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Smalley Decorators Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £8169
  • 2m 5f 127y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Smalley Decorators Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: /241/2

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Dual bumper winner who easily won a heavy-ground handicap hurdle at Chepstow in February 2021; had wind surgery while off from then until last month's return at Ffos Las (2m, soft), when beaten in a match; will need to improve his jumping to feature but the longer trip and 4lb drop could help.

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4

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Easy As That

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Second-season chaser who shaped with some encouragement in Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) on reappearance but has disappointed twice since; slipping in the weights but needs to rediscover his spark.

9/1

12th

9

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Easy As That

10st 9lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

prominent, lost position and midfield after 3rd, dropped to last 10th, mistake 11th, bad mistake 5 out

9/1

6th

8

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Easy As That

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won emphatically at Haydock (2m5f, soft) and Newcastle (2m4f, good to soft) last season and looked ready for a step up in distance when a never-nearer sixth of 14 to Stage Star in the 2m4f Paddy Power here on reappearance; bred to relish today's extra yardage (he's out of a half-sister to the high-class staying jumper Time For Rupert) and looks a fascinating candidate at the bottom of the weights.

9/2

OUR TIP

13/2

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 341-32

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

2m4f novice chase winner (good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) on his final start for Paul Nicholls; below par on his reappearance at Carlisle (2m4f, good to soft); took a step back in the right direction at Bangor (2m4f, heavy) latest, when trying to make all; contender.

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4th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 174y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Ubetya

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Chase form has gone pear-shaped since his 2m5f win last spring; failed to revive on the return to hurdles last time; drops back in grade but is badly out of sorts and unproven at this trip.

20/1

7th

6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

Ubetya

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Runs off a mark 4lb lower than when winning over fences at Cartmel last May and has had jumping issues when struggling in chases on his last three starts, so this return to hurdling is worth a go; showed promise in this sphere early in career but there's a major doubt regarding his current form.

25/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 32/34- D

Last run: 286 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who looked decent when landing a hat-trick over hurdles at up to 2m5f in late 2019; has shown similar ability over fences and took a step back in the right direction in March when last seen; yet to win when fresh but looks well treated after another 3lb drop.

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2nd

8

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

14:40 Cheltenham

Young Bull

11st 9lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Whittington

Well beaten in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Exeter last month and now 0-6 over fences; on a good mark now but would appeal more on slower ground and needs to turn a corner.

12/1

4th

6

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Young Bull

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Whittington

Hasn't seen much racing since 2019; finished a well-held third at Haydock (2m5f, soft) on his only run this season and is still seeking a first success over fences (0-5); probably has to find something for the cheekpieces if he's to put that right.

5/1

8

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Young Bull

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Whittington

Form: P235-4

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Sole chase success was when he finished alone in a three-runner Catterick novice contest in 2021; made no impression on his return from wind surgery over hurdles here (2m3f, soft) last month; would go close if running to his form of two chase runs here last season.

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12th

1

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:00 Chepstow

Thomas Macdonagh

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Finished alone for sole chase win in early 2021; weights chance on best form last winter at 2m5f and 2m and might have needed both runs this winter after a break; is at least down in grade so not ruled out.

12/1

4th

8

30th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 3

14:00 Haydock

Thomas Macdonagh

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Sole chase success was when he finished alone in a three-runner Catterick novice contest in 2021; made no impression on his return from wind surgery over hurdles here (2m3f, soft) last month; would go close if running to his form of two chase runs here last season.

14/1

4th

2

30th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 2f 191y

Class 3

15:37 Haydock

Thomas Macdonagh

12st 0lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, raced in last from 4th, mistake and lost ground 5 out, ridden 3 out, made no impression

20/1

Form: 276843

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner at up to 2m6f when trained in Ireland; has shown he probably retains similar ability in two recent starts for this trainer; up in grade but dropped another 1lb and looks an each-way player.

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3rd

2

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:00 Perth

Mister Bells

11st 10lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Decent efforts at Catterick on last three starts, winning over 3m1f there in January (soft); now 6lb higher but not out of it.

7/2

3rd

6

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Catterick

Mister Bells

11st 1lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

Back to form with a bang when winning a veterans' chase by an eased-down 12l over C&D (soft) a month ago and a 7lb rise could have been worse; strong claims.

7/4

1st

7

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Mister Bells

10st 8lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

4lb higher when winning at Market Rasen (2m5f, soft) last March but below that level this season, with his latest third here remote; others preferred.

10/1

Form: 142-29 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Prolific winning veteran; well treated on some of last season's form; unable to get competitive at Aintree latest, in a race he had won for the past two seasons; has previously bounced back from below-par efforts to win; stays this far, despite not having won beyond 2m4f; not ruled out.

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2

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 110y

Class 3

15:00 Ayr

Clan Legend

11st 13lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Prolific winner (2m-2m4f) who reappeared with good second off 6lb higher here (3m, soft) in November; he's a player on that form but this 13yo has been well beaten/pulled up the last twice and has to get back on track.

16/1

2

30th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 3

14:00 Haydock

Clan Legend

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Prolific winning veteran; well treated on some of last season's form; unable to get competitive at Aintree latest, in a race he had won for the past two seasons; has previously bounced back from below-par efforts to win; stays this far, despite not having won beyond 2m4f; not ruled out.

16/1

9th

11

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

14:40 Aintree

Clan Legend

10st 13lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Has won the last two runnings of this race (soft) and he's also effective on good to soft going; now a 12yo but he reappeared with a solid second at Ayr last month and is 3lb lower than 12 months ago; has to be respected.

12/1

Form: 131P-4

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

2-6 over fences (both wins 2m4f, soft); on a competitive mark; didn't appear to get home over 2m7f at Lingfield (soft) latest but was still competitive until the final fence, suggesting that this intermediate trip could suit; cheekpieces now accompany tongue-tie; shortlisted.

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11th

3

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:10 Chepstow

Chinwag

11st 10lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Well handicapped judged on hurdle and chase form of previous campaigns; this is his first season without a win and he's been right out of form when trying headgear on last three starts; no headgear today but, after one attempt last November, his stamina for this sort of trip has not been proved.

40/1

7th

8

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Chinwag

11st 4lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Neil Mulholland

disputed lead, headed before 3 out, weakened quickly 2 out

16/1

5

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 2

16:03 Newcastle

Chinwag

11st 4lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Neil Mulholland

Won twice last season and has dropped below his last winning mark; however, he was pulled up last March and there's been no return to peak form on his two outings this term; needs to raise his game.

14/1

Form: 2115-5

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Triple winner at up to 2m4f over hurdles and was fifth of 17 in the EBF Final at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in March; never a threat when beaten 23l on his chase debut at Carlisle (2m, soft); likely to see better from him now stepping up in trip and no surprise if he is able to get competitive.

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6th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Peejaybee

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Left disappointing stable debut a long way behind when scoring at Doncaster (3m, soft) last month but raced rather lazily before eventually finishing well for third at Newbury (2m6f, good to soft) on latest outing; may benefit from today's step up in trip but it's hard to predict the extent to which he'll warm to the task.

10/1

3rd

3

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Peejaybee

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Bumper winner with a record of 3-7 over hurdles; has taken a while to get the hang of things over fences but he made it sixth-time lucky in this sphere when rallying to score at Doncaster (3m, soft; second run for new yard); now drops back to 2m6f but he's a versatile type who should have more to offer over fences; interesting off only 2lb higher than last time.

4/1

Form: /PP1-9 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

3-9 over fences (wins at up to 2m5f and on good/slower); ended a run of four successive non-completions when winning a 0-120 at Carlisle (2m4f, good) in April; 80-1 on recent return from a break at Exeter (2m3f), when a bad mistake two out put paid to his chance; bit to prove.

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8

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Carlisle

Maypole Class

11st 8lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Pulled up four times in a row before winning over C&D last April and has since reverted back into modest mode; too risky.

10/1

4th

6

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Maypole Class

11st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Pulled up four times in a row before winning at 16-1 at Carlisle (2m4f, good) last April; well beaten/pulled up on his two starts this season and has something to prove, but he's had wind surgery since his last run and is one to watch in the betting.

16/1

5

30th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 3

14:00 Haydock

Maypole Class

11st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

3-9 over fences (wins at up to 2m5f and on good/slower); ended a run of four successive non-completions when winning a 0-120 at Carlisle (2m4f, good) in April; 80-1 on recent return from a break at Exeter (2m3f), when a bad mistake two out put paid to his chance; bit to prove.

16/1

Form: 3P2-31 D

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Picked up where he left off last spring when scoring on his return from absence at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) in November; largely consistent; should remain competitive after a 3lb rise.

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8

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

13:23 Newcastle

Sirwilliamwallace

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner

8/1

9

30th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 3

14:00 Haydock

Sirwilliamwallace

11st 6lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Picked up where he left off last spring when scoring on his return from absence at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft) in November; largely consistent; should remain competitive after a 3lb rise.

6/1

1st

3

5th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

13:43 Kelso

Sirwilliamwallace

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

in touch with leaders on inner, overjumped 4th

10/1

Form: 2254-6 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

In the grip of the handicapper since a wide-margin Huntingdon win (2m4f, good) 13 months ago; form has tailed off on his last three starts, the more recent two being over hurdles; has returned to a more competitive mark with a bit to prove.

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5

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

13:45 Southwell

Luckofthedraw

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Toby Bulgin

Claims on last season's best but he made an underwhelming return from 320 days off at Plumpton 23 days ago; needs to leave that effort behind him.

14/1

3

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

16:50 Plumpton

Luckofthedraw

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Toby Bulgin

Beat just two rivals at Huntingdon in March (2m4f, soft) and hasn't fared so well since in deeper races; bit to prove.

14/1

4th

2

16th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 19y

Class 4

15:25 Newcastle

Luckofthedraw

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Toby Bulgin

prominent, in touch with leaders after 3rd

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £430.00
Straight Forecast £495.10
Tricast £1778.00
Trifecta £2169.00

Selections

The Guardian:

Easy As That

LAMBOURN:

Young Bull

POSTDATA:

Sirwilliamwallace

SPOTLIGHT:

Thomas Macdonagh

Daily Mail:

Peejaybee

The Sun:

Chinwag

Telegraph:

Ubetya

WEST COUNTRY:

Maypole Class

TOPSPEED:

Luckofthedraw

D Express:

Easy As That

The Star:

Easy As That

Daily Record:

Sirwilliamwallace

The Times:

Young Bull

Daily Mirror:

Young Bull

RP Ratings:

Thomas Macdonagh