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14:00 Ascot

Good To Soft

S.A.F.E. Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £18210.5
  • 2m 5f 8y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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S.A.F.E. Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.50

Form: /15P-9 CD

Last run: 112 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Having first run for 231 days when winning this very decisively 12 months ago off 5lb lower; hasn't progressed as expected in the meantime, latterly finishing well beaten at the Galway Festival, but looks on a handy mark if he can revive.

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

14

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Your Darling

10st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

He has an in-and-out profile but won in fine style at Ascot (2m5f, good) in November when last seen, landing that race for the second consecutive season, and a 9lb rise may not stop him if he can reproduce that form; won a bumper on heavy and all five of his wins have come when fresh.

8/1

1st

5

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Your Darling

11st 1lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Having first run for 231 days when winning this very decisively 12 months ago off 5lb lower; hasn't progressed as expected in the meantime, latterly finishing well beaten at the Galway Festival, but looks on a handy mark if he can revive.

5/2

12/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 0926-U D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

8lb higher than for latest win in early 2022 but he very nearly won a valuable Kempton handicap in February off just 3lb lower; was fighting it out for the places when hampered and unseating over 3m here on his return (soft); drier conditions this time should be preferable; each-way claims.

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

7th

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Flegmatik

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Goes particularly well at Kempton where he posted form figures of 142 in competitive handicaps (2m4f-3m) before pulling up in the Topham at Aintree; can run well away from Kempton but it's never going to be easy off his current mark.

8/1

8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran creditably in major 3m handicap here (soft) three weeks ago, taking Kempton form figures to 3110214; scored comfortably on sole C&D attempt (good to soft); well suited by this venue and holds solid claims, for all that he remains on career-high mark.

5/2

12/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 56-226 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Proved to be a sitting duck after racing prominently at Exeter (3m, good) last month and dropped out up the straight; on a dangerous mark but that's been the case for a while now and he's without a win since early 2020 (a Grade 2 at this track); tongue-tie joins regular cheekpieces.

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

1st

4

12th May 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

17:00 Plumpton

Copperhead

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

jumped right on occasions and didn't always jump with fluency, raced in third, went second before 5th, soon pressed leader, not fluent when led 3 out

7/2

4th

3

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

17:08 Wincanton

Copperhead

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Stuck on a losing run but the frustrating run of defeats has been through no lack of effort; questionable whether he wants the ground quite this deep but has strong form claims.

3/1

4th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Copperhead

10st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Winless streak has just passed its four-year anniversary but the frustrating run of defeats has been through no lack of effort against younger opposition and again he ran well for a long way when a 12l third at Sandown two weeks ago (3m, soft); off a light weight and with Freddie Gingell claiming 5lb, he's a major player against fellow oldies this time.

9/2

OUR TIP

Form: 44/2-2 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Defied a higher mark than today's when a smart front-running chaser for Paul Nicholls in 2021; returned from another absence to finish second at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) where his jumping could have been sharper; unraced over this far and others may be stronger when it matters.

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

1st

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Fidelio Vallis

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Useful for Paul Nicholls; consistent efforts for current yard, finishing second twice over 2m here (good to soft) then fourth over 2m5f at Ascot (good) where he shaped as if this drop back to a sharp 2m4f will suit; clear possibilities off 3lb below last winning mark.

7/1

4th

1

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Fidelio Vallis

12st 0lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Harry Derham

Defied a higher mark than today's when a smart front-running chaser for Paul Nicholls in 2021; returned from another absence to finish second at Musselburgh (2m, good to soft) where his jumping could have been sharper; unraced over this far and others may be stronger when it matters.

11/2

2nd

1

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Fidelio Vallis

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Harry Derham

Smart front-running chaser in 2021 for Paul Nicholls and returned from a long absence to run well on his debut for Harry Derham over C&D in February; now back from another lengthy break but clearly able when fresh; strong contender.

2/1

12/1

Form: 23P-14 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Came 12l clear to open his chasing account at the eighth attempt at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) but a 6lb rise found him out in a deeper handicap at Newbury this month; others have the potential to be better treated.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Neon Moon

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Was back to his last winning mark when getting his head back in front at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) having stayed on best; back up 6lb and overall profile questions whether he'll be as good again.

6/1

1st

6

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

14:30 Newbury

Neon Moon

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Won easily off today's mark on seasonal debut at Ludlow (3m, good to soft) in October and made the frame over C&D the following month but has lost his way a bit since and others here have much less to prove.

12/1

5th

1

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Neon Moon

12st 1lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Went close in this race a year ago and was very creditable second in major Ascot handicap (3m good to soft) soon afterwards; needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Newbury in December but is now only 2lb higher than when winning easily on seasonal debut at Ludlow (3m, good to soft).

7/1

Form: 2/1PF- D

Last run: 246 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Returned from a mammoth absence to win at Ludlow in January (2m4f, good to soft; after a wind op) and looked well handicapped that day off just 4lb lower despite prevailing by only a head; did not give his true running afterwards and has since had further wind surgery; of strong interest.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

2

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Ffos Las

Fire Dancer

12st 1lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

in touch with leaders on outer, prominent 4th

12/1

10th

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

15:18 Taunton

Fire Dancer

12st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 8yo; suffered dip in form after winning on British debut in early 2023, but took big step back in right direction when keeping on well to take second behind next-time-out winner at Ludlow (2m, soft) last month. Remains on a good mark.

3/1

2nd

6

21st Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

16:10 Ludlow

Fire Dancer

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 8yo who won on his British debut here (2m4f, good to soft) in January 2023; hasn't gone on from that and he's been well beaten on both outings this season, but he's the type to get back on track at some point.

8/1

Form: 33P-62 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Not always the most fluent of jumpers but he only narrowly failed to defy a big weight back from a break at Wetherby (2m3f, good; has won on soft); a good record when fresh casts some doubts over whether he'll find anything on that form in this deeper contest.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Mackenberg

11st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Talented on his day and he was having one of them at Hereford recently (2m, good to soft) when clear of his rivals until his saddle slipped and he unseated at the last; back up 4lb in a tougher race and has something to prove on this track, having been pulled up in handicaps at this meeting for the last two years, over hurdles and in this race.

50/1

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Mackenberg

11st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

jumped left throughout, disputed lead, raced in second before 3rd

100/30

Form: 513P-4 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Bled when pulled up in this 12 months ago; ran a pleasing race on comeback here 20 days ago especially as that 3m trip seems to stretch him; however, he may need soft or heavy ground to defy this sort of mark.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

13:37 Haydock

Zhiguli

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Soundly beaten in a match at Fontwell (2m5f, heavy) last time but he bumped into a rejuvenated rival, who has followed up, and he's now dropped below his last winning mark; the testing conditions are right up his street and he's one to consider in first-time cheekpieces.

11/4

2nd

3

12th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 135y

Class 3

12:40 Fontwell

Zhiguli

11st 2lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

raced in second, mistake 5 out, not fluent and outpaced 4 out, rallied before 3 out, no impression from 2 out, mistake last, kept on

2/1

0

6

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Zhiguli

11st 0lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Bled when pulled up in this 12 months ago; ran a pleasing race on comeback here 20 days ago especially as that 3m trip seems to stretch him; however, he may need soft or heavy ground to defy this sort of mark.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £320.00
Straight Forecast £301.50
Tricast £1219.80
Trifecta £1773.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Fidelio Vallis

RP RATINGS:

Your Darling

TOPSPEED:

Flegmatik

SPOTLIGHT:

Fire Dancer

D Express:

Fire Dancer

WEST COUNTRY:

Your Darling

The Times:

Your Darling

The Star:

Your Darling

Telegraph:

Fidelio Vallis

Daily Mail:

Fidelio Vallis

Daily Mirror:

Fidelio Vallis

The Sun:

Fidelio Vallis

Daily Record:

Fidelio Vallis

POSTDATA:

Flegmatik

The Guardian:

Flegmatik