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12:15 Southwell

Good To Soft

Harry Cobden Race Previews At planetsportbet.com Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4858.52
  • 2m 4f 88y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Harry Cobden Race Previews At planetsportbet.com Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

Form: P/121- D

Last run: 225 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Won a maiden hurdle over 2m3f (heavy) for this yard in 2021; won a point and two hunter chases for today's rider over 2m4f/3m earlier this year including in cheekpieces on final start; no headgear but interesting back in handicap company having rejoined Dan Skelton.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

15th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:05 Fakenham

Firak

12st 6lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Hampered but not unlucky when second dropped back to 2m at Leicester latest (soft); work to do with Rebel Dawn Rising and Janika on last Easter's C&D clash, and Hexham win afterwards might not be infallible proof of his effectiveness at 3m under rules (tired and just held on in slowly run race).

4/1

2nd

2

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Firak

12st 6lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Won three times for Nick Pearce last spring, including when value for more than the winning margin at Hexham (3m, soft; 5-2; first-time cheekpieces); yet to fire since returning to Dan Skelton, pulling up in the Walrus at Haydock (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago; questions to answer, especially at 2m.

9/2

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

16:55 Haydock

Firak

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Won two hunter chases last spring (2m4f/3m, soft) and returned from some time off with fair fourth of five in Leicester handicap (2m4f, heavy) in December; could show the benefit of that outing today; possible contender.

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: /333-F BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Irish bumper winner who was placed on all four starts over hurdles; 20l clear when fell at the last in three-finisher novice handicap at Warwick on chase debut (3m, soft, first run after wind surgery); up 10lb; chance.

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5th

5

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Hurlerontheditch

11st 9lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Dominated from the front and was set for clearcut win before last-fence fall on seasonal/chase debut at Warwick (3m, soft) in November but two very disappointing efforts have followed, and an uncontested lead is unlikely here; had another wind op (his third) last month; hooded for first time.

14/1

6th

2

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Warwick

Hurlerontheditch

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Placed on all four starts over hurdles; was set for clearcut win before last-fence fall on seasonal/chase debut over 3m here (soft) in November and ran too badly to blame the 10lb rise when tailed off at Chepstow (2m7f); remains of interest and he was effective over this distance as a hurdler.

8/1

Form: 23-1P1 CD

Last run: 7 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Has won two of his three starts over fences, the latest by 8l over C&D last week (heavy, beat previous dual winner); 7lb penalty; should go well again.

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3rd

4

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Sageburg County

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

2-5 over fences, the latter win gained in four-runner race on heavy ground in November, but his record is very mixed; no match for easy winner when second of four last month and may find today's conditions too lively; others preferred.

11/1

2nd

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

14:55 Southwell

Sageburg County

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Inconsistent but conditions were perhaps not slow enough when disappointing last time and he had previously won by an easy 8l over C&D (heavy), albeit against just three rivals; major claims if returning to that form, for all that he's 7lb higher; the tongue-tie is new.

2/1

Form: 5112-P D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Won novice handicap chases at Chepstow (2m3f, good) and Ascot (2m5f, good to soft) last season; inauspicious reappearance run when pulled up at Wetherby last month (lost a shoe); could bounce back.

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1st

2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

16:00 Wetherby

Eaton Collina

11st 11lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Front-runner who won two in a row towards the end of last season and capitalised on the drop back in trip when winning easily over C&D (soft) four weeks ago; up 7lb but can make another bold bid and he's respected.

2/1

1st

6

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

13:32 Wetherby

Eaton Collina

11st 4lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Front-runner who won two in a row (2m3f/2m5f) in first part of 2023; returned to form when third of five at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in December and 3m probably stretched his stamina here last time; definite possibilities now back down in distance.

7/1

Form: 7432-6 C BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Only win over hurdles was over C&D in November last year (good); placed three times after that, including on soft; pulled hard when a well-beaten sixth of seven on chase debut last month; has since had a wind op; no easy task.

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4th

8

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 4

17:20 Newbury

Sporting Mike

11st 9lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

After chasing aspirations were soon aborted he didn't run too badly back over hurdles in a Class 3 at Ascot (2m7f, good to soft); of some interest on the back of that if able to build on it.

6/1

6th

12

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Sporting Mike

11st 1lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on chase/seasonal debut in November and, after wind surgery, finished further adrift when next seen in December; needs a huge revival but he's back over hurdles and would be a player on last season's form.

16/1

Abandoned

Form: 2PP-95 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Has won six races at up to 2m6f over fences, including on soft, the latest in March 2022; has rather lost his way since (only one decent run last term); well handicapped but plenty to prove.

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7th

1

7th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

15:25 Plumpton

Kap Auteuil

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

His second at Kempton last January remains his only effort of note from last ten appearances; there are no obvious signs that he's about to exploit this much reduced mark.

20/1

6th

7

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

13:05 Doncaster

Kap Auteuil

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Toby Lawes

Runner-up at Kempton in January and he's tumbled down the weights subsequently, but for good reason in view of some disappointing form.

20/1

Form: 32-765 D

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Creditable second at Bangor on final start last season (2m4f, good) but yet to regain his form after a summer break; plenty to prove.

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4th

7

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

16:35 Huntingdon

Zestful Hope

11st 2lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

3-15 over hurdles (all wins at Hereford); went close over C&D (good to soft) in January but below par back at Hereford last time; still an each-way player if bouncing back.

11/2

4th

1

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:32 Hereford

Zestful Hope

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

pressed leader, lost ground after 3 out

3/1

Form: /P114-

Last run: 234 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; two wins from four starts over hurdles for this yard last season, the second a handicap off 2lb lower mark at Market Rasen (2m2f, soft) in March; no easy task on first run over fences.

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1st

3

14th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 4

13:47 Hereford

Fiston De Becon

11st 4lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Justified favouritism in four-runner field at Southwell (2m, soft; off 4lb lower) last month, opening his chase account at the fourth attempt; may build on that win and warrants respect.

6/4

1st

2

18th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

14:25 Southwell

Fiston De Becon

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Two hurdle wins were over 2m/2m2f on soft; fair efforts over fences, last time finishing a close third off this mark at Carlisle (2m4f, heavy); chance despite dropping in trip.

5/4

3rd

3

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 4

15:00 Carlisle

Fiston De Becon

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Looked held in second at the final flight at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month, when the leader fell and this fellow was hampered and unseated; however, it was still a promising run from this lightly raced 9yo on just his second chase start, and he races off the same mark today; respected.

6/4

Abandoned

Form: 13-144 C

Last run: 139 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner with a visor for David Bridgwater earlier this year (2m5f, good to soft); tailed off at Uttoxeter on stable debut in July; no visor; others have stronger claims.

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Verdict Starting price

1

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Pawpaw

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins at 2m5f (good to soft) for David Bridgwater last spring; form has nosedived since last June, on good and testing ground, and hard to recommend despite today's surface likely to be more suitable.

33/1

0

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Pawpaw

11st 11lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins (2m5f, good to soft) in the spring; disappointing in last three runs and was pulled up at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) on his return from break last month; visor is now reapplied but he needs a major turnaround.

16/1

0

8

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Pawpaw

11st 9lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Won his first two starts in a visor but that aid is now left off after two heavy defeats, including his debut for this yard in July; bit risky.

16/1

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Verdict

In an interesting race, SAGEBURG COUNTY is taken to win his third race of the season. Hurlerontheditch and Firak also have strong claims.[Colin Russell]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Sageburg County

WEST COUNTRY:

Hurlerontheditch

RP RATINGS:

Eaton Collina

TOPSPEED:

Pawpaw

POSTDATA:

Sageburg County

The Times:

Sageburg County

The Guardian:

Sageburg County

Daily Mail:

Sageburg County

The Sun:

Sageburg County

The Star:

Sageburg County

Daily Record:

Sageburg County

Telegraph:

Hurlerontheditch

D Express:

Hurlerontheditch

Daily Mirror:

Hurlerontheditch