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15:15 Ascot

Good To Soft

Bateaux London Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56950
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
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Bateaux London Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.80
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1F135-

Last run: 228 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser; best form over hurdles and fences has been at trips from 2m3f to 2m5f and he failed to convince as a stayer on his final two runs of last season, for all that he still ran creditably in high-profile handicaps at Kempton (3m) and Cheltenham (3m1f); 3m around here is no picnic and others might see it out that bit better.

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0

14

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Our Power

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

Well beaten over hurdles here on last month's reappearance but he was without these cheekpieces and his form hit new heights over fences last season, winning two Grade 3 handicaps (3m, good) before failing to stay 4m2f in the Grand National; further improvement is possible and he could be a threat.

14/1

7th

2

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Our Power

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

Showed plenty of determination to win valuable 3m handicap chases at Ascot and Kempton last season, both on good ground (has won on soft); didn't stay 4m2f in the Grand National afterwards; rated 7lb lower over hurdles (three-time winner) and returns from his break with his yard firing in the winners.

14/1

11th

35

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Our Power

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Started on the Flat but has been a rising force through his five campaigns over jumps; this term he's knuckled down admirably to prevail on the run-in in valuable 3m handicaps at Ascot and Kempton, both on good ground but he scored last season on soft; 4lb well-in compared to his recently revised mark; unraced beyond 3m1f but trainer says "this lad stays forever".

20/1

11/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 4151-2 C BF

Last run: 180 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Seemed to benefit from the application of cheekpieces last season, though his wins came over shorter and only four ran when he was second over 3m at Kempton the final time; connections content in persevering with this trip, and drying ground would be welcomed; couldn't dismiss.

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2nd

1

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Kempton

Danny Kirwan

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has a tendency to race too freely and finished tired when reappearing at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) last month, but is now 2lb lower than when placed in major Ascot handicap (3m, good) last autumn; forecast good ground will suit.

5/2

5th

6

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Danny Kirwan

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Career has been very stop-start but always possessed a huge level of ability and on last season's reappearance he finished second in a strong 3m handicap chase at Ascot during this month; returns off the same mark following further wind surgery; has won on soft but kept mostly to goodish ground the last three years.

5/1

7th

1

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Danny Kirwan

12st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only just in front of Twenty Twenty when 5l second in this race last year (good), but form of same finishing position in a deep Ascot handicap next time reads well and he retains low mileage for his age; chance.

4/1

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 2444-2 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Has yet to win beyond 2m3f under rules but he was fourth in the 3m1f handicap chase at last season's Cheltenham Festival (in front of a few of these) and it was over this trip that he just missed out at Chepstow three weeks ago; could have done without the 3lb nudge but that should have put him spot-on for this.

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5th

19

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Tea Clipper

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Tom Lacey

Given the level of form he was showing in good handicaps earlier this season he's been bitterly disappointing in two hunter chases, coming up short at odds of 4-9 and 2-11 (latterly behind Captain Tommy); has been wearing these aids separately and now they're combined, but he remains unconvincing.

20/1

3rd

4

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

16:20 Ludlow

Tea Clipper

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Tom Lacey

Ran well in three strong handicap chases before suffering a surprise odds-on defeat on his hunter chase debut at Warwick, where he appeared to have it in the bag before either idling or tiring late on (3m, soft); that was very much a missed opportunity but he's still the one to beat here; first-time tongue-tie replaces cheekpieces.

2/7

2nd

9

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:15 Warwick

Tea Clipper

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Tom Lacey

Stuck on a losing run but he's returned in good form after a break with placed efforts in 3m handicaps at good tracks, two of them Class 2 affairs; this looks a gilt-edged opening in his first hunter chase.

4/6

Form: 78120- D

Last run: 228 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Strong stayer, having won a 3m2f handicap chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day and then finished second over 3m4f at Taunton (good to soft) when up against it at the weights with course specialist Yala Enki; jumping can be hit and miss but he's capable of a bold show if that part of his game stands the test; stable has won this three times in six years.

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11th

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Full Back

10st 13lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Fell on seasonal debut in January and was ultimately well beaten in Grand National Trial at Haydock (3m4f, heavy) the following month; not an easy one to weigh up at present but some positives can be drawn from that latest performance, and he's now 5lb lower than when winning over C&D in early 2022.

20/1

Form: 2124-3 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Should be all the sharper for a respectable run over hurdles at Perth a month ago (3m) but he was only 1-7 over fences last season and he didn't exactly sign off on an upward curve; an assured stayer who goes on any ground but this assignment demands his best yet.

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11

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Poppa Poutine

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has some good form this season, notably when just missing out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep C&D handicap (again soft); however, has dropped his guard the last twice and this is a tough race in which to bounce back.

16/1

6th

5

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Poppa Poutine

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

It was unlike him to run so moderately at Sandown, albeit in a handicap that's worked out well; in form (and consistent) prior to that, having just missed out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep Cheltenham handicap (3m2f; again soft); stuck on a tough mark but is by no means dismissed.

7/1

7th

1

16th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Poppa Poutine

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Consistent gelding who just missed out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep Cheltenham handicap (3m2f; again soft; fine on good); stuck on a tough mark but looks a good bet to give his running.

3/1

Form: 7223-6 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Drew a blank last season but he ended it well, finishing bang there in consecutive red-hot handicaps over 3m, 4m and 3m5f; no sign of that form when a laboured sixth on his reappearance at Chepstow and he really needed to show a bit more spark there.

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9th

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kittys Light

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Won this last year (good to soft; placed in 2021/2022); back on song with highly creditable fifth in Grand National at Aintree (4m2f, soft) two weeks ago; had a hard race then which is a worry, but he won this 12 months ago just seven days after landing the Scottish National (good); key player.

5/1

5th

34

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Kittys Light

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

12/1

7th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Kittys Light

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Carried all before him in staying chases last spring, winning the Eider (4m1f, good to soft), Scottish National (4m, good) and bet365 (3m4f, good to soft); easy to excuse hurdle defeats since but he would have finished closer in the Coral Gold Cup in December (cheekpieces/tongue-tie refitted) had he been in top form; turnaround needed with tongue-tie back on after one run without.

33/1

Form: 1217P- D

Last run: 203 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Only 2lb higher than when winning last December's Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, soft) but he ran no race next time at right-handed Kempton and nine of his career ten wins have come on left-handed tracks (the exception was a novice hurdle); pulled up in the Grand National when last seen; not crying out to be backed with top weight.

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13th

19

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Good Boy Bobby

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

40/1

5th

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two veterans' chase wins at about 3m (good to soft; has won on soft) in the autumn; he hasn't looked ahead of his mark in refitted cheekpieces since but his proven stamina will be an asset in the conditions now having his first run over 2m3f since winning in late 2021.

15/2

3rd

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Began this season with hard-fought wins at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Sandown (3m, good to soft) in the autumn, and didn't run badly when seventh in last month's Veterans' Final (first-time cheekpieces); one to consider.

7/1

Form: 31P31- CD

Last run: 211 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Impressed when exploiting a good mark over hurdles at Newbury in March (3m, good to soft) and he's off a perfectly decent figure as a chaser, only 5lb higher than when a clearcut winner over C&D last December; can no doubt progress again this season, although his trainer indicated earlier this week that he'll improve a lot for today's run.

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10th

3

29th Apr 2023

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

14:15 Sandown

Annsam

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Last three appearances include 3m wins at Kempton (soft) and Ludlow (good to soft), looking better than ever; not disgraced in major 3m2f handicap at Newbury (good) in November but doesn't appear to be screaming for this extra distance; career-high mark compounds matters.

10/1

1st

1

3rd Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:00 Ludlow

Annsam

12st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Didn't get home after setting good pace in major handicap at Kempton in February but his very dominant win from the front there (3m, soft) in January is still quite fresh in the mind, and he could be hard to catch here.

11/4

7th

5

25th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Kempton

Annsam

10st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Made all in impressive fashion over C&D (soft) last month; he's in a hotter race today and is likely to face greater pressure in front, but given his dominance a 7lb rise could have been worse and it will be no surprise if he plays another leading role; also effective on good ground.

11/2

Form: P2110- D

Last run: 228 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

After two wins in small fields it was all too much for him when 50-1 for the big staying handicap on day one of the Cheltenham Festival (50-1), finishing behind a few of these; may not have reached his full potential yet as a chaser but he wouldn't be the obvious answer.

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17th

14

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Rapper

10st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

10yo whose form is up and down but he's won over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 3m2f and has hinted on occasions that this sort of test may suit; stayed on well for second at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; prominent when falling at Cheltenham Festival last time; not ruled out each-way.

20/1

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Rapper

11st 7lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Henry Daly

Has an inconsistent profile and was pulled up in this race last year (reportedly bled from the nose); however, he won over C&D (soft) last January and returned to form with this visor back on when runner-up at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; each-way claims if again on a going day.

20/1

2nd

7

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Rapper

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Henry Daly

prominent

25/1

9/2

Form: /1123- D

Last run: 210 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Record of 2-4 over fences last season and, for one so inexperienced, he ran a mighty race to finish third in the Scottish National (4m, good to soft; Kitty's Light runner-up) in April; returns off an untouched mark so, with further improvement highly likely and a good record when fresh, he rates a very solid contender.

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3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Major Dundee

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

His first two runs beyond 3m2f resulted in a third in the 2022 Scottish National (4m) and a win in last season's Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft; 3lb higher today); ran respectably on reappearance but two major backward steps have followed, the first on heavy ground and the latest when visored in the 3m5f Classic at Warwick on soft; no stamina doubts but he has a point to prove after those recent runs.

10/1

0

8

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Major Dundee

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alan King

His only two runs beyond 3m2f resulted in a third in the 2022 Scottish National (4m) and a win in last season's Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft; 6lb higher today); ran respectably on reappearance and perhaps heavy going helps to explain a lesser show at Chepstow (weakened badly from four out) five weeks ago; needs to put that display way behind him (connections also now reach for a visor) but he has to be considered.

9/1

5th

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Major Dundee

10st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Alan King

Thorough stayer who won last season's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft); posted sound effort when third on reappearance outing at Warwick (3m1f, soft) but this race looks more competitive.

6/1

Form: 39840- CD

Last run: 204 days

W: 11st 2lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Approaching his 15th birthday but has always been a force to be reckoned with around Ascot and his form figures in the last three renewals of this race alone read 213; it goes against the grain to side with a veteran in races of this nature but you wouldn't put it past him off his lowest mark in years.

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13

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Regal Encore

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

15yo who last won in October 2020, with 12 races since; 3m at Ascot was the scene of his last four wins (including this race in 2018) but also seven of those last 12 defeats; player judged on his fourth in this race last year (13lb lower today) but not if judged on his two visits this autumn.

33/1

9

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

14:40 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

14yo who has been beaten 11 times since his last win in October 2020, and he was tailed off over C&D on reappearance three weeks ago; however, he may have needed that run and, if he is to snap his losing sequence, it's highly likely to be at Ascot which has been the venue for his last four wins.

10/1

11th

8

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:15 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Approaching his 15th birthday but has always been a force to be reckoned with around Ascot and his form figures in the last three renewals of this race alone read 213; it goes against the grain to side with a veteran in races of this nature but you wouldn't put it past him off his lowest mark in years.

20/1

Form: 05022- CD

Last run: 199 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Became fiendishly difficult to predict in these colours for Colin Tizzard but has always had some class about him and he turned things around for his new yard last spring with two solid seconds in good staying handicaps; back up 5lb for his troubles but that's no big deal if he can resume where he left off; dual course winner.

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2

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Mister Malarky

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

held up in rear, pushed along and dropped to rear before 4th, mistake 7th, pushed along and detached before 8th

7/1

3rd

1

4th Mar 2023

Good

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:40 Newbury

Mister Malarky

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Threatening to regain the winning thread, having finished second in three of his four starts for current stable, latest in veterans' race at Exeter (3m, good; beaten only a neck); landed a major handicap at Kempton off this mark three years ago; respected.

15/8

2nd

2

12th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:30 Exeter

Mister Malarky

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Became fiendishly difficult to predict in these colours for Colin Tizzard; runner-up last March/April on first two runs for this yard but pulled up in October on sole run this season, so the doubts about him return.

8/1

Form: 3P31-2

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Has some flashes of highly respectable form over fences on which he's well treated; signed off last season in winning his first handicap at Sandown (2m4f, good) and, often a strong stayer at that trip, this first run over 3m heightens interest in him; seemed to idle when beaten on his reappearance and can strip fitter for that; strongly considered.

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10th

4

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:07 Plumpton

Up The Straight

11st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Richard Rowe

Well handicapped on his best chase form but all of his wins have come at shorter trips and he was tailed off at Fontwell (2m5f) on his return last month; others preferred.

25/1

6th

2

6th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 2

14:55 Fontwell

Up The Straight

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Richard Rowe

chased clear leader, mistake 2nd, towards rear before 7th

9/2

3rd

8

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Up The Straight

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard Rowe

Took the novices' handicap chase at Sandown's big meeting this time last year, but it's been mostly a struggle since, including back over hurdles latest; dip 2lb back below a winning mark isn't tempting.

16/1

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Exacta £1290.00
Straight Forecast £709.40
Tricast £3583.70
Trifecta £8370.00

Selections

The Times:

Our Power

Daily Mail:

Annsam

TOPSPEED:

Danny Kirwan

D Express:

Poppa Poutine

Daily Record:

Major Dundee

SPOTLIGHT:

Up The Straight

WEST COUNTRY:

Regal Encore

Daily Mirror:

Annsam

The Star:

Annsam

Telegraph:

Our Power

The Guardian:

Our Power

The Sun:

Our Power

POSTDATA:

Danny Kirwan