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Good To Soft

From The Horses Mouth Podcast Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £29614
  • 1m 7f 199y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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From The Horses Mouth Podcast Arkle Challenge Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 7110-1 C

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Progressive novice hurdler last season, the highlight his success in the Martin Pipe at this venue (2m4f, good to soft); recorded an easy win over 2m4f at Gowran Park (made all, jumped well) on the switch to chasing; has won at 2m; should have plenty more to offer in this sphere; major player back down in distance.

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

1st

2

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 98y

17:25 Punchestown

Banbridge

11st 12lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

midfield, towards rear 3rd, pushed along and headway after 3 out, went third after 2 out

4/1

9th

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Banbridge

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Has form on soft but is ideally suited by faster; withdrawn from the Turners on this day last year due to unfavourable ground (soft); Irish 8yo who has impressive statistics, being 4-4 in British races over 2m/2m4f and 2-2 at Cheltenham, including a success in the Martin Pipe over hurdles at the 2022 Festival; solid performance in Kempton Grade 2 on sole outing this season, following up his Aintree Grade 1 win last spring and taking chase record to 4-6; largely progressive throughout his career and commands major respect.

4/1

1st

4

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Banbridge

11st 5lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Irish horse who has been progressive through his career, including over hurdles; 3-5 as a novice chaser last season, culminating in Grade 1 success at Aintree when taking record in British races over 2m/2m4f to 3-3; looks ideally suited by good/good to soft ground; should make a big impact in open company this season and is very interesting on reappearance.

9/4

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7/4

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 1119-1 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Very productive hurdler, having attained a strike-rate of 8-14 in that sphere, the highlight his Grade 2 success at Haydock in January (subsequently well held in the Champion Hurdle); gamely beat his sole rival, who received 17lb, in novice handicap chase at Carlisle (2m, good) on reappearance; leading contender on ratings, back up in class.

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

1st

1

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Won off this mark on reappearance at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October and he's versatile ground-wise; not beaten far when fourth of five at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) last time, despite jumping to the right (which isn't the norm for him), and he's not ruled out.

13/2

4th

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Tommys Oscar

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ann Hamilton

Grade 2 novice chase winner over C&D last winter and looked just as good when scoring comfortably on seasonal debut at Kelso (2m1f, good to soft) in October; last month's Musselburgh fourth (2m4f, soft) was perfectly respectable and today's shorter trip arguably suits him better; good chance.

9/4

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Two wins and a second from his three starts here, admittedly as a hurdler and over two years ago; a peak chase performance, such as his 2m1f Kelso win in October, would also see him bang there but he has a bit more to prove judged on his few appearances under rules over this sort of trip.

8/1

Form: 112633 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Irish 8yo who scored twice over fences early in the season and ran creditably in C&D contest (on good ground) most recently; in good form but has more on his plate in this stronger race.

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

12th

1

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 54y

15:30 Galway

Sole Pretender

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

slowly away, in rear

13/2

1st

1

21st Jul 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

15:40 Killarney

Sole Pretender

11st 12lb

J: Robbie Geoghegan

T: Norman Lee

Put up a career best when runner-up in a Listed chase at Ballinrobe in May but blotted his copybook when refusing to race in a Grade 3 last time; new headgear combination now tried and while he's potentially risky, he also looks feasibly treated.

4/1

0

10

6th Jul 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:15 Tipperary

Sole Pretender

11st 1lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Norman Lee

refused to race

6/1

Form: /529/1 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Won the Triumph Hurdle here in 2019 and followed up in the Grade 1 4yo hurdle at Aintree; best effort the following season when going close in Haydock Grade 2; took advantage of a handy Flat mark in September on return from long absence, then walked over at Huntingdon (chase debut but didn't jump a fence); big player on peak figures.

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

15th

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

Pentland Hills

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

in rear throughout, outpaced 7th

12/1

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 2

13:42 Kelso

Pentland Hills

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced, with mixed fortunes, since winning the Triumph Hurdle in March 2019; however, he returned from latest layoff with good second to Serious Operator at Doncaster (2m3f, good to soft) in December and may be able to build on that; one to consider.

6/1

Form: 3644-6 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Mixed results over fences when trained in Ireland; below best over hurdles for Ann Duffield the last twice; faces a stiff assignment at this level on debut for new stable.

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

3rd

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:05 Kelso

Fusain

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Patrick Neville

led early, headed 2nd

4/1

4th

1

12th Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

18:05 Kelso

Fusain

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Patrick Neville

raced in third, lost third after 4th, nearly lost jockey 5th

11/2

3rd

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:00 Perth

Fusain

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Patrick Neville

led, pushed along and joined 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened run-in

3/1

Form: 2154-4 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won last season's Betfair Hurdle then seemed to run well (150-1 fifth) in the Champion Hurdle; has the ability to play a big role but the return to chasing presents a question mark; jumping lacked fluency in two attempts over fences in 2020.

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

20th

10

17th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Glory And Fortune

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Won last season's Betfair Hurdle off just 1lb lower and fourth in the Champion Hurdle here next time; ran with promise on first two starts this season but has failed to shine the next twice, over fences on the first occasion and in the Betfair Hurdle most recently; needs to get back on track.

50/1

13th

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 69y

Class 1

15:35 Newbury

Glory And Fortune

12st 0lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Returned to chasing the last twice (unseated rider then well held); very useful hurdler who has bits of Grade 1 form and won this major handicap (narrowly on good to soft) last year; however, lumbered with a 5lb higher mark and top weight this time round.

16/1

3rd

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Glory And Fortune

11st 4lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

took keen hold, prominent, left in third 8th, blundered 4 out, soon beaten

6/1

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Non-runners

Monmiral

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £58.00
Straight Forecast £53.20
Trifecta £209.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Banbridge

TOPSPEED:

Sole Pretender

Telegraph:

Monmiral

The Times:

Glory And Fortune

LAMBOURN:

Pentland Hills

The Guardian:

Banbridge

D Express:

Banbridge

The Sun:

Banbridge

Daily Record:

Banbridge

POSTDATA:

Sole Pretender