February 17 / 14.45 Leicester

14.45 Leicester

Soft

100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7951.16
  • 1m 7f 201y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 4m 4s
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100% Racing TV Profits Back To Racing Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00

Form: /4705- D

Last run: 309 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Fairly useful dual hurdle winner (2m/2m1f) who ran respectably on the Flat (2m, AW) last month; this looks a tough enough assignment on his chase debut and he could be one for another day; his hurdle wins have come on good/good to soft.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

6

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Nelson River

11st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Tony Carroll

Dual Flat/hurdles winner; ridden out to make a winning debut over fences at Leicester (2m, good to soft) but couldn't follow up off his revised mark in a handicap back there; 1lb lower for this but it's a tougher assignment.

10/1

2nd

2

11th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:05 Leicester

Nelson River

10st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Tony Carroll

Dual Flat/hurdles winner who belied his market position (20-1 outsider of four) in C&D novice chase last month, taking well to fences at the first attempt; the bare form of that win suggests a 9lb rise is manageable back at handicap level; respected.

5/4

1st

3

17th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:45 Leicester

Nelson River

11st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Tony Carroll

Fairly useful dual hurdle winner (2m/2m1f) who ran respectably on the Flat (2m, AW) last month; this looks a tough enough assignment on his chase debut and he could be one for another day; his hurdle wins have come on good/good to soft.

8/1

Form: 685-22 D BF

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced since winning bumper debut in February 2019; didn't really fulfill his potential over hurdles, but he's raised his game with two promising runner-up efforts over fences (2m/2m2f) this winter; caught the eye with his strong finish last time and now drops back in trip; should have more to offer in this sphere and is respected for in-form yard.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

14:44 Haydock

Nickolson

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

4th

1

12th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:45 Sandown

Nickolson

11st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Won his first two races (bumper/maiden hurdle) but 0-8 since; has taken well enough to fences, but beaten when favourite on his last two outings, comfortably held in four-runner race at Leicester on latest; these conditions should be fine but he needs the first-time cheekpieces to give him a boost.

9/2

2nd

4

17th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:45 Leicester

Nickolson

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Olly Murphy

Lightly raced since winning bumper debut in February 2019; didn't really fulfill his potential over hurdles, but he's raised his game with two promising runner-up efforts over fences (2m/2m2f) this winter; caught the eye with his strong finish last time and now drops back in trip; should have more to offer in this sphere and is respected for in-form yard.

7/4

Form: 11-325 D BF

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Four wins over hurdles last season (2m-2m2f, good/good to soft) and made a fine start to his chasing career when 7l second behind the very smart Edwardstone at Warwick in November; didn't jump fluently when disappointing at Doncaster (favourite) last time but still early days in this sphere and he's a major player on his penultimate form.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

30th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:53 Uttoxeter

Stepney Causeway

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

2

5th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

14:15 Southwell

Stepney Causeway

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Rattled off four quick hurdles wins last spring; 0-3 over fences but he did well to split the top-class Edwardstone and the useful For Pleasure in a novice at Warwick (2m, good to soft) in November; best forgiven a poor effort in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last month; still low mileage, goes well on good ground and may get back on track in this small field.

7/4

25

18th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Stepney Causeway

10st 8lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Won four novice hurdles in a row from the front last spring (1m7f-2m2f, good/good to soft) and today's return to hurdles could suit, with things having not gone to plan over fences the last twice; only five and he's not written off in first-time cheekpieces.

50/1

Form: -41U36 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Won at favourite course Wetherby (1m7f, good to soft; RPR 143) in November on his second chase start; interesting on that form but has a mixed record in three runs since and was sixth of seven in a Doncaster handicap last time, behind a smart rival; back in a novice event but others preferred.
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

24th Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:10 Huntingdon

Fransham

11st 12lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

Five of his six wins have come at Wetherby, most recently a small-field novice handicap chase in November off this mark; it hasn't been smooth sailing since but he returns to hurdles off a competitive mark and in a race lacking depth; not discounted.

6/1

1

17th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:45 Leicester

Fransham

11st 5lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

Won at favourite course Wetherby (1m7f, good to soft; RPR 143) in November on his second chase start; interesting on that form but has a mixed record in three runs since and was sixth of seven in a Doncaster handicap last time, behind a smart rival; back in a novice event but others preferred.

3/1

6th

5

28th Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

13:15 Doncaster

Fransham

10st 13lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

Won at favourite course Wetherby (1m7f, good to soft) in November on second chase start and he's capable of running well elsewhere; gave another good account when third of five at Wetherby 13 days ago and it's possible he has more to offer over fences, but such improvement is needed off current mark.

6/1

Form: /5/343

Last run: 183 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Tailed off in all of his five completed starts under rules including over fences in last three runs; has had wind surgery but can only be watched back from 183 days off; tongue-tie removed.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

1st Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 3

15:05 Newton Abbot

Earth Spirit

11st 4lb

J: Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

didn't jump with fluency, prominent early, lost touch from 6th, tailed off (vet said gelding was struck onto its right-fore)

100/1

4th

2

18th May 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

17:50 Southwell

Earth Spirit

11st 2lb

J: Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

0-6 under rules and no worthwhile form to his name yet in the context of this race.

40/1

2

17th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:45 Leicester

Earth Spirit

11st 0lb

J: Mr Geoff Barfoot-Saunt

T: Tracey Barfoot-Saunt

Tailed off in all of his five completed starts under rules including over fences in last three runs; has had wind surgery but can only be watched back from 183 days off; tongue-tie removed.

100/1

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Exacta £369.00
Straight Forecast £409.90
Trifecta £723.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Nickolson

RP Ratings:

Stepney Causeway

WEST COUNTRY:

Earth Spirit

TOPSPEED:

Nickolson

POSTDATA:

Nickolson

Daily Mail:

Nickolson

Daily Mirror:

Nickolson

The Star:

Nickolson

Daily Record:

Nickolson

The Times:

Stepney Causeway

Telegraph:

Stepney Causeway

The Guardian:

Stepney Causeway

Daily Express:

Stepney Causeway

The Sun:

Stepney Causeway