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Good To Soft

Coral Racing Club Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 2m 3f 187y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
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Coral Racing Club Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Sunny

Form: /3121-

Last run: 223 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Solid record last term included easy wins in novice handicap chases at Warwick and Ayr, both over 3m on good ground; had wind surgery (his third) since last run; drops back in trip but brings a progressive profile.

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

9th

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Sail Away

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Was running well in handicaps (fourth of 18 in the latest; 3m, good) before faring as well as could have been expected when last of the four runners in a Grade 1 at Ascot last month; thankfully, the handicapper treated that 10l defeat with a pinch of salt and he's interesting back in a handicap with this very much his time of year (all three wins during April/May).

4/1

4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Sail Away

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Unplaced in handicaps this season but hasn't done much wrong, fourth of 18 in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster on latest; however, he's up steeply in class here and will need others to underperform to have any chance.

50/1

OUR TIP

Form: 15122- D

Last run: 258 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Progressive sort whose record is solid in the main; good second at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) when last seen; one to keep a close eye on this term but he's perhaps not crying out for a drop back to 2m4f on reappearance.

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8th

8

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Iron Bridge

10st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Remote second in the Welsh National (near 3m7f, heavy) and back in top form when third at Haydock (near 3m5f, heavy) next time; pulled up in his other two starts this term, latest when Midlands National favourite (signs of post-race heat stress); 4m should suit but this season presents rather a mixed story.

20/1

3

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Iron Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Perhaps unfortunate not to have beaten Autonomous Cloud on this card 12 months ago and he's 7lb better off with that rival; ran a laboured first race of this season but then second in the Welsh National (beaten a distance by the winner) and encouraging that he backed up that run when again placed over 3m4f on heavy at Haydock; running style offers plenty of encouragement for his stamina over this far; strong claims.

4/1

3rd

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Iron Bridge

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Only ten races in all, winning five; put a poor reappearance behind him when he ran in the Welsh National at Chepstow (3m6f, heavy) at Christmas, a street behind by the winner but beating all the rest after passing Iwilldoit on the run-in; could have more to offer in these long-distance races.

9/2

Form: /P81-P CD

Last run: 196 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent in the last two years and comes with a degree of risk; however, won the Greatwood Gold Cup over C&D (good; off 4lb lower) in March and has possibilities returned to this scenario.

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2

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

The Big Bite

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Oliver

in touch with leaders, lost ground and struggling after 11th

11/1

5th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

The Big Bite

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Henry Oliver

Seemingly revived by first-time cheekpieces when narrow winner of valuable handicap chase at Newbury (2m4f, good) a year ago, but was pulled up in both subsequent chases and didn't fire when switched back to hurdling here in January (headgear absent, as today); needs to turn things around.

20/1

Form: 12778- D

Last run: 230 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Came up well short in 3m1f contests at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals; this return to 2m4f looks a plus on reappearance and he started last season in top form, including Wetherby win; could go well.

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1st

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

jumped slightly right throughout, led, raced in second when headed 2nd, ridden after 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led narrowly last

7/2

3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Karl Philippe

11st 12lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

took keen hold, disputed lead, led clearly 13th, headed approaching last, kept on well run-in

12/1

9th

1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

16:08 Newbury

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Reportedly bled when a disappointing favourite in Wetherby's Rowland Meyrick Chase on Boxing Day and has since had wind surgery (tongue-tie also now added); best known for his chasing exploits these days and now having first run over hurdles (1-5) in nearly three years; nothing wrong with his mark but others are perhaps safer propositions.

10/1

Form: 4340-3

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Has plenty of useful form at about 2m; unexposed at this sort of trip and could well build on his reappearance effort, namely third in the Grand Sefton at Aintree (2m5f); remains on a handy mark; big player.

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Verdict Starting price

23

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Frero Banbou

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

On a 15-race losing run and hasn't been at his very best on last three starts; however, last month's sixth in the Plate at Cheltenham was a big step back in the right direction and he's on a handy mark on form such as his third in the Grand Sefton over C&D (heavy) in November; each-way chance.

16/1

6th

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Frero Banbou

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Latest win in January 2022; the step up to 2m4f wasn't a success in last year's Plate but he ran two good races over C&D in midwinter (soft and heavy; effective on good to soft) and now 7lb lower than the latest of them; out of sorts since but not ignored for yard that has won this three times.

20/1

6th

6

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Frero Banbou

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Proving difficult to win with, last scoring in January 2022; however, he was running with great credit this season (2m4f/2m5f, heavy-good to soft) until an early mistake cost him when favourite back over 2m at Lingfield two weeks ago; player.

6/1

Form: /U61/1 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 11yo who won selling handicap hurdle at Huntingdon (2m, good) last month on stable debut and return from long layoff; bought in for £11,500; on same mark back over fences but this is a much better race.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

Goose Man

11st 12lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Jamie Snowden

took keen hold, soon led

7/2

3rd

7

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:15 Wincanton

Goose Man

11st 12lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Jamie Snowden

Useful when trained in Ireland; returned from a long absence to win a 2m selling hurdle in November and then held his own for a long way in a good 2m4f handicap at Newbury in early December; stays this far and should go well for in-form yard.

9/2

Form: /37-22 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Unfortunate to bump into well-treated Nickle Back (declared 1:50) on chase debut; solid second in C&D contest (good to soft; off 6lb lower) since, beaten by only a neck and pulling well clear of remainder; looks capable of going one better.

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3rd

9

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Kandoo Kid

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Novice who progressed nicely towards end of last year and bounced back from Doncaster flop when clear second in Newbury handicap (2m4f, heavy) last month behind course specialist Heltenham, who followed up there since; 2lb rise could prove lenient and this improving 8yo is firmly in calculations.

12/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Kandoo Kid

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, led 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on

6/1

0

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Kandoo Kid

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Not out of the first two in any of his four chases and beat a good yardstick in a 2m4f handicap at Newbury (good to soft); coped well with the step up to Grade 2 level at Ascot last time when going right handed didn't look ideal (jumped out to the left at times); has stamina to prove but remains lightly raced for his top yard and hard to rule out.

10/1

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Non-runners

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Kandoo Kid

Telegraph:

Iron Bridge

Daily Mail:

Sail Away

The Times:

Frero Banbou

TOPSPEED:

The Big Bite

LAMBOURN:

Goose Man

Daily Record:

Iron Bridge

RP RATINGS:

Kandoo Kid

POSTDATA:

Kandoo Kid

WEST COUNTRY:

Kandoo Kid

The Guardian:

Kandoo Kid

Daily Mirror:

Kandoo Kid

The Sun:

Kandoo Kid

The Star:

Kandoo Kid

D Express:

Sail Away