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13:50 Haydock

Soft

Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 2m 5f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
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Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 111F-3 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Completed a novice hurdle hat-trick (2m-2m5f, good to soft-heavy) in a Grade 2 at Warwick (2m5f, heavy) in January; ran and jumped well when third of five in good race at Exeter (3m, good to soft) on recent chase and seasonal debut and this unexposed 6yo is open to further improvement; player.

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

3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy going; unlucky second to Ginny's Destiny at Cheltenham in December (might have won but for a bad error two out) and turned the tables in the Turners there four weeks ago, beating that opponent by 2l; suited by the stiff 2m4f on both occasions and in between he won over 3m (Grade 2); not obviously crying out for this return to a sharper 2m4f, regardless of ground, but otherwise has the best claims on form and is still improving.

10/11

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has raced only on ground softer than good; close second to Ginny's Destiny, who received 3lb, in Cheltenham contest (2m4f) in December and might have won but for making a bad mistake two out; that very good effort is flanked by two easy wins, latest in Grade 2 at Warwick (3m; jumped left at last two fences) where he beat a very useful mare by 14l; bypassed the Brown Advisory on Wednesday to go for this option; leading player.

9/4

1st

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won the 2m5f Grade 2 novice hurdle on heavy ground at this meeting last year; ran away with a graduation chase at Haydock (2m5f, soft) on second start over fences and may well have added a good novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago but for getting the second last all wrong, as he closed all the way to the line thereafter; has a bit more to prove at 3m (third attempt) but an exciting prospect.

9/4

11/8

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 21313- D

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Won the NH Chase at Cheltenham (3m6f, soft) in March and was third in the Grand National (4m2f, good to soft) next time; stamina is a major asset and he takes a sizeable drop back in trip for his reappearance, but he's a class act and he ran well when second in a 2m4f Grade 1 last December.

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

2nd

1

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 11lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead, led clearly after 1st, headed and raced in second just after 8th, outpaced 4 out, no chance with winner when mistake 2 out, kept on run-in

11/8

3rd

13

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 0lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Has never finished out of the first three in his nine races over fences, including when third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National (yielding) last term and arriving on the scene in the nick of time to send the favourite backers home happy in last month's 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham (soft); this even greater stamina test has to make appeal.

12/1

1st

4

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Gaillard Du Mesnil

11st 7lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Second-season novice; not that far off the best last term, staying on for third in 3m Grade 1 in the mud at this meeting before confirming his stamina when also taking third in the 3m5f Irish Grand National; won 3m Grade 1 novice at Leopardstown in December and 2m5f was against him on latest start; has the best form and presents a very strong case.

Evs

Form: 32111-

Last run: 225 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive staying novice hurdler last season, making all in a Listed mares' novice at Doncaster (3m, good) in March and following up in a Grade 1 novice against males at Aintree (3m, soft); strong claims if transferring that ability to fences at the first attempt, and there can be optimism in that regard given who she's trained by and given she's a point winner.

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

5th

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Apple Away

11st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent on outer, went second 8th, pecked on landing 14th, mistake 18th, pressed leader 3 out, soon briefly led

9/1

3rd

5

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

Apple Away

10st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Won Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree (3m, soft) last April and has also shown considerable promise over fences, winning at Leicester (2m6f, heavy) in December before 14l second in Grade 2 novice at Warwick (3m, soft), behind the classy Grey Dawning; this mare is a strong contender today.

6/4

2nd

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

Apple Away

10st 11lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Rapid progress over hurdles after turn of the year last season, climaxing with front-running success in Grade 1 novice at Aintree festival (3m, soft); switched to chasing this term, no match for Grey Dawning on first occasion but winning by a street in a three-runner race at Leicester (2m6f, heavy) one month ago; lots to like and may well hold her own in this company too.

2/1

Form: 416-4U BF

Last run: 189 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won a novice hurdle for Emmet Mullins at Wexford (3m, heavy) in March but has a poor strike-rate and is 0-6 over fences; changed hands for £4,000 in May and he'd be a shock winner on his stable debut.

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

0

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

11:45 Aintree

Hardy Bloke

11st 8lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

raced in fourth, lost touch from 10th, pulled up before 13th

10/1

4th

4

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Hardy Bloke

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

in rear, not fluent 1st, in touch with leaders when mistake 7th, not fluent 9th, outpaced after 5 out, kept on but no impression

50/1

1

20th May 2023

Yielding

3m 1f 50y

16:35 Wexford

Hardy Bloke

12st 0lb

J: Conor Clarke

T: Emmet Mullins

raced in second, slow jump 1st, slow jump 2nd, mistake 9th

9/2

Form: 1P2-54

Last run: 167 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Won at Lingfield (2m7f, good) in February and good second at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in April; however, below par on final run for Tom Lacey and same story on stable debut in June; up against it today even if back to best.

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

4th

4

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Scipion

11st 8lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Scored at Lingfield last February for Tom Clover but yet to match that form in three outings for his current stable, pulled up when last seen at Carlisle before Christmas; others are preferred; tongue-tie added.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £53.00
Straight Forecast £56.20
Trifecta £68.00

Selections

The Times:

Apple Away

RP RATINGS:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

SPOTLIGHT:

Grey Dawning

Telegraph:

Apple Away

Daily Mail:

Apple Away

Daily Mirror:

Apple Away

The Star:

Apple Away

Daily Record:

Apple Away

D Express:

Grey Dawning

TOPSPEED:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

POSTDATA:

Gaillard Du Mesnil

The Guardian:

Gaillard Du Mesnil