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15:00 Warwick

Heavy

Wigley Group Classic Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56950
  • 3m 5f 54y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Wigley Group Classic Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 73/11-

Last run: 383 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Well beaten both starts on heavy but they were early in career and he goes well on soft; showed that when coming from off the early pace to win by 9l in the Welsh National at Chepstow (extended 3m6f) in December 2021; "picked up a niggle" and not seen since; raised 7lb but he's 3-4 over fences, won his first start last term by 24l and has a very big shout here if he again returns on song.

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5th

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Iwilldoit

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Won the 3m6f Welsh National on soft in 2021 and the 3m5f Warwick Classic (clear best form) on heavy last January; gave it a fair shot when well-beaten third in this season's Welsh National (under Dylan Johnston) and not at all discredited at Lingfield four weeks ago given the exalted company, but to win this he needs to get back closer to his best form.

7/1

3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 10y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Iwilldoit

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

raced in third and prominent, outpaced after 4 out, no match for first two

20/1

3rd

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Iwilldoit

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

4-6 over fences, including wins in the 2021 Welsh National (soft) and last season's Classic Chase at Warwick (3m5f, heavy); disappointing in the 4m2f Midlands National in March but reappearance second at Aintree (first hurdle race since April 2021) last month augured well; 6lb higher than at Warwick but a 7lb claimer is recruited this time; soft or heavy ground would be preferable and he needs plenty of respect.

7/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 12RP-B

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won maiden hurdle on heavy; last season started so promisingly with strong finish to win chase debut at Naas (2m3f) but he was very reluctant to race on last two outings in that campaign for Henry de Bromhead; with new owner and trainer this season and just 7-1 for a top 3m handicap at Leopardstown 18 days ago but got brought down at the fourth; it remains to be seen how that affects his enthusiasm but he promised to be a good deal better than this mark when he put his best foot forward initially last term.

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2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mr Incredible

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the three non-completions weren't his fault, hampered when unseating at the Chair at Aintree last week (10-1); towards rear at the time having been very slow to stride following the standing start; that was four weeks after his Midlands National second (4m2f, heavy) which came after 336 days off; connections thought he'd improve fitness-wise after that run but now it remains to be seen how he's come out of last week's race.

10/1

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mr Incredible

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the two non-completions weren't his fault, including as the saddle slipped when he was running a big race in last year's renewal; not seen again until his Midlands National second, so he's proved himself at 4m2f on heavy ground; now he has to do it all again four weeks later and the standing start might be a concern for one who used to have problems setting off in his races and still has issues at home, but he's a player if, as connections expect, that latest run improves his fitness.

12/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 6823-4 CD

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won this race two years ago (soft) off 9lb higher; generally disappointing since but he did show that significant ability remains when second in a four-runner race last March; runner-up in one of two starts on heavy and the other was in November when 16l fourth (Lord Du Mesnil second) but perhaps in need of the run; case can be made but probably not the percentage call.

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2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Notachance

11st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

never going well, in touch with leaders, cajoled along 5th, pushed along 8th, mistake 3 out, soon eased and pulled up

11/2

5th

8

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Notachance

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Won the 2021 Warwick Classic over 3m5f and good third in that race last January; well handicapped on that form but this 10yo has been well beaten on both runs this season and needs to bounce back.

14/1

7

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Notachance

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful stayer on his day; won the Classic Chase at Warwick (3m5f, soft) in 2021 and placed in that same major handicap last season; could go well off a handy mark with Exeter reappearance under his belt.

14/1

Form: 311F-1 C

Last run: 74 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Two wins last term (one on heavy by 14l) but also some jumping issues and he sometimes overjumps; reappeared with improved form to win here (3m1f, good to soft) at the start of November and, although raised 6lb, fascinating candidate for staying handicaps such as this if he settles.

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10th

7

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Guetapan Collonges

10st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Charlie Longsdon

Dour stayer who loves the mud; five chase wins include one here; reliable in these valuable staying chases without ever looking particularly well handicapped, and he was beaten 24l into fourth in this last year when 3lb lower; having another solid season but hard to believe he's any better now than 12 months ago; first-time tongue-tie.

13/2

3rd

7

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Guetapan Collonges

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Charlie Longsdon

Goes well on soft/heavy; his three chase wins have been at up to 3m2f and his well-held fourth in last season's Classic Chase (favourite) and Midlands National (4m2f, soft) both saw a dip in his form; there can't be much doubt that he'll stay, though, given the way he kept on strongly for third to Malina Girl over the extended 3m3f at Cheltenham on latest start; needs to improve but he's a strong each-way candidate.

7/1

3rd

7

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Guetapan Collonges

11st 8lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Charlie Longsdon

Goes well on soft/heavy; won twice last season and resumed with a win at Carlisle (up 7lb since) one month ago, all at 3m to nearly 3m2f; fourth in last season's Classic Chase (3m5f, heavy) and Midlands National (4m2f, soft) both saw a dip in his form but this progressive 7yo will surely prove his stamina in due course and needs plenty of respect.

4/1

14/1

Form: 7-8632 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

The last four of his five chase wins were at Warwick, the last two in the same 3m5f event in March 2021 and 2022; acts on soft, not so good yet on heavy; 10lb out of the handicap today and some water has gone under the bridge since he last showed (March 2021) he could cope with that sort of mark.

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2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Volcano

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sheila Lewis

Has gained most wins at Warwick, the last three over 3m5f; best effort this term came over same distance in cross-country race at Cheltenham; drops back in grade off a workable mark but this doesn't look an ideal scenario; 0-4 at Hereford.

11/4

0

14

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Volcano

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Often front-runs; Warwick specialist with five wins from six appearances and two of those wins were over 3m5f (one on soft); the defeat, however, came in this race last year (heavy) when beaten 16l in a respectable fifth; best to forgive this season (way out of the weights on Cheltenham cross-country on last two starts) but 2lb wrong today and this task looks a bit too tough.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 116-3U C

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Mopped up in small fields as a novice last winter, culminating in a Grade 2 at this meeting (3m, soft); came up well short in Cheltenham Grade 1 next time, when his jumping played a part, and he followed a fair reappearance over hurdles in November by unseating at the first fence when trying cheekpieces in top Newbury handicap; the big positive is that he's totally unexposed beyond 3m but has long looked a stayer in the making.

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13th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Ran well when fourth in last year's Scottish National (4m, good) and he's been better than ever this year in good handicaps, finishing second twice in a row (3m1f/3m2f, good to soft/soft) before winning at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; carries top weight but holds solid claims.

8/1

1st

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, not fluent 1st

4/1

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Threeunderthrufive

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Tough campaigner with an excellent strike-rate; showed himself better than ever when 3l second of 11 in the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) on his reappearance five weeks ago, pulling clear with a progressive rival; a 3lb rise looks fully justified; commands major respect.

5/1

Form: 6P4-P2 D

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Good runs have been in the firm minority in recent seasons but he's well handicapped judged on the best of those efforts and produced a solid performance at Bangor in early November when last seen; thorough stayer who is very well suited by mud when he's on his game.

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19

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Has run some good races on this track, including when runner-up in the National Hunt Chase in 2020, but his losing run goes back three years and others have more going for them at this level.

33/1

4th

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Thorough stayer who did pretty well to take second behind Cepage over inadequate 2m4f at Cheltenham (soft) in December; safely held in Veterans' Final at Warwick since but can have a say off a workable mark here.

10/1

6th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Lord Du Mesnil

11st 5lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Coming on three years since the last of his four career wins and three of those have come at Haydock, the last two over 3m4f; therefore, it was a highly commendable effort last month to chase home Cepage over 2m4f at Cheltenham where he unsurprisingly found himself outpaced before staying on; goes well on testing ground and he's on the shortlist.

10/1

Form: 35U-16

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Commanding win at Aintree in October, which took him back very close to his career-high mark and he disappointed at Newcastle next time; this trip boosts interest in him, as he was second in the 2021 Scottish National (4m) on his only completion beyond 3m2f; acts on soft, unraced on heavy.

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2

14th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Dingo Dollar

11st 12lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Sandy Thomson

Commanding win at Aintree in October, which took him back very close to his career-high mark and he disappointed at Newcastle next time; this trip boosts interest in him, as he was second in the 2021 Scottish National (4m) on his only completion beyond 3m2f; acts on soft, unraced on heavy.

25/1

6th

4

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 1

15:25 Newcastle

Dingo Dollar

11st 0lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won over C&D (good to soft) in March 2021 and fair third in this race last year (albeit no match for the front two, including winner Aye Right); reappeared with commanding veterans' chase win at Aintree last month; back up 5lb and has never won off a mark this high but might not be far away.

8/1

1st

2

23rd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

14:05 Aintree

Dingo Dollar

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

midfield, lost position and towards rear from 6th, pushed along 8th, outpaced when hampered by faller 14th, still plenty to do before 3 out, good headway before 2 out, led before last, ridden clear run-in

7/1

Form: 3P7-P1

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Won at Newbury (2m6f, soft) in December 2021 in his second chase and he was back to life when scoring at that same meeting (3m2f, soft) two weeks ago; back up 6lb but it looks like he has reserves of stamina and he won two hurdle races on heavy; interesting.

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5

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Grumpy Charley

11st 5lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Chris Honour

Pulled up in three of his four chases last season but he did win over 3m2f here on New Year's Eve (soft) off 1lb higher; was a useful hurdler back in the day and wouldn't put it past him to run well.

33/1

5

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Grumpy Charley

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Honour

Won at Newbury (3m2f, soft) on New Year's Eve and there can be optimism he'll stay this far; not discounted but he's never run well away from Newbury over fences and he was pulled up at Warwick last time.

16/1

7

14th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Grumpy Charley

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Chris Honour

Won at Newbury (2m6f, soft) in December 2021 in his second chase and he was back to life when scoring at that same meeting (3m2f, soft) two weeks ago; back up 6lb but it looks like he has reserves of stamina and he won two hurdle races on heavy; interesting.

8/1

Form: P/10-5 C

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Heavy defeat in Grand National last April (sole run beyond 3m2f); it could be argued that he needed the race when next seen at Cheltenham five weeks ago, making most and finishing a respectable fifth, but he had been a 15l winner of that same race one year earlier after a longer layoff; bit to prove, including on heavy.

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6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Commodore

10st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

His Cheltenham win (3m2f, good to soft) in December 2021 came on the back of a similar absence and he was 5lb higher back then; final campaign fizzled out but again ran well on his reappearance so this could be the time to take a chance on him; hasn't always shone on heavy but does handle it.

6/1

5th

3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Commodore

11st 13lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Last season he won a 3m2f Cheltenham handicap by some 15l and is now only 1lb higher than that day; ran quite well on his reappearance back at Cheltenham but nothing of note since.

16/1

9th

3

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:45 Uttoxeter

Commodore

11st 7lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

led

14/1

Form: 4313-3 C

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Sole run on heavy (two years ago) was a good one; usually runs well, including on last three outings and the latest saw him see the trip out well over 3m4f at Haydock (soft) in November on reappearance; each-way player.

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9

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Nestor Park

12st 0lb

J: Lt Billy Aprahamian

T: Ben Pauling

Usually gives his running but has a poor strike-rate over fences (1-18) and he dropped away to be beaten some 31l last time at Warwick when the subject of strong market support in first-time blinkers; one of the highest rated in here but others appeal more.

4/1

5th

16

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Nestor Park

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Often runs well in defeat but he's now 1-17 over fences, having performed below his best the last twice; connections turn to blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) for some assistance; others are safer.

20/1

Form: 321-66

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

All her nine starts under rules have been on soft or heavy; sent chasing last term, including for handicaps wins against her own sex over 3m2f and 3m; this season's 21l sixth at Haydock (3m4f) and 49l sixth at Chepstow (3m6f Welsh National) did not prove her suitability for this.

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11th

1

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:07 Plumpton

Wouldubewell

11st 12lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Lightly raced 9yo who made it 3-9 over fences when making all off reduced mark at Wincanton (3m1f, good) in April; 3lb higher in this much deeper race on her return but that was a comfortable success last time and she has won when fresh in the past.

10/1

1st

1

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

13:40 Wincanton

Wouldubewell

12st 1lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

made all, slow jump 5th, joined 16th, went clear again after 4 out, kept on well, comfortably

7/2

4th

2

24th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Wouldubewell

11st 12lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Confined to soft or heavy ground for all ten runs under rules; the winner of two mares' handicaps over fences, the latest at Bangor (3m) last March off this very mark; although below par this season, her runs have been in decidedly strong 3m4f-3m6f handicaps; better expected, provided she goes on the ground.

6/1

Form: /1P3-3

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Unraced beyond 3m; acts on soft but turned over at 2-11 on sole run on heavy; won off this mark on chase debut in May 2021 but disappointing last February/March in his only two subsequent runs for Nicky Henderson; sold for £11,000 last May and his third at Chepstow six weeks ago was a big step back in the right direction; needs to build on that.

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3rd

7

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

14:35 Chepstow

Grand Mogul

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Gail Haywood

Lightly raced for his age and belied 66-1 odds when keeping-on third over C&D (good to soft) on seasonal/stable debut in December; now 6lb below that mark and his subsequent defeat in a heavy-ground marathon should not be viewed too harshly; not ruled out.

16/1

12

14th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Grand Mogul

10st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Gail Haywood

Unraced beyond 3m; acts on soft but turned over at 2-11 on sole run on heavy; won off this mark on chase debut in May 2021 but disappointing last February/March in his only two subsequent runs for Nicky Henderson; sold for £11,000 last May and his third at Chepstow six weeks ago was a big step back in the right direction; needs to build on that.

20/1

3rd

12

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Grand Mogul

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Gail Haywood

in rear, pecked on landing and lost ground 2nd

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £1631.00
Straight Forecast £1019.40
Tricast £7773.50
Trifecta £11881.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Threeunderthrufive

RP Ratings:

Lord Du Mesnil

POSTDATA:

Nestor Park

The Times:

Guetapan Collonges

The Sun:

Mr Incredible

WEST COUNTRY:

Grumpy Charley

TOPSPEED:

Fortescue

SPOTLIGHT:

Iwilldoit

The Star:

Notachance

Daily Mail:

Threeunderthrufive

Daily Record:

Threeunderthrufive

Daily Mirror:

Nestor Park

The Guardian:

Lord Du Mesnil

D Express:

Lord Du Mesnil