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15:00 Lingfield

Heavy

Surrey National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £15843
  • 3m 4f 178y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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Surrey National Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: 4-3524

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Reliable sort who was pipped over 3m4f on soft at Haydock in November; tongue tied first time when creditable fourth at Cheltenham three weeks ago; well beaten sole start on heavy but that was in 2020.

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11

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Poppa Poutine

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has some good form this season, notably when just missing out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep C&D handicap (again soft); however, has dropped his guard the last twice and this is a tough race in which to bounce back.

16/1

6th

5

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Poppa Poutine

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

It was unlike him to run so moderately at Sandown, albeit in a handicap that's worked out well; in form (and consistent) prior to that, having just missed out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep Cheltenham handicap (3m2f; again soft); stuck on a tough mark but is by no means dismissed.

7/1

7th

1

16th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Poppa Poutine

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Consistent gelding who just missed out over 3m4f at Haydock before running perfectly well in a deep Cheltenham handicap (3m2f; again soft; fine on good); stuck on a tough mark but looks a good bet to give his running.

3/1

Form: UPP-22

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

2-16 as chaser, both wins two winters back; failed to complete last term but, after wind surgery, he stuck to his task very well when second at Wetherby and Newbury (3m2f) in his two starts this season; going back up the weights but acts on heavy and looks well worth a second go at this sort of trip.

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3rd

2

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Uttoxeter

Shanty Alley

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Without a win since January 2021 and he hasn't really been threatening this winter, especially so at Doncaster most recently when the first beaten (3m, soft); wouldn't be the percentage call.

9/1

9

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:15 Doncaster

Shanty Alley

11st 4lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Ben Case

disputed lead, raced in second from 2nd, lost position 12th, soon dropped to last and pushed along, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1111-5 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Has run four times at Lingfield, all over the extended 2m7f and they resulted in 16l, 12l, 20l and 14l wins, the latest of which was on heavy going last February; no sign that they got to the bottom of him but, having been just about in touch turning for home, he ended up a remote fifth when reappearing in the Welsh National (3m6f) last month; bit to prove after that.

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1

21st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:15 Chepstow

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12st 2lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Enhanced his excellent record at Lingfield when comfortably winning the Surrey National (3m5f, soft) in January; placed again there next time (well held) before having a rare spin over hurdles 16 days ago (beaten 27l off lower mark in that discipline); tailed off in a Welsh National on only previous visit here but entitled to be thereabouts.

100/30

4th

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:02 Lingfield

Movethechains

11st 13lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Enhanced his excellent record on the chase track here when comfortably winning the Sussex National (3m5f, soft) in January and again placed on his return visit after a 9lb rise; rated 11lb lower over hurdles and he's a better horse now than when last seen in this discipline.

9/2

3rd

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Movethechains

12st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Won five from six chases on this track, the one defeat coming when runner-up in this last year on good ground which may have been faster than ideal; went into his shell after but took advantage of a generous mark in no uncertain fashion over C&D 23 days ago (soft; first completion in blinkers); back up 9lb but still 3lb lower than last February; solid chance.

3/1

Form: -42232

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Did well on heavy going two years ago but it saw one of his worst results last term and he's usually reliable; unraced beyond 3m2f but he's shown this season that he stays that trip well and is well worth a shot at this sort of distance; interesting if he goes on the ground.

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1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Acts on heavy; form dipped at Bangor last time; well suited by Chepstow and gained his sole chase win, albeit somewhat fortuitously, over this C&D (off 2lb lower in January); return to this track is a plus.

8/1

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Looked in excellent nick when winning by 29l at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in January and has since been placed off today's mark over hurdles there; enters calculations.

5/1

3rd

9

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

10st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Dual C&D winner over hurdles (2021); this season didn't go well, including over C&D two starts back, before he surged back to his best with a chase win on heavy ground at this track one month ago; that puts him back into serious calculations.

7/1

Form: 0U-7U0

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

This veteran hasn't won since 2019; fourth off 21lb higher in last season's Welsh National but all his completions since have been heavy defeats.

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5th

7

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

15:50 Haydock

Achille

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

No win since April 2019; placed in last season's Welsh Grand National and is now 29lb lower but looked badly out of sorts this winter; swapped cheekpieces for refitted blinkers at Chepstow 16 days ago and there was an upturn but he was 10l behind the winner Domaine De L'Isle so still has work to do.

6/1

3rd

3

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Achille

11st 9lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Teenager who hasn't won since April 2019; placed over C&D (soft) in last season's Welsh Grand National and is now 26lb lower but has looked badly out of sorts this winter and it's hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task today; swaps cheekpieces for refitted blinkers.

7/1

5th

1

29th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 149y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Achille

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Fourth off 21lb higher in last season's Welsh Grand National but soundly beaten in all his completed races since; 13yo who is hard to approach with confidence at present.

12/1

Form: 111-P1

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Something amiss on first start this term but ended last season with three wins in a row; first-time cheekpieces and back on song with a fourth Ffos Las 3m win (three on soft, the second on heavy) one month ago, admittedly booked for second when a clear leader fell at the last but he's been finishing strongly in those Ffos Las races and looks very interesting for a marathon test.

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0

3

10th Sep 2023

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

15:03 Fontwell

Fairlawn Flyer

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Not firing on all cylinders this season but rewarded persistent Sean Bowen ride when staying on well to exploit much reduced mark at Cartmel (3m1f, soft) two weeks ago; would appeal more on slower ground but remains well handicapped on older form; pulled up in early stages at Southwell on Thursday after saddle slipped.

9/4

0

2

7th Sep 2023

Good

3m 1f 185y

Class 4

14:18 Southwell

Fairlawn Flyer

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Not firing on all cylinders this season but rewarded persistent Sean Bowen ride when staying on well to exploit much reduced mark at Cartmel (3m1f, soft) 12 days ago; still very well handicapped on some of last year's form but would appeal more on slower ground.

11/4

1st

2

26th Aug 2023

Soft

3m 1f 107y

Class 4

15:25 Cartmel

Fairlawn Flyer

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

in touch with leaders

3/1

Abandoned

Form: 15-111 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Ran away with a hurdle race on heavy here last February; improvement has gathered pace with the switch to chasing this term on soft for two wins at Fontwell (3m2f) either side of one here (2m7f); 19l was his winning margin last time and he's gone up 11lb since; this race is a higher grade but he's a rising force and may well find more to remain unbeaten as a chaser.

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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

Form: 141-54 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Has scored twice on heavy; signed off last season with improved form for a wide-margin win at Bangor (soft) when upped to 3m5f; duly hit hard by the handicapper but he was back near that peak form on latest start and this step back up in trip will suit him very well; player.

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6

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Don Herbager

11st 4lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Venetia Williams

Dual chase winner last season, latterly at Bangor (3m5f, soft); not in same form this term but might have found good ground too lively when last of four finishers at Wetherby (3m7f) this month; might be the answer.

11/2

4th

6

6th Mar 2023

Good

3m 6f 193y

Class 3

15:15 Wetherby

Don Herbager

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

in touch with leaders, went second 5th, hit 14th, pushed along and lost position 5 out, ridden and beaten before 4 out

10/1

5

10th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

14:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Don Herbager

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Tends to race rather lazily but came from off the pace to win this race by 16l last year (soft ground; second-time cheekpieces) and has made late headway on both outings this season (3m6f/3m; no headgear); no surprise if he makes a bold defence of his crown with the cheekpieces now refitted.

8/1

Form: 5-2U24

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Three of his four wins have been on heavy; latest was two years ago but he's been runner-up in two of his three completions this term; has form in the mud at this track, indeed he was third in this race last year off 3lb higher, but he needs to bounce back from a modest show just before Christmas.

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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

Despite the rise in class in this strong field, it is hard to desert COOLVALLA (nap) following his three wins from three starts as a chaser. He’s been a major improver, shaping as if 3m2f suits him better than 3m, and this longer trip probably won’t stop him. Don Herbager, who won so well over 3m5f at Bangor last season, is second on the list but Fairlawn Flyer’s step up from 3m holds significant potential and he can go very well too. Shanty Valley and Bells Of Peterboro make most appeal among the rest.[Richard Austen]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Coolvalla

The Times:

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POSTDATA:

Don Herbager

TOPSPEED:

Echo Watt

D Express:

Poppa Poutine

RP Ratings:

Coolvalla

Daily Mirror:

Coolvalla

The Sun:

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Daily Record:

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The Star:

Don Herbager

Telegraph:

Echo Watt