March 26 / 16.38 Stratford

16.38 Stratford

Good

Paul Diblasio Memorial Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 6f 125y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
  • Win time: 5m 46s
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Paul Diblasio Memorial Handicap Chase (Challenger Staying Chase Series Qualifier)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: -17147 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Made excellent progress over fences last year, winning five times (twice here); not beaten far at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in January, despite a rather sketchy round of jumping, and last month's defeat in a good-quality Ascot novice hurdle can probably be overlooked; seems versatile regarding ground; may yet have more to offer.
Place /
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

1

16th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

15:52 Haydock

Kap Auteuil

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

1st

1

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Kap Auteuil

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Toby Lawes

Made excellent progress over fences last year, winning five times (twice here); not beaten far at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in January, despite a rather sketchy round of jumping, and last month's defeat in a good-quality Ascot novice hurdle can probably be overlooked; seems versatile regarding ground; may yet have more to offer.

7/2

7th

7

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Kap Auteuil

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Toby Lawes

Largely progressive over fences in 2021, winning five times at up to 2m5f; let down by jumping (made a few mistakes) at Kempton last month; modest record over hurdles in 2020 but has a leading chance if transferring best chase form back to this sphere.

6/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 35F625

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Has held his own in some strong handicaps this season, perhaps most notably when second in Cheltenham Grade 3 (2m4f, good) in late January; respectable fifth when upped to 3m for another Grade 3 at Kempton last month and must be considered in these calmer waters.
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2nd

4

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Galahad Quest

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nick Williams

Has held his own in some strong handicaps this season, perhaps most notably when second in Cheltenham Grade 3 (2m4f, good) in late January; respectable fifth when upped to 3m for another Grade 3 at Kempton last month and must be considered in these calmer waters.

11/4

5th

11

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Galahad Quest

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nick Williams

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and he's 0-5 in handicaps this season; however, he's run some solid races (on good-soft), including when second over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 2m4f last month; this 6yo can be in the mix if finding some improvement for today's trip, which is possible.

9/1

2nd

9

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Galahad Quest

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nick Williams

Not disgraced in two major handicaps over 2m4f here this term, finishing fifth in the Paddy Power in November and sixth on New Year's Day; has edged back down to a tempting mark and this may be the time to catch him, as he won the Grade 2 juvenile hurdle on this card in 2020; respected.

5/1

Form: PF5-PP

Last run: 87 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Ended last season in poor form and also disappointed on both appearances this term in December; still quite lightly raced for his age but urgently needs to stop the rot.
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4

22nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:20 Chepstow

L’Air Du Vent

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Colin Tizzard

Looked out of sorts on all four appearances in 2021 but returned from break with much more encouraging effort last month, keeping on from the rear for modest third at Stratford (2m6f, good); needs to build on that performance here but continues to lurk on a dangerous mark.

5/1

3rd

6

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

L’Air Du Vent

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Ended last season in poor form and also disappointed on both appearances this term in December; still quite lightly raced for his age but urgently needs to stop the rot.

14/1

8

29th Dec 2021

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:35 Newbury

L’Air Du Vent

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Colin Tizzard

Won novice chase at Exeter (3m, soft) last November; has had a troubled time in his four starts since but the last two were over 2m4f/2m3f and he's on a good mark; not ruled out.

25/1

Form: 4-54P6

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
No longer the force of old but his fourth off 7lb higher at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft; good ground also suits) in November was a good effort, and this race is much easier than the major handicaps he contested on his last two appearances; dangerous to ignore.
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4th

3

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Grand Sancy

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

No longer the force of old but his fourth off 7lb higher at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft; good ground also suits) in November was a good effort, and this race is much easier than the major handicaps he contested on his last two appearances; dangerous to ignore.

9/2

6th

14

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Grand Sancy

10st 7lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Continues to drop down the weights and there were encouraging signs when he was fourth to stablemate at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) in November; may appreciate going back left-handed having jumped that way at Ascot latest, but he's back to having something to prove having been pulled up there.

16/1

6

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Grand Sancy

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Underwent wind surgery after last season never went to plan and there were signs of a return to form when fourth at Newbury (good to soft) as he would have been closer without a late mistake; that 2m6f was a new trip for him so stamina is by no means copper-bottomed, but his mark is a good one.

7/1

Form: 414-24

Last run: 125 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Left in second behind Kap Auteuil here (2m3f, good) when that rival was in excellent form in the autumn and reverts to chasing after some good AW runs this year; should be fine over today's trip and could have a say.
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5th

7

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Black Kalanisi

11st 0lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Left in second behind Kap Auteuil here (2m3f, good) when that rival was in excellent form in the autumn and reverts to chasing after some good AW runs this year; should be fine over today's trip and could have a say.

7/1

4th

3

(2)

5th Mar 2022

Standard

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

16:54 Lingfield (AW)

Black Kalanisi

9st 5lb

J: Christian Howarth

T: Fergal O’Brien

Bumper/hurdle/chase winner who made a successful return to the Flat at Southwell (2m, Tapeta) last month when having only his third run for new stable; ran well again when a close fourth over 2m2f at Southwell three weeks ago and he should be in the mix again on this drop back in trip.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 51-UPP

Last run: 154 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Triple chase winner for Colin Tizzard; pulled up on consecutive starts for that stable in October but may have been refreshed by combination of five-month break and switch to new stable; suited by good/good to firm ground; market may guide.
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2

8th Jun 2022

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

15:20 Fontwell

Shoal Bay

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

led, prominent when headed 6th, ridden when lost second 10th, soon weakened quickly, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

11/1

2

18th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 185y

Class 3

17:15 Southwell

Shoal Bay

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Formerly a very useful performer for the Tizzard team (best RPR 141); became disappointing for them and no upturn in his fortunes since joining this yard (tailed off third of five last time); becoming well handicapped, but others appeal more.

5/1

3rd

1

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

13:00 Newton Abbot

Shoal Bay

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

Form: 112S35 D

Last run: 161 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Triple hurdle winner for Justin Landy last summer (2m4f-2m6f, good); yet to convince as a chaser (unplaced all four attempts) and makes stable debut after 161-day absence but it will be very interesting to see what Richard Newland can do with him.
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6

22nd May 2022

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 3

16:25 Fakenham

Shetland Bus

11st 4lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Triple hurdle winner for different yard last summer (2m4f-2m6f, good); not in same for for new stable this spring and yet fully to convince as a chaser but was respectable second in small-field event at Worcester (2m6f, good) three weeks ago and is now too well handicapped to rule out.

6/1

2nd

2

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 6f 108y

Class 4

16:39 Uttoxeter

Shetland Bus

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

4th

1

9th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

15:43 Bangor-on-Dee

Shetland Bus

12st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Triple hurdle winner for Justin Landy last summer (2m4f-2m6f, good); yet to convince as a chaser and was pulled up on recent stable debut but no surprise if he comes good for Richard Newland soon.

8/1

Form: 10-9UP CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
C&D winner last March (soft; also won on good to firm) and rediscovered some form at Bangor in January, where he was set to be placed before coming to grief (not his fault) at the last; however, ran no race at Hereford since and hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task today.
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1

16th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

14:55 Ffos Las

Joueur Bresilien

12st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Rebecca Curtis

Below best during light campaign last season but was set to be placed before last-fence mishap at Bangor (3m, heavy) in January and was respectable sixth in much stronger race than this at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) last month; may not be ideally suited by today's faster ground but could be dangerous in this grade.

5/1

6th

11

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

16:15 Newbury

Joueur Bresilien

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

8

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

16:38 Stratford

Joueur Bresilien

10st 12lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Rebecca Curtis

C&D winner last March (soft; also won on good to firm) and rediscovered some form at Bangor in January, where he was set to be placed before coming to grief (not his fault) at the last; however, ran no race at Hereford since and hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task today.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £151.00
Straight Forecast £172.30
Tricast £1704.50
Trifecta £1544.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Galahad Quest

RP Ratings:

Grand Sancy

Telegraph:

Kap Auteuil

Daily Record:

Black Kalanisi

POSTDATA:

Galahad Quest

WEST COUNTRY:

Galahad Quest

The Guardian:

Galahad Quest

Daily Mail:

Galahad Quest

Daily Mirror:

Galahad Quest

The Sun:

Galahad Quest

The Star:

Galahad Quest

TOPSPEED:

Grand Sancy

The Times:

Grand Sancy

Daily Express:

Grand Sancy