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Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 7 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 7 Of The Veterans’ Chase Series)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 4P04-5 C

Last run: 165 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Two seasons ago he won the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby (3m, soft) off a stone higher mark; a reduced rating is for a reason but he returns to the fray with his yard in good form.

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13th

19

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Good Boy Bobby

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

40/1

5th

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two veterans' chase wins at about 3m (good to soft; has won on soft) in the autumn; he hasn't looked ahead of his mark in refitted cheekpieces since but his proven stamina will be an asset in the conditions now having his first run over 2m3f since winning in late 2021.

15/2

3rd

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Began this season with hard-fought wins at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Sandown (3m, good to soft) in the autumn, and didn't run badly when seventh in last month's Veterans' Final (first-time cheekpieces); one to consider.

7/1

Form: /2P44- D

Last run: 237 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Quality chaser with a good strike-rate of 8-32; has competitive form in any number of high-profile handicaps and, although winless last season, he twice posted RPRs that weren't far off his best; can show his form when fresh and softening ground is no drawback.

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4th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Aye Right

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

led, headed before 6th

3/1

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Aye Right

11st 11lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Agonisingly missed out in a leg of this series when tying up close home at Chepstow in October (collared by Good Boy Bobby); there are some course concerns as he wasn't so good when behind Thomas Darby and Mill Green here last time but he's still respected off the same mark as at Chepstow and new partner Dylan Johnston is good value for his 7lb; handles all ground.

13/2

16/1

  • Place: £4.20

Form: 11FP-2 CD

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

A 12yo who looked perkier than ever when completing a hat-trick in February/March (2m7½f-3m2f); ran a solid race after a break 16 days ago and, should it get really miserable, this thorough stayer should be keeping on better than some.

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7th

4

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Cyclop

11st 4lb

J: William Maggs

T: David Dennis

prominent

12/1

Form: 23615- D

Last run: 182 days

W: 11st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Not your typical contender for a race of this nature with only four chase runs behind him, the latest a Grade 1 at Aintree in April (tailed off); had previously produced a classy weight-carrying performance at Ayr (3m, soft; 4lb higher) and, although hard to predict, he's too talented to dismiss.

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0

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Thomas Darby

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Olly Murphy

Made his name over hurdles but he's 2-6 over fences and 3m on soft ground is right up his alley; it was quite comfortable when he accounted for Mill Green and Aye Right over C&D in November and a 4lb rise is not the end of the world; he's not your typical veteran chaser being so lightly raced in this discipline.

8/1

1st

2

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:15 Warwick

Thomas Darby

11st 11lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent, led 4th

5/1

Form: /22F-7

Last run: 165 days

W: 10st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Career has been very stop-start but always possessed a huge level of ability and on last season's reappearance he finished second in a strong 3m handicap chase at Ascot during this month; returns off the same mark following further wind surgery; has won on soft but kept mostly to goodish ground the last three years.

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2nd

1

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Kempton

Danny Kirwan

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Has a tendency to race too freely and finished tired when reappearing at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) last month, but is now 2lb lower than when placed in major Ascot handicap (3m, good) last autumn; forecast good ground will suit.

5/2

5th

6

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Danny Kirwan

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Career has been very stop-start but always possessed a huge level of ability and on last season's reappearance he finished second in a strong 3m handicap chase at Ascot during this month; returns off the same mark following further wind surgery; has won on soft but kept mostly to goodish ground the last three years.

5/1

7th

1

1st May 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Danny Kirwan

12st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Only just in front of Twenty Twenty when 5l second in this race last year (good), but form of same finishing position in a deep Ascot handicap next time reads well and he retains low mileage for his age; chance.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 520F4- D

Last run: 223 days

W: 11st 4lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Nearly four years since his career high in winning Newbury's big November chase; came up short in similar races to this last season but a long time since he's been this low in the weights and he's hard to discount; capable when fresh and the wetter the better for him.

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6th

1

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

De Rasher Counter

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

disputed lead, prominent 3rd

7/1

6th

6

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

De Rasher Counter

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Staged something of a revival in first-time cheekpieces at Sandown (3m veterans' chase) two months ago; possibilities if building on that second-place finish; defied a 13lb higher mark in top 3m2f handicap at Newbury in 2019.

13/2

Form: 190-30 D

Last run: 103 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Back to a similar mark off which he ran away with a valuable handicap at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; nothing to crow about since then and his record after a break is none too convincing.

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1st

7

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

15:40 Plumpton

Cap Du Nord

10st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

Registered valuable 3m wins in February 2022 (Kempton) and 2023 (Ascot) but did not perk up to the same degree this time round as 11yo and has basically not made much impact this term; the other side of the coin is that he's now 10lb below his last winning mark.

14/1

6th

8

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Cap Du Nord

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Christian Williams

Winner of the Coral Trophy over C&D in 2022 and although not at the same level now he didn't do badly in the same race in February considering he was out of the weights; runs off his correct mark this time and not dismissed with cheekpieces left off.

9/1

9th

12

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Cap Du Nord

10st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Christian Williams

Ran in this race for the last three years, producing form figures of 519 (disappointing favourite in 2023); recent form suggests he's unlikely to repeat the 2022 success; 8lb out of weights.

14/1

Form: /1F511 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Sometimes in need of mid-race encouragement but often strong in the finish and he arrives here on a hat-trick after wins at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) and Cartmel (3m1f, good to soft); unlike a few of these there are no wellbeing issues, but rain might be an issue as 0-13 on soft or heavy.

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0

13

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Landofsmiles

10st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Peter Bowen

Three wins last year came at a cost mark-wise and he was beaten 16l when second to Celebre D'Allen at Aintree in late October; others should be better handicapped.

20/1

2nd

3

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

13:25 Aintree

Landofsmiles

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Form dipped sharply in similar event at Chepstow 16 days ago when bidding for a hat-trick; even if bouncing back, current mark leaves him needing a career-best performance.

16/1

0

4

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Landofsmiles

11st 1lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Sometimes in need of mid-race encouragement but often strong in the finish and he arrives here on a hat-trick after wins at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) and Cartmel (3m1f, good to soft); unlike a few of these there are no wellbeing issues, but rain might be an issue as 0-13 on soft or heavy.

6/1

Form: /303-6 CD

Last run: 137 days

W: 10st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Not the most consistent but he was returning from a similar break when winning over C&D at this meeting two years ago off 3lb higher; confined to only seven starts in the meantime and some of them were highly respectable.

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0

8

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

13:25 Aintree

Chirico Vallis

10st 12lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Well held in the latest final of this series but ties in with Boldmere on Newbury running next time out; early faller in similar event at Chepstow most recently; competitively handicapped granted a clear round.

10/1

0

9

13th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:35 Chepstow

Chirico Vallis

10st 5lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Not the most consistent but he was returning from a similar break when winning over C&D at this meeting two years ago off 3lb higher; confined to only seven starts in the meantime and some of them were highly respectable.

10/1

6th

3

29th May 2023

Good

3m 5f 80y

Class 3

15:30 Cartmel

Chirico Vallis

11st 6lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

led

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £122.00
Straight Forecast £133.40
Tricast £1958.40
Trifecta £1620.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Good Boy Bobby

TOPSPEED:

Aye Right

The Times:

Thomas Darby

Telegraph:

Aye Right

The Guardian:

Aye Right

D Express:

Aye Right

The Sun:

Aye Right

Daily Record:

Aye Right

RP RATINGS:

Good Boy Bobby

POSTDATA:

Good Boy Bobby

WEST COUNTRY:

Good Boy Bobby

Daily Mail:

Good Boy Bobby

Daily Mirror:

Good Boy Bobby

The Star:

Good Boy Bobby