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15:09 Leicester

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Leicestershire Silver Fox Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 2m 4f 25y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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Leicestershire Silver Fox Handicap Chase

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 5115-9 D

Last run: 47 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Fitted with cheekpieces, he secured back-to-back wins at Huntingdon (2m4f, good/good to soft) earlier this year; now has to revive after two below-par runs but he's not handicapped out of it.

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2nd

7

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Dibble Decker

11st 5lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Dual C&D winner last season (including this race) and returned to form with hard-fought success at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy; first-time tongue-tie) in January; nudged back up to career-high mark today but still features prominently in calculations.

100/30

1st

4

6th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

14:40 Wincanton

Dibble Decker

11st 7lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Back-to-back wins in the new cheekpieces at Huntingdon (2m4f, good/good to soft) early last year; looked rusty when well behind Huelgoat on his return and he was easy to back; better can be expected this time with a tongue-tie added.

12/1

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Form: /6P3-5 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Back to form when third at Sandown (2m4f, soft) in March but that's probably his favourite track and he was laboured at Newbury on his return.

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0

7

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

15:20 Leicester

Belargus

11st 6lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

didn't always jump with fluency, held up in rear, headway before 4 out

20/1

Form: /121-4 D

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Won a point and two soft-ground hunter chases back in the spring; finished last on his return to handicap company over C&D two weeks ago but wasn't beaten far and heavy ground would have tested his fitness levels; respected.

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2

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

16:55 Haydock

Firak

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Won two hunter chases last spring (2m4f/3m, soft) and returned from some time off with fair fourth of five in Leicester handicap (2m4f, heavy) in December; could show the benefit of that outing today; possible contender.

13/2

Form: 21245-

Last run: 246 days

W: 11st 5lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Did well last season following wind surgery and returns from his break on a perfectly fair mark; might just appreciate a longer trip these days.

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5th

2

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:15 Ludlow

Seigneur Des As

11st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Milton Harris

Improved form after wind surgery this year, including a C&D win (good) in February; his good spell came to an end at over 2m6f at Newbury (finished a 28l fourth) last time but that was in a Class 3 event on testing ground and he could kick on again on this drop back in grade.

13/2

Form: 33-463

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 1lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Quiet on his chase debut at Kempton but was a lot better when close up over this far at Lingfield (good to soft) and this French hurdle winner should have more to offer; respected.

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1st

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Invincible Nao

11st 5lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Won over hurdles in France (heavy); early days over fences and followed his close third at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) with similar form at Newbury (2m6f), for all that he was beaten further; thereabouts.

11/4

4th

13

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

14:35 Newbury

Invincible Nao

11st 4lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Won over hurdles in France; 0-8 in Britain but unexposed over fences and ran encouragingly in small field at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) most recently; runs off same mark, albeit in a deeper contest.

12/1

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Verdict

It’s difficult to be overly confident about any of these. Heavy ground perhaps exposed FIRAK’s fitness levels here two weeks ago and he ended last season in good form. Invincible Nao is the one open to improvement, while Seigneur Des As should make his presence felt if on his game after some time out.[Alistair Jones]