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Good To Soft

Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £18210.5
  • 3m 6f 37y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 5P-923 CD

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Excellent third over the regulation fences here in November (3m3f) and he's 1lb lower than when edging out Singing Banjo over C&D in November 2021; however, good ground seems the key to him and softer conditions have found him out on his last two cross-country assignments here.

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8

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Back On The Lash

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Best known for his Cheltenham cross-country exploits nowadays and he was pulled up/tailed off on his last two runs last autumn; however, he returns from a break on a handy mark and in first-time cheekpieces and a tongue-tie; best form is on good/good to soft; no surprise to see a good run.

16/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.50

Form: 2P-65P

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

His only worthwhile form over fences in recent times has been at Sandown, where he finished well held on his penultimate start (3m5f); not the obvious answer in his current form; cross-country debut.

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3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

20/1

2nd

12

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

10st 3lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

His only worthwhile form over fences in recent times has been at Sandown, where he finished well held on his penultimate start (3m5f); not the obvious answer in his current form; cross-country debut.

33/1

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5/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 6613-1 CD

Last run: 69 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Former top-class chaser whose fortunes were revived on his cross-country debut here last March when repelling Tiger Roll with a few of these trailing in their wake, after which he finished third in the Grand National; below all that form when short-heading Singing Banjo off level-weights on the Banks course (3m1f) at Punchestown in November but his class should see him very competitive once again.

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2nd

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Delta Work

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won the 3m6f cross-country at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 (heavy) and 2023 (soft); the 2022 Grand National was not his best round of jumping but he challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; unseated mid-race in it last year; below form this term but Cheltenham last month should have been much more instructive and his race was abandoned; blinkers now replace cheekpieces; only 3lb lower than in this two years ago but he can't be dismissed.

16/1

6th

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Delta Work

11st 3lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on

12/1

25/1

Form: 05948-

Last run: 356 days

W: 10st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on some of his form for Joseph O'Brien but this trip seemed to stretch him when a good fourth here last season and his only sighting since then was a disappointing run last February; even if returning to form, others may see the race out stronger.

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16

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

14/1

9

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Last success was in August 2020 when trained Joseph O'Brien; has been running quite well in cross-country contests at Cheltenham this season; remote fifth to stablemate Delta Work at the Festival; needs to bounce back after failure in Ulster National in which Space Cadet finished third.

11/2

6

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Mortal

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than mid-division, detached in rear 5 out, pulled up 3 out

10/1

Form: 312000

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Only 3lb higher than when winning the Summer Plate at Market Rasen (2m5f, good; has also won on soft) last July but suffered heavy defeats on last three appearances (hurdles/Grand National course/regulation fences) and he looks a risky proposition debuting in a race of this nature.

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16th

21

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Francky Du Berlais

10st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Peter Bowen

11yo whose performances over these fences have been mixed and he was well beaten at Kempton last time; however, he was fourth in this two years ago and has shown promise in cross-country races at Cheltenham this season; yard has won this race five times and he's not written off.

25/1

Form: 1P-P87

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 8lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Last season went so well that she was sent off one of the favourites for the Grand National only to run no race; below par so far this campaign and comes here with a bit to prove on her cross-country debut.

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6th

16

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Snow Leopardess

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

Faded into sixth in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January but ran well for a long way and built on that when runner-up in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in Haydock's 3m4f Grand National Trial last month; open to improvement on her second run over these obstacles and this 2021 Becher Chase winner (soft) is very much an each-way player with her 7lb mares' allowance.

16/1

2nd

7

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Snow Leopardess

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Completed a hat-trick last season (3m/3m2f, soft; including the Becher Chase) and she's well handicapped on that form; hasn't run badly on her last few starts but needs something extra in the first-time cheekpieces if she's to win this, and her best form has come on soft ground.

12/1

6th

5

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Snow Leopardess

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

Last season went so well that she was sent off one of the favourites for the Grand National only to run no race; below par so far this campaign and comes here with a bit to prove on her cross-country debut.

11/1

Form: 33-76P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Disappointed over hurdles last time but this is more his scene having made the frame on his previous runs on this course in races won by three of today's rivals; those put him right in the mix off this mark.

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17

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Plan Of Attack

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Good cross-country form at Cheltenham last season, twice made the frame in handicaps and third behind Delta Work and Tiger Roll at the festival; nowhere near the same level during a four-race campaign this term.

8/1

14

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Plan Of Attack

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made the frame in two C&D handicaps last season (good/good to soft) before a 22l third to Delta Work in this race (heavy); each-way claims on that form but he hasn't been at the same level this term and was only seventh behind a few of these in a C&D handicap last time.

40/1

7th

8

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Plan Of Attack

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Disappointed over hurdles last time but this is more his scene having made the frame on his previous runs on this course in races won by three of today's rivals; those put him right in the mix off this mark.

10/1

Form: 8-2432

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 3lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Comes alive in races of this nature and, although only seventh on his last visit here in December 2021, he had divided Back On The Lash and Diesel D'Allier over C&D the previous month; definite claims on that form and indeed his latest Punchestown run when only narrowly conceding defeat to Delta Work; now 25lb better off with the winner without factoring in jockey claims.

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7th

7

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

11:40 Punchestown

Singing Banjo

11st 4lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

Won twice over this banks course at the festival in 2021, including the La Touche over 4m2f; was poor in a point last time but was just denied in this race last year by the classy Delta Work; a repeat of that will see him go close.

9/1

2nd

3

19th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 1f 0y

13:10 Punchestown

Singing Banjo

12st 0lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

midfield, joined leaders after 4th, disputed lead 18th, led clearly 4 out, faced challenge when ridden after 2 out, mistake when headed last, kept on well but held towards finish, no match for winner

13/2

8th

11

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Singing Banjo

10st 3lb

J: Mr B J Walsh

T: Barry John Walsh

Comes alive in races of this nature and, although only seventh on his last visit here in December 2021, he had divided Back On The Lash and Diesel D'Allier over C&D the previous month; definite claims on that form and indeed his latest Punchestown run when only narrowly conceding defeat to Delta Work; now 25lb better off with the winner without factoring in jockey claims.

8/1

Form: PP-P00 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Explosive winner over C&D on his British debut in late 2019 and he went on to win the big one in March later that season; the wheels have come off big time but that's reflected in a much reduced handicap mark, and the signs have been a tad more encouraging of late over regulation fences despite finishing well held; considered.

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6

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Two C&D wins in 2019-20 season, including this race; best of the rest behind Tiger Roll 12 months later but has struggled to get competitive since; major turnaround is needed in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

50/1

9th

13

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Easysland

10st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Explosive winner over C&D on his British debut in late 2019 and he went on to win the big one in March later that season; the wheels have come off big time but that's reflected in a much reduced handicap mark, and the signs have been a tad more encouraging of late over regulation fences despite finishing well held; considered.

7/1

10th

5

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

High-class over the cross-country here on soft in March 2020 but, having moved from France, he was a sorry sight last season and tailed off in November when back from his summer break; usually tongue tied but not today.

33/1

33/1

Form: 45-611

Last run: 68 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Regularly campaigned in France where he's won five times, including his last two; has come up short in a number of British handicaps and he's 13lb out of the weights for this one; making his cross-country debut and all his best form is at up to 2m6f; it looks a big ask.

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10th

15

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Crealion

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Tom George

Regularly campaigned in France where he's won five times, including his last two; has come up short in a number of British handicaps and he's 13lb out of the weights for this one; making his cross-country debut and all his best form is at up to 2m6f; it looks a big ask.

33/1

5th

8

21st Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

15:15 Perth

Crealion

10st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Form: 6/314- CD

Last run: 318 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Has plenty of form around here and he got up in the nick of time to prevail over C&D on his penultimate run in December 2021 (3lb lower; good to soft); had to settle for a remote fourth behind Delta Work back here in March but he has brighter prospects returning to a handicap.

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7th

1

29th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:20 Plumpton

Diesel DAllier

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

His last success was in a cross country handicap at Cheltenham in December 2021 but he was a respectable sixth in that same event last month; well into the veteran stage now but he's lightly raced over hurdles and is on a dangerous mark back in this sphere; not ruled out.

12/1

6th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Diesel DAllier

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard J Bandey

Won the latest renewal of this race in 2021, and that's not his only competitive form around here; however, his last four races on this course haven't gone so well, including four weeks ago when soon in trouble; perhaps new cheekpieces can help him turn the tide but he's risky at present; 4lb out of the weights.

20/1

Form: FPB3-P

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Has produced no effort of note since winning the Grand National two seasons ago, latterly back over hurdles in a Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown; this different test might float his boat but he's riddled with risks right now.

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2

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Minella Times

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has produced no effort of note since winning the Grand National two seasons ago, latterly back over hurdles in a Pertemps Qualifier at Leopardstown; this different test might float his boat but he's riddled with risks right now.

9/1

19

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Minella Times

10st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear, hampered by faller 4 out

16/1

3rd

5

17th Apr 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

15:30 Cork

Minella Times

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

5/2

Form: 517-33

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 3lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

High mileage from France where a Graded-class chaser; highly tried on occasions by current connections but he won over 3m2f at Down Royal last season and ran as well as he was entitled to behind former Gold Cup winner Minella Indo the last time; could take to a test like this but his stamina for 3m6f is not copper-bottomed.

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9th

28

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Roi Mage

10st 8lb

J: James Reveley

T: Patrick Griffin

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

50/1

2nd

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Roi Mage

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

led, prominent when headed after 4th, pressed leader 10th, outpaced after 3 out, headway approaching last, went second run-in, stayed on

13/2

6th

7

1st Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 170y

14:15 Tramore

Roi Mage

11st 0lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

in rear throughout

12/1

Form: F-P635

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Respectable record in some valuable handicaps over regulation fences, including at Leopardstown's recent Christmas meeting; had previously produced all his best work late to finish third behind Delta Work and Singing Banjo on the Banks course at Punchestown (3m1f) and is much better off at the weights with the winner this time; could be interesting should today's extra yardage trigger some improvement.

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12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Foxy Jacks

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Best of his runs on heavy was his win in a maiden hurdle in 2020; fell in the 2022 Topham over these fences; won a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) in November, having come a cropper on two earlier attempts at that course, but this 8lb higher mark seems to demand another major career best.

40/1

4th

12

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 80y

15:00 Leopardstown

Foxy Jacks

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Produced a career best when winning the Cross Country handicap chase at Cheltenham's November meeting and he's rated 26lb lower over timber; too well handicapped to ignore, particularly with Brouder taking another 5lb off.

13/2

Form: 11-333

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Bordering on a career best when third in a mares' handicap here in December (2m4f, good) and won at up to 3m2f last season; however, she is prone to mistakes and it's hardly ideal being 9lb out of the handicap on her first taste of cross-country action.

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14

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Legends Ryde

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Bordering on a career best when third in a mares' handicap here in December (2m4f, good) and won at up to 3m2f last season; however, she is prone to mistakes and it's hardly ideal being 9lb out of the handicap on her first taste of cross-country action.

66/1

4

12th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 5f 214y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

Legends Ryde

10st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Can make mistakes but she stayed on for a good third in a mares' handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) last month and won at up to 3m2f last season; there's every chance she'll stay this far and she won on soft/heavy ground earlier in her career; could go well for in-form yard.

4/1

3rd

2

9th Dec 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Legends Ryde

12st 0lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Jamie Snowden

Tough task at the weights in a couple of non-handicaps this term, well-held third both times; form has been boosted since and this is more realistic; 3-5 in handicap chases and looks interesting.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £1375.00
Straight Forecast £914.70
Tricast £3060.60
Trifecta £6942.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Delta Work

TOPSPEED:

Snow Leopardess

LAMBOURN:

Legends Ryde

WEST COUNTRY:

Back On The Lash

SPOTLIGHT:

Foxy Jacks

Daily Mirror:

Singing Banjo

D Express:

Roi Mage

The Times:

Delta Work

Telegraph:

Delta Work

The Guardian:

Delta Work

The Sun:

Delta Work

The Star:

Delta Work

Daily Record:

Delta Work

POSTDATA:

Snow Leopardess