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AIS Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13007.5
  • 3m 2f 70y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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AIS Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.90
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 110-93

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Nowhere near the first two at Haydock (3m1f, soft) six weeks ago but emerged best of the rest; wears headgear first time and he had better form with his two wins last winter, the second of which came off today's mark.

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17th

14

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Rapper

10st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

10yo whose form is up and down but he's won over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 3m2f and has hinted on occasions that this sort of test may suit; stayed on well for second at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; prominent when falling at Cheltenham Festival last time; not ruled out each-way.

20/1

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Rapper

11st 7lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Henry Daly

Has an inconsistent profile and was pulled up in this race last year (reportedly bled from the nose); however, he won over C&D (soft) last January and returned to form with this visor back on when runner-up at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; each-way claims if again on a going day.

20/1

2nd

7

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Rapper

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Henry Daly

prominent

25/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 1311-3

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Didn't look back over fences last season and he reappeared with a creditable third at Newbury five weeks ago; ran creditably sole chase start here; unraced beyond 3m but looks worth the attempt and he's one to consider.

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5th

7

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Java Point

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Oliver

Built upon encouraging stable debut when scoring at Sandown (3m, good) in February; not quite in same form a Kempton last month but has run well over this C&D before and is still on a workable mark.

10/1

4th

2

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Java Point

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Oliver

Up and down for previous yard in early 2023 but had become well treated and after a promising start for new stable at Newbury he was quite impressive at Sandown (3m, good; has won on soft) since; has won off this revised mark and the return to a sharp 3m won't be a problem; solid chance.

5/2

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: /5P-92

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Two sparkling wins at Chepstow two years ago, latterly in the Welsh National; well handicapped on those heroics but very lightly raced since and disappointing until his fair second to impressive Farinet at Chepstow four weeks ago; needs another step back up the ladder.

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25

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Secret Reprieve

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Evan Williams

Has not had much racing, or recaptured his form, since winning the Welsh Grand National in January 2021; 2lb lower today, even from 5lb out of the handicap; two places last winter but pulled up in the 2023 Midlands National and well beaten behind Ballygriffin Cottage at Sandown when next seen nearly a year later.

66/1

6th

8

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Secret Reprieve

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Evan Williams

Has not had much racing since winning the Welsh Grand National in January 2021, running respectably twice last winter but beaten some way out in the Midlands National when last seen in March; well handicapped but seems fragile and probably best watched after nearly a year off.

16/1

Form: 24-352 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Reliable sort who was pipped over 3m4f on soft at Haydock last time; now has tongue tied first time; also has 3lb higher mark but will probably be seriously involved.

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11

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Poppa Poutine

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has some good form this season, notably when just missing out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep C&D handicap (again soft); however, has dropped his guard the last twice and this is a tough race in which to bounce back.

16/1

6th

5

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Poppa Poutine

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

It was unlike him to run so moderately at Sandown, albeit in a handicap that's worked out well; in form (and consistent) prior to that, having just missed out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep Cheltenham handicap (3m2f; again soft); stuck on a tough mark but is by no means dismissed.

7/1

7th

1

16th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Poppa Poutine

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Consistent gelding who just missed out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep Cheltenham handicap (3m2f; again soft; fine on good); stuck on a tough mark but looks a good bet to give his running.

3/1

Form: P15P-1

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

3-7 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; made all when slamming Secret Reprieve by 8l eased down at Chepstow (3m) four weeks ago, since which he has been raised 10lb but he has to be in serious calculations.

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4

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Mr James King

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last January and comfortably made all at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December; of interest judged on that latest win but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

33/1

10th

2

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

All starts have been on softer than good; 3-8 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; this term he impressively made all at Chepstow (9lb higher today) but his form dipped at Newbury four weeks later; mixed messages.

16/1

5th

1

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Farinet

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

3-7 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; made all when slamming Secret Reprieve by 8l eased down at Chepstow (3m) four weeks ago, since which he has been raised 10lb but he has to be in serious calculations.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 24PP-4

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Smart form in a stack of Graded races but that's all been in defeat since February 2020 and he's not proved himself beyond 2m6f; most worryingly, he pulled up on last two starts last season and was last of four on reappearance after wind surgery; this handicap is a drop in class and some headgear (absent last time) returns.

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7th

2

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Itchy Feet

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Olly Murphy

Won this race last year (good to soft) and he might have finished closer in the Final at Cheltenham, when beaten under 7l, with an uninterrupted run; two lesser runs followed but he took advantage of a winning mark at Market Rasen in November; weights chance back up 3lb.

8/1

1st

2

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 2

13:40 Market Rasen

Itchy Feet

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Failed to fire on final outing last season and pulled up on last month's reappearance at Newton Abbot; however, he may have needed that latest outing and runs off the same mark as when winning at Huntingdon (3m1f, good to soft) in January; capable of playing a leading role.

9/2

0

1

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 2f 105y

Class 2

15:35 Newton Abbot

Itchy Feet

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

raced in second, lost two places but prominent before 5th, outpaced before 3 out

5/2

Form: 35-262

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

The lack of a win since 2018 is the big disincentive but he usually runs well at Cheltenham and last month it was when upped to 3m2f on good (goes well on soft over shorter); often wears cheekpieces (not last time) but now tries blinkers; should again finish on the premises.

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11

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has plenty of C&D form, including placed efforts in this race in 2020 and 2022; however, may need further now as his best efforts this term have come over 3m/3m2f; no win since 2018.

20/1

7th

6

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

The lack of a win since 2018 is the big disincentive but he usually runs well at Cheltenham and last month it was when upped to 3m2f on good (goes well on soft over shorter); often wears cheekpieces (not last time) but now tries blinkers; should again finish on the premises.

7/1

2nd

6

9th Dec 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Spiritofthegames

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Well-held sixth in the Grand Sefton at Aintree last month; has plenty of placed form off higher marks, albeit over 2m4f, at this track; stamina to prove over this new trip and long losing run continues.

8/1

10/1

Form: 227-20

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

No win since October 2020 but runner-up twice in a row early last year (in this race on first occasion) and he reappeared with another good second at Cheltenham (off today's mark) in October; no show over the big Aintree fences four weeks ago (his jumping can lack fluency) but should have each-way prospects back here; cheekpieces (tried once early in 2021) return.

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5th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

4/1

1

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

He's not easy to win with, having posted just one victory from his last 21 starts; however, he ran well when third in a handicap at Leicester (2m6f, soft) in January and holds stand-out claims if repeating that form today.

Evs

Form: 17-0PF

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Made all in February and May 2021 but he's run just four times since and achieved very little; tongue-tie and cheekpieces are removed; down the weights but there's a lot to take on trust.

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5

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Minella Bobo

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

led, headed 5 out, lost second after 4 out, weakening when mistake 3 out, pulled up 2 out, fatally injured

20/1

9th

13

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Minella Bobo

10st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Rebecca Curtis

Made all in February and May 2021 but he's run just four times since and achieved very little; tongue-tie and cheekpieces are removed; down the weights but there's a lot to take on trust.

33/1

Form: PPP-P0 C

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

High-class over the cross-country here on soft in March 2020 but, having moved from France, he was a sorry sight last season and tailed off in November when back from his summer break; usually tongue tied but not today.

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6

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Two C&D wins in 2019-20 season, including this race; best of the rest behind Tiger Roll 12 months later but has struggled to get competitive since; major turnaround is needed in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

50/1

9th

13

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Easysland

10st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Explosive winner over C&D on his British debut in late 2019 and he went on to win the big one in March later that season; the wheels have come off big time but that's reflected in a much reduced handicap mark, and the signs have been a tad more encouraging of late over regulation fences despite finishing well held; considered.

7/1

10th

5

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

High-class over the cross-country here on soft in March 2020 but, having moved from France, he was a sorry sight last season and tailed off in November when back from his summer break; usually tongue tied but not today.

33/1

Form: P5-535

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Unraced here and his biggest win came over Kempton's 3m last February; has just a 1lb higher mark today, not having repeated the form but also not discredited on last two outings; often wears cheekpieces but they are removed today; probably has the stamina and acts on soft; worth a market check.

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1st

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Cap Du Nord

10st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

Registered valuable 3m wins in February 2022 (Kempton) and 2023 (Ascot) but did not perk up to the same degree this time round as 11yo and has basically not made much impact this term; the other side of the coin is that he's now 10lb below his last winning mark.

14/1

6th

8

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Cap Du Nord

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Winner of the Coral Trophy over C&D in 2022 and although not at the same level now he didn't do badly in the same race in February considering he was out of the weights; runs off his correct mark this time and not dismissed with cheekpieces left off.

9/1

Form: 1322-7

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Had a solid record switched to chasing last season, the win gained at Hereford (3m1f, good); not needs to bounce back from a heavy defeat here last month on reappearance and now sports headgear for the first time; not proven on worse than good to soft.

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3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Switch Hitter

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, bumped 1st, dropped to rear 12th, pulled up before 5 out

8/1

3

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Switch Hitter

11st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Ran respectably in two 3m events at Ascot towards the end of last year, fifth of ten in valuable contest on second occasion; requires more if he's to return to winning ways but drying ground would help his cause (all successes on good).

15/2

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Payout
Exacta £552.00
Straight Forecast £536.20
Tricast £3684.50
Trifecta £3705.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Java Point

POSTDATA:

Spiritofthegames

The Times:

The Wolf

RP Ratings:

Itchy Feet

The Star:

Poppa Poutine

Telegraph:

Farinet

Daily Mirror:

Cap Du Nord

WEST COUNTRY:

Java Point

D Express:

Java Point

The Sun:

The Wolf

TOPSPEED:

Itchy Feet

Daily Mail:

Spiritofthegames

Daily Record:

Spiritofthegames