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14:55 Fontwell

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Broadsword Group 25th Anniversary Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £12307.96
  • 2m 5f 135y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Broadsword Group 25th Anniversary Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 196-23 BF

Last run: 96 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Six defeats over fences were in France and when highly tried by Charlie Mann; has since done quite well over hurdles for Jonjo O'Neill and in her two runs for this yard; handicapped to be competitive if continuing the good work returned to fences.

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

3rd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

17:10 Kelso

Sacre Coeur

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Front-runner who posted three wins in the final quarter of last year (2m-2m5f, good-soft); hasn't been at her very best the last twice but ran okay when second of the three finishers at Sandown (1m7f, good) four weeks ago, and she's not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.

7/2

2nd

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

14:00 Sandown

Sacre Coeur

11st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, led at fast pace, went clear 3rd, reduced lead after 4 out, faced challenge when badly hampered by loose horse 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon outpaced, left in second last

6/1

7/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 4656-2

Last run: 150 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Has dropped a long way down the weights for a reason but he steadied the ship with a second over 3m1f at Ludlow on final appearance in May (good to soft); shouldn't be long before getting his head back in front.

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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

3

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

17:08 Wincanton

Copperhead

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Stuck on a losing run but the frustrating run of defeats has been through no lack of effort; questionable whether he wants the ground quite this deep but has strong form claims.

3/1

4th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Copperhead

10st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Winless streak has just passed its four-year anniversary but the frustrating run of defeats has been through no lack of effort against younger opposition and again he ran well for a long way when a 12l third at Sandown two weeks ago (3m, soft); off a light weight and with Freddie Gingell claiming 5lb, he's a major player against fellow oldies this time.

9/2

3rd

7

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Copperhead

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Nothing like the force of old but has been second or third in four of his last five outings (tongue tied last two); none of those were on worse than good to soft but he used to go well on soft in his heyday; a possible for another minor honour but he has not won for four years.

5/1

Form: 2231P3

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Winning for a sixth time over fences when beating four rivals at Worcester in July (2m7f, good); blinkers backfired next time but ran no more than okay with cheekpieces back on at Cartmel.

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

1

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:50 Chepstow

Lermoos Legend

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Scored at Worcester (2m7f) in July but he's been off the track since coming in a solid third in 2m5f Fontwell handicap chase in October; he needs to hit the ground running on his return.

8/1

3rd

6

6th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 2

14:55 Fontwell

Lermoos Legend

10st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear, jumped right 3rd

4/1

16/1

Form: 1-3248 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles (2m5f) and fences (2m4f; both on good to soft) earlier this year; signed off for Ben Pauling with two below-par efforts (fences/hurdles) and now looks to bounce back in a competitive race.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

4

22nd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Norley

11st 5lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

prominent, pulled up last

16/1

4th

5

6th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 2

14:55 Fontwell

Norley

11st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

held up in rear, mistake 2nd

16/1

8th

5

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 3

19:50 Fontwell

Norley

11st 10lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

took keen hold, led, headed but pressed leader before 2nd

7/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5152P- D

Last run: 170 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Struggled a bit after making a successful chase debut over 2m4f at Cheltenham last November (good) but it's still very early days in this discipline and he has a positive record when fresh; strongly considered.

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

3rd

5

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Unanswered Prayers

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

First and second in novice hurdles at this track; sole win in nine races over fences came at the first attempt (November 2022) but he's shown enough this term to be given a squeak on this second run since wind surgery and going beyond 3m for the first time looks worth a go.

13/2

6th

11

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Unanswered Prayers

10st 4lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Stablemate of Lord Baddesley; well below par in the C&D event won by Tweed Skirt two months ago but subsequent wind surgery may prompt a better effort and his yard is in good form.

12/1

5th

10

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Unanswered Prayers

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

took keen hold, led, headed 4 out, outpaced and lost position before 3 out, soon weakened

12/1

Form: 2PP7-3 D

Last run: 158 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on his best form and he signed off last season with a decent third at Kempton over 3m; probably better at this sort of distance and he'll like the ground; ran well to be second in this 12 months ago, for all that only three ran.

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

10th

4

6th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:07 Plumpton

Up The Straight

11st 9lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Richard Rowe

Well handicapped on his best chase form but all of his wins have come at shorter trips and he was tailed off at Fontwell (2m5f) on his return last month; others preferred.

25/1

6th

2

6th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 2

14:55 Fontwell

Up The Straight

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Richard Rowe

chased clear leader, mistake 2nd, towards rear before 7th

9/2

3rd

8

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Up The Straight

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard Rowe

Took the novices' handicap chase at Sandown's big meeting this time last year, but it's been mostly a struggle since, including back over hurdles latest; dip 2lb back below a winning mark isn't tempting.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £128.00
Straight Forecast £162.50
Trifecta £493.00

Selections

The Guardian:

Sacre Coeur

SPOTLIGHT:

Up The Straight

WEST COUNTRY:

Copperhead

TOPSPEED:

Norley

Telegraph:

Unanswered Prayers

POSTDATA:

Lermoos Legend

The Times:

Norley

Daily Mail:

Sacre Coeur

D Express:

Sacre Coeur

The Sun:

Sacre Coeur

RP RATINGS:

Up The Straight

Daily Record:

Up The Straight

Daily Mirror:

Copperhead

The Star:

Copperhead