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Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.80

Form: PP-121 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won the Challow as a novice hurdler last season and that form received a nice boost when the runner-up went one better in the Lanzarote two weeks ago; 2-3 in novice chases this term, easily beating sole rival at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) most recently; still open to further progress; respected.

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5th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Stage Star

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Acts on soft; had an excuse for his flop here on New Year's Day when last seen, having returned stiff/sore; 3-3 over fences at Cheltenham (2m4f) otherwise, including wins in the Turners on this card last year and major handicap in November; a smart and mostly progressive front-runner who holds leading claims, provided he's back on song.

5/1

0

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Stage Star

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, raced in second after 2nd, not fluent 11th, mistake 12th, lost position 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

10/11

1st

2

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Stage Star

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart front-running novice chaser during a 2022-23 campaign that included two notable wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft), beating Notlongtillmay in Festival Grade 1 on second occasion; flopped at Aintree on final outing but that's not the form to judge him on; major contender back here.

11/2

8/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 4-2134 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Consistent sort who has form figures of 2134 (at 2m on good going) since switched to fences, most recently fourth in Doncaster handicap; has a bit of form over 2m4f and on slow ground but that combination may not be optimal; needs a drying surface.

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0

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Datsalrightgino

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Delivered with a well-timed challenge to win major 3m2f handicap at Newbury (good to soft) eight weeks ago, proving suited by the new trip and taking chase record to 3-10; generally progressive and is unexposed beyond 2m4f; possibilities.

11/2

1st

11

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Datsalrightgino

10st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Jamie Snowden

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and this is a tough race in which to test his stamina; however, he was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 2 novice at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and may well have staying potential; might have needed his reappearance in the Old Roan and is not ruled out.

16/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 1P-232 D BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced behind a smart rival on chase debut, then faced a stiff task in Grade 1; beaten favourite when back down in grade last time but looks open to improvement in this handicap; mostly progressive in handicaps hurdles last term; tongue-tie applied; interesting.

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3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Unexpected Party

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Delicate in younger days but he had some useful form in Graded chases last season and started this one with a Chepstow win (2m3f) in October; laid fallow through midwinter but he dropped down the weights and gave a near-copybook display back over 2m in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (soft) where he raced prominently and rarely conceded ground at the fences before going on to beat progressive rivals; up 8lb but unexposed at 2m.

6/1

1st

11

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart efforts in defeat over fences last season and came good in Chepstow Listed race (extended 2m3f, soft) on reappearance; has found life tough in strong handicaps and Graded company since but he has been cut some slack by the handicapper as a result.

14/1

9th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Has been chasing since November 2022, sole win coming in 2m3f Listed race (soft) in October this term; often highly tried but he never seriously threatened when third off much the same mark in this race last year, his only previous handicap chase, and he wasn't in peak form last two outings.

14/1

Form: 1-2713 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Ran creditably against males in similar event at Kempton (2m4f, soft; second chase start) on Boxing Day and remains unexposed over fences; however, may have to settle for another supporting role, as all her wins remain in mares' races.

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3rd

1

24th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:35 Warwick

Panic Attack

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: David Pipe

All five wins have come in mares' races, getting off the mark over fences in a small field at Huntingdon in November (2m4f, good); not disgraced in decent handicaps against male opposition the last twice and returning to 3m will be fine; major claims.

13/8

4th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:10 Cheltenham

Panic Attack

11st 2lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Ran creditably against males in similar event at Kempton (2m4f, soft; second chase start) on Boxing Day and remains unexposed over fences; however, may have to settle for another supporting role, as all her wins remain in mares' races.

12/1

3rd

5

26th Dec 2022

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:05 Kempton

Panic Attack

11st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

in touch with leaders

7/1

Form: 4P-422 BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Placed over 2m3f once but raced mainly at about 2m; useful hurdler; consistent efforts over fences this season, most recently second in novice handicap at Hereford on soft ground; has something to prove in this warmer race back up in distance.

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7

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Llandinabo Lad

10st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Tom Symonds

Not firing on all cylinders over fences this season and now reverts to hurdling for first time since March 2022; given very good chance by the handicapper and has conditions to suit but needs 119-day break to have done him good.

10/1

3rd

3

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

12:20 Ascot

Llandinabo Lad

10st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

jumped slightly left throughout, led, pressed leaders when headed 16th, weakened before 2 out

8/1

2nd

4

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Llandinabo Lad

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Tom Symonds

Plenty of chasing experience, some of it in good company, but didn't really improve last season; well beaten on return a month ago and beginning to look a shade frustrating; still hard to rule out.

6/1

Form: 212/13 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo; has returned from a lengthy absence in good form, winning at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft; handicap/chase debut) then creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft); hurdles win (in 2020) came over 2m4f; should still have further improvement in him; shortlisted.

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6

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Malinello

11st 7lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 8yo, tongue tied this term; lengthy absence and wind surgery before winning at Newcastle (2m7f) on handicap/chase debut; creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft) next time, before soundly beaten over 2m4f here; has stamina in the family but his form is badly lacking in this context.

100/1

6th

7

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:10 Cheltenham

Malinello

11st 3lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 8yo; has returned from a lengthy absence in good form, winning at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft; handicap/chase debut) then creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft); hurdles win (in 2020) came over 2m4f; should still have further improvement in him; shortlisted.

8/1

3rd

5

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Malinello

11st 3lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won well on soft as a hurdler; absent 686 days (had wind surgery in September) and tongue tied when he won a five-runner novice handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) five weeks ago on chase debut in gritty style, always up with the pace; raised 5lb but very lightly raced and more to offer.

8/1

8/1

Form: 35-12F D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Scored comfortably at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft) on debut over fences, beating a rival who has advertised the form since; ran well at Chepstow (2m3f) on next outing and fell before halfway at same track (2m7f) latest; nicely bred and should still have more to offer; remains of interest.

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6th

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Dalamoi

12st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

held up in rear

8/1

4th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Dalamoi

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Tim Vaughan

Second-season chaser who has been pitched into Class 2 races this term, better effort when fourth at Kempton (3m, good to soft) last time; possibilities off 2lb lower dropped back in grade.

3/1

4th

12

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Dalamoi

11st 2lb

T: Tim Vaughan

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 4 out, weakened after 2 out

11/2

Form: 2343-8

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Ran well on chase debut but has not progressed from that effort; soundly beaten in Wetherby handicap on Boxing Day (back from layoff) most recently; on a reduced mark but that reflects the way he's been heading.

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2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Any News

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won at Worcester, Wetherby (walked over) and Exeter in the autumn, from 15 starts in total over fences; unraced beyond 3m but stayed on gamely to take 11-runner race over that trip (good) last time and this distance looks worth a go; 5lb higher today but has gone well on occasions after a layoff and needs plenty of respect.

5/1

1st

2

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Any News

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Walked over last week at Wetherby; the ground was too soft the time before and he had previously opened his account over fences by 10l in a small field at Worcester (2m7f, good; 6lb lower); consistency is not his forte.

8/1

1st

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

17:15 Wetherby

Any News

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Belatedly opened account over fences with 10l success at Worcester (2m7f, good) last month and remains well handicapped on older form; subsequent defeat on soft ground should not be viewed too harshly; sets his rival a good standard of chasing form.

Evs

Form: 52-219 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Form dipped at Kempton (3m) last time; consistent otherwise in handicap chases and scored comfortably at Uttoxeter (2m6f, soft) in November; may bounce back but is perhaps harshly treated; hasn't been dropped for latest effort and remains on career-high mark.

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7th

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:09 Market Rasen

Fern Hill

12st 1lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: Ben Case

Decent third off a 12lb higher mark at Chepstow in December (2m7f, heavy); had wind surgery after that and has struggled since; cheekpieces now tried; plenty to prove.

9/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Fern Hill

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

led narrowly or disputed lead, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Fern Hill

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Best form for a year when third at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in December; had wind surgery soon afterwards and pulled up when tongue tied first time at Lingfield last month, perhaps with 3m5f playing a part but others today are a bit more persuasive.

11/1

Form: 2362-3

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Placed a few times at Listed/Graded level over fences in France; remote last of three finishers at Ascot (2m3f) on British debut; that effort doesn't suggest a first chase win is imminent but some improvement looks possible, given his French form; tongue-tie/cheekpieces refitted.

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9

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:10 Cheltenham

Iamastar

11st 1lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs

Placed a few times at Listed/Graded level over fences in France; remote last of three finishers at Ascot (2m3f) on British debut; that effort doesn't suggest a first chase win is imminent but some improvement looks possible, given his French form; tongue-tie/cheekpieces refitted.

33/1

3rd

5

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 3

12:55 Ascot

Iamastar

10st 13lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs

in touch with leaders, pushed along and weakened after 3 out, left in remote third 2 out

13/2

Form: 9132/1 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 7yo who scored with more in hand than the narrow margin suggests at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago when making British debut; looks just the type to improve further; big player off bottom weight, provided he's none the worse for that latest run, which came after a long absence.

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10th

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

15:18 Taunton

Fire Dancer

12st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 8yo; suffered dip in form after winning on British debut in early 2023, but took big step back in right direction when keeping on well to take second behind next-time-out winner at Ludlow (2m, soft) last month. Remains on a good mark.

3/1

2nd

6

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Fire Dancer

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 8yo who won on his British debut here (2m4f, good to soft) in January 2023; hasn't gone on from that and he's been well beaten on both outings this season, but he's the type to get back on track at some point.

8/1

5th

2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 2f 208y

Class 4

15:40 Hereford

Fire Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Acts on heavy; made all at Ludlow (2m4f) on British debut; disappointing in his three starts since but this drop back in class may prompt a turnaround; in good hands and not written off yet.

5/2

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Exacta £360.00
Straight Forecast £353.30
Tricast £3174.00
Trifecta £2515.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dalamoi

RP Ratings:

Fire Dancer

Telegraph:

Stage Star

LAMBOURN:

Datsalrightgino

POSTDATA:

Malinello

TOPSPEED:

Dalamoi

The Times:

Dalamoi

The Guardian:

Dalamoi

The Sun:

Stage Star

The Star:

Stage Star

Daily Mail:

Datsalrightgino

WEST COUNTRY:

Malinello

D Express:

Fire Dancer

Daily Mirror:

Fire Dancer

Daily Record:

Fire Dancer