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16:30 Leicester

Soft

Dick Saunders Novices’ Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2566.5
  • 2m 6f 151y
  • Class 5
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 6m 11s
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Dick Saunders Novices’ Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: /P8/P-

Last run: 379 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Solid record in points and gained a sixth success when winning at Charing in December; not at his best in two subsequent outings and was pulled up only previous hunter chase attempt; bit to prove, therefore, even with James King, the champion male point rider, on board for the first time.

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

2nd

1

26th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

16:00 Fontwell

Back Bar

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

led but pestered, led narrowly or disputed lead from 5th, mistake 9th, not fluent 14th, pressed leader 15th, pushed along when jumped right 2 out, jumped slightly right last, soon ridden and weakened

13/8

1

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Back Bar

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Beat Cousin Pascal by 10l in a point earlier this season (on good to soft) but opposable on the balance of his form, with his latest Leicester win (soft) nothing to write home about.

50/1

9/4

  • Place: £1.50

Form: P537/4

Last run: 293 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Tailed off in a Cheltenham hunter chase last April (attracted support) but good pointing displays either side of that; no match for a smart performer on his return but still ran well and repeat of that gives him claims here.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

22nd May 2023

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

15:20 Ffos Las

Hotel Du Nord

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Keiran Burke

Quite lightly raced for his age and returned to form to make winning stable debut at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) in March; could have more to offer for new trainer but was pulled up at Wetherby last month and it's hard to know what to expect here.

6/1

8

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:55 Wetherby

Hotel Du Nord

11st 8lb

J: Mr Charlie Sprake

T: Keiran Burke

10yo who attracted market support on his stable debut at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) ten days ago and won by about 4l; he could have more to offer for this yard and is respected under a 7lb penalty.

5/1

1st

9

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:00 Wincanton

Hotel Du Nord

10st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Keiran Burke

Placed last year in a hunter chase and points; 33-1 when pulled up in a 3m2f handicap chase at Taunton in December on his only run for Bill Turner; kicks off for another yard with much to prove.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 221323 D

Last run: 214 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Hurdle winner last May (for David Bridgwater) and runner-up in two handicap chases (RPR 122); leading claims on those efforts but was well beaten at Larkhill last month on first start back with Fred Hutsby; cheekpieces return, which should help, but he'll need to do much better.

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

6

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Drakes Well

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Hutsby

T: F A Hutsby

Formerly with David Bridgwater; jumped right on occasions when winning a novice hunter chase on fourth start for Fred Hutsby at Stratford (2m5f, good to soft; 9-2) in March 2022; off the track since finishing second of three in a point the following month; best watched.

10/1

3rd

4

31st Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 6

16:25 Warwick

Drakes Well

12st 0lb

J: Mr Luke Scott

T: F A Hutsby

Fair winning hurdler/chaser for David Bridgwater; didn't have a lot in hand when successful at Stratford (2m5f, good to soft) recently and looks to have more on his plate this time.

20/1

Form: 2-4754

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Nine pointing wins but the latest of those was in March 2019 (also second in this contest in 2018); has spent the last year running consistently in modest handicap chases; should be involved.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

1st Jun 2022

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

16:50 Cartmel

Path To Freedom

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: Mrs C A Coward

prominent, lost position 11th, ridden and rallied after 5 out, no extra from 3 out, finished 5th, placed 4th

8/1

4th

6

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

16:30 Leicester

Path To Freedom

11st 12lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: Mrs C A Coward

Nine pointing wins but the latest of those was in March 2019 (also second in this contest in 2018); has spent the last year running consistently in modest handicap chases; should be involved.

5/1

4th

1

1st Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

14:45 Catterick

Path To Freedom

11st 12lb

J: Page Fuller

T: Jacqueline Coward

Prolific pointer who is 0-14 over fences under rules but he's well handicapped on his close call at Market Rasen (3m) last April and probably needed the run over 2m3f here on his return 18 days ago; now goes back up in trip and he could be dangerous with cheekpieces reapplied.

10/1

Form: U-

Last run: 339 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Five pointing wins, the latest last April, but all on good to soft or quicker; unseated in only hunter chase attempt so a few questions on first start for eight months.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

16:30 Leicester

Bingo Star

11st 12lb

J: Mr Sam Lee

T: Stuart Morris

Five pointing wins, the latest last April, but all on good to soft or quicker; unseated in only hunter chase attempt so a few questions on first start for eight months.

11/2

Form: 04/4

Last run: 265 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Fair fourth in a Stratford hunter chase last May and has been running reasonably in points this winter; best form has come on good ground so have to be doubts about him on more testing going; non-runner.

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

3rd

3

9th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

16:55 Fakenham

Fiddler Of Dooney

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: Mrs J Owen

Has won six of his 24 starts in points; 16l third in this event in 2022 (good) but has finished last on both starts in points this year; others preferred.

15/2

3rd

1

3rd May 2022

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 6

16:45 Fakenham

Fiddler Of Dooney

12st 0lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: J P Owen

4

17th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

16:30 Leicester

Fiddler Of Dooney

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: J P Owen

Fair fourth in a Stratford hunter chase last May and has been running reasonably in points this winter; best form has come on good ground so have to be doubts about him on more testing going; non-runner.

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Payout
Exacta £101.00
Straight Forecast £111.90
Trifecta £253.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Drakes Well

SPOTLIGHT:

Hotel Du Nord

Telegraph:

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Daily Mail:

Path To Freedom

POSTDATA:

Drakes Well

The Times:

Drakes Well

The Guardian:

Drakes Well

The Sun:

Drakes Well

WEST COUNTRY:

Hotel Du Nord

Daily Express:

Hotel Du Nord

The Star:

Hotel Du Nord

Daily Mirror:

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Daily Record:

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