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16:30 Exeter

Soft

Virgin Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (Leg 1 Of The 2022 Veterans’ Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £13527.8
  • 3m 0f 54y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
  • Win time: 6m 36s
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Virgin Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (Leg 1 Of The 2022 Veterans’ Chase Series)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-3442 CD BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Exeter brings out the best in him and this C&D winner (good) returned to form with a near-miss when back here (C&D, soft) last month; contests his first veterans' chase today and this 10yo holds very solid claims.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

9

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Run To Milan

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Victor Dartnall

This is his trip; unplaced on his previous run here and saves all his best efforts for Exeter where he again ran well last time from 5lb out of the weights; does have form elsewhere but it's on right-handed tracks; perhaps placed at best.

7/1

2nd

15

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Run To Milan

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Dual C&D winner, latterly in 2022 edition of this race (soft ground), and has made the frame over C&D on all three starts this season; 5lb out of the weights today but the form of his December second has been very well advertised by the winner since; considered each-way.

14/1

2nd

6

21st Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:55 Exeter

Run To Milan

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Has only ever won here and from the front he went down fighting in Enjoy Your Life's recent C&D handicap; down another 2lb but he does look vulnerable to younger legs.

7/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 486/46 D BF

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

A bit underwhelming when sixth at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last time out in December but he'd previously finished a promising fourth at Bangor (3m, soft) following a long absence; firmly in calculations on that penultimate form, which has worked out extremely well.

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

2

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

14:55 Carlisle

Belami Des Pictons

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Hasn't won for more than five years but has been lightly raced in recent seasons; still retains plenty of ability but broke a blood vessel on latest start and is hard to predict.

4/1

5th

5

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Belami Des Pictons

10st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Underwhelming when sixth at Ascot in December but he'd previously reappeared with a promising fourth at Bangor (3m, soft), and he bounced back with a good second at Exeter (3m, soft) ten days ago when clear with the course specialist winner; strong claims if reproducing that latest form.

2/1

2nd

4

13th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Belami Des Pictons

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

A bit underwhelming when sixth at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last time out in December but he'd previously finished a promising fourth at Bangor (3m, soft) following a long absence; firmly in calculations on that penultimate form, which has worked out extremely well.

9/2

Form: 85-02P

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

12yo who hasn't won since January 2019 and was pulled up at Sandown last month; however, he lost a shoe and prior to last time he showed considerable spark when runner-up at Haydock (3m1f, heavy); versatile ground-wise and he's a player if bouncing back to form.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Aso

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

12yo whose losing run goes back to January 2019 and he's had a mixed campaign this season; however, he didn't run badly when a 20l third at Exeter (3m, soft) last month and the subsequent 5lb drop can only help; effective on good ground earlier in his career and he's one to consider.

5/2

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:15 Newbury

Aso

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Venetia Williams

Formerly smart; runner-up in the 2019 Ryanair; best effort this term when second in veterans' chase at Haydock (3m1f, heavy; now 5lb lower) in December; on a long losing spell but warrants respect off current mark.

11/4

3rd

1

13th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Aso

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Venetia Williams

12yo who hasn't won since January 2019 and was pulled up at Sandown last month; however, he lost a shoe and prior to last time he showed considerable spark when runner-up at Haydock (3m1f, heavy); versatile ground-wise and he's a player if bouncing back to form.

11/2

Form: P0/7P3 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

2018 Welsh National winner (3m5f, soft) who returned from a long absence in December and isn't the force of old; however, he was a fair third of five at Taunton (3m4f, good to soft) last time and the handicapper has given him a big chance in dropping him 7lb since; could have a part to play.

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

0

6

12th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:25 Sandown

Elegant Escape

10st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

His Welsh Grand National win was five years ago and sole success since was in a veterans' chase at Ascot in March of 2022; last season never got going at all but his trainer reports him in good shape and he's rocketed down the weights.

12/1

7th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Elegant Escape

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Only win since landing the 2018 Welsh Grand National was in a veterans' chase at Ascot 12 months ago off 10lb higher; too well handicapped to ignore but this season hasn't got going at all.

12/1

5th

5

12th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Elegant Escape

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Smart in his prime, with career highlight his 2018 Welsh Grand National win; capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when gaining a hard-fought win in Ascot veterans' race (3m, good) last March and he has a 5lb lower mark today, but disappointing shows are more the norm nowadays; has a change of equipment but it's hard to bank on a revival.

16/1

Form: 1-3443 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won at Newbury (3m2f, good) last March and has run consistently well in defeat on his four starts this season, most recently a 13l third of 13 in the final of this series at Sandown (3m, heavy) last month; has been dropped a handy 3lb since last time and can give another good account.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Sir Ivan

11st 12lb

J: Miss Megan Bevan

T: Harry Fry

pressed leader early, raced in second when mistake 4th, hit 6th, pushed along briefly after 13th, slight lead when mistake 3 out, 2 lengths ahead last, kept on well

13/8

6th

8

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Sir Ivan

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Respectable thirds to kick off the campaign and his jumping was a bit ragged when well beaten at Sandown (third the two previous seasons); likely to give a good account if more on the ball this afternoon.

14/1

11th

12

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Sir Ivan

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Third in the last two runnings of this race, both in the mud; has made a solid start to this campaign and, although needing to raise his game again, he enters the reckoning off his lowest mark since 2015, 11lb lower than he was 12 months ago.

11/1

Form: PP-F35

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 10yo who has an unreliable profile, but he stayed on for a good third at Ascot (3m, good to soft) two starts ago and ran well until failing to see out 3m5f at Warwick (soft) last month; can be thereabouts in his first veterans' chase provided his good recent form continues.

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

5th

3

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Catterick

Jerrysback

12st 6lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: Ben Haslam

Absent since tailed off at Perth in September 2022 and this 12yo needs to prove how much ability he retains; however, he showed strong form when winning two handicaps in a row that summer and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the betting on his return.

7/2

7th

1

21st Sep 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

14:45 Perth

Jerrysback

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

prominent, lost position 4th, dropped to last 12th, pushed along 14th, lost touch 4 out, finished lame

5/1

1

29th Aug 2022

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 2

15:24 Cartmel

Jerrysback

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Romped home here (3m5f) in May and followed up in a valuable Uttoxeter contest the following month; seems to have turned over a new leaf but 10lb rise for that latest success will prove a stern test for him.

4/1

Form: U1/ D

Last run: 787 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Three-time point winner (soft/good to soft) who won a beginners' chase at Hereford (3m1f, heavy) in December 2019 on his second rules start; on a competitive mark on that form but absent since and needs to prove he retains that ability; has had wind op since last time; watch the betting.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Encounter A Giant

12st 1lb

J: Mr Henry Crow

T: Tom Britten

Quite a useful chaser for Alastair Ralph; has won his last two points but he was tailed off behind Premier Magic in December and looks up against it.

12/1

4th

2

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

17:34 Haydock

Encounter A Giant

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

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Payout
Exacta £163.00
Straight Forecast £186.10
Trifecta £861.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Run To Milan

RP Ratings:

Jerrysback

Telegraph:

Elegant Escape

Daily Express:

Belami Des Pictons

The Times:

Run To Milan

Daily Mail:

Run To Milan

Daily Mirror:

Run To Milan

The Star:

Elegant Escape

Daily Record:

Elegant Escape

TOPSPEED:

Jerrysback

POSTDATA:

Jerrysback

WEST COUNTRY:

Jerrysback