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14:40 Wetherby

Good To Soft

William Hill Towton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £22780
  • 3m 0f 45y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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William Hill Towton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50

Form: 11-521 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Hurdling ability needs respecting and this point winner is entitled to make a superior chaser; mistakes held him back when beaten in a match on his first attempt but it was a good three-runner handicap that he won without much fuss at Hereford (3m1f, soft; jumped better); there should be more to come on only his eighth run under rules.

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11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

City Chief

11st 7lb

J: Mr James King

T: Nicky Henderson

Won Hereford handicap (3m1f, soft) last January on second chase start and followed up in Grade 2 Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) last February; some fair efforts back in handicaps since but he hasn't kicked on and needs to raise his game in first-time cheekpieces to win this.

25/1

6th

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

City Chief

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Nicky Henderson

14l fourth to Malina Girl at Cheltenham (3m3f; favourite) in November, giving the impression that reappearance run might have been needed, but he again lost places late on when below-form fifth back at Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago; looked promising last term but now has a bit to prove.

10/1

Form: 2143-1

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in a Grade 1 during his bumper days and didn't hang about over hurdles after winning his maiden at Down Royal; lots to like in how defied a big weight on his chase debut at Newcastle (2m4f handicap, soft) where his jumping was assured throughout; commands major respect.

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4

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 2f 0y

16:55 Killarney

OToole

11st 1lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

Progressive hurdler; lightly-raced chaser; won on debut in handicap chase at Newcastle before finishing runner-up to City Chief in Grade 2 at Wetherby in February; one of the least exposed candidates and will have no issues with the trip; mark doesn't look to burdensome; big shout although quick ground would be an unknown.

9/2

2nd

3

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

14:40 Wetherby

OToole

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

raced in last, disputing third 7th, mistake 13th, ridden and went second when not fluent 4 out, no impression when mistake last

4/1

1st

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

13:23 Newcastle

OToole

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: S R B Crawford

raced wide, led, headed but prominent after 2nd, pressed leader before 7th

4/1

Form: 1142-4

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner and a very effective hurdler, winning four of her nine starts in that sphere; lacks the same scope for fences as today's opposition and she was readily left trailing on her chase debut in a 2m7f handicap at Chepstow (soft); must leave that form behind if she's to get involved.

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11th

11

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12th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:55 Chester

Bellatrixsa

9st 8lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Venetia Williams

Has a slight doubt over her current form, based on her results over jumps this year; however, won this contest (off 4lb lower; good ground) in 2022 when last seen on the Flat and remains unexposed in this sphere; acts on soft; has to be feared back here.

8/1

6th

2

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Bellatrixsa

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

prominent, led narrowly or disputed lead 1st, led overall before 7th

6/1

10

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Bellatrixsa

11st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Her greatest test of stamina was a hurdles win (3m2f, soft) and she also won the 2m2f Chester Plate on Flat; none of her form gives her a say in this, however, and soundly beaten this season in her two starts over fences.

100/1

OUR TIP

Form: 314-1

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Questionable what this three-time point winner achieved on his chase debut at Haydock (2m5f, soft) as his market rival made jumping errors and was below par; however, could do no more than win comfortably (jumped well) to post a smart RPR of 147 and he showed his class when fourth in the Grade 1 3m novice hurdle at last season's Cheltenham Festival; first-time tongue-tie.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Ballygrifincottage

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fourth in a 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival; there have been some bumps in the road since his successful chase debut the following season but he's been back in good form this year and ran well for a long way before the 4m stretched him in the Scottish National; leading player if fully recovered from those exertions.

11/4

7th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Ballygrifincottage

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on soft; fourth in the 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at 2022 Cheltenham Festival; mostly chasing since and failed to beat a rival in four runs in 2023 but he's been working his way back to form in his two runs this year, second at Sandown (3m) latest; back up 3lb but going beyond 3m1f for the first time is an attractive move.

14/1

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