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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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6th

9

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 28y

Class 5

16:00 Hexham

Ashjan

10st 4lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Sandy Forster

Ex-Irish; has won three chases for this yard, the latest at Carlisle in April 2022 (2m5f, good); creditable fourth over hurdles from well out of the handicap on same track last month, but went up the ratings following that and others now look better treated.

14/1

6th

9

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

Ashjan

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Sandy Forster

Not the most reliable these days but was under 5l away in a C&D handicap three weeks ago when a stone out of the weights (behind Masked Crusader); remains to be seen if that flattered him and he's off the same mark here.

14/1

4th

12

7th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

14:05 Carlisle

Ashjan

10st 2lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Sandy Forster

A three-time winner over fences (around 2m4f) in early 2022; not the most reliable nowadays but he wasn't disgraced back hurdling when fifth in 2m4f Sedgefield handicap last month; a stone out of the handicap here, however.

40/1

  • 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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9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Black Market

10st 2lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: John Norton

Regressive maiden who has pulled up over fences and hurdles on his last two starts some 514 days apart; no obvious appeal.

66/1

10

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

15:20 Stratford

Black Market

10st 5lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: John Norton

Well handicapped on his best form, but hasn't been out for 514 days and doesn't look an obvious candidate.

50/1

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

3

1st Sep 2022

Good To Firm

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

15:30 Sedgefield

Whos The GuvNor

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

chased leader, not fluent 6th, left in lead 9th, hampered by loose horse and steadied after 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and went clear approaching last, pushed out

6/4

9th

1

13th Aug 2022

Good

2m 6f 191y

Class 5

18:40 Market Rasen

Whos The GuvNor

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Micky Hammond

prominent, ridden home turn, led narrowly omitted last, soon headed and weakened quickly

5/2

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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1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Aire Valley Lad

12st 6lb

J: Mr Gary Derwin

T: J J M Winston

prominent, bumped and squeezed out 1st, lost position gradually after 6th, dropped to last and pushed along 10th

50/1

8th

3

5th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 5

16:07 Carlisle

Aire Valley Lad

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

bumped start

14/1

0

10

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

15:25 Wetherby

Aire Valley Lad

10st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Well backed when reverting to fences at Newcastle (2m7f, soft) in November and bounced back to form with a win; his inconsistent profile is a concern but he remains well treated back up 5lb and has won over C&D.

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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0

8

22nd Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

15:15 Sedgefield

Henry Brown

10st 2lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Hugh Burns

Won a 3m chase on good ground at Hexham 13 months ago; mixed bag since and, although conditions shouldn't faze him, he could have shown more at Perth in August when last seen.

8/1

0

8

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Perth

Henry Brown

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Hugh Burns

1-23 over fences but creditable efforts on last five starts, the last two over 3m at Hexham; on a career-low mark and not out of this.

10/1

2nd

6

23rd May 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

19:50 Hexham

Henry Brown

10st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Hugh Burns

Poor strike-rate over fences but ran okay behind Gibberwell here last month on soft ground and last September's C&D success came on good; should feature despite being 2lb wrong.

9/2

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

OUR TIP

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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8th

2

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

18:00 Worcester

Lamanver Storm

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Had some dispiriting experiences over fences and failed to complete in three of seven attempts but he has shown ability as a chaser and his latest second to an in-form rival at Southwell (2m4f, good) was more encouraging; should be thereabouts.

9/2

2nd

2

18th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

18:05 Southwell

Lamanver Storm

11st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

held up in rear, headway before 5th

12/1

5

15th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:15 Hereford

Lamanver Storm

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent, fell 1st

16/1

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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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