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St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £24445
  • 3m 2f 70y
  • Class 2
  • 24 runners
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St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 24 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

33/1 (Won)

  • Win: £67.70
  • Place: £13.00

Form: 1/3P-

Last run: 364 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Finished within 5l of Vaucelet at Stratford in May 2021; won all his five points in the meantime and it's unlikely he gave his true running when 25-1 for this 12 months ago (had lost his place when pulled up mid-race).

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2nd

3

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Premier Magic

12st 4lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Never threatened to make a successful defence of his Festival crown here in March but there was no fluke about his 66-1 success 12 months earlier which he followed up with a comfortable win in this race (on good ground); if anywhere approaching his best he'll be tough to beat.

5/4

6

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Premier Magic

12st 0lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

66-1 winner of this 12 months ago (soft) but there was no fluke about that in repelling the rallying Its On The Line having got lonely after the final fence when in command; after winning his three subsequent starts (hunter chase here and two points), there's no reason to believe he won't be as good in his defence; age is no barrier to success in this race; the cheekpieces in which he's unbeaten are back on (missing in this year's points).

13/2

1st

4

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Premier Magic

12st 4lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Failed to give his running when only 25-1 for the big hunter chase here in 2022 but he made amends last month at odds of 66-1; there was no fluke about that on the back of three point wins and he should be hard to beat.

4/6

16/1

  • Place: £7.00

Form: 41-1P2

Last run: 122 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Intriguing runner given his low mileage and the stable he represents, but he needs to improve on this season's form (twice beaten by The Storyteller) and only Kingscliff has won this as a 6yo (in 2003) since Attitude Adjuster in 1986; cheekpieces are added.

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40/1

  • Place: £12.10

Form: /21-52 C

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Has an excellent overall record at Cheltenham and the Festival included, having made the frame in an Ultima, a Kim Muir and two editions of this race; however, getting long in the tooth now and he couldn't get Famous Clermont off the bridle at Wincanton in February.

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6th

10

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Shantou Flyer

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: S Loxton

Festival regular having made the frame in the Ultima, a Kim Muir and three editions of this race (beaten 3l by Premier Magic 12 months ago); warmed up for another crack with his sixth point win 12 days ago; however, now a 14yo, his chance of getting his hands on the treasured trophy has surely passed.

33/1

5th

5

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

15:30 Taunton

Shantou Flyer

12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: S Loxton

raced in second, pressed leader from 3rd

9/4

1st

2

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

18:05 Stratford

Shantou Flyer

11st 13lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: S Loxton

A teenager now but was excellent third at Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, soft) in March and won by 18l in lesser company at Exeter (3m, good to soft) the following month; might ideally prefer a stiffer stamina test than this but, nevertheless, he's a major player.

11/4

Form: 94F59-

Last run: 516 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

This would be some day to shed his maiden status under rules (0-18; 0-3 over fences) but he has looked on a sharp upward curve in winning five Irish points since October (mostly on testing ground), in the latest hammering former classy chaser Chatham Street Lad (who won the time before); by no means discounted.

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4th

19

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Rockys Howya

12st 0lb

J: Mr M C O’Donovan

T: Declan Queally

This would be some day to shed his maiden status under rules (0-18; 0-3 over fences) but he has looked on a sharp upward curve in winning five Irish points since October (mostly on testing ground), in the latest hammering former classy chaser Chatham Street Lad (who won the time before); by no means discounted.

12/1

9th

2

17th Oct 2021

Good

3m 0f 50y

13:30 Cork

Rockys Howya

12st 0lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: James Daniel Dullea

0-13 over hurdles; best form back-to-back in the spring when second in races at Wexford and Tramore; last three runs have been over fences; hard to make a case for him

20/1

5th

5

3rd Oct 2021

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:30 Killarney

Rockys Howya

12st 0lb

J: Shane Fitzgerald

T: James Daniel Dullea

Fair maiden hurdler; mistakes a feature of otherwise promising chase starts so far; hard to fancy here.

25/1

Form: PU/U0-

Last run: 414 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

A high-class staying chaser back in the day and has tackled the Gold Cup and Ryanair on his last two visits to Cheltenham; boasts form that some of these can merely dream about and he's looked good in recent points; interesting.

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3

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

18:35 Punchestown

Chriss Dream

12st 0lb

J: Mr J L Gleeson

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, disputed lead after 2nd, headed but prominent going easily when fell 3 out

11/2

5th

6

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Chriss Dream

12st 0lb

J: Miss M O’Sullivan

T: Henry De Bromhead

A high-class staying chaser back in the day and has tackled the Gold Cup and Ryanair on his last two visits to Cheltenham; boasts form that some of these can merely dream about and he's looked good in recent points; interesting.

8/1

11th

1

27th Jan 2022

Soft

3m 1f 0y

15:05 Gowran Park

Chriss Dream

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won the Troytown in 2019 and landed Grade 2 Red Mills Chase here later that season; hardly the most reliable at this stage; stable seemingly has a better chance with Eklat De Rire.

20/1

Form: /1-P11

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Slightly concerning that he ran so poorly on his one visit here (last April) but he's a young horse for this scene and evidently improving after making such light work of his last two hunter chases, accounting for respected opposition in the process; seems fine on all ground; could be best of the British.

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7th

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Famous Clermont

12st 0lb

J: Mr J King

T: C R Barber

Strong hunter chase form, notably when winning the Aintree Foxhunter last season easily justified 1-10 odds in two-runner point at Larkhill in January; bad mistake at the last cost him the race at Wincanton two months ago; comes here relatively fresh after missing Cheltenham and Aintree.

4/1

2nd

2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Famous Clermont

12st 6lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: C R Barber

Strong hunter chase form last season, including here and when winning the Aintree Foxhunters' in April (2m5f, good to soft); has won a point-to-point on heavy ground; easily justified 1-10 odds in two-runner point at Larkhill last month and holds leading claims now back under rules.

4/9

1st

11

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Famous Clermont

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: C R Barber

Very smart hunter chaser; looked a real threat at Cheltenham last month but seemed to find 3m2f too far; this trip ideal and has the form to go very close if the latest effort hasn't left a mark; tongue-strap fitted.

11/2

OUR TIP

Form: 31-211 D

Last run: 81 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

An 8yo who has come a long way in the past 12 months and he might well have beaten Billaway at Punchestown last April but for fluffing the last fence; hasn't been wildly impressive since in winning two hunter chases and a point, but all roads have led to Cheltenham and the demands of this race can trigger a career-best performance (has twice won over further); won on soft; major player.

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5th

14

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: D M Christie

Unplaced favourite at Cheltenham last year having previously looked like a rising star in this category; now 0-6 since that disappointment; second to Its On The Line here 12 months ago, also second to Billaway at Downpatrick last May; two odds-on defeats in autumn points campaign; only slight reassurance form well-beaten fifth behind Its On The Line at Aintree.

12/1

5th

9

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: D M Christie

midfield

5/1

Form: /122F- D

Last run: 364 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Five-time hunter chase winner, taking the notable scalp of Billaway at the 2021 Punchestown festival; travelling as well as anything when unseating three out in this two years ago and one of the market leaders when departing early last season (without regular hood, as again is the case); getting on in years and he lacks a warm-up race this time, but hard to dismiss.

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2nd

1

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

14:00 Taunton

Bob And Co

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

jumped left throughout, didn't jump with fluency, led, headed 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on but held from last

8/15

8th

3

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Bob And Co

12st 0lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Five-time hunter chase winner, taking the notable scalp of Billaway at the 2021 Punchestown festival; travelling as well as anything when unseating three out in this two years ago and one of the market leaders when departing early last season (without regular hood, as again is the case); getting on in years and he lacks a warm-up race this time, but hard to dismiss.

14/1

20/1

Form: 13/1/2

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Close up behind Vaucelet in a point last October and has given last year's principals (Billaway and Winged Leader) plenty to think about this year; comfortably exploited an easier assignment last time and brings each-way hopes.

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7th

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

14:45 Ayr

Le Malin

12st 0lb

J: Mr N McParlan

T: S McParlan

Three-time hurdle winner in France a few years ago and a point winner for current connections last February; badly out of form in handicap chases when last seen last August-October, though, and needs subsequent break to have done him good.

20/1

8th

5

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 60y

16:45 Punchestown

Le Malin

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: S McParlan

held up in rear

16/1

Form: 11-121 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Has become part of the furniture in this race and after two seconds he finally got his hands on the trophy when picking the pocket of Winged Leader in the dying strides 12 months ago; did well to win from where he was for much of the race (didn't jump or travel well) and he returns on the back of winning the same prep race at Naas (in a first-time tongue-tie); blinkers replace cheekpieces that have worked well; obvious claims.

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6th

1

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Billaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Won this event two years ago, beating Vaucelet; unseated at fourth last season, when the race was won by Its On The Line; made a bright start to the season when narrowly beaten by Its On The Line at Naas (a race he had won in four consecutive years); almost 12l behind Its On The Line at Cheltenham; seems to be past his peak now but remains very capable.

7/1

5th

1

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Billaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Part of the furniture in this race; after two seconds he finally got his just reward two years ago when doing well to win from an unpromising position, and he was 9-2 last year only to depart mid-race; has taken his usual tried-and-trusted route via a Naas hunter chase, in which last month he was flattered to get very close to collaring Its On The Line who was at it a fair way out at the head of affairs; still, that race usually brings this 12yo on, and this place gets his competitive juices flowing; expect him to be closing in at the finish, as is his way.

7/1

Form: /F564-

Last run: 387 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

High-class novice hurdler who was second in the 2018 Ballymore; had his moments in novice chases but ultimately became disappointing and his last three pointing wins have come in tiny fields when odds-on; unconvinced that he'll be up to this test.

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2

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Black Op

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: Mrs Emma Clark

High-class novice hurdler who was second in the 2018 Ballymore; had his moments in novice chases but ultimately became disappointing and his last three pointing wins have come in tiny fields when odds-on; unconvinced that he'll be up to this test.

40/1

4th

3

23rd Feb 2022

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:25 Doncaster

Black Op

11st 3lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

2-2 here in a bumper (2017) and maiden hurdle (2018); continues to drop down the weights but better could have been expected from this 11yo on his two runs this season, and he needs to raise his game.

11/2

6th

5

18th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Black Op

11st 1lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Tom George

Highly tried over fences in last two seasons; was facing a more realistic assignment in 3m1f veterans' handicap at Aintree last time but hung left throughout and could finish only fifth of seven; bit to prove after that.

5/1

Form: P/1/6/ C

Last run: 880 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

High-class performer back in the day for Nicky Henderson when donning the Constitution Hill colours; now a prolific pointer but the RPRs he's been posting in Ireland hint at limitations at this level.

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4

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Brain Power

12st 0lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Warren Ewing

High-class performer back in the day for Nicky Henderson when donning the Constitution Hill colours; now a prolific pointer but the RPRs he's been posting in Ireland hint at limitations at this level.

50/1

1

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Brain Power

12st 0lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Warren Ewing

Handy operator on his day for Nicky Henderson and a shade unlucky not to be coming here on the back of a hat-trick of 'point' wins; interesting here on stable debut for Warren Ewing and should give a good account.

7/1

Form: 2102-5 BF

Last run: 119 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Second in last season's Aintree Foxhunters' but he finished tailed off in the Kim Muir here the time before (also ran poorly on his previous visit to Cheltenham) and his reappearance in an Ascot handicap chase in November was forgettable (after wind surgery); will need one of his good days and those have become hard to predict.

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2nd

5

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Cat Tiger

11st 12lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

prominent, pressed leaders after 3 out, went second after 2 out, slightly hampered final 110yds, stayed on

11/2

5

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cat Tiger

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

Runner-up to fancied Grand National contender Latenightpass in this two years ago but his powers would appear to be on the wane these days, last time finishing a remote third to Bennys King at Leicester; there's always a hope that returning here might get his competitive juices flowing.

33/1

3rd

2

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Cat Tiger

12st 4lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

Won this in 2021 (soft) and runner-up in the Foxhunters' at Aintree in 2022; quiet in two runs last winter but in good form over hurdles and fences in France of late; ducked out when a short-priced favourite at Hereford last month but it's easy enough to forgive that lapse; good form chance.

11/4

Form: P/P-13 CD

Last run: 294 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

C&D winner last April but he shouldn't beat Vaucelet based on their Stratford form last May; minor role on the cards.

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6th

4

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

18:05 Stratford

Dandy Dan

11st 10lb

J: Miss Lauren Keen-Hawkins

T: J Bourne

Produced very good performance to win at Cheltenham (3m2f, good) last April and was placed in the big race here a few weeks later; yet to scale the same heights this year but proved his wellbeing in a recent, three-runner point and will be a danger to all if somewhere close to his best.

7/1

4th

1

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Dandy Dan

12st 4lb

J: Miss Lauren Keen-Hawkins

T: J Bourne

Won this 12 months ago and followed it with a decent third behind the talented Vaucelet at Stratford; would have found the ground too soft when pulled up behind Premier Magic here last month and he was a shorter price than the winner; respected.

8/1

2

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:15 Exeter

Dandy Dan

12st 2lb

J: Miss Lauren Keen-Hawkins

T: J Bourne

Had a bright spell last spring, looking good when winning over 3m2f at Cheltenham in April (good) and another sound effort followed at Stratford; soft ground not ideal in the big one at Cheltenham (pulled up) in March but would have every chance on best form.

9/2

Form: 2/1-32

Last run: 81 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Tailed off behind Billaway and Vaucelet at Punchestown last April but does have a verdict over the latter and also pushed him to a neck at Down Royal in December (3m, soft; steady pace was no help to the winner); prone to his off days but the ability is there to have some say and cheekpieces (last used in 2020) now return.

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3rd

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 50y

15:55 Down Royal

Dorking Cock

11st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, went second before 7th, challenging from 5 out, no extra when bit short of room and lost second final 110yds

5/1

Form: 22

Last run: 294 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Just the two runs over regulation fences, finishing second over C&D last April and again going close at Stratford the following month (both on good); won't be disgraced if repeating either of those efforts and it was a doddle in his recent points.

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10

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Go Go Geronimo

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Chatfeild-Roberts

T: Kelly Morgan

Just the two runs over regulation fences, finishing second over C&D last April and again going close at Stratford the following month (both on good); won't be disgraced if repeating either of those efforts and it was a doddle in his recent points.

33/1

2nd

4

27th May 2022

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

18:35 Stratford

Go Go Geronimo

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Chatfeild-Roberts

T: G T H Bailey

6/1

2nd

3

29th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Cheltenham

Go Go Geronimo

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Chatfeild-Roberts

T: G T H Bailey

Beaten in his first eight points but has won three of his last four, last time comfortably beating Luscious Lilly; front-runner facing his stiffest test yet but only a 7yo and there could be more to come.

10/1

Form: 3156-1

Last run: 24 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Pretty useful on his day for Olly Murphy and has won both his starts for Alan Hill, a 3m point and 2m7f hunter chase at Taunton when runner-up Not That Fuisse was perhaps unlucky; stamina might be stretched to the limit over this far on softer ground.

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3rd

2

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

I K Brunel

12st 3lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

raced in last

4/1

13

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

I K Brunel

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Beat Not That Fuisse in good style at Taunton in February; stumbled and unseated before halfway at Cheltenham last month; 80-1 then but wasn't a forlorn hope going into that race, nor is he for this.

33/1

11

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

I K Brunel

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Pretty useful on his day for Olly Murphy and has won both his starts for Alan Hill, a 3m point and 2m7f hunter chase at Taunton when runner-up Not That Fuisse was perhaps unlucky; stamina might be stretched to the limit over this far on softer ground.

40/1

Form: 0/33-P

Last run: 322 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Remote sixth in this two years ago but ran a lot better last year when third, having got competitive a good way out with runner-up Winged Leader; another year older now, though, and hasn't been in the same form since leaving Gordon Elliott.

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14

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Mighty Stowaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Alan Hill

Remote sixth in this two years ago but ran a lot better last year when third, having got competitive a good way out with runner-up Winged Leader; another year older now, though, and hasn't been in the same form since leaving Gordon Elliott.

66/1

4

29th Apr 2022

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:25 Cheltenham

Mighty Stowaway

12st 4lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Lawney Hill

18

7th Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Mighty Stowaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Lawney Hill

Put up a mighty display at Cheltenham last month (3m2f+) until weakening late on (final start for Gordon Elliott) and solid contender on that; only tenth in this last year, however, so bit to prove on that score.

8/1

Form: /82-22

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Useful novice hurdler when with Gordon Elliott but hasn't reached the same heights over fences; finished second at the hunter chase meeting here last April but was beaten fair and square by Not That Fuisse at Wetherby last month.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

10th Sep 2023

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

15:03 Fontwell

Moratorium

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Gary Brown

5-8 in points; 0-13 over regulation fences but gave pretty good account when second in Newton Abbot hunter chase (3m2f, good) in May and probably won't be far away if in similar form in this handicap; now in the care of Gary Brown (same owner).

4/1

2nd

6

17th May 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

16:55 Newton Abbot

Moratorium

12st 0lb

J: Mr Myles Osborne

T: M Osborne

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leader from 4th

6/1

3rd

7

5th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

18:00 Cheltenham

Moratorium

12st 0lb

J: Mr Myles Osborne

T: M Osborne

in touch with leaders, pushed along from 6th, ridden after 15th, went fourth after 4 out, hit 3 out, went third run-in, no match for first two

7/1

Form: 03510- D

Last run: 344 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Made all in a weak point three weeks ago but very opposable at this level on the balance of his form these past 12 months.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:15 Wincanton

Myth Buster

12st 2lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mrs Sara V Bradstock

Has won over regulation fences and was close up behind the smart hunter chaser Shantou Flyer in a point two months ago; could go well, though it's a bit late in the day to be trying new headgear.

8/1

Form: 01/611

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Off for 650 days after beating Clan Des Obeaux in a Grade 2 chase at Newbury in February 2021; although not the same force now judged on this season's exploits, he has won both his hunter chases without too much fuss, making all; that's very much his style of racing, however, and assured competition for the lead tempers enthusiasm; cheekpieces are a first.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Secret Investor

12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced since beating top-notcher Clan Des Obeaux in the Grade 2 Denman here just over three years ago (on good to soft); nothing like as good now but remains prolific in hunter chases and soft ground was against him when a lucky winner at Fakenham last month (Tigerbythetail going best when departing); runs here having bypassed Cheltenham but he wouldn't want the forecast light rain to be anything heavier than that.

5/2

1st

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

16:15 Fakenham

Secret Investor

12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

Quality performer back in the day and still prolific in hunter chases, winning four last year including the Horse & Hound Cup at Stratford (3m3f, good) the final time when accounting for a talented Northern Irish raider; likes goodish ground but can handle soft; one to beat.

11/10

1st

7

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Secret Investor

12st 0lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, pressed leader before 15th

4/1

Form: 5/7P-7 C

Last run: 81 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Won a handicap chase at this meeting in 2018 and very nearly took the Pertemps Final in 2020; good to see him still doing the business in points and he clearly failed to give his running behind Vaucelet at Down Royal in December (favourite); odds-on defeat on latest start reduces his appeal but returning here might get his competitive juices flowing; cheekpieces on for the first time.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

22

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

The Storyteller

12st 0lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a handicap chase at this meeting in 2018 and very nearly took the Pertemps Final in 2020; good to see him still doing the business in points and he clearly failed to give his running behind Vaucelet at Down Royal in December (favourite); odds-on defeat on latest start reduces his appeal but returning here might get his competitive juices flowing; cheekpieces on for the first time.

14/1

7th

9

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

The Storyteller

12st 0lb

J: Mr J J Codd

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade One C&D winner has made an excellent start to life as a 'Pointer', winning all three starts, latest with a nice bit left in the locker from Some Are Lucky; fits into the 'class is permanent' type of category, and could have a bit too much firepower for his rivals here, albeit a hot affair.

5/2

1

19th Sep 2021

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Listowel

The Storyteller

11st 12lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Came into the form of his life around this time last year, culminating with a breakthrough Grade 1 success when he snared the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal in last-gasp style; went on to finish second in the Christmas Hurdle and the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup before running respectably in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham; last seen finishing mid-field in the Punchestown version; Jordan Gainford's claim will be a help on his return.

5/2

Form: /3-125 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Competitive in hunter chases at Newton Abbot last May but those were meek races and he's performed moderately in two runs following a break; outclassed in this company.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

17th May 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

16:55 Newton Abbot

Wotzizname

12st 4lb

J: Miss Megan Bevan

T: Mrs Diane Ward

towards rear, in touch with leaders after 6th, prominent after 9th, towards rear before 12th, soon shaken up

8/1

3rd

4

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:15 Exeter

Wotzizname

12st 2lb

J: Miss Megan Bevan

T: Mrs Diane Ward

Easy 3m2f hunter chase win at Newton Abbot last May came against one other rival; not in much form earlier in 2023 before pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival (200-1; hampered); has work to do here as well.

20/1

24

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Wotzizname

12st 0lb

J: Miss Megan Bevan

T: Mrs D Ward

Competitive in hunter chases at Newton Abbot last May but those were meek races and he's performed moderately in two runs following a break; outclassed in this company.

200/1

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Payout
Exacta £19421.00
Straight Forecast £13524.70
Tricast £591855.10
Trifecta £264409.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Vaucelet

WEST COUNTRY:

Famous Clermont

POSTDATA:

Secret Investor

LAMBOURN:

Bob And Co

TOPSPEED:

Cat Tiger

Daily Mirror:

Billaway

Daily Record:

Brain Power

RP Ratings:

Vaucelet

The Times:

Vaucelet

Daily Mail:

Vaucelet

D Express:

Vaucelet

The Sun:

Vaucelet

The Star:

Famous Clermont

The Guardian:

Secret Investor

Telegraph:

Bob And Co