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14:25 Ascot

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LK Bennett Swinley Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56950
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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LK Bennett Swinley Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

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9/2 (Won)

Form: -53502 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Valuable 3m win at Kempton last February was easily the highlight last term; same mark today, having been runner-up off 2lb lower at Doncaster (3m, good) on latest outing; has to be in very serious calculations.

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Verdict Starting price

1st

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Cap Du Nord

10st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

Registered valuable 3m wins in February 2022 (Kempton) and 2023 (Ascot) but did not perk up to the same degree this time round as 11yo and has basically not made much impact this term; the other side of the coin is that he's now 10lb below his last winning mark.

14/1

6th

8

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Cap Du Nord

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Winner of the Coral Trophy over C&D in 2022 and although not at the same level now he didn't do badly in the same race in February considering he was out of the weights; runs off his correct mark this time and not dismissed with cheekpieces left off.

9/1

9th

12

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Cap Du Nord

10st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Christian Williams

Ran in this race for the last three years, producing form figures of 519 (disappointing favourite in 2023); recent form suggests he's unlikely to repeat the 2022 success; 8lb out of weights.

14/1

Form: -656F2

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Had wind surgery before penultimate start; went clear after four out in five-runner race at Taunton (2m7f, good) 11 days ago but tired on run-in and was collared in the final strides; that was his best form (raised 2lb since) but leaves a lingering question over his stamina at this stiffer track.

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3rd

5

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Neon Moon

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Was back to his last winning mark when getting his head back in front at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) having stayed on best; back up 6lb and overall profile questions whether he'll be as good again.

6/1

1st

6

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Neon Moon

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Won easily off today's mark on seasonal debut at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) in October and made the frame over C&D the following month but has lost his way a bit since and others here have much less to prove.

12/1

5th

1

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Neon Moon

12st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Went close in this race a year ago and was very creditable second in major Ascot handicap (3m good to soft) soon afterwards; needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Newbury in December but is now only 2lb higher than when winning easily on seasonal debut at Ludlow (3m, good to soft).

7/1

Form: U11-24 D BF

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Ran well both starts on good ground but withdrawn this month from one good-ground engagement; won at Taunton (2m7f and 3m4f) on last two starts last season and ran creditably here (2m5f) and at Sandown (3m5f) this term; in the mix assuming he takes to first-time headgear.

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5

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Revels Hill

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

prominent

13/2

3rd

8

29th Apr 2023

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

14:15 Sandown

Revels Hill

10st 6lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Has a a solid record over extreme trips, namely a success at Taunton (3m4f, soft) last spring, creditable fourth (despite being badly hampered) in the London National over C&D in December and clear second behind Coolvalla at Exeter (3m6f, good to soft) last month; may well have more to offer at this sort of distance; all rules wins under Kevin Brogan, who is back on board today; very appealing.

11/2

2nd

1

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Revels Hill

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Harry Fry

Won at Taunton (2m7f and 3m4f) on his final starts of last season and has produced three solid efforts in defeat this term from 2m5f to 3m5f; cheekpieces did him no harm latterly when third in a strong 3m handicap at Ascot and this longer trip is probably a better fit these days.

2/1

20/1

Form: 7-2086 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Second at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in October off 6lb higher; remote over the big Aintree fences next time and he's not fired on all cylinders in his two starts since; tried cheekpieces on penultimate start, blinkers on latest; his jumping frequently lacks fluency.

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5th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders

4/1

1

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

The Wolf

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Olly Murphy

He's not easy to win with, having posted just one victory from his last 21 starts; however, he ran well when third in a handicap at Leicester (2m6f, soft) in January and holds stand-out claims if repeating that form today.

Evs

3rd

1

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

15:20 Leicester

The Wolf

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, lost position before 5 out

9/1

Form: 1F-P44 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Runner-up over C&D in December last term and won over 2m5f here the following month, both off today's mark; back near that form this winter and, although all starts have been on softer than good, he's one to consider.

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16

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Phoenix Way

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

His best piece of handicap form came over this trip when winning on soft ground at Ascot last season off 2lb higher; has not been operating at quite the same level this campaign and this is his first experience of these fences; cheekpieces added.

18/1

5th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Phoenix Way

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Runner-up over C&D in December last term and won over 2m5f here the following month, both off today's mark; back near that form this winter and, although all starts have been on softer than good, he's one to consider.

9/2

4th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Phoenix Way

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Won useful handicap at Ascot last January, then had a couple of non-completions; got round when fourth to Fugitif at Chepstow on return from layoff but remains to be seen whether he'll build on that effort.

12/1

Form: -01855 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Narrow win in small field on good ground at Market Rasen (2m6f; stays 2m7f) last September; not so good in his three races since, albeit with a partial revival under James Turner when about 4l behind Phoenix Way at Cheltenham latest; others are a bit more persuasive.

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6th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

One True King

12st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Coped well with drop to 2m when scoring here last month then followed up over C&D (also on soft) three weeks ago; nudged up only another 2lb for the latter success and today's faster ground will also suit.

9/4

1st

4

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

One True King

11st 7lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Much better known for his exploits over 3m nowadays but coped well with drop back to 2m when keeping on strongly to win for Toby McCain-Mitchell here (soft) 12 days ago; quickly moves back up in trip today; 5lb rise ought to be manageable.

4/1

Form: 0P0-10 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Pinnacle of his career came with two wins at Ascot three winters back; reappearance was easily his best effort last term and, having won the Old Roan at Aintree on this season's return, he was soundly beaten back there six weeks later, so it's a concern the same may be happening (notwithstanding a bad mistake last time); connections turn to cheekpieces; unraced beyond an extended 2m5f; best efforts on softer than good.

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6th

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Riders Onthe Storm

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

/Just two runs this season and, following a wind op, he returned to form with a good second at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; he's fine over this trip and on soft/heavy going, and is one to consider.

9/2

2nd

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Riders Onthe Storm

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Grade 1 chase winner in 2020 but has regressed and become very inconsistent; finished remote when third of four in veterans' chase at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day and is not sure to be suited by today's drop back in trip; had wind surgery last month; cheekpieces refitted; others have much more persuasive profiles.

16/1

Form: 25-132 D BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Five wins in France; with current stable for last seven starts, returning from wind surgery when he made all at Ludlow in November under 5lb claimer; creditable places since at Newbury and Sandown; all runs have been on softer than good; should go well if the ground is okay for him.

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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

Form: 12U-26

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Won on good ground last January; had a very solid record when completing over fences until his modest show 9l behind Phoenix Way at Cheltenham last time; needs a bit of overall improvement, goes beyond 2m5f for the first time and may well be ready for it.

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1

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Nocte Volatus

11st 13lb

J: Cameron Iles

T: Tom Lacey

Failed to win last season and ended the campaign with two below-par efforts but has slipped to a tempting mark and is sure to appreciate this ease in grade; will be suited by today's trip/ground; dangerous to ignore.

11/4

6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Nocte Volatus

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Tom Lacey

led, mistake 1st

15/2

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Nocte Volatus

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winless since early 2022 but he arrives in good nick, undergoing a breathing op before coming in third in 2m4f Newcastle handicap 39 days ago; he must enter calculations off a 2lb lower mark.

7/2

Form: 15P-15 D BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

All starts have been on softer than good; 3-8 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; this term he impressively made all at Chepstow (9lb higher today) but his form dipped at Newbury four weeks later; mixed messages.

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4

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Mr James King

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last January and comfortably made all at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December; of interest judged on that latest win but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

33/1

10th

2

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

All starts have been on softer than good; 3-8 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; this term he impressively made all at Chepstow (9lb higher today) but his form dipped at Newbury four weeks later; mixed messages.

16/1

5th

1

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Farinet

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

3-7 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; made all when slamming Secret Reprieve by 8l eased down at Chepstow (3m) four weeks ago, since which he has been raised 10lb but he has to be in serious calculations.

7/2

Form: 141-4P C

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 1 novice chase at Sandown (2m4f, heavy) in February 2021 and two handicap hurdles (3m/3m1f, one on good) last season; backward steps this term in a Grade 2 hurdle race and Grade 3 handicap chase; had wind surgery soon after the latter, which gives hope given the resurgence after his 2021 wind operation, and he's well handicapped too, but four of his five chase displays are very discouraging.

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7th

2

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Sporting John

11st 13lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, headway after 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

12/1

8th

4

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Sporting John

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Grade 1 novices' chase winner in his prime; no trip/ground issues, but 21lb descent since pulling up in the Rowland Meyrick says plenty about a pretty poor 2022-23 season, including dropped to Class 3 latest.

14/1

4th

2

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

14:35 Chepstow

Sporting John

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Smart in his prime but has become disappointing this season; will find this much easier than Cheltenham Festival handicap hurdle he contested last month but he was never competitive there and now switches back to chasing with some questions to answer.

12/1

Form: 151-22 C

Last run: 112 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won here last March and good second in Grade 3 handicap over C&D in October when back from his summer break, both of those races on good ground; every chance he will again prove highly competitive.

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2nd

1

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Kempton

Danny Kirwan

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has a tendency to race too freely and finished tired when reappearing at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) last month, but is now 2lb lower than when placed in major Ascot handicap (3m, good) last autumn; forecast good ground will suit.

5/2

5th

6

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Danny Kirwan

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Career has been very stop-start but always possessed a huge level of ability and on last season's reappearance he finished second in a strong 3m handicap chase at Ascot during this month; returns off the same mark following further wind surgery; has won on soft but kept mostly to goodish ground the last three years.

5/1

7th

1

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Danny Kirwan

12st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only just in front of Twenty Twenty when 5l second in this race last year (good), but form of same finishing position in a deep Ascot handicap next time reads well and he retains low mileage for his age; chance.

4/1

Form: 34-31U

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Seen much more often on good ground than many of these, winning twice; first attempt much beyond 2m5f was at Kempton (3m; joint-second favourite) on latest start but he unseated at the first; 16l win there (2m4f, soft; 9lb higher today) the time before gave plenty of hope regarding stamina, so he's one to consider.

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4th

6

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Dorking Lad

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Career-best RPR for soft-ground 2m5f score here off 5lb lower last November, but mistakes have prevented any further progress, and never looked happy in the Topham latest; others more greatly proven over 3m.

25/1

29

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Dorking Lad

10st 2lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won by a wide margin at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in November; jumping has been an issue since and he had made mistakes before getting brought down last time; effective in the reapplied cheekpieces but well down the pecking order here.

66/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Dorking Lad

10st 12lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Seen much more often on good ground than many of these, winning twice; first attempt much beyond 2m5f was at Kempton (3m; joint-second favourite) on latest start but he unseated at the first; 16l win there (2m4f, soft; 9lb higher today) the time before gave plenty of hope regarding stamina, so he's one to consider.

12/1

Form: 840-0P CD

Last run: 92 days

W: 10st 8lb

15 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

15yo who last won in October 2020, with 12 races since; 3m at Ascot was the scene of his last four wins (including this race in 2018) but also seven of those last 12 defeats; player judged on his fourth in this race last year (13lb lower today) but not if judged on his two visits this autumn.

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13

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Regal Encore

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Anthony Honeyball

15yo who last won in October 2020, with 12 races since; 3m at Ascot was the scene of his last four wins (including this race in 2018) but also seven of those last 12 defeats; player judged on his fourth in this race last year (13lb lower today) but not if judged on his two visits this autumn.

33/1

9

18th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

14:40 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

14yo who has been beaten 11 times since his last win in October 2020, and he was tailed off over C&D on reappearance three weeks ago; however, he may have needed that run and, if he is to snap his losing sequence, it's highly likely to be at Ascot which has been the venue for his last four wins.

10/1

11th

8

29th Oct 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:15 Ascot

Regal Encore

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

Approaching his 15th birthday but has always been a force to be reckoned with around Ascot and his form figures in the last three renewals of this race alone read 213; it goes against the grain to side with a veteran in races of this nature but you wouldn't put it past him off his lowest mark in years.

20/1

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Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Revels Hill

SPOTLIGHT:

Cap Du Nord

TOPSPEED:

Laskalin

D Express:

Phoenix Way

The Sun:

Sporting John

Daily Record:

Danny Kirwan

POSTDATA:

Laskalin

The Times:

Revels Hill

Telegraph:

Revels Hill

The Guardian:

Revels Hill

Daily Mirror:

Phoenix Way

RP Ratings:

Cap Du Nord

Daily Mail:

Cap Du Nord

The Star:

Cap Du Nord