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

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 6f 125y
  • Class 3
  • 7 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 /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

1

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:25 Plumpton

Kap Auteuil

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

His second at Kempton last January remains his only effort of note from last ten appearances; there are no obvious signs that he's about to exploit this much reduced mark.

20/1

6th

7

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

13:05 Doncaster

Kap Auteuil

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Toby Lawes

Runner-up at Kempton in January and he's tumbled down the weights subsequently, but for good reason in view of some disappointing form.

20/1

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.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Galahad Quest

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent, outpaced after 12th, weakened after 2 out

11/2

2nd

1

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:50 Ludlow

Galahad Quest

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Jane Williams

Won in first-time cheekpieces at Warwick last February; two backward steps since but the latest was a hurdle race (first since 2020) on reappearance one month ago and the cheekpieces were missing; they're back today and he's well capable of a bold show if on song.

7/2

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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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

16th Sep 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

16:30 Newton Abbot

LAir Du Vent

12st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

raced in second, ridden when lost second but prominent after 14th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up when saddle slipped approaching last

4/1

2nd

2

18th Aug 2022

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

19:25 Fontwell

LAir Du Vent

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

jumped left throughout, prominent, pressed leader from 4th, ridden home turn, held from 3 out, weakened run-in

11/2

2nd

5

11th Jul 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

14:05 Newton Abbot

LAir Du Vent

11st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, dropped to last and nudged along from 6th, struggling and detached after 10th, went fourth after 4 out, well held when left in third 2 out, went second final strides

7/1

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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Verdict Starting price

4

17th Aug 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

17:32 Worcester

Grand Sancy

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in last, awkward jump 6th, became detached 9th, well behind when pulled up home turn, collapsed fatally

6/1

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

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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Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

(5)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

14:45 Pontefract

Black Kalanisi

9st 8lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

C&D winner last October and followed up on heavy ground at Newmarket; returns to the Flat off a 6lb higher mark and after pulling up over hurdles in February; will need to be approaching his best.

7/2

2

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Black Kalanisi

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Ian Williams

Gained his Flat wins in the autumn over 2m/2m2f; subsequent hurdles efforts at about 3m; veteran who may not be crying out for this drop back to sharp 2m5f under this code.

7/1

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.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

6

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Shoal Bay

12st 0lb

J: Mr Oliver Boyden

T: Olly Murphy

Has won three chases, the latest over 3m on good to firm at Ludlow in October 2020 (trained by Colin Tizzard); mainly disappointing since although did win a point in March; others stronger.

15/2

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

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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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:40 Market Rasen

Shetland Bus

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent, outpaced and dropped to last 3 out, left in fourth last, went third run-in

11/2

2nd

2

3rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:25 Southwell

Shetland Bus

11st 8lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leader 7th, led 9th, pushed along after 3 out, ridden approaching last, headed final 110yds, no extra towards finish

5/1

3rd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Worcester

Shetland Bus

11st 13lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won two in a row last October (2m6f/3m, good) but this 10yo has been a long way below that level this spring and hopes are pinned on the first-time visor turning things around (replacing tongue-tie/cheekpieces).

11/2

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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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

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