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15:09 Kempton

Soft

Ladbrokes Play ‘”1-2-Free” On Football Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Ladbrokes Play ‘”1-2-Free” On Football Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 249-12 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Hurdles winner on reappearance then ran well in major handicap at Newbury (3m2f, good; clear second) returned to chasing; back on career-high mark and concedes weight all round but not dismissed in current form.

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3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Remastered

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Pipe

Collected good prize off this mark at Kempton (3m, soft) last winter but never got involved in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December and has now been pulled up on three of his last four appearances; needs to turn a corner.

10/1

0

10

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Remastered

10st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Every chance when falling four out in this race in 2021 and he was a close second in it last year; worth a second look given his record in the race but this 10yo was pulled up on his final two runs last term and there was no return to form over hurdles at Aintree last month (won same race 12 months earlier).

16/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 7481-2

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Improved chase form the last twice, winning at Chepstow in February then second at Exeter this month (both 2m3f); still unexposed over fences and looks worth a crack at this new trip; not without a chance.

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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

11/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 332F-2 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort who has form figures of 132 in completed starts over fences at Kempton; respectable second to Larry at Ascot on seasonal debut; off an unchanged mark he again has place possibilities.

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2nd

4

14th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Smarty Wild

11st 4lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

His peak efforts two seasons back were at this track and so was his best form last term; placed again when back over C&D (soft; Tile Tapper runner-up) at Christmas, so he has a strong course record, but there's been no win anywhere since January 2021 and he is 1-13 over fences overall.

5/1

3rd

9

27th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Smarty Wild

11st 2lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Consistent sort who has form figures of 132 in completed starts over fences at Kempton; respectable second to Larry at Ascot on seasonal debut; off an unchanged mark he again has place possibilities.

11/1

2nd

6

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

14:40 Ascot

Smarty Wild

11st 7lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Pretty consistent last year and he was a good second at Kempton (3m, soft) in January on his last completed start (fell there next time); each-way claims if reappearing in the same form but he's won just one of his 11 chase outings and there's a suspicion that Kempton suits best.

5/1

Form: 4141-1

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Progressive mare who knuckled down well on soft ground at Haydock last month, proving suited by the step up to 3m1f (from 2m4f) and taking chase record to 3-5; should have more to offer; respected.

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9th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ballooning the first fence resulted in her unseating rider when favourite for the London National (3m4f) on seasonal debut, after wind surgery; drew 14l clear from three out against the only other finisher at Wetherby (3m, soft) 18 days ago; 7lb rise could still leave her well treated and she's well worth this third attempt at a marathon trip.

8/1

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

T: Venetia Williams

Form: 53P4-1

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who had plenty to spare at Ascot (2m5f, good to soft; eased towards finish) last month and could well prove capable of further improvement; big player provided he stays this new trip.

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14

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Your Darling

10st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

He has an in-and-out profile but won in fine style at Ascot (2m5f, good) in November when last seen, landing that race for the second consecutive season, and a 9lb rise may not stop him if he can reproduce that form; won a bumper on heavy and all five of his wins have come when fresh.

8/1

1st

5

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Your Darling

11st 1lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Having first run for 231 days when winning this very decisively 12 months ago off 5lb lower; hasn't progressed as expected in the meantime, latterly finishing well beaten at the Galway Festival, but looks on a handy mark if he can revive.

5/2

11/1

Form: 635P-1 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Made a successful reappearance at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month, beating Smarty Wild by 6l; 5lb rise is offset by Caoilin Quinn's claim; likely player if taking to Kempton (all chase wins at Ascot/Sandown).

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4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

7th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Larry

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

11/1

Form: 23-668 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Fourth in this contest 12 months ago and was placed in three major handicaps, including over C&D, later in the 2021-22 campaign; yet to find his form this term but could revive off current mark.

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9th

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kittys Light

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Won this last year (good to soft; placed in 2021/2022); back on song with highly creditable fifth in Grand National at Aintree (4m2f, soft) two weeks ago; had a hard race then which is a worry, but he won this 12 months ago just seven days after landing the Scottish National (good); key player.

5/1

5th

34

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Kittys Light

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

12/1

7th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Kittys Light

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Carried all before him in staying chases last spring, winning the Eider (4m1f, good to soft), Scottish National (4m, good) and bet365 (3m4f, good to soft); easy to excuse hurdle defeats since but he would have finished closer in the Coral Gold Cup in December (cheekpieces/tongue-tie refitted) had he been in top form; turnaround needed with tongue-tie back on after one run without.

33/1

Form: 4245-3

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Only a distant third at this course (2m4f, soft) on reappearance but shaped as if he may well improve for this return to 3m; second-season chaser who is attractively treated down another 2lb; one to consider.

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8th

4

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Striking A Pose

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

midfield, headway and in touch with leaders 6th

16/1

15

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Striking A Pose

10st 11lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

1-15 over fences but now 4-8 as a hurdler after back-to-back wins at Exeter, over 2m2f on good to soft and more impressive last time over 2m7f on heavy (with Freddie Gingell claiming 5lb); does love Exeter (four wins there) and his only other win came at another right-handed course in Wincanton, so going left-handed here might not be ideal.

16/1

1st

5

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

16:10 Exeter

Striking A Pose

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Mixed form over fences last year and he took his hurdling record to 3-7 with a win when back in this sphere here (2m2f, good to soft) last month; that made it 3-3 here (including on soft) and he should be fine now back up in trip; has to be respected in view of his unbeaten record here.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 252-21

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 22221 in handicap chases, the latest performance at Uttoxeter (2m6f, soft) where he scored comfortably; could well build on that success and improve further; stays 3m; solid contender.

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3

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Fern Hill

11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Returned from break with good third at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in December but other four runs last season were very disappointing; recent experiments with headgear have been abandoned today; needs to turn things around.

10/1

7th

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:09 Market Rasen

Fern Hill

12st 1lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: Ben Case

Decent third off a 12lb higher mark at Chepstow in December (2m7f, heavy); had wind surgery after that and has struggled since; cheekpieces now tried; plenty to prove.

9/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Fern Hill

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

led narrowly or disputed lead, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

Form: 311P-3 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Finished third in this race last year (on soft) then scored twice here (3m/2m4f) in February; creditable third to Your Darling at Ascot on reappearance; well suited by Kempton and should go well again.

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7th

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Flegmatik

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Goes particularly well at Kempton where he posted form figures of 142 in competitive handicaps (2m4f-3m) before pulling up in the Topham at Aintree; can run well away from Kempton but it's never going to be easy off his current mark.

8/1

8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran creditably in major 3m handicap here (soft) three weeks ago, taking Kempton form figures to 3110214; scored comfortably on sole C&D attempt (good to soft); well suited by this venue and holds solid claims, for all that he remains on career-high mark.

5/2

Form: 380-45 CD

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Couple of respectable efforts this term, latest in the Becher Chase at Aintree; has become nicely handicapped, having slipped back to same mark as when winning this race (on soft) last year; strong claims.

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6th

2

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:40 Newbury

Five Star Getaway

12st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Mixed over regulation fences since useful 3m form last midwinter (soft/good to soft) but is weighted to go well and the return to slightly further is likely to suit after finishing second over 2m4f at Newcastle last month (first-time cheekpieces, retained); thereabouts.

11/4

2nd

4

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 2

16:03 Newcastle

Five Star Getaway

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

There's a suspicion that 3m may be his best trip nowadays and he was disappointing at Kempton in December last time out; however, he received an early reminder and perhaps he'll be sharper now in cheekpieces; has dropped below his last winning mark and could have a part to play.

100/30

Form: 67P7-4

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Respectable fourth to Your Darling at Ascot (2m5f; cheekpieces applied) on seasonal debut and remains well treated on peak form; however, not crying out for this return to 3m and long losing spell continues.

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3

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Janika

12st 2lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: E Turner

Needed first run back last term and have to hope same applies this time, having pulled up at Garthorpe last month (soft); gifted victory over this C&D last Easter when Rebel Dawn Rising unseated late on, but still had Firak 16l behind and may still be up to winning small races in this sphere.

10/1

1st

6

10th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

16:52 Fakenham

Janika

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: E Turner

Smart chaser at up to 2m6f in his prime but last win was in November 2019; showed he still retains quite a lot of ability when fourth in Ascot handicap in November but was pulled up next time and he's been well held back in points since, including behind Rebel Dawn Rising 15 days ago; looks risky back under rules.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Janika

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Respectable fourth to Your Darling at Ascot (2m5f; cheekpieces applied) on seasonal debut and remains well treated on peak form; however, not crying out for this return to 3m and long losing spell continues.

14/1

Form: 2/2P/3 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Missed last season; should be sharper for Haydock reappearance run (2m5f; last of three) but has stamina to prove upped further in distance; gained all hurdles wins at about 2m; cheekpieces applied.

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12

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Quel Destin

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Rejuvenated in these blinkers in December, winning two in a row from the front in small fields (2m5f/2m3f, heavy/soft); however, tailed off at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in February last time and isn't easy to fancy after that.

40/1

4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

15:43 Chepstow

Quel Destin

11st 13lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

led, outpaced and headed before 5 out, weakened after 4 out, tailed off

15/8

Form: UP23-7 D

Last run: 241 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Ex-David Bridgwater; chase record is only 1-18 and he lacks recent match practice having been off since April; best watched unless the market speaks favourably on debut for new stable (still with same owner).

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3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Captain Tommy

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Fred Timmis

2-2 in hunter chases at Ludlow this year (3m/2m4f; soft) and he predictably found it hard work in the Foxhunters' at Aintree the final time; this isn't quite so demanding but he's relying on some of these being off their game.

16/1

9th

4

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Captain Tommy

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Fred Timmis

The winner of two small-field hunter chases at Ludlow this year, latterly proving too strong for Espoir De Guye; that form, and the balance of his handicap exploits during the past 12 months, strongly hints at limitations at this level.

40/1

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Payout
Exacta £697.00
Straight Forecast £549.60
Tricast £10277.60
Trifecta £16908.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Your Darling

The Times:

Flegmatik

TOPSPEED:

Tile Tapper

The Guardian:

Remastered

The Star:

Fern Hill

Telegraph:

Fontaine Collonges

SPOTLIGHT:

Five Star Getaway

LAMBOURN:

Janika

RP Ratings:

Larry

D Express:

Your Darling

Daily Mirror:

Your Darling

WEST COUNTRY:

Tile Tapper

Daily Mail:

Flegmatik

The Sun:

Flegmatik

Daily Record:

Remastered