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

  • Prize money: £36667.5
  • 3m 2f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 24 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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8th

8

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Chambard

11st 7lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Won the Kim Muir here in 2022 (3m2f, soft); well into the golden years now but he followed an excellent second over C&D (soft) with a barnstorming win over the big Aintree fences (3m2f, heavy) in December; lesser efforts since, though, and on a high mark now.

50/1

8th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Chambard

11st 12lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Ridden last two years by Lucy Turner; won at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and, after a patchy campaign last term, never better than first two starts this season, latterly when winning by 13l over the big Aintree fences (3m2f, heavy); first race beyond that was the Welsh National, just 18 days later which might help to explain his modest show but he also made mistakes early on final circuit; 7lb higher than at Aintree and needs another career best.

20/1

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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3rd

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Mister Coffey

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Still a maiden over fences (0-12) after a series of notable efforts, including when second of 11 at Doncaster (3m, good to soft; handles soft) in December; not at his best when sixth in the Great Yorkshire Chase there two weeks ago; type to bounce back quickly and unlikely to be far away.

4/1

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Mister Coffey

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Somehow remains a maiden over fences (0-11) after any number of notable efforts, including here last time when beating all bar Forward Plan; usually jumps well, so omitting ten of the 18 fences wasn't in his favour; deserves a break and the cheekpieces have to be worth a go.

12/1

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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12th

13

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Didero Vallis

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Gave good account when placed in 3m5f cross-country chase here (good to soft) in November; also suited by the conventional chase course on this track but nothing like the force of old and has become very unreliable.

33/1

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Didero Vallis

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Nothing like the force of old and unreliable nowadays but gave good account when placed in 3m5f cross-country chase at Cheltenham (good to soft) in November and was second off mark 3lb higher than today's in conventional chase at Catterick (3m1f, soft) two starts ago.

10/1

OUR TIP

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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3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Fakir Dalene

11st 12lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Pulled up in the Thyestes last time out and it's hard to be confident after that; however, he was fourth in this race in 2022 and his good third in the Troytown last November showed that he retained all of his ability; worth a second look in view of Gordon Elliott's fine record at the Festival.

25/1

0

9

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Fakir Dalene

11st 1lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Emerged from 18 month absence to finish second in a point-to-point in October before fine third in Troytown Chase under a positive ride; brought down at the fifth when one of the main fancies for the Paddy Power at Leopardstown; could make his presence felt.

10/1

0

12

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Fakir Dalene

11st 5lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, brought down 5th

14/1

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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0

2

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:35 Newcastle

Mint Condition

11st 13lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Charlie Longsdon

Running well when last seen in the spring of 2022, finishing fifth in the Kim Muir (soft) and close up in another Cheltenham handicap next time (good); potentially well treated for this belated return to action after leaving Jennie Candlish; market confidence would heighten interest.

10/1

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

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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0

25

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Mister Fogpatches

10st 8lb

J: Richard Condon

T: P A Fahy

never better than midfield, detached 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

50/1

6th

7

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Mister Fogpatches

10st 12lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: P A Fahy

prominent, soon went second, lost position after 3 out, no extra from 2 out

25/1

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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7

6th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:13 Cork

Smoking Gun

11st 0lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won the Porterstown over 3m5f on good ground at Fairyhouse a year ago but form tailed off in the spring; testing ground may not suit and stiff task.

25/1

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.

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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8

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

19:40 Chepstow

Powerstown Park

11st 12lb

J: Mr Josh Barber

T: Miss A Willmott

Useful handicap chaser for Sam Thomas in 2021-22 season but returned from long absence with two non-completions in points towards end of last year; steadied the ship with respectable third at Kimble (conditions) last month but others look much stronger here; hooded for first time.

14/1

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

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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8

4th Mar 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:50 Navan

Glenloe

10st 8lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

0-15 over fences; no wins since his maiden hurdle success in 2016 and he's failed to complete in his last four starts.

40/1

1

19th Dec 2022

Frozen

3m 0f 170y

15:10 Punchestown

Glenloe

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, mistake towards rear 5 out, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

8/1

19

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Glenloe

10st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Gordon Elliott

Doesn't appear the force of old but mark of 123 an attractive one on his best form; saddle slipped last time in Cork Grand National when pulled up; Rachael Blackmore partners 11yo for the first time; 1lb out of the handicap.

16/1

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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2nd

5

21st Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Almazhar Garde

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

He was 26lb higher when last successful three years ago (2m7f, good); clearly not as good now but arrives here after two seconds in staying chases on soft ground; unlikely to be too far away.

11/2

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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2nd

5

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Cat Tiger

11st 12lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

prominent, pressed leaders after 3 out, went second after 2 out, slightly hampered final 110yds, stayed on

11/2

5

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cat Tiger

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

Runner-up to fancied Grand National contender Latenightpass in this two years ago but his powers would appear to be on the wane these days, last time finishing a remote third to Bennys King at Leicester; there's always a hope that returning here might get his competitive juices flowing.

33/1

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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6th

16

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Aint That A Shame

10st 13lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Henry De Bromhead

The 18-runner Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January was a deserved big-race win, since which he's been bought by today's sporting amateur rider (same stable); has not had much racing for a 10yo but disappointed when both 6-1 at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and just 10-1 in last year's National, in the latter weakening badly on the turn for home.

40/1

1st

7

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Aint That A Shame

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made all to win a 2m4f beginners' chase here last season with Macs Charm second; appeared not to stay when well-supported (10-1) for the Grand National; low-key return in the Kerry National; only 8-1 for the Troytown, pulled up after a weary jump two out.

10/1

0

6

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Aint That A Shame

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made all to win a Gowran beginners' last term with Macs Charm runner-up (won next time) and he shaped like he didn't stay when well-punted for the National; low-key return in the Kerry National but there's a suspicion he's on a good mark and a return to testing conditions is in his favour.

10/1

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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5th

3

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Frontal Assault

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led

5/1

4th

12

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Frontal Assault

10st 13lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, led 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened last

33/1

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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3

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Janika

12st 2lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: E Turner

Needed first run back last term and have to hope same applies this time, having pulled up at Garthorpe last month (soft); gifted victory over this C&D last Easter when Rebel Dawn Rising unseated late on, but still had Firak 16l behind and may still be up to winning small races in this sphere.

10/1

1st

6

10th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

16:52 Fakenham

Janika

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: E Turner

Smart chaser at up to 2m6f in his prime but last win was in November 2019; showed he still retains quite a lot of ability when fourth in Ascot handicap in November but was pulled up next time and he's been well held back in points since, including behind Rebel Dawn Rising 15 days ago; looks risky back under rules.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Janika

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Respectable fourth to Your Darling at Ascot (2m5f; cheekpieces applied) on seasonal debut and remains well treated on peak form; however, not crying out for this return to 3m and long losing spell continues.

14/1

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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7th

11

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

School Boy Hours

11st 2lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Noel Meade

Came good at the tenth attempt over fences when landing the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last season before failing to complete in a trio of major spring assignments (pulled up shortly after nearly coming down in the Kim Muir/Grand National, and refused at the last when well beaten in the Irish National); encouraging that he won on seasonal debut last term.

12/1

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.

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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0

6

12th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:25 Sandown

Elegant Escape

10st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

His Welsh Grand National win was five years ago and sole success since was in a veterans' chase at Ascot in March of 2022; last season never got going at all but his trainer reports him in good shape and he's rocketed down the weights.

12/1

7th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Elegant Escape

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Only win since landing the 2018 Welsh Grand National was in a veterans' chase at Ascot 12 months ago off 10lb higher; too well handicapped to ignore but this season hasn't got going at all.

12/1

5th

5

12th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Elegant Escape

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Smart in his prime, with career highlight his 2018 Welsh Grand National win; capitalised upon some help from the handicapper when gaining a hard-fought win in Ascot veterans' race (3m, good) last March and he has a 5lb lower mark today, but disappointing shows are more the norm nowadays; has a change of equipment but it's hard to bank on a revival.

16/1

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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6th

3

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Lord Accord

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a valuable chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in October 2022 and next time was runner-up here to Frodon in the Badger Beer; he is back on a favourable mark but this season has yet to get off the ground (chasing the last twice).

9/1

5th

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

Lord Accord

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Neil Mulholland

Disappointing at Cheltenham (3m1f) two months ago in a race that he'd won in 2022; well handicapped if back on song but needs the weather to be kind; soft/heavy ground would be a big negative.

8/1

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

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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3rd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Come On Teddy

11st 1lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Had potential as a 2m4f novice chaser (also had form over 2m7f) two seasons ago but is taking time to recapture form and was rather laboured behind an eased-down winner over hurdles (3m, soft) in February; the return to an easier stamina test looks worth a go now back chasing.

9/2

2nd

3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Come On Teddy

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom George

took keen hold, held up in rear

6/1

6th

6

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Come On Teddy

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Close third in the Final at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) in 2021; unknown quantity now, having been well held in two starts back from an absence, and dropped just 3lb for those defeats.

20/1

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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5th

1

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:35 Uttoxeter

Omar Maretti

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Alex Hales

Won four-runner race by a street at Catterick (3m1f; 1lb higher today) in February; not so good when third in his two starts since (also on heavy) and does not look the percentage call.

11/2

4

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Omar Maretti

10st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Maintained unbeaten record at Catterick when winning four-runner race (3m1f, heavy) in February; beaten nearly 14l when third at Newbury (3m2f, heavy) last time but that was still a fair run; might not be far away.

11/2

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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11

13th Nov 2022

Good

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

The Mighty Don

10st 6lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

The bottom line is probably his poor strike-rate (including 1-16 over fences) but this race on good ground last year saw one of his better efforts, when he blundered at the last but still passed two rivals on the run-in to finish second of five; 7lb lower today and should strip fitter since his run last month.

9/1

4th

5

7th Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

The Mighty Don

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, not fluent 9th, struggling when in rear 13th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off

100/30

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.

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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2

12th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:05 Southwell

Rocco

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, lost ground after 8th, pushed along when towards rear after 10th, got behind after 3 out

20/1

4th

4

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:17 Exeter

Rocco

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, lost position after 2nd, towards rear after 5th, pushed along before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon no impression and beaten

10/1

4th

1

27th Jan 2023

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:45 Doncaster

Rocco

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a high-profile staying chase at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in autumn 2021 but has lost his way and was beaten 28l on his return to hurdles at Warwick (3m2f); dropped further in class here but with questions to answer right now.

20/1

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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4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

7th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Larry

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

11/1

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

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Mister Fogpatches

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Mister Coffey

SPOTLIGHT:

Frontal Assault

RP Ratings:

Omar Maretti

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Cat Tiger

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Smoking Gun

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School Boy Hours

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Frontal Assault

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Mister Coffey

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Mister Coffey

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Mister Fogpatches

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