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15:00 Lingfield

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weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 2m 7f 110y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 6m 25s
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weatherbys nhstallions.co.uk Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 13-123 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

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.

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3rd

4

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

13:25 Haydock

Fantastikas

11st 0lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Well handicapped on peak form and ran his best race for a while when second of seven over 3m1f at Ludlow (soft) 24 days ago; has won on heavy and James Turner takes 7lb off, so there are reasons to be positive; also declared for 2.25 Newbury but this is his first preference.

4/1

4

6th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Fantastikas

11st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Often highly tried since showing smart form as a novice in the 2021-22 season; a further two-month break since seemingly needing the run at Newton Abbot is a concern but he's very well handicapped even without taking into account James Turner's claim.

4/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 110/1- D

Last run: 398 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 9yo who enhanced her good strike-rate to 5-8 for Stuart Edmunds when winning a 3m handicap hurdle on heavy ground at Haydock in late 2020, posting RPR of 136 in the process; bred to make a chaser but this is a very tough starter against male opposition, especially on the back of an absence.

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3rd

2

25th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:35 Exeter

Queenohearts

11st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Chasing/stable debut, after more than a year off, when just denied at Lingfield last month; five weeks should be enough time to recover and this tough and genuine mare has to be seriously considered.

15/8

2nd

7

21st Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Queenohearts

10st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Low-mileage 9yo who enhanced her good strike-rate to 5-8 for Stuart Edmunds when winning a 3m handicap hurdle on heavy ground at Haydock in late 2020, posting RPR of 136 in the process; bred to make a chaser but this is a very tough starter against male opposition, especially on the back of an absence.

7/1

Form: 323-1P C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Jumping improved as the race progressed when winning a 3m2f handicap at Carlisle (soft) in October and can be forgiven his non-completion in a gruelling Welsh National (3m6f); the manner in which he moved through that race before running out of stamina suggests he remains capable of better.

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0

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Hold That Taught

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Hasn't threatened when tackling similar trips to this in the past but he won over Carlisle's stiff 3m2f in October 2021 and has been in rude health this season with 3m wins at Ascot (good) and Bangor (heavy); well worth another go at this sort of distance and could be a key player.

13/2

8

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Hold That Taught

11st 5lb

T: Venetia Williams

1st

5

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Hold That Taught

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Venetia Williams

Never really got going last season but exploited some help from the handicapper when keeping on well to score at Ascot (3m, good) three weeks ago; subsequent 3lb rise does not look excessive and today's slower ground will also suit; good chance.

9/4

Form: 13-P31

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Point/hurdle winner; built on his chase debut third when winning every easily in handicap company at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) on New Year's Day but that race did rather fall apart; therefore some doubts as to the validity of that form, but he jumped really well and coped with the heavy ground.

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1st

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Broken Halo

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

held up in rear, bit short of room just after 4th

11/4

2nd

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Broken Halo

12st 5lb

J: Bdr Jody Sole

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the Royal Artillery and Grand Military Gold Cups over C&D last term; still travelling with purpose when falling two out in the London National back here (3m4f, heavy) in December; struggled in Warwick's Classic Chase, but was in contention when blundering here three weeks ago in the Grand Military (race won by Farceur Du Large); that's three non-completions in a row but he'd have a big shout on last season's form.

15/8

OUR TIP

Form: 101-13 D BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Massive improver over hurdles last season when seen to good effect in the mud; jumped well when beating one other finisher on his switch to fences at Kelso (2m7f) but he dropped out as though something was amiss next time at Haydock; this is no easy race in which to bounce back.

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1

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

14:30 Kelso

Bushypark

12st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Eventually capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when scoring at Haydock (3m, heavy) in December but has quickly lost his form again this year; needs huge boost from the first-time cheekpieces today.

16/1

6th

2

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Bushypark

11st 13lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

towards rear but in touch with leaders, some headway before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened

7/1

4

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Bushypark

11st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Front-runner; Haydock winner in December; won 3m6f North Yorkshire National off 3lb lower here last season but disappointing in that race last month; however, conditions are ideal and he could bounce back.

15/8

Form: 1F-F71

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Useful novice hurdler last season, touching 144 on RPRs; fell on his chase debut and initially appeared to be remembering that at his early fences last time at Wetherby (2m3f handicap, soft), but he warmed to his task and ultimately showed a good attitude to prevail; more needed here but this is probably more his trip.

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0

3

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Midnight River

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and bounced back from lesser run at the Festival to win another Grade 3 handicap chase at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in April in a first-time tongue-tie (retained since); well beaten in the Charlie Hall on reappearance but may have needed the run and he could still have more to offer over staying trips; a possible.

9/1

3rd

3

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

15:00 Wetherby

Midnight River

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer, dropped to last halfway, went third 5 out, shaken up after 4 out, soon weakened

11/1

1st

2

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Midnight River

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Solid chance on form at about 2m4f on good and soft this winter, but a promising-looking challenge fizzled out in the Plate at Cheltenham last month and he hasn't been persevered with over 3m since his one-paced third at Uttoxeter last March; fitting a tongue-tie could help.

6/1

Form: /032-2

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler who left it late in the day to go over fences but very nearly made a winning start in handicap company at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft), only reeled in at the death after leading three fences out; probably has a bit more on his plate this afternoon.

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3

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Colonial Dreams

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

1

13th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

15:20 Warwick

Colonial Dreams

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Regressed after promising start over fences; useful hurdler in his prime but this longest distance so far could stretch him on his return to hurdling.

12/1

4

11th Feb 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Colonial Dreams

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

10yo who went close on his belated chase debut at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) in December, and heavy ground may not have suited when pulled up at Lingfield three weeks ago; one to consider back on better ground here.

13/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fantastikas

RP Ratings:

Broken Halo

Daily Express:

Midnight River

Telegraph:

Queenohearts

LAMBOURN:

Colonial Dreams

TOPSPEED:

Fantastikas

POSTDATA:

Fantastikas

WEST COUNTRY:

Fantastikas

The Times:

Fantastikas

Daily Mail:

Fantastikas

The Guardian:

Broken Halo

Daily Mirror:

Broken Halo

The Sun:

Broken Halo

The Star:

Broken Halo

Daily Record:

Midnight River