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16:00 Hereford

Soft

Black Mountain Botanicals Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5096.16
  • 2m 4f 194y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Black Mountain Botanicals Handicap Chase

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: P2-444

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Maiden; quite consistent over hurdles and not disgraced in either chasing effort this season; down another 3lb but main hope might be that first-time blinkers inspire some improvement.

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2nd

1

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Uttoxeter

Not Sure

12st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

His form at 3m this season reads fine and he was out of the weights when tailed off in the Welsh National, after which he made the frame in another marathon at Lingfield; probably handicapped about right but should go well.

3/1

3rd

12

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Not Sure

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Improvement when winning on reappearance at Wetherby (3m, soft) then good third behind Animal at Sandown (3m, soft); ran well for long way in ultra-attritional Welsh National over Christmas (3m6f, heavy; well-beaten fourth) and this progressive 8yo could go well if that hard race hasn't left a mark.

6/1

4th

22

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Not Sure

9st 4lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Scored in good style at Wetherby last month and creditable third at Sandown (again 3m on soft) 19 days ago; going beyond 3m (first time today) may well suit him but position 12lb out of the handicap makes for a very stiff task.

33/1

OUR TIP

14/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 2F3P-5

Last run: 51 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Maiden; placed four times over hurdles but well held on reappearance in November; wind surgery since (second such procedure); chasers in his pedigree so he may benefit from going over fences, but still something to prove.

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3rd

7

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

14:10 Plumpton

Henschke

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Three non-completions in the spring but a C&D winner in May (good; has won on soft); pulled up a fair way out on return from a break last month so has more to prove than some.

10/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2/232-

Last run: 322 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Three fine efforts for this stable last winter, after two years off, ending with narrow C&D defeat in February; wind surgery since and even an absence of 11 months might not stop him being a live contender.

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7th

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Skinflint

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Henry Oliver

held up in rear, outpaced before 5 out

14/1

7th

6

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 40y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Skinflint

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Henry Oliver

11yo who was in career-best form in refitted cheekpieces at the start of 2023, winning twice at Chepstow; remote fourth when bidding for the hat-trick there in April, though, and off since.

12/1

4th

6

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:55 Chepstow

Skinflint

11st 8lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Henry Oliver

11yo who has been in career-best form in refitted cheekpieces this year, winning twice here (2m3f/2m7f); moves up in grade today but is pretty versatile regarding ground and must be considered in current mood.

3/1

Form: 24-222

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in four of six chasing efforts, the latest over 2m3f at Plumpton; live contender, especially with Brian Hughes booked, but there are nagging doubts about his stamina at this trip.

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3rd

11

8th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Shaws Cross

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Andy Irvine

midfield

33/1

Form: 31-668 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner last spring; tailed off in both chasing attempts, the latest over C&D, which is disappointing given she won her only start in Irish points; perhaps cheekpieces will prompt a change of fortune.

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5th

9

4th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Rock On Rita

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Dual hurdle winner last spring; tailed off in both chasing attempts, the latest over C&D, which is disappointing given she won her only start in Irish points; perhaps cheekpieces will prompt a change of fortune.

12/1

Form: 2545-B D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Beaten when brought down over hurdles on last month's Uttoxeter return (won same race in 2021); his three British wins have come at 2m (won at 2m4f in Ireland) so there are questions now; usually makes the running.

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3rd

7

9th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

14:40 Fakenham

Ben Brody

10st 5lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: D J Jeffreys

Regressive teenager; on a good mark but hasn't been running well enough to suggest he can take this.

16/1

3rd

5

4th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 165y

Class 4

14:30 Fontwell

Ben Brody

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

led, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 6th, mistake 8th

12/1

4th

4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:25 Ffos Las

Ben Brody

11st 3lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

raced in second, pressed leader 6th

20/1

Form: 244-3F BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Maiden; creditable third on her chasing debut at Worcester in October, despite jumping right; favourite at Taunton the following month, only to fall at the first; could atone if avoiding similar mishap.

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3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Exeter

Lazy Sunday

11st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Three-time chase winner; runner-up off mark 9lb higher than today's on first two starts this season and will be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination but seems to have lost her way in recent months.

10/1

5th

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 10y

Class 5

15:32 Lingfield

Lazy Sunday

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

held up in rear, in touch with leaders 6th

7/4

4

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Lingfield

Lazy Sunday

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

3-11 over fences, having won three on the trot last February-March, including this race on second leg; runner-up on first two starts this season, before lesser efforts on last two outings; last year's hat-trick was preceded by a heavy defeat and cheekpieces are now installed; has to be considered seriously in weak race.

15/8

Form: 342-64 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Three hurdle wins in 2020 but yet to score over fences; best effort when second to Wind Tor at Exeter last March (now 8lb better off); no threat in either outing this season but cheekpieces (worn only in that Exeter race) return, which makes her more interesting.

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2nd

1

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Kestrel Valley

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has made excellent progress for Kerry Lee and Nigel Twiston-Davies over the last year, winning four times (twice here); predictably found Grade 2 mares' chase too hot at last month's Cheltenham Festival but has her sights lowered today and could still have further improvement to come.

5/2

8th

7

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Kestrel Valley

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Made the running for all four chase wins, at about 3m1f on ground ranging from good to soft; no match for Carole's Pass at Exeter recently and her most recent runs at about this trip, which are very infrequent anyway, give her lots to find.

66/1

3rd

5

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Kestrel Valley

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Front-running mare who overcame a bad mistake three out to trounce her rivals at Ludlow (3m1f, soft) most recently, making it four wins from her last five starts; 2-3 for current stable, thoroughly proven at this sort of trip and may have more to offer but she has plenty to find with three of these on form.

12/1

Form: 2115-3

Last run: 250 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Two 3m Exeter wins last March (second one off today's mark) and faced a tough task in a hunter chase when last seen in April; may not find this trip enough of a stamina test even if she is ready after eight months off.

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7

8th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:40 Exeter

Wind Tor

10st 6lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

Difficult to quantify her form in two points this winter; debatable whether she retains peak ability aged 12 but the return to Exeter is a plus, being 2-3 over C&D; those two wins came off higher marks in March 2022.

10/1

3rd

5

17th May 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:10 Newton Abbot

Wind Tor

11st 0lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

Latest three efforts have been a return to some form but this thorough stayer has always looked best at Exeter on genuinely soft ground; could be in the shake-up if conditions don't dry too much.

8/1

4th

9

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Wind Tor

10st 7lb

J: Miss Chloe Emsley

T: Polly Gundry

Last season's form was much better; third over 3m at Exeter (scene of her only two wins under rules) one month ago and not disgraced at Fontwell nine days later; considered each-way.

9/1

12/1

Form: 62239- D

Last run: 508 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Career record is 1-30, the win coming over this trip at Market Rasen in November 2019; twice second in June 2021 but absent since August of that year; has left Nigel Hawke and market watch is advised on stable debut.

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3rd

7

23rd Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 202y

Class 5

14:05 Sedgefield

Tanrudy

10st 3lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Unproven beyond 2m5f and he's been a long way below his best on both runs this winter, following a long absence; however, he's the sole runner here today from his Welsh yard and his trainer has a healthy 21% strike-rate here; worth a second look, especially if attracting market support.

6/1

4th

9

5th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:03 Hereford

Tanrudy

10st 6lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Had very modest 1-27 strike-rate under rules for Nigel Hawke and, following a long absence, was well beaten here (2m5f, soft) on last month's stable debut; entitled to have benefited from that recent outing, though, and the refitted visor makes him worth a glance in the betting.

16/1

10th

13

4th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Tanrudy

10st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Career record is 1-30, the win coming over this trip at Market Rasen in November 2019; twice second in June 2021 but absent since August of that year; has left Nigel Hawke and market watch is advised on stable debut.

12/1

Form: 722-73

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Only win came over 2m at Lingfield and fair third over that C&D in November (some way behind /Shaw's Cross); effectiveness at this trip unproven.

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8

28th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:30 Huntingdon

Uberman

10st 12lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Katharine Davis

held up in last, bad mistake 4th, soon pulled up quickly (jockey said gelding made a bad mistake at the 4th fence and lost his action afterwards)

10/1

6th

6

2nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:10 Fakenham

Uberman

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

disputed lead

10/1

8

4th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:00 Hereford

Uberman

11st 4lb

J: Mr Daniel Kyne

T: Katharine Davis

Only win came over 2m at Lingfield and fair third over that C&D in November (some way behind /Shaw's Cross); effectiveness at this trip unproven.

14/1

Form: 900-99

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Placed once from seven starts over hurdles in Ireland; tailed off on first outing in Britain two months ago; chasing debut.

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6

7th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

16:45 Market Rasen

Dawn Wonder

10st 2lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Poor form in four starts since joining this trainer; in rear when unseating at Hereford on Sunday; can only watch.

50/1

9

5th Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 5

14:33 Hereford

Dawn Wonder

10st 2lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Ten-race maiden who was pulled up in two soft-ground chases here (2m5f/2m) last month and now reverts to hurdling; makes no significant appeal; visor removed after one use.

66/1

10

16th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:10 Hereford

Dawn Wonder

10st 6lb

J: William Kennedy

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Placed once over hurdles in Ireland but never backed up that effort; has achieved little in two runs for new yard, latest over 2m5f here (chase debut); first-time visor needs to make a big difference.

100/1

Form: P64U-3

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Maiden; lacked fluency and tended to jump right in two Newton Abbot chasing attempts last spring but showed some ability in both; absent since and plenty to prove but not impossible with Bryony Frost aboard for first time.

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18

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:50 Chepstow

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Jimmy Frost

raced wide, midfield, not fluent 5th, lost ground quickly before 3 out

25/1

8th

11

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:10 Newton Abbot

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

prominent on outer, in touch with leaders 3rd

20/1

6th

8

27th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

17:00 Wincanton

Demothi

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Jimmy Frost

midfield, prominent 6th, pushed along and dropped to rear after 3 out, weakened 2 out

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £713.00
Straight Forecast £566.40
Tricast £2837.70
Trifecta £4340.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Lazy Sunday

SPOTLIGHT:

Kestrel Valley

Daily Mirror:

Wind Tor

Daily Mail:

Not Sure

Telegraph:

Alberic

LAMBOURN:

Henschke

POSTDATA:

Ben Brody

The Sun:

Skinflint

The Times:

Lazy Sunday

The Guardian:

Lazy Sunday

D Express:

Lazy Sunday

RP Ratings:

Kestrel Valley

The Star:

Wind Tor