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15:50 Newton Abbot

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Ben Oliver Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5527.68
  • 2m 4f 216y
  • Class 4
  • 4 runners
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Ben Oliver Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Scattered showers

100/30 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50

Form: 2-1115 C BF

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

His three good-ground chases wins since May came at a cost ratings-wise and it could be that the handicapper has caught up with him judged on his Stratford defeat; however, he returns from a break and that may help.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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7th

12

11th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

19:05 Warwick

Opening Bid

11st 0lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

raced in second

14/1

4th

5

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:10 Chepstow

Opening Bid

11st 1lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

Good strike-rate of 5-13 over fences and both the ground (good to soft) and company (Grade 2) were excuses when pulled up at Wincanton in November; a prolific run during the last 12 months has seen his mark rise and he'll need to be right on the ball back from his break after a wind op.

8/1

0

5

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 1

13:50 Wincanton

Opening Bid

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Chris Down

led, headed but prominent 5th, lost position and dropped to rear 8th, soon detached, pulled up before 12th

33/1

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Form: -52311 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Up-and-down profile but not of late after back-to-back wins in handicaps here over 3m2f and 2m5f; defied a 5lb rise last time in emphatic fashion and could well do so again.

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0

3

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

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11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

in rear throughout, jumped left 2nd, reminder with one circuit to go, ridden and weakened after 14th, tailed off when pulled up 15th

9/2

2nd

1

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:55 Newton Abbot

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12st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

led at steady pace, joined 8th, headed 10th, led again 14th

5/2

2nd

5

2nd Oct 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:45 Newton Abbot

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11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, outpaced 16th, rallied after 3 out, challenging 2 out, kept on run-in

9/2

Form: 0/313 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Won a 2m2f maiden hurdle here and was a decent third on his switch to fences at Fontwell (2m5f, good) having suffered some interference; was beaten some 13l though and this looks stronger.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:40 Ffos Las

Frankie Faulkner

11st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Yet to add to his hurdling victory but he's proved consistent over fences thus far, posting a solid third at Musselburgh (3m) in February; ran poorly reverted to hurdles at Stratford since but he can bounce back for last year's winning yard.

3/1

9

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:45 Fakenham

Frankie Faulkner

11st 5lb

T: Evan Williams

6th

1

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 6f 7y

Class 5

15:20 Stratford

Frankie Faulkner

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Winning Irish pointer; won a Newton Abbot maiden hurdle for current yard last July (2m2f, good); has been chasing since, last time finishing third at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft, cheekpieces tried); headgear retained; a possible back over hurdles.

4/1

7/1

Form: -61134

Last run: 87 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Two wins over hurdles in May before the handicapper seemed to catch up; possibly on a tough mark and remains to be seen what he'll make of fences.

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Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

5

8th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 210y

Class 5

19:10 Fontwell

Astroman

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Syd Hosie

Placed over hurdles at Plumpton (3m1f, good) last month, after a break, and is now 2lb lower than when second in Wincanton chase (3m1f, good) in the autumn; well beaten when back over fences there recently, though, and now has a point to prove; swaps cheekpieces for refitted visor.

10/1

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