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14:30 Market Rasen

Good To Soft

Pertemps Network Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £8169
  • 2m 5f 89y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Pertemps Network Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: /F110- D

Last run: 223 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won two novice hurdles in a row last winter (2m4f, heavy/soft) before finishing tailed off in a Grade 1 at Aintree (3m, good to soft; didn't settle) when last seen in April; his trainer has high hopes for him over fences and this unexposed 6yo could play a leading role on this chase/handicap debut.

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

6th

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Bowtogreatness

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

towards rear

16/1

11th

16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Bowtogreatness

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Last season's novice campaign concluded with good second in competitive handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last April and he returned to form when third at Kempton (3m, soft) recently; might not be far away if proving effective on the course (hasn't shone in his two previous visits).

14/1

3rd

8

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Bowtogreatness

10st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has possibly needed his two runs this season and may be ready to peak today; 0-8 over fences but ran well in notable handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; clear second) last April and that form puts him firmly in the picture.

7/1

Form: 3162- BF

Last run: 273 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Looked useful when making a winning start over hurdles at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) just over a year ago; his two subsequent outings last season were a touch underwhelming but he retains potential now chasing (second in Irish point) after wind surgery; stable gets a lot of winners here.

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

2

15th May 2023

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:45 Southwell

Barony Legends

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in rear

7/1

5th

1

12th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:05 Southwell

Barony Legends

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

towards rear, headway after 10th

7/1

7

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 4

14:00 Wetherby

Barony Legends

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Looked very good when winning at Lingfield (2m3f, soft) in October 2021; unable to reproduce that promise since but his recent 14l third at Bangor (2m3f, good to soft) wasn't devoid of promise and this longer trip may be a plus; continues to drop down the weights and he's an each-way possible.

11/1

Form: F2/13- D

Last run: 306 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Point winner in 2019 who was the wide-margin winner of a 2m5f Huntingdon maiden hurdle (good) in May 2021; not seen again until finishing 12l third in a 2m4f Wetherby novice hurdle (soft) in January and absent again since; possibly not the easiest to train but he has potential as a chaser.

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

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Raffle Ticket

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mel Rowley

Usually races on easier tracks and less testing ground but useful form when third on Sandown's stiff finish last midwinter; made it three chase wins from six completions when winning at Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when beating a good subsequent winner; up 4lb but unexposed for his age and could yet do better.

9/4

1st

2

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Raffle Ticket

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mel Rowley

led

7/2

Form: 42-211

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

French bumper/Irish hurdle winner who has improved for current yard since reverting to fences, scoring at Huntingdon in June and following up in a competitive race at Worcester (2m4f, soft) five months later; respected despite a 7lb rise.

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

7th

6

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:10 Chepstow

Gloire Dathon

11st 1lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

Had a purple spell when winning five of six races from June 2022 to May of last year; not sure what has happened since then but he'll be on a good mark when he does turn a corner.

10/1

3

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Gloire Dathon

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Sarah Humphrey

in rear but in touch with leaders, headway and went second after 4th, not fluent and lost position 8th, dropped to rear before 9th, soon struggling

10/1

Form: 603-23

Last run: 185 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

2m1f hurdle winner in France and also ran to a fairly useful level when fourth on the second of two starts over fences there; raced only on very soft or heavy; new stable won this race last year; one to note in the market.

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

0

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

12:25 Exeter

Mot Pour Mot

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

held up in rear, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

2

31st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:45 Warwick

Mot Pour Mot

12st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

2m1f hurdle winner in France and he was placed in Listed hurdle events (2m3f, soft/heavy) in his final two runs there in the spring; has some chasing experience and he needs a close look back over fences on his British/stable debut.

5/1

Form: 12/ D BF

Last run: 618 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Off the mark at the fourth attempt in Irish maiden points (3m, soft) in December 2020; looked a useful prospect when first and second in novice hurdles around 2m5f (good to soft/soft) at the beginning of 2021 but not seen since; has had wind surgery; top yard wouldn't have any difficulty readying one after an absence and it'll be interesting to see how strong he is in the betting.

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

7

29th Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:10 Southwell

Bennys Oscar

11st 5lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

10

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 56y

Class 3

14:10 Wetherby

Bennys Oscar

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Point winner who looked promising when landing a novice hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, soft) in February 2021; first-fence faller at Uttoxeter last month when back from a long absence and he may have needed the run when back over hurdles at Chepstow three weeks ago (tailed off); in top hands and has a first-time tongue-tie, but nevertheless has plenty to prove.

25/1

11th

6

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:53 Chepstow

Bennys Oscar

11st 5lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Looked very promising during two-race novice hurdle campaign in 2020-21 but wasn't seen again until falling at first fence on last month's chase/handicap debut; quickly switched back to hurdling here and remains unexposed but not an easy horse to weigh up at present.

20/1

Form: 12731-

Last run: 220 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner last season, the latter in handicap company at Hexham (2m4f, good to soft) in April; very much the type to do even better over fences (chased home the useful Arizona Cardinal in an Irish point at start of career) but his yard's lack of winners this autumn/winter is enough reason to look elsewhere on this first attempt.

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

6th

9

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:35 Uttoxeter

East Street

10st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Won at Wetherby (3m, heavy) last November and went close next time; however, he's lost his form and a big turnaround is required; blinkered last three starts and now reverts to cheekpieces.

16/1

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

East Street

11st 1lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Sue Smith

Won at Wetherby (3m, heavy) last November and went very close off today's 3lb higher mark over this C&D (heavy) in December; however, he's lost his form subsequently and a big turnaround is required.

12/1

5th

3

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Catterick

East Street

11st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

In good form late last year with a win (3m, heavy) and near-miss (2m7f, heavy) in his regular cheekpieces; however, he was laboured at Haydock two runs back and departed mid-race last week at Carlisle when tried in blinkers; jumping can be an issue.

13/2

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Non-runners

Willaston, Raffle Ticket, Gloire D'athon

Verdict

Not an easy puzzle to solve given that the majority are making their chase debut and reappearance but it’s a very interesting contest. Gloire D’Athon is one who definitely arrives in form and has proven he can do it over fences so he’s not opposed lightly but BOWTOGREATNESS quickly reached a useful level over hurdles last winter and appeals as one to go on to even better things over fences, particularly given his stable has enjoyed such a good first half of the season. [Andrew Sheret]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Bowtogreatness

The Times:

East Street

Telegraph:

East Street

The Guardian:

East Street

The Sun:

East Street

WEST COUNTRY:

Bowtogreatness

Daily Mail:

Bowtogreatness

D Express:

Bowtogreatness

Daily Mirror:

Bowtogreatness

The Star:

Bowtogreatness