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16:45 Taunton

Good To Soft

Cheltenham Gold Cup Lunch 18th March Open National Hunt Flat Race (Cat 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2722.46
  • 2m 0f 104y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
  • Win time: 4m 10s
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Lunch 18th March Open National Hunt Flat Race (Cat 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 1 D

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Up with the pace throughout under Caoilin Quinn when making winning debut at Fakenham (good; 10-1) in November by 7l; penalised here but a leading contender again.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

16:00 Wincanton

Gallopade

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Warren Greatrex

led, raced in second when not fluent and headed 2nd, pulled up before 2 out, lost action

4/5

2nd

3

23rd Mar 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:25 Ludlow

Gallopade

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Warren Greatrex

Dual bumper winner; too free in both starts over hurdles, most recently when third behind Jacks Profit and Welsh Charger over C&D (in hood for first time, made the running); Harry Cobden booked but chance of reversing the places probably rests with him settling better.

7/2

3rd

4

2nd Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Gallopade

11st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Warren Greatrex

Dual bumper winner last season (good/good to soft) but refused to settle and also compromised his chance by persistently hanging when well-held sixth on hurdling debut at Fakenham (2m, good) in October; might be more relaxed with a hood fitted here and almost certainly has the raw ability to feature, but comes with obvious risk.

7/2

10/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 75

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Went off 66-1 but showed some improvement on his debut form when fifth of 13 at Southwell (good to soft) last month, late headway from a long way back; may progress again and not ruled out.

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3rd

8

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:25 Warwick

Bertie Blue

10st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Well beaten on handicap debut in March but bounced back quickly to beat very progressive rival by 7l at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) last month; 8lb higher in a stronger race but open to further improvement.

6/1

1st

4

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

18:15 Southwell

Bertie Blue

11st 11lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Started his hurdling career with two promising placed efforts (2m3f/2m4f, good to soft) but he was tailed off on his handicap debut over C&D (11-2) last month; still has potential but this is a recovery mission after that last run.

9/1

7th

6

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:35 Southwell

Bertie Blue

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

towards rear, mistake 1st

9/2

6/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 43

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

In the frame at Exeter and Wincanton towards the end of 2021, both on good ground, some improvement when a close third last time; should be thereabouts once more.

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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

13th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 103y

Class 4

17:15 Aintree

Pocket Too

10st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Fourth fair run in bumpers when third to Ukantango at Stratford; may do better now he goes hurdling but clearly has a bit to find.

5/1

3rd

12

14th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 70y

Class 5

16:40 Stratford

Pocket Too

10st 8lb

J: Miss Heidi Stevens

T: Victor Dartnall

Yard has endured a quiet season and this gelding is starting to look exposed now, again seemingly having no excuses for today's 7lb claimer last time.

10/1

3rd

9

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Pocket Too

10st 7lb

J: Miss Heidi Stevens

T: Victor Dartnall

In the frame at Exeter and Wincanton towards the end of 2021, both on good ground, some improvement when a close third last time; should be thereabouts once more.

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Mare

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam point/useful 2m3f and 2m5f hurdle winner, closely related to useful 2m4f-3m hurdle/chase winner On The Bridge, is granddaughter of Champion Hurdle winner Flakey Dove; changed hands for £15,000 last spring; interesting newcomer for a yard with a very solid record in bumpers.

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8th

10

30th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

17:05 Market Rasen

Horizon Dove

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

prominent, weakened after 3 out

20/1

4th

6

7th Sep 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

15:55 Southwell

Horizon Dove

10st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Pulled up in her last two points in the spring and she's been beaten 26l or more since switched to hurdling this summer; now goes handicapping with equipment added but she needs a transformation.

8/1

8th

9

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 125y

Class 4

17:30 Market Rasen

Horizon Dove

10st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

50-1 when a never-dangerous fourth behind Roll With It here recently; one for handicaps.

50/1

Form: 7

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Swerved left at the start and reluctant to race when tailed off at Exeter (good to soft; hooded; 50-1) last month; needs a major leap forward.

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4th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:50 Chepstow

Exmoor Forest

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Generally very disappointing since his 3m1f maiden hurdle win last May but took good step back in right direction when third at Exeter (2m5f, soft) last month, and is another 2lb lower for today's chasing debut.

8/1

3rd

8

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

15:30 Exeter

Exmoor Forest

11st 5lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

towards rear

50/1

9th

10

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Exmoor Forest

11st 2lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Upped to 3m1f when making all in a Warwick maiden (3m1f, good) last May; pulled up next two starts since and, after wind surgery, well beaten at Exeter (2m7f) 17 days ago but that was a step back in the right direction; needs overall improvement and 7lb claimer takes over.

25/1

Form: 19 D

Last run: 65 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Filly

OR:

Form & Verdict

Found the step up to a Listed race beyond her at Huntingdon in December, but she'd previously made a winning start at Uttoxeter (good; rallied to lead inside final furlong) in October; big player back down in grade.

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7th

11

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Dan Skelton

Won two novice hurdles last September (2m4f/2m1f; good to soft/heavy); pulled up/well beaten over fences/hurdles in first two handicaps but was a ready winner over 2m4f here yesterday; unpenalised but has more to prove up in trip if turning up again from out of the weights.

12/1

1st

6

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 100y

Class 4

17:00 Ayr

Presenting Nelly

11st 1lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Well held in two maiden points in Ireland in the autumn; yard yet to have a bumper winner.

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10

24th Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Warwick

Lord Bill

10st 5lb

J: Jack Wildman

T: Grace Harris

towards rear

10/1

7th

7

8th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 185y

Class 5

16:40 Southwell

Lord Bill

11st 1lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

midfield, pushed along and headway after 3 out, ridden and weakened from 2 out

9/1

4th

8

8th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 198y

Class 5

15:40 Taunton

Lord Bill

10st 13lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Grace Harris

Pulled up on his handicap debut first time back and then beaten 22l in a seller; opposable.

25/1

Form: 3

Last run: 54 days

W: 10st 7lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Receiving weight all round when third of six at Ffos Las (heavy; 3-1) in December, keeping on at one pace; open to progress and one to consider.

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6th

12

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

15:55 Ascot

Vengeance

11st 3lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: William de Best-Turner

Nine-race maiden who finished well down the field after making the running in 2m4f Sandown handicap hurdle on stable debut in January; moves up in trip with a lot to prove.

66/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

By Indian Haven out of a bumper winner; plausible pedigree but stable is 0-57 under National Hunt rules in the last five seasons.

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6th

4

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

12:55 Taunton

Brucie Bonus

11st 5lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Sarah Robinson

Always behind when a 400-1 outsider for first two hurdle races, the latter over C&D in November.

100/1

8th

1

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:00 Taunton

Brucie Bonus

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sarah Robinson

Struggled at massive prices in two bumpers here early in 2022 and was the same story on his hurdling debut at Newton Abbot (2m2f, good) in August; can only be watched after another break.

100/1

9th

2

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

15:30 Newton Abbot

Brucie Bonus

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Sarah Robinson

always behind, not fluent 1st

100/1

50/1

Form: 6

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

125-1 and no threat when 23l sixth of ten at Ludlow (1m6f, soft) 19 days ago; needs to up his game significantly; stablemate of Exmoor Forest.

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10th

7

8th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

16:45 Taunton

Prince MTM

11st 5lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Ben Lund

125-1 and no threat when 23l sixth of ten at Ludlow (1m6f, soft) 19 days ago; needs to up his game significantly; stablemate of Exmoor Forest.

50/1

6th

7

20th Jan 2022

Soft

1m 6f 7y

Class 4

16:00 Ludlow

Prince MTM

11st 4lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Ben Lund

Flat pedigree (dam 7.4f 2yo winner, half-sister to useful 7f-1m5f winner Skaters Waltz) looks plausible for a race of this nature, but trainer's only two runners in bumpers so far have been soundly beaten.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £122.00
Straight Forecast £125.50
Trifecta £535.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Gallopade

Daily Express:

Horizon Dove

WEST COUNTRY:

Pocket Too

SPOTLIGHT:

Presenting Nelly

The Times:

Vengeance

POSTDATA:

Gallopade

LAMBOURN:

Gallopade

Telegraph:

Gallopade

The Guardian:

Gallopade

Daily Mail:

Gallopade

Daily Mirror:

Gallopade

The Sun:

Gallopade

The Star:

Gallopade

Daily Record:

Gallopade