March 04 / 15.40 Doncaster

15.40 Doncaster Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £7896.7
  • 2m 3f 31y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 5m 13s
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Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (Challenger Middle Distance Chase Series Qualifier)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3-3124 BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Below par at Sandown last time out in January when heavy ground shouldn't have been an excuse, and it's possible this trip stretches his stamina; however, he was in career-best form prior to last time, with a win and a good second, and it'll be no surprise if he bounces back with a big performance.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

14:44 Haydock

Numitor

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Heather Main

1st

1

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Numitor

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Heather Main

Below par at Sandown last time out in January when heavy ground shouldn't have been an excuse, and it's possible this trip stretches his stamina; however, he was in career-best form prior to last time, with a win and a good second, and it'll be no surprise if he bounces back with a big performance.

3/1

4th

5

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 119y

Class 2

13:50 Sandown

Numitor

11st 2lb

Front-runner with a progressive profile; made all at Wetherby (1m7f, good to soft) in October and unlucky to bump into an unexposed 4yo when runner-up at Newbury next time; shaped well when third over C&D on heavy ground last winter; edging up the weights but may still have untapped potential.

5/2

7/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 521422

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in second at Kempton (2m2f, good) three weeks ago but he bumped into a rejuvenated winner; enjoying a consistent season, including a strong-finishing second at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) two starts ago, and there's every chance he'll be bang there.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Across The Line

12st 2lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Useful chase and dual hurdle winner at around 2m when trained by Dan Skelton but changed hands for £28,000 after two below-par runs in March and has stamina to prove on today's stable/hunter chase debut.

40/1

4th

2

21st Mar 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:35 Southwell

Across The Line

12st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Off the mark over fences when landing C&D handicap in November; signs the handicapper has the upper hand since but getting back on a sound surface will help.

5/1

2nd

5

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Across The Line

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Well beaten in second at Kempton (2m2f, good) three weeks ago but he bumped into a rejuvenated winner; enjoying a consistent season, including a strong-finishing second at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) two starts ago, and there's every chance he'll be bang there.

7/2

Form: 1P-P6P

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Won at Hereford last January on his third chase start and he's well handicapped on that form; however, he was pulled up at Kelso the following month and has also struggled on his three outings this season.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

1

5th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

13:40 Southwell

Port Of Mars

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won at Hereford (3m1f, soft) last winter on his third chase start and he's well handicapped on that form, but he has struggled in his four outings this season and needs the cheekpieces to have a positive effect.

13/2

3rd

2

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

Port Of Mars

11st 4lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Won at Hereford last January on his third chase start and he's well handicapped on that form; however, he was pulled up at Kelso the following month and has also struggled on his three outings this season.

14/1

1

19th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

14:13 Wincanton

Port Of Mars

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Future looked bright over fences when good winner of a beginners' event at Hereford last January (3m1f, soft) but in hiding ever since; he did at least complete at Ascot last month on second run back from wind surgery and the return to 2m4f in easier company is worth a go.

11/1

Form: 4-7331 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Capitalised on a reduced mark to win here (2m4f, good) last month and snap a losing run going back to August 2018; was clear with a solid yardstick last time and has gone back up just 3lb; has done most of his winning on good ground but ran well on soft last February; key player in follow-up bid.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

14:44 Haydock

The Unit

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Alan King

4th

3

4th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

15:40 Doncaster

The Unit

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Alan King

Capitalised on a reduced mark to win here (2m4f, good) last month and snap a losing run going back to August 2018; was clear with a solid yardstick last time and has gone back up just 3lb; has done most of his winning on good ground but ran well on soft last February; key player in follow-up bid.

3/1

1st

4

10th Feb 2022

Good

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

14:45 Doncaster

The Unit

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Alan King

Multiple winner but none since 2018; however, has often run well in defeat and a repeat of his Wincanton third on latest start (2m4f, good to soft; suited by good) will see him thereabouts again.

7/2

Form: -5F543

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Returned to form at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) last month when third of six on his first start since having wind surgery; there's a slight doubt about this step back up in trip but he can be thereabouts if seeing it out.
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

4

18th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 2

17:10 Warwick

Joke Dancer

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sue Smith

1st

3

4th May 2022

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

15:50 Kelso

Joke Dancer

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sue Smith

4th

2

16th Apr 2022

Good

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

14:54 Carlisle

Joke Dancer

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sue Smith

Capitalised upon some significant help from the handicapper when making all in three-runner contest at Sedgefield (2m1f, good) three weeks ago; subsequent 3lb rise is manageable but he has become unreliable, and an uncontested lead is unlikely here.

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £61.00
Straight Forecast £56.00
Trifecta £387.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

The Unit

SPOTLIGHT:

Across The Line

The Guardian:

Baron De Midleton

TOPSPEED:

Numitor

POSTDATA:

Joke Dancer

Daily Record:

Across The Line

The Times:

The Unit

Telegraph:

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Daily Mail:

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Daily Express:

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Daily Mirror:

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