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12:55 Fakenham

Good To Soft

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  • 2m 5f 44y
  • Class 5
  • 8 runners
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Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Abandoned

Form: -1R351 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict

Won over hurdles at start of this season and battled well to score on last month's chasing debut at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft); recent 3lb rise ought to be manageable, and he's open to improvement if more fluent over the fences here.

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1st

5

28th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 5

14:55 Fontwell

Sir Rock

11st 10lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Toby Lawes

travelled strongly, midfield, headway and went third after 9th

11/4

1st

1

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

15:10 Plumpton

Sir Rock

12st 0lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Toby Lawes

Blotted copybook when refusing to race in October but has posted two pretty good efforts over hurdles since (2m6f/2m4f, good), and this winning Irish pointer could easily have more to offer now switched to chasing.

6/1

Form: 5-4335

Last run: 76 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 5yo who was third over 2m on first two hurdling starts; perhaps a shade disappointing when well-held fifth over 2m3f in November but remains open to improvement on today's chase/handicap debut; shortlisted.

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OUR TIP

Form: -54311 D

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 8lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Resurgent veteran who ended last year with two clearcut wins at Market Rasen (2m5f/2m3f); hiked up 16lb in total for those and needs to prove he's effective on this track but can't be ruled out in current mood.

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1st

6

7th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 5

14:50 Market Rasen

Caro Des Flos

10st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Julian Smith

Handicapper quick to respond to an emphatic success here latest (almost 2m7f, good to soft) but, although back on his highest mark for 18 months, he's still a stone lower than when third in this race in 2021, still arguably his most recent good effort on ground soft or worse.

9/4

Form: 0P46U6

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

0-4 since joining Peter Bowen but was stalking the leaders before coming to grief at penultimate fence at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) in November and didn't have the race run to suit his very patient tactics when keeping on for sixth behind Sir Rock at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) last month; can pose a threat here if aided by first-time cheekpieces.

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3

7th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 5

15:40 Sedgefield

Methusalar

11st 10lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Peter Bowen

0-4 for Peter Bowen since the autumn but was stalking the leaders before coming to grief at penultimate fence over C&D (soft) in November and didn't have the race run to suit his patient tactics when keeping-on sixth at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in December; can make his presence felt if first-time visor has positive effect.

9/2

6th

3

18th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 5

15:10 Plumpton

Methusalar

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Made quite promising stable/chase debut in September and, following a lesser effort, was stalking the leaders before coming to grief at penultimate fence at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) three weeks ago; remains on a very good mark and must be considered.

7/2

Form: 2133-3

Last run: 66 days

W: 11st 3lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Plugged on for remote third behind Caro Des Flos at Market Rasen (2m5f, good to soft) in November, after a long layoff, but needs to build on that performance here and younger rivals have much more appealing profiles.

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Abandoned

Form: F377P2 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 85

Form & Verdict

Made all here (2m, good) in June and followed up at Stratford (2m1f, good) soon afterwards; has rather mixed record since but kept on for second (albeit well held) behind revitalised rival over hurdles here (2m, soft) last month and is probably worth another crack at this sort of trip.

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5th

8

27th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 145y

Class 5

15:20 Catterick

Go Fox

10st 7lb

J: Ms Laura Ward

T: Neil King

Inconsistent in recent years but won two chases on good ground in early part of this season and ran big race from the front when clear second at Fakenham (2m, soft) 11 days ago; no surprise if he gives this a good shot.

8/1

2nd

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 59y

Class 5

14:10 Fakenham

Go Fox

11st 1lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Neil King

Made all for a C&D win last June (good) when 4lb lower; similar tactics were employed when he backed that up with a Stratford win (2m1f, good) next time; handicapper has had his measure since but he returned to better form when second over hurdles here (2m, soft) latest; player.

5/2

Form: 4-5137 CD

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 80

Form & Verdict

Won over C&D (good) just under a year ago and added to his tally at Huntingdon (2m4f, good) last May; returned from layoff with encouraging hurdle run last week and now reverts to chasing with usual cheekpieces refitted; on a workable mark; high on the list.

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8

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Cloudy Wednesday

10st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Caroline Fryer

Both chase wins (2m5f and 2m4f) and all his placings have come on good ground; only just above his latest winning mark but there will be less competitive races in this grade coming up; cheekpieces refitted.

12/1

Form: 17253- C

Last run: 268 days

W: 10st 6lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 74

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 12yo who won here (3m, good) after a layoff in November 2022; placed at Chepstow (3m2f, good to soft) on latest outing in April and should be fine over today's trip; could have a say.

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14

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

14:10 Chepstow

Vetoncall

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Alan Jones

Lightly raced 12yo; posted sound effort when third here (3m2f, good to soft) last April but we haven't seen him again since and he's effectively 3lb higher from out of the weights today.

16/1

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Verdict

Chase/handicap debutant Saint Jaguen is open to significant improvement if he takes well to fences but SIR ROCK did pretty well to make a winning chasing debut last month, given that his jumping wasn’t always fluent, and he might kick on from that success. C&D winner Cloudy Wednesday is next on the list, while the veteran Caro Des Flos ended last year in excellent form and is also considered.[Chris Wilson]