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15:25 Doncaster

Soft

Virgin Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 2 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 7f 214y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 6m 9s
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Virgin Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 2 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 23-44P

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Pulled up at Haydock last time out in December and hard to be confident after that; previously a fair fourth in a competitive handicap there (3m, heavy) and he's down to an attractive mark; not discounted.

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4

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Up Helly Aa King

11st 5lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Veteran who remains very capable on his day, with a first and close second this season; below best last time but could bounce back from that.

9/1

4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

Up Helly Aa King

11st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

raced wide, in touch with leaders, steady headway and went third 10th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened

5/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

Up Helly Aa King

11st 11lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Early faller at Sandown last time; prior to that this highly admirable 13yo won at Ayr (3m, heavy) and he scored twice here earlier in his career; respected off just 2lb higher than at Ayr.

9/1

15/2

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 31-58P D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

12yo who was tailed off on his final two starts towards the end of last year and has something to prove; however, he's off the same mark as when winning at the Cheltenham Festival last March and he's had wind surgery since last time, which could prompt a revival; not written off.

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2

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Vintage Clouds

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Creditable efforts in this in 2017, 2018 and 2019, the highlight his third in 2018; after a wind op he returned to form when second in Doncaster veterans' chase in February and he's on a handy mark, but he's since been pulled up at Cheltenham and this 12yo is back to having something to prove.

33/1

12

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Vintage Clouds

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Having his sixth run in this race and has been solid as a rock when running in it off marks in the 140s, placed in 2018 and 2019 then rising from the ashes to see off his rivals 12 months ago (soft); place chance off just 1lb higher; has won on good but is suited by soft.

25/1

2nd

2

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Vintage Clouds

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

12yo who was tailed off on his final two starts towards the end of last year and has something to prove; however, he's off the same mark as when winning at the Cheltenham Festival last March and he's had wind surgery since last time, which could prompt a revival; not written off.

15/2

Form: 62-513 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Was having just his second crack at a staying trip when winning at Chepstow (2m7f, good) in October and he's since been a creditable third in the Classic at Warwick (3m5f, soft); this is an easier race than last time and holds leading claims off his static mark.

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0

8

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

13:25 Aintree

Chirico Vallis

10st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Well held in the latest final of this series but ties in with Boldmere on Newbury running next time out; early faller in similar event at Chepstow most recently; competitively handicapped granted a clear round.

10/1

0

9

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Chirico Vallis

10st 5lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Not the most consistent but he was returning from a similar break when winning over C&D at this meeting two years ago off 3lb higher; confined to only seven starts in the meantime and some of them were highly respectable.

10/1

6th

3

29th May 2023

Good

3m 5f 80y

Class 3

15:30 Cartmel

Chirico Vallis

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

led

5/1

Form: 67-F56 C

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

2-2 here in a bumper (2017) and maiden hurdle (2018); continues to drop down the weights but better could have been expected from this 11yo on his two runs this season, and he needs to raise his game.

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2

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Black Op

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: Mrs Emma Clark

High-class novice hurdler who was second in the 2018 Ballymore; had his moments in novice chases but ultimately became disappointing and his last three pointing wins have come in tiny fields when odds-on; unconvinced that he'll be up to this test.

40/1

4th

3

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Black Op

11st 3lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

2-2 here in a bumper (2017) and maiden hurdle (2018); continues to drop down the weights but better could have been expected from this 11yo on his two runs this season, and he needs to raise his game.

11/2

6th

5

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Black Op

11st 1lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

Highly tried over fences in last two seasons; was facing a more realistic assignment in 3m1f veterans' handicap at Aintree last time but hung left throughout and could finish only fifth of seven; bit to prove after that.

5/1

Form: 86/462 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

OUR TIP

Form: P12-43 CD

Last run: 88 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Rejuvenated for new yard last spring, when second in the Scottish National (4m, good), and he was a good third at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) last time out in November; this C&D winner could have a part to play provided he's still fine with soft ground (has won on such going in the past).

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2

14th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Dingo Dollar

11st 12lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Sandy Thomson

Commanding win at Aintree in October, which took him back very close to his career-high mark and he disappointed at Newcastle next time; this trip boosts interest in him, as he was second in the 2021 Scottish National (4m) on his only completion beyond 3m2f; acts on soft, unraced on heavy.

25/1

6th

4

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 1

15:25 Newcastle

Dingo Dollar

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won over C&D (good to soft) in March 2021 and fair third in this race last year (albeit no match for the front two, including winner Aye Right); reappeared with commanding veterans' chase win at Aintree last month; back up 5lb and has never won off a mark this high but might not be far away.

8/1

1st

2

23rd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

14:05 Aintree

Dingo Dollar

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield, lost position and towards rear from 6th, pushed along 8th, outpaced when hampered by faller 14th, still plenty to do before 3 out, good headway before 2 out, led before last, ridden clear run-in

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £512.00
Straight Forecast £524.50
Trifecta £1668.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Belami Des Pictons

TOPSPEED:

Dingo Dollar

SPOTLIGHT:

Chirico Vallis

The Guardian:

Chirico Vallis

Daily Mirror:

Chirico Vallis

The Times:

Dingo Dollar

Daily Mail:

Dingo Dollar

The Sun:

Dingo Dollar

POSTDATA:

Belami Des Pictons

Telegraph:

Belami Des Pictons

Daily Express:

Belami Des Pictons

The Star:

Belami Des Pictons

Daily Record:

Belami Des Pictons