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17:00 Haydock

Good To Soft

Betfred Steve Hope Walrus Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £7699.5
  • 2m 6f 54y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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Betfred Steve Hope Walrus Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/6 (Won)

  • Win: £1.80
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 3/1-P1

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Progressive 8yo who barely broke sweat when beating three rivals at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) last month and is now 2-3 in hunter chases; good chance.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Famous Clermont

12st 0lb

J: Mr J King

T: C R Barber

Strong hunter chase form, notably when winning the Aintree Foxhunter last season easily justified 1-10 odds in two-runner point at Larkhill in January; bad mistake at the last cost him the race at Wincanton two months ago; comes here relatively fresh after missing Cheltenham and Aintree.

4/1

2nd

2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Famous Clermont

12st 6lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: C R Barber

Strong hunter chase form last season, including here and when winning the Aintree Foxhunters' in April (2m5f, good to soft); has won a point-to-point on heavy ground; easily justified 1-10 odds in two-runner point at Larkhill last month and holds leading claims now back under rules.

4/9

7/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: P-2114 D BF

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Did well in 2022, winning four points and a Cartmel hunter chase (2m5f, good), and probably took form to new level when scoring by 6l at Taunton (2m7f, soft) last month; well beaten after racing far too freely at Hereford three weeks later (race won by Bennys King) but can play a significant role if he settles better here.

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5th

1

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

18:05 Stratford

Envious Editor

11st 13lb

J: Miss Amber Jackson-Fennell

T: Miss H Brookshaw

Created very good impression on rules return at Taunton (2m7f, soft) in January but is yet to build on that performance, and was just a respectable third at Cheltenham (2m, good) last month; today's move back up in trip ought to suit but he still needs to up his game.

7/1

3rd

1

5th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:50 Cheltenham

Envious Editor

12st 4lb

J: Miss Amber Jackson-Fennell

T: Miss H Brookshaw

Emerged from off the pace to finish runner-up in this 12 months ago when Rewritetherules was 12l back in third; has won two hunter chases and as many points in the meantime and his Ludlow third (stable debut) was respectable.

4/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 58333- C

Last run: 336 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler/chase when with Sam Thomas and runner-up in two of his three Irish points for current stable; seemed to give very good account when second of three behind smart rival last month and, if that form can be taken at face value, he's a contender here.

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2nd

2

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 150y

19:55 Downpatrick

Welsh Saint

11st 13lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: C A McBratney

in touch with leaders, good headway and led after 4th, clear 6th

7/1

Form: 736-41

Last run: 262 days

W: 12st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Awarded Cartmel hunter chase (3m1f, good to soft) last spring (first past the post lost weight cloth) but the form isn't anything to get excited about and not much has gone to plan in points this year.

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3rd

3

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Write It Down

12st 4lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R A Owen

Awarded the race after finishing runner-up at 50-1 in this contest last year (good to soft); mixed form since, but won a point on latest start; not out of it.

8/1

28

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Write It Down

12st 0lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R A Owen

Modest performer; long way behind Famous Clermont at Haydock and beaten in a point since; likely to struggle.

100/1

4th

5

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

17:00 Haydock

Write It Down

12st 4lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R A Owen

Awarded Cartmel hunter chase (3m1f, good to soft) last spring (first past the post lost weight cloth) but the form isn't anything to get excited about and not much has gone to plan in points this year.

50/1

Form: 30P-PP

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Very useful for Tom George at his best but was pulled up in two consecutive Aintree handicaps last spring and also when reappearing for new stable in recent Hereford hunter chase; needs a good boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

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4th

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Espoir De Teillee

12st 4lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

Two soft-ground wins earlier in career but minor form on that surface now and unraced on heavy, while his front-running win over three rivals in this race last year came on good ground; can be involved if he does cope with the surface.

9/2

3rd

1

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

16:30 Newton Abbot

Espoir De Teillee

12st 8lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

jumped right throughout, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, not fluent 10th, dropped to last 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/7

1st

1

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

19:55 Kempton

Espoir De Teillee

12st 6lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

Useful in the past; opened his hunter chase account at Leicester (2m6f, good) in February and subsequent odds-on defeat is better than it looked on the day (winner franked the form next time); respected.

5/4

Form: 70P2-3 D

Last run: 295 days

W: 12st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in two hunter chases last April, more notably when second to the useful Gesskille at Kempton (2m4f, good), but not seen since pulled up in a point in November and even his best form might not be good enough here.

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7

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:35 Cheltenham

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr David O’Brien

T: David O’Brien

Third in this race in 2022 but has looked out of sorts this year (pulled up all three starts); big leap of faith required to support him.

50/1

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

19:30 Kempton

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: David O’Brien

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: PP-PP1 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 1lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Pulled up in two handicap chases in the autumn but rediscovered some form and caused 20-1 surprise on recent hunter chase debut at Hereford (2m5f, soft; first-time cheekpieces); it's hard to predict whether he'll be in the right mood again here but he'll be a danger to all if he is.

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2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Bennys King

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Never far from the lead when an admirable runner-up to the now-absent Famous Clermont in this 12 months ago (good to soft) and, like last year, he returns on the back of a comfortable hunter chase success (on heavy); teenagers have won this in the past (as recently as 2013) and this veteran needs shortlisting on testing ground he could handle better than most.

15/2

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Bennys King

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Had a fine spell in early 2023, culminating in his second in the 2m5f Foxhunters' at Aintree; hasn't been in the same form this winter, even allowing for a close third of six finishers at Taunton (2m5f, soft) in January, and he did miss a heavy-ground engagement in December.

13/2

Form: /2445- D

Last run: 357 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Showed some useful handicap chase form for Sam Thomas last season and was clear second behind a fair horse in a recent Larkhill point (3m, good) but others in this line-up have more pressing claims.

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4th

6

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Not A Role Model

12st 0lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Ms J Nolan

in touch with leaders, jumped left 10th

20/1

8

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

17:00 Haydock

Not A Role Model

11st 12lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Ms J Nolan

Showed some useful handicap chase form for Sam Thomas last season and was clear second behind a fair horse in a recent Larkhill point (3m, good) but others in this line-up have more pressing claims.

25/1

5th

6

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Not A Role Model

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Prominent racer who won over C&D on his sole visit here and reappeared this season with a good second at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); a case can be made on that December form, now 3lb lower, but this 10yo has been soundly beaten the last twice on soft ground he should have handled.

8/1

Form: /99-P6

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Won two run-of-the-mill handicap chases in 2019 but finished last when 100-1 for Wetherby hunter chase (3m, good to soft) a fortnight ago and looks up against it again today.

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0

9

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Urbanist

11st 12lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R J Holmes

Sole point win last May but pulled up behind Time Leader in a Cartmel hunter chase later that month and in two points since.

100/1

8

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Urbanist

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: R J Holmes

Easy winner of a five-runner point last time (3m, good) but has a much stiffer task here.

16/1

5th

15

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Urbanist

11st 12lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R J Holmes

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway after 3rd, prominent 7th, ridden after 22nd, weakened after 3 out, tailed off

66/1

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Payout
Exacta £49.00
Straight Forecast £47.90
Trifecta £250.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Famous Clermont

RP Ratings:

Bennys King

Daily Mail:

Welsh Saint

WEST COUNTRY:

Famous Clermont

The Times:

Famous Clermont

Telegraph:

Famous Clermont

D Express:

Famous Clermont

The Star:

Famous Clermont

Daily Record:

Famous Clermont

TOPSPEED:

Bennys King

POSTDATA:

Bennys King

The Guardian:

Bennys King

Daily Mirror:

Bennys King

The Sun:

Bennys King