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15:15 Doncaster

Good To Soft

bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 2m 7f 214y
  • Class 2
  • 11 runners
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bet365 Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1132-6 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Progressive during last season's first campaign over fences and he wasn't disgraced in the competitive Badger Beer at Wincanton on his reappearance; only seven and could still have more to offer.

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1st

7

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Forward Plan

10st 9lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Second-season chaser who went very close in major handicap at Doncaster (3m, good; off 4lb lower) most recently; won at same venue the time before; acts on soft; generally progressive and should go well again.

7/1

2nd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Forward Plan

10st 9lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Progressive last season; out of the weights when well held on reappearance in the Badger Beer and off a 7lb lower mark than that day he came from behind to see off Mister Coffey over C&D (good to soft) in December; they only jumped ten of the 18 fences (none up the home straight) but a 4lb rise still seems very fair; has to be on the shortlist.

8/1

1st

10

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Forward Plan

10st 8lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Progressive during last season's first campaign over fences and he wasn't disgraced in the competitive Badger Beer at Wincanton on his reappearance; only seven and could still have more to offer.

5/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 2238-4

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

0-10 over fences and not helped by his jumping when below par on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham, but he has run some mighty races in this discipline, twice finishing placed at the Cheltenham Festival and going well for a long way in the Grand National in April; capable of a bold show.

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3rd

1

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

15:50 Newbury

Mister Coffey

11st 10lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Still a maiden over fences (0-12) after a series of notable efforts, including when second of 11 at Doncaster (3m, good to soft; handles soft) in December; not at his best when sixth in the Great Yorkshire Chase there two weeks ago; type to bounce back quickly and unlikely to be far away.

4/1

6th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Mister Coffey

11st 8lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Somehow remains a maiden over fences (0-11) after any number of notable efforts, including here last time when beating all bar Forward Plan; usually jumps well, so omitting ten of the 18 fences wasn't in his favour; deserves a break and the cheekpieces have to be worth a go.

12/1

15/2

  • Place: £1.40

Form: 14-P22 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Won comfortably over C&D (good) in March when upped in trip and he's been a good second on his two outings this autumn (2m4f/3m1f, good to soft); this 6yo has a progressive profile and could be in the mix.

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1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Catterick

Twoshotsoftequila

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Ran right up to his best when a keeping-on third behind last weekend's Kempton winner Forward Plan at Doncaster two runs back (3m, good to soft); never got into it back there a month ago in a strong Class 1 handicap and probably best to forgive him that; acts on soft.

2/1

12th

17

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Twoshotsoftequila

10st 2lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Rebecca Menzies

1lb out of the weights; C&D winner last March (good) and ran right up to his best when a keeping-on third behind Forward Plan and Mister Coffey here in December; should give his running.

11/1

3rd

11

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Twoshotsoftequila

10st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Menzies

Won comfortably over C&D (good) in March when upped in trip and he's been a good second on his two outings this autumn (2m4f/3m1f, good to soft); this 6yo has a progressive profile and could be in the mix.

15/2

Form: 1111-8

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Won last season on his first four chase starts (2m2f-2m5f, good/good to soft); made mistakes when well beaten at 33-1 in the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2m4f, soft) on reappearance but that was a very tough comeback assignment and he retains potential; bred to stay and on the shortlist.

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8th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Whistleinthedark

11st 8lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

Hit the ground running over fences last season when winning his first four chase starts (2m2f-2m5f, good/good to soft); made too many mistakes in the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2m4f, soft) but was better here in December (3m) when close up behind three of today's rivals; each-way claims.

20/1

4th

4

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Whistleinthedark

11st 11lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

Won last season on his first four chase starts (2m2f-2m5f, good/good to soft); made mistakes when well beaten at 33-1 in the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2m4f, soft) on reappearance but that was a very tough comeback assignment and he retains potential; bred to stay and on the shortlist.

6/1

8th

9

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Whistleinthedark

10st 10lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

One of two progressive contenders for Laura Morgan; 4-4 since switched to chasing, most recently winning by 6l in small field at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) in April; faces a harder task off new mark at this level but could improve further the way he's going; hard to dismiss.

25/1

Form: 4P14F- CD

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

His form was up and down last season but he's just 2lb higher than when winning at Sandown (3m, good to soft) in February and has also won over this C&D; goes well fresh and could have a part to play.

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6th

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Castle Robin

11st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Charlie Longsdon

midfield

10/1

5th

6

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Castle Robin

11st 5lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

His form was up and down last season but he's just 2lb higher than when winning at Sandown (3m, good to soft) in February and has also won over this C&D; goes well fresh and could have a part to play.

12/1

9

15th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

16:15 Aintree

Castle Robin

10st 6lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

Often leads; good strike-rate when completing in handicaps at around 3m, the wins all on good to soft or soft, but he didn't run to his usual level at Doncaster in March and only his best form will suffice today.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3121-5 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Faded into fifth of seven on recent reappearance at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) after wind surgery but that wasn't a bad run and he could improve for it; won in fine style at Ayr (3m, good) in April and this 8lb higher mark may not stop him if he returns to his best now back up in trip.

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4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 1

15:36 Ascot

Sail Away

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Unplaced in handicaps this season but hasn't done much wrong, fourth of 18 in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster on latest; however, he's up steeply in class here and will need others to underperform to have any chance.

50/1

4th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Sail Away

11st 8lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Hammered Forward Plan by 11l at Ayr last spring (3m, good; made most) and now only 6lb higher than that day after finishing weakly in two races this season following wind surgery; what could make a major difference this afternoon is the return to good ground (from good to soft); on the shortlist.

14/1

6th

3

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Sail Away

11st 13lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Faded into fifth of seven on recent reappearance at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) after wind surgery but that wasn't a bad run and he could improve for it; won in fine style at Ayr (3m, good) in April and this 8lb higher mark may not stop him if he returns to his best now back up in trip.

11/2

Form: 3P2-33

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

10yo who has posted just one win from his 16 chase starts but he often runs well in defeat, as was the case twice in a row this spring, and he could improve from his October run at Aintree; might not be far away.

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0

9

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Nestor Park

12st 0lb

J: Lt Billy Aprahamian

T: Ben Pauling

Usually gives his running but has a poor strike-rate over fences (1-18) and he dropped away to be beaten some 31l last time at Warwick when the subject of strong market support in first-time blinkers; one of the highest rated in here but others appeal more.

4/1

5th

16

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Nestor Park

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Often runs well in defeat but he's now 1-17 over fences, having performed below his best the last twice; connections turn to blinkers (replacing cheekpieces) for some assistance; others are safer.

20/1

Form: 12P-2U C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Took well to chasing last season (two wins; good/good to soft) and reappeared with neck second at Exeter (3m, good); could continue to progress but early faller in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Ascot last time.

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2nd

2

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Manothepeople

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won 2m7f/3m2f chases at Chepstow last season; just failed to get up on his reappearance at Exeter (3m, good) before unseating early at Ascot; never got involved at Doncaster last month but in a deep race and this isn't so demanding; fine on all ground.

6/1

8th

9

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Manothepeople

11st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Took well to chasing last season (two wins; good/good to soft) and reappeared with neck second at Exeter (3m, good); could continue to progress but early faller in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Ascot last time.

15/2

Form: /170-0 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Has won eight of his 13 chase starts and ran creditably for a long way in last season's Grand National, before fading; he may have needed his reappearance over hurdles at Cheltenham four weeks ago and has won off this mark in the past; not ruled out.

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2nd

1

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Minella Trump

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Has a fine record over fences, winning eight of his 15 races; not at his best this season but has been running in much stronger races; well handicapped and has possibilities now down in grade but testing ground is a concern (has won on soft).

9/4

5th

2

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Minella Trump

11st 8lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Very productive in 2021 and 2022, winning numerous times, but lost his form badly (over hurdles/fences) in 2023; big revival is required.

20/1

9th

1

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Minella Trump

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Has won eight of his 13 chase starts and ran creditably for a long way in last season's Grand National, before fading; he may have needed his reappearance over hurdles at Cheltenham four weeks ago and has won off this mark in the past; not ruled out.

16/1

16/1

Form: /19P-9 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Well beaten on his three starts this year but he ran well for a fair way on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham (3m3f) when soft ground may not have been ideal; won three times in 2022 (3m-3m6f, good to soft) and, having edged back down the weights, is not written off now back on better ground.

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10th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Slipway

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on his three starts this year but he ran well for a fair way on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham (3m3f) when soft ground may not have been ideal; won three times in 2022 (3m-3m6f, good to soft) and, having edged back down the weights, is not written off now back on better ground.

16/1

9th

5

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 3f 71y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Slipway

11st 9lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

His three wins were all over fences in 2022, including on good to soft at Perth (3m6f) that April and Fontwell (3m3f) in November; given wind surgery soon after pulled up at the Festival here this March (66-1); ran well on soft early in career but not on last two encounters with it; probably needs a career best.

16/1

8

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Slipway

11st 8lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Ben Pauling

Won when up in trip at Perth (3m6f, good to soft) last April and followed up at Fontwell (3m3f, good to soft) in November; ran well on soft early in career and surplus stamina is no bad thing on this stiff track, but he needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Musselburgh (3m7f, good to soft).

25/1

Form: 07U-60

Last run: 87 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

On a competitive mark on best form for Willie Mullins and is one to watch in the betting on stable debut (remains in same ownership) but he wasn't at the top of his game on his last two runs and needs better than that.

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7th

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Ciel De Neige

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

On a competitive mark on best form for Willie Mullins and he's one to watch in the betting on this second stable start; however, he was tailed off at 50-1 at Doncaster last time and has to leave that run miles behind.

33/1

11th

2

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Ciel De Neige

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

On a competitive mark on best form for Willie Mullins and is one to watch in the betting on stable debut (remains in same ownership) but he wasn't at the top of his game on his last two runs and needs better than that.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £346.00
Straight Forecast £338.40
Tricast £922.50
Trifecta £1223.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Twoshotsoftequila

LAMBOURN:

Mister Coffey

The Guardian:

Forward Plan

SPOTLIGHT:

Whistleinthedark

WEST COUNTRY:

Manothepeople

RP RATINGS:

Sail Away

D Express:

Forward Plan

POSTDATA:

Twoshotsoftequila

The Times:

Twoshotsoftequila

Daily Mail:

Twoshotsoftequila

Daily Record:

Whistleinthedark

Telegraph:

Mister Coffey

Daily Mirror:

Mister Coffey

The Star:

Mister Coffey