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Matt Hampson Foundation Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39389
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 8 runners
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Matt Hampson Foundation Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.20
  • Place: £1.70

Form: -12434

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Has yet to win beyond 2m1f but he seemed to see this trip out well when fourth to Coole Cody here last month; has an 8lb pull with the winner and he's always looked a more potent force on this drier ground, so wouldn't put it past him to reverse those placings; interesting.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Stolen Silver

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

prominent, hampered then stumbled 1st

11/1

1st

1

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Stolen Silver

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

prominent

7/1

15th

3

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Stolen Silver

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Sole completion this season came over C&D on New Year's Day when running well behind Midnight River; creditable fourth in this race 12 months ago and won a Grade 2 handicap here next time; has very good course form, therefore, but is now weighted to the hilt off career-high mark.

25/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 6-6P25 CD

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Reportedly unsuited by the good ground when failing to fire in the Cotswold Chase over 3m1f here last time but has commendable form figures of 112 over this C&D (all on soft ground), including an excellent effort off only 1lb lower on New Year's Day; could do with some rain but he's very much the class act.

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No / Draw
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Simply The Betts

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

First hurdle race for exactly five years; still a smart chaser as recently as April 2022 and reappearance last November was respectable, before one heavy defeat and an early unseat (the latter when trying headgear); too well handicapped to be discounted entirely but his stamina is unproven beyond 2m4f, after two attempts in 3m1f Grade 2 chases two winters back.

40/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 5lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Has some good form at this track, notably wins on this card and in the Plate in 2020 (for previous yard); below best in two races here this term but has possibilities if taking well to first-time headgear.

16/1

9th

4

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 8lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Has good form at this track, notably Plate win in 2020 (off this mark; for previous yard) and second in this contest last year; however, finished behind some of these rivals in the Paddy Power seven weeks ago and got trounced by Stolen Silver last April; opposed judged on those efforts.

16/1

Form: 2F1871 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

An 11yo who has never been better and he can't get enough of this place, enhancing an outstanding record here with victory in one of the Festival handicaps last month; stormed home by more than 6l despite edging right at most of his fences and looking held when headed three out; that was on soft ground and, while he handles this surface fine, he's probably at his best in the mud; another 7lb rise is a further headache.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

jumped slightly right throughout, led narrowly, joined 11th, ridden when headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

10/1

8th

11

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

The winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, including this contest (off 2lb higher on soft ground) 12 months ago; however, his Cheltenham form this season (three visits) has taken a turn for the worse, with advancing years a likely factor (now a 12yo).

25/1

10th

3

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Fortuitous success in two-runner Grade 2 at Ascot two starts ago; the winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, albeit off lower marks; less likely to bag another one now aged 12.

14/1

Form: 126438

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

All his four wins have come at about 2m, the latest at Ascot in October; ran perfectly well over this far at Warwick two outings back but he never turned up last time at Newbury and this is no easy race in which to bounce back.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

6

27th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Kempton

Amoola Gold

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Both wins last season came over hurdles, including Chepstow contest on final outing; hasn't won over fences since 2020 and current mark reflects a general decline in his form; very well handicapped on his useful best.

7/1

1st

1

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

12:45 Chepstow

Amoola Gold

11st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Very useful chaser at his best; very much on the downgrade now and was tailed off at Haydock last month but was able to exploit his novice hurdle status in three-runner contest at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) two starts ago and ought to play a leading role here.

11/10

6th

4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 67y

Class 3

17:20 Haydock

Amoola Gold

11st 10lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

No win since 2020 as a chaser and he's not been firing on all cylinders this season; won latest start but that came when 8-13 in a three-runner novice hurdle; acts on soft, unraced on heavy; down the weights (14lb lower than this time last year) but has questions to answer.

13/2

Form: 21-288 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Comfortable winner of this race on good ground 12 months ago when 5lb lower but that was after finishing second at Kempton, whereas this time he was very disappointing in the same race 25 days ago (on good); had started the season brightly, so if willing to turn a blind eye to last time then he would need considering.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

18th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

2m 6f 7y

Class 3

14:05 Stratford

Manofthemountain

11st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

prominent, niggled along when not fluent 2 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and weakened quickly approaching last (trainer said, regarding the poor form shown, that the gelding had a breathing problem)

1/3

6th

4

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 1

15:14 Market Rasen

Manofthemountain

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

led, headed before 1st, chased leaders 6th, left in lead 9th, headed 4 out, chased leader 3 out, ridden and weakened from 2 out

8/1

Form: 50/821

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 7yo with records of 4-7 over hurdles and 2-7 as a chaser; got himself back on track with a second on soft ground at Sandown and then beat three rivals with relative ease at Wincanton, despite reportedly not enjoying the good ground; all that was at about 2m but Daryl Jacob reckons this trip will suit him.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:31 Uttoxeter

Torpillo

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Seemingly back on track when winning four-runner race at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in March but safely held at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month and now has questions to answer again.

14/1

6th

8

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Torpillo

10st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Low-mileage 7yo with records of 4-7 over hurdles and 2-7 as a chaser; got himself back on track with a second on soft ground at Sandown and then beat three rivals with relative ease at Wincanton, despite reportedly not enjoying the good ground; all that was at about 2m but Daryl Jacob reckons this trip will suit him.

7/1

1st

1

21st Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

14:55 Wincanton

Torpillo

11st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Missed last season and was well beaten on reappearance outing in December but seemed to appreciate a drop in grade when second at Sandown (1m7f, soft; front pair well clear) last month; remains on a good mark but drying ground may not be ideal for him here.

2/1

OUR TIP

Form: 842-16 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Very capable chaser at about 2m4f but all his best British form is on soft or heavy ground and he hardly went a yard on good at Kempton last month; makes limited appeal unless 'good' disappears from the going description.

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2

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Espoir De Guye

12st 1lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Mrs N Sheppard

Struggled in Aintree Foxhunters' three weeks ago and is not one to rely upon heavily but his win at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) for Sam Loxton in February makes him of strong interest on this stable debut.

6/1

7

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Espoir De Guye

12st 0lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: S Loxton

Nothing like as good he was when at his peak for Venetia Williams and had luck on his side when beating last year's winner of this race at Wincanton in February (2m4f, soft); now has to bounce back from a shock defeat at Ludlow at the hands of Captain Tommy.

25/1

2nd

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

17:20 Ludlow

Espoir De Guye

12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: S Loxton

Smart in his prime and he got back on track with hunter chase win at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) last month; strong claims if repeating that form.

11/10

Form: -32243 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Respectable efforts this season but has yet to add to his two novice wins towards the end of 2020; couldn't describe him as well handicapped and he didn't improve for trying 2m4f (best form at shorter) on his penultimate run.

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2

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Cheddleton

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Won a four-runner chase at Newcastle in February (2m4f, heavy) and his pull-ups on either side of that were over hurdles; however, he's not as good as he was and this might be too big an ask.

16/1

2

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Cheddleton

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Slow-ground specialist; no longer the force of old but first-time cheekpieces enabled him to exploit a reduced mark in four-runner chase at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) last month; not sure to be in same mood here but remains well handicapped over hurdles.

8/1

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

15:27 Newcastle

Cheddleton

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, headway 10th, went second 4 out, pressed leader 3 out, challenging when ridden last, led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £103.00
Straight Forecast £104.60
Tricast £237.60
Trifecta £282.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stolen Silver

RP Ratings:

Simply The Betts

The Guardian:

Coole Cody

Daily Mirror:

Cheddleton

The Times:

Manofthemountain

TOPSPEED:

Stolen Silver

POSTDATA:

Stolen Silver

Daily Mail:

Stolen Silver

WEST COUNTRY:

Simply The Betts

Telegraph:

Simply The Betts

The Sun:

Simply The Betts

Daily Express:

Coole Cody

The Star:

Coole Cody

Daily Record:

Coole Cody