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Good To Soft

Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £500000
  • 4m 2f 74y
  • Class 1
  • 40 runners
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Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 40 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.00
  • Place: £3.20

Form: U1-541

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Never-nearer fourth to Le Milos at Newbury (3m2f); ran respectably over 3m5f at Warwick last term and loudly demands another go at a marathon distance, now that his strong finish from well off the pace has won him the 3m1f Ultima Handicap at Cheltenham for the second year in succession; due to go up 10lb, so he's the pick of the weights; has his own way of doing things and plotting his way through the pack will need luck, but he gave probably his most professional display last time (on soft) and brings plenty of positives.

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4

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in last, detached when pecked on landing and pushed along briefly 12th, reminders after 5 out

9/1

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Corach Rambler

11st 6lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Sole run on heavy was a win on rules debut; tasted success at two Cheltenham Festivals, coming from well off the pace, before the even sweeter prize of this race last year when he was never far away and had zero alarms before some idling in front after grabbing total control at the final fence (much earlier than usual); last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup (soft) seemed to show the ceiling of his ability, when it looked exceedingly hard work for him from the final fence, but that was while finishing an excellent third with career-best form; 13lb higher than last year but still well in and should go well if the Gold Cup did not make him dig too deep.

7/1

3rd

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Corach Rambler

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Has an unconventional streak but his spring form in the last two seasons cannot be faulted, having won the Ultima in 2022 and 2023 (3m1f; good to soft and soft) and the Grand National (4m2f) in some style last April, despite taking up the running further from home than usual; the limit of his ability has yet to be established and it would be no surprise to see him loom up late on.

12/1

16/1

  • Place: £5.80

Form: -636F2

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Probably no ground issues; should have been a top chasing prospect going into last season but jumping fences has not come naturally to him, for instance in the 2022 NH Chase at Cheltenham; had back surgery since, fell nevertheless on his penultimate start but the latest was more reassuring; when he's on song he stays on strongly like a prime candidate for long distances.

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14th

17

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Vanillier

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

He's generally far more workmanlike than fluent over his fences but produced a sound jumping display in this race (good to soft; 4lb higher today) last year, finishing strongly as well but he'd twice been rather messed about in traffic on the second circuit and left with far too much to do before taking second, Corach Rambler having gone well beyond recall; similar build-up to last year but requiring more improvement and he has a bit to prove in the mud, while on the other hand soft/heavy ground will place even greater demands on stamina and that is his major strength; has to be in serious calculations.

10/1

2nd

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Vanillier

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

raced in second and pressed leader, disputed lead 13th, led narrowly 2 out, headed approaching last, soon no chance with winner

9/4

15th

3

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Vanillier

11st 3lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Very useful chaser, runner up in last season's Grand National his finest effort; two runs over hurdles and fences over inadequate trips; could do better here but this is very much a stepping stone back towards Aintree.

50/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 3-2131

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Has never finished out of the first three in his nine races over fences, including when third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National (yielding) last term and arriving on the scene in the nick of time to send the favourite backers home happy in last month's 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft); this even greater stamina test has to make appeal.

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2nd

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 11lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead, led clearly after 1st, headed and raced in second just after 8th, outpaced 4 out, no chance with winner when mistake 2 out, kept on run-in

11/8

3rd

13

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has never finished out of the first three in his nine races over fences, including when third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National (yielding) last term and arriving on the scene in the nick of time to send the favourite backers home happy in last month's 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft); this even greater stamina test has to make appeal.

12/1

1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second-season novice; not that far off the best last term, staying on for third in 3m Grade 1 in the mud at this meeting before confirming his stamina when also taking third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National; won 3m Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown in December and 2m5f was against him on latest start; has the best form and presents a very strong case.

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11/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: -P1134 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

To win this race last term as just a 7yo and a novice was seriously out of the ordinary and he's built on that with his form this season (now has 19lb higher mark); won over the conventional fences here in December and reverted to looking much more the out-and-out stayer in two runs at Cheltenham since, which meant he never got competitive when 15l fourth in the Gold Cup but keeps him as major contender for the National.

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19th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Noble Yeats

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner and fourth in it (again on good to soft) last year when he was hard work from out the back and never got near the leaders; hurdling on last three starts, winning a Grade 2 but coming up well short when the cheekpieces (which had served him well hitherto) were restored at Cheltenham one month ago; just 1lb lower than last year but his strength of stamina will presumably be well served by a slog in the mud.

20/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

2022 Grand National winner who was fourth in that same Aintree race last April; back hurdling with tongue tied this winter and stayed on strongly to win the Grade 2 Cleeve here (3m, good to soft) in January, beating Paisley Park (who gave 6lb) by a head; also effective on soft/heavy; others possess stronger hurdle form but he may be capable of better in this sphere, especially now back in the cheekpieces worn for his National win (also worn last spring); could go well.

13/2

1st

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

15:35 Cheltenham

Noble Yeats

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Emmet Mullins

raced wide, prominent

7/2

Form: 6-113F

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Opened this season with wins in two major 3m handicaps; sometimes jumps rather ponderously, including on the first circuit when good third in the Welsh National (soft) in which a blunder two out handed the upper hand to two rivals; fell two out at 33-1 in Irish Gold Cup latest, when disputing the lead so running a big race, but moving up the weights since is a negative to add to his fall.

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5th

5

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

The Big Dog

11st 5lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Peter Fahey

Opened this season with wins in two major 3m handicaps; sometimes jumps rather ponderously, including on the first circuit when good third in the Welsh National (soft) in which a blunder two out handed the upper hand to two rivals; fell two out at 33-1 in Irish Gold Cup latest, when disputing the lead so running a big race, but moving up the weights since is a negative to add to his fall.

14/1

7

4th Feb 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 44y

15:05 Leopardstown

The Big Dog

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Peter Fahey

prominent, not fluent 11th, pressed leaders 4 out, led narrowly 3 out, fell 2 out

25/1

3rd

1

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Big Dog

12st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Peter Fahey

Blundered at the ninth in this last year and had a mishap with his tack, so was pulled up; 3m4f win at Punchestown (soft) that February had made him look tailor-made for this test and he's roared back better than ever this season with major 3m wins on soft when ridden prominently in the Munster National and the Troytown; slow over many of his fences last time but looks sure to have a big shout if he can stay near the pace.

6/1

Form: 353050

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

6lb out of the handicap; won at Galway (2m6f) in July 2021 and good fifth in the same race last summer; no striking claims even on that form, though, and he does not have any form beyond 3m1f (had one attempt at 3m4f); 150-1 when beaten 22l at Cheltenham (2m4f) last month.

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11th

7

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 0y

18:30 Punchestown

Born By The Sea

12st 0lb

J: Conor Hawkins

T: Paul John Gilligan

Tailed off in Grand Sefton latest and 0-17 on Flat; looks vulnerable.

100/1

9th

4

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

14:45 Aintree

Born By The Sea

11st 9lb

J: Phillip Enright

T: Paul John Gilligan

Acts on heavy; ran a cracker to finish 10l sixth in the Grand National here (4m2f, good to soft) in April; second in a five-runner conditions event at Galway (2m6f) in August seems very much the best of his five starts since; the Grand National run puts him in serious calculations.

7/1

5th

1

3rd Oct 2023

Soft To Heavy

2m 2f 110y

16:45 Galway

Born By The Sea

11st 12lb

J: Jack G Gilligan

T: Paul John Gilligan

Ran a cracker to finish sixth in the Grand National at Aintree; has struggled in a couple of deep handicaps since then but did run well behind the smart Saint Sam in a conditions event over 2m6f here in August; this probably represents his best opportunity for a while and, although a strong stayer, he can cope with this sort of trip.

3/1

Form: 7-33F2

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Fell at a Cheltenham cross-country fence in January but some of his runs in France make very interesting viewing, including when staying on well over 3m3f and 3m6f, and so do his performances in the same 3m2f Down Royal race in March 2022 and 2023; big odds but a lurking strength in stamina can bring him to the fore.

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9th

28

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Roi Mage

10st 8lb

J: James Reveley

T: Patrick Griffin

Took to this challenge expertly last year (good to soft) until six others went away from the second last and he was beaten 14l; won a French cross-country race in November and stuck to his task well behind Adamantly Chosen last month; has seemingly had a better preparation than last year (when he had an injury in late January) and softer ground this time looks a help; has 2lb lower mark too and a good each-way chance.

50/1

2nd

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Roi Mage

11st 10lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: Patrick Griffin

led, prominent when headed after 4th, pressed leader 10th, outpaced after 3 out, headway approaching last, went second run-in, stayed on

13/2

Form: 20-223

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

0-8 over fences but runner-up in five, including at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and on first two starts this season; jumps well but two others saw the 3m6f out much better when he was a fair third to Gaillard Du Mesnil at Cheltenham (soft) this time round.

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3rd

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Mister Coffey

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Still a maiden over fences (0-12) after a series of notable efforts, including when second of 11 at Doncaster (3m, good to soft; handles soft) in December; not at his best when sixth in the Great Yorkshire Chase there two weeks ago; type to bounce back quickly and unlikely to be far away.

4/1

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Mister Coffey

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Somehow remains a maiden over fences (0-11) after any number of notable efforts, including here last time when beating all bar Forward Plan; usually jumps well, so omitting ten of the 18 fences wasn't in his favour; deserves a break and the cheekpieces have to be worth a go.

12/1

Form: 64P03P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Second and fourth in last two editions of the Munster National on soft at Limerick in October were his best efforts over 3m; however, he can make jumping errors and Leopardstown on penultimate start showed that he's still fully effective over 2m1f, which is not overly suggestive of a Grand National victory; switches headgear.

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7th

1

8th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:20 Kelso

A Wave Of The Sea

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

took keen hold, midfield, outpaced before 3 out

20/1

13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 6lb

J: Mr D G Lavery

T: Ben Haslam

Made the frame for Joseph O'Brien in two good handicaps last August/October and he's on a handy mark on that form; one to watch in the betting now in headgear for the first time for this trainer (last win came in these blinkers) but he's yet to shine for this yard and has plenty to prove.

50/1

7th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam but in contention when unseating five out at Doncaster (3m) next time; on a 16-race losing sequence but a case can be made.

20/1

14/1

Form: 14-112 BF

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Improved to win at Bangor (3m, heavy) and Newbury (3m2f, good) on first two starts for new yard, the latter a top handicap in which he jumped soundly, led three out and kept finding more; 6lb higher today but ran encouragingly last month after his winter break and, while stamina cannot be absolutely guaranteed, he could be about to taste even greater success today.

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7th

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Le Milos

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced since winning the prestigious Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good) in November 2022; hasn't threatened over hurdles on his three runs this season but his trainer excels when it comes to targeting big races; 2-2 here (soft/good to soft) and no surprise if he's in the mix back chasing.

8/1

13th

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Le Milos

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the 3m2f Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and ended last term with tenth in the Grand National; well beaten back hurdling on both starts this term but thrown in if judged on best chase efforts.

7/1

13th

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Le Milos

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and was tenth in the Grand National last spring; seemed rusty on his return to hurdling in November and now drops back 4f in distance; one of three runners for Dan Skelton and the other two look more obvious candidates for today.

20/1

Form: 135-11

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Started on the Flat but has been a rising force through his five campaigns over jumps; this term he's knuckled down admirably to prevail on the run-in in valuable 3m handicaps at Ascot and Kempton, both on good ground but he scored last season on soft; 4lb well-in compared to his recently revised mark; unraced beyond 3m1f but trainer says "this lad stays forever".

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0

14

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Our Power

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

Well beaten over hurdles here on last month's reappearance but he was without these cheekpieces and his form hit new heights over fences last season, winning two Grade 3 handicaps (3m, good) before failing to stay 4m2f in the Grand National; further improvement is possible and he could be a threat.

14/1

7th

2

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Our Power

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

Showed plenty of determination to win valuable 3m handicap chases at Ascot and Kempton last season, both on good ground (has won on soft); didn't stay 4m2f in the Grand National afterwards; rated 7lb lower over hurdles (three-time winner) and returns from his break with his yard firing in the winners.

14/1

11th

35

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Our Power

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Started on the Flat but has been a rising force through his five campaigns over jumps; this term he's knuckled down admirably to prevail on the run-in in valuable 3m handicaps at Ascot and Kempton, both on good ground but he scored last season on soft; 4lb well-in compared to his recently revised mark; unraced beyond 3m1f but trainer says "this lad stays forever".

20/1

Form: 9-0006

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

No ground worries but the same can't be said for his jumping, including as he unseated at the first in this last year (20-1) and errors held him back next time in the Irish National, a race in which he'd finished third in 2021; nothing to crow about this term and he's just 2lb lower than 12 months ago; tongue-tie (absent this season) returns.

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4th

12

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 7lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Leopardstown Paddy Power in 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; remote fifth behind Singing Banjo here on Thursday.

14/1

5th

10

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 7lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Leopardstown Paddy Power in 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; well held by Coko Beach, Birchdale and Fameaftertheglory.

16/1

6th

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Paddy Power 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; finished behind Vital Island here in November, and held by Fameaftertheglory on Cheltenham running.

14/1

66/1

Form: U-44P5

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

3lb out of the handicap; has shaped at 3m-3m2f, including on soft and over these fences, as if serious stamina tests could suit him but he had a lot to do when producing what looked a tired unseat four out in this race last year; Welsh National and Haydock trial on last two starts (in cheekpieces) also failed to enhance his claims; blinkered first time.

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16th

15

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Fortescue

10st 9lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

10yo who has run well in second on three of his last four starts (heavy/good to soft), including over 3m4f at Haydock; each-way possibilities but he might not want the ground to dry out (well beaten on good going here in February); blinkers (no positive impact in 2023 Grand National) replace visor.

40/1

2nd

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Fortescue

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Has slipped to a good mark and positives to take from three of his four runs this season, with his sole blip coming on good ground at Sandown last month; did little wrong here last time (3m2f, heavy) when finding just one too good under Harry Cobden; had wind surgery since; likely to go well provided he takes to the visor (replacing cheekpieces).

3/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Fortescue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Signed off last season in the Grand National (struggled); returned with pleasing efforts over 2m7f and 3m4f (both heavy) before finding good ground on the lively side at Sandown four weeks ago; dangerously well treated given he was a 10l fourth in last season's Becher at Aintree (3m2f) off 10lb higher and the stable form bodes well; strongly considered.

5/1

Form: 1U/014

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 1lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Produced a tired unseat at the final fence when 10-11 over 3m6f at Cheltenham in March 2020 on his only attempt at a long-distance chase; absent 1022 days before this season but short-head win from Dunboyne in the Thyestes at Gowran (3m1f, soft to heavy) showed he's as good as ever, a game effort too but he needs to bounce back from a lesser show one month later.

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14th

10

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Carefully Selected

11st 1lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: W P Mullins

Produced a tired unseat at the final fence when 10-11 over 3m6f at Cheltenham in March 2020 on his only attempt at a long-distance chase; absent 1022 days before this season but short-head win from Dunboyne in the Thyestes at Gowran (3m1f, soft to heavy) showed he's as good as ever, a game effort too but he needs to bounce back from a lesser show one month later.

50/1

4th

2

25th Feb 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 110y

15:55 Fairyhouse

Carefully Selected

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Dual Grade 3 winner as a novice came back from a long absence this season, winning the Thyestes Chase on his second start back; is more effective on soft ground but handles this too; Townend prefers Kemboy but still a major player.

9/4

1st

3

26th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Carefully Selected

11st 8lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Smart bumper and hurdles performer won his first three races over fences in 2019/20; beaten in third when unseating at the last in the 2020 National Hunt Chase; considering prolonged absence, did well to hold his place until nearing the closing stages of the Paddy Power; arguably leading hope now for the champion trainer who has won this four times in the last nine years.

13/2

Form: 121-17

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Unraced on soft for nearly two years (has won on it); won eight of his last nine races over fences, all in small fields and latterly when upped to 3m for two handicaps at Perth last April/June; warmed up with a run over hurdles last month; should stay beyond 3m and still be capable of better but taking on this many rivals will be a very new experience.

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2nd

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Minella Trump

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Has a fine record over fences, winning eight of his 15 races; not at his best this season but has been running in much stronger races; well handicapped and has possibilities now down in grade but testing ground is a concern (has won on soft).

9/4

5th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Minella Trump

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Very productive in 2021 and 2022, winning numerous times, but lost his form badly (over hurdles/fences) in 2023; big revival is required.

20/1

9th

1

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Minella Trump

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Has won eight of his 13 chase starts and ran creditably for a long way in last season's Grand National, before fading; he may have needed his reappearance over hurdles at Cheltenham four weeks ago and has won off this mark in the past; not ruled out.

16/1

Form: 20005R

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

2lb out of the handicap; negotiated these fences in three other races, twice soundly beaten but also 14l fourth in last year's Topham; showed plenty over the 3m6f Cheltenham cross-country last two starts and still led Delta Work and Galvin approaching two out last time but he had tired into a remote third when refusing at the last; soft ground was against him that day but both those runs cast doubt on his stamina.

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16th

21

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Francky Du Berlais

10st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Peter Bowen

11yo whose performances over these fences have been mixed and he was well beaten at Kempton last time; however, he was fourth in this two years ago and has shown promise in cross-country races at Cheltenham this season; yard has won this race five times and he's not written off.

25/1

Form: 20-241

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Failed to shine in the 2022 Kim Muir at Cheltenham but improved form on varied ground every time over fences in Ireland; close calls in two good 3m handicaps before easily making all when sights were lowered last month; scopey, long-striding sort who's a fascinating prospect for this distance.

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6th

16

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Aint That A Shame

10st 13lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Henry De Bromhead

The 18-runner Thyestes at Gowran Park (3m1f, heavy) in January was a deserved big-race win, since which he's been bought by today's sporting amateur rider (same stable); has not had much racing for a 10yo but disappointed when both 6-1 at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and just 10-1 in last year's National, in the latter weakening badly on the turn for home.

40/1

1st

7

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Aint That A Shame

11st 3lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made all to win a 2m4f beginners' chase here last season with Macs Charm second; appeared not to stay when well-supported (10-1) for the Grand National; low-key return in the Kerry National; only 8-1 for the Troytown, pulled up after a weary jump two out.

10/1

0

6

19th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

14:30 Navan

Aint That A Shame

11st 2lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made all to win a Gowran beginners' last term with Macs Charm runner-up (won next time) and he shaped like he didn't stay when well-punted for the National; low-key return in the Kerry National but there's a suspicion he's on a good mark and a return to testing conditions is in his favour.

10/1

Form: 12-241

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 167

Form & Verdict

Came to this race in 2021 and 2022 on the back of a Graded win and does so again today at the age of 11; did sterling work from off the pace to be third and second in those last two Grand Nationals; 20l clear of the third when he chased home Noble Yeats last year and, despite today's 8lb higher mark, he has to be in each-way calculations.

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2nd

6

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Any Second Now

11st 4lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

in touch with leaders, headway after 4 out, ridden when keeping on up the centre after 2 out, went second and kept on well after last, no match for winner

10/1

7th

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 0y

15:27 Naas

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

Classy chaser was twice placed in the Grand National and won a Grade 2 chase a year ago at Navan; well beaten on last three starts chasing but is off a favourable hurdles mark if able to recapture some of his spark.

4/1

6th

1

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Any Second Now

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: T M Walsh

held up in rear, niggled along briefly after 10th

25/1

Form: -61462

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Won the 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham in 2021 and fourth there in the 2022 Gold Cup; diverted to the cross-country for this season's Festival (soft) and he was back near his best in second to Delta Work; while losing at level weights in that race is a stumbling block on form - he gives Delta Work 7lb today - the jumping and stamina suggest he could take well to this test.

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4th

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Galvin

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

NH Chase winner at Cheltenham in 2021 and second to Delta Work in the cross-country there (soft) in March 2023, both over 3m6f; unseated at the first in the Grand National last April; this season's form is not good enough and although these spring races will have been bigger targets, he hasn't actually won a race on worse than good to soft since 2019.

33/1

4th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Galvin

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went fourth approaching last, kept on well, not reach leaders

20/1

Form: -31336

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 161

Form & Verdict

Career-best form when third in two Leopardstown Grade 1s (one on soft) over 3m this winter and it was 2m4f when his form dipped at Cheltenham last month; jumps well; while he's worth this first go beyond 3m1f, stamina for this extreme trip is something of a guess and he needs to improve for it.

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4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Fury Road

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached from 4 out, tailed off

16/1

Form: 2U4-13

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Never-dangerous fourth in 3m Grade 1 novice race at Cheltenham in March 2022; jumped and ran better when ridden up with the pace for Grade 1 win at Punchestown that April; improved again at 2m4f in the mud on his only start this season, so he arrives with further potential, as well as with stamina all to prove beyond 3m.

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8th

2

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Capodanno

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

never better than midfield, not fluent 6th

28/1

16th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Capodanno

11st 8lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: W P Mullins

His heavy-ground form was over hurdles; not always a fluent jumper but won Grade 2 at Cheltenham (3m1f) in January and matched that career best when fourth in a 2m4f Grade 1 there (soft) last month; he also negotiated these fences in the National last year but folded turning for home and was pulled up, so there is no evidence he will stay the trip.

40/1

4th

3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Capodanno

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Versatile ground-wise; not always a fluent jumper but was generally good in that department here last time, winning the Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) over 3m1f; sole Grade 1 success came over 3m (as a novice); has got better with each run this season but may not be crying out for this drop back in distance.

15/2

Form: 3-1361

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Won last two editions of the 3m6f Cheltenham cross-country in March, latest from Galvin at level weights (on soft; 2022 on heavy); last year's National (good to soft) did not pan out so smoothly for him from off the pace and it was not his best round of jumping, but he still challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; 1lb lower today and cheekpieces (tried once last term, below form) are added; can't be ruled out.

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2nd

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Delta Work

11st 4lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Won the 3m6f cross-country at Cheltenham Festival in 2022 (heavy) and 2023 (soft); the 2022 Grand National was not his best round of jumping but he challenged for the lead two out before finishing a tired, 22l third; unseated mid-race in it last year; below form this term but Cheltenham last month should have been much more instructive and his race was abandoned; blinkers now replace cheekpieces; only 3lb lower than in this two years ago but he can't be dismissed.

16/1

6th

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Delta Work

11st 3lb

J: Donagh Meyler

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on

12/1

Form: 1-35P5

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Showed he stays 3m2f on soft at Haydock last term but pulled up over 3m4f on heavy there next time; runaway winner at this meeting (3m1f, good to soft) last April but it wasn't over the National fences and he still has his career-high mark today, despite far more muted performances recently; has now had wind surgery.

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6th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Sam Brown

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

22/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Sam Brown

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won this in fine style in 2022 (good to soft) and he's been running consistently well since this visor went on, winning two veterans' chases from his last four starts (3m, soft/good); edging back up the weights and he was beaten against younger rivals two starts ago, but he's entitled to respect.

14/1

1

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Sam Brown

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won the series final at Warwick (3m, soft) in January in a first-time visor (retained since) and has continued in good form; versatile ground-wise and holds strong claims now back in a veterans' event.

3/1

Form: 242343

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

Often front-runner; has run well in all his races when at about 3m (snaffled up by The Big Dog in the Troytown on soft at Navan) but has never been beyond that; took very well to these fences when fourth over 2m5f in November, so looks well capable of a bold show for a long way.

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2nd

9

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Lifetime Ambition

12st 0lb

J: Miss S Doyle

T: P M J Doyle

Very smart chaser in his prime for Jessica Harrington and was only 33-1 for year's Grand National (unseated early); still capable of useful form winning three from five in points for Susie Doyle this season; unseated when long odds-on at Lisronagh; jumped notably well when winning a 2m4f hunters chase at Cork a month ago.

11/2

1st

9

1st Apr 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:43 Cork

Lifetime Ambition

12st 0lb

J: Miss S Doyle

T: P M J Doyle

jumped well, midfield, headway and prominent 6th, good jump and led 9th, going best 3 out, clear approaching last, ran on well run-in

11/10

4th

1

26th Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 180y

17:25 Killarney

Lifetime Ambition

11st 12lb

J: Conor Smithers

T: Mrs John Harrington

prominent, led after 2nd, mistake 4 out, headed and lost two places 3 out, no extra from 2 out, lost third towards finish

5/1

Form: 8-9441

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Disputed the lead long way when 66l eighth in this race last year; usually ridden more conservatively this season and scored with authority over 3m4f at Punchestown on latest outing, jumping very well; that boosted hopes that he can last longer in this race at the second attempt but it also earned him a big career-high mark.

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3rd

1

2nd May 2024

Yielding

4m 1f 11y

16:50 Punchestown

Coko Beach

12st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

soon prominent, led before 3rd, headed before 5th, left in lead 20th

6/4

11th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Coko Beach

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

Stays 3m4f; career-best form in major handicaps this season, including over these fences when second in the heavy-ground Becher, before winning his cross-country debut (3m) in February; handicapper has responded but chief headache for backers is what he did in the last two Grand Nationals, as he disputed the lead long way but ended 66l adrift on first occasion and pulled up on second; may need a different tactic.

22/1

Form: -P16U1

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

3m2f winner of non-handicap (soft) last month from Roi Mage; unseated at the first on penultimate start but jumped fluently through most of last year's National, in the first three or four until weakening from two out to finish 34l sixth; has same mark and connections hope he can be switched off better to boost chance of eking out his stamina.

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5th

4

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 90y

14:30 Punchestown

Longhouse Poet

12st 3lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

Three chase wins include 2022 Thyestes and Down Royal conditions race last year (beating Roi Mage); yet to hit form this campaign, pulled up halfway after bad mistake in Thyestes; again failed to complete at Down Royal (Roi Mage second).

12/1

5

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Longhouse Poet

11st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Martin Brassil

pressed leaders early, disputing second after 4th, lost position and pushed along from 9th, not fluent 11th, lost touch 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

9/2

Form: 233154

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Unraced beyond 3m, seen most often at about 2m; the three runs over 2m6f/3m among his last six starts have all been good, including second in the Galway Plate and third in the Kerry National, but this reliable 10yo would still have to show himself in a very new light for a prominent finish today.

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14

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Darasso

10st 13lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Unraced beyond 3m, seen most often at about 2m; the three runs over 2m6f/3m among his last six starts have all been good, including second in the Galway Plate and third in the Kerry National, but this reliable 10yo would still have to show himself in a very new light for a prominent finish today.

66/1

4th

3

18th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

15:27 Gowran Park

Darasso

11st 3lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

Admirable sort equally effective over hurdles and fences, winning Red Mills Hurdle on this card back in 2019 and most recent of five chase wins came in 2m6f Thurles Listed contest in December; rare below-par effort when tough task at weights over inadequate trip in Grade 3 Limestone Lad Hurdle on latest but should run his race here.

7/2

5th

1

29th Jan 2023

Soft

1m 7f 151y

14:42 Naas

Darasso

11st 12lb

J: L P Dempsey

T: Joseph Patrick O’Brien

A dozen career wins for this admirably tough performer, including most recently in a Listed chase at Thurles at the beginning of last month; won a weaker version of this race last year and undoubtedly wants further, but he's not alone in that; looks sure to run his race.

9/2

Form: 3P-22P

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

No win since chase debut in 2020 and he's had his issues, but he almost wiped the slate clean with his first two runs this season when pipped at Haydock and rallying strongly for second in the 3m6f Welsh National; the latter performance would make him a huge player but those with longer memories will have doubts and he showed alarmingly little at Cheltenham last month; blinkers replace recent cheekpieces.

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6th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

The Big Breakaway

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last term with two excellent seconds, big career best in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft), but has not clicked in his six starts since; didn't go a yard in this season's Welsh National and return to hurdling four weeks ago failed to relight the spark.

25/1

6th

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

The Big Breakaway

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, with a big career best in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft), but has not clicked in his five starts since, not going a yard back in the Welsh National 17 days ago; hurdles record is contrastingly unsullied, admittedly after just four runs and latest was February 2022 when third off 7lb higher than today; perhaps a return to this sphere will relight the spark.

14/1

0

3

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Big Breakaway

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, notably with a big career best in this race (soft) but he has not clicked in any of his four starts since; 1lb lower than 12 months ago but hard to trust.

12/1

Form: 92F304

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Initial promise as a novice (October 2021) has not been fulfilled; probably best run since when staying on in the 3m Kerry National last September only to fall at the last; unraced beyond that distance; changed hands and left Emmet Mullins before penultimate start; latest was a step back in the right direction but he has a lot to prove.

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18

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Cape Gentleman

10st 8lb

J: Jody McGarvey

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Initial promise as a novice (October 2021) has not been fulfilled; probably best run since when staying on in the 3m Kerry National last September only to fall at the last; unraced beyond that distance; changed hands and left Emmet Mullins before penultimate start; latest was a step back in the right direction but he has a lot to prove.

100/1

4th

1

8th Feb 2023

Soft

2m 7f 124y

13:45 Fairyhouse

Cape Gentleman

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Seven-time winner, including twice fences; scored on the Flat last summer; left Emmet Mullins after a hurdles run at Thurles in October; down the field in the Pertemps qualifier at Leopardstown on first start for this stable; form has become erratic but merits respect in this company.

11/2

Form: 0-9220

Last run: 55 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Acts on heavy; went mighty close to grabbing a top 3m handicap at Leopardstown (yielding) at Christmas in first-time blinkers (kept since); that and other notable performances appeared to shout stamina, so much so that despite having failed comprehensively to back up that impression in three handicaps over 3m4f/3m5f in the last year, he's not dismissed.

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7th

2

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Diol Ker

11st 9lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Sole chase win came for Noel Meade in 3m Leinster National at Naas in 2022; found wanting this term; form has included seventh in the Paddy Power and sixth in the Thyestes; 80-1, pulled up in the Irish Grand National.

40/1

9

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Diol Ker

11st 3lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump well, jumped right on occasions, in touch with leaders early, midfield when jumped right 10th, weakened 16th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out

50/1

Form: -0PP12

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

No ground problems; good jumper; sixth in the Irish National one year ago showed he stays 3m5f and he's surged back to form for his last two outings; beaten by Any Second Now last time but much better off at the weights today; considered.

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1st

4

7th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 42y

14:30 Fairyhouse

Velvet Elvis

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

led narrowly or disputed lead, not fluent 5 out, went clear towards far side 2 out, soon nudged along, steadied last, pushed out run-in

5/1

0

3

3rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 130y

12:55 Fairyhouse

Velvet Elvis

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Thomas Gibney

in touch with leaders, weakened quickly 17th, soon pulled up

12/1

Form: RP-B23

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

7yo who's had very few races and refused to participate meaningfully in two of them; has set off okay for new yard this term, albeit among the backmarkers; one of the theories connections have about him is that he much prefers big fields; second over 3m5f at Warwick (heavy) and third in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham suggested stamina reserves and he's basically a good jumper, albeit forfeiting his momentum and perhaps his enthusiasm when meeting the last fence wrong at Cheltenham; if he fancies it, he has the tools to run extremely well.

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2

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mr Incredible

11st 9lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the three non-completions weren't his fault, hampered when unseating at the Chair at Aintree last week (10-1); towards rear at the time having been very slow to stride following the standing start; that was four weeks after his Midlands National second (4m2f, heavy) which came after 336 days off; connections thought he'd improve fitness-wise after that run but now it remains to be seen how he's come out of last week's race.

10/1

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mr Incredible

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Placed in major handicaps on his three completions for this yard and the two non-completions weren't his fault, including as the saddle slipped when he was running a big race in last year's renewal; not seen again until his Midlands National second, so he's proved himself at 4m2f on heavy ground; now he has to do it all again four weeks later and the standing start might be a concern for one who used to have problems setting off in his races and still has issues at home, but he's a player if, as connections expect, that latest run improves his fitness.

12/1

Form: 1P9-3P

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

33-1 over 3m2f on good to soft when he took second at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and won the big Newbury handicap that November; plenty of modest shows too; respectable third over 3m4f at Haydock on penultimate start but it looks as if others will finish much more strongly even if this is one of his good days.

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6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cloudy Glen

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Second in this race in 2021 and won the big staying handicap (now the Coral Gold Cup) at Newbury that November; 0-8 since and now 11, but he's been showing spark this season (including here) and is not ruled out each-way.

20/1

3rd

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Cloudy Glen

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

pressed leader, briefly led after 1st, led again 10th, headed just before 2 out

11/4

5th

17

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Cloudy Glen

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has run just six times since winning this two years ago (good to soft); reappeared with good second at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) a fortnight ago but was no match for the winner and has a good record when fresh, so may not improve for the run; this 10yo could be vulnerable against younger legs.

20/1

Form: 2U-370

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Beaten a nose in 3m2f race (soft) over these fences in December 2021; yet to prove himself beyond that but he was in sixth when badly hampered four out in last year's 4m Scottish National; started this season okay, then had wind surgery before tailed off three weeks ago; cheekpieces first time.

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31

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Hill Sixteen

10st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Beaten a nose in 3m2f race (soft) over these fences in December 2021; yet to prove himself beyond that but he was in sixth when badly hampered four out in last year's 4m Scottish National; started this season okay, then had wind surgery before tailed off three weeks ago; cheekpieces first time.

66/1

10th

2

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Hill Sixteen

11st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Sandy Thomson

held up in rear, awkward jump 3rd

5/1

7th

4

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Hill Sixteen

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Nose second to Snow Leopardess in this race last year (soft); he's 9lb higher this time around but showed he can cope with this sort of mark when a solid third at Kelso (3m2f, good to soft) on his reappearance six weeks ago; could have a part to play now back here.

11/1

Form: 515683

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

No ground worries; won at Galway (2m6f) last July but subsequent evidence, including two creditable shows in big 3m handicaps, suggests he is handicapped up to his best and can make mistakes; should stay beyond 3m but has so much further to go here.

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8th

16

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Gabbys Cross

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders, prominent 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened before last

16/1

18th

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Gabbys Cross

10st 7lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

No win since 2022 Galway festival (2m6f over fences); returned to hurdling off hugely lower marks on last two outings and runner-up in both, latterly in the Punchestown qualifier (3m, soft); significantly back up the weights but that latest run was promising and he's in serious calculations.

10/1

2nd

8

26th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Punchestown

Gabbys Cross

10st 8lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

soon towards rear

11/2

Form: 102300

Last run: 109 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

All his three wins under rules were on good ground but his third of 17 in the Cork National (3m4f) came in the mud; major backward steps in his two races since (he's been off since Christmas) and the first of them was over these fences.

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33

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Recite A Prayer

10st 2lb

J: Jack Foley

T: W P Mullins

All his three wins under rules were on good ground but his third of 17 in the Cork National (3m4f) came in the mud; major backward steps in his two races since (he's been off since Christmas) and the first of them was over these fences.

66/1

20th

12

27th Dec 2022

Yielding

3m 0f 50y

15:00 Leopardstown

Recite A Prayer

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders on inner, lost position and pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened

18/1

12th

6

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Recite A Prayer

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hayes

T: W P Mullins

Won two handicap chases in the spring and has continued the good work in autumn, finishing second in the Kerry National (3m, good) then third to stablemate Captain Kangaroo in the Cork National (3m4f, soft to heavy); this 7yo could have more to offer for his top trainer and is respected.

12/1

Form: -62164

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won on heavy last term and career-best form over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham this season; front rank until the second last in the 4m Eider at Newcastle on latest start but fading thereafter points to a stamina weakness; tongue tied first time.

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4th

4

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Evas Oskar

11st 5lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders

14/1

34

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Evas Oskar

10st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won on heavy last term and career-best form over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham this season; front rank until the second last in the 4m Eider at Newcastle on latest start but fading thereafter points to a stamina weakness; tongue tied first time.

50/1

4th

1

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Evas Oskar

12st 0lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Visored last five outings; career-best form when second and first in Grade 3 handicaps over 3m3f/3m2f on good ground at Cheltenham in November/December; hampered at the start and no show last season in the Welsh National on sole attempt at a marathon trip, but the Cheltenham runs suggested he would stay further; also needs to bounce back from a lesser show at Sandown three weeks ago, however.

9/1

Form: 6R1P24

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

2lb out of the handicap; refused to race once last November and soon dropped himself out once in December; on the other hand he also had a 10l win this winter, lost the Thyestes by a short head (to Carefully Selected) and also ran creditably at Cheltenham, all in the mud, but Mr Incredible finished more strongly in the latter; blinkers replace usual cheekpieces.

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10

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Dunboyne

11st 1lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't jump with fluency, in rear, pushed along briefly 3rd, reminder 5th, some headway 13th, weakening when mistake 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

33/1

2

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Dunboyne

11st 6lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

Beaten only a short head in last season's Thyestes; fourth in the Kim Muir. pulled up in the Grand National; started the season brightly with Troytown fourth; ran well for a long way in the Thyestes but weakened in the straight and was pulled up before the last; Jack Kennedy deserts him for Where It All Began.

7/1

0

14

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Dunboyne

10st 11lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Beat Street Value in a 2m4f handicap here in November 2022 and beaten only a short head by Carefully Selected in this event 12 months ago.; could manage only fourth behind Angels Dawn when Irish raiders filled the first seven places in the Kim Muir; pulled up in the Grand National; big chance now with improvement likely from Troytown fourth.

6/1

Form: -9231P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

3lb out of the handicap; a battler whose proficiency over the 3m6f Cheltenham cross-country course is a notable plus, but he failed to show it there when encountering soft (latest start) or heavy ground, so his chance could be scuppered if the rain has arrived in large quantities; place chance if it hasn't.

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8

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Back On The Lash

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Best known for his Cheltenham cross-country exploits nowadays and he was pulled up/tailed off on his last two runs last autumn; however, he returns from a break on a handy mark and in first-time cheekpieces and a tongue-tie; best form is on good/good to soft; no surprise to see a good run.

16/1

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Selections

RP Ratings:

Corach Rambler

The Times:

Vanillier

TOPSPEED:

The Big Breakaway

The Star:

Mr Incredible

D Express:

Velvet Elvis

Daily Mirror:

Gabbys Cross

LAMBOURN:

Mister Coffey

Daily Mail:

Le Milos

Daily Record:

Galvin

THE NORTH:

Hill Sixteen

POSTDATA:

Delta Work

SPOTLIGHT:

Roi Mage

Telegraph:

Corach Rambler

The Guardian:

Vanillier

WEST COUNTRY:

The Big Breakaway