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15:22 Chepstow

Good To Soft

Coral Bet Bundles Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £2614.08
  • 2m 0f 11y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Coral Bet Bundles Open National Hunt Flat Race (Category 1 Elimination) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: NH Flat

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.20
  • Place: £1.30

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Value rose from £50,000 as a yearling to 120,000euros at three; third foal; dam 2m5f-3m hurdle winner, sister to bumper/2m-2m6f hurdle/chase winner Tara Mist; of obvious interest for his leading stable.

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8

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 3f 58y

Class 3

13:35 Ascot

Marvellous Mick

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won by just over 3l on his bumper debut at Chepstow (good to soft) and again ran to a fair level when mid-division in a Listed bumper here in December; needs to rebound from a disappointing hurdling debut back at Chepstow but he did go off odds-on and didn't appear to handle the heavy ground; remains promising; cheekpieces added.

5/1

5th

7

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Marvellous Mick

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

didn't jump well, took keen hold, prominent, bad mistake 2nd, not fluent 5th, mistake and lost ground 6th, soon recovered, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and weakened quickly before 2 out, bad mistake 2 out

11/4

7th

9

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 152y

Class 1

15:40 Ascot

Marvellous Mick

11st 2lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Backed into 6-5 when winning with something to spare on debut at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) last December; absent since (reportedly had a bad bout of colic in the spring); Harry Cobden rides yard's other runner and Olive Nicholls can't claim her usual 7lb, but no surprise to see a bold show.

14/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.30

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Favourite when runner-up in a 3m good-ground Irish point and the winner looked useful when making a winning debut here last month for Evan Williams; fetched £75,000 at the sales in April; promising, though stable has just a 6% strike-rate in bumpers in recent seasons.

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2nd

3

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Idefix De Ciergues

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Had to settle for second when odds-on for 2m3f maiden here (heavy; no headgear) in February, but lost out only by a short head in 15-runner Wincanton handicap (2m4f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) two starts ago; worth another crack at a staying trip and has the cheekpieces refitted today; big player.

5/2

2nd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:23 Chepstow

Idefix De Ciergues

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

led, led clearly 4 out, headed but prominent 4 out, outpaced after 3 out

8/11

25/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

6,000euros yearling; first foal out of a 2m hurdle winner and half-sister to point/bumper winner Gemma's Flame; stable has decent 17% strike-rate (20-116) in bumpers the last five seasons.

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1st

2

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

13:40 Newbury

Goodwin

11st 6lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Bumper winner who has performed to a similar level in winning a novice at Plumpton and finishing third under a penalty at Kempton (both over 2m on good to soft); progressive 6yo who likes to get on with it and shouldn't be far away.

7/2

3rd

1

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

12:55 Kempton

Goodwin

11st 6lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

led, jumped left 1st, headed 2 out, soon ridden, lost second and no extra from last

5/2

1st

7

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 4

12:40 Plumpton

Goodwin

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

made all

11/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bought for £75,000 since finishing runner-up in a 3m Irish point (soft) and that form has been well advertised by the two horses he divided; has a future.

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7th

16

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Haston Clermont

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Noel Williams

Progressive 7yo who kept on well to score at Catterick (3m1f, soft) six weeks ago and is now 3-5 over fences; has more on his plate here but open to further improvement over the longer trip.

9/2

1st

4

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

15:45 Catterick

Haston Clermont

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Noel Williams

Lightly raced point runner-up who won at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) in December on second chase start and followed up at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); beaten just a nose at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) last time by a winner who has since defied a 6lb rise, and he has attractive claims up 4lb.

5/4

2nd

3

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Haston Clermont

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Noel Williams

Low-mileage 7yo who bids to complete a hat-trick after recent wins at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) and Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); this is a much more competitive race than last time but he's still respected.

100/30

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

It could have been a decent point in which he ran third in Ireland, as the winner had shown promise already and the third later changed hands for £120,000 (unraced since); this one fetched £70,000; commands respect.

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1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

13:33 Taunton

Helnwein

11st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Beat 16 rivals to make winning hurdle debut at Warwick (2m, soft) in November and was second in small-field Listed race at Sandown (2m, heavy) the following month; not discredited when fourth in Kempton Grade 2 (2m, soft) on latest outing and ought to play a major role.

11/2

4th

4

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:00 Kempton

Helnwein

11st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Absent since finishing second of three in Sandown Listed race (2m, heavy) 11 weeks ago; faces a harder task in this field but remains unexposed and has gained both wins when fresh; interesting.

8/1

2nd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 1

11:35 Sandown

Helnwein

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

took keen hold, raced in second, led going best 2 out, faced challenge run-in, headed towards finish

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

32,000euros foal; second foal; dam unraced half-sister to winners Cavite Beta (bumper/2m1f-2m5f hurdle/chase), Bangkok Pete (bumper/2m3f-2m7f hurdle) and Golden Firebird (bumper); stable's newcomers always merit attention.

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1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:35 Chepstow

Magical Escape

11st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Displayed big jolt of improvement when runner-up in first-time cheekpieces here (2m3f, heavy) in December, his second hurdling start; that's the best form on offer here but his two subsequent runs were underwhelming (2m5f/2m3f); tries a new trip today.

9/4

4th

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Magical Escape

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

in touch with leaders, jumped left 1st, outpaced 7th, not fluent 3 out, lost touch before 2 out, jumped left last, kept on run-in, no telling impression

6/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Fifth foal; half-brother to bumper/2m-2m3f hurdle winner Dollys Destination; dam a bumper winner; stable won this with a newcomer 12 months ago.

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10th

2

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 4

14:35 Newton Abbot

Bohemian Lad

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Anthony Honeyball

towards rear on outer, headway and in touch with leaders before 3 out

40/1

7th

2

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Bohemian Lad

11st 5lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Minor promise in a bumper here in December; well beaten on his hurdle debut at Fontwell six weeks ago (2m1f, good); likelihood is that he's a longer-term prospect.

66/1

7th

3

6th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 162y

Class 4

15:30 Fontwell

Bohemian Lad

11st 7lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4th, bad mistake and dropped to rear 5th, soon reminders, struggling when slightly hampered 4 out

20/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

90,000euros 3yo; seventh foal; brother to smart bumper/2m2f-3m4f hurdle/chase winner Death Duty; dam bumper/2m3f and 3m hurdle winner; one to be interested in, especially should market vibes bode well.

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3rd

9

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Big Ambitions

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Signs of promise on both hurdle starts (2m/2m3f, soft/good to soft), most recently 28l third of 16 in warm maiden at Lingfield; this very lightly raced 5yo is bred to get better the further he goes and is open to improvement on this handicap debut; firmly in calculations.

7/2

3rd

2

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 4

13:30 Lingfield

Big Ambitions

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Left debut form behind when a promising fourth in Wetherby bumper in December and he made a solid start over hurdles when runner-up in another big field at that track (2m, soft) last month; needs to find more progress but he's well related and this step up in trip should suit on pedigree.

5/1

2nd

1

26th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Wetherby

Big Ambitions

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, not fluent 4 out

8/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

34,000euros foal; fifth foal; half-brother to winning jumpers Indian Hawk and Melekhov; dam well beaten bumpers/maiden hurdles, half-sister to 1m2f Flat/useful 2m-3m hurdle/chase winner Banasan; market should be informative.

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1st

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

14:18 Southwell

Gods Own Getaway

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

0-5 over hurdles but probably didn't have the race run to suit when coming from off the pace for third of 14 at Market Rasen (2m2f, good to soft) last month, and it will be interesting to see how he fares on today's chasing debut.

5/1

3rd

3

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

15:54 Market Rasen

Gods Own Getaway

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

Showed promise on first two runs over hurdles when placed in novices at Wetherby (2m, soft) and Warwick (2m3f, soft); had a break and has been disappointing in two handicaps on his two runs since (cheekpieces worn last time are now removed).

8/1

4th

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Gods Own Getaway

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Disappointed on handicap debut at Wincanton 12 days ago and needs to bounce back quickly here but was placed on both hurdling starts last year (2m/2m3f, soft) and probably still has potential; cheekpieces added.

9/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

First foal; dam unraced half-sister to 2m4f hurdle winner Candy Lou, bumper/2m hurdle winner Julia Too and point/2m4f hurdle winner Everyday Everyhour; stable won this two years ago, albeit with one who had the benefit of a race.

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5th

3

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

15:00 Taunton

Exmoor Lad

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Tailed off in his sole bumper and he finished ninth of ten in his two hurdle runs in the spring, including over C&D; has a lot to find on his return and minor handicaps will be more suitable.

40/1

9th

1

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Exmoor Lad

11st 4lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

mounted in chute and taken down early, held up in rear, awkward jump 1st

50/1

9th

2

2nd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

14:15 Taunton

Exmoor Lad

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

50-1, well-beaten tenth of 13 on debut in bumper at Chepstow (2m, good to soft) in December; hard to fancy on the back of that.

66/1

Form: 9

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict

Not beaten far at Ascot (good) a month ago but he was only ninth of 12 and a sedate gallop suggests it could be flattering; this should reveal more.

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7th

1

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

15:40 Stratford

Claras Soldier

12st 0lb

J: Daire Davis

T: Fergal O’Brien

Unplaced all five hurdling starts; seemed to be travelling okay when brought down on handicap debut in March but was well beaten here the following month; switches to chasing after 169-day break.

8/1

7th

8

23rd Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

16:45 Stratford

Claras Soldier

11st 1lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Might well have shown improvement at Southwell (2m4f; handicap debut) last month but for being brought down on the final bend (was going nicely at the time); could be dangerous granted better luck.

10/1

4

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

16:10 Southwell

Claras Soldier

11st 6lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Five-race maiden; in good hands; holds weak claims on form but looks a possible improver now handicapping over a new trip and in first-time tongue-tie; market support should be heeded.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

50,000euros 3yo; first foal out of a winning hurdler/chaser from the family of good hurdler Boreham Bill and other winning jumpers; stable's poor strike-rate in bumpers suggests a watching brief is best.

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15th

9

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

17:35 Exeter

Atlantic Fleet

11st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Some promise when a 17l fourth in his middle run and handicaps should see him in a better light.

10/1

4th

1

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:50 Taunton

Atlantic Fleet

11st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

14/1

4th

1

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

14:30 Taunton

Atlantic Fleet

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

From a useful family and represents notable connections; soundly beaten in Chepstow bumper (good to soft) last month but should do better with that debut experience under his belt.

20/1

25/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

4 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

£15,000 3yo; second foal; dam (fourth in 2m hurdle only start) from the family of Champion Bumper winner Mucklemeg; makes his debut with the yard in decent form.

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5

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

16:00 Wincanton

Hoodlum

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

in rear, struggling 3rd, tailed off when pulled up 2 out

50/1

13th

11

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

15:22 Chepstow

Hoodlum

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tom George

£15,000 3yo; second foal; dam (fourth in 2m hurdle only start) from the family of Champion Bumper winner Mucklemeg; makes his debut with the yard in decent form.

25/1

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Exacta £271.00
Straight Forecast £272.00
Trifecta £3337.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

He Knows Better

The Times:

Marvellous Mick

WEST COUNTRY:

Big Ambitions

The Guardian:

Bohemian Lad

D Express:

Marvellous Mick

Daily Mirror:

Marvellous Mick

The Sun:

Marvellous Mick

The Star:

Marvellous Mick

Telegraph:

Big Ambitions

RP Ratings:

He Knows Better

POSTDATA:

He Knows Better

LAMBOURN:

He Knows Better

Daily Mail:

He Knows Better

Daily Record:

He Knows Better