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12:45 Leicester

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Pertemps Network Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7406.56
  • 2m 4f 25y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Pertemps Network Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 2517-2 D

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Relatively minor hurdle form but this Irish point winner looked a nice prospect when giving a much higher-rated rival a fright on chase debut at Wetherby in October (3m, good to soft); can go on from that.

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1st

4

28th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

12:45 Leicester

Loughderg Rocco

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

made all, shaken up approaching last, kept on strongly, comfortably

12/1

2nd

3

28th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

13:45 Wetherby

Loughderg Rocco

11st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

tracked winner

9/1

Evs

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 21P-23 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Progressive hurdler; repeatedly hampered by a chaotic loose horse on Exeter chase debut (2m3f, good) so did well to shake up a high flyer; had no realistic chance next time but this looks a good opportunity.

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3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Unexpected Party

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Delicate in younger days but he had some useful form in Graded chases last season and started this one with a Chepstow win (2m3f) in October; laid fallow through midwinter but he dropped down the weights and gave a near-copybook display back over 2m in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (soft) where he raced prominently and rarely conceded ground at the fences before going on to beat progressive rivals; up 8lb but unexposed at 2m.

6/1

1st

11

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart efforts in defeat over fences last season and came good in Chepstow Listed race (extended 2m3f, soft) on reappearance; has found life tough in strong handicaps and Graded company since but he has been cut some slack by the handicapper as a result.

14/1

9th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Has been chasing since November 2022, sole win coming in 2m3f Listed race (soft) in October this term; often highly tried but he never seriously threatened when third off much the same mark in this race last year, his only previous handicap chase, and he wasn't in peak form last two outings.

14/1

Form: 212-70 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Two novice hurdle wins before an excellent second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree in April (3m, good to soft); no advance on that in handicaps since but is an interesting recruit to fences; tongue-tie fitted.

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11th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Gentleman At Arms

11st 3lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Stuart Edmunds

Had a career-low jumps mark when winning at Aintree (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to heavy defeats on both starts since; has been wearing cheekpieces but now tries a visor; 7lb claimer is recruited.

25/1

7th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Gentleman At Arms

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down the weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to a heavy defeat when back up 5lb at Newbury three weeks later; needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

12/1

11th

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Gentleman At Arms

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) three weeks ago; that was a doughty performance but he's back up 5lb and probably now needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

8/1

Form: 502-P6 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Two abortive chase runs in Ireland at the end of 2021; had mixed results over hurdles since and although entitled to need the run on yard debut at Cheltenham in October he has a bit to prove back over fences.

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3rd

2

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:45 Perth

Silver Sheen

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Easily dealt with by A Different Kind at Uttoxeter latest (2m4f, heavy), having ensured a solid test over a trip at the bottom end of his range; could do with jumping a bit better if he's to make the 11lb swing count, though the new headgear combination may help in that regard.

3/1

2nd

2

11th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

17:35 Uttoxeter

Silver Sheen

11st 10lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

led

7/4

2nd

3

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

18:50 Worcester

Silver Sheen

11st 1lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won three times over hurdles for Jessica Harrington including the 2020 Pertemps Qualifier at Warwick (3m, soft); not so good in three runs over fences, the latest on second outing for this yard at Leicester in December (2m4f, good); has since had wind surgery and now tried in a tongue tie.

4/1

Form: 21-P35

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Hurdle win came in 2m novice handicap at Worcester in April (good); very stiff task at the weights against today's rivals now chasing.

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OUR TIP

Form: 4530F- D

Last run: 263 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Fair second in sole chase completion in 2019; has run with great credit in competitive handicap hurdles at 2m-3m in recent times but he fell on latest start in April; getting late in the day for another stab at chasing.

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7

18th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Dans Le Vent

11st 5lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear, headway 11th, in touch with leaders and going okay when mistake and unseated rider 14th

25/1

3rd

3

4th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

14:30 Hereford

Dans Le Vent

11st 0lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

held up in last, detached 2nd, pushed along 3 out, ridden and went modest third after last, no match for first two

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £112.00
Straight Forecast £91.40
Trifecta £384.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Unexpected Party

The Times:

Loughderg Rocco

Daily Mail:

Gentleman At Arms

WEST COUNTRY:

Silver Sheen

The Star:

Loughderg Rocco

RP Ratings:

Unexpected Party

TOPSPEED:

Unexpected Party

POSTDATA:

Unexpected Party

Telegraph:

Unexpected Party

The Guardian:

Unexpected Party

D Express:

Unexpected Party

Daily Mirror:

Unexpected Party

The Sun:

Unexpected Party

Daily Record:

Unexpected Party