better surface.

9/1

12/1

Form: D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Suited by the return to front-running tactics in 0-125 veterans' race at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) last month, scoring comfortably; now back up in class but runs off a low weight and is evidently back in good form; possibilities.

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10th

13

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Indy Five

11st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: David Dennis

Often front-runner; remains very sprightly, including for two wins last season and when fourth at Cheltenham on the second of his three runs late last year; however, no show in this contest last term and there's a suspicion that this race will prove too competitive.

33/1

4th

3

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

13:23 Wetherby

Indy Five

11st 11lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: David Dennis

led

11/4

4th

9

13th Nov 2022

Good

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Indy Five

10st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: David Dennis

Unraced here; front-running veteran who can be potent on his day and last season was his best for ages, including wins at Doncaster and Newbury; close call at Aintree in May and may well have needed his run there three weeks ago, but whether he can give them all the slip and hold them off at this track remains to be seen.

20/1

16/1

Form:

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Finished in front of Gwencily Berbas when second here in November but was unable to confirm those placings at Exeter, extending his long losing run; no win since 2017 and looks set for minor honours at best.

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4

24th Mar 2022

Good

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:31 Chepstow

Dancing Shadow

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Victor Dartnall

Teenager who hasn't won since 2017 but retains a fair amount of ability and was running respectably this term until pulled up in the Veterans' Final at Sandown; has plenty of form at this sort of trip; possibilities off a reduced mark dropped in grade.

11/2

13

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Dancing Shadow

10st 0lb

Finished in front of Gwencily Berbas when second here in November but was unable to confirm those placings at Exeter, extending his long losing run; no win since 2017 and looks set for minor honours at best.

16/1

4th

6

3rd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:15 Exeter

Dancing Shadow

11st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

12yo whose losing sequence stretches back 20 races to November 2017 but he runs off the same mark as when third in this last year (soft), and when runner-up at Sandown (3m, good to soft) last month; every chance he'll be in the mix once more.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £1112.00
Straight Forecast £770.20
Tricast £13736.40
Trifecta £18853.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Wandrin Star

WEST COUNTRY:

Gwencily Berbas

The Guardian:

Indy Five

POSTDATA:

Aso

Daily Express:

Final Nudge

TOPSPEED:

Dashing Perk

RP Ratings:

The Kings Writ

The Times:

Wandrin Star

Daily Mirror:

Wandrin Star

The Sun:

Indy Five

Telegraph:

Gwencily Berbas

The Star:

Gwencily Berbas

Daily Mail:

Aso

Daily Record:

Final Nudge