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13:45 Aintree

Good To Soft

EFT Systems Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £67524
  • 1m 7f 176y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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EFT Systems Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

1/3 (Won)

  • Win: £1.19

Form: 1-1112 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

His only defeat over hurdles came at the hands of superstar stablemate Constitution Hill in last season's Supreme at Cheltenham (after which he won at this meeting) and beaten only once over fences when second to the exciting El Fabiolo in last month's Arkle; didn't jump with his usual zest in the latter out of ground described as "tacky" by his rider and, with nothing of his conqueror's calibre to worry about here, he should be extremely hard to beat.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

6

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Jonbon

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won this last year (good to soft) and made it 3-3 here when landing Grade 1 Tingle Creek in December (heavy); bounced back from Clarence House defeat to win Grade 1 Melling Chase at Aintree (2m4f, soft) a fortnight ago; won sole start on good ground; put in his place by El Fabiolo on their only previous clash over fences (last year's Arkle) but entitled to respect nevertheless.

9/4

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Jonbon

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on any going; powerful force in the 2m division and has won Grade 1 contests (hurdle/chase) at this meeting for the last two years; badly let down by his jumping at Cheltenham last time out, then missed the Champion Chase (one of several non-runners during a nightmare week for Nicky Henderson); hardly comes here on a high, therefore, but holds the best chance provided he's in top form; the new trip is worth exploring judged on pedigree.

2/1

Form: 16F139

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

His only win over fences (1-4) came on a right-handed track but he tends to jump left and got away with it in that novice chase; could upgrade his ninth place in the 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham but, even so, this company demands a good jolt of improvement on that form.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

5

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Marvel De Cerisy

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

His only win over fences (1-4) came on a right-handed track but he tends to jump left and got away with it in that novice chase; could upgrade his ninth place in the 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham but, even so, this company demands a good jolt of improvement on that form.

10/1

9th

14

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Marvel De Cerisy

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has form figures of F13 since switched to chasing, the win registered at right-handed Punchestown (2m3f, yielding to soft); subsequent effort suggests this return to a left-handed track will suit; still nowhere near fully exposed over fences and could go well.

20/1

3rd

3

21st Dec 2022

Yielding

2m 5f 0y

12:37 Fairyhouse

Marvel De Cerisy

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Came back strongly from a last fence fall at Wexford to decisively win a Punchestown novice last month (Gallyhill third) despite racing keenly; looks a decent novice and has every chance of following up here.

4/1

Form: 652411 D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

From the stable of this season's top staying novice The Real Whacker; something has clicked over fences as he was beaten in his first seven runs but has won his last two (following wind surgery), both tiny-field handicaps in the north of England; this is a different test altogether and he has masses to find on the figures; he does jump particularly well.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:05 Kelso

Fusain

11st 4lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Patrick Neville

led early, headed 2nd

4/1

4th

1

12th Sep 2023

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

18:05 Kelso

Fusain

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Patrick Neville

raced in third, lost third after 4th, nearly lost jockey 5th

11/2

3rd

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:00 Perth

Fusain

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Patrick Neville

led, pushed along and joined 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened run-in

3/1

Form: 224121 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler but has raised his game this season over fences and, in receipt of 5lb, he gave Jonbon something to think about when they met in a match at Warwick in February; however, probably flattered that day having built up a head of steam down the back straight and he was all out to win a Doncaster handicap next time (2m, good; effective on softer); should run well but ultimately come up short.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 55y

16:50 Punchestown

Calico

10st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a beginners chase at Galway in September and enjoyed her finest hour when winning a valuable hurdle race at Far Hills in October; off since running no race at Pine Mountain in November; ground will suit but needs to find a bit extra even if forward enough.

14/1

6

25th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 0f 110y

16:30 Roscommon

Calico

10st 0lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Form: 1-1112 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Has not looked back since joining this progressive yard, winning three Class 3 handicaps (1m7f-2m4f; from soft to good) before excelling himself when second at 40-1 in the 2m4f Grade 1 at Cheltenham (soft); there was no obvious reason to believe that improved effort flattered him and his jumping should be an asset over this sharper test; respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

0

5

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Notlongtillmay

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: L J Morgan

Very solid record (form figures 111242) since joining Laura Morgan and switched to fences; good second in major 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham most recently and filled same position in Grade 1 novice there last March; versatile ground-wise; has progressive RPRs and should go well again.

5/1

2nd

5

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Notlongtillmay

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Very progressive last season, winning three novice handicaps then good second to Stage Star in 2m4f Festival Grade 1; posted another sound Cheltenham effort (2m, good) on reappearance, which tees him up nicely for this prize; clear possibilities with the return to 2m4f a likely plus.

7/1

4th

1

28th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 2

13:15 Cheltenham

Notlongtillmay

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

Has not looked back since joining this progressive yard, winning three Class 3 handicaps (1m7f-2m4f; from soft to good) before excelling himself when second at 40-1 in the 2m4f Grade 1 here in March (soft); raised 10lb but there was no obvious reason to believe that improved effort flattered him; his jumping should be an asset over this sharper test; respected.

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £17.00
Straight Forecast £21.50
Trifecta £58.00

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