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Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £70337.5
  • 1m 7f 199y
  • Class 1
  • 22 runners
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Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

22/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.00
  • Place: £4.10

Form: F-4F10 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Every chance when she fell two out in a mares' handicap chase at Fairyhouse in December and backed that up strongly when a decisive winner at Limerick (extended 2m3f, heavy) over Christmas; that form is solid (runner-up Rebel Gold won twice since) but she was well held (not helped by a couple of mistakes) when favourite for a big-field handicap at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival (2m5f, yielding) since.

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7th

3

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Maskada

11st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Saw off Dinoblue to land this race off 8lb lower on soft 12 months ago; below par when in the frame at Listed/Grade 2 level in her three outings this season but last year's winning form has been consistently advertised by the runner-up and this mare would be a danger to all if recapturing that level.

9/1

3rd

5

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Naas

Maskada

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Beating Dinoblue in the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham last March, form consistently advertised by the runner-up; made a bad mistake when last of four finishers on seasonal debut in 2m4f Clonmel event won by Allegorie De Vassy; weakened from three out when third behind the brilliant El Fabiolo in the Hilly Way at Cork; well suited by these race conditions.

13/8

3rd

6

10th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 160y

14:15 Cork

Maskada

10st 11lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Just four runs last season but put up a career-best when beating El Fabiolo's stablemate Dinoblue in the Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham in March; made a bad mistake when last of four finishers on seasonal debut over 2m4f at Clonmel; suited by strong-run 2m.

8/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 4-4122 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Useful novice hurdler last term and has quickly made up into an even better chaser, winning a Cork contest then runner-up in a Grade 2 there and a Naas Listed event (all at 2m on yielding/soft); lacks the experience of many previous winners of this race but her jumping has looked sound and Chosen Mate landed the 2020 Grand Annual on his only his fourth chase start (and first in a handicap chase); has the potential to play a leading role.

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2nd

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Dinoblue

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Beaten favourite in Mares' Novice Hurdle in 2022 but found only one too good in the Grand Annual over fences here last March; stiff task in sole 2m4f run, a Grade 1 hurdle in April 2022, but the trip experiment hasn't been repeated, and although she's made progress over fences of late, following a Grade 1 win (soft; has won on good to yielding) with a second to crack two-miler El Fabiolo, her stamina for this is a bigger issue than her talent.

Evs

2nd

5

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Dinoblue

11st 5lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Never worse than second in eight runs over fences, winning his last four; evidence of his progression in a breakthrough win at Grade 1 level here at Christmas; the likeliest alternative to the favourite.

11/2

1st

5

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

13:10 Leopardstown

Dinoblue

11st 5lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

jumped well, chased clear leader, headway 2 out, led going best approaching last, not fluent last, pushed out and went clear run-in, comfortably

2/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 31-P74 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who saw off Andy Dufresne to win this 12 months ago (heavy) off 3lb lower mark; nowhere near that form in three starts since but last month's run in the Kingwell should have sharpened him up and this has presumably been the plan all along; no surprise if he is back to his best.

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9

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Global Citizen

11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

6/1

3rd

19

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Global Citizen

10st 12lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Prominent racer who saw off Andy Dufresne to win this 12 months ago (heavy) off 3lb lower mark; nowhere near that form in three starts since but last month's run in the Kingwell should have sharpened him up and this has presumably been the plan all along; no surprise if he is back to his best.

16/1

4th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

15:12 Wincanton

Global Citizen

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Pauling

pressed leader, lost second after 3 out, soon ridden, outpaced before 2 out, weakened approaching last

25/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 3-4631 CD

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Has got back on track since having a second wind operation, building on an encouraging third at Warwick when winning a Sandown handicap (1m7f, good to soft) last month; has run well at this meeting before; considered.

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9th

1

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Third Time Lucki

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Best on good/good to soft; smart novice chaser last season, including when third in the Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting; below par in November but subsequent wind surgery has helped, winning at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) and was moving into contention when hampered two out at Cheltenham in March; can find extra back on less testing finish.

9/2

4th

4

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Third Time Lucki

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has got back on track since having a second wind operation, building on an encouraging third at Warwick when winning a Sandown handicap (1m7f, good to soft) last month; has run well at this meeting before; considered.

9/1

1st

3

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

13:45 Sandown

Third Time Lucki

11st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Stablemate of Eclair D'Ainay and usually ridden in contrasting style, coming from the rear; shaped encouragingly after wind surgery when 19l third of four at Warwick (2m, heavy) three weeks ago, fading after making headway; today's less testing ground should suit and he's a leading candidate.

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 211111 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

A revelation since switching to fences, completing a five-timer when keeping on strongly to land a big pot at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding; A Wave Of The Sea third) last month; a really smart effort will be needed to extend the winning run but it would be dangerous to rule out further progress the way his career has gone lately.

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6th

2

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Irish challenger who hasn't threatened in two previous visits to Cheltenham but they were in strong handicaps and the ground was soft on both occasions; has the ability to run well off his current mark and has won his last two races when fitted with reapplied cheekpieces, a hurdle in August 2022 and a Flat handicap last summer; respected.

9/1

9th

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Recorded Flat/hurdles wins in the summer; failed to shine in last two chase attempts but may raise his game with tongue-tie now fitted; ran respectably in the Grand Annual here in March and his major Irish trainer had three winners at the Showcase meeting here last month.

20/1

Form: /61-23 D

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced in recent seasons but he's shown enough to suggest he retains his ability in two outings this term, finishing 13l third of 11 in 2m1f Fairyhouse handicap (soft to heavy) latterly; hard to argue his mark looks generous but he's the mount of Rachael Blackmore from the Henry de Bromhead four.

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5th

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Epson Du Houx

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Last win was in 2021; fair sixth in last season's Grand Annual after finishing third to today's rival Rebel Gold in a valuable handicap at Fairyhouse; struggled over the National fences in the Topham; reported to have bled when pulled up in the Troytown.

20/1

0

11

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Epson Du Houx

10st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Struggling with his jumping in last year's National and low-key return when tailed off at Cork; mark is fine on best form but looks risky at present.

66/1

Form: 1122F5 D

Last run: 154 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Useful over hurdles; took well to fences in the first half of this season, winning at Kilbeggan and Wexford before narrowly denied in Galway Grade 3; however, his jumping let him down in the autumn when last seen and mistakes would likely be costly in a race like this; has done a lot of his recent racing on a sound surface but he won a Grade 2 hurdle in the mud at the start of his career.

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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 0y

13:45 Cork

Call Me Lyreen

11st 2lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, took keen hold, disputed lead early, raced in second from 1st, led before 2nd

5/2

9th

2

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Call Me Lyreen

11st 8lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Four-time winner over hurdles and two wins over fences to his credit; below par on his return to action here over Christmas and might just be best watched.

33/1

Form: 2-F378 D

Last run: 60 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Not that easy to predict and his last two runs have been disappointing but he was second to Global Citizen in this race (on heavy ground) off an identical mark 12 months ago and this has presumably been the aim all season; taken to be back to form with a bang in a first-time tongue-strap.

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4th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 193y

16:15 Thurles

Andy Dufresne

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Promise behind Zanahiyr in October but really struggled for form since; tailed off in Grade 2 chase latest; drops in class at least.

10/1

5th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 90y

16:23 Navan

Andy Dufresne

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

raced wide

8/1

15th

5

4th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:50 Leopardstown

Andy Dufresne

11st 6lb

J: Kevin Sexton

T: Gordon Elliott

Five career wins but out of form for some time and looks up against it here.

50/1

Form: P-9212 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Took well to first-time cheekpieces in Class 2 handicap at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January, making all for an easy win; just as good when second of four in Grade 2 Game Spirit at Newbury (2m, good; Malystic fourth) since; also arrived in form for this race 12 months ago but was pulled up.

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5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Often a front-runner; has won on soft but seems ideally suited by good/good to soft; rallied gamely to beat odds-on Jonbon in the rescheduled Clarence House here in January, making it three wins from his last four starts; however, looks far from sure to confirm placings with that otherwise superior rival who blew his chance with a dodgy round of jumping; in great form this term but needs better still to land a Champion Chase.

25/1

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

3rd

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Elixir De Nutz

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

disputed lead at fast pace, raced in second 3rd, pressed leader when bad mistake 2 out, no extra run-in, lost second final stride

11/4

12/1

Form: 511519 CD

Last run: 122 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Took very well to fences in the first half of the season, including a success in C&D handicap (good; won a hurdle on soft) in October; never involved when reverting to hurdles in the Greatwood here in November but he has potential now back chasing after a break.

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3

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Dads Lad

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Three chase wins at up to 2m2f in the second half of 2022 (good to yielding and good ground); has won on soft over hurdles but jumping technique deserted him on that surface when finishing remote back over fences at Cheltenham in March; needs to show the form all wrong just four weeks later.

20/1

10th

11

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Dads Lad

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Took very well to fences in the first half of the season, including a success in C&D handicap (good; won a hurdle on soft) in October; never involved when reverting to hurdles in the Greatwood here in November but he has potential now back chasing after a break.

12/1

9th

11

13th Nov 2022

Good

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

14:55 Cheltenham

Dads Lad

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Has won four times since July, once on the Flat and three times over fences, most recently here (2m, good) three weeks ago; he was a long way below his best chase form on his last five hurdle starts, including at Listowel in September, but he's 7lb lower than for his latest chase win and he scored twice over hurdles last autumn; capable of a bold show for top Irish yard.

11/2

Form: 42P114 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Won Class 2 handicaps at Wetherby (1m7f, soft; Castleford Chase) and Doncaster (2m, good; defied top weight) in January/December; ran close to form when last of four in Grade 2 Game Spirit at Newbury since but Elixir De Nutz was ahead of him in second off levels and receives weight from him this time; looks vulnerable.

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3rd

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including a competitive C&D race and a Premier Handicap at Ayr; slow to come to hand this term but got back in the groove with creditable third over C&D five weeks ago and is still on a workable mark after a 1lb nudge.

5/1

3rd

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Malystic

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Peter Niven

Three wins last season, including this race and a Premier handicap at Ayr (2m, good); back on a good mark now but has not fired on any of three appearances this term and needs to get career back on track.

6/1

Form: 7-2F42 D BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Very talented but has a strike-rate of just 1-8 over fences and he was outbattled when turned over at odds-on in a Naas Grade 3 (2m, yielding) 17 days ago; it's not hard to envisage him travelling well for a long way but whether he gets up the hill is another matter.

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17th

2

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

15:10 Fairyhouse

Coeur Sublime

11st 10lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield

14/1

2nd

1

(6)

31st Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 4f 0y

15:07 Curragh

Coeur Sublime

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Jones

T: Henry De Bromhead

dwelt start, towards rear, headway against far rail 2f out, went third over 1f out, ran on and went second inside final 110yds, no match for winner

7/2

Form: F64P03 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Couldn't win the race for the third year running but performed well back down in trip when third of 12 to Final Orders at Leopardstown (2m1f, yielding) last month; 6lb better off with that rival now but been well beaten in handicap chases at the last two Festivals.

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13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 6lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Ben Haslam

Made the frame for Joseph O'Brien in two good handicaps last August/October and he's on a handy mark on that form; one to watch in the betting now in headgear for the first time for this trainer (last win came in these blinkers) but he's yet to shine for this yard and has plenty to prove.

50/1

7th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam but in contention when unseating five out at Doncaster (3m) next time; on a 16-race losing sequence but a case can be made.

20/1

0

1

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

A Wave Of The Sea

12st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

Useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam; on a 15-race losing sequence but now drops in grade off last winning mark; possibilities.

10/1

Form: 12F-15 D

Last run: 116 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who readily won a Grade 3 Ascot handicap (2m1f, good; reappearance) in October; not in quite the same form when fifth of seven back there the following month; absent since but clearly capable when fresh; has won on soft but his peak RPRs have been achieved on good ground; yard has won this contest four times.

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8

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Thyme White

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Second-season chaser who readily won a Grade 3 Ascot handicap (2m1f, good; reappearance) in October; not in quite the same form when fifth of seven back there the following month; absent since but clearly capable when fresh; has won on soft but his peak RPRs have been achieved on good ground; yard has won this contest four times.

14/1

5th

3

19th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Thyme White

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Second-season chaser who readily beat Frero Banbou in Grade 3 handicap over C&D (good) three weeks ago, taking record in completed starts over fences to 2-4; looks open to further improvement in this sphere; has won on slow ground; big player despite 7lb rise.

4/1

Form: -22315 D

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Recorded some smart efforts in defeat before coming good at the eighth time of asking over fences when making all in Grade 2 at Punchestown (2m1f, yielding) in November; given a break since fading to finish a remote last of five in a Leopardstow n Grade 1 over Christmas; this is his first start in a handicap over fences.

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10

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Midnight Run

11st 5lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Recorded some smart efforts in defeat before coming good at the eighth time of asking over fences when making all in Grade 2 at Punchestown (2m1f, yielding) in November; given a break since fading to finish a remote last of five in a Leopardstow n Grade 1 over Christmas; this is his first start in a handicap over fences.

20/1

5th

2

26th Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

14:20 Leopardstown

Midnight Run

11st 12lb

J: Mr T Hamilton

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

prominent, mistake 5 out, pushed along towards rear after 4 out, headway and prominent 3 out, ridden and dropped to rear approaching last

16/1

1st

6

19th Nov 2022

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 180y

13:03 Punchestown

Midnight Run

11st 4lb

J: B J Cooper

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

made all, pushed along and went clear after 3 out, went further clear approaching last, easily

7/2

Form: 35P493 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Grade 1-winning novice but without a win since Galway festival success in 2021; not the force of old but his mark reflects that and his recent 4l third (Coeur Sublime second) in a 2m Naas Grade 3 was a step back in the right direction.

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2

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

16:15 Naas

Battleoverdoyen

12st 0lb

J: Mr F D Brickley

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

8/1

5th

13

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Battleoverdoyen

10st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Top class as a novice but without a win since the 2021 Galway Festival; wants further than the 2m over which he was pulled up at Cheltenham but that laboured effort was thoroughly underwhelming; readily opposed.

40/1

14

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Battleoverdoyen

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1-winning novice but without a win since Galway festival success in 2021; not the force of old but his mark reflects that and his recent 4l third (Coeur Sublime second) in a 2m Naas Grade 3 was a step back in the right direction.

33/1

Form: 26-334 CD

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Has recorded creditable in-frame efforts on all three outings this term but his weak-finishing tendencies were once again in evidence when fourth to Malystic at Doncaster (2m, good) last time, fading having been a close second jumping the last; has a C&D win to his name but it was in a much smaller field than this; a first-time headgear combination (tongue-tie and cheekpieces) needs to help him find more at the business end.

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2nd

2

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

16:30 Ludlow

Before Midnight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Fergal O’Brien

A long time without a win and wouldn't want the ground too soft, but he was a good third of six in a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good to soft) on his penultimate run and that form makes him a strong contender.

15/8

5th

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Before Midnight

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has done most of his winning at about 2m but shaped encouragingly over 2m4f at Kempton (good to soft; third start for new stable) five weeks ago; remains well treated on best form, albeit he's an 11yo whose losing spell goes back to 2021.

10/1

Form: -12956 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Graded chase winner for Jessica Harrington last March; won a novice hurdle in October on debut for new yard; no show at Graded level back over fences the last twice but his mark has come down 9lb as a result and he could well revive with first-time cheekpieces added to his regular tongue-tie.

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3rd

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

16:00 Ffos Las

Sizing Pottsie

11st 10lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Smart chaser in his prime; on the downgrade now and has rather mixed record over hurdles this season but lurks on a very tempting mark and ought to handle today's ground well; will be very dangerous if perked up by first-time blinkers.

7/1

7th

4

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 4

13:50 Newbury

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery, but that's been followed by three lesser efforts; rarely seen over this far.

33/1

4th

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 216y

Class 4

13:20 Sandown

Sizing Pottsie

11st 12lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

2022 Grade 2 chase winner when trained by Jessica Harrington; close second of five under Gearoid Harney at Uttoxeter (2m, heavy) in November when returning from wind surgery; followed that with a poor show but made a partial revival at Leicester on latest outing, albeit held by Made For You.

5/1

Form: 6/F1-5 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 10st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Ended last season with a win in Grade 3 handicap at Aintree (2m, good to soft; Dancing On My Own second); shaped as if needing the run when fading into a well-held fifth on his Sandown reappearance in January but he remains 6lb above that Aintree mark.

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4th

7

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

The Last Day

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

Won twice on heavy early in career; Aintree brings out the best in him and he was below form last January on his only start at Sandown; Wetherby second last time (the race in which Xcitations and Gunsight Ridge came a cropper) was a step back in the right direction but others are preferred.

10/1

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 2

14:15 Wetherby

The Last Day

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

didn't jump with fluency, held up in rear, awkward jump 1st, headway and disputing third 8th, left in second 4 out

13/2

Form: 2-5481 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Back to winning ways in a Wetherby Class 3 (1m7f, good) four weeks ago but he'd struggled in the Doncaster Class 2 won by Malystic prior to that and there's a suspicion this level of competition might be a bit much for him; first reserve.

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5th

5

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 2

13:15 Cheltenham

Prince Escalus

10st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

2m chaser who seems to be building up to something, now 2lb below his last winning mark and not beaten that far (33-1; 4l behind Calico) when fourth of 11 at the November meeting here; enjoys a 5lb weight pull with Calico, and the more the ground dries out, the better.

14/1

4th

4

17th Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:45 Cheltenham

Prince Escalus

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Now 1lb beneath his last winning mark but all three chase wins have come at a lower level in small fields and he was never threatening when behind some of these here last month.

40/1

7th

6

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:15 Cheltenham

Prince Escalus

10st 11lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

All three chase wins have come at a lower level in small fields (at about 2m); only 1lb above his last winning mark and, although off colour the last twice, 2m5f probably stretched him on his reappearance.

33/1

Form: P0-107 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Former Grade 1 winner who showed he's still capable of useful form when landing the Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in October; below that level in his two outings since but he was better than the result (prominent long way) when patently failing to stay 3m at Ascot last month; this is a big rethink as regards trip but he can't be completely discounted having dropped to the same mark as at Aintree; cheekpieces worn on latest start are replaced by first-time blinkers; second reserve.

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6th

4

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Riders Onthe Storm

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

/Just two runs this season and, following a wind op, he returned to form with a good second at Doncaster (2m, good to soft) four weeks ago; he's fine over this trip and on soft/heavy going, and is one to consider.

9/2

2nd

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Riders Onthe Storm

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Grade 1 chase winner in 2020 but has regressed and become very inconsistent; finished remote when third of four in veterans' chase at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day and is not sure to be suited by today's drop back in trip; had wind surgery last month; cheekpieces refitted; others have much more persuasive profiles.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £1046.00
Straight Forecast £995.10
Tricast £10388.60
Trifecta £15435.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Dinoblue

SPOTLIGHT:

Andy Dufresne

RP Ratings:

Elixir De Nutz

The Guardian:

Dads Lad

Daily Mirror:

Third Time Lucki

TOPSPEED:

Malystic

Daily Mail:

Coeur Sublime

D Express:

Sizing Pottsie

The Star:

The Last Day

The Times:

Dinoblue

Daily Record:

Dinoblue

Telegraph:

Andy Dufresne

The Sun:

Andy Dufresne

WEST COUNTRY:

Elixir De Nutz