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Feeling Festive Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4470.3
  • 2m 4f 35y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Feeling Festive Amateur Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: -22286 C

Last run: 14 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Capable novice hurdler; is yet to win over fences, albeit has finished runner-up on four occasions (including over C&D); only sixth, behind Moytier (third), when reverting to fences here a fortnight ago; continues to ease in the weights.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Balko Saint

11st 10lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Very well handicapped on some of last year's placed form but returned from break with three below-par runs in the autumn and needs to turn a corner; won a heavy-ground hurdle in France in 2021 but may be best suited by good ground.

16/1

7th

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:05 Taunton

Balko Saint

11st 2lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Runner-up four times over fences at up to 2m5f during the spring/summer but below par in a hurdle race/chase at Wincanton since returning from a break; up in trip; others have less to prove.

20/1

Form: 213-84 D

Last run: 162 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Most proficient on soft ground; struggled on last two starts (good) for Warren Greatrex; still 2lb above his last winning mark (Plumpton), but stays well and has won going right-handed over hurdles at Taunton; mildly interesting to see how he fares after a break on first start Harry Derham.

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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Bolsover Bill

11st 9lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Harry Derham

Bright start for new stable with two wins at Exeter (2m3f); jumping has been an issue, to some extent, in both outings since; ran creditably latest (3m, good to soft) but ideally needs to regain fluency.

4/1

3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:09 Market Rasen

Bolsover Bill

11st 10lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Harry Derham

Won twice over 2m3f at Exeter in January (heavy/good to soft) and still with a chance when unseating three out latest; up 14lb during that time; a possible, but stamina to prove.

11/4

4

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Uttoxeter

Bolsover Bill

11st 10lb

J: Miss Victoria Malzard

T: Harry Derham

2-2 in 2m3f handicap chases at Exeter (heavy/good to soft) since switching to Harry Derham; form of both wins boosted, particularly the latter, and a further 8lb rise doesn't look enough to stop him with ground conditions to suit.

13/8

OUR TIP

Form: 3-3578

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Failed to shine in three starts since returning from further wind surgery, including when beaten 47l at Hereford (3m1f, good) last week; on the flip side, his Wincanton record is solid - placed in all three starts - and it's possible that this shorter trip can assist; is feasibly weighted.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

8th

6

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Faustinovick

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Well weighted on plenty of form but has always been a frustrating sort, as reflected by his overall strike-rate (1-27); his two efforts this autumn don't suggest a second win is imminent.

7/1

7th

5

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:55 Chepstow

Faustinovick

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, overjumped 9th, outpaced and lost position 14th, weakened 3 out

10/1

Form: 55P1F- D BF

Last run: 236 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won for the first time for Venetia Williams at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) in April, and might well have doubled-up at Chepstow the following week but for falling at the penultimate fence; 7lb above his winning mark, but still far from punitively handicapped; likely to go close with a clear round.

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

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:40 Ffos Las

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Still to get his head in front this term and he made mistakes when trailing in last of eight in 2m5f Hereford handicap chase 20 days ago; others appeal more.

4/1

8th

1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won this last year (good to soft) and has run well in defeat on two of his last three starts, most recently at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) this month; he's a strong candidate today.

3/1

2nd

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:55 Huntingdon

Grizzly James

11st 10lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Seemingly back in good form when third at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) in January and is probably worth another crack at this sort of trip but didn't travel with much zest when well-held fourth at Lingfield last month and is not one to rely upon.

9/2

Form: -72533

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict

Appears to have taken reasonably well to fences, giving a good account from the front over C&D (soft; first-time cheekpieces) last time, only weakening after clouting the final fence; seemingly has the measure of Balko Saint; headgear tweaked (blinkers on) seeking the breakthrough; possibilities.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

2

8th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 82y

Class 5

16:38 Wincanton

Moytier

12st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: Syd Hosie

Perhaps flattered to win quite so convincingly over fences here two runs back (2m4f, soft) and was then a remote third again here after going up 9lb; 5lb lower for this return to hurdling and Gearoid Harney takes off a further 7lb, so has a chance at the weights.

9/2

3rd

6

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:30 Wincanton

Moytier

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Syd Hosie

disputed lead, led narrowly before 10th, headed before 3 out, soon lost position

9/4

Form: P/1B3- BF

Last run: 303 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Two wins over fences, the latest coming at Southwell (3m2f, good; from a 7lb lower mark) last December; absent since finishing third at Market Rasen in February, so might find things happening a shade too quickly for her liking over this shorter trip on first start for Evan Williams.

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

3rd

7

26th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:20 Plumpton

Jessie Lightfoot

10st 5lb

J: Miss Imogen Mathias

T: Evan Williams

in rear, headway before 13th

14/1

4th

4

23rd Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

13:00 Leicester

Jessie Lightfoot

11st 8lb

J: Miss Imogen Mathias

T: Evan Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear

14/1

Form: 3PP1-2

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Far better when breaking his duck - 14th attempt - at Taunton (2m5f, soft; from a 5lb lower mark) in April; ran right to that same level when runner-up on seasonal reappearance at Fakenham (weakened late) 16 days ago; probable pacesetter who could have a significant role to play.

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

4th

8

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

School For Scandal

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

He has an up-and-down profile but he returned to form with a bold bid in first-time cheekpieces (retained) over C&D (soft) last month, finishing second; has had wind op since; could go well once more.

5/1

2nd

10

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:30 Hereford

School For Scandal

10st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Joe Tickle

led

20/1

7th

12

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

School For Scandal

10st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Joe Tickle

Ended last season with clearcut win at Taunton (2m5f, soft) and ran well in defeat on reappearance outing in November but his last two runs were poor and he's not proven over this far under rules; 2lb wrong.

25/1

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Verdict

The lowly weighted School For Scandal could prove all the better for his recent comeback run at Fakenham, meaning that he’s likely to represent a tough test to the returning GRIZZLY JAMES. However, a marginal preference is for the Venetia Williams-trained runner, who ended last season on a broadly upward trajectory. [Mark Rowntree]

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Moytier

LAMBOURN:

Bolsover Bill

RP RATINGS:

Balko Saint

SPOTLIGHT:

Grizzly James

POSTDATA:

School For Scandal

The Sun:

Jessie Lightfoot

The Times:

Moytier

The Guardian:

Moytier

D Express:

Bolsover Bill

The Star:

Bolsover Bill

Daily Record:

School For Scandal

TOPSPEED:

Balko Saint

Telegraph:

Balko Saint

Daily Mail:

Grizzly James

Daily Mirror:

Grizzly James