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13:30 Haydock

Heavy

Betfred Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £26015
  • 3m 1f 125y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Betfred Tommy Whittle Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 411-41 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Has won half of his six chase starts and appreciated the step back up to 3m when a length too good for Credo over C&D four weeks ago (soft; kept on); 6lb rise sees him on a career-high mark but his profile would suggest he can keep progressing for a while yet.

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6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Famous Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won four of first seven chases, notably two over 3m1f in the mud here this winter; on second occasion he came from behind and got to the leader at the final fence in the Tommy Whittle (heavy) and it was good ground when he failed to show anything at Doncaster (3m) three weeks ago, not aided by a bad early mistake; this first attempt at a marathon trip could suit.

13/2

0

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Famous Bridge

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Brought along steadily as is usually the cases with horses from this yard; made it 4-7 over fences with game success in Haydock's Tommy Whittle (3m1f, heavy) and still looks well handicapped off 4lb higher; won't mind this less taxing surface; heart is in the right place and that should count for plenty when the going gets tough.

13/2

14/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 82-4P2

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Did well last season, including a 3m chase win on soft ground at Wetherby; returned to form when second in a small-field Listed chase for mares at Aintree (2m4f, heavy; tall order at the weights) and the third and fourth horses have won in recent days; considered off a perfectly good mark.

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2nd

5

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Burrows Diamond

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

prominent, not fluent 10th, pressed leader 13th, disputed lead 15th, soon led, clear 3 out, faced challenge last, kept on but headed run-in, no extra towards finish

14/1

2nd

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

12:55 Aintree

Burrows Diamond

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sue Smith

prominent behind clear leader, headway 4 out, went second after 2 out, weakened run-in

8/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 134-12

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

The race she won at Wincanton (3m2f, soft) rather fell apart and she would have achieved more when pushing Famous Bridge close over C&D last time, having stayed on well; has a 3lb pull for one length and it should be close between them once more.

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6th

9

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Credo

10st 11lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Acts on heavy; won in good style at Wincanton (extended 3m2f) in October; placed twice behind Famous Bridge here (3m1f) and ran well again when fourth of 14 to My Silver Lining in the Classic at Warwick (3m5f) on latest; having a good season but this is another hot race and she needs to find extra.

8/1

4th

10

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Credo

11st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won in good style at Wincanton (soft) in October over an extended 3m2f, the furthest she's been; good placed efforts off revised marks at Haydock (3m1f in the mud) in her two starts since but she needs to find a fair bit extra.

16/1

3rd

4

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Credo

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

The race she won at Wincanton (3m2f, soft) rather fell apart and she would have achieved more when pushing Famous Bridge close over C&D last time, having stayed on well; has a 3lb pull for one length and it should be close between them once more.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: F11-38

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won four times during progressive campaign as a novice, notably the Topham at Aintree in April (2m5f, soft); not quite at the same level on either side of wind surgery this season, though he didn't run at all badly in Newbury's big 3m2f handicap last month; the jury remains out as to whether he's quite as effective over this far as he is at shorter trips.

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8th

7

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Bill Baxter

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Warren Greatrex

pressed leader, left in lead 1st, headed and prominent 9th, bad mistake 10th

11/1

4th

1

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Bill Baxter

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Won four times during progressive campaign as a novice, notably the Topham at Aintree in April (2m5f, soft); not quite at the same level on either side of wind surgery this season, though he didn't run at all badly in Newbury's big 3m2f handicap last month; the jury remains out as to whether he's quite as effective over this far as he is at shorter trips.

6/1

Form: 967P-1 CD

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Hit and miss since winning the last running of this race in 2021 (by 10l off 1lb higher) but appeared to show the benefit of another wind op when all out to win at Warwick last month (3m1f, soft); clear claims if he can follow one good run with another.

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3

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:35 Newcastle

Enqarde

11st 11lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Appeared to show the benefit of another wind op when all out to win at Warwick last month (3m1f, soft); has become hard to predict and was below par in a Class 2 at Haydock last time that he won two years earlier; however, lurks on a dangerous mark with cheekpieces tried and could go well.

8/1

5th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Enqarde

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Hit and miss since winning the last running of this race in 2021 (by 10l off 1lb higher) but appeared to show the benefit of another wind op when all out to win at Warwick last month (3m1f, soft); clear claims if he can follow one good run with another.

6/1

12/1

Form: /2070- D

Last run: 282 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Last season never got off the ground and last run was at the Cheltenham Festival in March; resumes on a potentially good mark and with conditions in his favour; had wind op (his second) in the summer; dangerous to ignore.

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2nd

2

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Catterick

Dr Kananga

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

Should be well handicapped and in the new cheekpieces (regularly wears tongue-tie) he gave it a bold go from the front at Fontwell (3m2f, heavy); that was better and likely contender if taking to the new blinkers.

6/1

2nd

1

14th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Dr Kananga

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Ben Clarke

Very well treated judged on staying form in early 2022 on soft/heavy but there's been nothing resembling that since; cheekpieces are added.

12/1

0

5

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Dr Kananga

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Clarke

Well treated judged on his staying form in early 2022 on soft/heavy ground; he may have needed last month's reappearance at Haydock but last season was also somewhat underwhelming; question mark regarding current form.

14/1

Form: 611F/4

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Progressive on soft ground two seasons back (has won on heavy) and this front-runner went well for a long way on last month's belated reappearance when a fading fourth behind Famous Bridge; entitled to strip fitter this afternoon and a four-week break should see her avoiding the 'bounce'; has to be of interest now 5lb lower courtesy of Lucy Turner's claim.

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4th

2

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

15:05 Catterick

Eleanor Bob

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

jumped right on occasions, led, joined after 4 out, not fluent and headed 3 out, soon weakened

2/1

7th

9

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Eleanor Bob

10st 6lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Progressive on soft ground two seasons back (has won on heavy) and this front-runner went well for a long way on last month's belated reappearance when a fading fourth behind Famous Bridge; entitled to strip fitter this afternoon and a four-week break should see her avoiding the 'bounce'; has to be of interest now 5lb lower courtesy of Lucy Turner's claim.

5/1

4th

10

25th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

15:35 Haydock

Eleanor Bob

10st 11lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Absent since a disappointing run in March 2022 but went there on a hat-trick and she returns with her trainer in excellent form; yard won this last year with one returning from 302 days off; interesting candidate.

8/1

Form: 16F2-8

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Twice withdrawn in the past when the ground was heavy and couldn't cope with similar conditions when tailed off in the Grand Sefton on his return (Aintree's National fences); last season on ground from soft to good was a productive one, including his second in the Scottish National; would have been tempting but for heavy ground.

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0

11

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Coopers Cross

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Arrived here in much better form 12 months ago and in first-time cheekpieces he got the job done by a length at the expense of Cap Du Nord; later finished second in the Scottish Grand National when 2lb higher; no signs of any of that form this season but perhaps another change of headgear can work the oracle.

14/1

0

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Coopers Cross

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Heavy ground may excuse his poor efforts this term; creditable second in this race last year (soft; off 5lb lower) before winning a major 3m contest at Doncaster and finishing second in the 4m Scottish National; has the ability to take a serious hand.

16/1

0

2

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Coopers Cross

11st 10lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Twice withdrawn in the past when the ground was heavy and couldn't cope with similar conditions when tailed off in the Grand Sefton on his return (Aintree's National fences); last season on ground from soft to good was a productive one, including his second in the Scottish National; would have been tempting but for heavy ground.

12/1

Form: U12-53

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Two-time hurdle winner; has perhaps failed to do himself justice in any of his three starts over fences, the latest a 3m Grade 2 at Sandown; even if pulling his socks up he'll do well to beat the best of these; stamina for this far is not copperbottomed, either.

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8th

6

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Conkwell Legend

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Neil Mulholland

Came to grief in three of his five races over fences, but he'd just taken the lead at Exeter (3m, heavy) 13 days ago when falling three out; judged on that, he needs considering on this return to hurdling.

8/1

14

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Conkwell Legend

10st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Dual hurdle winner but came to grief in the very early stages of two of his four chasing attempts and was well beaten when completing the other two races (albeit one in a Grade 2); still unexposed over 3m but needs to get his act together over fences.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £370.00
Straight Forecast £321.20
Tricast £1540.80
Trifecta £1856.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Bill Baxter

The Times:

Famous Bridge

SPOTLIGHT:

Eleanor Bob

WEST COUNTRY:

Credo

D Express:

Dr Kananga

Telegraph:

Famous Bridge

Daily Mirror:

Famous Bridge

Daily Record:

Famous Bridge

LAMBOURN:

Bill Baxter

Daily Mail:

Bill Baxter

The Sun:

Bill Baxter

The Star:

Bill Baxter

RP RATINGS:

Eleanor Bob

The Guardian:

Eleanor Bob