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bet365 Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5010.32
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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bet365 Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

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2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25

Form: 146131 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

3-6 since switched to fences this season, the latest win gained in three-runner contest at Leicester (2m, soft) last month; that form was franked by the runner-up soon afterwards and this progressive 7yo should be fine on today's faster ground; respected.

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8

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

File Illico

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Four-time chase winner, who is very well treated on old form but his last success was two years ago; perked up with a creditable third at Hereford (2m5f) in January but he failed to back that up last time and others are more convincing.

16/1

Form: 1-2145 D BF

Last run: 258 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Made all off 3lb lower at Newton Abbot (2m, good) last June but not seen since running poorly over 2m5f there the following month and is up in grade for this reappearance outing.

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9

24th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 4

17:50 Taunton

Shortcross Storm

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Both chase wins have come on good ground at Newton Abbot, over 2m and 3m2f; 4lb out of the weights here but he was even worse off when a remote second on his return from a break at Fakenham; difficult to know what form he's in at the minute.

8/1

2nd

3

1st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:32 Fakenham

Shortcross Storm

10st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Recorded a 40-1 success at Newton Abbot (3m2f, good) last May; far from consistent otherwise in the last two years and has been absent since August; nearly a stone out of the handicap on return to action and is not a solid option.

4/1

0

8

22nd Aug 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 5

17:00 Newton Abbot

Shortcross Storm

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

led, went clear before 3rd

20/1

Form: -745P1 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Left Olly Murphy after disappointing run in January but capitalised on some significant help from the handicapper on last month's stable debut at Stratford (2m1f, good to soft); remains unexposed over fences; considered.

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5th

1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Getaway Luv

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Won three times last year and back on the scoresheet over C&D (soft) last Saturday, following wind surgery; had just a short head to spare in that three-runner race and this is much more competitive, but it was certainly a positive performance and he's gone back up just 1lb; not ruled out.

9/1

1st

1

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 4

14:30 Carlisle

Getaway Luv

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

held up in last, went second 2 out, pushed along approaching last, ridden and pressed leader run-in, led final 110yds, kept on well

5/1

Form: 0-1423 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 5yo who won off today's mark over hurdles at Newbury (2m, good) in November; began chasing career with perfectly respectable runs at Wincanton and Kempton and might be seen to better effect now back on a stiffer track.

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3

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

16:02 Chepstow

Siroco Jo

11st 8lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced 5yo who won off today's mark over hurdles at Newbury (2m, good) in November; began chasing career with perfectly respectable runs at Wincanton and Kempton and might be seen to better effect now back on a stiffer track.

7/2

3rd

5

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Kempton

Siroco Jo

10st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced 5yo who reappeared with a win over hurdles at Newbury (2m, good) in November and his Lingfield defeat five days later may have come too soon; has to produce more than when second of three on last month's chase debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good) but could build on that satisfactory run.

11/4

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2022

Good

1m 7f 149y

Class 4

14:10 Wincanton

Siroco Jo

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Very lightly raced 5yo who reappeared with a win over hurdles at Newbury (2m, good) in November and his Lingfield defeat five days later may have come too soon; connections are wasting little time in switching him to fences and he could have plenty more to offer for his top yard.

10/11

Form: 515453 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Came good over hurdles off 1lb lower at Exeter (2m, good) in November and made promising chasing debut when keeping-on third at Taunton (2m, soft) last month but others appeal more in this stronger race.

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7

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 3

15:42 Ffos Las

Balkardy

11st 7lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Got back on the scoresheet over hurdles at Musselburgh (3m, soft) in February but he's been disappointing in both subsequent runs; record of 3-6 over fences but his last chase run was in 2022 and he has something to prove back in this sphere.

25/1

9th

11

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Balkardy

10st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Second hurdle success when showing a good attitude and making virtually all over 3m (soft) at Musselburgh last month but he ran poorly behind a few of these at Warwick since; bounce-back called for.

22/1

5th

6

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 3

16:45 Warwick

Balkardy

10st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

led, good jump 7th, headed 3 out

10/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

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POSTDATA:

Getaway Luv

TOPSPEED:

Shortcross Storm

WEST COUNTRY:

Siroco Jo

RP Ratings:

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Daily Mail:

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Daily Express:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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Daily Record:

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Telegraph:

Getaway Luv

The Guardian:

Getaway Luv

The Star:

Getaway Luv

The Times:

Shortcross Storm