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Martin Jones Decorative Specialists Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £10129.56
  • 2m 3f 48y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Martin Jones Decorative Specialists Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.30
  • Place: £1.60

Form: U1323-

Last run: 239 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Took well to chasing last season, most recently when staying on for third in Aintree festival handicap (2m good to soft) in April; today's longer trip won't be a problem and he's a player off his current mark if ready to roll after eight-month layoff; tongue-tie added.

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17th

3

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Shakem UpArry

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

10yo who has been better than ever the last twice with wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy/soft), latest in the Plate at the Festival when he went clear before appearing to idle close home; a 6lb rise for last time certainly isn't harsh and he's run well on the Mildmay course here; respected.

13/2

1st

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Shakem UpArry

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Finished an honourable third in this race (soft) last year; had a fair stab at his first run beyond 2m5f when fourth at Aintree next time (3m1f, good to soft) but was a non-stayer over 3m2f at Newbury in December and has since confirmed that 2m4f is his trip when coming clear quite readily over C&D (heavy) on New Year's Day; 4lb higher than 12 months ago but he could now be an improved performer.

8/1

1st

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Shakem UpArry

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, went second 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in

9/2

7/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: /7481- C

Last run: 279 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Made somewhat shaky start to chasing career last season but came good at third attempt, drawing nicely clear for ready win at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) February; back up in grade on first start since but still has potential.

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2nd

10

18th Mar 2023

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Tile Tapper

10st 5lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Chris Honour

Raised his profile this season in some decent handicap chases and saw out the stiff 3m at Carlisle (good to soft) to win gamely last time; progressive enough to deal with the 6lb rise but he's not raced over anything approaching this distance before, so bit of a guessing game as to whether he'll get home; others safer.

14/1

1st

5

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Carlisle

Tile Tapper

11st 10lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Solid second at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) and Kempton (3m, soft) in December, suggesting he has a decent handicap in him; disappointing favourite last time but has clear possibilities if putting that quickly behind him.

6/1

4th

7

14th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Tile Tapper

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Won at Chepstow in February on final last term and second on both starts this season, most recently over C&D (soft) at Christmas when upped in trip and Smarty Wild was third; made a bad mistake three out that day but renewed his effort very well; major player raised 1lb.

3/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 414-PF

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Gained all three chase wins over 3m1f+ at Wincanton but held every chance before penultimate-fence fall at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) last month; no surprise if he makes his presence felt here.

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4

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

16:17 Wincanton

Edeiffs Elton

11st 12lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Robert Walford

Reappeared with encouraging fourth over 2m4f here in November and this would be more his trip (all three career wins at this track at 3m1f/3m2f); has won on soft but has twice disappointed on heavy.

5/1

0

7

12th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Edeiffs Elton

11st 5lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Reappeared with encouraging fourth over 2m4f here last month and he can build on that now back up in trip and back in his usual cheekpieces, with his three career wins having come here over 3m1f/3m2f; respected.

11/2

Form: 2132-2

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 6yo who won two 2m chases for Venetia Williams last winter; ran well in defeat on last month's seasonal debut at Aintree (2m, soft) and, if his French form is a guide, today's move back up in trip ought to suit; high on the list.

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1st

9

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Galop De Chasse

11st 3lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

made all, jumped right 10th, reminder 3 out, 3 lengths ahead when jumped left last, soon ridden and faced challenge, kept on well

7/1

3rd

4

8th Apr 2023

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

Galop De Chasse

11st 7lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Triple chase winner who dug deep when scoring at Hereford (2m, soft) in January; reportedly suffering from an irregular heartbeat when disappointing at Chepstow but bounced back with a good second at Wincanton 12 days ago; probably wouldn't want the ground to dry out but he still looks on a workable mark and has possibilities if conditions are in his favour.

11/2

2nd

2

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

14:30 Wincanton

Galop De Chasse

12st 0lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Dug deep to fend off Rose Sea Has at Hereford (2m, soft) and was reportedly suffering from an irregular heartbeat when running no race at Chepstow; close to a career-high mark but needs respecting.

11/2

7/2

Form: 2117-2 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Looked a very promising novice hurdler last season and made good start to chasing career at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) last month, for all that he succumbed to a stronger finisher on the run-in; should still have a fair bit more to offer and commands respect.

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0

1

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:45 Exeter

Ree Okka

12st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Very promising novice hurdler in 2021-22 season but 0-6 over fences since, having been pulled up seven weeks ago on latest outing; switches back to hurdling on a tempting mark but needs to get career back on track.

11/1

Form: 1/213/

Last run: 685 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 7yo who was very close third in Grade 2 novice hurdle at Warwick (2m5f, heavy) in January 2021; today's chase/handicap debut comes after a 685-day absence; had wind surgery during the summer; market support will bring him into the equation.

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7th

9

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Make Me A Believer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but he had wind surgery (his third) in August and reappeared with a win at Exeter (3m, good to soft) six weeks ago when he travelled much the best before hanging on by half a length; up 6lb but could have more to offer.

11/1

1st

8

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Make Me A Believer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but there were hints of promise and he may yet have improvement to come in this sphere; reappears following a third wind operation; not discounted.

9/1

4th

2

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Uttoxeter

Make Me A Believer

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; missed all of last season but made encouraging chase/handicap debut in December (2m3f) and didn't run badly before looking a non-stayer over 3m last month; drops back in trip here and is 5lb lower now; dangerous to ignore.

7/1

Form: 1F-27P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Returned from layoff with very encouraging hurdle run in September but has disappointed in two good-quality chases since (wore blinkers last time); will appreciate this ease in grade but would appeal more on genuine good ground and has more to prove than some; cheekpieces tried today.

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0

2

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:40 Market Rasen

Captain Tom Cat

11st 10lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

pressed leader, led 9th, headed 2 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths second when fell last

3/1

3rd

2

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

19:40 Uttoxeter

Captain Tom Cat

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Not as good as he was over fences but remains capable of useful chase form; didn't really fire here last month but still looks interesting off his lower hurdle mark; best on good ground but handles soft.

8/1

Form: 4FUP-4 CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Failed to complete his last three races last season and made underwhelming reappearance when last of four at Newton Abbot in October; on good mark if judged on C&D novice chase win at this meeting a year ago but needs to get career back on track.

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5th

5

10th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 137y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Gladiateur Allen

11st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Has performed reasonably in three hurdling starts since returning from a spell chasing, the latest over 2m7f here two weeks ago; tendency to race keenly a negative and only hurdle win came more than two years ago.

13/2

5th

1

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:17 Exeter

Gladiateur Allen

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

raced freely, disputed lead, led 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, soon headed and ridden, weakened 2 out

13/2

4th

2

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

16:05 Chepstow

Gladiateur Allen

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won chase debut in December 2021; not so good since but the handicapper has reacted and this season's form (back over hurdles on latest start) suggests that he has a place chance.

7/1

Form: P/PP1- D

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Pulled up four consecutive times last season but bounced back to form to cause 16-1 surprise at Carlisle (2m4f, good) in April; today's 7lb higher mark ought to be manageable but he's not an easy one to predict.

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8

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Carlisle

Maypole Class

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Pulled up four times in a row before winning over C&D last April and has since reverted back into modest mode; too risky.

10/1

4th

6

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Maypole Class

11st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Pulled up four times in a row before winning at 16-1 at Carlisle (2m4f, good) last April; well beaten/pulled up on his two starts this season and has something to prove, but he's had wind surgery since his last run and is one to watch in the betting.

16/1

5

30th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 3

14:00 Haydock

Maypole Class

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

3-9 over fences (wins at up to 2m5f and on good/slower); ended a run of four successive non-completions when winning a 0-120 at Carlisle (2m4f, good) in April; 80-1 on recent return from a break at Exeter (2m3f), when a bad mistake two out put paid to his chance; bit to prove.

16/1

Form: 1114-7 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

12yo who has excellent 11-33 strike-rate over fences and was in career-best form in today's headgear combination last season; weakened quite quickly from penultimate fence on last month's seasonal debut at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) but ran well for a long way there and is not out of this.

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4th

8

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

17:05 Wincanton

Native Robin

11st 4lb

J: David Prichard

T: Jeremy Scott

Teenager who was in career-best form last season, winning three times over C&D (all on good to soft); well below that level this term but ran well from the front when third at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft) last month and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

10/1

3rd

3

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:40 Stratford

Native Robin

11st 10lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Jeremy Scott

Admirable veteran with 13 chase victories to his name but hasn't approached anything like his best form since returning from a break.

14/1

3rd

6

31st Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Native Robin

11st 3lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

raced in second, pushed along after 6th, ridden after 9th, lost second 3 out, weakened 2 out

25/1

Form: 43P2F- D

Last run: 225 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Gained all four rules wins on soft or heavy ground and has been off since falling in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in April but has slipped to a very good mark and will be a danger to all if fully revved up.

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0

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

13:02 Chepstow

Alnadam

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Sophie Leech

Very useful chaser in his prime but needed considerable help from the handicapper before his hurdling win for Dan Skelton in March; unplaced in five French hurdles since joining Sophie Leech and not the most obvious answer here; suited by soft/heavy ground.

33/1

1st

2

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 4

15:35 Haydock

Alnadam

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

With the cheekpieces off and having dropped down the weights, he returned to form with a creditable third at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) last month; his rules wins have come on soft/heavy ground and he's a strong contender if producing another good performance here.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £358.00
Straight Forecast £347.00
Tricast £3245.30
Trifecta £2631.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Galop De Chasse

SPOTLIGHT:

Ree Okka

D Express:

Tile Tapper

Daily Mirror:

Captain Tom Cat

TOPSPEED:

Native Robin

The Times:

Ree Okka

The Star:

Ree Okka

Daily Mail:

Galop De Chasse

The Sun:

Galop De Chasse

Daily Record:

Galop De Chasse