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14:40 Kempton

Good To Soft

Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31218
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Virgin Bet Fives Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.75
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 12-512 D BF

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won Ffos Las handicap (2m5f, soft) in December on chase debut and respectable second of four in Grade 2 novice at Warwick (3m, heavy) since; open to further progress for top yard and respected back in a handicap.

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5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Complete Unknown

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Highly progressive as a novice chaser last season, ending with an easy handicap win at Kempton (2m4f, soft) and staying-on second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); won an intermediate chase on return but made a backward step when favourite for top 3m2f handicap at Newbury on latest outing; of major interest if that can be forgiven.

8/1

10th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Complete Unknown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

towards rear, hampered 1st

7/1

1st

2

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:40 Newton Abbot

Complete Unknown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second early, led 2nd, increased tempo 10th, pecked on landing 12th, going best when good jump 4 out, went clear 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and reduced lead run-in, always doing enough

4/6

14/1

  • Place: £3.00

Form: P3-539 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Won Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock in January 2021 and returned to form when third in Chepstow handicap over Christmas; however, he's back to having something to prove having been well beaten at Cheltenham latest.

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2nd

6

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Silver Hallmark

11st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock in January 2021 and returned to form when third in Chepstow handicap over Christmas; however, he's back to having something to prove having been well beaten at Cheltenham latest.

14/1

1

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Silver Hallmark

12st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Fergal O’Brien

9th

9

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Silver Hallmark

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Fergal O’Brien

Lightly raced 9yo; creditable third to Fugitif at Chepstow with reappearance under his belt; far from sure to reverse placings with the winner, who had plenty in hand, but again has place possibilities.

14/1

20/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 185563 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Didn't run badly in two Grade 3 handicaps to kick off this year, and third of six in Class 3 handicap at Ludlow most recently; however, it seems likely he's up against it now back up in grade.

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6th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

One True King

12st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Coped well with drop to 2m when scoring here last month then followed up over C&D (also on soft) three weeks ago; nudged up only another 2lb for the latter success and today's faster ground will also suit.

9/4

1st

4

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

One True King

11st 7lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Much better known for his exploits over 3m nowadays but coped well with drop back to 2m when keeping on strongly to win for Toby McCain-Mitchell here (soft) 12 days ago; quickly moves back up in trip today; 5lb rise ought to be manageable.

4/1

Form: 2-2921 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Fair second at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) in January and was an easy winner in first-time cheekpieces at Warwick (2m4f, good) three weeks ago; strong claims if the headgear continues to have a positive effect.

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6th

6

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Galahad Quest

11st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Questionable what he achieved behind an easy winner when back chasing at Ludlow in February and especially after a lesser run at Newbury, albeit in a strong handicap (2m4f, good to soft); on the plus side, drying conditions are in his favour and his only previous attempt at 3m was in the valuable handicap at this track in 2022; could be a player after wind surgery.

10/1

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Galahad Quest

10st 9lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

prominent, outpaced after 12th, weakened after 2 out

11/2

Form: 496618 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won at Leicester last month when wearing this visor for the second time and was probably unsuited by the step up to 3m here last time; however, his chase wins have come in Class 3 handicaps and this race may be too warm.

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4th

5

12th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

17:00 Plumpton

Jacamar

11st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Harriet Dickin

raced in last

11/2

3rd

5

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Jacamar

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Harriet Dickin

Raced mainly at around 2m4f and is on the downgrade now; went close off his much-reduced mark in four-runner race at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) in January but safely held twice since; formerly trained by Milton Harris/Anthony Charlton; now with Hariet Dickin; others preferred.

7/1

5th

7

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Jacamar

10st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Anthony Charlton

held up in rear

8/1

Form: F-27P7 D

Last run: 106 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Won four times over fences in 2021 (all on good ground), including a Grade 2 novice; hasn't hit the same heights this season but he returns from a break with his trainer enjoying an excellent month; he may be okay if the ground is good to soft and he's not a forlorn hope.

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0

2

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:40 Market Rasen

Captain Tom Cat

11st 10lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

pressed leader, led 9th, headed 2 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths second when fell last

3/1

3rd

2

22nd Jun 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

19:40 Uttoxeter

Captain Tom Cat

11st 13lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

Not as good as he was over fences but remains capable of useful chase form; didn't really fire here last month but still looks interesting off his lower hurdle mark; best on good ground but handles soft.

8/1

Form: 3F-10P D

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Landed a hat-trick last winter (2m/2m1f, soft/good to soft) and impressed on reappearance at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in December; something to prove after below-par runs the last twice but they were at Cheltenham which may not be his course; major player if rediscovering the Aintree promise.

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5th

1

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:10 Chepstow

Brave Seasca

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won a 2m4f Aintree handicap (good to soft) in late 2022 off 6lb higher but has offered very little in his six subsequent appearances, the latest 25 days ago on his return from a break.

12/1

5th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

16:18 Chepstow

Brave Seasca

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Quickly lost his way after beginning 2022-23 season with excellent win at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) and there has been no revival on his two appearances this term; leap of faith required to support him here.

8/1

0

1

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Brave Seasca

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Easily won this race last year on sole course visit (good to soft; has also won on soft); he may have needed last month's reappearance run at Exeter (tailed off) and is not ruled out off a mark 1lb lower than 12 months ago, but he also ended last season out of form and has something to prove.

4/1

Form: 13U-10 D

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Better could have been expected in a hot handicap at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but it was her first run there and the track may not have suited; prior to that she won a Listed mares' chase at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) and she's of interest if tapping back into that promise.

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1st

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Fantastic Lady

10st 13lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in last

16/1

6th

5

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fantastic Lady

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Very disappointing when pulled up at Doncaster in December last time out, but she returned from a similar break (and substandard run) to finish a clear second in this race last year (soft); solid fifth over C&D (heavy) in the Grand Sefton in November on reappearance; capable of a bold show.

12/1

Form: 1244-2 C

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Smart front-running chaser in 2021 for Paul Nicholls (wins over 2m/2m2f, including here) and, having missed all of last year, he was a good second on last month's stable debut at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft); has run well at up to an extended 2m3f in the past and could make a bold bid.

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1st

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Fidelio Vallis

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Useful for Paul Nicholls; consistent efforts for current yard, finishing second twice over 2m here (good to soft) then fourth over 2m5f at Ascot (good) where he shaped as if this drop back to a sharp 2m4f will suit; clear possibilities off 3lb below last winning mark.

7/1

4th

1

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Fidelio Vallis

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Defied a higher mark than today's when a smart front-running chaser for Paul Nicholls in 2021; returned from another absence to finish second at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) where his jumping could have been sharper; unraced over this far and others may be stronger when it matters.

11/2

2nd

1

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Fidelio Vallis

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Smart front-running chaser in 2021 for Paul Nicholls and returned from a long absence to run well on his debut for Harry Derham over C&D in February; now back from another lengthy break but clearly able when fresh; strong contender.

2/1

Form: 4-F596

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

He's well treated on his old form and took a step back in the right direction when back over hurdles and sixth at Doncaster in January on his third run since rejoining this yard; has to build on that latest run, however.

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2

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Rouge Vif

12st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Wins this all day on back class (RPRs peaked at 164 in 2020), but he lost his way in 2022-23 and second place (beaten 23l; made mistakes) on his stable debut in March owed plenty to others' mishaps; down in class and dropped another 5lb, but still couldn't have absolute faith in a revival.

8/1

2nd

5

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Rouge Vif

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

travelled strongly, disputed lead, overjumped 2nd, soon raced in third, mistake 8th, soon lost third

7/1

3

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

17:55 Kempton

Rouge Vif

11st 13lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Harry Whittington

took keen hold, led

10/1

Form: 13-444 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

10yo who hasn't been at his best the last twice, most recently at Wetherby 12 days ago; however, before those he was a creditable fourth in the Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) and is not ruled out now 6lb lower.

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9

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Beakstown

10st 11lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

10yo who hasn't been at his best the last twice, most recently at Wetherby 12 days ago; however, before those he was a creditable fourth in the Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) and is not ruled out now 6lb lower.

9/1

4th

1

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 75y

Class 3

16:25 Wetherby

Beakstown

12st 0lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Disappointing at Newbury in November last time out but he struck into his left-fore; prior to that he was a creditable fourth in the Old Roan at Aintree and that form gives him a big shout now 4lb lower in this easier race.

3/1

4th

6

25th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:30 Newbury

Beakstown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has modest chasing strike-rate for a horse of his ability (1-12) but kept on strongly to win Listed handicap at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) in April and ran big race when fourth in last month's Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft); must be considered.

100/30

Form: -52935 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Has an inconsistent profile and can make mistakes; not at his best last time but this drop back down in trip could help and he's handicapped to be a contender if minimising the blunders and producing his peak form.

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7th

4

6th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

17:50 Kempton

Dublin Four

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

held up in rear, weakened 3 out

12/1

11

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Dublin Four

10st 10lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has an inconsistent profile and can make mistakes; not at his best last time but this drop back down in trip could help and he's handicapped to be a contender if minimising the blunders and producing his peak form.

14/1

5th

6

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

14:45 Uttoxeter

Dublin Four

11st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

in rear, mistake 6th

6/1

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Non-runners

Mister Fisher, Fantastic Lady, Fidelio Vallis

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Payout
Exacta £187.00
Straight Forecast £181.70
Tricast £1678.30
Trifecta £1823.00

Selections

The Guardian:

Fidelio Vallis

WEST COUNTRY:

Complete Unknown

TOPSPEED:

Fantastic Lady

POSTDATA:

One True King

SPOTLIGHT:

Brave Seasca

The Times:

Silver Hallmark

RP Ratings:

Dublin Four

Daily Mirror:

Rouge Vif

Telegraph:

Mister Fisher

LAMBOURN:

Fantastic Lady

D Express:

Complete Unknown

The Star:

Complete Unknown

Daily Mail:

Fidelio Vallis

The Sun:

Fidelio Vallis

Daily Record:

Fidelio Vallis