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17:10 Stratford

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  • 2m 6f 125y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

Form: 29P3-2

Last run: 154 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Only third best on merit when modest second at Uttoxeter in May but made good start to chasing career when third here (2m3f, good to soft) in April and could quite plausibly have untapped potential over today's longer trip; proven on soft ground; high on the list.

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7th

3

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:45 Leicester

Miltiades

11st 11lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

prominent, good jump and led 5 out, headed 4 out

100/30

Form: 21148-

Last run: 182 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

2-6 for new stable last season, the latter win gained in Fakenham marathon (3m5f, soft) in March; not seen since disappointing run in April but will be fine over today's trip; a possible if fully tuned up.

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0

7

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 5f 24y

Class 4

13:40 Fakenham

Le Tueur

10st 11lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Sarah Humphrey

Came good for Sarah Humphrey with two wins in March, the latter gained in small-field C&D event (soft); now 2lb below that mark and both his 3m runs here last month were respectable; probably won't be far way.

10/1

3rd

2

21st Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

12:45 Fakenham

Le Tueur

11st 10lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Sarah Humphrey

led narrowly, headed and raced in second 4th, not fluent 6th, pushed along 4 out, mistake and lost second 3 out, outpaced 2 out, kept on approaching last, no extra run-in

11/4

Form: 25584-

Last run: 216 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

0-7 over hurdles; made fairly encouraging chase debut when keeping-on fourth (having been hampered) at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) in March but this is his first run since and others have more pressing claims.

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1st

4

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Bonza Boy

11st 8lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

jumped right throughout, raced in second, not fluent 10th, led before 3 out, shaken up when clear before 2 out, ridden out and went further clear run-in, eased towards finish

Evs

1st

3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Bonza Boy

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Still a maiden but has come down the weights and posted an encouraging effort over C&D (good to soft; fourth chase attempt) last time, keeping on for second; that form is working out well; respected back up just 1lb and kept to same scenario.

9/4

Abandoned

Form: P8331-

Last run: 205 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Came good over fences at fifth attempt, in first-time cheekpieces at Warwick (2m4f, soft) in March; goes without headgear on today's reappearance outing but will be fine over the longer trip and is open to further progress this season.

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2nd

4

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:30 Hereford

Jack Doyen

11st 3lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Going okay when falling at Leicester and made amends here two weeks ago (2m5f, soft), overcoming early mistakes to win well in the end; 5lb rise isn't the end of the world provided he can sharpen up his act on the jumping front.

5/2

1st

7

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

Jack Doyen

10st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Inconsistent but he ran well when third of four at Leicester (2m6f, heavy) last month, when not quite seeing it out, and was bang there when falling three out there (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; could be involved.

13/2

4

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

15:20 Leicester

Jack Doyen

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Off the mark over fences at Warwick (2m4f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) last March, but has failed to kick on positively; continues to ease in the weights having floundered late on (third of four) over 2m6f here last time; possibilities dropping back to 2m4f.

5/1

Form: 11076- C

Last run: 425 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner on good ground in spring 2022 (2m/2m1f) but suffered significant dip in form the following summer; returns from 425-day absence here, and needs to prove he can cope with the trip-and-ground combination.

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4th

4

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Boston Joe

11st 11lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Rebecca Curtis

led, mistake 2nd, headed before 7th, mistake 8th, soon lost ground

9/2

3rd

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

14:00 Wincanton

Boston Joe

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

jumped left throughout, prominent

4/1

5th

7

12th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 110y

Class 4

15:22 Ffos Las

Boston Joe

11st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

in touch with leaders

9/4

Form: 212321 CD

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 87

Form & Verdict

Gained breakthrough win over C&D (good to soft) in August and, after three placed runs, doubled his tally at Bangor (3m, soft) this month; another 6lb higher today but must be considered in current form; usually ridden patiently.

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3rd

4

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:05 Leicester

Justshortofabubble

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Three chase wins this season, the latest gained at Taunton (2m7f, good to soft) last month; held narrow advantage before penultimate-fence fall at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) 16 days ago and might still be improving; not yet proven on heavy ground but handles soft well; respected.

2/1

0

3

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

13:40 Ludlow

Justshortofabubble

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

held up in rear

11/2

1st

11

16th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

15:33 Taunton

Justshortofabubble

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Grace Harris

Improved his chase record to 2-9 when scoring at Bangor (3m, soft) last month but he couldn't make a serious impact off this revised mark at Stratford (2m6f, soft) last time; now goes back up in trip but he looks weighted near his best and others look stronger.

8/1

Form: 012-84 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

About 32l behind Justshortofabubble when fourth at Bangor this month, after a break, but remains unexposed over fences and is well handicapped on his hurdling form from the spring; could be dangerous if that recent outing brought him on.

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3rd

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

William Ewart

10st 12lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

Stayed on to break his chase duck at the fourth attempt at Southwell (3m, heavy) only to then finish a remote third at Wincanton; that was very laboured but if bouncing back he'd have a chance.

3/1

3rd

2

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:40 Wincanton

William Ewart

11st 2lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

2m7f hurdle winner who is unexposed over fences; stayed on to break his chase duck at the fourth attempt at Southwell (3m, heavy) latest; up 4lb but no surprise if there is more to come.

2/1

1st

7

18th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

William Ewart

10st 9lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

raced wide, held up in rear, headway going easily and prominent 3 out, led on turn before 2 out, ridden and joined run-in, led clearly inside final 110yds, stayed on

3/1

Form: 753F3-

Last run: 188 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Yet to add to heavy-ground win in 2020 but quite lightly raced in the meantime and ended last season with a pretty good third at Huntingdon (2m7f, good to soft); might be happier on this left-handed track; one to consider.

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6th

7

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 95y

Class 5

15:40 Fakenham

Eurkash

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Paul Webber

in touch with leaders on inner, weakened before 3 out

16/1

0

6

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

14:37 Sedgefield

Eurkash

10st 10lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Paul Webber

took keen hold, prominent

9/1

4th

7

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

15:10 Plumpton

Eurkash

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Paul Webber

Went down fighting when close second at Warwick (2m4f, soft) last month, after a break, and can be excused for finding 3m on heavy ground too taxing last time (first run in cheekpieces); however he remains without a win since 2020 and others appeal more.

10/1

Form: 944P

Last run: 139 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 71

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on handicap hurdle debut in June and not seen again since but remains very unexposed and market support will make him of interest on this chasing debut; 1lb out of the weights; visor removed after one use.

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9

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 5

16:20 Musselburgh

Blazing Hartingo

10st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Evan Williams

Maiden with very modest form, but this lightly raced 6yo was a fair third at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) last Wednesday and is not discounted.

8/1

3rd

9

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

15:40 Sedgefield

Blazing Hartingo

10st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Evan Williams

Unplaced all six starts under rules, the last twice over fences; only beaten about 15l when seventh at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in December and effectively 7lb lower today; needs to improve but trainer has good strike-rate here (21%) and the booking of Brian Hughes is a plus.

12/1

7th

10

6th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 5

14:00 Ludlow

Blazing Hartingo

10st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

prominent

14/1

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Verdict

C&D winner Justshortofabubble has been in good form since the summer and ought to give another good account but this can go to MILTIADES (nap), who was a clear third over 2m3f here on his chasing debut in April. That form has been very well advertised by the front pair since and today’s longer trip might enable some improvement. Jack Doyen, Eurkash and William Ewart also have possibilities.[Chris Wilson]