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Pat Smyth 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4629.1
  • 2m 4f 205y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Pat Smyth 60th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £41.00
  • Place: £7.40

Form: P315-O

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Well beaten when running out three fences from home at Plumpton last month on first run since April; needs to show marked improvement on that display and would have stronger claims had this been back at Plumpton where he has won three times.

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

5th

7

12th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Fairway Freddy

11st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

in touch with leaders, midfield before 7th

12/1

4th

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

16:50 Plumpton

Fairway Freddy

11st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

All seven wins (five chasing) on good or quicker ground; however, had his conditions when pulled up after a 62-day break at Hereford and now returns from a similar one.

10/1

0

7

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Fairway Freddy

11st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Drying ground is a bonus for one who has gained all seven wins on good or quicker (five over fences at up to 2m5f); ran well enough at Huntingdon two months ago (2m7f, good) to make the shortlist.

6/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -42U12 CD BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over fences at the third time of asking when scoring over C&D (good) in August; beaten into second when favourite at Worcester (2m7f, good to soft) next time and missed recent engagement at Hexham because of unsuitable ground (soft); return to the forecast sound surface and this course are positives and he remains feasibly weighted.

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

7th

1

(11)

12th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 6f 21y

Class 6

20:00 Southwell (AW)

Punxsutawney Phil

9st 13lb

J: William Pyle

T: Mark Walford

in rear

25/1

7th

5

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

15:40 Sedgefield

Punxsutawney Phil

11st 11lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual purpose performer whose sole hurdles success came here (2m1f, soft) in October 2021; has been seen more often on the Flat during the past year and his recent return to hurdles/fences hasn't worked out; best watched for now.

16/1

12/1

Form: P3-P32 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Four-time winner over fences but has been out of sorts for quite a while and latest second of four at Fontwell (2m2f, good) was only a marginal step in the right direction; continues to fall in the weights but needs to find a spark from somewhere.

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

0

2

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 5

16:34 Wincanton

Fanzio

11st 6lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Laura Hurley

Useful in his prime but badly out of sorts on last six starts; had wind surgery before latest; the drop back in trip does not persuade.

40/1

0

2

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Fanzio

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Laura Hurley

Useful in his prime but badly out of sorts since switched to current stable in the spring; needs latest wind op to have made a big difference.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 99-356 D

Last run: 118 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Useful chaser when trained in Ireland; has struggled since arriving in England, however, and latest sixth of seven at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) in June was disappointing; subsequent wind surgery needs to have made a significant difference.

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

1

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:00 Worcester

Ornua

12st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Ex-Irish veteran who holds weak claims on his form for current yard and is a shadow of his formerly smart self; drop in class may help to some extent but others have stronger claims on recent evidence.

20/1

7th

6

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:20 Ludlow

Ornua

11st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

towards rear, brief headway 10th, outpaced and lost touch 13th

33/1

5th

5

11th Dec 2022

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

12:53 Southwell

Ornua

11st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

took keen hold, prominent, went second and pressed leader 6th, lost second when short of room and hampered after 3 out, soon lost position and dropped to rear, well beaten from 2 out

20/1

Form: 52213- BF

Last run: 206 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Justified cramped odds in maiden hurdle at Hereford (3m1f, soft) in February; beaten into third on handicap debut in March and switches to fences off the same mark; half-brother to a French chase winner so fences could be more his thing; this trip may be on the sharp side, though.

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

4

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 4

15:50 Huntingdon

Godrevy Point

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

Chasing this season has not worked out but he's well handicapped if reverting to the 3m hurdle form he showed last January-March; wore cheekpieces latest two starts; needs a close look.

8/1

5th

2

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

14:00 Doncaster

Godrevy Point

11st 11lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

He's well treated on his staying hurdle form from early last year (including on good ground) but his two chase starts have yielded a mid-race fall and a soundly beaten fifth of seven; something to prove in this sphere.

12/1

5th

2

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

14:33 Wetherby

Godrevy Point

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Richard J Bandey

disputed lead, led before 2nd, hit 8th, pushed along briefly and reduced lead after 14th

9/2

Form: 1724-P D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Rather hit and miss since switching to chasing; jumped right before pulling up at Warwick (2m4f, good) on seasonal reappearance (first run since wind surgery) 16 days ago; won off this mark at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) last December and has fair claims on that effort but he wouldn't want to be be jumping right again at this track; cheekpieces go on.

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

2nd

3

6th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

19:18 Hexham

Ahead Of The Field

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Runner-up at Worcester in June, on penultimate start for Emma Lavelle; disgraced himself on stable debut at Cartmel 11 days ago and aids worn there quickly left off; have to be doubts for now.

15/2

0

5

26th Aug 2023

Soft

3m 1f 107y

Class 4

15:25 Cartmel

Ahead Of The Field

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: John C McConnell

walked to post, in rear, bucked repeatedly and unrideable soon after start, pulled up before 1st

11/2

4th

3

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:53 Worcester

Ahead Of The Field

11st 8lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Had failed to finish his previous three chasing attempts so last month's C&D second was a welcome return to some form; not sure that was the strongest of races but the effort puts him firmly in the picture here.

9/2

Form: 2-1211 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdle winner who has taken well to chasing, making all under Lilly Pinchin on his last two starts at Fontwell (2m5f, good) and Bangor (2m4f, good); climbing the weights but looks sure to make another bold bid.

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

4th

4

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 3

18:20 Newton Abbot

Midnight Jewel

11st 3lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Second start back from a break when scrambling home at Bangor 17 days ago, his seventh win from his last 13 starts; 5lb rise seems on the stiff side but he's game and consistent and looks sure to run well again.

3/1

1st

5

10th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

16:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Midnight Jewel

11st 5lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

took keen hold, prominent, mistake 6th, pressed leader from 10th

3/1

4th

3

15th May 2023

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:45 Southwell

Midnight Jewel

11st 11lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

raced in second

7/2

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Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £1182.00
Straight Forecast £1213.60
Tricast £9020.30
Trifecta £10032.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Midnight Jewel

WEST COUNTRY:

Huelgoat

SPOTLIGHT:

Punxsutawney Phil

Telegraph:

Fanzio

TOPSPEED:

Fairway Freddy

POSTDATA:

Punxsutawney Phil

The Star:

Huelgoat

Daily Record:

Huelgoat

The Times:

Midnight Jewel

The Guardian:

Midnight Jewel

Daily Mail:

Midnight Jewel

Daily Express:

Midnight Jewel

Daily Mirror:

Midnight Jewel

The Sun:

Midnight Jewel