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Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Sponsored By JRL Group) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £36667.5
  • 3m 2f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 26 runners
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Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (Sponsored By JRL Group) (GBB)

Runners: 26 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

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13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £16.10
  • Place: £3.90

Form: B8421U BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Short-headed at Punchestown (2m7f, soft to heavy) in December on third chase start and went one better at Down Royal in January (3m, soft; Ballykeel second); bang there when unseating two out at Punchestown (3m4f, yielding) last month and this progressive mare could be a key contender.

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4

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Angels Dawn

11st 11lb

J: Mr P A King

T: S Curling

11lb higher than when winning this by a neck last year (soft) but Festival form is a major plus and she reverted to fences with a fine third of 18 in the Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January; showed promise on yielding ground last season; there's every chance she'll be in the shake-up.

8/1

3rd

13

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Angels Dawn

10st 11lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Won an Irish-dominated Kim Muir at Cheltenham last March (Dunboyne back in fourth, Royal Thief sixth) before finishing a remote sixth in the Irish Grand National; should be fully primed for this following two runs over hurdles.

11/2

7th

17

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 50y

13:42 Navan

Angels Dawn

10st 2lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: S Curling

Better known as a chaser, winning the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham last season; was a 31l runner-up on return over hurdles at Clonmel but should strip fitter today and is of interest off this attractive mark.

7/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 753711

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Soft-ground maiden hurdle winner who has got back on track with comfortable handicap chase wins the last twice (2m5f/3m, yielding/good) and his win at Sandown latest has been franked by the runner-up; up 10lb since last time but this thriving 6yo could still be ahead of the handicapper.

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4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Stumptown

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Had an excellent spell in early 2023 which culminated in a narrow defeat in the 3m2f Kim Muir at this meeting (soft); he rather switched off for his next four runs but the fitting of blinkers breathed new life into him when a convincing winner back here (3m1f, heavy) in January; not ruled out if the headgear continues to work but he is 13lb higher than 12 months ago.

9/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Stumptown

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, not fluent but went second 11th, led just before 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in

11/4

11/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2RP-B2

Last run: 61 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Reluctant to race on occasions and the drop back in trip could be a negative after his second in the Warwick Classic in January (3m5f, heavy); however, it was a really promising second start for his top yard and this lightly raced 7yo may have more to offer, with the stiff track a plus at least.

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18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mr Incredible

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the two non-completions weren't his fault, including as the saddle slipped when he was running a big race in last year's renewal; not seen again until his Midlands National second, so he's proved himself at 4m2f on heavy ground; now he has to do it all again four weeks later and the standing start might be a concern for one who used to have problems setting off in his races and still has issues at home, but he's a player if, as connections expect, that latest run improves his fitness.

12/1

2nd

1

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Mr Incredible

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

An 8yo with just ten starts behind him and refused/reluctant in two of them; however, those weren't for Willie Mullins, and he showed when placed in last season's Classic Chase at Warwick (3m5f, heavy) and the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) that he has the tools for the job in races of this nature; was only 14-1 for the Grand National on final appearance and was still going okay when departing with a slipping saddle just after the second Canal Turn; a good jumper in the main and, if sufficiently wound up, has every chance.

9/2

9/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 66R1P2

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Refused to race at Punchestown in November; won at Gowran (2m4f, heavy) six days later and bounced back from Fairyhouse flop with narrow defeat in the Thyestes at Gowran (3m1f, soft to heavy) in January; open to further improvement for top yard and Jamie Codd has won this four times; shortlisted.

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10

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Dunboyne

11st 1lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump with fluency, in rear, pushed along briefly 3rd, reminder 5th, some headway 13th, weakening when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

33/1

2

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Dunboyne

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

Beaten only a short head in last season's Thyestes; fourth in the Kim Muir. pulled up in the Grand National; started the season brightly with Troytown fourth; ran well for a long way in the Thyestes but weakened in the straight and was pulled up before the last; Jack Kennedy deserts him for Where It All Began.

7/1

0

14

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Dunboyne

10st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Beat Street Value in a 2m4f handicap here in November 2022 and beaten only a short head by Carefully Selected in this event 12 months ago.; could manage only fourth behind Angels Dawn when Irish raiders filled the first seven places in the Kim Muir; pulled up in the Grand National; big chance now with improvement likely from Troytown fourth.

6/1

Form: 6280P3

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

10yo who has a patchy profile this season but was a good second of 17 in the Cork National (3m4f, soft to heavy) in November and a fair third at Punchestown (3m4f, yielding) last time; each-way contender if he's on song.

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10th

17

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Defi Bleu

10st 9lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Well held eighth in this last year in similar conditions and he unseated five out on his return last month so he may still need a run to get going; has place claims if he is fully tuned up but others are more solid.

25/1

0

7

22nd Oct 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

16:15 Limerick

Defi Bleu

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Failed to win last season after starting the campaign with sixth placing in this event; showed good form on his final three starts; third to Coko Beach in 3m4f National Trial at Punchestown, fifth in the Kim Muir, and a battling third of six finishers in 27-runner Irish Grand National, 1 1/2l behind stablemate Gevrey.

12/1

3rd

20

10th Apr 2023

Soft

3m 5f 0y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Defi Bleu

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

Knows what these sort of races are about but he's none too predictable and finished behind some of these in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham; would be a surprise winner.

28/1

Form: 0/1B/1

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Made it 2-2 in completed chases when returning from a long absence to win by 10l at Punchestown (2m6f, heavy) in January; he's shot up the weights and is in a much hotter race here, but he did it in fine style last time and could have more left in the tank for his top yard; has won at up to 3m1f.

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5th

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

16:20 Limerick

Royal Thief

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

disputed lead, led narrowly 3rd, headed before 2 out, soon weakened

33/1

Form: 1-2530

Last run: 79 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won on her chase debut at Clonmel (2m4f, heavy) and fair third of 12 to Punitive in Fairyhouse handicap (3m5f, soft) in December; this is just her sixth chase start and improvement is possible, but she was soundly beaten at Leopardstown in December last time out and others are more compelling.

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3rd

5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 120y

15:20 Fairyhouse

Western Zara

10st 10lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Paul Nolan

Hasn't won for over two years but encouraging seasonal return when beaten roughly 1l at Punchestown in November; slight concern she hasn't been seen since; down in trip with cheekpieces on after 125-day absence.

5/1

2nd

5

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

12:45 Punchestown

Western Zara

11st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Paul Nolan

prominent

14/1

Form: -P13P1 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Back over hurdles for last few starts with two wins (3m, good), including here; won on soft/heavy earlier in career; it was a personal best last time and he won two chases (including here) in 2021 but he failed to kick on over fences; remains to be seen whether chasing is still his game.

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7th

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Annual Invictus

11st 13lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Chris Gordon

Dual course winner who looked as good as ever when winning Great Yorkshire Handicap Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) last time and the runner-up has franked the form; a 7lb rise may not prevent another good run but the ground is likely to be key (well beaten in this race last year on soft).

25/1

1st

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Annual Invictus

11st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Dual chase winner in late 2021 (small fields) but his two subsequent wins have been over hurdles, as was his reappearance when a 12l fourth at Plumpton (3m1f, soft); that could have teed him up nicely for this but others have more going for them.

12/1

4th

2

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Annual Invictus

11st 13lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Dual hurdle winner last season, latterly when making all off 5lb lower at Newbury (3m, good); will be fine on today's slower ground but absent since respectable sixth in major 3m4f handicap chase in April and will need to be in peak form to have any chance off current mark.

10/1

Form: 14-124

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Has made mistakes when failing to threaten in warm novice chases the last twice; however, he made a pleasing chase debut in a Listed race at Carlisle (2m4f, soft) last October and is well handicapped on his best hurdle form at up to an extended 2m7f; could be a contender if minimising the blunders.

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1st

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Beauport

11st 4lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won the 2m4f handicap hurdle on this card two years ago; essentially underwhelming since starting the following season with a debut win over fences, apart from when pushing Truckers Lodge close at Sandown in December (3m4f, heavy); barely went a yard in Warwick's Classic Chase won by My Silver Lining last time and hard to know for sure which Beauport will turn up.

14/1

0

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Beauport

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Held up last three starts; career over fences has not gone smoothly, including with jumping blemishes, but he might have turned the corner with his second in the London National at Sandown (3m4f, heavy) five weeks ago when stepped up in trip; back up 1lb, he has each-way claims.

7/1

2nd

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Beauport

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Acts on soft, bit below form sole start on heavy; fine record at this track as a hurdler but career over fences at other tracks has not gone smoothly since he won his chase debut in October 2022; this longer trip is an interesting move and there's still time for this 7yo to click as a chaser, but there were jumping blemishes again when he reappeared at Ascot five weeks ago.

3/1

Form: 433241 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Went close behind Angels Dawn on handicap chase debut at Down Royal (3m, soft) in January and got off the mark over fences at the seventh attempt in Fairyhouse novice (3m1f, yielding) three weeks ago; only seven and he's open to further improvement for his top Irish trainer.

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3rd

2

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

17:25 Killarney

Ballykeel

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Brouder

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent, outpaced and lost position 4 out, left in remote fourth 2 out, ran on and went third towards finish

5/1

3rd

2

24th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

16:07 Perth

Ballykeel

11st 12lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

pressed leader, ridden when lost second after 4 out, weakened gradually from 3 out

11/4

Form: 12-207 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Not at his best on his three runs this term; however, two of them were over hurdles and in between he may not have been suited by the big National fences and/or the good to soft ground at Aintree; a case can be made on his progressive front-running form in soft/heavy-ground chases early last year.

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1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Dr Kananga

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Front-runner; acts on heavy ground; best form this term when solid second off this mark, behind subsequent winners, at Fontwell and Catterick in February; disappointing last time but may rebound in new headgear.

8/1

1

18th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

14:45 Fontwell

Dr Kananga

11st 11lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

Returned to form with C&D (heavy) second in first-time cheekpieces last month and also ran well when second to a subsequent winner in first-time blinkers (retained) at Catterick (3m1f, soft) a fortnight later; respected.

6/4

2nd

2

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Catterick

Dr Kananga

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

Should be well handicapped and in the new cheekpieces (regularly wears tongue-tie) he gave it a bold go from the front at Fontwell (3m2f, heavy); that was better and likely contender if taking to the new blinkers.

6/1

Form: 5P-150

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last January and comfortably made all at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December; of interest judged on that latest win but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

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4

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Mr James King

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last January and comfortably made all at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December; of interest judged on that latest win but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

33/1

10th

2

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

All starts have been on softer than good; 3-8 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; this term he impressively made all at Chepstow (9lb higher today) but his form dipped at Newbury four weeks later; mixed messages.

16/1

5th

1

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Farinet

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

3-7 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; made all when slamming Secret Reprieve by 8l eased down at Chepstow (3m) four weeks ago, since which he has been raised 10lb but he has to be in serious calculations.

7/2

Form: 0-9315 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Impressive in first-time cheekpieces over C&D (soft) in January; not at the same level when fifth at Sandown (3m, good to soft) last month but it was still a fair run and he stayed on well; the extra emphasis on stamina here is in his favour and the first-time visor could be another plus; interesting.

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10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Rapper

11st 7lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Henry Daly

Has an inconsistent profile and was pulled up in this race last year (reportedly bled from the nose); however, he won over C&D (soft) last January and returned to form with this visor back on when runner-up at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; each-way claims if again on a going day.

20/1

2nd

7

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Rapper

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Henry Daly

prominent

25/1

0

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Rapper

11st 7lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Career-best effort when scoring decisively at Cheltenham (near 3m3f, soft; pulled up on heavy) on New Year's Day last year; took a big step back in the right direction (suffered an irregular heartbeat on reappearance) when fourth of eight at that track four weeks ago; it's plausible that he will stay beyond 3m3f but he probably needs to hit a new high.

20/1

Form: 5-P281 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Went close at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December and back to form when comfortably winning three-runner handicap at Newbury (2m7f, good) last month; also effective on soft; however, he needs a career best if he's to win this competitive race and his jumping can sometimes lack fluency.

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0

10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Coeur Serein

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Acts on soft, unraced on heavy; 1-13 over fences, the win gained in a three-runner race in February; failed to shine in his three outings this autumn but the handicapper is giving him every chance and the trip is interesting, as his only attempt beyond 3m2f (Punchestown 3m7f in April) was a solid effort; place squeak.

20/1

12th

8

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Coeur Serein

11st 5lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

1-12 over fences, the win gained in a three-runner race in February; on a good mark now but has failed to shine in both outings this autumn and needs to turn things around.

40/1

Form: P51-19 BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Won when up in trip at Perth (3m6f, good to soft) last April and followed up at Fontwell (3m3f, good to soft) in November; ran well on soft early in career and surplus stamina is no bad thing on this stiff track, but he needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Musselburgh (3m7f, good to soft).

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1st

1

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Slipway

12st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has 3m course form over hurdles; lightly raced and has shown little since his most recent win, at Fontwell (3m3f, good to soft) in November 2022; has not shifted much in the weights but this is a considerably easier task on his third run back from wind surgery.

16/1

10th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Slipway

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on his three starts this year but he ran well for a fair way on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham (3m3f) when soft ground may not have been ideal; won three times in 2022 (3m-3m6f, good to soft) and, having edged back down the weights, is not written off now back on better ground.

16/1

9th

5

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Slipway

11st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

His three wins were all over fences in 2022, including on good to soft at Perth (3m6f) that April and Fontwell (3m3f) in November; given wind surgery soon after pulled up at the Festival here this March (66-1); ran well on soft early in career but not on last two encounters with it; probably needs a career best.

16/1

Form: 531296 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won here (3m1f, good) last October and fine second in the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) next time; he was in tough races when below par the next twice and a return to form can't be ruled out, but there is a concern if it's soft ground (has won on good to soft).

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6th

3

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Lord Accord

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a valuable chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in October 2022 and next time was runner-up here to Frodon in the Badger Beer; he is back on a favourable mark but this season has yet to get off the ground (chasing the last twice).

9/1

5th

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

Lord Accord

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Neil Mulholland

Disappointing at Cheltenham (3m1f) two months ago in a race that he'd won in 2022; well handicapped if back on song but needs the weather to be kind; soft/heavy ground would be a big negative.

8/1

Form: -22U10

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Better could have been expected in the Thyestes in January last time out but he was progressive previously, finishing second here (3m1f, good) in November and winning at Fairyhouse (3m5f, soft) in December; not ruled out.

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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Punitive

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

prominent early, lost position but in touch with leaders 4th, went fourth 4 out, left in third 3 out, stayed on

14/1

0

1

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 6f 148y

15:35 Punchestown

Punitive

12st 4lb

J: Mr H C Swan

T: Gordon Elliott

Strong stayer who won the valuable Porterstown Chase over 3m5f at Fairyhouse last season but no comparable form in high-value handicaps since; none too fluent on seasonal return in Troytown; never in the hunt when 100-1 chance in the Paddy Power at Leopardstown last time; back on his last winning mark, but hard to be confident.

6/1

0

26

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Punitive

10st 8lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: Gordon Elliott

towards rear throughout, detached before 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

40/1

Form: 41-140 D BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Disappointing favourite in the Grand National Trial at Haydock last month; however, the good to soft going may not have suited and she can be given a big chance on her soft-ground runs at the end of last year, winning at Haydock (3m1f) then staying on well for fourth at Kempton (3m); this stiff test should be ideal and her trainer saddled the first/third last year.

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9th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ballooning the first fence resulted in her unseating rider when favourite for the London National (3m4f) on seasonal debut, after wind surgery; drew 14l clear from three out against the only other finisher at Wetherby (3m, soft) 18 days ago; 7lb rise could still leave her well treated and she's well worth this third attempt at a marathon trip.

8/1

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

T: Venetia Williams

Form: 12-571 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Back to form to win a six-runner handicap at Exeter last month (3m, good; has also won on soft); this 10yo looked as good as ever last time and Derek O'Connor is a good booking today, but this 10yo has never won off a mark this high and there's a suspicion he'll be vulnerable in this hot race.

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3rd

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Musical Slave

11st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Inconsistent in recent seasons and his stamina for 3m6f on heavy ground is not copper-bottomed but he runs this track well and is well handicapped on form as recent as the autumn; can't be ruled out.

13/2

5th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Musical Slave

11st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off on Cheltenham's cross-country course in November but respectable efforts on either side of that, albeit still beneath his best form when fourth at Ludlow latterly; one or two others have more going for them but he's got an each-way chance on ground he handles.

9/1

Form: 471121 C

Last run: 124 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Progressive form here in the autumn, finishing second of 20 (3m1f, good) before going one better in November (3m1f, good) when last seen; suited by this track and could have more to offer, but needs to be better than ever after four months off and all her chase wins have come on good ground.

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4th

1

1st Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 207y

Class 4

20:00 Perth

Anightinlambourn

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Made excellent progress over fences last summer/autumn, winning three times (2m4f-3m1f), and ran well for a long way when seventh in good-quality chase at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good; first-time cheekpieces) last month; interesting to see how she fares off her lower hurdle mark here; best on good ground but has some form on soft.

6/1

7th

5

2nd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:12 Uttoxeter

Anightinlambourn

11st 3lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Fairly useful mare who had a good spell from last August to November, winning three times; form has dipped sharply in two runs this year, both at Cheltenham; first-time cheekpieces need to prompt a revival.

20/1

6

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:50 Cheltenham

Anightinlambourn

11st 3lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear before 5th, pulled up before 12th

13/2

Form: 231-P3

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

His jumping can lack fluency but he returned to form with an encouraging third when upped in trip at Sandown last month (3m, good to soft; has won on soft); jumped left on occasions last time and could benefit from this return to a left-handed track; could go well.

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6th

7

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Emir Sacree

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Fairly useful but has shown inconsistent form since last win and sometimes jumps left, including when modest fourth at Ascot 11 weeks ago; opposed kept to right-handed course.

12/1

4th

5

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:10 Ascot

Emir Sacree

11st 5lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Pulled up in three of his last five starts and not one to rely upon heavily, but he was a creditable third at Chepstow (2m7f, soft) last month when back from a break; capable of having a say if on another going day; cheekpieces go back on (worn once in France in 2018, when well beaten).

8/1

3rd

12

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Emir Sacree

10st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

took keen hold, led, mistake 3 out

12/1

Form: 11-342 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Course win number two when scoring over C&D (good) last April and he was back to that level when second at Musselburgh (3m7f, good to soft) last month; it's possible this tougher company will find him out but he's not ruled out each-way; effective on soft ground earlier in career.

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0

6

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Captain Cattistock

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won 3m2f handicap at Cheltenham (good) in April for the second year in a row, on both occasions following big runs over 3m7f at Musselburgh; used to be fine in the mud as well; needs to bounce back from a poor show in the valuable 3m Kerry National at Listowel two months ago.

14/1

0

19

20th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Captain Cattistock

10st 7lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Former hunter chase winner who stays really well; won 3m2f event at Cheltenham in April for the second year in a row; would merit respect if making the line-up; first reserve.

Form: -P952P

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won four times in the first part of 2021 and has dropped down the weights, but on this season's evidence he's hard to fancy in a race this competitive; wears first-time cheekpieces.

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2nd

5

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

One More Fleurie

10st 3lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Successful four times, including over C&D, as a novice chaser in the 2020-21 campaign; patchy record since but ran respectably (fifth off 10lb higher) in this race last year and looks interesting back here; attractively weighted.

20/1

0

8

8th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 100y

Class 3

14:25 Warwick

One More Fleurie

10st 7lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

All four wins came in the first half of 2021; has struggled off higher marks since and, while the handicapper has given him some respite, he has to prove that he still possesses the ability to take advantage.

16/1

24

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

One More Fleurie

10st 3lb

J: Mr Gearoid Harney

T: Ian Williams

Won four times in the first part of 2021 and has dropped down the weights, but on this season's evidence he's hard to fancy in a race this competitive; wears first-time cheekpieces.

100/1

Form: 02/505 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Two-time course winner who is very well handicapped on his form for Nick Williams up to spring 2021; however, following a long absence, he's struggled to get competitive on his three runs for this yard.

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3rd

1

20th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

14:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Coo Star Sivola

12st 2lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

raced in second

6/1

4th

1

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Warwick

Coo Star Sivola

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

led, ridden before 2 out, soon headed, no extra approaching last

5/1

25

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Coo Star Sivola

10st 2lb

J: Mr Gearoid Harney

T: Venetia Williams

Two-time course winner who is very well handicapped on his form for Nick Williams up to spring 2021; however, following a long absence, he's struggled to get competitive on his three runs for this yard.

66/1

Form: -3U355 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Third in this last year and 8lb lower today; has posted two fair runs this season but well beaten the last twice and has to raise his game in a big way.

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6

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Didero Vallis

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Nothing like the force of old and unreliable nowadays but gave good account when placed in 3m5f cross-country chase at Cheltenham (good to soft) in November and was second off mark 3lb higher than today's in conventional chase at Catterick (3m1f, soft) two starts ago.

10/1

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Non-runners

Chambard, Captain Cattistock, One More Fleurie

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Payout
Exacta £858.00
Straight Forecast £436.10
Tricast £1779.70
Trifecta £6012.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Beauport

RP Ratings:

Rapper

TOPSPEED:

Captain Cattistock

The Sun:

Stumptown

SPOTLIGHT:

Fontaine Collonges

Daily Mail:

Dunboyne

Daily Record:

Royal Thief

LAMBOURN:

Emir Sacree

The Times:

Punitive

Telegraph:

Beauport

The Guardian:

Beauport

D Express:

Beauport

The Star:

Beauport

Daily Mirror:

Rapper

POSTDATA:

Captain Cattistock