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  • Prize money: £25480
  • 2m 2f 140y
  • Class 2
  • 17 runners
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tote Fantasy, Whos In Your Stable Chester Plate Handicap (For The Bobby Mcalpine Memorial Cup)

Runners: 17 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £46.50
  • Place: £8.60

Form: 66/11/

Last run: 722 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Scored twice (1m6f, soft) in May 2021 for Ralph Beckett and remains unexposed on the Flat; however, has been absent since hurdles defeat (lost his action) later that year; market helpful on debut for Ian Williams.

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18th

9

(20)

31st Jul 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

18:40 Galway

Zinc White

11st 10lb

J: Mr T Power Roche

T: Ian Williams

Ran away with the Chester Cup consolation race in May on the back of a 561 day absence; not so clever on good ground at Royal Ascot; conditions should be more to his liking here and an interesting UK runner.

14/1

2/1

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 412-11 C

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 0lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Has form figures of 1211 since sent beyond 1m4f, most recently scoring by 6l at Newbury (2m, soft); well ahead of the assessor under a small penalty (future mark is 7lb higher) and has further progress in him over staying trips; 1-1 at Chester; strongly respected.

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4th

1

(5)

6th Apr 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

15:15 Kempton (AW)

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Ended last term with heavy defeats in the Irish Cesarewitch and Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak; up to that he'd had a cracking campaign in handicaps, in which the first of three wins came over C&D first time out (his last AW run), and he still looks on a highly competitive mark if reappearing at the top of his game.

11/2

15th

4

(32)

24th Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 0f 165y

16:10 Curragh

Novel Legend

10st 0lb

J: Chris Hayes

T: James Fanshawe

in touch with leaders

14/1

1st

2

(9)

5th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:20 Goodwood

Novel Legend

9st 11lb

J: Daniel Muscutt

T: James Fanshawe

Solid record in handicaps includes three wins; ran well at Newbury (2m, good) most recently, beating all bar the progressive Sweet William who has franked the form since; acts on soft; major contender.

11/4

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7/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 0543-5 C

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Successful twice at this course (soft/good to soft) in 2021; respectable seventh (off 9lb higher) in last year's Chester Cup; behind two of these rivals at Ripon two weeks ago but looks interesting back here with star apprentice Billy Loughnane booked; tongue-tie added.

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8th

3

(16)

10th May 2024

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:15 Chester

Its Good To Laugh

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Jennie Candlish

Ran some big races on Flat last term and three of them were at this track, including when third in this race; out of form on last two outings (over hurdles latest) and off since November but he needs a second look.

20/1

4th

2

18th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:04 Wetherby

Its Good To Laugh

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

raced in second, overjumped 1st, steadied 4th, lost second before 3 out, soon lost third, weakened and no chance from 2 out

5/1

8th

5

(8)

30th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Its Good To Laugh

8st 8lb

J: Kieran O’Neill

T: Jennie Candlish

Arrives on a lengthy losing run but he's knocking on the door, runner-up twice here (to Emiyn first occasion) before chasing home Yorkindness at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft); ought to be thereabouts again from an unchanged mark.

13/2

14/1

Form: 2812-2

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 5lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Largely consistent record (328122) since upped to 1m6f/2m, the win gained at Thirsk (good) last August; neck second at Ripon (soft) on seasonal debut most recently; due to go up 1lb in future; each-way claims.

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4

(7)

11th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 32y

Class 4

16:45 Beverley

The Predictor

9st 7lb

J: Oisin Orr

T: Richard Fahey

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear and ridden after 5f

7/2

14/1

Form: 406-64 BF

Last run: 13 days

W: 9st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Suited by soft/heavy; had two attempts over C&D last term, finishing eighth in the Chester Cup and fourth in September; now on a handier mark; not far behind The Predictor at Ripon two weeks ago; possibilities if taking well to new headgear.

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8th

3

(7)

3rd Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Newmarket

Land Of Winter

9st 12lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: Rae Guest

Won four-runner race at Beverley (2m, soft) in July but out of form since; soundly beaten last time in the Cesarewitch here for the third year running; well handicapped if this proved one of his good days.

14/1

0

26

(11)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Land Of Winter

8st 5lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: Rae Guest

Well beaten in this race in 2021 and 2022 and even further adrift in the Trial three weeks ago on his only other race at Newmarket; good ground for all three of those was probably not ideal and he'd be well handicapped if this proved one of his best days, but others look more solid.

100/1

Form: /8/10/

Last run: 1036 days

W: 9st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Consistent at 2m/2m4f over fences this year; not seen on the Flat since 2020 (when a 1m4f winner) and has stamina to prove over this distance under this code; yard has a stronger chance with Bellatrixsa.

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5th

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Christopher Wood

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Doesn't look as good as he was but extreme distances (3m7f/4m1f) were too far the last twice and he was a close third over 2m5f at Carlisle to kick off his season; has dropped to a good mark and this race could be a nice fit for him; should be fine on the ground and the return of cheekpieces is no bad thing.

12/1

25

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Christopher Wood

10st 8lb

T: Venetia Williams

Continues to drop down the weights and 4m1f on heavy ground proved too much in the Eider last time; in fair form previously this winter (2m5f/3m7f) but this 9yo is not the force of old and others are more compelling.

50/1

9th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Christopher Wood

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Not the force of old but edging down the weights and a respectable third on both starts this winter; the latest was over an extended 3m7f behind a runaway winner in the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh (only his second run beyond 2m5f) but he'll need a fair bit better to take this.

12/1

18/1

Form: 7021-7

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 6lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Successful twice (1m4f/2m) in his first season last year and may still have more to offer in due course; however, reappearance effort at Newbury (47l behind Novel Legend) doesn't augur well for this challenge.

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No Results Found

Form: 1-4365 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 12lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Last two wins came off this mark but those were much weaker races than this one; balance of 2023 form suggests she'll struggle to land this competitive prize.

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1st

1

(8)

1st Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 196y

Class 4

16:52 Chester

Military Two Step

9st 11lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie Johnston

0-6 this year but ran respectably in first-time blinkers at Goodwood (1m6f) most recently; interesting off a workable mark in the retained headgear, with the return to 2m looking ideal; C&D winner in 2021.

2/1

4th

5

(4)

16th Jun 2023

Good To Firm

1m 6f 0y

Class 4

18:40 Goodwood

Military Two Step

9st 8lb

J: Joe Fanning

T: Charlie Johnston

2lb lower than when successful at Chelmsford (2m, AW) last November, but recent efforts raise doubts over whether she can take advantage so she needs the first-time blinkers to help turn things around.

9/2

9/2

Form: 437-61

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

Won in France as a 3yo; opened his British account with an easy success in usual cheekpieces at Doncaster (2m, soft) two weeks ago, with about 9l back to his closest pursuer; well handicapped under a small penalty (future mark is 5lb higher); big player provided he takes well to new headgear.

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1st

4

(4)

27th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:50 Ripon

Justus

9st 6lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

in touch with leaders, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, always doing enough

5/1

1st

5

(1)

2nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 2f 2y

Class 4

14:45 Pontefract

Justus

8st 13lb

J: Aiden Brookes

T: Micky Hammond

Dual Flat winner at about 2m on soft ground; pulled up on his final run over hurdles but that was a Grade 2 novice and he had previously chased home the classy Dysart Enos at Doncaster; has won off this mark and that was without a claimer riding.

5/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 25y

Class 1

14:17 Kelso

Justus

11st 5lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Micky Hammond

towards rear

50/1

16/1

Form: 223-48

Last run: 24 days

W: 9st 3lb

4 yo Filly

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Rare below-par effort last month (normally consistent); something to prove on this first attempt beyond 1m4f; has some stamina in pedigree but does not shape as if she's crying out for staying trips.

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No Results Found

Form: 1/8/1- CD

Last run: 371 days

W: 9st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Has a slight doubt over her current form, based on her results over jumps this year; however, won this contest (off 4lb lower; good ground) in 2022 when last seen on the Flat and remains unexposed in this sphere; acts on soft; has to be feared back here.

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11th

11

(10)

12th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:55 Chester

Bellatrixsa

9st 8lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Venetia Williams

Has a slight doubt over her current form, based on her results over jumps this year; however, won this contest (off 4lb lower; good ground) in 2022 when last seen on the Flat and remains unexposed in this sphere; acts on soft; has to be feared back here.

8/1

6th

2

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 2

15:35 Ayr

Bellatrixsa

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

prominent, led narrowly or disputed lead 1st, led overall before 7th

6/1

10

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Bellatrixsa

11st 0lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Her greatest test of stamina was a hurdles win (3m2f, soft) and she also won the 2m2f Chester Plate on Flat; none of her form gives her a say in this, however, and soundly beaten this season in her two starts over fences.

100/1

12th
13 (3)
Oman

25/1

Form: 7-5007 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Defied a higher mark here (1m6f, good to soft) in 2021 for a previous yard; however, form for current stable is decidedly unconvincing; needs to prove he retains ability.

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1st

10

(5)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 4

16:50 Chester

Oman

8st 10lb

J: Zak Wheatley

T: Tony Carroll

Course win in July 2021 (1m6f, good to soft) remains his last success; out of sorts in 2023 but a consequence of that is he's starting out for a new yard off a lowly mark; needs a market check.

12/1

Form: 4319-4

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 4yo who may be capable of improvement back up in distance with Ripon reappearance (1m4f) under his belt; made all over 2m at Kempton (AW) last autumn; cheekpieces now added; won on soft as a 2yo.

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No Results Found

20/1

Form: /8352- BF

Last run: 210 days

W: 9st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 82

Form & Verdict

Five wins at up to 2m for Hughie Morrison; suited by soft/heavy; regressive results over hurdles for new yard but may revive returned to this code, following wind surgery; tongue-tie/cheekpieces applied.

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8th

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 124y

Class 5

14:30 Musselburgh

Whitehaven

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Useful Flat-racer at his best; yet to fully transfer that ability to hurdles but he was a fair second behind an easy Irish-trained winner at Bangor (2m, heavy) three weeks ago and may still have more to offer in this code.

6/1

2nd

2

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 0f 145y

Class 5

15:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Whitehaven

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Maggs

T: Donald McCain

Useful Flat-racer at his best; yet to build upon last winter's quite promising hurdling debut but, following a break, ran well to a point on recent handicap debut at Sedgefield (2m1f, soft); sports first-time blinkers here and has possibilities if that recent outing brought him on.

4/1

7th

1

28th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 5

14:20 Sedgefield

Whitehaven

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Five wins at up to 2m on the Flat for Hughie Morrison and his final appearance was under that code when tailed off in the consolation race for the Chester Cup in May; had shown some ability over hurdles before then and now makes his handicap hurdle debut in a modest race.

9/2

Form: 616-34 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 9st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 82

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2nd

6

(11)

26th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:20 Goodwood

Hydroplane

9st 5lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Ian Williams

midfield, in touch with leaders after 3f

14/1

9

(2)

12th May 2023

Soft

2m 2f 140y

Class 2

16:55 Chester

Hydroplane

9st 9lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

Form: 62611-

Last run: 196 days

W: 9st 7lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 80

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11th

4

(1)

19th Aug 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

Class 3

15:45 Newmarket (July)

Malakahna

9st 0lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins at Ascot (good) and Newmarket (good to soft); more to prove on soft, as her latest start (heavy defeat at Ascot) confirms but she was in good form going into that; usual cheekpieces are replaced by a visor.

10/1

6th

7

(9)

28th Jul 2023

Good

1m 7f 209y

Class 3

14:25 Ascot

Malakahna

9st 11lb

J: William Buick

T: Ian Williams

Came good on Flat last autumn with 2m wins here (good) and at Newmarket (good to soft; more to prove on soft); seconds this month at Chester and York confirm she's a big player if the ground is okay.

6/1

2nd

3

(8)

15th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 4

16:55 York

Malakahna

9st 9lb

J: Callum Hutchinson

T: Ian Williams

slightly awkward start, towards rear on outer, pushed along briefly halfway

6/1

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Payout
Exacta £1171.00
Straight Forecast £764.20
Tricast £4707.80
Trifecta £11241.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Novel Legend

Daily Mail:

Justus

Telegraph:

Juan Bermudez

The Times:

Zinc White

TOPSPEED:

Oman

Daily Record:

Bellatrixsa

The Star:

Land Of Winter

The Guardian:

Anna Bunina

RP RATINGS:

Novel Legend

POSTDATA:

Novel Legend

NEWMARKET:

Novel Legend

D Express:

Novel Legend

Daily Mirror:

Novel Legend

The Sun:

Justus