January 19 / 15.00 Newbury

15.00 Newbury

Good To Soft

Nouveau Cloud And Cybersecurity Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £5881.68
  • 2m 7f 86y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 6m 13s
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Nouveau Cloud And Cybersecurity Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

15/2 (Won)

  • Win: £12.10
  • Place: £3.10

Form: P50-PP

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Well treated on the pick of his form which includes a 3m2f Cheltenham win in December 2020 off 5lb higher, but pulled up on both his starts this season and had wind surgery in between; risky but not discounted, especially with Daire McConville (2-7 for Kerry Lee) claiming 10lb.
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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

16/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 5P5-64 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Bumper winner, 0-8 over obstacles; 2m will have been inadequate on his chase debut but he should have fared better when tailed-off last of four at Newcastle (2m7f, good; 5-4 favourite) last month; too early to write him off but he needs to turn a corner.
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7

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

15:52 Haydock

Tango Boy

10st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

2nd

11

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Tango Boy

10st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Bumper winner, 0-8 over obstacles; 2m will have been inadequate on his chase debut but he should have fared better when tailed-off last of four at Newcastle (2m7f, good; 5-4 favourite) last month; too early to write him off but he needs to turn a corner.

16/1

4th

2

18th Dec 2021

Good

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:05 Newcastle

Tango Boy

11st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Neil Mulholland

Bumper winner; maiden over hurdles but there were encouraging signs in some good handicaps (2m5f/3m) and 2m wouldn't have been anything like far enough on his chase debut last month; better can be expected.

2/1

16/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 214329 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Won four times at around 3m last spring (three on good to soft, one on good); creditable second off much lower hurdles mark at Aintree (3m1f, heavy) in December but soundly beaten back over fences here (33-1) last time and needs to bounce back.
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3rd

2

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Landofsmiles

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Won four times at around 3m last spring (three on good to soft, one on good); creditable second off much lower hurdles mark at Aintree (3m1f, heavy) in December but soundly beaten back over fences here (33-1) last time and needs to bounce back.

16/1

9th

6

29th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:35 Newbury

Landofsmiles

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Progressed well to win four times at around 3m over fences in March-June (three on good to soft, one on good); four months off before lesser runs on last two outings (had a much lower hurdles mark last time) and he probably needs to resume his improvement.

16/1

2nd

7

4th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 4

11:45 Aintree

Landofsmiles

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

0-12 over hurdles; progressed well to win four times at around 3m over fences in March-June (three on good to soft, one on good); creditable fourth in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter and perhaps needed the run here four months later; chase mark is 16lb higher than today's hurdles mark; high on the list.

11/2

Form: 31U/51

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo; built on reappearance promise to win at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago, getting up close home under strong pressure; only 3lb higher and will have no problems with today's slightly longer trip; on the up, unlike many of his opponents, and an obvious candidate again.
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2nd

4

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

16:15 Newbury

Keep Wondering

11st 11lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Second start back from a long absence when winning at Haydock in December and fair effort here the following month; both wins under rules have come on heavy so may have a bit to prove on likely quicker ground.

4th

4

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Keep Wondering

11st 9lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Lightly raced 8yo; built on reappearance promise to win at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago, getting up close home under strong pressure; only 3lb higher and will have no problems with today's slightly longer trip; on the up, unlike many of his opponents, and an obvious candidate again.

9/4

1st

11

30th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 5f 127y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Keep Wondering

11st 3lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Irish point winner who scooted up on his handicap/chase debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, heavy) in January 2020; has run only twice since but there was sufficient promise in his fifth of 12 after a long absence at Chepstow to suggest he can start making up for lost time; might be the answer.

15/2

Form: 3F4-7P D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
From a stable that continues to make hay in handicap chases, but it's hard to glean encouragement from this one's two poor runs this season; slipping in the weights and today's conditions will be fine, but needs a revival.
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8

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

15:55 Warwick

Cuban Pete

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Hails from a stable enjoying a fine season but that has not been mirrored in his displays and latest fourth at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) was not particularly encouraging; cheekpieces worn there removed and hopes pinned on this greater test of stamina proving beneficial.

8/1

4th

4

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Cuban Pete

11st 8lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Dual course winner, latterly over today's trip on soft ground in November 2020; lightly raced and generally disappointing since but will appreciate today's drop in grade and the first-time cheekpieces might perk him up.

5/1

5th

9

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Cuban Pete

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

From a stable that continues to make hay in handicap chases, but it's hard to glean encouragement from this one's two poor runs this season; slipping in the weights and today's conditions will be fine, but needs a revival.

11/1

Form: 313145 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Front-running mare; 2-6 over fences, latest win coming at Kempton (2m4f, good) in November; made a bold bid in Listed mares' chase over C&D (good to soft; 25-1) five weeks ago, headed two out; has a more realistic chance back in a handicap and not ruled out.
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4th

6

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Hawthorn Cottage

10st 5lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

2nd

1

22nd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

14:10 Market Rasen

Hawthorn Cottage

11st 10lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Amy Murphy

Front-running mare who dropped away to finish last of five at Warwick 25 days ago (first run since wind surgery); may last longer with tongue-tie now applied, provided she's effective with usual headgear removed; competitively treated off just 1lb above last winning mark.

2/1

5th

4

25th Feb 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:05 Warwick

Hawthorn Cottage

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Front-running mare; 2-7 over fences, latest win coming at Kempton (2m4f, good) in November; finished weakly at Newbury last time but this C&D winner has since had wind surgery and may well bounce back.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: P5P-8P CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Won this race two years ago off a 5lb higher mark but unplaced all seven outings since; pulled up in refitted cheekpieces at Exeter in December and connections now reach for a tongue-strap; enough to prove.
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3

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Django Django

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won this race two years ago off a 5lb higher mark but unplaced all seven outings since; pulled up in refitted cheekpieces at Exeter in December and connections now reach for a tongue-strap; enough to prove.

8/1

1

3rd Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:15 Exeter

Django Django

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Has dropped to an attractive mark and he's one to watch in the betting on his second start of the season; however, he struggled last term and it was the same story on last month's reappearance here.

14/1

8th

4

2nd Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:55 Exeter

Django Django

11st 10lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Out of form during light campaign last season and not seen since January; resumes on a good mark but needs to get his career back on track.

12/1

Form: 2-4P2P D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Unpredictable 9yo, 0-7 in chases; beaten 1l in five-runner race at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in December but pulled up either side of that, including over the same C&D on Boxing Day; enough to prove.
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6

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

The Devils Drop

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alan King

Unpredictable 9yo, 0-7 in chases; beaten 1l in five-runner race at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in December but pulled up either side of that, including over the same C&D on Boxing Day; enough to prove.

12/1

1

26th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

14:03 Wincanton

The Devils Drop

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

0-6 over fences but he ran as well as he's ever done in this sphere when beaten a length by Butterwick Brook over C&D (good; wore cheekpieces) 24 days ago; handles good to soft ground and should be thereabouts again.

7/1

2nd

1

2nd Dec 2021

Good

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

14:15 Wincanton

The Devils Drop

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alan King

Failed to show much when 20-1 at Lingfield 16 days ago, following his summer break, and now wears headgear for the first time; previous two chase starts, and best hurdles form even more so, would put him bang there.

8/1

Form: -PP358 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Now 18lb lower than his last win (3m1f, good) in autumn 2020 but he's been steadily on the slide since and beaten out of sight in his last two races; jockey bookings suggest Django Django is the stable's main hope.
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5th

5

30th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

16:30 Wincanton

Young Wolf

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Looked a very promising chaser in summer 2020 but has regressed and become very disappointing; pulled up after lacklustre performances on both starts this year (albeit with good to soft ground not ideal); needs to turn things around.

12/1

3

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

Young Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Returned to form with good third at Uttoxeter in September and he's one to watch in the betting now 10lb lower; however, he's struggled on his three runs since and is back to having something to prove.

9/1

7

19th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Young Wolf

11st 5lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Now 18lb lower than his last win (3m1f, good) in autumn 2020 but he's been steadily on the slide since and beaten out of sight in his last two races; jockey bookings suggest Django Django is the stable's main hope.

20/1

Form: 7-2736

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Fine third of 16 in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good; Landofsmiles fourth) in June on his most recent outing over fences, and he's 5lb lower today; not disgraced over hurdles in the autumn and interesting back in this sphere on a course he's handled well in the past; drying ground would suit.
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3rd

4

1st Jul 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:50 Newton Abbot

Mellow Ben

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

towards rear, niggled along 3 out, headway 2 out, ridden and no extra approaching last

14/1

5th

4

23rd May 2022

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

13:30 Ludlow

Mellow Ben

11st 9lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Nothing like the force of old and has raced only once over hurdles since 2019 but wasn't beaten far when third over fences at Plumpton (3m1f, good) last month and has possibilities if boosted by first-time cheekpieces.

6/1

3rd

3

17th Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

16:00 Plumpton

Mellow Ben

11st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Chris Gordon

His form from as recently as last summer would make him hard to beat but just hasn't been firing on all cylinders this year; losing run stands at 19 and, while he is a very safe jumper (has completed all but one of 22 chasing starts), may prove vulnerable again.

7/2

Form: /21-B6

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Has fewer miles on the clock than most of these and he's back to the same mark as his latest win at Chepstow (3m2f, soft) in October 2020; brought down in first half of race on reappearance and he might still have needed the run over 3m2f here last time; possibilities.
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1st

4

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

15:45 Chepstow

Wayfinder

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

1st

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:42 Chepstow

Wayfinder

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won over 3m2f (soft) here in 2020 and was clear second behind very progressive subsequent winner over that trip here (soft) in February; needs to prove he can cope with today's quicker ground but his latest defeat (over 3m6f) shouldn't be viewed too harshly and he's on a workable mark.

7/2

10

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:50 Exeter

Wayfinder

10st 5lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

No match for a progressive winner at Chepstow this month but still ran with great credit (well clear of the third, Volcano); first attempt beyond 3m2f but shapes like a thorough stayer; high on the list.

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £728.00
Straight Forecast £685.10
Tricast £4560.60
Trifecta £6190.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Keep Wondering

RP Ratings:

Wayfinder

TOPSPEED:

The Devils Drop

Daily Mail:

Hawthorn Cottage

SPOTLIGHT:

Mellow Ben

Telegraph:

Keep Wondering

The Guardian:

Keep Wondering

Daily Mirror:

Keep Wondering

Daily Record:

Keep Wondering

The Times:

Wayfinder

Daily Express:

Wayfinder

The Star:

Wayfinder

POSTDATA:

The Devils Drop

The Sun:

Hawthorn Cottage