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15:35 Warwick

Soft

Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2053.2
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 6
  • 8 runners
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Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

Form: 21P5-P

Last run: 271 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

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11th

4

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cousin Pascal

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Won this in 2021 and bang there until two out in repeat bid last year (not helped by blunder five out); two wins this season but gives impression he's not as good as he was; still expected to be up there for a long way.

25/1

2nd

1

28th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:00 Leicester

Cousin Pascal

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

His second in C&D novice hunter chase two years ago was the start of something big as he went on to win the Foxhunters' at Aintree; was only fifth in that race last year but had useful form at the start of 2022; unraced on good to firm; looks the one to beat after recent spreadeagling point win.

1/3

1

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Cousin Pascal

12st 6lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Raced in points this winter, winning at Chaddesley Corbett then disappointing favourite at Larkhill; useful hunter chaser on his day, notably winning the 2021 Foxhunters' at Aintree; close second in this race last year and again looks one of the main contenders.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 05-00P

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

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10

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Mitchouka

11st 12lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: M Kehoe

Seeing out trips better since returned to points, in March almost adding a 3m6f High Easter conditions event to an earlier 3m Horseheath success (soft); 9l to find with Pym on their last-time clash, however.

25/1

6

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Mitchouka

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Fiona Kehoe

Smart hurdler/chaser in Ireland and he ran okay in last season's cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival; it's been a poor 12 months otherwise and pulling up in a recent hunter chase makes him very opposable back over hurdles.

50/1

OUR TIP

Form: U/21-5 D

Last run: 271 days

W: 12st 2lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

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6th

10

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Shantou Flyer

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: S Loxton

Festival regular having made the frame in the Ultima, a Kim Muir and three editions of this race (beaten 3l by Premier Magic 12 months ago); warmed up for another crack with his sixth point win 12 days ago; however, now a 14yo, his chance of getting his hands on the treasured trophy has surely passed.

33/1

5th

5

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

15:30 Taunton

Shantou Flyer

12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: S Loxton

raced in second, pressed leader from 3rd

9/4

Abandoned

Form: F4/69-

Last run: 295 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

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2nd

8

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 6

15:45 Warwick

Zee Man

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: F A Hutsby

took keen hold, prominent, led after 4 out, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakening when mistake last

6/1

3

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Zee Man

12st 2lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: F A Hutsby

led

40/1

3rd

7

6th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:25 Southwell

Zee Man

12st 2lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: F A Hutsby

prominent, badly hampered 1st, in touch with leaders before 3rd, prominent from 6th

66/1

Form: /PP-PP

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

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2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Bennys King

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Never far from the lead when an admirable runner-up to the now-absent Famous Clermont in this 12 months ago (good to soft) and, like last year, he returns on the back of a comfortable hunter chase success (on heavy); teenagers have won this in the past (as recently as 2013) and this veteran needs shortlisting on testing ground he could handle better than most.

15/2

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Bennys King

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Had a fine spell in early 2023, culminating in his second in the 2m5f Foxhunters' at Aintree; hasn't been in the same form this winter, even allowing for a close third of six finishers at Taunton (2m5f, soft) in January, and he did miss a heavy-ground engagement in December.

13/2

Form: /P634-

Last run: 284 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

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6th

5

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Encounter A Giant

12st 1lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Tom Britten

It wasn't the first time that Premier Magic has had his number when tailed off in this 12 months ago and he suffered the same fate in his latest point.

25/1

5th

5

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Encounter A Giant

12st 1lb

J: Mr Henry Crow

T: Tom Britten

Quite a useful chaser for Alastair Ralph; has won his last two points but he was tailed off behind Premier Magic in December and looks up against it.

12/1

Form: 5127-P

Last run: 270 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

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1st

2

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Gaboriot

12st 4lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Productive 2023-24 in handicap and hunter chases (3m-3m1f; good-soft), but longstanding plan to land the Aintree Foxhunters' was scuppered at the Canal Turn; spared a hard race, at least, and the presence of Raz De Maree and Ucello II in the pedigree offers some hope for marathon trips.

7/2

9

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Gaboriot

12st 0lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Ex-French 8yo; suffered some reality checks last term when well held in races won by today's rivals Bennys King and Time Leader but something has clicked this season in winning three of his last four starts, in two 3m handicaps and a hunter chase (beat Windsor Avenue by 6l); this race has been on the agenda for a good while but it demands a career best from him.

11/1

Form: 35-323

Last run: 196 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

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4th

21

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

80-1 when a close fifth in this last year and that was after making a horlicks of The Chair; returns on the back of just about his best form yet when third at Cheltenham last month (soft; just over 5l behind Its On The Line), having been in the firing line throughout; the extended 3m2f ultimately found him out and he's a strong contender with stamina assured back at this trip.

6/1

3rd

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Miss Hannah Roach

By no means prolific in points (3-13) but he's 5-7 in hunter chases after taking a winnable race at Hereford in January (2m5f, good to soft); showed that he can mix it at this level of competition when not beaten far into fifth (staying on) in last season's hunter chase at Aintree (2m5f good to soft; made bad mistake at The Chair); perhaps relying on some of these being off their game if he's to win, but is no forlorn hope over a longer trip that he might need these days.

25/1

1st

4

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Time Leader

12st 6lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

Close behind Bennys King in the Foxhunters' at Aintree (2m5f, good to soft) and two good wins ended the campaign; started the season with a cakewalk at Badbury Rings and he may have found soft ground against him when pulled up in November; bang there on best form.

2/1

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Verdict

The ex-French Gaboriot needs a market watch and if Bennys King has anything left to offer, he’d better show it quickly. COUSIN PASCAL can throw in the occasional modest effort but he’s taken to beat Shantou Flyer.[Jonathan Neesom]