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William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 3m 0f 45y
  • Class 1
  • 11 runners
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William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.10
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 111-12 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who won four in a row (2m3f-3m, good to soft; including here) before a good second to leading King George contender L'Homme Presse in the Rehearsal at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft); up 4lb but he's clearly thriving and is firmly in calculations; has shown promise on soft.

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Verdict Starting price

6th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Into Overdrive

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Won the Rowland Meyrick Chase here in December 2022 and is 5lb lower now back hurdling; showed promise in this sphere earlier in career but pulled up over fences on both runs last year; has to get back on track.

12/1

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Into Overdrive

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Form dipped sharply at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen but progressive otherwise and should bounce back; successful in this race 12 months ago, taking Wetherby record to 2-4, and is only 3lb higher now; 5-9 over rules fences; all wins on good to soft ground; respected back here.

3/1

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6/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 112-14 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive novice chaser last term (won on soft/heavy) and he continued the fine work with handicap win at Kelso (3m2f, good to soft) in October; another good run when fourth in Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) latest and could still have more to offer.

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1st

4

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 1

14:55 Perth

Sounds Russian

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ruth Jefferson

Classy stayer over fences, finishing second in Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last season; soundly beaten fifth when back over hurdles in Grade 2 at Haydock (3m, heavy) in February on belated reappearance, but may have needed the run and his chase form gives him a big shout.

7/2

5th

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Sounds Russian

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ruth Jefferson

Runner-up in Grade 2 chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last January; the absence since March and the return to hurdles are the question marks today, but he showed promise in novice hurdles in 2021 and his trainer's horses often go well when fresh; major player if reproducing best chase form.

5/1

12

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sounds Russian

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ruth Jefferson

Brought steadily through the ranks over fences last season and has carried on the good work this winter, albeit needing an extra push if he's to beat Ahoy Senor and Noble Yeats on 3m1f course form in January (soft) on these less favourable terms.

40/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 1234-7

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Unproven at 3m and soundly beaten in midfield when upped to 3m2f in last month's Coral Gold Cup; however, he may have needed that reappearance run and his staying-on third in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft) in February provides hope regarding today's trip and him defying his lofty mark.

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11th

1

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Yet to win beyond 2m4f but he looks a stayer now and after working hard from a long way out he took a late third behind Into Overdrive at Wetherby in December (3m, good to soft; suited by soft); first-time cheekpieces no help next time (left off now) and he is up against it off top weight.

25/1

4th

4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Fanion DEstruval

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Classy chaser who has run several of his best races at Newbury; shaped encouragingly when seventh of 15 in the Coral Gold Cup over 3m2f here in November, and he was back to near his best when third in a competitive Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; should be at concert pitch now and makes plenty of appeal in first-time headgear.

7/2

3rd

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Unproven at 3m and soundly beaten in midfield when upped to 3m2f in last month's Coral Gold Cup; however, he may have needed that reappearance run and his staying-on third in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft) in February provides hope regarding today's trip and him defying his lofty mark.

10/1

Form: 139-2P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Uncharacteristic poor run when pulled up in the Rehearsal at Newcastle latest and it's hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he's off the same mark as when a good second to Sounds Russian on Kelso reappearance (3m2f, good to soft) and shouldn't be far away if returning to form.

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4th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Aye Right

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

led, headed before 6th

3/1

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Aye Right

11st 11lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Agonisingly missed out in a leg of this series when tying up close home at Chepstow in October (collared by Good Boy Bobby); there are some course concerns as he wasn't so good when behind Thomas Darby and Mill Green here last time but he's still respected off the same mark as at Chepstow and new partner Dylan Johnston is good value for his 7lb; handles all ground.

13/2

Form: 312P-3 CD

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

He was winning at Wetherby for the third time when landing the 2019 Rowland Meyrick, and was third in this race last season; is now 6lb lower than 12 months ago and reappeared with a fair third over hurdles last month; an each-way possible now back here.

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5th

7

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Top Ville Ben

10st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Last season was a struggle and his second at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day came in a four-runner race; mark continues to slide but he looks vulnerable to rivals in better form.

20/1

5th

6

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to drop down the weights and he was a fair second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; however, this 12yo has a patchy profile nowadays and was pulled up over this C&D (heavy) last time out.

9/1

Form: /7234/ C

Last run: 648 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Has run well at up to extended 2m7f and a creditable fourth in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase (2m4f, good to soft) at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2021, which makes this look a competitive mark; however, he's been absent since and will need to be at the top of his game in this hot handicap.

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6th

6

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Kalashnikov

11st 2lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Talented and popular in his prime, fourth behind Allaho in the 2021 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham; having his first outing since when soundly beaten in handicap at Wetherby on Boxing Day, finishing well behind Fanion D'Estruval; may come on for that run but he certainly needs to; blinkers on.

25/1

6th

5

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Kalashnikov

11st 10lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Amy Murphy

Has run well at up to extended 2m7f and a creditable fourth in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase (2m4f, good to soft) at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2021, which makes this look a competitive mark; however, he's been absent since and will need to be at the top of his game in this hot handicap.

20/1

12/1

Form: 8P-621

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Having struggled for the majority of this year he has returned to form with blinkers added the last twice, winning by 12l at Newbury most recently (2m6f, good); handles good to soft and may be okay on soft; on his past exploits he remains on a competitive mark now back up 10lb; a contender.

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12th

6

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Zanza

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off over hurdles here on final run last season and same story on last month's return; something to prove regarding current form but chasing is his game nowadays and he has an excellent record here, including a convincing win in the Grade 2 Denman Chase in February (2m7f, good); on a handy mark on that form and could go well at his favourite track now back over fences.

16/1

10th

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Zanza

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2); soft ground was an excuse when disappointing on his return to hurdling (now rated 16lb higher over fences) here in March and he's a feasible contender.

12/1

7th

1

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

15:10 Newbury

Zanza

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2 over nearly 3m in February; beat Ryanair third Hitman off level weights); struggled off his new/harsh mark back here over 2m4f but perhaps this is more his trip these days and he returns to hurdling off 16lb lower.

11/2

Form: 1P1P-U C

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in January and he's also effective on soft/good to soft; is capable of a bold show but was inconsistent last season so it's hard to know what to expect and he made a bad mistake and unseated at the fourth on reappearance at Aintree.

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5th

7

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Chantry House

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear early, midfield 5 out, headway 3 out, went third going okay after 2 out, went second before last, pecked on landing last, soon weakened quickly

25/1

9th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Chantry House

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Shaped encouragingly back over hurdles when 13l third of 15 at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in November and is now 6lb lower; rather disappointing since, including in the Pertemps Final at the Festival but plenty from his stable underperformed there; won a Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting in 2021 and he's too well handicapped to be comfortably dismissed.

18/1

10th

4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Chantry House

11st 3lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

First-time cheekpieces worked in 2022 and now he has first-time blinkers; very smart chaser in his prime, including two wins here (one at 2021 Festival); crept into a late third back hurdling at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in November and took a qualifying spot for this with his fourth at Huntingdon seven weeks ago, both of which he needs to improve on markedly, but he's thrown in on his old form and can't be comfortably dismissed.

14/1

Form: /141-4 D BF

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices' Chase at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) in February 2021 and he won off this mark over hurdles at Warwick (3m1f, soft) in January; he's capable of having a say but he'll need to jump much better than on his last two chase starts in spring 2021 (fell/pulled up).

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7th

2

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Sporting John

11st 13lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, headway after 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

12/1

8th

4

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Sporting John

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Grade 1 novices' chase winner in his prime; no trip/ground issues, but 21lb descent since pulling up in the Rowland Meyrick says plenty about a pretty poor 2022-23 season, including dropped to Class 3 latest.

14/1

4th

2

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

14:35 Chepstow

Sporting John

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Smart in his prime but has become disappointing this season; will find this much easier than Cheltenham Festival handicap hurdle he contested last month but he was never competitive there and now switches back to chasing with some questions to answer.

12/1

Form: 2/F62- CD BF

Last run: 261 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

A shade underwhelming on final two starts last season, having had a break after suffering a neck injury when falling three out in Grade 2 Charlie Hall over C&D (good to soft) last October; however, he was clear at the time and has obvious potential off this mark if rediscovering that promise.

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3rd

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead

6/1

3rd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

High-class chaser at 2m4f-3m in his prime but he took a terrible fall at Wetherby two years ago and hasn't been the same since; easily excused a pulled-up run over hurdles in November and it's just possible he didn't act on the track when back over fences at Chepstow since, but the fitting of cheekpieces adds to the doubts.

6/1

Form: 1PP-P4 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Third in this race in 2020 and he's well treated on form as recent as this January, when winning the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster; with the blinkers left off he took a step back in the right direction when fourth in the Rehearsal at Newcastle last time but he has to better that form here.

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2nd

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

17:25 Kelso

Windsor Avenue

12st 6lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Smart chaser at his best and he still retains quite a bit of ability; has mixed record this year and was pulled up in Foxhunters' at Aintree last time but he's been in much calmer waters now and was runner-up at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on his penultimate run; dangerous if in the mood.

7/2

22

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Windsor Avenue

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Has some strong handicap form but he was pulled up on his previous run over these fences in the Topham two years ago and his recent hunter chase efforts were unconvincing, beaten by Spyglass Hill and Gaboriot the last twice.

66/1

2nd

6

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Catterick

Windsor Avenue

12st 6lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Very much of interest judged on last season's strong handicap chase form but this 12yo was well below that level in two hunter chases last month, and needs to raise his game.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £292.00
Straight Forecast £303.10
Tricast £1906.80
Trifecta £2901.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Shan Blue

Telegraph:

Into Overdrive

Daily Mail:

Sounds Russian

WEST COUNTRY:

Sporting John

LAMBOURN:

Chantry House

The Guardian:

Into Overdrive

Daily Mirror:

Into Overdrive

Daily Record:

Into Overdrive

POSTDATA:

Shan Blue

The Times:

Shan Blue

D Express:

Shan Blue

The Sun:

Shan Blue

The Star:

Shan Blue