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16:40 Aintree

Good To Soft

Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 1m 7f 176y
  • Class 1
  • 14 runners
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Close Brothers Red Rum Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: F02-09 D

Last run: 89 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Wasn't in much form when coming into this race 12 months ago but he ran a stormer from the front to hold on to second place (good to soft; off 3lb lower); two poor efforts in midwinter but a return to more prominent tactics will suit back on more suitable ground; entitled to be involved.

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6th

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Dancing On My Own

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Yard won the race in 2019 and this one has a great record in it, runner-up two years ago and his perseverance paying off 12 months ago (both on good to soft); better than ever when beating Triple Trade at Cheltenham (2m, good) in October but this will ask a lot of him, 12lb higher than last year with soft ground slower than he likes.

14/1

6th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Dancing On My Own

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Classy sort whose three chase wins include Red Rum Handicap at Aintree and valuable 2m Cheltenham handicap in October under hefty weight when racing up with pace; well below best on softer ground under top-weight over C&D however, jumping sketchily; has form on soft but suited by better ground; dry forecast at least.

13/2

3/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 1-5711 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Front-runs; immediate improvement for switch to fences and beaten only twice in seven completions, running flat last May after a long spell of action and back from break in October; had wind surgery since and has looked an exciting prospect this spring, going round Sandown to the manner born in March (1m7f, good to soft); up further 10lb; could yet rate higher.

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2nd

6

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 0y

16:15 Punchestown

Douglas Talking

10st 11lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runner who has created a big impression during a productive British campaign and a late mistake perhaps cost him when reeled in late on at Aintree (2m, good to soft); still looks well handicapped and he's a scopey 7yo who should take well to this place.

9/2

2nd

13

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Douglas Talking

11st 0lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Front-runs; immediate improvement for switch to fences and beaten only twice in seven completions, running flat last May after a long spell of action and back from break in October; had wind surgery since and has looked an exciting prospect this spring, going round Sandown to the manner born in March (1m7f, good to soft); up further 10lb; could yet rate higher.

3/1

1st

1

7th Mar 2023

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

Douglas Talking

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

jumped well, made all, went clear going easily after 3 out, canter, impressive

9/4

10/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: /F1-5P CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Acts well here, C&D winner in late 2021 and achieved his best result when winning this race 12 months ago (good to soft); an outsider and not a contender in either subsequent start this year but this will have been the target and he is only 2lb higher than last year; considered.

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4th

7

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

The Last Day

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

Won twice on heavy early in career; Aintree brings out the best in him and he was below form last January on his only start at Sandown; Wetherby second last time (the race in which Xcitations and Gunsight Ridge came a cropper) was a step back in the right direction but others are preferred.

10/1

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 36y

Class 2

14:15 Wetherby

The Last Day

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

didn't jump with fluency, held up in rear, awkward jump 1st, headway and disputing third 8th, left in second 4 out

13/2

12/1

Form: -26732 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Hat-trick at about this trip last midwinter (on heavy/soft) but in the meantime has all too often looked weighted to his best off similar marks to today's; others higher up the list.

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7th

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

1m 7f 36y

Class 3

14:25 Wetherby

Hasankey

11st 13lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

in touch with leaders

7/1

5th

6

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 1

13:15 Ayr

Hasankey

11st 2lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Better than the bare result when fourth of 13 at Aintree (2m, good; came from rear after early mistake) last week; that followed a good second at Warwick and suggests his current mark is still workable; has an impressive record (a win, a second and a third from three runs) at Ayr and should go well.

13/2

4th

11

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Hasankey

11st 1lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Hat-trick at about this trip last midwinter (on heavy/soft) but in the meantime has all too often looked weighted to his best off similar marks to today's; others higher up the list.

12/1

Form: 834312 D BF

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Running well all winter and he followed a Musselburgh win (2m, good to soft) with a close call against another in-form rival at Doncaster last month; however, he hasn't been the easiest to place in handicaps over the last two seasons and current mark will take some overcoming.

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4th

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

Pay The Piper

11st 11lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Ann Hamilton

midfield, headway after 3 out, outpaced 2 out, no extra approaching last

5/1

2nd

1

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:05 Newcastle

Pay The Piper

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Course winner who is very well handicapped on form as recent as last spring but he failed to shine over fences in the autumn and it's been the same story over hurdles here the last twice; needs to get back on track.

8/1

3rd

1

26th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 62y

Class 3

16:05 Newcastle

Pay The Piper

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Has dropped to a good mark but he's been below par over fences this season and returning to hurdles failed to reignite the fire here last time; this is no easy race in which to rediscover some form.

14/1

Form: 6-334P D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Had some smart form at about 2m last winter before finishing a remote sixth in this race; has proved a weak finisher this season, however, and adding tongue-tie and cheekpieces (discarded today) made matters worse at Cheltenham when pulled up on soft; less testing ground will suit but has plenty to prove at present.

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2nd

2

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

16:30 Ludlow

Before Midnight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Fergal O’Brien

A long time without a win and wouldn't want the ground too soft, but he was a good third of six in a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good to soft) on his penultimate run and that form makes him a strong contender.

15/8

5th

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Before Midnight

11st 5lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Has done most of his winning at about 2m but shaped encouragingly over 2m4f at Kempton (good to soft; third start for new stable) five weeks ago; remains well treated on best form, albeit he's an 11yo whose losing spell goes back to 2021.

10/1

Form: 47-3F1 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Ran up to his form at the time when fifth in the 2021 running; lightly raced since but his Sandown run in January (travelling well when coming down two out) promised more and he impressed at Haydock recently (2m, soft) when coming off the bridle only between the last two; on career-high mark in a better race but he went up to a new level last time out.

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10th

1

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

15:25 Naas

Grey Diamond

11st 12lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Five-time winner in Britain over hurdles and fences; cut no ice in three starts over fences for Gordon Elliott; reverts back to hurdles off a 7lb lower mark but others preferred.

33/1

10th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:10 Leopardstown

Grey Diamond

11st 1lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Career best when winning at Haydock for Sam Thomas last season; bought for £35,000 in the spring; not at the same sort of level in two runs at Fairyhouse for his new connections; back on a good mark at least.

22/1

7th

8

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 60y

13:57 Fairyhouse

Grey Diamond

10st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Dual winner over fences, the latest at Haydock for Sam Thomas towards the end of last season; interesting recruit for this yard but there wasn't a great deal of promise in his comeback run here last month.

12/1

Form: 13588U D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Best recent form when winning 2m2f chase for Gordon Elliott at Galway in July (soft) but was in the process of running well for these connections when unseating at the last at Thurles in February; probably has his share of weight back in Britain.

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6th

2

7th May 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 31y

19:50 Ballinrobe

Vado Forte

11st 11lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

towards rear

10/1

5th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 0f 160y

14:58 Cork

Vado Forte

11st 7lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

held up in rear, headway after 5 out, weakened from 2 out

6/1

5th

4

22nd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

16:25 Listowel

Vado Forte

11st 6lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Ross O’Sullivan

Won at Galway festival last season for Gordon Elliott; needs to reverse this year's Galway form with Fighting Fit and Barnacullia; tongue-tie for the first time.

8/1

Form: -46314 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Best on good/good to soft; smart novice chaser last season, including when third in the Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting; below par in November but subsequent wind surgery has helped, winning at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) and was moving into contention when hampered two out at Cheltenham in March; can find extra back on less testing finish.

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9th

1

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Third Time Lucki

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Best on good/good to soft; smart novice chaser last season, including when third in the Grade 1 novice chase at this meeting; below par in November but subsequent wind surgery has helped, winning at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) and was moving into contention when hampered two out at Cheltenham in March; can find extra back on less testing finish.

9/2

4th

4

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Third Time Lucki

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has got back on track since having a second wind operation, building on an encouraging third at Warwick when winning a Sandown handicap (1m7f, good to soft) last month; has run well at this meeting before; considered.

9/1

1st

3

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

13:45 Sandown

Third Time Lucki

11st 11lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Dan Skelton

Stablemate of Eclair D'Ainay and usually ridden in contrasting style, coming from the rear; shaped encouragingly after wind surgery when 19l third of four at Warwick (2m, heavy) three weeks ago, fading after making headway; today's less testing ground should suit and he's a leading candidate.

7/1

Form: 9F-166 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Successful in two of his five completions in handicap chases, over 2m1f (on good to yielding and good); well held last July and was entitled to need the run at Limerick 18 days ago but others have clearly achieved more.

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4th

1

7th Oct 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 3

14:50 Fontwell

Defan

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Romped home in a Ballinrobe handicap in May 2022 (for Henry De Bromhead) but unplaced in five subsequent starts, the latest when tried in cheekpieces in August; bought last month for £10,000 and possibly best watched.

12/1

7th

2

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 0y

19:38 Killarney

Defan

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Last success came early last season when he landed a Ballinrobe handicap chase by a big margin from Nelly's Money; has struggled in four races since then, and remains 7lb higher; first time with cheekpieces.

10/1

Form: 115190 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Three chase wins at up to 2m2f in the second half of 2022 (good to yielding and good ground); has won on soft over hurdles but jumping technique deserted him on that surface when finishing remote back over fences at Cheltenham in March; needs to show the form all wrong just four weeks later.

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3

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Dads Lad

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Three chase wins at up to 2m2f in the second half of 2022 (good to yielding and good ground); has won on soft over hurdles but jumping technique deserted him on that surface when finishing remote back over fences at Cheltenham in March; needs to show the form all wrong just four weeks later.

20/1

10th

11

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Dads Lad

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Took very well to fences in the first half of the season, including a success in C&D handicap (good; won a hurdle on soft) in October; never involved when reverting to hurdles in the Greatwood here in November but he has potential now back chasing after a break.

12/1

Form: -11533 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won first five chases at distances ranging from 2m to 2m4f but has made no further progress in handicaps this year and, as he hasn't quite got his jumping taped, he's likely to find this test sharper than ideal.

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6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Mackenberg

11st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Talented on his day and he was having one of them at Hereford recently (2m, good to soft) when clear of his rivals until his saddle slipped and he unseated at the last; back up 4lb in a tougher race and has something to prove on this track, having been pulled up in handicaps at this meeting for the last two years, over hurdles and in this race.

50/1

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Mackenberg

11st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

jumped left throughout, disputed lead, raced in second before 3rd

100/30

Form: F-PPF3 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Well treated on best form, 15lb lower than in a Listed handicap at Ayr last April (2m, good to soft) when looking sure to go close until coming down two out; non-completer in next three starts but had wind surgery and last week's third at Ascot (2m1f, good to soft) was promising; can figure.

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0

3

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Kempton

Hatcher

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Prolific winner (mostly at around 2m on good ground) and fine servant to connections over the years; not as good as he was and didn't run very well on latest outing in September, but should be fine over today's trip and his spring form puts him in the mix.

4/1

4th

4

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Worcester

Hatcher

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, headway before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, no impression from 2 out

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £590.00
Straight Forecast £436.10
Tricast £5423.00
Trifecta £5244.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Douglas Talking

RP Ratings:

Third Time Lucki

The Sun:

Pay The Piper

The Guardian:

Grey Diamond

TOPSPEED:

Hasankey

D Express:

Dancing On My Own

WEST COUNTRY:

Global Citizen

The Star:

The Last Day

The Times:

Douglas Talking

Daily Mirror:

Douglas Talking

Daily Record:

Pay The Piper

POSTDATA:

Third Time Lucki

Telegraph:

Third Time Lucki

Daily Mail:

Grey Diamond