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14:35 Newcastle

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Quinnbet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £9505.8
  • 2m 7f 91y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Quinnbet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 5F1-1F D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Progressive 8yo who scored at Wetherby (3m, heavy) on seasonal debut in November and looked sure to follow up before last-fence fall at Ffos Las (3m, soft) last month; has to take a 7lb rise on the chin but might still be improving; major player.

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5th

6

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

French Paradoxe

11st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

in rear

7/1

5

18th Mar 2023

Soft

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

French Paradoxe

10st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Improved in a big way this season and would have been on a four-timer had he not tipped up with the race in safe-keeping at Ffos Las (3m, soft) two starts back; showed no ill effects when winning as he liked at Newcastle and it's hard to grumble with the 11lb hike; will be entering new territory trip-wise a long way from home (unraced beyond 3m) but lots to like otherwise.

9/1

1st

4

31st Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:35 Newcastle

French Paradoxe

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Oliver Signy

Progressive 8yo who scored at Wetherby (3m, heavy) on seasonal debut in November and looked sure to follow up before last-fence fall at Ffos Las (3m, soft) last month; has to take a 7lb rise on the chin but might still be improving; major player.

9/4

OUR TIP

16/1

  • Place: £13.70

Form: 4263-5

Last run: 136 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Creditable second off similar mark to today's over hurdles at Carlisle (3m1f, soft) last season but absent since heavy defeat in that sphere in September and not bred to benefit from today's switch to chasing.

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3rd

8

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 123y

15:55 Thurles

Wowsham

11st 7lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Winning hurdler; point winner at Moira in October; ran creditably when third to Ferns Lock at Dromahane; similar effort in Down Royal race dominated by Its On The Line and Ferns Lock.

10/1

3rd

10

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Wowsham

12st 0lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

in touch with leaders

33/1

2nd

2

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:50 Cork

Wowsham

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

Ran well on heavy ground in a Navan novice a year ago and again over fences at Newcastle in January; pulled-up over fences last time and is possibly high enough in weights over hurdles; blinkers added.

18/1

Form: F4-614 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Got off the mark over fences with clearcut success at Carlisle (3m, soft) in November and certainly didn't run badly when fourth in Haydock marathon last month, albeit he was tired and well beaten in the end; drops back in trip here and remains of interest.

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2nd

1

7th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

17:12 Southwell

Morning Spirit

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

On a very good mark if getting back on track but there was no sign of that when tailed off after a break at Stratford (2m6f, heavy; handles plenty of give underfoot); wouldn't be the percentage call.

11/2

4th

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

14:20 Stratford

Morning Spirit

12st 1lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

disputed lead

13/2

Form: 11-165

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Gained all three chase wins at Carlisle, the latest on seasonal debut in October (3m2f, soft); not quite in the same form on either subsequent outing (hurdles last time) but still lightly raced for his age and current mark ought to be workable.

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5th

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

Houston Texas

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won 3m/3m2f handicaps on testing ground last year but has been struggling of late and cheekpieces didn't work wonders for him last time; no headgear here but others have more pressing claims.

10/1

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Houston Texas

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

He's been below par at Wetherby, here and at Newcastle on his last three starts; however, he won here (3m2f, soft) last November to make it 4-4 at Carlisle and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will prompt a revival; he'll be in the mix if bouncing back to his best.

13/2

3rd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

Houston Texas

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders on inner, went third after 4 out, weakened 3 out

15/2

Form: 3-8312

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 7yo who won by 14l on chase/handicap debut at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) in December and bumped into a progressive rival when clear second at Catterick (2m6f, heavy) a few days later; up another 6lb since last time but may well improve again; must be considered.

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1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Old Painless

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won by 14l over C&D (soft) on last season's chase/handicap debut for Harry Whittington and remains lightly raced for his age but his seasonal/stable debut in December was very disappointing and he returns here with a point to prove.

5/1

0

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

13:02 Chepstow

Old Painless

11st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won by 14l on chasing debut for Harry Whittington at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) last December and probably bettered that performance when clear second at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) a few days later; not quite in same form when last seen in the spring but makes stable debut from a workable mark.

12/1

Form: /2-PP1 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on first two outings after a long absence but made all to cause 20-1 surprise when dropped in grade at Kelso (2m5f, heavy) this month; quickly moves back up to Class 3 today but remains well handicapped on older form and has a C&D win on his CV.

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2nd

2

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 4

19:30 Perth

Fortified Bay

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Veteran chaser who isn't the easiest to predict nowadays and has twice been pulled up since scoring at Kelso (2m6f) in January; he reverts to hurdles with something to prove.

14/1

1

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:55 Chepstow

Fortified Bay

12st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Made all to cause 20-1 surprise at Kelso (2m5f, heavy) in January but performed poorly on other four of five starts since returning from long layoff this season, and it's hard to predict whether he'll warm to the task.

14/1

5

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

16:10 Haydock

Fortified Bay

11st 13lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Made all at Kelso (2m5f, heavy) in January and it's possible this trip will be within range; however, the Kelso win has been the only bright run among his four outings this season and he was tailed off last time.

16/1

Form: 232/U2

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Very useful novice hurdler two seasons ago and, after a mishap on his chasing debut, kept on well from a poor position to take second here (2m4f, soft) this month; can take a good step forward now back up in trip and with that experience under his belt.

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6th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Castle Rushen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

towards rear on outer

20/1

5th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Castle Rushen

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Nicky Richards

Didn't really take to fences last winter but back on track when placed in handicap hurdles at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) and Perth (3m, good to soft; first-time visor) last spring; never involved on 3m Haydock reappearance last month but entitled to strip fitter.

9/1

7th

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Castle Rushen

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Didn't really take to fences last winter but back on track when placed in handicap hurdles at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) and Perth (3m, good to soft; first-time visor) last spring; absent since, though, and returns in a warm race.

12/1

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Exacta £969.00
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Selections

RP Ratings:

Castle Rushen

SPOTLIGHT:

French Paradoxe

TOPSPEED:

Old Painless

WEST COUNTRY:

Morning Spirit

The Guardian:

Fortified Bay

LAMBOURN:

Old Painless

Daily Mail:

Old Painless

POSTDATA:

Castle Rushen

THE NORTH:

Castle Rushen

Daily Mirror:

Castle Rushen

The Sun:

Castle Rushen

Daily Record:

Castle Rushen

The Times:

French Paradoxe

Telegraph:

French Paradoxe

D Express:

French Paradoxe

The Star:

French Paradoxe