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15:15 Fakenham

Good To Soft

Sky Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (For The David Keith Memorial Cup) (Leg 1 Of The Veterans’ Series)

  • Prize money: £15843
  • 3m 0f 38y
  • Class 2
  • 5 runners
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Sky Bet Veterans’ Handicap Chase (For The David Keith Memorial Cup) (Leg 1 Of The Veterans’ Series)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: 44-21P D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Stayed on remorselessly to win Becher Chase over the big fences at Aintree (3m2f, heavy) by 13l last month; subsequent defeat in Welsh National is not viewed harshly and he's in much calmer waters here but, nevertheless, he looks a shade vulnerable off new career-high mark.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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: 408-14 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 7lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Looked in excellent nick on seasonal debut at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in October, coming from a long way off the pace to win readily by 16l under Elizabeth Gale; finished tired when well-held fourth behind Chambard in Becher Chase over the big fences there (3m2f, heavy) last month but still ran very well, and the reduced emphasis on stamina here is in his favour.

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5th

6

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Celebre DAllen

11st 4lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Back in peak form when winning by 16l under a very patient Elizabeth Gale ride at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) in October and also ran well over the big fences there (3m2f, heavy) in December (albeit tired and well held in the end); respected.

8/1

Form: 523842 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Below form on latest start over regulation fences in September but ended last year with two very creditable runs in cross-country chases at Cheltenham (3m5f, good to soft/soft); still on a workable mark and must be considered.

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5th

3

9th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Francky Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Made the frame in cross-country races at Cheltenham (3m5f) the last twice; not sure to continue in same form back in a conventional event and hasn't won since July 2022.

10/1

2nd

7

15th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

15:00 Cheltenham

Francky Du Berlais

10st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Hasn't been excelling over regulation fences for a while but this unique test floats his boat and he was only 15l away over C&D last month (good to soft); there are some doubts over him reproducing that effort on this softer ground.

14/1

Form: U61/14

Last run: 51 days

W: 10st 9lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish 12yo who returned from mammoth absence with easy win in selling hurdle on stable debut in November and was very respectable fourth in competitive handicap chase at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) last month; today's longer trip will also suit; a possible.

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3rd

7

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:15 Wincanton

Goose Man

11st 12lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Jamie Snowden

Useful when trained in Ireland; returned from a long absence to win a 2m selling hurdle in November and then held his own for a long way in a good 2m4f handicap at Newbury in early December; stays this far and should go well for in-form yard.

9/2

Form: 67P-15 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Not one to rely upon nowadays but dug deep for narrow win at Warwick (3m1f, soft) on seasonal debut in November and didn't run badly in competitive Haydock handicap (3m1f, heavy) last month; contender if addition of cheekpieces has positive effect here.

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0

3

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 91y

Class 3

15:35 Newcastle

Enqarde

11st 11lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Appeared to show the benefit of another wind op when all out to win at Warwick last month (3m1f, soft); has become hard to predict and was below par in a Class 2 at Haydock last time that he won two years earlier; however, lurks on a dangerous mark with cheekpieces tried and could go well.

8/1

5th

7

23rd Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

13:30 Haydock

Enqarde

11st 1lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Hit and miss since winning the last running of this race in 2021 (by 10l off 1lb higher) but appeared to show the benefit of another wind op when all out to win at Warwick last month (3m1f, soft); clear claims if he can follow one good run with another.

6/1

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Verdict

Peter Bowen’s FRANCKY DU BERLAIS (nap) was a very creditable second in a cross-country chase at Cheltenham last month and is still on a good mark for today’s return to regulation fences. He ought to handle the tight turns here very well and gets the vote ahead of Celebre D’Allen, who was outstayed by Chambard in a gruelling edition of the Becher Chase at Aintree last month but can turn the tables with that rival today.[Chris Wilson]