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Good To Soft

G.C.Rickards Ltd Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6337.2
  • 2m 4f 11y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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G.C.Rickards Ltd Handicap Chase

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

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7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £7.00
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 123-P1 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Dual Musselburgh winner who made all at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month despite jumping to his right at times; he was nicely on at top in the finish and has only gone up 3lb.

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6th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Cartonne

11st 2lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Donald McCain

Ended 2023 in excellent form, winning from the front at Doncaster (2m3f, good) and Ludlow (2m4f, soft); he turned the latter race into a stamina test and might be seen to even better effect over this longer trip; respected.

5/1

1st

1

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Cartonne

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Dual Musselburgh winner who made all at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month despite jumping to his right at times; he was nicely on at top in the finish and has only gone up 3lb.

7/2

1st

6

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

14:10 Doncaster

Cartonne

11st 10lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Began chasing career with two 2m4f wins at Musselburgh (both on good to soft) in February/March but ended last season with a subdued performance and also disappointed when back in action last month; now has a point to prove.

9/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 385152 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 77

Form & Verdict

Good-ground winner after wind surgery and showed that softer holds no terrors when giving the favourite a scare over C&D a fortnight ago; 6lb out of the weights here but Murray Dodd takes away 7lb; always ridden by Alex Edwards but must have a chance if gelling with new partner.

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1st

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

15:05 Leicester

Martalmixjac

11st 2lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Mel Rowley

jumped left on occasions, pressed leader, led 2nd, headed when not fluent 2 out, rallied when ridden last, soon led again, kept on well run-in

5/4

11/2

  • Place: £2.40

Form: /7833-

Last run: 255 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo; absent since finishing third on his handicap debut over hurdles at Market Rasen in April (2m4f, good to soft) but that was a forward step and this former point runner-up should be fine over fences; respected.

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9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

14:05 Doncaster

Minella Choice

10st 10lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

in touch with leaders

13/2

4th

7

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:35 Warwick

Minella Choice

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Ian Williams

Lightly raced point runner-up; ran okay over hurdles and was an encouraging third of 14 on last month's chase and seasonal debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft); should build on that and be involved.

3/1

Form: P3-62P

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Nearly three years since his second career win; runs well now and again but he's hard to predict and had an off day last time when heavy ground was no excuse.

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3rd

8

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:45 Leicester

Est Illic

10st 4lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

midfield, some headway before 4 out

10/1

4th

13

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Est Illic

10st 3lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Nearly three years since his second career win; runs well now and again but he's hard to predict and had an off day last time when heavy ground was no excuse.

25/1

Form: F3P235 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Won three over hurdles but he's 0-7 as a chaser and inconsistent; ran two fair races before finishing a remote fifth over C&D last month; wouldn't be the percentage call.

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0

2

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Inishbiggle

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

Won three over hurdles but he's 0-7 as a chaser and inconsistent; ran two fair races before finishing a remote fifth over C&D last month; wouldn't be the percentage call.

12/1

5th

5

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

13:25 Ludlow

Inishbiggle

11st 2lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Gary Hanmer

Three hurdle wins but failed to finish three of his first four attempts over fences; better in cheekpieces the last twice, coming third over C&D a month ago; still looks vulnerable.

10/1

Form: 1124-6 CD

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Interesting in that he only had to be ridden out to win this 12 months ago off just a 2lb lower mark; on the downside, he's not threatened since and was tailed off behind Cartonne at Doncaster last month.

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0

3

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Jobesgreen Lad

11st 12lb

J: James Bowen

T: Tom George

Interesting in that he only had to be ridden out to win this 12 months ago off just a 2lb lower mark; on the downside, he's not threatened since and was tailed off behind Cartonne at Doncaster last month.

10/1

6th

1

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

14:10 Doncaster

Jobesgreen Lad

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

4-10 over fences; will be suited by today's trip/ground and his current mark ought to be workable but we haven't seen him since a below-par run in March and he may have a preference for right-handed tracks.

6/1

4th

5

23rd Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

16:10 Ludlow

Jobesgreen Lad

10st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Two of his four chasing wins have come here and was in fine form before Christmas; well beaten at Hereford latest and stamina for 3m has to be taken on trust (all wins up to 2m5f).

6/1

Form: 45530P

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Following wind surgery he was close up in a first-time visor at Stratford but his profile is a patchy one and he never looked that interested last time at Market Rasen when the blinkers returned; cheekpieces did nothing for him when tried before.

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0

4

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Aviewtosea

11st 12lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Following wind surgery he was close up in a first-time visor at Stratford but his profile is a patchy one and he never looked that interested last time at Market Rasen when the blinkers returned; cheekpieces did nothing for him when tried before.

20/1

0

3

23rd Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:50 Market Rasen

Aviewtosea

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Following wind surgery he was a close third in a first-time visor at Stratford last month; he's a contender on that form but his profile this year is patchy and he was well beaten at Ayr last time; blinkers return today (no obvious positive effect previously); others are more solid.

16/1

Form: 64-U45 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Fair to say that he's not fulfilled his initial promise and hasn't been at his best for a while now; now tries fences in a tongue-tie and there are chasers in the family.

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4th

5

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

American Gerry

10st 5lb

J: David Bass

T: Hughie Morrison

Returned from layoff with two disappointing runs towards end of last year, latterly when pulled up on his chasing debut, but was given a wind op last month and has become dangerously well handicapped on some of his hurdling form.

10/1

Form: 4211-P D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Signed off last season with consecutive wins at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) but an absence appeared to check his momentum as the hat-trick was never alive at Warwick; has done his winning at a lower level than this.

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5th

1

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

14:15 Huntingdon

Master Malcolm

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Two wins (on soft ground) last spring took his C&D form figures to 3211; pulled up in better races elsewhere this term but a revival is possible back at Huntingdon and returned to his usual grade; clear second in this contest last year; interesting back here.

11/2

0

6

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Master Malcolm

11st 12lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Signed off last season with consecutive wins at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft) but an absence appeared to check his momentum as the hat-trick was never alive at Warwick; has done his winning at a lower level than this.

14/1

0

7

7th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

Master Malcolm

11st 3lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Ended last season in career-best form, winning twice in good style at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft); subsequent 205-day break might have checked his momentum but he still enters calculations.

6/1

Form: 213/3-

Last run: 420 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Useful winning hurdler; was returning from 207 days off when a 21l third on chase debut at Chepstow last October (2m, good) and now returns from another absence on debut for a new yard (formerly with Philip Hobbs); potentially on a fair mark but with a bit to prove right now.

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5th

1

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Mister Marbles

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Evan Williams

Won over hurdles for previous stable; currently hard to assess having failed to complete in both runs for new yard since a lengthy absence; however, first-time cheekpieces may have positive effect.

9/1

0

1

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

15:07 Hereford

Mister Marbles

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Useful winning hurdler; returning from 207 days off when a 21l third on chase debut at Chepstow in October 2022 (2m, good) and was back from an even longer absence when unseating early on last month's stable debut; only 11-2 that day so something was expected of him; quite interesting against these.

7/1

0

7

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Mister Marbles

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Useful winning hurdler; was returning from 207 days off when a 21l third on chase debut at Chepstow last October (2m, good) and now returns from another absence on debut for a new yard (formerly with Philip Hobbs); potentially on a fair mark but with a bit to prove right now.

11/2

Form: 13-144 D

Last run: 154 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Won his first two starts in a visor but that aid is now left off after two heavy defeats, including his debut for this yard in July; bit risky.

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1

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Pawpaw

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins at 2m5f (good to soft) for David Bridgwater last spring; form has nosedived since last June, on good and testing ground, and hard to recommend despite today's surface likely to be more suitable.

33/1

0

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Pawpaw

11st 11lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins (2m5f, good to soft) in the spring; disappointing in last three runs and was pulled up at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) on his return from break last month; visor is now reapplied but he needs a major turnaround.

16/1

0

8

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Pawpaw

11st 9lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Won his first two starts in a visor but that aid is now left off after two heavy defeats, including his debut for this yard in July; bit risky.

16/1

Form: -P4114 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict

Record of 7-23 over fences and he completed a double at Warwick (2m, good) and Hereford (2m5f, good to firm) not that long ago; conditions weren't that taxing last time at Fakenham (good to soft) and seems to need the ground good or quicker.

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0

10

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Ben Buie

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Martin Keighley

Record of 7-23 over fences and he completed a double at Warwick (2m, good) and Hereford (2m5f, good to firm) not that long ago; conditions weren't that taxing last time at Fakenham (good to soft) and seems to need the ground good or quicker.

6/1

4th

4

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

13:30 Fakenham

Ben Buie

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Martin Keighley

prominent, not fluent 4th, outpaced and lost position after 9th, soon weakened

9/4

1st

1

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Ben Buie

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Won three 2m chases last season (one here) and looked back in prime form when scoring by 4l at Warwick (2m, good) three weeks ago; still on a workable mark after recent 4lb rise and should be okay over today's trip; likely contender.

3/1

Form: 36/25- D

Last run: 427 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Competitive off higher marks over hurdles; made a couple of mistakes when never that dangerous in a competitive novice handicap chase at Worcester over a year ago; now in a new yard and worth a market check.

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5th

6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 5

15:05 Ludlow

Barrakhov

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Won his handicap hurdle off 10lb higher; beaten 14l and 21l in his last two chases and needs to show some benefit from the wind operation.

8/1

3rd

7

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 5

14:00 Huntingdon

Barrakhov

11st 1lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

in touch with leaders, mistake 11th

10/1

4th

6

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:58 Hereford

Barrakhov

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: David Killahena & Graeme McPherson

Competitive off higher marks over hurdles but well beaten in two chases and never really travelled before pulling up at Ludlow two weeks ago (Martalmix'jac runner-up).

14/1

Form: 2-P605

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 72

Form & Verdict

12-race maiden; placed earlier this year and latest Hereford effort wasn't bad, but being 11lb out of the weights reduces his appeal.

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9

21st Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 5

16:40 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Sheila Lewis

Inconsistent maiden; clear best effort when second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April; achieved nothing of value here (2m4f/2m, soft) the last twice; opposed.

25/1

5th

7

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 4

15:50 Ludlow

Beannaigh Do

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Sheila Lewis

13-race maiden under rules; second at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last April but no comparable form before or since and he's 12lb out of the handicap today; now tongue tied for the first time.

50/1

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Exacta £582.00
Straight Forecast £403.60
Tricast £1847.30
Trifecta £3322.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Cartonne

SPOTLIGHT:

Minella Choice

RP RATINGS:

Jobesgreen Lad

The Star:

Mister Marbles

TOPSPEED:

Pawpaw

WEST COUNTRY:

Ben Buie

The Times:

Cartonne

Telegraph:

Cartonne

The Guardian:

Cartonne

Daily Record:

Cartonne

D Express:

Minella Choice

The Sun:

Minella Choice

Daily Mail:

Jobesgreen Lad

Daily Mirror:

Jobesgreen Lad