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19:40 Kempton

Good

Racing TV Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2566.5
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 5
  • 5 runners
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Racing TV Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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5/4 (Won)

  • Win: £1.84
  • Place: £1.10

Form: -134P1

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Chase and dual hurdle winner when trained in France, and beat useful rival to make winning British debut in Ludlow hunter chase (3m, soft) six weeks ago; unraced on ground quicker than soft but ought to cope with today's drop back in trip; leading contender.

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4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Gesskille

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very effective in cheekpieces but has gone 2-2 since fitted with blinkers, winning a Listed chase in France before enhancing his excellent record over Aintree's Grand National fences with a 2l success in last month's Grand Sefton (2m5f, heavy); the mud is by no means a necessity for him to show his best form and he seems to possess the tools for a test of this nature provided he gets home (unraced beyond 3m2f when keeping on); high on the list.

4/1

1st

5

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

14:45 Aintree

Gesskille

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Had form on heavy in France; beaten a nose in this race last year and also runner-up in the 3m2f Becher here last December, both on good to soft; off the boil afterwards, including in the C&D Topham in April, but he returned from three months off with a narrow win when blinkers replaced cheekpieces at Auteuil (2m6f, very soft) in September, suggesting he is back in the mix.

11/4

5

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Gesskille

11st 6lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

led narrowly, prominent when headed 8th, ridden after 9th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out

10/1

12/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form: 1F370P D

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Fairly useful pointer/hunter chaser when trained in Ireland, and has good claims here if judged on 8l success at last spring's Punchestown festival (2m4f, yielding); can easily be excused last month's Cheltenham defeat but he started off for David O'Brien with two disappointing point runs in December and needs to prove his well-being.

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10

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr David O’Brien

T: David O’Brien

A declining force last year and he was pulled up at Warwick; others preferred.

100/1

0

7

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:15 Warwick

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr David O’Brien

T: David O’Brien

Placed in hunter chases (2m4f/2m) for David Brace in April 2022 but wasn't in the same form last year and looks vulnerable against the best of these.

33/1

Form: -41334 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 12st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

No longer the force of old but won two-runner hunter chase at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in February and didn't badly when fourth of five at Exeter (3m, good) last week; may find 2m4f on good ground here a bit sharp, though.

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4

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

15:50 Haydock

West Approach

11st 11lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Nothing like the force of old and his only win in the last three seasons came in a two-runner hunter chase in February 2022; runner-up in a small-field handicap in December but that's probably not good enough form and he was soundly beaten 12 days ago.

12/1

8th

1

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:00 Wincanton

West Approach

12st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very smart chaser three seasons ago but only win since then came in a two-runner hunter chase over C&D last February; wouldn't be the obvious answer under top weight.

10/1

1

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

11:55 Doncaster

West Approach

12st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Smart in his prime but his only win from eight hunter chases this year (under Freddie Gingell) was in a match; however, he is well treated on his best 2022 form and was a respectable second back in a handicap at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) on his recent return after 192 days off; looks interesting if he can build on that and this step back up in trip is a positive.

13/2

Form: /55-71

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime and comes here after making all in good-quality hunter chase at Leicester (2m, good to soft) last month; ought to be even better suited by today's faster ground and should be okay over the longer trip; can make his presence felt.

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2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

17:35 Stratford

Capitaine

12st 2lb

J: Mr Peter Bryan

T: Georgina Nicholls

didn't always jump with fluency, led, headed but prominent before 5th

7/1

8

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Capitaine

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Barry Brennan

Smart in his prime; not nearly so good nowadays but he still made all in a hunter chase at Leicester (2m, good to soft) in March; folded tamely in two subsequent runs in the spring but he's since moved stables and can't be discounted after seven months off from a career-low mark.

33/1

5th

2

27th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

17:35 Stratford

Capitaine

12st 2lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Ms Georgina Nicholls

Very useful hurdler/chaser in his prime; first past the post in this race a year ago (disqualified after jockey failed to draw correct weight) and made all in good-quality hunter chase at Leicester (2m, good to soft) in March; spoiled chance by racing far too freely over 2m4f on latest outing but has good claims if he settles better this time.

4/1

Form: 7244FP

Last run: 176 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Fair chaser on good ground at his best but became disappointing for Philip Hobbs and, following a five-month break, was soundly beaten in a recent point for new connections.

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5th

6

5th Sep 2022

Good

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

15:30 Newton Abbot

Pointed And Sharp

11st 0lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Mark Gillard

midfield, ridden before 6th, lost touch after 3 out, tailed off

40/1

4

16th Jul 2022

Good

2m 1f 61y

Class 5

15:34 Cartmel

Pointed And Sharp

11st 6lb

J: James Davies

T: Mark Gillard

chased leaders, slow jump 7th, soon ridden and weakened quickly, pulled up before 3 out

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £102.00
Straight Forecast £97.90
Trifecta £213.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Capitaine

RP Ratings:

Gesskille

POSTDATA:

West Approach

The Times:

Gesskille

The Guardian:

Gesskille

Daily Express:

Gesskille

Daily Mirror:

Gesskille

TOPSPEED:

Capitaine

Daily Mail:

Capitaine

The Sun:

Capitaine

The Star:

Capitaine

Daily Record:

Capitaine

WEST COUNTRY:

West Approach

Telegraph:

West Approach