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14:50 Newbury

Good To Soft

Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £142375
  • 3m 1f 214y
  • Class 1
  • 20 runners
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Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 20 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

16/1 (Won)

  • Win: £26.20
  • Place: £4.90

Form: 22P1-8

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and this is a tough race in which to test his stamina; however, he was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 2 novice at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and may well have staying potential; might have needed his reappearance in the Old Roan and is not ruled out.

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0

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Datsalrightgino

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Delivered with a well-timed challenge to win major 3m2f handicap at Newbury (good to soft) eight weeks ago, proving suited by the new trip and taking chase record to 3-10; generally progressive and is unexposed beyond 2m4f; possibilities.

11/2

1st

11

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Datsalrightgino

10st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Jamie Snowden

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and this is a tough race in which to test his stamina; however, he was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 2 novice at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and may well have staying potential; might have needed his reappearance in the Old Roan and is not ruled out.

16/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 312F-2

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who went close in Grade 2 novice at Navan (3m, good to yielding) in February and ran a mighty race in the NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft) where 4l ahead when falling two out; reappeared with respectable second over inadequate 2m4f at Carlisle; plenty to like.

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10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Mahler Mission

11st 5lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

Usually front-runs or races prominently; best known for last year's NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f, soft; has won well on soft to heavy) where he was 4l ahead when falling two out; that left a lingering stamina question but he resumed improvement to be second in the big 3m2f handicap at Newbury in November when last seen; raised 7lb but he's a second-season chaser who may well improve again and makes serious appeal.

14/1

2nd

9

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Mahler Mission

10st 10lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

travelled strongly, prominent

7/1

2nd

4

5th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Carlisle

Mahler Mission

11st 4lb

J: Ben Harvey

T: John C McConnell

jumped left on occasions, led, ridden and edged left after 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in

11/4

13/2

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 1113-P

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on last month's return at Ascot but was badly hampered five out; won three in a row last winter (2m7f, good to soft/soft) and his clear third in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f, soft) worked out phenomenally well, with Corach Rambler following up in the Grand National and runner-up Fastorslow having since won two Grade 1s; firmly in calculations.

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5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Monbeg Genius

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Looked destined for big things when first going chasing and the handicap form of his close third in this race (soft; equally effective on good to soft) last year could hardly be bettered; ran up to his best when third in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December but things haven't gone to plan since and he came home a tired horse at Kelso ten days ago; doubts have crept in but cheekpieces are added and the yard has won this race three times.

12/1

5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Monbeg Genius

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders on inner, nudged along 11th, going okay 13th

7/4

3rd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Monbeg Genius

10st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear, jumped right and hampered rival 1st

13/2

20/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: 5754-3 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Not in peak form on final few runs last season and he'd have been fifth at best on his reappearance at Ascot but for two final-fence fallers; however, that was nevertheless an eyecatching run as he raced enthusiastically in front and frequently jumped to the left at that right-handed venue; goes back left-handed today and he's well handicapped on form such as his Grade 2 Denman Chase win here (2m7f, good to soft) in February 2022 and last autumn's second placings in the Charlie Hall and the Betfair Chase; interesting.

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20th

15

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Eldorado Allen

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Won a maiden hurdle on heavy; recorded his best ratings in 2022; began this campaign in respectable fashion but last two outings were poor, given wind surgery in between but a respiratory noise was reported on latest start; stays 3m2f but this trip is major unknown territory.

100/1

1

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Eldorado Allen

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has run at the last four Festivals, second in the Arkle in 2021 and third in the Ryanair in 2022; ran with credit when fourth in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good to soft) in December but has his share of weight and he didn't run well off his lower hurdle mark in January; has had wind surgery since and cheekpieces return for the first time since last April.

20/1

5th

3

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Eldorado Allen

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Placed in valuable handicap chases on both outings this season, more recently when keeping-on fourth in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, goof to soft) last month; unraced over hurdles since March 2020 but could be very interesting trying to exploit his lower mark in this sphere.

11/4

Form: /3PU-2 CD

Last run: 13 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Has run just six times since winning this two years ago (good to soft); reappeared with good second at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) a fortnight ago but was no match for the winner and has a good record when fresh, so may not improve for the run; this 10yo could be vulnerable against younger legs.

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6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cloudy Glen

11st 11lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Second in this race in 2021 and won the big staying handicap (now the Coral Gold Cup) at Newbury that November; 0-8 since and now 11, but he's been showing spark this season (including here) and is not ruled out each-way.

20/1

3rd

1

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Cloudy Glen

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

pressed leader, briefly led after 1st, led again 10th, headed just before 2 out

11/4

5th

17

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Cloudy Glen

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Has run just six times since winning this two years ago (good to soft); reappeared with good second at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) a fortnight ago but was no match for the winner and has a good record when fresh, so may not improve for the run; this 10yo could be vulnerable against younger legs.

20/1

Form: 1534-P

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Made the frame in handicaps at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals in the spring (2m4f/3m, soft/good to soft) but pulled up on last month's return at Stratford and a major turnaround is needed; 3lb wrong at weights.

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17th

3

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Shakem UpArry

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

10yo who has been better than ever the last twice with wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy/soft), latest in the Plate at the Festival when he went clear before appearing to idle close home; a 6lb rise for last time certainly isn't harsh and he's run well on the Mildmay course here; respected.

13/2

1st

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Shakem UpArry

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Finished an honourable third in this race (soft) last year; had a fair stab at his first run beyond 2m5f when fourth at Aintree next time (3m1f, good to soft) but was a non-stayer over 3m2f at Newbury in December and has since confirmed that 2m4f is his trip when coming clear quite readily over C&D (heavy) on New Year's Day; 4lb higher than 12 months ago but he could now be an improved performer.

8/1

1st

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Shakem UpArry

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, went second 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in

9/2

Form: 1F5P-6

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Jumping issues on last three runs last season and pulled up in Grade 1 Aintree Bowl on final occasion; tailed off over hurdles on return but cheekpieces could help his jumping now back over fences and he's just 2lb higher than in the Sky Bet at Doncaster (3m, good) in January, when bang there only to fall at the final fence; not ruled out.

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8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ga Law

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Yet to score on ground slower than good to soft in Britain; has form figures of 151 at Cheltenham, comprising wins in major 2m4f handicaps (including latest start) and a creditable fifth in this race last year; should give his running but needs a career-best performance to succeed in this second Ryanair attempt.

25/1

1st

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Ga Law

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, not fluent 5th, led 9th, faced challenge when good jump 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well run-in

9/1

Form: 1F11-3

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive novice chaser last term and made it four handicap wins for the campaign (2m4f-2m6f, heavy-good to soft) when landing the Topham at Aintree in April; reappeared with fair third at Carlisle four weeks ago and has had a wind op since; retains potential and the step up in trip is an interesting move for this Milan 7yo, who also has stamina on the dam's side.

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20

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Bill Baxter

10st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

6/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Bill Baxter

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

midfield, dropped to rear after 4th, weakened gradually from 3 out

15/2

8th

7

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Bill Baxter

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Warren Greatrex

pressed leader, left in lead 1st, headed and prominent 9th, bad mistake 10th

11/1

OUR TIP

Form: U2P0-1

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Progressive 2m-2m4f handicapper in recent seasons (wins on good ground) and better than ever when upped to an extended 2m7f at Chepstow (soft) on reappearance; 7lb higher in this much more competitive race but he won with loads in hand and is unexposed over staying trips; entitled to respect.

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9th

2

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Stolen Silver

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

prominent, hampered then stumbled 1st

11/1

1st

1

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

14:30 Chepstow

Stolen Silver

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

prominent

7/1

15th

3

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Stolen Silver

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Sole completion this season came over C&D on New Year's Day when running well behind Midnight River; creditable fourth in this race 12 months ago and won a Grade 2 handicap here next time; has very good course form, therefore, but is now weighted to the hilt off career-high mark.

25/1

Form: 1212-1

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive during last season's novice chase campaign, easily winning a handicap at Kempton (2m4f, soft) in March then runner-up to easy winner Gerri Colombe in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in April; reappeared with solid intermediate chase win at Newton Abbot; with a top trainer and has potential off his current mark.

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5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Complete Unknown

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Highly progressive as a novice chaser last season, ending with an easy handicap win at Kempton (2m4f, soft) and staying-on second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); won an intermediate chase on return but made a backward step when favourite for top 3m2f handicap at Newbury on latest outing; of major interest if that can be forgiven.

8/1

10th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Complete Unknown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

towards rear, hampered 1st

7/1

1st

2

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:40 Newton Abbot

Complete Unknown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second early, led 2nd, increased tempo 10th, pecked on landing 12th, going best when good jump 4 out, went clear 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and reduced lead run-in, always doing enough

4/6

14/1

Form: 12-112 C BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in May and followed up when back over fences there (3m2f, good) in July; returned from a break with good second of 13 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October and this progressive 8yo may have more left in the tank, but it's needed in this red-hot handicap.

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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Twig

11st 7lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.

13/2

2nd

16

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Twig

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up in all three starts at this course, twice when hurdling and once over C&D (good to soft) which followed a successful return to fences at Uttoxeter last July; on the back foot from some way out in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December, though, and left on the same mark since.

20/1

11th

15

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Twig

10st 2lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m7f, good) in May and followed up when back over fences there (3m2f, good) in July; returned from a break with good second of 13 at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October and this progressive 8yo may have more left in the tank, but it's needed in this red-hot handicap.

14/1

Form: 7147-0 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Tailed off over hurdles here on final run last season and same story on last month's return; something to prove regarding current form but chasing is his game nowadays and he has an excellent record here, including a convincing win in the Grade 2 Denman Chase in February (2m7f, good); on a handy mark on that form and could go well at his favourite track now back over fences.

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12th

6

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Zanza

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off over hurdles here on final run last season and same story on last month's return; something to prove regarding current form but chasing is his game nowadays and he has an excellent record here, including a convincing win in the Grade 2 Denman Chase in February (2m7f, good); on a handy mark on that form and could go well at his favourite track now back over fences.

16/1

10th

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Zanza

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2); soft ground was an excuse when disappointing on his return to hurdling (now rated 16lb higher over fences) here in March and he's a feasible contender.

12/1

7th

1

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

15:10 Newbury

Zanza

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2 over nearly 3m in February; beat Ryanair third Hitman off level weights); struggled off his new/harsh mark back here over 2m4f but perhaps this is more his trip these days and he returns to hurdling off 16lb lower.

11/2

Form: 111-47 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Completed a notable hat-trick this February/April (3m4f-4m1f, good/good to soft) in the Eider, the Scottish National and the bet365 Gold Cup; hasn't shone over hurdles this term and a longer trip would be preferable, but this 7yo is not ruled out now back chasing and back in headgear.

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5th

34

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Kittys Light

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

12/1

7th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Kittys Light

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Carried all before him in staying chases last spring, winning the Eider (4m1f, good to soft), Scottish National (4m, good) and bet365 (3m4f, good to soft); easy to excuse hurdle defeats since but he would have finished closer in the Coral Gold Cup in December (cheekpieces/tongue-tie refitted) had he been in top form; turnaround needed with tongue-tie back on after one run without.

33/1

5th

4

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Kittys Light

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

Completed a notable hat-trick this February/April (3m4f-4m1f, good/good to soft) in the Eider, the Scottish National and the bet365 Gold Cup; hasn't shone over hurdles this term or in top 3m2f handicap chase at Newbury latest (back in headgear, which is now discarded); best watched for now.

33/1

Form: 51F2-P C

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 169

Form & Verdict

Has to concede lots of weight, can make mistakes and he was pulled up in the Charlie Hall on his reappearance; however, he was also well below his best in that Wetherby contest on last season's comeback and there can be optimism that he will be an entirely different proposition today; won Grade 2 novice chase in 2021 on sole run here and this class act will be a serious force if reproducing the form of this April's Grade 1 second in the Aintree Bowl (3m1f, good to soft).

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2nd

1

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

He can make mistakes and hasn't been at his best this season, albeit dropped back to 2m5f/2m4f the last twice; however, he has an excellent record at this meeting and ran a cracker in this race last year (good to soft) only to be caught by Shishkin close home; also effective on soft; could go well.

11/1

6th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Runner-up in the Brown Advisory at this meeting two years ago; below-par third, albeit having not adopted his usual front-running role, in the Ascot Chase (2m5f, good to soft) last month when racing over shorter than 3m for the first time since 2021; however, he's a spring horse (dual Grade 1 winner in April) and this looks the time to catch him; not bombproof on the jumping front but has major claims on peak form.

12/1

3rd

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Ahoy Senor

11st 10lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

High-class chaser on his day, as when winning Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last winter and when close second to Shishkin in Grade 1 Aintree Bowl (3m1f, good to soft) in the spring; pulled up first two starts this season but showed more when last of four finishers in this year's Cotswold despite his rider's stirrup leather snapping at a crucial stage; drops to this sort of trip for the first time since his chasing debut in 2021.

5/1

Form: 3101-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Won at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and bounced back from lesser run at the Festival to win another Grade 3 handicap chase at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in April in a first-time tongue-tie (retained since); well beaten in the Charlie Hall on reappearance but may have needed the run and he could still have more to offer over staying trips; a possible.

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0

3

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Midnight River

11st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day and bounced back from lesser run at the Festival to win another Grade 3 handicap chase at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in April in a first-time tongue-tie (retained since); well beaten in the Charlie Hall on reappearance but may have needed the run and he could still have more to offer over staying trips; a possible.

9/1

3rd

3

4th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

15:00 Wetherby

Midnight River

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders on outer, dropped to last halfway, went third 5 out, shaken up after 4 out, soon weakened

11/1

1st

2

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Midnight River

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Solid chance on form at about 2m4f on good and soft this winter, but a promising-looking challenge fizzled out in the Plate at Cheltenham last month and he hasn't been persevered with over 3m since his one-paced third at Uttoxeter last March; fitting a tongue-tie could help.

6/1

Form: 1/6PB- C

Last run: 224 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Highly talented novice in 2021-22 season, culminating in fine handicap win at Ayr (3m, good to soft); just three runs last term, twice well beaten then brought down in Scottish National when travelling well in midfield; in top hands and not written off but more pressing cases can be made for others.

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4

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Dusart

10st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced wide, towards rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

1

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Dusart

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced 8yo; his only defeat as a novice last term came in a Grade 1 and he had a fine piece of form in his 3m win at this meeting, looking sure to stay further; had wind and back surgery before this season and underperformed both starts since, admittedly in a tough Grade 2 last time when it's possible that Cheltenham and/or soft ground didn't suit him; headgear today.

16/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Dusart

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

8yo who's had just seven races; about 14l fifth in Grade 1 novice here (3m, soft; 20-1) last March, with Ahoy Senor well ahead in second, but won his other three races last term; had wind and back surgery before this season but underperformed when favourite for handicap hurdle here on return; best days could still be in front of him but he has a fair bit to prove at the moment.

14/1

Form: 21PP-7

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Every chance when falling four out in this race in 2021 and he was a close second in it last year; worth a second look given his record in the race but this 10yo was pulled up on his final two runs last term and there was no return to form over hurdles at Aintree last month (won same race 12 months earlier).

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3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Remastered

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Pipe

Collected good prize off this mark at Kempton (3m, soft) last winter but never got involved in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December and has now been pulled up on three of his last four appearances; needs to turn a corner.

10/1

0

10

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Remastered

10st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Every chance when falling four out in this race in 2021 and he was a close second in it last year; worth a second look given his record in the race but this 10yo was pulled up on his final two runs last term and there was no return to form over hurdles at Aintree last month (won same race 12 months earlier).

16/1

Form: /110-7 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Well beaten over hurdles here on last month's reappearance but he was without these cheekpieces and his form hit new heights over fences last season, winning two Grade 3 handicaps (3m, good) before failing to stay 4m2f in the Grand National; further improvement is possible and he could be a threat.

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14

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Our Power

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

Well beaten over hurdles here on last month's reappearance but he was without these cheekpieces and his form hit new heights over fences last season, winning two Grade 3 handicaps (3m, good) before failing to stay 4m2f in the Grand National; further improvement is possible and he could be a threat.

14/1

7th

2

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Our Power

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Sam Thomas

Showed plenty of determination to win valuable 3m handicap chases at Ascot and Kempton last season, both on good ground (has won on soft); didn't stay 4m2f in the Grand National afterwards; rated 7lb lower over hurdles (three-time winner) and returns from his break with his yard firing in the winners.

14/1

11th

35

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

17:15 Aintree

Our Power

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

Started on the Flat but has been a rising force through his five campaigns over jumps; this term he's knuckled down admirably to prevail on the run-in in valuable 3m handicaps at Ascot and Kempton, both on good ground but he scored last season on soft; 4lb well-in compared to his recently revised mark; unraced beyond 3m1f but trainer says "this lad stays forever".

20/1

Form: 12P-48

Last run: 73 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

6yo who completed a double with commanding win at Sandown (3m, good) in February before clear second in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, soft); could play a leading role for Irish yard if returning to form and jumping with fluency, but he has something to prove on both those counts.

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4

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Stumptown

11st 9lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Had an excellent spell in early 2023 which culminated in a narrow defeat in the 3m2f Kim Muir at this meeting (soft); he rather switched off for his next four runs but the fitting of blinkers breathed new life into him when a convincing winner back here (3m1f, heavy) in January; not ruled out if the headgear continues to work but he is 13lb higher than 12 months ago.

9/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

13:30 Cheltenham

Stumptown

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, not fluent but went second 11th, led just before 2 out, ridden and kept on well run-in

11/4

0

16

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Stumptown

10st 2lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Gavin Cromwell

prominent, hampered 1st

9/1

Form: 0P0-65

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Irish raider for whom the step back up in trip and return to fences are both likely positives, but his form has been patchy since he won a novice chase at Killarney (2m7f, good) in May 2022 and others are preferred.

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15th

18

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 104y

15:00 Leopardstown

Max Flamingo

10st 12lb

J: Thomas Reilly

T: Francis Casey

13th in this last year; struggling for form over fences and hurdles since and was pulled up in the Coral Gold Cup when last seen; lower hurdle mark should be a help but others hold stronger claims in a deep race here.

33/1

0

19

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Max Flamingo

10st 2lb

J: Simon Torrens

T: Francis Casey

in rear, jumped right and bad mistake 1st

40/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Monbeg Genius

Daily Mail:

Mahler Mission

Telegraph:

Ahoy Senor

RP RATINGS:

Complete Unknown

LAMBOURN:

Datsalrightgino

The Star:

Bill Baxter

TOPSPEED:

Ga Law

POSTDATA:

Stolen Silver

The Guardian:

Monbeg Genius

The Sun:

Monbeg Genius

D Express:

Ahoy Senor

Daily Mirror:

Mahler Mission

Daily Record:

Mahler Mission

WEST COUNTRY:

Complete Unknown