January 29 / 13.20 Cheltenham

13.20 Cheltenham Good

Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 16s
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Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £10.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 910-22 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Not entirely disgraced in two chase starts (good/soft) and remains open to progress in this sphere, particularly if finding greater fluency with his jumping; prominent in the betting for last season's Pertemps Final (had an excuse; got struck into) and looks interesting back here.
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2nd

4

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Imperial Alcazar

11st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Solid contender who has form figures of 221 since switched to chasing, most recently drawing clear for a 10l success in notable novice handicap over this C&D on good ground (won on soft/heavy over hurdles); more to offer over fences; strong credentials.

9/2

1st

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Imperial Alcazar

11st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Not entirely disgraced in two chase starts (good/soft) and remains open to progress in this sphere, particularly if finding greater fluency with his jumping; prominent in the betting for last season's Pertemps Final (had an excuse; got struck into) and looks interesting back here.

11/2

2nd

2

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

15:25 Chepstow

Imperial Alcazar

11st 7lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Very useful handicap hurdler who took form to new level with quite comfortable success at Warwick (3m1f, heavy) in January; readily held by sole opponent on last month's season's chasing debut at Newbury (2m6f, good) but positives can be taken from that performance and he ought to be better suited by today's slower ground.

9/2

13/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 35/392 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Grade 2 winner over hurdles; 0-7 as a chaser but has been placed in two of his three starts since returning from a lengthy absence and retains a fair level of ability; creditable fifth (off 9lb higher) in novice handicap at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020; nicely treated on that form.
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3rd

2

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Beakstown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

5/2

1st

6

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:30 Ayr

Beakstown

10st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

6th

13

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Beakstown

10st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

0-8 over fences and, having returned from a long absence this season, he hasn't quite managed to recapture his very best old form; however, he's run some solid races over 2m4f (good/good to soft) and perhaps today's step up in trip will help him unlock some of his previous ability; not discounted.

20/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 15-021 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Hurdle winner (2m5f, good) for Kim Bailey; found 2m too sharp on chase/stable debut and has been well suited by the return to longer trips since, finishing second at Doncaster (2m3f) then going one better at Ludlow (2m4f, soft); open to further improvement over fences.
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1st

3

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Java Point

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

1st

5

3rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:00 Ludlow

Java Point

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Won here (2m4f, soft) in January on his third chase start and respectable third at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) subsequently in a Class 2 novice handicap; drops back down in grade today and this unexposed 3m point winner is worth a go at today's distance; retains potential and he's respected.

9/4

3rd

6

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Java Point

10st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Hurdle winner (2m5f, good) for Kim Bailey; found 2m too sharp on chase/stable debut and has been well suited by the return to longer trips since, finishing second at Doncaster (2m3f) then going one better at Ludlow (2m4f, soft); open to further improvement over fences.

8/1

Form: 121231 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Has more chasing experience than these rivals but by the same token he's comparatively exposed and may not improve much further; in decent form for most of this season but looks somewhat vulnerable; gifted the race at Newbury ten days ago (left in lead when favourite fell two out).
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2nd

4

4th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:50 Newton Abbot

Goa Lil

10st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a three-runner handicap chase from out of the weights at Fontwell (2m2f, good) but when effectively only 2lb higher back there a week later he was the first beaten; that run may have come too soon and if better for a longer break he should be involved.

7/2

3rd

1

8th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 3

13:30 Fontwell

Goa Lil

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1st

3

29th Mar 2022

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 3

13:30 Fontwell

Goa Lil

10st 3lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Fortunate to win a handicap at Newbury (2m, good to soft) in January when the leader fell two out; not disgraced since, latterly in Grade 2 company at Kempton; respected with his jockey's claim more than negating his burden of running from 5lb out of the handicap.

9/4

OUR TIP

Form: 23-F34

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in last season's Albert Bartlett; poised to challenge when falling three out in good novice chase back here (3m, good) in November and wasn't disgraced in the Dipper over C&D on New Year's Day (bled from nose); possibilities off a handy mark on handicap debut.
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9

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Oscar Elite

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Colin Tizzard

7/1

3rd

23

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Oscar Elite

10st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Colin Tizzard

Runner-up in 3m Albert Bartlett (good to soft) last March; running well when he came to grief on chase debut here in November but hasn't gone on from that (bled from the nose once) and was well held on handicap debut over 2m4f here in January; has plenty to find from 4lb wrong.

16/1

5th

3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Oscar Elite

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Runner-up in last season's Albert Bartlett; poised to challenge when falling three out in good novice chase back here (3m, good) in November and wasn't disgraced in the Dipper over C&D on New Year's Day (bled from nose); possibilities off a handy mark on handicap debut.

9/2

11/2

Form: 40-223

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Failed to live up to early promise over hurdles; however, has proved consistent since switched to chasing this term, finishing second in handicaps at Ascot (2m3f) and Newbury (2m) then third in Grade 2 novice event at Kempton (2m); solid chance off a workable mark back down in class.
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7th

5

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Solo

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Didn't live up to his early promise over hurdles (won 4yo Grade 2 here on British debut) and well beaten over fences last time out; however, he made mistakes and he's on an attractive mark on this season's best chase form; effective on good/good to soft and no surprise if he plays a major role.

8/1

6th

2

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Solo

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Failed to live up to early promise over hurdles; however, has proved consistent since switched to chasing this term, finishing second in handicaps at Ascot (2m3f) and Newbury (2m) then third in Grade 2 novice event at Kempton (2m); solid chance off a workable mark back down in class.

11/2

3rd

4

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Solo

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Has not hit the heights promised when he won the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle here (2m, good to soft) in February 2020; matched useful hurdles form when second in handicaps on two runs over fences and both winners have gone in again; does his best work on the bridle (traded short both chase starts) and should still be there turning in, but will need a clear career-best to win.

10/1

Form: 3-8312 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Better than ever with cheekpieces applied in handicap chases at Chepstow (2m3f, soft/good to soft) the last twice, scoring comfortably on first occasion and creditable second latest; may well have more to offer in the retained headgear; respected.
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2

18th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

15:45 Chepstow

When You’re Ready

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

4

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

When You’re Ready

10st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Better than ever with cheekpieces applied in handicap chases at Chepstow (2m3f, soft/good to soft) the last twice, scoring comfortably on first occasion and creditable second latest; may well have more to offer in the retained headgear; respected.

7/2

2nd

6

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

When You’re Ready

10st 5lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

3-9 over jumps and set a personal best when scoring over C&D (good to soft; wore first-time cheekpieces) 23 days ago, readily asserting on run-in; handles soft/heavy, open to further improvement and has good chance.

7/2

Form: 4-1153 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
2-2 in good-ground handicaps, the wins gained over hurdles and fences at Huntingdon (2m/2m4f); ran well in useful contest at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft; third chase start) on Boxing Day and probably still hasn't reached his ceiling; interesting off the same mark.
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4th

1

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

16:15 Newbury

Your Darling

11st 12lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Pauling

Looked quite progressive as a chaser but flopped badly at Cheltenham in January (favourite); needs the application of cheekpieces, a drop in class and a slightly longer trip to coax him back to form.

7

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Your Darling

10st 8lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

2-2 in good-ground handicaps, the wins gained over hurdles and fences at Huntingdon (2m/2m4f); ran well in useful contest at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft; third chase start) on Boxing Day and probably still hasn't reached his ceiling; interesting off the same mark.

6/1

3rd

7

26th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

13:20 Kempton

Your Darling

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Pauling

Improved on his form over hurdles when making a winning chasing debut at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) in October; however, last month's fifth of nine at Aintree (good to soft) was disappointing in comparison and he'll need to hit a new high if he's to resume winning ways.

12/1

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Exacta £651.00
Straight Forecast £579.00
Tricast £3866.30
Trifecta £4318.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Your Darling

SPOTLIGHT:

Oscar Elite

RP Ratings:

When You're Ready

The Sun:

Solo

Telegraph:

Goa Lil

The Star:

Imperial Alcazar

The Times:

Oscar Elite

Daily Express:

Oscar Elite

Daily Record:

Solo

POSTDATA:

Your Darling

WEST COUNTRY:

Your Darling

Daily Mail:

Your Darling

The Guardian:

When You're Ready

Daily Mirror:

When You're Ready