March 05 / 15.30 Doncaster

15.30 Doncaster

Soft

Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28780.4
  • 3m 2f 1y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 6m 47s
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Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.80

Form: -2F364 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
First four chase starts over 3m-3m2f at Cheltenham, appearing to run very well on first attempt until he crashed into the rails on run-in; took a backward step on the fourth of those outings and also below form when he wore cheekpieces (retained today) behind Le Milos at Sandown on latest start; competitive if he's back firing on all cylinders.
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4

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Undersupervision

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1st

5

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Undersupervision

10st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

First four chase starts over 3m-3m2f at Cheltenham, appearing to run very well on first attempt until he crashed into the rails on run-in; took a backward step on the fourth of those outings and also below form when he wore cheekpieces (retained today) behind Le Milos at Sandown on latest start; competitive if he's back firing on all cylinders.

6/1

4th

6

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Undersupervision

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

All four chase starts over 3m-3m2f at Cheltenham, appearing to run very well on first attempt until he crashed into the rails on run-in; took a backward step on latest outing and now wears headgear first time; youngster who should have more to give but others are preferred this time.

7/1

9/2

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 3P-050

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Had some big days in his time with Colin Tizzard but there have been more modest shows than good in the last three seasons; given wind operation (his second) since showing very little in the Ladbrokes Trophy in November and has also changed trainer (not owner); thrown in on form as recent as February 2021 but it's now hard to be confident about him.
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2nd

1

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Mister Malarky

11st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

2nd

3

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Mister Malarky

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Had some big days in his time with Colin Tizzard but there have been more modest shows than good in the last three seasons; given wind operation (his second) since showing very little in the Ladbrokes Trophy in November and has also changed trainer (not owner); thrown in on form as recent as February 2021 but it's now hard to be confident about him.

9/2

11th

9

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Mister Malarky

11st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Colin Tizzard

Needs to perform an awful lot better than on either start last month but he's been capable of bouncing back to form from out of the blue and has dropped to an attractive mark; not written off for in-form yard.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1P-46R D

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Cut out quickly when favourite for the Grand National last April and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's three races either; although he can still go well long way and is now 9lb lower than on reappearance, it has to be discouraging that he ended up refusing on latest outing.
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30

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Cloth Cap

10st 10lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Peak efforts on good or good to soft; third in the 2019 Scottish National and ran away with the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy; favourite for last year's renewal of this race but cut out from the fifth last and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's four races either; well handicapped on peak form but a great deal would have to be taken on trust to see him recapturing that; tongue tied first time.

25/1

3rd

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Cloth Cap

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Cut out quickly when favourite for the Grand National last April and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's three races either; although he can still go well long way and is now 9lb lower than on reappearance, it has to be discouraging that he ended up refusing on latest outing.

6/1

1

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Cloth Cap

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Hugely impressive winner of last season's Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and ran well in last month's renewal considering he was 18lb higher; dropped back another 4lb but may still be handicapped to the hilt.

7/1

11/4

Form: 13-211

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Chasing on last six starts and won three, including from the front over 3m at Exeter (heavy) and Sandown (good to soft) on last two outings; the latter was by just a head but he kept on well to hold off a course specialist and it would be no surprise if this 4lb higher mark proves within his compass.
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4th

2

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Le Milos

11st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Chasing on last six starts and won three, including from the front over 3m at Exeter (heavy) and Sandown (good to soft) on last two outings; the latter was by just a head but he kept on well to hold off a course specialist and it would be no surprise if this 4lb higher mark proves within his compass.

11/4

1st

4

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Le Milos

11st 6lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won over hurdles in 2019 on sole start at Sandown; last two wins have been on heavy going, with a big career best when he made most to go in by nearly 8l at Exeter (3m) on latest outing; up 9lb and in grade but he is probably not fully exposed at this trip.

10/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Le Milos

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Heavy-ground winner last season and finished well for second on his first attempt over 3m on good to soft here two months ago; only 2lb higher and needs respecting.

5/1

Form: 2-332P

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Placed on her first three starts this season, albeit with backward steps on form; trainer suggested she may have been brought out again too quickly (ten days on) when she then pulled up on latest outing; needs a return to last season's peak.
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1

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:50 Uttoxeter

Legends Gold

12st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Rebecca Curtis

2nd

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Legends Gold

11st 3lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Rebecca Curtis

Ran big race when second to Amateur in this contest at year ago (good to soft) and was placed on first three starts this season; strong claims if judged on that evidence but her last two runs were very disappointing and she now has a point to prove.

14/1

5th

8

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Legends Gold

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Placed on her first three starts this season, albeit with backward steps on form; trainer suggested she may have been brought out again too quickly (ten days on) when she then pulled up on latest outing; needs a return to last season's peak.

12/1

Form: 0-PP12 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Front-runner; won at Newbury in January (second run since wind surgery) and excellent second of 16 in valuable C&D handicap ten days later, both under 10lb claimer Daire McConville; back up a further 4lb and has not sustained his form in recent campaigns but a leading player if he does so today.
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3rd

4

30th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Uttoxeter

Storm Control

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

3

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Storm Control

11st 7lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Storm Control

11st 6lb

J: Daire McConville

T: Kerry Lee

Front-runner; won at Newbury in January (second run since wind surgery) and excellent second of 16 in valuable C&D handicap ten days later, both under 10lb claimer Daire McConville; back up a further 4lb and has not sustained his form in recent campaigns but a leading player if he does so today.

7/2

Form: 5-2161 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Had wind surgery before switched to chasing this season and he's never been better, winning at Wetherby (3m) and Catterick (3m1f) on two of four attempts; the latest was in just a three-runner race but he was well on top; has run only twice on worse than good to soft; considered seriously if the ground is suitable.
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7th

8

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

18:20 Uttoxeter

Soyouthinksoagain

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Two chasing wins last season but ended the campaign with a couple of poor efforts; first start over hurdles since April 2019 and could well play a part although regular cheekpieces (worn in all wins) are missing.

6/1

5th

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Soyouthinksoagain

11st 7lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

2-5 over fences, the latter win gained in three-runner contest at Catterick (3m1f, good) in January; needs to bounce back from a duff efort last month but remains one to be interested in, and is unexposed over this sort of trip.

10/1

6

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Soyouthinksoagain

10st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Had wind surgery before switched to chasing this season and he's never been better, winning at Wetherby (3m) and Catterick (3m1f) on two of four attempts; the latest was in just a three-runner race but he was well on top; has run only twice on worse than good to soft; considered seriously if the ground is suitable.

6/1

Form: -U51P1 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won on soft last term but he floundered on it late on when trying 3m3f at Market Rasen on Boxing Day; 3m1f wins on good ground at Hereford on starts either side suggest on the other hand that he is improving, particularly as he was so far in front last time until blundering two out; up another 6lb but probably better than that.
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9th

23

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Powerstown Park

10st 11lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Sam Thomas

Comfortable win when upped in trip at Hereford (3m1f, good) in December and bounced back from Market Rasen flop (3m3f, soft) with a win at Hereford (3m1f, good) in January; takes a steep rise in grade today but this strong-travelling sort could have more to offer for a trainer enjoying an excellent season; won on soft/good to soft over hurdles.

40/1

5

12th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Powerstown Park

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Sam Thomas

Better than ever at the age of nine, travelling strongly and looking the winner a long way out when scoring at Hereford (3m1f, good) six weeks ago; easy winner on soft ground over hurdles last season; still has untapped potential and may be able to absorb a 6lb rise.

7/2

7

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Powerstown Park

10st 9lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Sam Thomas

Won on soft last term but he floundered on it late on when trying 3m3f at Market Rasen on Boxing Day; 3m1f wins on good ground at Hereford on starts either side suggest on the other hand that he is improving, particularly as he was so far in front last time until blundering two out; up another 6lb but probably better than that.

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Payout
Exacta £369.00
Straight Forecast £314.30
Tricast £1711.70
Trifecta £2278.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Storm Control

SPOTLIGHT:

Le Milos

The Times:

Soyouthinksoagain

TOPSPEED:

Legends Gold

Telegraph:

Powerstown Park

WEST COUNTRY:

Cloth Cap

Daily Record:

Soyouthinksoagain

The Guardian:

Le Milos

Daily Mirror:

Le Milos

The Sun:

Le Milos

POSTDATA:

Storm Control

Daily Mail:

Storm Control

Daily Express:

Storm Control

The Star:

Storm Control