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Good To Soft

Don Long “Hello Gorgeous” Memorial Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6337.2
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 3
  • 9 runners
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Don Long “Hello Gorgeous” Memorial Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 44UP32 C

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Won two 2m3f chases (one here) towards end of last season and kept on for second over that trip here (good to soft; no match for winner) in February but stamina is a possible issue today, and this is stronger than the races he usually contests.

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1st

4

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

14:42 Ffos Las

Ballinsker

11st 8lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Now 9b lower than for his Chepstow win (2m7f, good to soft) last April but he's been pulled up here (2m5f) and at Plumpton (3m1f) in last two runs; cheekpieces return on this drop back in grade but he needs a major revival back in trip; stablemate of Lelant.

16/1

3

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:30 Plumpton

Ballinsker

11st 3lb

J: Miss Eleanor Williams

T: Evan Williams

led but pestered, headed 8th, weakened quickly after 4 out, pulled up after 3 out

20/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 313-3P

Last run: 86 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Displays a somewhat ungainly head carriage but battled well to win at Newbury (2m6f, soft) last season and ran just as well when third at Haydock (3m4f, soft) in November; didn't fire in valuable Warwick marathon in January but has possibilities here if back on song.

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0

9

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Nestor Park

12st 0lb

J: Lt Billy Aprahamian

T: Ben Pauling

Usually gives his running but has a poor strike-rate over fences (1-18) and he dropped away to be beaten some 31l last time at Warwick when the subject of strong market support in first-time blinkers; one of the highest rated in here but others appeal more.

4/1

5th

16

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Nestor Park

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Often runs well in defeat but he's now 1-17 over fences, having performed below his best the last twice; connections turn to blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) for some assistance; others are safer.

20/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.50

Form: 1P3-3P C

Last run: 86 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced for his age and belied 66-1 odds when keeping-on third over C&D (good to soft) on seasonal/stable debut in December; now 6lb below that mark and his subsequent defeat in a heavy-ground marathon should not be viewed too harshly; not ruled out.

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3rd

7

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

14:35 Chepstow

Grand Mogul

11st 0lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Gail Haywood

Lightly raced for his age and belied 66-1 odds when keeping-on third over C&D (good to soft) on seasonal/stable debut in December; now 6lb below that mark and his subsequent defeat in a heavy-ground marathon should not be viewed too harshly; not ruled out.

16/1

12

14th Jan 2023

Heavy

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Grand Mogul

10st 5lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Gail Haywood

Unraced beyond 3m; acts on soft but turned over at 2-11 on sole run on heavy; won off this mark on chase debut in May 2021 but disappointing last February/March in his only two subsequent runs for Nicky Henderson; sold for £11,000 last May and his third at Chepstow six weeks ago was a big step back in the right direction; needs to build on that.

20/1

3rd

12

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Grand Mogul

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Gail Haywood

in rear, pecked on landing and lost ground 2nd

100/1

Form: -4P05P D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Smart in his prime but has become disappointing this season; will find this much easier than Cheltenham Festival handicap hurdle he contested last month but he was never competitive there and now switches back to chasing with some questions to answer.

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7th

2

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Sporting John

11st 13lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, headway after 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

12/1

8th

4

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Sporting John

11st 9lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Grade 1 novices' chase winner in his prime; no trip/ground issues, but 21lb descent since pulling up in the Rowland Meyrick says plenty about a pretty poor 2022-23 season, including dropped to Class 3 latest.

14/1

4th

2

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

14:35 Chepstow

Sporting John

11st 10lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Smart in his prime but has become disappointing this season; will find this much easier than Cheltenham Festival handicap hurdle he contested last month but he was never competitive there and now switches back to chasing with some questions to answer.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4-1234 CD BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Proved he retains a significant chunk of ability when dominating Warwick veterans' chase from the front in November and coming second in final of that series at Sandown (also 3m, soft) in January but ought to have been suited by the heavy ground when below form last month, and drying conditions are not ideal for him here.

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8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Ramses De Teillee

11st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Well handicapped on some of last season's form and was a very creditable fourth in Veterans' Final at Warwick (3m, soft) on last month's reappearance; will cope if the ground becomes very testing here; big player.

9/2

4th

11

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Ramses De Teillee

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Returning from a similar absence (and wind surgery) when dominant from the front over C&D (soft) 14 months ago when only 2lb lower, after which he finished second in the final of this race at Sandown; fortunes went into reverse soon after but he's back from further wind surgery and handicapped to run a blinder if again on good terms with himself.

13/2

Form: 1U-3P6 CD

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Dual C&D winner during very promising novice chase campaign in 2020-21 and made pleasing seasonal debut in November; ran poorly when among market principals for Welsh National here in December and also disappointed over hurdles last month (bled from the nose), but may still have potential.

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3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Ask Me Early

10st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Suited by the first-time cheekpieces (retained since) when winning by 9l at Exeter (3m, heavy) in February, and ran well for a long way before weakening in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, heavy) last time; that latest race was a hard one and this outing comes just three weeks later, but he's a major player now back down in trip if reproducing the Exeter form.

7/2

8th

8

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Ask Me Early

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Has been lightly raced since winning the 3m novice handicap chase on this card three years ago, subsequently mixing hurdling with chasing; made a timely return to winning ways over 3m at Exeter (heavy) last month when coming home 9l to the good in first-time cheekpieces (joining regular tongue-tie); had got himself well handicapped so a 7lb rise isn't the end of the world providing he's as good again.

12/1

1st

12

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Ask Me Early

10st 6lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Became disappointing during light campaign last season and was soundly beaten over C&D on reappearance outing in November; well handicapped and has conditions to suit, but the addition of cheekpieces needs to make a big difference.

10/1

Form: 2-1PP3 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Began season with convincing win off today's mark at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) but looked badly out of sorts when pulled up on next two appearances; seemingly aided by first-time cheekpieces when third in military riders' race at Sandown (3m, good to soft) last month but was beaten over 30l there and it's hard to know what to expect from him in first-time blinkers here.

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5

10th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

14:35 Chepstow

Tallow For Coal

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jamie Snowden

Began season with convincing win off today's mark at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) but looked badly out of sorts when pulled up on next two appearances; seemingly aided by first-time cheekpieces when third in military riders' race at Sandown (3m, good to soft) last month but was beaten over 30l there and it's hard to know what to expect from him in first-time blinkers here.

10/1

3rd

7

7th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Tallow For Coal

12st 5lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

midfield, in touch with leaders 3rd, pressed leader 3 out, soon ridden, lost second just before 2 out, weakened approaching last

3/1

3

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:00 Wincanton

Tallow For Coal

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Didn't jump well when pulled up at Newbury on New Year's Eve and has to leave that performance well behind; however, he looked one to follow when winning at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in November and is not written off.

10/1

Form: 094212 D BF

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Came good over fences at fourth attempt, with very comfortable success at Taunton (2m7f, good) in February, and ran well in defeat at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) last month; also suited by this C&D; probably in the mix again.

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8

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Stormy Flight

10st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jeremy Scott

Last two wins have been Class 3 handicaps at Exeter over 2m3f on soft ground but he stays this far and his mark remains okay; may need a personal best to win at this level but appeals each-way.

4/1

1st

5

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Stormy Flight

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Has won on heavy, and at up to 2m7f, but his latest win was over C&D (soft) in December and he didn't find much back over 2m7f at Taunton since; still of interest returned to this C&D on the testing ground.

11/2

3rd

4

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Stormy Flight

11st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Cruised clear to win by 7l over C&D (good) just under a year ago and looked back in prime form when scoring at Exeter (2m3f, soft) in December; doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but still features prominently in calculations.

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £380.00
Straight Forecast £522.20
Tricast £6580.10
Trifecta £4311.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Stormy Flight

LAMBOURN:

Tallow For Coal

Daily Mail:

Ask Me Early

The Guardian:

Ballinsker

RP Ratings:

Stormy Flight

TOPSPEED:

Stormy Flight

POSTDATA:

Stormy Flight

WEST COUNTRY:

Stormy Flight

The Times:

Stormy Flight

Telegraph:

Stormy Flight

D Express:

Stormy Flight

Daily Mirror:

Stormy Flight

The Star:

Stormy Flight

Daily Record:

Stormy Flight