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13:37 Chepstow

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Coral Welsh Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £13007.5
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 2
  • 10 runners
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Coral Welsh Grand National Trial Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.50

Form: 6307-4

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Failed to win last season but was very creditable third in valuable Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) on New Year's Day and stuck to his task very well when fourth over the big Aintree fences (2m5f, heavy) on last month's reappearance outing; well worth another crack at a staying trip; one to consider.

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18th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Nassalam

11st 8lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Revelation with two wins in refitted blinkers on heavy ground at Chepstow this winter, notably in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f); has a 16lb higher mark today and never seriously figured when he had a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup (33-1) but deep ground would boost his chance.

28/1

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:30 Cheltenham

Nassalam

11st 10lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

The step up to about 3m1f last spring wasn't a success in the Ultima or at Aintree but he has been a different horse in refitted blinkers this winter, winning the Trial at Chepstow before following up in tremendous style in the Welsh National (3m6f, again on heavy) in December; deep ground would make things interesting but he would have more to prove otherwise.

25/1

1st

5

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Nassalam

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

It took him three attempts to prove his effectiveness over about 3m but when he did it was in tremendous fashion under Caoilin Quinn at this track (heavy) 18 days ago in the National Trial, going on five out; his stamina will get much more of an examination today but he's well handicapped under a 4lb penalty after that major career best.

6/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: P4P-3F CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Four-time course winner (2m7f-3m2f; good-soft) who returned to form with creditable third on seasonal debut at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October; has become unreliable, though, and is 3lb wrong today.

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9th

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Wayfinder

10st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Gained all four chase wins at Chepstow but his third on the Old course here (3m1f, good to soft) in October was right up there with his best form; ran very poorly (albeit on heavy ground) last time and has a point to prove.

20/1

13

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Wayfinder

10st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Rebecca Curtis

Gained all four chase wins at Chepstow; gave good account when second to subsequent Welsh Grand National winner there (2m7f, heavy) in December but needs to prove he can match that form on this right-handed course.

9/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 19P44-

Last run: 229 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Rather lost his way last season but the form of his win at Uttoxeter (2m6f, soft) just over a year ago reads well and he's back on the same mark now; contender if refreshed by 229-day break.

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7th

1

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:09 Market Rasen

Fern Hill

12st 1lb

J: Mr Charlie Case

T: Ben Case

Decent third off a 12lb higher mark at Chepstow in December (2m7f, heavy); had wind surgery after that and has struggled since; cheekpieces now tried; plenty to prove.

9/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 3

15:32 Newbury

Fern Hill

11st 9lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

led narrowly or disputed lead, headed 2 out, weakened approaching last

6/1

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Fern Hill

12st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

Best form for a year when third at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in December; had wind surgery soon afterwards and pulled up when tongue tied first time at Lingfield last month, perhaps with 3m5f playing a part but others today are a bit more persuasive.

11/1

14/1

Form: 44P50- D

Last run: 238 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Now 4lb lower than when landing a good prize at Ascot (3m, soft) in February 2022 but his only good run last season came over the big Aintree fences (3m2f, good to soft) and he struggled in Grand National on latest outing in April; others look safer; also engaged 3.35 Sandown but this is his first preference.

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2nd

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Fortescue

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Has slipped to a good mark and positives to take from three of his four runs this season, with his sole blip coming on good ground at Sandown last month; did little wrong here last time (3m2f, heavy) when finding just one too good under Harry Cobden; had wind surgery since; likely to go well provided he takes to the visor (replacing cheekpieces).

3/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Fortescue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Signed off last season in the Grand National (struggled); returned with pleasing efforts over 2m7f and 3m4f (both heavy) before finding good ground on the lively side at Sandown four weeks ago; dangerously well treated given he was a 10l fourth in last season's Becher at Aintree (3m2f) off 10lb higher and the stable form bodes well; strongly considered.

5/1

7th

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Fortescue

11st 12lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

All wins at 3m but may ideally need further now, having raced mainly over extreme distances since last success; kept on for second at Haydock (3m4f, heavy) most recently; trip aside, his current mark is handy.

10/1

Form: /031-3 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Thorough stayer who won last season's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft); posted sound effort when third on reappearance outing at Warwick (3m1f, soft) but this race looks more competitive.

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3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Major Dundee

11st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Alan King

His first two runs beyond 3m2f resulted in a third in the 2022 Scottish National (4m) and a win in last season's Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft; 3lb higher today); ran respectably on reappearance but two major backward steps have followed, the first on heavy ground and the latest when visored in the 3m5f Classic at Warwick on soft; no stamina doubts but he has a point to prove after those recent runs.

10/1

0

8

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Major Dundee

11st 3lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alan King

His only two runs beyond 3m2f resulted in a third in the 2022 Scottish National (4m) and a win in last season's Midlands National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft; 6lb higher today); ran respectably on reappearance and perhaps heavy going helps to explain a lesser show at Chepstow (weakened badly from four out) five weeks ago; needs to put that display way behind him (connections also now reach for a visor) but he has to be considered.

9/1

5th

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Major Dundee

10st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Alan King

Thorough stayer who won last season's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter (4m2f, soft); posted sound effort when third on reappearance outing at Warwick (3m1f, soft) but this race looks more competitive.

6/1

Form: 125/0- CD

Last run: 371 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Dual C&D winner in December 2021 (good to soft/soft) and still lightly raced over fences but was well beaten (over hurdles) on sole appearance last season and it's hard to know what to expect from him after another one-year layoff.

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6th

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Pats Fancy

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Rebecca Curtis

Dual C&D winner in December 2021 (good to soft/soft) and still lightly raced over fences but was well beaten (over hurdles) on sole appearance last season and it's hard to know what to expect from him after another one-year layoff.

16/1

5

27th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Pats Fancy

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won two novice handicaps over the extended 2m7f here last December, doing it impressively on soft ground on this card when he shaped as if stamina is his strong suit; failed to prove it with a disappointing run at the Cheltenham Festival (3m6f) and tailed off over hurdles on this month's reappearance, so there are contrasting messages.

8/1

10th

1

3rd Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:53 Chepstow

Pats Fancy

12st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Rebecca Curtis

Struck form and won two 2m7f chases here in this month last year; not seen since disappointing run at Cheltenham Festival in March but could be dangerous off his lower hurdle mark if fully tuned up.

12/1

Form: /501-2 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Very smart chaser who was not far off his best form when second in valuable Ascot handicap (3m, soft; heavy also suits) on last month's seasonal debut and competes off the same mark again here; no surprise if he poses a potent threat.

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1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

It's possible it was the return to Ascot that prompted a revival a fortnight ago, but that close second (3m, good) also coincided with the application of a tongue-tie (retained) and he's a strong contender if repeating that latest form; also effective on heavy going and won on sole visit here.

5/2

2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Two For Gold

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up/tailed off elsewhere on last three starts and has plenty to prove regarding current form, but he's 1lb lower than when winning this last year (good to soft) and was a good second over C&D on his reappearance in November; could stage a revival now back here in a first-time tongue-tie.

9/2

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Two For Gold

12st 1lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Smart in his prime and proved he retains most of his ability when second in major handicap at Ascot (3m, soft) on seasonal debut in November; didn't fire in last month's Veterans' Final but still enters calculations.

14/1

Form: 62/P-P D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Seemed to be running away with 2021 Charlie Hall Chase before crashing out at third-last fence but not much has gone to plan since; pulled up on sole appearance last season and also when reappearing over hurdles last month; leap of faith required to support him at present.

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3rd

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead

6/1

3rd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

High-class chaser at 2m4f-3m in his prime but he took a terrible fall at Wetherby two years ago and hasn't been the same since; easily excused a pulled-up run over hurdles in November and it's just possible he didn't act on the track when back over fences at Chepstow since, but the fitting of cheekpieces adds to the doubts.

6/1

Form: FP-233 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 8lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

As good as ever as a 12yo and has made the frame on all three appearances this season, including a good third over C&D; versatile regarding ground but some of his younger rivals look better handicapped; also engaged 3.35 Sandown but this is his first preference.

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7th

4

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Cyclop

11st 4lb

J: William Maggs

T: David Dennis

prominent

12/1

Form: 12F71-

Last run: 293 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Created good impression when winning at Kempton (2m4f, good to soft) on chasing debut in November 2022 and his close second here (2m3f, good to soft) the following month was also a good effort; not seen since his walk-over in February but could have significant untapped potential as a staying chaser.

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6th

2

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

14:45 Huntingdon

Dalamoi

12st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

held up in rear

8/1

4th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Dalamoi

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Tim Vaughan

Second-season chaser who has been pitched into Class 2 races this term, better effort when fourth at Kempton (3m, good to soft) last time; possibilities off 2lb lower dropped back in grade.

3/1

4th

12

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Dalamoi

11st 2lb

T: Tim Vaughan

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 4 out, weakened after 2 out

11/2

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Non-runners

Rapper, Quel Destin, Dr Kananga, Not Sure

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Payout
Exacta £405.00
Straight Forecast £366.30
Tricast £2734.40
Trifecta £2528.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Nassalam

WEST COUNTRY:

Two For Gold

The Guardian:

Dalamoi

The Times:

Pats Fancy

D Express:

Fern Hill

Daily Record:

Major Dundee

SPOTLIGHT:

Dr Kananga

TOPSPEED:

Fortescue

The Star:

Dalamoi

POSTDATA:

Nassalam

Daily Mirror:

Nassalam

Daily Mail:

Pats Fancy

Telegraph:

Two For Gold

The Sun:

Two For Gold