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17:00 Fakenham

Good To Soft

Robert Hoare Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2566.5
  • 3m 0f 38y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Robert Hoare Memorial Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Evs (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.60

Form: P-PP1U

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Shrugged off mistakes for narrow success on his Hereford hunter chase debut (2m5f, soft), with Gaboriot and Zee Man well held; player again granted a clear round, though has last time's Haydock unseat to forgive.

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

2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Bennys King

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Never far from the lead when an admirable runner-up to the now-absent Famous Clermont in this 12 months ago (good to soft) and, like last year, he returns on the back of a comfortable hunter chase success (on heavy); teenagers have won this in the past (as recently as 2013) and this veteran needs shortlisting on testing ground he could handle better than most.

15/2

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Bennys King

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Had a fine spell in early 2023, culminating in his second in the 2m5f Foxhunters' at Aintree; hasn't been in the same form this winter, even allowing for a close third of six finishers at Taunton (2m5f, soft) in January, and he did miss a heavy-ground engagement in December.

13/2

9/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 9P55-2 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Long time since he won, but C&D record of 121 includes victory in this race four years ago (good to soft); had a misfiring Gaboriot well behind when a respectable second to Secret Investor at Kelso last month.

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Verdict Starting price

22

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Sir Jack Yeats

12st 0lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has completed all five C&D attempts (two in this race) but not as good as he was and well beaten by Bennys King at Fakenham last month.

50/1

2nd

8

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Sir Jack Yeats

11st 12lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

prominent

9/1

2nd

5

17th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

16:35 Kelso

Sir Jack Yeats

11st 12lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, raced in second

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 321-73 CD

Last run: 294 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Beaten favourite on last month's first outing since May, but has never won after more than seven weeks' absence; can do better, though not foot-perfect when 4l second to Not That Fuisse in this last year.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

Peacocks Secret

11st 2lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: D Peters

took keen hold, disputed lead, raced in second before 4th

11/2

3rd

1

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Peacocks Secret

12st 6lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: D Peters

held up in rear

10/1

Form: /69-63 C

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Accounted for Kimberlite Candy in a Ffos Las point in November and has outrun his official rating twice in hunter chases of late, including this week; miles behind Bennys King and Gaboriot two starts back, however.

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Verdict Starting price

2nd

8

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 6

15:45 Warwick

Zee Man

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: F A Hutsby

took keen hold, prominent, led after 4 out, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakening when mistake last

6/1

3

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Zee Man

12st 2lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: F A Hutsby

led

40/1

3rd

7

6th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:25 Southwell

Zee Man

12st 2lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: F A Hutsby

prominent, badly hampered 1st, in touch with leaders before 3rd, prominent from 6th

66/1

Form: 8/1-P4

Last run: 294 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Unseen since well held in the John Corbet Cup last May (lost two shoes), and although twice successful after absences of over 250 days he's never won under anyone other than Dale Peters (five times).

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

4

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 1lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

midfield, headway to lead 8th, headed 3 out, led again after 2 out, soon idled and ridden, edged left final 110yds, stayed on

7/2

10th

15

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 0lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

Couldn't lay a glove on last season's Cheltenham hero Premier Magic when they clashed there last May and a good few of these would have won the Fakenham hunter chase he landed a month ago, and probably a lot more easily; should things go his way he could make the frame, but that might be the limit of his ambitions.

25/1

Form: 27-P34

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Very useful sub-3m performer in France; respectable 20l third to Bennys King on his British debut in January, but blowout at Kelso since (albeit on his first experience of officially good ground) needs forgiving.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

2

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Gaboriot

12st 4lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Productive 2023-24 in handicap and hunter chases (3m-3m1f; good-soft), but longstanding plan to land the Aintree Foxhunters' was scuppered at the Canal Turn; spared a hard race, at least, and the presence of Raz De Maree and Ucello II in the pedigree offers some hope for marathon trips.

7/2

9

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Gaboriot

12st 0lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Ex-French 8yo; suffered some reality checks last term when well held in races won by today's rivals Bennys King and Time Leader but something has clicked this season in winning three of his last four starts, in two 3m handicaps and a hunter chase (beat Windsor Avenue by 6l); this race has been on the agenda for a good while but it demands a career best from him.

11/1

Form: 234P-3

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Former mid-150s performer who fared well for a long way behind Secret Investor on recent return; still winless at 3m but almost nowhere is that trip more gettable than here; assistance of top rider.

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7

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Mister Whitaker

11st 12lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Donald McCain

always towards rear

3/1

3rd

4

10th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

13:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Mister Whitaker

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Donald McCain

Cheltenham Festival winner over fences for Mick Channon; his last success was over hurdles (2m6f) in November 2021 and he found things tough back over fences early last year but his latest run was in the Topham at Aintree; returns from 308 days off but he was won when fresh in the past and should have a future in hunter chases; respected.

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £116.00
Straight Forecast £117.90
Trifecta £902.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Bennys King

SPOTLIGHT:

Mister Whitaker

Telegraph:

Peacocks Secret

The Guardian:

Sir Jack Yeats

D Express:

Mister Whitaker

The Star:

Mister Whitaker

TOPSPEED:

Bennys King

POSTDATA:

Bennys King

The Times:

Bennys King

Daily Mail:

Bennys King

Daily Mirror:

Bennys King

The Sun:

Bennys King

Daily Record:

Bennys King