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Good To Soft

Grahame Suttle & Steve Currer, Racing Forever Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6861.96
  • 2m 3f 85y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Grahame Suttle & Steve Currer, Racing Forever Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 25112- D

Last run: 228 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Prone to making mistakes; that didn't stop him winning two in a row early this year (2m4f, soft/good to soft) and finishing second of four at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in March last time out; his jumping is a concern but he has potential off this mark if minimising the blunders.

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1st

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

jumped slightly right throughout, led, raced in second when headed 2nd, ridden after 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led narrowly last

7/2

3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Karl Philippe

11st 12lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly 13th, headed approaching last, kept on well run-in

12/1

9th

1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Reportedly bled when a disappointing favourite in Wetherby's Rowland Meyrick Chase on Boxing Day and has since had wind surgery (tongue-tie also now added); best known for his chasing exploits these days and now having first run over hurdles (1-5) in nearly three years; nothing wrong with his mark but others are perhaps safer propositions.

10/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: PP8P-6 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

He's fully 12lb lower than when a good second at Cheltenham (2m4f, good to soft) last December but he's struggled over fences and hurdles since; major turnaround required in first-time blinkers.

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12th

6

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Zanza

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off over hurdles here on final run last season and same story on last month's return; something to prove regarding current form but chasing is his game nowadays and he has an excellent record here, including a convincing win in the Grade 2 Denman Chase in February (2m7f, good); on a handy mark on that form and could go well at his favourite track now back over fences.

16/1

10th

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Zanza

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2); soft ground was an excuse when disappointing on his return to hurdling (now rated 16lb higher over fences) here in March and he's a feasible contender.

12/1

7th

1

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

15:10 Newbury

Zanza

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2 over nearly 3m in February; beat Ryanair third Hitman off level weights); struggled off his new/harsh mark back here over 2m4f but perhaps this is more his trip these days and he returns to hurdling off 16lb lower.

11/2

11/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 92214- D

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

He had a mixed campaign last season and was well beaten in April when last seen, but he won twice (2m3f/2m4f, good to soft/good) and returns on a competitive mark; can go well fresh and is not ruled out.

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9th

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

19:30 Sedgefield

The King Of May

12st 0lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Very well handicapped on form as recent as last autumn but has looked out of sorts on all four appearances this year and it takes a leap of faith to support him here.

12/1

9th

5

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

The King Of May

11st 5lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Four-time chase winner and also won two hurdles; confined to hurdling for this year's three runs (2m1f-3m1f) and hasn't been getting competitive; something to prove right now.

25/1

6th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

17:08 Sedgefield

The King Of May

11st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

held up in last, slow jump 4th, outpaced and lost touch 3 out

12/1

Form: 22511-

Last run: 291 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Made it 2-4 over fences when winning on final two starts last season (2m, good to soft/good); he's in a much tougher race on this reappearance but he should be fine now back up in trip and his in-form trainer has an excellent record at Wetherby.

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4th

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Xcitations

11st 13lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Looked as good as ever when holding on well to win at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) in November but has lost his way a bit since the turn of the year; stays this trip well enough but arrives here with something to prove.

8/1

6th

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Xcitations

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

1lb higher than when C&D winner in November, having won well on soft (unraced on heavy) last winter on his only other appearance at Sandown; looked set to finish second when unseating on penultimate start and ran respectably in a warm race on latest; considered.

10/1

7th

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Xcitations

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

Has pretty good 5-15 strike-rate over fences that includes two C&D wins; probably doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but looked set to finish second before coming to grief at penultimate fence at Wetherby (2m, soft) a fortnight ago and today's faster ground will also suit.

13/2

Form: 165P-4

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won off 1lb higher over hurdles at Haydock (3m, soft) in January and he was an encouraging fourth when back over fences for his second chase start on last month's reappearance at Carlisle (3m, good); could build on that at some point but this drop back in trip isn't an obvious plus.

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11th

23

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Small Present

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Third in the 3m3f Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen (good to soft) on Boxing Day suggested he can be a thorough stayer but he's not fired in the same way in his three starts since; cheekpieces (tried once last term, ran poorly) return; 8lb out of the handicap.

50/1

5

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Small Present

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Sue Smith

9th

10

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Small Present

11st 7lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Thorough stayer whose best form this season came when third over 3m3f at Market Rasen on Boxing Day; hammered a distance in his two subsequent starts and looks vulnerable.

10/1

Form: 15623-

Last run: 237 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won French 4yo Listed chase in April 2021; unproven on good/good to soft ground and there have been jumping issues when tailed off on two of his three British starts, but in between those he was a good second at Newbury (2m6f, soft) in February and that form puts him firmly in the picture.

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8th

3

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

17:15 Southwell

Yes Indeed

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Useful chaser at his best but a tricky horse to win with and has been out of form since the winter; on a tempting mark for this British hurdling debut but others have more pressing claims.

12/1

4th

1

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

15:50 Haydock

Yes Indeed

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ex-French 7yo who is 0-12 in Britain and hasn't been at his best on last three runs; however, last month's fourth at Sandown (3m, soft) was a step back in the right direction and his mark continues to fall; not ruled out.

4/1

4th

4

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Yes Indeed

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Pretty useful in France; 0-11 in Britain but he went close at Newbury (2m6f, soft; 1lb lower today) last March, among several minor honours last year; the backward steps on his last two outings, however, are offputting.

14/1

16/1

Form: 112517 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has won four times this season (2m7f/3m, good); however, he's tackling a different trip here, and perhaps slower ground, and this may prove too competitive even if he can bounce back from his disappointing latest run.

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10th

6

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:20 Catterick

The Vollan

11st 9lb

J: Miss Ellie Callwood

T: L J Morgan

Regressive 10yo who is better known as a staying chaser now; didn't run badly when switched back to hurdling two starts ago (2m7f) and will appreciate today's ease in grade but younger rivals appeal more.

16/1

4th

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

The Vollan

10st 12lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Ran some fair races over fences last autumn but this 10yo is nothing like as good as he was; well beaten back over hurdles last time and others have more going for them.

8/1

5th

6

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 3

13:05 Newcastle

The Vollan

10st 11lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

10yo who isn't the force of old but ran some fair races over fences in the autumn, most recently third at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft); continues to edge down the weights and might not be far away if the return to hurdling isn't a problem (three wins in this sphere, which he last tackled in May 2022).

9/1

Form: 11112- D BF

Last run: 378 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Completed a French four-timer (2m1f-2m3f, good-very soft) when winning on his chase debut last October; runner-up later that month and changed hands for 45,000euros last November; absent since but this 5yo has joined a good yard for his British career and could have a part to play.

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6th

8

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Ayr

Batman For Ever

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Four-time winner when trained in France; unplaced all six British starts for Rebecca Menzies and failed to justify strong market support when well beaten on last month's stable debut but it will be interesting to see whether his backers wade in again.

6/1

9th

9

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:00 Newcastle

Batman For Ever

11st 1lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

8/1

6th

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 5

12:30 Newcastle

Batman For Ever

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Rebecca Menzies

Chase and three-time hurdle winner when trained in France; well beaten on all five British starts (two chases, three hurdles) and not seen since April but has plummeted down the weights and needs very close attention in the betting.

5/1

Form: 44554-

Last run: 237 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on his form up to April 2021 but he failed to shine last season and he needs to raise his game on this reappearance.

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6th

3

6th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

15:25 Uttoxeter

Defi Sacre

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Richard Hobson

Five chase wins, the latest in March 2021 off 12lb higher; out of form last season and no sign of an imminent revival when tailed off on return at Wetherby 24 days ago; Brian Hughes keeps the faith but doubts for now.

9/1

9th

10

12th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:53 Wetherby

Defi Sacre

10st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Richard Hobson

midfield on outer

12/1

4th

6

20th Mar 2022

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

Defi Sacre

10st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Richard Hobson

Yet to hit top form in four runs this term, though he seemed not to get home over 3m when fifth at Ascot in January; he's dropping in the weights and is no forlorn hope back in trip after his break.

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5131-5 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Two chase wins during last season's novice campaign (2m3f/2m4f, soft/good); no threat in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on his reappearance but this lightly raced 6yo could have more to offer now back down in grade and with that outing under his belt.

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1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Soldier Of Destiny

12st 0lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

Won at Haydock (2m4f, good) in March 2022 but mixed bag in seven runs since and he was pulled up after wind surgery at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) last month; now 9lb lower than for that last win but he comes with risks attached back up in trip.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £433.00
Straight Forecast £413.80
Tricast £5489.50
Trifecta £3992.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Karl Philippe

SPOTLIGHT:

Soldier Of Destiny

RP Ratings:

Zanza

D Express:

Xcitations

POSTDATA:

The Vollan

LAMBOURN:

Soldier Of Destiny

The Times:

Soldier Of Destiny

Telegraph:

Soldier Of Destiny

The Guardian:

Karl Philippe

Daily Mail:

Karl Philippe

Daily Mirror:

Karl Philippe

The Star:

Karl Philippe

Daily Record:

Karl Philippe

TOPSPEED:

Zanza