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16:20 Chepstow

Soft

Polyroof Products Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6548.44
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 5
  • 15 runners
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Polyroof Products Handicap Chase

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.20
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 9-F4U4 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Course winner over hurdles last season (2m3f, soft; handicap debut); 0-4 over fences this term (includes two non-completions) but there have been some encouraging signs and today's new trip may unlock improvement.

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3rd

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Rock Of Star

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

in touch with leaders, not fluent and dropped to rear 2nd, headway 9th

13/2

33/1

  • Place: £10.20

Form: 33P579 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Wide-margin winner of three-runner C&D race (good to firm) when back under rules in October but seems badly to have lost his way since; refitted blinkers replace visor; tongue-tie refitted; has a lot to prove.

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0

10

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Galop Du Bosc

10st 11lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Bernard Llewellyn

Pulled up in three consecutive chases for Tim Vaughan last year and there was no revival when he switched back to hurdling in new headgear for new stable last month; blinkers refitted today.

33/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 3-5F23 BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Made underwhelming start to chasing career in the autumn but went close in consecutive 2m7f hurdle races (heavy/good to soft) during the winter and is well handicapped if that form can be transferred to fences.

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0

7

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

14:55 Fontwell

William Philo

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Ben Lund

in rear, reminder after 1st, soon detached, tailed off when pulled up before 8th

25/1

6th

5

24th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

15:25 Chepstow

William Philo

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Ben Lund

Hurdle and chase winner for Robert Walford (both on soft); 28-1 and little short-term encouragement in a Taunton handicap chase on last week's stable debut; return of blinkers not enough to tempt.

16/1

Form: 477-0P

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Six-race maiden who didn't look very enthusiastic when well beaten in two chases during the winter (2m4f/2m6f); tongue-tie added today; significant improvement required.

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6th

10

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Kings Krackertara

10st 7lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Fitted with a tongue-tie on last two starts when staying-on fourth of 15 here (3m, soft) and winning at Newton Abbot (3m2f, soft) 16 days later; fortunate in the latter, as the clear leader fell two out, but she's back up only 1lb and brings far more positives than most of these.

5/1

1st

3

8th Apr 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

15:35 Newton Abbot

Kings Krackertara

10st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Fitted with a tongue-tie, first sign of promise over fences when staying on from the rear for fourth at Chepstow (3m, soft) 16 days ago, with the reopposing Galop Du Bosc just under 2l ahead in second; this longer trip should suit on that evidence; considered.

9/2

4th

12

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Kings Krackertara

10st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Nick Gifford

Six-race maiden who didn't look very enthusiastic when well beaten in two chases during the winter (2m4f/2m6f); tongue-tie added today; significant improvement required.

40/1

Form: 644-5P

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in both handicap hurdles (2m7f/3m; cheekpieces added last time); remains unexposed and today's switch to chasing may show him in a better light, but it takes a leap of faith to support him.

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5th

4

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Imperial Hurricane

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Well beaten in both handicap hurdles (2m7f/3m; cheekpieces added last time); remains unexposed and today's switch to chasing may show him in a better light, but it takes a leap of faith to support him.

20/1

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 0f 26y

Class 5

16:15 Wetherby

Imperial Hurricane

11st 11lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Disappointing when 11-4 for last month's handicap debut at Market Rasen (2m7f, good to soft), having previously shown some staying potential on soft/heavy ground; however, this unexposed 6yo could return to form when back on a deeper surface and is not ruled out in first-time cheekpieces.

12/1

5th

1

1st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 5

13:40 Market Rasen

Imperial Hurricane

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Failed to threaten early this year on first four starts (2m/2m4f, soft/heavy) but showed ability and this half-brother to 2m7f hurdle winner Hi Ho Phoenix (RPR 126) could improve now up in trip on handicap debut.

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 124321 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Looked suited by step up to 2m7f when keeping on well to win at Taunton (good) three weeks ago and is now 2-6 over fences; today's slower ground will make this a stiffer test at the trip but still considered.

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3rd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Tim Dennis

in rear, jumped right 1st, outpaced before 3 out, rallied from 2 out, went third run-in

8/1

3rd

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

towards rear

7/1

4th

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Imperial Joe

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

Made it 3-8 over fences when scoring at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) in April but he was well held in final run in the spring and was a similar story here on his return in November; now drops back in grade but he's still 6lb higher than for last win and has some work to do back at this trip.

13/2

Form: 7-165F D

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles on seasonal debut at Bangor (2m7f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in November and ran well for a long way when fifth on last month's chasing debut at Lingfield (2m7f, good; first-time blinkers); didn't look to be going that well before falling at Ffos Las recently but still has low mileage and enters calculations; cheekpieces back on today.

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1

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Walk In My Shoes

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won over hurdles on seasonal debut at Bangor (2m7f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in November and ran well for a long way when fifth on last month's chasing debut at Lingfield (2m7f, good; first-time blinkers); didn't look to be going that well before falling at Ffos Las recently but still has low mileage and enters calculations; cheekpieces back on today.

12/1

8

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:55 Ffos Las

Walk In My Shoes

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Came good over hurdles on seasonal debut at Bangor (2m7f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) in November and ran well for a long way when fifth on last month's chasing debut at Lingfield (2m7f, good; first-time blinkers); still has low mileage; shortlisted.

11/1

5th

2

20th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

16:45 Lingfield

Walk In My Shoes

12st 2lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Returned after wind surgery with a hurdle win at Bangor (2m7f, soft; off 5lb lower) in November but he failed to back that up when tailed off at Ffos Las last month; still lightly raced but has something to prove again on this switch to fences; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.

9/2

Form: 225U37

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

27-race maiden who was unable to land a significant blow at Ffos Las (3m, good) this month; ought to cope with today's slower ground but needs a significant boost from the change of headgear.

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6

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Jean Genie

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

27-race maiden who was unable to land a significant blow at Ffos Las (3m, good) this month; ought to cope with today's slower ground but needs a significant boost from the change of headgear.

14/1

7th

9

5th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:55 Ffos Las

Jean Genie

11st 5lb

J: James Best

T: Tim Vaughan

26-race maiden who was last of three finishers when favourite for uncompetitive maiden hurdle last month; switches back to fences on a workable mark and is suited by this C&D but patience in him has worn thin; visor the headgear of choice this time.

14/1

3rd

2

15th Feb 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

13:30 Hereford

Jean Genie

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Frustrating type who made it 0-25 when unseating in a Wetherby chase latest; usually seen over fences but twice finished second in maiden hurdles last May; good enough to win this but no guarantee he will; cheekpieces return in place of a visor and wind surgery since last start.

10/11

Form: 66-523 BF

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced for his age and made very promising chase debut when second at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) in December; not quite in same form when third at Carlisle (3m, soft) last month but can play a major role here if the first-time cheekpieces have any positive effect.

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5

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Patient Owner

10st 6lb

J: David Noonan

T: Henry Oliver

Showed some fair form over fences last term, notably when second in a Uttoxeter handicap off 17lb higher in December 2022 (3m, heavy); pulled up on all three starts this season, the latest when having first run after a wind op when headgear was tried (didn't jump well); no headgear here but hard to fancy despite good mark.

14/1

6

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:25 Leicester

Patient Owner

10st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Henry Oliver

Maiden; ran well at Uttoxeter (3m, heavy) on chase debut but form has gone downhill since, pulled up in both runs this term; combination of wind surgery and first-time visor needs to help.

11/2

Form: P2-F2F

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Fell in two of his first three chases but ran big race in defeat when close/clear second at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in between and may still have potential; can't be ruled out.

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5th

8

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Advantura

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in rear, mistake 1st, in touch with leaders when not fluent 7th, not fluent 8th, reminder before 9th, pushed along and lost ground after 11th, got behind after 14th, soon pulled up

12/1

9

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Advantura

11st 1lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fell in two of his first three chases but ran big race in defeat when close/clear second at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in between and may still have potential; can't be ruled out.

10/1

6

31st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 5

14:15 Ffos Las

Advantura

10st 10lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Perhaps travelled a bit too well for his own good when beaten narrowly on his second chase start at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft), finishing clear of the remainder; an 8lb rise seems harsh but he's considered nonetheless.

11/2

Form: P4P-P3

Last run: 92 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced in recent years; has form over C&D and proved he retains ability when keeping on for modest third at Lingfield (2m6f, heavy) in December but younger rivals appeal more all the same.

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7th

11

16th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

16:10 Wincanton

Celma Des Bois

10st 2lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

Weights chance on most recent winning form, over 2m4f at Leicester last January, but a regular non-completer since, including at Chepstow last month.

33/1

10

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Celma Des Bois

11st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

Lightly raced in recent years; has form over C&D and proved he retains ability when keeping on for modest third at Lingfield (2m6f, heavy) in December but younger rivals appeal more all the same.

14/1

3rd

12

21st Dec 2022

Soft

2m 6f 10y

Class 5

15:30 Lingfield

Celma Des Bois

10st 11lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Richard Rowe

Has done nothing since his Leicester win last January and was in trouble a good way out in Ramore Will's race here recently; opposable.

50/1

Form: 54-PP2 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 11lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Veteran; perhaps best known as an Exeter specialist but also effective over this C&D; unreliable nowadays but was game second here (3m2f, good) last month and ought to be better suited by today's slower ground.

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6th

11

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

13:50 Exeter

Tudors Treasure

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Robert Stephens

Three-time course winner who was runner-up at Chepstow in February but he struggled otherwise last season (including here) and this 12yo is 6lb out of the handicap today.

33/1

Form: 673975 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Won by 47l in first-time cheekpieces here (3m2f, heavy) just over a year ago; well below that form this season but didn't run badly over 3m2f here (good; behind Tudors Treasure) in first-time blinkers last month and today's slower ground is in his favour.

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13

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Mr Katanga

10st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won by 47l in first-time cheekpieces here (3m2f, heavy) just over a year ago; well below that form this season but didn't run badly over 3m2f here (good; behind Tudors Treasure) in first-time blinkers last month and today's slower ground is in his favour.

9/1

5th

8

25th Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:17 Chepstow

Mr Katanga

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Galloped rivals into the ground when winning a division of this 12 months ago (heavy; first-time cheekpieces) but the boot has been on the other foot this winter and he again ran moderately last time (first-time tongue-tie, now left off); ringing the changes with blinkers but has much to prove.

6/1

7th

8

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Mr Katanga

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Best effort this season when third, albeit no match for the first two, over C&D (soft) in November; easy winner at Chepstow last February but recent form is below that level; tongue-tie added.

10/1

Form: 654-73 D

Last run: 78 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Four-time chase winner but not since January 2021 and has regressed in the meantime; made a lot of the running when placed off today's career-low mark at Hereford (3m1f, soft) in January but others have more persuasive profiles; swaps visor for refitted blinkers; tongue-tie refitted.

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14

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Ballybreen

10st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Four-time chase winner but not since January 2021 and has regressed in the meantime; made a lot of the running when placed off today's career-low mark at Hereford (3m1f, soft) in January but others have more persuasive profiles; swaps visor for refitted blinkers; tongue-tie refitted.

9/1

3rd

10

4th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:00 Hereford

Ballybreen

10st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Won five times between January 2020-January 2021 but no success since and has rather lost his way (tailed off on return in November); won this in 2020 but only sixth last year (now 21lb lower); needs a revival.

14/1

7th

8

25th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:15 Ffos Las

Ballybreen

11st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Four-time chase winner (3m-3m2f) on soft/heavy ground but his last success was in January 2021 and he was out of form last season; now 10lb lower than for his last win but has something to prove back from 222 days off; stablemate of Ring The Moon.

13/2

Form: 88777

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Beaten 37l when upped to 2m7f for last month's handicap hurdle debut and got only 1l closer to the target when fitted with cheekpieces this month (3m); sports blinkers for today's chasing debut; needs a big step forward.

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2nd

6

1st Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

15:42 Fakenham

Via Dante

10st 3lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: David Pipe

Unlucky not to open his account at Newton Abbot (3m2f, soft) just under a year ago and ran well when fourth at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day, after a layoff, but was struggling from fairly early stage at Chepstow in January and can't be supported with any confidence after that.

7/1

0

13

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Via Dante

10st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Unplaced all eight rules runs but held clear lead before penultimate-fence fall at Newton Abbot (3m2f, soft) last April and ran well when fourth on seasonal reappearance at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) on Boxing Day, having led between last two fences; 3lb wrong here but still considered.

12/1

4th

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

13:15 Market Rasen

Via Dante

10st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Modest form over hurdles; has fallen on both runs over fences but was 5l clear when coming down two out at Newton Abbot on second occasion (3m2f, soft; form franked); interesting contender on return from a break.

3/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

William Philo

POSTDATA:

Imperial Joe

RP Ratings:

Patient Owner

WEST COUNTRY:

William Philo

The Times:

William Philo

The Guardian:

William Philo

D Express:

William Philo

The Star:

William Philo

Telegraph:

Imperial Joe

Daily Mail:

Imperial Joe

Daily Mirror:

Imperial Joe

The Sun:

Imperial Joe

Daily Record:

Imperial Joe