January 29 / 13.55 Cheltenham

13.55 Cheltenham Good

Paddy Power Cheltenham Countdown Podcast Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
  • Win time: 5m 17s
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Paddy Power Cheltenham Countdown Podcast Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3-322P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Form dipped last time but he has performed respectably otherwise since switched to fences, including twice at this venue (second to My Drogo two starts ago); each-way possibilities if bouncing back.
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1st

10

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Form dipped last time but he has performed respectably otherwise since switched to fences, including twice at this venue (second to My Drogo two starts ago); each-way possibilities if bouncing back.

13/2

4

30th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

13:00 Haydock

Torn And Frayed

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two-time hurdle winner (2m3f/2m4f, soft/good; should stay 2m6f); placed all three starts over fences and he bumped into the smart My Drogo in novice at Cheltenham last time; his mark has been left untouched and he commands major respect.

3/1

2nd

4

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two-time hurdle winner (2m3f/2m4f, soft/good) who was a promising third here (2m4f, good) on chase debut in October, and may well have won at Ascot (2m3f, good; essentially a match) last time but for idling; can win races over fences and going back left-handed today is a plus (jumped left at Ascot), but second may be the best to hope for given he's taking on My Drogo.

15/2

5/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 1-35F6 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Not disgraced in two major handicaps over 2m4f here this term, finishing fifth in the Paddy Power in November and sixth on New Year's Day; has edged back down to a tempting mark and this may be the time to catch him, as he won the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle on this card in 2020; respected.
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2nd

4

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Galahad Quest

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nick Williams

Has held his own in some strong handicaps this season, perhaps most notably when second in Cheltenham Grade 3 (2m4f, good) in late January; respectable fifth when upped to 3m for another Grade 3 at Kempton last month and must be considered in these calmer waters.

11/4

5th

11

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Galahad Quest

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nick Williams

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and he's 0-5 in handicaps this season; however, he's run some solid races (on good-soft), including when second over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 2m4f last month; this 6yo can be in the mix if finding some improvement for today's trip, which is possible.

9/1

2nd

9

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Galahad Quest

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nick Williams

Not disgraced in two major handicaps over 2m4f here this term, finishing fifth in the Paddy Power in November and sixth on New Year's Day; has edged back down to a tempting mark and this may be the time to catch him, as he won the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle on this card in 2020; respected.

5/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 3-49P9 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Plenty of good efforts at this venue, including close second off 12lb higher in this race in 2020; however, has a question mark over current form having been nowhere near best the last twice (chase/hurdle).
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5th

21

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Spiritofthegames

10st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

16/1

3rd

18

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has loads of good form (in defeat) at Cheltenham, most recently third in Grade 3 handicap on latest start; ran respectably off higher marks in this race in 2019 (finished third) and 2020 (sixth); no win since 2018.

12/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

11st 2lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Plenty of good efforts at this venue, including close second off 12lb higher in this race in 2020; however, has a question mark over current form having been nowhere near best the last twice (chase/hurdle).

12/1

Form: 0-2183 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Successful at Musselburgh (2m4f) in October and ran respectably back there on New Year's Day; had a second wind surgery since; yet to win above Class 3 and faces a tough assignment at this level.
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6th

1

13th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

17:50 Aintree

Gaelik Coast

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Pulled up in a valuable Grade 3 2m handicap chase here in April but bounced back with a solid second at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) a fortnight later; fair claims.

11/2

2nd

2

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

15:15 Perth

Gaelik Coast

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

12

7th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Gaelik Coast

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

14/1

Form: -83221 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Took well to first-time cheekpieces in useful novice handicap at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft; now 3lb higher) on Boxing Day, opening his chase account at the fourth attempt; may well build on that win; not dismissed in the retained headgear.
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2nd

4

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Jacamar

11st 6lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

10/1

2

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Jacamar

11st 4lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Milton Harris

Successful in 2m4f handicaps at Kempton on Boxing Day and Leicester last month; found things harder in Grade 2 at Ayr last Saturday; faces another difficult task.

33/1

4th

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:00 Ayr

Jacamar

11st 0lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Record of 2-4 (in handicaps) since wearing cheekpieces, the wins gained over 2m4f at Kempton on Boxing Day and Leicester last month; has the worst chance on ratings but not by a great deal and he may have more to offer in the retained headgear; not dismissed.

11/2

Form: P2-754 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Steadily finding his form this season, most recently fourth in Grade 3 handicap over C&D (soft) with cheekpieces applied on New Year's Day; big player provided he takes another step forward; defied a 5lb higher mark here in November 2020.
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6th

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Magic Saint

11st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

Steadily finding his form this season, most recently fourth in Grade 3 handicap over C&D (soft) with cheekpieces applied on New Year's Day; big player provided he takes another step forward; defied a 5lb higher mark here in November 2020.

13/2

4th

4

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:00 Cheltenham

Magic Saint

11st 6lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

Rather disappointing here last time in a 2m handicap he'd won 12 months earlier; creditable second over C&D (good) last April; below-par seventh on soft going in this contest two years ago; cheekpieces added.

25/1

5th

1

12th Nov 2021

Good

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:45 Cheltenham

Magic Saint

12st 1lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Won this race off this mark last year (good to soft) on his second outing of the campaign and ended the season with creditable second in Grade 2 handicap here; had a second wind surgery over the summer; respected with Wetherby reappearance under his belt.

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4-2F18 CD BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Game chaser who is suited by Cheltenham; landed the Racing Post Gold Cup over C&D last month but wasn't in the same form on New Year's Day and needs to step up on that effort; still on career-high mark.
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3rd

2

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

An 11yo who has never been better and he can't get enough of this place, enhancing an outstanding record here with victory in one of the Festival handicaps last month; stormed home by more than 6l despite edging right at most of his fences and looking held when headed three out; that was on soft ground and, while he handles this surface fine, he's probably at his best in the mud; another 7lb rise is a further headache.

4/1

1st

8

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Acts on soft/heavy; the winner of two major 2m4f handicap chases at Cheltenham, including the Racing Post Gold Cup in December, and he was a creditable fourth (off 2lb lower) in this race 12 months ago; however, form has dipped here on last two outings and he remains weighted to the hilt.

20/1

7th

2

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Game chaser who is suited by Cheltenham; landed the Racing Post Gold Cup over C&D last month but wasn't in the same form on New Year's Day and needs to step up on that effort; still on career-high mark.

7/1

Form: P58-12

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Sound performances in cheekpieces this term, opening his chase account at Ffos Las (2m) then runner-up at Chepstow (2m3f); however, bit to prove in reapplied blinkers and on faster ground (all wins on soft/heavy).
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8th

11

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Eden Du Houx

10st 9lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Sound performances in cheekpieces this term, opening his chase account at Ffos Las (2m) then runner-up at Chepstow (2m3f); however, bit to prove in reapplied blinkers and on faster ground (all wins on soft/heavy).

12/1

2nd

1

17th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

14:00 Chepstow

Eden Du Houx

11st 6lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Rather disappointing over fences last season (unplaced in six attempts) but back on track, following wind surgery, when beating a subsequent winner at Ffos Las in November (2m); stays this trip and won over hurdles at this course; could defy 5lb rise.

5/2

1st

5

7th Nov 2021

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:55 Ffos Las

Eden Du Houx

10st 10lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Promising novice hurdler in 2019-20 but 0-6 and rather disappointing over fences last season (2m4f-3m6f); resumes on a good mark and can probably cope with today's drop back to 2m but has some questions to answer; had another wind op (his second) in July; tongue-tie/cheekpieces refitted.

12/1

Form: 5-31F1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Successful over hurdles at Aintree (3m, good) and over fences at Ayr (3m, soft) on last two completed starts; however, she's back on career-high mark and faces a much stiffer task in this grade.
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9th

7

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

She’sasupermack

10st 13lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Successful over hurdles at Aintree (3m, good) and over fences at Ayr (3m, soft) on last two completed starts; however, she's back on career-high mark and faces a much stiffer task in this grade.

16/1

1st

3

2nd Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

15:40 Ayr

She’sasupermack

11st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Mixes hurdling with chasing and has won under both codes; in process of running well before penultimate-fence fall over C&D (good to soft; back from layoff) in November and remains on a workable mark.

3/1

3

16th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

15:23 Ayr

She’sasupermack

11st 9lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Dual chase winner but hesitant at some fences on latest chase start at Newcastle in March and has been hurdling since, staying on well to defy a big weight at Aintree in June (3m, good); returns to fences off 9lb higher but still has potential as a staying chaser.

9/2

Form: 44/22- D BF

Last run: 427 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Made the frame in notable handicaps (2m4f-3m) on last four starts in 2020, good second in the Rehearsal at Newcastle on final occasion; absent since but has possibilities if returning in similar form; there appears to be a good prize in him.
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3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Whatmore

11st 5lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Made the frame in notable handicaps (2m4f-3m) on last four starts in 2020, good second in the Rehearsal at Newcastle on final occasion; absent since but has possibilities if returning in similar form; there appears to be a good prize in him.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £358.00
Straight Forecast £341.00
Tricast £2053.70
Trifecta £3052.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Galahad Quest

The Times:

Whatmore

The Guardian:

Coole Cody

TOPSPEED:

Jacamar

POSTDATA:

Torn And Frayed

Telegraph:

She'sasupermack

RP Ratings:

Spiritofthegames

WEST COUNTRY:

Galahad Quest

Daily Express:

Galahad Quest

Daily Record:

Jacamar

Daily Mail:

Whatmore

Daily Mirror:

Whatmore

The Sun:

Coole Cody

The Star:

Coole Cody