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14:35 Ludlow

Good To Soft

NFU Mutual Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 1m 7f 212y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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NFU Mutual Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 2P1525

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Belatedly gained first career win at Stratford (2m1f, good to soft) in August, keeping on well to lead close home; also ran well when second over 2m3f there two starts ago but his overall profile remains rather unconvincing.

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

2nd

2

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

20:30 Hereford

Famoso

11st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Matt Sheppard

C&D winner off a 6lb lower mark in January; fair form since; goes well on this better ground and should give another good account.

7/1

5th

5

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Famoso

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Matt Sheppard

Recorded his third chase win when scoring at Hereford (2m, good) in January and he's continued in good form with placed efforts there in his last two runs; still looks feasibly treated on his best form and he should be in the mix again.

9/1

13/8

  • Place: £1.10

Form: /445-2

Last run: 184 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Half-brother to stable's smart chaser Cepage; 0-4 over hurdles but his second to a next-time-out winner at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) in May was a good effort and he ought to have more to offer over fences.

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

1st

2

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

15:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Hunter Legend

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

His breakthrough win had been coming and he duly edged home to get off the mark at Lingfield 18 days ago; that was over 2m6f on heavy but he's fine over this far and a 3lb rise is manageable, especially with the second again running well in defeat earlier this week.

15/8

1st

2

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 10y

Class 5

15:32 Lingfield

Hunter Legend

11st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

in touch with leaders, not fluent 9th, smooth headway and pressed leader 3 out, outpaced and 2 lengths down last, ridden and stayed on run-in, led towards finish, just prevailed

11/4

9

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Hunter Legend

10st 5lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Half-brother to the stable's smart chaser Cepage; a maiden after nine runs but he's knocking at the door, going down only narrowly in 2m handicaps on his two starts over fences; stays 2m4f well; might be the answer.

11/4

16/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: /30P-0

Last run: 182 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Gained all three wins on AW; well handicapped on some of his hurdling form but both runs in that sphere this year were very disappointing and it's hard to know what to expect from him on this chasing debut.

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

8th

6

(11)

24th Jan 2024

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 5

20:30 Kempton (AW)

Phoenix Aquilus

9st 7lb

J: Tom Queally

T: Seamus Durack

All his three Flat wins have come on the AW and he comes here on the back of a good third in 2m Taunton handicap hurdle last month; considered.

12/1

3rd

3

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

11:45 Taunton

Phoenix Aquilus

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Seamus Durack

Out of form on the Flat and over hurdles this year but placed in two chases last month, more recently when close second to revitalised opponent at Hereford (2m, good); ought to handle today's slower ground and switches back to hurdling on a good mark.

6/1

2nd

3

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Phoenix Aquilus

11st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Seamus Durack

Out of form on the Flat and over hurdles this year but made a fairly good start to chasing career when third at Ludlow (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago and is another 3lb lower here; one to consider.

11/2

Form: P96-7

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 67

Form & Verdict

Still unexposed under rules but struggled on recent seasonal/chase/handicap debut at Kelso (2m1f, soft) and is effectively 5lb higher from further out of the weights here.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

10

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

16:35 Huntingdon

King Of The Hill

10st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Sam Allwood

held up in rear

7/1

3rd

8

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

15:35 Huntingdon

King Of The Hill

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Sam Allwood

Enters calculations on the form of his Catterick runner-up in December but he came in a remote fourth of six at Wetherby (2m3f) last month; he's 5lb out of the handicap too.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: /2653-

Last run: 471 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Placed off 1lb higher mark for Ryan Potter on handicap hurdle debut at Worcester (2m, good) in July 2022; makes stable/chase debut after 471-day absence but market support would be interesting.

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

5th

4

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 195y

Class 5

15:00 Plumpton

Crews Pitch

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Samuel Drinkwater

held up in rear

5/1

Form: 11F377 D

Last run: 72 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Dual 2m chase winner on good ground in June but had gone right off the boil when last season in August and returns from ten-week break with a point to prove.

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

3rd

4

7th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 5

15:15 Fakenham

Go Fox

10st 13lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

in rear but in touch with leaders, headway before 10th, disputed lead before 3 out, lost position 2 out

8/1

5th

8

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

15:20 Catterick

Go Fox

10st 7lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

Inconsistent in recent years but won two chases on good ground in early part of this season and ran big race from the front when clear second at Fakenham (2m, soft) 11 days ago; no surprise if he gives this a good shot.

8/1

2nd

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:10 Fakenham

Go Fox

11st 1lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Made all for a C&D win last June (good) when 4lb lower; similar tactics were employed when he backed that up with a Stratford win (2m1f, good) next time; handicapper has had his measure since but he returned to better form when second over hurdles here (2m, soft) latest; player.

5/2

Form: -52346 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 83

Form & Verdict

Four-time hurdle winner (2m-2m4f); ran quite well when fourth at Plumpton (2m4f, good) in September and probably didn't get the trip when below that form over 3m last month, but his sole chasing attempt in 2022 did not go well (jumped poorly, pulled up).

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Verdict Starting price

0

5

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

14:35 Ludlow

Ten Past Midnight

10st 11lb

J: James Best

T: Martin Keighley

Four-time hurdle winner (2m-2m4f); ran quite well when fourth at Plumpton (2m4f, good) in September and probably didn't get the trip when below that form over 3m last month, but his sole chasing attempt in 2022 did not go well (jumped poorly, pulled up).

11/2

6th

7

15th Oct 2023

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 5

15:55 Ffos Las

Ten Past Midnight

11st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Four-time hurdle winner at up to 2m4f; good effort when fourth of 12 at Southwell (2m4f, good) three weeks ago and is suited by slow ground but today's test may tax his stamina; refitted cheekpieces replace visor.

7/1

4th

8

24th Sep 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 5

15:10 Plumpton

Ten Past Midnight

10st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Twice placed during July at Uttoxeter (2m, good to soft), a course he always runs well; does have form elsewhere and has won over this longer trip, so brings fairly solid credentials.

8/1

Form: -62247

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in three 2m chases this year and seems versatile regarding ground but didn't fire on latest outing and is now 0-12 over fences; 5lb wrong here; others have stronger claims.

Place /
No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

9th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

14:30 Hereford

Lonimoss Bareliere

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Rob Summers

Has placed form over fences but a longstanding maiden and he's 7lb out of the weights; blinkers are new.

25/1

6

4th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 5

14:05 Southwell

Lonimoss Bareliere

10st 3lb

J: James Best

T: Rob Summers

He's on a handy mark judged on form as recent as last summer, but he struggled on his three outings towards the end of last year and is now 0-31; others make greater appeal.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £140.00
Straight Forecast £121.20
Tricast £414.50
Trifecta £782.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hunter Legend

POSTDATA:

Famoso

TOPSPEED:

Go Fox

WEST COUNTRY:

Ten Past Midnight

The Guardian:

Lonimoss Bareliere

Daily Mail:

Hunter Legend

D Express:

Hunter Legend

The Star:

Hunter Legend

Daily Record:

Hunter Legend

The Times:

Famoso

Daily Mirror:

Famoso

The Sun:

Famoso

Telegraph:

Go Fox