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14:55 Ascot

Soft

bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £44225.5
  • 2m 5f 8y
  • Class 2
  • 7 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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16

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Phoenix Way

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

His best piece of handicap form came over this trip when winning on soft ground at Ascot last season off 2lb higher; has not been operating at quite the same level this campaign and this is his first experience of these fences; cheekpieces added.

18/1

5th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Phoenix Way

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Runner-up over C&D in December last term and won over 2m5f here the following month, both off today's mark; back near that form this winter and, although all starts have been on softer than good, he's one to consider.

9/2

4th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Phoenix Way

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Won useful handicap at Ascot last January, then had a couple of non-completions; got round when fourth to Fugitif at Chepstow on return from layoff but remains to be seen whether he'll build on that effort.

12/1

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4/1

  • Place: £2.00

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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11th

1

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Yet to win beyond 2m4f but he looks a stayer now and after working hard from a long way out he took a late third behind Into Overdrive at Wetherby in December (3m, good to soft; suited by soft); first-time cheekpieces no help next time (left off now) and he is up against it off top weight.

25/1

4th

4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Fanion DEstruval

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Classy chaser who has run several of his best races at Newbury; shaped encouragingly when seventh of 15 in the Coral Gold Cup over 3m2f here in November, and he was back to near his best when third in a competitive Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; should be at concert pitch now and makes plenty of appeal in first-time headgear.

7/2

3rd

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Unproven at 3m and soundly beaten in midfield when upped to 3m2f in last month's Coral Gold Cup; however, he may have needed that reappearance run and his staying-on third in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft) in February provides hope regarding today's trip and him defying his lofty mark.

10/1

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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7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

7th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Larry

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

11/1

1st

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

14:45 Plumpton

Larry

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Failed to build upon satisfactory seasonal debut when safely held in valuable Ascot handicap last month but will appreciate today's ease in grade and has slipped to a good mark; no surprise if he features.

3/1

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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2

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Golden Whisky

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumped into thriving rival when second at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in December and remains well handicapped on some of last season's form but ran poorly at Sandown recently and it's hard to predict whether he'll bounce back in a first-time visor here.

8/1

3

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:45 Sandown

Golden Whisky

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumped into a highly progressive rival when second in this race in 2021; filled same position behind the thriving Fugitif at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; wore cheekpieces) just after Christmas; revels in the mud; big shout.

5/1

2

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Golden Whisky

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) in December 2021 and returned to form when second in that same race (soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained) last time; he's a player on that form but today's drier conditions are a worry as he's done all of his winning on soft/heavy ground.

6/1

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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2nd

6

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Knight In Dubai

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: Mrs J Owen

Still going close in 2m4f-2m5f handicaps off low-130s marks for Dan Skelton in 2022-23 around rather sharper tracks than the galloping Horseheath line of his two easy recent pointing successes (good to soft, good); confidence levels restored, and receives weight all round here.

3/1

10

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Uttoxeter

Knight In Dubai

10st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced in recent years and seemingly not as good as he was; went close when second of four at Warwick (2m4f, good) in February and kept on for third at Newton Abbot (2m5f, soft) last month but more is needed here.

10/1

3rd

3

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

15:25 Newton Abbot

Knight In Dubai

11st 9lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Has twice suffered narrow defeats this season, off today's mark, and deserves another success (lightly raced and last won in December 2019); didn't fire latest and will need his best to take this.

6/1

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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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: 90-331 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Comfortably justified favouritism at Musselburgh (2m4f) on New Year's Day; however, faces a harder task off 7lb higher in this field and looks held by Fanion D'Estruval judged on Newbury form in November.

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6

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Amour De Nuit

11st 6lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Scored comfortably at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft) on New Year's Day when last seen, taking chase record to 4-9; faces a harder task back up in grade but he's one of two runners for a trainer who has a great record in this race; shortlisted.

10/1

3

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Amour De Nuit

10st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Paul Nicholls

Comfortably justified favouritism at Musselburgh (2m4f) on New Year's Day; however, faces a harder task off 7lb higher in this field and looks held by Fanion D'Estruval judged on Newbury form in November.

10/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:50 Musselburgh

Amour De Nuit

11st 7lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Reappeared with good third over hurdles at Chepstow (2m3f, good) in October and filled same spot back over fences at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) latest; this is easier and he's a key player down 2lb; has won on soft.

7/4

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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7th

1

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Killer Clown

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

in touch with leaders, prominent after 6th, weakening when not fluent 2 out, tailed off

8/1

5th

4

30th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

15:55 Market Rasen

Killer Clown

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Stayed on for creditable third in valuable Uttoxeter handicap (2m4f, good) in May and is now 2lb below that mark but has become unreliable and is not as good as he was; others have more appealing profiles.

10/1

5th

3

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Killer Clown

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Still useful on his day, such as when third at Uttoxeter on penultimate start, but inconsistent over the last two years and pulled up on latest outing; rarely seen over this far and something to prove regarding stamina.

12/1

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

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Palmers Hill

TOPSPEED:

Phoenix Way

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