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19:35 Taunton

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Charles Clark Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £6495.63
  • 2m 7f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Charles Clark Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25

Form: 2-2631

Last run: 58 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Came good over fences at third attempt when dominating from the front in first-time blinkers at Catterick (3m1f, good) in February; up 9lb but he hit a clear personal best with that emphatic win and the form was boosted when the runner-up scored by 15l next time; leading claims.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Lounge Lizard

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

Dual chase winner who posted career-best performance when dropped back to 2m4f for valuable Cheltenham handicap (good to soft) in January, keeping on well for a clear second; went up 3lb for that but is in calmer waters here and commands respect.

5/2

2nd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Lounge Lizard

10st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

raced wide, in touch with leaders, jumped right 6th, disputing second when mistake 5 out, challenging 2 out, hung left then not fluent last

25/1

Form: 432161 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

7yo who improved his chase record to 3-8 when forging clear in a C&D handicap (good to soft) two weeks ago; 8b higher on this step back up in grade but he still looks on a workable mark and has striking form figures of 24211 at Taunton; shortlisted.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

19:35 Taunton

Imperial Joe

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

Won two 2m7f handicap chases here last year, on good and good to soft; he was unsurprisingly outpaced over 2m here last time but ran on well to be a close third; could have a major say.

5/1

3rd

3

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 5

16:40 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jake Bament

T: Tim Dennis

in rear, jumped right 1st, outpaced before 3 out, rallied from 2 out, went third run-in

8/1

3rd

4

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Imperial Joe

11st 7lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Tim Dennis

towards rear

7/1

Form: 164112 CD BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Left it late to try staying trips but he won last month at Ffos Las (2m7f, good) and over C&D (heavy) before a creditable second over 3m at Exeter last time; this 10yo takes on some unexposed chasers here but he still looks feasibly treated and should be in the mix again.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Exeter

Haldon Hill

11st 7lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Won two in a row (good/heavy) prior to finishing second in this last year (good to soft); he's 5lb lower than 12 months ago and is one to watch in the betting, but this 11yo has been tailed off/pulled up on his two runs this season and a major turnaround is required.

10/1

0

9

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 100y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Haldon Hill

11st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Victor Dartnall

Back-to-back wins at Ffos Las (3m, good) and Taunton (2m7f, heavy) last March and only 3lb higher than for the latest of those; however, he's an 11yo now and his reappearance was underwhelming even if that was over 2m4f.

9/1

Form: 61511P CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner who made a good start over fences when scoring over C&D (good to soft) in December and at Kempton (3m, good) in February; pulled up in her hat-trick bid at Fontwell but she had an excuse on heavy ground and it wouldn't be a surprise if she bounced back with a bold bid.

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Form: -51P34

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Made it second-time lucky over fences with an easy win at Hereford (3m1f, good to soft) in November but he's been disappointing in three runs since; has something to prove but he takes a big step back up in trip and is on a workable mark if he can get back near his best.

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Verdict Starting price

8

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Jet Plane

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

His form can be up and down but he's won his last two, from the rear at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) last month and from the front at Market Rasen (2m3f, good to soft) last week; won on soft last October; did it easily last time and he's 4lb ahead of the handicapper under a 5lb penalty; key player.

7/2

1st

5

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

Jet Plane

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead, left in lead 2nd, clear before 8th, increased tempo and went well clear before 3 out, hit 2 out, shaken up approaching last, eased inside final 110yds

7/2

Form: 436-1P

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Very lightly raced 8yo; made a winning seasonal/chase debut at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) in November but that was in a small-field event and he was pulled up at Ffos Las next time; blinkers are now tried and he comes with risks attached after another break.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2

28th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

15:25 Uttoxeter

Ballaquane

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Oliver Sherwood

Lightly raced 8yo who beat three rivals to make winning chase debut at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) in November; only 2lb higher here but reappeared with lacklustre effort in February and it's hard to know what to expect from him after another break; cheekpieces refitted.

7/2

7

27th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

19:35 Taunton

Ballaquane

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Oliver Sherwood

Very lightly raced 8yo; made a winning seasonal/chase debut at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) in November but that was in a small-field event and he was pulled up at Ffos Las next time; blinkers are now tried and he comes with risks attached after another break.

20/1

5

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:08 Ffos Las

Ballaquane

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Oliver Sherwood

Very lightly raced 8yo who beat three rivals to make winning seasonal/chase debut at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) in November; the bare form isn't anything to get excited about but he's only 2lb higher here and still has potential.

9/2

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Non-runners

Aviewtosea, Jet Plane, Ballaquane

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £79.00
Straight Forecast £82.30
Trifecta £126.00

Selections

Daily Mail:

Imperial Joe

SPOTLIGHT:

Lounge Lizard

TOPSPEED:

Haldon Hill

The Times:

Jet Plane

WEST COUNTRY:

Aviewtosea

RP Ratings:

Lounge Lizard

Telegraph:

Lounge Lizard

D Express:

Imperial Joe

The Sun:

Imperial Joe

Daily Record:

Imperial Joe

Daily Mirror:

Jet Plane

The Star:

Aviewtosea

POSTDATA:

Haldon Hill

The Guardian:

Haldon Hill