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Snellings Norfolk National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 3m 5f 24y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Snellings Norfolk National Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 2321-2

Last run: 8 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Wincanton winner last month (3m1f, good to soft) and creditable second off this 11lb higher mark at Kempton since (3m good); in form but stamina to prove on first run at beyond 3m1f.

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

8th

13

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Duc De Beauchene

10st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Two wins last spring included 3m5f Norfolk National at Fakenham (good; used to act on soft); 2lb lower today as he's failed to fire in his four starts since; reverting to blinkers from recent cheekpieces might help.

20/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 24444-

Last run: 185 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

20l third to a stablemate on only previous run over C&D (in December 2021); last two wins were over 3m1f and 3m2f; hails from a yard with an excellent record in staying chases.

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4th

4

7th May 2024

Good

3m 5f 24y

Class 3

16:20 Fakenham

Jony Max

11st 5lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Christian Williams

raced in third, left in second before 11th, lost position 16th

8/1

0

4

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 3

14:40 Fakenham

Jony Max

11st 4lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Christian Williams

prominent, slightly hampered 3rd, soon lost ground

8/1

1st

2

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Jony Max

11st 11lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Christian Williams

made virtually all, not fluent 13th, not fluent 14th, ridden after 2 out, faced challenge approaching last, headed run-in, rallied and led again towards finish, gamely

8/1

13/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 27218- CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Stays well, having won over 3m3f at Market Rasen in May last year (good) and over 3m3f at Sedgefield in March (soft); below best last time when tried in a visor and blinkers back on here; could play a part.

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6

7th May 2024

Good

3m 5f 24y

Class 3

16:20 Fakenham

Wake Up Early

11st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

raced in second, pulled up quickly before 11th

12/1

0

2

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 4

13:40 Fakenham

Wake Up Early

12st 2lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Scored over C&D (good to soft) in 2022 and was placed in Norfolk National over C&D (good) in May; disappointed on both appearances last month but returns here on a good mark and is sure to appreciate the ease in grade.

12/1

0

4

19th Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 3f 149y

Class 3

14:04 Fontwell

Wake Up Early

10st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland

Off the same mark as for his Sedgefield success in March (3m3f, soft; has form on heavy) at the expense of three rivals; good and bad in the meantime; there have to be reservations but he's clearly capable of going well in a race of this nature.

5/1

Form: 21222- C

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Dual course winner who ran creditably throughout last season, winning off 8lb lower over 2m3f at Wetherby in January; stays 3m1f and has run creditably over 3m3f but having first run at this trip.

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3

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

16:15 Ludlow

Midnight Mary

11st 5lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

Likeable mare with a consistent profile but her only chase win came off a 12lb lower mark and she's gone up 5lb for performing above herself in the face of a stiff task in a Listed race for mares last time (2m4f; fine at 3m and on soft); possibly flattered by that and opposable off current mark.

7/1

3rd

7

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

Midnight Mary

11st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Lucy Wadham

raced in second, not fluent 4th, soon lost ground, steady headway after 12th

50/1

Form: D33P7P- D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Thorough stayer who won a 4m hunter chase at Cheltenham in April 2022 (good to soft); fair run on reappearance last season but rather disappointing since, although has faced some tough tasks; others stronger.

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7

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Coup De Pinceau

11st 12lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: G Hiscock

Better round of jumping than Law Of Gold when just denying him in this under George Hiscock in 2022 (good); current wellbeing underlined by a win (3m4f) and second in two soft-ground Cothelstone opens of late.

14/1

3rd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 3

20:20 Stratford

Coup De Pinceau

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Syd Hosie

Thorough stayer who won a 4m hunter chase at Cheltenham last year; has found life tougher in handicaps but ran well last time and a positive ride is probable given his assured stamina.

7/2

1

1st Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 123y

Class 4

20:15 Market Rasen

Coup De Pinceau

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Syd Hosie

Form: 56316- CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won this off a 1lb lower mark last season (good); below his best at Southwell last month but handles most ground and is an obvious contender.

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12

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Tommie Beau

10st 6lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

Won regional Nationals over 3m4f/3m5f at Fakenham, Sedgefield and Fontwell, the last two in small fields in the mud last autumn; never better than on last two starts when placed in the Sussex National at Plumpton and the 4m1f Eider (third to Anglers Crag) at Newcastle, but to win this requires a fair bit better still.

28/1

Form: 14P30- D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won over 3m5f at Lingfield in February (good) and this is more realistic than the Midlands National (17lb out of the handicap; pulled up) and bet365 Gold Cup (13th of 16 when 24lb out of the weights); could go well

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3rd

1

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

DJango

12st 4lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: Miss V Collins

Enjoying life in hunter chases and was keeping on again late when a fine fourth at the Festival; respected, if he can be forgiven a lesser effort behind Master Templar and Young Buck in a Cotley point 19 days ago.

8/1

4th

2

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

DJango

12st 0lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: Miss V Collins

Has done well since switched to hunter chases for his new yard but his Warwick win (3m, soft) came at the expense of a frustrating horse who looked in command only to stop to nothing on the run-in; heavy ground was no good to this 11yo last time when behind Quintin's Man; placed at best if he's lucky.

50/1

Form: 311P5- C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Winner here in October (3m, good); disappointing on both starts since; could bounce back but stamina to prove on first run at beyond 3m.

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3rd

3

9th Jul 2023

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:40 Market Rasen

Shetland Bus

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent, outpaced and dropped to last 3 out, left in fourth last, went third run-in

11/2

2nd

2

3rd Jul 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:25 Southwell

Shetland Bus

11st 8lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland

took keen hold, prominent, pressed leader 7th, led 9th, pushed along after 3 out, ridden approaching last, headed final 110yds, no extra towards finish

5/1

3rd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Worcester

Shetland Bus

11st 13lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Won two in a row last October (2m6f/3m, good) but this 10yo has been a long way below that level this spring and hopes are pinned on the first-time visor turning things around (replacing tongue-tie/cheekpieces).

11/2

Form: /7P36-

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

On a fair mark but wasn't in the best of form last season and pulled up in only previous try at this trip (had stiff task in the Warwick Classic); visor replaces cheekpieces; others preferred.

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1

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Captain Tommy

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Fred Timmis

2-2 in hunter chases at Ludlow this year (3m/2m4f; soft) and he predictably found it hard work in the Foxhunters' at Aintree the final time; this isn't quite so demanding but he's relying on some of these being off their game.

16/1

9th

4

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Captain Tommy

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Fred Timmis

The winner of two small-field hunter chases at Ludlow this year, latterly proving too strong for Espoir De Guye; that form, and the balance of his handicap exploits during the past 12 months, strongly hints at limitations at this level.

40/1

Form: 33162-

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Had two of today's rivals behind him when winning over 3m7f at Musselburgh in November; some fair efforts since, including when close second at Perth last time; thereabouts.

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10

9th May 2023

Good

3m 5f 24y

Class 3

16:20 Fakenham

Flying Verse

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: David Dennis

midfield

6/1

2nd

3

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:30 Perth

Flying Verse

12st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: David Dennis

Ran out a clearcut winner at Doncaster (3m, good) but he reminded us of his inconsistency when failing to give his running at Wincanton; goes without Ned Fox's claim here and he'll need to be right on it.

7/2

6th

6

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:00 Wincanton

Flying Verse

11st 4lb

J: Ned Fox

T: David Dennis

Not that predictable but capable on his day as he showed when a clearcut winner at Doncaster (3m, good); clear claims off 5lb higher with Ned Fox again on board, but wouldn't want the ground any easier than good to soft.

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £381.00
Straight Forecast £385.60
Tricast £2162.80
Trifecta £2103.00

Selections

The Times:

Midnight Mary

RP RATINGS:

Jony Max

SPOTLIGHT:

Tommie Beau

POSTDATA:

Wake Up Early

TOPSPEED:

Captain Tommy

The Guardian:

Flying Verse

WEST COUNTRY:

Duc De Beauchene

D Express:

Jony Max

Telegraph:

Midnight Mary

Daily Mirror:

Midnight Mary

The Sun:

Midnight Mary

The Star:

Midnight Mary

Daily Record:

Midnight Mary

Daily Mail:

Tommie Beau