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bet365 Celebration Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £91120
  • 1m 7f 99y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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bet365 Celebration Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

6/5 (Won)

  • Win: £1.62
  • Place: £1.10

Form: -11121 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 159

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice hurdle winner last season and a dual Grade 1 novice chase winner this term, firstly over C&D (good to soft) in Henry VIII in December and more recently when left clear at final fence for wide-margin success at Aintree (2m, good to soft) two weeks ago; tackles stronger opposition in this open Grade 1 but it will be no surprise if he's up to the task.

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

1st

6

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Jonbon

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

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

9/4

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Jonbon

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

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

2/1

Form: 6-4122 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Readily won Grade 2 at Navan (2m, yielding) on seasonal debut in the autumn and runner-up in two subsequent Grade 1s, more recently when travelling well for a long way and giving very good account in Champion Chase at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last month; can make his presence felt again.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

30th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 98y

17:25 Punchestown

Captain Guinness

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Finally got a Grade 1 win on the 14th attempt, defeating two other finishers in the Champion Chase; soundly beaten in third behind El Fabiolo and Dinoblue in the Dublin Chase, having been clinically abnormal when pulled up in the race won by Dinoblue at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting; overall profile underlines his vulnerability at this level.

11/4

1st

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Captain Guinness

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Cheltenham Festival form includes a third in the 2021 Arkle and second (no match for winner) in this race in 2023; beaten by Jonbon at Sandown last April; successful in Grade 2 and Grade 3 races but last-time-out defeat (about 14l behind El Fabiolo) in the Dublin Chase took his Grade 1 record to 0-13; still has place claims, given his position 12 months ago.

7/1

3rd

1

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 1f 0y

14:10 Leopardstown

Captain Guinness

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

High class chaser over this trip but has fallen short at Grade 1 level; looks as good as ever when winning the Fortria at Navan before pulling up in the Grade 1 here at Christmas; was found to be clinically abnormal post race so that can be ignored; could make a bold bid from the front but likely to find a couple too good.

12/1

Form: 1-1233 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 168

Form & Verdict

Three-time Grade 1 winner over this C&D, including last two editions of this race; hasn't really sparkled since emphatic win at Exeter (2m1f, good; Grade 2 handicap) on seasonal debut in November but a bad jumping error probably cooked his goose in last month's Champion Chase and he can't be opposed with any confidence on his return to this track; handles slow ground but probably best on good/good to soft.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

29th Apr 2023

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

13:40 Sandown

Greaneteen

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Three-time Grade 1 winner over this C&D, including last two editions of this race; hasn't really sparkled since emphatic win at Exeter (2m1f, good; Grade 2 handicap) on seasonal debut in November but a bad jumping error probably cooked his goose in last month's Champion Chase and he can't be opposed with any confidence on his return to this track; handles slow ground but probably best on good/good to soft.

5/2

3rd

6

15th Mar 2023

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Greaneteen

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, bad mistake and lost ground 4 out, well held but kept on from 2 out, pecked on landing last, pushed out and went modest third final 110yds

20/1

3rd

2

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

15:00 Newbury

Greaneteen

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Bagged a second Haldon Gold Cup success (good ground) on reappearance, then ran respectably behind Edwardstone when bidding for a second Tingle Creek win; only third in this race two years ago having had an identical preparation, but he's clear on ratings in this easier renewal.

4/9

Form: P-3114 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 166

Form & Verdict

Forceful front-runner who took his form to a whole new level during the winter, winning on soft ground (also effective on good) in Kempton Grade 2 and Cheltenham Grade 1; didn't fire in last month's Champion Chase at Cheltenham but will take some catching if back on song.

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

1

6th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:15 Kempton

Editeur Du Gite

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary & Josh Moore

Grade 1-winning chaser; inconsistency has crept into his game but he still won a Grade 2 handicap over 2m here at Christmas (off 1lb lower) and they've been Grade 1s in which he's struggled since (latterly tried in cheekpieces in Jonbon's Sandown race); if he can find some rhythm in front (competition for the lead seems assured) then his class could count; versatile ground-wise.

100/30

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Editeur Du Gite

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Front-runner who won the Grade 1 Clarence House at Cheltenham (2m, soft) last January and was back on the scoresheet in Grade 2 Desert Orchid at Kempton (2m, good to soft) in December; however, he's been inconsistent this year and faces a tough task even if at his best; cheekpieces go on.

28/1

OUR TIP

Form: -6451F D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Creditable second in last season's Champion Chase and seemingly back in prime form when making all in Newbury Grade 2 (2m, good; below-par Greaneteen third) in February; probably won't mind what the weather does, but is somewhat unreliable nowadays and has twice been below form in races dominated by Editeur Du Gite this season.

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

3rd

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Funambule Sivola

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Outsider in this contest for the last two years, flattered when second in 2022 (race fell apart) and early faller in 2023; following Boothill's late fall, he inherited a remote second behind Edwardstone at Newbury last month when bidding for a third Game Spirit success; has the worst chance judged on this season's form.

100/1

2nd

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 1

14:40 Newbury

Funambule Sivola

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has failed to threaten in handicaps on his four runs this season but was also below his best last term prior to a major revival when winning this race for the second consecutive year; four visits to Newbury have yielded three C&D wins (including on soft) and no surprise if he's bang there.

10/1

6th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Funambule Sivola

12st 0lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Landed this prize in 2022 and also has two subsequent Grade 2 chase wins on his CV; on the downgrade now but last month's Cheltenham third (2m, soft) was very respectable and today's faster ground will suit.

9/2

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Payout
Exacta £42.00
Straight Forecast £50.80
Trifecta £79.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Jonbon

SPOTLIGHT:

Captain Guinness

RP Ratings:

Greaneteen

The Star:

Editeur Du Gite

The Times:

Jonbon

Telegraph:

Jonbon

The Guardian:

Jonbon

Daily Mail:

Jonbon

D Express:

Jonbon

Daily Mirror:

Jonbon

The Sun:

Jonbon

Daily Record:

Jonbon

TOPSPEED:

Captain Guinness

POSTDATA:

Captain Guinness

WEST COUNTRY:

Greaneteen