April 08 / 16.05 Aintree

16.05 Aintree

Good To Soft

Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £84195
  • 2m 5f 19y
  • Class 1
  • 30 runners
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Randox Topham Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 30 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £11.70
  • Place: £3.20

Form: 41FP63 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
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1st

23

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Mac Tottie

10st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

16/1

3rd

1

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:15 Newcastle

Mac Tottie

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Had his day in the sun when winning the Grand Sefton over the National fences at Aintree in November; fell there next time in the Becher and well held on following two starts; drops in class off falling mark and is entitled to respect.

11/2

6th

4

15th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Mac Tottie

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Won over the National fences at Aintree in November; fell on a return visit and pulled up in the Welsh Grand National latest; back in calmer waters but still a bit to prove; hood refitted (left off last three starts).

12/1

20/1

  • Place: £11.30

Form: 105434

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Flourished on goodish ground last summer, winning 2m/2m4f handicaps; handicapper probably has his measure unless producing a personal best and there were no apparent excuses behind Discordantly over this far at Leopardstown a month ago.
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2nd

25

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Batcio

10st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: T M Walsh

Flourished on goodish ground last summer, winning 2m/2m4f handicaps; handicapper probably has his measure unless producing a personal best and there were no apparent excuses behind Discordantly over this far at Leopardstown a month ago.

20/1

4th

9

6th Mar 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 97y

16:50 Leopardstown

Batcio

11st 0lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

Three-time winner over fences and possibly ran a career best when a close third in a 2m1f Grade B here last month; stays further and very capable of going close.

8/1

3rd

6

5th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 1f 43y

15:50 Leopardstown

Batcio

10st 11lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

Three-time chase winner who is 5lb higher than his last winning mark at Killarney last August; needs to raise his game on the evidence of last month's Fairyhouse fourth.

8/1

20/1

  • Place: £10.80

Form: 332F5P

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Pushed the top-class Galvin (conceding 8lb) close in a Grade 3 over 3m in October but he was beaten when falling in Newbury's big handicap the following month and he ran no race in another competitive handicap over this trip at Leopardstown's February festival; will need one of his good days to get in the mix on his debut over these fences.
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9th

2

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Annamix

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

3rd

5

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Annamix

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Pushed the top-class Galvin (conceding 8lb) close in a Grade 3 over 3m in October but he was beaten when falling in Newbury's big handicap the following month and he ran no race in another competitive handicap over this trip at Leopardstown's February festival; will need one of his good days to get in the mix on his debut over these fences.

20/1

4

6th Feb 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 61y

14:25 Leopardstown

Annamix

11st 5lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

Back to something like his best when second to Galvin in a Punchestown Grade 3 in October, form which reads well now; beaten when falling three out in the Ladbrokes Trophy; struggled over an inadequate trip in a conditions hurdle at Fairyhouse last month.

20/1

33/1

  • Place: £11.90

Form: 316807 D

Last run: 102 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Four wins in 2021 included two valuable summer handicaps on good ground (2m4f/2m5f); however, has really struggled in four runs since returning from a break and one of those was over C&D in November; couldn't back with any confidence.
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4th

8

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Francky Du Berlais

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

midfield on outer, lost position 8th, rallied from 13th, ridden and in touch with leaders before 4 out, jumped left 3 out, weakening when jumped left last

12/1

5th

1

16th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

20:10 Ffos Las

Francky Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

in touch with leaders, lost position before 2 out, soon ridden and beaten

3/1

1st

6

30th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:30 Uttoxeter

Francky Du Berlais

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Form: 49P933 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
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5th

21

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Spiritofthegames

10st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

16/1

3rd

18

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has loads of good form (in defeat) at Cheltenham, most recently third in Grade 3 handicap on latest start; ran respectably off higher marks in this race in 2019 (finished third) and 2020 (sixth); no win since 2018.

12/1

3rd

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

11st 2lb

J: Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Plenty of good efforts at this venue, including close second off 12lb higher in this race in 2020; however, has a question mark over current form having been nowhere near best the last twice (chase/hurdle).

12/1

Form: 32223F D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Never ideal being 3lb out of the weights but he's only 2lb lower than when finding only one too good in this 12 months ago (good to soft); well his best the last twice (hurdling last time) but he didn't come into last year's race in any great form; not dismissed.
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5th

3

17th Jun 2022

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

15:20 Market Rasen

Pink Eyed Pedro

11st 10lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

in touch with leaders, ridden home turn, well held from 3 out

13/2

7th

8

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:31 Uttoxeter

Pink Eyed Pedro

11st 3lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Without a win since 2020 and not getting younger but ran well for a long way over the big Aintree fences in April (2m5f, good to soft) and gave another good account when second at Chepstow (2m3f, good) a fortnight later; swaps cheekpieces for first-time cheekpieces here; a player.

5/1

2nd

1

22nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:20 Chepstow

Pink Eyed Pedro

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Brace

Without a win since good-ground C&D success in October 2020 and not getting younger but ran well for a long way over the big Aintree fences two weeks ago and is in much calmer waters here.

5/2

Form: 50-67P D

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Continues to slide down the weights and he's now 19lb lower than when a 12l fourth under top weight in this two years ago; however, he's in a sorry run of form right now and the first-time blinkers will need to do something for him.
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7th

11

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Janika

10st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Continues to slide down the weights and he's now 19lb lower than when a 12l fourth under top weight in this two years ago; however, he's in a sorry run of form right now and the first-time blinkers will need to do something for him.

16/1

4

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Janika

11st 10lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Nicky Henderson

Continues to drop down the weights but this 9yo has a regressive profile and was pulled up at Doncaster in January last time out; a dramatic turnaround is required in first-time blinkers and he's unproven over a trip this far.

33/1

5

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Janika

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Nicky Henderson

Following a second wind operation he took a step back in the right direction when midfield in a competitive 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham on New Year's Day; well treated on old form and it's possible he'll build on that last run, but he certainly needs to and he also has to prove his stamina.

16/1

Form: 3-4123 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

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8th

9

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Senior Citizen

10st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

12/1

3rd

4

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Senior Citizen

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Absent since a couple of good performances over 2m5f in the autumn, winning at Market Rasen (good) then second in the Grand Sefton at Aintree (good to soft); goes well fresh and warrants respect on return to action; could well improve on his fourth-place finish in this race last year.

6/1

2nd

6

6th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

14:15 Aintree

Senior Citizen

11st 5lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Alan King

Ran well for a long way before fading on the soft ground in this race last year, and produced another positive show over C&D when third in the Topham (good to soft) in April; won at Market Rasen (2m5f, good) last month when back from a break and no surprise to see a bold show today, but a career-high mark and forecast soft ground are both likely negatives.

11/2

Form: 09-11P D

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
For whatever reason he was not himself when pulling up at Ascot in January but he was an impressive winner there the time before (2m3f, good to soft; now 8lb higher) and this low-mileage 9yo has the potential to progress further; has a good record when fresh and Jonjo O'Neill has won this twice before for JP McManus; the trip will be fine; shortlisted.
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9th

14

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Palmers Hill

10st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

For whatever reason he was not himself when pulling up at Ascot in January but he was an impressive winner there the time before (2m3f, good to soft; now 8lb higher) and this low-mileage 9yo has the potential to progress further; has a good record when fresh and Jonjo O'Neill has won this twice before for JP McManus; the trip will be fine; shortlisted.

16/1

2

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Palmers Hill

10st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Well suited by the return to chasing this term, winning handicaps at Wetherby and this course, both over 2m3f on good to soft ground; now 2-3 in this sphere and looks capable of further progress; has won at 2m5f over hurdles; respected.

11/4

1st

7

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Palmers Hill

10st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Lightly raced; taking effort when making a successful reappearance at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) and that was only his second start over fences; 4lb rise is very lenient and he could easily still be ahead of the handicapper; best form is on good/good to soft.

3/1

Form: -3012F

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict
Looked a proper prospect in his novice days (won a Grade 1) but hasn't hit the heights expected and he's always looked better in small fields, as when winning at Galway last summer; perhaps not ideal coming here on the back of a heavy fall, either.
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6th

1

28th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

13:20 Punchestown

Battleoverdoyen

11st 12lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: Gordon Elliott

Former Grade 1 winner as a novice (3m); career has failed to progress as might have been hoped and a faller on two of latest 3 outings, including Irish National last time; marked drop in trip here.

7/1

2

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Battleoverdoyen

11st 9lb

J: Mr Pat Taaffe

T: Gordon Elliott

Former Grade 1 winner as a novice; career has failed to progress as might have been hoped; has always looked better in small fields, as when winning at Galway last summer; faller at Thurles in January; failed to make an impact in the Topham ten days ago.

10th

3

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Battleoverdoyen

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Looked a proper prospect in his novice days (won a Grade 1) but hasn't hit the heights expected and he's always looked better in small fields, as when winning at Galway last summer; perhaps not ideal coming here on the back of a heavy fall, either.

16/1

Form: -661P1 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

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11th

7

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Killer Clown

10st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

16/1

1st

6

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Killer Clown

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Emma Lavelle

C&D winner in late 2020 (good to soft; effective on good) and the similar Wincanton track suited when wide-margin winner in January (soft; first-time tongue-tie); might have found Ascot coming too soon next time and could easily fare better here.

8/1

4

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:55 Ascot

Killer Clown

10st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Application of tongue-tie (retained) had positive effect at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) two weeks ago, scoring comfortably and resuming the progress he showed during some of last season; could well build on latest performance; shortlisted.

11/2

Form: -P3984

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 4lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Evergreen 14yo would run every week at Ascot given the chance and again gave his all there when beaten 5l in a strong 3m handicap in February; ran well to be seventh in the 2019 Grand National but subsequent form figures away from Ascot read 208PP0P9.
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12th

18

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Regal Encore

10st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Evergreen 14yo would run every week at Ascot given the chance and again gave his all there when beaten 5l in a strong 3m handicap in February; ran well to be seventh in the 2019 Grand National but subsequent form figures away from Ascot read 208PP0P9.

33/1

4th

5

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Regal Encore

10st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

14yo; has contested the last four runnings of this race, resulting in form figures of 1332; however, needs to bounce back from heavy defeats the last twice (latest here); had a third wind surgery since.

20/1

8th

2

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Tailed off at Warwick last time but he was third over C&D the time before and has form figures of 1P13 in this very race; sure to give it his all once more but, about to turn 14, he'll probably be placed at best.

10/1

Form: 3P-20P D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Has a good record in the Mildmay course here but these fences are a first; has become nigh impossible to predict but he does have some flashes of quality form (including victory in a Grade 1 at this trip) and he could go well at a price should this different challenge float his boat.
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13th

16

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Riders Onthe Storm

10st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Richard Hobson

Has a good record in the Mildmay course here but these fences are a first; has become nigh impossible to predict but he does have some flashes of quality form (including victory in a Grade 1 at this trip) and he could go well at a price should this different challenge float his boat.

40/1

1

18th Feb 2022

Heavy

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:05 Kelso

Riders Onthe Storm

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Richard Hobson

Smart in his prime (Grade 1 winner) and made very encouraging seasonal/stable debut when second to Clan Legand at Aintree (2m4f, soft) in December; subsequent defeat in major handicap at Cheltenham is not viewed harshly (ran well for a long way, weakened quickly) but some of his up-and-coming rivals here appeal more; hooded for first time.

8/1

3

12th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Riders Onthe Storm

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Richard Hobson

Grade 1 winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies; returned to form when runner-up in Aintree handicap (2m4f, soft) on stable debut in December; well beaten since but Cheltenham might not be his track; not discounted.

12/1

Form: 7-7138 D BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Won three 2m4f handicaps on the spin last season (good-soft) and was back in the good books when winning a 3m handicap at Kempton that has worked out terrifically well; not sure what happened back there last time out but the yard is winning valuable handicaps for fun this season and he's an interesting newcomer to these fences; 2lb wrong.
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14th

26

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Five Star Getaway

10st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Won three 2m4f handicaps on the spin last season (good-soft) and was back in the good books when winning a 3m handicap at Kempton that has worked out terrifically well; not sure what happened back there last time out but the yard is winning valuable handicaps for fun this season and he's an interesting newcomer to these fences; 2lb wrong.

14/1

8th

10

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Five Star Getaway

10st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Won three in a row last March (good-soft) and returned to winning ways over C&D (soft) in December, a race that has worked out extremely well; beaten in third at Sandown (3m, good to soft) subsequently but that was still a solid performance and this progressive 8yo is on the shortlist.

7/1

3rd

7

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Five Star Getaway

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Registered a hat-trick last spring, with the second leg at this track, and he resumed his progress with a win at Kempton this Christmas (3m, soft; has won on good); up 4lb but is one to take seriously.

7/2

Form: 094503 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 142

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3rd

2

14th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 67y

17:25 Roscommon

Snugsborough Hall

11st 12lb

J: Kieran Callaghan

T: Liam P Cusack

towards rear, headway 4 out, disputing third going okay before 3 out, pushed along after 3 out, ridden when went third after 2 out, jumped slightly right last, kept on well but held run-in

8/1

4th

5

29th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Snugsborough Hall

11st 5lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liam P Cusack

7/1

3rd

11

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Snugsborough Hall

10st 0lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liam P Cusack

OUR TIP

Form: 4-3222 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

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16th

15

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Mister Coffey

10st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

8/1

2nd

11

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Mister Coffey

11st 4lb

J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

T: Nicky Henderson

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f but stayed on well in hot 2m4f handicap hurdle at Aintree last April and did likewise when going close in 2m4f chase at Kempton in December, where he jumped to the left; the step up in trip, allied with the return to a left-handed track, could prompt improvement and Sam Waley-Cohen is a good booking; handles various ground.

11/1

2nd

4

5th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Mister Coffey

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

One of his hurdles wins came at this venue (the first of five starts in hood); close second in useful novice handicap chase at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft; headgear removed) on Boxing Day, improving on his reappearance effort; should run well but needs a career best to land this prize.

8/1

Form: UP611P D

Last run: 6 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

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1

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

14:05 Worcester

Via Dolorosa

12st 1lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Two wins in March and, having been out of his depth in major handicaps, has strung together a sequence of three seconds, all last month; still 5lb above his latest winning mark so bit more needed to win; can lead.

9/2

2nd

1

30th May 2022

Good

3m 5f 80y

Class 3

15:15 Cartmel

Via Dolorosa

12st 0lb

J: Philip Armson

T: David Pipe

Ex-French; won twice for this yard last season and has returned to form with a couple of seconds, last time at Southwell (3m2f, good) not helping his chance by jumping right for the most part; certainly wouldn't want to repeat that trait around here.

Evs

Form: P-3U21

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict
Strike-rate of 4-13 over fences and decent on his day, as he reminded us when good value for narrow winning margin in a Grade 2 at Navan a month ago (2m, soft); the chances are that's more his trip and these conditions are also a concern when it can't be soft enough for him.
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3

16th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:00 Killarney

Sizing Pottsie

11st 8lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Mrs John Harrington

Career best when recording Grade 2 win at Navan in March (not a strong race for the grade); best efforts have come on soft or heavy ground and he has a bit to find on form here.

8/1

18th

4

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Sizing Pottsie

11st 6lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Mrs John Harrington

Strike-rate of 4-13 over fences and decent on his day, as he reminded us when good value for narrow winning margin in a Grade 2 at Navan a month ago (2m, soft); the chances are that's more his trip and these conditions are also a concern when it can't be soft enough for him.

16/1

1st

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:00 Navan

Sizing Pottsie

11st 5lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Mrs John Harrington

3-12 over fences, including C&D Grade 3 event two seasons ago; had a below-par Notebook behind when third in the Hilly Way on seasonal debut; beaten when unseating two out in a sub-standard 2m Grade 1 at Leopardstown at Christmas; a bit more like it when surviving a bad mistake at the third-last on his way to second behind Melon in four-runner Gowran event.

6/1

Form: -21234 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Cheltenham Festival winner over fences for Mick Channon; three good runs in novice hurdles for this yard without suggesting he's the force of old and has struggled back in handicap chases; tongue-tie may help after reported respiratory issues last time, but he's unconvincing.
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24

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Mister Whitaker

10st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Cheltenham Festival winner over fences for Mick Channon; three good runs in novice hurdles for this yard without suggesting he's the force of old and has struggled back in handicap chases; tongue-tie may help after reported respiratory issues last time, but he's unconvincing.

25/1

4th

2

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

16:25 Newcastle

Mister Whitaker

11st 9lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Cheltenham Festival winner over fences for Mick Channon; three good runs in novice hurdles for this yard without suggesting he's the force of old and he was well held in the end when back chasing at Kelso; on this season's evidence he looks harshly treated.

11/2

3rd

2

16th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:10 Kelso

Mister Whitaker

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Well handicapped on his peak chase form for Mick Channon, including victory at the Cheltenham Festival; doesn't look as good as he was judged on his competitive novice hurdle form for current connections but this should be more his game and he's undergone wind surgery since his last run.

13/8

Form: P-8P26

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Beaten a distance in the 3m2f Becher Chase over these fences in December; very nearly made most of the running at Ascot (3m, soft; likes it there) in January but will need more here and he's not renowned for his reliability; 3lb wrong at the weights.
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29

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Cobolobo

10st 0lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Beaten a distance in the 3m2f Becher Chase over these fences in December; very nearly made most of the running at Ascot (3m, soft; likes it there) in January but will need more here and he's not renowned for his reliability; 3lb wrong at the weights.

33/1

6th

9

19th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Cobolobo

10st 4lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Probably did too much at the front end in this race last year (eventually weakened); went very close over C&D (soft) four weeks ago and might have won but for an untidy jump at the last fence; could go well again.

12/1

2nd

6

22nd Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

13:10 Ascot

Cobolobo

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Made a cracking start to last term over 3m on testing ground, form culminating in his second in this race; not so good since, with wind surgery in April before this season's two runs; off 8lb lower than this time last year, though, he cannot be comfortably ruled out.

10/1

Form: 422P2P

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced for an 11yo; comes here cold though after three laboured efforts as his second in January was very remote; making his debut over these fences and he's well down the pecking order.
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28

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Colorado Doc

10st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Brace

Lightly raced for an 11yo; comes here cold though after three laboured efforts as his second in January was very remote; making his debut over these fences and he's well down the pecking order.

50/1

1

25th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

14:10 Exeter

Colorado Doc

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Better known as a chaser but won a Worcester (2m7f) novice hurdle last October; this trip short enough but its emphasis on stamina will help; genuine performer and likely to go close.

13/8

2nd

1

20th Jan 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 162y

Class 3

15:50 Wincanton

Colorado Doc

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Pulled up in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft) last time but he's back down in trip and back in much calmer waters today, and earlier last month he was a 24l second at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in a race that is working out very well (behind Welsh National winner Iwilldoit); one to consider.

8/1

Form: U1-5P7 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Only 12-1 when departing mid-race 12 months ago but this season hasn't got up and running at all; not sure about him being good enough even if springing back to life; 2lb out of the weights.
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7th

5

13th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

17:50 Aintree

Morning Vicar

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

No impact since scoring at Perth (2m4f, good) in April last year; faller five out over the Grand National fences in the Topham here last time; not an obviously strong contender but the return to the forecast sound surface over a trip to suit could spark a revival given he is back down to his last winning mark.

8/1

27

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Morning Vicar

10st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nicky Henderson

Only 12-1 when departing mid-race 12 months ago but this season hasn't got up and running at all; not sure about him being good enough even if springing back to life; 2lb out of the weights.

25/1

7th

2

11th Feb 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Morning Vicar

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Made all in small field at Perth (2m4f, good) last April and soft ground may not have suited over this C&D last time; however, he was also a long way below his best on his reappearance the time before, and needs to prove his stamina for this distance, so there are questions to answer.

12/1

Form: 987P20

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
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8

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Foxy Jacks

10st 4lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: M F Morris

8

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Foxy Jacks

10st 9lb

J: Jonathan Moore

T: M F Morris

25/1

14th

7

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Foxy Jacks

10st 7lb

J: Jonathan Moore

T: M F Morris

Useful runner-up at Leopardstown last month (2m5f, yielding) but he didn't find much over 3m at Leopardstown after Christmas and has yet to win beyond 2m4f; others are higher up the list.

33/1

Form: 0-2P1P D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
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6

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Windsor Avenue

11st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Brian Ellison

33/1

2

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

14:40 Kelso

Windsor Avenue

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Brian Ellison

Produced career best in first-time blinkers (retained) to win the competitive Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; has something to find if today's rivals are at their best but it's a big plus that he arrives in top form and he's respected.

6/1

1st

6

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Windsor Avenue

11st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Brian Ellison

Inconsistent and comes with risks attached having been pulled up in the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby last month; however, prior to that he was a good second at Bangor behind next-time-out Becher winner Snow Leopardess and is in calculations on that form; may get a boost from first-time blinkers.

16/1

Form: -6F61P D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
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2nd

4

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Discordantly

10st 8lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Mrs John Harrington

10

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Discordantly

10st 8lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Mrs John Harrington

25/1

14

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Discordantly

10st 5lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Mrs John Harrington

Back to form with cheekpieces (retained today) replacing a tongue-tie when winning at Leopardstown nine days ago (2m5f, yielding); penalty to carry and he wasn't a significant contender when sixth in this race last March.

20/1

Form: -56113 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
The clearcut winner of 2m4f handicap chases at Warwick and Bangor before running surprisingly well when up against it at the weights in a Grade 2 novice at Kempton (good to soft); if trusting that form at face value then she's well handicapped and is by no means exposed after only eight runs; debut here.
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19

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fantastic Lady

10st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

The clearcut winner of 2m4f handicap chases at Warwick and Bangor before running surprisingly well when up against it at the weights in a Grade 2 novice at Kempton (good to soft); if trusting that form at face value then she's well handicapped and is by no means exposed after only eight runs; debut here.

12/1

3rd

5

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:25 Kempton

Fantastic Lady

10st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Arrives on the back of two impressive wins in handicap chases (2m4f, soft/good to soft) and she won on good ground over hurdles; faces much tougher opposition today but she's receiving weight from the males and this lightly raced half-sister to connections' talented chasing mare Casablanca Mix is open to further improvement; warrants considerable respect.

100/30

1st

2

11th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 3

15:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Fantastic Lady

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Nicky Henderson

Bred to excel over fences and she showed improvement in just her second chase when scoring by 6l at Warwick (2m4f, good to soft) 19 days ago; had more in hand than the margin suggests and she may well be able to absorb a 9lb rise; leading contender.

11/8

Form: 1U-P52 D BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
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1st

4

8th May 2022

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

15:25 Plumpton

Tamaroc Du Mathan

11st 9lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

No match for clear winner when clear second in Grade 3 handicap at Newbury (2m4f, soft) in March but that still goes down as a good effort, and subsequent defeat over the big Aintree fences last month can easily be excused (hampered twice by fallers); has slipped to a good mark and will be suited by today's ground; high on the list.

9/2

12

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Tamaroc Du Mathan

10st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

20/1

2nd

7

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Tamaroc Du Mathan

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Useful novice chaser last season (Grade 2 scorer); has failed to shine in his two runs this term (had a third wind surgery before latest) but may be about to bounce back off a handy mark, considering that Paul Nicholls has such a good record in this event; interesting contender.

9/2

Form: B143-P D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
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4

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Romain De Senam

11st 8lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

in touch with leaders, pushed along and weakened after 5 out, pulled up before 3 out

25/1

4th

3

5th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:01 Perth

Romain De Senam

11st 9lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

soon led, jumped left on occasions, joined after 5 out, pushed along and headed home turn, ridden and weakened before 2 out

5/1

2nd

1

28th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 3

17:04 Cartmel

Romain De Senam

12st 2lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Stayed on for creditable second in quite valuable event at Uttoxeter (3m, good) last month and went one better in four-runner contest at Newton Abbot (3m2f, good) a few days later; still on a workable mark after recent 4lb rise; respected.

7/2

Form: 7-1533

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict
Stuck between a rock and a hard place since winning twice at the highest level as a novice and it wasn't a strong Grade 2 he won at the beginning of this season; has struggled since - latterly behind Sizing Pottsie - and, although a 3m winning pointer, all his best form under rules is at about 2m.
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3rd

2

3rd Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 20y

17:30 Tramore

Notebook

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

raced in second, clear with one other, pushed along after 3 out, no impression when ridden after 2 out, lost second towards finish

5/1

2

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Notebook

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Stuck between a rock and a hard place since winning twice at the highest level as a novice and it wasn't a strong Grade 2 he won at the beginning of this season; has struggled since - latterly behind Sizing Pottsie - and, although a 3m winning pointer, all his best form under rules is at about 2m.

12/1

3rd

3

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:00 Navan

Notebook

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Dual Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser; campaigned in demanding company last season; odds-on when winning a sub-standard Fortria Chase over C&D on return, had an excuse (returned sore behind) for Hilly Way flop; did not stay when taking on Allaho and Fakir D'Oudairies over an extended 2m4f at Thurles; leading chance if in top form.

9/4

Form: -01112

Last run: 148 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict
Knows what these big-field handicaps are about having won last year's Galway Plate (2m6f, good) and has continued the good work in Grade 2s; no topweight has won this since Dublin Flyer in 1995 but he's a good jumper who could love it round here; has the class to be a strong contender.
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1st

1

27th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 5f 50y

19:05 Punchestown

Royal Rendezvous

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

1

8th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Royal Rendezvous

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Knows what these big-field handicaps are about having won last year's Galway Plate (2m6f, good) and has continued the good work in Grade 2s; no topweight has won this since Dublin Flyer in 1995 but he's a good jumper who could love it round here; has the class to be a strong contender.

10/1

2nd

3

11th Nov 2021

Soft

2m 4f 149y

14:25 Clonmel

Royal Rendezvous

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Former Grade 3 novice winner; second in last season's Galway Plate; went one better this year at the main expense of stablemate Easy Game; task eased by the exit of Easy Game at third-last at Gowran; did not seem to have much in hand over Hardline who is 5lb better off and should be better for the run.

11/4

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Selections

TOPSPEED:

Mister Coffey

SPOTLIGHT:

Mac Tottie

Daily Mirror:

Killer Clown

LAMBOURN:

Fantastic Lady

WEST COUNTRY:

Tamaroc Du Mathan

Daily Express:

Sizing Pottsie

Daily Record:

Notebook

Daily Mail:

Senior Citizen

POSTDATA:

Mister Coffey

The Times:

Mister Coffey

Telegraph:

Mister Coffey

The Guardian:

Mister Coffey

The Sun:

Killer Clown

RP Ratings:

Mac Tottie

The Star:

Mac Tottie