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13:50 Newbury

Good To Soft

Coral John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (Formerly Known As The Berkshire) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 3f 187y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Coral John Francome Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (Formerly Known As The Berkshire) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.63
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 11163- C BF

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Below-par favourite in Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals but may well benefit from the subsequent wind surgery and he starts this campaign as a major prospect for novice chases; earlier progress culminated in an easy win in the Challow here (2m4f, soft; Grade 1) and that form has worked out well; point winner; leading player.

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3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second, chased clear leader after 6th, not fluent 8th, still plenty to do 3 out, 13 lengths down when fell 2 out

11/10

2nd

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Hermes Allen

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won 2m4f Grade 1 Challow Hurdle during last year's festive period; failed to justify favouritism at the spring festivals but had wind surgery prior to his successful chase debut at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) and that was impressive in many ways; unraced over this far under rules but with his pointing background he should stay well; still unexposed and held in the highest regard by a trainer who has won this five times.

13/8

1st

2

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Hermes Allen

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Below-par favourite in Grade 1 novice hurdles at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals but may well benefit from the subsequent wind surgery and he starts this campaign as a major prospect for novice chases; earlier progress culminated in an easy win in the Challow here (2m4f, soft; Grade 1) and that form has worked out well; point winner; leading player.

11/8

9/2

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 562-11 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Mixed results over hurdles last season, failing to add to an impressive earlier win; however, has taken very well to fences this term, winning handicaps at Warwick (2m4f, good) and Stratford (2m3f, soft) by an aggregate of 43l; brings a respectable rating to this higher grade and is a very nice prospect for Sarah Humphrey; interesting, given his recent dominance.

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9th

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

One-dimensional front-runner who has yet to finish outside the top two in his five starts over fences; effective on soft ground but it was good going and the trip was 2m4f when hammering the Turners third Djelo in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown last time, and that was after getting left behind by Master Chewy at Kempton (2m, good to soft); he'll probably be in front for a large portion of this race but staying there could be challenging.

10/1

1st

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, jumped well, made all, 5 lengths ahead 3rd, went further clear 7th, 15 lengths ahead going best 3 out, ridden out run-in, unchallenged

12/1

2nd

7

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Nickle Back

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

Early chase starts at about 2m4f have been marked by bold jumping from the front, including in handicaps first two occasions; found only Hermes Allen too good last time, showing good attitude; drop in trip ought to be fine for one with so much enthusiasm and he is the one to beat on form.

Evs

Form: 4221-1 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Easily defied top weight in novice handicap chase at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) last month, following up his spring hurdle win at same venue; faces a tougher scenario at this different course upped in grade but brings a progressive profile to the table.

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4th

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 3

17:25 Plumpton

Tightenourbelts

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Both wins at Ludlow, a maiden hurdle last March and then following up on his chase debut in November (2m4f, good to soft) after which he ran okay in a Grade 2 chase; two below-par efforts since (highly tried) but could do some damage back over hurdles in a race of this nature.

7/1

0

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Tightenourbelts

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Much too good for his rivals when making all in a 2m4f handicap on chase debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in November; couldn't keep tabs on the principals in Grade 2 and 1 events since (2m4f and 3m) and although this should be more his level he is 14lb higher than at Ludlow.

7/1

4th

6

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Tightenourbelts

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

A similar profile to Marble Sands in that he looked good on his chase debut but had his limitations ruthlessly exposed behind Hermes Allen at Newbury (both 2m4f on good to soft); placed at best if he's lucky.

33/1

Form: 5156-1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Well behind Hermes Allen in the Challow but has improved since and took well to chasing in Ayr handicap (2m, good to soft) on reappearance; could well build on that success and progress further, especially as this return to 2m4f looks a positive; one to consider.

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6th

4

(6)

5th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 4f 14y

Class 4

17:30 Southwell (AW)

Marble Sands

9st 5lb

J: Billy Loughnane

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Smart performer over jumps, including a Listed success over hurdles early last year; comes into this in good heart having won over fences last month and fascinating to see what the market says about him on Flat debut (won a bumper as a 4yo).

6/1

1st

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:40 Musselburgh

Marble Sands

11st 9lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Began chasing career with a clearcut success under Nick Slatter at Ayr (2m, good to soft) on seasonal debut in November and his two subsequent defeats in Graded races should not be viewed too harshly, albeit that his tendency to jump left at Kempton on Boxing Day is a worry on another right-handed track here; drops in class today and still has potential over fences.

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2223-2

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

On a ten-race losing run and proved no match for the winner when returned to chasing at Down Royal (2m3f, soft) on seasonal debut; however, has clear possibilities on his spring hurdles form that comprised three good efforts, including in Grade 1 (sole attempt in cheekpieces).

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1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 87y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Colonel Mustard

11st 10lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

Has performed creditably in races won by State Man and Nemean Lion on last two attempts over hurdles; however, looks highly unlikely to turn the tables, being a well exposed 9yo who still has a modest strike-rate (only 1-13 in this sphere); faces a harder task back at Grade 1 level and needs help from the first-time blinkers.

50/1

2nd

4

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 50y

Class 1

14:05 Wincanton

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

held up in last, headway after 5th, went second but not fluent 2 out, switched right run-in, kept on final 110yds

5/2

5th

1

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Colonel Mustard

11st 4lb

J: J J Slevin

T: Mrs Lorna Fowler

On a ten-race losing run and proved no match for the winner when returned to chasing at Down Royal (2m3f, soft) on seasonal debut; however, has clear possibilities on his spring hurdles form that comprised three good efforts, including in Grade 1 (sole attempt in cheekpieces).

6/1

Form: /1927- D BF

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Useful handicap hurdler; won after a layoff at Kempton (2m) last Christmas and ran well at the Cheltenham Festival (2m4f) two starts later; disappointing favourite at Aintree when last seen; may win races over fences at some stage but has something to find on these terms.

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7th

4

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

No Ordinary Joe

11st 7lb

J: Aidan Kelly

T: Nicky Henderson

Acts on soft ground, unraced on heavy; showed clear signs of a return to form at Kempton (2m5f) last month, setting him up nicely for a return to the Cheltenham Festival; good second off only 1lb lower in this race last year and can't be dismissed, though the current form of his stable is a note of caution.

8/1

3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

13:15 Kempton

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Nicky Henderson

Two efforts this term (chase/hurdle) leave something to be desired; however, ran well in the Martin Pipe at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft) and has possibilities if back to that form.

11/1

8th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 88y

Class 2

12:55 Doncaster

No Ordinary Joe

12st 0lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Nicky Henderson

Made very disappointing seasonal/chase debut in December and now quickly switches back to hurdling; only 2lb higher than for commendable second at last year's Cheltenham Festival (2m4f, soft), and today's faster ground will also suit; contender if back on song.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £73.00
Straight Forecast £74.30
Trifecta £275.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Hermes Allen

SPOTLIGHT:

Nickle Back

LAMBOURN:

No Ordinary Joe

The Times:

Hermes Allen

Telegraph:

Hermes Allen

D Express:

Hermes Allen

Daily Mirror:

Hermes Allen

The Sun:

Hermes Allen

The Star:

Hermes Allen

Daily Record:

Hermes Allen

RP RATINGS:

Nickle Back

TOPSPEED:

Nickle Back

POSTDATA:

Nickle Back

The Guardian:

Nickle Back

Daily Mail:

Nickle Back