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15:25 Newcastle

Good To Soft

Vertem Eider Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £41624
  • 4m 1f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 15 runners
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Vertem Eider Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: -66873

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Placed in major handicaps (3m, 4m and 3m5f) on last three starts last term, never-nearer second in the Scottish National on second occasion; the last of those performances came off a 13lb higher mark than he has today, which reflects a run of modest results this term but soft ground may have been against him on last two outings and he now steps back up from 3m; one to note for trainer who won this race last year and a good handicap last Saturday.

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9th

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kittys Light

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Won this last year (good to soft; placed in 2021/2022); back on song with highly creditable fifth in Grand National at Aintree (4m2f, soft) two weeks ago; had a hard race then which is a worry, but he won this 12 months ago just seven days after landing the Scottish National (good); key player.

5/1

5th

34

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Kittys Light

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

12/1

7th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Kittys Light

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Carried all before him in staying chases last spring, winning the Eider (4m1f, good to soft), Scottish National (4m, good) and bet365 (3m4f, good to soft); easy to excuse hurdle defeats since but he would have finished closer in the Coral Gold Cup in December (cheekpieces/tongue-tie refitted) had he been in top form; turnaround needed with tongue-tie back on after one run without.

33/1

OUR TIP

8/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: F1D1-3F

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 10yo who was first past the post in his first four chases (3m-3m5f, soft/heavy); 11-2, well held in fifth when he fell four out in the Welsh National at Chepstow (3m6f, soft) with first-time cheekpieces this term; absent two months since and this looks a good mark on peak form; while last season's wins suggest that heavy ground would be ideal, this new trip should be a plus.

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1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

The Galloping Bear

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Well suited by a slog in the mud and returned to form with keeping-on second in West Wales National at Ffos Las (3m4f, heavy) a week ago; Joe Anderson claims a useful 5lb today; major player if in the right mood again.

5/2

2nd

1

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

The Galloping Bear

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Ben Clarke

prominent, went second omitted 5 out, briefly went third after 4 out, left in second 3 out, stayed on

8/1

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

The Galloping Bear

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Had wind surgery last July but made a laboured return in the Welsh National and his Warwick run 17 days ago was also lacklustre, even considering the 3m trip; wore cheekpieces on last three starts last term, then visor/blinkers this season; 5lb claimer is recruited; has big questions to answer regarding current form but this test would suit if he's on his game, as he showed when second in it off the same mark last year.

9/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 11-212

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Very good progress since joining Sam England in autumn 2021; latest win came when he made most and rallied gamely for narrow verdict at Haydock (3m4f, soft) in November; showed he stays 3m5f when second at Bangor (good to soft) 15 days ago and this trip may well help with further improvement, which is needed from 2lb out of the handicap but he's not ruled out.

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13

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

No Cruise Yet

10st 4lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

took keen hold, in touch with leaders on inner

16/1

4th

2

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Catterick

No Cruise Yet

11st 6lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Prominent-racer who went very close in the Durham National at Sedgefield (3m5f, soft) on reappearance and again ran well when third at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last month; stamina is a strong suit and he's respected.

4/1

3rd

2

14th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 4

12:30 Newcastle

No Cruise Yet

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Stays further but that may be no bad thing in the conditions and he reappeared with a near-miss in the Durham National (3m5f, soft) in October; ran well in the Eider here in February and he's firmly in calculations.

2/1

Form: 1-6216

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Visored last five outings; career-best form when second and first in Grade 3 handicaps over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham in November/December; hampered at the start and no show last season in the Welsh National on sole attempt at a marathon trip, but the Cheltenham runs suggested he would stay further; also needs to bounce back from a lesser show at Sandown three weeks ago, however.

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4th

4

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Evas Oskar

11st 5lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders

14/1

34

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Evas Oskar

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won on heavy last term and career-best form over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham this season; front rank until the second last in the 4m Eider at Newcastle on latest start but fading thereafter points to a stamina weakness; tongue tied first time.

50/1

4th

1

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Evas Oskar

12st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Visored last five outings; career-best form when second and first in Grade 3 handicaps over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham in November/December; hampered at the start and no show last season in the Welsh National on sole attempt at a marathon trip, but the Cheltenham runs suggested he would stay further; also needs to bounce back from a lesser show at Sandown three weeks ago, however.

9/1

Form: 4P-851 C

Last run: 58 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 10yo, best efforts in the mud; two chase wins at Carlisle in November 2020; not so good since but his best result in that period was on latest start when grinding out a narrow win at Kelso (3m2f, heavy); it could still be that major stamina tests will suit but he failed to prove it in two attempts on good to soft last term, including when 22l sixth in this race; has 13lb lower mark this time around and first-time headgear.

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11

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Rath An Iuir

10st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor (kept since, replacing cheekpieces) worked a treat when he won at Kelso (3m2f, heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; he hasn't sparked that often in the last two years, though, showing little on latest outing; beaten just over 20l when sixth and fifth in the last two Eiders, so others look more solid.

14/1

5th

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Rath An Iuir

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran O’Shea

T: Rose Dobbin

The new visor worked a treat when winning a 3m2f handicap at Kelso (heavy) over Christmas for the second year running; 4lb rise won't prevent another bold show if he's as good again (not guaranteed).

11/4

1st

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 4

15:32 Kelso

Rath An Iuir

11st 8lb

J: Mr Nick Orpwood

T: Rose Dobbin

Behind Camp Belan and soundly beaten on last month's seasonal debut but now 2lb lower than when winning this race a year ago (heavy) and has obvious claims if back on song; swaps cheekpieces for first-time visor.

11/2

Form: P-0PF7 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Career peak when winning the Scottish National in April 2021 off 12lb higher, rounding off an excellent season; nothing resembling that since, taking a step back in the right direction on latest start (ridden by claimer Patrick Wadge) but he needs a great deal better than that.

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20

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mighty Thunder

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won this race in 2021 but not remotely in the same form since; latest start was probably his best form this term but he had a remote view of Elvis Mail nevertheless and is 3lb out of the handicap today.

16/1

5th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Mighty Thunder

10st 8lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

midfield on outer, in touch with leaders 4th

12/1

6th

5

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Mighty Thunder

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Career peak when winning the Scottish National in April 2021 off 12lb higher, rounding off an excellent season; nothing resembling that since, taking a step back in the right direction on latest start (ridden by claimer Patrick Wadge) but he needs a great deal better than that.

25/1

Form: 1-1654

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced for his age; gained all three chase wins at Carlisle, the latest on seasonal debut in October (3m2f, soft; 2lb higher today); not in the same form in his three starts since and a move away from soft ground would be a worry; this longer trip may well be a big positive, though.

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5th

1

26th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 6f 121y

Class 3

14:05 Perth

Houston Texas

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won 3m/3m2f handicaps on testing ground last year but has been struggling of late and cheekpieces didn't work wonders for him last time; no headgear here but others have more pressing claims.

10/1

6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Houston Texas

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

He's been below par at Wetherby, here and at Newcastle on his last three starts; however, he won here (3m2f, soft) last November to make it 4-4 at Carlisle and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will prompt a revival; he'll be in the mix if bouncing back to his best.

13/2

3rd

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:12 Newcastle

Houston Texas

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

in touch with leaders on inner, went third after 4 out, weakened 3 out

15/2

Form: 13-682 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Made excellent progress when switched to chasing last season, with four wins on a range of ground at about 2m7f/3m and the first two were at this track; not proven beyond that, despite trying about 3m2f last April and October, but he's worth another go and surged back to his best when second of four at Kelso six weeks ago; wears headgear first time; considered.

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4th

1

17th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Bavington Bob

12st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Ann Hamilton

prominent, lost position gradually from 10th, pushed along 13th, outpaced 4 out

7/2

6th

5

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Bavington Bob

11st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Ann Hamilton

midfield on outer

16/1

3

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:25 Newcastle

Bavington Bob

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

in rear on outer

8/1

Form: PP-227

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Stays 3m2f well but pulled up when attempting 3m5f last March (had wind surgery not long afterwards); returned with two close seconds in December (3m/3m2f, soft); for one who makes the running or races prominently, nearly unseating his rider at the first fence probably explains his no-show on latest start; not entirely dismissed.

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3rd

2

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Uttoxeter

Shanty Alley

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Without a win since January 2021 and he hasn't really been threatening this winter, especially so at Doncaster most recently when the first beaten (3m, soft); wouldn't be the percentage call.

9/1

9

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:15 Doncaster

Shanty Alley

11st 4lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Ben Case

disputed lead, raced in second from 2nd, lost position 12th, soon dropped to last and pushed along, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

10/1

Form: P-5U31 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Won this in 2021 off 14lb higher; wind surgery before a partial revival this winter and he followed his third to Bushypark at Catterick last month with a strong-staying win over 3m there 13 days later; visored for those last two starts; back up 5lb but of far more concern is that all his significant form is on soft or heavy; big shout if the ground is okay.

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4

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

16:10 Haydock

Sams Adventure

11st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Brian Ellison

Pulled up in the Eider last month and unseated at the first fence at Carlisle on Sunday; however, before those he won at Catterick (3m1f, soft) in January and is proven over marathon trips; not written off.

10/1

6

19th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:35 Carlisle

Sams Adventure

10st 7lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Brian Ellison

Didn't jump well enough when pulled up in the 4m1f Eider, a race he won two seasons ago; will be happier on this softer ground and he won well at Catterick the run before (3m1f, soft; 4lb lower) in second-time cheekpieces.

5/1

8

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Sams Adventure

10st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Won this in 2021 off 14lb higher; wind surgery before a partial revival this winter and he followed his third to Bushypark at Catterick last month with a strong-staying win over 3m there 13 days later; visored for those last two starts; back up 5lb but of far more concern is that all his significant form is on soft or heavy; big shout if the ground is okay.

13/2

Form: P-P952 BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Out of sorts last term and reportedly lame when pulled up in the Scottish National (16-1); remote when he tried 3m5f at Sandown (80-1) in December this term and those are his only two attempts at a marathon trip; a bit more like it on last two outings (in two-runner race last time) but he needs something a fair bit closer to his form of spring 2021.

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5th

2

11th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 4

19:35 Warwick

One More Fleurie

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Ian Williams

led at steady pace, headed 3 out, soon ridden and lost position, weakened before 2 out, tailed off

7/1

2nd

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

One More Fleurie

10st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Successful four times, including over C&D, as a novice chaser in the 2020-21 campaign; patchy record since but ran respectably (fifth off 10lb higher) in this race last year and looks interesting back here; attractively weighted.

20/1

0

8

8th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 100y

Class 3

14:25 Warwick

One More Fleurie

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

All four wins came in the first half of 2021; has struggled off higher marks since and, while the handicapper has given him some respite, he has to prove that he still possesses the ability to take advantage.

16/1

Form: 2/34-3

Last run: 57 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Had a long absence before last season and ran pretty well in those two chases, better than on latest reappearance (second favourite); down the weights (peak efforts were in 2019 and 2020) but never having raced beyond 3m as a chaser confirms he has a lot to prove, notwithstanding his second over 3m2f as a hurdler; wears headgear first time.

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2nd

8

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

14:40 Cheltenham

Young Bull

11st 9lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Whittington

Well beaten in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Exeter last month and now 0-6 over fences; on a good mark now but would appeal more on slower ground and needs to turn a corner.

12/1

4th

6

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Young Bull

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Harry Whittington

Hasn't seen much racing since 2019; finished a well-held third at Haydock (2m5f, soft) on his only run this season and is still seeking a first success over fences (0-5); probably has to find something for the cheekpieces if he's to put that right.

5/1

8

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Young Bull

11st 2lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Whittington

Form: P1P-P6

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

3m4f winner in April in the last two editions of the West Wales National at Ffos Las (on good to soft/good) but not so good when he's tried 3m6f-4m; may have needed his one run this winter and he's almost back to his last winning mark.

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4

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Amateur

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: John & Rhys Flint

held up in last, weakened before 4 out, soon pulled up

8/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Amateur

10st 9lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John & Rhys Flint

C&D winner in late 2020 (soft) and has since won three 3m4f handicaps at Ffos Las (the latest last May); nothing wrong with his mark and feasible that he might return to form after wind surgery; no forlorn hope.

20/1

Form: -44F13

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won five in a row over hurdles last season (2m5f-3m2f) on varied ground; sent over fences this term, with cheekpieces on last three starts and career-best form when he won by a neck at Exeter (3m, heavy) on penultimate occasion; form dipped on latest, whereas this requires a new high, but he idled in front for the latest win and a major stamina test looks interesting.

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5th

6

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

In Rem

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won five on the spin over hurdles (2m5f-3m2f) during the 2021-22 season; lost his way over fences and, although he steadied the ship back hurdling at Exeter, he was behind Longshanks; looks vulnerable.

10/1

3rd

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 25y

Class 4

14:00 Exeter

In Rem

11st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Won five on the spin over hurdles (2m5f-3m2f) during the 2021-22 season, but has been campaigned exclusively over fences in recent times; pulled up after making a bad mistake in the North Wales National at Bangor (3m5f, heavy) three weeks ago; easing mark, and 2-3 here at Exeter.

10/1

5

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 142y

Class 4

15:20 Bangor-on-Dee

In Rem

11st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

midfield, pushed along and dropped to rear with one circuit to go, bad mistake and almost fell 12th, soon lost touch, pulled up 13th

8/1

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Non-runners

Bushypark, Young Bull

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Payout
Exacta £245.00
Straight Forecast £199.20
Tricast £865.00
Trifecta £1485.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

In Rem

D Express:

Houston Texas

POSTDATA:

Bushypark

Daily Record:

Bavington Bob

TOPSPEED:

Shanty Alley

The Times:

In Rem

The Star:

In Rem