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15:15 Taunton

Good To Soft

BioWaveGo Portman Cup Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 3m 4f 85y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 7m 27s
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BioWaveGo Portman Cup Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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5/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.67
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 314U-1 CD

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

High-class staying chaser who has won the last two editions of this race (heavy/soft); getting long in the tooth now but looked as good as ever when gamely making all in Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (3m3f, good) in November; ought to be very difficult to beat.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Yala Enki

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Grand old veteran who won a Cheltenham handicap (3m3f, good) on his reappearance before making the most of a fairly straightforward task at Taunton (3m4f; odds-on) in a race he'd won twice before (including on soft); can cope with this mark and he'll handle the ground, but history is against him when no top weight has triumphed since Bonanza Boy in 1991.

14/1

1st

1

22nd Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 2

15:15 Taunton

Yala Enki

11st 6lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

High-class staying chaser who has won the last two editions of this race (heavy/soft); getting long in the tooth now but looked as good as ever when gamely making all in Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (3m3f, good) in November; ought to be very difficult to beat.

5/6

1st

1

14th Nov 2021

Good

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

13:45 Cheltenham

Yala Enki

11st 12lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Third in the last three Welsh Nationals and this battle-hardened veteran was short-headed in this race on last season's reappearance; only 1lb higher today but soft or heavy ground would be preferable.

11/4

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: P2-781

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

3-8 over fences, the latest win gained in Cheltenham handicap (3m2f, soft) three weeks ago; completely unexposed over this sort of trip and could plausibly have more improvement to come but has quite a bit to find with the principals on the figures.

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9th

8

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Full Back

10st 12lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

All four wins on soft, not proven on heavy; well treated if judged on peak efforts, the latest in January 2022 when second of five on step up to 3m4f; fell five out behind two of these when facing a very stiff task at Lingfield last month on return from 434 days off, so current form is the big unknown.

20/1

Form: 6P0/7P

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Beat Ramses De Teillee to win 2018 Welsh Grand National but has yet to add to that success; not disgraced over inadequate 2m in hurdle race last month after a long layoff but was pulled up in this season's Welsh National four weeks ago; needs refitted cheekpieces to give him a boost.

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0

6

12th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:25 Sandown

Elegant Escape

10st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

His Welsh Grand National win was five years ago and sole success since was in a veterans' chase at Ascot in March of 2022; last season never got going at all but his trainer reports him in good shape and he's rocketed down the weights.

12/1

7th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Elegant Escape

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Only win since landing the 2018 Welsh Grand National was in a veterans' chase at Ascot 12 months ago off 10lb higher; too well handicapped to ignore but this season hasn't got going at all.

12/1

5th

5

12th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Elegant Escape

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Smart in his prime, with career highlight his 2018 Welsh Grand National win; capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when gaining a hard-fought win in Ascot veterans' race (3m, good) last March and he has a 5lb lower mark today, but disappointing shows are more the norm nowadays; has a change of equipment but it's hard to bank on a revival.

16/1

Form: 49-34P

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Yet to hit peak form this season and was well beaten after leading in first-time cheekpieces (now removed) in last month's Welsh National; however he gave a pretty good account when fourth at Haydock (3m1f, good to soft) two starts ago and ought to be better suited by today's longer trip.

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8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Ramses De Teillee

11st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Well handicapped on some of last season's form and was a very creditable fourth in Veterans' Final at Warwick (3m, soft) on last month's reappearance; will cope if the ground becomes very testing here; big player.

9/2

4th

11

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Ramses De Teillee

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Returning from a similar absence (and wind surgery) when dominant from the front over C&D (soft) 14 months ago when only 2lb lower, after which he finished second in the final of this race at Sandown; fortunes went into reverse soon after but he's back from further wind surgery and handicapped to run a blinder if again on good terms with himself.

13/2

Form: -80386 CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won soft-ground C&D handicap by 12l last March but hasn't been in the same form again since; safely held on last month's stable debut at Exeter (3m, soft) and even a return to his best probably won't be good enough on these terms.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 3

20:20 Stratford

Coup De Pinceau

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Syd Hosie

Thorough stayer who won a 4m hunter chase at Cheltenham last year; has found life tougher in handicaps but ran well last time and a positive ride is probable given his assured stamina.

7/2

1

1st Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

20:15 Market Rasen

Coup De Pinceau

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Syd Hosie

2nd

4

22nd May 2023

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

15:20 Ffos Las

Coup De Pinceau

11st 8lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Thorough stayer who won a 4m hunter chase at Cheltenham in April 2022 (good to soft); has found things tougher since returned to handicaps but wasn't beaten that far in recent Norfolk National at Fakenham (3m5f, good) and continues to slip down the weights.

8/1

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