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Ultima Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £70337.5
  • 3m 1f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 23 runners
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Ultima Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.10
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 4U1-54 CD

Last run: 108 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Has an unconventional streak but chase record at upwards of 3m can hardly be faulted and he came from way back when leading near the line in this race last year (good to soft); has had just one run over a similar trip since, when fourth in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November (3m2f, good) where a slow jump three out stopped his momentum; this stiffer finish will suit better and he's a strong contender off 6lb higher than last year.

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4

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last, detached when pecked on landing and pushed along briefly 12th, reminders after 5 out

9/1

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Corach Rambler

11st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Sole run on heavy was a win on rules debut; tasted success at two Cheltenham Festivals, coming from well off the pace, before the even sweeter prize of this race last year when he was never far away and had zero alarms before some idling in front after grabbing total control at the final fence (much earlier than usual); last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup (soft) seemed to show the ceiling of his ability, when it looked exceedingly hard work for him from the final fence, but that was while finishing an excellent third with career-best form; 13lb higher than last year but still well in and should go well if the Gold Cup did not make him dig too deep.

7/1

3rd

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Has an unconventional streak but his spring form in the last two seasons cannot be faulted, having won the Ultima in 2022 and 2023 (3m1f; good to soft and soft) and the Grand National (4m2f) in some style last April, despite taking up the running further from home than usual; the limit of his ability has yet to be established and it would be no surprise to see him loom up late on.

12/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 02-255

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Chase winner in France; valiant runner-up in 2022 Coral Cup (2m5f, soft; first-time tongue-tie) and similar strong form at Punchestown after; highly tried in two Grade 1s back over fences (minus tongue-tie) but he showed plenty of aptitude behind Galopin Des Champs at Punchestown (2m4f, soft) before running over an inadequate 2m1f last month; every chance of staying this far and he has potential with tongue-tie refitted.

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1st

5

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Fastorslow

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

prominent, went second before 4th

3/1

3

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Fastorslow

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Has proved a natural jumper of fences and he put up a mammoth display when narrowly failing to give 4lb to Corach Rambler in the Ultima last March; gave Galopin Des Champs and Bravemansgame a nasty shock in a 3m Punchestown Grade 1 (yielding) next time and had the former nearly 2l away in third when winning there in November; had to play second fiddle to a reinvigorated Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown next time but has had wind surgery since and this reliable stayer has a sporting chance of revenge over the longest trip he's tackled.

4/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 70y

15:35 Leopardstown

Fastorslow

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

raced in second, not fluent 13th, pushed along and pressed leader approaching last, no extra inside final 110yds

11/4

9/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 1-4111

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Has kept a lower profile than some but is a good jumper and a promising stayer who has won the latest three of four chase starts (on soft/good to soft) and had a 2m7f Chepstow handicap sewn up from some way out last month; up 8lb now he hits the big time but looks capable of better yet for yard that has won this three times.

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5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Monbeg Genius

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Looked destined for big things when first going chasing and the handicap form of his close third in this race (soft; equally effective on good to soft) last year could hardly be bettered; ran up to his best when third in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December but things haven't gone to plan since and he came home a tired horse at Kelso ten days ago; doubts have crept in but cheekpieces are added and the yard has won this race three times.

12/1

5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Monbeg Genius

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders on inner, nudged along 11th, going okay 13th

7/4

3rd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Monbeg Genius

10st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear, jumped right and hampered rival 1st

13/2

16/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: -41231

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 3 novice hurdle over 2m4f before finishing down the field in the Martin Pipe here last March; improved chaser this term, arriving late on the scene to win on handicap debut at Leopardstown last month (2m5f, yielding); now tackles his longest trip to date but has at least proved himself in a big-field chase; should have more to give.

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8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

The Goffer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a big handicap chase at Leopardstown last season and campaigned with credit in similar contests this season; looked like playing a hand in the Grand National before failing to stay; could be a player here.

7/1

13th

27

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

The Goffer

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

Best form when fourth in major handicaps at Cheltenham (3m1f) and Sandown (3m4f) last spring, albeit not seeing those races out nearly as well as those ahead; underperforming this term, capitulating badly from the home turn when 34l fifth back at Cheltenham (heavy) latest, so he probably does not have what it takes in this.

66/1

5th

6

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

The Goffer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Cracking fourth in this race last year (soft) when giving best only after the last; may have had some breathing issues as he's been tongue tied since September, when making steady late headway in the Kerry National (3m, yielding to soft); he was rested after a lesser effort at Limerick next time but won a race for stable staff on his return last month and is primed for a big run off 2lb lower than 12 months ago.

6/1

Form: P-50P1

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the 3m Albert Bartlett in 2021 and another rock-solid Festival run when third to Corach Rambler in this race last year (good to soft; when 1lb lower) especially as he bled from the nose; hard to catch on a good day since but was his best self when winning a three-runner Grade 2 novice at Ascot in February and ought to be set fair to go well.

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2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Oscar Elite

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

Has plenty of chasing experience for a novice and chose a good day to open his account in this discipline when beating two rivals in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown at Ascot (3m, good to soft); it was not his first notable effort at the Festival when fifth in a very warm opening-day staying handicap (soft) won by Corach Rambler; solid credentials back in novice company.

9/2

5th

17

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Oscar Elite

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up in the 3m Albert Bartlett in 2021 and another rock-solid Festival run when third to Corach Rambler in this race last year (good to soft; when 1lb lower) especially as he bled from the nose; hard to catch on a good day since but was his best self when winning a three-runner Grade 2 novice at Ascot in February and ought to be set fair to go well.

11/1

1st

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Oscar Elite

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner in his younger days but he's 0-8 over rules fences and has a question mark over current form; useful on his day (finished third in last season's Ultima) but needs to stage a revival.

8/1

Form: 44-234

Last run: 109 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

In the frame at the last two Festivals, finishing third in 2m5f Coral Cup and an 11l fourth in this race (good to soft), held when making a mistake two out; has bettered that form in two 3m handicaps this winter but it's hard to look on him as well handicapped and he was out of sorts, albeit in a very tough hurdle race, when last seen in November.

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5th

19

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Tea Clipper

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Tom Lacey

Given the level of form he was showing in good handicaps earlier this season he's been bitterly disappointing in two hunter chases, coming up short at odds of 4-9 and 2-11 (latterly behind Captain Tommy); has been wearing these aids separately and now they're combined, but he remains unconvincing.

20/1

3rd

4

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

16:20 Ludlow

Tea Clipper

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Tom Lacey

Ran well in three strong handicap chases before suffering a surprise odds-on defeat on his hunter chase debut at Warwick, where he appeared to have it in the bag before either idling or tiring late on (3m, soft); that was very much a missed opportunity but he's still the one to beat here; first-time tongue-tie replaces cheekpieces.

2/7

2nd

9

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 0f 0y

Class 6

16:15 Warwick

Tea Clipper

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Tom Lacey

Stuck on a losing run but he's returned in good form after a break with placed efforts in 3m handicaps at good tracks, two of them Class 2 affairs; this looks a gilt-edged opening in his first hunter chase.

4/6

Form: 12-127

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Three chase wins at about 2m4f (soft/good to soft/good) but he didn't find anything when seventh in January on his first start here and goes into the unknown over a much longer trip for the first time.

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1st

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

jumped slightly right throughout, led, raced in second when headed 2nd, ridden after 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led narrowly last

7/2

3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Karl Philippe

11st 12lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly 13th, headed approaching last, kept on well run-in

12/1

9th

1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Reportedly bled when a disappointing favourite in Wetherby's Rowland Meyrick Chase on Boxing Day and has since had wind surgery (tongue-tie also now added); best known for his chasing exploits these days and now having first run over hurdles (1-5) in nearly three years; nothing wrong with his mark but others are perhaps safer propositions.

10/1

Form: 16-3U6 CD

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Handles most ground; well-held sixth in 3m Albert Bartlett here in 2021; progressive in 3m chases last winter until unable to raise his game for the big novice at this meeting; unseated early on return to fences in November, then worn down by heavy ground when upped to 3m5f at Warwick in January; a possible improver for the fitting of a tongue-tie.

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13th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Ran well when fourth in last year's Scottish National (4m, good) and he's been better than ever this year in good handicaps, finishing second twice in a row (3m1f/3m2f, good to soft/soft) before winning at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; carries top weight but holds solid claims.

8/1

1st

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, not fluent 1st

4/1

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Threeunderthrufive

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Tough campaigner with an excellent strike-rate; showed himself better than ever when 3l second of 11 in the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) on his reappearance five weeks ago, pulling clear with a progressive rival; a 3lb rise looks fully justified; commands major respect.

5/1

Form: 121/30 C

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Uncomplicated stayer who ran a blinder in this race two years ago (soft; off 5lb lower) before gaining compensation at Aintree; jarred up after and missed last winter but has lost nothing in the meantime, as shown by a close third on return, just behind Into Overdrive, at Newcastle in November (2m7f, good to soft); the return to 2m4f was no help since; solid contender back up in trip although first-time cheekpieces are an unknown.

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9th

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Happygolucky

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Uncomplicated stayer who ran a blinder in this race two years ago (soft; off 5lb lower) before gaining compensation at Aintree; jarred up after and missed last winter but has lost nothing in the meantime, as shown by a close third on return, just behind Into Overdrive, at Newcastle in November (2m7f, good to soft); the return to 2m4f was no help since; solid contender back up in trip although first-time cheekpieces are an unknown.

14/1

10th

2

1st Jan 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:55 Cheltenham

Happygolucky

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Showed useful form when upped to 3m1f in the 2020-21 campaign, including a good second in the Ultima here, then missed last season; good third in the Rehearsal at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) on return to action; progressive but perhaps isn't crying out for this drop back to 2m4f.

10/1

3rd

3

26th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 1

15:25 Newcastle

Happygolucky

11st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Enjoyed an excellent novice chase campaign in 2020-21, finishing second in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f, soft) then going one better in another handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); absent since; very much a contender if he retains his promise but that's the big question.

6/1

8/1

Form: 21-563

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Has raced over shorter in eight chases (three wins at 2m3f/2m4f) but showed reserves of stamina when doing best work late here in January (about 2m4f, soft; first-time cheekpieces, retained); a step up in trip is in order but this is a big one on the likely soft ground, so some uncertainty remains.

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18th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Nassalam

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Revelation with two wins in refitted blinkers on heavy ground at Chepstow this winter, notably in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f); has a 16lb higher mark today and never seriously figured when he had a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup (33-1) but deep ground would boost his chance.

28/1

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Nassalam

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

The step up to about 3m1f last spring wasn't a success in the Ultima or at Aintree but he has been a different horse in refitted blinkers this winter, winning the Trial at Chepstow before following up in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f, again on heavy) in December; deep ground would make things interesting but he would have more to prove otherwise.

25/1

1st

5

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Nassalam

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

It took him three attempts to prove his effectiveness over about 3m but when he did it was in tremendous fashion under Caoilin Quinn at this track (heavy) 18 days ago in the National Trial, going on five out; his stamina will get much more of an examination today but he's well handicapped under a 4lb penalty after that major career best.

6/1

Form: 34-734

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Yet to win beyond 2m4f but he looks a stayer now and after working hard from a long way out he took a late third behind Into Overdrive at Wetherby in December (3m, good to soft; suited by soft); first-time cheekpieces no help next time (left off now) and he is up against it off top weight.

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11th

1

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Yet to win beyond 2m4f but he looks a stayer now and after working hard from a long way out he took a late third behind Into Overdrive at Wetherby in December (3m, good to soft; suited by soft); first-time cheekpieces no help next time (left off now) and he is up against it off top weight.

25/1

4th

4

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:25 Newbury

Fanion DEstruval

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Classy chaser who has run several of his best races at Newbury; shaped encouragingly when seventh of 15 in the Coral Gold Cup over 3m2f here in November, and he was back to near his best when third in a competitive Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day; should be at concert pitch now and makes plenty of appeal in first-time headgear.

7/2

3rd

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Fanion DEstruval

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Unproven at 3m and soundly beaten in midfield when upped to 3m2f in last month's Coral Gold Cup; however, he may have needed that reappearance run and his staying-on third in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, soft) in February provides hope regarding today's trip and him defying his lofty mark.

10/1

Form: P-60P3

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Two chase wins at 2m7f (good to soft and heavy) but his stamina wasn't equal to the task when seventh in this race last year; much lower in the weights now but that's as a result of some ordinary efforts and the new aids have a big job to do.

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3rd

4

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

13:25 Haydock

Fantastikas

11st 0lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Well handicapped on peak form and ran his best race for a while when second of seven over 3m1f at Ludlow (soft) 24 days ago; has won on heavy and James Turner takes 7lb off, so there are reasons to be positive; also declared for 2.25 Newbury but this is his first preference.

4/1

4

6th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Fantastikas

11st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Often highly tried since showing smart form as a novice in the 2021-22 season; a further two-month break since seemingly needing the run at Newton Abbot is a concern but he's very well handicapped even without taking into account James Turner's claim.

4/1

Form: 7P-74P D

Last run: 74 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Acts here and suited by soft; enters the argument on 3m form last winter, having dropped back down the weights, but he hasn't been in his old form of late and was pulled up some way out at Haydock after Christmas.

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13th

19

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Good Boy Bobby

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

40/1

5th

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two veterans' chase wins at about 3m (good to soft; has won on soft) in the autumn; he hasn't looked ahead of his mark in refitted cheekpieces since but his proven stamina will be an asset in the conditions now having his first run over 2m3f since winning in late 2021.

15/2

3rd

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Began this season with hard-fought wins at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Sandown (3m, good to soft) in the autumn, and didn't run badly when seventh in last month's Veterans' Final (first-time cheekpieces); one to consider.

7/1

Form: 9-121P D

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Had a golden spell this winter following another wind surgery, finishing a close second in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good) before winning at Kempton (3m, soft); disappointed badly off lower hurdle mark at Sandown since but had been pulled up in his only other run there and perhaps has just taken against the place; cheekpieces return but they didn't seem to make much difference in sole fitting three years ago.

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3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Remastered

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Pipe

Collected good prize off this mark at Kempton (3m, soft) last winter but never got involved in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December and has now been pulled up on three of his last four appearances; needs to turn a corner.

10/1

0

10

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Remastered

10st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Every chance when falling four out in this race in 2021 and he was a close second in it last year; worth a second look given his record in the race but this 10yo was pulled up on his final two runs last term and there was no return to form over hurdles at Aintree last month (won same race 12 months earlier).

16/1

Form: 23P-22 CD

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Promised much in early days over hurdles, then fences; career hasn't panned out quite as expected since finishing third in the 3m novice chase here in 2021 but he put shin problems behind him to run two good races this winter, most recently a close second in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft); might find some of these have the legs of him back down in trip off career-high mark.

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6th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

The Big Breakaway

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last term with two excellent seconds, big career best in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft), but has not clicked in his six starts since; didn't go a yard in this season's Welsh National and return to hurdling four weeks ago failed to relight the spark.

25/1

6th

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

The Big Breakaway

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, with a big career best in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft), but has not clicked in his five starts since, not going a yard back in the Welsh National 17 days ago; hurdles record is contrastingly unsullied, admittedly after just four runs and latest was February 2022 when third off 7lb higher than today; perhaps a return to this sphere will relight the spark.

14/1

0

3

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Big Breakaway

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, notably with a big career best in this race (soft) but he has not clicked in any of his four starts since; 1lb lower than 12 months ago but hard to trust.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11-121 D

Last run: 78 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Patiently campaigned to win five of his last six chases, the defeat coming against high-class L'Homme Presse at Newcastle in November (2m7f, good to soft); had a big Wetherby handicap in the bag from a fair way out on Boxing Day and, despite being raised 5lb, he can continue to go the right way if soft ground doesn't count against him (best efforts on good to soft).

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6th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Into Overdrive

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Won the Rowland Meyrick Chase here in December 2022 and is 5lb lower now back hurdling; showed promise in this sphere earlier in career but pulled up over fences on both runs last year; has to get back on track.

12/1

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Into Overdrive

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Form dipped sharply at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen but progressive otherwise and should bounce back; successful in this race 12 months ago, taking Wetherby record to 2-4, and is only 3lb higher now; 5-9 over rules fences; all wins on good to soft ground; respected back here.

3/1

Form: /1P9-3 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in the 3m2f Kim Muir here in 2021 but his good days are not glaringly easy to predict and his win in the big 3m2f Newbury handicap later that year (good to soft) was another twist in his career; went back into his shell again afterwards and although he ran well for a long way over 3m4f at Haydock last month he needs to have his game face on today.

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6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cloudy Glen

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Second in this race in 2021 and won the big staying handicap (now the Coral Gold Cup) at Newbury that November; 0-8 since and now 11, but he's been showing spark this season (including here) and is not ruled out each-way.

20/1

3rd

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Cloudy Glen

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

pressed leader, briefly led after 1st, led again 10th, headed just before 2 out

11/4

5th

17

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Cloudy Glen

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has run just six times since winning this two years ago (good to soft); reappeared with good second at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) a fortnight ago but was no match for the winner and has a good record when fresh, so may not improve for the run; this 10yo could be vulnerable against younger legs.

20/1

Form: 2P-353 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

The handicapper has given him a chance and he showed he can still operate at this level when a close third to The Goffer at Leopardstown in February (2m5f, yielding); the return to further can suit but he will do well to end a losing chase run going back more than three years.

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5th

7

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Top Ville Ben

10st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Last season was a struggle and his second at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day came in a four-runner race; mark continues to slide but he looks vulnerable to rivals in better form.

20/1

5th

6

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to drop down the weights and he was a fair second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; however, this 12yo has a patchy profile nowadays and was pulled up over this C&D (heavy) last time out.

9/1

Form: 366UF2

Last run: 65 days

W: 10st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Useful chase form at up to 2m7f in France, including in Graded company, and acts well on testing surfaces; hard to weigh up now making British debut in such a strong handicap but these colours have been carried with distinction in recent runnings of this, winning twice and runner-up last year.

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2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Iceo Madrik

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Three chase wins and some useful form in France but it's been a slow process acclimatising in Britain, pulled up over fences in all three starts; continues to drop in the weights but something needs to change.

33/1

0

4

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Iceo Madrik

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

A foggy case can be made on some of his French form (stayed 2m7f in the mud) but he was pulled up over fences at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f) and Newton Abbot (2m5f) in the spring for new connections; had wind surgery in July but again ran moderately on his return to hurdles a month ago; hardly the percentage call.

25/1

Form: 5-1328 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Made successful return from a layoff and wind surgery at Ludlow in November (3m1f, good to soft) but three defeats since, including a heavy one at Ascot recently, mean he's won just one of eight starts for this yard; high in the weights for such a competitive race.

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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: 21-215

Last run: 72 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Chasing type who won twice over hurdles and has taken well to fences, winning a Bangor handicap on second attempt (2m4f, heavy); travelled well for a long way but ultimately found little in a Grade 2 here on New Year's Day and doubts linger about the new trip and first-time aids.

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12th

9

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Harpers Brook

10st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Has thrown a couple of races away by pulling himself up in front and his resolution wasn't tested when effectively gifted the race by the late fall of a rival when dropped back to around 2m at Sandown last month; what he'll find up the hill here remains to be seen but what isn't in doubt is that he has the ability to be in contention at the business end; a first-time visor replaces cheekpieces.

8/1

1st

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

14:00 Sandown

Harpers Brook

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

raced in second, challenging when hampered by loose horse 3 out, led before 2 out, not fluent and pecked on landing 2 out, joined when left clear last

7/2

2nd

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Harpers Brook

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Hurdle/chase wins at 2m4f on soft, good and heavy; talented but found himself in front too soon at Sandown in April and all but ground to a halt on the run-in; well back on return to action in a warm Cheltenham handicap but this less demanding company and finish can suit; not ruled out.

11/2

Form: -20864

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Creditable runner-up over C&D in October (good) but hasn't been in the same form since and his sole chase win was back in late 2020; unlikely to improve markedly on a remote tenth in this race two years ago.

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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: 43932U

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Operates well in big-field handicaps, winning a valuable one at Leopardstown in February 2020 (2m5f) and back to form in the same race when dividing The Goffer and Top Ville Ben (yielding); unseated since; seems likely to be caught out by a truly run race at this trip.

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6th

3

19th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 100y

19:43 Kilbeggan

Glamorgan Duke

10st 11lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Useful sort won a valuable Leopardstown handicap in 2020 and was runner-up in the same race last season; is back down to the same mark as latter run so has to be respected.

9/1

5th

4

31st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 170y

18:10 Wexford

Glamorgan Duke

10st 7lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

prominent, led after 1st, headed before 5th, not fluent and lost second 3 out, ridden and weakened from 2 out

5/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fastorslow

THE NORTH:

Into Overdrive

Telegraph:

Corach Rambler

Daily Mail:

Oscar Elite

RP Ratings:

Fantastikas

TOPSPEED:

The Big Breakaway

The Guardian:

Happygolucky

POSTDATA:

The Wolf

The Star:

Cloudy Glen

The Sun:

Remastered

Daily Record:

Into Overdrive

Daily Mirror:

Corach Rambler

The Times:

Fastorslow

D Express:

Fastorslow