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15:00 Ludlow

Good To Soft

Forbra Gold Cup (Sponsored By Flowfit) Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £11218.76
  • 2m 7f 171y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
  • Win time: 6m 36s
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Forbra Gold Cup (Sponsored By Flowfit) Handicap Chase

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 5-0213 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Won here (2m4f, soft) in January on his third chase start and respectable third at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) subsequently in a Class 2 novice handicap; drops back down in grade today and this unexposed 3m point winner is worth a go at today's distance; retains potential and he's respected.

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

5th

7

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Java Point

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Oliver

Built upon encouraging stable debut when scoring at Sandown (3m, good) in February; not quite in same form a Kempton last month but has run well over this C&D before and is still on a workable mark.

10/1

4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Java Point

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Oliver

Up and down for previous yard in early 2023 but had become well treated and after a promising start for new stable at Newbury he was quite impressive at Sandown (3m, good; has won on soft) since; has won off this revised mark and the return to a sharp 3m won't be a problem; solid chance.

5/2

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11/4

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1P-316 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

11yo who has been better than ever this season and posted his third C&D win in December; the other two came in the last two runnings of this race (soft/good to soft); can be excused his well-beaten sixth in the 3m5f Classic at Warwick last time and there's plenty to like on his return here.

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

8th

7

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Uttoxeter

Head To The Stars

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Best known as a Ludlow specialist in recent years but didn't run well there on latest appearance six weeks ago and comes here with something to prove; younger rivals appeal more.

16/1

5th

1

23rd Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

16:10 Ludlow

Head To The Stars

12st 2lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

Reserves his best for this track and may have given Tide Times something to think about but for final-fence blunder here in January; another good effort last month but does look rather marooned off current mark.

9/1

2nd

1

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:45 Ludlow

Head To The Stars

12st 2lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Unreliable sort but he's a three-time C&D winner and held every chance when almost falling at the final fence in 3m1f handicap here last time; he can't be ruled out, especially if jumping better.

9/1

Form: 32-614 C

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won here (2m4f, soft) last January and also on the scoresheet at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) two starts ago; January's well-beaten fourth at Ascot came in a warm race and he's back down in grade today, but along with returning to form he needs to prove his stamina for this trip.

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

2

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Golden Whisky

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumped into thriving rival when second at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in December and remains well handicapped on some of last season's form but ran poorly at Sandown recently and it's hard to predict whether he'll bounce back in a first-time visor here.

8/1

3

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:45 Sandown

Golden Whisky

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumped into a highly progressive rival when second in this race in 2021; filled same position behind the thriving Fugitif at Chepstow (2m3f, soft; wore cheekpieces) just after Christmas; revels in the mud; big shout.

5/1

2

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Golden Whisky

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Won at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) in December 2021 and returned to form when second in that same race (soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained) last time; he's a player on that form but today's drier conditions are a worry as he's done all of his winning on soft/heavy ground.

6/1

11/2

Form: F-7P77 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

His mark continues to fall and it's possible today's drop into an easier grade will prompt a revival; however, he's struggled on his four starts this season and arrives with plenty to prove; no headgear today.

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

3rd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 5

15:47 Newcastle

Canelo

11st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Twice a chase winner over 2m4f, including on heavy; a shadow of his former self these days and plummeting in the handicap; however, would be interesting if the market speaks in his favour.

12/1

6th

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 5

14:15 Musselburgh

Canelo

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful in his prime but has badly lost his way; long absence before his two runs (25-1) this winter; way down the weights and cheekpieces (last worn in March 2022) return, which may well be a positive; worth a check for strength in the betting.

6/1

6th

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

15:55 Sedgefield

Canelo

11st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

prominent behind clear leaders

20/1

Form: 415-P3

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Returned to form with good third of four at Wetherby (2m3f, good) last month and is versatile ground-wise; not ruled out now back up in trip in a first-time tongue-tie but there's a doubt about stamina, even though he's a half-brother to Grand National winner One For Arthur, and he's inconsistent.

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

2nd

1

19th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Uttoxeter

No Getaway

12st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Formerly decent for Dan Skelton and returned to form from out of the blue when winning a three-runner 2m5f hunter chase at Newton Abbot (good; has won on heavy); posted a decent RPR of 127 so needs considering back in a handicap.

6/4

1st

3

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

16:30 Newton Abbot

No Getaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean Clarke

T: Robbie Llewellyn

raced in third, headway 5 out, good jump to lead 4 out, went clear from 2 out, readily

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £59.00
Straight Forecast £69.70
Trifecta £150.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Java Point

Daily Express:

No Getaway

TOPSPEED:

Golden Whisky

RP Ratings:

Canelo

SPOTLIGHT:

Head To The Stars

WEST COUNTRY:

Java Point

The Guardian:

Java Point

The Star:

Java Point

Daily Record:

Java Point

Daily Mirror:

No Getaway

The Sun:

No Getaway

Telegraph:

Golden Whisky

Daily Mail:

Golden Whisky

The Times:

Canelo