April 29 / 20.10 Cheltenham

20.10 Cheltenham

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Gloucestershire Royal Hussars Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2823.15
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 5
  • 11 runners
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Gloucestershire Royal Hussars Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.90
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 85231- D

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Behind Stratagem when second at Ludlow (2m4f, good) last month and behind Ami Debois when third at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) four weeks ago but ran well on both occasions; comes here after easy win in three-runner contest back at Ludlow (3m, good) last week and has each-way claims at least.
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1st

9

27th May 2022

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Solomon Grey

12st 0lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: Miss V Collins

Useful handicapper when with Dan Skelton; not an instant success in hunter chases for new stable this year but won his last two races in good style, the latter at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) four weeks ago; contests stronger race and has stamina to prove here, but not ruled out in current mood.

6/4

1st

7

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Solomon Grey

11st 13lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: Miss V Collins

Behind Stratagem when second at Ludlow (2m4f, good) last month and behind Ami Debois when third at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) four weeks ago but ran well on both occasions; comes here after easy win in three-runner contest back at Ludlow (3m, good) last week and has each-way claims at least.

8/1

1st

3

20th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:50 Ludlow

Solomon Grey

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Miss V Collins

Useful chaser for Dan Skelton and has run well in most recent two hunter chases for this stable; had Bletchley Castle behind here last month and very respectable third at Newbury since; every chance.

9/4

5/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: F/651- D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Very useful handicapper in his prime; long in the tooth now and has become very inconsistent in recent years but proved he retains significant ability when winning on hunter chase debut at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) four weeks ago.
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2nd

6

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Ami Desbois

11st 13lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Very useful handicapper in his prime; long in the tooth now and has become very inconsistent in recent years but proved he retains significant ability when winning on hunter chase debut at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) four weeks ago.

5/1

1st

3

1st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 6

13:20 Newbury

Ami Desbois

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

5th

1

11th Feb 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Ami Desbois

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Fergal O’Brien

12yo who was tailed off on his reappearance at Chepstow in December and it's hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he might have needed the run and is on a handy mark judged on his seconds in two competitive handicaps early last year (3m, good to soft); not ruled out.

14/1

40/1

  • Place: £7.00

Form: 42224-

Last run: 39 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Useful chase and dual hurdle winner at around 2m when trained by Dan Skelton but changed hands for £28,000 after two below-par runs in March and has stamina to prove on today's stable/hunter chase debut.
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1

22nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

13:35 Worcester

Across The Line

12st 2lb

J: Thomas Doggrell

T: Syd Hosie

Stratford hunter chase winner last month but well beaten in a Newton Abbot handicap 12 days ago; this is a drop in class but clearly needs to step up markedly on that latest display.

12/1

6th

6

10th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

18:51 Newton Abbot

Across The Line

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Syd Hosie

in rear, headway and in touch with leaders after 7th, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened

8/1

Form: 3/P12- D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Very useful novice chaser in 2020-21 season and bounced back from very disappointing hunter chase debut when easily beating Solomon Grey at Ludlow (2m4f, good) last month; not discredited when close second at Warwick (2m4f, good) since and is a leading contender here.
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1st

1

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 6

13:30 Southwell

Stratagem

12st 8lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Very useful novice chaser in 2020-21 season and bounced back from very disappointing hunter chase debut when winning easily at Ludlow (2m4f, good) in March; slightly disappointing when only fourth at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month but this race is less competitive; major player if stamina holds out over new trip.

5/2

4th

4

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Stratagem

12st 2lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Very useful novice chaser in 2020-21 season and bounced back from very disappointing hunter chase debut when easily beating Solomon Grey at Ludlow (2m4f, good) last month; not discredited when close second at Warwick (2m4f, good) since and is a leading contender here.

9/4

2nd

1

31st Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 6

16:25 Warwick

Stratagem

12st 6lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced 6yo who showed some useful form as a novice chaser last season; ran poorly on his hunter chase debut in January but he showed plenty of zest in winning as he liked at Ludlow (2m4f, good) last Wednesday and he's probably the one to beat.

5/6

Form: 4/2UU- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Belied 200-1 odds when fourth behind Cousin Pascal over the big Aintree fences last spring and backed up that performance with very respectable second in this race (good ground); some way below that form in points in November-February, though, and unseated rider when back at Aintree this month.
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3rd

4

27th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

Clondaw Westie

11st 4lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

5/1

5th

8

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Clondaw Westie

11st 10lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Belied 200-1 odds when fourth behind Cousin Pascal over the big Aintree fences last spring and backed up that performance with very respectable second in this race (good ground); some way below that form in points in November-February, though, and unseated rider when back at Aintree this month.

14/1

4

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Clondaw Westie

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Nothing in this season's pointing form to suggest he can figure but belied 200-1 odds when fourth in this a year ago; repeat not impossible.

40/1

Form: /3/23- D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Useful handicapper in his prime and a four-time point winner for current stable, the last twice in three-runner races this spring; gave good account when third in recent Fakenham hunter chase (3m, good) but faces a tougher assignment here.
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6th

10

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Midnight Cowboy

11st 10lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: J P Owen

Useful handicapper in his prime and a four-time point winner for current stable, the last twice in three-runner races this spring; gave good account when third in recent Fakenham hunter chase (3m, good) but faces a tougher assignment here.

20/1

Form: 34321- D

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Dual hunter chase winner since joining current stable last winter, more recently when comfortably drawing 14l clear at Stratford (2m6f, good) this month; tackles stronger opposition today but is evidently in very good nick; no surprise if he betters his third in this race last year.
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1st

5

27th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

Peacocks Secret

11st 3lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: D Peters

8/1

7th

3

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Peacocks Secret

12st 2lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: D Peters

Dual hunter chase winner since joining current stable last winter, more recently when comfortably drawing 14l clear at Stratford (2m6f, good) this month; tackles stronger opposition today but is evidently in very good nick; no surprise if he betters his third in this race last year.

5/1

1st

2

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 6

17:10 Stratford

Peacocks Secret

12st 0lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: D Peters

Won a hunter chase at Fakenham (3m, good) last March and has continued to run well in defeat since, most recently second of four back at Fakenham (3m, good to soft) last month; entitled to respect today.

4/1

Form: 402SF/

Last run: 418 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
2-5 in points, the latter win gained by 22l in Bitterley conditions race (3m, good; made all) this month, after a three-year absence; has considerably more on his plate here but remains unexposed; interesting.
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8th

9

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Eeze A Saint

11st 10lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Laura Richardson

2-5 in points, the latter win gained by 22l in Bitterley conditions race (3m, good; made all) this month, after a three-year absence; has considerably more on his plate here but remains unexposed; interesting.

10/1

Form: 32113- D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Kept on strongly to run down Cousin Pascal at Hereford (2m5f, good) in January but is worse off at the weights with him here and was fortunate to follow up at Wincanton last month (2m4f, soft; clear leader fell two out); last of three finishers when favourite for latest race; others look stronger.
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3rd

2

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 6

13:30 Southwell

Wagner

12st 8lb

J: Mr Beau Morgan

T: Matthew Hampton

Dual hunter chase winner this year (2m5f/2m4f); was fortunate on latter occasion (clear leader fell two out) and finished a long way behind Stratagem when below form at Cheltenham last month, but can have a say if back on song here; stamina for today's trip not copper-bottomed, though.

12/1

9th

5

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Wagner

12st 2lb

J: Mr Matthew Hampton

T: Matthew Hampton

Kept on strongly to run down Cousin Pascal at Hereford (2m5f, good) in January but is worse off at the weights with him here and was fortunate to follow up at Wincanton last month (2m4f, soft; clear leader fell two out); last of three finishers when favourite for latest race; others look stronger.

14/1

3rd

1

28th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Wagner

12st 6lb

J: Mr Beau Morgan

T: Matthew Hampton

Pulled up in a point on stable debut in January but 2-2 in hunter chases since, the latter win gained at Wincanton (2m5f, soft) this month; had luck on his side there (clear leader fell two out) but will be suited by today's faster ground and commands respect.

8/11

OUR TIP

Form: /21P5- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Caused 66-1 surprise in last year's Aintree Foxhunters' (2m5f, good to soft) and bagged another good-quality hunter chase at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) in February; ran big race when fifth at Aintree three weeks ago (good to soft) and should be okay on today's quicker ground; shortlisted.
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2

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Cousin Pascal

12st 2lb

J: Mr James King

T: J J O’Shea

Caused 66-1 surprise in last year's Aintree Foxhunters' (2m5f, good to soft) and bagged another good-quality hunter chase at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) in February; ran big race when fifth at Aintree three weeks ago (good to soft) and should be okay on today's quicker ground; shortlisted.

9/2

5th

6

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cousin Pascal

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: J J O’Shea

Landed this a year ago (66-1, under James King); showed he was in good form with February's Haydock success and strong claims but could have done without last month's Cheltenham run, which tempers enthusiasm.

8/1

4

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Cousin Pascal

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: J J O’Shea

Shock winner of last season's Aintree Foxhunters' (2m5f, good to soft) when Billaway was back in fifth; twice beaten since but he hasn't been doing a lot wrong and repelling a rusty Bob And Co at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) last month entitles him to further respect.

14/1

Form: 44FPP-

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Fair chaser on good ground at his best but became disappointing for Philip Hobbs and, following a five-month break, has struggled in a point and a hunter chase for new stable this spring.
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7th

8

10th Jun 2022

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 5

19:26 Newton Abbot

Pointed And Sharp

10st 13lb

J: James Davies

T: Mark Gillard

midfield, pushed along after 7th, weakened after 3 out

33/1

5th

5

25th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 6

16:00 Newton Abbot

Pointed And Sharp

12st 0lb

J: Mr Darren Edwards

T: M Hoskins

Became disappointing for Philip Hobbs and he's been pulled up in his two hunter chases.

100/1

11

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Pointed And Sharp

11st 10lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: M Hoskins

Fair chaser on good ground at his best but became disappointing for Philip Hobbs and, following a five-month break, has struggled in a point and a hunter chase for new stable this spring.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £292.00
Straight Forecast £211.30
Trifecta £8337.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Stratagem

SPOTLIGHT:

Peacocks Secret

Daily Mirror:

Ami Desbois

Telegraph:

Across The Line

The Times:

Solomon Grey

Daily Express:

Cousin Pascal

TOPSPEED:

Stratagem

POSTDATA:

Stratagem

The Guardian:

Stratagem

The Sun:

Stratagem

The Star:

Stratagem

Daily Mail:

Peacocks Secret

Daily Record:

Ami Desbois