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15:45 Taunton

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Annie Barrett Birthday Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5439.43
  • 2m 7f 3y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Annie Barrett Birthday Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £2.88
  • Place: £1.10

Form: 243216 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Beaten a fair way out at Chepstow three weeks ago (soft) but he acts well here and was suited by this C&D on good ground when he got the better of a previous winner on penultimate start; should be competitive.

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3rd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Tim Dennis

in rear, jumped right 1st, outpaced before 3 out, rallied from 2 out, went third run-in

8/1

3rd

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

towards rear

7/1

4th

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Imperial Joe

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

Made it 3-8 over fences when scoring at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) in April but he was well held in final run in the spring and was a similar story here on his return in November; now drops back in grade but he's still 6lb higher than for last win and has some work to do back at this trip.

13/2

8/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 673778

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Long time since he showed anything approximating his best form and he dropped right out at Newbury 20 days ago; hard to have much faith in a revival but at least he's in a lower grade today; cheekpieces are refitted.

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1

14th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

14:00 Newton Abbot

Milanford

12st 0lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Max Young

Runner-up at Taunton in April and claims on that but 0-13 as a chaser and only win came in a point more than three years ago; debut for Max Young, having been trained by the owner for last eight starts.

12/1

6

8th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

13:15 Worcester

Milanford

11st 8lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Syd Hosie

Nothing like the force of old and very inconsistent in recent years to boot; ran well for a long way when second at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft; refitted cheekpieces) last month but it's hard to tell whether he'll warm to the task here.

11/2

2nd

1

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Milanford

12st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Syd Hosie

prominent, led 14th, pushed along when headed before 3 out, led again before 2 out

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: U3P252

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Sole win in a novice hurdle in late 2020; had ups and downs since and although he did better when runner-up over 2m7f at Huntingdon in January (good to soft) he's been on the back foot in two subsequent runs.

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2nd

3

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

Furkash

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Tailed off at Bangor last time on heavy ground, which might not be ideal despite having won on it; now 0-16 over fences but often thereabouts.

13/2

4th

7

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 30y

Class 5

14:50 Bangor-on-Dee

Furkash

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

took keen hold, pressed leader, led narrowly 2nd, headed 7th, disputed lead 11th

8/1

Form: 11-55P CD

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Ended latest campaign with two staying wins, in this race and at Newton Abbot (both on good) but he finished remote in both starts in the autumn and bled from the nose when pulled up at Hereford in February; looks risky after that.

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7th

6

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

Cobra Commander

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Tom Symonds

He wasn't running badly towards the end of last year and continues to edge down the weights; however, it's been a while since this 10yo has posed a serious threat and he needs something extra today.

10/1

4th

12

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

11:55 Hereford

Cobra Commander

10st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Tom Symonds

Gained both wins in April 2022; struggles with consistency and after giving it a good go he faded into a 15l third over 3m1f here last time; long time since he raced over this sharp a distance.

20/1

3rd

10

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Cobra Commander

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Gained both wins in April 2022; has lacked consistency since and now has something to prove back up in grade, having been campaigned mostly in Class 5; 2lb out of weights.

14/1

Form: 2-F2FP

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Good efforts in both course starts, over hurdles and fences, going close over 3m2f here in December (good to soft) but fell either side of that and was pulled up at Chepstow last month; return to this track offers hope but has a confidence query for now.

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5th

8

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Advantura

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in rear, mistake 1st, in touch with leaders when not fluent 7th, not fluent 8th, reminder before 9th, pushed along and lost ground after 11th, got behind after 14th, soon pulled up

12/1

9

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Advantura

11st 1lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Fell in two of his first three chases but ran big race in defeat when close/clear second at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in between and may still have potential; can't be ruled out.

10/1

6

31st Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 5

14:15 Ffos Las

Advantura

10st 10lb

J: Tom O’Brien

T: Philip Hobbs

Perhaps travelled a bit too well for his own good when beaten narrowly on his second chase start at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft), finishing clear of the remainder; an 8lb rise seems harsh but he's considered nonetheless.

11/2

Form: 65255F

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Hasn't gone on over fences since finishing close up on chase debut in 2m handicap at Southwell in November, and he fell at Wetherby less than two weeks ago (minus aids, as today); however, he's not ruled out in a weak race.

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2nd

2

29th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

17:15 Cartmel

Mexican Boy

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: J J O’Shea

Maiden; second in a Southwell handicap chase last November (2m; RPR 101) but fell on latest two attempts and has left Olly Murphy; new trainer (also runs The Creadan Rogue) has good record in these races; market a help.

6/1

5

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Mexican Boy

11st 4lb

J: Fergus Gregory

T: Olly Murphy

in rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake 7th, some headway before 13th, in touch with leaders 14th, soon shaken up

11/2

8

31st Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

16:25 Wetherby

Mexican Boy

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Runner-up at Southwell (2m, good) last November and his half-brother Mance Rayder has won at up to 3m4f; however, no threat when fifth over 2m the last twice and the suitability of this step up in trip is questionable.

12/1

Form: 32511-

Last run: 546 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Ended most recent campaign in very good form with wins at Newton Abbot (3m2f, good) and Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) but the latter win was in October 2021 and a lot to take on trust now having first run since.

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2nd

6

9th Sep 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:50 Stratford

OFaolains Lad

10st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Richenda Ford

led, pressed leader when headed 3rd, led 6th, headed 2 out, lost second last, kept on run-in, went second again inside final 110yds

4/1

2nd

3

24th Aug 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 5

16:25 Stratford

OFaolains Lad

11st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Richenda Ford

prominent

7/1

6th

8

31st Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:45 Newton Abbot

OFaolains Lad

10st 2lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richenda Ford

held up in rear, niggled along after 10th, pushed along before 5 out, soon no impression

5/1

Form: 6/6-85

Last run: 104 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Minor form so far and suffered heavy defeats in two staying handicap chases here in December; has had wind surgery since; good deal to find.

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15

28th Apr 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

17:20 Chepstow

Botus Fleming

10st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Lightly raced for his age but looks a low-level maiden; second run since wind surgery; no form claims from 7lb out of the handicap.

50/1

9

13th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:45 Taunton

Botus Fleming

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Jackie Du Plessis

towards rear, in touch with leaders after 3rd, pushed along and lost ground after 11th, mistake 12th, soon ridden and beaten

33/1

5th

10

30th Dec 2022

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:15 Taunton

Botus Fleming

10st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Unplaced all starts and this month's C&D chasing debut, when beaten 65l, didn't suggest he was on the verge of improving that statistic.

33/1

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Payout
Exacta £172.00
Straight Forecast £209.00
Tricast £628.30
Trifecta £620.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Imperial Joe

POSTDATA:

Furkash

The Star:

Advantura

D Express:

Mexican Boy

TOPSPEED:

Milanford

Telegraph:

Bal Amie

RP Ratings:

Imperial Joe

The Times:

Imperial Joe

Daily Mail:

Imperial Joe

Daily Mirror:

Imperial Joe

WEST COUNTRY:

Furkash

The Sun:

Furkash

Daily Record:

Furkash