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15:35 Kelso

Good To Soft

bet365 Premier Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £34170
  • 2m 7f 96y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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bet365 Premier Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00

Form: P12-70 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Won here (2m5f, heavy) last February and close second of four here (3m2f, good) in March; a case can be made on that form and he's not written off, but he needs to perform much better than on his two outings this season.

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

9th

4

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Empire Steel

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Following a wind operation he enhanced his excellent record at Kelso when winning a five-runner handicap by 4l in February (2m5f, soft); however, he may be vulnerable now away from Kelso in this hotter race.

25/1

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made virtually all, going best but faced challenges 2 out, soon shaken up, ridden briefly when good jump last, kept on well run-in, won going away

13/8

Form: 114-11 C

Last run: 98 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Did well for Tim Vaughan and has won both starts for his new yard this season (3m/3m2f, heavy/good), most recently the prestigious Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November; strong claims if reproducing that form today.

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

7th

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Le Milos

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced since winning the prestigious Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good) in November 2022; hasn't threatened over hurdles on his three runs this season but his trainer excels when it comes to targeting big races; 2-2 here (soft/good to soft) and no surprise if he's in the mix back chasing.

8/1

13th

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Le Milos

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the 3m2f Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and ended last term with tenth in the Grand National; well beaten back hurdling on both starts this term but thrown in if judged on best chase efforts.

7/1

13th

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Le Milos

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and was tenth in the Grand National last spring; seemed rusty on his return to hurdling in November and now drops back 4f in distance; one of three runners for Dan Skelton and the other two look more obvious candidates for today.

20/1

Form: UP-786 C BF

Last run: 180 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Won the Morebattle Hurdle (2m, good to soft) on this card two years ago and followed up in the Plate over fences at the Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, good to soft) 12 days later; just one win since (on the Flat) but he ran well on the Flat last November when last seen and there can be optimism he'll stay this far; player if at his best.

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

5th

2

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

The Shunter

11st 9lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Emmet Mullins

held up in last early, some headway when mistake 8th

8/1

1st

12

(3)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

The Shunter

9st 1lb

J: James Doyle

T: Emmet Mullins

Prolific spell over jumps culminated in 2021 Cheltenham Festival win; no joy in that sphere since and now a 10yo but he made up his ground too late when fourth of 20 at Naas (2m, heavy) last November and his 1m4f run this August was encouraging; missed last month's Irish Cesarewitch due to coughing but today's race can play to his strengths and he's in with a big shout.

10/1

Form: P6-281 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 2lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

13yo front-runner who beat a big handicap field to win the veterans' final at Sandown (3m, soft) in January; has also won on good/good to soft; vulnerable if today's opponents are at the top of their games but he can make another bold bid.

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

0

1

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

13:25 Aintree

Wishing And Hoping

12st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Sound performances in the last two runnings of this race, winning in 2021 and runner-up in 2022; won the latest final of this series at Sandown (soft) in January; has solid credentials and should go well.

7/1

4th

2

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Wishing And Hoping

11st 9lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

13yo front-runner who beat a big field in the veterans final at Sandown (3m, soft; 6lb higher today) in January; outsider of four in Listed race at Kelso four weeks ago but the scale of his defeat is rather disconcerting; won in 2015 over hurdles on his only race here.

13/2

4th

5

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:35 Kelso

Wishing And Hoping

11st 2lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

13yo front-runner who beat a big handicap field to win the veterans' final at Sandown (3m, soft) in January; has also won on good/good to soft; vulnerable if today's opponents are at the top of their games but he can make another bold bid.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £78.00
Straight Forecast £82.20
Trifecta £162.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Le Milos

D Express:

The Shunter

POSTDATA:

Wishing And Hoping

WEST COUNTRY:

Zanza

RP Ratings:

Le Milos

TOPSPEED:

Le Milos

The Times:

Le Milos

Telegraph:

Le Milos

The Guardian:

Le Milos

Daily Mail:

Le Milos

Daily Mirror:

Le Milos

Daily Record:

Le Milos

The Sun:

The Shunter

The Star:

Wishing And Hoping