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12:55 Aintree

Soft

Boylesports Houghton Mares’ Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15661.25
  • 2m 3f 200y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Boylesports Houghton Mares’ Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

11/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.00
  • Place: £1.20

Form: 21124- CD

Last run: 267 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Usually leads; multiple Listed chase winner, including the last two runnings of this race (C&D in 2021); capable fresh; looks sure to make another bold bid.

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0

3

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

Zambella

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Multiple Listed winner, including the last two runnings of this race (soft/good) and at Aintree three weeks ago (2m4f, heavy; easily); it's a stronger race than in 2021 and 2022 but she should still be a tough nut to crack.

9/4

1st

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

12:55 Aintree

Zambella

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

jumped well, chased clear leader, headway 4 out, led narrowly after 3 out, went clear from 2 out, easily

11/8

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8/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 282-4P D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Solid campaign last season, featuring a handicap chase win at Wetherby (3m, soft) in December; respectable fourth in 3m2f Kelso handicap on reappearance but never going well when pulled up in a Listed Chase at Market Rasen since; bit to find even if bouncing back to her best.

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2nd

5

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Burrows Diamond

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

prominent, not fluent 10th, pressed leader 13th, disputed lead 15th, soon led, clear 3 out, faced challenge last, kept on but headed run-in, no extra towards finish

14/1

2nd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

12:55 Aintree

Burrows Diamond

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sue Smith

prominent behind clear leader, headway 4 out, went second after 2 out, weakened run-in

8/1

Form: -23114 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Not long with Dan Skelton and well suited by a switch to front-running when winning handicap chases at Fontwell (2m5f, good) and Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in October; reverted to hold-up tactics back hurdling and never involved when last of four in Grade 2 hurdle at Wincanton four weeks ago; has won on soft/very soft.

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2nd

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

14:00 Sandown

Sacre Coeur

11st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, led at fast pace, went clear 3rd, reduced lead after 4 out, faced challenge when badly hampered by loose horse 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon outpaced, left in second last

6/1

4th

9

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

Sacre Coeur

11st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, led, clear before 3rd, went further clear before 5th, mistake 8th, reduced lead after 12th

9/1

1st

1

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 2

13:50 Ludlow

Sacre Coeur

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Well served by the switch to front-running when winning handicaps at Fontwell (2m5f, good) and Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in October; ran in a Grade 2 hurdle next time and when back over fences at Aintree (up against it at the weights in a Listed race for mares) she went too fast up front on testing ground; that hard race was only 11 days ago.

9/4

Form: 41311- D

Last run: 227 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

In excellent form when last seen in the spring; had Zambella 5l behind in fourth when third in the 2m4f Mares' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before ending her campaign with wins back at Cheltenham (2m handicap) and Perth (3m Listed); her stable's very good spell in recent weeks provides hope that she can add to her many good efforts when fresh.

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3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Pink Legend

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

8-26 over fences, including making all in this race last year and there have been three wins since, the latest at Newbury (soft) in December; fell (some way out) on latest start but plenty of form in the last year suggests she's a serious player.

6/1

0

1

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

Pink Legend

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

raced in third behind clear leaders, lost ground 10th, fell 11th

4/1

4th

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

Pink Legend

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

No match for Zambella when third in this 12 months ago but she's shown stronger form since in winning four times (2m-3m, good-soft), most recently a Listed mares' chase at Newbury; might not be far away.

11/2

Form: 113-12 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

All three chase wins gained at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft), the latest on her reappearance in October; backed that up when second in a handicap at Kempton last month but more on her plate now stepping up in class.

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2nd

5

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

La Renommee

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

towards rear, steady headway after 12th

12/1

2nd

7

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 1

13:40 Doncaster

La Renommee

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Three wins in mares' handicap chases at Ludlow (2m4f, good/good to soft) this year and heavy ground may have been too much at Aintree three weeks ago (pulled up behind Zambella); however, others have stronger form.

25/1

0

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

12:55 Aintree

La Renommee

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

prominent behind clear leader, weakened after 2 out, pulled up approaching last

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £79.00
Straight Forecast £86.70
Trifecta £292.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Zambella

SPOTLIGHT:

Pink Legend

POSTDATA:

Burrows Diamond

The Times:

Sacre Coeur

D Express:

Burrows Diamond

Daily Record:

Sacre Coeur

TOPSPEED:

Zambella

WEST COUNTRY:

Zambella

Telegraph:

Zambella

Daily Mail:

Zambella

The Sun:

Zambella

The Star:

Zambella

The Guardian:

Pink Legend

Daily Mirror:

Pink Legend