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13:50 Warwick

Heavy

eventmasters.co.uk Hampton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31322.5
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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eventmasters.co.uk Hampton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75

Form: 133-1P

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Inferior to today's rivals over hurdles but this winning pointer looks sure to make a better chaser judged on her impressive winning start in a Listed chase for mares at Bangor (2m1f, heavy; form franked); her jumping was assured throughout that day but not when stepped up to 3m at Kempton on Boxing Day (3m) and she was pulled up mid-race; tempting to give her another chance.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

30

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galia Des Liteaux

10st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, latterly with cheekpieces enlisted (kept since) when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, which looked promising for this test, but running quite so poorly when 4-5 in a 3m mares' race at Exeter (also on heavy) on latest outing was offputting.

25/1

4th

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Galia Des Liteaux

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Clearly her two best efforts came in the mud at the big Warwick meeting in January 2023 and 2024, last time with cheekpieces enlisted when second of 14 in the 3m5f Classic Chase; that was a step up in trip and she stayed on well, whereas this is 3m, but she sets the standard on her best form.

11/8

2nd

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Galia Des Liteaux

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Well beaten in three Grade 1 novice chases last term, having been particularly impressive when dominating a four-runner Grade 2 at this meeting (3m, heavy); neither of her runs this term have matched that peak form but her Newbury second (near 3m) last time did offer hope for longer trips; needs to be at her best on this handicap debut, with headgear enlisted.

7/1

Form: 212-51

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Reached an RPR of 138 as a hurdler and has already surpassed that figure over fences, posting 142 in winning a 2m5f soft-ground handicap at Ffos Las on his first chase start; the clear second was beaten next time but again ran well; brings solid credentials.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Complete Unknown

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Highly progressive as a novice chaser last season, ending with an easy handicap win at Kempton (2m4f, soft) and staying-on second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); won an intermediate chase on return but made a backward step when favourite for top 3m2f handicap at Newbury on latest outing; of major interest if that can be forgiven.

8/1

10th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Complete Unknown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

towards rear, hampered 1st

7/1

1st

2

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:40 Newton Abbot

Complete Unknown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second early, led 2nd, increased tempo 10th, pecked on landing 12th, going best when good jump 4 out, went clear 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and reduced lead run-in, always doing enough

4/6

OUR TIP

100/30

Form: 04-412

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Peak RPR of 135 over hurdles; jumping wasn't foot perfect when off the mark over fences at Thurles (2m6f, yielding) and the same again when no match for a classy rival at Fairyhouse (2m5f); his form compares favourably with today's opposition but his jumping is a nagging concern around here.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

The Goffer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a big handicap chase at Leopardstown last season and campaigned with credit in similar contests this season; looked like playing a hand in the Grand National before failing to stay; could be a player here.

7/1

13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

Form: 12-703

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Good novice hurdler who finished second in the 3m Grade 1 at Aintree in April (3m, good to soft; RPR 139); comfortably held in two handicaps (2m4f/3m) on his return this season and again on his chase debut at Leicester (2m4f; first-time tongue-tie); stepping back up in trip has to rate a positive but others appeal more.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

11th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Gentleman At Arms

11st 3lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Stuart Edmunds

Had a career-low jumps mark when winning at Aintree (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to heavy defeats on both starts since; has been wearing cheekpieces but now tries a visor; 7lb claimer is recruited.

25/1

7th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Gentleman At Arms

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down the weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to a heavy defeat when back up 5lb at Newbury three weeks later; needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

12/1

11th

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Gentleman At Arms

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) three weeks ago; that was a doughty performance but he's back up 5lb and probably now needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

8/1

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Selections

POSTDATA:

Complete Unknown

SPOTLIGHT:

Galia Des Liteaux

The Sun:

The Goffer

RP Ratings:

Galia Des Liteaux

TOPSPEED:

Galia Des Liteaux

The Times:

Galia Des Liteaux

The Guardian:

Galia Des Liteaux

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