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Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £45560
  • 2m 4f 10y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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Form: /11-11 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten after an Irish point, two bumpers, two runs over hurdles and two this season over fences; favourite in all of those, mostly odds on and that includes the Grade 1 at Limerick (near 2m4f, soft to heavy) last time which he took in clearcut style ahead of three rivals trained by Willie Mullins; with so much to like about him, it's easy to envisage another win.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Gerri Colombe

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Easy win in Grade 1 Mildmay Novices' Chase over C&D (good to soft) at this meeting last year; won Grade 1 at Down Royal (3m, soft) on reappearance and better than ever when fine second in last month's Gold Cup at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft); had a hard race but has run just three times this season; leading claims if Cheltenham hasn't left a mark.

7/4

2nd

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Gerri Colombe

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won three of four Grade 1 chases as a novice and only just failed to overhaul The Real Whacker in the Brown Advisory here (3m, soft) last March; again looked all about stamina when making heavy weather of his winning reappearance at Down Royal and he couldn't hold a candle to Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown (also 3m, soft) after Christmas; however, this stiffest test he's tackled so far can suit and may help to narrow the large gap between them.

8/1

2nd

9

28th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

14:25 Leopardstown

Gerri Colombe

11st 10lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

9/4

Form: 2P3-51 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Disappointing favourite in novice handicap at Newbury (2m, good) on chase/seasonal debut but won one at Kempton (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day and did so easily by 9l; that puts him into serious contention in this Grade 1.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:00 Ayr

Balco Coastal

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, led after 2nd, headed 8th, led again 10th, joined 4 out, weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

2/1

7th

2

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Balco Coastal

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent

10/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Balco Coastal

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, led, disputed lead after 6th, prominent from 9th

7/2

Form: 91-113 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Very progressive in winning four of his six hurdle races last season and has added small-field novice handicap chases this term at Uttoxeter and Ascot; passed a rival only turning for home in five-runner Grade 2 at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) but he made up a lot of ground to challenge Monmiral for second; can continue on the upgrade and could have a major say.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Thunder Rock

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Went back up in trip at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) last month and won that Listed chase in decisive fashion; has also won on soft; this 8yo is unexposed over staying trips and could have more to offer, but others have far more substance to their form and he looks vulnerable in this Grade 1.

25/1

1st

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Thunder Rock

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, pushed along and headway after 3 out, went fourth before 2 out, switched right and went second before last, led last, kept on well run-in, readily

9/2

2nd

2

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Thunder Rock

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

Strong form in defeat in Graded novice chases last term and justified 11-8 favouritism in clearcut fashion in four-runner Listed event at Carlisle (2m4f, soft; jumped well) in November; that saw him favourite for Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham but he was soon struggling with the fences; has cheekpieces today and the earlier positive impression cannot be forgotten.

7/2

Form: 542-22 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Easily the best of these over hurdles, having won a Grade 1 as a juvenile and been runner-up in the big 2m4f Aintree Grade 1 last April; unable to deal with top prospect Jonbon on chase debut at Warwick and although beaten again at Cheltenham five weeks ago, that was smart form in a Grade 2 (narrowly held on for second from Thunder Rock); should not be far away.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Monmiral

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.

9/1

1st

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Monmiral

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile win from April 2021; down the weights but something's been missing for over a year now, including in two runs over hurdles instead of fences; latest was last month's Chepstow qualifier, in which he kept hanging; tried cheekpieces twice and now it's blinkers.

25/1

4th

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Monmiral

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile hurdle win from April 2021; ran only once over hurdles last term, when soundly beaten in a Grade 1 on sole attempt both at 3m and in cheekpieces; now reverts from 2m4f chasing again, having been a disappointing favourite on latest outing; too many doubts.

8/1

Form: 110-23 D BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won two novice hurdles last winter over 2m4f in the mud but found a 3m Grade 1 at Aintree much too tough; resumed improvement when short-headed on chase/handicap debut at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) in November, but his performance at Ffos Las (2m5f, soft) next time did not live up to that; comfortably bottom of this list on ratings.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Bowtogreatness

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

towards rear

16/1

11th

16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Bowtogreatness

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Last season's novice campaign concluded with good second in competitive handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last April and he returned to form when third at Kempton (3m, soft) recently; might not be far away if proving effective on the course (hasn't shone in his two previous visits).

14/1

3rd

8

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Bowtogreatness

10st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has possibly needed his two runs this season and may be ready to peak today; 0-8 over fences but ran well in notable handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; clear second) last April and that form puts him firmly in the picture.

7/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gerri Colombe

TOPSPEED:

Balco Coastal

WEST COUNTRY:

Monmiral

Daily Mail:

Thunder Rock

POSTDATA:

Balco Coastal

LAMBOURN:

Balco Coastal

The Star:

Balco Coastal

RP Ratings:

Gerri Colombe

The Times:

Gerri Colombe

Telegraph:

Gerri Colombe

The Guardian:

Gerri Colombe

D Express:

Gerri Colombe

Daily Mirror:

Gerri Colombe

The Sun:

Gerri Colombe

Daily Record:

Gerri Colombe