March 16 / 14.50 Cheltenham

14.50 Cheltenham

Good

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 2m 5f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 26 runners
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Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 26 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

40/1 (Won)

  • Win: £61.50
  • Place: £7.70

Form: 5F1P83 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Runner-up here in the 2019 Grade 1 Albert Bartlett; career best when winning a good 23-runner handicap at Navan (3m, yielding) in December and, after two poor shows against the leading stayers, his third in a 2m5f Grade 2 three weeks ago was a step back in the right direction (albeit well held by Ashdale Bob on that form); needs another major personal best.
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1st

3

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Commander Of Fleet

11st 10lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gordon Elliott

Runner-up here in the 2019 Grade 1 Albert Bartlett; career best when winning a good 23-runner handicap at Navan (3m, yielding) in December and, after two poor shows against the leading stayers, his third in a 2m5f Grade 2 three weeks ago was a step back in the right direction (albeit well held by Ashdale Bob on that form); needs another major personal best.

40/1

3rd

6

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:20 Navan

Commander Of Fleet

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1-winning novice hurdler and runner-up to Minella Indo in the 2019 Albert Bartlett; won a 3m conditions hurdle at Thurles last March; gave a fine weight-carrying performance in a 3m handicap here in December; jumping let him down when pulled-up in Leopardsown Grade 1; had an off-day at Gowran last month,

14/1

18/1

  • Place: £5.20

Form: 21/200

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Won a hurdle and chase in France as 3yo; not seen again until runner-up in a conditions event over hurdles at Punchestown (2m4f) last April, since which he's been mid-division in two competitive 2m handicaps; hooded last two outings but tongue-tie enlisted today; needs to show something new but he's very lightly raced and particularly unexposed going back up in trip.
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2nd

2

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Fastorslow

11st 11lb

J: Mr R James

T: Martin Brassil

French recruit emerged from long absence when second at last year's Festival and career-best on latest of three starts this season when just touched off in 23-runner 2m5f Coral Cup at Cheltenham in a tongue tie; encounters much quicker ground here, big shout if he handles it.

8/1

2nd

18

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fastorslow

10st 13lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Martin Brassil

Won a hurdle and chase in France as 3yo; not seen again until runner-up in a conditions event over hurdles at Punchestown (2m4f) last April, since which he's been mid-division in two competitive 2m handicaps; hooded last two outings but tongue-tie enlisted today; needs to show something new but he's very lightly raced and particularly unexposed going back up in trip.

18/1

12th

7

6th Feb 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Fastorslow

11st 5lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Martin Brassil

Connections of Thyestes winner Longhouse Poet; won a hurdle and a chase in France at 3; second to the useful Lifetime Ambition in a Punchestown novice hurdle in April on his Irish debut; never really a factor in a competitive handicap here at Christmas; very likely that we've yet to see the best of him and market moves could be revealing.

25/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 2U3732

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Won two Grade 2 novice hurdles over 2m4f last season; no win this term but he's raised his game since reverting to hurdling for last two outings, stretched by 3m against Stayers' Hurdle contenders at Gowran Park on first occasion and pipped in 2m5f Grade 2 at Navan on second; looks increasingly classy and capable of a very bold show.
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2nd

1

28th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 130y

17:25 Punchestown

Ashdale Bob

11st 10lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Mrs John Harrington

1

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:35 Aintree

Ashdale Bob

11st 7lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Mrs John Harrington

Ran a fine race from the front when third under a big weight in the Coral Cup Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival (2m5f, soft); stays 3m and is also effective on yielding ground (unraced on good); may make a bold bid but will need some of these to underperform if he's to reward each-way backers.

10/1

3rd

2

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ashdale Bob

11st 10lb

J: Jack Foley

T: Mrs John Harrington

Won two Grade 2 novice hurdles over 2m4f last season; no win this term but he's raised his game since reverting to hurdling for last two outings, stretched by 3m against Stayers' Hurdle contenders at Gowran Park on first occasion and pipped in 2m5f Grade 2 at Navan on second; looks increasingly classy and capable of a very bold show.

20/1

15/2

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 142114 C

Last run: 122 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Won two novice events (one here) at about 2m4f in October and always prominent when good fourth of 19 in the 2m Greatwood Handicap here in November when last seen, all on good ground; acts on good to soft, more to prove on soft; this step back up in trip could unlock further potential.
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1st

10

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Camprond

11st 4lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs

Won 2m4f novice events at Chepstow and Cheltenham in October and two good runs in very competitive handicaps at latter venue since, finishing fourth in both Greatwood and Coral Cup (ground probably softer than ideal); return to better ground sure to suit and definite claims.

9/1

4th

19

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Camprond

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs

Won two novice events (one here) at about 2m4f in October and always prominent when good fourth of 19 in the 2m Greatwood Handicap here in November when last seen, all on good ground; acts on good to soft, more to prove on soft; this step back up in trip could unlock further potential.

15/2

4th

6

14th Nov 2021

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

14:55 Cheltenham

Camprond

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs

Suited by the step up to longer trips last month, winning novice hurdles on good ground at Chepstow (2m3f Grade 2) and this course (2m4f); has fairly useful form at 2m but isn't crying out for a return to this distance.

12/1

Form: 01-006

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Took a strong handicap in good style at Leopardstown (soft to heavy) in February 2021; no impact in December in his next two hurdle races but his fading sixth of 24 at Leopardstown (on yielding; same race he won last term) on latest outing was rather more positive; needs a big career best but all five of his handicap hurdles have been at 3m and trying 2m5f is interesting.
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5th

16

(3)

24th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

20:28 Curragh

Maze Runner

9st 0lb

J: Colin Keane

T: W P Mullins

prominent, pushed along from 3f out, briefly led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong

33/1

3rd

7

28th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Maze Runner

11st 4lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

5th

23

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Maze Runner

10st 11lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Took a strong handicap in good style at Leopardstown (soft to heavy) in February 2021; no impact in December in his next two hurdle races but his fading sixth of 24 at Leopardstown (on yielding; same race he won last term) on latest outing was rather more positive; needs a big career best but all five of his handicap hurdles have been at 3m and trying 2m5f is interesting.

33/1

Form: -34622

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Creditable second at Musselburgh (1m7f) and Ascot (2m3f) on last two starts, leaving Paul Nicholls in between; comfortably dealt with by Good Risk At All (the ante-post favourite for this race, who was the unlucky first reserve) in the latter but the pair were miles clear, so going back up 2lb isn't harsh; this new trip is of uncertain benefit, though.
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12th

4

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Christopher Wood

11st 6lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Venetia Williams

6th

12

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Christopher Wood

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Venetia Williams

Creditable second at Musselburgh (1m7f) and Ascot (2m3f) on last two starts, leaving Paul Nicholls in between; comfortably dealt with by Good Risk At All (the ante-post favourite for this race, who was the unlucky first reserve) in the latter but the pair were miles clear, so going back up 2lb isn't harsh; this new trip is of uncertain benefit, though.

50/1

2nd

2

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

15:00 Ascot

Christopher Wood

11st 9lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Venetia Williams

Gained last two hurdles wins over 1m7f at Musselburgh; runner-up to progressive Tommy's Oscar there seven weeks ago (final start for Paul Nicholls); something to prove over this stiff 2m3f.

14/1

Form: 0-6132 CD

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Accounted for Unexpected Party when the pair drew clear over C&D in November (good) and stuck to his task very well in defeat over 2m since, on latest start runner-up in valuable handicap on heavy at Lingfield; this step back up in trip looks sure to prompt further improvement; big shout.
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7th

9

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Gowel Road

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Accounted for Unexpected Party when the pair drew clear over C&D in November (good) and stuck to his task very well in defeat over 2m since, on latest start runner-up in valuable handicap on heavy at Lingfield; this step back up in trip looks sure to prompt further improvement; big shout.

10/1

2nd

1

21st Jan 2022

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Lingfield

Gowel Road

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

It was career-best form when keeping on strongly to win a 2m5f handicap at Cheltenham (good) in November and a tactical race wouldn't have been his cup of tea when a close third of four runners off this 7lb higher mark at Newbury; heavy ground holds no fears; respected.

10/1

3rd

2

27th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Gowel Road

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Struggled in two competitive handicaps (2m1f/2m3f) before showing career-best form over 2m5f at Cheltenham (good) two weeks ago when keeping on strongly after leading two hurdles from home; 7lb rise is fair enough but it could be that he appreciates further than 2m now.

3/1

Form: 128-12 BF

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
327 days off before winning a maiden hurdle (2m at Gowran Park in November) at the third attempt; improved form when staying-on second of five in a conditions event at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) two months ago; well worth another go beyond 2m (tried 2m4f once in 2020) and he is something of an unknown quantity on this handicap debut for a top yard.
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8th

20

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Indigo Breeze

10st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

327 days off before winning a maiden hurdle (2m at Gowran Park in November) at the third attempt; improved form when staying-on second of five in a conditions event at Fairyhouse (2m, soft) two months ago; well worth another go beyond 2m (tried 2m4f once in 2020) and he is something of an unknown quantity on this handicap debut for a top yard.

12/1

2nd

4

15th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:50 Fairyhouse

Indigo Breeze

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner who made a winning start under Rules in a Thurles bumper last season; off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles when winning a maiden hurdle at Gowran on return; much more required against these rivals though.

6/1

1st

7

20th Nov 2021

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

13:38 Gowran Park

Indigo Breeze

12st 0lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Point winner for Gearoid Costelloe in Britain the season before last; won easily on stable debut in Thurles bumper before narrow reverse in a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle won by the useful Keskonrisk; disappointed at Leopardstown last Christmas in race won by subsequent Grade 1 winner Gaillard Du Mesnil.

9/2

Form: 0-0570

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Mown down in the final strides by Drop The Anchor in a top 2m handicap at Leopardstown last February; disappointing in the County Hurdle here next time and it's been the same story in his four starts since, including at 2m3f/2m4f initially this season; tongue tied first time; career best is needed, not just a revival.
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1st

1

1st Jul 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

19:15 Wexford

Champagne Gold

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, briefly led 1st, prominent when ridden before 2 out, soon made strong challenge, led after last, ridden out towards finish

9/2

4th

1

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

16:45 Punchestown

Champagne Gold

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Henry De Bromhead

9th

21

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Champagne Gold

10st 11lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Mown down in the final strides by Drop The Anchor in a top 2m handicap at Leopardstown last February; disappointing in the County Hurdle here next time and it's been the same story in his four starts since, including at 2m3f/2m4f initially this season; tongue tied first time; career best is needed, not just a revival.

28/1

Form: -21453

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Held up well off pace under Isabel Williams, travelling well; an improved performer this season, including in Grade 3 handicaps at Haydock (3m win) and Sandown (2m7f third); too much to do when fifth in valuable 2m5f race at Kempton in between but this is a stiffer track; might run into a place.
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5

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Dans Le Vent

11st 5lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

10th

14

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Dans Le Vent

11st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Held up well off pace under Isabel Williams, travelling well; an improved performer this season, including in Grade 3 handicaps at Haydock (3m win) and Sandown (2m7f third); too much to do when fifth in valuable 2m5f race at Kempton in between but this is a stiffer track; might run into a place.

33/1

3rd

6

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Dans Le Vent

11st 4lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Held up well off the pace under Isabel Williams and has been travelling well; an improved performer this season, including with Grade 3 handicap win at Haydock (3m, good) on his only recent run over this sort of trip; too much to do when fifth in valuable 2m5f race at Kempton latest and this return to a longer trip looks very much in order.

9/1

18/1

Form: 1250-F

Last run: 320 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Moved from Grade 2 and Grade 1 novice races when only 14th in the County here (6-1) 12 months ago on handicap debut; had worked his way into contention when falling at the final fight in four-runner 2m4f Grade 1 novice at Punchestown in April; tongue tied first time today; should have potential.
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1st

3

8th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

16:20 Wexford

Ganapathi

11st 10lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: W P Mullins

prominent in chasing group, slightly hampered 7th, headway and pressed leader 5 out, led going easily 3 out, clear 2 out, easily

13/8

1st

3

14th May 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Wexford

Ganapathi

11st 6lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Rated 140 over hurdles although just 1-8; strong traveller but often a weak finisher and hard to know his best trip; has to be respected now switched to fences.

15/8

5th

5

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 180y

16:45 Punchestown

Ganapathi

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

66/1

Form: 5-2144

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Has seen a good deal more action over fences, below form in that sphere on latest outing and the form of his two starts over hurdles this winter (including 2m4f win) does not look good enough; however, he took a useful 2m1f handicap chase in January last year and is thrown in on that form.
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3

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Daly Tiger

11st 0lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Noel Meade

11/2

12th

10

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Daly Tiger

11st 3lb

J: E Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Has seen a good deal more action over fences, below form in that sphere on latest outing and the form of his two starts over hurdles this winter (including 2m4f win) does not look good enough; however, he took a useful 2m1f handicap chase in January last year and is thrown in on that form.

66/1

4th

2

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Gowran Park

Daly Tiger

11st 3lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Last year's Dan Moore Handicap Chase winner; chased home Energumene in the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase at Cork on his return; followed that up with victory over hurdles (2m4f, heavy) at Limerick over Christmas before finishing fourth of the five runners behind Autumn Evening over hurdles (2m, soft) at Fairyhouse; chance on ratings.

6/1

100/1

Form: F3PP30

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Beaten 30l in this in 2020; hit and miss chasing and below form when back hurdling (2m/3m) for last two starts, tailed off latest; often tongue tied last year and wore headgear last six starts, but has neither today on this first run since leaving Joseph O'Brien (same owner); an immediate return to peak form, including from occasions last year, would give him a squeak.
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6th

7

26th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:30 Uttoxeter

Top Moon

10st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

raced wide throughout, prominent, niggled along briefly 7th, reminders 9th, dropped to rear before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on but no impression approaching last

25/1

2nd

3

11th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 63y

Class 3

15:45 Hexham

Top Moon

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

tracked winner on inner, not fluent 9th, going okay and chased winner 2 out, pushed along and lost ground home turn, ridden approaching last, kept on run-in, no match for winner

10/1

9th

4

6th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 16y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Top Moon

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Form: 17-095

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
His four attempts at 2m4f have not yielded anything exciting but he's a familiar sight finishing strongly over about 2m, including when he took a good prize at Leopardstown last winter and when seventh in the County here (3lb lower today) last March; passed a huge number of rivals when fifth of 27 in the same Leopardstown race last month, so needs a second look.
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12th

4

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

Drop The Anchor

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P A Fahy

Familiar sight finishing strongly over about 2m, including when taking nice prize at Leopardstown last season and when good fifth at same venue in February; once again failed to convince (reportedly didn't stay on soft ground), having finished down the field in this race last year; opposable.

14/1

14th

13

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Drop The Anchor

11st 1lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P A Fahy

His four attempts at 2m4f have not yielded anything exciting but he's a familiar sight finishing strongly over about 2m, including when he took a good prize at Leopardstown last winter and when seventh in the County here (3lb lower today) last March; passed a huge number of rivals when fifth of 27 in the same Leopardstown race last month, so needs a second look.

10/1

5th

4

6th Feb 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Drop The Anchor

11st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: P A Fahy

Landed this race last year off a 10lb lower mark and ran well in the County Hurdle; not a factor in the Betfair at Ascot in December but cannot be ignored here.

33/1

28/1

Form: /71-0P

Last run: 229 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Ninth in the 2020 Fred Winter here; far and away his best form when winning a 22-runner handicap at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft; 10lb higher today) last April; pulled up at the Galway festival in July when last seen; it wouldn't be a total surprise were he to peak again at the spring festivals.
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1st

8

(2)

30th Jun 2022

Good

1m 6f 89y

20:00 Bellewstown

Tronador

9st 7lb

J: Colin Keane

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear of midfield, pushed along 2f out, good headway on outer over 1f out, shaken up and ran on well to lead inside final 110yds, comfortably

4/1

4th

12

(6)

1st May 2022

Good

1m 5f 70y

16:00 Sligo

Tronador

9st 2lb

J: Jamie Powell

T: Gordon Elliott

Form: 2-151 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Poor show in Grade 2 novice at Sandown in December but he's made all in his other two starts in Britain in a maiden at Worcester (2m7f, soft) and three-runner novice at Warwick (2m5f, good to soft); should have more to offer but this handicap debut could hardly come in a tougher race.
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6th

7

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Fair Frontieres

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

1st

1

22nd Mar 2022

Soft

2m 5f 137y

Class 4

13:53 Exeter

Fair Frontieres

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Never gave his running in a Grade 2 in December but has won his two other British starts, making all in a maiden at Worcester (2m7f, soft) and a three-runner novice at Warwick (2m5f, good to soft); has the penalties but he's still the one to beat.

1/3

25

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fair Frontieres

10st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Poor show in Grade 2 novice at Sandown in December but he's made all in his other two starts in Britain in a maiden at Worcester (2m7f, soft) and three-runner novice at Warwick (2m5f, good to soft); should have more to offer but this handicap debut could hardly come in a tougher race.

40/1

Form: -232PP D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Fifth here in the 2020 Martin Pipe and second when favourite in the 2021 Pertemps; 3lb higher than last year for this return to hurdling, his five races over fences this season having not gone to plan; major backward steps on the last two of those, when tongue-tie and cheekpieces were enlisted, so it remains to be seen whether the spark returns today.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

25th May 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

19:15 Wexford

The Bosses Oscar

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Evs

4th

7

16th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

17:30 Killarney

The Bosses Oscar

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

1

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Bosses Oscar

11st 12lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Fifth here in the 2020 Martin Pipe and second when favourite in the 2021 Pertemps; 3lb higher than last year for this return to hurdling, his five races over fences this season having not gone to plan; major backward steps on the last two of those, when tongue-tie and cheekpieces were enlisted, so it remains to be seen whether the spark returns today.

33/1

Form: 3-4P36 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Not in top form this season (well handicapped if he was) and no win since 2019 but his third of 19 over 2m5f at Kempton when returned to hurdling in January was a big step back in the right direction; probably stretched by 2m7f on latest; case can be made for yard with good Coral Cup record.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 173y

Class 2

17:15 Sandown

Call Me Lord

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

17

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Call Me Lord

11st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Not in top form this season (well handicapped if he was) and no win since 2019 but his third of 19 over 2m5f at Kempton when returned to hurdling in January was a big step back in the right direction; probably stretched by 2m7f on latest; case can be made for yard with good Coral Cup record.

25/1

6th

2

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

14:55 Sandown

Call Me Lord

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Not in top form this season but his third of 19 at Kempton (returned to hurdling) three weeks ago was a big step back in the right direction; excellent record at this track includes winning easily over 2m5f here in 2018 but, after two attempts at 3m, his stamina has not been proved over this far.

9/1

Form: 3-1233

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Scored over 2m3f at Warwick (soft) last May; twice ran well over about 2m at Ascot late last year, before his respectable third to Unexpected Party over 2m3f at same course where he did not look to be crying out for further; wears headgear first time.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Garry Clermont

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won less competitive 2m3f Warwick handicap last May (soft) but his challenge was short-lived returned to that trip at Ascot in January and pulled up in the 2m5f Coral Cup at Cheltenham since (first-time cheekpieces, retained); looks weighted to his best now.

16

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Garry Clermont

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Scored over 2m3f at Warwick (soft) last May; twice ran well over about 2m at Ascot late last year, before his respectable third to Unexpected Party over 2m3f at same course where he did not look to be crying out for further; wears headgear first time.

25/1

3rd

1

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:45 Ascot

Garry Clermont

11st 12lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Scored over 2m3f at Warwick (soft) last May; couple of good placed efforts over 1m7f at this course since, latest in Grade 3 handicap; open to further improvement; very solid chance back up in distance.

3/1

Form: -41221 D

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Six starts in all and he has form figures of 1221 in handicaps; chased home Gowel Road over C&D (good) three starts back and won impressively at Ascot (2m3f, soft) on latest, for which he's gone up 12lb but he travels strongly and shapes as if he retains plenty of potential; shortlisted.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

15

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Six starts in all and he has form figures of 1221 in handicaps; chased home Gowel Road over C&D (good) three starts back and won impressively at Ascot (2m3f, soft) on latest, for which he's gone up 12lb but he travels strongly and shapes as if he retains plenty of potential; shortlisted.

11/1

1st

9

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:45 Ascot

Unexpected Party

10st 13lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has form figures of 122 (all over 2m5f) since handicapping, the win gained at Wetherby; unlucky there last time as he would have probably won with a better jump at the final flight; remains of interest.

4/1

2nd

2

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:45 Wetherby

Unexpected Party

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Bolted up on handicap debut over C&D (good to soft) in October and good second at Cheltenham (2m5f, good) last month after 11lb rise; another 4lb higher today and untested on soft ground but this very lightly raced 6yo could have more to offer for his top stable.

10/11

OUR TIP

Form: 12-34U C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
A revelation last season when his wins included the Greatwood over hurdles and Plate over fences, both at Cheltenham; close third at Punchestown festival in May on latest hurdles start and unseated early over fences on his only recent outing; well suited by this sort of trip and he has a 7lb higher mark over fences, so has to be in serious calculations.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

4

(9)

17th May 2022

Good

1m 5f 11y

20:10 Sligo

The Shunter

10st 7lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Emmet Mullins

4/1

7th

1

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 30y

17:30 Punchestown

The Shunter

11st 12lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Emmet Mullins

A revelation last season when his wins included the Greatwood over hurdles and Paddy Power Plate over fences, both at Cheltenham; comes her under a bit of a cloud after unseating in Leopardstown Handicap Chase and then pulled up in Coral Cup.

16/1

6

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

The Shunter

11st 0lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Emmet Mullins

13/2

Form: -12127 C

Last run: 151 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Won Grade 2 novice in 2019 on sole run here; raised his game in a fine July-September last year (2m, good; mostly under Joe Anderson) before a lesser show when last seen in October; unraced at 2m3f or 2m4f since November 2020 and he's never been this far, so questions to answer with this test.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

13:05 Worcester

Hang In There

11st 8lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Second start over fences when winning at Uttoxeter last month; even under a penalty, he has a great deal in hand on his three rivals.

1/14

1st

2

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

13:46 Uttoxeter

Hang In There

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Hit his peak last season when particularly effective in handicap hurdles over 2m on good ground; he's the best of these in that discipline, although the same was true when left for dead by the winner on his chase debut at Newton Abbot (2m, good); that was a bit disappointing at long odds-on but he's clearly a contender; should stay 2m4f.

9/4

2nd

1

4th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 3

13:15 Newton Abbot

Hang In There

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Won a Grade 2 hurdle on soft ground but his best form in that sphere was over 2m on good; last summer was a good one and recent defeats came in very strong handicaps; should make a chaser and be hard to beat.

4/7

Form: 20-344

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
12th when favourite in this last year off same mark; he's a fair bit better than that, as shown again in a 2m4f Grade 2 on reappearance in November but he's been below form again on both outings since; the latest was behind Ashdale Bob and Commander Of Fleet at Navan; wears headgear first time.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Grand Roi

11st 8lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

16/1

6

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Grand Roi

11st 7lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

12th when favourite in this last year off same mark; he's a fair bit better than that, as shown again in a 2m4f Grade 2 on reappearance in November but he's been below form again on both outings since; the latest was behind Ashdale Bob and Commander Of Fleet at Navan; wears headgear first time.

20/1

4th

4

22nd Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:20 Navan

Grand Roi

11st 8lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won three of his four races for Nicky Henderson; added to his score with 2m Grade 2 win on heavy ground at Limerick in December 2020; ended campaign with mid-division run in the Coral Cup; beaten 7 1/2l in third behind Darasso this at venue on seasonal debut; remote fourth on first try over 3m in Leopardstown Grade 1 at Christmas.

9/1

Form: 1-12 BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Form of his debut win in France (2m1f, very soft) worked out well; made most for very comfortable win in a novice at Gowran Park (2m, yielding) in November and he was outdone only on the run-in against established Graded-race hurdlers at Naas (1m7f, good to yielding) in January; this is a new trip for handicap debut but he is probably a high-class jumper in the making.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Saint Felicien

11st 7lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Gordon Elliott

Form of his debut win in France (2m1f, very soft) worked out well; made most for very comfortable win in a novice at Gowran Park (2m, yielding) in November and he was outdone only on the run-in against established Graded-race hurdlers at Naas (1m7f, good to yielding) in January; this is a new trip for handicap debut but he is probably a high-class jumper in the making.

6/1

2nd

2

30th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 7f 156y

13:40 Naas

Saint Felicien

11st 7lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Gordon Elliott

Form of his debut success in France worked out well and he maintained his unbeaten record when justifying favouritism in a Gowran novice when last seen; did that without much fuss and while the form isn't the strongest on offer, he looks like a very nice prospect; fewer miles on the clock than his rivals.

Evs

1

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 3f 30y

13:20 Punchestown

Saint Felicien

12st 0lb

J: Cian Quirke

T: Gordon Elliott

Appeared to have plenty in reserve when beating a stablemate first time out at Auteuil in March; second, third, fourth and fifth have all won since, with the runner-up landing a Listed hurdle at Compiegne; looked very useful when making a winning Irish debut at Gowran; will not be easiest horse to place, interesting to see him tried in this company.

4/1

Form: 128-24 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Nearly always seen in Graded races and his only handicap was an easy 2m5f win at Kempton two years ago; career-best form last term at 2m3f-3m and he made a respectable return here on New Year's Eve, before folding over 3m here four weeks later; this sort of trip may well be ideal but even peak form may not be enough; wears headgear first time.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:07 Sandown

McFabulous

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

3rd

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

McFabulous

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

4

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

McFabulous

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Nearly always seen in Graded races and his only handicap was an easy 2m5f win at Kempton two years ago; career-best form last term at 2m3f-3m and he made a respectable return here on New Year's Eve, before folding over 3m here four weeks later; this sort of trip may well be ideal but even peak form may not be enough; wears headgear first time.

16/1

Form: 125527 BF

Last run: 53 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Reliable sort who was on the go from last May until a slightly disappointing show in January; has shown up well over 3m but it may well be that this sort of trip will suit him best; needs to resume improvement.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

26

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Mars Harper

10st 9lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Reliable sort who was on the go from last May until a slightly disappointing show in January; has shown up well over 3m but it may well be that this sort of trip will suit him best; needs to resume improvement.

20/1

7th

9

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

13:40 Navan

Mars Harper

10st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Has seldom run a bad race and may still be improving to judge from Leopardstown second; 3lb higher now (and had the benefit of a valuable 7lb claim last time), but still makes more appeal than most.

5/1

2nd

1

29th Dec 2021

Yielding To Soft

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Mars Harper

11st 10lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Consistent through the first half of the season; no match for a smart sort at Cheltenham following emphatic novice win at Downpatrick; fair fifth in last two races, both races over further and won by a stablemate; drops in grade; top point-to-point rider Rob James provides great value for 7lb claim.

8/1

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Selections

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WEST COUNTRY:

Camprond

Daily Record:

Saint Felicien

SPOTLIGHT:

Gowel Road

Daily Express:

Good Risk At All

RP Ratings:

Grand Roi

TOPSPEED:

Garry Clermont

LAMBOURN:

Call Me Lord

POSTDATA:

Dans Le Vent

Telegraph:

Camprond

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