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13:35 Wetherby

Good To Soft

William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 3m 0f 45y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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William Hill Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 140P-U BF

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Useful mare; overjumped and unseated rider at the first fence when favourite for the London National (3m4f) on seasonal debut; competitively weighted granted a clear round, having scored off only 1lb lower at Haydock (3m1f, soft) just over a year ago.

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

9th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ballooning the first fence resulted in her unseating rider when favourite for the London National (3m4f) on seasonal debut, after wind surgery; drew 14l clear from three out against the only other finisher at Wetherby (3m, soft) 18 days ago; 7lb rise could still leave her well treated and she's well worth this third attempt at a marathon trip.

8/1

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

T: Venetia Williams

11/4

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 7018-3 D BF

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won the Premier Chase (2m7f Listed) at Kelso last term; ran respectably over 3m2f there two months ago, while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; going well and held every chance when falling four out in this contest in 2021 (soft); interesting off just 2lb higher back here.

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

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made virtually all, going best but faced challenges 2 out, soon shaken up, ridden briefly when good jump last, kept on well run-in, won going away

13/8

2nd

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Empire Steel

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won the Premier Chase (2m7f Listed) at Kelso last term; ran respectably over 3m2f there two months ago, while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; going well and held every chance when falling four out in this contest in 2021 (soft); interesting off just 2lb higher back here.

11/4

OUR TIP

Form: 0/F13- D

Last run: 318 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Absent since his creditable third in last season's Denman Chase (Grade 2) at Newbury; successful in Cheltenham handicap (3m3f, good) the time before and is only 3lb higher now; 4-8 over rules fences; acts on soft; has a good record when fresh and again looks likely to perform well.

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

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 1

14:05 Newbury

Does He Know

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

raced wide, didn't jump well, in touch with leaders, weakened before 2 out

33/1

4th

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 10y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Does He Know

11st 6lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

towards rear but in touch with leaders, hit 10th, outpaced in rear after 4 out

20/1

0

1

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Does He Know

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Absent since his creditable third in last season's Denman Chase (Grade 2) at Newbury; successful in Cheltenham handicap (3m3f, good) the time before and is only 3lb higher now; 4-8 over rules fences; acts on soft; has a good record when fresh and again looks likely to perform well.

9/2

Form: /121P- CD

Last run: 287 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Form dipped sharply at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen but progressive otherwise and should bounce back; successful in this race 12 months ago, taking Wetherby record to 2-4, and is only 3lb higher now; 5-9 over rules fences; all wins on good to soft ground; respected back here.

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

6th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:50 Wetherby

Into Overdrive

12st 0lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Won the Rowland Meyrick Chase here in December 2022 and is 5lb lower now back hurdling; showed promise in this sphere earlier in career but pulled up over fences on both runs last year; has to get back on track.

12/1

0

2

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Into Overdrive

11st 4lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Form dipped sharply at the Cheltenham Festival when last seen but progressive otherwise and should bounce back; successful in this race 12 months ago, taking Wetherby record to 2-4, and is only 3lb higher now; 5-9 over rules fences; all wins on good to soft ground; respected back here.

3/1

9

14th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Into Overdrive

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Patiently campaigned to win five of his last six chases, the defeat coming against high-class L'Homme Presse at Newcastle in November (2m7f, good to soft); had a big Wetherby handicap in the bag from a fair way out on Boxing Day and, despite being raised 5lb, he can continue to go the right way if soft ground doesn't count against him (best efforts on good to soft).

7/1

Form: 2778-3 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Raced mainly at shorter; came up short in 3m1f contests at major spring festivals but Newbury reappearance (2m4f, good to soft) suggests he's well worth another crack at this sort of distance; has performed well (won/second) in two starts at Wetherby; possibilities off workable mark.

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

0

4

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Karl Philippe

10st 9lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Raced mainly at shorter; came up short in 3m1f contests at major spring festivals but Newbury reappearance (2m4f, good to soft) suggests he's well worth another crack at this sort of distance; has performed well (won/second) in two starts at Wetherby; possibilities off workable mark.

13/2

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Karl Philippe

11st 7lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Came up well short in 3m1f contests at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals; this return to 2m4f looks a plus on reappearance and he started last season in top form, including Wetherby win; could go well.

6/1

Form: 5471-1 D

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Well suited by soft/heavy ground; ended last season with a Hexham win (3m) and followed up at Carlisle (3m2f) on reappearance, taking chase record to 5-10; faces a harder task from 3lb out of weights in this grade but he's in the right form to give it his best shot.

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

5th

1

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

Houston Texas

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Struggling early and pulled up at Wetherby on Boxing Day; however, he has an excellent record here and made it 4-4 at Carlisle when winning in November (3m2f, soft); could play a leading role now back here.

9/4

0

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Houston Texas

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Well suited by soft/heavy ground; ended last season with a Hexham win (3m) and followed up at Carlisle (3m2f) on reappearance, taking chase record to 5-10; faces a harder task from 3lb out of weights in this grade but he's in the right form to give it his best shot.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £152.00
Straight Forecast £158.30
Trifecta £149.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Into Overdrive

RP RATINGS:

Empire Steel

TOPSPEED:

Karl Philippe

The Times:

Does He Know

The Guardian:

Into Overdrive

Daily Mail:

Into Overdrive

Daily Mirror:

Into Overdrive

The Star:

Into Overdrive

WEST COUNTRY:

Karl Philippe

D Express:

Karl Philippe

POSTDATA:

Empire Steel

Telegraph:

Empire Steel

The Sun:

Empire Steel

Daily Record:

Empire Steel