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13:30 Haydock

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  • 2m 0f 67y
  • Class 3
  • 5 runners
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Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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Form: 436-23 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Three-time hurdle winner (heavy-good to soft; including here) who was a good second on chase debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, heavy) last month before a respectable third of five at Cheltenham (2m, heavy); beaten about 8l last time but looked a hot little race; respected in first-time cheekpieces.

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

4

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

14:25 Sandown

Fine Casting

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Three hurdle wins; two good runs off this mark over fences (2m3f/2m), the latest at Cheltenham on heavy ground that he handles well; that was a fine effort in a good race but he did jump left on occasions and all his wins have come going that way round; no headgear until now.

5/1

Form: 322-41 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Bumper winner who was consistent in defeat in novice hurdles last season and easily won a three-runner beginners' chase over C&D (heavy) four weeks ago on his second run over fences; the strength of that form is open to question but he's unexposed and in top hands; could have more to offer.

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

3rd

2

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

15:20 Chepstow

Issuing Authority

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Consistent in defeat over hurdles last season and built upon his encouraging seasonal/chase/handicap debut when wide-margin winner of three-runner beginners' chase at Haydock (2m, heavy) last month; it's tricky to gauge what that form is worth but he's of strong interest here nevertheless.

11/10

Form: 1P4-44 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Has dropped to a mark 2lb lower than when making all at Ayr (2m, heavy) last January on his second chase start; however, he's been unable to threaten subsequently and needs to raise his game; wears cheekpieces for the first time under rules (won a point-to-point in them).

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

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

16:32 Kelso

Escapeandevade

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

mounted in chute and taken down early, led early, headed but raced in second after 1st, not fluent 8th, switched right and smooth headway to lead before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well run-in, won going away

11/8

1st

2

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 0y

Class 4

15:20 Sedgefield

Escapeandevade

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

made all, set steady pace, joined briefly 4th

4/1

Form: 2-2331 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Has been a beaten favourite three times since winning at Ayr (2m, heavy) last January but things clicked again with an easy win over this C&D (heavy) four weeks ago; a 7lb rise may not stop him if can reproduce that latest form; heavy ground appears to bring out the best in him.

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

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

13:38 Newcastle

Netywell

11st 10lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

raced in second, pressed leader 4 out, led narrowly 3 out, shaken up and went clear last, ridden and went further clear run-in, eased towards finish

11/10

1st

2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Netywell

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Enjoys this ground and comes here on the back of a comfortable success at Haydock (2m, heavy), albeit against only three opponents and his market rival ran below par; 7lb rise sees him on a career-high mark but he should give his running.

7/2

Form: 6-3322 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Useful hurdler in France up to November 2021; unable to reproduce that form in Britain and he could do with settling better, but he's been a good second at Newbury (2m, soft) the last twice, when bumping into much-improved winners each time, and a return to winning ways may well be imminent.

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

3rd

5

5th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 3

14:02 Carlisle

Martator

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, slow jump 1st

9/4

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Verdict

Course hurdles winner Fine Casting has shown promise on both chase starts but preference is for MARTATOR, who has been unfortunate to bump into much-improved winners the last twice. Issuing Authority and Netywell won on the same C&D card four weeks ago and are entitled to respect.[Ben Hutton]