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14:40 Wincanton

Soft

NAF Metazone Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4224.8
  • 3m 2f 162y
  • Class 5
  • 9 runners
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NAF Metazone Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: 745P-P

Last run: 212 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Wide-margin Irish point winner in spring 2022 and shaped with significant promise in two 2m maiden hurdles last season; pulled up when upped to staying trips for two handicap hurdles in the spring and now has questions to answer but could still have a good future over fences; cheekpieces removed after one use; tongue-tie added.

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3

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

16:15 Lingfield

Moodofthemoment

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Pulled up in first three handicaps last year (including chase debut in December) but got back on track in first-time blinkers at Leicester (2m4f, soft) last month, rallying for third; this 3m point winner could build on that latest run now back up in trip if the headgear maintains its effect.

5/1

Form: F0P-5P C

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Three-time chase winner (once here) but looked out of sorts during four-race campaign last season and returned with two lacklustre efforts in the autumn; usual tongue-tie/blinkers left off today; revival needed.

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4

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Putdecashonthedash

11st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Keiran Burke

Defied a 17lb higher mark nearly two years ago but has shown precious little in the meantime.

16/1

6th

8

12th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

14:15 Wincanton

Putdecashonthedash

10st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Has dropped to a mark 12lb lower than when winning at Plumpton in January 2022 but this 10yo has struggled subsequently.

50/1

Form: 851-35

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Soon outpaced when the leaders quickened at Chepstow last month, after a break, but was a clearcut winner under Elizabeth Gale at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) in the spring and remains lightly raced over fences.

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1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Exeter

Head And Heart

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Failed to complete last two races and her tendency to clout the occasional fence remains a worry but she looked good when winning in first-time cheekpieces at Warwick (3m1f, soft) in January and is probably still on a workable mark.

11/2

7

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Head And Heart

11st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

in touch with leaders, bad mistake 14th, weakened before 5 out, soon pulled up

6/1

10

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Head And Heart

10st 11lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Winner at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) last April on second chase start; not obviously progressive after but fitting cheekpieces seemed to help when she came home in good style at Warwick (3m1f, soft) recently; up 7lb in a higher grade but has potential as a stayer; better claims than most.

9/2

Form: 607P-P D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Has pretty good 6-21 strike-rate over fences but was out of form last season and was struggling from a fairly early stage on last month's reappearance outing; leap of faith required to support him here.

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4

19th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

12:20 Wincanton

The Late Legend

11st 8lb

J: Lewis Stones

T: Tom Weston

Six-time chase winner but last season didn't end well and he was 66-1 when pulled up on Warwick reappearance.

33/1

Form: 576-6

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 5yo who ran well for a long way when sixth over hurdles here (2m4f, soft) on seasonal/handicap debut a fortnight ago; upped in trip for today's chasing debut; interesting.

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2nd

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:00 Exeter

Caeruleum

11st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Seven-race maiden; made pretty good start to chasing career when second over C&D (soft) in December but two very disappointing runs have followed and he now has a point to prove.

6/1

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:25 Leicester

Caeruleum

11st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Robert Walford

Six-race maiden; has started favourite in both outings since switched to fences, running well at Exeter (3m, soft) then disappointing at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); may still do better and remains of interest.

5/2

Form: 6525-2

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

0-5 over fences and 0-11 overall; rallied well on run-in and lost out only by a short head at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) last month but that was a rather odd race and it's probably wise to treat the form with a degree of caution.

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2nd

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:18 Chepstow

Williamdeconqueror

10st 10lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

0-7 over fences and 0-13 overall but lost out only by a short head to Dysania at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) in November, and his third at Taunton (3m2f, good to soft) in late December was also a good effort; fine on heavy ground; features prominently in calculations.

4/1

3rd

8

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Williamdeconqueror

10st 10lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

Lost on the nod at Lingfield (2m7f, soft) two runs back before finishing a remote third at Exeter; hard knowing what to expect from this 12-race maiden but capable of a bold show.

9/1

3rd

6

13th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

12:50 Exeter

Williamdeconqueror

10st 12lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Harriet Dickin

0-11 but competitive with cheekpieces in handicap chases over 2m7f-3m3f on last three starts, on last occasion losing on the nod at Lingfield on reappearance; no ground worries; back up another 2lb but should be bang there once again.

11/4

Form: 2417-7 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Opened account off today's mark in modest (3m1f, good to soft) chase here in March but recorded a very slow time and has been soundly beaten on both subsequent outings, the latter over hurdles last month.

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11

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:28 Taunton

Aikenbreakinheart

10st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Richard Rowe

Won at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) last March on his second chase start and is now 5lb lower, but he's struggled on his three starts since and may be best watched on this first outing since December.

50/1

0

10

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Aikenbreakinheart

10st 4lb

J: James Davies

T: Richard Rowe

Won on his chase debut at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) in March but that was in a small field and he's been well below that form in both runs since; overall record now 1-19 and others are preferred.

20/1

Form: P2P7-6

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 78

Form & Verdict

Regressive veteran who ran to form on only one of five appearances last season and remains without a win since May 2021; made satisfactory reappearance last month but others have more persuasive profiles.

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6th

11

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

13:50 Exeter

Tudors Treasure

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Robert Stephens

Three-time course winner who was runner-up at Chepstow in February but he struggled otherwise last season (including here) and this 12yo is 6lb out of the handicap today.

33/1

Form: P04-75

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 69

Form & Verdict

Unexposed after only five starts under rules and was only about 8l behind Williamdeconqueror when last of five on last month's seasonal/chasing debut at Lingfield (2m7f, soft; first-time cheekpieces), but is effectively 1lb higher here and needs to take a step forward.

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1st

7

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:40 Ffos Las

Wide To West

10st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Yet to register a victory but has run well in these blinkers to be runner-up in handicap chases (around 3m) at Leicester and Southwell (also tongue tied) of late; big shout eased 1lb with the headgear again sported.

9/4

2nd

6

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Wide To West

10st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Creditable efforts on both completed starts this season (has pulled up twice), last time finishing second of three finishers at Leicester (2m6f, heavy, first-time blinkers) on second run after wind surgery; headgear retained; not without a chance despite being 2lb out of the handicap.

7/2

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Verdict

This might go to lightly raced 5yo CAERULEUM, who made an encouraging handicap hurdle debut over 2m4f here last month and could have considerable untapped potential as a staying chaser. Head And Heart did not fire last month, after a break, but is a big player if judged on her Huntingdon win in April. Irish point winner Moodofthemoment was pulled up in both his handicap hurdles but can’t be written off just yet.[Chris Wilson]

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Head And Heart

SPOTLIGHT:

Caeruleum

WEST COUNTRY:

Williamdeconqueror

POSTDATA:

Tudors Treasure

Daily Mirror:

Moodofthemoment

D Express:

Caeruleum

The Sun:

Caeruleum

The Times:

Head And Heart

Telegraph:

Head And Heart

The Star:

Head And Heart

Daily Mail:

Williamdeconqueror

Daily Record:

Williamdeconqueror

The Guardian:

Tudors Treasure