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Queen’s Cup Open Hunters’ Chase (For The Queen’s Cup)

  • Prize money: £3593.1
  • 3m 0f 38y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Queen’s Cup Open Hunters’ Chase (For The Queen’s Cup)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 7P7-4P

Last run: 104 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Smart chaser at up to 2m6f in his prime but last win was in November 2019; showed he still retains quite a lot of ability when fourth in Ascot handicap in November but was pulled up next time and he's been well held back in points since, including behind Rebel Dawn Rising 15 days ago; looks risky back under rules.

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3

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Janika

12st 2lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: E Turner

Needed first run back last term and have to hope same applies this time, having pulled up at Garthorpe last month (soft); gifted victory over this C&D last Easter when Rebel Dawn Rising unseated late on, but still had Firak 16l behind and may still be up to winning small races in this sphere.

10/1

1st

6

10th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

16:52 Fakenham

Janika

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: E Turner

Smart chaser at up to 2m6f in his prime but last win was in November 2019; showed he still retains quite a lot of ability when fourth in Ascot handicap in November but was pulled up next time and he's been well held back in points since, including behind Rebel Dawn Rising 15 days ago; looks risky back under rules.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Janika

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Respectable fourth to Your Darling at Ascot (2m5f; cheekpieces applied) on seasonal debut and remains well treated on peak form; however, not crying out for this return to 3m and long losing spell continues.

14/1

6/4

  • Place: £1.30

Form: /73P-1

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo who was a fairly useful hurdler when trained by Dan Skelton; has had four runs for his current trainer and he cruised to victory in a point (good) last month before another easy win in a hunter chase at Warwick (2m4f, soft) 11 days ago; now steps back up to 3m but he's still unexposed over fences and is a key player in his hat-trick bid.

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3rd

2

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Firak

12st 6lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Hampered but not unlucky when second dropped back to 2m at Leicester latest (soft); work to do with Rebel Dawn Rising and Janika on last Easter's C&D clash, and Hexham win afterwards might not be infallible proof of his effectiveness at 3m under rules (tired and just held on in slowly run race).

4/1

2nd

2

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Firak

12st 6lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Won three times for Nick Pearce last spring, including when value for more than the winning margin at Hexham (3m, soft; 5-2; first-time cheekpieces); yet to fire since returning to Dan Skelton, pulling up in the Walrus at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago; questions to answer, especially at 2m.

9/2

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

16:55 Haydock

Firak

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Won two hunter chases last spring (2m4f/3m, soft) and returned from some time off with fair fourth of five in Leicester handicap (2m4f, heavy) in December; could show the benefit of that outing today; possible contender.

13/2

Form: 24/8-P

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Had some very useful form over hurdles and fences for Nicky Henderson but he's not seen much action in recent years and has been pulled-up in two points and a hunter chase (3m, good) since December; equipment now goes on and he has plenty to prove.

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8

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Dickie Diver

11st 12lb

J: Mr Murray Dodd

T: John Whyte

Appeared in 3m Grade 1 novice events at the Festival here in 2019 (fourth over hurdles) and 2021 (remote fourth over fences) in his days with Nicky Henderson; missed a year before sent pointing and hunter chasing by new connections, failing to achieve much; recent cheekpieces are removed and a tongue-tie added.

33/1

3rd

5

10th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

16:52 Fakenham

Dickie Diver

11st 12lb

J: Mr Rupert Wilks

T: John Whyte

Had some very useful form over hurdles and fences for Nicky Henderson but he's not seen much action in recent years and has been pulled-up in two points and a hunter chase (3m, good) since December; equipment now goes on and he has plenty to prove.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: /1-P4B

Last run: 24 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Made it 4-9 in points when making all to comfortably beat Janika in a three-runner race at Garthorpe 15 days ago; has a mixed record in five runs over regulations fence but he won a hunter chase at Leicester (2m4f, soft) last spring and still has potential in this sphere; in the mix.

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1st

4

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 1lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

midfield, headway to lead 8th, headed 3 out, led again after 2 out, soon idled and ridden, edged left final 110yds, stayed on

7/2

10th

15

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 0lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

Couldn't lay a glove on last season's Cheltenham hero Premier Magic when they clashed there last May and a good few of these would have won the Fakenham hunter chase he landed a month ago, and probably a lot more easily; should things go his way he could make the frame, but that might be the limit of his ambitions.

25/1

Form: -1P690

Last run: 180 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 21112 since returned to points in December but her rules record stands at 3-30 and she struggled in her last three runs under regulation fences (2m5f-3m1f) in the autumn; has bit to prove now switched to a hunter chase and others are more persuasive.

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5th

2

27th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

17:07 Worcester

Twilight Girl

11st 13lb

J: Mr Jamie Gambin

T: James Owen

Three point wins this year (two under Jamie Gambin) but unplaced in both hurdle starts since; disappointing over C&D latest and that asks some questions of her now; cheekpieces (worn once in point) back on.

11/1

9th

1

10th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:50 Worcester

Twilight Girl

12st 0lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

3-6 in points for new stable this year; quickly on back foot when pace lifted on recent hurdling return at Newton Abbot (2m1f) but ought to be much better suited by today's trip; versatile regarding ground; interesting.

14/1

6th

1

27th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 5

17:15 Newton Abbot

Twilight Girl

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jamie Gambin

T: James Owen

held up in rear

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £127.00
Straight Forecast £123.20
Trifecta £759.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Firak

TOPSPEED:

Janika

The Star:

Rebel Dawn Rising

RP Ratings:

Firak

POSTDATA:

Firak

Telegraph:

Firak

The Guardian:

Firak

Daily Mail:

Firak

D Express:

Firak

Daily Record:

Firak

The Times:

Janika

Daily Mirror:

Janika

The Sun:

Janika