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Racing To School Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 5 Of The Veterans Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
  • Win time: 6m 7s
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Racing To School Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 5 Of The Veterans Chase Series)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: /7P3PU C

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

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.

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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

11/2

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 26P-1P D

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Has run a big race on his reappearance in each of the last three seasons (including on good ground), winning at Sandown this time around; in each campaign his form has gone the wrong subsequently and he was pulled up at Sandown latest, but heavy ground may not have suited and he's not ruled out.

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1

6th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

15:00 Ludlow

Wandrin Star

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up the last twice and has always struggled with his consistency, but he's a very capable chaser off this sort of mark when on a going day; the ground will be fine.

16/1

7

16th Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Wandrin Star

11st 2lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

midfield

10/1

Form: -1PPP2 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won on reappearance at Chepstow (2m7f, good) in October and, after being pulled up three times in a row, he returned to form with a good second at Carlisle (3m, good) last Sunday; his inconsistency is a concern but he's a major player if backing up that latest performance.

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1st

3

7th Oct 2022

Good To Firm

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Some Chaos

11st 8lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Michael Scudamore

jumped well, chased clear leader, headway 5 out, going best when led 4 out, went clear from 3 out, easily

7/2

3rd

2

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Some Chaos

11st 10lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Michael Scudamore

Won on reappearance at Chepstow (2m7f, good) in October and, after being pulled up three times in a row, he returned to form with a good second at Carlisle (3m, good) last Sunday; his inconsistency is a concern but he's a major player if backing up that latest performance.

3/1

2nd

1

20th Mar 2022

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

14:55 Carlisle

Some Chaos

11st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Michael Scudamore

Won Chepstow handicap (2m7f, good) on reappearance on first run since wind surgery; pulled up in three Listed handicaps since; down in grade, and the drier ground will suit, but plenty to prove.

7/1

Form: 8-1P1P D

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won on reappearance at Fakenham (3m, good) in October and bounced back from Cheltenham flop when bolting up in first-time blinkers and a reapplied tongue-tie at Ludlow in December (3m1f, good to soft; headgear retained since); pulled up in the Warwick Classic in January but he's since had a third wind op and could play a leading role back in calmer waters today.

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8

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

18:05 Stratford

Minella Encore

11st 7lb

J: Ms Talor Hopkins

T: L Hopkins

Useful handicap chaser when trained by Richard Newland and 3-5 in points for new connections since the autumn; tossed back into stronger company here but will cope well with the ground; not ruled out.

14/1

4th

5

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Minella Encore

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won on reappearance at Fakenham (3m, good) in October and bounced back from Cheltenham flop when bolting up in first-time blinkers and a reapplied tongue-tie at Ludlow in December (3m1f, good to soft; headgear retained since); pulled up in the Warwick Classic in January but he's since had a third wind op and could play a leading role back in calmer waters today.

4/1

5

15th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Minella Encore

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won on reappearance at Fakenham (3m, good) in October and bounced back from Cheltenham flop when bolting up in first-time blinkers and a reapplied tongue-tie at Ludlow (3m1f, good to soft) last month; 9lb higher in a hotter race today and he's untested at the trip, but he's unexposed in this headgear combination and his dam is a half-sister to an Irish National winner.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5-02P3

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

12yo whose losing run goes back to January 2019 and he's had a mixed campaign this season; however, he didn't run badly when a 20l third at Exeter (3m, soft) last month and the subsequent 5lb drop can only help; effective on good ground earlier in his career and he's one to consider.

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5th

1

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:55 Ascot

Aso

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

12yo whose losing run goes back to January 2019 and he's had a mixed campaign this season; however, he didn't run badly when a 20l third at Exeter (3m, soft) last month and the subsequent 5lb drop can only help; effective on good ground earlier in his career and he's one to consider.

5/2

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:15 Newbury

Aso

11st 12lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: Venetia Williams

Formerly smart; runner-up in the 2019 Ryanair; best effort this term when second in veterans' chase at Haydock (3m1f, heavy; now 5lb lower) in December; on a long losing spell but warrants respect off current mark.

11/4

3rd

1

13th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Aso

11st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: Venetia Williams

12yo who hasn't won since January 2019 and was pulled up at Sandown last month; however, he lost a shoe and prior to last time he showed considerable spark when runner-up at Haydock (3m1f, heavy); versatile ground-wise and he's a player if bouncing back to form.

11/2

Form: 63-5PU D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Signed off last season with a good third at Newbury (3m2f, good) in March and he's now 12lb lower; however, he's failed to shine this term and the first-time cheekpieces need to prompt a considerable turnaround.

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4th

2

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:00 Wincanton

The Kings Writ

11st 12lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Won a veterans' chase at Warwick (3m, soft) on New Year's Eve and has continued to run well, perhaps finding good ground on the lively side last time at Doncaster (beaten 12l); not as smart as he was but in good enough form to go close here.

4/1

3rd

5

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:00 Doncaster

The Kings Writ

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Won a veterans' chase at Warwick (3m, soft) on New Year's Eve and runner-up behind a progressive 8yo at Hereford (3m1f, soft) since; also effective on good ground and holds strong claims if his good form continues.

2/1

2nd

10

30th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 3

15:35 Hereford

The Kings Writ

11st 3lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Veteran who was back in much better form at Warwick (3m, soft) one month ago, rallying gamely for narrow win; capable of remaining competitive back up 4lb (peak mark was much higher); shortlisted.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £482.00
Straight Forecast £449.60
Trifecta £2045.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Minella Encore

SPOTLIGHT:

Some Chaos

WEST COUNTRY:

Wandrin Star

POSTDATA:

Aso

The Sun:

Wandrin Star

TOPSPEED:

Minella Encore

The Times:

Minella Encore

Telegraph:

Minella Encore

The Star:

Minella Encore

Daily Mail:

Some Chaos

Daily Mirror:

Some Chaos

Daily Record:

Some Chaos

Daily Express:

Aso