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Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Cheltenham & South-West Racing Club Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 123-71 C

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Beaten 5l by Grey Dawning when they clashed off level weights in a 2m5f Grade 2 hurdle last season (heavy); however, promises to be a better chaser judged on his course win (2m4f handicap, soft) last month when he bounded clear up the run-in to collect by 10l; has the look of a horse firmly on the upgrade.

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

1st

1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Ginnys Destiny

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Talented hurdler who is making a better chaser; said to have improved a lot at home after winning a novice handicap on the Old course here in November and gave another bold display from the front in a novice chase on this course in December (both 2m4f on soft) when he didn't face a serious challenge after the runner-up's bad mistake two out; 14lb higher than previous handicap win but has more to give.

3/1

1st

2

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Ginnys Destiny

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made virtually all, led narrowly from 10th, briefly headed 11th

9/2

1st

2

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Ginnys Destiny

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, made all

11/4

15/8

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 11F-31 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Beat Ginny's Destiny to bring up his hurdles hat-trick (2m-2m5f, good to soft-heavy) last season in a Grade 2 at Warwick; has looked a natural in both his runs over fences, perhaps needing it (in-keeping with a few stablemates) when third to top prospect Stay Away Fay at Exeter before leaving quality opposition for dead in a graduation chase at Haydock (2m5f, soft); has a penalty but he's looking exciting; stable won the last running of this with My Drogo.

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

1st

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won the 2m5f Grade 2 novice hurdle on heavy ground at this meeting last year; ran away with a graduation chase at Haydock (2m5f, soft) on second start over fences and may well have added a good novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago but for getting the second last all wrong, as he closed all the way to the line thereafter; has a bit more to prove at 3m (third attempt) but an exciting prospect.

9/4

2nd

1

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Grey Dawning

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, nudged along and challenging when bad mistake 2 out, soon lost ground, rallied and went second just after last, kept on well

15/8

1st

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 127y

Class 2

13:50 Haydock

Grey Dawning

11st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, not fluent 1st, went second 5th, led just after 8th, not fluent 12th, went clear after 5 out, good jump 4 out, kept on well from last, readily

5/2

3/1

Form: 3/11-1 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Would probably be unbeaten in five starts had he not hung for pressure late on at Exeter in his second run; lengthy breaks are a feature in his profile but he won two staying handicap hurdles on soft ground last winter and it was all very straightforward when defying a big weight on his chase debut at Carlisle (2m4f, soft); remains unexposed and shaping into a top prospect.

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

3rd

3

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Trelawne

11st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

3-4 over hurdles (won debut here); also took Carlisle handicap in November on chase debut and good efforts since when third in a hot novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft; Crebilly fourth) and second of four in Grade 2 at Wetherby, all three at about 2m4f on soft; cheekpieces go on; if they have no adverse effect he should be bang there once again.

7/4

2nd

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 1

13:10 Wetherby

Trelawne

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

led, niggled along briefly 6th, hung badly right and reminder before 8th, pushed along 12th, soon edged right, mistake 4 out, headed 3 out, rallied and led again 2 out, headed approaching last, no match for winner

3/1

Form: 2261-F D BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a productive last season over hurdles and really impressed in a 2m4f soft-ground handicap at Sandown the final time; backed into favouritism for his recent chase debut here and was looking a serious threat to Ginny's Destiny when not seeing eye-to-eye with the tricky second-last fence and coming down; clearly a big player if his confidence hasn't taken a knock.

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

1st

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Crebilly

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Had a productive first season over hurdles last term; looked better still in two runs over fences at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) this season, albeit falling two out on first occasion and put in his place by the principals on latest when he was just over 2l behind Trelawne on same terms as today; not far away.

9/4

4th

6

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Crebilly

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Enjoyed a productive last season over hurdles and really impressed in a 2m4f soft-ground handicap at Sandown the final time; backed into favouritism for his recent chase debut here and was looking a serious threat to Ginny's Destiny when not seeing eye-to-eye with the tricky second-last fence and coming down; clearly a big player if his confidence hasn't taken a knock.

100/30

0

1

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Crebilly

11st 10lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Made it two wins (2m/2m4f, good to soft/soft) from his five hurdle starts when landing a good handicap at Sandown in April when last seen; he was a promising third in his sole point and there can be optimism this lightly raced 6yo can continue to progress now over fences; one to consider.

3/1

10/1

Form: 9854-1

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Last season over hurdles was a bit of a struggle but he made the frame in the 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot during the summer and, while it looked unlikely at times, he stayed on best to make a successful chase debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft); this stronger race will test his mettle but he probably needs this sort of trip nowadays.

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

5th

4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Tritonic

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Last season over hurdles was a bit of a struggle but he made the frame in the 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot during the summer and, while it looked unlikely at times, he stayed on best to make a successful chase debut at Wincanton (1m7f, soft); this stronger race will test his mettle but he probably needs this sort of trip nowadays.

10/1

1st

1

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

12:55 Wincanton

Tritonic

11st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Could do with the ground drying out for this chase debut but he's well handicapped on the peak of his hurdle form and the fire still burns after making the frame in the 2m4f handicap at Royal Ascot this summer.

9/4

0

6

(6)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Newmarket

Tritonic

9st 7lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Always-prominent third of 19 off this mark at Royal Ascot (2m4f, good) in June; ran respectably back at 1m6f last time but, if there's been heavy rain here, the 2023 evidence is that soft ground may no longer be for him.

22/1

Form: 15/17-

Last run: 240 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who doubled his tally in an ordinary maiden hurdle at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) before finishing well held in a novice here in April; had wind surgery in the meantime and a tongue-tie is added, but this represents a severe first assignment over fences.

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

7th

5

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Blue Hop

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Won a bumper and 2m3f maiden hurdle among his first three starts; his only two runs since have been heavy defeats when big odds at Cheltenham, the latest last month when he switched to fences and had his tongue tied on first run since wind surgery; easily the last exposed, including as it's his handicap debut, but he also has the most to prove.

16/1

0

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Blue Hop

11st 4lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Bumper winner who doubled his tally in an ordinary maiden hurdle at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) before finishing well held in a novice here in April; had wind surgery in the meantime and a tongue-tie is added, but this represents a severe first assignment over fences.

40/1

7th

2

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

15:15 Cheltenham

Blue Hop

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

took keen hold, prominent, pushed along and went second 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £78.00
Straight Forecast £83.40
Trifecta £212.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Trelawne

SPOTLIGHT:

Grey Dawning

RP RATINGS:

Crebilly

Telegraph:

Tritonic

D Express:

Trelawne

Daily Mirror:

Trelawne

The Sun:

Trelawne

The Star:

Trelawne

Daily Mail:

Grey Dawning

Daily Record:

Grey Dawning

The Times:

Crebilly