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WellChild National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £60387.5
  • 3m 5f 201y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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WellChild National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Evs (Won)

  • Win: £1.91
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 33-213

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Second-season novice; not that far off the best last term, staying on for third in 3m Grade 1 in the mud at this meeting before confirming his stamina when also taking third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National; won 3m Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown in December and 2m5f was against him on latest start; has the best form and presents a very strong case.

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2nd

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 11lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead, led clearly after 1st, headed and raced in second just after 8th, outpaced 4 out, no chance with winner when mistake 2 out, kept on run-in

11/8

3rd

13

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has never finished out of the first three in his nine races over fences, including when third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National (yielding) last term and arriving on the scene in the nick of time to send the favourite backers home happy in last month's 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft); this even greater stamina test has to make appeal.

12/1

1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second-season novice; not that far off the best last term, staying on for third in 3m Grade 1 in the mud at this meeting before confirming his stamina when also taking third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National; won 3m Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown in December and 2m5f was against him on latest start; has the best form and presents a very strong case.

Evs

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7/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 85-114 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Creditable eighth in 2m4f handicap hurdle at 2022 Festival; far and away his best form when miles clear in novice chase here (3m, good) in October but his only two rivals, including Mahler Mission, ran way below their best; reported by trainer to have badly needed the run in January next time but that also leaves the question mark over him on soft ground; peak form makes him chief threat to the favourite and trainer has fine record in this.

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24

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Chemical Energy

10st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Second in the 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft; unproven on heavy) last March; however, he pulled up after bad blunders in the Irish National next time and was again none too fluent when below-form sixth of 17 in the Kerry National in September on his only start this season; it's not been a copybook build-up.

40/1

6th

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Chemical Energy

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Is 2-6 over fences, wins achieved in a 2m1f beginners' event here 12 months ago and in a poorly contested Cheltenham event; chance in a race of this nature is signposted by his second placing in the 3m6f National Hunt Chase; effectively lost his chance in the Irish Grand National with a bad mistake five out.

10/1

9/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 220-22 BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

0-7 over fences but runner-up in five, including in the amateurs handicap at this meeting last year (3m2f, soft; acts on heavy) and in 3m handicaps on both starts this season; latest was career-best form when leading amateur Derek O'Connor had his first experience of him; it puts him firmly into each-way calculations, with this sort of trip worth a go, but he also hung last time and to have so many seconds has been frustrating.

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3rd

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Mister Coffey

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Still a maiden over fences (0-12) after a series of notable efforts, including when second of 11 at Doncaster (3m, good to soft; handles soft) in December; not at his best when sixth in the Great Yorkshire Chase there two weeks ago; type to bounce back quickly and unlikely to be far away.

4/1

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Mister Coffey

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Somehow remains a maiden over fences (0-11) after any number of notable efforts, including here last time when beating all bar Forward Plan; usually jumps well, so omitting ten of the 18 fences wasn't in his favour; deserves a break and the cheekpieces have to be worth a go.

12/1

Form: 31-322 BF

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

3m win in the mud only hurdles run; placed against notable rivals this term in three beginners chases and stayed on well over 3m on last two occasions but 10l adrift of today's rival Mahler Mission latest (soft to heavy); very lightly raced, the best still to come from him, but he needs a jolt of improvement.

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13

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Tenzing

10st 7lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

Has only won a 3m maiden hurdle in the mud; beaten four times over fences and, while the opposition has been respectable each time, he never posed much of a threat when raised in distance to the 3m6f of the National Hunt Chase; only a 6yo and this might be a year too early for him.

14/1

4th

9

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Tenzing

11st 7lb

J: Mr N McParlan

T: W P Mullins

3m win in the mud only hurdles run; placed against notable rivals this term in three beginners chases and stayed on well over 3m on last two occasions but 10l adrift of today's rival Mahler Mission latest (soft to heavy); very lightly raced, the best still to come from him, but he needs a jolt of improvement.

16/1

2nd

8

21st Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:52 Navan

Tenzing

11st 12lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

prominent and disputing second early, lost position but in touch with leaders after 4th, pressed leaders before 10th, went third from 4 out, soon pushed along, ridden when went second but no chance with winner 2 out, kept on

3/1

Form: 5-1111

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Big improvement switched to chasing, with one win at Lingfield and three at Fontwell; 19l and 17l were the last two winning margins, the latest over 3m4f (good to soft) and he goes well in the mud; that handicap form leaves him with a lot to find but he's certainly been impressing at that much lower level.

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5th

12

29th Apr 2023

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

14:15 Sandown

Coolvalla

10st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Out of his depth in Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham Festival; 5-5 over rules fences otherwise, most recently beating Revels Hill by 1l at Exeter (3m6f, good to soft; pair well clear); highly progressive in handicaps, no ground worries, stays well and may not have reached his ceiling yet; shortlisted.

14/1

1st

3

26th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

14:52 Exeter

Coolvalla

11st 9lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Bit off more than he could chew in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but had been going great guns with four successive wins from 2m7f to 3m3f (three at Fontwell); this is nothing like so demanding as at the Festival but it's still a step up from the grade in which he was winning; respected nonetheless.

8/1

2

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Coolvalla

11st 7lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: Chris Gordon

Big improvement switched to chasing, with one win at Lingfield and three at Fontwell; 19l and 17l were the last two winning margins, the latest over 3m4f (good to soft) and he goes well in the mud; that handicap form leaves him with a lot to find but he's certainly been impressing at that much lower level.

20/1

Form: 652420

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Second favourite, faded badly in 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle here two years ago; runner-up in two handicap chases this winter, including in battling fashion over 3m5f at Fairyhouse (soft; acts on heavy); ran badly in major handicap latest, though, and now tongue tied first time; yet to fulfil early promise (lots to find on chase form) and a first chase win at today's tenth attempt looks unlikely.

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3rd

11

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Fakiera

10st 0lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Eoin Griffin

Placed for Gordon Elliott in staying handicaps at Fairyhouse and Punchestown; three runs this term for current yard none too encouraging, pulled up after never counting in Grand National Trial at Punchestown on latest; 3lb wrong here and hard to fancy.

25/1

11

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Fakiera

10st 7lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Eoin Griffin

Placed for Gordon Elliott in staying handicap at Fairyhouse and this venue last season; seasonal debut for his new trainer was well below best; uncompetitive in a beginners' event here last time, now 0-13 over fences

25/1

Form: 1-2312 BF

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Can front-run; 23l seventh when 66-1 in 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle here 12 months ago but better than that with wins either side last term; chase career got off to a very unpromising start behind Chemical Energy over these fences; left that way behind over 3m at Navan on last two outings, though, effective in the mud and has potential for major stamina tests such as this, so he's a big each-way player if Cheltenham record can be forgiven.

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10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mahler Mission

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Usually front-runs or races prominently; best known for last year's NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft; has won well on soft to heavy) where he was 4l ahead when falling two out; that left a lingering stamina question but he resumed improvement to be second in the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November when last seen; raised 7lb but he's a second-season chaser who may well improve again and makes serious appeal.

14/1

2nd

9

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Mahler Mission

10st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

travelled strongly, prominent

7/1

2nd

4

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Carlisle

Mahler Mission

11st 4lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden and edged left after 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in

11/4

Form: 12/136

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo, tongue tied this term; lengthy absence and wind surgery before winning at Newcastle (2m7f) on handicap/chase debut; creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft) next time, before soundly beaten over 2m4f here; has stamina in the family but his form is badly lacking in this context.

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6

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Malinello

11st 7lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 8yo, tongue tied this term; lengthy absence and wind surgery before winning at Newcastle (2m7f) on handicap/chase debut; creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft) next time, before soundly beaten over 2m4f here; has stamina in the family but his form is badly lacking in this context.

100/1

6th

7

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:10 Cheltenham

Malinello

11st 3lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 8yo; has returned from a lengthy absence in good form, winning at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft; handicap/chase debut) then creditable third at Newbury (2m6f, soft); hurdles win (in 2020) came over 2m4f; should still have further improvement in him; shortlisted.

8/1

3rd

5

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Malinello

11st 3lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won well on soft as a hurdler; absent 686 days (had wind surgery in September) and tongue tied when he won a five-runner novice handicap at Newcastle (2m7f, good to soft) five weeks ago on chase debut in gritty style, always up with the pace; raised 5lb but very lightly raced and more to offer.

8/1

Form: -P2132 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Won a 3m maiden hurdle on soft and made steady late gains when second in 2m6f Grade 1 novice last February; yet to build on that promise but he did win in first-time cheekpieces (kept since) on second chase start and plugged on when creditable second over the extended 2m7f at Fairyhouse on latest; form needs to hit a new level but he shapes like a thorough stayer.

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21

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Minella Crooner

10st 10lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Has shown his form over 2m7f on heavy ground this term but took a backward step behind I Am Maximus at Fairyhouse in February and pulled up at Cheltenham (33-1) last month; also pulled up in his two attempts at about 3m6f, so he's not high on the list.

66/1

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Minella Crooner

11st 7lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Useful chase form as a novice but he was out of sorts in the National Hunt Chase here last year; back on track when winning a Listed race on return and he bettered that when a good third in a Grade 3 at Tramore (also 2m7f, heavy) on New Year's Day; not the same force either side of that but still has possibilities.

25/1

3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Minella Crooner

11st 3lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led narrowly, joined 13th, weakened from 2 out

5/2

Form: 142-43

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Her greatest test of stamina was a hurdles win (3m2f, soft) and she also won the 2m2f Chester Plate on Flat; none of her form gives her a say in this, however, and soundly beaten this season in her two starts over fences.

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11th

11

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12th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:55 Chester

Bellatrixsa

9st 8lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Venetia Williams

Has a slight doubt over her current form, based on her results over jumps this year; however, won this contest (off 4lb lower; good ground) in 2022 when last seen on the Flat and remains unexposed in this sphere; acts on soft; has to be feared back here.

8/1

6th

2

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Bellatrixsa

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

prominent, led narrowly or disputed lead 1st, led overall before 7th

6/1

10

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Bellatrixsa

11st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Her greatest test of stamina was a hurdles win (3m2f, soft) and she also won the 2m2f Chester Plate on Flat; none of her form gives her a say in this, however, and soundly beaten this season in her two starts over fences.

100/1

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Payout
Exacta £85.00
Straight Forecast £88.50
Tricast £486.50
Trifecta £389.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

LAMBOURN:

Mister Coffey

TOPSPEED:

Mahler Mission

WEST COUNTRY:

Malinello

RP Ratings:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

POSTDATA:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

The Times:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

Telegraph:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

The Guardian:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

Daily Mail:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

D Express:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

Daily Mirror:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

Daily Record:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

The Star:

Mister Coffey