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16:05 Aintree

Good To Soft

Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £24155
  • 2m 5f 19y
  • Class 2
  • 28 runners
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Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 28 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.20
  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1-P116

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Very smart hunter chaser; looked a real threat at Cheltenham last month but seemed to find 3m2f too far; this trip ideal and has the form to go very close if the latest effort hasn't left a mark; tongue-strap fitted.

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7th

3

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Famous Clermont

12st 0lb

J: Mr J King

T: C R Barber

Strong hunter chase form, notably when winning the Aintree Foxhunter last season easily justified 1-10 odds in two-runner point at Larkhill in January; bad mistake at the last cost him the race at Wincanton two months ago; comes here relatively fresh after missing Cheltenham and Aintree.

4/1

2nd

2

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Famous Clermont

12st 6lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: C R Barber

Strong hunter chase form last season, including here and when winning the Aintree Foxhunters' in April (2m5f, good to soft); has won a point-to-point on heavy ground; easily justified 1-10 odds in two-runner point at Larkhill last month and holds leading claims now back under rules.

4/9

1st

11

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Famous Clermont

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: C R Barber

Very smart hunter chaser; looked a real threat at Cheltenham last month but seemed to find 3m2f too far; this trip ideal and has the form to go very close if the latest effort hasn't left a mark; tongue-strap fitted.

11/2

16/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: -PP1U1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Formerly high-class handicapper and has won both completed starts in hunter chases this year, under a novice rider each time; now has the experienced John Dawson to help and no forlorn hope; one of two runners for stable.

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2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Bennys King

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Never far from the lead when an admirable runner-up to the now-absent Famous Clermont in this 12 months ago (good to soft) and, like last year, he returns on the back of a comfortable hunter chase success (on heavy); teenagers have won this in the past (as recently as 2013) and this veteran needs shortlisting on testing ground he could handle better than most.

15/2

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Bennys King

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Had a fine spell in early 2023, culminating in his second in the 2m5f Foxhunters' at Aintree; hasn't been in the same form this winter, even allowing for a close third of six finishers at Taunton (2m5f, soft) in January, and he did miss a heavy-ground engagement in December.

13/2

33/1

  • Place: £10.00

Form: P6/0/2

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Runner-up to a top prospect in a Gowran hunter chase last month (first time in a tongue-strap); balance of form suggests he'll struggle.

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3rd

8

28th Apr 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 0y

18:35 Punchestown

Lough Derg Spirit

12st 0lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Denis Paul Murphy

Forner Paul Nicholls-trained gelding; worked his way back to form in points before producing a good effort behind Vaucelet's talented stablemate Ferns Loch at Gowran; ran a blinder at 40-1 when third in the Foxhunter at Aintree; could go well for trainer who got a winner on the board on Tuesday.

8/1

3rd

16

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Lough Derg Spirit

12st 0lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Denis Paul Murphy

Runner-up to a top prospect in a Gowran hunter chase last month (first time in a tongue-strap); balance of form suggests he'll struggle.

33/1

2nd

5

11th Mar 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 0y

16:55 Gowran Park

Lough Derg Spirit

12st 0lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Denis Paul Murphy

raced wide, prominent in chasing group early, towards rear but in touch with leaders 5 out, headway before 3 out, went second and pushed along after 2 out, kept on well but no chance with winner after last

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 142/1- CD

Last run: 371 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Runner-up to Cousin Pascal in 2021 and went one better last year (always up with the pace); similar pointing preparation again and his ability to show his best around here is obviously a great asset.

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12th

20

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Latenightpass

10st 10lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: T Ellis

Remote finish last time (sole start on heavy) was over hurdles; second, first and fourth in three editions of the Aintree Foxhunters'; that was over 2m5f but he also finished second (to Foxy Jacks) and first in two cross-country handicaps over 3m5f at Cheltenham late last year; those weren't the greatest stamina tests for the distance but he found plenty; back with champion point-to-point trainer Tom Ellis (with Dan Skelton earlier this term) and his first runner now he has a full licence, this 11yo needs a good deal of respect with his Aintree record under the trainer's wife Gina Andrews.

33/1

5th

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Latenightpass

11st 2lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

High-class hunter chaser (won the 2022 Aintree Foxhunters') who won a cross-country handicap at Cheltenham (3m5f, soft) in December last time out; this 11yo has never run over hurdles but he'll be tough to beat if transferring his chase form to this discipline.

13/2

1st

6

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Latenightpass

10st 8lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

High-class hunter chaser who looked an interesting recruit to the Skelton yard and was duly well backed when runner-up on his C&D debut four weeks ago, finishing in front of a few of today's rivals; came clear with the winner and a 3lb hit is neither here nor there; there's also good reason to believe he'll improve physically for that first run (many stablemates have).

7/2

Form: 32311P D BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Two hunter chase wins this year and impressed in the second of them, at Stratford; reportedly bled when pulled up at Carlisle since and even a return to his best not enough; yard also runs Cousin Pascal.

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4th

21

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

80-1 when a close fifth in this last year and that was after making a horlicks of The Chair; returns on the back of just about his best form yet when third at Cheltenham last month (soft; just over 5l behind Its On The Line), having been in the firing line throughout; the extended 3m2f ultimately found him out and he's a strong contender with stamina assured back at this trip.

6/1

3rd

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Miss Hannah Roach

By no means prolific in points (3-13) but he's 5-7 in hunter chases after taking a winnable race at Hereford in January (2m5f, good to soft); showed that he can mix it at this level of competition when not beaten far into fifth (staying on) in last season's hunter chase at Aintree (2m5f good to soft; made bad mistake at The Chair); perhaps relying on some of these being off their game if he's to win, but is no forlorn hope over a longer trip that he might need these days.

25/1

1st

4

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Time Leader

12st 6lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

Close behind Bennys King in the Foxhunters' at Aintree (2m5f, good to soft) and two good wins ended the campaign; started the season with a cakewalk at Badbury Rings and he may have found soft ground against him when pulled up in November; bang there on best form.

2/1

Form: /422-1

Last run: 31 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Had appeared to be a solid Irish pointer but no more than that until storming home in a Thurles maiden hunter chase last month (made all, 3m1f); won't be afforded the luxury of an easy lead in this but certainly hard to rule out given the latest performance.

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2

19th May 2023

Good

3m 4f 150y

19:45 Downpatrick

Dento Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

Somewhat of a revelation when wide margin winner of 3m1f Thurles hunter chase in February and backed that up when creditable sixth of 27 over the National fences in the Aintree Foxhunters.

6/1

6th

6

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Dento Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

Had appeared to be a solid Irish pointer but no more than that until storming home in a Thurles maiden hunter chase last month (made all, 3m1f); won't be afforded the luxury of an easy lead in this but certainly hard to rule out given the latest performance.

20/1

1st

3

13th Mar 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 89y

13:55 Thurles

Dento Des Obeaux

12st 0lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Patrick Eugene Turley

made virtually all, jumped well, clear after 5 out, went further clear approaching last, heavily eased

5/2

Form: 11-412 D BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Successful in half of his eight hunter chase attempts; beaten by I K Brunel at Taunton last month but may reverse those places with Jack Andrews taking over from a novice rider; stable also runs Bennys King.

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7th

2

5th May 2023

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:17 Cheltenham

Not That Fuisse

12st 4lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Successful in small fields in four of his nine hunter chases, the wins on good and good to soft; ran respectably when seventh in the Aintree Foxhunters' (2m5f) three weeks ago and had useful form at this track at earlier stages of his career; should be on the premises.

7/2

7th

19

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Not That Fuisse

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Successful in half of his eight hunter chase attempts; beaten by I K Brunel at Taunton last month but may reverse those places with Jack Andrews taking over from a novice rider; stable also runs Bennys King.

25/1

17

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Not That Fuisse

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Good handicapper who wasn't beaten far in the Grand Annual here in 2021; has accrued plenty of hunter chase experience but he couldn't hold a candle to Vaucelet at Stratford last May and has others to worry about.

33/1

Form: 1/112- D

Last run: 391 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

His only defeat in his latest nine starts came when collared at Cheltenham last March; has been mopping up Irish points this season and this has been the aim; first attempt over these fences but serious challenger.

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8th

27

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Winged Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

His only defeat in his latest nine starts came when collared at Cheltenham last March; has been mopping up Irish points this season and this has been the aim; first attempt over these fences but serious challenger.

7/2

2nd

19

18th Mar 2022

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Winged Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

Has won a bucketload in the pointing scene and, although his strike-rate in hunter chases isn't quite so fancy, he did produce his best form yet in making light work of Billaway at Thurles last time (3m, good to yielding); the Mullins horse has had his measure before but it could be that this one is improving, as eight years old is nothing in this scene; handles various ground.

5/1

1st

2

23rd Jan 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 136y

16:15 Thurles

Winged Leader

12st 2lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

9-13 in points, though had to share the honours with the race-fit Mighty Stowaway on reappearance at Loughbrickland in November; three-time hunter chase winner, including at Tramore last April and at Listowel in June (beat Warriors Tale by 4 1/4l); second to Billaway at Down Royal 13 months ago, but only fifth when they clashed at Naas later; suitable ground.

11/4

Form: P/2-22

Last run: 318 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Has won 11 of 21 points; runner-up in three of four hunter chase starts but looks outclassed in this.

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3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:05 Hexham

Matts Commission

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Prolific winning pointer who won a maiden hunter chase over C&D last May (good to soft); goes on soft ground; one to consider.

9/2

14

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Matts Commission

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lois Teal

T: Jack Teal

His only win under rules came in a maiden hunter chase at Hexham last May; he was winning for the 11th time in points at Dalton Park last month (heavy) but will soon be out of his comfort zone at this level.

100/1

Form: -74722

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Hunter chase winner last year and good efforts the last twice; hard to see him proving good enough to beat several of these, however; cheekpieces (no apparent help twice before) return.

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5th

1

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Dieu Vivant

12st 0lb

J: William Shanahan

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Posted career-best performance when winning easily by 13l over C&D (good) in September, his fifth chase success, but well beaten twice since (albeit faced tough task in cross-country chase last time); seems versatile regarding ground but Toby Wynne evidently prefers his stablemate Good Work today.

16/1

0

9

17th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Dieu Vivant

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Bordering on career-best form when running away with a Bangor handicap on reappearance (3m, good) but blew out at Uttoxeter when soft ground wasn't an obvious excuse; opposable on balance of form and remains to be seen what he'll make of this new challenge; 4lb out of the weights.

25/1

6th

1

19th Sep 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Uttoxeter

Dieu Vivant

12st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Runner-up in two hunter chases towards end of last season and posted career-best performance when back in a handicap a fortnight ago, coming from behind to win easily by 14l at Bangor (3m, good); won't mind if the ground deteriorates; respected.

7/2

Form: P5-PP2 CD BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won this in 2021 and bang there until two out in repeat bid last year (not helped by blunder five out); two wins this season but gives impression he's not as good as he was; still expected to be up there for a long way.

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11th

4

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cousin Pascal

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Won this in 2021 and bang there until two out in repeat bid last year (not helped by blunder five out); two wins this season but gives impression he's not as good as he was; still expected to be up there for a long way.

25/1

2nd

1

28th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:00 Leicester

Cousin Pascal

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

His second in C&D novice hunter chase two years ago was the start of something big as he went on to win the Foxhunters' at Aintree; was only fifth in that race last year but had useful form at the start of 2022; unraced on good to firm; looks the one to beat after recent spreadeagling point win.

1/3

1

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Cousin Pascal

12st 6lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Raced in points this winter, winning at Chaddesley Corbett then disappointing favourite at Larkhill; useful hunter chaser on his day, notably winning the 2021 Foxhunters' at Aintree; close second in this race last year and again looks one of the main contenders.

12/1

Form: /1-32P D

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Capable of very good form, as when narrowly beaten by a smart rival two starts ago, but not completely reliable and little impact at Cheltenham last month (28-1), when tried in cheekpieces (retained); others preferred.

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3rd

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 50y

15:55 Down Royal

Dorking Cock

11st 12lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, went second before 7th, challenging from 5 out, no extra when bit short of room and lost second final 110yds

5/1

Form: 46-421 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Smart handicapper at best (peak RPR 160) and has taken well to hunter chasing; pipped by Benny's King at Hereford before scoring in style at Wincanton; slight doubt about stamina around here (pulled up in 2021 Topham over C&D) and Olive Nicholls unable to claim but still a candidate.

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2nd

2

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Magic Saint

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart chaser in his prime but last season's win was gained in a 2m4f hunter chase and he ran very poorly when returned to a handicap last June; not easy to weigh up at present and has stamina to prove over new trip here, but has become dangerously well treated.

11/2

4

14th Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

15:40 Newton Abbot

Magic Saint

10st 12lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Doesn't look the force of old and only successful once in five hunter chase outings this year; handicapper has given him a chance, however, and much may depend on effect of blinkers (replacing cheekpieces).

13/2

Form: -25P42

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Very much in his dotage now and behind two of these at Taunton two starts ago; usually kept to right-handed tracks and likely to find this well beyond him; pulled up in 2019 Grand National on sole outing here.

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4th

3

9th Jul 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

17:50 Market Rasen

Step Back

11st 5lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mark Bradstock

Front-runner who stays well; thrown in today if judged even on the form shown on his first two starts last season (one on good); however, easily his best show in hunter chases since came when second at Carlisle in March (3m, heavy) and such a poor show at Cartmel last time has to be a major concern.

10/1

7th

7

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Step Back

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mark Bradstock

Best hunter chase run when creditable second at Carlisle in March (3m, heavy); well beaten in the Aintree Foxhunters next time; each-way chance.

4/1

12

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Step Back

11st 12lb

J: Miss Lily Bradstock

T: Mark Bradstock

Won Sandown's big end-of-season finale in 2018 and took two further handicaps in 2020; nearly won a hunter chase at Carlisle in March but a weaker one than this, and he's always been a more potent force going right-handed.

12/1

Form: /117-2 D

Last run: 316 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Beaten nearly 40l when seventh in this last year and recent heavy point defeat doesn't suggest he'll do any better this time.

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16

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Reikers Island

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Cherriman

T: Alan Hill

Has completed in his own time in the last two runnings of this race when 33-1 and 150-1; there's no reason to expect anything better from him this afternoon.

100/1

15th

20

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Reikers Island

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Cherriman

T: Alan Hill

Beaten nearly 40l when seventh in this last year and recent heavy point defeat doesn't suggest he'll do any better this time.

50/1

2nd

1

1st Jun 2022

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

16:50 Cartmel

Reikers Island

12st 8lb

J: Mr Daniel Cherriman

T: Alan Hill

prominent, mistake 2nd, led before 7th, ridden just after last, soon headed and weakened, finished 3rd, placed 2nd

13/8

Form: 53P/33 D

Last run: 81 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Absent for two years before three respectable efforts this season, even if he was beaten a long way in the latest of them; fourth in this in 2019 but hard to see him matching that now.

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16th

3

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Coastal Tiep

12st 0lb

J: Mr B G Crawford

T: S R B Crawford

Absent for two years before three respectable efforts this season, even if he was beaten a long way in the latest of them; fourth in this in 2019 but hard to see him matching that now.

33/1

3rd

4

22nd Jan 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 149y

16:10 Thurles

Coastal Tiep

11st 7lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

didn't jump with fluency, pressed leaders on outer, mistake 7th, pushed along 3 out, no impression when pecked on landing 2 out, ridden when went modest third last, kept on, no match for first two

13/2

3rd

2

26th Dec 2022

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Coastal Tiep

12st 0lb

J: Mr S Connor

T: S R B Crawford

Made a race of it with Vaucelet when runner-up at Portrush on the back of a huge layoff (693-days) in October; clearly retains plenty of ability and if he can reproduce that effort, he won't be far away.

12/1

66/1

Form: 113-93 D

Last run: 324 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Two hunter chase wins last year but below his best since; modest pointing form this year, including a win; no real appeal.

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10

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Wagner

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: Max Comley

jumped right on occasions, prominent, lost position when not fluent 15th

50/1

17th

26

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Wagner

12st 0lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: Max Comley

Two hunter chase wins last year but below his best since; modest pointing form this year, including a win; no real appeal.

66/1

3rd

2

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 6

13:30 Southwell

Wagner

12st 8lb

J: Mr Beau Morgan

T: Matthew Hampton

Dual hunter chase winner this year (2m5f/2m4f); was fortunate on latter occasion (clear leader fell two out) and finished a long way behind Stratagem when below form at Cheltenham last month, but can have a say if back on song here; stamina for today's trip not copper-bottomed, though.

12/1

Form: 651-24 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Two good runs a year ago but even a repeat of those unlikely to suffice; no show in last two starts; fell in 2021 Grand National.

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1

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Ami Desbois

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two good runs a year ago but even a repeat of those unlikely to suffice; no show in last two starts; fell in 2021 Grand National.

66/1

4th

3

6th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:25 Southwell

Ami Desbois

12st 2lb

J: Mr James King

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, on outer when not fluent 7th

7/1

2nd

6

29th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:10 Cheltenham

Ami Desbois

11st 13lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Very useful handicapper in his prime; long in the tooth now and has become very inconsistent in recent years but proved he retains significant ability when winning on hunter chase debut at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) four weeks ago.

5/1

Form: 67-533 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Once quite smart in France but has proved disappointing in Britain; blinkers will need to provoke a minor miracle if he's to be involved.

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7

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Dalahast

11st 12lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Andrew Leyshon

Regressive 11yo who was well beaten when fourth in pair of 2m4f Ludlow hunter chases this spring; needs first-time visor to make a massive difference here.

66/1

4th

4

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

16:30 Ludlow

Dalahast

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Andrew Leyshon

A regressive 11yo without a performance of note for a good while now; very opposable.

40/1

4th

5

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

17:20 Ludlow

Dalahast

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Andrew Leyshon

No impact under rules last term; pulled up in points the last twice.

40/1

Form: 98-322 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

French chasing winner; fine seconds in latest two starts, behind Envoye Special at Ffos Las before finishing well at Newbury last month; can be considered on those although Ben Sutton unable to claim.

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6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Drop Flight

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Barely sighted before pulling up in this last year when 66-1 and expectations can be no higher this time despite his recent Exeter success.

100/1

1st

5

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Strong claims on last spring's hunter chase form and his recent third to Haven't Time at Southwell (3m, soft) was a step back in the right direction; however, he certainly needs another today, having been beaten 13l.

8/1

3rd

8

4th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

15:05 Southwell

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

pressed leader, jumped left and bumped rival 1st, clear with one other after 9th

12/1

Form: 44-113 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has his own ideas but beat Drop Flight well enough over this trip at Ffos Las before being put in his place by Magic Saint at Wincanton; again has the assistance of James King and could run well if taking to the test.

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10

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Envoye Special

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: Keiran Burke

Has his own ideas but beat Drop Flight well enough over this trip at Ffos Las before being put in his place by Magic Saint at Wincanton; again has the assistance of James King and could run well if taking to the test.

33/1

3rd

2

1st Mar 2023

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:20 Wincanton

Envoye Special

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: Keiran Burke

Won three points and a 2m Cheltenham hunter chase last season, and looked in excellent nick when gaining comfortable success on last month's stable debut at Ffos Las (2m5f, good to soft); contests a stronger race here but ought to make his presence felt.

7/2

1st

4

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 199y

Class 4

16:53 Ffos Las

Envoye Special

12st 2lb

J: Mr James King

T: Keiran Burke

travelled strongly, made all

2/1

Form: 0/2-

Last run: 356 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Touched off at Chepstow a year ago in only previous hunter chase attempt but has taken his pointing form to new levels this season, with three devastating wins; habit of jumping right a concern but fascinating contender representing trainer-rider who landed the Cheltenham prize last month.

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2nd

2

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:35 Cheltenham

Fier Jaguen

12st 1lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Kept on well to beat Caryto Des Brosses in this race last year, despite jumping badly right throughout, and was 11l too good for same rival in Garthorpe point (3m, soft) in February; beaten odds-on favourite in latest point but went down fighting behind a useful rival; good chance.

11/10

1st

6

5th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:50 Cheltenham

Fier Jaguen

11st 12lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Taken his point form to a new level this season; can jump to the right but he was only 11-2 when unseating at the seventh fence in the big hunter chase at Aintree's National meeting; expect a positive ride dropped to this trip and he's a big player.

5/6

Form: 156-1U

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Beat Not That Fuisse in good style at Taunton in February; stumbled and unseated before halfway at Cheltenham last month; 80-1 then but wasn't a forlorn hope going into that race, nor is he for this.

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3rd

2

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

I K Brunel

12st 3lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

raced in last

4/1

13

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

I K Brunel

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Beat Not That Fuisse in good style at Taunton in February; stumbled and unseated before halfway at Cheltenham last month; 80-1 then but wasn't a forlorn hope going into that race, nor is he for this.

33/1

11

17th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

I K Brunel

12st 0lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: Alan Hill

Pretty useful on his day for Olly Murphy and has won both his starts for Alan Hill, a 3m point and 2m7f hunter chase at Taunton when runner-up Not That Fuisse was perhaps unlucky; stamina might be stretched to the limit over this far on softer ground.

40/1

Form: 1-1P22

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Top connections; two point wins this year but rather unconsidered at Cheltenham last month (28-1), where he staged a late run to finish second (in cheekpieces, retained); possible he may lack the pace required for this but, in terms of form, is right up there.

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No Results Found

Form: 2-3P4P

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Twice placed in hunter chases last April but has shown nothing since.

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7

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:35 Cheltenham

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr David O’Brien

T: David O’Brien

Third in this race in 2022 but has looked out of sorts this year (pulled up all three starts); big leap of faith required to support him.

50/1

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

19:30 Kempton

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: David O’Brien

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

25/1

10

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Rewritetherules

11st 12lb

J: Mr David O’Brien

T: David O’Brien

A declining force last year and he was pulled up at Warwick; others preferred.

100/1

Form: /P731- D

Last run: 368 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Reliable pointer but has twice had a distant view of Famous Clermont in the last year; hard to see him proving good enough.

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1st

6

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 205y

Class 4

19:35 Stratford

Sixteen Letters

10st 11lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: J Newman

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, not fluent 3rd

10/1

23

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Sixteen Letters

12st 0lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: J Newman

Reliable pointer but has twice had a distant view of Famous Clermont in the last year; hard to see him proving good enough.

50/1

1st

4

10th Apr 2022

Good

2m 4f 35y

Class 6

15:50 Wincanton

Sixteen Letters

11st 12lb

J: Mr Joshua Newman

T: N McLean

Placed in maiden hurdle here (2m4f, good to soft) last March and a three-time point winner on good ground this year, most recently in ladies' open at Cotley a fortnight ago; respectable third on slower-than-ideal ground in Leicester hunter chase two starts ago; likely contender here.

15/8

Form: 36-414 D

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Modest performer; long way behind Famous Clermont at Haydock and beaten in a point since; likely to struggle.

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3rd

3

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Write It Down

12st 4lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R A Owen

Awarded the race after finishing runner-up at 50-1 in this contest last year (good to soft); mixed form since, but won a point on latest start; not out of it.

8/1

28

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Write It Down

12st 0lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R A Owen

Modest performer; long way behind Famous Clermont at Haydock and beaten in a point since; likely to struggle.

100/1

4th

5

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

17:00 Haydock

Write It Down

12st 4lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R A Owen

Awarded Cartmel hunter chase (3m1f, good to soft) last spring (first past the post lost weight cloth) but the form isn't anything to get excited about and not much has gone to plan in points this year.

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £860.00
Straight Forecast £717.90
Tricast £26911.50
Trifecta £43912.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Latenightpass

WEST COUNTRY:

Famous Clermont

SPOTLIGHT:

Winged Leader

POSTDATA:

Magic Saint

D Express:

Not That Fuisse

The Times:

Famous Clermont

RP Ratings:

Winged Leader

Telegraph:

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Daily Mail:

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Daily Mirror:

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The Sun:

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The Star:

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Daily Record:

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The Guardian:

Magic Saint