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Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39865
  • 2m 0f 92y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Betfair Exchange Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00

Form: 2P-645 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Yet to find his form this season, well held in the Clarence House most recently; smart on his day and won this race last year (good to soft) before finishing second in the Champion Chase; good ground is fine; 2-3 at Newbury and could well stage a revival back here; respected.

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

3rd

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Funambule Sivola

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Outsider in this contest for the last two years, flattered when second in 2022 (race fell apart) and early faller in 2023; following Boothill's late fall, he inherited a remote second behind Edwardstone at Newbury last month when bidding for a third Game Spirit success; has the worst chance judged on this season's form.

100/1

2nd

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Funambule Sivola

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has failed to threaten in handicaps on his four runs this season but was also below his best last term prior to a major revival when winning this race for the second consecutive year; four visits to Newbury have yielded three C&D wins (including on soft) and no surprise if he's bang there.

10/1

6th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Funambule Sivola

12st 0lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Landed this prize in 2022 and also has two subsequent Grade 2 chase wins on his CV; on the downgrade now but last month's Cheltenham third (2m, soft) was very respectable and today's faster ground will suit.

9/2

Form: PP-921 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Took well to first-time cheekpieces in Class 2 handicap at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) last month, making all for an easy win; seems to have a harder task in this field but may have more to offer in the retained headgear; Grade 1 winner over hurdles in his younger days.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

10yo who has been better than ever this season; soft ground was against him in the Champion Chase and prior to that he beat Jonbon by a neck to win the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft); however, the runner-up was well below his best; others make greater appeal.

50/1

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Often a front-runner; has won on soft but seems ideally suited by good/good to soft; rallied gamely to beat odds-on Jonbon in the rescheduled Clarence House here in January, making it three wins from his last four starts; however, looks far from sure to confirm placings with that otherwise superior rival who blew his chance with a dodgy round of jumping; in great form this term but needs better still to land a Champion Chase.

25/1

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

Form: 251-12 D

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 170

Form & Verdict

Bagged a second Haldon Gold Cup success (good ground) on reappearance, then ran respectably behind Edwardstone when bidding for a second Tingle Creek win; only third in this race two years ago having had an identical preparation, but he's clear on ratings in this easier renewal.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

29th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

13:40 Sandown

Greaneteen

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Three-time Grade 1 winner over this C&D, including last two editions of this race; hasn't really sparkled since emphatic win at Exeter (2m1f, good; Grade 2 handicap) on seasonal debut in November but a bad jumping error probably cooked his goose in last month's Champion Chase and he can't be opposed with any confidence on his return to this track; handles slow ground but probably best on good/good to soft.

5/2

3rd

6

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Greaneteen

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, bad mistake and lost ground 4 out, well held but kept on from 2 out, pecked on landing last, pushed out and went modest third final 110yds

20/1

3rd

2

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Greaneteen

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Bagged a second Haldon Gold Cup success (good ground) on reappearance, then ran respectably behind Edwardstone when bidding for a second Tingle Creek win; only third in this race two years ago having had an identical preparation, but he's clear on ratings in this easier renewal.

4/9

Form: -42P11 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Seeking a hat-trick having won Class 2 handicaps at Wetherby (1m7f, soft; Castleford Chase) and Doncaster (2m, good; defied top weight) the last twice, taking record over fences to 4-11; this northern raider is better than ever and should give this bigger prize his best shot.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including a competitive C&D race and a Premier Handicap at Ayr; slow to come to hand this term but got back in the groove with creditable third over C&D five weeks ago and is still on a workable mark after a 1lb nudge.

5/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including this race and a Premier handicap at Ayr (2m, good); back on a good mark now but has not fired on any of three appearances this term and needs to get career back on track.

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £329.00
Straight Forecast £391.70
Trifecta £509.00

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