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15:30 Sandown

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 3m 0f 37y
  • Class 2
  • 14 runners
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Virgin Bet Masters Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.80
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 611-4P D BF

Last run: 84 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

3-5 (all at 3m+) during first season over fences, the wins gained from the front and in three-runner races on last two occasions; not disgraced on reappearance but something went amiss in first-time cheekpieces (persevered with today) at Cheltenham in November; player if back to his best.

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7th

5

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Castle Robin

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Front-runner; 4-12 over fences, the latest win gained off 2lb higher over C&D (good to soft) in February 2023; shaped as if retaining all his ability at Doncaster on reappearance, and less positive tactics seemed to backfire over a longer trip at Musselburgh next time; should have optimum conditions here and he's high on the list.

11/2

6th

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Castle Robin

11st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Charlie Longsdon

midfield

10/1

5th

6

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Castle Robin

11st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

His form was up and down last season but he's just 2lb higher than when winning at Sandown (3m, good to soft) in February and has also won over this C&D; goes well fresh and could have a part to play.

12/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 725-13 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Five wins in France; with current stable for last six starts, returning from wind surgery when he made all in seven-runner race at Ludlow (3m1f, good to soft) in November under 5lb claimer; creditable third when favourite again at Newbury (3m2f, soft) five weeks ago; in the argument.

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14

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Laskalin

10st 3lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Seemed to respond well to first-time cheekpieces when second at Taunton (3m4f, soft) last month and remains very well handicapped on older form but his record in recent seasons is very mixed.

10/1

2nd

6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Laskalin

10st 13lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

didn't jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, pecked on landing 1st

8/1

12/1

  • Place: £7.00

Form: 1231-P BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Ex-French; 3-7 in Britain for Nicky Henderson, the latest win gained at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last March; had wind surgery in July but pulled-up favourite at Hereford in December when next seen; big question to answer after that and there's another over his stamina.

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1

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 3

15:42 Ffos Las

Emir Sacree

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Useful chaser at best but he's been inconsistent since his last win and was tailed off at Kempton (3m, soft) in his last run in February; mark is falling but he's in the veteran stage now and others are more convincing.

9/1

6th

7

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Emir Sacree

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Fairly useful but has shown inconsistent form since last win and sometimes jumps left, including when modest fourth at Ascot 11 weeks ago; opposed kept to right-handed course.

12/1

4th

5

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:10 Ascot

Emir Sacree

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Pulled up in three of his last five starts and not one to rely upon heavily, but he was a creditable third at Chepstow (2m7f, soft) last month when back from a break; capable of having a say if on another going day; cheekpieces go back on (worn once in France in 2018, when well beaten).

8/1

Form: 115-43 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Ex-French; three wins for new yard last term before good fifth in the Plate at Cheltenham, all at about 2m4f; has not been quite at that level this season (3m/2m4f) and cheekpieces are now given a go.

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4th

13

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Celebre DAllen

10st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

12yo; below par on last completed start (hampered/unseated at last month's Cheltenham Festival); however, he caught the eye flying home for 29l eighth in this last year on his first taste of these fences, and he loomed large two out in the Becher (3m2f, heavy) in December only to fade; bolted up on Mildmay course in October on only other visit to Aintree; interesting.

25/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Celebre DAllen

11st 7lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Bolted up on reappearance at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last October; also effective on soft; however, this 12yo hasn't been at his peak the last twice and this is a very tough race in which to try to bounce back.

66/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10-931 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Headgear first time when he won at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) five weeks ago, registering a career best; 6lb higher today but he scored in very good style by just over 8l, so needs plenty of respect.

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17th

14

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Rapper

10st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

10yo whose form is up and down but he's won over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 3m2f and has hinted on occasions that this sort of test may suit; stayed on well for second at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; prominent when falling at Cheltenham Festival last time; not ruled out each-way.

20/1

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Rapper

11st 7lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Henry Daly

Has an inconsistent profile and was pulled up in this race last year (reportedly bled from the nose); however, he won over C&D (soft) last January and returned to form with this visor back on when runner-up at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; each-way claims if again on a going day.

20/1

2nd

7

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Rapper

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Henry Daly

prominent

25/1

Form: 41-621 D

Last run: 57 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Visored last four outings; second and first in Grade 3 handicaps over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham on his last two; raised another 3lb but has never been better and must be in calculations.

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4th

4

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Evas Oskar

11st 5lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders

14/1

34

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Evas Oskar

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won on heavy last term and career-best form over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham this season; front rank until the second last in the 4m Eider at Newcastle on latest start but fading thereafter points to a stamina weakness; tongue tied first time.

50/1

4th

1

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Evas Oskar

12st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Visored last five outings; career-best form when second and first in Grade 3 handicaps over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham in November/December; hampered at the start and no show last season in the Welsh National on sole attempt at a marathon trip, but the Cheltenham runs suggested he would stay further; also needs to bounce back from a lesser show at Sandown three weeks ago, however.

9/1

12/1

Form: 35P-16 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won the first two of his four races over these Sandown fences, with lesser efforts both at 3m5f; won well at Ascot (3m) on reappearance and respectable fifth at Kempton over Christmas; one of many plausible each-way candidates.

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4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

7th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Larry

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

11/1

Form: 141-76

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Wide-margin wins in small fields (2m3f/2m5f) last January and March; well beaten both starts this term but first hit his best form on third run last term and this would probably be a good mark if the same happens today.

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13

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Broken Halo

10st 5lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Held up; first three attempts at 3m4f/3m5f did not work out but last month he had a fourth go at it and was produced late for a tidy win at Taunton (soft); back up 5lb near career-high mark but could have more to offer in long-distance chases.

40/1

1st

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Broken Halo

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

held up in rear, bit short of room just after 4th

11/4

2nd

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Broken Halo

12st 5lb

J: Bdr Jody Sole

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the Royal Artillery and Grand Military Gold Cups over C&D last term; still travelling with purpose when falling two out in the London National back here (3m4f, heavy) in December; struggled in Warwick's Classic Chase, but was in contention when blundering here three weeks ago in the Grand Military (race won by Farceur Du Large); that's three non-completions in a row but he'd have a big shout on last season's form.

15/8

Form: 11P-30 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Being hampered at the start may help to explain a modest show last time but he is often held up anyway; ran creditably time before and won twice at Kempton last February, but he has not shone in his three visits to Sandown.

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7th

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Flegmatik

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Goes particularly well at Kempton where he posted form figures of 142 in competitive handicaps (2m4f-3m) before pulling up in the Topham at Aintree; can run well away from Kempton but it's never going to be easy off his current mark.

8/1

8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran creditably in major 3m handicap here (soft) three weeks ago, taking Kempton form figures to 3110214; scored comfortably on sole C&D attempt (good to soft); well suited by this venue and holds solid claims, for all that he remains on career-high mark.

5/2

Form: FP12-7 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Last season ended with a win (2m5f, heavy) and a near-miss (3m2f, good), both at Kelso; Aintree two months ago was the first time he's underperformed on reappearance but he was 20-1 that day over 2m4f, which is probably inadequate for him nowadays; player if he's back to his best.

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9th

4

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Empire Steel

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Following a wind operation he enhanced his excellent record at Kelso when winning a five-runner handicap by 4l in February (2m5f, soft); however, he may be vulnerable now away from Kelso in this hotter race.

25/1

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made virtually all, going best but faced challenges 2 out, soon shaken up, ridden briefly when good jump last, kept on well run-in, won going away

13/8

Form: 1/11-1

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

8-17 under rules and 4-7 in chases; first start for 552 days and first-time headgear when he took a seven-runner chase at Hereford (2m5f, soft) in December in a sustained duel; going up 6lb demands a career best, which can't be ruled out given his strike-rate but he was below form on sole attempt at 3m, on heavy ground two years ago.

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3rd

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:20 Newcastle

Equus Dancer

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Won over fences (2m5f, soft) and hurdles (2m4f, soft) during light campaign last season; off since struggling over Aintree's big fences last April but has good record when fresh and will probably be okay over this trip.

4/1

15th

27

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Equus Dancer

10st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

A dab hand at mixing hurdling with chasing over the last three years and looks better than ever since returning from an absence; hardy 9yo who is unlikely to be fazed by a race of this nature (debut over the fences) and it's unwise to turn a blind eye to his stable's excellent record in this race having won it for a fifth time 12 months ago.

14/1

1st

6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Equus Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear, headway when mistake 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, ridden and disputed lead last, led run-in, hard pressed towards finish, just did enough

10/1

Form: 53-U5U D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 5lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

His peak ratings, including from two runs last winter, make this look a very good mark and a case can certainly be made; however, he's won only once (February 2020) in the last four years and has unseated in two of his last three outings.

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4th

4

27th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 3

16:30 Cartmel

Kauto Riko

11st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Tom Gretton

Smart at his best but hasn't won since 2020, and completed only one of four races during light campaign last season; had excuse when pulled up at Sandown in February (scoped dirty) but others look less risky.

14/1

8

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:30 Sandown

Kauto Riko

11st 5lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

always towards rear

40/1

9

7th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:00 Sandown

Kauto Riko

11st 5lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Tom Gretton

His peak ratings, including from two runs last winter, make this look a very good mark and a case can certainly be made; however, he's won only once (February 2020) in the last four years.

33/1

Form: 1111-5 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Four runs at Lingfield, all in chases over the extended 2m7f and they resulted in 16l, 12l, 20l and 14l wins, the latest of which was on heavy last February; no sign that they got to the bottom of him but, having been just about in touch turning for home, he ended up a remote fifth when reappearing in the Welsh National (3m6f) at Christmas; this drop back in trip may help and he's one to consider.

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1

21st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:15 Chepstow

Movethechains

12st 2lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Enhanced his excellent record at Lingfield when comfortably winning the Surrey National (3m5f, soft) in January; placed again there next time (well held) before having a rare spin over hurdles 16 days ago (beaten 27l off lower mark in that discipline); tailed off in a Welsh National on only previous visit here but entitled to be thereabouts.

100/30

4th

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

16:02 Lingfield

Movethechains

11st 13lb

J: Rob Hargreaves

T: Gary Moore

Enhanced his excellent record on the chase track here when comfortably winning the Sussex National (3m5f, soft) in January and again placed on his return visit after a 9lb rise; rated 11lb lower over hurdles and he's a better horse now than when last seen in this discipline.

9/2

3rd

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Movethechains

12st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Won five from six chases on this track, the one defeat coming when runner-up in this last year on good ground which may have been faster than ideal; went into his shell after but took advantage of a generous mark in no uncertain fashion over C&D 23 days ago (soft; first completion in blinkers); back up 9lb but still 3lb lower than last February; solid chance.

3/1

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Payout
Exacta £620.00
Straight Forecast £461.50
Tricast £8755.90
Trifecta £12896.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Laskalin

SPOTLIGHT:

Bangers And Cash

The Times:

Empire Steel

RP Ratings:

Rapper

LAMBOURN:

Emir Sacree

The Star:

Bangers And Cash

Daily Record:

Bangers And Cash

POSTDATA:

Laskalin

The Guardian:

Laskalin

Daily Mail:

Laskalin

D Express:

Empire Steel

The Sun:

Empire Steel

Telegraph:

Rapper