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14:30 Fontwell

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Vickers.Bet Independent Family Owned Bookmaker Handicap Chase

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  • 3m 1f 210y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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Vickers.Bet Independent Family Owned Bookmaker Handicap Chase

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Abandoned

Form: 15-111 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Hurdle winner but he's found plenty of improvement since switched to fences and made it 3-3 in this sphere when making all over C&D (soft) on Boxing Day; up another 11lb but that was a dominant display last time and he's open to more progress as a chaser; strong contender.

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

5th

12

29th Apr 2023

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

14:15 Sandown

Coolvalla

10st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Out of his depth in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham Festival; 5-5 over rules fences otherwise, most recently beating Revels Hill by 1l at Exeter (3m6f, good to soft; pair well clear); highly progressive in handicaps, no ground worries, stays well and may not have reached his ceiling yet; shortlisted.

14/1

1st

3

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Coolvalla

11st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Bit off more than he could chew in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but had been going great guns with four successive wins from 2m7f to 3m3f (three at Fontwell); this is nothing like so demanding as at the Festival but it's still a step up from the grade in which he was winning; respected nonetheless.

8/1

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Coolvalla

11st 7lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Chris Gordon

Big improvement switched to chasing, with one win at Lingfield and three at Fontwell; 19l and 17l were the last two winning margins, the latest over 3m4f (good to soft) and he goes well in the mud; that handicap form leaves him with a lot to find but he's certainly been impressing at that much lower level.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: -21843 CD

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Exposed chaser who returned from a break with two laboured efforts in November/December but his staying-on third at Taunton (3m2f, good) last time was more like it; now only 1lb higher than for his win at Uttoxeter in June and could be dangerous if he can build on that last run; last three wins have been on good ground but he has won on heavy.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

8

27th Jun 2023

Good

3m 2f 105y

Class 4

19:30 Newton Abbot

Premier Dtroice

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Katy Price

Seemingly back in good form at Warwick (3m2f, good) last month, where he battled on well to press Nickelsonthedime in the closing stages, but was last of five when favourite at Fontwell 11 days ago and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

11/2

5th

3

16th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

19:55 Fontwell

Premier Dtroice

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Katy Price

pressed leader, led after 1st, pressed leader when headed 3rd, ridden after 3 out, stayed on until no extra inside final 110yds

5/1

2nd

3

31st May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:40 Warwick

Premier Dtroice

11st 9lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Katy Price

Thorough stayer who was placed in two chases and a hurdle towards end of last season; probably on a good mark over hurdles but needs to bounce back quickly from lacklustre run over fences a fortnight ago; fully effective on good ground; unproven on good to firm.

8/1

Form: P51-PF D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Won off 2lb lower with blinkers added at Plumpton (3m1f, good) in his final run last season but he's hard to predict and has failed to complete in both runs since returning from lengthy absence; this switch back to heavy ground is no problem but he needs to get his act together again.

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0

4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Putdecashonthedash

11st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Keiran Burke

Defied a 17lb higher mark nearly two years ago but has shown precious little in the meantime.

16/1

6th

8

12th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Putdecashonthedash

10st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Has dropped to a mark 12lb lower than when winning at Plumpton in January 2022 but this 10yo has struggled subsequently.

50/1

Form: 63-17P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Returned from 17 months off with a win at Ffos Las (3m, soft) in November but he's been tailed off (3m6f) and pulled up (3m1f) in both subsequent runs; only 1lb higher than for last success but has quite a bit to prove again and others are preferred; cheekpieces reapplied.

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9

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:25 Taunton

Alminar

10st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Returned from 508-day absence to make winning stable debut at Ffos Las (3m, soft) in November but his form has nosedived since, and it's hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task here.

33/1

9

3rd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

15:30 Chepstow

Alminar

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Became more miss than hit for Nigel Hawke; absent 508 days before winning at Ffos Las (soft; 1lb higher today) in November at his first attempt for new yard but he's taken major backward steps in his two starts since.

16/1

Form: 5-2U24 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Triple chase winner who has finished runner-up in two of his four starts this season but he has a patchy profile and was well below form when fourth at Lingfield (2m6f, heavy) last time; that took his losing run to 11 and he needs to step up again.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

14:35 Fontwell

Echo Watt

12st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

led but pestered, not fluent 7th, headed but pressed leader after 10th, soon pushed along and lost position, weakened after 11th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out

9/2

3rd

6

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 149y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Echo Watt

11st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Stays 3m5f; three of four wins were on heavy, the other on soft; latest was in January 2021 and although runner-up in two of his three completions this term, he needs to bounce back from a modest show just before Christmas.

10/1

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Verdict

This can go to Chris Gordon’s COOLVALLA, who made it 3-3 over fences with his dominant display over C&D last month and is open to more progress in this sphere. The pick of the opposition could be Premier D’troice, who is only 1lb higher than for his last win and took a major step back in the right direction when a staying-on third at Taunton last time.[David Moon]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Coolvalla

TOPSPEED:

Echo Watt

POSTDATA:

Alminar

RP Ratings:

Coolvalla

The Times:

Coolvalla

Telegraph:

Coolvalla

The Guardian:

Coolvalla

Daily Mail:

Coolvalla

Daily Mirror:

Coolvalla

The Sun:

Coolvalla

The Star:

Coolvalla

Daily Record:

Coolvalla

WEST COUNTRY:

Echo Watt

D Express:

Echo Watt