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13:50 Ascot

Good To Soft

Howden Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £18210.5
  • 2m 2f 175y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
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Howden Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 11-213 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Has improved on 2m4f and 2m2f chase wins in April with sterling efforts this autumn, winning at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) and close up under a penalty (same mark today) in an even better race here four weeks ago; having a longer break this time can suit and he still has potential.

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

5th

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Would have been beaten by Saint Segal at Ascot (2m1f, good) in November but for that rival's final-fence fall (came third); however, he'd won at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) just eight days earlier and was back on the scoresheet at Ascot (2m3f, good) latest; progressive and could be in the mix.

5/1

1st

4

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Triple Trade

11st 1lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has improved on 2m4f and 2m2f chase wins in April with sterling efforts this autumn, winning at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) and close up under a penalty (same mark today) in an even better race here four weeks ago; having a longer break this time can suit and he still has potential.

5/2

3rd

7

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Comes here in a productive vein of form, with last four races resulting in form figures of 1121, latest at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft; led close home) eight days ago; improving chaser who has clear possibilities despite carrying a 5lb penalty.

7/1

11/2

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 15P2-0

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Hurdle/chase wins at 2m4f on soft, good and heavy; talented but found himself in front too soon at Sandown in April and all but ground to a halt on the run-in; well back on return to action in a warm Cheltenham handicap but this less demanding company and finish can suit; not ruled out.

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

1st

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 2

14:00 Sandown

Harpers Brook

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

raced in second, challenging when hampered by loose horse 3 out, led before 2 out, not fluent and pecked on landing 2 out, joined when left clear last

7/2

2nd

5

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Harpers Brook

10st 13lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Hurdle/chase wins at 2m4f on soft, good and heavy; talented but found himself in front too soon at Sandown in April and all but ground to a halt on the run-in; well back on return to action in a warm Cheltenham handicap but this less demanding company and finish can suit; not ruled out.

11/2

10th

14

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:20 Cheltenham

Harpers Brook

10st 2lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Second-season chaser who isn't fully exposed and is quite interesting off a low weight; however, comes with risk having snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) in April on last appearance, idling badly and pulling himself up on the run-in.

14/1

Form: 2/P-PP D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

High-class chaser at 2m4f-3m in his prime but he took a terrible fall at Wetherby two years ago and hasn't been the same since; easily excused a pulled-up run over hurdles in November and it's just possible he didn't act on the track when back over fences at Chepstow since, but the fitting of cheekpieces adds to the doubts.

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

3rd

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

disputed lead

6/1

3rd

2

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Shan Blue

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

High-class chaser at 2m4f-3m in his prime but he took a terrible fall at Wetherby two years ago and hasn't been the same since; easily excused a pulled-up run over hurdles in November and it's just possible he didn't act on the track when back over fences at Chepstow since, but the fitting of cheekpieces adds to the doubts.

6/1

Form: 81P2P- C

Last run: 273 days

W: 10st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Form tends to yo-yo but wind problems could have something to do with it and he's had another surgery (his fourth) since pulling up at Newbury in March; capable of a big run on best 2m4f form but hard to predict.

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

4th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Eden Du Houx

10st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Form tends to yo-yo but wind problems could have something to do with it and he's had another surgery (his fourth) since pulling up at Newbury in March; capable of a big run on best 2m4f form but hard to predict.

10/1

Form: PP11-P C

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won five out of eight chase completions and was better than ever in the spring when winning here (2m1f, good to soft) and Plumpton (2m3f, soft); highly tried on Cheltenham reappearance where he never made a forward move and called it a day three out but this looks more his level; involved.

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

1

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Black Gerry

12st 2lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Has a question mark over current form but now drops back in grade off 2lb below last winning mark; however, has something to prove back up in distance, having never won beyond 2m3f.

9/1

5th

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Black Gerry

11st 6lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Won five out of eight chase completions and was better than ever in the spring when winning here (2m1f, good to soft) and Plumpton (2m3f, soft); highly tried on Cheltenham reappearance where he never made a forward move and called it a day three out but this looks more his level; involved.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: U16F-P

Last run: 56 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Useful for Willie Mullins, including when third of 15 finishers in the Galway Plate (2m6f, good; has won on soft/heavy) in July 2022; however, he has failed to complete in two starts this year, pulling up for new yard over hurdles in October, and has something to prove back over fences.

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

16th

11

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

El Barra

10st 9lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Conor O’Dwyer

Three-time winner over fences but pulled up in both runs this season and up against it.

100/1

0

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

El Barra

12st 0lb

J: Charlie O’Dwyer

T: Conor O’Dwyer

Useful for Willie Mullins, including when third of 15 finishers in the Galway Plate (2m6f, good; has won on soft/heavy) in July 2022; however, he has failed to complete in two starts this year, pulling up for new yard over hurdles in October, and has something to prove back over fences.

20/1

Form: 122P-4 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

No frills about his handicap mark after two chase wins (2m, soft/2m3f, good) at the start of 2023 but he ran a very solid race when fourth of eight finishers in a better race than this on his return in November; major player off 2lb lower.

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

0

3

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Kempton

Cap Du Mathan

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Two chase wins in early 2023, over 2m (soft) and 2m3f (good to soft), and twice ran well in defeat during March; however, he's had two serious off days in his last three starts, apparently never travelling at Ascot three weeks ago, which leaves a question mark hanging over him.

4/1

0

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Cap Du Mathan

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

No frills about his handicap mark after two chase wins (2m, soft/2m3f, good) at the start of 2023 but he ran a very solid race when fourth of eight finishers in a better race than this on his return in November; major player off 2lb lower.

11/4

4th

7

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 1

14:05 Ascot

Cap Du Mathan

10st 5lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Freddie Gingell's claim is welcomed as he twice came up just short off this mark in 2m4f/2m2f handicaps back in March before looking a tad frayed when disappointing the final time at Sandown; effective at this trip but stays well and likely to be ridden positively as usual; hard to discount for last year's winning connections.

11/1

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Exacta £117.00
Straight Forecast £119.10
Trifecta £754.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Triple Trade

RP RATINGS:

Cap Du Mathan

Daily Mail:

Black Gerry

D Express:

Eden Du Houx

Telegraph:

Shan Blue

WEST COUNTRY:

Triple Trade

The Times:

Triple Trade

The Guardian:

Triple Trade

Daily Mirror:

Triple Trade

The Star:

Triple Trade

Daily Record:

Triple Trade

TOPSPEED:

Cap Du Mathan

POSTDATA:

Cap Du Mathan

The Sun:

Cap Du Mathan