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bet365 Cyril Alexander Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10562
  • 2m 5f 133y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Cyril Alexander Memorial Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.60
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 4-811F CD BF

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Found plenty for pressure when coming good at Lingfield (2m4f, soft) and then over C&D (heavy) and it was four out when coming down at Hereford (going okay at the time); a bit to prove off his current mark but everything would suggest he's on the upgrade.

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13

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Bill Baxter

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Warren Greatrex

disputed lead early, led narrowly 2nd, headed before 6th, lost position before 8th, dropped to rear and weakening when hampered by faller 5 out

10/1

20

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Bill Baxter

10st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

6/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Bill Baxter

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

midfield, dropped to rear after 4th, weakened gradually from 3 out

15/2

16/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: -41132

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

A winner over hurdles and fences this season but he's more exposed than some of these and was hammered by the winner last time at Musselburgh (2m4f, good to soft); down 2lb but looks vulnerable.

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4th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Half Shot

10st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Won in fine style at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) in November and is just 3lb higher today; however, he hasn't been at the same level on his three starts since and was pulled up last time; this 10yo needs to get back on track.

25/1

Form: -73233

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Record of 2-9 over hurdles, winning soft-ground novice events last winter; comparable form in his first three chase starts (soft/heavy) but he was beaten a distance into third on good to soft at Haydock last time and it could be that he needs the mud.

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3

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

18:55 Sedgefield

High Moon

11st 8lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Runner-up at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft; first-time cheekpieces) in March; has done all of his winning with plenty of cut underfoot, but reportedly found the particularly testing ground too extreme at Newcastle (pulled up) last time; competitive mark for first visit to Sedgefield.

7/1

5

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:05 Newcastle

High Moon

11st 0lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won this last year (heavy), and in first-time cheekpieces (retained) he returned to form with a good second at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) last month; he's 1lb lower than 12 months ago and holds strong claims.

11/4

1

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

14:35 Fakenham

High Moon

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Rebecca Menzies

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Form: 32/U2U BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Very useful novice hurdler; has the ability to win races off this mark over fences but he's unseated in two of his three starts and it wasn't his first mistake the last time at Newcastle (2m7f, soft), though he was still travelling within himself four out; wouldn't be far away with a blemish-free round.

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6th

3

19th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

14:20 Ayr

Castle Rushen

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

towards rear on outer

20/1

5th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Castle Rushen

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Nicky Richards

Didn't really take to fences last winter but back on track when placed in handicap hurdles at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) and Perth (3m, good to soft; first-time visor) last spring; never involved on 3m Haydock reappearance last month but entitled to strip fitter.

9/1

7th

5

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

Castle Rushen

11st 8lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Nicky Richards

Didn't really take to fences last winter but back on track when placed in handicap hurdles at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy; first-time cheekpieces) and Perth (3m, good to soft; first-time visor) last spring; absent since, though, and returns in a warm race.

12/1

Form: 36/214 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler who initially took well to chasing, bumping into an above-average mare at Bangor before making the most of a softer opening at Newcastle (2m, good to soft); reportedly ran flat when a laboured favourite back at Bangor (2m4f) three weeks ago and not easily trusted after that.

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5th

2

20th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Miah Grace

11st 7lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

held up in rear, pushed along after 11th, ridden and no impression after 4 out

8/1

1st

2

29th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

15:00 Newcastle

Miah Grace

11st 12lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Something to prove regarding current form having been well beaten over fences the last twice; however, perhaps the first-time visor and/or the return to hurdles will prompt a revival, and she's on a competitive mark; won over fences here in December and is a two-time hurdle winner on heavy ground.

7/1

5th

2

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

13:15 Kelso

Miah Grace

11st 9lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

mounted in chute, held up in rear on outer, not fluent and niggled along briefly 8th

10/1

Form: 116-F1

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Won two minor hurdles before coming up well short in the Grade 2 here on this card last March; winning pointer who was always likely to make a better chaser and that looked the case when winning comfortably at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft); up 11lb but he has the potential to deal with that.

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0

9

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 173y

Class 3

15:35 Sandown

Sholokjack

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fell in two of his four chases last season and confined to hurdles so far this campaign; also prone to mistakes in this discipline and he's not been seeing his races out from 2m4f to 3m.

12/1

6th

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Sholokjack

10st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, awkward jump 3rd

7/1

6th

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Sholokjack

10st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Very lightly raced 7yo; chasing last season, impressing in a four-runner handicap at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft; has won on soft); jumping issues got the better of him afterwards and he wasn't great over his hurdles either when reappearing in a hot handicap at Haydock two weeks ago (held up, always behind at 33-1); should have come on since that run and is thrown in if judged just on that Lingfield win.

12/1

Form: 1-22F3

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 7yo who has won a point and a novice hurdle; rallying in third when falling three out on his chase debut and then finished a 12l third of four runners at Ayr (3m); shouldn't be long before opening his chasing account but this looks demanding.

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3rd

2

22nd Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 4

16:45 Haydock

Gaillimh A Stor

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

Low-mileage 7yo who has won a point and 2m4f novice hurdle; ran in chases on his three starts since wind surgery and fell in two; fair third of four at Ayr (3m, soft) in between, not 100% proving his stamina; tongue tied first time; return to hurdling may well help.

7/1

5

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 3

13:15 Kelso

Gaillimh A Stor

10st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders on inner, mistake and fell 1st

7/1

3rd

4

1st Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 3

13:50 Ayr

Gaillimh A Stor

10st 5lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders, went third 13th, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching last

4/1

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Exacta £272.00
Straight Forecast £256.90
Trifecta £1044.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Sholokjack

LAMBOURN:

Bill Baxter

TOPSPEED:

High Moon

D Express:

Castle Rushen

POSTDATA:

Half Shot

Daily Mail:

Bill Baxter

The Star:

Bill Baxter

RP Ratings:

Sholokjack

The Times:

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Telegraph:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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Daily Record:

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