February 05 / 15.30 Sandown

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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4th

2

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Le Milos

11st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Chasing on last six starts and won three, including from the front over 3m at Exeter (heavy) and Sandown (good to soft) on last two outings; the latter was by just a head but he kept on well to hold off a course specialist and it would be no surprise if this 4lb higher mark proves within his compass.

11/4

1st

4

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Le Milos

11st 6lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

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.

10/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Le Milos

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Heavy-ground winner last season and finished well for second on his first attempt over 3m on good to soft here two months ago; only 2lb higher and needs respecting.

5/1

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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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34

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Deise Aba

10st 8lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

All starts on softer than good, acts on heavy; has a fantastic record over fences at Sandown, including a fractional defeat in this season's 3m5f London National, but at other tracks it is severely lacking; a hefty career best is needed.

66/1

2nd

2

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Deise Aba

11st 9lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

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.

11/2

13

27th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Deise Aba

10st 0lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Last season saw him win once and pulled up three times; has gone close in his two starts this term, rallying very well off today's mark when touched off by Highland Hunter at Sandown (upped to 3m5f) last time; goes well in the mud; player if that latest effort is repeated.

12/1

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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14th

26

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Five Star Getaway

10st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Won three 2m4f handicaps on the spin last season (good-soft) and was back in the good books when winning a 3m handicap at Kempton that has worked out terrifically well; not sure what happened back there last time out but the yard is winning valuable handicaps for fun this season and he's an interesting newcomer to these fences; 2lb wrong.

14/1

8th

10

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Five Star Getaway

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Won three in a row last March (good-soft) and returned to winning ways over C&D (soft) in December, a race that has worked out extremely well; beaten in third at Sandown (3m, good to soft) subsequently but that was still a solid performance and this progressive 8yo is on the shortlist.

7/1

3rd

7

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Five Star Getaway

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

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.

7/2

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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4

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Undersupervision

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1st

5

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Undersupervision

10st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

First 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 the fourth of those outings and also below form when he wore cheekpieces (retained today) behind Le Milos at Sandown on latest start; competitive if he's back firing on all cylinders.

6/1

4th

6

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Undersupervision

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

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.

7/1

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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8

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Farinet

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who is 2-5 in Britain, the wins gained in good style over 2m4f on soft ground at Sandown; below par over 3m there last time; may have more to offer back down in trip and remains of interest.

6/1

5th

5

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Farinet

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

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.

4/1

6

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Farinet

11st 2lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who is 2-4 in Britain, the wins gained at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last March and on latest outing; possibly just needed his reappearance run in the Racing Post Gold Cup here in between; raised 6lb for latest success but Lucy Turner takes off 7lb; open to further progress.

5/1

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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4th

2

4th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

16:00 Newton Abbot

Real Steel

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

4th

1

28th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Real Steel

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Very smart in his prime but has looked out of sorts on all three appearances this season; dropped in grade with first-time cheekpieces tried today; urgently needs to prove some ability remains.

8/1

1

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Real Steel

11st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Paul Nicholls

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

16/1

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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3

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Kapcorse

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

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.

7/1

10

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Kapcorse

10st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced 9yo who returned from another layoff to win in good style at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) in November; has also won on good going; has gone up 8lb and, having had an interrupted career, there's a concern about whether he can string together two big runs in a row, but given his dominance last time he has to be respected for his top connections.

13/2

1st

11

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 2

13:15 Newbury

Kapcorse

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won this race by 10l on soft ground as a 5yo in 2018; only 3lb higher today, so he's thrown in with a repeat of that form, but that's having run only three times since; latest was when weakening into 20l seventh in this race one year ago; with top yard but questions to answer.

11/2

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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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

1st

8

6th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

13:40 Aintree

Linelee King

10st 11lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Makes chase debut in a competitive race and was tailed off over hurdles last time out in April; however, he was previously a good second on his handicap hurdle debut at Southwell (3m, soft) and the unexposed point winner may improve for the switch to fences.

16/1

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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