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15:30 Sandown

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 3m 0f 37y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 6m 30s
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Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.00
  • Place: £2.90

Form: 313-21 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles in 2019 on sole start at Sandown; last two wins have been on heavy going, with a big career best when he made most to go in by nearly 8l at Exeter (3m) on latest outing; up 9lb and in grade but he is probably not fully exposed at this trip.

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7th

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Le Milos

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced since winning the prestigious Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good) in November 2022; hasn't threatened over hurdles on his three runs this season but his trainer excels when it comes to targeting big races; 2-2 here (soft/good to soft) and no surprise if he's in the mix back chasing.

8/1

13th

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Le Milos

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the 3m2f Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and ended last term with tenth in the Grand National; well beaten back hurdling on both starts this term but thrown in if judged on best chase efforts.

7/1

13th

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Le Milos

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and was tenth in the Grand National last spring; seemed rusty on his return to hurdling in November and now drops back 4f in distance; one of three runners for Dan Skelton and the other two look more obvious candidates for today.

20/1

OUR TIP

11/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 1P-22P CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Pulled up last time, which can probably be forgiven seeing as it was the Welsh National; although he's run badly too many times for comfort, his only three appearances at Sandown were wins in this race in 2020 and 2021 and a fractional defeat in this season's London National; back on career-high mark but has to be respected back at this track.

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2

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

12st 4lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Smart handicapper in these colours when at his best and continues to pay his way, last time justifying favouritism in a hunter chase at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft); has form at this track and fully entitled to go well.

9/2

1st

1

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

Deise Aba

11st 10lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Very useful handicap chaser in his prime and a three-time point winner for current stable since December, most recently when beating What A Glance in mixed open at Lockinge (3m, good; front pair well clear) three weeks ago; throws in a few duff efforts too but is a big player on hunter chase debut.

6/5

3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

20/1

Form: 117-71 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Registered a hat-trick last spring, with the second leg at this track, and he resumed his progress with a win at Kempton this Christmas (3m, soft; has won on good); up 4lb but is one to take seriously.

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6th

2

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:40 Newbury

Five Star Getaway

12st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Mixed over regulation fences since useful 3m form last midwinter (soft/good to soft) but is weighted to go well and the return to slightly further is likely to suit after finishing second over 2m4f at Newcastle last month (first-time cheekpieces, retained); thereabouts.

11/4

2nd

4

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 2

16:03 Newcastle

Five Star Getaway

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

There's a suspicion that 3m may be his best trip nowadays and he was disappointing at Kempton in December last time out; however, he received an early reminder and perhaps he'll be sharper now in cheekpieces; has dropped below his last winning mark and could have a part to play.

100/30

Form: 2-2F36 BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

All four chase starts over 3m-3m2f at Cheltenham, appearing to run very well on first attempt until he crashed into the rails on run-in; took a backward step on latest outing and now wears headgear first time; youngster who should have more to give but others are preferred this time.

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6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Undersupervision

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won this race in 2022 and lost out only by a neck when second in it last year; left disappointing seasonal debut behind when placed in big field at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) in November and can be forgiven his non-completion in gruelling race the following month; given 12-week break to recover from that and is likely to be primed for another big run in this contest.

6/1

0

11

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Undersupervision

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2lb out of the handicap and he's inconsistent; however, he returned to form with a good third of 16 at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) three weeks ago and his trainer knows what it takes in this race, having won it a record six times; no surprise if this 7yo is in the mix on his Aintree debut.

11/1

3rd

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Undersupervision

11st 7lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Placed in two valuable handicaps last season, including close second off today's mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good), but was pulled up in Scottish National in April and also disappointed over C&D on recent reappearance.

20/1

Form: 231-P1 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 7yo who is 2-4 in Britain and both those wins were gained in good style at Sandown (2m4f, soft); raised another 6lb since the latest four weeks ago; this is nearly half a mile further than he's been before, which gives him a fair bit more to prove, but he could still be on the up.

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4

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Mr James King

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last January and comfortably made all at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December; of interest judged on that latest win but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

33/1

10th

2

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

All starts have been on softer than good; 3-8 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; this term he impressively made all at Chepstow (9lb higher today) but his form dipped at Newbury four weeks later; mixed messages.

16/1

5th

1

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Farinet

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

3-7 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; made all when slamming Secret Reprieve by 8l eased down at Chepstow (3m) four weeks ago, since which he has been raised 10lb but he has to be in serious calculations.

7/2

Form: 3PP-07

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Very smart in his heyday but he's delivered little for current yard (last season and this); way down the weights.

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3rd

23

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Real Steel

10st 10lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

towards rear, headway but still plenty to do home turn, ran on well from last, went third towards finish

20/1

5th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 208y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Real Steel

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: E McNamara

Not the force of old in form terms but prevailing by a short head in a top 3m handicap chase at Leopardstown last Christmas was easily his biggest payday; ran creditably in a Grade 3 four weeks ago and has a chance even on that form, but this is his first run over hurdles since 2018.

16/1

6th

9

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Real Steel

10st 8lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

Won an ultra-competitive Paddy Power at Leopardstown last December; well held in Leopardstown Chase won by The Goffer, pulled up in Irish Grand National; beaten 20l in fourth behind Mars Harper at Listowel.

14/1

Form: 17/7-1

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 9yo who returned from another layoff to win in good style at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) in November; has gone up 8lb and stringing together two big runs in a row asks a question, given his interrupted career, but he looks good on his day.

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4th

3

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

15:30 Perth

Kapcorse

11st 3lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Billy Aprahamian

Useful on his day for Paul Nicholls but was quiet on his final two runs for that yard and again on his debut for this one; well handicapped but with questions to answer at the minute.

12/1

9th

2

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Kapcorse

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Billy Aprahamian

Lightly raced 9yo who was very good at times for Paul Nicholls, including his two 2m6f handicap wins at the big early-season meeting here; quiet on his final two runs for that top yard but could be interesting if revived by a change of scenery.

20/1

Form: 825-13 BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Runner-up when upped to 3m on a sharp track over hurdles on handicap debut last February; has run in two 2m4f novice handicap chases this season, winning at Aintree before close third of four at Ayr where he rallied very well after losing his chance with a very bad landing four out; without mishaps, he's surely capable of winning something off this unchanged mark.

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4th

1

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

12:55 Warwick

Linelee King

12st 1lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Long-time absent and something must have been amiss when pulling up in a valuable handicap chase at Sandown in early 2022, having previously made a good start over fences; won a novice over hurdles and he can deal with this mark, but likely best watched with a return to chasing probably on the agenda sooner rather than later.

11/2

8

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Linelee King

10st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Runner-up when upped to 3m on a sharp track over hurdles on handicap debut last February; has run in two 2m4f novice handicap chases this season, winning at Aintree before close third of four at Ayr where he rallied very well after losing his chance with a very bad landing four out; without mishaps, he's surely capable of winning something off this unchanged mark.

4/1

3rd

1

21st Dec 2021

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Ayr

Linelee King

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Lightly raced point winner who improved for the switch to fences when winning at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last month; today's race looks weaker and a 4lb rise may prove to be lenient; also effective on soft ground.

4/6

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Payout
Exacta £792.00
Straight Forecast £800.60
Tricast £3758.20
Trifecta £3147.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Linelee King

POSTDATA:

Five Star Getaway

The Times:

Farinet

TOPSPEED:

Kapcorse

WEST COUNTRY:

Deise Aba

RP Ratings:

Linelee King

The Guardian:

Linelee King

The Star:

Linelee King

Telegraph:

Five Star Getaway

Daily Express:

Five Star Getaway

Daily Record:

Five Star Getaway

Daily Mail:

Farinet

The Sun:

Farinet

Daily Mirror:

Kapcorse