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13:35 Hereford

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Central Roofing Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £8169
  • 2m 4f 194y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Central Roofing Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 43112- D BF

Last run: 227 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Progressive form in hurdle handicaps early this year with wins at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) and Taunton (2m3f, soft) in March followed by a second in his hat-trick bid at Doncaster; now makes his chase debut after 227 days off but he needs a close look on this drop back in trip.

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

1st

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Highstakesplayer

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

disputed lead, pushed along 2 out, led clearly approaching last, good jump last, pushed out run-in, always doing enough

4/1

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Highstakesplayer

10st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent, weakened quickly 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

4/1

1st

6

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Highstakesplayer

11st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Progressive sort who is 2-2 since switched to fences, both wins gained at Hereford (2m5f) in autumn 2022; absent since but has clear possibilities provided he returns in similar form; stays 3m; market support should be heeded.

6/1

15/8

  • Place: £1.40

Form: -1211F D BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdle scorer who has won twice over fences this autumn and was a narrow leader when falling at the last in his hat-trick bid at Stratford (2m5f, good) 16 days ago; nudged up another 2lb but he's still unexposed in this sphere and is a big player for yard that won this in 2021.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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

Form: 13352- D

Last run: 215 days

W: 12st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner who was as good as ever after wind surgery when runner-up in a Class 3 handicap at Market Rasen (2m4f, good to soft) in March; only 1lb higher on this switch to fences and he's an interesting contender on his return (half-brother to a useful chaser).

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9

18th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Mackelduff

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, pulled up after 3rd, lost action

8/1

1st

1

14th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

15:07 Wetherby

Mackelduff

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Some solid form in handicap hurdles last season (including on soft) and he kept on for a fair third of six on his chase and seasonal debut at Hereford (2m5f, good) in October; this first crack at a staying trip is well worth a go and he's on the shortlist.

7/2

1

3rd Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

14:33 Wetherby

Mackelduff

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Olly Murphy

Form: 83P2-4 BF

Last run: 177 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Nine-race maiden who didn't really progress over hurdles and was a well-held fourth when favourite at Warwick (2m5f, good) in his final run in the spring; brother to high-class chase winner Ballycasey but he needs improvement on his chase/seasonal debut.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

1

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Uttoxeter

Not Sure

12st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

His form at 3m this season reads fine and he was out of the weights when tailed off in the Welsh National, after which he made the frame in another marathon at Lingfield; probably handicapped about right but should go well.

3/1

3rd

12

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Not Sure

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Improvement when winning on reappearance at Wetherby (3m, soft) then good third behind Animal at Sandown (3m, soft); ran well for long way in ultra-attritional Welsh National over Christmas (3m6f, heavy; well-beaten fourth) and this progressive 8yo could go well if that hard race hasn't left a mark.

6/1

4th

22

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Not Sure

9st 4lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Scored in good style at Wetherby last month and creditable third at Sandown (again 3m on soft) 19 days ago; going beyond 3m (first time today) may well suit him but position 12lb out of the handicap makes for a very stiff task.

33/1

Form: 8262-3

Last run: 173 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in five of his last eight hurdle runs but he made a low-key start over fences when a remote third of five at Worcester (2m4f, good to soft) in May; that took his overall record to 0-16 and he comes with risks attached after another break.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Samtara

11st 11lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

2m3f hurdle winner (good to soft) last spring; well-held fourth here latest but could give him a chance based on his Hereford fourth prior to that; not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.

7/1

4th

2

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Samtara

11st 13lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

In good form over hurdles last spring and he's well treated on that form; however, this 10yo hasn't been at his best this season, including back in a chase last time, and he's never really convinced over fences.

11/1

4th

5

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 208y

Class 4

15:40 Hereford

Samtara

10st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Sole win came off a similar mark over hurdles here (2m3f, good to soft) last March; modest claims on recent form and something to prove back over fences but a revival is possible, with Sean Bowen booked; interesting.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 12-P18 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Recorded his third hurdle win when scoring off 4lb lower at Worcester (2m4f, good) in August but he was disappointing in his follow-up bid at Southwell last month; has something to prove after that heavy defeat and was pulled up in his only previous chase run in May.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7

24th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 3

14:50 Taunton

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11st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Recorded his third hurdle win when scoring off 4lb lower at Worcester (2m4f, good) in August but he has a bit to prove afer two heavy defeats since (chase latterly); has first-time cheekpieces added to his regular tongue-strap.

25/1

2

31st Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

13:35 Hereford

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11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Recorded his third hurdle win when scoring off 4lb lower at Worcester (2m4f, good) in August but he was disappointing in his follow-up bid at Southwell last month; has something to prove after that heavy defeat and was pulled up in his only previous chase run in May.

15/2

8th

1

27th Sep 2022

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

15:36 Southwell

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12st 1lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

midfield, chased leaders 5th, weakened from 3 out (trainer's rep had no explanation for the poor form shown)

100/30

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Payout
Exacta £105.00
Straight Forecast £108.00
Trifecta £267.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Midnight Jewel

The Star:

Mackelduff

WEST COUNTRY:

Samtara

Daily Mail:

Highstakesplayer

Daily Record:

Mackelduff

RP Ratings:

Midnight Jewel

TOPSPEED:

Midnight Jewel

POSTDATA:

Midnight Jewel

The Times:

Midnight Jewel

Telegraph:

Midnight Jewel

D Express:

Midnight Jewel

Daily Mirror:

Midnight Jewel

The Sun:

Midnight Jewel

The Guardian:

Samtara