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bet365 Josh Gifford Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 4f 10y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Josh Gifford Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: -103P3 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Has only won a Plumpton novice over fences (1-11) but he has placed form off higher marks than today's and he kept plugging away be third (beaten 14l) when sent off favourite at Kempton (2m4f, good) a month ago; has run well here before and very much considered.
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1st

7

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Up The Straight

10st 12lb

J: James Davies

T: Richard Rowe

Has only won a Plumpton novice over fences (1-11) but he has placed form off higher marks than today's and he kept plugging away be third (beaten 14l) when sent off favourite at Kempton (2m4f, good) a month ago; has run well here before and very much considered.

13/2

3rd

10

19th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton

Up The Straight

10st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Richard Rowe

Capable at 2m4f on his day but has twice finished behind Manofthemountain at Cheltenham in the last 12 months and was pulled up at Sandown in January; however, is well handicapped if he should happen to revive.

10/1

6

8th Jan 2022

Heavy

1m 7f 119y

Class 2

13:50 Sandown

Up The Straight

11st 2lb

Only 1-9 over fences but he's capable of useful form and he ran a cracker when second over 2m4f here (soft; no extra run-in; pulled 28l clear of third) last March; highly tried in major handicap at Cheltenham and Grade 2 novice at Ascot on his last two starts, but his mark has quickly fallen and he's interesting back at the scene of that best effort.

7/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 215514 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
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2nd

4

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Jacamar

11st 6lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

10/1

2

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Jacamar

11st 4lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Milton Harris

Successful in 2m4f handicaps at Kempton on Boxing Day and Leicester last month; found things harder in Grade 2 at Ayr last Saturday; faces another difficult task.

33/1

4th

5

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:00 Ayr

Jacamar

11st 0lb

J: Mitchell Bastyan

T: Milton Harris

Record of 2-4 (in handicaps) since wearing cheekpieces, the wins gained over 2m4f at Kempton on Boxing Day and Leicester last month; has the worst chance on ratings but not by a great deal and he may have more to offer in the retained headgear; not dismissed.

11/2

Form: 392261 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
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3rd

2

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Beakstown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

5/2

1st

6

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:30 Ayr

Beakstown

10st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

6th

13

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Beakstown

10st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

0-8 over fences and, having returned from a long absence this season, he hasn't quite managed to recapture his very best old form; however, he's run some solid races over 2m4f (good/good to soft) and perhaps today's step up in trip will help him unlock some of his previous ability; not discounted.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 53132U D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
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4th

3

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Flic Ou Voyou

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

5/1

4

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:30 Ayr

Flic Ou Voyou

11st 4lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

2nd

2

12th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Flic Ou Voyou

11st 7lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

It was only a match he won at Doncaster in November (2m3f, good to soft) but even so it was disappointing to see him beaten quite so far back there the following month; perhaps a break will have done him good but, on chasing achievements, he has to raise his game.

12/1

Form: 705-12

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Dual Flat/hurdles winner; ridden out to make a winning debut over fences at Leicester (2m, good to soft) but couldn't follow up off his revised mark in a handicap back there; 1lb lower for this but it's a tougher assignment.
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5th

6

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Nelson River

11st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Tony Carroll

Dual Flat/hurdles winner; ridden out to make a winning debut over fences at Leicester (2m, good to soft) but couldn't follow up off his revised mark in a handicap back there; 1lb lower for this but it's a tougher assignment.

10/1

2nd

2

11th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:05 Leicester

Nelson River

10st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Tony Carroll

Dual Flat/hurdles winner who belied his market position (20-1 outsider of four) in C&D novice chase last month, taking well to fences at the first attempt; the bare form of that win suggests a 9lb rise is manageable back at handicap level; respected.

5/4

1st

3

17th Feb 2022

Soft

1m 7f 201y

Class 3

14:45 Leicester

Nelson River

11st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Tony Carroll

Fairly useful dual hurdle winner (2m/2m1f) who ran respectably on the Flat (2m, AW) last month; this looks a tough enough assignment on his chase debut and he could be one for another day; his hurdle wins have come on good/good to soft.

8/1

Form: 11113F D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
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1st

7

26th Jun 2022

Good

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:30 Uttoxeter

Presentandcounting

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

chased leader, clear with one other from 2nd, briefly led 6th, led again and went clear before 3 out, pushed along briefly before 2 out, easily

15/8

2nd

2

18th Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

16:07 Perth

Presentandcounting

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

held up in rear, became detached 7th, headway after 12th, disputing third home turn, went second and ridden after 2 out, drifted right last, stayed on

7/4

9th

2

29th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

15:31 Uttoxeter

Presentandcounting

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Took very well to chasing last spring/summer, winning five times (usually from the front); never got into a rhythm after early jumping errors at Sandown last month but can do much better and is on a good mark now.

10/1

Form: 315111 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Made all on chasing debut at Kempton (2m4f, good; jumped well) in November and has won two small-field handicaps in the meantime; has to deal with a 6lb rise but it was an eyecatching RPR last time the horse he beat last won a match earlier this week; considered.
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5

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:40 Sandown

Brief Ambition

11st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Made all on chasing debut at Kempton (2m4f, good; jumped well) in November and has won two small-field handicaps in the meantime; has to deal with a 6lb rise but it was an eyecatching RPR last time the horse he beat last won a match earlier this week; considered.

3/1

1st

2

28th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:20 Ludlow

Brief Ambition

11st 3lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Created good impression when making all on chasing debut at Kempton (2m4f, good; jumped well) in November, then followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; will be hard to catch if returning from four-month break in similar form.

5/4

4

23rd Mar 2022

Good

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:35 Haydock

Brief Ambition

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Fergal O’Brien

His form has gone to the next level since being switched to fences and he's 2-2 in this sphere following wins at Kempton (2m4f, good) and Ludlow (2m4f, good; albeit a match) in November; returns from a break with the drying ground in his favour and this progressive 8yo could have more to offer.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £351.00
Straight Forecast £322.80
Trifecta £1544.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Up The Straight

WEST COUNTRY:

Brief Ambition

Telegraph:

Beakstown

POSTDATA:

Flic Ou Voyou

TOPSPEED:

Jacamar

The Star:

Brief Ambition

Daily Record:

Brief Ambition

The Guardian:

Flic Ou Voyou

RP Ratings:

Up The Straight

The Times:

Up The Straight

Daily Mirror:

Up The Straight

Daily Mail:

Beakstown

Daily Express:

Beakstown