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Good To Soft

Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56950
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2574-1 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Dual chase winner in the mud in France but he was seen in a spectacularly new light when comfortably winning a valuable C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago on second run for this yard; lost momentum at the final fence, where two of his rivals (including the staying-on Yeah Man) came down when disputing second but it's not hard to think that a 4lb rise underestimates him.

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4th

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Victtorino

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

prominent

100/30

7th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Victtorino

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

in rear, slow jump 9th

5/1

1st

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Victtorino

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Dual chase winner in the mud in France but he was seen in a spectacularly new light when comfortably winning a valuable C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago on second run for this yard; lost momentum at the final fence, where two of his rivals (including the staying-on Yeah Man) came down when disputing second but it's not hard to think that a 4lb rise underestimates him.

11/2

11/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 210-2F D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Made debut under rules (after just one run in a point) last October; seen mostly over fences and was in the process of showing improved form when he fell at the final fence in major C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago, outpaced from six out but rallying strongly up the straight and only 2l down on Victtorino when departing; should prove well suited by further in due course but only 2lb higher today and has a big shout barring mishaps.

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1st

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Yeah Man

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (ran in just one point) in October 2022; seen mostly over fences and was rallying strongly when he fell at the final fence in a major Ascot handicap (3m, soft) in November this term; again found his stride late on over that same C&D (good) in December, this time getting away with a last-fence error and running on into second; cheekpieces go on; probably acts on heavy going; second over 3m2f last May and looks the type to come into his own now over 3m4f, barring mishaps.

11/2

2nd

10

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Yeah Man

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (after just one run in a point) last October; seen mostly over fences and was in the process of showing improved form when he fell at the final fence in major C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago, outpaced from six out but rallying strongly up the straight and only 2l down on Victtorino when departing; should prove well suited by further in due course but only 2lb higher today and has a big shout barring mishaps.

11/2

0

12

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Yeah Man

10st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (after just one run in a point) last October; runner-up once on heavy over hurdles and his good second of 12 in handicap chase at Down Royal (3m2f, yielding) in May when last seen is form which will surely be bettered this season; 4lb out of the handicap but one to note for Irish trainer who had three wins and two seconds from his five runners at Cheltenham last week.

11/1

10/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 926-U2 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Acts on soft; last won in early 2022 but nearly took a valuable Kempton 3m handicap in February off 2lb lower; has run creditably both starts this term, including runner-up over 2m5f here on latest; each-way chance.

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1st

4

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 5lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

In decent form having been placed at Ascot the last twice; respectable record at Kempton includes two wins in 2022 and a close second in major 3m handicap last February; strong contender back here with Tristan Durrell taking off 3lb.

5/2

3rd

3

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Flegmatik

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on soft; last won in early 2022 but nearly took a valuable Kempton 3m handicap in February off 2lb lower; has run creditably both starts this term, including runner-up over 2m5f here on latest; each-way chance.

10/1

2nd

3

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Flegmatik

11st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

8lb higher than for latest win in early 2022 but he very nearly won a valuable Kempton handicap in February off just 3lb lower; was fighting it out for the places when hampered and unseating over 3m here on his return (soft); drier conditions this time should be preferable; each-way claims.

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 21P1-1 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Ran no race at Uttoxeter in March but has otherwise been a notable improver since joining this trainer and has won three of his five starts for him; latest was on reappearance at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft; acts on heavy) six weeks ago in the Badger Beer, with another 14l back to the third, and this 8yo demands major respect despite 6lb rise.

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5th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Blackjack Magic

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

3-6 over fences; useful form in a couple of notable handicaps this term, winning at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) then fourth at Ascot (3m, good); may still have further progress in him; major contender.

3/1

2

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Blackjack Magic

12st 0lb

T: Anthony Honeyball

Form: 2/71-3

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced now but won at Wincanton (3m1f) in February and creditable third under Freddie Gingell over C&D four weeks ago (both on good); acts on good to soft but he was withdrawn the last five times he was due to run on soft; probably needs career best.

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5th

4

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Switch Hitter

11st 7lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Lightly raced now but won at Wincanton (3m1f) in February and creditable third under Freddie Gingell over C&D four weeks ago (both on good); acts on good to soft but he was withdrawn the last five times he was due to run on soft; probably needs career best.

20/1

3rd

1

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 3

15:10 Ascot

Switch Hitter

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Hasn't had much racing in recent seasons but he won at Wincanton (3m1f, good; also effective on good to soft) when last seen in February and he goes well fresh; could play a leading role on this return.

5/1

Form: 2211-1 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Won six of nine races under rules; all of his five chases have been in small fields but he looks on the up, ending last season with two wins at Catterick (3m1f, soft) in January and reappearing with another at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) last month; up another 5lb and this is much more of a test but he may well pass it.

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6th

8

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Git Maker

11st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Won six of nine races under rules; all of his five chases have been in small fields but he looks on the up, ending last season with two wins at Catterick (3m1f, soft) in January and reappearing with another at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) last month; up another 5lb and this is much more of a test but he may well pass it.

13/2

1st

2

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 3

13:45 Lingfield

Git Maker

11st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Has always looked promising and finished last season on the upgrade with 3m1f soft-ground handicap chase wins at Catterick; 5lb rise for the latest (by 2.5l) is perfectly fair for one with the potential to rate higher; the preferred choice of Gavin Sheehan ahead of stablemate Super Survivor.

13/8

1st

1

25th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

15:45 Catterick

Git Maker

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

took keen hold, prominent, good jump and pressed leader 7th, led 10th, going best 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, ridden approaching last, went clear run-in, comfortably

7/4

Form: /664-1 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but he had wind surgery (his third) in August and reappeared with a win at Exeter (3m, good to soft) six weeks ago when he travelled much the best before hanging on by half a length; up 6lb but could have more to offer.

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7th

9

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Make Me A Believer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but he had wind surgery (his third) in August and reappeared with a win at Exeter (3m, good to soft) six weeks ago when he travelled much the best before hanging on by half a length; up 6lb but could have more to offer.

11/1

1st

8

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Make Me A Believer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but there were hints of promise and he may yet have improvement to come in this sphere; reappears following a third wind operation; not discounted.

9/1

4th

2

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Uttoxeter

Make Me A Believer

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; missed all of last season but made encouraging chase/handicap debut in December (2m3f) and didn't run badly before looking a non-stayer over 3m last month; drops back in trip here and is 5lb lower now; dangerous to ignore.

7/1

14/1

Form: 6723-4 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Last two wins were over C&D (autumn 2021 and 2022) and he's effective on a range of ground; his reappearance six weeks ago was not as good as those in the previous two campaigns but he has a good mark and enters calculations.

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7th

9

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Larry

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders

11/1

1st

1

22nd Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 3

14:45 Plumpton

Larry

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Failed to build upon satisfactory seasonal debut when safely held in valuable Ascot handicap last month but will appreciate today's ease in grade and has slipped to a good mark; no surprise if he features.

3/1

Form: 893U11 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Initially disappointing over fences but won at Galway (2m6f, heavy) and Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last two outings; 9lb raise demands more from him (5lb claimer is recruited) but this 6yo probably has more to give.

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0

13

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Hascoeur Clermont

10st 8lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Lost his first eight chases but came good at Galway in October (heavy) and followed up in a competitive 3m1f handicap at Cheltenham (soft); should have been fine on the good ground at Ascot (3m) two days before Christmas but he dropped away up the straight; he's better than that.

18/1

9th

11

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Hascoeur Clermont

10st 12lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Initially disappointing over fences but won at Galway (2m6f, heavy) and Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last two outings; 9lb raise demands more from him (5lb claimer is recruited) but this 6yo probably has more to give.

7/1

1st

17

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Hascoeur Clermont

10st 6lb

J: Mr N McParlan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Initially disappointing over fences but just did enough to open account at Galway (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago, his eighth attempt; needs to build on that performance but won't mind if the ground dries out.

14/1

Form: 2231F- D

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Always front rank in novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) in March to gain first chase win at seventh attempt; should stay beyond that but fell before push came to shove in the Scottish National in April when last seen; something to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft; withdrawn on intended return last month; needs improvement on chase form.

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10th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Flash Collonges

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Always front rank in novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) in March to gain first chase win at seventh attempt; should stay beyond that but fell before push came to shove in the Scottish National in April when last seen; something to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft; withdrawn on intended return last month; needs improvement on chase form.

10/1

11

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Flash Collonges

10st 8lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Had wind surgery after last season and the one before that; hurdles win in March 2021 remains his best form but he took another step closer to it on latest start when always front rank in five-runner novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) to gain his first chase win, at the seventh attempt; should stay beyond that, so not totally ruled out with 4lb rise.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £272.00
Straight Forecast £246.60
Tricast £2531.60
Trifecta £2664.00

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Blackjack Magic

SPOTLIGHT:

Git Maker

The Times:

Yeah Man

RP RATINGS:

Victtorino

D Express:

Hascoeur Clermont

TOPSPEED:

Make Me A Believer

Daily Mail:

Yeah Man

POSTDATA:

Victtorino

LAMBOURN:

Git Maker

The Star:

Git Maker

Daily Record:

Git Maker

Telegraph:

Blackjack Magic

The Guardian:

Blackjack Magic

Daily Mirror:

Blackjack Magic

The Sun:

Blackjack Magic