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Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 3m 5f 56y
  • Class 2
  • 13 runners
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Glenfarclas Crystal Cup Cross Country Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: /1/4-2 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

High-class hunter chaser who looked an interesting recruit to the Skelton yard and was duly well backed when runner-up on his C&D debut four weeks ago, finishing in front of a few of today's rivals; came clear with the winner and a 3lb hit is neither here nor there; there's also good reason to believe he'll improve physically for that first run (many stablemates have).

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5th

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 1

16:25 Haydock

Latenightpass

11st 2lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

High-class hunter chaser (won the 2022 Aintree Foxhunters') who won a cross-country handicap at Cheltenham (3m5f, soft) in December last time out; this 11yo has never run over hurdles but he'll be tough to beat if transferring his chase form to this discipline.

13/2

1st

6

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Latenightpass

10st 8lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

High-class hunter chaser who looked an interesting recruit to the Skelton yard and was duly well backed when runner-up on his C&D debut four weeks ago, finishing in front of a few of today's rivals; came clear with the winner and a 3lb hit is neither here nor there; there's also good reason to believe he'll improve physically for that first run (many stablemates have).

7/2

2nd

4

17th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Latenightpass

10st 5lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

On two previous visits to Cheltenham he's won a hunter chase at the May meeting (2019) and finished fourth in the big one here in March (2021); also has form figures of 214 in the last three editions of Aintree's Foxhunters; an interesting edition to the Skelton yard and highly likely that he'll take to this unique challenge; player.

8/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 052384

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Hasn't been excelling over regulation fences for a while but this unique test floats his boat and he was only 15l away over C&D last month (good to soft); there are some doubts over him reproducing that effort on this softer ground.

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5th

3

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Francky Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Made the frame in cross-country races at Cheltenham (3m5f) the last twice; not sure to continue in same form back in a conventional event and hasn't won since July 2022.

10/1

2nd

7

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Francky Du Berlais

10st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Hasn't been excelling over regulation fences for a while but this unique test floats his boat and he was only 15l away over C&D last month (good to soft); there are some doubts over him reproducing that effort on this softer ground.

14/1

33/1

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 23-676

Last run: 148 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Sole rules win came in a bumper and he's 0-18 over jumps (0-4 chasing); the form of his recent point win doesn't amount to much (the veteran runner-up has been struggling for form) and he was only seventh on the Banks Course at Lingstown 19 days ago; out of the weights and very much up against it.

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3rd

5

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Fameaftertheglory

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Sole rules win came in a bumper and he's 0-19 over jumps (0-5 chasing); point winner in October but only seventh over the banks at Lingstown the following month; produced a very encouraging display to emerge best of the Irish challengers over the cross-country track at Cheltenham in December; this looks more demanding.

10/1

3rd

10

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Fameaftertheglory

10st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Gavin Cromwell

Sole rules win came in a bumper and he's 0-18 over jumps (0-4 chasing); the form of his recent point win doesn't amount to much (the veteran runner-up has been struggling for form) and he was only seventh on the Banks Course at Lingstown 19 days ago; out of the weights and very much up against it.

33/1

6th

2

20th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

17:00 Killarney

Fameaftertheglory

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Frustrating since winning a bumper at Wexford in October 2021; four seconds and four third placings from 13 starts over hurdles and no joy over fences either; unplaced at Bellewstown last time; meets The Last Mardi on 7lb worse than handicap terms.

11/2

Form: P1P-14 C

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 160

Form & Verdict

Has been on a rocky road since winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and his powers are on the wane; encouraging that he still fancied the challenge when digging deep in a Grade 3 chase at Punchestown in October and it was always going to be tough back in a Grade 1 at Down Royal; retains the class to threaten under his big weight if he takes to this unique test.

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4th

1

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Minella Indo

12st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Has been on a rocky road since winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup and his powers are on the wane; encouraging that he still fancied the challenge when digging deep in a Grade 3 chase at Punchestown in October and it was always going to be tough back in a Grade 1 at Down Royal; retains the class to threaten under his big weight if he takes to this unique test.

13/2

4th

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

14:20 Down Royal

Minella Indo

11st 10lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Beat stablemate A Plus Tard when winning the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup but was no match for that rival in the 2022 edition; only two runs last year, winning a Grade 3 at Tramore before not getting the best of starts and being pulled-up in the Gold Cup; showed enthusiasm to win a Punchestown Grade 3 on return and should run a big race if improving from that.

4/1

1st

2

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 7f 60y

16:10 Punchestown

Minella Indo

11st 6lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

led narrowly or disputed lead, led clearly 6th, clear after 2 out, shaken up and ran on well run-in, reduced lead towards finish

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 462U-8 C BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

High-class chaser with some notable Cheltenham honours to his name, including a second on this course at last season's Festival; however, he was laboured when made favourite here last month and surprisingly so given his excellent record when fresh; that effort leaves him with lengths to make up on a few of these and some questions to answer.

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4th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 0y

14:45 Navan

Galvin

11st 3lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went fourth approaching last, kept on well, not reach leaders

20/1

5th

2

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Galvin

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class chaser with some notable Cheltenham honours to his name, including a second on this course at last season's Festival; however, he was laboured when made favourite here last month and surprisingly so given his excellent record when fresh; that effort leaves him with lengths to make up on a few of these and some questions to answer.

9/2

8th

1

17th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Galvin

12st 0lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class chaser with an excellent record when fresh (form figures of 11F21111412 after breaks of 59 days or more); has notable Cheltenham honours, including his second to Delta Work off level weights on this course in March; departed early when 22-1 for the Grand National next time; of major interest.

100/30

Form: /0P-49 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Won the latest renewal of this race in 2021, and that's not his only competitive form around here; however, his last four races on this course haven't gone so well, including four weeks ago when soon in trouble; perhaps new cheekpieces can help him turn the tide but he's risky at present; 4lb out of the weights.

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7th

1

29th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:20 Plumpton

Diesel DAllier

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Richard J Bandey

His last success was in a cross country handicap at Cheltenham in December 2021 but he was a respectable sixth in that same event last month; well into the veteran stage now but he's lightly raced over hurdles and is on a dangerous mark back in this sphere; not ruled out.

12/1

6th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Diesel DAllier

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Richard J Bandey

Won the latest renewal of this race in 2021, and that's not his only competitive form around here; however, his last four races on this course haven't gone so well, including four weeks ago when soon in trouble; perhaps new cheekpieces can help him turn the tide but he's risky at present; 4lb out of the weights.

20/1

9th

7

17th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Diesel DAllier

10st 3lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Won this in 2019 and two years later he was a close-up third behind Back On The Lash before going two places better the following month; his last three races here haven't gone so well, beaten 20l+ or pulled up; dangerous mark if he can turn the tide and should be all the better for a recent run over hurdles.

7/1

Form: 0060-5

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Last season was a washout but he used to be smart and ran a nice race when beaten 10l in the Risk Of Thunder on Punchestown's Banks Course 19 days ago on his return from an absence; although he's not weighted to reverse placings with runner-up Vital Island, he should strip fitter here and the return of headgear is probably a good thing.

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6th

4

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 4lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Ciaran Murphy

Smart staying handicap chaser at his best, third in the Irish Grand National and the Paddy Power 2021; a long time since he has prospered; needs to step up on what he has shown cross-country so far; finished behind Vital Island here in November, and held by Fameaftertheglory on Cheltenham running.

14/1

0

20

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Enjoy Dallen

11st 0lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Ciaran Murphy

never better than midfield, detached before 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

7th

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Enjoy Dallen

10st 9lb

J: E Walsh

T: Ciaran Murphy

Last season was a washout but he used to be smart and ran a nice race when beaten 10l in the Risk Of Thunder on Punchestown's Banks Course 19 days ago on his return from an absence; although he's not weighted to reverse placings with runner-up Vital Island, he should strip fitter here and the return of headgear is probably a good thing.

12/1

16/1

Form: -11334

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

12lb out of the weights but that's not prevented horses from running well in these races in the past; takes on this challenge after two competitive runs in 3m1f handicaps over the regulation fences here, latterly finishing close up behind last weekend's Becher Chase winner Chambard; one to consider at lengthy odds.

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4th

3

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:15 Wincanton

Wick Green

12st 6lb

J: Mr Peter Mason

T: Ben Pauling

Two competitive runs in 3m1f handicap chases before running well from out of the weights in last month's cross-country race at Cheltenham; evidently on good terms with himself and should be a factor.

7/2

8th

11

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Wick Green

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

12lb out of the weights but that's not prevented horses from running well in these races in the past; takes on this challenge after two competitive runs in 3m1f handicaps over the regulation fences here, latterly finishing close up behind last weekend's Becher Chase winner Chambard; one to consider at lengthy odds.

16/1

Form: 55PP-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Finished third in a Kim Muir over the regulation fences here but regressed badly last season; 19lb out of the weights but that was also the case when a staying-on third over C&D four weeks ago, finishing 10l behind runner-up Latenightpass; needs to bridge that gap and he's struggled with consistency during most of his career.

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3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Didero Vallis

11st 4lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Respectable second in veterans' event at Catterick (3m1f, soft) last month and remains well treated on best form; however, by no means certain to go one better, as he's on a three-year losing spell and back against younger rivals.

4/1

2nd

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Didero Vallis

11st 9lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Inconsistent but his two Cheltenham cross-country runs (3m5f) this season showed that plenty of ability remains and he wasn't the only one to not show his form in the Welsh National when out of the weights; should be a major player in this company.

5/2

0

21

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Didero Vallis

9st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Used to act in the mud; inconsistent; the first of his two Cheltenham cross-country runs (3m5f) this season showed that plenty of ability remains but he has not won since February 2021 and is unlikely to put that right in this hot race from 12lb out of the handicap.

40/1

Form: 6F5-06

Last run: 125 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser and was twice placed in such company last season; however, he fell early in the Grand National and has looked low on confidence in three subsequent heavy defeats (the latest over hurdles); enters the cross-country scene with an awful lot to prove.

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4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 88y

15:50 Fairyhouse

Fury Road

11st 8lb

J: Jordan Gainford

T: Gordon Elliott

in rear throughout, detached from 4 out, tailed off

16/1

10th

3

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Fury Road

11st 10lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Grade 1 winner as a novice chaser and was twice placed in such company last season; however, he fell early in the Grand National and has looked low on confidence in three subsequent heavy defeats (the latest over hurdles); enters the cross-country scene with an awful lot to prove.

16/1

6th

2

12th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

18:55 Kilbeggan

Fury Road

11st 0lb

J: Danny Gilligan

T: Gordon Elliott

Classy type won a Grade 1 novice chase at Leopardstown in 2021 and twice placed in such company last season; fell in the Grand National before a poor un at Punchestown; questions reverting to hurdles after being tailed-off in the Galway Plate.

6/1

Form: 521-P2

Last run: 19 days

W: 10st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Veteran having his first visit to Cheltenham, but he's a dual winner on the Banks Course at Punchestown and bounced back to form when second in the Risk Of Thunder there last month (soft); every chance of confirming those placings with Enjoy D'Allen, even from 4lb out of the weights; could go well despite his preference for drier ground.

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3

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 130y

13:20 Punchestown

Vital Island

12st 0lb

J: J J Slevin

T: R P O’Keeffe

Seven wins in points, as specialist over the banks at Lingstown; dual winner over this course, in the 3m1f Ladies Cup in 2022 and the 4m2f La Touche last season; second in the Risk Of Thunder here in November; struggled at Cheltenham last time but should not be underestimated

12/1

11th

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Vital Island

10st 2lb

J: Mr T Power Roche

T: R P O’Keeffe

Veteran having his first visit to Cheltenham, but he's a dual winner on the Banks Course at Punchestown and bounced back to form when second in the Risk Of Thunder there last month (soft); every chance of confirming those placings with Enjoy D'Allen, even from 4lb out of the weights; could go well despite his preference for drier ground.

16/1

2nd

2

26th Nov 2023

Soft To Heavy

3m 0f 0y

11:40 Punchestown

Vital Island

11st 9lb

J: J J Slevin

T: R P O’Keeffe

soon led narrowly, briefly disputed lead 14th, ridden when headed before last, kept on but no match for winner

3/1

33/1

Form: 41P-25 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Warwick specialist; did well to produce an effort of note over C&D last month when 16lb out of the weights (as is again the case) but backed out of contention when it mattered and he's hard to entertain from a win perspective.

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2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Volcano

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sheila Lewis

Has gained most wins at Warwick, the last three over 3m5f; best effort this term came over same distance in cross-country race at Cheltenham; drops back in grade off a workable mark but this doesn't look an ideal scenario; 0-4 at Hereford.

11/4

0

14

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Volcano

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Often front-runs; Warwick specialist with five wins from six appearances and two of those wins were over 3m5f (one on soft); the defeat, however, came in this race last year (heavy) when beaten 16l in a respectable fifth; best to forgive this season (way out of the weights on Cheltenham cross-country on last two starts) but 2lb wrong today and this task looks a bit too tough.

16/1

Form: 9-P711

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Very effective in cheekpieces but has gone 2-2 since fitted with blinkers, winning a Listed chase in France before enhancing his excellent record over Aintree's Grand National fences with a 2l success in last month's Grand Sefton (2m5f, heavy); the mud is by no means a necessity for him to show his best form and he seems to possess the tools for a test of this nature provided he gets home (unraced beyond 3m2f when keeping on); high on the list.

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0

4

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Gesskille

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very effective in cheekpieces but has gone 2-2 since fitted with blinkers, winning a Listed chase in France before enhancing his excellent record over Aintree's Grand National fences with a 2l success in last month's Grand Sefton (2m5f, heavy); the mud is by no means a necessity for him to show his best form and he seems to possess the tools for a test of this nature provided he gets home (unraced beyond 3m2f when keeping on); high on the list.

4/1

1st

5

11th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

14:45 Aintree

Gesskille

11st 7lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Had form on heavy in France; beaten a nose in this race last year and also runner-up in the 3m2f Becher here last December, both on good to soft; off the boil afterwards, including in the C&D Topham in April, but he returned from three months off with a narrow win when blinkers replaced cheekpieces at Auteuil (2m6f, very soft) in September, suggesting he is back in the mix.

11/4

5

20th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

19:05 Uttoxeter

Gesskille

11st 6lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

led narrowly, prominent when headed 8th, ridden after 9th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £517.00
Straight Forecast £449.20
Tricast £6001.70
Trifecta £6604.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Gesskille

RP RATINGS:

Galvin

POSTDATA:

Latenightpass

Daily Mirror:

Minella Indo

WEST COUNTRY:

Wick Green

TOPSPEED:

Didero Vallis

Daily Mail:

Gesskille

The Sun:

Gesskille

Daily Record:

Gesskille

The Times:

Galvin

Telegraph:

Galvin

The Guardian:

Latenightpass

The Star:

Latenightpass