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14:12 Uttoxeter

Good To Soft

Hobgoblin Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £9693.88
  • 3m 2f 13y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Hobgoblin Handicap Chase

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 332-11 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has been transformed by the switch to chasing, recording wins in both starts over fences in fine style, latterly here (3m, good) last month; 13lb higher mark than for that win and has longer trip and prospect of softer ground to cope with, but good chance he has not reached the ceiling of his ability; looks the one to beat.

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5

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Tea For Free

11st 12lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Strong stayer who was 4-4 over fences before falling in a valauble handicap chase at Doncaster 14 months ago when running well; on a potentially good mark for this return to hurdling but fully entitled to need this after his period on the sidelines and returning to fences is presumably on the agenda.

25/1

7

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Tea For Free

11st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Made it 4-4 over fences (2m6f-3m2f, good/soft) and under Lilly Pinchin when scoring at Newbury on New Year's Eve; 7lb higher today in a tougher race but he won in convincing fashion last time and could still be ahead of the handicapper; firmly in calculations.

9/2

1st

6

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Tea For Free

11st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Transformed by the switch to chasing, winning on all three attempts; they were on good ground under Lilly Pinchin, in good style over about 3m on first two occasions and having to work harder to assert over 3m2f at Uttoxeter on latest; raised another 6lb, which demands better still but it's the probably much more testing ground which poses the big question.

6/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 653-42 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Returning from a break and having only his second start over fences when just a fair second of four over 3m2f at Newton Abbot (good) last month; still has a bit to learn about jumping fences and may get found out in that respect against more experienced opposition.

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1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Acts on heavy; form dipped at Bangor last time; well suited by Chepstow and gained his sole chase win, albeit somewhat fortuitously, over this C&D (off 2lb lower in January); return to this track is a plus.

8/1

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Looked in excellent nick when winning by 29l at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in January and has since been placed off today's mark over hurdles there; enters calculations.

5/1

3rd

9

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

10st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Dual C&D winner over hurdles (2021); this season didn't go well, including over C&D two starts back, before he surged back to his best with a chase win on heavy ground at this track one month ago; that puts him back into serious calculations.

7/1

7/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: /7F22- BF

Last run: 235 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Only 1-16 over fences but capable in this sphere as he showed when runner-up on his last two starts, both over 3m6f, at Exeter (soft/good to soft): drop back in distance not too big a concern but he remains vulnerable to better-treated rivals.

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3rd

2

10th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:15 Exeter

Classic Ben

11st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Bang there when falling three out in this 12 months ago (on soft) and was runner-up in his next two starts, both here; returns on the back of a similar preparation, though this season's return offered greater encouragement than the one last year; big player; has run well on heavy.

11/2

3rd

1

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 3

14:12 Uttoxeter

Classic Ben

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

disputed lead, prominent from 2nd

7/1

2nd

5

22nd Mar 2022

Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:01 Exeter

Classic Ben

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Only 1-15 as a chaser but looked unlucky here in January and then chased home a solid stayer here over this trip (soft); should be in the thick of it once more.

4/1

Form: 1115-4 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Winner of five hurdle races last season; respectable fourth of seven on his chasing debut/seasonal reappearance at Worcester (2m7f, good) last month; longer distance of this race should play to his strengths but he has little experience of jumping fences to fall back on and this looks competitive.

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5th

6

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

In Rem

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won five on the spin over hurdles (2m5f-3m2f) during the 2021-22 season; lost his way over fences and, although he steadied the ship back hurdling at Exeter, he was behind Longshanks; looks vulnerable.

10/1

3rd

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

In Rem

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won five on the spin over hurdles (2m5f-3m2f) during the 2021-22 season, but has been campaigned exclusively over fences in recent times; pulled up after making a bad mistake in the North Wales National at Bangor (3m5f, heavy) three weeks ago; easing mark, and 2-3 here at Exeter.

10/1

5

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

In Rem

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

midfield, pushed along and dropped to rear with one circuit to go, bad mistake and almost fell 12th, soon lost touch, pulled up 13th

8/1

Form: 3P1-14 D BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Back-to-back good-ground wins over 3m1f (Plumpton) and 3m5f (Fakenham) in the spring but well held on his seasonal reappearance at the latter venue last month; might have needed that first run for 164 days and he wouldn't be one to write off on the back of one slightly disappointing display.

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28/1

Form: 3P17-8 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Thorough stayer who likes to race prominently; down the field on recent seasonal reappearance at Worcester (2m4f, soft) but that was over an inadequate distance and this trip is more suitable; not much wriggle room off current mark so others preferred.

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2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Volcano

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sheila Lewis

Has gained most wins at Warwick, the last three over 3m5f; best effort this term came over same distance in cross-country race at Cheltenham; drops back in grade off a workable mark but this doesn't look an ideal scenario; 0-4 at Hereford.

11/4

0

14

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Volcano

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Often front-runs; Warwick specialist with five wins from six appearances and two of those wins were over 3m5f (one on soft); the defeat, however, came in this race last year (heavy) when beaten 16l in a respectable fifth; best to forgive this season (way out of the weights on Cheltenham cross-country on last two starts) but 2lb wrong today and this task looks a bit too tough.

16/1

Form: P2PP5/

Last run: 583 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner when trained by Dan Skelton; only mild promise in four runs over fences and starts out for another yard following a 583-days layoff; it would be some training performance if he were to overcome those factors.

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6th

5

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:15 Market Rasen

Diomede Des Mottes

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

took keen hold, raced in second, pressed leader before 11th, led 12th, ridden and headed before 4 out

14/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:07 Uttoxeter

Diomede Des Mottes

11st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Not beaten that far when seventh here (3m2f) on stable debut in November and has become very well handicapped on older form, but fell when last in action and his current ability is tricky to assess.

25/1

Form: 434-21 CD

Last run: 150 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Came good on his sixth start this year when scoring readily over this C&D (good) in June; not seen since and has 8lb higher mark and likely softer ground to cope with, but still considered.

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3rd

8

27th Jun 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 4

19:30 Newton Abbot

Premier Dtroice

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Katy Price

Seemingly back in good form at Warwick (3m2f, good) last month, where he battled on well to press Nickelsonthedime in the closing stages, but was last of five when favourite at Fontwell 11 days ago and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

11/2

5th

3

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

19:55 Fontwell

Premier Dtroice

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Katy Price

pressed leader, led after 1st, pressed leader when headed 3rd, ridden after 3 out, stayed on until no extra inside final 110yds

5/1

2nd

3

31st May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Warwick

Premier Dtroice

11st 9lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Katy Price

Thorough stayer who was placed in two chases and a hurdle towards end of last season; probably on a good mark over hurdles but needs to bounce back quickly from lacklustre run over fences a fortnight ago; fully effective on good ground; unproven on good to firm.

8/1

Form: 9P4P-P BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Has dropped to a tempting mark and his backers were out in force on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) three weeks ago when he ran well below his best and was pulled up before two out; that was his fourth disappointing effort after wind surgery and he is hard to be optimistic about at the moment.

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7

28th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:10 Leicester

The Hollow Ginge

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Very well handicapped on his best form but has pulled up in four of his last five appearances and the return of a visor (replacing cheekpieces) isn't necessarily a positive.

25/1

3

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 3

14:12 Uttoxeter

The Hollow Ginge

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

disputed lead, led from 2nd, not fluent 4th

8/1

9

22nd Oct 2022

Good To Firm

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

The Hollow Ginge

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

didn't jump with fluency, disputed lead, in touch with leaders from 2nd, towards rear from 7th, in touch with leaders 13th, mistake 15th, soon in rear and pushed along, rallied and prominent before 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out

100/30

Form: 7P54P- D

Last run: 244 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in a race won by Volcano when last seen at Warwick (3m5f, good to soft) in March; has dropped to a favourable mark and could well pop up at some stage but this is his first run for quite a long time and his respected stable has yet to strike form this winter.

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9

1st Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Cuban Pete

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

On a massively reduced mark but that reflects his poor recent form; pulled up in his last four races and looks hard to support with confidence.

20/1

2

25th Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:17 Chepstow

Cuban Pete

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Triple chase winner at up to 3m1f, most recently in late 2020; in the doldrums last winter and carried on the bad work when pulled up for the third consecutive time in December (first-time blinkers, discarded); connections persevere and he may yet show more.

12/1

8

31st Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:10 Warwick

Cuban Pete

10st 12lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Triple chase winner at up to 3m1f but his last win was in November 2020 and he's been pulled up in his last two starts, most recently at Uttoxeter on his return last month; mark is tumbling but he needs to turn things around in first-time blinkers.

14/1

Form: /882P- C BF

Last run: 244 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

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7

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 149y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Vinnie Dev

10st 10lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Point and novice hurdle winner who appeared to enter handicaps three years ago on a very tough mark and also had 691 days off before last season; runner-up at Lingfield (3m5f, heavy) last February and 8lb lower today but he's not done much in his three starts since; headgear on six of his last seven starts but not today.

25/1

1

1st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 5

12:35 Fakenham

Vinnie Dev

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Gordon

T: Noel Williams

Point/hurdle winner who stays this trip on testing ground; below par on his last two starts; cheekpieces (worn on last four starts) now swapped for first-time visor; on a competitive mark but does have a bit to prove.

9/2

9th

6

23rd Nov 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:50 Hereford

Vinnie Dev

11st 12lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Noel Williams

Point/hurdle winner who finished second in a 3m5f handicap chase at Lingfield in February (heavy); has gone well fresh in the past and rain would help; still capable of better.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £77.00
Straight Forecast £82.10
Tricast £489.10
Trifecta £496.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Tea For Free

WEST COUNTRY:

In Rem

The Guardian:

Classic Ben

POSTDATA:

Bells Of Peterboro

TOPSPEED:

The Hollow Ginge

RP Ratings:

Tea For Free

The Times:

Tea For Free

Telegraph:

Tea For Free

Daily Mail:

Tea For Free

D Express:

Tea For Free

The Sun:

Tea For Free

Daily Record:

Tea For Free

The Star:

In Rem

Daily Mirror:

Classic Ben