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Pertemps Network Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters’ Chase (64th Running For Horse & Hound Cup)

  • Prize money: £10755.8
  • 3m 3f 119y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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Pertemps Network Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunters’ Chase (64th Running For Horse & Hound Cup)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 611F1- C

Last run: 37 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Very smart in his prime and a three-time hunter chase winner this season; not yet proven over this far but looked in very good nick at Ludlow (3m, good) in April and will be fine on the left-handed track; can make his presence felt.

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1st

2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

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12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced since beating top-notcher Clan Des Obeaux in the Grade 2 Denman here just over three years ago (on good to soft); nothing like as good now but remains prolific in hunter chases and soft ground was against him when a lucky winner at Fakenham last month (Tigerbythetail going best when departing); runs here having bypassed Cheltenham but he wouldn't want the forecast light rain to be anything heavier than that.

5/2

1st

3

16th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

16:15 Fakenham

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12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

Quality performer back in the day and still prolific in hunter chases, winning four last year including the Horse & Hound Cup at Stratford (3m3f, good) the final time when accounting for a talented Northern Irish raider; likes goodish ground but can handle soft; one to beat.

11/10

1st

7

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

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12st 0lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, pressed leader before 15th

4/1

Evs

  • Place: £1.10

Form: 1172-2 CD BF

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Top Irish hunter chaser who won this race last year and the John Corbet Cup over C&D two years ago; not far off peak form when clear second in Champion Hunters Chase at Punchestown festival (3m, yielding) in April and commands respect.

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5th

14

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr A Harvey

T: D M Christie

Unplaced favourite at Cheltenham last year having previously looked like a rising star in this category; now 0-6 since that disappointment; second to Its On The Line here 12 months ago, also second to Billaway at Downpatrick last May; two odds-on defeats in autumn points campaign; only slight reassurance form well-beaten fifth behind Its On The Line at Aintree.

12/1

5th

9

26th Dec 2023

Yielding To Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:33 Down Royal

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: D M Christie

midfield

5/1

2nd

9

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Vaucelet

12st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: D M Christie

in touch with leaders

Evs

14/1

  • Place: £4.00

Form: 4/1/2/

Last run: 1671 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Sprightly 12yo who was a very useful novice chaser in Ireland in 2018 and has won four points in a row this year; returns to racing under rules in a tough race and with stamina to prove but might give this a good shot from the front.

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3rd

2

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Clara Sorrento

12st 0lb

J: Mr Rupert Stearn

T: David Kemp

led, not fluent 9th

14/1

Form: 445/U-

Last run: 104 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Useful handicapper when trained by Sam Thomas and returns to racing under rules after winning two open points last month but has a lot more on his plate on this first venture beyond 3m.

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4th

6

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Not A Role Model

12st 0lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Ms J Nolan

in touch with leaders, jumped left 10th

20/1

8

18th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

17:00 Haydock

Not A Role Model

11st 12lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Ms J Nolan

Showed some useful handicap chase form for Sam Thomas last season and was clear second behind a fair horse in a recent Larkhill point (3m, good) but others in this line-up have more pressing claims.

25/1

5th

6

26th Feb 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

Not A Role Model

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sam Thomas

Prominent racer who won over C&D on his sole visit here and reappeared this season with a good second at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft); a case can be made on that December form, now 3lb lower, but this 10yo has been soundly beaten the last twice on soft ground he should have handled.

8/1

Form: 3581-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won five handicap chases (all at Newton Abbot) when trained by Fergal O'Brien and added an open point to his tally this year but was about 22l adrift of Law Of Gold when third in 4m Cheltenham hunter chase last month, and another minor role is probably his best hope here.

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4th

1

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 4

15:55 Ludlow

Cheltenam De Vaige

11st 7lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Multiple chase/point winner who easily capitalised upon good opportunity in weak novice hurdle at Stratford (2m6f, good) in August; faces tough task against some promising young rivals here, though.

12/1

Form: 3P34/3

Last run: 18 days

W: 12st 0lb

15 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Irish-trained 15yo; in good form in points this year (three wins) but found things tough before eventually keeping on for modest third in Killarney hunter chase last month and can't be recommended here.

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3

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Fr Humphrey

12st 0lb

J: Miss Niamh Hennessy

T: Miss Niamh Carol Hennessy

always behind

100/1

3rd

3

15th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 7f 0y

19:55 Killarney

Fr Humphrey

11st 7lb

J: Miss N C Hennessy

T: Miss Niamh Carol Hennessy

Old boy was a four-time chase winner in his younger days and has been revitalised to win two open points' recently; will have to step-up in this company but is in such good form that has to enter calculations.

4/1

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Form: 2/22-1 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Won this race in 2021 and was honourable second to Vaucelet in last year's edition; arguably posted career-best performance when scoring readily by 16l at Cheltenham (4m, good) last month and ought to play a major role.

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3

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Law Of Gold

12st 1lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

Neck second (to Coup De Pinceau) and runaway winner in the last two renewals of this race, and mugged Fier Jaguen (runs 4:35) close home last time to take his record at High Easter to 3-3; major player again for a trainer 11-18 with all point and hunter chase runners since February.

15/8

5

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Law Of Gold

12st 0lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

towards rear, hit 12th

7/2

1st

4

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Law Of Gold

12st 1lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

travelled strongly, held up in rear, steady headway from 19th, going best when challenging but awkward jump 3 out, soon led, jumped slightly left last, went clear run-in, readily

2/1

Form: /213-3 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Very useful under rules in his prime and has excellent 8-10 strike-rate in points but this year's hunter chase form is not anything out of the ordinary.

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8

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Steely Addition

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: C T Dawson

didn't always jump with fluency, in rear, awkward jump 1st, jockey lost iron after 1st

25/1

2

28th May 2023

Good To Firm

3m 2f 39y

Class 3

17:15 Kelso

Steely Addition

12st 4lb

J: Mr Paddy Barlow

T: C T Dawson

Added to his good tally in points with two wins this spring; close third to Shanroe Street at Perth, albeit beaten favourite, on the return to rules and now gets a 5lb pull with that rival; comfortably won this contest (on fast ground) 12 months ago and warrants respect back here.

2/1

3rd

1

17th May 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

20:30 Perth

Steely Addition

12st 6lb

J: Mr John Dawson

T: C T Dawson

Won at Kelso last May; third in 3m Musselburgh hunter chase in March and has scored twice since in points, so looks the one to beat here.

4/11

Form: 3/930-

Last run: 50 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Dual hunter chase winner for a different stable last year (2m5f/2m4f) but not in same form this year, albeit he collected a three-runner point in February; not the obvious answer.

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10

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Wagner

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: Max Comley

jumped right on occasions, prominent, lost position when not fluent 15th

50/1

17th

26

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Wagner

12st 0lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: Max Comley

Two hunter chase wins last year but below his best since; modest pointing form this year, including a win; no real appeal.

66/1

3rd

2

24th May 2022

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 6

13:30 Southwell

Wagner

12st 8lb

J: Mr Beau Morgan

T: Matthew Hampton

Dual hunter chase winner this year (2m5f/2m4f); was fortunate on latter occasion (clear leader fell two out) and finished a long way behind Stratagem when below form at Cheltenham last month, but can have a say if back on song here; stamina for today's trip not copper-bottomed, though.

12/1

Form: /212-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Drew nicely clear to win Exeter hunter chase (3m, good to soft) in March and was very respectable third at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) last month but her limitations have seemingly been exposed and others in this field look a fair bit stronger.

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6th

11

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Singapore Saga

11st 7lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: J Heard

Has won a hunter chase and was winning her sixth point in December; heavy ground has looked an issue in the past and it was under those conditions when she was beaten at odds-on in her latest point; had wind surgery since.

20/1

11

2nd Jun 2023

Good

3m 3f 119y

Class 2

19:05 Stratford

Singapore Saga

11st 7lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: J Heard

midfield, jumped left from 7th, mistake 9th, towards rear 10th

16/1

3rd

2

5th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 4

19:10 Cheltenham

Singapore Saga

11st 11lb

J: Mr Darren Andrews

T: J Heard

No match for Highway Jewel when they met in a point just over a year ago; only defeats this year have come at the hands of two very able hunter chasers (Envious Editor/Shantou Flyer) and she looks the main threat to the favourite.

7/2

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Vaucelet

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Vaucelet

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Vaucelet

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