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Colleagues Celebration Of Business Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £9585.01
  • 2m 0f 92y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Colleagues Celebration Of Business Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 262-11 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdle/chase form for Philip Hobbs; appeared to be going nowhere when pulled up in two points but, following wind surgery and another change of stable, he's bounced back with successive chase wins at Plumpton (2m1f) and Hereford (2m3f, again good); the latest race off 7lb lower didn't appear to take much winning.

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Verdict Starting price

8th

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Le Ligerien

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, good jump 7th, not fluent 5 out, outpaced after 4 out, weakened before 3 out

20/1

4th

3

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Le Ligerien

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Landed a hat-trick early last year and also won at Kempton (2m4f, good) in November; hasn't really threatened subsequently but he's edged back down the weights and is a three-time winner on heavy ground; not ruled out.

14/1

5th

3

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Le Ligerien

11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Lots of form on heavy going, albeit more than two years ago; with this yard over the last year, clocking up a very solid record for them over 2m-2m4f, including on soft; should not be far away.

9/1

12/1

  • Place: £4.70

Form: 3-53P2 CD

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Didn't take to blinkers at Wincanton but ran well with the cheekpieces back on at Ffos Las (2m, soft) and he suffered some interference from the winner; back up 3lb but he had dropped to a good mark anyway.

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11th

9

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

18:00 Kempton

Another Crick

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Noel Williams

held up in rear, detached 7th, no impression from 5 out

33/1

10th

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:15 Wincanton

Another Crick

11st 13lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Noel Williams

Finished with a good rattle to win at Warwick (2m4f, good) in May; successful here too but his best days are probably behind him and some of his younger rivals have more appealing profiles.

10/1

Form: 43P311 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

All the better for the blinkers returning on his last three starts, defying a 6lb rise fairly readily at Chepstow (2m, good); another 4lb to contend with here but has defied higher in the past.

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3

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Not Available

11st 6lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

When a 23l third at Newbury (2m, soft) two starts ago he was behind two highly progressive rivals and he continues to drop down the weights, but positive performances have been scarce this season and he was tailed off at Sandown (1m7f, soft) last time.

10/1

9th

10

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Not Available

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Matt Sheppard

Has won six times over fences but seems to have developed his own ideas about the game and looks a difficult ride these days; below form this term on both British starts on heavy; latest outing was his best show this season but he needs to better that.

25/1

3rd

3

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

15:45 Newbury

Not Available

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Matt Sheppard

Has won six times over fences but seems to have developed his own ideas about the game and looks a difficult ride these days; in his current form others are way more appealing.

15/2

Form: 5-2314 CD

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Snapped a losing run when justifying support off a reduced mark at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) and he never gave himself a chance of defying the 4lb rise by jumping out to his left at Leicester; back to the right way round for him here and can give a good account.

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1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:50 Chepstow

Moonlighter

12st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Nothing like the force of old but is handicapped accordingly now; dropped another 2lb since last month's very respectable fourth at Ludlow and will be suited by the return to this C&D; can make a bold bid from the front.

9/2

4th

5

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Moonlighter

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

11yo who was disappointing at Ayr (2m, soft) last month but posted two respectable performances previously when making the frame at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) and Chepstow (2m3f, heavy), and he's been given a chance by the handicapper; could have a part to play.

5/1

5th

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Moonlighter

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Has regressed but still fancies the challenge and ran with plenty of enthusiasm before wilting late on at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy); only went down by 7l and dropping back in distance could be a good thing.

15/2

Form: 521-24 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Made a pleasing return from 322-day absence when second at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) and good ground was perhaps too lively when disappointing behind Not Available at Chepstow in a race he'd won the previous season; the more rain the better and he comes into it.

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3

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Destined To Shine

11st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Made a pleasing return from 322-day absence when second at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) and good ground was perhaps too lively when disappointing behind Not Available at Chepstow in a race he'd won the previous season; the more rain the better and he comes into it.

6/1

4th

3

25th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

15:45 Chepstow

Destined To Shine

11st 3lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Won this race on heavy ground last year and made pleasing return from 322-day absence when second at Wetherby (1m7f, soft) last month; should be okay on today's faster ground and is still on a workable mark.

5/2

Form: 631P81 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

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7th

7

8th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

18:10 Fontwell

Family Business

11st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

in touch with leaders

12/1

7th

3

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

15:35 Huntingdon

Family Business

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Winless since last February and he's yet to hit top form this term, undergoing wind surgery before coming in a remote third of four at Southwell (2m4f) last month; others appeal more.

7/1

5

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

14:55 Southwell

Family Business

11st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

Hasn't been on his game for a while now and an unlikely winner unless further wind surgery helps, though he did run well to be third after his previous op.

10/1

Form: -4F3P2 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Now 8lb lower than when winning over C&D last March but he's having a ragged season and not sure his second to easy winner Family Business represented a return to form; others appeal more.

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7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Monsieur Lecoq

11st 4lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Now 8lb lower than when winning over C&D last March but he's having a ragged season and not sure his second to easy winner Family Business represented a return to form; others appeal more.

11/2

2nd

1

19th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:10 Newbury

Monsieur Lecoq

11st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

C&D winner last March (good to soft) off a 5lb higher mark but he was an early faller on his return to chasing at Ascot, then ran flat back here (good) and ran no race at all at Ludlow; has lots to prove all of a sudden and is unraced on ground faster than good.

2/1

6

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 2

14:50 Ludlow

Monsieur Lecoq

11st 3lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

Back on his last winning mark but he was an early faller on his return to chasing at Ascot and then ran flat at Newbury (2m, good) when beaten a distance into third; that effort casts plenty of doubt.

12/1

Form: 495/11 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

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9th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

15:18 Taunton

Calgary Tiger

11st 12lb

J: James Best

T: William de Best-Turner

Returned from long absence with two wins last season (1m7f/2m) but has not fired on either start this term; will appreciate today's ease in grade but still has quite a bit to prove.

25/1

7th

6

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Calgary Tiger

10st 12lb

J: James Best

T: William de Best-Turner

Made all early last year in first two chases (good to soft/good; including C&D) then finished third in warm little race at Wincanton; ran well for a long way from 12lb out of the handicap over C&D in December on sole run this season, and could make a bold bid now back off proper mark.

7/1

0

7

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Calgary Tiger

10st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: William de Best-Turner

Made all twice in a row earlier this year (1m7f/2m, good to soft/good) and fair third at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) in March when last seen; this lightly raced 8yo is open to further improvement but he's 12lb out of the handicap for this reappearance, which makes things very tough.

25/1

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Non-runners

Hatcher, Calgary Tiger

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £557.00
Straight Forecast £494.10
Tricast £1642.10
Trifecta £2137.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Family Business

Telegraph:

Calgary Tiger

TOPSPEED:

Le Ligerien

Daily Mirror:

Not Available

The Star:

Another Crick

RP Ratings:

Family Business

POSTDATA:

Family Business

The Times:

Family Business

Daily Mail:

Calgary Tiger

The Sun:

Calgary Tiger

Daily Record:

Calgary Tiger

WEST COUNTRY:

Le Ligerien

The Guardian:

Le Ligerien

D Express:

Le Ligerien