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16:35 Doncaster

Soft

Virgin Bet Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2138.8
  • 3m 2f 1y
  • Class 6
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 6m 48s
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Virgin Bet Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

4/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.67
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 221191

Last run: 8 days

W: 12st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Has won two competitive handicap hurdles this season (3m, soft/good to soft) and landed a warm little hunter chase at Lingfield (2m7f, heavy) last week; strong claims if recent busy spell doesn't catch up with him.

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Verdict Starting price

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Dolphin Square

12st 6lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Mixed form over hurdles last year and tailed off at Chepstow over Christmas when last seen; however, he showed some spark earlier in December and he won hunter chases in February 2022 (2m7f/3m2f, heavy/soft) on his last two runs over fences; capable of having a big say.

4/1

6th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Dolphin Square

11st 3lb

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride at Sandown (2m7f, soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; went downhill since until a change to this headgear back in the same Sandown race 18 days ago was his best performance since New Year's Day, so there is renewed hope.

10/1

4th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Dolphin Square

11st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride in this race (soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; has an 8lb lower mark this time round, having gone downhill after that win and he was tailed off at Newbury one month ago; first-time blinkers replace his usual cheekpieces.

12/1

25/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: -6436P

Last run: 173 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Some fair efforts in handicap chases in Ireland last summer and he won a British point 18 days ago on his stable debut; however, he's 0-9 over fences under rules and has something to find with the principals today.

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3rd

2

23rd May 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

17:00 Huntingdon

Desire De Joie

11st 12lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: N R W Wright

Last of three in a point last month, after a layoff, and well beaten in 4m Cheltenham hunter chase 18 days ago but is back in calmer waters here and will be hard to beat if somewhere near the form of his close second at Doncaster (3m2f, soft) in early 2022.

5/1

6th

7

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Desire De Joie

11st 12lb

J: Mr Archie Wright

T: N R W Wright

midfield, weakened after 21st, tailed off

14/1

5

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Desire De Joie

12st 0lb

J: Mr Archie Wright

T: N R W Wright

His form in Irish handicap chases last summer is no great advertisement for his prospects and he was nabbed on the line when returning to rules action in a 3m2f hunter chase at Doncaster (soft); jumped well and that should stand him in good stead, but he doesn't look up to this.

33/1

Form: P-6P32

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

His last win came in the NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m7f, soft) in 2019 but he ran well when second of five in a recent hunter chase at Wetherby (3m, good) and could be thereabouts today.

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12

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Le Breuil

11st 6lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Smart staying chaser in 2018-19; ended a long losing run to take a hunter chase in May and added a handicap in November, both four-runner races at Huntingdon on good ground (acts on heavy); creditable third at Sandown latest but this race demands a good deal more.

16/1

3rd

2

2nd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

12:40 Sandown

Le Breuil

11st 12lb

J: Miss Megan Fox

T: Ben Pauling

Smart staying chaser in 2018-19; ended a long losing run at Huntingdon (hunter) in May and he went in again there (2m7f, good) three weeks ago; nudged back up 4lb but he's still well treated on old form and his stable's purple patch shows no sign of coming to an end; has to be respected.

4/1

1st

1

8th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 3

14:37 Huntingdon

Le Breuil

12st 0lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway before 5 out, left in lead just after 4 out, went clear going best after 3 out, eased run-in

4/6

Form: 44U0P-

Last run: 311 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Very useful in his prime and didn't run badly at Cheltenham last March; however, this 11yo might not be the force of old and his best form has come over about 2m4f; sold out of Dan Skelton's yard for £25,000 last May.

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2

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 6

16:35 Doncaster

Oldgrangewood

12st 6lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall

Very useful in his prime and didn't run badly at Cheltenham last March; however, this 11yo might not be the force of old and his best form has come over about 2m4f; sold out of Dan Skelton's yard for £25,000 last May.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 2PP-U2 D BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Looked a very promising novice chaser on good ground in July-October 2020 but he's been unable to reproduce that promise in a light career since; there's a big question mark about the forecast soft going today.

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5th

2

20th Sep 2022

Good

3m 1f 100y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Soldier Of Love

11st 7lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

midfield, lost position and dropped to rear 2nd, ridden and detached 17th, well held home straight

7/2

2nd

2

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Worcester

Soldier Of Love

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Hasn't set the world alight in hunter chases this spring but managed a win at Fontwell last month (first time in blinkers) although he wasn't overly impressive; good ground suits but this will take a deal more.

7/2

1st

2

12th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 6

19:30 Fontwell

Soldier Of Love

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Paul Nicholls

Form: 068-31

Last run: 5 days

W: 12st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who was a Graded chase winner in Ireland in 2019; fine third in handicap here (3m, good) in December on sole run for Olly Murphy and bolted up in hunter chase at Kelso (2m7f, heavy) last Friday; this is tougher but he still holds leading claims provided the race doesn't come too soon.

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13

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Jett

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Came unstuck at Fontwell in February (3m2f) but had easily won at Kelso the time before; bowled along in a clear lead in last year's Grand National (under Sam Waley-Cohen) before fading and repeat display, over this much shorter trip, could make him hard to catch.

4/1

2nd

1

27th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 6

16:20 Fontwell

Jett

12st 2lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Front-runner with some classy form to his name in Ireland and he's still very useful based on his close third in a good 3m handicap at Doncaster in December; duly made the most of a simple hunter chase task at Kelso nine days ago and must take the world of beating.

1/2

4

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 6

16:35 Doncaster

Jett

12st 2lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Robert Waley-Cohen

Front-runner who was a Graded chase winner in Ireland in 2019; fine third in handicap here (3m, good) in December on sole run for Olly Murphy and bolted up in hunter chase at Kelso (2m7f, heavy) last Friday; this is tougher but he still holds leading claims provided the race doesn't come too soon.

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Payout
Exacta £79.00
Straight Forecast £114.70
Trifecta £209.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dolphin Square

RP Ratings:

Le Breuil

The Times:

Soldier Of Love

Telegraph:

Dolphin Square

The Guardian:

Dolphin Square

Daily Mail:

Dolphin Square

Daily Express:

Dolphin Square

Daily Mirror:

Dolphin Square

The Sun:

Dolphin Square

Daily Record:

Dolphin Square

The Star:

Soldier Of Love

TOPSPEED:

Le Breuil

POSTDATA:

Le Breuil