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16:20 Fontwell

Good To Soft

BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4858.52
  • 2m 1f 165y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 63613- BF

Last run: 218 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Won on handicap hurdle debut at Ludlow in March but not seen since later that month; chasing debut and probably needs to have improved in the interim as he's still 7lb above the winning mark.

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2nd

9

20th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 4

16:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Thankyourluckystar

11st 6lb

J: Jay Tidball

T: Alastair Ralph

prominent, led after 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra run-in

20/1

2nd

2

10th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

13:50 Warwick

Thankyourluckystar

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Alastair Ralph

in touch with leaders

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 33234- D BF

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

French bumper/chasing winner; mixed bag in four British starts last season but his two respectable efforts came when wearing a tongue-strap (also worn in the French wins); tailed off when last seen in March but could do much better with the aid restored.

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5th

1

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

15:35 Huntingdon

Icaque De LIsle

12st 0lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

A fairly useful 2m2f winning chaser in France; yet to add to that for his current yard but he arrives in good nick, sixth of 14 in 2m3f Exeter handicap in January; that race has thrown up four subsequent winners so he merits serious consideration off a 3lb lower mark.

11/2

6th

4

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Icaque De LIsle

11st 12lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Mostly kept to sharper tracks than this over fences for new yard and a recent fourth of nine finishers at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) further suggests he has his share of weight without some improvement.

10/1

4th

2

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:25 Plumpton

Icaque De LIsle

11st 13lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Mixed record in five runs for current yard but it was an encouraging return at Fakenham (2m5f, good to soft) and softer conditions this afternoon should benefit this heavy-ground winner in France; respected.

4/1

Form: 93312- D BF

Last run: 216 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Carlisle winner on handicap hurdle debut in March and it was only four days later when he was a close second at Chepstow; proven on soft ground so could be a major factor on chasing debut, if he takes to it.

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1st

10

7th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

19:00 Hereford

Big Blue Moon

11st 3lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winner and a close second in first two handicaps last spring; pulled up in first two starts after 11 months off but he turned things round with a narrow win at Warwick (2m3f, good) which would have been more emphatic with cleaner jumps at the last two; bold bid likely despite 4lb rise.

7/2

1st

11

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 0y

Class 4

15:10 Warwick

Big Blue Moon

10st 11lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Tom Lacey

Progressive last season when first and second in his opening two handicaps; pulled up over fences on his return and suffered the same fate back hurdling here last month; on a useful mark if he can get back on track but reservations for now.

12/1

Form: 9P21-2 BF

Last run: 169 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Front-runner over hurdles; won a Chepstow maiden in April and runner-up on handicap debut 11 days later; could be a threat on chasing debut but fell in both Irish pointing starts, which tempers confidence.

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7

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

14:40 Doncaster

Good Friday Fairy

11st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Front-runner; has improved switched to chasing this term, winning twice but he had luck on his side in a big way when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in January; disappointing favourite at Chepstow eight days ago, which is the chief negative but he also has not proved himself beyond 2m4f (one attempt); 5lb claimer is recruited.

7/1

4th

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Good Friday Fairy

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Ben Clarke

led, 2 lengths ahead 5 out, faced challenge 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

1st

5

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Good Friday Fairy

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Ben Clarke

Lightly raced 7yo who won a maiden hurdle last spring and is faring better over fences, the only one to finish at Fontwell in December; a promising winner had to work hard to get past him at Exeter since (2m3f, heavy); up 3lb but should have plenty going for him.

2/1

Form: 35-611 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Unbeaten in two starts since wind surgery and the fitting of a tongue-strap; both wins in five-runner races and it wasn't much of a contest he won over slightly further here 18 days ago; still hard to knock, however, and hat-trick could be on the cards off 5lb higher.

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1st

4

(3)

2nd Apr 2024

Standard

2m 0f 120y

Class 6

19:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Tamaris

9st 9lb

J: Aidan Keeley

T: James Owen

Course winner (1m6f) who won twice over fences for Joe Tizzard last autumn and has done well since returning to the AW, including when edging out Baileys Warrior at Kempton (2m, Polytrack) in January; makes his debut for his new yard having been picked up for 8,000gns in February; a player.

9/4

1st

2

(4)

27th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 6

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Tamaris

9st 10lb

J: Joe Bradnam

T: Joe Tizzard

Two chase wins in the autumn and he's run well returned to the Flat the last twice, more recently going down by a neck in a 2m handicap at Lingfield; each-way shout once again.

5/2

Abandoned

Form: /2222- BF

Last run: 185 days

W: 11st 0lb

4 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

All five career starts over hurdles; second four times in Britain last season which sounds a warning bell; receives healthy 9lb allowance as a 4yo on chasing debut and perhaps going over fences will be the making of him.

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6th

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:15 Plumpton

Aviles

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary & Josh Moore

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, lost ground after 9th

9/2

2nd

7

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 4

16:20 Fakenham

Aviles

10st 10lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Made pleasing seasonal/chase/handicap debut when very close second at Fontwell (2m3f, heavy) in November but subsequent form has been underwhelming; wears first-time blinkers.

6/1

Form: 63-3P3

Last run: 106 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Third over C&D in May and filled same position at Uttoxeter when last seen in July but now 0-23 in her career; 3lb out of the weights and hard to see where the necessary improvement will come from.

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1st

11

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:30 Fontwell

Millies Mite

10st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Karen Jewell

Pulled up on heavy ground over C&D in February and now 0-27 under all codes; continues to slip down the weights and is back on a quicker surface today but still makes only limited appeal.

20/1

8

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:50 Fontwell

Millies Mite

10st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Karen Jewell

Exposed 26-race maiden; had wind surgery before latest start, when she also had cheekpieces added; bits of form give her a shout, including her thirds on all three appearances at this track.

16/1

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Non-runners

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Verdict

Tamaris has obvious claims in his hat-trick bid but both wins have come in modest company and on good ground. Big Blue Moon (second choice) appeals most of the chasing newcomers but perhaps ICAQUE DE L’ISLE can return to his best with the tongue-strap back on.[Jonathan Neesom]

Selections

POSTDATA:

Tamaris

The Times:

Big Blue Moon

Telegraph:

Good Friday Fairy

The Star:

Good Friday Fairy

D Express:

Big Blue Moon

The Sun:

Big Blue Moon

Daily Record:

Big Blue Moon

WEST COUNTRY:

Tamaris

The Guardian:

Tamaris

Daily Mail:

Tamaris

Daily Mirror:

Tamaris