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13:30 Kempton

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £11301.34
  • 2m 2f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Virgin Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Form: 33-211

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Has done very well since joining this yard and has easily made all in this hood on his first two chase starts (2m5f, good to soft/good); today's assignment is tougher but this progressive 8yo may well be up to it.

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

9th

9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Whistleinthedark

10st 8lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: L J Morgan

Good fourth at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December but backward steps in major handicaps both starts since; latest was the 3m2f Kim Muir at Cheltenham and that's the furthest he's been; it's possible that soft ground has been against him but he may get that again here.

100/1

10th

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Whistleinthedark

11st 10lb

J: Mr Joe Wright

T: L J Morgan

Won last season on first four chase starts (2m2f-2m5f, good/good to soft) and back to form with good fourth at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December in a race that has worked out well; however, needs something extra today and also has to bounce back from below-par run at Doncaster.

100/1

8th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Whistleinthedark

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

Hit the ground running over fences last season when winning his first four chase starts (2m2f-2m5f, good/good to soft); made too many mistakes in the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2m4f, soft) but was better here in December (3m) when close up behind three of today's rivals; each-way claims.

20/1

Form: 423112 BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over fences at the fourth attempt at Taunton (2m, soft) in January and he followed up at Exeter (2m3f, good); second of three at Wincanton (2m4f, good) since and needs to better that performance here, but it was still a solid run and he may have more to offer for his top yard.

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8th

3

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cap Du Mathan

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Pulled up in three of his last five appearances but he remains useful on his day, with his fourth in a Grade 3 2m1f handicap at Ascot in November reading well; however, his best form is over shorter than this and it was a very winnable race in which he made a successful hunter chase debut at Leicester (2m, soft); others appeal more over this far.

25/1

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Cap Du Mathan

12st 6lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Capable chaser, as shown when making pleasing seasonal reappearance (fourth) in a Premier Handicap at Ascot in November; pulled up in both subsequent starts, so seemingly does have something to prove now switching to hunter chases; trip and ground are both fine; major contender.

13/8

Form: 43-883

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Having dropped down the weights he returned to form with a good third of five over C&D last month in a first-time tongue-tie (retained; cheekpieces now added); now 0-7 over fences and takes on some progressive rivals, but it will be no surprise to see another prominent finish.

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2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Any News

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won at Worcester, Wetherby (walked over) and Exeter in the autumn, from 15 starts in total over fences; unraced beyond 3m but stayed on gamely to take 11-runner race over that trip (good) last time and this distance looks worth a go; 5lb higher today but has gone well on occasions after a layoff and needs plenty of respect.

5/1

1st

2

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Any News

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Walked over last week at Wetherby; the ground was too soft the time before and he had previously opened his account over fences by 10l in a small field at Worcester (2m7f, good; 6lb lower); consistency is not his forte.

8/1

1st

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

17:15 Wetherby

Any News

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Belatedly opened account over fences with 10l success at Worcester (2m7f, good) last month and remains well handicapped on older form; subsequent defeat on soft ground should not be viewed too harshly; sets his rival a good standard of chasing form.

Evs

Form: 6231-1

Last run: 121 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Headstrong sort who made all on chase/handicap debut at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in November, with Cap Du Mathan (who has won twice since) in second; absent since but that latest win came when fresh and this unexposed 6yo is open to further improvement; has shown promise on soft/good to soft.

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1st

5

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Stormin Crossgales

11st 5lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Tom George

Free-goer who is still to follow up 2022's Wincanton 1m7f wins (hurdle/chase); irregular heartbeat and soft ground excuse last two runs, but nowhere to hide here with trip, ground and mark all perfect.

16/1

6th

2

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Stormin Crossgales

11st 7lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Headstrong sort who is inconsistent and was pulled up last time; however, he was found to have an irregular heartbeat and was uncharacteristically held-up, which may not have suited; has dropped to a dangerous mark and he was a fair third over C&D last November; not written off.

9/1

Form: /1147P

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner (good to soft) who won his first two hurdle starts last May/June (2m3f/2m5f, good) then was unplaced in two Grade 2s in the autumn; didn't jump well and pulled up on last month's chase debut at Haydock (2m4f, good to soft); not written off for top yard but something to prove.

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5th

7

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:05 Warwick

Quid Pro Quo

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Came good over fences with fairly comfortable success at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft) in April and has been pretty consistent since; lacks the potential of some of these but his chasing experience and proven fitness ought to give him an edge; had wind surgery last month.

7/2

2nd

4

5th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 3

15:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Quid Pro Quo

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Comes here in a consistent run of form having been thereabouts in handicaps from 2m4f to 2m5f; usually keeps on in his races so going further this afternoon might well suit; tempting.

5/2

Form: /223-F

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Failed to progress for Paul Nicholls and, following an absence, he was tailed off on his recent stable debut at Sandown when falling at the final fence; may have needed that last run but is probably best watched.

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0

14

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

16:04 Wincanton

Atholl Street

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Five starts for this yard, failing to finish in two chases and tailed off in his three races back hurdling; way down the weights.

66/1

5th

6

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 110y

Class 4

14:05 Newton Abbot

Atholl Street

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Four starts for this yard; failed to finish in two chases and twice tailed off back hurdling; tongue-strap returns.

50/1

8th

9

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

19:00 Chepstow

Atholl Street

10st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Became rather disappointing for Paul Nicholls last season and has struggled to get competitive for new stable this term, most recently when tailed off here (2m3f) on recent return to hurdling; revival needed.

50/1

Form: -FPP22

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Back to form when runner-up at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) last month and occupied same position at Chepstow (2m3f, good) last time; up in grade here and needs something extra to win but might not be far away.

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Verdict Starting price

5th

8

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Triple Trade

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Had a good spell before Christmas with wins at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) and Ascot (2m3f, good), albeit presented with the latter race on a plate by the wayward runner-up; little to recommend him on subsequent soft-ground runs, though, including in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham, and just 1lb lower than for those two defeats.

20/1

8th

12

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Triple Trade

10st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Overhauled Calico late on over C&D (good to soft) in November and he was the one to profit from Harper's Brook pulling himself up in front at Ascot (2m3f, good) just before Christmas; looked in trouble a long way out and something presumably not right when a remote last of five finishers at Lingfield (2m, soft) in January; freshened up since and his overall profile in the last year or so is positive.

25/1

5th

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Would have been beaten by Saint Segal at Ascot (2m1f, good) in November but for that rival's final-fence fall (came third); however, he'd won at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) just eight days earlier and was back on the scoresheet at Ascot (2m3f, good) latest; progressive and could be in the mix.

5/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stormin Crossgales

RP Ratings:

Whistleinthedark

TOPSPEED:

Any News

POSTDATA:

Cap Du Mathan

WEST COUNTRY:

Triple Trade

The Times:

Stormin Crossgales

D Express:

Stormin Crossgales

Daily Mirror:

Triple Trade

Daily Mail:

Whistleinthedark

Daily Record:

Whistleinthedark

Telegraph:

Any News

The Guardian:

Any News

The Sun:

Cap Du Mathan

The Star:

Cap Du Mathan