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Black Mountain Botanicals Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7076.54
  • 2m 0f 8y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Black Mountain Botanicals Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.80
  • Place: £2.70

Form: 1FP-56

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Was ahead of his mark when winning the second of two Market Rasen chases (2m1f, good) in July 2021 but he finished lame the following month and has been well beaten in both starts on unsuitably slow ground since back from absence; could be interesting back on good ground.

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5

9th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

15:54 Market Rasen

Rooster Cogburn

11st 9lb

J: Mr James King

T: Peter Bowen

Headstrong front-runner who seemed to settle much better than is often the case when winning at Hereford (2m, good) in February; pulled up both starts since, so presents a very mixed picture.

14/1

1

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:35 Taunton

Rooster Cogburn

12st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Peter Bowen

Headstrong front-runner who seemed to settle much better than is often the case when winning quite easily at Hereford (2m, good) last month; raced too freely and capitulated very tamely when tried over 2m4f at Huntingdon 18 days ago but drops back in trip here and could take some catching.

7/1

4

23rd Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

16:00 Huntingdon

Rooster Cogburn

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

led, clear 4th, much reduced lead 9th, headed after 3 out, ridden and lost second home turn, pulled up just before 2 out

9/4

OUR TIP

4/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 42-333 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Back from break when close up at Bangor in November but was behind Court Royale at Chepstow since when soft ground would have suited this one better; handles good going but it's not ideal; first-time headgear.

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0

4

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

12:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Billingsley

11st 11lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

Nothing like the force of old but is effective on heavy ground and was clearcut winner off today's mark at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in April; needs to bounce back from last month's low-key reappearance run but still enters calculations.

8/1

12th

2

21st Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:15 Hereford

Billingsley

11st 13lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: Alastair Ralph

Nothing like the force of old but won off much-reduced mark at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in April; not seen since a lesser effort in May but ran well when fresh at this time last year; a possible.

10/1

4th

7

9th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Ffos Las

Billingsley

11st 9lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

C&D winner who regained winning form in returning cheekpieces at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last month, though he may have been fortunate to do so (only danger fell two out); 3lb higher, but the return to this trip is probably a plus and he holds frame claims at least.

5/1

40/1

Form: P06-0P

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Minor form so far, including in a handicap hurdle and chase, and is one to watch from 8lb out of the weights.

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9th

12

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 2f 40y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Broadoak

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Fiona Shaw

Pulled up in four consecutive handicap chases since last spring and now 0-12 overall; huge leap of faith required to support him here; 3lb wrong.

66/1

0

10

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:00 Wincanton

Broadoak

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Fiona Shaw

held up in rear

25/1

0

7

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 165y

Class 5

13:42 Fontwell

Broadoak

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Fiona Shaw

0-10; placed twice over fences on good ground, at up to 2m4f last season; form tailed off in the spring; returns with a bit to prove, including if it's soft ground and from 5lb out of the handicap.

25/1

Form: F243-P D

Last run: 75 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Triple chase winner earlier in career but minor form in a handful of starts during the last two years and was pulled up with a broken blood vessel on yard debut in November.

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7th

8

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Twotwothree

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

Regressive 10yo; suggested he might be ready to exploit his much reduced mark when second at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month but was pulled up over C&D three weeks later and is not an easy one to predict today.

16/1

8

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:33 Bangor-on-Dee

Twotwothree

11st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Sam Allwood

No longer the force of old but, following another wind op, he posted a good effort when second at Doncaster (2m3f, good) three weeks ago, despite racing a bit too freely; drops back in trip here; one to consider.

7/2

2nd

5

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

16:20 Doncaster

Twotwothree

10st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

10yo who is not the force of old but didn't run badly when 15l fourth of seven at Hereford four weeks ago on second stable start and he's had wind surgery since; continues to drop down the weights; not ruled out.

9/2

Form: 4/63PP D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Just one good run since returning from an absence, when third at Lingfield in December (2m, good to soft); pulled up both starts since, over fences and hurdles, and is hard to fancy at present.

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8th

10

29th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:50 Huntingdon

Megalodon

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Paul Henderson

raced in second

66/1

10

21st Apr 2023

Good

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:05 Exeter

Megalodon

10st 2lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Paul Henderson

Only 9l away when first-time blinkered at Ludlow (2m, good) but wasn't half as good next time, though he did make a mistake five out; could make an impression off this mark if putting his best foot forward.

12/1

9th

12

6th Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

13:50 Southwell

Megalodon

10st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Paul Henderson

Not disgraced in first-time blinkers at Ludlow 12 days ago and may be capable of another decent effort in the retained headgear; however, sole win remains in a hurdles race three years ago.

25/1

Form: PP1-43 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Both hurdle wins on soft; encouraging return to fences when a close fourth at Ffos Las in November (2m) but was beaten a fair way out at Warwick since and has done nearly all her racing on testing surfaces.

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2nd

5

29th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 125y

Class 5

15:10 Market Rasen

Starvoski

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Well held in two chases and one back over hurdles on latest three starts; won at this time last year (in first-time cheekpieces) after a bleak spell so lightning could strike twice as she now sports a visor.

7/1

1

18th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 168y

Class 5

16:45 Uttoxeter

Starvoski

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Unknown quantity at present as she had a very stiff task back hurdling last week after two modest chase runs, but she won this off a similar mark in 2022 (soft) in first-time cheekpieces and this headgear switch could suit; worth considering.

9/2

6th

3

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Warwick

Starvoski

11st 12lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Kim Bailey

Well beaten over fences the last twice but good ground may not have suited last time and she's not ruled out now back on a slower surface over hurdles, off a mark just 1lb higher than when winning at Uttoxeter (2m, soft) last May on her latest attempt in this sphere.

8/1

Form: -32412 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Has run well both starts here, over hurdles and fences (in better company last February); took advantage of a favourable mark at Ffos Las in October (2m, good) but soft ground against him since; cheekpieces no help on final start of last campaign, now refitted; respected at the right level.

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3

13th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:35 Taunton

Court Royale

11st 11lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Dug deep to win by a short head off today's mark at Ffos Las (2m, good) in October, after a break, but looked out of sorts on both appearances last month (chase/hurdle) and needs a good boost from first-time visor here.

16/1

5th

3

22nd Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

15:10 Ludlow

Court Royale

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Took advantage of a favourable mark over fences at Ffos Las (2m, good) in October; two backward steps since, having a second go in cheekpieces on latest (they are now discarded); back hurdling for first time since October 2021 and has a good mark if that receives a positive response.

7/1

3

5th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

15:33 Hereford

Court Royale

11st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Has run well both starts here, over hurdles and fences (in better company last February); took advantage of a favourable mark at Ffos Las in October (2m, good) but soft ground against him since; cheekpieces no help on final start of last campaign, now refitted; respected at the right level.

3/1

Form: 545-B6 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 13lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Is well treated on his 2m hurdle win last winter but all three chase/hurdle wins came on soft and hasn't been at his best this winter; return to 2m can suit but has something to prove.

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3rd

7

9th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

14:40 Fakenham

Ben Brody

10st 5lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: D J Jeffreys

Regressive teenager; on a good mark but hasn't been running well enough to suggest he can take this.

16/1

3rd

5

4th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 1f 165y

Class 4

14:30 Fontwell

Ben Brody

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

led, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 6th, mistake 8th

12/1

4th

4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:25 Ffos Las

Ben Brody

11st 3lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

raced in second, pressed leader 6th

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £169.00
Straight Forecast £151.60
Tricast £857.30
Trifecta £1211.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Court Royale

TOPSPEED:

Ardmayle

WEST COUNTRY:

Starvoski

The Star:

Rooster Cogburn

POSTDATA:

Billingsley

RP Ratings:

Court Royale

The Times:

Court Royale

Telegraph:

Court Royale

D Express:

Court Royale

The Sun:

Court Royale

Daily Record:

Court Royale

Daily Mirror:

Ardmayle