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Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £67524
  • 3m 1f 56y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 21-535 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Major talent at 3m+ but some of his jumping won't be found in any text books; exhibited both those aspects at the Festival here last March and in Grade 2 at Aintree in December; in the latter he finished just over 3l behind Noble Yeats who gave him 1lb, so he is held on that result, and a lesser show has followed in the King George at Kempton; has a big prize in him when he gets his act together and dictating the pace may help but Frodon won't help him in that regard.

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2nd

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

He can make mistakes and hasn't been at his best this season, albeit dropped back to 2m5f/2m4f the last twice; however, he has an excellent record at this meeting and ran a cracker in this race last year (good to soft) only to be caught by Shishkin close home; also effective on soft; could go well.

11/1

6th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runner-up in the Brown Advisory at this meeting two years ago; below-par third, albeit having not adopted his usual front-running role, in the Ascot Chase (2m5f, good to soft) last month when racing over shorter than 3m for the first time since 2021; however, he's a spring horse (dual Grade 1 winner in April) and this looks the time to catch him; not bombproof on the jumping front but has major claims on peak form.

12/1

3rd

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

High-class chaser on his day, as when winning Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last winter and when close second to Shishkin in Grade 1 Aintree Bowl (3m1f, good to soft) in the spring; pulled up first two starts this season but showed more when last of four finishers in this year's Cotswold despite his rider's stirrup leather snapping at a crucial stage; drops to this sort of trip for the first time since his chasing debut in 2021.

5/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 12-142 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive novice chaser last term (gave Dusart a big scare on final start) and he's improved again this season; does not have a huge amount to find with Noble Yeats or Ahoy Senor judged on Aintree result on penultimate start and he's been sticking to his task extremely well, so this stamina test could suit; not the form horse but he's one to consider.

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5th

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Sounds Russian

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Ruth Jefferson

Runner-up in Grade 2 chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last January; the absence since March and the return to hurdles are the question marks today, but he showed promise in novice hurdles in 2021 and his trainer's horses often go well when fresh; major player if reproducing best chase form.

5/1

12

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Sounds Russian

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ruth Jefferson

Brought steadily through the ranks over fences last season and has carried on the good work this winter, albeit needing an extra push if he's to beat Ahoy Senor and Noble Yeats on 3m1f course form in January (soft) on these less favourable terms.

40/1

Form: 91-P11 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Leapt into centre stage with his Grand National win at Aintree (4m2f) last April and on last two outings he has been the clearcut winner of a Listed chase at Wexford (2m7f, heavy) and Grade 2 at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; Ahoy Senor third and Sounds Russian fourth); emerging as a contender for top Graded-race honours and his stamina suggests he will be well suited to this stiff finish.

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19th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Noble Yeats

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner and fourth in it (again on good to soft) last year when he was hard work from out the back and never got near the leaders; hurdling on last three starts, winning a Grade 2 but coming up well short when the cheekpieces (which had served him well hitherto) were restored at Cheltenham one month ago; just 1lb lower than last year but his strength of stamina will presumably be well served by a slog in the mud.

20/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner who was fourth in that same Aintree race last April; back hurdling with tongue tied this winter and stayed on strongly to win the Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft) in January, beating Paisley Park (who gave 6lb) by a head; also effective on soft/heavy; others possess stronger hurdle form but he may be capable of better in this sphere, especially now back in the cheekpieces worn for his National win (also worn last spring); could go well.

13/2

1st

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

raced wide, prominent

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 2134-1 C

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 170

Form & Verdict

Runaway winner of Grade 2 at Aintree in December 2021 and he raised his game again with 11l romp in the Grade 1 Betfair at Haydock in November this term, both at about 3m1f on soft; the latter followed his third wind operation; very plucky when third here in the 2022 Gold Cup; the form choice.

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7

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Protektorat

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Registered a Grade 1 win over 2m4f at this meeting three years ago; campaigned mostly at further since but proved well suited by the drop back to this distance in the Ryanair at Cheltenham (soft) four weeks ago, staying on strongly to beat Envoi Allen by 4l going away; unexposed at this trip in open company and holds major claims.

11/4

1st

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Protektorat

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Can front-run; flopped when bidding for a second success in the Betfair Chase (3m1f); back in better form (over 2m6f-3m2f) since, most recently third in Newbury Grade 2 (half a length behind Hitman on worse terms); ran respectably in the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the last two years; has the class to play a major role, provided he copes with this drop back in trip; has not raced over 2m4f since 2021.

8/1

3rd

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Protektorat

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, led, faced challenge after 4 out, headed 3 out, soon lost second, no chance with winner but rallied from last

9/4

Form: 70-133 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Usually front-runs and this race in 2019 was among his six Cheltenham wins; reappearance was easily best effort last season and he again returned with a rousing win this term, in a handicap at Wincanton; not so good since when about 18l third at Haydock (to Protektorat) and Kempton (the King George); thoroughly admirable but probably up against it for win purposes today.

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5th

3

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Frodon

11st 10lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Made all in this race in 2020; fourth in 2021 and third in 2022 (soundly beaten each time); showed last season that he retains considerable spark and he could improve for last month's reappearance third in the Badger Beer at Wincanton, but it's highly likely that this 11yo is vulnerable today.

33/1

3rd

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 1

14:25 Wincanton

Frodon

12st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

High-class chaser with an endless list of big-race wins on the board under his perfect partner Bryony Frost, including a heroic success off the very same mark in this 12 months ago; has an outstanding record when fresh and this venue is made for him (2-2); unlikely to relinquish his crown without a fight, especially should conditions dry out.

100/30

9th

1

29th Apr 2023

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

14:15 Sandown

Frodon

12st 0lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Tremendous front-running chaser down the years, including on testing ground, and ran respectably in major 3m handicap at Kempton most recently; defied top weight at Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) in November but has never looked like he's crying out for this longer distance; may get outstayed.

14/1

Form: 1151-6 BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

8yo who's had just seven races; about 14l fifth in Grade 1 novice here (3m, soft; 20-1) last March, with Ahoy Senor well ahead in second, but won his other three races last term; had wind and back surgery before this season but underperformed when favourite for handicap hurdle here on return; best days could still be in front of him but he has a fair bit to prove at the moment.

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4

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Dusart

10st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced wide, towards rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

1

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Dusart

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced 8yo; his only defeat as a novice last term came in a Grade 1 and he had a fine piece of form in his 3m win at this meeting, looking sure to stay further; had wind and back surgery before this season and underperformed both starts since, admittedly in a tough Grade 2 last time when it's possible that Cheltenham and/or soft ground didn't suit him; headgear today.

16/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Dusart

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

8yo who's had just seven races; about 14l fifth in Grade 1 novice here (3m, soft; 20-1) last March, with Ahoy Senor well ahead in second, but won his other three races last term; had wind and back surgery before this season but underperformed when favourite for handicap hurdle here on return; best days could still be in front of him but he has a fair bit to prove at the moment.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £437.00
Straight Forecast £487.80
Trifecta £1396.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Protektorat

SPOTLIGHT:

Noble Yeats

LAMBOURN:

Dusart

POSTDATA:

Ahoy Senor

WEST COUNTRY:

Frodon

TOPSPEED:

Protektorat

The Times:

Protektorat

Daily Mail:

Protektorat

D Express:

Protektorat

The Sun:

Protektorat

The Star:

Protektorat

Telegraph:

Noble Yeats

The Guardian:

Noble Yeats

Daily Mirror:

Noble Yeats

Daily Record:

Noble Yeats