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15:35 Lingfield

Good To Soft

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  • 2m 7f 110y
  • Class 5
  • 12 runners
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Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 4555-6

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 6yo who was beaten 34l or more in three hurdle runs and didn't live up to market expectations on handicap/chase debut at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) last month; looks worth a try at this new trip but he needs improvement.

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7th

16

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Haston Clermont

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Noel Williams

Progressive 7yo who kept on well to score at Catterick (3m1f, soft) six weeks ago and is now 3-5 over fences; has more on his plate here but open to further improvement over the longer trip.

9/2

1st

4

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

15:45 Catterick

Haston Clermont

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Noel Williams

Lightly raced point runner-up who won at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) in December on second chase start and followed up at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); beaten just a nose at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) last time by a winner who has since defied a 6lb rise, and he has attractive claims up 4lb.

5/4

2nd

3

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Haston Clermont

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Noel Williams

Low-mileage 7yo who bids to complete a hat-trick after recent wins at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) and Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); this is a much more competitive race than last time but he's still respected.

100/30

12/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 6417-4

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Point winner who won a maiden hurdle at Hereford (3m1f, good) in February but he's been well held in two handicaps since including on his chase debut at Ffos Las last month; that was on heavy ground after a break but he has a bit to prove and needs to kick on again.

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15

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Stellar Stream

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Improved to win North Wales National at Bangor (3m5f, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces in February and was in front before unseating rider at third-last fence in West Wales National at Ffos Las (3m4f, heavy) last month; also has winning form on good ground, and evidently in very good nick.

8/1

7

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Stellar Stream

10st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

raced in second, hit 13th, led 16th, 2 lengths ahead when bad mistake and unseated 3 out

4/1

40/1

  • Place: £28.90

Form: P7P-PP

Last run: 130 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 76

Form & Verdict

Placed in an Irish point but he's struggled in Britain and has been pulled up in three handicaps (hurdles/chase); 3lb out of the weights and can only be watched back from a break; first-time cheekpieces.

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4

4th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:05 Southwell

Galway Mahler

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Karen Jewell

led

7/4

1st

6

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

13:10 Huntingdon

Galway Mahler

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Karen Jewell

made all

7/2

1st

7

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

16:15 Lingfield

Galway Mahler

11st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Karen Jewell

Good third over C&D (good to soft) in December and bounced back from Wincanton flop (3m1f, heavy) with convincing win at Huntingdon four weeks ago (2m7f, good to soft; off 7lb lower); today's return to testing ground poses a question but he's a strong candidate if repeating that latest form.

7/2

Form: 45-542 D

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict

Both chase wins in early 2022 but he returned to form with a close second off reduced mark over C&D (good to soft) 11 days ago; back up 2lb but he finished just ahead of Heaven Smart; big player.

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1st

2

18th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Felton Bellevue

11st 11lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Hasn't won since February 2022, but mainly sound efforts this season notably when second over C&D last month (good to soft); should go well again.

7/2

3rd

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:18 Chepstow

Felton Bellevue

11st 9lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

Ran big race in defeat at Southwell (3m, good to soft) three weeks ago and has now made the frame five consecutive times since the autumn; ought to handle today's conditions reasonably well but, nevertheless, confidence in him would be higher on better ground.

3/1

Form: 44P-U3

Last run: 11 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Nine-race maiden but he's unexposed over fences and hit a personal best with his close third in a big field over C&D (good to soft) 11 days ago; closely matched with runner-up Felton Bellevue on that form and he's respected off only 1lb higher here.

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5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Heaven Smart

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Took well to first-time blinkers at Kempton (3m, soft), belatedly opening his account; beaten when unseating rider at Newbury (Class 3) since but this drop back in grade may suit; headgear retained.

7/1

6

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:05 Newbury

Heaven Smart

10st 5lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Sent chasing this season; let down by his jumping on penultimate start but switching from cheekpieces to blinkers worked on latest, in which he easily won from the front in a six-runner handicap at Kempton (3m, soft) despite two mistakes; up 9lb, with another 2lb out of the handicap, but it's hard to pin down just how much he had in the tank in that breakthrough win.

5/2

1st

9

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:40 Kempton

Heaven Smart

10st 12lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Ran well at Lingfield (2m7f) in November but was let down by his jumping over the same C&D since; still a maiden and chance partly depends on how well he responds to new headgear.

16/1

Form: 22P-64 C

Last run: 11 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Two of his four hurdle wins came at this track and he returned after wind surgery with a fourth of 15 over C&D (good to soft) 11 days ago; that was an encouraging start over fences but he was 10l behind two of today's rivals in that race and has some work to do to turn the tables.

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2nd

4

21st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:15 Chepstow

Shot Boii

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

First (good to soft) and second (soft) in two 3m1f chases in January but form has cooled and he found no rhythm last time at Carlisle; even if back on song, he'll be into unknown territory a long way from home here.

7/2

4th

5

7th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 4

16:55 Carlisle

Shot Boii

11st 11lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Game sort who has made a positive start over fences this term, going in at Hereford (3m1f) and undone by a bad error four out when third in 3m Kempton handicap last month; big player off an unchanged mark for yard among the winners.

6/1

Form: 654323

Last run: 99 days

W: 11st 13lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 5yo who reached the frame several times over hurdles including when second at Worcester (2m7f, good) on his penultimate run in August; should have a future over fences and he needs a close look on his handicap/chase debut.

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0

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Sforza Castle

12st 0lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Placed a few times over hurdles but from off the pace he made no impact whatsoever on his switch to fences in a 2m7f handicap at Lingfield; should be capable of better.

11/1

7th

4

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Sforza Castle

11st 13lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Lightly raced 5yo who reached the frame several times over hurdles including when second at Worcester (2m7f, good) on his penultimate run in August; should have a future over fences and he needs a close look on his handicap/chase debut.

5/1

3rd

5

3rd Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

15:55 Worcester

Sforza Castle

11st 4lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

disputed lead, led 4th, joined 8th, headed after 4 out, weakened from 3 out

5/2

Form: 1/P-PP D

Last run: 60 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Two wins over hurdles at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f, good) early in 2022 but pulled up in three runs this year including on his chase debut in October; has plenty to prove and he needs a major turnaround.

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7

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

15:20 Huntingdon

Freethinker

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Both wins in good-ground events over hurdles at Newcastle in 2022; achieved nothing in 2023, latterly over fences; enough to prove.

25/1

8th

9

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Freethinker

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Two wins over hurdles at Newcastle (2m6f/2m7f, good) early in 2022 but pulled up in three runs this year including on his chase debut in October; has plenty to prove and he needs a major turnaround.

25/1

0

6

12th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 5

14:30 Worcester

Freethinker

10st 13lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Free-going sort who twice made all in Newcastle handicap hurdles at up to 3m under Lilly Pinchin in early 2022; pulled up on just two starts since; chasing debut.

14/1

Form: 542F-4 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Won off 3lb lower at Taunton (2m7f, good) last December but he has a mixed record since and was tailed off at Chepstow on his return in October; now drops back in trip/grade but others are more convincing.

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3rd

6

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:50 Chepstow

Airtothethrone

11st 6lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Still to add to his sole Taunton success (2m7f) in 2022 but he posted a good second of four on the back of a wind op back there last month; enters calculations eased 1lb.

4/1

2nd

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:10 Taunton

Airtothethrone

11st 1lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Not badly handicapped and was still moving with some purpose when coming down three out at Lingfield two months ago (2m7f, good to soft); had wind surgery in the meantime; interesting.

6/4

Form: 2417-7

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: -44373

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Well treated on his hurdle win at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) in April but he's not come close to that form since including in two runs over fences (2m3f/2m5f) last month; this step back up in trip is a positive but he needs to significantly raise his game.

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1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

15:35 Plumpton

Hilltown

10st 2lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

Defied near enough a stone higher mark in the staying handicap hurdle on this card 12 months ago (soft); hasn't been that convincing over fences but went a long way to putting that right when second to an in-form rival over C&D three weeks ago.

5/2

2nd

7

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 152y

Class 5

16:00 Plumpton

Hilltown

10st 4lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Seamus Mullins

prominent, pressed leader 11th, outpaced before 12th, cajoled along and rallied 3 out, ridden and raced wide when lost ground home turn, kept on approaching last, went second again run-in, no match for winner

6/1

Form: 53/PP-

Last run: 266 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner (seventh start) in November 2020 but has only raced four times over hurdles since and pulled up in last two starts; now switches to chasing after another absence and he has a lot to prove.

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9

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:45 Leicester

Sleve Donard

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Tracey Leeson

held up in rear, no impression before 5 out

50/1

0

9

22nd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:50 Uttoxeter

Sleve Donard

10st 7lb

J: James Turner

T: Tracey Leeson

Pulled up on both hurdling starts last season and also on chasing debut 11 days ago; big leap of faith required to support him here.

100/1

0

12

11th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:35 Lingfield

Sleve Donard

10st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Tracey Leeson

Irish point winner (seventh start) in November 2020 but has only raced four times over hurdles since and pulled up in last two starts; now switches to chasing after another absence and he has a lot to prove.

50/1

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Payout
Exacta £725.00
Straight Forecast £629.40
Tricast £80717.00
Trifecta £31510.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Felton Bellevue

The Times:

Shot Boii

SPOTLIGHT:

Heaven Smart

WEST COUNTRY:

Sforza Castle

Daily Mail:

Hilltown

Telegraph:

Shot Boii

D Express:

Shot Boii

POSTDATA:

Heaven Smart

The Guardian:

Heaven Smart

TOPSPEED:

Felton Bellevue

Daily Mirror:

Felton Bellevue

The Sun:

Felton Bellevue

The Star:

Felton Bellevue

Daily Record:

Felton Bellevue