May 14 / 17.50 Uttoxeter

17.50 Uttoxeter Good To Soft

Optimum Experience Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3512.66
  • 2m 6f 108y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Optimum Experience Handicap Chase

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 26611-

Last run: 153 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Unbeaten in two chases, both at Southwell at the end of last year; narrow wins in both so only up another 5lb; obvious contender if able to show that form after five months off.
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1st

2

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Mozzaro

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Unbeaten in two chases, both at Southwell at the end of last year; narrow wins in both so only up another 5lb; obvious contender if able to show that form after five months off.

4/1

4

30th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:09 Uttoxeter

Mozzaro

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

1st

5

12th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

3m 1f 185y

Class 5

12:15 Southwell

Mozzaro

11st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Martin Keighley

Second of six over hurdles here in May and off the mark in a four-runner handicap here last month on chase debut, both 2m4f on good; rallied for the win but, having been soundly beaten on his two attempts at 2m7f, there is something to prove regarding stamina; cheekpieces (tried for those two 2m7f runs two and three starts back) return.

3/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 4P92-6

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict
Rather lost his way over fences but has performed better in two recent outings over hurdles; runner-up in this race last year off 9lb higher so difficult to rule out.
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2nd

7

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Mackie Dee

11st 3lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Richard Armson

Rather lost his way over fences but has performed better in two recent outings over hurdles; runner-up in this race last year off 9lb higher so difficult to rule out.

14/1

6th

7

6th May 2022

Good

2m 4f 139y

Class 5

15:35 Market Rasen

Mackie Dee

11st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Richard Armson

Won a chase in 2020 but is 0-10 over hurdles; last month's close second at Exeter (2m2f, good) came in a modest seller and he'll need a better performance in this handicap; others preferred.

14/1

9

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

17:45 Plumpton

Mackie Dee

10st 13lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Richard Armson

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9/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 14435- BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Was in trouble before being hampered at Ffos Las last month, when finishing tailed off; both starts for this yard at 2m and looks sure to be suited by stepping up in trip (hurdles win came at 2m4f); cheekpieces fitted and no surprise to see him go close.
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3rd

4

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Time Leader

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Was in trouble before being hampered at Ffos Las last month, when finishing tailed off; both starts for this yard at 2m and looks sure to be suited by stepping up in trip (hurdles win came at 2m4f); cheekpieces fitted and no surprise to see him go close.

9/2

5th

4

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:05 Ffos Las

Time Leader

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Ex-Irish pointer who won off today's mark over hurdles for Tim Reed in the autumn and is still unexposed under rules; beaten only by about 2l when third of four over C&D (good to soft) on last month's stable debut; needs to be taken very seriously.

7/4

3rd

3

23rd Mar 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:25 Ffos Las

Time Leader

11st 12lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Point and 2m4f hurdle winner; made a fair start over fences when fourth in a Class 4 event at Newcastle (good to soft) in January but the drop to 2m looked against him that day and he has some work to do in similar conditions here for another new yard; hood worn in last three starts is removed.

4/1

Form: 43343- BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 7lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict
Maiden after 19 starts; has finished third in latest two efforts over fences and will be suited by going back up to this sort of trip; possibilities, especially if blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) have a positive effect.
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4th

11

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Fraterculus

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Maiden after 19 starts; has finished third in latest two efforts over fences and will be suited by going back up to this sort of trip; possibilities, especially if blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) have a positive effect.

8/1

3rd

8

13th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:20 Southwell

Fraterculus

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Oliver Greenall

Rallied for a fair third over fences (3m, soft) on his penultimate run and was beaten less than 3l back over hurdles last time; still unexposed in this sphere but overall record stands at 0-18 and his tactical speed will be tested back at this trip; others are more persuasive.

9/1

4th

6

20th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

13:45 Musselburgh

Fraterculus

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Oliver Greenall

17-race maiden who made mistakes when never dangerous back over fences last time but he was a creditable third over hurdles at Newcastle (2m7f, good) on his penultimate run; still unexposed at staying trips and he looks interesting back in this sphere.

9/2

Form: P5542-

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict
Maiden; improved efforts in most recent starts and runner-up at Huntingdon in the latest; that was a modest contest and more needed for a first win; cheekpieces fitted for the first time.
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5th

10

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Thais Toir

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Adrian Wintle

Maiden; improved efforts in most recent starts and runner-up at Huntingdon in the latest; that was a modest contest and more needed for a first win; cheekpieces fitted for the first time.

7/1

7

16th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

14:14 Newton Abbot

Thais Toir

10st 7lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Adrian Wintle

13-race maiden but he ran his best race over fences so far when a close second from out of the weights at Huntingdon (2m7f, good) last month; that was under a prominent ride and has claims if he can repeat that form back in trip; cheekpieces added.

2nd

5

24th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:30 Huntingdon

Thais Toir

10st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Adrian Wintle

0-12 under rules and racing from 4lb out of the handicap today; has shown a bit the last twice though and any improvement for the step up in distance would give him a squeak.

8/1

Form: 2P42-P

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in two of five chasing efforts for this trainer but was pulled up at Fakenham this month; others have more obvious claims.
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6th

13

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Vinnie’s Getaway

10st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Clare Hobson

Runner-up in two of five chasing efforts for this trainer but was pulled up at Fakenham this month; others have more obvious claims.

20/1

8

3rd May 2022

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

14:30 Fakenham

Vinnie’s Getaway

10st 11lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Clare Hobson

2nd

8

17th Apr 2022

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

17:10 Plumpton

Vinnie’s Getaway

10st 3lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Clare Hobson

Form: 4P460- D

Last run: 82 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Three chasing efforts for this yard leave a lot to be desired and he was tailed off over hurdles when last seen in February; lot to prove but has dropped a long way in the handicap; tongue-strap removed.
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7th

8

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Sartene’s Son

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Robert Bevis

Three chasing efforts for this yard leave a lot to be desired and he was tailed off over hurdles when last seen in February; lot to prove but has dropped a long way in the handicap; tongue-strap removed.

16/1

12th

7

21st Feb 2022

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 5

17:07 Carlisle

Sartene’s Son

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Robert Bevis

Won on heavy ground at Bangor last season (3m) but hit and miss since and others have stronger claims.

20/1

6th

2

31st Dec 2021

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 5

15:07 Uttoxeter

Sartene’s Son

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Robert Bevis

Won 3m handicap hurdle at Bangor in the mud back in January; the odd solid effort in defeat since then and this return to Class 5 company in his favour; could have a big run in him.

7/1

Form: 12UP7- D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Market Rasen winner last August (first start after wind surgery) and ran well the next twice but ended the autumn with a poor run and same story on last month's return; something to prove now.
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8th

3

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Writteninthesand

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Tom George

Market Rasen winner last August (first start after wind surgery) and ran well the next twice but ended the autumn with a poor run and same story on last month's return; something to prove now.

16/1

7th

2

14th Apr 2022

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

17:10 Exeter

Writteninthesand

11st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Tom George

8

10th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

15:10 Exeter

Writteninthesand

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Point winner; first run after wind surgery when winning at Market Rasen (2m7f, good) in August; running creditably when unseating his rider at the last at Uttoxeter five weeks ago and his sketchy jumping remains a concern; should be thereabouts if putting in a clear round.

9/2

Form: /85F5-

Last run: 57 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Irish point winner a year ago; ran well when fifth at Taunton in January but two subsequent hurdling efforts have been disappointing; too early to be written off and switch to chasing could see him in a better light.
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1

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Tigers Roar

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Irish point winner a year ago; ran well when fifth at Taunton in January but two subsequent hurdling efforts have been disappointing; too early to be written off and switch to chasing could see him in a better light.

9/1

5th

6

18th Mar 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

16:35 Doncaster

Tigers Roar

11st 4lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a slow-ground Irish point; easily his most encouraging run under rules was 15l defeat in a Taunton maiden (2m3f, good to soft) in January when awarded an RPR of 111, but he hasn't got anywhere near that in three other hurdles including recent handicap debut, falling two from home when out the back.

13/2

4

14th Feb 2022

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 4

14:20 Plumpton

Tigers Roar

11st 7lb

J: Mr Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won a slow-ground Irish point; easily his most encouraging run under rules was his 15l defeat in a Taunton maiden (2m3f, good to soft) last time out and it's easy to envisage him finding more over this longer trip; handicap debut.

9/2

Form: 76256-

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Regressive on the Flat and, while he was runner-up over hurdles in March, makes limited appeal on this belated switched to chasing.
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5

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Glan Y Gors

11st 9lb

J: Oakley Brown

T: Mark Weatherer

Regressive on the Flat and, while he was runner-up over hurdles in March, makes limited appeal on this belated switched to chasing.

25/1

10th

8

(11)

9th May 2022

Good To Firm

1m 7f 189y

Class 6

16:00 Catterick

Glan Y Gors

9st 5lb

J: Paula Muir

T: Mark Weatherer

Form: 33U33-

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Maiden; fair third at Worcester last September but well beaten the following month and absent since; hood back on; stable also runs Mozzaro.
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6

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Cloud Formation

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Maiden; fair third at Worcester last September but well beaten the following month and absent since; hood back on; stable also runs Mozzaro.

20/1

3rd

1

21st Oct 2021

Heavy

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:30 Newton Abbot

Cloud Formation

11st 12lb

J: Patrick Cowley

T: Martin Keighley

Third on all three completions this term, shrugging off the odd jump to the left in a Worcester chase last time (2m7f); didn't hit the line too hard there, however, and effectiveness away from genuine good ground remains unproven (lost both front shoes on only run on soft).

11/2

Form: 37103-

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict
Hurdles winner in February and ran well on latest start, when upped to 2m6f and fitted with cheekpieces; half-brother to a useful chaser and worth a second look on debut over fences.
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9

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

That Ole Chestnut

11st 0lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Hurdles winner in February and ran well on latest start, when upped to 2m6f and fitted with cheekpieces; half-brother to a useful chaser and worth a second look on debut over fences.

7/1

3rd

9

26th Mar 2022

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

14:53 Stratford

That Ole Chestnut

10st 12lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Responded well to pressure when scoring at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft) last month on ninth start over hurdles; could plausibly have untapped potential over this longer trip but soundly beaten on latest outing (2m3f) and hard to predict how he'll fare in first-time cheekpieces.

9/1

11th

13

22nd Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 1y

Class 5

13:20 Taunton

That Ole Chestnut

10st 10lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Opened hurdling account at ninth attempt, with hard-fought success at Fontwell (2m1f, good to soft) two weeks ago; 4lb higher here but could have untapped potential over the longer trip; respected.

4/1

Form: 08P55-

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Unplaced in six starts over hurdles; led for a long way when fair fifth on last month's handicap debut at Exeter (jumped left) and conceivable he could take another step forward now switched to fences.
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14

14th May 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 108y

Class 5

17:50 Uttoxeter

Captain Grinnaway

10st 5lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Matt Sheppard

Unplaced in six starts over hurdles; led for a long way when fair fifth on last month's handicap debut at Exeter (jumped left) and conceivable he could take another step forward now switched to fences.

16/1

5th

13

14th Apr 2022

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 5

18:40 Exeter

Captain Grinnaway

10st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

5th

4

19th Mar 2022

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

13:20 Uttoxeter

Captain Grinnaway

11st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Matt Sheppard

No worthwhile form as yet, including a handicap last time out; now tongue tied.

200/1

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Exacta £672.00
Straight Forecast £538.60
Tricast £2929.60
Trifecta £1742.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Time Leader

The Times:

Mozzaro

Daily Mirror:

That Ole Chestnut

WEST COUNTRY:

Thais Toir

Telegraph:

Fraterculus

TOPSPEED:

Mackie Dee

The Star:

That Ole Chestnut

The Sun:

Mozzaro

Daily Record:

Mozzaro

RP Ratings:

Time Leader

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