January 22 / 14.55 Ascot

14.55 Ascot Soft

bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £44225.5
  • 2m 5f 8y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 34s
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bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 1P4-72 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced; good second in Listed handicap chase here (3m, good to soft) five weeks ago, while shaping as if this drop back in distance will prove ideal; interesting off same mark and is one of two big players for owner JP McManus.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Punchestown

Phoenix Way

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

12th

33

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Phoenix Way

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Led final strides over 3m1f on soft in January 2020 on his final start over hurdles, whereas most of his seven-race chase career has been at up to 2m5f; any former impression of untapped potential as a stayer has not been backed up this term and he crashed out at the third fence on latest outing.

66/1

5

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Phoenix Way

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Lightly raced 9yo who returned to form with good second to Annsam at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in December and went one better there (2m5f, soft) last month when clear with a very solid yardstick; last time was a career best and he could have more to offer; respected up 6lb.

9/1

OUR TIP

Form: 445-41

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict
Readily defied top weight in similar event at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) when last seen two months ago, producing a career-best performance; often highly tried previously; raised 8lb but Lucy Turner takes off 7lb; has to be feared.
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4th

4

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fanion D’Estruval

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Improved this term, showing top-class handicap form at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and Ascot (2m5f, soft) before shaping better than result when third to Fakir D'Oudairies in Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft); his sometimes-sketchy jumping tends to get better when he's ridden positively, but there must be a question over whether he can lay up with the likes of Allaho.

33/1

3rd

3

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:38 Ascot

Fanion D’Estruval

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has shown smart handicap form (off top weight) the last twice, winning readily at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) then clear second over this C&D (soft) in a race that Cyrname (2019) and Dashel Drasher (2021) won before following up in this contest; better than ever and could well improve further; stable continues in great form, including big-race winners the last two Saturdays; bang there on ratings; strong credentials.

5/1

4

23rd Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 10y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Fanion D’Estruval

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Looked rusty when 3l behind Itchy Feet at Aintree on reappearance; back in handicaps when winning well at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) in November and losing out close home at Ascot (2m5f, soft; pair well clear) yesterday; unraced on heavy; going from strength to strength and has a huge shout on form but this would be a very quick return to action.

9/2

14/1

Form: P8-U16 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Perhaps needs further now as he scored over 3m here (Grade 3 handicap) in October then had a crack at the 3m5f London National last time (finished sixth); may struggle dropped back a mile in trip; cheekpieces added.
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21

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Larry

11st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

Won off 1lb lower at Ascot (3m, soft) in October and this hold-up horse has each-way possibilities if things go his way; however, he hasn't been at his very best on his last three starts and needs something extra on this first visit to Cheltenham; can make mistakes.

40/1

4

12th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Larry

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Gary Moore

Best effort this season when coming from last to first to win at Ascot (3m, soft) in October; never a threat in three starts since, including over the same C&D last time; others are more solid.

7/1

5th

8

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Larry

10st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Has an notable piece of Ascot form having won Grade 3 handicap over C&D (soft) in October; looked unsuited by 3m5f and 2m5f since, latter effort back here (finished third, no match for first two); interesting back at 3m.

10/1

Form: 132-61 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Regained the winning thread at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) on Welsh National day but needs to find some improvement in this follow-up attempt; now on career-high mark and faces stern opposition.
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3rd

2

3rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:00 Ludlow

Golden Whisky

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won here (2m4f, soft) last January and also on the scoresheet at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) two starts ago; January's well-beaten fourth at Ascot came in a warm race and he's back down in grade today, but along with returning to form he needs to prove his stamina for this trip.

5/1

4th

7

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Golden Whisky

10st 1lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Regained the winning thread at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) on Welsh National day but needs to find some improvement in this follow-up attempt; now on career-high mark and faces stern opposition.

9/1

1st

8

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

Golden Whisky

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Weak in the market for his return at Aintree and probably needed the run; comes into the reckoning on his convincing win at Ludlow (2m4f, soft; positively ridden) in January, and he shaped encouragingly on his previous attempt over fences here; possibilities.

15/2

Form: 12U/53 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Finished about 13l behind Palmers Hill here last month; however, may get closer to that rival on the revised terms (gets 11lb pull) and bearing in mind that improvement is possible on this third run back from lengthy absence.
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5th

8

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Knight In Dubai

10st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Finished about 13l behind Palmers Hill here last month; however, may get closer to that rival on the revised terms (gets 11lb pull) and bearing in mind that improvement is possible on this third run back from lengthy absence.

11/2

3rd

6

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Knight In Dubai

10st 13lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Attractively handicapped judged on his beginners'/novice chase wins two years ago (2m4f, heavy/2m3f, good to soft) and both the jockey booking and market vibes suggested his belated return from an absence at Aintree in November was needed; with that respectable effort behind him, back up in distance and reunited with Harry Skelton, there's good reason to be hopeful.

9/2

5th

2

6th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Knight In Dubai

11st 10lb

J: David England

T: Dan Skelton

Unraced since early unseat at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival; returns on an attractive mark judged on his two novice chase wins earlier that season (2m3f/2m4f, heavy/good to soft), and he's one to watch in the betting, but it's a hefty absence to defy and Harry Skelton rides stablemate Antunes.

14/1

Form: 409-11 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Well suited by the return to chasing this term, winning handicaps at Wetherby and this course, both over 2m3f on good to soft ground; now 2-3 in this sphere and looks capable of further progress; has won at 2m5f over hurdles; respected.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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9th

14

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Palmers Hill

10st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

For whatever reason he was not himself when pulling up at Ascot in January but he was an impressive winner there the time before (2m3f, good to soft; now 8lb higher) and this low-mileage 9yo has the potential to progress further; has a good record when fresh and Jonjo O'Neill has won this twice before for JP McManus; the trip will be fine; shortlisted.

16/1

2

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Palmers Hill

10st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Well suited by the return to chasing this term, winning handicaps at Wetherby and this course, both over 2m3f on good to soft ground; now 2-3 in this sphere and looks capable of further progress; has won at 2m5f over hurdles; respected.

11/4

1st

7

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Palmers Hill

10st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Lightly raced; taking effort when making a successful reappearance at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) and that was only his second start over fences; 4lb rise is very lenient and he could easily still be ahead of the handicapper; best form is on good/good to soft.

3/1

Form: 23-661 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Application of tongue-tie (retained) had positive effect at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) two weeks ago, scoring comfortably and resuming the progress he showed during some of last season; could well build on latest performance; shortlisted.
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11th

7

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Killer Clown

10st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

16/1

1st

6

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Killer Clown

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Emma Lavelle

C&D winner in late 2020 (good to soft; effective on good) and the similar Wincanton track suited when wide-margin winner in January (soft; first-time tongue-tie); might have found Ascot coming too soon next time and could easily fare better here.

8/1

4

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Killer Clown

10st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Application of tongue-tie (retained) had positive effect at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) two weeks ago, scoring comfortably and resuming the progress he showed during some of last season; could well build on latest performance; shortlisted.

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £262.00
Straight Forecast £271.60
Tricast £4161.20
Trifecta £2726.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Palmers Hill

RP Ratings:

Fanion D'Estruval

TOPSPEED:

Phoenix Way

The Times:

Fanion D'Estruval

The Guardian:

Fanion D'Estruval

Daily Mail:

Fanion D'Estruval

Daily Express:

Fanion D'Estruval

POSTDATA:

Phoenix Way

Daily Mirror:

Phoenix Way

WEST COUNTRY:

Palmers Hill

Telegraph:

Palmers Hill

The Sun:

Palmers Hill

The Star:

Palmers Hill

Daily Record:

Palmers Hill