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16:02 Newton Abbot

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Ken Upton Memorial Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £6535.2
  • 2m 4f 216y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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Ken Upton Memorial Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £1.50

Form: -111P3 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Rattled up a chasing hat-trick in early summer before finding the Summer Plate at Market Rasen too competitive; not disgraced when third at Perth last time but Paddy Brennan has chosen to jump ship and ride Byzantine Empire; cheekpieces go on.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

28th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:15 Catterick

Mortlach

11st 10lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Strike-rate of 5-12 over fences and was highly tried before making the most of a good opportunity at Newbury (2m handicap on good to firm); this looks another good piece of placing even with his penalties.

11/10

1st

1

19th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

14:00 Newbury

Mortlach

11st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

pressed leader, not fluent 1st, briefly led before 4th, pushed along approaching last, led narrowly after 9th, ridden run-in, went clear final 110yds, kept on well

6/4

5

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Mortlach

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Tough and consistent novice chaser; not disgraced behind a very useful rival in match race at Plumpton (2m3f) most recently, though proved no match for the winner; has bits of Grade 2 form but this is a harder task; bottom of this field on ratings.

50/1

Form: 1P7-23

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Second and third in his two starts in small fields over fences, both won by Byzantine Empire; 10lb better off with that rival for a 15l beating last time but he needs to up his game if he is to turn the tables.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

9

5th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 1f 87y

Class 2

18:40 Musselburgh

Restandbethankful

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Has won a bumper, three hurdles and two chases, all on good or good to soft; fine under softer conditions and was knocking on the door (hurdles/fences) before failing to give his running the last time here (hurdle); should be well handicapped.

20/1

Form: 5P-323

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Without a win in 14 starts over fences; distant third of four last time; faces a huge task against this opposition.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

16:30 Newton Abbot

Treacys Jim

12st 0lb

J: Mr Michael Treneer

T: Mrs D J Treneer

11

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

15:50 Wincanton

Treacys Jim

10st 3lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

His narrow defeat at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in June offers hope but precious little to shout about since; tongue-tie is a first.

33/1

8

10th Nov 2022

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:35 Taunton

Treacys Jim

10st 8lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

Fell early when well out of the weights in a three-runner handicap the last time and they were novice chases in which he struggled before that (remote thirds); his narrow defeat at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in June offers hope.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: -11411 C

Last run: 2 days

W: 12st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Well placed to win four of his five starts in small-field chases, the latest of them at Fontwell on Thursday when beating his sole rival convincingly; well behind Byzantine Empire and Restandbethankful at Southwell in June, but was almost certainly below his best on that occasion and should be a bigger threat here if turned out again quickly.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

0

6

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Hell Red

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

5-8 over fences and well suited by good ground; won over 3m2f in a three-runner novice last term and good third of five over that trip when returned to fences at Uttoxeter on latest outing, but seemingly needs extra to take this.

8/1

3rd

2

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:10 Uttoxeter

Hell Red

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, went second after 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on but lost second run-in

9/2

4th

2

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 3

19:20 Worcester

Hell Red

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Five chase wins in the last 13 months or so, all in two or three-runner races; the latest was in April, before a lesser show when switched to hurdles (first hurdle start since March 2022) in first-time cheekpieces over 2m4f at Plumpton last month; needs better than that.

7/2

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Non-runners

Byzantine Empire, Hell Red

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £14.00
Straight Forecast £17.80
Trifecta £11.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Byzantine Empire

RP Ratings:

Mortlach

TOPSPEED:

Restandbethankful

POSTDATA:

Mortlach

Daily Mirror:

Mortlach

Daily Record:

Mortlach

The Times:

Byzantine Empire

Telegraph:

Byzantine Empire

The Guardian:

Byzantine Empire

Daily Mail:

Byzantine Empire

Daily Express:

Byzantine Empire

The Sun:

Byzantine Empire

The Star:

Byzantine Empire