March 17 / 16.10 Cheltenham

16.10 Cheltenham

Heavy

Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £67524
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 22 runners
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Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £29.00
  • Place: £4.60

Form: -2F187 CD BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft/heavy; the winner of two major 2m4f handicap chases at Cheltenham, including the Racing Post Gold Cup in December, and he was a creditable fourth (off 2lb lower) in this race 12 months ago; however, form has dipped here on last two outings and he remains weighted to the hilt.
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3rd

2

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

An 11yo who has never been better and he can't get enough of this place, enhancing an outstanding record here with victory in one of the Festival handicaps last month; stormed home by more than 6l despite edging right at most of his fences and looking held when headed three out; that was on soft ground and, while he handles this surface fine, he's probably at his best in the mud; another 7lb rise is a further headache.

4/1

1st

8

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Acts on soft/heavy; the winner of two major 2m4f handicap chases at Cheltenham, including the Racing Post Gold Cup in December, and he was a creditable fourth (off 2lb lower) in this race 12 months ago; however, form has dipped here on last two outings and he remains weighted to the hilt.

20/1

7th

2

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Game chaser who is suited by Cheltenham; landed the Racing Post Gold Cup over C&D last month but wasn't in the same form on New Year's Day and needs to step up on that effort; still on career-high mark.

7/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 10-221 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Solid contender who has form figures of 221 since switched to chasing, most recently drawing clear for a 10l success in notable novice handicap over this C&D on good ground (won on soft/heavy over hurdles); more to offer over fences; strong credentials.
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2nd

4

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Imperial Alcazar

11st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Solid contender who has form figures of 221 since switched to chasing, most recently drawing clear for a 10l success in notable novice handicap over this C&D on good ground (won on soft/heavy over hurdles); more to offer over fences; strong credentials.

9/2

1st

1

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

13:20 Cheltenham

Imperial Alcazar

11st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Not entirely disgraced in two chase starts (good/soft) and remains open to progress in this sphere, particularly if finding greater fluency with his jumping; prominent in the betting for last season's Pertemps Final (had an excuse; got struck into) and looks interesting back here.

11/2

2nd

2

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

15:25 Chepstow

Imperial Alcazar

11st 7lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Very useful handicap hurdler who took form to new level with quite comfortable success at Warwick (3m1f, heavy) in January; readily held by sole opponent on last month's season's chasing debut at Newbury (2m6f, good) but positives can be taken from that performance and he ought to be better suited by today's slower ground.

9/2

12/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: -49P93 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Has loads of good form (in defeat) at Cheltenham, most recently third in Grade 3 handicap on latest start; ran respectably off higher marks in this race in 2019 (finished third) and 2020 (sixth); no win since 2018.
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5th

21

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Spiritofthegames

10st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

16/1

3rd

18

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has loads of good form (in defeat) at Cheltenham, most recently third in Grade 3 handicap on latest start; ran respectably off higher marks in this race in 2019 (finished third) and 2020 (sixth); no win since 2018.

12/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

11st 2lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Plenty of good efforts at this venue, including close second off 12lb higher in this race in 2020; however, has a question mark over current form having been nowhere near best the last twice (chase/hurdle).

12/1

Form: 8-1243 BF

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Has some good form for new yard this term, notably a solid second over 2m here in November; lesser effort over 2m4f last time, for all that he stayed on for third (comfortably held); yet to score beyond 2m1f.
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1st

6

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Stolen Silver

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Has yet to win beyond 2m1f but he seemed to see this trip out well when fourth to Coole Cody here last month; has an 8lb pull with the winner and he's always looked a more potent force on this drier ground, so wouldn't put it past him to reverse those placings; interesting.

9/2

4th

11

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Stolen Silver

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Has some good form for new yard this term, notably a solid second over 2m here in November; lesser effort over 2m4f last time, for all that he stayed on for third (comfortably held); yet to score beyond 2m1f.

18/1

3rd

1

8th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 2

15:15 Wincanton

Stolen Silver

12st 12lb

Out of his comfort zone from an early stage in a Grade 1 at Sandown last month but finished strongly and may well be worth going back up to this trip; good second to a progressive rival at Cheltenham the time before and seriously considered on that basis.

2/1

Form: 72/111 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
3-3 since moved from France to Philip Hobbs's stable, winning twice over hurdles at Haydock (heavy) then cosily justifying favouritism at Warwick (2m4f, good to soft; beat Wishing And Hoping) on the return to chasing; could well have more to offer and looks a big player for owner who won this contest in 2012 and 2014.
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5th

14

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Celebre D’Allen

10st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

3-3 since moved from France to Philip Hobbs's stable, winning twice over hurdles at Haydock (heavy) then cosily justifying favouritism at Warwick (2m4f, good to soft; beat Wishing And Hoping) on the return to chasing; could well have more to offer and looks a big player for owner who won this contest in 2012 and 2014.

9/2

1st

9

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Celebre D’Allen

10st 11lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Four-time French winner (two hurdles, two chases) who is 2-2 for this yard since returning in December from a long absence, both over hurdles (2m3f, heavy); has shot up the weights but did it easily last time and has to be respected now back over fences; effective on good to soft in France.

5/1

1st

5

30th Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

14:40 Haydock

Celebre D’Allen

11st 3lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Four-time winner in France; overcame a layoff of over two years to win 11-runner race over C&D (heavy; 6-1) four weeks ago, still on the bridle two out and surging to the front on the run-in; does not look overburdened by a 6lb rise and could follow up.

3/1

Form: 800224 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Back in better form since equipped with blinkers but he's still performing well below the level he showed at Kempton (Grade 1 novice win) on Boxing Day 2019; back up sharply in grade after two Class 3 defeats last month.
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5th

2

8th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

15:25 Plumpton

Slate House

11st 13lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joe Tizzard

Grade 1 novice chaser in 2019 and enjoying a revival this spring, gaining two clearcut wins at Kempton (both 2m2f, good); carries 7lb penalty for latter success (on Monday) but remains well handicapped on older form.

3/1

1st

5

2nd May 2022

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:55 Kempton

Slate House

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Joe Tizzard

Generally disappointing since winning Grade 1 novice chase here in 2019 but blinkers have helped to stop the rot this year, and he capitalised upon a drop in grade when comfortably winning Class 3 handicap over C&D (good) last month; contender if revival gathers further momentum.

4/1

1st

1

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:10 Kempton

Slate House

11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Generally disappointing since winning Grade 1 novice chase here in 2019 but blinkers have helped to stop the rot this year; comes here after very respectable sixth at last month's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and will presumably be ridden very positively again over today's shorter trip.

100/30

Form: 25-112 C

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Useful mare who has taken well to fences this season, winning Listed events (against her own sex) at Bangor and Warwick then creditable second in the Dipper over this C&D (soft); her form stacks up well and she's open to further improvement in this sphere; shortlisted.
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1st

1

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

The Glancing Queen

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

2-4 over fences this season, winning Listed novice events at Bangor (2m1f) and Warwick (2m4f) before bumping into L'Homme Presse in the Dipper on this course (2m5f, soft); far from disgraced when seventh of 15 in a competitive handicap at the Festival four weeks ago; back in calmer waters here and she's 1-1 on good ground; leading contender.

Evs

7th

13

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

The Glancing Queen

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful mare who has taken well to fences this season, winning Listed events (against her own sex) at Bangor and Warwick then creditable second in the Dipper over this C&D (soft); her form stacks up well and she's open to further improvement in this sphere; shortlisted.

4/1

2nd

9

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:25 Cheltenham

The Glancing Queen

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Cosy winner on chase debut at Bangor (2m1f) and followed up in good style at Warwick (2m4f, soft); that followed notable achievements in bumpers and over hurdles; plenty suggests she will prove better over this sort of trip than shorter and, although this is a move back out of mares-only contests, she looks a major each-way player.

3/1

Form: 26-F11 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Multiple winner in the north and has looked better than ever at Wetherby (2m3f) the last twice, taking chase record to 5-12; however, faces a much stiffer task off career-high mark at this level sent south.
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8th

9

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Schiehallion Munro

11st 2lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Multiple winner in the north and has looked better than ever at Wetherby (2m3f) the last twice, taking chase record to 5-12; however, faces a much stiffer task off career-high mark at this level sent south.

33/1

1st

2

5th Feb 2022

Good

2m 3f 85y

Class 2

13:22 Wetherby

Schiehallion Munro

11st 5lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Both outings this season have been over C&D; fell when holding every chance in the first but made amends with a determined success six weeks ago; 4lb rise fair and this consistent performer looks sure to make another bold bid; might not want the ground any quicker than good.

6/4

1st

1

26th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:00 Wetherby

Schiehallion Munro

11st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Runner-up over C&D last November and he was in with a huge shout, in a slight lead, when falling two out back in same race six weeks ago; comparable form on good and soft; off same mark as last time, in the mix.

7/2

9/1

Form: PP-P11 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Successful in a couple of small-field events at Haydock (2m/2m4f) since fitted with blinkers, enhancing his good strike-rate on soft/heavy going; still unexposed over fences and in the blinds but his chance largely depends on whether he gets his ideal ground, for which yesterday's rain was encouraging.
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10

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Adrimel

10st 11lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Tom Lacey

16/1

9th

15

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Adrimel

10st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Successful in a couple of small-field events at Haydock (2m/2m4f) since fitted with blinkers, enhancing his good strike-rate on soft/heavy going; still unexposed over fences and in the blinds but his chance largely depends on whether he gets his ideal ground, for which yesterday's rain was encouraging.

9/1

1st

1

19th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:00 Haydock

Adrimel

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Won Grade 2 novice hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, heavy) last January and, having been pulled up on his next three runs (including his chase debut), he returned to form in first-time blinkers (retained) when bolting up in a novice chase here (2m, soft) in December; strong claims in this first handicap.

8/11

Form: 361050

Last run: 81 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
The form of last summer's Galway win isn't particularly compelling in this context or off this mark, and he's been inconsistent otherwise this season; not difficult to oppose.
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3rd

3

13th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

20:00 Kilbeggan

Born By The Sea

11st 3lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

didn't jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, jumped slightly left 5th, mistake and pushed along briefly 4 out, went third before 3 out, soon pushed along, lost touch after 2 out, no impression when pecked on landing last, no match for first two

4/1

2nd

2

6th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Born By The Sea

11st 2lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul John Gilligan

raced in second throughout, mistake 9th, ridden after 2 out, kept on run-in, no match for winner

16/1

10th

16

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Born By The Sea

10st 11lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Paul John Gilligan

The form of last summer's Galway win isn't particularly compelling in this context or off this mark, and he's been inconsistent otherwise this season; not difficult to oppose.

50/1

66/1

Form: -211P5 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Good strike-rate for current yard but form has dipped on last two appearances, pulled up in the Summer Plate then modest fifth (back from a layoff) at Newcastle; faces a stiff task at this level; change of headgear.
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1st

8

26th Jun 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 34y

Class 2

15:55 Cartmel

Fire Away

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders, went third 2 out, ridden after last, led home turn, kept on well

7/1

6th

1

17th Jun 2022

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

15:20 Market Rasen

Fire Away

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear and struggling after 8th, weakened after 11th

9/2

3rd

5

30th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 3

16:20 Cartmel

Fire Away

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

4/1

Form: F-24P3 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Grade 1 novice winner in late 2018; started this season with a close second in Grade 2 at Gowran Park but not in the same form since, including in a handicap two runs ago (pulled up); cheekpieces enlisted.
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4th

1

13th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

20:00 Kilbeggan

Hardline

11st 12lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear but in touch with leaders, mistake 3rd, pushed along briefly 4th, pushed along briefly 5th, pushed along when became detached after 6th, reminders after 4 out, weakening when not fluent 3 out, tailed off

12/1

4th

6

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 3f 165y

16:20 Fairyhouse

Hardline

11st 2lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1 novice winner in late-2018; started this season with a close second in Grade 2 at Gowran but only three finishers; has struggled since, pulled-up in two of his last three starts, handicaps at this venue and at Cheltenham; hard to make a case for him.

12/1

Form: 6-2131 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Has form figures of 2131 since switched to fences, the wins gained over 2m3f on soft ground at Ffos Las and Plumpton; goes into much deeper waters this time but he's improving and could go well at big odds.
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21

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Chinwag

10st 3lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Neil Mulholland

Has form figures of 2131 since switched to fences, the wins gained over 2m3f on soft ground at Ffos Las and Plumpton; goes into much deeper waters this time but he's improving and could go well at big odds.

40/1

1st

2

14th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 3

14:55 Plumpton

Chinwag

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Three-time hurdle winner last winter and has made a pleasing start over fences with form figures of 213 in handicaps; it was a decent race in which he was found wanting at Wetherby and he'll make his presence felt.

11/4

3rd

3

27th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:00 Wetherby

Chinwag

10st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Neil Mulholland

Won three times over hurdles last winter and has continued the good work switched to fences this autumn, winning at Ffos Las (2m3f, soft) last month on his second chase start; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and he's respected.

5/2

Form: -11F25 D

Last run: 89 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Good start to his chasing career, with wins at Down Royal and Sligo; faller in hat-trick attempt and his jumping has been far from perfect in two runs since; however, this novice could be well treated granted an error-free round; connections also run Grand Paradis.
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8th

3

26th Jun 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 34y

Class 2

15:55 Cartmel

Fancy Foundations

11st 11lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, ridden after last, weakened home turn

11/2

6th

2

6th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

15:45 Listowel

Fancy Foundations

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, midfield home turn, ridden and no impression before 2 out, weakened before last

11/2

12

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Fancy Foundations

10st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Form: 211113 D

Last run: 159 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Yet to finish out of the first three in 17 runs; has form figures of 1211113 in good-ground novice chases (including handicaps) this term, most recently third at Chepstow (Listed) in October; now pitched into a much deeper field than previously but his consistency counts for a lot.
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1st

7

26th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:30 Uttoxeter

Presentandcounting

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

chased leader, clear with one other from 2nd, briefly led 6th, led again and went clear before 3 out, pushed along briefly before 2 out, easily

15/8

2nd

2

18th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

16:07 Perth

Presentandcounting

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

held up in rear, became detached 7th, headway after 12th, disputing third home turn, went second and ridden after 2 out, drifted right last, stayed on

7/4

9th

2

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:31 Uttoxeter

Presentandcounting

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Took very well to chasing last spring/summer, winning five times (usually from the front); never got into a rhythm after early jumping errors at Sandown last month but can do much better and is on a good mark now.

10/1

Form: 6-6P25 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Below best in the Cotswold Chase over 3m1f here last time; has form figures of 112 over this C&D (all on soft ground), including a success in this contest two years ago (for previous stable) and good second in similar event on penultimate start; now goes in first-time headgear; possibilities back in this scenario.
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2nd

1

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Reportedly unsuited by the good ground when failing to fire in the Cotswold Chase over 3m1f here last time but has commendable form figures of 112 over this C&D (all on soft ground), including an excellent effort off only 1lb lower on New Year's Day; could do with some rain but he's very much the class act.

4/1

2

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Paul Nicholls

Below best in the Cotswold Chase over 3m1f here last time; has form figures of 112 over this C&D (all on soft ground), including a success in this contest two years ago (for previous stable) and good second in similar event on penultimate start; now goes in first-time headgear; possibilities back in this scenario.

5th

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

14:30 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Did not seem beaten entirely by lack of stamina over 3m1f at Aintree two starts ago; has a sound record over 2m4f at Cheltenham, including a success on this card in 2020 when with Harry Whittington (followed up at the Festival); good second in Grade 3 handicap back here (soft) on New Year's Day; has the ability to play a big role, provided he's as effective back up in distance.

11/4

Form: -FP322 D BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Grade 3 scorer over hurdles last term; chase form figures (FP322) have been heading in the right direction, runner-up in big fields at Fairyhouse (2m5f) and Gowran Park (2m4f, heavy) the last twice; may well be ready to peak today and looks interesting on handicap debut.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3

15th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

16:00 Killarney

Grand Paradis

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: Gordon Elliott

Non-runner.

1st

5

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

14:55 Cork

Grand Paradis

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Talented Grade 3-winning hurdler is now 0-6 chasing but smart level of form when second in maidens at Fairyhouse and Gowran (clear second to Blue Sari); let down by jumping in handicap company at Cheltenham latest but jumping should be under less pressure here and probably the one to beat.

11/8

10

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Grand Paradis

11st 2lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 3 scorer over hurdles last term; chase form figures (FP322) have been heading in the right direction, runner-up in big fields at Fairyhouse (2m5f) and Gowran Park (2m4f, heavy) the last twice; may well be ready to peak today and looks interesting on handicap debut.

8/1

Form: -11198 D

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Completed a four-timer in novice company (2m4f-2m7f) last spring/summer; however, came up well short when switched to two warm handicaps (over 3m) later in 2021; something to prove on return from another break; tongue-tie and cheekpieces are applied for the first time.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

7

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Cavalry Master

10st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

7

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Cavalry Master

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Completed a four-timer in novice company (2m4f-2m7f) last spring/summer; however, came up well short when switched to two warm handicaps (over 3m) later in 2021; something to prove on return from another break; tongue-tie and cheekpieces are applied for the first time.

25/1

Form: -11P32

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Front-running veteran who posted a good effort (clear second behind Celebre D'Allen) at Warwick last month; however, this 12yo may have nothing else left up his sleeve and this is a more demanding scenario.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

7

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Wishing And Hoping

11st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

33/1

6

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Wishing And Hoping

11st 2lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Front-running veteran who posted a good effort (clear second behind Celebre D'Allen) at Warwick last month; however, this 12yo may have nothing else left up his sleeve and this is a more demanding scenario.

33/1

2nd

5

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Wishing And Hoping

11st 4lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

His best form has come at longer trips but this front-runner isn't short of pace and is worth another go at today's distance; made all in fine style at Aintree (3m1f, good) in October and back to form when third at Kempton (3m, soft) last month, where he jumped slightly left; could make a bold bid now back at a left-handed circuit.

14/1

Form: P-2145 CD BF

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Gifted the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in October and his return to 3m was unconvincing last time; has some useful form at about 2m4f here (soft/good to soft), notably second in the Grade 1 novice chase on this card last year and fourth in the Racing Post Gold Cup two starts ago; should go well.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:07 Sandown

Fusil Raffles

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

5

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Fusil Raffles

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Gifted the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in October and his return to 3m was unconvincing last time; has some useful form at about 2m4f here (soft/good to soft), notably second in the Grade 1 novice chase on this card last year and fourth in the Racing Post Gold Cup two starts ago; should go well.

10/1

5th

3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Fusil Raffles

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Fortunate winner of the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in October, gifted the race when Shan Blue fell, but that was still a very positive performance on his first crack at 3m and he again ran well when fourth in a 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham last month; his jumping lacked fluency last time but he might be more in his comfort zone today back up in trip; solid claims.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 011-2P D

Last run: 117 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Went close in useful early-season handicap at Uttoxeter when bidding for a good-ground hat-trick; pulled up (bled form nose) in Ascot Grade 2 in November on sole start since; not sure what to expect on return from another absence.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Pistol Whipped

12st 1lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has twice run well over C&D on good to soft; in good form when front-running on good ground last spring although he bled from the nose when just losing out at Uttoxeter last May; non-runner because of soft ground at Cheltenham on Thursday; this looks a better fit.

11/2

3

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Pistol Whipped

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Went close in useful early-season handicap at Uttoxeter when bidding for a good-ground hat-trick; pulled up (bled form nose) in Ascot Grade 2 in November on sole start since; not sure what to expect on return from another absence.

33/1

6

20th Nov 2021

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

14:05 Ascot

Pistol Whipped

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

In career-best form (over 2m3f/2m4f) in the spring when last seen, winning handicaps at Plumpton and Perth then very close second at Uttoxeter; faces a harder task at this level on return from layoff.

12/1

Form: 4-2262 D BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Record of just 1-8 over fences; however, largely consistent and bagged a silver medal on good ground in three of his four outings this term, latest at Leicester (2m4f); has run respectably on soft; could perform respectably.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

4

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:45 Perth

Guy

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2nd

2

23rd Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

16:05 Ludlow

Guy

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Runner-up in three of his four chases this season, most recently when losing out by only a neck at Leicester (2m4f, good) seven weeks ago; not yet fully exposed and can play a major role here if suited by the step up in trip.

6/4

22

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Guy

10st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Record of just 1-8 over fences; however, largely consistent and bagged a silver medal on good ground in three of his four outings this term, latest at Leicester (2m4f); has run respectably on soft; could perform respectably.

33/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Imperial Alcazar

The Times:

The Glancing Queen

POSTDATA:

Adrimel

Telegraph:

Stolen Silver

LAMBOURN:

Fusil Raffles

TOPSPEED:

Spiritofthegames

The Star:

Celebre D'Allen

RP Ratings:

Imperial Alcazar

WEST COUNTRY:

Imperial Alcazar

The Guardian:

Imperial Alcazar

Daily Mail:

Imperial Alcazar

Daily Express:

Imperial Alcazar

The Sun:

Imperial Alcazar

Daily Mirror:

The Glancing Queen

Daily Record:

The Glancing Queen