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Somersby Cider Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3406.24
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 5
  • 14 runners
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Somersby Cider Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £12.00
  • Place: £3.00

Form: 6/876-

Last run: 150 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Showed nothing more than minor promise in three 2m4f maiden/novice hurdles in the autumn and today's chase/handicap debut comes after a five-month break but his Irish point second in 2021 bodes well for his prospects over fences.

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6

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 4

16:30 Carlisle

Carlo Du Berlais

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two wins this season from his first three chase starts (3m, good to soft) and another good run when second at Worcester (2m7f, good) in August last time out; takes on some unexposed rivals and it's likely he'll need further improvement, but his chasing experience is a positive.

4/1

2nd

6

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Worcester

Carlo Du Berlais

11st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Just three runs over hurdles and now 2-3 over fences; didn't have much in hand last time at Uttoxeter (3m, good to soft; 5lb lower) but dug deep when it mattered and runner-up Miss Antipova should go well in the opening race.

9/4

12/1

  • Place: £4.90

Form: 4503P-

Last run: 156 days

W: 10st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Seven-race maiden who made underwhelming chase debut when last of three finishers at Fakenham (2m5f, good to soft) in November; not seen since pulled up over hurdles the following month; stable has much more obvious chance with William Ewart.

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20/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: /P895-

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on handicap hurdle debut in December and, following a wind op, fared no better on last month's chasing debut; can't be written off just yet but needs to respond well to the first-time cheekpieces here.

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1st

1

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:20 Uttoxeter

Ron Burgundy

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Took well to first-time visor at Worcester (2m7f, good) this month, opening his account; may build on that success and show further progress in the retained headgear; respected up 7lb.

9/4

1st

7

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:53 Worcester

Ron Burgundy

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Maiden; hasn't looked straightforward but has been placed in two of most recent three starts, the latest when just behind Ahead Of The Field over C&D last month; visor could well help him take another step forward.

7/1

3rd

8

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

18:20 Worcester

Ron Burgundy

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Holds solid claims on the form of his Uttoxeter third in May but he came in a remote fifth of seven in 3m Market Rasen handicap 24 days ago; he needs to get back on track.

9/1

Form: 8091- D

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Always towards rear in three novice hurdles in the autumn (2m-2m1f) but, following a wind op, rewarded strong market support when ready winner of handicap debut at Southwell (3m, good to soft) last month; 7lb higher for today's chasing debut but this winning Irish pointer might still be a long way ahead of his mark.

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3rd

4

22nd Jul 2023

Soft

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

17:10 Cartmel

Whataboutyeh

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

travelled strongly, raced in second, disputed lead 2 out, led narrowly 3f out, pushed along when headed under 2f out, soon lost position, weakened final 110yds

13/8

3rd

8

3rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:20 Southwell

Whataboutyeh

10st 3lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Rewarded heavy market support when winning over C&D (good to soft) on handicap debut in April and returns here after a comfortable chase win at Cartmel (3m1f, good) on Friday; probably still has more to come and commands respect.

6/4

Form: 8089-

Last run: 70 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Dead-heated in a minor point last spring but has struggled to get competitive in a bumper and three novice/maiden hurdles (2m3f-2m4f) under rules; up in trip for handicap/chase debut; improvement required.

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8

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:25 Leicester

Deadly Missile

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Point winner who has finished second a few times over rules fences and holds place possibilities on those efforts; form dipped the last twice, however, and he looks more exposed than some of these rivals.

12/1

5th

8

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

13:37 Hereford

Deadly Missile

10st 3lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

Finished well to go close at Market Rasen (3m, good) in September and was also second over C&D (good; albeit well held) the following month, but didn't fire last time and is now 0-11 under rules; others appeal more.

14/1

5th

9

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

13:40 Ludlow

Deadly Missile

10st 4lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Rosemary Gasson

in touch with leaders

9/1

Form: 33223-

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

0-7 over fences but has become quite well handicapped on some of last summer's form and returned from break with very encouraging third on slower-than-ideal ground at Haydock (2m4f, good to soft) last month; not yet proven over this far under rules but will warrant consideration if the rain holds off.

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6th

2

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Uttoxeter

Cremant

11st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

0-7 over fences but has become quite well handicapped on some of last summer's form and returned from break with very encouraging third on slower-than-ideal ground at Haydock (2m4f, good to soft) last month; not yet proven over this far under rules but will warrant consideration if the rain holds off.

8/1

3rd

5

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 203y

Class 4

17:00 Haydock

Cremant

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Winning hurdler who is 0-6 as a chaser but he's threatened once or twice and 3m looked a stretch when last seen at Uttoxeter in September; on a decent mark but his record fresh is no more than okay.

15/2

2nd

1

13th Sep 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:00 Uttoxeter

Cremant

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

led, headed and lost second 5th, pecked on landing 11th, pushed along 14th, ridden before 4 out, outpaced and ridden before 3 out, weakened gradually from 2 out, no impression when slow jump last (vet said gelding lost his left-fore shoe)

2/1

Form: 7PPP4-

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

12yo with 0-14 career strike-rate; arrested his decline with fairly respectable fourth over fences at Stratford (2m3f, good to soft) a fortnight ago but remains difficult to enthuse over.

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5th

7

3rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 5

15:43 Stratford

OGradys Boy

10st 2lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Gary Hanmer

midfield, lost position and struggling 13th, weakened 3 out, tailed off

12/1

7th

4

3rd Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:35 Southwell

OGradys Boy

11st 0lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

took keen hold, prominent, ridden and weakened after 3 out

40/1

5th

10

27th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

14:45 Cartmel

OGradys Boy

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Gary Hanmer

Maiden; hasn't been beaten that far in latest two starts and career best was probably his second in a C&D hunter chase two years ago; 5lb out of the handicap but not impossible with yard in good form.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 23012- D BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Off the mark over hurdles with comfortable success at Bangor (2m7f, good to soft) in March and backed up that performance with good second at Stratford (3m2f, good to soft) last month; major player if that form can be transferred to fences.

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3rd

8

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Warwick

William Ewart

10st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Came good over fences at fourth attempt, at Southwell (3m, heavy) in February, but was not seen to quite the same effect when well-held third on last two outings and would appeal more on slower ground.

8/1

Form: /4576- C BF

Last run: 216 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict

Regressive 9yo who was a disappointing favourite over C&D on latest start in October and is now 0-8 over fences; too well handicapped to rule out but needs to have been refreshed by seven-month break.

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1

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Uttoxeter

Present Chief

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Regressive 9yo who was a disappointing favourite over C&D on latest start in October and is now 0-8 over fences; too well handicapped to rule out but needs to have been refreshed by seven-month break.

12/1

6th

1

2nd Oct 2022

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:03 Uttoxeter

Present Chief

12st 2lb

J: Jamie Brace

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear of midfield, pushed along 12th, outpaced and ridden before 4 out, weakened 3 out (jockey said gelding was outpaced)

6/1

7th

2

31st Aug 2022

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

16:40 Worcester

Present Chief

12st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

midfield, ridden after 12th, well held from 2 out

12/1

Form: 846/4/

Last run: 807 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced for his age but was pulled up in a maiden point on latest outing last May and it takes a big leap of faith to support him on today's stable debut.

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17

7th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 100y

Class 5

16:15 Warwick

Master Sam Bellamy

10st 7lb

J: James Best

T: William de Best-Turner

raced lazily, always behind

100/1

0

4

19th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:52 Wincanton

Master Sam Bellamy

11st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: William de Best-Turner

A welcome completion last time at Newton Abbot when completely tailed off from 25lb out of the weights; this is more realistic but he has an awful lot to prove.

66/1

4th

4

23rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

16:05 Newton Abbot

Master Sam Bellamy

10st 5lb

J: James Best

T: William de Best-Turner

raced in last, pushed along before halfway, weakened and tailed off after 14th

100/1

Form: P/334-

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Unexposed mare who made notable jumping errors on chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, heavy) in March but still ran a big race and wasn't beaten far; encounters different trip-and-ground combination here and comes with some risk but could be dangerous if she finds some fluency.

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7

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:45 Newton Abbot

Galante De Romay

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Kim Bailey

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th, hampered 6th, soon lost position and dropped to last, brief headway with one circuit to go, soon pushed along and struggling, pulled up after 11th

25/1

6

6th May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

15:15 Uttoxeter

Galante De Romay

11st 5lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Unexposed mare who made notable jumping errors on chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, heavy) in March but still ran a big race and wasn't beaten far; encounters different trip-and-ground combination here and comes with some risk but could be dangerous if she finds some fluency.

6/1

3

9th Apr 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

14:15 Ffos Las

Galante De Romay

11st 8lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Bred to come into her own over fences (half-sister to the same stable's high-class chaser Espoir De Romay) and might have made a winning chasing debut over C&D last month but for several jumping errors; still finished only 4l behind Pageant Material and 4lb better off; interesting contender.

11/4

Form: 50664-

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Unplaced all seven hurdling starts but last month's fourth at Taunton (3m, good to soft) was a decent effort and he's another 2lb lower for today's chasing debut; has some Irish pointing experience to call upon; could have a say.

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5th

6

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Warwick

Safe Destination

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-6 over fences, the wins gained over 3m on good to soft ground at Uttoxeter and Ludlow; current mark is workable but he's wildly inconsistent, and it's hard to predict the extent to which he'll warm to the task.

8/1

5th

3

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:00 Huntingdon

Safe Destination

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

disputed lead, lost position but in touch with leaders after 3rd, lost ground before 6th, towards rear with one circuit to go

7/2

Form: /4P4P-

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

0-11 over fences; ran quite well when fourth at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) in March and is effectively 3lb lower here but was pulled up in first-time cheekpieces (now removed) a few days later and has become unreliable.

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7

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Earcomesbob

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Peter Pritchard

Hard to fancy, being a modest sort whose recent form figures are dominated by the letter P and who is 11lb out of the weights; first-time blinkers need to have major effect.

40/1

8

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:25 Chepstow

Earcomesbob

10st 2lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Peter Pritchard

Point winner but 0-15 under rules and has pulled up in his last four runs; too much to prove.

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £1970.00
Straight Forecast £1712.40
Tricast £28050.60
Trifecta £20889.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Whataboutyeh

The Sun:

William Ewart

The Guardian:

Carlo Du Berlais

POSTDATA:

Cremant

WEST COUNTRY:

Galante De Romay

The Times:

Whataboutyeh

Daily Mirror:

Whataboutyeh

The Star:

William Ewart

Daily Record:

William Ewart

Daily Mail:

Carlo Du Berlais

D Express:

Carlo Du Berlais

Telegraph:

Cremant