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bet365 Josh Gifford Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 4f 10y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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bet365 Josh Gifford Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.50

Form: -21112 CD

Last run: 75 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Has won on good and soft ground during a hot run of form this season and his second at Plumpton (2m3f, good) last time was no backward step; however, it could be that the handicapper has caught up and this is his first time in a Class 2.

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Verdict Starting price

7th

6

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:10 Chepstow

Gloire Dathon

11st 1lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

Had a purple spell when winning five of six races from June 2022 to May of last year; not sure what has happened since then but he'll be on a good mark when he does turn a corner.

10/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 1-215P D

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won twice over hurdles but very much a chaser on looks and made a bright start in two early-season 2m4f handicaps (good to soft/heavy), finishing second then first; has gone off the rails a little but he patently failed to stay 3m1f under surprisingly forceful tactics in a red-hot Ultima at the Festival; the cheekpieces tried there are removed but with the tongue-tie retained; has a big run in him if back in sync.

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12th

9

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Harpers Brook

10st 12lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Has thrown a couple of races away by pulling himself up in front and his resolution wasn't tested when effectively gifted the race by the late fall of a rival when dropped back to around 2m at Sandown last month; what he'll find up the hill here remains to be seen but what isn't in doubt is that he has the ability to be in contention at the business end; a first-time visor replaces cheekpieces.

8/1

1st

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

14:00 Sandown

Harpers Brook

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

raced in second, challenging when hampered by loose horse 3 out, led before 2 out, not fluent and pecked on landing 2 out, joined when left clear last

7/2

2nd

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Harpers Brook

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Hurdle/chase wins at 2m4f on soft, good and heavy; talented but found himself in front too soon at Sandown in April and all but ground to a halt on the run-in; well back on return to action in a warm Cheltenham handicap but this less demanding company and finish can suit; not ruled out.

11/2

OUR TIP

6/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: /3P132 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Overall strike-rate of 10-29 but only 1-7 over fences; did at least run his best race yet as a chaser when beaten in a bobbing finish by Hudson De Grugy over C&D (soft) last month and there's unlikely to be much between them; the rain-softened ground will aid his cause.

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12

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Quel Destin

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Rejuvenated in these blinkers in December, winning two in a row from the front in small fields (2m5f/2m3f, heavy/soft); however, tailed off at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in February last time and isn't easy to fancy after that.

40/1

4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

15:43 Chepstow

Quel Destin

11st 13lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

led, outpaced and headed before 5 out, weakened after 4 out, tailed off

15/8

Form: -51P41 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Has mixed hurdling with chasing this season, winning in both disciplines at Fontwell (2m1f/2m3f; good); always prominent in a small field when beating the two other finishers last time (over fences) and should have some mileage in this 4lb higher mark; the cheekpieces that worked well last time are retained; won on soft but good ground is perhaps ideal.

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2

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:50 Ludlow

Quinta Do Mar

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Ben Pauling

Has run here just the once and it was a win, over hurdles in 2021; 1-4 over fences last term and ran well (after wind surgery) back over hurdles on reappearance this season, before a heavy defeat in hot race last month; back chasing today, probably in need of a career best.

7/1

16th

6

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Quinta Do Mar

11st 6lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Ran respectably at Exeter on seasonal debut; disputing third place when final-flight faller in this race in 2022 but folded tamely in it last year; more exposed than many of these rivals.

16/1

3rd

1

21st Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 3

14:25 Exeter

Quinta Do Mar

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Mixed hurdling with chasing last season, winning in both disciplines; had wind operation during his break but he's on a tough mark and would prefer good ground.

10/1

Form: 231122 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

After small-field wins in the West Country he's come up just shy off a 1lb lower mark in handicaps at Wincanton (2m4f, good) and Kempton (2m2f, good to soft; won on soft), albeit with his latest conqueror bang in form and clocking a good time; looks a tad over-handicapped and this trip on a stiff track might just stretch him.

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8th

3

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cap Du Mathan

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Pulled up in three of his last five appearances but he remains useful on his day, with his fourth in a Grade 3 2m1f handicap at Ascot in November reading well; however, his best form is over shorter than this and it was a very winnable race in which he made a successful hunter chase debut at Leicester (2m, soft); others appeal more over this far.

25/1

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Cap Du Mathan

12st 6lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Capable chaser, as shown when making pleasing seasonal reappearance (fourth) in a Premier Handicap at Ascot in November; pulled up in both subsequent starts, so seemingly does have something to prove now switching to hunter chases; trip and ground are both fine; major contender.

13/8

Form: 57421P D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdler winner who led on the run-in at Hereford (2m5f, soft) to get off the mark over fences; not sure why he ran quite so moderately at Newbury latest but he was looking progressive prior to that.

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9th

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Honneur DAjonc

11st 11lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Jane Williams

2m5f chase winner but unraced beyond that far; lost his way over fences and beaten 12l and 18l back over hurdles the last twice; not crying out to be backed at the minute.

7/1

5th

1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 5f 82y

Class 4

14:00 Wincanton

Honneur DAjonc

12st 2lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Jane Williams

Well treated on best hurdles/chase form and, returned to this discipline, he ran better behind an easy winner at Ludlow (2m5f, soft); was beaten 12l though and likely to need more here.

8/1

2nd

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

17:15 Ludlow

Honneur DAjonc

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Well treated on best hurdles/chase form; predominantly out of sorts since last success (fences) but could revive off this reduced mark dropped in grade and back hurdling.

10/1

Form: P-2P13 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Switched to fences this season following wind surgery; the high points have been a second over C&D (good) and a win at Bangor (good to soft; fine on softer), with the low ones a non-completion and laboured third last time behind Quinta Do Mar; she's due a good run here if the pattern continues and her mark isn't bad.

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11th

7

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:15 Plumpton

Fable

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

towards rear, detached halfway

20/1

6

21st Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 84y

Class 3

14:35 Doncaster

Fable

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

in touch with leaders

10/1

Form: -42731 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Yet to quite reproduce his useful hurdle form over fences but he's getting there (visored the last twice) and did well to rally back to beat Quel Destin over C&D (soft) last time after misjudging the final fence; danger to all off just 3lb higher, with Thursday's rain a help.

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7th

5

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:35 Uttoxeter

Hudson De Grugy

11st 5lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Best known for his Sandown wins, where he's not been quite at his best this season; made mistakes on last two outings and stamina not proven (seen only twice at about 3m) but he has edged down the weights.

11/2

3rd

7

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Hudson De Grugy

11st 5lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

raced in second

13/2

Form: 4-2342

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Still to win under rules but plenty of his form reads well and he would probably have pushed a previous winner close at Taunton (2m7f, heavy; effective at shorter) a month ago had he not lost ground two out; 3lb higher for this and they claimed 7lb off his back last time, but suspect he still has more to offer.

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5

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Mumbo Jumbo

11st 6lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Placed off 7lb higher mark in stronger race than this at Exeter (3m, good to soft) in November but was pulled up on next two outings and was last of four (albeit not beaten far) when cheekpieces were added for latest run; now 0-15 under all codes and needs to up his game; drops back in trip with visor tried today.

5/1

4th

2

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:10 Taunton

Mumbo Jumbo

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Now 0-14 after two pull-ups but 3m5f looked too far for him last time and he's on a competitive mark on last season's best efforts.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £266.00
Straight Forecast £249.40
Tricast £1847.80
Trifecta £1743.00

Selections

RP Ratings:

Cap Du Mathan

TOPSPEED:

Mumbo Jumbo

D Express:

Hudson De Grugy

POSTDATA:

Quel Destin

Daily Mirror:

Mumbo Jumbo

The Star:

Hudson De Grugy

Telegraph:

Cap Du Mathan

The Sun:

Cap Du Mathan

Daily Record:

Quel Destin