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Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5835.5
  • 3m 0f 41y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Langley Castle An Outstanding Small Hotel Handicap Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 7921-2 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Capitalised upon some significant help from the handicapper when winning narrowly in first-time cheekpieces at Wetherby (3m, soft) in March and probably bettered that performance when close second to Lights Are Green over C&D (good to soft) last month; fine on good ground too and still very well treated on older form.

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

1st

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

14:40 Kelso

No Regrets

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won twice over fences last year (on good and soft) but below best when last seen in February; has run well over C&D and claims if first-time visor (replaces cheekpieces) perks him up.

6/1

7th

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

No Regrets

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Has done very well in these cheekpieces, winning twice in the first half of last year (3m, soft/good) and finishing a close second at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) in November last time out; every chance he'll be bang there.

7/2

7/1

  • Place: £3.80

Form: 4144-4

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Collected two small-field chase wins last season, the latter off today's mark at Newcastle (2m4f, good) in November; comes here after respectable fourth at Perth (2m4f, good) last month; a possible if suited by today's step up in trip.

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

5th

4

2nd Aug 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

15:20 Perth

Spark Of Madness

11st 12lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Two fair efforts since being stepped up to 3m on last two starts, last time finishing nearly 8l fourth over C&D to stable companion Castletown (6lb worse off); each-way chance.

5/1

4th

2

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 5

16:18 Perth

Spark Of Madness

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Lucinda Russell

Chase wins over 2m here and 2m4f at Newcastle; this longer trip wasn't an issue when runner-up at Hexham (good) a month ago and he may have more to offer as a stayer.

4/1

2nd

3

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

15:30 Hexham

Spark Of Madness

11st 8lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Collected two small-field chase wins last season, the latter off today's mark at Newcastle (2m4f, good) in November; comes here after respectable fourth at Perth (2m4f, good) last month; a possible if suited by today's step up in trip.

7/1

Form: 33F-11 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Gamely fended off sustained challenged from No Regrets to win over C&D (good to soft) last month and followed up with comfortable success at Cartmel (3m1f, good) a week ago; another 8lb higher here but still has low mileage and ought to make a bold bid from the front.

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

1

4th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

17:00 Hexham

Lights Are Green

12st 0lb

J: Edward Austin

T: George Bewley

in touch with leaders

6/1

2nd

2

6th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

16:20 Hexham

Lights Are Green

11st 12lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

led, headed after 3rd, led 4th, pressed leader when headed 8th, led before 3 out, ridden when 4 lengths ahead approaching last, stayed on until no extra and headed towards finish

4/1

4th

6

20th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

18:25 Kelso

Lights Are Green

10st 9lb

J: Jonathon Bewley

T: George Bewley

pressed leader, prominent 2nd

13/2

Form: 57P4-5 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Began last season with win off 4lb higher at Wetherby (3m, good) in November but hasn't been in the same form again since, and was about 19l behind Lights Are Green and No Regrets when fifth over C&D last month.

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

0

8

30th Jun 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 4

14:30 Cartmel

Grange Ranger

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

Now 6lb lower than when winning at Wetherby (3m, good) in November but not really firing on all cylinders this spring, albeit he kept on to make the frame twice at Hexham this month (3m/2m4f); others preferred.

10/1

3rd

3

25th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 4

16:23 Hexham

Grange Ranger

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Micky Hammond

prominent, not fluent 9th, hit 12th, not fluent and dropped to last 3 out, soon outpaced and detached, headway approaching last, went third run-in, no match for first two

8/1

4th

2

3rd Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 41y

Class 4

15:30 Hexham

Grange Ranger

11st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Micky Hammond

Began last season with win off 4lb higher at Wetherby (3m, good) in November but hasn't been in the same form again since, and was about 19l behind Lights Are Green and No Regrets when fifth over C&D last month.

14/1

Form: 5PP1-3 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Won over 2m4f here just over a year ago and just held on to add to his tally at Carlisle (2m5f, good to soft) in April; placed off today's mark here (2m4f) last month and should be fine over today's trip; probably won't be far away.

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

1st

10

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

The Electrician

10st 2lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

Dual chase winner but last season didn't really go anywhere, latterly in first-time blinkers; out of the weights.

20/1

4th

8

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

The Electrician

10st 6lb

J: Aaron Anderson

T: Mike Sowersby

led narrowly or disputed lead, pecked on landing 11th, headed on turn before 2 out, soon outpaced, weakening when not fluent last

10/1

6th

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

15:05 Catterick

The Electrician

10st 12lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Mike Sowersby

prominent, in touch with leaders halfway, dropped to last 12th, soon outpaced and struggling

8/1

Form: 1P4P-1 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Returned to form with front-running win over C&D (good to soft) last month and is now 2-7 over fences; his overall profile remains somewhat unconvincing, though, and today's faster ground may not be ideal.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

9

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

15:30 Hexham

Ballynagran

10st 7lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Joanne Foster

Two wins over fences, the latest off a 6lb higher mark over C&D last May (good to soft); decent effort from out of the handicap when second at Wetherby last time (3m, soft; visor on instead of blinkers); same headgear here; a possible.

9/1

2nd

5

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:30 Wetherby

Ballynagran

10st 2lb

J: Emma Smith-Chaston

T: Joanne Foster

C&D winner; scored at Hexham (3m, good to soft) last May and is well treated on that form, but he's been pulled up or tailed off on all six starts since; a dramatic revival is required; first-time visor replaces blinkers.

25/1

9th

10

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 5

17:10 Wetherby

Ballynagran

10st 10lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Joanne Foster

Won twice over fences in first half of last year, including here (3m, soft); well handicapped on that form but he's struggled since his last win last May and has plenty to prove now back over hurdles.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £307.00
Straight Forecast £310.40
Trifecta £860.00

Selections

D Express:

Lights Are Green

RP RATINGS:

Ballynagran

The Times:

Spark Of Madness

SPOTLIGHT:

No Regrets

TOPSPEED:

The Electrician

The Sun:

Lights Are Green

The Star:

Lights Are Green

Daily Record:

Lights Are Green

Telegraph:

Ballynagran

Daily Mail:

Ballynagran

Daily Mirror:

Ballynagran

The Guardian:

Spark Of Madness

POSTDATA:

No Regrets