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14:33 Bangor-on-Dee

Good To Soft

Stella Artois Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 1f 77y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Stella Artois Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 3313-5 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won twice at Sedgefield last season (2m1f/2m3f) and returned from ten-month absence with perfectly respectable run at Leicester in February; likely contender here if that recent outing has brought him on.

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2nd

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:00 Ludlow

Blueberry Wine

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

0-4 over hurdles in 2021; successful five times over fences since and has place claims on the best of that form; out of sorts last July-November and now returns from five-month break.

20/1

5

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 4

16:20 Fakenham

Blueberry Wine

11st 5lb

T: Donald McCain

8/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3-3P64 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Won two chases last season but hasn't really fired this term (four runs); comes here after finishing last of four in refitted cheekpieces at Newcastle last month; visor refitted today; needs to up his game.

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6th

4

6th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 4

14:45 Wetherby

Oscars Leader

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Has won off higher marks and Bangor last time represented a welcome return to form; won't mind any rain and is entitled to go well.

7/2

2nd

3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:33 Bangor-on-Dee

Oscars Leader

11st 13lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Jennie Candlish

Won two chases last season but hasn't really fired this term (four runs); comes here after finishing last of four in refitted cheekpieces at Newcastle last month; visor refitted today; needs to up his game.

8/1

4th

4

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:18 Newcastle

Oscars Leader

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Two wins last season, including a novice handicap over C&D on this card (good to soft); 6lb lower than that day but needs to revive after a slow start to this season.

7/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 2-3594

Last run: 42 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on chasing debut in January but last month's Uttoxeter fourth (2m, good to soft) was a lot more encouraging and he has become well handicapped on hurdling form; might be the answer.

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5

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:00 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 here (2m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; not quite in same form on either start since but stuck to his task pretty well when fifth here (2m, soft) in January and is worth a crack at this longer trip.

10/1

5th

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

12:40 Warwick

Risk DArgent

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Pulled well clear of the rest when second of 17 over C&D (soft) in November but he didn't go with much zest at Haydock next time and now wears a tongue-strap; others appeal more.

8/1

4th

8

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 144y

Class 3

14:05 Haydock

Risk DArgent

11st 1lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, dropped to last when not fluent 4th, struggling 3 out, stayed on run-in, went fourth towards finish

6/1

Form: 2-6442 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Regressive 10yo who is 0-5 since switched to chasing just over a year ago; kept on well for second (no threat to winner) at Ffos Las (2m5f, good) three weeks ago but others have much more appealing profiles.

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1st

8

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:18 Uttoxeter

Higgs

10st 6lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Yet to add to his two novice hurdle wins in 2018 and is 0-17 over fences but was runner-up twice on slow ground last month (latterly over C&D) and has obvious each-way claims again.

6/1

Form: 411935 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner in the autumn and also ran well when third at Hereford (2m, soft) in January; below form on latest outing but still features prominently in calculations.

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1

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 133y

Class 4

14:30 Hexham

Heritier

12st 1lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

3-16 over fences; consistent since joining current stable and ran well in a better race at Carlisle (2m, heavy; clear second) most recently; warrants respect back down in grade.

4/1

2nd

4

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 207y

Class 2

14:47 Carlisle

Heritier

10st 6lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

mounted in chute and taken down early, wore earplugs, midfield

13/2

2nd

2

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:02 Newcastle

Heritier

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Runner-up at Sedgefield on two of his last three chase starts, on the latest occasion behind a winner who was on the first leg of a hat-trick; solid third over hurdles since; every chance he'll be in the mix.

5/1

Form: 1-4403 CD

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Yet to hit top gear this season and, although he was only beaten about 5l, it's questionable what he achieved when last of three at Leicester (2m, good) last month; however, it's worth noting he's now 6lb lower than when winning over C&D last April.

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6

27th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 4

15:55 Cartmel

Cenotice

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Best effort for a long time when second at Southwell last month, in first-time cheekpieces; all wins at much shorter but that latest run was at 2m4f+; remains on an attractive mark and one to consider strongly.

4/1

2nd

8

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

17:10 Southwell

Cenotice

11st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

midfield, lost position and dropped to rear 8th

16/1

4

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:33 Bangor-on-Dee

Cenotice

11st 13lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Yet to hit top gear this season and, although he was only beaten about 5l, it's questionable what he achieved when last of three at Leicester (2m, good) last month; however, it's worth noting he's now 6lb lower than when winning over C&D last April.

8/1

Form: 6-1870

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won on hurdling debut at Perth (2m, good) in September but well beaten three times since, most recently on last month's handicap hurdle debut; still has low mileage but it takes a big leap of faith to support him on today's chasing debut.

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0

13

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 51y

Class 4

15:14 Kelso

Our Marty

10st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

His profile has been patchy since he won a novice hurdle at Perth (2m, good) in September 2022 and he doesn't look straightforward, dropping away tamely with blinkers added (retained) over 2m5f here three weeks ago; the return to 2m will probably help but he's still hard to be confident about.

20/1

0

4

8th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 189y

Class 5

17:30 Kelso

Our Marty

11st 5lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

led

10/1

6th

3

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 2f 25y

Class 5

15:30 Kelso

Our Marty

11st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

held up in rear, slightly hampered 3rd

11/2

Form: 1-P845 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 10lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Chase winner in France a year ago and posted by far his most encouraging British run when fourth over hurdles here (2m, good to soft) last month; took backward step at Newbury three weeks ago, though, and it's hard to know what to expect from him on today's British chase debut; tongue-tie refitted.

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2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Imac Wood

11st 10lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Has not looked back since undergoing wind surgery and it was all fairly straightforward when beating a reliable type at Hereford a month ago (2m5f, good); bumped up 7lb for that but coped with testing ground in France and he makes plenty of appeal.

5/2

1st

8

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Imac Wood

11st 2lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Two-time French chase winner who has turned a big corner since returning from wind surgery, winning his second race of 2023 over C&D (good) in November; patiently ridden when close up off this 4lb higher mark at Doncaster and fully entitled to be in the mix once again.

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 43-P42 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

No longer the force of old but, following another wind op, he posted a good effort when second at Doncaster (2m3f, good) three weeks ago, despite racing a bit too freely; drops back in trip here; one to consider.

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7th

8

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

13:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Twotwothree

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

Regressive 10yo; suggested he might be ready to exploit his much reduced mark when second at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month but was pulled up over C&D three weeks later and is not an easy one to predict today.

16/1

8

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:33 Bangor-on-Dee

Twotwothree

11st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Sam Allwood

No longer the force of old but, following another wind op, he posted a good effort when second at Doncaster (2m3f, good) three weeks ago, despite racing a bit too freely; drops back in trip here; one to consider.

7/2

2nd

5

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

16:20 Doncaster

Twotwothree

10st 12lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Sam Allwood

10yo who is not the force of old but didn't run badly when 15l fourth of seven at Hereford four weeks ago on second stable start and he's had wind surgery since; continues to drop down the weights; not ruled out.

9/2

Form: 6P-22F

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Chased home progressive rival on stable debut at Warwick (2m, soft) in December and kept on from a long way off the pace for another second at Catterick (1m7f, good) last month; held before last-fence fall on latest outing (2m4f) and 3lb wrong here, but still makes some appeal now dropped back in trip and with first-time cheekpieces fitted.

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4th

9

15th May 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

20:15 Southwell

Muse Of Fire

10st 6lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

0-15 under rules; started off for Gary Hanmer with two seconds over fences during the winter but ran poorly when tried in cheekpieces (now removed) last time and it's hard to know what to expect from him on this return to hurdling.

14/1

10

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

14:33 Bangor-on-Dee

Muse Of Fire

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Chased home progressive rival on stable debut at Warwick (2m, soft) in December and kept on from a long way off the pace for another second at Catterick (1m7f, good) last month; held before last-fence fall on latest outing (2m4f) and 3lb wrong here, but still makes some appeal now dropped back in trip and with first-time cheekpieces fitted.

8/1

6

24th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:10 Warwick

Muse Of Fire

10st 10lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

Winner of his only point back in 2018 but things never fell right for him over fences for previous yard; up against it behind progressive winners in two starts for new connections (stewards enquired latest, explanation noted) but is in shallower waters here; is open to improvement.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £515.00
Straight Forecast £525.00
Tricast £1876.00
Trifecta £2874.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Oscars Leader

The Times:

Blueberry Wine

POSTDATA:

Cenotice

TOPSPEED:

Higgs

D Express:

Heritier

Daily Record:

Twotwothree

The Guardian:

Blueberry Wine

Daily Mirror:

Cenotice

Daily Mail:

Oscars Leader

The Sun:

Oscars Leader

The Star:

Oscars Leader

Telegraph:

Higgs