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Good To Soft

Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £90032
  • 2m 4f 44y
  • Class 1
  • 16 runners
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Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 1132/3 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Good novice chaser in the 2020-21 campaign, including Grade 2 win at Wincanton; missed last season; made a promising comeback in the Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago, staying on for third having been held up for a change (normally a front-runner); major contender off the same mark, provided that return does not set him back.

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

2nd

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Ga Law

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

In and out this term but his 2m4f Cheltenham handicap win in January was a return to his best; jumped poorly when pulled up in the Ryanair there in March; has a bit to find on the figures but this isn't the strongest of Grade 2s and drying ground should suit (4-6 on good/good to firm); not ruled out.

13/2

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ga Law

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Yet to score on ground slower than good to soft in Britain; has form figures of 151 at Cheltenham, comprising wins in major 2m4f handicaps (including latest start) and a creditable fifth in this race last year; should give his running but needs a career-best performance to succeed in this second Ryanair attempt.

25/1

1st

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Ga Law

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, not fluent 5th, led 9th, faced challenge when good jump 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well run-in

9/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 161-31 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Irish challenger; confirmed his wellbeing with a 3l win returned to hurdles at Thurles (2m7f) last month when back from layoff; showed useful form over fences in the spring, winning Grade 3 at Thurles (2m2f) then third at Punchestown (2m5f, good to yielding) in a novice handicap that's worked out very well; still open to further improvement; big player.

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Verdict Starting price

4th

5

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:35 Thurles

French Dynamite

11st 3lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: M F Morris

raced in second, not fluent 2nd, mistake and joined 7th, lost second and weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off after 2 out

12/1

11/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 71P3-1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who hammered his rivals at Stratford (2m3f, good) on reappearance and hasn't been overly punished by the assessor, having been raised 8lb for that 25l success; on the back of such a promising start to the campaign, he has to be feared despite going into deeper waters.

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0

3

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Midnight River

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and bounced back from lesser run at the Festival to win another Grade 3 handicap chase at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in April in a first-time tongue-tie (retained since); well beaten in the Charlie Hall on reappearance but may have needed the run and he could still have more to offer over staying trips; a possible.

9/1

3rd

3

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

15:00 Wetherby

Midnight River

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer, dropped to last halfway, went third 5 out, shaken up after 4 out, soon weakened

11/1

1st

2

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Midnight River

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Solid chance on form at about 2m4f on good and soft this winter, but a promising-looking challenge fizzled out in the Plate at Cheltenham last month and he hasn't been persevered with over 3m since his one-paced third at Uttoxeter last March; fitting a tongue-tie could help.

6/1

Form: 1P383-

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 12lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Ex-French youngster who looked very promising at Newbury last November, impressively winning a 2m handicap chase; best subsequent effort came in Grade 2 novice event at Ayr (2m4f) in April, losing second place close home; had wind surgery over the summer; retains potential but gives the impression he may ideally need a drop back in distance.

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3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Boasts a solid record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here and he's back on the same mark off which he went so close in the big December handicap; not at his very best the last twice (behind In Excelsis Deo here last month) but couldn't put a line through him.

9/2

8th

3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had stamina limitations over 3m recently; has a fine record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here but he went back up in the weights after his narrow defeat in December (soft; also effective on good to soft) and had no serious say off today's mark in this race last year.

14/1

10th

3

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Il Ridoto

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Campaigned mostly in 2m4f handicaps at Cheltenham since the start of last season, proving consistent in the main; goes into unknown territory over this new trip on first visit to Kempton.

8/1

Form: 5F36-2 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Finished 11th in this race last year, then fifth in the Racing Post Gold Cup and New Year's Day Chase here; went close at Wetherby two weeks ago but looks set for a lesser role back at Grade 3 level, as he's well exposed now and on a three-year losing spell; 4lb out of weights.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Kempton

Deyrann De Carjac

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Without a win since 2019 and no longer the force of old but has often performed with credit in major races; probably didn't have race run to suit when close fifth on last month's seasonal debut (developed into a sprint) and has slipped to a very attractive mark; cheekpieces refitted.

3/1

5th

7

18th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

15:33 Wetherby

Deyrann De Carjac

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

chased clear leader, headway before 5th, lost ground before 2 out, not fluent last, weakened gradually run-in

6/1

5th

12

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Deyrann De Carjac

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

held up in rear, ridden after 4 out, stayed on run-in, never dangerous

9/1

16/1

Form: 1221-5 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who tends to jump left, which cost him when an unplaced favourite in Grade 3 handicap at Ascot (2m1f) two weeks ago; may well improve returned to a left-handed track with that reappearance under his belt; however, has something to prove in this very deep race, having done his winning in small fields.

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Verdict Starting price

18th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Nassalam

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Revelation with two wins in refitted blinkers on heavy ground at Chepstow this winter, notably in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f); has a 16lb higher mark today and never seriously figured when he had a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup (33-1) but deep ground would boost his chance.

28/1

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Nassalam

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

The step up to about 3m1f last spring wasn't a success in the Ultima or at Aintree but he has been a different horse in refitted blinkers this winter, winning the Trial at Chepstow before following up in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f, again on heavy) in December; deep ground would make things interesting but he would have more to prove otherwise.

25/1

1st

5

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Nassalam

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

It took him three attempts to prove his effectiveness over about 3m but when he did it was in tremendous fashion under Caoilin Quinn at this track (heavy) 18 days ago in the National Trial, going on five out; his stamina will get much more of an examination today but he's well handicapped under a 4lb penalty after that major career best.

6/1

Form: 6P252- C

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Has a respectable record in handicaps at this track, including Plate success in 2020 (for previous yard); creditable sixth in the last two runnings of this race; runner-up to Stolen Silver here when last seen and should again give his running; first start for owner-rider David Maxwell (no change of trainer).

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Simply The Betts

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

First hurdle race for exactly five years; still a smart chaser as recently as April 2022 and reappearance last November was respectable, before one heavy defeat and an early unseat (the latter when trying headgear); too well handicapped to be discounted entirely but his stamina is unproven beyond 2m4f, after two attempts in 3m1f Grade 2 chases two winters back.

40/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 5lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Has some good form at this track, notably wins on this card and in the Plate in 2020 (for previous yard); below best in two races here this term but has possibilities if taking well to first-time headgear.

16/1

9th

4

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Simply The Betts

11st 8lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Paul Nicholls

Has good form at this track, notably Plate win in 2020 (off this mark; for previous yard) and second in this contest last year; however, finished behind some of these rivals in the Paddy Power seven weeks ago and got trounced by Stolen Silver last April; opposed judged on those efforts.

16/1

Form: 2PP-35 C

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Successful over 3m1f and 3m2f here in late 2020; none too consistent since and, following a third wind surgery, was well beaten (behind Midnight River) when dropped back to 2m3f at Stratford last month; enough to prove in this major 2m4f handicap.

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2

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:15 Doncaster

Storm Control

12st 1lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Kerry Lee

disputed lead, led from 2nd, not fluent 11th, not fluent and headed 3 out, soon weakened quickly, eased and pulled up before 2 out

9/2

Form: 6252-2 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winner over hurdles here in early 2020; only 1-11 over fences but ran creditably (fifth off 4lb higher) in this contest 12 months ago and finished second in another Grade 3 handicap here in January, both on good ground; thus may well have a race of this nature in him; not disgraced at Chepstow on reappearance; shortlisted.

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6th

6

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Galahad Quest

11st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Questionable what he achieved behind an easy winner when back chasing at Ludlow in February and especially after a lesser run at Newbury, albeit in a strong handicap (2m4f, good to soft); on the plus side, drying conditions are in his favour and his only previous attempt at 3m was in the valuable handicap at this track in 2022; could be a player after wind surgery.

10/1

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Galahad Quest

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent, outpaced after 12th, weakened after 2 out

11/2

Form: 03P-21 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Ran poorly in his one attempt over fences last season; both starts this term have come over hurdles at Newton Abbot (3m2f), winning the latest one; defied this mark in Grade 3 handicap chase at Newbury (2m4f, good) in March 2021 and has possibilities if he's still capable of that form; blinkers replace usual cheekpieces.

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Verdict Starting price

2

26th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 2

15:13 Wincanton

Umbrigado

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Acts on soft and heavy; biggest win was over fences (March 2021 off 8lb higher) but he's found hurdling more fruitful in the last two seasons; for instance, he had another go at chasing last time (major Cheltenham race) but fared a lot better over 3m2f as a hurdler at Newton Abbot earlier this term; case can be made.

7/1

10th

9

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Umbrigado

11st 2lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Ran poorly in his one attempt over fences last season; both starts this term have come over hurdles at Newton Abbot (3m2f), winning the latest one; defied this mark in Grade 3 handicap chase at Newbury (2m4f, good) in March 2021 and has possibilities if he's still capable of that form; blinkers replace usual cheekpieces.

12/1

2nd

1

5th Sep 2022

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

15:00 Newton Abbot

Umbrigado

12st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

held up in rear, headway on outer after 3 out, went second before 2 out, every chance when jumped right 2 out, ridden and outpaced when hung left approaching last, no match for winner

7/1

Form: P14P2- C

Last run: 203 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Something of a Grade 2 specialist, as he has a particularly good record at that level (largely dismal record in Grade 1s); this is a rare drop back in class but he failed to show his form in this contest (off 1lb lower) two years ago, eventually pulled up; sometimes let down by jumping; percentage call is to oppose him.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has struggled on his three starts this season and was pulled up here last time; however, perhaps the subsequent wind op will have done the trick and this three-time course winner is very well handicapped on last season's best form, including a C&D Grade 2 win last January; not ruled out.

8/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Mister Fisher

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced in second, lost second when not fluent 6th, not fluent 7th, weakened 8th

33/1

4th

3

4th Dec 2022

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

14:55 Huntingdon

Mister Fisher

11st 10lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent

13/2

Form: 8713-7 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Front-runner; seemed to need his reappearance run (over hurdles) here three weeks ago; the winner of three major handicaps over fences at this venue, namely this contest in 2020, the Racing Post Gold Cup in 2021 and the Plate in 2022; still held every chance when falling two out in this contest last year; however, current mark makes for a tougher task.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

jumped slightly right throughout, led narrowly, joined 11th, ridden when headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

10/1

8th

11

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

The winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, including this contest (off 2lb higher on soft ground) 12 months ago; however, his Cheltenham form this season (three visits) has taken a turn for the worse, with advancing years a likely factor (now a 12yo).

25/1

10th

3

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Fortuitous success in two-runner Grade 2 at Ascot two starts ago; the winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, albeit off lower marks; less likely to bag another one now aged 12.

14/1

Form: 12121/ C

Last run: 581 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Very useful novice chaser in the 2020-21 campaign, particularly over 3m1f, including a good second in the Ultima here and clearcut win at Aintree (another Grade 3 handicap); missed last season due to injury; progressive sort who could well have more to offer but this drop back to 2m4f tempers enthusiasm on return to action.

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9th

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Happygolucky

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Uncomplicated stayer who ran a blinder in this race two years ago (soft; off 5lb lower) before gaining compensation at Aintree; jarred up after and missed last winter but has lost nothing in the meantime, as shown by a close third on return, just behind Into Overdrive, at Newcastle in November (2m7f, good to soft); the return to 2m4f was no help since; solid contender back up in trip although first-time cheekpieces are an unknown.

14/1

10th

2

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Happygolucky

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Showed useful form when upped to 3m1f in the 2020-21 campaign, including a good second in the Ultima here, then missed last season; good third in the Rehearsal at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) on return to action; progressive but perhaps isn't crying out for this drop back to 2m4f.

10/1

3rd

3

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 1

15:25 Newcastle

Happygolucky

11st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Enjoyed an excellent novice chase campaign in 2020-21, finishing second in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f, soft) then going one better in another handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); absent since; very much a contender if he retains his promise but that's the big question.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 24341- C

Last run: 213 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Had form figures of 241 at Cheltenham last season, namely a close second over 2m at this meeting, creditable fourth in the Plate and emphatic success in Grade 2 handicap (2m4f, good; beat Simply The Betts by 11l); open to further progress this term and should cope with a 7lb rise for latest performance; stable is in great form; strongly respected.

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9th

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Stolen Silver

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

prominent, hampered then stumbled 1st

11/1

1st

1

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Stolen Silver

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

prominent

7/1

15th

3

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Stolen Silver

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Sole completion this season came over C&D on New Year's Day when running well behind Midnight River; creditable fourth in this race 12 months ago and won a Grade 2 handicap here next time; has very good course form, therefore, but is now weighted to the hilt off career-high mark.

25/1

Form: 61-155 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Unlucky in this race in 2019 (looked a serious threat when falling two out) but ran poorly the following year; regained the winning thread with a Kempton double (2m2f) this spring; however, both subsequent efforts don't suggest he's going to make it third-time lucky in the Paddy Power.

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5th

2

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

17:55 Kempton

Slate House

12st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent

12/1

1

14th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Kempton

Slate House

12st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Not quite the force of old, and two 2m2f wins here last spring came in relatively uncompetitive races; still had plenty to do when falling three out in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham (66-1) in November; this is weaker but one or two others still appeal a bit more.

6/1

13

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Slate House

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Unlucky in this race in 2019 (looked a serious threat when falling two out) but ran poorly the following year; regained the winning thread with a Kempton double (2m2f) this spring; however, both subsequent efforts don't suggest he's going to make it third-time lucky in the Paddy Power.

40/1

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Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £335.00
Straight Forecast £304.40
Tricast £1898.50
Trifecta £3237.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Ga Law

SPOTLIGHT:

Stolen Silver

WEST COUNTRY:

Galahad Quest

The Star:

Happygolucky

Telegraph:

Mister Fisher

D Express:

Simply The Betts

POSTDATA:

Ga Law

LAMBOURN:

Ga Law

The Times:

Ga Law

Daily Mirror:

Ga Law

The Sun:

Ga Law

Daily Record:

Ga Law

TOPSPEED:

Stolen Silver

The Guardian:

Stolen Silver

Daily Mail:

Stolen Silver