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Good To Soft

Coral Get Closer To The Action Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7406.56
  • 2m 6f 93y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Coral Get Closer To The Action Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 32-111

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Transformed by the switch to chasing, winning on all three attempts; they were on good ground under Lilly Pinchin, in good style over about 3m on first two occasions and having to work harder to assert over 3m2f at Uttoxeter on latest; raised another 6lb, which demands better still but it's the probably much more testing ground which poses the big question.

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Verdict Starting price

5

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Tea For Free

11st 12lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Strong stayer who was 4-4 over fences before falling in a valauble handicap chase at Doncaster 14 months ago when running well; on a potentially good mark for this return to hurdling but fully entitled to need this after his period on the sidelines and returning to fences is presumably on the agenda.

25/1

7

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Tea For Free

11st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Made it 4-4 over fences (2m6f-3m2f, good/soft) and under Lilly Pinchin when scoring at Newbury on New Year's Eve; 7lb higher today in a tougher race but he won in convincing fashion last time and could still be ahead of the handicapper; firmly in calculations.

9/2

1st

6

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Tea For Free

11st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Transformed by the switch to chasing, winning on all three attempts; they were on good ground under Lilly Pinchin, in good style over about 3m on first two occasions and having to work harder to assert over 3m2f at Uttoxeter on latest; raised another 6lb, which demands better still but it's the probably much more testing ground which poses the big question.

6/1

8/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: FF7-14 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 5yo who opened British account (fifth attempt) in a conditional jockeys' event at Sandown (2m4f, heavy); fair fourth there over 2m7f four weeks ago off today's mark and needs to prove he's worth it.

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6th

1

25th Feb 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

16:10 Kempton

Halo Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

His second fall from three attempts over fences came on latest start, so he's back over hurdles; had found some improvement on heavy/soft earlier this term and could easily have more to offer for the champion trainer, but good ground would give him much more to prove.

10/1

4

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:28 Musselburgh

Halo Des Obeaux

11st 4lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

in touch with leaders on outer, mistake and fell heavily 3rd

7/2

2nd

3

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Halo Des Obeaux

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Ex-French 5yo who opened British account (fifth attempt) in a conditional jockeys' event at Sandown (2m4f, heavy); fair fourth there over 2m7f four weeks ago off today's mark and needs to prove he's worth it.

8/1

Form: /212/1 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won well on soft as a hurdler; absent 686 days (had wind surgery in September) and tongue tied when he won a five-runner novice handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) five weeks ago on chase debut in gritty style, always up with the pace; raised 5lb but very lightly raced and more to offer.

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6

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Malinello

11st 7lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 8yo, tongue tied this term; lengthy absence and wind surgery before winning at Newcastle (2m7f) on handicap/chase debut; creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft) next time, before soundly beaten over 2m4f here; has stamina in the family but his form is badly lacking in this context.

100/1

6th

7

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:10 Cheltenham

Malinello

11st 3lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 8yo; has returned from a lengthy absence in good form, winning at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft; handicap/chase debut) then creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft); hurdles win (in 2020) came over 2m4f; should still have further improvement in him; shortlisted.

8/1

3rd

5

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Malinello

11st 3lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won well on soft as a hurdler; absent 686 days (had wind surgery in September) and tongue tied when he won a five-runner novice handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) five weeks ago on chase debut in gritty style, always up with the pace; raised 5lb but very lightly raced and more to offer.

8/1

Form: 11P7-3

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Won late last year on first two hurdle starts and he was a creditable seventh in the EBF Final at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in March on handicap debut; creditable never-nearer third of eight on chase debut at Uttoxeter (2m6f, soft) six weeks ago and he's open to improvement, which is needed.

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2nd

20

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Surrey Quest

10st 3lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Toby Lawes

Ended his time with Nicky Henderson under a cloud but emerged for new yard with wins in October and December; the latter followed wind surgery and came at Newbury (3m2f, soft; furthest he's been) where he emerged best in a fine scrap as the first two drew well clear; this 5lb higher mark may well underestimate that performance but he needs to bounce back from a disappointing show at Doncaster in January.

33/1

10th

10

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Surrey Quest

11st 1lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Has won both his chases for this yard, though was helped by a collapsing pace at Huntingdon (2m7f, good to soft) and it was hard work to follow up at Newbury (3m2f, soft; following a wind op); at least encouraging that the front two pulled clear last time and he could prove himself worthy of this 7lb higher mark.

11/1

Form: 412-51

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft and looks sure to stay; three hurdle wins as novice last term; favourite for eight-runner novice handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month when switched to chasing and he won from the front, wandering but pulling out more when challenged late on; the pair were clear but he needs to improve again after 7lb rise.

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2nd

8

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Unanswered Prayers

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

All wins over shorter but it was over 3m1f when third at Plumpton last time and he didn't run badly in the big C&D handicap here in February; he's another who can have no complaints with the handicapper.

6/1

3rd

5

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Unanswered Prayers

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

First and second in novice hurdles at this track; sole win in nine races over fences came at the first attempt (November 2022) but he's shown enough this term to be given a squeak on this second run since wind surgery and going beyond 3m for the first time looks worth a go.

13/2

6th

11

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Unanswered Prayers

10st 4lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Stablemate of Lord Baddesley; well below par in the C&D event won by Tweed Skirt two months ago but subsequent wind surgery may prompt a better effort and his yard is in good form.

12/1

Form: 133-11

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Probably acts on heavy; lightly raced 7yo who has taken his form to new heights with small-field handicap wins at Chepstow and Doncaster (again 2m3f on good) in his two starts over fences; this is a more competitive race and he's been raised another 8lb but there's been a lot to like.

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6th

8

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Nothin To Ask

11st 4lb

J: Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in rear

6/1

2nd

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

16:40 Southwell

Nothin To Ask

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

His best form has come over fences and he's struggled in that sphere this season; however, a wind op may prompt a revival and he's on an attractive mark; won over hurdles in 2021; not a forlorn hope.

12/1

5th

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Nothin To Ask

11st 7lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

always behind

16/1

Form: 542-12 BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won his handicap/chase debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in November on reappearance; good second of five at Ayr (2m4f, soft) on latest outing and this longer trip looks well worth a go.

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1st

1

20th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Doctor Ken

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Made winning seasonal/chase debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in November and the form of his clear second at Ayr (2m4f, soft) later that month has been well advertised by the winner since; moves up in trip after 111-day break; major player if fully tuned up.

5/4

7

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Doctor Ken

11st 1lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Olly Murphy

Won his handicap/chase debut at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in November on reappearance; good second of five at Ayr (2m4f, soft) on latest outing and this longer trip looks well worth a go.

13/2

Form: 2423-2

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

2-12 over hurdles; back from one-year absence for creditable second of five at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) last month; relatively exposed as hurdler and this is a very warm race for chase debut.

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3

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:50 Doncaster

Eyeofthescorpion

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in last, mistake 2nd

8/1

9

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Eyeofthescorpion

10st 6lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

2-12 over hurdles; back from one-year absence for creditable second of five at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) last month; relatively exposed as hurdler and this is a very warm race for chase debut.

20/1

2

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 70y

Class 3

13:38 Kelso

Eyeofthescorpion

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

2-12 over hurdles; returned from one-year absence with very creditable second behind progressive rival at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) last month; contender if he jumps soundly on today's chasing debut.

10/1

Form: 0/61-3

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

4-17 over hurdles; about 20l third on chase debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) last month and even his peak form does not look enough given he's 4lb out of the handicap; best British efforts have been on good or firmer.

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0

4

22nd Oct 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 4

14:20 Kempton

Rakhine State

11st 8lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

Comfortably won three-runner chase at Perth in July, his sixth start over fences, and was very respectable third when back over hurdles there (also 2m, soft) last month, but some of his younger rivals look more interesting here.

7/1

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Non-runners

Bold Endeavour, Doctor Ken, Rakhine State

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Payout
Exacta £475.00
Straight Forecast £450.70
Tricast £1639.40
Trifecta £2200.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Doctor Ken

RP Ratings:

Bold Endeavour

WEST COUNTRY:

Malinello

POSTDATA:

Surrey Quest

Daily Mail:

Unanswered Prayers

Telegraph:

Tea For Free

The Star:

Nothin To Ask

The Times:

Surrey Quest

TOPSPEED:

Doctor Ken

D Express:

Doctor Ken

LAMBOURN:

Bold Endeavour

The Sun:

Bold Endeavour

Daily Record:

Unanswered Prayers

The Guardian:

Malinello

Daily Mirror:

Malinello