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bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2) (For The Menorah Challenge Trophy) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £45560
  • 2m 6f 164y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Oaksey Chase (Grade 2) (For The Menorah Challenge Trophy) (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: -21U1F C

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 168

Form & Verdict

A rags to riches success story for this yard and, although headed when falling two out in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he never looked out of place in that exalted company; won the big 3m5f chase on this card 12 months ago but he's not short of speed and conditions should be about ideal for him; best days have come on good ground but it was soft at the Festival; difficult to knock on these favourable terms.

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3rd

8

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 213y

17:25 Punchestown

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

in touch with leaders

14/1

6th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

15:05 Aintree

Hewick

11st 10lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Admirable chaser who landed the King George, albeit somewhat fortuitously, at Kempton (3m, good) on last appearance; however, record suggests he's far from guaranteed to transfer the form back to hurdles, especially if the ground is soft/heavy.

8/1

12/1

Form: 613-3F

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict

At his peak two seasons ago when completing a six-timer in the Grade 1 Clarence House (2m1f, soft) at Ascot; won the following season's Peterborough Chase over a flat 2m4f but he was only third in that race on his reappearance this term and then departed mid-race when sent beyond that trip for the first time at Ascot (2m5f); with doubts over his stamina and current form, this 11yo is not easily recommended; effective on all ground.

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1st

1

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

A longer trip may be preferable but he was a good second off this mark at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in November on his reappearance, and filled the same position at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) last time; also effective on good/good to soft; this highly admirable 12yo can give another good account.

6/1

3

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

First Flow

11st 11lb

T: Kim Bailey

2nd

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

First Flow

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, led 3rd, headed after 3 out, kept on final 110yds

9/4

Form: 3U-102

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Having only her eighth start over fences when running her best race yet in the 2m5f Topham (soft) over Aintree's spruce fences last time, in which she emerged from off the pace to finish a clear second; this company demands more again but the rain hasn't harmed her prospects.

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1st

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Fantastic Lady

10st 13lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in last

16/1

6th

5

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fantastic Lady

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Very disappointing when pulled up at Doncaster in December last time out, but she returned from a similar break (and substandard run) to finish a clear second in this race last year (soft); solid fifth over C&D (heavy) in the Grand Sefton in November on reappearance; capable of a bold show.

12/1

Form: 224575 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Again below his best when fifth in a 3m1f handicap at Aintree two weeks ago and the cheekpieces worn for his last three races are now left at home; that may be a good thing and so too the drop back in trip, while his excellent early-season seconds behind top-notchers Bravemansgame and Protektorat are notable pieces of form; respected with the recent rain a blessing.

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20th

15

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Eldorado Allen

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won a maiden hurdle on heavy; recorded his best ratings in 2022; began this campaign in respectable fashion but last two outings were poor, given wind surgery in between but a respiratory noise was reported on latest start; stays 3m2f but this trip is major unknown territory.

100/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Eldorado Allen

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has run at the last four Festivals, second in the Arkle in 2021 and third in the Ryanair in 2022; ran with credit when fourth in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in December but has his share of weight and he didn't run well off his lower hurdle mark in January; has had wind surgery since and cheekpieces return for the first time since last April.

20/1

5th

3

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Eldorado Allen

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Placed in valuable handicap chases on both outings this season, more recently when keeping-on fourth in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, goof to soft) last month; unraced over hurdles since March 2020 but could be very interesting trying to exploit his lower mark in this sphere.

11/4

Form: -P112P C BF

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Quality bumper/hurdle performer who has won two of his five runs over fences (including a Grade 2) and had excuses for his three defeats (lost action/finished lame/irregular heartbeat); comes with an element of risk but his trainer can be trusted to have him spot on for this seasonal finale; very effective on good but career-high RPR was achieved on soft.

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4

29th Apr 2023

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:50 Sandown

McFabulous

11st 5lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Quality bumper/hurdle performer who has won two of his five runs over fences (including a Grade 2) and had excuses for his three defeats (lost action/finished lame/irregular heartbeat); comes with an element of risk but his trainer can be trusted to have him spot on for this seasonal finale; very effective on good but career-high RPR was achieved on soft.

10/1

1

11th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

McFabulous

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

High-class bumper/hurdle winner who has taken well to fences, easily beating the odds-on Thyme Hill over C&D (good) in November; safely held in second by the same rival in Grade 1 novice at Kempton on Boxing Day, finishing lame after running well for a long way; under optimum conditions today he's the one to beat provided he's fully recovered from that last run.

4/9

2nd

2

26th Dec 2022

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

McFabulous

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Inferior hurdler to Thyme Hill - albeit very smart in his own right - but the early signs are that he'll be the better chaser after making light work of the Hobbs horse in a 2m7f Grade 2 at Newbury (good), which came on the heels of a faultless display at Exeter; sound jumping has been a feature in his performances so far and he's sure to take a lot of beating; also effective on soft/good to soft.

13/8

OUR TIP

Form: 7-1221 C

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Launched his season with a win here in November and, following wind surgery, he was mighty impressive in enhancing his trainer's remarkable record in the Grade 2 Pendil Chase at Kempton (2m4f, good) when his jumping out in front was a joy to behold (form was franked last weekend); has something to find on the figures but he's been in career-best form and is dangerously fresh; seems fine on all ground.

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6th

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Solo

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped slightly right throughout, prominent, weakened after 2 out

5/1

2nd

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Solo

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Best racing right-handed and career-high form in winning last season's Grade 2 Pendil Chase at Kempton (2m4f, good; fine on softer) in February before his only blip all campaign, at Sandown; unable to dominate as he likes when a rallying runner-up in Exeter's Haldon Gold Cup and every chance of getting some freedom up front this time; hard to resist on very favourable terms.

4/6

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Payout
Straight Forecast £131.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hewick

TOPSPEED:

Eldorado Allen

Telegraph:

Solo

LAMBOURN:

Fantastic Lady

The Star:

Black Gerry

WEST COUNTRY:

McFabulous

D Express:

Solo

RP Ratings:

Hewick

The Times:

Hewick

The Guardian:

Hewick

Daily Mirror:

Hewick

The Sun:

Hewick

Daily Record:

Hewick

POSTDATA:

Eldorado Allen

Daily Mail:

Eldorado Allen