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Nirvana Spa 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39865
  • 2m 5f 8y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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Nirvana Spa 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50

Form: 11121- C

Last run: 225 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 162

Form & Verdict

Seemingly all the better for wind surgery when winning four of his last five races, including a breakthrough at the highest level at Aintree the final time (2m4f, soft; Minella Drama third); however, his sole defeat last season was a comprehensive one when put in his place by a rejuvenated Shishkin on these terms over C&D in February; it's asking a lot to bridge that 16l gap if his conqueror returns in the same form.

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

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Pic DOrhy

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Rock-solid chaser at about 2m4f and has form figures of 11121121 since the start of last season, most recently making all in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase (good to soft; unchallenged); ran on strongly to land this contest (on soft ground) last year, depriving Fakir D'oudairies of a third straight Melling success, and commands respect back here.

7/2

1st

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Pic DOrhy

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Reliable over fences; runner-up to Shishkin in this race (good to soft) 12 months ago and was left with little to beat when the same horse refused to race here in November; at least as good as ever when second to the classy Banbridge in another Grade 2 at Kempton five weeks ago; solid candidate.

15/8

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:07 Kempton

Pic DOrhy

11st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Straightforward task in similar event at Ascot (2m5f, good) seven weeks ago, having been left with little to beat when Shishkin refused to race; may need to work harder in this field but still commands major respect, being 2-2 at Kempton including a success in this race 12 months ago (soft); 8-16 overall as a chaser and has won five of his last six appearances.

11/4

Form: 11444-

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Stable star who won two of his first three races over fences last season before limitations were ruthlessly exposed in Grade 1 novices at Cheltenham (2m) and Aintree (2m4f); on these terms, he's clearly relying on all three of his rivals being off colour.

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

3rd

18

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Straw Fan Jack

10st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Both chase wins at 2m on good ground, one at this track, but he has not looked ahead of his mark in three handicaps at about 2m5f this winter; pulled up when cheekpieces were fitted once previously.

50/1

10th

8

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Straw Fan Jack

10st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

in touch with leaders on inner, pushed along briefly when midfield 6th

25/1

3rd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Straw Fan Jack

11st 10lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Made a good start to his chase career last season before predictably coming up well short in Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Aintree; faced another stiff task at the weights on last month's C&D return and ran as well as could be expected behind the much higher-rated Pic D'Orhy; would be receiving 9lb off Solo in a handicap.

9/4

Form: 3113-2 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Rock-solid performer who usually gives his running; 6lb better off with Pic D'Orhy than when beaten 7l by that rival at Aintree in April (2m4f, soft) but he was also well behind the Nicholls horse when they previously clashed off level weights (on a right-handed track which reportedly suits best according to his trainer); looks vulnerable.

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

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Minella Drama

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Creditable third in this race 12 months ago but isn't sure to repeat the effort in this stronger renewal; possibly flattered when second in the Old Roan here on reappearance (numerous fences were omitted) and not in the same form since; bottom on ratings.

50/1

2nd

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Minella Drama

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, prominent, led before 6th

9/1

7th

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Minella Drama

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, not fluent 3rd

11/4

OUR TIP

Form: /3121- CD

Last run: 226 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 173

Form & Verdict

Made his name as a top-class two-miler but he didn't half look good when hammering Pic D'Orhy by 16l in a Grade 1 over C&D last season (good to soft; following wind surgery); then finished second in the Ryanair (2m4f) despite not bringing his 'A' game before signing off with a rallying victory over 3m1f at Aintree (without the tongue-tie he had worn in his two previous runs); will be hard to beat if anywhere near his best; cheekpieces are an intriguing addition.

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

4th

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Won this last year (good to soft); refused to race on reappearance (his sole outing in cheekpieces); may well have won the Grade 1 King George at Kempton (3m, good) in December but for stumbling/unseating just after two out; ready Grade 2 win at Newbury (2m7f, heavy) in February; didn't run in last month's Gold Cup due to an unsatisfactory scope and there remains a question mark regarding the form of the stable, but he's a key player if at his best.

5/2

1st

2

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Shishkin

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, not fluent 13th, pressed leader after 4 out, led 3 out, soon faced challenge, not fluent last, ridden and kept on well run-in

4/6

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Shishkin

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Has become somewhat enigmatic nowadays and refused to race in first-time cheekpieces at Ascot on last month's reappearance (no headgear today); however, he won his sixth Grade 1 when responding to pressure and leading after the final fence in the 3m1f Aintree Bowl in April, on his first crack at a staying trip under rules, and he's capable of having a big say if on his best behaviour.

7/2

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Payout
Exacta £513.00
Straight Forecast £288.30
Trifecta £1033.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Shishkin

RP RATINGS:

Shishkin

TOPSPEED:

Shishkin

POSTDATA:

Shishkin

LAMBOURN:

Shishkin

The Times:

Shishkin

Telegraph:

Shishkin

The Guardian:

Shishkin

Daily Mail:

Shishkin

D Express:

Shishkin

Daily Mirror:

Shishkin

The Sun:

Shishkin

The Star:

Shishkin

Daily Record:

Shishkin