March 17 / 17.30 Cheltenham

17.30 Cheltenham

Heavy

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Sponsored By JRL Group) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £36667.5
  • 3m 2f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 25 runners
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Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Sponsored By JRL Group) (GBB)

Runners: 25 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £54.50
  • Place: £8.80

Form: -12211

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Rejuvenated 10yo who made it three wins for the year (2m3f/2m7f, soft/heavy) under Lucy Turner when beating his two rivals at Huntingdon 11 days ago; however, he's on a career-high mark under a 5lb penalty and could be vulnerable in this much hotter race.
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2

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Chambard

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

1st

20

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Chambard

11st 1lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Rejuvenated 10yo who made it three wins for the year (2m3f/2m7f, soft/heavy) under Lucy Turner when beating his two rivals at Huntingdon 11 days ago; however, he's on a career-high mark under a 5lb penalty and could be vulnerable in this much hotter race.

33/1

1st

3

6th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 3

13:45 Huntingdon

Chambard

11st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Back to chasing for two seconds and two 13l wins from his four starts this season, all under Lucy Turner over about 2m4f; acts on heavy; he too has a major question to answer, though, as he underperformed when tried at 2m7f and 3m2f last spring.

6/5

11/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 74-322

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f but stayed on well in hot 2m4f handicap hurdle at Aintree last April and did likewise when going close in 2m4f chase at Kempton in December, where he jumped to the left; the step up in trip, allied with the return to a left-handed track, could prompt improvement and Sam Waley-Cohen is a good booking; handles various ground.
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16th

15

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Mister Coffey

10st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

8/1

2nd

11

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mister Coffey

11st 4lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Nicky Henderson

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f but stayed on well in hot 2m4f handicap hurdle at Aintree last April and did likewise when going close in 2m4f chase at Kempton in December, where he jumped to the left; the step up in trip, allied with the return to a left-handed track, could prompt improvement and Sam Waley-Cohen is a good booking; handles various ground.

11/1

2nd

4

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Mister Coffey

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

One of his hurdles wins came at this venue (the first of five starts in hood); close second in useful novice handicap chase at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft; headgear removed) on Boxing Day, improving on his reappearance effort; should run well but needs a career best to land this prize.

8/1

50/1

  • Place: £18.20

Form: 628484 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Runner-up at Ludlow in December but he's struggled on his four starts since, the latest at Sandown last Tuesday; wears first-time blinkers.
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18

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Didero Vallis

10st 1lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Venetia Williams

25/1

3rd

25

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Didero Vallis

10st 8lb

J: Mr James King

T: Venetia Williams

Runner-up at Ludlow in December but he's struggled on his four starts since, the latest at Sandown last Tuesday; wears first-time blinkers.

50/1

4th

1

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:30 Sandown

Didero Vallis

12st 5lb

J: Pte Alexandra Bell

T: Venetia Williams

Fairly useful on his day; comes with some risk, having been far from consistent this season, but has a good chance on these terms provided he's in top form; best recent effort when second at Ludlow in December.

5/2

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33/1

  • Place: £6.50

Form: 732117

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Novice chaser who won two in a row over fences this winter (2m4f/2m5f, soft/good to yielding) and he stayed 3m over hurdles; he's better than he showed at Leopardstown last time but this is a competitive race in which to try to bounce back from that well-beaten seventh.
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16

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Fakir D’alene

10st 11lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

Backed up Down Royal beginners' win with success on handicap debut at Thurles; soundly beaten in Leopardstown Chase before best of the Irish in the Kim Muir, finishing a creditable fourth at 33-1 under this rider.

4th

2

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Fakir D’alene

11st 11lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

Novice chaser who won two in a row over fences this winter (2m4f/2m5f, soft/good to yielding) and he stayed 3m over hurdles; he's better than he showed at Leopardstown last time but this is a competitive race in which to try to bounce back from that well-beaten seventh.

33/1

4

6th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Fakir D’alene

11st 7lb

J: Mr B W Harvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Wide margin winner of a Down Royal beginners chase before beating Donkey Years in a Thurles handicap chase in January; never really a factor in the Leopardstown Chase last time; capable of better and likely to be closer this time.

8/1

Form: -8214P

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Runs off the same mark as when winning at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) in December; however, hopes are pinned on the first-time cheekpieces prompting a revival as he's been below his best the last twice (pulled up last time).
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3rd

1

13th Apr 2022

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Mint Condition

11st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Jennie Candlish

14

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Mint Condition

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Jennie Candlish

20/1

5th

16

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mint Condition

11st 3lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Jennie Candlish

Runs off the same mark as when winning at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) in December; however, hopes are pinned on the first-time cheekpieces prompting a revival as he's been below his best the last twice (pulled up last time).

25/1

Form: 143323

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Third in last season's Scottish National before winning at the Punchestown festival (3m7f); can makes mistakes but he's been admirably consistent in defeat across his last few starts (including over C&D) and holds sound each-way claims if minimising the blunders; versatile ground-wise.
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12th

27

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Mister Fogpatches

10st 6lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Third in last season's Scottish National before winning over 3m7f at the Punchestown festival; can make mistakes but has been highly consistent in big-value handicaps, including third placings in the Troytown and the Thyestes, second in the Betfair and sixth in the Kim Muir; each-way chance if first-time cheekpieces do the trick.

6th

9

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mister Fogpatches

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: P A Fahy

Third in last season's Scottish National before winning at the Punchestown festival (3m7f); can makes mistakes but he's been admirably consistent in defeat across his last few starts (including over C&D) and holds sound each-way claims if minimising the blunders; versatile ground-wise.

15/2

3rd

17

27th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 0y

15:05 Gowran Park

Mister Fogpatches

10st 0lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: P A Fahy

Third in the Scottish National in April before taking a Punchestown handicap over 3m7f; at least as good this term, taking third in the Troytown and 15l second at Cheltenham last time; big chance for trainer who won this with Nuaffe in 1994.

12/1

Form: 416246 BF

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Needs to produce more than he's managed over fences the last twice; however, his jumping has lacked fluency so there's certainly room for improvement, and he's not written off for his good Irish trainer.
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13

29th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Rightplacerightime

10st 3lb

J: Miss M O’Sullivan

T: Emmet Mullins

8

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 50y

15:45 Fairyhouse

Rightplacerightime

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: Emmet Mullins

Just 2-29 under all rules but won 3m beginners' chase here in November and runner-up in a valuable hurdle at Leopardstown in February; not disgraced in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; needs to jump with more fluency than on recent starts; declared to run over 3m1f here on Saturday.

13/2

2nd

3

16th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 1f 88y

15:40 Fairyhouse

Rightplacerightime

11st 12lb

J: Miss M O’Sullivan

T: Emmet Mullins

Form: -6F1P3 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
9yo who has been better than ever this season, winning at Fairyhouse (3m5f, good) in November and returning to form with third there (3m, soft) last month; the stiff finish is in his favour today, as is crack Irish amateur Jamie Codd being in the saddle; could be thereabouts.
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2

22nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:45 Perth

Smoking Gun

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

30

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Smoking Gun

10st 5lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Won over C&D in November off 7lb lower than now; also managed third over 3m here in February; faded from the second-last in the Kim Muir.

8th

8

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Smoking Gun

11st 7lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: Gordon Elliott

9yo who has been better than ever this season, winning at Fairyhouse (3m5f, good) in November and returning to form with third there (3m, soft) last month; the stiff finish is in his favour today, as is crack Irish amateur Jamie Codd being in the saddle; could be thereabouts.

12/1

Form: -U51P1 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
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.
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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.

Form: 34/743 BF

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
11yo who returned this winter from a long absence and needs to raise his game; however, there have been signs of promise and he's well handicapped on his old form; runner-up in the Pertemps Hurdle Final here in 2018 and he's not written off for his top Irish stable; effective in the mud.
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5

5th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:01 Perth

Glenloe

10st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

badly hampered and unseated rider 1st

4/1

9

16th May 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

19:30 Killarney

Glenloe

10st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

10/1

Form: 662722

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Runner-up at Catterick the last twice (3m1f/3m6f, soft/good to soft) but he was no match for Omar Maretti most recently and today's race could prove too competitive; well beaten on both visits to Cheltenham, including this race last year; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.
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11th

10

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Almazhar Garde

11st 6lb

J: Mr M J M O’Sullivan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Runner-up at Catterick the last twice (3m1f/3m6f, soft/good to soft) but he was no match for Omar Maretti most recently and today's race could prove too competitive; well beaten on both visits to Cheltenham, including this race last year; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.

40/1

2nd

1

14th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 2

15:15 Catterick

Almazhar Garde

11st 12lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Thorough stayer who ran a big race in defeat when close second in North Yorkshire Grand National here (3m6f, good to soft) last month; that wasn't his first hard race of the season but, if he holds his form, he can make another bold bid from the front.

4/1

2nd

1

13th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 214y

Class 3

14:40 Catterick

Almazhar Garde

11st 12lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Well beaten at Kelso (4m, soft) last month but ran well for a long way, and was a good second at Fontwell (3m3f, good) the time before; his claims will be boosted the more the ground dries out and a bold bid is possible now back down in trip.

13/2

Form: 3-2521

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Back on song when going down by just a nose at Doncaster (3m, soft; idled in front) in December, before prevailing by the same margin at Ascot (3m, soft) in January; he's climbing the weights but could be in the mix if his fine form continues.
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4th

2

27th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

Cat Tiger

12st 9lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

13/2

2nd

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cat Tiger

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Tailed off in a Cheltenham handicap last month but had previously been in fine form, winning an Ascot handicap in January (RPR 148); third in this a year ago, despite a bad blunder four out (also completed the course in the Grand Sefton last November); leading player.

5/1

12th

5

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cat Tiger

11st 9lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Back on song when going down by just a nose at Doncaster (3m, soft; idled in front) in December, before prevailing by the same margin at Ascot (3m, soft) in January; he's climbing the weights but could be in the mix if his fine form continues.

20/1

Form: 31-322 BF

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Heavy-ground maiden hurdle winner who has improved with each of his three chase starts, bumping into Galopin Des Champs before going close in a beginners chase at Navan (3m, yielding) latest; this lightly raced 8yo is in excellent hands to continue to progress and could have a part to play.
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13th

3

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Ain’t That A Shame

11st 11lb

J: Mr B W Harvey

T: Henry De Bromhead

Heavy-ground maiden hurdle winner who has improved with each of his three chase starts, bumping into Galopin Des Champs before going close in a beginners chase at Navan (3m, yielding) latest; this lightly raced 8yo is in excellent hands to continue to progress and could have a part to play.

15/2

2nd

1

22nd Jan 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:50 Navan

Ain’t That A Shame

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Winning hurdler; placed twice over fences, running into a potentially top-class novice at Leopardstown last time; still to see the best of him over fences and should go closer here.

7/2

2nd

1

28th Dec 2021

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

14:55 Leopardstown

Ain’t That A Shame

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Runner-up in his only point-to-point and won 2m7f maiden hurdle at Thurles last term; creditable third to Stattler over this trip on seasonal/chase debut at Fairyhouse.

14/1

Form: 614-64 D

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
12yo who is the oldest horse in the field but he won off this mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good) last March and his fair fourth at Sandown (3m5f, good to soft) in December can be upgraded as he jumped to the left; all four chase wins have come at left-handed tracks (including on soft); not ruled out.
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24

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Red Infantry

10st 10lb

J: Mr Tristan Durrell

T: Ian Williams

12yo who is the oldest horse in the field but he won off this mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good) last March and his fair fourth at Sandown (3m5f, good to soft) in December can be upgraded as he jumped to the left; all four chase wins have come at left-handed tracks (including on soft); not ruled out.

50/1

4th

6

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 4f 166y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Red Infantry

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ian Williams

Runner-up in this race three years ago off 7lb higher on sole chase run at this track (won here over hurdles); not so good since but a 448-day absence played a part and he did win at Doncaster this March; not disgraced at Warwick on recent reappearance and enters each-way calculations.

10/1

6th

9

17th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:50 Warwick

Red Infantry

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Took a few outings to recover his form in the spring (had been absent for more than a year) but did just that when winning at Doncaster in March; claims on that but absent for eight months; probably best when leading but may have a rival for that role.

8/1

Form: -U1635

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Won off 1lb lower at Ascot (3m, soft) in October and this hold-up horse has each-way possibilities if things go his way; however, he hasn't been at his very best on his last three starts and needs something extra on this first visit to Cheltenham; can make mistakes.
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21

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Larry

11st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Gary Moore

Won off 1lb lower at Ascot (3m, soft) in October and this hold-up horse has each-way possibilities if things go his way; however, he hasn't been at his very best on his last three starts and needs something extra on this first visit to Cheltenham; can make mistakes.

40/1

4

12th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Larry

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Gary Moore

Best effort this season when coming from last to first to win at Ascot (3m, soft) in October; never a threat in three starts since, including over the same C&D last time; others are more solid.

7/1

5th

8

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Larry

10st 4lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Has an notable piece of Ascot form having won Grade 3 handicap over C&D (soft) in October; looked unsuited by 3m5f and 2m5f since, latter effort back here (finished third, no match for first two); interesting back at 3m.

10/1

Form: -241PP D

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won the Badger Beer at Wincanton in November and is back down to the same mark today; trainer's horses are capable of bouncing back to form from out of the blue but he's been pulled up the last twice and has plenty to prove.
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5th

3

28th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Rocco

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Pulled up on last two appearances and comes here with a point to prove but won major handicap off today's mark at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in November and will appreciate today's drop in grade.

7/1

19

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Rocco

11st 1lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won the Badger Beer at Wincanton in November and is back down to the same mark today; trainer's horses are capable of bouncing back to form from out of the blue but he's been pulled up the last twice and has plenty to prove.

50/1

12

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Rocco

10st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

40-1 winner of the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in November when back from a break; just 3lb higher today and he'll be in the mix if reproducing that form, but he has a patchy profile and was pulled up at Cheltenham last month.

40/1

Form: 18-342

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Won Grade 3 novice hurdle at Navan (3m, heavy) last February before respectable eighth in the Martin Pipe here, when suffering interference; switched to fences this season and was a close second in a warm beginners chase at Fairyhouse (2m5f, good to yielding) last time; should have more to offer at this longer trip and Rob James removes a valuable 3lb; likeable claims.
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2nd

23

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Frontal Assault

10st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Best of his four runs over fences when second to stablemate Floueur here in January; well fancied for the Kim Muir but already feeling the heat when making a mistake four out.

1

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Frontal Assault

11st 12lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Won Grade 3 novice hurdle at Navan (3m, heavy) last February before respectable eighth in the Martin Pipe here, when suffering interference; switched to fences this season and was a close second in a warm beginners chase at Fairyhouse (2m5f, good to yielding) last time; should have more to offer at this longer trip and Rob James removes a valuable 3lb; likeable claims.

6/1

2nd

7

29th Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 100y

12:00 Fairyhouse

Frontal Assault

12st 0lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 3-winning novice hurdler over 3m last season shaped with plenty of promise on chasing bow behind Busselton over likely insufficient 2m3.5f at Punchestown; didn't quite progress as hoped when fourth here over 2m4f six weeks ago and needs to show more over this slightly longer trip; has contested rated novice chases the last twice but now in beginners' company.

13/2

Form: 5-927P C

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Has 1-15 strike-rate over fences and he's prone to jumping errors so always comes with risks attached; also needs to bounce back from two below-par runs but he's yet to run a bad race over fences at Cheltenham and he's dropped to a tempting mark; James King is a good man to have on board and they could have a big say off an attractive mark.
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17

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

The Mighty Don

11st 2lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Nick Gifford

Has 1-15 strike-rate over fences and he's prone to jumping errors so always comes with risks attached; also needs to bounce back from two below-par runs but he's yet to run a bad race over fences at Cheltenham and he's dropped to a tempting mark; James King is a good man to have on board and they could have a big say off an attractive mark.

7

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 2

14:35 Cheltenham

The Mighty Don

11st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Acts on soft; has a good mark but he's a rare winner and making a hash of the second-last fence cost him a good chance at Cheltenham (3m2f) last April; second of five back here (3m3f) in November was easily the best of his three runs this season; this is a rare start these days over hurdles.

20/1

7th

4

4th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 4f 166y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

The Mighty Don

11st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Rare winner and making a hash of the second-last fence cost him a good chance at Cheltenham (3m2f) in April; early mistake put him on the back foot there three weeks ago but eventually staying on into second of five showed he stays 3m3f; he's not the percentage call but remains on a competitive mark if this is another of his good days.

12/1

Form: 11-211 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Rules record stands at four wins from five starts having won over fences the last twice (2m7f/3m1f, soft/good to soft); did it in good style from Almazhar Garde at Catterick last month and a 5lb rise could prove lenient for this unexposed and progressive 8yo; he's on the shortlist.
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15

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Omar Maretti

11st 4lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: Alex Hales

Rules record stands at four wins from five starts having won over fences the last twice (2m7f/3m1f, soft/good to soft); did it in good style from Almazhar Garde at Catterick last month and a 5lb rise could prove lenient for this unexposed and progressive 8yo; he's on the shortlist.

9/1

1st

3

14th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 2

15:15 Catterick

Omar Maretti

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Began rules career with two course wins over hurdles last season and began chasing career with two very promising runs this winter, the latter a small-field win at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft); only 3lb higher here and could easily have a lot more to offer; commands respect.

7/4

1st

4

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:55 Newcastle

Omar Maretti

11st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Ex-pointer; began rules career with two clearcut hurdle wins last season and was creditable second on chase/handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m5f, soft) on Boxing Day; remains unexposed; needs to be taken very seriously.

2/1

Form: 36-152 C

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Third in the Pertemps Final (3m, good to soft) at last season's Festival and began his chasing career with a win at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) in December; made two bad mistakes when runner-up to Omar Maretti at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) last time and needs to avoid those blunders today, but that form reads well with the winner having gone in again since; of interest.
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14

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Come On Teddy

11st 4lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Tom George

Third in the Pertemps Final (3m, good to soft) at last season's Festival and began his chasing career with a win at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) in December; made two bad mistakes when runner-up to Omar Maretti at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) last time and needs to avoid those blunders today, but that form reads well with the winner having gone in again since; of interest.

10/1

2nd

1

18th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:55 Newcastle

Come On Teddy

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Placed over hurdles at last season's Cheltenham Festival and made winning chasing debut at Uttoxeter (2m4f, soft) last month; can easily be excused subsequent defeat in Grade 2 event and will be suited by today's move back up in trip; obvious contender.

15/8

5th

3

1st Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:25 Cheltenham

Come On Teddy

11st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Seemed suited by 3m as a hurdler last season, including when winning here (soft) in December and third in the Pertemps Final here (good to soft) in March; got his chase career off to a winning start at Uttoxeter (2m4f) over three weeks ago and has further improvement in him but it is needed.

9/1

Form: -11213

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Two wins (2m6f/2m7f, good) this season from first three chase starts, with a good second in between (3m, good to soft); below par at Doncaster three weeks ago when soft going may not have suited; the promising Jack Hendrick removes 7lb but yesterday's rain is a concern.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

5

30th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Uttoxeter

Lord Accord

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

4

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Lord Accord

11st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Neil Mulholland

Two wins (2m6f/2m7f, good) this season from his first three chase starts, with a good second in between (3m, good to soft); below par at Doncaster last time but soft going may not have suited and, with better ground expected today, he could resume his progressive ways with a big run.

7/1

12

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Lord Accord

11st 4lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Neil Mulholland

Two wins (2m6f/2m7f, good) this season from first three chase starts, with a good second in between (3m, good to soft); below par at Doncaster three weeks ago when soft going may not have suited; the promising Jack Hendrick removes 7lb but yesterday's rain is a concern.

33/1

Form: 0/7P3P BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Won 2018 Welsh National and, having returned this winter from a long absence, he showed that he retains some spark when third at Taunton in January; however, he's since been pulled up at Exeter; others appeal more.
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1st

3

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Elegant Escape

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Colin Tizzard

2018 Welsh National winner who returned from a long absence this winter, and showed when third at Taunton in January that he retains some spark; not ruled out but that's been his sole high point this season and he was pulled up at Exeter next time; early unseat at Cheltenham Festival last time.

13/2

7

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Elegant Escape

11st 7lb

J: Miss Thomasina Eyston

T: Colin Tizzard

Won 2018 Welsh National and, having returned this winter from a long absence, he showed that he retains some spark when third at Taunton in January; however, he's since been pulled up at Exeter; others appeal more.

50/1

2

13th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Elegant Escape

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

2018 Welsh National winner (3m5f, soft) who returned from a long absence in December and isn't the force of old; however, he was a fair third of five at Taunton (3m4f, good to soft) last time and the handicapper has given him a big chance in dropping him 7lb since; could have a part to play.

8/1

Form: 243-61

Last run: 80 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Off the mark at the tenth attempt over fences when winning the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Chase on his reappearance at Leopardstown (3m, good to yielding) in December; versatile ground-wise and has to be respected under top Irish amateur Derek O'Connor on this first run since.
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18

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

School Boy Hours

10st 10lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Noel Meade

Off the mark over fences at the tenth attempt in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown in December; now 9lb higher; eased and then pulled-up after a bad mistake four out in the Kim Muir; same fate at Aintree after almost falling at Valentine's.

6

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

School Boy Hours

11st 9lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Noel Meade

Off the mark at the tenth attempt over fences when winning the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Chase on his reappearance at Leopardstown (3m, good to yielding) in December; versatile ground-wise and has to be respected under top Irish amateur Derek O'Connor on this first run since.

5/1

Form: 50-67P

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Continues to drop down the weights but this 9yo has a regressive profile and was pulled up at Doncaster in January last time out; a dramatic turnaround is required in first-time blinkers and he's unproven over a trip this far.
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7th

11

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Janika

10st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Continues to slide down the weights and he's now 19lb lower than when a 12l fourth under top weight in this two years ago; however, he's in a sorry run of form right now and the first-time blinkers will need to do something for him.

16/1

4

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Janika

11st 10lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Nicky Henderson

Continues to drop down the weights but this 9yo has a regressive profile and was pulled up at Doncaster in January last time out; a dramatic turnaround is required in first-time blinkers and he's unproven over a trip this far.

33/1

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Janika

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Nicky Henderson

Following a second wind operation he took a step back in the right direction when midfield in a competitive 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham on New Year's Day; well treated on old form and it's possible he'll build on that last run, but he certainly needs to and he also has to prove his stamina.

16/1

Form: 543512

Last run: 124 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Won at Down Royal (3m, soft) in October and this 11yo posted a career-best RPR when runner-up under Finian Maguire here (3m1f, good) in November last time out, form that was franked when the winner followed up; however, he's been hit with an 8lb rise which makes things tough in this hot race.
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13

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mindsmadeup

11st 4lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Matthew J Smith

Won at Down Royal (3m, soft) in October and this 11yo posted a career-best RPR when runner-up under Finian Maguire here (3m1f, good) in November last time out, form that was franked when the winner followed up; however, he's been hit with an 8lb rise which makes things tough in this hot race.

33/1

2nd

8

13th Nov 2021

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:05 Cheltenham

Mindsmadeup

11st 1lb

J: Mr Finian Maguire

T: Matthew J Smith

Looked as good as ever when winning from the front at Down Royal (3m, soft) two weeks ago, his third chase success, and should be fine on today's faster ground; he may find that others are better handicapped, though.

9/1

1st

1

30th Oct 2021

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:00 Down Royal

Mindsmadeup

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Matthew J Smith

In fair form over hurdles this term, notably when close-up in third in 3m Galway contest; won last year's Galway Blazers off this mark; capable of a bold showing.

12/1

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Selections

The Times:

Mister Fogpatches

TOPSPEED:

Mister Coffey

SPOTLIGHT:

Frontal Assault

Telegraph:

Ain't That A Shame

RP Ratings:

Omar Maretti

WEST COUNTRY:

Cat Tiger

POSTDATA:

Smoking Gun

Daily Express:

School Boy Hours

The Star:

Frontal Assault

Daily Record:

Ain't That A Shame

LAMBOURN:

Mister Coffey

Daily Mirror:

Mister Coffey

The Guardian:

Mister Fogpatches

Daily Mail:

Mister Fogpatches