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Good To Soft

James And Gloria Roche Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 2m 7f 138y
  • Class 3
  • 10 runners
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James And Gloria Roche Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 227-2U C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Hasn't won for over a year but has recorded some good efforts nonetheless; stays 3m2f and acts on good or slower; unseated in the Grand Sefton latest but very much entitled to consideration despite his career high mark.

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4th

10

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Half Shot

10st 11lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Won in fine style at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) in November and is just 3lb higher today; however, he hasn't been at the same level on his three starts since and was pulled up last time; this 10yo needs to get back on track.

25/1

11

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Half Shot

10st 5lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Iain Jardine

Took form to new level when beating subsequent Edinburgh National winner Inis Oirr by 7l at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) in November and is only 4lb higher today, but wasn't in quite the same nick on either subsequent start at Musselburgh and, on balance, others look stronger here.

14/1

4th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Half Shot

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Posted career-best performance when scoring by 7l over C&D (soft) in November; not quite in same form when well-held third here (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day, though, and might remain vulnerable off a mark this high.

7/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 164-U4 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Sole win came here over hurdles (3m, good to soft) in February; favourite for his chase debut at Kelso last month and was leading when unseating; plugged on from the rear to be 9l fourth at Carlisle (3m2f, soft) latest; may need to be closer to the pace to be seen to best effect.

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17

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Inis Oirr

10st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

7yo who's in his first season chasing; upped in trip and switched to front-running with a first-time visor in the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh 11 weeks ago and he took the field apart, moving 21l clear in the closing stages; that was over an extended 3m7f on good to soft, but he has been placed on soft; up 14lb today but that latest performance could hardly have been more authoritative.

10/1

1st

12

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Inis Oirr

10st 8lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

made virtually all

5/1

16/1

  • Place: £8.30

Form: -P433P D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Losing run dates back nine starts and over a year, meaning he is now on a very handy mark; if latest effort (at Fakenham) is forgiven, he has frame possibilities.

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10th

6

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 66y

Class 5

14:20 Catterick

The Vollan

11st 9lb

J: Miss Ellie Callwood

T: L J Morgan

Regressive 10yo who is better known as a staying chaser now; didn't run badly when switched back to hurdling two starts ago (2m7f) and will appreciate today's ease in grade but younger rivals appeal more.

16/1

4th

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

The Vollan

10st 12lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

Ran some fair races over fences last autumn but this 10yo is nothing like as good as he was; well beaten back over hurdles last time and others have more going for them.

8/1

5th

6

6th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 149y

Class 3

13:05 Newcastle

The Vollan

10st 11lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

10yo who isn't the force of old but ran some fair races over fences in the autumn, most recently third at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft); continues to edge down the weights and might not be far away if the return to hurdling isn't a problem (three wins in this sphere, which he last tackled in May 2022).

9/1

Form: 127-P4 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Followed up a Huntingdon success with and C&D win in March, when 4lb lower; below par on his final start last season and his two recent outings; on a competitive mark if a tongue-tie can help revive him.

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1st

6

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Concetto

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

made all

9/1

5th

1

7th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:55 Carlisle

Concetto

12st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Ridden more prominently than previously this season when back to winning ways in 3m Market Rasen handicap last month; up 5lb but runner-up has gone in since so he's not taken lightly.

9/4

1st

8

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:35 Market Rasen

Concetto

11st 2lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

pressed leader

11/2

Form: 45-634 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Hurdle and chase winner in Ireland; effective at 2m4f or further and versatile with regard to the going; made the frame at Down Royal last time; each-way player.

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0

3

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Archies Charm

11st 9lb

J: Tom Harney

T: B R Hamilton

Needs to step up on recent form, but noteworthy on account of having finished 13l second to the progressive Seddon in this race last year; tried with blinkers after Down Royal fourth; beaten a long way then but had Harveys Quay and Soloman Lane behind.

8/1

5th

2

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Archies Charm

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: B R Hamilton

Hurdle and chase winner in Ireland; effective at 2m4f or further and versatile with regard to the going; made the frame at Down Royal last time; each-way player.

7/1

4th

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

15:28 Down Royal

Archies Charm

11st 12lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: B R Hamilton

Close second in this race last year possibly his best effort; ran okay after a three month break when third in a handicap chase at Gowran last time; only 2lb higher than last year and could go close.

10/1

Form: 611P-3 CD

Last run: 196 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Dual C&D winner in two small-field events last season; acts on good or slower; absent since may and has had wind surgery; goes well when fresh and should be competitive from this mark.

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8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

10st 12lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Finished with a flourish to win lower-grade version of this race a year ago and followed up in C&D match race a fortnight later; back down to a similar mark now but posed no threat behind Half Shot here in November, after a break, and has been off for another 65 days since.

11/1

6th

7

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Methodtothemadness

11st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Dual C&D winner in two small-field events last season; acts on good or slower; absent since may and has had wind surgery; goes well when fresh and should be competitive from this mark.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 3/P15- CD

Last run: 222 days

W: 12st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Goes well here, winning twice over C&D and also last season's Edinburgh National (3m7f, good to soft), when 6lb lower and fresh; creditable fifth in the Scottish National when last seen; 2lb drop puts him on a competitive mark for this reappearance; player.

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8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Magna Sam

10st 13lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

in touch with leaders on outer, midfield 7th

6/1

Form: 2P4-P0 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Thorough stayer who produced a career best to score over 3m4f (good) at Haydock in the spring of 2022; matched that when a close second at Doncaster (3m, good) in January but has been out of sorts in four subsequent starts; blinkers now applied; handy mark if he is revived.

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7th

11

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Tim Pat

11st 7lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

Beaten a neck over fences here (3m, good) one year ago off 14lb higher, but not so hot since; the return to hurdles last time (3m1f, soft) did not get a sufficient response for him to be greatly fancied at the moment.

14/1

5th

3

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:05 Catterick

Tim Pat

11st 8lb

J: Abbie McCain

T: Donald McCain

midfield, some headway when slow jump 3 out, soon outpaced

16/1

8th

6

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Tim Pat

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Thorough stayer who produced a career best to score over 3m4f (good) at Haydock in the spring of 2022; matched that when a close second at Doncaster (3m, good) in January but has been out of sorts in four subsequent starts; blinkers now applied; handy mark if he is revived.

14/1

Form: 15136/ CD

Last run: 588 days

W: 11st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Hurdle and multiple chase winner at up to 3m, including over C&D; not seen since April 2022; returns on a handy mark and while he has won after a break, the majority of such form suggests he might be better for this run.

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9th

9

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Pookie Pekan

11st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Hurdle and multiple chase winner at up to 3m, including over C&D; not seen since April 2022; returns on a handy mark and while he has won after a break, the majority of such form suggests he might be better for this run.

20/1

Form: PPP1-P

Last run: 57 days

W: 11st 9lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Formerly smart chaser who came back from the doldrums with a Perth hurdles win (3m2f, good to soft) in April; pulled up in the other five of his last six starts, including on his reappearance at Bangor last month; hard to be confident but a possible player if he is allowed to dominate.

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0

4

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

14:45 Musselburgh

Burbank

11st 9lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

Formerly smart chaser who came back from the doldrums with a Perth hurdles win (3m2f, good to soft) in April; pulled up in the other five of his last six starts, including on his reappearance at Bangor last month; hard to be confident but a possible player if he is allowed to dominate.

20/1

0

2

4th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 7y

Class 4

16:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Burbank

12st 1lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: James Moffatt

raced lazily at times, prominent, lost position 7th, struggling 4 out, pulled up after 3 out

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £215.00
Straight Forecast £223.10
Tricast £4241.70
Trifecta £6468.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Magna Sam

THE NORTH:

Methodtothemadness

Telegraph:

Half Shot

Daily Record:

Archies Charm

POSTDATA:

The Vollan

TOPSPEED:

The Ferry Master

The Star:

Burbank

The Guardian:

Half Shot

The Times:

Methodtothemadness

Daily Mirror:

Methodtothemadness

RP RATINGS:

Magna Sam

Daily Mail:

Magna Sam

D Express:

Magna Sam

The Sun:

Magna Sam