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Sunnyvale Holiday Park West Wales National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7352.1
  • 3m 3f 208y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Sunnyvale Holiday Park West Wales National Handicap Chase

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 41-55P CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Below best during light campaign this season but didn't run badly when fifth in Borders National at Kelso (4m, soft) two starts ago and is now only 5lb higher than when winning this race in good style a year ago; tried in blinkers last time; usual cheekpieces back on today.

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4

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Amateur

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: John & Rhys Flint

held up in last, weakened before 4 out, soon pulled up

8/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Amateur

10st 9lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John & Rhys Flint

C&D winner in late 2020 (soft) and has since won three 3m4f handicaps at Ffos Las (the latest last May); nothing wrong with his mark and feasible that he might return to form after wind surgery; no forlorn hope.

20/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: -332P5 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Ran big race when second to Amateur in this contest at year ago (good to soft) and was placed on first three starts this season; strong claims if judged on that evidence but her last two runs were very disappointing and she now has a point to prove.

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1

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:50 Uttoxeter

Legends Gold

12st 0lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Rebecca Curtis

2nd

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Legends Gold

11st 3lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Rebecca Curtis

Ran big race when second to Amateur in this contest at year ago (good to soft) and was placed on first three starts this season; strong claims if judged on that evidence but her last two runs were very disappointing and she now has a point to prove.

14/1

5th

8

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Legends Gold

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Placed on her first three starts this season, albeit with backward steps on form; trainer suggested she may have been brought out again too quickly (ten days on) when she then pulled up on latest outing; needs a return to last season's peak.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: -87251

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Out of form in early part of this season but was evidently very well suited by the step up in trip when winning at Chepstow (3m6f, good) two weeks ago; 6lb higher in a stronger race here but might have more to offer if aided by the first-time cheekpieces.

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1st

4

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Silver In Disguise

11st 12lb

J: Mr Edward Vaughan

T: Tim Vaughan

Thorough stayer who was creditable second in Highland National at Perth (3m6f, soft; good ground also suits) a year ago; posted another good effort in the autumn but has lost his way a bit since.

4/1

4th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:15 Chepstow

Silver In Disguise

11st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

3m winner last year and went close in the Highland National at Perth (3m6f, soft); only effort of note this winter was his fifth at Doncaster (3m, good) and he was entitled to run better back in the mud last time (3m5f); hard to be overly confident about him but he's better equipped than most to cope with a test of this nature.

8/1

Form: P-091P

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Seemingly boosted by first-time visor when winning North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick (3m6f, good to soft) in January but was struggling from fairly early stage (albeit from out of the weights) at Uttoxeter last month and it's hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task in first-time blinkers here.

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4

3rd May 2022

Good

3m 5f 24y

Class 3

16:15 Fakenham

Supreme Escape

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

4th

6

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Supreme Escape

11st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Evan Williams

Seemingly boosted by first-time visor when winning North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick (3m6f, good to soft) in January but was struggling from fairly early stage (albeit from out of the weights) at Uttoxeter last month and it's hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task in first-time blinkers here.

20/1

19

19th Mar 2022

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:35 Uttoxeter

Supreme Escape

10st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Evan Williams

Joe Anderson's 7lb claim is welcomed when he's 10lb out of the weights; didn't go unbacked in a first-time visor at Catterick last time (3m6f, good to soft) and he turned on the turbo late on to get up near the line; has won on heavy; could have some say.

16/1

Form: -2161P

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

2-5 over fences, the latter win gained in three-runner contest at Catterick (3m1f, good) in January; needs to bounce back from a duff efort last month but remains one to be interested in, and is unexposed over this sort of trip.

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7th

8

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

18:20 Uttoxeter

Soyouthinksoagain

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Two chasing wins last season but ended the campaign with a couple of poor efforts; first start over hurdles since April 2019 and could well play a part although regular cheekpieces (worn in all wins) are missing.

6/1

5th

3

7th Apr 2022

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:20 Ffos Las

Soyouthinksoagain

11st 7lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

2-5 over fences, the latter win gained in three-runner contest at Catterick (3m1f, good) in January; needs to bounce back from a duff efort last month but remains one to be interested in, and is unexposed over this sort of trip.

10/1

6

5th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:30 Doncaster

Soyouthinksoagain

10st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Had wind surgery before switched to chasing this season and he's never been better, winning at Wetherby (3m) and Catterick (3m1f) on two of four attempts; the latest was in just a three-runner race but he was well on top; has run only twice on worse than good to soft; considered seriously if the ground is suitable.

6/1

14/1

Form: 3-3833

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Unable to lay a glove on Gats And Co when well-held third at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) last month but has now been placed on three of his four starts this season; on a workable mark (even from 1lb out of the weights) and unexposed beyond 3m1f; could have a say.

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6

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Jean Genie

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

27-race maiden who was unable to land a significant blow at Ffos Las (3m, good) this month; ought to cope with today's slower ground but needs a significant boost from the change of headgear.

14/1

7th

9

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:55 Ffos Las

Jean Genie

11st 5lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

26-race maiden who was last of three finishers when favourite for uncompetitive maiden hurdle last month; switches back to fences on a workable mark and is suited by this C&D but patience in him has worn thin; visor the headgear of choice this time.

14/1

3rd

2

15th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

13:30 Hereford

Jean Genie

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Frustrating type who made it 0-25 when unseating in a Wetherby chase latest; usually seen over fences but twice finished second in maiden hurdles last May; good enough to win this but no guarantee he will; cheekpieces return in place of a visor and wind surgery since last start.

10/11

10/1

Form: P643P1

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Mostly out of form this season but was reportedly suited by being able to dominate when winning by 8l at favourite track Warwick (3m5f, good to soft) last month; still well handicapped on older form but it's questionable whether things will pan out so favourably for him here.

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2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Volcano

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sheila Lewis

Has gained most wins at Warwick, the last three over 3m5f; best effort this term came over same distance in cross-country race at Cheltenham; drops back in grade off a workable mark but this doesn't look an ideal scenario; 0-4 at Hereford.

11/4

0

14

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Volcano

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Often front-runs; Warwick specialist with five wins from six appearances and two of those wins were over 3m5f (one on soft); the defeat, however, came in this race last year (heavy) when beaten 16l in a respectable fifth; best to forgive this season (way out of the weights on Cheltenham cross-country on last two starts) but 2lb wrong today and this task looks a bit too tough.

16/1

Form: P-P682

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Lost his way after winning Grade 3 handicap at Warwick (3m5f, soft) in January 2021; took step back in right direction when second of four in refitted cheekpieces at Sandown (3m, good to soft) last month but it's hard to tell whether the headgear will continue to have a positive effect.

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2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Notachance

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

never going well, in touch with leaders, cajoled along 5th, pushed along 8th, mistake 3 out, soon eased and pulled up

11/2

5th

8

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Notachance

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won the 2021 Warwick Classic over 3m5f and good third in that race last January; well handicapped on that form but this 10yo has been well beaten on both runs this season and needs to bounce back.

14/1

7

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Notachance

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful stayer on his day; won the Classic Chase at Warwick (3m5f, soft) in 2021 and placed in that same major handicap last season; could go well off a handy mark with Exeter reappearance under his belt.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: -23510 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Placed in two valuable handicaps at start of this season (3m/3m2f, soft) and gamely won small-field event at Fontwell (3m3f, good to soft) in January; well beaten in Eider Chase in February (first-time cheekpieces, retained) but still enters calculations here.

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10

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

14:40 Cheltenham

Checkitout

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Very well handicapped on old form and seems to have responded quite well to a visor on recent outings, but last month's second at Chepstow came in a somewhat uncompetitive race; others appeal more.

10/1

2nd

1

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Checkitout

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Seemed to respond quite well to a headgear switch when respectable third in first-time visor at Lingfield (3m5f, good) last month; remains on a very good mark but has generally been very disappointing since his 3m3f Fontwell win in early 2022.

7/2

3rd

2

14th Feb 2023

Good

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Checkitout

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent in chasing group, headway before 5 out, pushed along and outpaced after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, kept on

11/1

Form: 33511U

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 6yo who struck form and won twice from the front in cheekpieces at Uttoxeter during the winter (2m4f, heavy/3m2f, good); unseated rider when tried in visor (retained) there last month but still has potential.

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6th

5

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Docpickedme

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Richard Hobson

Has to bounce back from two non-completions but he ran well for a long way in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster and jumping left didn't help at Kempton; he's not easy to predict but a good day would see him have some say off this mark.

25/1

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Docpickedme

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

jumped left on occasions, led narrowly, not fluent 11th, bad mistake and headed 13th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

8/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Docpickedme

10st 10lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Richard Hobson

Put his stamina to good use when keeping on best in what turned out to be a fairly stern test over about 2m4f at Wetherby (soft; had wind op soon afterwards) in January; sure to be suited by today's move back up in trip but a 4lb rise might be enough to find him out in this stronger race.

14/1

Form: -86F74

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Third in this race last year and well handicapped now but hasn't fired this season; back up in grade after modest fourth at Leicester in February; needs the first-time tongue-tie to make a big difference.

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1

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

16:00 Taunton

Eclair Mag

12st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

His mark continues to fall and his reappearance at Bangor in November was fairly encouraging, but pulled up at Exeter since and back to having something to prove; blinkers return (no positive impact when worn in France).

16/1

5

10th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:15 Exeter

Eclair Mag

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Richard J Bandey

Never really got going last season but he's become well handicapped and seemed to need the run when tried in this new headgear combination at Bangor; successful under these conditions in the past and could feature.

10/1

4th

6

26th Nov 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

13:28 Bangor-on-Dee

Eclair Mag

11st 6lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Richard J Bandey

Will be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination and has become well handicapped but never really got going last season (five runs) and returns from 282-day abreak with fair bit to prove; cheekpieces refitted.

10/1

Form: 34P311

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Fast-improving 7yo who comes here after two easy wins at Chepstow this year (3m2f, heavy/2m7f, good to soft); hiked up 25lb in total for those and contests a stronger race today but needs to be taken very seriously in current mood.

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2nd

3

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

19:40 Chepstow

Gats And Co

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: David Brace

Won four in a row (including this race) and quickly developed into a useful chaser during purple patch in 2022; was not firing on all cylinders last summer and fell at first fence when reappearing in a point in January but still has possibilities at this level.

9/2

8th

12

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Gats And Co

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Landed a four-timer in February-June last year but hasn't fired in the same way since; down the weights when twice runner-up this May/June before a heavy defeat over C&D on latest start; cheekpieces (worn on last four starts) are removed; 9lb out of the handicap.

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £422.00
Straight Forecast £382.90
Tricast £1317.70
Trifecta £2634.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Docpickedme

The Guardian:

Volcano

RP Ratings:

Amateur

POSTDATA:

Jean Genie

Daily Record:

Silver In Disguise

TOPSPEED:

Legends Gold

WEST COUNTRY:

Notachance

LAMBOURN:

Docpickedme

The Times:

Docpickedme

Daily Mirror:

Docpickedme

Daily Express:

Volcano

The Sun:

Volcano

The Star:

Volcano

Telegraph:

Amateur

Daily Mail:

Amateur