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14:50 Fontwell

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National Hunt Appreciation Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6337.2
  • 2m 1f 165y
  • Class 3
  • 4 runners
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National Hunt Appreciation Handicap Chase

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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Evs (Won)

  • Win: £1.91

Form: 8432-1

Last run: 146 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won on chasing debut three years ago but expensive to follow since (runner-up in seven of 13 attempts); switch to hurdles in the spring proved a good move and he landed a Ludlow novice when last seen in May; goes well fresh and nothing wrong with handicap mark, so plenty to like.

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

1st

1

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Guy

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Return to similar trips to today's has helped and he took advantage of a good mark at Fontwell in October before close up in better races than this at Cheltenham (2m; good and good to soft); lesser run after but had stiffish task on soft at Newbury latest and now below latest winning mark; claims.

3/1

3rd

1

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Guy

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

led, joined 2nd, headed 3rd, chased clear leader 4th, headway 4 out, pushed along when challenging 3 out, ridden and weakened 2 out

7/2

4th

4

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 40y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Guy

11st 9lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Buoyed by his return to winning ways over hurdles in May, he was back from his summer break with a comfortable chase win at Fontwell (2m2f, good) in October; the handicapper has looked in charge on his two outings since, though.

5/1

Form: 2562-7 D

Last run: 159 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Unpredictable but won off this mark at Stratford a year ago and twice runner-up later in the season; tailed off in May on latest start but impossible to rule out completely.

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

0

7

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Fairway Freddy

11st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Drying ground is a bonus for one who has gained all seven wins on good or quicker (five over fences at up to 2m5f); ran well enough at Huntingdon two months ago (2m7f, good) to make the shortlist.

6/1

3rd

5

14th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

13:30 Huntingdon

Fairway Freddy

11st 3lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Five-time chase winner at up to 2m5f on good ground; well handicapped now and satisfactory second in four-runner race at Fontwell last month but he tailed off at Plumpton last time; non-runner at Kempton yesterday; tries a new trip here.

5/1

Form: /13P7-

Last run: 217 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

French chase winner in November 2021; four runs over hurdles in Britain last season, starting with a novice win and a fine third in a Cheltenham handicap; twice tailed off after but interesting now back over fences.

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

4th

5

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 53y

Class 3

15:00 Hereford

Master Dancer

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Chase winner on officially good to soft ground in France; sparingly raced in Britain and his Fontwell third over fences in October wasn't a top effort but a weights case can be made on his best handicap hurdle form last winter.

8/1

Form: 660-57 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Romped home in a Ballinrobe handicap in May 2022 (for Henry De Bromhead) but unplaced in five subsequent starts, the latest when tried in cheekpieces in August; bought last month for £10,000 and possibly best watched.

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

4th

1

7th Oct 2023

Good

2m 1f 165y

Class 3

14:50 Fontwell

Defan

11st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Romped home in a Ballinrobe handicap in May 2022 (for Henry De Bromhead) but unplaced in five subsequent starts, the latest when tried in cheekpieces in August; bought last month for £10,000 and possibly best watched.

12/1

7th

2

25th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 0y

19:38 Killarney

Defan

11st 10lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Last success came early last season when he landed a Ballinrobe handicap chase by a big margin from Nelly's Money; has struggled in four races since then, and remains 7lb higher; first time with cheekpieces.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £64.00
Straight Forecast £83.50
Trifecta £78.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Guy

POSTDATA:

Valentino Dancer

SPOTLIGHT:

Master Dancer

Daily Mirror:

Fairway Freddy

TOPSPEED:

Guy

WEST COUNTRY:

Guy

Daily Mail:

Guy

D Express:

Guy

The Sun:

Guy

The Star:

Guy

The Times:

Valentino Dancer

Telegraph:

Valentino Dancer

The Guardian:

Valentino Dancer

Daily Record:

Valentino Dancer