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14:50 Aintree

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William Hill Cheltenham NRMB From January 1st Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15609
  • 2m 3f 200y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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William Hill Cheltenham NRMB From January 1st Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

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11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £3.10

Form: 1107-3 BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Completed a hat-trick in novice hurdles in the Grade 1 Tolworth at Sandown (2m, soft) in January; disappointing in the Grade 1s at Cheltenham and Aintree, which was followed by wind surgery but he also ran moderately when reappearing for chase debut at Chepstow (2m handicap on heavy) seven weeks ago; connections now turn to headgear.

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

2nd

5

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Tahmuras

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Grade 1 winner as a novice hurdler last term; never going well on debut over rules fences but has fared much better in cheekpieces since, defying top weight in novice handicap at Aintree (2m4f, soft) then creditable second at Exeter (2m3f, heavy); headgear retained; another strong Pendil contender for Paul Nicholls, who has won this race 13 times.

2/1

2nd

1

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 48y

Class 2

14:05 Exeter

Tahmuras

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Grade 1 novice hurdle winner; disappointing on final two starts last season and, after wind surgery, same again on chase/seasonal debut in November; cheekpieces, however, saw a career best when he won a six-runner novice handicap chase at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day, leading four out and finding plenty when challenged; good chance if that is repeated.

15/8

1st

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Tahmuras

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent on outer, went second 10th, pressed leader 11th, led and going best 4 out, faced challenge from 2 out, sustained duel with runner-up approaching last, kept on well run-in, won going away

11/4

5/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 27-221 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Did well in novice hurdles; second this term on first two runs over rules fences, latterly at this track, before winning by 15l in a five-runner novice handicap at Doncaster (2m3f, good; acts on heavy); most of the fences were omitted that day and he's been raised 7lb today but has more to offer over this sort of trip.

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

3rd

3

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:40 Musselburgh

General Officer

10st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Dual course winner over hurdles in 2022 and has made a good start to chasing career this season; followed emphatic win at Doncaster (2m3f, good) with clear second to a revitalised opponent at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; major player.

7/2

2nd

5

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

General Officer

11st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Did well in novice hurdles; second this term on first two runs over rules fences, latterly at this track, before winning by 15l in a five-runner novice handicap at Doncaster (2m3f, good; acts on heavy); most of the fences were omitted that day and he's been raised 7lb today but has more to offer over this sort of trip.

5/1

Form: 25-411

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Bumper/hurdle winner in France; drew a blank in handicap hurdles for this yard (tried at up to 2m5f) but has won handicaps at Taunton (2m2f, good to soft) recently on his two starts over fences; latest was much more of a hard-fought affair, making all, and he is 6lb higher today but the front two finished 11l clear; has to be considered seriously.

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

3rd

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:00 Wincanton

Heros

11st 3lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

raced in last early, brief headway 5th, nudged along 11th, outpaced 4 out, rallied 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last, no match for first two

7/2

9

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 2

13:05 Chepstow

Heros

9st 2lb

T: Venetia Williams

3rd

6

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Heros

10st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

led, briefly headed 8th, joined 11th, headed 4 out, hit 3 out, wandered around and lost second 2 out, soon weakened and no chance

7/2

Form: 194-31 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Irish point winner who was 3-6 over hurdles last season; not discredited on chase/seasonal debut at Ludlow and improved when winning a four-runner novice handicap at Ascot (2m3f, good) four weeks later, going on five out; up 3lb but stays 2m4f, acts on soft and should be capable of better still.

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

2nd

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Supreme Gift

12st 1lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Won three of five hurdle completions; chasing this term and won here (2m3f, good; has won on soft) in November but two poor shows have followed; back hurdling today, with first-time headgear and stamina to prove, having appeared over about 3m only once (chase debut, October) under rules.

20/1

0

5

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:30 Hereford

Supreme Gift

11st 5lb

J: Alice Stevens

T: Henry Daly

Won three of five hurdle completions; established himself as a promising novice chaser when winning at Ascot (2m3f, good; has won on soft) in November but his Aintree run since was a letdown; clearly more able than that.

7/1

4th

4

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Supreme Gift

11st 1lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Henry Daly

held up in rear, pushed along 4 out, no chance before 2 out

8/1

Form: 103-14 BF

Last run: 52 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

A pretty useful novice hurdler last season; won a three-runner novice chase at Uttoxeter on reappearance in October but his jumping was not the most fluent and that was again the case when he managed only fourth of eight at 6-5 in a novice handicap at Ayr (again 2m on good to soft; more to prove on soft) in November; needs overall improvement to justify this mark.

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

4th

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 1

13:10 Wetherby

Chasing Fire

11st 4lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Olly Murphy

raced wide throughout, held up in last, disputing third 10th, outpaced before 4 out

15/2

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Chasing Fire

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders when unseated 1st

9/2

4th

2

4th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

15:28 Ayr

Chasing Fire

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

in touch with leaders, towards rear after 4th, raced in last when mistake 6th, headway 5 out, still plenty to do after 4 out, ran on approaching last, never near to challenge

5/2

Form: 34P45- D

Last run: 256 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

4-10 over hurdles and ran creditably in defeat in notable handicaps at Kempton (2m5f, soft) and Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) to end last season; has good chasers in his pedigree and looks a useful prospect.

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

5th

4

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 3

15:30 Hereford

Harbour Lake

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Useful form in competitive handicaps to go with four hurdle wins at 2m-2m4f but he made a tentative start to chase career when pulled up at Aintree last month; aptitude for fences to prove at this early stage.

11/2

0

3

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

14:50 Aintree

Harbour Lake

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

didn't jump with fluency, held up in last, not fluent 2nd, awkward jump 9th, pushed along 4 out, no chance before 2 out, pulled up before last

4/1

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Payout
Exacta £266.00
Straight Forecast £280.40
Trifecta £841.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

General Officer

POSTDATA:

Heros

WEST COUNTRY:

Tahmuras

The Times:

Harbour Lake

Daily Mail:

Chasing Fire

RP RATINGS:

General Officer

TOPSPEED:

General Officer

D Express:

General Officer

Daily Mirror:

General Officer

The Star:

General Officer

Daily Record:

General Officer

The Guardian:

Heros

The Sun:

Heros

Telegraph:

Tahmuras