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Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country Chase) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39022.5
  • 3m 6f 37y
  • Class 2
  • 16 runners
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Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country Chase) (GBB Race)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/10 (Won)

  • Win: £2.10
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 13-136 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Five-time Grade 1 winner who won this race last year (heavy) on his cross-country debut; also on the scoresheet at Punchestown in November and creditable third off top weight in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; didn't run badly in 2m5f Grade 2 hurdle at Navan latest and has leading claims.

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2nd

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Delta Work

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won the 3m6f cross-country at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 (heavy) and 2023 (soft); the 2022 Grand National was not his best round of jumping but he challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; unseated mid-race in it last year; below form this term but Cheltenham last month should have been much more instructive and his race was abandoned; blinkers now replace cheekpieces; only 3lb lower than in this two years ago but he can't be dismissed.

16/1

6th

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Delta Work

11st 3lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on

12/1

OUR TIP

9/4

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4-6146 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Won the NH Chase at the Festival in 2021 (3m6f, good to soft) and the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown (3m, yielding) last term; also effective on soft going; reappeared with Grade 3 win at Punchestown in October and, although he's been below par the last twice, this class act is entitled to considerable respect on his cross-country debut; trainer, who also saddles last year's winner Delta Work and whose Cullentra House yard has won five of the last six runnings, has stated he "schooled brilliantly over the banks".

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4th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galvin

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

NH Chase winner at Cheltenham in 2021 and second to Delta Work in the cross-country there (soft) in March 2023, both over 3m6f; unseated at the first in the Grand National last April; this season's form is not good enough and although these spring races will have been bigger targets, he hasn't actually won a race on worse than good to soft since 2019.

33/1

4th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Galvin

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went fourth approaching last, kept on well, not reach leaders

20/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 345545

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice chase winner at Leopardstown in December 2020 and creditable fourth in the 3m Grade 1 Savills Chase there in December this season; this classy sort is Willie Mullins' sole contender and could have a part to play if he takes to this unique course at the first attempt.

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3rd

9

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Franco De Port

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Grade 1 novice chase winner at Leopardstown in December 2020 and creditable fourth in the 3m Grade 1 Savills Chase there in December this season; this classy sort is Willie Mullins' sole contender and could have a part to play if he takes to this unique course at the first attempt.

7/1

5th

2

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 44y

15:05 Leopardstown

Franco De Port

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump with fluency, always towards rear, not fluent and slightly hampered 2 out, kept on approaching last, never dangerous

40/1

4th

3

28th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Franco De Port

11st 10lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

raced freely, towards rear, headway and in touch with leaders 8th

16/1

Form: P574P1

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Useful novice chaser in the 2020-21 season and he made all at Kempton last month on his first run since wind surgery; however, that latest performance leaves him with plenty to find.

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13

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Syd Hosie

Looked as though he might develop into a smart handicapper a few seasons back only for injury to intervene; won a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good; has won on heavy) 14 months ago but holding his form has been a challenge and he was well beaten by Espoir De Guye last time.

25/1

3rd

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 6lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Front-runner who has an in-and-out profile but he won a handicap chase at Kempton (2m4f, good) last February and ran well when runner-up in a hunter chase at Taunton (2m7f, soft) last Tuesday; can make another bold bid if this doesn't come too soon.

4/1

2nd

3

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 6lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Had some problems since looking so promising earlier in career; won a 2m4f Kempton handicap last season before finishing a remote fourth in the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival; however, he ran a laboured race on hunter chase debut after 286 days away and that leaves him with questions to answer.

15/2

Form: 5948-4

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Fourth in C&D handicap in December 2021 and was returning from an absence when fourth behind three of these in C&D handicap in January; may run well once more but he needs something extra to finish in the first three today.

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16

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

14/1

9

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

4m 2f 0y

16:50 Punchestown

Mortal

11st 7lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

Last success was in August 2020 when trained Joseph O'Brien; has been running quite well in cross-country contests at Cheltenham this season; remote fifth to stablemate Delta Work at the Festival; needs to bounce back after failure in Ulster National in which Space Cadet finished third.

11/2

6

2nd Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 4f 120y

16:00 Downpatrick

Mortal

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

never better than mid-division, detached in rear 5 out, pulled up 3 out

10/1

Form: -P8762

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Faded into sixth in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January but ran well for a long way and built on that when runner-up in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in Haydock's 3m4f Grand National Trial last month; open to improvement on her second run over these obstacles and this 2021 Becher Chase winner (soft) is very much an each-way player with her 7lb mares' allowance.

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6th

16

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Snow Leopardess

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

Faded into sixth in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January but ran well for a long way and built on that when runner-up in first-time cheekpieces (retained) in Haydock's 3m4f Grand National Trial last month; open to improvement on her second run over these obstacles and this 2021 Becher Chase winner (soft) is very much an each-way player with her 7lb mares' allowance.

16/1

2nd

7

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

14:40 Haydock

Snow Leopardess

10st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Completed a hat-trick last season (3m/3m2f, soft; including the Becher Chase) and she's well handicapped on that form; hasn't run badly on her last few starts but needs something extra in the first-time cheekpieces if she's to win this, and her best form has come on soft ground.

12/1

6th

5

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Snow Leopardess

10st 8lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Charlie Longsdon

Last season went so well that she was sent off one of the favourites for the Grand National only to run no race; below par so far this campaign and comes here with a bit to prove on her cross-country debut.

11/1

Form: 5-1D33P C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Won a good 4m hunter chase here last April but this 11yo hasn't been at his best on either run since summer break; would be a shock winner.

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7

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Coup De Pinceau

11st 12lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: G Hiscock

Better round of jumping than Law Of Gold when just denying him in this under George Hiscock in 2022 (good); current wellbeing underlined by a win (3m4f) and second in two soft-ground Cothelstone opens of late.

14/1

3rd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 3

20:20 Stratford

Coup De Pinceau

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Syd Hosie

Thorough stayer who won a 4m hunter chase at Cheltenham last year; has found life tougher in handicaps but ran well last time and a positive ride is probable given his assured stamina.

7/2

1

1st Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

20:15 Market Rasen

Coup De Pinceau

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Syd Hosie

Form: 4-4PU6

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice chase winner in 2018 but this 11yo isn't the same force nowadays; safely held when sixth on Punchestown's banks course latest.

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6

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Hardline

12st 0lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield early, in rear when hampered by faller 6th, mistake and unseated 7th

40/1

7th

11

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Hardline

12st 0lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

His Grade 1-winning form is a fading memory and current limitations were ruthlessly exposed by Bennys King last time at Leicester; difficult to envisage him having any notable impact; cheekpieces did nothing for him when last tried on three occasions in 2022.

66/1

Form: P-9231 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Two-time C&D handicap winner (good/good to soft), the latest in January; he was receiving plenty of weight from the near-5l third Delta Work last time and they run off levels today, while there's a doubt about him on the forecast soft going (pulled up in this last year on heavy); however, this prominent-racer is an each-way contender if handling the ground.

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8

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Back On The Lash

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Best known for his Cheltenham cross-country exploits nowadays and he was pulled up/tailed off on his last two runs last autumn; however, he returns from a break on a handy mark and in first-time cheekpieces and a tongue-tie; best form is on good/good to soft; no surprise to see a good run.

16/1

Form: P-65P2

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

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2

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

12st 4lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Smart handicapper in these colours when at his best and continues to pay his way, last time justifying favouritism in a hunter chase at Stratford (2m6f, good to soft); has form at this track and fully entitled to go well.

9/2

1st

1

21st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

Deise Aba

11st 10lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Francesca Poste

Very useful handicap chaser in his prime and a three-time point winner for current stable since December, most recently when beating What A Glance in mixed open at Lockinge (3m, good; front pair well clear) three weeks ago; throws in a few duff efforts too but is a big player on hunter chase debut.

6/5

3

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Deise Aba

11st 7lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Useful handicapper chaser (particularly at Sandown) who returned to form when a close second on his cross-country debut in a C&D handicap (good to soft) in January; also effective on soft/heavy; the third Delta Work is much better off at the weights today, but this fellow is closely matched with the winner Back On The Lash on these terms and holds each-way claims once more.

20/1

Form: /314-0 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Has won two handicaps over C&D, in November 2019 (soft) and December 2021 (good to soft); beaten 30l by Delta Work when fourth in this last year (heavy) and well beaten in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January on sole run since, but may have needed that last run; not ruled out for a place.

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7th

1

29th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:20 Plumpton

Diesel DAllier

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

His last success was in a cross country handicap at Cheltenham in December 2021 but he was a respectable sixth in that same event last month; well into the veteran stage now but he's lightly raced over hurdles and is on a dangerous mark back in this sphere; not ruled out.

12/1

6th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Diesel DAllier

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard J Bandey

Won the latest renewal of this race in 2021, and that's not his only competitive form around here; however, his last four races on this course haven't gone so well, including four weeks ago when soon in trouble; perhaps new cheekpieces can help him turn the tide but he's risky at present; 4lb out of the weights.

20/1

Form: P-P009 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Two C&D wins in 2019-20 season, including this race; best of the rest behind Tiger Roll 12 months later but has struggled to get competitive since; major turnaround is needed in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

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6

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Two C&D wins in 2019-20 season, including this race; best of the rest behind Tiger Roll 12 months later but has struggled to get competitive since; major turnaround is needed in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

50/1

9th

13

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Easysland

10st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Explosive winner over C&D on his British debut in late 2019 and he went on to win the big one in March later that season; the wheels have come off big time but that's reflected in a much reduced handicap mark, and the signs have been a tad more encouraging of late over regulation fences despite finishing well held; considered.

7/1

10th

5

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Easysland

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

High-class over the cross-country here on soft in March 2020 but, having moved from France, he was a sorry sight last season and tailed off in November when back from his summer break; usually tongue tied but not today.

33/1

Form: P635F0

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Showed aptitude for cross-country racing when third to Delta Work in the Risk Of Thunder at Punchestown in November but he'll need a bigger performance if he's to reward each-way backers here; mid-race faller in C&D handicap in January and tailed off over regulation fences at Leopardstown since.

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3

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Foxy Jacks

12st 3lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

4-29 over fences, including Midlands National at Kilbeggan last summer and a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) last November, having failed to compete on two earlier attempts at that course; finished third behind Delta Work over C&D in November 2022; struggling a long way from home in the Grand National.

9/2

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Foxy Jacks

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: M F Morris

Best of his runs on heavy was his win in a maiden hurdle in 2020; fell in the 2022 Topham over these fences; won a Cheltenham cross-country race (3m5f, good to soft) in November, having come a cropper on two earlier attempts at that course, but this 8lb higher mark seems to demand another major career best.

40/1

Form: 120005

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Dual winner of the Grade 3 Summer Plate Handicap at Market Rasen (2m5f, good); back to form with respectable fifth in C&D handicap (good to soft) in January on cross-country debut but the forecast soft ground is a worry (peak efforts are on good/good to soft).

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16th

21

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Francky Du Berlais

10st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Peter Bowen

11yo whose performances over these fences have been mixed and he was well beaten at Kempton last time; however, he was fourth in this two years ago and has shown promise in cross-country races at Cheltenham this season; yard has won this race five times and he's not written off.

25/1

Form: 3-76P7

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in two C&D handicaps last season (good/good to soft) before a 22l third to Delta Work in this race (heavy); each-way claims on that form but he hasn't been at the same level this term and was only seventh behind a few of these in a C&D handicap last time.

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17

29th Apr 2023

Good To Yielding

3m 1f 0y

14:35 Punchestown

Plan Of Attack

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Good cross-country form at Cheltenham last season, twice made the frame in handicaps and third behind Delta Work and Tiger Roll at the festival; nowhere near the same level during a four-race campaign this term.

8/1

14

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Plan Of Attack

11st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made the frame in two C&D handicaps last season (good/good to soft) before a 22l third to Delta Work in this race (heavy); each-way claims on that form but he hasn't been at the same level this term and was only seventh behind a few of these in a C&D handicap last time.

40/1

7th

8

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Plan Of Attack

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Disappointed over hurdles last time but this is more his scene having made the frame on his previous runs on this course in races won by three of today's rivals; those put him right in the mix off this mark.

10/1

Form: 4-3204 C

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 3 novice chase at Tipperary (2m4f, yielding) in 2021 and fair fourth of 16 in the competitive Kerry National at Listowel (3m, good) last September when last seen; won on very soft ground when trained in France; makes her cross-country debut and has something to find with the chief form players, but she's worth each-way respect with her 7lb mares' allowance.

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11th

8

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Gin On Lime

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Grade 3 winner as a novice and fourth in the competitive Kerry National at Listowel (3m, good) last September; not seen again until Cheltenham last month when getting no further than the second in the cross-country chase (16-1); probably significant that Rachael Blackmore prefers stablemate Upping The Anti.

25/1

15

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Gin On Lime

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won Grade 3 novice chase at Tipperary (2m4f, yielding) in 2021 and fair fourth of 16 in the competitive Kerry National at Listowel (3m, good) last September when last seen; won on very soft ground when trained in France; makes her cross-country debut and has something to find with the chief form players, but she's worth each-way respect with her 7lb mares' allowance.

14/1

4th

12

21st Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Gin On Lime

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 10th, headway after 4 out, in touch with leaders when pushed along home turn, soon ridden, left in fourth last, kept on

20/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Delta Work

RP Ratings:

Galvin

D Express:

Franco De Port

WEST COUNTRY:

Back On The Lash

TOPSPEED:

Snow Leopardess

Daily Mirror:

Galvin

POSTDATA:

Delta Work

The Times:

Delta Work

Telegraph:

Delta Work

The Guardian:

Delta Work

Daily Mail:

Delta Work

The Sun:

Delta Work

The Star:

Delta Work

Daily Record:

Delta Work