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13:50 Haydock

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  • 2m 5f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 4 runners
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Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

1/2 (Won)

  • Win: £1.62

Form: 2232-2

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Has run well in defeat in Grade 1 and 2 chases on last six starts (1m7f-2m4f, good/good to soft), most recently off top weight in the Old Roan Handicap at Aintree, and he has stand-out form claims now back down in grade; every chance he'll stay this far; has shown promise on testing ground in the past.

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

3rd

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Hitman

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Just one win from last 15 starts but still capable of high-class form, as he showed when second to Shishkin in the Denman Chase at Newbury (2m7f, heavy); left well behind from three out in the Ryanair at Cheltenham next time, but this is weaker and drying ground will pose him no problems; real chance with blinkers replacing the usual cheekpieces.

11/4

8th

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Hitman

11st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Has a disappointing strike-rate for a horse of his ability but is capable of smart form, such as third-place finish in this contest last year; clear best effort since when second in Newbury Grade 2 last month, having travelled smoothly into contention then eventually got outstayed by Shishkin over 2m7f on heavy ground; that tees him up nicely for another crack at the Ryanair.

25/1

2nd

4

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Hitman

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders, good jump and went third 5 out, went second going easily just after 3 out, no extra from last, just held second

12/1

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Form: 111F3- D

Last run: 210 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Well-beaten third of four in Grade 2 at Sandown in April last time out and has something to find with Hitman here; however, this very lightly raced 7yo impressed early this year on his first two chase starts (2m4f/2m5f, good to soft/soft) and he goes well fresh; can give a good account.

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8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Erne River

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Back to form in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) to win six-runner handicap at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and solid fifth of 18 in Great Yorkshire Chase there since; also effective on soft; however, needs to build on those latest efforts to win this and Doncaster brings out the best in him.

20/1

Form: 5142-4 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Last season's highlight was his win in a Grade 2 novice chase here (2m4f, soft) and he shaped as though he needed the run on last month's reappearance at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); he has something to find with Hitman but it will be no surprise to see him make a bold bid from the front.

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Verdict Starting price

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Minella Drama

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Creditable third in this race 12 months ago but isn't sure to repeat the effort in this stronger renewal; possibly flattered when second in the Old Roan here on reappearance (numerous fences were omitted) and not in the same form since; bottom on ratings.

50/1

2nd

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Minella Drama

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, prominent, led before 6th

9/1

7th

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Minella Drama

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, not fluent 3rd

11/4

Form: 224PP-

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Second to subsequent Grade 1 winner Bravemansgame in this race last year (good to soft) and he's also effective on heavy ground; has had wind op since last run and he's entitled to respect on his best form, but his jumping can hold him back and he was pulled up on his final two starts last season.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

7th

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Itchy Feet

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Olly Murphy

Won this race last year (good to soft) and he might have finished closer in the Final at Cheltenham, when beaten under 7l, with an uninterrupted run; two lesser runs followed but he took advantage of a winning mark at Market Rasen in November; weights chance back up 3lb.

8/1

1st

2

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 2

13:40 Market Rasen

Itchy Feet

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Failed to fire on final outing last season and pulled up on last month's reappearance at Newton Abbot; however, he may have needed that latest outing and runs off the same mark as when winning at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft) in January; capable of playing a leading role.

9/2

0

1

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

15:35 Newton Abbot

Itchy Feet

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in second, lost two places but prominent before 5th, outpaced before 3 out

5/2

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hitman

The Times:

Minella Drama

RP Ratings:

Hitman

TOPSPEED:

Hitman

POSTDATA:

Hitman

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Daily Record:

Minella Drama