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Alfa Aggregate Products Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4356.8
  • 3m 0f 5y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Alfa Aggregate Products Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 9-P743

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Respectable fourth over hurdles when fitted with cheekpieces in February but beaten about 32l when third on subsequent chasing debut at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) and will need a better performance from 2lb out of the weights here.

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2nd

7

25th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

11:50 Huntingdon

Oceans Red

10st 5lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

0-7 over hurdles as opposed to 3-12 in chases, and he hasn't been at his best over fences on his last three starts; however, he ran well for a fair way at Sedgefield (3m3f) last month in a race he won last year, and that was his first start since May; has a lower hurdle mark and is not discounted.

7/2

5th

3

11th Oct 2023

Good

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

16:05 Sedgefield

Oceans Red

11st 8lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

took keen hold, led, headed but prominent before 4th, outpaced after 3 out, weakened from 2 out

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -12434 C

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles here (2m3f, soft) last spring and was second here (2m4f, good to soft) on chasing debut in October; disappointed over 3m when last in action but still enters calculations.

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3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:05 Ludlow

On The Platform

11st 3lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Belinda Clarke

Winning hurdler but has had plenty of chances over fences (0-15) and his third at Hereford last time was remote (3m1f, good); he did at least run well on his last visit here when runner-up in November.

6/1

3rd

4

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

13:37 Hereford

On The Platform

11st 3lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Belinda Clarke

0-14 over fences but ran well when keeping-on second at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) in November and his subsequent defeat on heavy ground is not viewed harshly; could have a say.

7/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 333643 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Won on chasing debut at Ludlow (3m, good) in November and is now 3lb lower, despite holding his form pretty well since; won't mind if the ground softens; each-way claims at least.

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6

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Family Pot

10st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sheila Lewis

Well suited by Hereford and defied higher marks twice here in February 2023; inconsistent since but this may prove one of his better days, with Sam Twiston-Davies up for first time; interesting.

7/1

5th

5

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

Family Pot

11st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Sheila Lewis

Has struggled more often than not this season and he was pulled up at Huntingdon a fortnight ago; however, this two-time course winner was a good third over C&D (soft) two starts ago and could be a contender now back here if the first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) have a positive effect.

9/1

10

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:10 Huntingdon

Family Pot

10st 11lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Sheila Lewis

held up in rear, niggled along briefly 6th

14/1

Form: 333P32

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Won by 11l off today's mark at Hexham (2m4f, good) last June and has made the frame on five of her seven subsequent outings, most recently when very respectable second to useful rival over C&D (soft) last month; dropped in grade today and could be very difficult to beat.

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8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Finished with a flourish to win lower-grade version of this race a year ago and followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; back down to a similar mark now but posed no threat behind Half Shot here in November, after a break, and has been off for another 65 days since.

11/1

6th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual C&D winner in two small-field events last season; acts on good or slower; absent since may and has had wind surgery; goes well when fresh and should be competitive from this mark.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 3U2154

Last run: 7 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Capitalised upon some significant help from the handicapper when beating three rivals at Leicester (2m4f, soft) in early March but well beaten twice since and not an easy one to predict.

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5th

2

9th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 5

15:08 Bangor-on-Dee

Star Of Rory

12st 2lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: John Groucott

Capitalised upon some significant help from the handicapper when beating three rivals at Leicester (2m4f, soft) in early March but well beaten twice since and not an easy one to predict.

14/1

4th

2

2nd Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:27 Chepstow

Star Of Rory

11st 10lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: John Groucott

Has similar profile to Ballinsker, in that he needed quite a bit of help from the handicapper before gaining his first chase win; went back up only 2lb for his small-field success at Leicester (2m4f, soft) last month and should be fine on today's quicker surface but needs to bounce back from a duff effort three weeks ago.

5/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

15:06 Hereford

Star Of Rory

11st 2lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: John Groucott

14l adrift of Keep Rolling when second at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good) in January but opened chasing account in small-field contest at Leicester (2m4f, soft) this month; the winning form probably isn't anything to get too excited about but he's only 2lb higher here and remains very well treated on hurdling form.

4/1

Form: -98173 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Rewarded persistent ride when winning on chasing debut at Fakenham (2m5f, good to soft) in January but safely held twice since and now sports blinkers; others look safer.

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1st

4

3rd May 2022

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

14:30 Fakenham

Ajays Ways

11st 8lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Fergal O’Brien

6th

6

9th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 5

15:08 Bangor-on-Dee

Ajays Ways

10st 13lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Fergal O’Brien

Rewarded persistent ride when winning on chasing debut at Fakenham (2m5f, good to soft) in January but safely held twice since and now sports blinkers; others look safer.

10/1

3rd

4

18th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 5

16:25 Fakenham

Ajays Ways

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Fergal O’Brien

Ex-pointer; 0-7 over hurdles before making a winning chasing debut here (2m5f, good to soft; from a 4lb lower mark) in January; slightly disappointing when a beaten favourite at Doncaster subsequently, while stamina reserves have to be taken purely on trust on first ever attempt beyond 3m.

3/1

Form: 7-4PP5

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

0-8 under rules; pulled up on chase debut in February (2m) and was tailed off when reverting to hurdles last month; cheekpieces refitted today; others have much more obvious claims.

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6th

6

3rd Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Ingeborg Zilling

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sheila Lewis

Holds very weak claims on her rules form and lacks recent match practice having been absent for 11 months; long way out of the handicap to boot; the least likely winner.

33/1

8th

9

7th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

19:50 Warwick

Ingeborg Zilling

10st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Sheila Lewis

Won a point in 2020 but unplaced all nine starts under rules; well beaten when 100-1 for Bangor chase won by Oceans Red four weeks ago (3m, good; refitted cheekpieces) and effectively only 3lb lower from out of the weights here; no headgear this time.

50/1

7

22nd Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Ingeborg Zilling

10st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Sheila Lewis

Form: 573512

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Responded very well to first-time cheekpieces when wide-margin winner at Chepstow (3m2f, heavy) in February and found only another significant improver too strong when clear second there (2m7f, good to soft) last month; major player here if the headgear continues to have a positive effect.

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13

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Mr Katanga

10st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won by 47l in first-time cheekpieces here (3m2f, heavy) just over a year ago; well below that form this season but didn't run badly over 3m2f here (good; behind Tudors Treasure) in first-time blinkers last month and today's slower ground is in his favour.

9/1

5th

8

25th Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:17 Chepstow

Mr Katanga

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Galloped rivals into the ground when winning a division of this 12 months ago (heavy; first-time cheekpieces) but the boot has been on the other foot this winter and he again ran moderately last time (first-time tongue-tie, now left off); ringing the changes with blinkers but has much to prove.

6/1

7th

8

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Mr Katanga

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Best effort this season when third, albeit no match for the first two, over C&D (soft) in November; easy winner at Chepstow last February but recent form is below that level; tongue-tie added.

10/1

Form: 05-362 BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

0-4 in chases and 0-22 overall but was second on stable debut at Warwick (2m4f, heavy) in February, despite making some notable jumping errors; will be suited by the quicker ground here and could be very dangerous if more fluent this time.

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9th

15

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:53 Southwell

Daranova

10st 3lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Gary Hanmer

Generally very disappointing since his quick double at Bangor in May 2022, and was over 30l behind Tom Creen when fifth of sixth over C&D (good to soft) in January; revival needed.

25/1

5th

9

17th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

12:30 Southwell

Daranova

10st 3lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Gary Hanmer

Won two 3m chases at Bangor in 2022; patchy form since; well treated and capable of going well but needs to bounce back after being pulled up last time.

20/1

Form: /5P-P9

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Ran fairly well over hurdles on stable debut in March 2021 but has struggled on all three subsequent outings; swaps blinkers for first-time cheekpices here; very difficult to enthuse over.

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5

9th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 5

15:08 Bangor-on-Dee

Monition

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: John Groucott

Ran fairly well over hurdles on stable debut in March 2021 but has struggled on all three subsequent outings; swaps blinkers for first-time cheekpices here; very difficult to enthuse over.

40/1

9th

11

23rd Mar 2022

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

Monition

10st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: John Groucott

Respectable fifth in this race on stable debut a year ago (first run since 2019) but pulled up on both subsequent appearances, more recently in a chase in December; big leap of faith required to support him at present.

40/1

3

20th Jan 2022

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

13:00 Ludlow

Monition

11st 10lb

J: NON-RUNNER

T: John Groucott

0-21 under rules; trained for most of his career by Gordon Elliott; some promise on first start for current yard but pulled up (hurdles and fences) twice since; now wears a visor (blinkered five times in Ireland); big leap of faith required to back him.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £289.00
Straight Forecast £257.80
Tricast £1302.60
Trifecta £1740.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Daranova

Telegraph:

Mr Katanga

The Times:

On The Platform

TOPSPEED:

Family Pot

SPOTLIGHT:

Methodtothemadness

Daily Mail:

On The Platform

The Sun:

Mr Katanga

The Star:

Mr Katanga

POSTDATA:

Daranova

The Guardian:

Daranova

Daily Express:

Daranova

Daily Mirror:

Daranova

Daily Record:

Daranova