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14:50 Chepstow

Good To Soft

Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (Run In Memory Of Kim Gingell) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £85425
  • 3m 6f 130y
  • Class 1
  • 19 runners
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Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (Run In Memory Of Kim Gingell) (GBB)

Runners: 21 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.00

Form: 307-41 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

It took him three attempts to prove his effectiveness over about 3m but when he did it was in tremendous fashion under Caoilin Quinn at this track (heavy) 18 days ago in the National Trial, going on five out; his stamina will get much more of an examination today but he's well handicapped under a 4lb penalty after that major career best.

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1st

5

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Nassalam

11st 6lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

It took him three attempts to prove his effectiveness over about 3m but when he did it was in tremendous fashion under Caoilin Quinn at this track (heavy) 18 days ago in the National Trial, going on five out; his stamina will get much more of an examination today but he's well handicapped under a 4lb penalty after that major career best.

6/1

1st

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Nassalam

11st 1lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Failed to win last season but was very creditable third in valuable Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, soft; first-time cheekpieces) on New Year's Day and stuck to his task very well when fourth over the big Aintree fences (2m5f, heavy) on last month's reappearance outing; well worth another crack at a staying trip; one to consider.

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 5122-P

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Ran poorly on sole start here; only nine races in all, winning five but best form when beaten a head by Autonomous Cloud at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) in March and he looked sure to stay further that day; it was disconcerting that he found his reappearance this month quite so tough, notwithstanding the 2m4f, but he's interesting on the Uttoxeter performance.

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3rd

4

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Iron Bridge

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Only ten races in all, winning five; put a poor reappearance behind him when he ran in the Welsh National at Chepstow (3m6f, heavy) at Christmas, a street behind by the winner but beating all the rest after passing Iwilldoit on the run-in; could have more to offer in these long-distance races.

9/2

2nd

7

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Iron Bridge

11st 3lb

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Ran poorly on sole start here; only nine races in all, winning five but best form when beaten a head by Autonomous Cloud at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) in March and he looked sure to stay further that day; it was disconcerting that he found his reappearance this month quite so tough, notwithstanding the 2m4f, but he's interesting on the Uttoxeter performance.

10/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 1/15-2 CD

Last run: 46 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

4-6 over fences, including wins in the 2021 Welsh National (soft) and last season's Classic Chase at Warwick (3m5f, heavy); disappointing in the 4m2f Midlands National in March but reappearance second at Aintree (first hurdle race since April 2021) last month augured well; 6lb higher than at Warwick but a 7lb claimer is recruited this time; soft or heavy ground would be preferable and he needs plenty of respect.

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5th

1

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Iwilldoit

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

Won the 3m6f Welsh National on soft in 2021 and the 3m5f Warwick Classic (clear best form) on heavy last January; gave it a fair shot when well-beaten third in this season's Welsh National (under Dylan Johnston) and not at all discredited at Lingfield four weeks ago given the exalted company, but to win this he needs to get back closer to his best form.

7/1

3rd

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 10y

Class 2

15:00 Lingfield

Iwilldoit

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Sam Thomas

raced in third and prominent, outpaced after 4 out, no match for first two

20/1

3rd

1

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Iwilldoit

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Sam Thomas

4-6 over fences, including wins in the 2021 Welsh National (soft) and last season's Classic Chase at Warwick (3m5f, heavy); disappointing in the 4m2f Midlands National in March but reappearance second at Aintree (first hurdle race since April 2021) last month augured well; 6lb higher than at Warwick but a 7lb claimer is recruited this time; soft or heavy ground would be preferable and he needs plenty of respect.

7/1

33/1

  • Place: £5.10

Form: 313-13

Last run: 19 days

W: 9st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Scored in good style at Wetherby last month and creditable third at Sandown (again 3m on soft) 19 days ago; going beyond 3m (first time today) may well suit him but position 12lb out of the handicap makes for a very stiff task.

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3rd

12

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Not Sure

10st 12lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Improvement when winning on reappearance at Wetherby (3m, soft) then good third behind Animal at Sandown (3m, soft); ran well for long way in ultra-attritional Welsh National over Christmas (3m6f, heavy; well-beaten fourth) and this progressive 8yo could go well if that hard race hasn't left a mark.

6/1

4th

22

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Not Sure

9st 4lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Scored in good style at Wetherby last month and creditable third at Sandown (again 3m on soft) 19 days ago; going beyond 3m (first time today) may well suit him but position 12lb out of the handicap makes for a very stiff task.

33/1

OUR TIP

Form: 212-10 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Highly progressive as a novice chaser last season, ending with an easy handicap win at Kempton (2m4f, soft) and staying-on second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); won an intermediate chase on return but made a backward step when favourite for top 3m2f handicap at Newbury on latest outing; of major interest if that can be forgiven.

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5th

2

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Complete Unknown

11st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Highly progressive as a novice chaser last season, ending with an easy handicap win at Kempton (2m4f, soft) and staying-on second in Grade 1 novice at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft); won an intermediate chase on return but made a backward step when favourite for top 3m2f handicap at Newbury on latest outing; of major interest if that can be forgiven.

8/1

10th

8

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Complete Unknown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

towards rear, hampered 1st

7/1

1st

2

21st Oct 2023

Soft

2m 4f 216y

Class 2

13:40 Newton Abbot

Complete Unknown

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

raced in second early, led 2nd, increased tempo 10th, pecked on landing 12th, going best when good jump 4 out, went clear 3 out, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and reduced lead run-in, always doing enough

4/6

Form: 2PF-5P C BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, notably with a big career best in this race (soft) but he has not clicked in any of his four starts since; 1lb lower than 12 months ago but hard to trust.

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6th

8

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 25y

Class 2

15:35 Exeter

The Big Breakaway

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last term with two excellent seconds, big career best in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft), but has not clicked in his six starts since; didn't go a yard in this season's Welsh National and return to hurdling four weeks ago failed to relight the spark.

25/1

6th

2

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

The Big Breakaway

11st 10lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, with a big career best in the Welsh National (3m6f, soft), but has not clicked in his five starts since, not going a yard back in the Welsh National 17 days ago; hurdles record is contrastingly unsullied, admittedly after just four runs and latest was February 2022 when third off 7lb higher than today; perhaps a return to this sphere will relight the spark.

14/1

0

3

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Big Breakaway

11st 8lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Joe Tizzard

No win since chase debut in 2020; started last season with two excellent seconds, notably with a big career best in this race (soft) but he has not clicked in any of his four starts since; 1lb lower than 12 months ago but hard to trust.

12/1

Form: /3F2P-

Last run: 284 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Fell in the closing stages on both his appearances at Chepstow, latterly when in a well-held fifth at the fourth last in this race last year; had come to the fore on soft/heavy ground but he also kept plugging away for second in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle in February on good to soft; flopped in the Midlands National in March and had wind surgery in July; recent cheekpieces are replaced by a visor; more exposed than a lot of these but no doubts over his stamina if he is back on song.

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1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

The Galloping Bear

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Had wind surgery last July but made a laboured return in the Welsh National and his Warwick run 17 days ago was also lacklustre, even considering the 3m trip; wore cheekpieces on last three starts last term, then visor/blinkers this season; 5lb claimer is recruited; has big questions to answer regarding current form but this test would suit if he's on his game, as he showed when second in it off the same mark last year.

9/1

8th

5

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

The Galloping Bear

11st 6lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Ben Clarke

Strong stayer in the mud when on his game but needs to bounce straight back from a laboured return in a first-time visor (regularly sports tongue-tie) in the Welsh National only 17 days ago; hard to know what he'll make of blinkers, though one of three efforts in cheekpieces saw him finish second in last season's Eider; others appeal more but he's not entirely ruled out.

20/1

0

4

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

The Galloping Bear

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Ben Clarke

Fell in the closing stages on both his appearances at Chepstow, latterly when in a well-held fifth at the fourth last in this race last year; had come to the fore on soft/heavy ground but he also kept plugging away for second in the 4m1f Eider at Newcastle in February on good to soft; flopped in the Midlands National in March and had wind surgery in July; recent cheekpieces are replaced by a visor; more exposed than a lot of these but no doubts over his stamina if he is back on song.

14/1

Form: U44-21

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Won at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, soft) and, after a patchy campaign last term, never better than in his two starts this season, both under Lucy Turner; unraced beyond 3m2f but he won by 13l at that trip over the big Aintree fences on heavy going on latest start, so there must be strong hopes that he will stay; has 4lb penalty and is due to go up another 5lb, so he's a huge player if able to back up that latest effort 18 days later.

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8th

2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Chambard

11st 12lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Ridden last two years by Lucy Turner; won at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and, after a patchy campaign last term, never better than first two starts this season, latterly when winning by 13l over the big Aintree fences (3m2f, heavy); first race beyond that was the Welsh National, just 18 days later which might help to explain his modest show but he also made mistakes early on final circuit; 7lb higher than at Aintree and needs another career best.

20/1

Form: 581-B1 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Second, seventh, third and fourth in the last four Welsh Nationals, as well as winning the Midlands National (4m2f, heavy) in 2020; this year he's added wins in the West Wales and London versions at Ffos Las (3m4f) and Sandown (3m4f, heavy) under his now regular partner Freddie Gingell, the latter race 18 days ago; has 4lb penalty and this probably requires his best form in nearly two years, but he should be on the premises once more.

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0

8

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Truckers Lodge

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Second, seventh, third and fourth in the last four Welsh Nationals, as well as winning the Midlands National (4m2f, heavy) in 2020; this year he's added wins in the West Wales and London versions at Ffos Las (3m4f) and Sandown (3m4f, heavy) under his now regular partner Freddie Gingell, the latter race 18 days ago; has 4lb penalty and this probably requires his best form in nearly two years, but he should be on the premises once more.

11/1

1st

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Truckers Lodge

11st 11lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Made the frame in three Welsh Nationals over 3m6f at Chepstow and took the Midlands National (4m2f, heavy) in March 2020; first win since came this April at Ffos Las (3m4f, soft) under his now regular partner Freddie Gingell; first-time-out record was the big worry at Cheltenham three weeks ago but he couldn't show what form he was in, being brought down at the third; effectiveness with the trip/ground means he can't be ruled out.

10/1

Form: 23P-PP

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

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9

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Ashtown Lad

11st 1lb

T: Dan Skelton

0

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Ashtown Lad

10st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Pulled up in the Grand National in April and same story on reappearance at Wincanton four weeks ago; however, he may have needed that latest outing and is just 2lb higher than when winning this in good style 12 months ago (good to soft; has won on soft); has to be respected.

9/2

0

6

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 1

14:25 Wincanton

Ashtown Lad

10st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Only had seven runs over fences and he looks on a decent mark off just 4lb higher than when a decisive winner of last season's Becher Chase (3m2f, good to soft); that came after a respectable run over hurdles and there's the suspicion that the same Aintree race next month might be the priority; if sufficiently fit, he's entitled to be in the mix.

10/1

Form: 114-8P

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Started off for David Pipe with two emphatic chase wins in the mud last winter but there have been three backward steps since, the last two over hurdles in November after wind surgery; unraced beyond 3m1f; form chance if he could surge back to last season's best.

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0

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Only The Bold

12st 0lb

J: David Noonan

T: David Pipe

Impressed when winning on his first two chase starts last season and he's one to watch in the betting; however, he's failed to shine since and lacked spark when pulled up in the Welsh National last time.

16/1

0

10

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Only The Bold

10st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Started off for David Pipe with two emphatic chase wins in the mud last winter but there have been three backward steps since, the last two over hurdles in November after wind surgery; unraced beyond 3m1f; form chance if he could surge back to last season's best.

25/1

Form: 2221-1

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Progressive in his five chases and has had just ten races overall; pipped Iron Bridge at Uttoxeter on final start last term; reappeared in four-runner race there (3m, heavy) one month ago and was challenging when left well clear three out from the only other finisher; has 4lb penalty; good jumper who keeps on galloping at 3m/3m2f and has more in the tank, which may well be revealed with this step up in class and distance.

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0

11

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Autonomous Cloud

10st 9lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Progressive in his five chases and has had just ten races overall; pipped Iron Bridge at Uttoxeter on final start last term; reappeared in four-runner race there (3m, heavy) one month ago and was challenging when left well clear three out from the only other finisher; has 4lb penalty; good jumper who keeps on galloping at 3m/3m2f and has more in the tank, which may well be revealed with this step up in class and distance.

7/1

1st

1

26th Nov 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

13:05 Uttoxeter

Autonomous Cloud

11st 10lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

raced in third, challenging when left in lead 3 out, comfortably

15/8

1st

10

18th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Uttoxeter

Autonomous Cloud

11st 2lb

J: A P Heskin

T: Fergal O’Brien

in touch with leaders, hampered 2nd, prominent 8th, made challenge after 4 out, ridden and edged right from last, just held on

10/1

Form: 140P-U BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 133

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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

Form: /213-2 C BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

5l winner in a 3m novice handicap chase (soft) on this card last year; lacklustre at Uttoxeter (17l behind two of these) in March but reappearance second of five at Lingfield five weeks ago was much more like it; a very lightly raced 7yo who could have improvement in him as well as major stamina reserves, but he wasn't the quickest over his fences last term and there's a concern that that may put him on the back foot.

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8th

2

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

15:20 Leicester

Super Survivor

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

didn't always jump with fluency, raced lazily at times, held up in rear, some headway 12th

5/1

0

14

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Super Survivor

10st 5lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

5l winner in a 3m novice handicap chase (soft) on this card last year; lacklustre at Uttoxeter (17l behind two of these) in March but reappearance second of five at Lingfield five weeks ago was much more like it; a very lightly raced 7yo who could have improvement in him as well as major stamina reserves, but he wasn't the quickest over his fences last term and there's a concern that that may put him on the back foot.

5/1

2nd

1

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 3

13:45 Lingfield

Super Survivor

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Jamie Snowden

Impressed in a novice handicap chase at Chepstow last Christmas; disappointing favourite in another at Uttoxeter (again about 3m on soft) when hard at it from some way out; looks a thorough stayer and this is reportedly a prep race for the Welsh National.

5/2

Form: 6P3-10 C

Last run: 178 days

W: 10st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Last three wins were over 3m4f at Ffos Las (good to soft/good) in spring of 2021, 2022 and 2023; also staying-on third to Truckers Lodge there (3m4f, soft) this April and although he's not yet proved it, he should be fully effective at this trip; more to prove on first run since July and at this level.

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15

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Amateur

10st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: John Flint

Last three wins were over 3m4f at Ffos Las (good to soft/good) in spring of 2021, 2022 and 2023; also staying-on third to Truckers Lodge there (3m4f, soft) this April and although he's not yet proved it, he should be fully effective at this trip; more to prove on first run since July and at this level.

50/1

11th

11

2nd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:12 Uttoxeter

Amateur

10st 10lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: John Flint

Scored over 3m2f at Newbury in 2020 but his three subsequent wins came in 3m4f events at Ffos Las, including latest start; back on a tougher mark now and fared poorly (eventually pulled up) in this race 12 months ago.

8/1

1st

1

22nd May 2023

Good

3m 3f 208y

Class 4

15:20 Ffos Las

Amateur

12st 1lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: John Flint

Dual winner of West Wales National over C&D and returned to form with very respectable third in this year's edition six weeks ago; remains on a workable mark and Toby Wynne claims a useful 5lb today; high on the list.

7/4

Form: 1441-3

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Both wins came from the front over fences at Perth (3m, good) in 2022; while he was a rising force in that first campaign under rules and looked likely to stay further, he was then absent for 416 days before well below form in a novice hurdle last month; unraced on soft since his early pointing days, so there's stacks for him to prove but he is very lightly raced.

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3rd

16

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Charlie Uberalles

10st 2lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Dianne Sayer

Won two of his first three chases when progressing nicely; positives to take from his belated return to action over hurdles in November and he wasn't the only one not to give his running in an attritional Welsh National; could well outrun his odds but others appeal more for win purposes.

66/1

0

16

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Charlie Uberalles

10st 1lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Dianne Sayer

Both wins came from the front over fences at Perth (3m, good) in 2022; while he was a rising force in that first campaign under rules and looked likely to stay further, he was then absent for 416 days before well below form in a novice hurdle last month; unraced on soft since his early pointing days, so there's stacks for him to prove but he is very lightly raced.

40/1

3rd

3

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 4

11:55 Kelso

Charlie Uberalles

11st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Dianne Sayer

led at steady pace, joined 3 out

9/2

Form: 4P-3F2 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Ran well on both completions this term, second to Nassalam here last time; 4-8 overall at Chepstow, where he's proved himself over 3m2f on soft; however, he's failed to complete in his four attempts beyond that, pulled up in three of them including this race last year; 2lb out of the handicap.

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13

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Wayfinder

10st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Rebecca Curtis

Gained all four chase wins at Chepstow; gave good account when second to subsequent Welsh Grand National winner there (2m7f, heavy) in December but needs to prove he can match that form on this right-handed course.

9/1

0

17

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Wayfinder

10st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Rebecca Curtis

Ran well on both completions this term, second to Nassalam here last time; 4-8 overall at Chepstow, where he's proved himself over 3m2f on soft; however, he's failed to complete in his four attempts beyond that, pulled up in three of them including this race last year; 2lb out of the handicap.

25/1

2nd

13

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

13:37 Chepstow

Wayfinder

10st 2lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Rebecca Curtis

Four-time course winner (2m7f-3m2f; good-soft) who returned to form with creditable third on seasonal debut at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October; has become unreliable, though, and is 3lb wrong today.

16/1

Form: 3-311P C

Last run: 33 days

W: 9st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Furthest he's been was an extended 3m4f with clearcut win in small field at Plumpton (good) last November; pulled up over hurdles at Ascot on latest outing but rewarded his jockey's efforts (he usually goes in snatches) with wins in five of his six chases and one of two wins this autumn came on soft ground here under Freddie Gordon; this trip should suit if his jockey can persuade him to maintain a competitive position; 3lb out of the handicap.

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0

9

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:35 Lingfield

Blade Runner

11st 4lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

Something to prove regarding current form as he's been pulled up the last twice, over hurdles then back over fences in the Welsh National; however, it was a very attritional race at Chepstow and he was previously 5-6 in chases, including a 3m4f win; not written off.

25/1

Form: /160-2 C

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 9lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

13yo whose career best was a 25l win here (3m2f, good to soft) in February, leading from a fairly early stage and going with great verve; creditable second at Fontwell (3m4f, heavy) on reappearance but whether he can cut it in this much higher grade remains to be seen, with two runs last spring casting doubts; 7lb out of the handicap and 7lb-claiming rider is recruited.

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4th

3

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Max Dynamo

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Dashing veteran who has been a regular winner in staying chases for his trainer and gave it a good shot in the Southern National at Fontwell (3m3f, heavy) in November; the Welsh National was a step too far next time and he needs an extra nudge off this mark on his first course run.

20/1

0

19

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Max Dynamo

9st 9lb

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

13yo whose career best was a 25l win here (3m2f, good to soft) in February, leading from a fairly early stage and going with great verve; creditable second at Fontwell (3m4f, heavy) on reappearance but whether he can cut it in this much higher grade remains to be seen, with two runs last spring casting doubts; 7lb out of the handicap and 7lb-claiming rider is recruited.

50/1

Form: 814-PP CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 9st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

2-4 at Chepstow, including an authoritative win over 3m7f (soft) this March; pulled up both starts this season, given wind surgery (his second) in between; 8lb out of the handicap today and although he used to be capable of significantly better, he last showed it in December 2021.

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Form: 5PP-39

Last run: 12 days

W: 9st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Used to act in the mud; inconsistent; the first of his two Cheltenham cross-country runs (3m5f) this season showed that plenty of ability remains but he has not won since February 2021 and is unlikely to put that right in this hot race from 12lb out of the handicap.

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3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

15:30 Ludlow

Didero Vallis

11st 4lb

J: Miss Lucy Turner

T: Venetia Williams

Respectable second in veterans' event at Catterick (3m1f, soft) last month and remains well treated on best form; however, by no means certain to go one better, as he's on a three-year losing spell and back against younger rivals.

4/1

2nd

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

12:50 Catterick

Didero Vallis

11st 9lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Inconsistent but his two Cheltenham cross-country runs (3m5f) this season showed that plenty of ability remains and he wasn't the only one to not show his form in the Welsh National when out of the weights; should be a major player in this company.

5/2

0

21

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Didero Vallis

9st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Used to act in the mud; inconsistent; the first of his two Cheltenham cross-country runs (3m5f) this season showed that plenty of ability remains but he has not won since February 2021 and is unlikely to put that right in this hot race from 12lb out of the handicap.

40/1

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Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Autonomous Cloud

Daily Mail:

Nassalam

LAMBOURN:

Super Survivor

RP RATINGS:

Iwilldoit

D Express:

Only The Bold

TOPSPEED:

Amateur

POSTDATA:

Chambard

The Times:

Super Survivor

WEST COUNTRY:

Autonomous Cloud

Telegraph:

Autonomous Cloud

The Guardian:

Autonomous Cloud

Daily Record:

Autonomous Cloud

Daily Mirror:

Nassalam

The Sun:

Nassalam

The Star:

Iwilldoit