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Good To Soft

Coral Racing Club Join For Free Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

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  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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Coral Racing Club Join For Free Handicap Hurdle (GBB Race)

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £8.00
  • Place: £1.60

Form: 211141 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 9st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Often a front-runner; completed a hat-trick over 2m7f (good/soft) in August-October and registered his best performance for about three years when scoring in good style at Ffos Las (3m, soft) five weeks ago; back up another 6lb but going great guns.

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1st

12

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; five wins last August-December, the last of which was over C&D (soft) at Christmas; up a further 7lb to another career-high mark at Huntingdon (good to soft) one month ago when that superb sequence came to an end and the scale of his defeat was concerning; needs to bounce back with another career best, aged 11.

20/1

10th

13

25th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 10y

Class 2

15:45 Huntingdon

Classic Concorde

10st 2lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; has had a marvellous spell over hurdles and was winning for the fifth time in six outings since August when successful at Chepstow after Christmas (2m7f, soft; also won on good); up a further 7lb to another career-high mark and this asks for yet more.

8/1

9/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 5-5P81 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Rattled off a four-timer over about 3m on testing ground early in 2021; well below that level in 2022 and 2023 but he broke his losing run on latest start when making most to score by a neck in four-runner race at Leicester (1m7f, heavy); back up 2lb today; needs to build on that performance.

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4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

15:50 Haydock

JAi Froid

11st 10lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Smart at his peak and still very useful and versatile at 11, winning handicaps over 2m at Leicester (heavy) and 3m1f at Warwick (soft) this winter; may have been a touch fortunate at the latter track (2l down when leader stumbled last) and suspicion he might prove vulnerable to some of the much younger legs in this line-up.

15/2

1st

6

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

JAi Froid

10st 12lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

Rattled off a four-timer over about 3m+ on testing ground early in 2021 and one of those wins was at this track; there's been something of a revival this winter, winning a four-runner race at Leicester (1m7f, heavy) and second at Chepstow (near 3m, soft) but this 11yo needs to take another step back up the ladder.

12/1

2nd

8

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

JAi Froid

10st 7lb

T: L J Morgan

Rattled off a four-timer over about 3m on testing ground early in 2021; well below that level in 2022 and 2023 but he broke his losing run on latest start when making most to score by a neck in four-runner race at Leicester (1m7f, heavy); back up 2lb today; needs to build on that performance.

9/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 16-451 D

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 3lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

2-9 over hurdles in Britain, the wins gained at Carlisle (2m3f, good to soft) in February and Bangor (2m7f, heavy) 12 days ago; back up 4lb but dug deep last time and respected after that performance.

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14

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Tanganyika

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Carlisle (2m3f) last February and Bangor (2m7f, heavy) in December; while penultimate start was creditable, he needs to perform much better than at Lingfield 13 days ago.

16/1

5th

10

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Tanganyika

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Had nothing in hand when successful at Bangor (2m7f, heavy) and off 4lb higher he was then only third to Classic Concorde at Chepstow; further 2lb rise for that defeat seems harsh.

14/1

Form: 37-384 CD BF

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Trainer won this race in 2019 and 2021, latterly in runaway fashion on soft ground thanks to this representative; 2023 form (particularly latest start, when tried in cheekpieces) has not matched what he achieved over fences or hurdles last year and he now tries a visor, returning to hurdles off what should be a competitive mark; one to consider seriously.

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3rd

9

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

10st 9lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Dual C&D winner over hurdles (2021); this season didn't go well, including over C&D two starts back, before he surged back to his best with a chase win on heavy ground at this track one month ago; that puts him back into serious calculations.

7/1

1st

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:00 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

in touch with leaders, went second after 13th, went clear with leader before 3 out, left well clear 2 out, eased run-in

12/1

Form: 1-5564

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in two chases this autumn and his switch back to hurdling (cheekpieces first time) on latest start was only a modest revival; contender if judged on his last-gasp win at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) in April.

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5th

13

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 118y

Class 3

16:10 Ascot

Crossing The Bar

11st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Contender if judged on his two 3m1f wins at Plumpton last February/April but he's not got near that form in his five runs this autumn/winter, returned to hurdling (with cheekpieces fitted) for last three.

33/1

9th

7

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Crossing The Bar

11st 13lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Neil Mulholland

Contender if judged on his two 3m1f wins at Plumpton last February/April but he's not got near that form in his four runs this autumn/winter, returned to hurdling (with cheekpieces fitted) for last two of those.

16/1

Form: 080-94 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Led in the final stride at Sandown (2m7f, soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; went downhill since until a change to this headgear back in the same Sandown race 18 days ago was his best performance since New Year's Day, so there is renewed hope.

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2

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Dolphin Square

12st 6lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Mixed form over hurdles last year and tailed off at Chepstow over Christmas when last seen; however, he showed some spark earlier in December and he won hunter chases in February 2022 (2m7f/3m2f, heavy/soft) on his last two runs over fences; capable of having a big say.

4/1

6th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Dolphin Square

11st 3lb

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride at Sandown (2m7f, soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; went downhill since until a change to this headgear back in the same Sandown race 18 days ago was his best performance since New Year's Day, so there is renewed hope.

10/1

4th

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 2

12:40 Sandown

Dolphin Square

11st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Led in the final stride in this race (soft; acts on heavy) on reappearance last term; has an 8lb lower mark this time round, having gone downhill after that win and he was tailed off at Newbury one month ago; first-time blinkers replace his usual cheekpieces.

12/1

Form: 754-34 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

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5th

3

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Eldorado Allen

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Placed in valuable handicap chases on both outings this season, more recently when keeping-on fourth in Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, goof to soft) last month; unraced over hurdles since March 2020 but could be very interesting trying to exploit his lower mark in this sphere.

11/4

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Eldorado Allen

12st 0lb

T: Joe Tizzard

4th

5

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Eldorado Allen

10st 13lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Not in peak form on final few runs last season and he'd have been fifth at best on his reappearance at Ascot but for two final-fence fallers; however, that was nevertheless an eyecatching run as he raced enthusiastically in front and frequently jumped to the left at that right-handed venue; goes back left-handed today and he's well handicapped on form such as his Grade 2 Denman Chase win here (2m7f, good to soft) in February 2022 and last autumn's second placings in the Charlie Hall and the Betfair Chase; interesting.

20/1

OUR TIP

Form: 23F/44

Last run: 52 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

His last hurdle race was four years ago, since which he has been 0-7 over fences and had 573 days off before this season; all of his completions over fences, including with cheekpieces enlisted on latest start, suggest that he shouldn't be far away.

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5th

1

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Mario De Pail

12st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Peter Bowen

Form dipped sharply over hurdles the last twice; 0-7 over fences but has a consistent record when completing in this sphere and now drops in class off a reduced mark; first chase win is not out of the question.

10/1

8th

6

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 2

14:15 Plumpton

Mario De Pail

10st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Peter Bowen

Didn't run badly over fences on first two starts for new stable this season but stopped quickly and was pulled up when back over hurdles at Chepstow 11 days ago; might be aided by first-time tongue-tie here but has a lot more to prove than some.

20/1

Form: 11-111 CD

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

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4

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

The Imposter

10st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

1st

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 3

11:55 Chepstow

The Imposter

11st 12lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

Has made stunning progress to win eight of his last nine starts and none were more impressive than the latest at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft), where he was hassled up front off a strong pace and yet still found the reserves to win; may well defy another 4lb rise.

7/2

1st

4

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 3

13:40 Uttoxeter

The Imposter

11st 3lb

J: Tom Buckley

T: Nigel Hawke

pressed leader, led after 4th, ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on, gamely

8/11

Form: P-14F5

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Won at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September; ran respectably in his two completions since, plugging on for fifth of ten at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) last time in a style suggesting he is worth this step up in trip.

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2nd

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

15:10 Chepstow

Uncle Bert

10st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Created pretty good impression when winning by 12l on seasonal/handicap debut at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September but has not really kicked on from that performance since, and was pulled up when upped to 2m7f here last month; drops back in trip today and has something to prove.

7/1

0

5

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Uncle Bert

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won at Perth (2m4f, soft) in September; ran respectably in his two completions since, plugging on for fifth of ten at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) last time in a style suggesting he is worth this step up in trip.

4/1

5th

10

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 118y

Class 2

13:40 Newbury

Uncle Bert

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

towards rear, slow jump 5th

9/2

Form: 3U24-2

Last run: 64 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

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5th

1

6th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

15:05 Market Rasen

Royal Pretender

12st 2lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Alan King

Uncharacteristic flop at Wincanton on Boxing Day but he's consistent otherwise and had reappeared with a close second at Exeter in October; can be thereabouts if back on song.

13/2

6

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Royal Pretender

10st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

0

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 2

15:13 Wincanton

Royal Pretender

11st 8lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alan King

Pretty consistent and should be fine with the trip and ground; second at Exeter on reappearance two months ago but that made it 0-10 in handicaps and he needs to find a bit extra from somewhere.

7/2

Form: 2-3414 D BF

Last run: 4 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

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10th

10

10th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

13:30 Newbury

Ballymagroarty Boy

10st 13lb

J: Miss Ella Herbison

T: Nigel Hawke

Won at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in December and not helped by mid-race mistake when fair fourth of six at Haydock (3m, heavy) 11 days later; this consistent 11yo could give a good account but has a modest 2-33 strike-rate and today's race is warmer than he's used to; others are more compelling.

12/1

7

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Ballymagroarty Boy

10st 8lb

T: Nigel Hawke

4th

2

23rd Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 3

15:15 Haydock

Ballymagroarty Boy

11st 6lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Nigel Hawke

Has 2-32 strike-rate but scores good marks for consistency, his first win (2018) came at this track and his second was delivered in clearcut fashion at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) 11 days ago on the first occasion he's been ridden by Ben Bromley; up 4lb to a career-high mark at the age of ten but should be seriously involved.

11/4

Form: 243-1U D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

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11

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

Goshhowposh

10st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

C&D winner in October, ran creditably in hot race next time and eventually asserted in dominant style at Wincanton (3m) on latest; has a bit more to prove back on worse than good to soft ground (third on soft on final start last term) but he's had just six races, so plenty of potential, and shapes as if he has major stamina reserves; lots to like.

3/1

9

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:40 Chepstow

Goshhowposh

10st 6lb

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

1st

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 150y

Class 2

15:13 Wincanton

Goshhowposh

11st 5lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Eventually worked his way to the front when favourite for ten-runner race at Exeter (2m7f, good) on handicap/seasonal debut; 12-1, unseated at the last in a Grade 3 handicap at Haydock (3m, good to soft) one month ago but was in the process of running creditably, disputing fourth just behind Lord Snootie at the time; after just five races, he should have more to offer.

4/1

Form: 3-2222

Last run: 15 days

W: 9st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

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1st

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 4

14:45 Musselburgh

Balkardy

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

made virtually all, pecked on landing 4th, briefly headed after 10th, led again after 11th, pushed along before 2 out, ridden before last, sustained duel with runner-up run-in, kept on towards finish, gamely

5/1

3rd

2

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

14:30 Ffos Las

Balkardy

12st 1lb

J: Miss Eleanor Williams

T: Evan Williams

jumped right on occasions, led

7/2

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Payout
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Straight Forecast £885.10
Tricast £3534.90
Trifecta £4190.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Classic Concorde

POSTDATA:

Tanganyika

TOPSPEED:

Uncle Bert

The Times:

Mario De Pail

RP RATINGS:

Bells Of Peterboro

WEST COUNTRY:

Uncle Bert

The Sun:

Tanganyika

Daily Record:

Tanganyika

D Express:

Mario De Pail

The Guardian:

Classic Concorde

Daily Mail:

Classic Concorde

Daily Mirror:

Classic Concorde