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15:40 Chepstow

Good To Soft

John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 3f 98y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
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John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 32/10-

Last run: 183 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Took an instant liking to the Aintree fences when narrowly winning the Grand Sefton last November on his reappearance (4lb lower), racing prominently and jumping well; his only subsequent run was again there in the Topham (fared less well); has a good record fresh and hard to dismiss; fine on soft.

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

2nd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Al Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Yet to win beyond 2m5f; October success enhanced his good reappearance record; had an excuse (heavy ground) last time; pulled up in this race three years ago and has something to prove back over 3m.

14/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Al Dancer

11st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

prominent, not fluent 7th, weakened from 2 out, no match for first two

8/1

7/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 26942- D

Last run: 189 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Still 7lb above his highest winning mark (from March 2022) and looked in the grip of the handicapper last season; however, two seconds included his reappearance and he's entitled to run well.

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

6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Nocte Volatus

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Tom Lacey

led, mistake 1st

15/2

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Nocte Volatus

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winless since early 2022 but he arrives in good nick, undergoing a breathing op before coming in third in 2m4f Newcastle handicap 39 days ago; he must enter calculations off a 2lb lower mark.

7/2

3rd

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Nocte Volatus

12st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Three-time chase winner who was placed over 2m3f on consecutive outings at Chepstow in October (soft/good to soft); remains on a workable mark and will be dangerous if last month's wind op has any positive effect.

5/2

Form: 311-42

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Ran well at the weights when beaten in a match last time (novice on heavy); in good form over fences in the spring, notably when winning Grade 2 Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, good) from a long way out of the weights in April; 3lb wrong here but Tristan Durrell's claim takes care of that and she's not without hope.

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

5th

7

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Headstrong mare who settled okay in the first-time hood at Ascot last week (2m1f, good) but found nothing significant for pressure once the chips were down; has the form to feature but she's not one to rely on.

12/1

4th

5

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, held up in rear, went third before 4 out

13/2

3rd

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 4

17:00 Taunton

Walk In Clover

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Chase wins at 2m4f (good) and 3m (good to soft) but bettered those efforts when a cracking third in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) in November; another useful effort over 2m4f (soft) there next time but out of depth in only start since; good claims down in class.

5/2

Form: 15F-01 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Exploited his much lower hurdle mark with a facile success at Bellewstown in August, having also won on the Flat prior to struggling in the Galway Plate; has made giant strides over fences over the past year or so and was only 14-1 to defy this mark in Aintree's Topham in April; not the biggest but loves his jumping and soft ground holds no fears.

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

6th

2

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Irish challenger who hasn't threatened in two previous visits to Cheltenham but they were in strong handicaps and the ground was soft on both occasions; has the ability to run well off his current mark and has won his last two races when fitted with reapplied cheekpieces, a hurdle in August 2022 and a Flat handicap last summer; respected.

9/1

9th

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Final Orders

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Recorded Flat/hurdles wins in the summer; failed to shine in last two chase attempts but may raise his game with tongue-tie now fitted; ran respectably in the Grand Annual here in March and his major Irish trainer had three winners at the Showcase meeting here last month.

20/1

Form: 21292- D

Last run: 175 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Classy chaser on his day and ran right up to his best when going close in a 2m Class 3 handicap at Ayr's Scottish National meeting in April; handles soft ground but perhaps prefers drier conditions and his record fresh is no great selling point.

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

5

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Often a front-runner; has won on soft but seems ideally suited by good/good to soft; rallied gamely to beat odds-on Jonbon in the rescheduled Clarence House here in January, making it three wins from his last four starts; however, looks far from sure to confirm placings with that otherwise superior rival who blew his chance with a dodgy round of jumping; in great form this term but needs better still to land a Champion Chase.

25/1

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

3rd

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Elixir De Nutz

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

disputed lead at fast pace, raced in second 3rd, pressed leader when bad mistake 2 out, no extra run-in, lost second final stride

11/4

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Non-runners

Datsalrightgino, Flic Ou Voyou, Nothin To Ask, Our Jet, Garincha

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Payout
Exacta £93.00
Straight Forecast £105.70
Trifecta £282.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Datsalrightgino

D Express:

Nocte Volatus

WEST COUNTRY:

Nothin To Ask

TOPSPEED:

Flic Ou Voyou

Daily Mirror:

Elixir De Nutz

Daily Mail:

Our Jet

The Guardian:

Garincha

Daily Record:

Final Orders

SPOTLIGHT:

Al Dancer

Telegraph:

Datsalrightgino

The Star:

Nocte Volatus

The Times:

Nothin To Ask

POSTDATA:

Flic Ou Voyou

The Sun:

Elixir De Nutz