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Betfred Last Fling Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13007.5
  • 3m 4f 97y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Betfred Last Fling Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £17.00
  • Place: £3.90

Form: 152214 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Successful summer/autumn, culminating in Durham National win at Sedgefield (3m5f, good) under Alan Doyle; shaped as if he stayed 4m in the Borders National at Kelso last time but that soft-ground fourth was well below the Sedgefield form, prompting a concern about soft or heavy ground today.

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1st

8

30th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

15:00 Haydock

All About Joe

10st 9lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

Successful summer/autumn, culminating in Durham National win at Sedgefield (3m5f, good) under Alan Doyle; shaped as if he stayed 4m in the Borders National at Kelso last time but that soft-ground fourth was well below the Sedgefield form, prompting a concern about soft or heavy ground today.

16/1

4th

3

4th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

4m 0f 90y

Class 3

13:05 Kelso

All About Joe

11st 0lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

in rear, jumped slightly right 10th

5/1

1st

6

16th Oct 2022

Good

3m 5f 48y

Class 2

15:50 Sedgefield

All About Joe

11st 5lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Andrew Hamilton

held up in rear, headway 4 out, went second 2 out, led approaching last, ridden out run-in

11/2

9/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 522-14 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Career-best form in two runs over 3m1f on good ground at Cheltenham this autumn under Alice Stevens, showing he stays that trip well; passed four rivals from two out to take second over 3m on soft (unraced on heavy) at Ludlow last season, which boosts hope for him with today's trip/ground.

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2

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:35 Market Rasen

Jimmy The Digger

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

in touch with leaders

12/1

5th

5

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

12:40 Ludlow

Jimmy The Digger

10st 12lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Local yard won this two years ago; has to bounce back from a laboured run at Warwick (though Saturday's Cheltenham winner Cepage was only just ahead of him) but he's usually consistent once finding some form and he's run well here in the past; return to less-taxing conditions should also help; respected.

11/2

5/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 242F-2

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner; 0-8 as chaser but runner-up in three; latest was four weeks ago at Wetherby on debut for new connections, making good late gains over 3m on soft; that was promising and he went well on heavy in his Irish days; one to note despite position 3lb out of the handicap.

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3

22nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 63y

Class 5

15:55 Hexham

Conquredalofeurope

11st 13lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Battled on well to win small-field Catterick chase (3m1f, heavy) off today's mark in January but looked out of sorts on both subsequent starts over fences; swaps blinkers for first-time visor on this first hurdling start since 2021; others look much less risky.

12/1

6th

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Conquredalofeurope

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

led, headed but pressed leader 2nd, lost position 10th, reminders before 11th, lost touch 13th, struggling when mistake 3 out

8/1

3rd

3

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

15:00 Catterick

Conquredalofeurope

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

raced lazily at times, in touch with leaders, not fluent and dropped to rear 5th, struggling and detached 11th

3/1

Form: 2F4-61

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; peak efforts at up to 3m, which he stays well but he has also tried 3m2f three times and 3m6f once; 6l win at stiff Carlisle on latest outing encourages another crack at marathon trip and he jumped better that day than has often been the case.

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2nd

1

7th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:12 Southwell

Morning Spirit

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

On a very good mark if getting back on track but there was no sign of that when tailed off after a break at Stratford (2m6f, heavy; handles plenty of give underfoot); wouldn't be the percentage call.

11/2

4th

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:20 Stratford

Morning Spirit

12st 1lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

disputed lead

13/2

Form: 1P3F-4 BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won a hurdle race on heavy; scored at Carlisle (3m2f, soft) in October 2021 but pulled up in the Welsh National next time on his only attempt beyond that; back-to-form fourth to Morning Spirit at Carlisle (favourite) on reappearance but to win this probably requires a career best.

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0

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Hold That Taught

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Hasn't threatened when tackling similar trips to this in the past but he won over Carlisle's stiff 3m2f in October 2021 and has been in rude health this season with 3m wins at Ascot (good) and Bangor (heavy); well worth another go at this sort of distance and could be a key player.

13/2

8

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Hold That Taught

11st 5lb

T: Venetia Williams

1st

5

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Hold That Taught

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Venetia Williams

Never really got going last season but exploited some help from the handicapper when keeping on well to score at Ascot (3m, good) three weeks ago; subsequent 3lb rise does not look excessive and today's slower ground will also suit; good chance.

9/4

Form: 1P2-69 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

His only two creditable runs last season were over about 3m2f at this track, including on soft, but he's been below form beyond that and it looks as if heavy ground is a problem; heavy defeats both starts this term were over hurdles and the big Aintree fences, but he has questions to answer.

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11th

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Enqarde

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Regressive 10yo; stayed on well for narrow win off reduced mark on seasonal debut at Warwick (3m1f, soft) in November but has not been in the same form again since; others preferred.

25/1

3rd

6

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:15 Doncaster

Enqarde

11st 12lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

held up in last, headway and in touch with leaders after 5 out, went third after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

14/1

0

3

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:35 Newcastle

Enqarde

11st 11lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Appeared to show the benefit of another wind op when all out to win at Warwick last month (3m1f, soft); has become hard to predict and was below par in a Class 2 at Haydock last time that he won two years earlier; however, lurks on a dangerous mark with cheekpieces tried and could go well.

8/1

Form: 17P-74

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Did well on heavy ground in 2018 but unraced on it since; took minor honours with soft on his two visits here, including six weeks ago on latest start and he needs to build on that; the Grand National (pulled up) was his only attempt beyond 3m1f, so there's something to prove but his form late last year makes him well handicapped.

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13th

19

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Good Boy Bobby

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

40/1

5th

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two veterans' chase wins at about 3m (good to soft; has won on soft) in the autumn; he hasn't looked ahead of his mark in refitted cheekpieces since but his proven stamina will be an asset in the conditions now having his first run over 2m3f since winning in late 2021.

15/2

3rd

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Began this season with hard-fought wins at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Sandown (3m, good to soft) in the autumn, and didn't run badly when seventh in last month's Veterans' Final (first-time cheekpieces); one to consider.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: P2P-65

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Stays 3m5f and acts on heavy; his only form over fences in the last two and a bit seasons has been at Sandown, where he's done very well but his record there took bit of a dent on latest outing.

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2

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

12st 4lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Smart handicapper in these colours when at his best and continues to pay his way, last time justifying favouritism in a hunter chase at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft); has form at this track and fully entitled to go well.

9/2

1st

1

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

Deise Aba

11st 10lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Very useful handicap chaser in his prime and a three-time point winner for current stable since December, most recently when beating What A Glance in mixed open at Lockinge (3m, good; front pair well clear) three weeks ago; throws in a few duff efforts too but is a big player on hunter chase debut.

6/5

3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

20/1

Form: P7PP-5 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Won the Tommy Whittle here (heavy) and the Eider at Newcastle (4m1f, soft) in winter 2020-21; the severe lack of form since sees him well down the weights today and his C&D reappearance six weeks ago (following wind surgery) was a mini-revival, after which he needs much better today.

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4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

16:10 Haydock

Sams Adventure

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Brian Ellison

Pulled up in the Eider last month and unseated at the first fence at Carlisle on Sunday; however, before those he won at Catterick (3m1f, soft) in January and is proven over marathon trips; not written off.

10/1

6

19th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:35 Carlisle

Sams Adventure

10st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Brian Ellison

Didn't jump well enough when pulled up in the 4m1f Eider, a race he won two seasons ago; will be happier on this softer ground and he won well at Catterick the run before (3m1f, soft; 4lb lower) in second-time cheekpieces.

5/1

8

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Sams Adventure

10st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Won this in 2021 off 14lb higher; wind surgery before a partial revival this winter and he followed his third to Bushypark at Catterick last month with a strong-staying win over 3m there 13 days later; visored for those last two starts; back up 5lb but of far more concern is that all his significant form is on soft or heavy; big shout if the ground is okay.

13/2

Form: 344P-3 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Gained his last two wins over 3m4f and on soft over 3m6f; probably okay on heavy; no win last term but has a lower mark today and made a satisfactory reappearance five weeks ago; should be a player.

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1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:00 Exeter

Samuel Jackson

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Veteran who is very well suited by this track and won't fail through lack of stamina; proved he retains some ability when respectable fourth at Warwick (3m1f, soft) in January but was pulled up on three of his last four appearances and it's hard to predict whether he'll fancy the job today.

12/1

6

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

16:17 Wincanton

Samuel Jackson

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Now a 12yo and he's struggling to recapture his best form, with a remote fourth at Warwick no real indication that he's about to turn a corner.

16/1

4th

7

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 100y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Samuel Jackson

11st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

It was over hurdles that he pulled up on his comeback and this is more his game, though he also failed to complete on his final two chases of last season; has just turned 12 and might do well to get his form back.

20/1

Form: 111PP-

Last run: 307 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Started in handicaps off a basement mark and made the most of it, winning twice last May and completing the hat-trick over nearly 3m2f on heavy ground at Ffos Las last October; pulled up in a novice hurdle next time and reportedly lame after pulling up in the Eider in February when last seen; those cast something of a cloud and he's been dropped just 2lb since but the ease of his Ffos Las win (after 211 days off) puts him on the shortlist.

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3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:30 Wetherby

Danilo DAiry

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Robert Bevis

Won three consecutive races in 2021 and lightly raced since; displayed a hint of spark over C&D last November but pulled up since and this 11yo is back to having plenty to prove; wears first-time cheekpieces.

16/1

0

8

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Danilo DAiry

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Robert Bevis

Won three consecutive races at about 3m1f in 2021 but pulled up on next four starts; hard to tell what ability remains when last of five at Wetherby in November and still 2lb above his latest winning mark.

25/1

Form: 121-5F

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Prone to making mistakes during short chasing career and he fell two out when close to the principals in the 4m Borders National on soft at Kelso on latest outing; has a bit more to prove on heavy (won on it twice to start career) but jumping is the main concern.

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4

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 4

15:55 Ayr

Niceandeasy

11st 10lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Stayed on gamely to score at Kelso (3m2f, soft; first-time tongue-tie) in November but was below that form the following month (albeit on heavy ground) and has become difficult to predict; younger rivals appeal more.

12/1

5th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Niceandeasy

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Returned to hurdling for last two starts and it paid off last time when he was always front rank to win seven-runner race at Kelso (3m2f, soft; acts on heavy); tongue tied for the first time that day, so maybe he's turned a corner; back up 3lb but his form of previous seasons (up to last December) was significantly better.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £1095.00
Straight Forecast £1438.20
Tricast £5634.90
Trifecta £8340.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Conquredalofeurope

The Guardian:

All About Joe

POSTDATA:

Morning Spirit

Daily Mirror:

Hold That Taught

WEST COUNTRY:

Dr Kananga

Telegraph:

Good Boy Bobby

TOPSPEED:

Samuel Jackson

The Times:

Conquredalofeurope

Daily Record:

Conquredalofeurope

Daily Mail:

All About Joe

D Express:

All About Joe

The Sun:

Morning Spirit