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13.44 Carlisle

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Robert Norman’s 40th Birthday Celebration Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3049.76
  • 2m 4f 198y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Robert Norman’s 40th Birthday Celebration Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

(Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 443114 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Took 17 attempts to open his account over fences but did so by 29l at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in February, and doubled up over that same C&D a few days later; had to settle for fourth in valuable series final here (2m4f, good) last month but that still goes down as a good effort, and he may still have more to offer.
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1st

5

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Ashjan

11st 3lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Sandy Forster

Took 17 attempts to open his account over fences but did so by 29l at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) in February, and doubled up over that same C&D a few days later; had to settle for fourth in valuable series final here (2m4f, good) last month but that still goes down as a good effort, and he may still have more to offer.

4th

8

27th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:36 Carlisle

Ashjan

10st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: Sandy Forster

Took 17 attempts to open his account over fences but did so by 29l at Sedgefield (2m5f, soft) last month, and doubled up over that same C&D a few days later; moves up in grade and is 1lb out of the weights today but he'll be fine on the quicker surface and something seems to have clicked.

9/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: -975P4 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Well below best form for new stable this season, and came off the bridle quite a long way from home before keeping on for modest fourth over hurdles at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft) in February; continues to slip down the weights and has cheekpieces refitted for today's return to chasing but others have less to prove.
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2nd

4

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Mustang Alpha

11st 4lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Well below best form for new stable this season, and came off the bridle quite a long way from home before keeping on for modest fourth over hurdles at Hereford (2m3f, good to soft) in February; continues to slip down the weights and has cheekpieces refitted for today's return to chasing but others have less to prove.

4th

10

27th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Mustang Alpha

10st 8lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Won 2m5f handicap hurdle here for Jamie Snowden in November 2020; very well treated on that form but has struggled since joining current yard and was pulled up in first-time blinkers on latest start; no headgear here and continues to drop in the weights but recent displays are offputting.

16/1

2

31st Jan 2022

Good

2m 0f 214y

Class 5

14:10 Plumpton

Mustang Alpha

11st 11lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Successful in 3m point and 2m5f handicap hurdle (off 8lb higher) for previous yards; well below best in three starts in cheekpieces for new stable (chase debut latest); however, has possibilities if he proves suited by this experiment (drops back in trip with new headgear applied).

7/1

  • Place: £12.70

Form: P/96P-

Last run: 519 days

W: 10st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Unplaced all 11 hurdle starts and not seen since pulled up in first-time cheekpieces (now discarded) in November 2020; 1lb out of the weights for today's chasing debut; can't be recommended.
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3rd

10

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Black Market

10st 0lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: John Norton

Unplaced all 11 hurdle starts and not seen since pulled up in first-time cheekpieces (now discarded) in November 2020; 1lb out of the weights for today's chasing debut; can't be recommended.

Form: 35P3P5

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Safely held at Market Rasen (2m5f, good to soft) last month and now 0-4 over fences (0-15 overall) but has been given plenty of help by the handicapper this season and today's return to good ground ought to suit; not ruled out.
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1st

5

3rd Jul 2022

Good

2m 3f 34y

Class 4

15:35 Market Rasen

Who’s The Guv’Nor

10st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

held up in behind leaders, hit 9th, went third 4 out, chased leader 3 out, pushed along and led 2 out, 5 lengths ahead last, kept on well

11/10

2nd

6

17th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

15:55 Market Rasen

Who’s The Guv’Nor

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

led, ridden when headed 2 out, soon held but kept on

5/2

6th

8

6th May 2022

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

16:10 Market Rasen

Who’s The Guv’Nor

11st 1lb

J: Alain Cawley

T: Micky Hammond

Form: P32223

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Below form when well-held third at Newcastle last month and now 0-7 over fences but was second three consecutive times beforehand (2m3f-3m, good-soft); contender if back on song here.
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2nd

3

18th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 100y

Class 5

16:05 Warwick

Aire Valley Lad

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sue Smith

Runner-up three times in the winter but not as good in latest two starts and now 0-9 over fences; will need to produce better although has Brian Hughes on board for the first time.

7/1

5th

3

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Aire Valley Lad

11st 6lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

Below form when well-held third at Newcastle last month and now 0-7 over fences but was second three consecutive times beforehand (2m3f-3m, good-soft); contender if back on song here.

3rd

7

8th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

13:30 Newcastle

Aire Valley Lad

10st 13lb

J: Thomas Willmott

T: Sue Smith

First attempt at 3m when fair second at Market Rasen (soft), the latest of four successive placed efforts; more needed off same mark but not ruled out.

7/1

Form: 546F04 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Best Ashjan to win over fences at Hexham (2m4f, soft) last May but generally disappointing since; safely held when fourth of five here (2m4f, good to soft) in first-time blinkers (retained) last month and may not be ideally suited by today's quicker ground.
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11th

6

30th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

20:20 Hexham

Holme Abbey

10st 7lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Nicky Richards

Scored off 8lb higher over C&D (soft) just under a year ago but generally very disappointing since; finished tired at Carlisle (2m5f, good) a fortnight ago and will need to up his game here; cheekpieces replace blinkers.

6th

8

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Holme Abbey

10st 7lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Nicky Richards

Best Ashjan to win over fences at Hexham (2m4f, soft) last May but generally disappointing since; safely held when fourth of five here (2m4f, good to soft) in first-time blinkers (retained) last month and may not be ideally suited by today's quicker ground.

4th

5

10th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Carlisle

Holme Abbey

10st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won at Hexham (2m4f, soft) last May and he's feasibly treated on that form, but he's failed to shine on his last two completed starts (tailed off over hurdles last time); tried cheekpieces last time, blinkers go on today.

20/1

Form: 04P9U4

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish 7yo who is 0-10 over fences; shaped as though he might be better suited by this stiffer track when fourth at Sedgefield (2m3f, good) last month, his third run for Hugh Burns, but others here have more pressing claims.
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5th

6

11th Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

16:20 Hexham

Henry Brown

11st 4lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Hugh Burns

towards rear, still plenty to do but going easily 4 out, outpaced and pushed along before 3 out, minor headway from 2 out, never dangerous

6/1

6th

10

28th May 2022

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

17:39 Cartmel

Henry Brown

10st 11lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Hugh Burns

20/1

2nd

10

11th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

19:10 Perth

Henry Brown

10st 10lb

J: Callum Bewley

T: Hugh Burns

Form: 0-708

Last run: 116 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Very lightly raced since good-ground Irish point win in 2019, and was soundly beaten in three novice/maiden hurdles towards end of last year (2m4f-2m5f); had wind surgery in January and now makes chase/handicap debut from a lowly mark; worth a glance in the betting.
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3rd

9

5th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 5

13:15 Worcester

Largy Fix

10st 3lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tim Reed

8th

9

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Largy Fix

10st 3lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Tim Reed

Very lightly raced since good-ground Irish point win in 2019, and was soundly beaten in three novice/maiden hurdles towards end of last year (2m4f-2m5f); had wind surgery in January and now makes chase/handicap debut from a lowly mark; worth a glance in the betting.

8th

8

21st Dec 2021

Soft

2m 5f 91y

Class 4

13:40 Ayr

Largy Fix

10st 12lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tim Reed

Won an Irish maiden point in May 2019 but then absent until this April and he's struggled on his three rules start.

100/1

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Form: 62P-9P

Last run: 106 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Unexposed after only nine starts but began his chasing career with two very disappointing runs in late 2021 (cheekpieces added on latter occasion); dropped in grade today and can't be written off just yet but he's untested on ground quicker than good to soft (best form was on heavy) and ...
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4th

1

29th Jun 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Worcester

Lamanver Storm

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent in chasing group, chased winner 8th, not fluent 4 out, soon ridden, lost second and not fluent 3 out, lost third and weakened 2 out

20/1

5th

2

2nd Jun 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:42 Uttoxeter

Lamanver Storm

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent, mistake 4 out, soon ridden, weakened after 3 out

6/1

1

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Lamanver Storm

11st 12lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Tom Lacey

Unexposed after only nine starts but began his chasing career with two very disappointing runs in late 2021 (cheekpieces added on latter occasion); dropped in grade today and can't be written off just yet but he's untested on ground quicker than good to soft (best form was on heavy) and ...

Form: 122143

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
In good form over hurdles and fences since last summer's wind op, collecting three wins (all on good ground at Sedgefield) along the way; effective on this track too and ought to make his presence felt again.
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2

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 198y

Class 5

13:44 Carlisle

Just Call Me Al

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Gillian Boanas

In good form over hurdles and fences since last summer's wind op, collecting three wins (all on good ground at Sedgefield) along the way; effective on this track too and ought to make his presence felt again.

3rd

3

15th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

15:10 Sedgefield

Just Call Me Al

11st 12lb

J: Tom Midgley

T: Gillian Boanas

Winner over hurdles (twice) and fences here this season; probably found soft going against him at Catterick last time; one for the short list back here if rain stays away.

7/2

4th

7

14th Feb 2022

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 4

13:30 Catterick

Just Call Me Al

10st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Gillian Boanas

Triple winner at Sedgefield this season, the first twice over hurdles and most recently in a chase last month (2m3f, good); could still be well handicapped over fences and commands respect.

2/1

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Payout
Exacta £238.00
Straight Forecast £231.10
Tricast £7863.50
Trifecta £6139.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Ashjan

The Times:

Mustang Alpha

The Guardian:

Just Call Me Al

TOPSPEED:

Aire Valley Lad

The Star:

Holme Abbey

Daily Express:

Mustang Alpha

Daily Record:

Just Call Me Al

RP Ratings:

Ashjan

POSTDATA:

Ashjan

Telegraph:

Ashjan

Daily Mail:

Ashjan

Daily Mirror:

Ashjan

The Sun:

Ashjan