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14:45 Kelso

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Paxtons For Kverneland In The Borders Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £18004
  • 3m 2f 39y
  • Class 2
  • 4 runners
  • Win time: 6m 58s
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Paxtons For Kverneland In The Borders Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00

Form: 1-P2PP

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Promoted to first in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (3m5f) last spring and ran well when second in the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f) in November; pulled up on his three other outings in 2021, soft ground possibly against him over hurdles back at Wincanton on Boxing Day, but he has since had wind surgery and returns to the fray with conditions in his favour; respected.

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6

26th Nov 2022

Good

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

15:05 Newbury

Potterman

11st 3lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Landed the big 3m5f handicap off 2lb lower at Sandown two seasons back; however, has lacked consistency since and failed to complete (unseated then pulled up) in the last two runnings of this contest; chance partly depends on how well he responds to first-time headgear.

40/1

6th

2

5th Nov 2022

Good

3m 1f 30y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Potterman

11st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Likes this race having finished runner-up in the last two renewals, off 9lb lower in 2020 and 1lb lower last year; needs the ground to remain good if he's to make it third-time lucky but even then, off this mark he has zero margin for error.

10/1

2

23rd Apr 2022

Good

3m 4f 166y

Class 1

15:32 Sandown

Potterman

11st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

OUR TIP

Form: P-2FP1 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Upwardly mobile 8yo who was going well when falling at Wetherby on Boxing Day and made amends in no uncertain terms on this course (2m6f, heavy; by 16l) in February; today's quicker ground is an unknown but the step back up in distance will pose him no problems at all; may well follow up.

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9th

4

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Empire Steel

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Following a wind operation he enhanced his excellent record at Kelso when winning a five-runner handicap by 4l in February (2m5f, soft); however, he may be vulnerable now away from Kelso in this hotter race.

25/1

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made virtually all, going best but faced challenges 2 out, soon shaken up, ridden briefly when good jump last, kept on well run-in, won going away

13/8

2nd

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Empire Steel

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won the Premier Chase (2m7f Listed) at Kelso last term; ran respectably over 3m2f there two months ago, while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; going well and held every chance when falling four out in this contest in 2021 (soft); interesting off just 2lb higher back here.

11/4

Form: 0-2114 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 9lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Revitalised 12yo with a fine record (8-12) at Kelso; won over 2m7f and 4m here during the winter, and he was far from disgraced in a Listed race three weeks ago; successful twice on good ground and likely to give his all once more, but he's long in the tooth to be running off a career-high mark.

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7th

4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Big River

11st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear on inner, niggled along 6th

16/1

3rd

2

15th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:00 Kelso

Big River

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders on inner

11/2

1

4th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

4m 0f 90y

Class 3

13:05 Kelso

Big River

12st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

in touch with leaders, jumped slightly right and bumped rival 8th, towards rear after 12th, bad mistake before 20th

13/2

Form: /11-56

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced for his age; encouraging return from 399 days off when last of five at Ayr, and he didn't run at all badly when sixth of 16 in the Eider at Newcastle next time; he stays well and is not dismissed lightly, but all his previous races under rules have been on softer than good so these quicker conditions are a slight concern.

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11

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Rath An Iuir

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor (kept since, replacing cheekpieces) worked a treat when he won at Kelso (3m2f, heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; he hasn't sparked that often in the last two years, though, showing little on latest outing; beaten just over 20l when sixth and fifth in the last two Eiders, so others look more solid.

14/1

5th

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Rath An Iuir

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor worked a treat when winning a 3m2f handicap at Kelso (heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; 4lb rise won't prevent another bold show if he's as good again (not guaranteed).

11/4

1st

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 4

15:32 Kelso

Rath An Iuir

11st 8lb

J: Mr Nick Orpwood

T: Rose Dobbin

Behind Camp Belan and soundly beaten on last month's seasonal debut but now 2lb lower than when winning this race a year ago (heavy) and has obvious claims if back on song; swaps cheekpieces for first-time visor.

11/2

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Payout
Exacta £124.00
Straight Forecast £119.90
Trifecta £284.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Empire Steel

POSTDATA:

Big River

Daily Express:

Potterman

The Times:

Rath An Iuir

RP Ratings:

Empire Steel

TOPSPEED:

Empire Steel

The Guardian:

Empire Steel

Daily Mirror:

Empire Steel

The Sun:

Potterman

Telegraph:

Big River

Daily Mail:

Big River

The Star:

Big River

Daily Record:

Big River