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15:15 Ludlow

Good To Soft

H.R.Smith Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6073.15
  • 2m 7f 171y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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H.R.Smith Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

14/1 (Won)

  • Win: £26.40
  • Place: £5.60

Form: 1-PP45 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Ended last season with two good-ground chase wins (2m4f/3m; one here) but he's struggled in his four runs this term and was a remote fifth at Exeter (3m, good to soft) last time; now back on last winning mark but he needs to turn things around.

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2nd

2

24th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 100y

Class 5

15:20 Warwick

Marettimo

12st 2lb

J: Dylan Kitts

T: Bill Turner

Prevailed in frantic finish to cause 25-1 surprise at Ludlow (3m, good) last month, his fourth chase win, and also ran well when third on slower-than-ideal ground there (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; will be fine on this left-handed track; good chance.

3/1

3rd

8

9th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

18:25 Ludlow

Marettimo

11st 1lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Bill Turner

Winner of both chase completions here, over 2m4f and 3m; very mixed in recent times but good going is important to him and he was back to form when getting his ground here 13 days ago; the threat of rain is a worry.

11/2

1st

9

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Marettimo

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Bill Turner

Ended last season with two good-ground chase wins (2m4f/3m; one here) but he's struggled in his four runs this term and was a remote fifth at Exeter (3m, good to soft) last time; now back on last winning mark but he needs to turn things around.

14/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 756-63 C

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

May/June 2021 saw him win three novice hurdles (2m/2m5f; one here); lightly raced since but he was a fair third back here (2m5f, good) in February on his second run after a lengthy absence; now goes back up in trip on his chase debut but he kept on well last time and he is a point winner; interesting contender.

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1st

2

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:20 Market Rasen

The Wrekin

11st 10lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

ran in snatches, prominent, dropped to last but in touch with leaders 4th, pushed along after 10th, ridden when outpaced before 3 out, headway approaching last, led run-in, kept on well

11/2

2nd

2

9th Jul 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

17:50 Market Rasen

The Wrekin

11st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Three novice hurdle wins in 2021 but missed 2022; stayed on well when second on chasing debut at Ludlow (3m, good; off this mark) in April but he was not running well when effectively brought down two out at Bangor (3m) in May; chance if reverting to the former effort.

3/1

5

20th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

15:55 Bangor-on-Dee

The Wrekin

11st 7lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Three novice hurdle wins in 2021; missed last year and has gradually found his form since returning; runner-up on chasing debut at Ludlow last month (off this mark), when staying on well; strong claims on that basis.

9/4

4/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5-7183

Last run: 55 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Not particularly consistent but he's a hurdle/chase winner who was a creditable third when upped to 2m7f at Taunton (good) last time; that was eyecatching from off the pace and he should have more to offer at staying trips; in the mix.

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1st

2

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Hipop Des Ongrais

12st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Successful in similar event at Fontwell (3m2f, good; off 7lb lower) on seasonal debut, adding to his wins at about 2m4f; still unexposed at this sort of distance and looks one for the shortlist.

7/2

1st

5

6th Oct 2023

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

13:45 Fontwell

Hipop Des Ongrais

11st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

prominent, jumped slightly right and barged rival 5th

3/1

Form: 18-P85

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner (2m, yielding) in Ireland for Gordon Elliott last season but was pulled up on his chase/stable debut in January and has finished in rear in both subsequent runs (2m4f); still early days over fences but he needs to raise his game on this step up to 3m.

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4th

3

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Prevaricate

11st 12lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Maiden hurdle winner (2m, yielding) in Ireland for Gordon Elliott last season but was pulled up on his chase/stable debut in January and has finished in rear in both subsequent runs (2m4f); still early days over fences but he needs to raise his game on this step up to 3m.

10/1

5th

5

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Uttoxeter

Prevaricate

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Maiden hurdle winner (2m, yielding) in Ireland for Gordon Elliott last season; pulled up on stable/chase/handicap debut in January but ran well for a long way at Sandown (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago and there's a decent chance he can take another step forward here.

10/1

8th

7

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:45 Sandown

Prevaricate

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Soft-ground point winner who won a 2m maiden hurdle at Leopardstown last March for Gordon Elliott; beaten soon after halfway on chase/stable debut at Wetherby (11-2) six weeks ago, returning with an irregular heartbeat; has questions to answer after that, but it's too soon to be writing him off.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 442124 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Improved form after wind surgery this year, including a C&D win (good) in February; his good spell came to an end at over 2m6f at Newbury (finished a 28l fourth) last time but that was in a Class 3 event on testing ground and he could kick on again on this drop back in grade.

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2nd

3

7th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

20:00 Hereford

Seigneur Des As

12st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Harriet Dickin

Win last February came off this mark but he's offered little in two runs over hurdles back from almost a year off, latterly for his new yard a fortnight ago; the return to fences needs to help.

10/1

5th

8

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 82y

Class 3

13:57 Wincanton

Seigneur Des As

11st 1lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Harriet Dickin

Sole career win came in a Ludlow handicap chase in February of last year (3m, good); beaten a long way into third on his return from an absence in a 2m4f novice at Huntingdon.

20/1

3rd

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:30 Huntingdon

Seigneur Des As

11st 5lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Anthony Charlton

Ex-Milton Harris; only win came in a Ludlow handicap chase in February last year (3m, good); mixed form over hurdles and fences since; back after a break.

9/1

Form: 52-456

Last run: 52 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Has mixed record since his novice hurdle win (2m2f, good) in November 2021 but he's had only three runs over fences and looks interesting on his close fourth at Bangor (2m4f, good to soft) on his chase/handicap debut; this is his first try at 3m under rules but he's still lightly raced and has stamina on dam's side; not ruled out for in-form yard.

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5

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

16:50 Plumpton

Rocky Lake

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Winning hurdler who is 0-7 over fences and the best of those runs was the first; has been all over the shop trip-wise and cheekpieces did nothing for him last time.

7/2

4th

6

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Rocky Lake

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

led

7/1

0

6

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 89y

Class 4

14:15 Market Rasen

Rocky Lake

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Has not kicked on from his promising chase debut fourth at Bangor (2m4f, good to soft) last October; however, 3m may have stretched him the last twice and he's not discounted off a reduced mark now back down in trip.

100/30

Form: 51222P D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won over fences at Musselburgh (3m, soft) in December and was runner-up in next three starts but he was always in rear before being pulled up at Carlisle (3m, heavy) last month; has bit to prove again after that major blip and others are preferred.

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0

4

2nd Dec 2023

Good

3m 2f 1y

Class 4

11:49 Doncaster

Creative Control

11st 11lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Well handicapped on some of last season's form but had fortune on his side when winning at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in September and has been safely held twice since; should be fine over today's trip but needs to up his game; tongue-tie fitted.

10/1

8th

3

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:07 Ayr

Creative Control

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Made it 2-10 over fences when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, good to soft) in September but the clear leader fell two out in that race and this 7yo came up well short in his follow-up bid at Bangor last month; others preferred.

8/1

Form: F23184 D

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner who found more improvement when scoring at Huntingdon (2m7f, good) in December but he's been well below form in his last two runs; only 2lb higher than for last success but he didn't find much at Wincanton (3m1f) last time and needs to get back near best.

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0

3

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

15:30 Taunton

Great DAnge

12st 6lb

J: Mr Myles Osborne

T: M Osborne

midfield, lost ground from 7th, tailed off before 9th

50/1

9

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

13:30 Chepstow

Great DAnge

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Robbie Llewellyn

in rear throughout, tailed off when pulled up 4 out

7/1

2nd

2

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:13 Huntingdon

Great DAnge

12st 0lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Robbie Llewellyn

Lost his way for Tom George and was sold on for only 2,500gns; change of scenery must have done him good after his return to winning ways at Market Rasen (3m, good) and a 5lb rise isn't the end of the world.

9/2

Form: 3F-315 D BF

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 9yo whose jumping improved as the race went on at Huntingdon and ran out a 5l winner (2m7f, good to soft); still unexposed over fences but his overall record is patchy and he faded into a well-held fifth at Kempton (3m, good) last time; returns after a short break but he comes with risks attached.

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8

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Smoking Pigeon

11st 5lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Low-mileage 9yo whose jumping improved as the race went on at Huntingdon and ran out a 5l winner (2m7f, good to soft); still unexposed over fences but his overall record is patchy and he faded into a well-held fifth at Kempton (3m, good) last time; returns after a short break but he comes with risks attached.

5/1

5th

7

10th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:00 Kempton

Smoking Pigeon

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Low-mileage 9yo whose jumping improved as the race went on at Huntingdon and ran out a 5l winner (2m7f, good to soft); 6lb higher this time in what looks a better race, but needs considering.

100/30

1st

3

13th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:30 Huntingdon

Smoking Pigeon

11st 10lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Placed in two soft-ground handicap hurdles in early part of last year (2m3f here/2m5f) and made quite promising seasonal/chase debut when third here (2m4f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; remains lightly raced for his age and could have untapped potential at around 3m.

4/1

Form: -32644 D

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner who finished a respectable fourth back in this sphere (2m7f/3m2f, good) in his final two runs in the autumn; returns from 231 days off but he has form when fresh and could be dangerous if this sets up for his hold-up style.

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4th

3

20th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

14:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Kabrit

11st 6lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Alastair Ralph

Unseated before halfway at Ludlow last month, on first start since September; quite consistent, likes good ground and has form off higher marks so could well figure.

5/1

11

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Kabrit

11st 1lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

Dual chase winner who finished a respectable fourth back in this sphere (2m7f/3m2f, good) in his final two runs in the autumn; returns from 231 days off but he has form when fresh and could be dangerous if this sets up for his hold-up style.

10/1

4th

5

7th Sep 2022

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 4

15:15 Uttoxeter

Kabrit

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

held up in behind leaders, slow jump 5th, went fourth after 15th, ridden after 4 out, held when not fluent 2 out, no extra approaching last

7/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hipop Des Ongrais

Telegraph:

The Wrekin

The Star:

Seigneur Des As

Daily Mirror:

Rocky Lake

RP Ratings:

Smoking Pigeon

POSTDATA:

Hipop Des Ongrais

WEST COUNTRY:

Hipop Des Ongrais

The Times:

Hipop Des Ongrais

The Guardian:

Hipop Des Ongrais

D Express:

Hipop Des Ongrais

Daily Mail:

The Wrekin

Daily Record:

The Wrekin