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14:15 Taunton

Good To Soft

Apples & Oranges Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6574.84
  • 2m 5f 150y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Apples & Oranges Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 63-833 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Back on song when third of five at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) in November and again ran well when third in a competitive mares' chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; in calculations on the back of that.

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2nd

1

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

15:05 Catterick

Eureka Creek

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

prominent, joined leader after 4 out, led 3 out, headed after 2 out, challenging last, ridden run-in, weakened inside final 110yds

11/8

3rd

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Eureka Creek

11st 10lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Acts on soft; beat just two opponents to win chase/handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m6f) last November and that's not proved a springboard to better things; edging back down the weights, though, and her third of five at Lingfield (2m7f) last time gives her a chance.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2355-2 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

0-7 over fences but some good form in this sphere, last time going very close on her reappearance at Ffos Las (2m5f, heavy); versatile ground-wise and one to consider; first-time blinkers replace cheekpieces.

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4th

3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:25 Ludlow

Gazette Bourgeoise

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

0-8 over fences but went close at Ffos Las (2m5f, heavy) on reappearance; lesser effort at Newbury since came in a deeper race and different headgear; could well rebound in this field with cheekpieces reapplied.

5/1

Form: /1P6-P

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Won three-runner chase at Warwick (2m4f, soft) in November 2022 on first start over fences but has run just three times since and struggled.

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3rd

1

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Lingfield

Swincombe Fleat

11st 9lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Won three-runner chase debut at Warwick (2m4f, soft) in November 2022; right out of form in her three starts since, the latest (way out of her depth) for new yard in December having left Anthony Honeyball; questions to answer.

7/1

Form: /06-42 BF

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Apparently not as good as she was, and well-beaten second of four on chase debut at Wincanton (2m4f, good to soft) on Boxing Day; however, there's room for improvement in her jumping and she's not ruled out.

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1st

3

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Lingfield

So Said I

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Three hurdle wins at about 3m, latest in February 2022; absent one year before last term and well below form since in her three hurdle races and three chases; drops back in trip with headgear first time.

3/1

7th

4

8th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 129y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

So Said I

11st 7lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Three-time hurdles scorer at about 3m; has not transferred that form to fences in two attempts, distant third of three finishers latest; nicely treated granted a revival but has something to prove.

10/1

3rd

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:00 Chepstow

So Said I

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

in touch with leaders, briefly went second before 13th

5/1

Form: 290-22 C

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

No match for the winner when runner-up at Ludlow last year on her two chase starts (2m4f/2m, good/good to soft) but there was still promise in those performances and she could have more to offer over fences.

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3rd

4

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

12:50 Huntingdon

Lime Drop

11st 3lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

towards rear, in touch with leaders 4th

9/2

2nd

6

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 3

14:50 Ludlow

Lime Drop

10st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

Five-time hurdle winner who made an encouraging start over fences when runner-up behind an improver here (2m4f, good) in May; goes back up in grade on this first run since but the drop back in trip should suit and her last win came off this mark; needs a close look.

6/1

Form: 12-22P D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Landed a chasing hat-trick early last year (2m3f-2m5f, good/good to soft) and runner-up on first two runs this season (3m/2m7f, heavy/soft); flopped at Hereford latest but not written off in view of previous good form.

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4

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:15 Lingfield

Lazy Sunday

11st 2lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

3-11 over fences, having won three on the trot last February-March, including this race on second leg; runner-up on first two starts this season, before lesser efforts on last two outings; last year's hat-trick was preceded by a heavy defeat and cheekpieces are now installed; has to be considered seriously in weak race.

15/8

8th

5

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Lazy Sunday

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Soundly beaten at Hereford before winning three on the trot in 2023, including this race, so perhaps not too troubling that she was pulled up there last time; this trip will suit better than of late; not ruled out.

14/1

Form: 22-534 CD

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Won the last running of this race in 2022 (good to soft); this 11yo is not the same force nowadays and was well beaten at Doncaster last month, but she popped up with some fair runs last season and her reduced mark is a positive, along with possibly the drop back in trip; not discounted.

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4th

6

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:22 Doncaster

Whatsdastory

11st 3lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Runner-up in trio of four-runner mares' handicaps (2m4f/2m5f, good/soft) in the spring and returned from break with fair third at Hereford (3m1f, good) last month; edging down the weights and she's one to consider.

4/1

Form: 1P4-4P C

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won last winter on first two chase starts (2m7f/3m, good to soft/good; including here) and she's one to watch in the betting; however, she's been below par on her four runs since and needs to get back on track.

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4th

7

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Love Actually

10st 6lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Keiran Burke

Dual course winner over hurdles, and the first of last season's two chase wins was recorded over this C&D; failed to build upon encouraging seasonal debut when pulled up in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Wincanton on Boxing Day but the return to this track is an obvious plus and she's back down to a good mark.

8/1

0

6

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

13:28 Wincanton

Love Actually

10st 9lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Keiran Burke

2-5 over fences; ended last season with two disappointing runs but returned with respectable fourth at Kempton (2m4f, good) last month; now back on her last winning mark and today's move back up in trip ought to suit; contender if first-time cheekpieces have the desired effect.

5/1

Form: 42/P87

Last run: 38 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Longstanding maiden who would be a shock winner today from a long way out of the handicap.

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6th

9

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 164y

Class 5

14:20 Fontwell

Miss Harriett

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Polly Gundry

raced wide, took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression from 4 out

33/1

7th

13

13th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 111y

Class 5

14:20 Exeter

Miss Harriett

10st 2lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Polly Gundry

Longstanding maiden; runner-up twice here in the 2021-22 campaign; missed last season and latest start (66-1 here) was only a minor step back in the right direction; 2lb out of the handicap.

25/1

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Verdict

Topweight EUREKA CREEK ran really well when third at Cheltenham last month and a repeat of that performance could make her tough to beat. Gazette Bourgeoise reappeared with a near-miss at Ffos Las last month and she is feared most, while Lime Drop is another to consider.[Ben Hutton]