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13:45 Huntingdon

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Fitzdares Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5446
  • 2m 7f 129y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Fitzdares Wishes Everyone A Merry Christmas Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: F1-F23 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Two falls in five chase starts but there was nothing wrong with his jumping when a strong-travelling third at Bangor (3m, good to soft); ran as though that race was needed and, while the form has taken some knocks, he probably has a lot more to offer.

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0

3

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

15:30 Taunton

Great DAnge

12st 6lb

J: Mr Myles Osborne

T: M Osborne

midfield, lost ground from 7th, tailed off before 9th

50/1

9

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Great DAnge

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Robbie Llewellyn

in rear throughout, tailed off when pulled up 4 out

7/1

2nd

2

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:13 Huntingdon

Great DAnge

12st 0lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Lost his way for Tom George and was sold on for only 2,500gns; change of scenery must have done him good after his return to winning ways at Market Rasen (3m, good) and a 5lb rise isn't the end of the world.

9/2

10/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: 36-343 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Very well handicapped on the best of his hurdle form but he's not beaten a rival in either chase start, both handicaps (2m7f/3m1f); reservations for now in this discipline.

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1st

4

7th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:12 Southwell

Taste The Fear

11st 8lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Three hurdle wins and his second over fences when reacting positively to this new headgear over C&D two weeks ago (good); that was hard work and he's 4lb higher in a race that might take more winning.

5/2

1st

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:53 Southwell

Taste The Fear

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Three-time chase winner; kept on for modest third at Hereford (2m5f, good) in January but has not been firing on all cylinders this season and needs today's change of headgear to perk him up.

12/1

3rd

1

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:30 Wetherby

Taste The Fear

12st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Flopped at Carlisle last month when heavy ground shouldn't have been an issue; however, prior to that he was a fair third at Hereford (2m5f, good) and is now 6lb lower; his last win came over 3m and he's not ruled out.

4/1

20/1

  • Place: £3.90

Form: 28P-46

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Two handicap chase wins at about 2m4f in early 2021; back on a good mark but has looked cold as ice this season.

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9

25th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 5

11:50 Huntingdon

Counteract

10st 2lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Suzy Smith

Two-time chase winner who was a fair third over fences here (2m7f, good) last December; however, he struggled on his next two starts in the spring (fences/hurdles) and others make greater appeal.

20/1

7th

7

14th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 5

14:15 Plumpton

Counteract

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Suzy Smith

Pulled up over fences in March on latest start; two chase wins but unplaced in five attempts over hurdles, the latest in March 2021; lot to prove back hurdling with cheekpieces on for the first time.

20/1

5

5th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:25 Huntingdon

Counteract

11st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Suzy Smith

Finished third over C&D when last seen three months ago, showing clear signs of a revival; blossomed in spring 2021, scoring twice on good ground (including off 4lb higher); interesting with plenty in his favour.

11/2

Form: 924233 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 5lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Six-time chase winner who won't mind returning to further after recent defeats at about 2m5f, but turns 13 in a few weeks and he's probably vulnerable.

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4th

5

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:45 Stratford

Steel Wave

11st 8lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

in touch with leaders, headway from 9th, went third before 4 out, outpaced after 2 out, weakened approaching last

9/2

1st

1

9th Sep 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:50 Stratford

Steel Wave

12st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

prominent, went second after 11th, led after 2 out, kept on run-in, pushed out

4/1

8th

9

4th Aug 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

15:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Steel Wave

10st 11lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Enjoying a fine summer with two Stratford wins and shade unfortunate (slipping saddle) when second at Southwell latest; another 6lb rise in stronger company asks a lot from this 13yo, however.

12/1

Form: 232513

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Jumped well when going in at the first time of asking over fences in 3m1f handicap at Plumpton and perhaps found 2m4f too sharp when beaten 5l at Lingfield off this 3lb higher mark; had a wind op since; entitled to go well.

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1st

1

22nd Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 100y

Class 4

16:00 Warwick

Art Of Illusion

12st 2lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Warren Greatrex

took keen hold, prominent, went second before 8th, disputed lead before 12th, led clearly 13th, niggled along briefly 3 out, ridden and faced challenge run-in, kept on well final 110yds

3/1

5th

3

14th Feb 2023

Good

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Art Of Illusion

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

led, pushed along and increased tempo after 4 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, weakened before 2 out

11/4

2nd

4

30th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Art Of Illusion

11st 11lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Warren Greatrex

prominent, led 7th, went clear before 13th, reduced lead 3 out, ridden 2 out, headed last, stayed on

9/4

Form: 81/4/2

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Just 4lb higher than for his Doncaster win in March 2020 (2m4f, good) and went down by only a length on his return from a long absence at Stratford (2m6f, good) last month; remains to be seen whether he can build on that but clearly needs respecting.

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3rd

2

11th Oct 2023

Good

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

16:05 Sedgefield

Top Decision

11st 8lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

midfield, some headway before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on and went third run-in

13/2

5th

4

6th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

19:18 Hexham

Top Decision

11st 10lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Samuel Drinkwater

Hasn't been seen since February but last October's Stratford close second (off this mark) came after two years away; appears to stay 3m but both wins at shorter and this isn't the track for those with suspect stamina.

10/1

4th

1

9th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 5

14:15 Doncaster

Top Decision

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Samuel Drinkwater

2m4f course winner who returned from a long absence with a good second at Stratford (extended 2m6f, good) in October; below par next time and he's since unseated (six out) over this C&D, but he was going okay at the time and is not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.

15/2

Form: 64383- D

Last run: 230 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Left Lucy Wadham under a cloud and, although bred for chasing, this is a belated first run over fences; would also prefer much softer ground, so despite his good mark a watching brief seems best.

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7th

9

31st Dec 2022

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

13:35 Warwick

Potters Hedger

11st 4lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

led, headed 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out

20/1

1

4th Dec 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

13:45 Huntingdon

Potters Hedger

12st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Charlie Longsdon

raced wide, slowly into stride, in touch with leaders 1st, slow jump 4th, not fluent 8th, slow jump 10th, pushed along 11th, mistake and ridden 12th, struggling 5 out

8/1

8th

10

4th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Potters Hedger

10st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Lucy Wadham

One win in each of the last four years; had a third breathing operation after reappearance this term and has not found his form yet but he's now 7lb below the mark he won off last January; also put up a pretty bold show at last year's Cheltenham Festival; not dismissed.

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: /254-4

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Confined to just two runs since finishing a close fifth in this 12 months ago when favourite; his Wetherby return was encouraging given he returned with a wound to his leg; respected.

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3

21st Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

13:20 Fakenham

Aki Bomaye

11st 13lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jack Jones

Lost his way over fences for Joe Tizzard, and debut effort returned to hurdles for new connections extended his run of non-completions to four; likely hopes rest more on wind surgery than a further 3lb drop.

14/1

0

5

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

19:55 Worcester

Aki Bomaye

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jack Jones

Point winner who went 0-9 under rules for Joe Tizzard (in same ownership) and failed to complete in his last three chases; placed in two novice hurdles earlier in career and on a dangerous mark if new trainer can get him going again.

8/1

2

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:25 Huntingdon

Aki Bomaye

11st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

took keen hold, midfield, pushed along briefly before 7th, pushed along, ridden and no impression before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £402.00
Straight Forecast £479.80
Tricast £7371.50
Trifecta £3918.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Art Of Illusion

WEST COUNTRY:

Aki Bomaye

The Sun:

Taste The Fear

D Express:

Top Decision

TOPSPEED:

Art Of Illusion

LAMBOURN:

Art Of Illusion

The Times:

Art Of Illusion

Daily Mail:

Art Of Illusion

Daily Record:

Art Of Illusion

Daily Mirror:

Aki Bomaye