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Memberships At Ascot Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 5 Of The Veterans Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Memberships At Ascot Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 5 Of The Veterans Chase Series)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 12P-50 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Not disgraced at Aintree on reappearance but tailed off over four months later at Cheltenham Festival where his usual cheekpieces were replaced by a visor; reverts with headgear today and has a good shout judged on last season's form, including a career-best figure at this track.

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

1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

It's possible it was the return to Ascot that prompted a revival a fortnight ago, but that close second (3m, good) also coincided with the application of a tongue-tie (retained) and he's a strong contender if repeating that latest form; also effective on heavy going and won on sole visit here.

5/2

2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Two For Gold

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up/tailed off elsewhere on last three starts and has plenty to prove regarding current form, but he's 1lb lower than when winning this last year (good to soft) and was a good second over C&D on his reappearance in November; could stage a revival now back here in a first-time tongue-tie.

9/2

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Smart in his prime and proved he retains most of his ability when second in major handicap at Ascot (3m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; didn't fire in last month's Veterans' Final but still enters calculations.

14/1

4/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 0-P337 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Third of 18 to Wishing And Hoping in the big race for veterans at Sandown (3m, soft) in January; however, tailed off there three weeks ago and yet to win away from Exeter.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

9

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Run To Milan

11st 2lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Victor Dartnall

This is his trip; unplaced on his previous run here and saves all his best efforts for Exeter where he again ran well last time from 5lb out of the weights; does have form elsewhere but it's on right-handed tracks; perhaps placed at best.

7/1

2nd

15

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Run To Milan

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Dual C&D winner, latterly in 2022 edition of this race (soft ground), and has made the frame over C&D on all three starts this season; 5lb out of the weights today but the form of his December second has been very well advertised by the winner since; considered each-way.

14/1

2nd

6

21st Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:55 Exeter

Run To Milan

11st 4lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Has only ever won here and from the front he went down fighting in Enjoy Your Life's recent C&D handicap; down another 2lb but he does look vulnerable to younger legs.

7/1

Form: P-1672 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Has won twice over the Ascot fences, most recently over 3m in November; below form penultimate start but back on song when second of five at Newbury four weeks ago; should not be far away.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

7th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Larry

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

11/1

Form: 6-2814 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

13yo front-runner who beat a big field in the veterans final at Sandown (3m, soft; 6lb higher today) in January; outsider of four in Listed race at Kelso four weeks ago but the scale of his defeat is rather disconcerting; won in 2015 over hurdles on his only race here.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

1

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

13:25 Aintree

Wishing And Hoping

12st 0lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

Sound performances in the last two runnings of this race, winning in 2021 and runner-up in 2022; won the latest final of this series at Sandown (soft) in January; has solid credentials and should go well.

7/1

4th

2

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Wishing And Hoping

11st 9lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

13yo front-runner who beat a big field in the veterans final at Sandown (3m, soft; 6lb higher today) in January; outsider of four in Listed race at Kelso four weeks ago but the scale of his defeat is rather disconcerting; won in 2015 over hurdles on his only race here.

13/2

4th

5

4th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:35 Kelso

Wishing And Hoping

11st 2lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

13yo front-runner who beat a big handicap field to win the veterans' final at Sandown (3m, soft) in January; has also won on good/good to soft; vulnerable if today's opponents are at the top of their games but he can make another bold bid.

7/1

Form: P6-U21

Last run: 252 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Collected with a bit in hand over 3m2f at Uttoxeter last July (good to soft); 5lb rise has pushed him towards his highest mark and he was withdrawn at Newbury last Saturday because of soft ground.

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0

5

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Ruthless Article

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Curtis

Back pretty much at his best when second in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter in early July; not so good when favourite there (again 3m2f on good) four weeks later, 13l behind Hell Red, and needs to revert to that better form.

9/1

4th

1

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:10 Uttoxeter

Ruthless Article

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Curtis

prominent, mistake 6th, hit 11th, ridden when outpaced after 3 out (usual 4 out), not fluent 2 out, weakened last

11/8

2nd

7

2nd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:12 Uttoxeter

Ruthless Article

11st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Rebecca Curtis

Clear second in this contest last year then went one better (off this mark) in C&D event next time out; well-held fourth to Kinondo Kwetu at Aintree most recently but looks interesting returned to Uttoxeter.

9/1

Form: 641598 D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Haydock winner in November and fifth behind two of these in the veterans final at Sandown; saddled slipped next time but he also needs to do a lot better than at Newbury last Saturday.

Place /
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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

2

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Lingfield

Saint Xavier

12st 0lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Richard Hobson

Won a better veterans' race than this at Haydock in November 2022 (3m1f, soft; effective at 2m4f) but lost his way subsequently and pulled up a fair way out in France on return from a break last month; hard to assess but this is less demanding than usual so a revival on the cards.

5/1

6th

6

2nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:45 Ascot

Saint Xavier

10st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Haydock winner in November and fifth behind two of these in the veterans final at Sandown; saddled slipped next time but he also needs to do a lot better than at Newbury last Saturday.

10/1

8th

10

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Saint Xavier

11st 4lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

Haydock winner in November and then ran fifth in the final of the veterans' series at Sandown; remote finish in a valuable handicap back at Haydock last month when the saddled slipped; can do better here.

15/2

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Payout
Exacta £152.00
Straight Forecast £135.90
Trifecta £323.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Two For Gold

TOPSPEED:

Larry

Daily Record:

Ruthless Article

D Express:

Run To Milan

RP Ratings:

Two For Gold

WEST COUNTRY:

Two For Gold

The Times:

Two For Gold

Telegraph:

Two For Gold

The Sun:

Two For Gold

The Star:

Two For Gold

POSTDATA:

Larry

Daily Mirror:

Larry