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13:50 Ayr

Good To Soft

CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 3m 0f 20y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 62-312 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Took seven attempts to get off the mark over fences but he blew them away at Warwick (3m, good) last May and his return from ten months off was encouraging given that was over 2m3f on soft; comes here fresh and looks dangerous.

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9th

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Sail Away

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Was running well in handicaps (fourth of 18 in the latest; 3m, good) before faring as well as could have been expected when last of the four runners in a Grade 1 at Ascot last month; thankfully, the handicapper treated that 10l defeat with a pinch of salt and he's interesting back in a handicap with this very much his time of year (all three wins during April/May).

4/1

4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Sail Away

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Unplaced in handicaps this season but hasn't done much wrong, fourth of 18 in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster on latest; however, he's up steeply in class here and will need others to underperform to have any chance.

50/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 212113 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Not out of the first three in four chases but he shot up 10lb for his comfortable second success at Southwell (3m, good) and that looked a factor when 15l off the winner at Kelso (3m2f; has won on soft); likely to benefit from getting back on drier ground (as things stand) but this mark could be challenging.

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3rd

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Forward Plan

10st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Second-season chaser who was highly progressive this winter, with a win and a near-miss at Doncaster (3m, good to soft/good) followed by a prestigious handicap victory at Kempton (3m, soft) where he stormed home to score; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and this improving 8yo is a strong candidate.

6/1

1st

7

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Forward Plan

10st 9lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Second-season chaser who went very close in major handicap at Doncaster (3m, good; off 4lb lower) most recently; won at same venue the time before; acts on soft; generally progressive and should go well again.

7/1

2nd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Forward Plan

10st 9lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Progressive last season; out of the weights when well held on reappearance in the Badger Beer and off a 7lb lower mark than that day he came from behind to see off Mister Coffey over C&D (good to soft) in December; they only jumped ten of the 18 fences (none up the home straight) but a 4lb rise still seems very fair; has to be on the shortlist.

8/1

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15/8

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 1-5211 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler but a winning pointer who has duly raised his game since sent over fences, winning his last two very comfortably (3m1f, soft; 3m, good to soft); it wasn't a strong Grade 2 last time at Wetherby but he jumped well and looks progressive for his top yard.

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11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

City Chief

11st 7lb

J: Mr James King

T: Nicky Henderson

Won Hereford handicap (3m1f, soft) last January on second chase start and followed up in Grade 2 Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby (3m, good to soft) last February; some fair efforts back in handicaps since but he hasn't kicked on and needs to raise his game in first-time cheekpieces to win this.

25/1

6th

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

City Chief

11st 8lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Nicky Henderson

14l fourth to Malina Girl at Cheltenham (3m3f; favourite) in November, giving the impression that reappearance run might have been needed, but he again lost places late on when below-form fifth back at Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago; looked promising last term but now has a bit to prove.

10/1

Form: 222U13 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Consistent chaser, winning two of his ten starts; ran right up to his best at Navan (2m7f, heavy) a month ago when staying on after getting outpaced; handles any ground and his stable always commands the utmost respect on its British raids.

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6th

7

6th May 2024

Good

3m 2f 50y

15:55 Down Royal

Temptationinmilan

11st 4lb

J: Philip Byrnes

T: C Byrnes

didn't jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, soon dropped to midfield, towards rear halfway, no extra from 4 out

8/1

Form: 6-3165 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has shown his best form at about 2m4f on testing ground and it wasn't his first unconvincing effort at 3m last time at Newcastle when conditions were in his favour; has enough to prove in a race of this nature.

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0

10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Donnas Double

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

Inconsistent during last season's first chasing campaign but he posted a win at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January and was a very close third there (2m4f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; remains lightly raced and is not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

Form: 15F541 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

The most exposed of these after 21 runs over fences, but he still doubled his tally when well on top over 3m at Carlisle (heavy) a month ago; the return of a visor seemed to help but whether it will do again remains to be seen, and this is tougher from 4lb out of the weights.

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3

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

15:00 Perth

Hold The Note

11st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: Ewan Whillans

Mixed efforts this season, best run when third in first-time visor at Carlisle last time; headgear retained; should go well again.

3/1

3rd

8

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

15:57 Carlisle

Hold The Note

11st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ewan Whillans

Has struggled on his last four starts, being pulled up on both runs last month; plenty to prove but he's 5lb lower than when winning at 16-1 over C&D (heavy) last March, and that came in the visor that goes back on this afternoon; the first-time tongue-tie may also help; not a forlorn hope.

25/1

7

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Hold The Note

10st 10lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ewan Whillans

prominent, pressed leader after 2nd, not fluent 9th, soon prominent

25/1

Form: -50P15 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Has plenty of chasing experience for a novice and chose a good day to open his account in this discipline when beating two rivals in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown at Ascot (3m, good to soft); it was not his first notable effort at the Festival when fifth in a very warm opening-day staying handicap (soft) won by Corach Rambler; solid credentials back in novice company.

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2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 20y

Class 2

13:50 Ayr

Oscar Elite

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

Has plenty of chasing experience for a novice and chose a good day to open his account in this discipline when beating two rivals in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown at Ascot (3m, good to soft); it was not his first notable effort at the Festival when fifth in a very warm opening-day staying handicap (soft) won by Corach Rambler; solid credentials back in novice company.

9/2

5th

17

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Oscar Elite

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

Runner-up in the 3m Albert Bartlett in 2021 and another rock-solid Festival run when third to Corach Rambler in this race last year (good to soft; when 1lb lower) especially as he bled from the nose; hard to catch on a good day since but was his best self when winning a three-runner Grade 2 novice at Ascot in February and ought to be set fair to go well.

11/1

1st

4

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Oscar Elite

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Joe Tizzard

Point winner in his younger days but he's 0-8 over rules fences and has a question mark over current form; useful on his day (finished third in last season's Ultima) but needs to stage a revival.

8/1

Form: P-F523

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Useful novice hurdler last season at up to 3m; now tackles his first handicap as a chaser and encouraging that he ran so well over 2m4f (short of his best) on his latest run at Cork (yielding); a danger to all should he make the anticipated improvement returned to further.

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8th

13

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Where It All Began

10st 13lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

didn't always jump with fluency, never better than midfield

12/1

4th

15

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Where It All Began

11st 4lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: Gordon Elliott

A revelation when easily winning Grand National Trial at Punchestown (3m3f, heavy) last month; needs to prove that was no one-off and he's unlikely to be on such demanding ground today, but heavy going may not be essential for him and the handicapper hasn't been overly harsh; a possible.

11/1

1st

13

18th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 6y

14:35 Punchestown

Where It All Began

10st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent after 10th

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £721.00
Straight Forecast £610.40
Tricast £1520.90
Trifecta £2199.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

City Chief

RP Ratings:

Sail Away

SPOTLIGHT:

Oscar Elite

POSTDATA:

Ned Tanner

The Times:

Where It All Began

LAMBOURN:

City Chief

Telegraph:

City Chief

Daily Mail:

City Chief

Daily Mirror:

City Chief

The Sun:

City Chief

The Star:

City Chief

Daily Record:

City Chief

WEST COUNTRY:

Oscar Elite

The Guardian:

Sail Away

D Express:

Sail Away