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13:30 Wincanton

Soft

Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15843
  • 2m 4f 35y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Virgin Bet Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

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9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 1PP-92 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

After winning two small-field chases early last year he was pulled up at the two big festivals; got back on track with a narrow defeat at Doncaster (2m, good) and won't mind returning to further on softer ground; races prominently; first-time cheekpieces.

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Verdict Starting price

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

10yo who has been better than ever this season; soft ground was against him in the Champion Chase and prior to that he beat Jonbon by a neck to win the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft); however, the runner-up was well below his best; others make greater appeal.

50/1

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Often a front-runner; has won on soft but seems ideally suited by good/good to soft; rallied gamely to beat odds-on Jonbon in the rescheduled Clarence House here in January, making it three wins from his last four starts; however, looks far from sure to confirm placings with that otherwise superior rival who blew his chance with a dodgy round of jumping; in great form this term but needs better still to land a Champion Chase.

25/1

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 252-29 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winner over hurdles; only 1-12 as a chaser but placed a few times in good handicaps and there was a physical excuse for his no-show in Cheltenham's big November handicap; this belated return to soft ground is welcomed.

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Distance / Class
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Verdict Starting price

6th

6

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Galahad Quest

11st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Questionable what he achieved behind an easy winner when back chasing at Ludlow in February and especially after a lesser run at Newbury, albeit in a strong handicap (2m4f, good to soft); on the plus side, drying conditions are in his favour and his only previous attempt at 3m was in the valuable handicap at this track in 2022; could be a player after wind surgery.

10/1

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Galahad Quest

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent, outpaced after 12th, weakened after 2 out

11/2

Form: 1115-4 D BF

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Had an excellent first season for this yard, winning over hurdles and fences before finishing fifth in the 2m4f Plate at Cheltenham; may have more to offer this season, despite his age, and 3m was perhaps a stretch on his reappearance.

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4th

13

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Celebre DAllen

10st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

12yo; below par on last completed start (hampered/unseated at last month's Cheltenham Festival); however, he caught the eye flying home for 29l eighth in this last year on his first taste of these fences, and he loomed large two out in the Becher (3m2f, heavy) in December only to fade; bolted up on Mildmay course in October on only other visit to Aintree; interesting.

25/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Celebre DAllen

11st 7lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Bolted up on reappearance at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last October; also effective on soft; however, this 12yo hasn't been at his peak the last twice and this is a very tough race in which to try to bounce back.

66/1

Form: /7546- C

Last run: 343 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Below his best form last season and has been absent since Trials Day at Cheltenham nearly a year ago when finishing behind Galahad Quest in a good handicap; still only a 9yo and he's very capable of defying this mark if he can get back on track; record when fresh is not overly encouraging.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Magic Saint

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart chaser in his prime but last season's win was gained in a 2m4f hunter chase and he ran very poorly when returned to a handicap last June; not easy to weigh up at present and has stamina to prove over new trip here, but has become dangerously well treated.

11/2

4

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

15:40 Newton Abbot

Magic Saint

10st 12lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Doesn't look the force of old and only successful once in five hunter chase outings this year; handicapper has given him a chance, however, and much may depend on effect of blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

13/2

Form: 1PP-14 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who repelled a serial loser on his return at Market Rasen (2m5f, good to soft) but a 3lb rise found him out in a deeper race at Aintree (2m4f); should still run well, though, and could be dangerous if finding some rhythm up front (Elixir De Nutz may hassle him).

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14th

19

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Kiltealy Briggs

10st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Jamie Snowden

Prominent racer who could show up well for a long way if taking to these fences and it's probably a mere coincidence that he's yet to win a chase with more than six runners; 3lb below his last winning mark, he's no forlorn hope.

33/1

5th

4

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

13:45 Sandown

Kiltealy Briggs

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Jamie Snowden

Prominent-racer who scored at Market Rasen (2m5f, good to soft) on reappearance but has failed to repeat the form, well held at Wincanton (2m4f) on latest start; back down to his last winning mark but needs to bounce back and there's a doubt about his effectiveness over this shorter trip.

16/1

5th

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 2

13:30 Wincanton

Kiltealy Briggs

11st 13lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Jamie Snowden

raced in second, pressed leader from 9th, ridden after 4 out, lost second after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

5/1

Form: 14P/3- CD

Last run: 385 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced 11yo; made a stylish start to chasing career two seasons ago with back-to-back C&D wins (good to soft/soft) on which he is well handicapped; however, was below his best when confined to the solitary start last season and he's now back from another absence; market could be helpful.

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9th

2

2nd Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 34y

Class 2

14:05 Cartmel

Messire Des Obeaux

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alan King

11yo who has been lightly raced in recent seasons; well beaten at Newbury (2m4f, soft) in March last time out but won at Warwick (2m4f, good) the run before; can be effective on slow ground; not discounted.

16/1

5th

4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:05 Newbury

Messire Des Obeaux

11st 12lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Alan King

Fragile 11yo with low mileage; pulled up on his return from a year out but he stuck on well to win at Warwick (2m4f, good), albeit in a race that fell apart at the seams a little; only 2lb higher but not sure to be as good again.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £283.00
Straight Forecast £297.40
Trifecta £770.00

Selections

The Times:

Messire Des Obeaux

LAMBOURN:

Kiltealy Briggs

SPOTLIGHT:

Galahad Quest

POSTDATA:

Elixir De Nutz

RP Ratings:

Galahad Quest

D Express:

Kiltealy Briggs

The Sun:

Kiltealy Briggs

Telegraph:

Messire Des Obeaux

Daily Mail:

Messire Des Obeaux

Daily Mirror:

Messire Des Obeaux

Daily Record:

Messire Des Obeaux