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16:05 Aintree

Good To Soft

Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £84195
  • 2m 5f 19y
  • Class 1
  • 30 runners
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Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 30 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £26.30
  • Place: £5.90

Form: -811F1 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Perhaps unlucky not to be unbeaten in his four runs following wind surgery but his handicap mark has taken a battering and this will be by some way his toughest test yet over fences; on the plus side, he's an improving 7yo who jumps well and tries hard.

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20

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Bill Baxter

10st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

6/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Bill Baxter

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

midfield, dropped to rear after 4th, weakened gradually from 3 out

15/2

8th

7

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Bill Baxter

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Warren Greatrex

pressed leader, left in lead 1st, headed and prominent 9th, bad mistake 10th

11/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.60

Form: 13U-10 D

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Should have run a lot better in a hot 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham on New Year's Day but it was her first run there and perhaps the track didn't suit; looked good in a Listed chase for mares at Market Rasen (3m) the time before and she was only 14-1 for this last year when unfortunate to depart at the very first fence.

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6th

5

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fantastic Lady

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Very disappointing when pulled up at Doncaster in December last time out, but she returned from a similar break (and substandard run) to finish a clear second in this race last year (soft); solid fifth over C&D (heavy) in the Grand Sefton in November on reappearance; capable of a bold show.

12/1

0

1

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

Fantastic Lady

11st 6lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Beat Zambella into second in Listed mares' chase at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) last November and some highly creditable efforts against males subsequently, most recently fifth in the Grand Sefton at Aintree (2m5f, heavy); leading form claims now back against mares.

7/2

28/1

  • Place: £5.40

Form: -64415

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Finished third at this meeting last year in the staying chase over the Mildmay fences on National day; right back to his best when successful at Kempton in February but well held in a tougher race back there two weeks later and now has to deal with a career-high mark; good ground is probably ideal.

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12th

25

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Killer Kane

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runs off 3lb lower than when 14l third in this last year (soft), albeit no match for Bill Baxter and Fantastic Lady; has run two good races this term but below his best the last twice; others are more compelling.

25/1

15th

20

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Killer Kane

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Some creditable efforts in defeat since his latest win, at Kempton (3m, good; has form on soft) last February, but he's been on much the same mark all that time so it's rather doubtful whether he's well enough treated for this race; cheekpieces are added.

33/1

8th

10

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Killer Kane

10st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Had wind surgery prior to creditable third here (soft) two weeks ago, taking his C&D form figures to 1153; however, beaten about 18l when fifth off this mark in this race last year; needs a career best.

12/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: -54F25

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser; no top weight has won this since Dublin Flyer in 1995 but he's a genuine Grade 2 performer (at least) who wasn't beaten at all far under top weight at the Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and his class should see him competitive for a long way, at the least; still only a 6yo and the chosen one of Paul Townend; jumps well; big player.

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2nd

9

30th Nov 2023

Yielding

2m 6f 0y

12:40 Thurles

Haut En Couleurs

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, went second from 3 out, mistake and lost ground 2 out, soon pushed along, steadied last, kept on but no match for winner

100/30

4th

1

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Haut En Couleurs

12st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Second-season chaser; no top weight has won this since Dublin Flyer in 1995 but he's a genuine Grade 2 performer (at least) who wasn't beaten at all far under top weight at the Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and his class should see him competitive for a long way, at the least; still only a 6yo and the chosen one of Paul Townend; jumps well; big player.

10/1

5th

1

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Haut En Couleurs

12st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Second-season chaser who has shown smart form in Grade 2 events over 2m4f the last twice, proving unlucky at Thurles (would likely have won but for final-fence fall) then second at Gowran behind Ryanair contender Janadil; still unexposed at this distance; seems versatile ground-wise; has the ability to play a major role on handicap debut.

13/2

Form: 5P493P

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Top class as a novice but without a win since the 2021 Galway Festival; wants further than the 2m over which he was pulled up at Cheltenham but that laboured effort was thoroughly underwhelming; readily opposed.

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2

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 174y

16:15 Naas

Battleoverdoyen

12st 0lb

J: Mr F D Brickley

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield

8/1

5th

13

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Battleoverdoyen

10st 12lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

Top class as a novice but without a win since the 2021 Galway Festival; wants further than the 2m over which he was pulled up at Cheltenham but that laboured effort was thoroughly underwhelming; readily opposed.

40/1

14

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Battleoverdoyen

11st 3lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1-winning novice but without a win since Galway festival success in 2021; not the force of old but his mark reflects that and his recent 4l third (Coeur Sublime second) in a 2m Naas Grade 3 was a step back in the right direction.

33/1

Form: 43118P

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Close third of 20 in the always-strong Blazers Handicap at last year's Galway Festival (2m6f, good to yielding) and kept to 2m1f since, winning at Ballinrobe and Cork before struggling in handicaps at Fairyhouse; by no means a natural chaser and these fences will test that part of his game.

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6th

4

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fan De Blues

11st 9lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Close third of 20 in the always-strong Blazers Handicap at last year's Galway Festival (2m6f, good to yielding) and kept to 2m1f since, winning at Ballinrobe and Cork before struggling in handicaps at Fairyhouse; by no means a natural chaser and these fences will test that part of his game.

25/1

3

14th Jan 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 1f 0y

14:12 Fairyhouse

Fan De Blues

11st 3lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

didn't jump with fluency, held up in rear, bit short of room 2nd, pushed along and no extra after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

7/1

8th

1

3rd Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 0f 165y

12:42 Fairyhouse

Fan De Blues

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

In the form of his life at present; recorded his highest RPR when winning a Ballinrobe conditions chase before easily scoring in a Cork handicap last time; went up 8lb for that but is on such an upward curve that he could defy that rise.

100/30

Form: 0-1275

Last run: 76 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Versatile trip-wise from 2m4f to 3m and seems fine on all ground; while recent defeats point to limitations in a race of this nature, the handicapper has offered an olive branch as he's now only 1lb higher than for last May's Uttoxeter win.

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7th

1

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Demachine

12st 0lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Kerry Lee

pressed leader

7/2

7th

18

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Demachine

10st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Kerry Lee

Versatile trip-wise from 2m4f to 3m and seems fine on all ground; while recent defeats point to limitations in a race of this nature, the handicapper has offered an olive branch as he's now only 1lb higher than for last May's Uttoxeter win.

25/1

Form: 5-4340

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Has dipped beneath his last winning mark but only tenth in the 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham last month and he was behind some of these that day.

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4th

13

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Celebre DAllen

10st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

12yo; below par on last completed start (hampered/unseated at last month's Cheltenham Festival); however, he caught the eye flying home for 29l eighth in this last year on his first taste of these fences, and he loomed large two out in the Becher (3m2f, heavy) in December only to fade; bolted up on Mildmay course in October on only other visit to Aintree; interesting.

25/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Celebre DAllen

11st 7lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Bolted up on reappearance at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last October; also effective on soft; however, this 12yo hasn't been at his peak the last twice and this is a very tough race in which to try to bounce back.

66/1

5th

6

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Celebre DAllen

11st 4lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Back in peak form when winning by 16l under a very patient Elizabeth Gale ride at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in October and also ran well over the big fences there (3m2f, heavy) in December (albeit tired and well held in the end); respected.

8/1

Form: -21226 D BF

Last run: 106 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Below par at Doncaster last time but better judged on his excellent form over these fences, having gone close in the 2m5f Grand Sefton (behind Al Dancer) and the 3m2f Becher (behind Ashtown Lad; good to soft both times); a total rise of 7lb for those defeats is not the end of the world and he came from further back than ideal in the Becher; strong contender.

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0

4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Gesskille

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very effective in cheekpieces but has gone 2-2 since fitted with blinkers, winning a Listed chase in France before enhancing his excellent record over Aintree's Grand National fences with a 2l success in last month's Grand Sefton (2m5f, heavy); the mud is by no means a necessity for him to show his best form and he seems to possess the tools for a test of this nature provided he gets home (unraced beyond 3m2f when keeping on); high on the list.

4/1

1st

5

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

14:45 Aintree

Gesskille

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Had form on heavy in France; beaten a nose in this race last year and also runner-up in the 3m2f Becher here last December, both on good to soft; off the boil afterwards, including in the C&D Topham in April, but he returned from three months off with a narrow win when blinkers replaced cheekpieces at Auteuil (2m6f, very soft) in September, suggesting he is back in the mix.

11/4

5

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Gesskille

11st 6lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

led narrowly, prominent when headed 8th, ridden after 9th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out

10/1

Form: 4532-1 CD

Last run: 160 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Perhaps not the force of old but this new headgear is working well and he took an instant liking to this unique test when holding on by the skin of his teeth from Gesskille over this trip in the Grand Sefton back in November (raced prominently and jumped well); presumably saved for this since and a 5lb rise is very manageable; couldn't be dismissed.

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2nd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Al Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Yet to win beyond 2m5f; October success enhanced his good reappearance record; had an excuse (heavy ground) last time; pulled up in this race three years ago and has something to prove back over 3m.

14/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Al Dancer

11st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

prominent, not fluent 7th, weakened from 2 out, no match for first two

8/1

Form: -3204U D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Grade 3 winner as a novice and fourth in the competitive Kerry National at Listowel (3m, good) last September; not seen again until Cheltenham last month when getting no further than the second in the cross-country chase (16-1); probably significant that Rachael Blackmore prefers stablemate Upping The Anti.

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11th

8

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Gin On Lime

11st 2lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Grade 3 winner as a novice and fourth in the competitive Kerry National at Listowel (3m, good) last September; not seen again until Cheltenham last month when getting no further than the second in the cross-country chase (16-1); probably significant that Rachael Blackmore prefers stablemate Upping The Anti.

25/1

15

15th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 6f 37y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Gin On Lime

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Won Grade 3 novice chase at Tipperary (2m4f, yielding) in 2021 and fair fourth of 16 in the competitive Kerry National at Listowel (3m, good) last September when last seen; won on very soft ground when trained in France; makes her cross-country debut and has something to find with the chief form players, but she's worth each-way respect with her 7lb mares' allowance.

14/1

4th

12

21st Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

16:20 Listowel

Gin On Lime

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 10th, headway after 4 out, in touch with leaders when pushed along home turn, soon ridden, left in fourth last, kept on

20/1

Form: P-353P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 10lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Excelled himself when third in a notable 2m5f handicap at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival but 33-1 when pulled up in the Ultima at Cheltenham; won't have fond memories of these fences having fallen/pulled up on his two encounters.

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5th

6

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to drop down the weights and he was a fair second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; however, this 12yo has a patchy profile nowadays and was pulled up over this C&D (heavy) last time out.

9/1

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

12st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

12yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was soundly beaten in Ireland a fortnight ago; however, he showed spark when second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day and this course winner is not ruled out.

11/2

8th

25

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Top Ville Ben

10st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Third in this last year off a 6lb higher mark, and is effectively running off that mark here from 6lb out of the handicap; second in a four-runner contest at Aintree over Christmas but much more needed here.

40/1

Form: 421130 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Paid his way last year; didn't run much of a race in a Cheltenham handicap (2m4f) four weeks ago that the stable won and this looks a big ask even if back to his best.

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17th

12

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Hereditary Rule

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Has course form but was down the field in last year's Plate (50-1) and although he landed a good handicap at Punchestown (2m5f, yielding; wouldn't want it any softer) in April, his subsequent chase and hurdle runs leave him with much to prove.

40/1

9

25th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

1m 7f 144y

15:25 Naas

Hereditary Rule

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Much better chaser than hurdler, as he showed when a taking winner of a big handicap chase at Punchestown in April; wants better ground ideally and probably best watched on his first run since October.

16/1

17th

10

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 4f 0y

15:00 Punchestown

Hereditary Rule

10st 13lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: John C McConnell

towards rear

9/2

Form: P-1455 D

Last run: 69 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Prominent racer who could show up well for a long way if taking to these fences and it's probably a mere coincidence that he's yet to win a chase with more than six runners; 3lb below his last winning mark, he's no forlorn hope.

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14th

19

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Kiltealy Briggs

10st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Jamie Snowden

Prominent racer who could show up well for a long way if taking to these fences and it's probably a mere coincidence that he's yet to win a chase with more than six runners; 3lb below his last winning mark, he's no forlorn hope.

33/1

5th

4

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

13:45 Sandown

Kiltealy Briggs

11st 8lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Jamie Snowden

Prominent-racer who scored at Market Rasen (2m5f, good to soft) on reappearance but has failed to repeat the form, well held at Wincanton (2m4f) on latest start; back down to his last winning mark but needs to bounce back and there's a doubt about his effectiveness over this shorter trip.

16/1

5th

2

7th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 2

13:30 Wincanton

Kiltealy Briggs

11st 13lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Jamie Snowden

raced in second, pressed leader from 9th, ridden after 4 out, lost second after 3 out, weakened after 2 out

5/1

14/1

Form: 11-101 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

A dab hand at mixing hurdling with chasing over the last three years and looks better than ever since returning from an absence; hardy 9yo who is unlikely to be fazed by a race of this nature (debut over the fences) and it's unwise to turn a blind eye to his stable's excellent record in this race having won it for a fifth time 12 months ago.

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3rd

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

14:20 Newcastle

Equus Dancer

11st 6lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Won over fences (2m5f, soft) and hurdles (2m4f, soft) during light campaign last season; off since struggling over Aintree's big fences last April but has good record when fresh and will probably be okay over this trip.

4/1

15th

27

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Equus Dancer

10st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

A dab hand at mixing hurdling with chasing over the last three years and looks better than ever since returning from an absence; hardy 9yo who is unlikely to be fazed by a race of this nature (debut over the fences) and it's unwise to turn a blind eye to his stable's excellent record in this race having won it for a fifth time 12 months ago.

14/1

1st

6

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

13:50 Uttoxeter

Equus Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear, headway when mistake 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, ridden and disputed lead last, led run-in, hard pressed towards finish, just did enough

10/1

Form: 12-507

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Prolific novice last season but he's 0-3 in handicap chases (2m5f-3m) when yet to finish within 10l of the principals; return of blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) might not be a bad thing but he clearly needs to raise his game if he's to land a blow on his first visit here.

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15th

24

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Ciel De Neige

10st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Running a fair race when unseating two out in this last year (soft) and is 22lb lower today; however, below par in September on final run for Willie Mullins and well beaten in three runs since joining this yard.

33/1

14th

16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Ciel De Neige

10st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Ran well in handicap hurdles at earlier Festivals and has since won three chases at up to 2m4f for Willie Mullins; has not yet settled down for new yard (without regular headgear; cheekpieces refitted today) and best watched in such a warm race.

100/1

7th

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Ciel De Neige

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

On a competitive mark on best form for Willie Mullins and he's one to watch in the betting on this second stable start; however, he was tailed off at 50-1 at Doncaster last time and has to leave that run miles behind.

33/1

50/1

Form: -4PU68

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Had Grade 1 honours as a novice but those days are long gone and he's a worthy outsider on his exploits during the last 12 months.

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7th

11

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Hardline

12st 0lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

His Grade 1-winning form is a fading memory and current limitations were ruthlessly exposed by Bennys King last time at Leicester; difficult to envisage him having any notable impact; cheekpieces did nothing for him when last tried on three occasions in 2022.

66/1

2nd

6

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Hardline

11st 12lb

J: Mr Josh Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

Former Grade 1 winner over fences but nowhere near that level now and his last three wins have been in points; had a tough task in a Thurles hunter chase latest but was a long way adrift and this race is competitive too.

7/2

Form: 61-236

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 9yo but only 2lb lower than when beaten a good way in one of the handicaps at Cheltenham (2m) and all his best form is at around that distance; no real significance in the return of a hood; Rachael Blackmore jumps ship.

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5th

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

14:55 Naas

Epson Du Houx

11st 1lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Last win was in 2021; fair sixth in last season's Grand Annual after finishing third to today's rival Rebel Gold in a valuable handicap at Fairyhouse; struggled over the National fences in the Topham; reported to have bled when pulled up in the Troytown.

20/1

0

11

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Epson Du Houx

10st 12lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Struggling with his jumping in last year's National and low-key return when tailed off at Cork; mark is fine on best form but looks risky at present.

66/1

Form: 23U-03

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National and has contested the last two Nationals around here, finishing fourth in 2021 (travelled strongly before not getting home) and departing at The Chair 12 months ago; confined to just two starts in the meantime and there were plenty of positives to take from his return from an absence at Down Royal when behind big National hope Longhouse Poet; this race might just suit him down the ground.

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19th

2

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Burrows Saint

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National and has contested the last two Nationals around here, finishing fourth in 2021 (travelled strongly before not getting home) and departing at The Chair 12 months ago; confined to just two starts in the meantime and there were plenty of positives to take from his return from an absence at Down Royal when behind big National hope Longhouse Poet; this race might just suit him down the ground.

10/1

3rd

2

17th Mar 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:50 Down Royal

Burrows Saint

11st 0lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, prominent 5th, led narrowly 6th, headed 13th

5/1

8

9th Apr 2022

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Burrows Saint

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Scale of his defeat (far greater than in the same race last year) behind Any Second Now and Escaria Ten at Fairyhouse six weeks ago is offputting; the 2019 Irish National winner (on good to yielding) but while he travelled strongly in this race off today's mark last year, he then wilted approaching the final fence and finished a very leg-weary 27l fourth.

20/1

Form: 111115

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Has not looked back since sent over fences, winning for a fifth time in this discipline when coming home clear at the Dublin Racing Festival (2m1f handicap; has won over 3m); found it all happening too quickly when a never-dangerous fifth in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (2m, soft) and, at this level, he would appear to need further than that; has a chance.

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6th

2

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Irish challenger who hasn't threatened in two previous visits to Cheltenham but they were in strong handicaps and the ground was soft on both occasions; has the ability to run well off his current mark and has won his last two races when fitted with reapplied cheekpieces, a hurdle in August 2022 and a Flat handicap last summer; respected.

9/1

9th

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Recorded Flat/hurdles wins in the summer; failed to shine in last two chase attempts but may raise his game with tongue-tie now fitted; ran respectably in the Grand Annual here in March and his major Irish trainer had three winners at the Showcase meeting here last month.

20/1

Form: 3-4416 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Hard to fault in strong 2m4f handicaps this season, winning on Trials' Day at Cheltenham when in this first-time headgear; beaten just under 10l off this mark at the Festival but still only a 6yo and could easily have better days ahead of him; newcomer over these fences.

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3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Boasts a solid record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here and he's back on the same mark off which he went so close in the big December handicap; not at his very best the last twice (behind In Excelsis Deo here last month) but couldn't put a line through him.

9/2

8th

3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had stamina limitations over 3m recently; has a fine record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here but he went back up in the weights after his narrow defeat in December (soft; also effective on good to soft) and had no serious say off today's mark in this race last year.

14/1

10th

3

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Il Ridoto

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Campaigned mostly in 2m4f handicaps at Cheltenham since the start of last season, proving consistent in the main; goes into unknown territory over this new trip on first visit to Kempton.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5-3123 C

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Respectable efforts over hurdles the last twice (Grade 2 latest) but he's a superior chaser who repelled Gesskille in the Becher Chase over these fences in December (3m2f, good to soft; now 6lb higher); this looks to have been a plan and assured stamina could become an asset with rain in the air.

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7th

2

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Ashtown Lad

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Now 3lb lower than when winning the Becher Chase at Aintree in late 2022 but he's pulled up in his last four starts and the new cheekpieces had no real effect last time at Doncaster (travelled well but dropped out); stable form offers some hope for him turning things around but too risky.

11/2

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Ashtown Lad

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Beat 21 rivals to win off today's mark over the big Aintree fences (3m2f, good to soft) last season but has been pulled up on his last three appearances and needs the first-time cheekpieces to prompt a revival here.

12/1

9

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Ashtown Lad

11st 1lb

T: Dan Skelton

Form: 113FB2

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Better chaser than hurdler and after two non-completions he finished best of the rest in a Grade 3 novice at Thurles (2m2f, soft) won easily by last weekend's Grade 1 Fairyhouse winner Flame Bearer; nothing wrong with that form and, if his jumping holds up, this mark might be okay.

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5th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:40 Navan

Upping The Anti

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Had been struggling this winter but definite step back in the right direction at Naas last time when only beaten 2l; will relish the longer trip and he acts on this ground.

6/1

4th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 116y

15:45 Naas

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, mistake 1st

14/1

0

21

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Upping The Anti

11st 0lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: Henry De Bromhead

towards rear 1st, fell 1st

33/1

Form: F-P445 D BF

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

His best piece of handicap form came over this trip when winning on soft ground at Ascot last season off 2lb higher; has not been operating at quite the same level this campaign and this is his first experience of these fences; cheekpieces added.

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16

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Phoenix Way

10st 9lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

His best piece of handicap form came over this trip when winning on soft ground at Ascot last season off 2lb higher; has not been operating at quite the same level this campaign and this is his first experience of these fences; cheekpieces added.

18/1

5th

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Phoenix Way

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Murtagh

T: Harry Fry

Runner-up over C&D in December last term and won over 2m5f here the following month, both off today's mark; back near that form this winter and, although all starts have been on softer than good, he's one to consider.

9/2

4th

8

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Phoenix Way

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Harry Fry

Won useful handicap at Ascot last January, then had a couple of non-completions; got round when fourth to Fugitif at Chepstow on return from layoff but remains to be seen whether he'll build on that effort.

12/1

Form: 4342-U

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Has some strong handicap form in Ireland and ran a cracker to be runner-up in this 12 months ago off only 3lb lower (good to soft); well beaten when departing in a conditions chase last month on his only sighting since and it's difficult to gauge where he is right now.

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17

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Batcio

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: T M Walsh

Has some strong handicap form in Ireland and ran a cracker to be runner-up in this 12 months ago off only 3lb lower (good to soft); well beaten when departing in a conditions chase last month on his only sighting since and it's difficult to gauge where he is right now.

18/1

3

21st Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 202y

16:50 Clonmel

Batcio

11st 2lb

J: Shane O’Callaghan

T: T M Walsh

Ended last season with career-best second of 29 in the Topham Chase at Aintree in April; missed intended Galway target over the summer and has had time off since; may just need this.

9/1

11

29th Jul 2022

Good

2m 6f 111y

18:00 Galway

Batcio

11st 7lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: T M Walsh

Came good last summer with a couple of wins and has maintained that form this year; made the frame a couple of times at Leopardstown and excellent effort when second of 29 in the Topham over the Grand National fences at Aintree in April; comes here fresh and leading amateur booked.

10/1

Form: 2-3P32

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Progressive last season from 1m7f to 2m3f; stays this far and he bumped into a sharp Skelton improver at Newbury (2m4f, soft) last time, but there are more intriguing candidates.

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1st

5

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Numitor

11st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Heather Main

Pulled up in the Topham at Aintree last April then absent until Exeter (2m3f, soft) recently; he's running again just 11 days later but he was an encouraging fourth last time and may be able to build on it; well handicapped on form as recent as last March and he's one to be interested in.

7/2

4th

3

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Numitor

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Heather Main

Career interspersed with breaks and layoffs and although he goes well fresh he returns from a longer break than usual, having been pulled up on most recent start, over the big fences at Aintree (2m5f) last April; suited by 2m4f on soft, though, and not ruled out.

11/1

Form: 213216 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Career-best form in winning a notable handicap at Doncaster (3m, good) in January when in cheekpieces for the first time and he reportedly bled when below par on his return visit; this race demands another jolt of improvement.

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1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Coopers Cross

11st 6lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

held up in rear, pushed along briefly and reminder after 9th

66/1

0

11

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Coopers Cross

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Arrived here in much better form 12 months ago and in first-time cheekpieces he got the job done by a length at the expense of Cap Du Nord; later finished second in the Scottish Grand National when 2lb higher; no signs of any of that form this season but perhaps another change of headgear can work the oracle.

14/1

0

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Coopers Cross

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Heavy ground may excuse his poor efforts this term; creditable second in this race last year (soft; off 5lb lower) before winning a major 3m contest at Doncaster and finishing second in the 4m Scottish National; has the ability to take a serious hand.

16/1

Form: 4-31UB D

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won by a wide margin at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in November; jumping has been an issue since and he had made mistakes before getting brought down last time; effective in the reapplied cheekpieces but well down the pecking order here.

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4th

6

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Dorking Lad

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Career-best RPR for soft-ground 2m5f score here off 5lb lower last November, but mistakes have prevented any further progress, and never looked happy in the Topham latest; others more greatly proven over 3m.

25/1

29

14th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Dorking Lad

10st 2lb

J: Jamie Moore

T: Gary Moore

Won by a wide margin at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in November; jumping has been an issue since and he had made mistakes before getting brought down last time; effective in the reapplied cheekpieces but well down the pecking order here.

66/1

10

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Dorking Lad

10st 12lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Seen much more often on good ground than many of these, winning twice; first attempt much beyond 2m5f was at Kempton (3m; joint-second favourite) on latest start but he unseated at the first; 16l win there (2m4f, soft; 9lb higher today) the time before gave plenty of hope regarding stamina, so he's one to consider.

12/1

Form: -60P30

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Has found it a challenge since emerging from novice company (won twice) and this new headgear didn't do much for him at Cheltenham; opposable.

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3rd

4

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

13:25 Haydock

Fantastikas

11st 0lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Well handicapped on peak form and ran his best race for a while when second of seven over 3m1f at Ludlow (soft) 24 days ago; has won on heavy and James Turner takes 7lb off, so there are reasons to be positive; also declared for 2.25 Newbury but this is his first preference.

4/1

4

6th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Fantastikas

11st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Often highly tried since showing smart form as a novice in the 2021-22 season; a further two-month break since seemingly needing the run at Newton Abbot is a concern but he's very well handicapped even without taking into account James Turner's claim.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £7912.00
Straight Forecast £4436.00
Tricast £118918.50
Trifecta £172548.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Al Dancer

WEST COUNTRY:

Il Ridoto

Daily Mail:

Ashtown Lad

POSTDATA:

Phoenix Way

LAMBOURN:

Fantastic Lady

SPOTLIGHT:

Haut En Couleurs

The Star:

Bill Baxter

TOPSPEED:

Gesskille

The Times:

Numitor

D Express:

Equus Dancer

Telegraph:

Il Ridoto

Daily Record:

Ashtown Lad

Daily Mirror:

Phoenix Way

The Guardian:

Al Dancer

The Sun:

Al Dancer