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15:30 Huntingdon

Good To Soft

Weatherbys Racing Bank Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4436.04
  • 2m 7f 129y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Weatherbys Racing Bank Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 323F-3

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Placed in two soft-ground handicap hurdles in early part of last year (2m3f here/2m5f) and made quite promising seasonal/chase debut when third here (2m4f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; remains lightly raced for his age and could have untapped potential at around 3m.

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8

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Smoking Pigeon

11st 5lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Low-mileage 9yo whose jumping improved as the race went on at Huntingdon and ran out a 5l winner (2m7f, good to soft); still unexposed over fences but his overall record is patchy and he faded into a well-held fifth at Kempton (3m, good) last time; returns after a short break but he comes with risks attached.

5/1

5th

7

10th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Kempton

Smoking Pigeon

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Low-mileage 9yo whose jumping improved as the race went on at Huntingdon and ran out a 5l winner (2m7f, good to soft); 6lb higher this time in what looks a better race, but needs considering.

100/30

1st

3

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:30 Huntingdon

Smoking Pigeon

11st 10lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Placed in two soft-ground handicap hurdles in early part of last year (2m3f here/2m5f) and made quite promising seasonal/chase debut when third here (2m4f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; remains lightly raced for his age and could have untapped potential at around 3m.

4/1

Form: -32143 D BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over fences with wide-margin success in two-finisher race at Fakenham (3m, good) in October and has made the frame on both subsequent outings (3m/2m7f, good); not yet fully exposed as a chaser but today's forecast slower ground may not be ideal.

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1st

1

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 5

13:50 Ludlow

Dans Chosen

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Out of form for much of 2023 but also won at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in July and September; not disgraced when third at Exeter on latest start; has to be considered.

3/1

3rd

2

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

16:35 Exeter

Dans Chosen

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Very in and out but has won two of his last three starts, both of them at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good); beat only two other finishers latterly but only 1lb higher for this and will go close if continuing the good work.

4/1

1st

4

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:43 Newton Abbot

Dans Chosen

10st 12lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

led, ridden and headed 2 out, rallied and led again inside final 110yds, kept on

7/1

Form: 114-PP CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Managed two C&D wins last March (soft/good), the latter off mark effectively the same as today's, but looked out of sorts when pulled up on consecutive outings last month; big leap of faith required to support him.

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5th

9

6th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:10 Hereford

Leskinfere

10st 4lb

J: Ben Poste

T: John Cornwall

Both wins gained at Huntingdon just over a year ago; not much since until remarkable performance when third at Market Rasen last week, from 33lb out of the handicap; hard to place maximum faith in that but repeat certainly makes him of serious interest.

13/2

3rd

6

29th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

14:35 Market Rasen

Leskinfere

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: John Cornwall

Two Huntingdon wins a year ago but not in that form lately and out of depth in this company (33lb out of the handicap).

66/1

7th

7

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Leskinfere

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: John Cornwall

in touch with leaders, towards rear before 3 out, pushed along after 12th

14/1

Form: 47P4-4 BF

Last run: 79 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Just a respectable fourth behind Leskinfere over C&D (soft) on chasing debut last March and not seen again until a disappointing hurdle run in October; returns here with a bit to prove but is in good hands and remains lightly raced.

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4th

5

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:30 Huntingdon

TAraison

10st 10lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Just a respectable fourth behind Leskinfere over C&D (soft) on chasing debut last March and not seen again until a disappointing hurdle run in October; returns here with a bit to prove but is in good hands and remains lightly raced.

8/1

4th

7

26th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:55 Chepstow

TAraison

10st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders, not fluent and reminder 5 out, ridden and struggling before 3 out, tailed off

5/1

4th

7

16th Mar 2022

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

TAraison

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Brother to dual Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo but showed very little over hurdles and looked a hard ride before pulling up on handicap/chase debut over this far at Lingfield (heavy); plenty to prove.

20/1

Form: U812-3 CD

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Ex-pointer who came good under rules with clear C&D (soft) success on Boxing Day 2021 and ran a big race in defeat when back here a few weeks later; didn't run anything like as badly as eventual 43l defeat may suggest on seasonal debut in November and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

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5

15th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Alright Chief

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Sam Allwood

didn't jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, towards rear 2nd

8/1

5th

6

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:30 Huntingdon

Alright Chief

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Sam Allwood

Ex-pointer who came good under rules with clear C&D (soft) success on Boxing Day 2021 and ran a big race in defeat when back here a few weeks later; didn't run anything like as badly as eventual 43l defeat may suggest on seasonal debut in November and the return to this track is an obvious plus.

6/1

3rd

2

22nd Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:05 Southwell

Alright Chief

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Sam Allwood

held up in rear

11/2

Form: P1U1-1 D

Last run: 74 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

4-13 over hurdles, the latest win gained from the front on seasonal debut at Hereford (3m1f, good) in late October; pulled up on sole previous attempt at chasing (December 2021; jumped poorly) but switches back to fences on mark 1lb lower than for the hurdle win in the autumn and should be fine on today's slower ground.

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5th

6

31st Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:45 Newton Abbot

Manintheshadows

11st 5lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

didn't jump with fluency, took keen hold, in touch with leaders, went second 10th, mistake 5 out, ridden 3 out, weakened before 2 out

6/1

2nd

1

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:53 Worcester

Manintheshadows

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Four hurdle wins but was pulled up at Warwick five weeks ago, on return from a break (bled); has failed to finish either attempt over fences so plenty to prove for now.

7/1

1

31st May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Warwick

Manintheshadows

12st 1lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Triple hurdle winner in 2022, the latest win gained from the front at Hereford (3m1f, good) in October; not seen since falling in a chase in January and competes off career-high mark here but has possibilities if fully tuned up; untested on ground quicker than good.

11/4

Form: 486

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 6yo who was fourth in Punchestown hunter chase (2m5f, good to yielding) on rules debut last April; safely held in two novice hurdles for new stable towards end of last year (2m4f/2m3f) but still looks interesting now back over fences for his handicap debut.

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3rd

9

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:35 Fakenham

Jigginstown King

11st 6lb

T: Oliver Signy

Completed a hat-trick of wins in handicap chases on good/good to firm last summer, the first over C&D in May and the third off a pound lower than today when returning after a wind operation in October; fared less well on last two runs and now back after a second wind operation.

11/2

3rd

4

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

13:47 Market Rasen

Jigginstown King

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Oliver Signy

Made all to land a hat-trick in small-field handicaps at 2m5f/2m6f on good or faster ground; got pestered up front when pulled up over 3m1f at Hereford on latest outing, though; even if this pans out more favourably, ground conditions are a concern.

7/2

0

2

21st Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

13:30 Hereford

Jigginstown King

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Oliver Signy

Suited by good/firmer; scored twice over 2m5f in May then had wind surgery; had little to spare off 2lb lower at Stratford (2m6f; again made all) last month but still commands respect, being 3-3 this season.

7/4

Form: 65-PP3

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Responded well to change of headgear when third at Southwell (3m2f, good; first-time blinkers) last month but was well held in the end and the value of the form is open to question; effectively 8lb higher here.

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0

12

20th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:25 Worcester

Chain Smoker

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Placed once from 13 starts for this yard; well beaten over fences in latest three starts; 10lb out of the handicap on return to hurdles.

66/1

6th

11

21st Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:10 Worcester

Chain Smoker

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Georgie Howell

Placed once from 12 attempts for this stable; twice well beaten at Ffos Las recently; 10lb out of the handicap.

50/1

Form: P/P-45

Last run: 225 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 45

Form & Verdict

Maiden pointer who has shown no significant ability in maiden/novice hurdles since switched to racing under rules; makes chase/handicap debut after 225-day absence and from 34lb out of the weights.

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9

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:30 Huntingdon

Godivas Bay

10st 2lb

J: Mr James Turner

T: Tracey Leeson

Maiden pointer who has shown no significant ability in maiden/novice hurdles since switched to racing under rules; makes chase/handicap debut after 225-day absence and from 34lb out of the weights.

33/1

5th

3

2nd Jun 2022

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 4

13:07 Uttoxeter

Godivas Bay

11st 2lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Tracey Leeson

prominent disputing second, not fluent 4th, lost position and pushed along 5 out, dropped to rear when not fluent 4 out, soon weakened quickly, tailed off

100/1

4th

3

20th May 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

19:30 Worcester

Godivas Bay

11st 4lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Tracey Leeson

Modest form in Irish points and was pulled up in both hurdle attempts for this yard last year (300-1 in both).

100/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Smoking Pigeon

Telegraph:

Manintheshadows

SPOTLIGHT:

Alright Chief

POSTDATA:

Smoking Pigeon

WEST COUNTRY:

Smoking Pigeon

The Times:

Smoking Pigeon

The Guardian:

Smoking Pigeon

The Sun:

Manintheshadows

The Star:

Manintheshadows

Daily Record:

Manintheshadows

Daily Mail:

Alright Chief