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17:15 Aintree

Good To Soft

Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £500000
  • 4m 2f 74y
  • Class 1
  • 40 runners
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Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 40 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £51.00
  • Place: £11.80

Form: 469P29

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

7yo who went chasing in only October; won that first attempt (on soft) and clearly best effort since when emerging in second of four in Grade 2 novice at Wetherby (3m, good) on penultimate outing; 14-1, threatened briefly three out in 3m1f handicap at Cheltenham latest; hooded twice, now tries cheekpieces; best days should be in front of him but he has a lot to prove in this race, notwithstanding Sam Waley-Cohen's fine record over these fences.

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19th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Noble Yeats

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner and fourth in it (again on good to soft) last year when he was hard work from out the back and never got near the leaders; hurdling on last three starts, winning a Grade 2 but coming up well short when the cheekpieces (which had served him well hitherto) were restored at Cheltenham one month ago; just 1lb lower than last year but his strength of stamina will presumably be well served by a slog in the mud.

20/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner who was fourth in that same Aintree race last April; back hurdling with tongue tied this winter and stayed on strongly to win the Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft) in January, beating Paisley Park (who gave 6lb) by a head; also effective on soft/heavy; others possess stronger hurdle form but he may be capable of better in this sphere, especially now back in the cheekpieces worn for his National win (also worn last spring); could go well.

13/2

1st

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

raced wide, prominent

7/2

9/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 13-961

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Won the 2019 Kim Muir at Cheltenham and one Graded event in each of the three subsequent seasons; did not jump as fluently as Minella Times in last year's National (second favourite) but it was being so badly hampered at the 12th which most obviously cost him before he went down by about 8l in third; 7lb higher this time round but edging out Escaria Ten six weeks ago (soft) shows he is better than ever; highly respected.

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2nd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Any Second Now

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out, ridden when keeping on up the centre after 2 out, went second and kept on well after last, no match for winner

10/1

7th

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:27 Naas

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

Classy chaser was twice placed in the Grand National and won a Grade 2 chase a year ago at Navan; well beaten on last three starts chasing but is off a favourable hurdles mark if able to recapture some of his spark.

4/1

6th

1

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

held up in rear, niggled along briefly after 10th

25/1

OUR TIP

8/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 3-4661

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Won the Irish Gold Cup in February 2020 and fifth in Cheltenham Gold Cup the following month; his fortunes revived on cross-country and long-distance debut at Cheltenham (3m6f, heavy) last month, warming to the jumping task and staying on resolutely to win his duel with Tiger Roll; firmly back in the big-race picture.

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2nd

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Delta Work

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won the 3m6f cross-country at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 (heavy) and 2023 (soft); the 2022 Grand National was not his best round of jumping but he challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; unseated mid-race in it last year; below form this term but Cheltenham last month should have been much more instructive and his race was abandoned; blinkers now replace cheekpieces; only 3lb lower than in this two years ago but he can't be dismissed.

16/1

6th

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Delta Work

11st 3lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on

12/1

33/1

  • Place: £9.70

Form: 3P-428

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; slugged it out for a close second in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup but he has not been able to dig that deep again; has an enigmatic side, for sure, but second in Cheltenham Grade 2 in January (beaten 31l in the Gold Cup since) suggested that this isn't a bad mark and it yet again pointed to his potential as an out-and-out stayer, which is put to the test for the first time today.

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4th

13

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Santini

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Polly Gundry

Acts on soft; slugged it out for a close second in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup but he has not been able to dig that deep again; has an enigmatic side, for sure, but second in Cheltenham Grade 2 in January (beaten 31l in the Gold Cup since) suggested that this isn't a bad mark and it yet again pointed to his potential as an out-and-out stayer, which is put to the test for the first time today.

33/1

8th

10

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Santini

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Polly Gundry

A top stayer in his prime (acts on soft) but slugging it out with Al Boum Photo in this race in 2020 took its toll and he never dug that deep again; pulled up in this last year and although he recaptured some form on second start for new yard, dividing Chantry House and Aye Right here in January (3m1f, good; received 4lb from both), it is unlikely he will be involved today.

66/1

2nd

4

29th Jan 2022

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

14:30 Cheltenham

Santini

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Polly Gundry

Smart chaser on his day for Nicky Henderson, peak form when winning this race two years ago (last run without headgear) then close second in the Gold Cup of that season; subsequently rather disappointing but would hold leading claims granted a revival; shaped better than bare result suggests (tired from home turn) in Grade 3 handicap here on stable/seasonal debut.

10/1

Form: 23-122 BF

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Sound jumper and the move up in trip holds interesting possibilities, given how strongly he rallied when a close second of 21 in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in November; lost out close home to Fortescue at Ascot (soft) on sole start since; due to go up 2lb; could be firmly in the argument.

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6th

2

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Fiddlerontheroof

11st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Jim Boyle

Similar type to Millers Bank, being a Grade 1 winner (over hurdles in 2020 for previous yard); achieved nothing at Exeter (3m) last month on debut for new stable and return from lengthy absence; needs to prove he retains ability but market support should be noted.

16/1

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Fiddlerontheroof

11st 11lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Jim Boyle

Smart hurdler/chaser for the Tizzard stable and makes debut for Jim Boyle from a tempting mark, but we haven't seen him since a disappointing run in 2022 Coral Gold Cup and he's tricky to weigh up at present.

16/1

2

26th Nov 2022

Good

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

15:05 Newbury

Fiddlerontheroof

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

One of several runners who warmed up for this prize with a recent spin over hurdles; very useful chaser who is largely consistent and went down by only half a length (off 5lb lower; clear of remainder) in this race 12 months ago; cheekpieces now added; should go well again.

9/1

Form: 31-717 BF

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Needs to bounce back from a heavy defeat over hurdles at Navan in February but he impressed in winning the Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park time before; has looked sure to stay beyond 3m1f, including when prevailing in a right slog against Run Wild Fred on heavy going last term, and this is the first attempt; he's not had that much racing overall and brings significant potential, so could be another star for his trainer who won the 2006 Grand National and has been sixth and third with subsequent challengers.

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5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Longhouse Poet

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

pressed leaders early, disputing second after 4th, lost position and pushed along from 9th, not fluent 11th, lost touch 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

9/2

0

2

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Longhouse Poet

11st 11lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

raced wide, midfield, bad mistake and dropped to rear 7th, reminder and struggling after 8th, detached after 9th, pulled up before 10th

14/1

Form: 1-46UP

Last run: 90 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Unseated in a Cheltenham cross-country event in November but his two completions in long-distance chases have been his best form, both last spring with today's aids when front-running winner of the Irish National (3m5f) and fourth of 19 at Punchestown (3m7f); top four RPRs are away from soft ground, which may have been against him over hurdles on latest outing; career best needed but his jumping (normally) and stamina are strengths.

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15th

14

20th Nov 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 180y

11:45 Punchestown

Freewheelin Dylan

11st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

midfield, in touch with leaders halfway

10/1

10th

15

21st Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Freewheelin Dylan

10st 4lb

J: Ricky Doyle

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

always towards rear, not fluent 5th, pushed along after 5 out, no impression when jumped right and hampered by faller 4 out, soon reminders and weakened

25/1

9th

1

29th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 111y

18:00 Galway

Freewheelin Dylan

12st 0lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Dermot A McLoughlin

pushed along briefly, midfield early, headway and in touch with leaders before 2nd, joined leader 9th, pressed leaders when pushed along before last, ridden and no extra after last, weakened towards finish

33/1

Form: 46P644

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Did well on heavy going last season, including winning the 3m1f Thyestes at Gowran Park; generally below form this term, very much so on latest outing in the Fairyhouse race won by Any Second Now, but his fourth over 3m4f at Punchestown (heavy) on penultimate start was creditable; needs to resume progress.

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11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

1st

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Coko Beach

12st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, pecked on landing 2nd, disputed lead from 15th, led clearly after 18th, going easily after 2 out, soon pushed along, ridden briefly run-in, pushed out, comfortably

11/8

Form: 23P-82

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Third in the 2021 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f) is a recommendation and he was back on song when touched off by Any Second Now in a four-runner Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, soft) six weeks ago; wore blinkers in the latter, following two lesser shows in cheekpieces (Irish National on first occasion); one of the better-handicapped runners and he's a second-season chaser who could be building towards something special.

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3

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Punchestown

Escaria Ten

11st 10lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2021 National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but now on a losing sequence that predates that run; best chase form has been in conditions races; lesser efforts in top-level handicaps; 50-1 when pulled-up in the Magners Plate last time.

12/1

16

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Escaria Ten

10st 10lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Gordon Elliott

Third in the 2021 NH Chase at Cheltenham over 3m6f but he cracked approaching two out in last year's National and was beaten 75l; also went to nothing in home straight for the Thyestes (3m1f) this January and no show at Cheltenham (2m4f) in March, so all in all he's had a fall from grace; usual headgear is removed.

66/1

Form: -UP26P

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Some jumping mistakes and weakened quickly on second circuit when pulled up at 50-1 in this race last year; that was admittedly on good to soft, whereas he's excelled over 3m-3m6f on soft or heavy, but he has shown his form only once from five starts since, despite having his ground, and again failed to shine over these fences in December; confidence in him is dented.

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19

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Has run some good races on this track, including when runner-up in the National Hunt Chase in 2020, but his losing run goes back three years and others have more going for them at this level.

33/1

4th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Thorough stayer who did pretty well to take second behind Cepage over inadequate 2m4f at Cheltenham (soft) in December; safely held in Veterans' Final at Warwick since but can have a say off a workable mark here.

10/1

6th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 5lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Coming on three years since the last of his four career wins and three of those have come at Haydock, the last two over 3m4f; therefore, it was a highly commendable effort last month to chase home Cepage over 2m4f at Cheltenham where he unsurprisingly found himself outpaced before staying on; goes well on testing ground and he's on the shortlist.

10/1

66/1

Form: 602803

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Cheltenham Festival Grade 1 winner as a novice hurdler and novice chaser but his career has gone off the rails in the last two seasons; seen usually at short of 3m and although his third of five over 3m2f (yielding to soft) on latest outing was one of his better efforts this term, this handicap mark demands so much more.

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9

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Samcro

12st 0lb

J: Mr T Hamilton

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual Festival winner during his novice days (over hurdles and fences) but heady ambitions failed to materialise afterwards and his only subsequent success under rules was a Grade 3 chase at Killarney in May 2021; has got his mojo back in winning four of his last five points, the latest in November (soft/heavy) after an absence; it was a fair race in which he ran third last month; just a suspicion that others will see this trip out more strongly; effective in the reapplied tongue-tie earlier in his career.

12/1

24

27th Jul 2022

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:40 Galway

Samcro

10st 8lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Gordon Elliott

6

16th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

19:00 Killarney

Samcro

11st 6lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Tailed off in the National last time and not the force of old (three-time Grade 1 winner); narrowly got the better of Cilaos Emery in this contest last year but hasn't been at that level since and it's a deeper race this year.

16/1

66/1

Form: 4-721F BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Led final strides over 3m1f on soft in January 2020 on his final start over hurdles, whereas most of his seven-race chase career has been at up to 2m5f; any former impression of untapped potential as a stayer has not been backed up this term and he crashed out at the third fence on latest outing.

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16

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Phoenix Way

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

His best piece of handicap form came over this trip when winning on soft ground at Ascot last season off 2lb higher; has not been operating at quite the same level this campaign and this is his first experience of these fences; cheekpieces added.

18/1

5th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Phoenix Way

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Runner-up over C&D in December last term and won over 2m5f here the following month, both off today's mark; back near that form this winter and, although all starts have been on softer than good, he's one to consider.

9/2

4th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Phoenix Way

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Won useful handicap at Ascot last January, then had a couple of non-completions; got round when fourth to Fugitif at Chepstow on return from layoff but remains to be seen whether he'll build on that effort.

12/1

Form: 40-P90

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Placed in the mud in the 3m1f Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in 2020 and 2021 but has failed to spark this season, including in that race; sole attempt at further than that saw him tailed off in this last year.

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4

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Class Conti

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Wins have been over much shorter trips although has placings in Thyestes over 3m1f; never sighted in Aintree National latest in what has been an underwhelming campaign; blinkers now replace cheekpieces.

16/1

13th

27

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Class Conti

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: W P Mullins

Placed in the mud in the 3m1f Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in 2020 and 2021 but has failed to spark this season, including in that race; sole attempt at further than that saw him tailed off in this last year.

100/1

11th

3

13th Mar 2022

Heavy

3m 0f 126y

16:40 Naas

Class Conti

10st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Second to Total Recall in the Thyestes Chase two seasons ago, and third last year; did not jump well when down the field in the same event this year; fourth in this race last year, needs to find his form again on third run of the campaign.

14/1

50/1

Form: 6-511P C

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 8lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Some fine runs over these fences; faded from two out when he was the only British-trained runner among the first 11 finishers in last year's renewal, beaten 37l but that sixth at 50-1 helped to signal the resurgence which has brought two wins on heavy ground at Haydock (3m1f and 3m4f) this winter; disappointing with those same conditions seven weeks ago but, tongue tied first time, it wouldn't be a great surprise were this admirable 13yo to go well for a long way.

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4

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:25 Newcastle

Blaklion

11st 11lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead

14/1

4th

2

30th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

15:07 Haydock

Blaklion

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

led, blundered 5th, pushed along and headed 4 out, weakened from 3 out

13/2

Form: P-15P8

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; close third in the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup (3m2f); that's the furthest he's been and the only bright spot since was his 2m5f Grade 2 win at Ascot in November this season, which followed his third wind operation; while not disgraced with cheekpieces enlisted at Cheltenham last time, it did not shout Grand National winner.

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1

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Warwick

Lostintranslation

12st 2lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Joe Tizzard

Finished third in the 2020 Gold Cup and won a 2m5f Grade 2 early last season; absolutely nothing to shout about in the meantime and far from convincing despite this drop in grade.

12/1

6

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Lostintranslation

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Joe Tizzard

One-time high-class chaser who has proved far from consistent since finishing third in the 2020 Gold Cup; staged a part-revival with Grade 2 win (2m5f) last term but subsequent form leaves a lot to be desired; never figured in major 3m2f handicap at Newbury most recently.

50/1

Form: 221-FP CD

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

So smooth when winning last year's National (good to soft) under Rachael Blackmore; admittedly 66-1 when he took a heavy fall out the back in Grade 1 in December but he showed little in a major 2m5f handicap (runner-up in it last year) two months ago, failing to jump with anything like his usual panache; add a 15lb higher mark than 12 months ago and he has a lot to prove.

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2

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Minella Times

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has produced no effort of note since winning the Grand National two seasons ago, latterly back over hurdles in a Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown; this different test might float his boat but he's riddled with risks right now.

9/1

19

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Minella Times

10st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear, hampered by faller 4 out

16/1

3rd

5

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Minella Times

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

5/2

Form: 42-PPP

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Looked high class with cross-country win at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft); however, well-beaten second in that race last year (final run for David Cottin) and pulled up on all three outings this season; showed more dash when reverting to Cheltenham cross-country last time but he still went to nothing far too soon to derive much encouragement.

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6

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Two C&D wins in 2019-20 season, including this race; best of the rest behind Tiger Roll 12 months later but has struggled to get competitive since; major turnaround is needed in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

50/1

9th

13

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Easysland

10st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Explosive winner over C&D on his British debut in late 2019 and he went on to win the big one in March later that season; the wheels have come off big time but that's reflected in a much reduced handicap mark, and the signs have been a tad more encouraging of late over regulation fences despite finishing well held; considered.

7/1

10th

5

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

High-class over the cross-country here on soft in March 2020 but, having moved from France, he was a sorry sight last season and tailed off in November when back from his summer break; usually tongue tied but not today.

33/1

Form: 2-2122 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

No ground worries; won well from the front in a good 3m handicap at Navan in November; his seconds in last year's Irish National (3m5f; always prominent) and this season's National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f; dictated most of the pace) have shown a strength in stamina; his jumping is sometimes none too clever but he has a lot of the qualities required.

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2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Run Wild Fred

11st 10lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

His solitary chase win from 19 attempts came back in 2021; subsequently runner-up in the National Hunt Chase here (3m6f, good to soft) four months later but he has plenty to prove on his two most recent completed runs and he was brought down at Fairyhouse last month.

40/1

2

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Run Wild Fred

11st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

jumped right on occasions, raced in second, disputed lead before 3rd

4/1

Form: 2333PU

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Ran with credit on varied ground initially this season but broke a blood vessel on penultimate start and unseated in the Cheltenham cross-country on latest; wore cheekpieces on those last two occasions; his jumping is not the most convincing and he faded badly from four out in last year's Irish National.

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12

20th Nov 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 180y

11:45 Punchestown

Brahma Bull

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

towards rear of midfield, mistake and unseated rider 4th

6/1

7

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Brahma Bull

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Ran with credit on varied ground initially this season but broke a blood vessel on penultimate start and unseated in the Cheltenham cross-country on latest; wore cheekpieces on those last two occasions; his jumping is not the most convincing and he faded badly from four out in last year's Irish National.

66/1

3

16th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Brahma Bull

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Pulled up in first-time cheekpieces (retained today) at Gowran in January last time out (reportedly burst blood vessel) and today is his first cross-country race; however, he's been running well in defeat in some hot staying chases this season (peak RPR 158) and if he takes to this new discipline he has the ability to be a serious force today; versatile ground-wise.

20/1

Form: 24-323 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Scale of his defeat (far greater than in the same race last year) behind Any Second Now and Escaria Ten at Fairyhouse six weeks ago is offputting; the 2019 Irish National winner (on good to yielding) but while he travelled strongly in this race off today's mark last year, he then wilted approaching the final fence and finished a very leg-weary 27l fourth.

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19th

2

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Burrows Saint

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National and has contested the last two Nationals around here, finishing fourth in 2021 (travelled strongly before not getting home) and departing at The Chair 12 months ago; confined to just two starts in the meantime and there were plenty of positives to take from his return from an absence at Down Royal when behind big National hope Longhouse Poet; this race might just suit him down the ground.

10/1

3rd

2

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Burrows Saint

11st 0lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, prominent 5th, led narrowly 6th, headed 13th

5/1

8

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Burrows Saint

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Scale of his defeat (far greater than in the same race last year) behind Any Second Now and Escaria Ten at Fairyhouse six weeks ago is offputting; the 2019 Irish National winner (on good to yielding) but while he travelled strongly in this race off today's mark last year, he then wilted approaching the final fence and finished a very leg-weary 27l fourth.

20/1

Form: 13-117

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; extraordinary last-to-first win in the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham last March suggested stamina reserves which have not yet been exploited (she's been campaigned at 2m4f/2m5f since) but the jumping problems she exhibited that day, including with a marked tendency to jump out to her right, are far from resolved; cheekpieces enlisted.

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4th

4

1st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

13:32 Thurles

Mount Ida

11st 0lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, lost position 9th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, soon beaten

9/4

5

18th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 5f 50y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Mount Ida

11st 6lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Came from off the pace to win the Kim Muir at Cheltenham last season; won her first two races this season over shorter distances; jumped badly to the right and made mistakes in Mares' Chase at Cheltenham; unseated at first in the Grand National.

9

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Mount Ida

11st 5lb

J: Denis O’Regan

T: Gordon Elliott

Acts on soft; extraordinary last-to-first win in the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham last March suggested stamina reserves which have not yet been exploited (she's been campaigned at 2m4f/2m5f since) but the jumping problems she exhibited that day, including with a marked tendency to jump out to her right, are far from resolved; cheekpieces enlisted.

33/1

Form: 3U-112

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Goes well on soft; the 2m5f Topham over these fences one year ago looked too much of a speed test before he appeared unlucky to unseat at the Canal Turn (had jumped safely to that point); progressive this season and is due to go up another 5lb following his second in Ascot Grade 1 last time; that was over 2m5f but he's shown he stays 3m and looks interesting venturing beyond 3m2f for the first time.

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1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

It's possible it was the return to Ascot that prompted a revival a fortnight ago, but that close second (3m, good) also coincided with the application of a tongue-tie (retained) and he's a strong contender if repeating that latest form; also effective on heavy going and won on sole visit here.

5/2

2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Two For Gold

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up/tailed off elsewhere on last three starts and has plenty to prove regarding current form, but he's 1lb lower than when winning this last year (good to soft) and was a good second over C&D on his reappearance in November; could stage a revival now back here in a first-time tongue-tie.

9/2

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Smart in his prime and proved he retains most of his ability when second in major handicap at Ascot (3m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; didn't fire in last month's Veterans' Final but still enters calculations.

14/1

Form: -31217

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Found his form again late last year, including two wins at Wetherby, before a lesser show at Kempton six weeks ago; the latter win was in plucky fashion from Lord Du Mesnil and Top Ville Ben over 3m (soft) but he's unraced beyond 3m1f and this trip asks a tough question.

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13th

19

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Good Boy Bobby

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

40/1

5th

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two veterans' chase wins at about 3m (good to soft; has won on soft) in the autumn; he hasn't looked ahead of his mark in refitted cheekpieces since but his proven stamina will be an asset in the conditions now having his first run over 2m3f since winning in late 2021.

15/2

3rd

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Began this season with hard-fought wins at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Sandown (3m, good to soft) in the autumn, and didn't run badly when seventh in last month's Veterans' Final (first-time cheekpieces); one to consider.

7/1

Form: 4P/2-4

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Jumped well and stayed on well off today's mark when winning the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in November 2019; that's a big career best as he's been lightly raced since, absent 489 days before a satisfactory reappearance (weakened from three out) in Grade 2 at Newbury eight weeks ago; fair bit to prove (pulled up in 2020 Midlands National on heavy) but not totally dismissed.

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6th

1

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

De Rasher Counter

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

disputed lead, prominent 3rd

7/1

6th

6

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

De Rasher Counter

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Staged something of a revival in first-time cheekpieces at Sandown (3m veterans' chase) two months ago; possibilities if building on that second-place finish; defied a 13lb higher mark in top 3m2f handicap at Newbury in 2019.

13/2

Form: 2/37-4

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Moving up to 3m1f worked a treat over the conventional fences here (good) three years ago and he stuck to his task extremely well over that trip when beaten a neck at 2020 Cheltenham Festival (soft; 2lb lower today) wearing cheekpieces; absent 462 days before a satisfactory reappearance five weeks ago, so not impossible.

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7th

3

26th Jun 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Kildisart

11st 13lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Ben Pauling

led, pushed along and headed 3 out, ridden and weakened after 2 out

10/1

20

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Kildisart

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Ben Pauling

Moving up to 3m1f worked a treat over the conventional fences here (good) three years ago and he stuck to his task extremely well over that trip when beaten a neck at 2020 Cheltenham Festival (soft; 2lb lower today) wearing cheekpieces; absent 462 days before a satisfactory reappearance five weeks ago, so not impossible.

28/1

4th

1

5th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Kildisart

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Ben Pauling

Defied this mark in similar event at Aintree in April 2019; however, lacks recent match practice having been absent since finishing seventh in the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy here; may well need the run.

20/1

Form: 257-52

Last run: 59 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Blinkered once, now tries cheekpieces; placed on soft ground at three Cheltenham Festivals, including over 3m7f in 2019; ran well to two out in this race last year, after which an interrupted preparation may well have told as he faded into seventh; off a 1lb lower mark and following a good run in February on latest start, he's an each-way contender.

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21

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Discorama

10st 11lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Paul Nolan

Blinkered once, now tries cheekpieces; placed on soft ground at three Cheltenham Festivals, including over 3m7f in 2019; ran well to two out in this race last year, after which an interrupted preparation may well have told as he faded into seventh; off a 1lb lower mark and following a good run in February on latest start, he's an each-way contender.

33/1

2nd

2

9th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 165y

13:45 Fairyhouse

Discorama

11st 10lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Paul Nolan

Placed at three Cheltenham Festivals, including twice over fences; had wind surgery before last season's Grand National bid which resulted in a creditable seventh; had his only start this season over hurdles at Galway in October; arguably best of these on overall form; respected.

7/2

5th

2

23rd Oct 2021

Soft

2m 5f 200y

14:37 Galway

Discorama

11st 9lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: Paul Nolan

Placed on soft ground at three Cheltenham Festivals, including over 3m7f in 2019; had wind surgery before last season's Aintree National bid when a creditable seventh of 40, long way behind Balko Des Flos; first run over hurdles in nearly 2 years and 11lb lower than chase mark; ground to suit but may just need the run.

10/1

Form: P5F312

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Very well handicapped judged on his best efforts but they were in 2019 (on soft/heavy up to 3m1f, untried beyond 3m2f); still mustered a third to Good Boy Bobby at Wetherby over Christmas (two runs over hurdles since) but the way he tried to ignore the 12th of these Aintree fences early in December looks a stumbling block for his supporters.

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5th

6

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to drop down the weights and he was a fair second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; however, this 12yo has a patchy profile nowadays and was pulled up over this C&D (heavy) last time out.

9/1

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

12yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was soundly beaten in Ireland a fortnight ago; however, he showed spark when second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day and this course winner is not ruled out.

11/2

8th

25

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Top Ville Ben

10st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Third in this last year off a 6lb higher mark, and is effectively running off that mark here from 6lb out of the handicap; second in a four-runner contest at Aintree over Christmas but much more needed here.

40/1

Form: 23-735

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Probably no ground worries; third in last season's Irish National puts him on the radar and he was also a very good third in top 3m handicap at Leopardstown at Christmas; satisfactory run over hurdles preceded his purchase by top owner J P McManus; has a change of headgear, to blinkers he wore in Irish National; considered.

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6th

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Paddy Power 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; finished behind Vital Island here in November, and held by Fameaftertheglory on Cheltenham running.

14/1

0

20

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Ciaran Murphy

never better than midfield, detached before 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

7th

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Enjoy Dallen

10st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Last season was a washout but he used to be smart and ran a nice race when beaten 10l in the Risk Of Thunder on Punchestown's Banks Course 19 days ago on his return from an absence; although he's not weighted to reverse placings with runner-up Vital Island, he should strip fitter here and the return of headgear is probably a good thing.

12/1

Form: -39098

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Fourth in this race in 2018 and fifth in 2019, immediately following his two placed efforts in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; while nothing like so good since and out the back from the word go in his 2021 National bid, taking third at Punchestown (3m7f; in cheekpieces) last May showed that significant ability remained and today's big step back up in trip should suit.

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2

30th Apr 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 7f 0y

15:10 Punchestown

Anibale Fly

11st 9lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: A J Martin

Last year's third (off 145) has had a quiet season in build-up to another Aintree National bid but 80-1 shot brought down very early on; probably not quite the force of old but still respected and seemingly the owner's pick here from five runners.

8/1

24

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Anibale Fly

10st 11lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: A J Martin

Fourth in this race in 2018 and fifth in 2019, immediately following his two placed efforts in the Cheltenham Gold Cup; while nothing like so good since and out the back from the word go in his 2021 National bid, taking third at Punchestown (3m7f; in cheekpieces) last May showed that significant ability remained and today's big step back up in trip should suit.

40/1

8th

1

12th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 2f 0y

15:45 Gowran Park

Anibale Fly

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: A J Martin

Pulled up in last year's National before running a belter at the Punchestown Festival last year when hitting the frame; struggled over hurdles this term over an insufficient trip and while he ran with credit when not beaten all that far at Fairyhouse last time, he'll probably struggle over this trip back over fences.

16/1

Form: 12-435

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Soon backpedalling over these fences in December 2020; that rounded off a poor spell but he's been back on song in a major way for new yard since, most notably when second in the Scottish National (4m; made most) last April and third at Newcastle in November; peak efforts dominated by runs on good ground and good to soft; chance if second visit here agrees with him more than the first.

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2

14th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Dingo Dollar

11st 12lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Sandy Thomson

Commanding win at Aintree in October, which took him back very close to his career-high mark and he disappointed at Newcastle next time; this trip boosts interest in him, as he was second in the 2021 Scottish National (4m) on his only completion beyond 3m2f; acts on soft, unraced on heavy.

25/1

6th

4

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 1

15:25 Newcastle

Dingo Dollar

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won over C&D (good to soft) in March 2021 and fair third in this race last year (albeit no match for the front two, including winner Aye Right); reappeared with commanding veterans' chase win at Aintree last month; back up 5lb and has never won off a mark this high but might not be far away.

8/1

1st

2

23rd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

14:05 Aintree

Dingo Dollar

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield, lost position and towards rear from 6th, pushed along 8th, outpaced when hampered by faller 14th, still plenty to do before 3 out, good headway before 2 out, led before last, ridden clear run-in

7/1

Form: 21-4PP

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Last February-April he won the 4m1f Edinburgh National (soft) and 4m Scottish National (good; 3lb higher today) and was runner-up in the 4m2f Midlands National in between; has what it takes on that evidence but he's not shown it this term, far from it, and a respiratory issue was reported nine weeks ago on latest outing; has since had wind surgery.

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20

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mighty Thunder

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won this race in 2021 but not remotely in the same form since; latest start was probably his best form this term but he had a remote view of Elvis Mail nevertheless and is 3lb out of the handicap today.

16/1

5th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Mighty Thunder

10st 8lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

midfield on outer, in touch with leaders 4th

12/1

6th

5

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Mighty Thunder

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Career peak when winning the Scottish National in April 2021 off 12lb higher, rounding off an excellent season; nothing resembling that since, taking a step back in the right direction on latest start (ridden by claimer Patrick Wadge) but he needs a great deal better than that.

25/1

Form: P-46R3

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Peak efforts on good or good to soft; third in the 2019 Scottish National and ran away with the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy; favourite for last year's renewal of this race but cut out from the fifth last and, despite wind surgery, he's not seen out this season's four races either; well handicapped on peak form but a great deal would have to be taken on trust to see him recapturing that; tongue tied first time.

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5th

3

4th Mar 2023

Good

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:40 Newbury

Cloth Cap

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

At his peak when winning the big November handicap (off 1lb higher) over C&D in 2020 and following up in the Premier Chase at Kelso; flopped when favourite for that season's Grand National and has lacked consistency since; however, this looks his easiest task for some time and he's very tempting from a handicapping perspective (peak mark was 156).

4/1

6

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Cloth Cap

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Jonjo O’Neill

disputed lead, mistake 2nd, chased leader 3rd, lost position 12th, slow jump 13th, dropped to rear 14th, soon pulled up

8/1

6th

9

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Cloth Cap

11st 7lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won the big Newbury handicap in November 2020 and sent off favourite for the Grand National in April 2021; however, he was pulled up and his subsequent form has been patchy; others are preferred, despite his reduced mark.

25/1

Form: 46-111 C

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Hit new heights this season (trainer reports he has been able to train her harder) with soft-ground wins at Bangor, Aintree and Exeter; most notably she was a thrilling sight over these fences in the Becher, going on at the sixth and digging deep to hold off a challenger by a nose, the pair 16l clear (she's 6lb higher today); respectable fourth in last season's NH Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f) on her sole attempt at a marathon distance, probably staying okay; capable of a bold show.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

16

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Snow Leopardess

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

Faded into sixth in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January but ran well for a long way and built on that when runner-up in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in Haydock's 3m4f Grand National Trial last month; open to improvement on her second run over these obstacles and this 2021 Becher Chase winner (soft) is very much an each-way player with her 7lb mares' allowance.

16/1

2nd

7

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Snow Leopardess

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Completed a hat-trick last season (3m/3m2f, soft; including the Becher Chase) and she's well handicapped on that form; hasn't run badly on her last few starts but needs something extra in the first-time cheekpieces if she's to win this, and her best form has come on soft ground.

12/1

6th

5

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Snow Leopardess

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

Last season went so well that she was sent off one of the favourites for the Grand National only to run no race; below par so far this campaign and comes here with a bit to prove on her cross-country debut.

11/1

Form: 0-8PP2 BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Pipped over 3m4f at Punchestown (heavy) in February 2020 but threatened only briefly when second favourite in the Irish National for new yard last April; did little on first two runs this winter (on second occasion she messed it up at the first fence) and, although her second of five on latest start offered renewed hope, other runners look more solid.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

8th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 7f 124y

13:45 Fairyhouse

Agusta Gold

10st 13lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart mare in her prime, rarely at her best since a Grade 3 course win in January 2021; obtained a career-high mark of 146 after that success, down to 135; needs to jump a lot better than when a remote last of four finishers in this year's edition of that Grade 3 event.

4/1

4th

4

1st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 5f 30y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Agusta Gold

10st 9lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Smart mare has won twice over fences, including this race in 2021, her last victory; hit and miss over the last year but is capable of smart form on her day, so can't be dismissed.

9/2

4th

8

6th Aug 2022

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Agusta Gold

10st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent, pushed along and outpaced after 2 out, rallied and ran on run-in, went fourth inside final 110yds

12/1

Form: P-22P2

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

All starts on softer than good, acts on heavy; has a fantastic record over fences at Sandown, including a fractional defeat in this season's 3m5f London National, but at other tracks it is severely lacking; a hefty career best is needed.

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3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

20/1

2nd

12

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

10st 3lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

His only worthwhile form over fences in recent times has been at Sandown, where he finished well held on his penultimate start (3m5f); not the obvious answer in his current form; cross-country debut.

33/1

2

30th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

Deise Aba

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs

Stays 3m5f and acts on heavy; his only form over fences in the last two and a bit seasons has been at Sandown, where he's done very well but his record there took bit of a dent on latest outing.

10/1

Form: 43/00P

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

The 2019-20 season was his heyday and, following 666-day absence, he's done little this term with his tongue tied on all three starts; it once looked as if he could stay beyond 3m, including on soft, but sole attempt to do so was latest outing when he failed to spark in the Cheltenham cross-country.

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36

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Poker Party

10st 8lb

J: Robbie Power

T: Henry De Bromhead

The 2019-20 season was his heyday and, following 666-day absence, he's done little this term with his tongue tied on all three starts; it once looked as if he could stay beyond 3m, including on soft, but sole attempt to do so was latest outing when he failed to spark in the Cheltenham cross-country.

66/1

10

16th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Poker Party

11st 4lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won the Kerry National (3m, yielding) in September 2019 and good fourth in the Paddy Power Chase that December (3m, soft); however, following a long absence, this 10yo has been tailed off on his two starts this winter (chase/hurdle) and there's a big doubt about how much ability he retains.

25/1

12th

8

27th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 4f 85y

14:35 Gowran Park

Poker Party

11st 8lb

J: Hugh Morgan

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won the 2019 Kerry National off 138 ago and was then fourth in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown at the end of that year, running off 146. ran only once more that season and absent since returning in Paddy Power a month ago; very interesting off 114 here if all well after that comeback run.

6/1

Form: 6-5716

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Best efforts on soft/heavy; two big layoffs in recent years but he forged clear late on at Punchestown (3m4f, heavy) in February and his never-nearer sixth of 24 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) was creditable given he may well now require a longer trip, which he certainly gets today; could have a say.

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2nd

3

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 40y

14:10 Punchestown

Death Duty

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Won this event off this mark last year, accounting for several of these rivals, including stablemate Coko Beach; closely matched with Coko Beach on running in this season's Troytown; made a bad mistake the 12th in the Paddy Power and was pulled-up; same mark as last season, each-way chance with useful 5lb claimer.

6/1

13

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Death Duty

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield, bad mistake 12th, soon pulled up

14/1

3rd

10

27th Nov 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Navan

Death Duty

11st 2lb

J: Davy Russell

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual Grade 1 winner back in 2017 doesn't operate at that sort of level nowadays but still capable of popping up in a decent staying handicap chase, as shown when landing Punchestown Grand National Trial off just 2lb lower last season; came down at the last when looking as though he was staying on to finish fourth or fifth in the Munster National last time; player.

16/1

Form: 1-P420

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Last season's first two starts after wind surgery saw come-from-behind wins on good ground over 2m4f and 3m2f; nowhere near the leaders when he plugged on for fourth in the Becher here in December and, following a second over hurdles, he was soundly beaten in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle under 7lb claimer; lots to prove.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Domaine De LIsle

11st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Sean Curran

prominent, pulled up before 16th

25/1

Form: 8-F312

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Throwing in a blunder again featured in good 3m5f handicap at Warwick (soft) in January but this time it did not harm his chance and he made most to score by 13l; no serious mistake in his very game effort to defy this 10lb higher mark in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle (good to soft), form boosted when the winner took the Scottish National by 7l; due to go up 4lb and has to be in serious calculations.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

39

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Eclair Surf

10st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Throwing in a blunder again featured in good 3m5f handicap at Warwick (soft) in January but this time it did not harm his chance and he made most to score by 13l; no serious mistake in his very game effort to defy this 10lb higher mark in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle (good to soft), form boosted when the winner took the Scottish National by 7l; due to go up 4lb and has to be in serious calculations.

12/1

2nd

2

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Newcastle

Eclair Surf

11st 11lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Lightly raced 8yo; throwing in a blunder again featured in good 3m5f handicap at Warwick (soft) six weeks ago but this time it did not harm his chance and he made most to score by 13l; has 10lb higher mark after that big career best but respected after such a dominant display.

13/2

1st

9

15th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Eclair Surf

11st 3lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Lightly raced 8yo who won twice over fences last winter (2m5f/3m, heavy); has potential off this mark if he can get his jumping together, with mistakes costly on both runs this term, but that's again a worry today as the fences come thick and fast in the back straight and they jump them twice.

12/1

Form: -37231

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

6-14 in an overall progressive chase career and he's a good jumper; never near the leaders in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury but he was a staying-on third over 3m2f at Haydock on penultimate start and rallied past Fiddlerontheroof at Ascot (3m, again soft) latest; due to go up 4lb and it's not hard to envisage him prospering in long-distance chases.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Fortescue

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Has slipped to a good mark and positives to take from three of his four runs this season, with his sole blip coming on good ground at Sandown last month; did little wrong here last time (3m2f, heavy) when finding just one too good under Harry Cobden; had wind surgery since; likely to go well provided he takes to the visor (replacing cheekpieces).

3/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Fortescue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Signed off last season in the Grand National (struggled); returned with pleasing efforts over 2m7f and 3m4f (both heavy) before finding good ground on the lively side at Sandown four weeks ago; dangerously well treated given he was a 10l fourth in last season's Becher at Aintree (3m2f) off 10lb higher and the stable form bodes well; strongly considered.

5/1

7th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Fortescue

11st 12lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

All wins at 3m but may ideally need further now, having raced mainly over extreme distances since last success; kept on for second at Haydock (3m4f, heavy) most recently; trip aside, his current mark is handy.

10/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Longhouse Poet

LAMBOURN:

Eclair Surf

RP Ratings:

Delta Work

Telegraph:

Mount Ida

Daily Record:

Run Wild Fred

WEST COUNTRY:

Fiddlerontheroof

THE NORTH:

Mighty Thunder

Daily Express:

Any Second Now

POSTDATA:

Snow Leopardess

TOPSPEED:

Romain De Senam

The Times:

Longhouse Poet

The Guardian:

Longhouse Poet

Daily Mail:

Longhouse Poet

The Star:

Eclair Surf

The Sun:

Delta Work