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15:45 Chepstow

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cheltenhamfestival.com Cheltenham Festival Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5096.16
  • 2m 3f 98y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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cheltenhamfestival.com Cheltenham Festival Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

6/1 (Won)

Form: B3-434 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner who has made the frame in all three chases this season, most notably when third at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) two starts ago; slightly disappointing when well-held fourth there on Boxing Day but is suited by this track and enters calculations.

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2nd

4

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Kingofthewest

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

prominent, left in third 9th, stayed on run-in, went third towards finish, no match for winner

7/2

1st

8

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Kingofthewest

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: David Pipe

prominent

6/1

Form: -12255 C BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner who lost out by only a neck when clear second to progressive rival on chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, soft) in November; has strong claims if judged on that performance but was very disappointing favourite on last two outings and now has a point to prove; definite player if he can revive.

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2nd

9

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

10st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

held up in rear

13/2

5th

13

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

15:25 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

10st 7lb

T: Evan Williams

Dual hurdle winner who lost out by only a neck when clear second to a next-time-out winner on last month's chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, soft); didn't fire at Taunton (2m7f, good) a few days later but will be okay over today's trip and remains one to be interested in.

4/1

Form: 11-365 C

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a revival towards end of last season, winning twice over 2m7f here on soft ground; back on a workable mark now and should be fine over today's trip but needs to better his last couple of efforts.

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3rd

6

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Rock Of Star

11st 1lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Alexandra Dunn

in touch with leaders, not fluent and dropped to rear 2nd, headway 9th

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 145-53 CD BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Not as good as he was but made all over C&D (soft) just over a year ago and returns here after a fairly good third at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) last month; could give this a good shot.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 4

14:15 Ayr

Moonlighter

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Has regressed but still fancies the challenge and ran with plenty of enthusiasm before wilting late on at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy); only went down by 7l and dropping back in distance could be a good thing.

15/2

4th

2

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Moonlighter

11st 13lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

prominent, led 4th

11/2

Form: 3-9852 C

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict

Drew clear to open chasing account here (2m, soft) just over a year ago but has largely been disappointing since; stayed on dourly from poor position to claim second at Fontwell (2m2f, soft) on Boxing Day but is effectively 13lb higher from out of the weights here; others preferred.

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1st

7

14th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 104y

Class 5

15:50 Fontwell

Valirann Gold

10st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Harriet Brown

Sole win was at 2m last January, from 20 races under rules; ran on well for second here (2m2f, soft) on Boxing Day and was way out of the handicap next time, before a modest show at Exeter two weeks ago; it's hard to see him as a solid option but he's far from alone in that.

7/1

7th

16

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:15 Exeter

Valirann Gold

10st 2lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Harriet Brown

Sole win at 2m; ran best race for a while when runner-up at Fontwell (2m2f, soft) on Boxing Day and he didn't do badly in a better race at Chepstow since; this test looks the outer limit of stamina range; 2lb wrong.

16/1

5th

10

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Valirann Gold

10st 2lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Harriet Brown

led, headed 4th, outpaced and lost position briefly before 5 out

33/1

Form: 4137-5 BF

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Yet to build upon last winter's heavy-ground maiden hurdle win and was safely held on seasonal/chase debut in November but remains lightly raced and could still have a good future over fences.

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6th

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Hermes Du Gouet

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

never going well, in touch with leaders, dropped to rear and cajoled along 7th, dropped to last and slow jump 11th, rallied before 5 out, lost ground 4 out

100/30

Form: 3114-7 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 4lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Triple point winner who belatedly came good under rules with two course wins last February/March (2m3f/2m7f); made low-key reappearance at Taunton last month but the return to this track is a big plus; could have a say.

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7th

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Skinflint

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Henry Oliver

held up in rear, outpaced before 5 out

14/1

7th

6

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 40y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Skinflint

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Henry Oliver

11yo who was in career-best form in refitted cheekpieces at the start of 2023, winning twice at Chepstow; remote fourth when bidding for the hat-trick there in April, though, and off since.

12/1

4th

6

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:55 Chepstow

Skinflint

11st 8lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Henry Oliver

11yo who has been in career-best form in refitted cheekpieces this year, winning twice here (2m3f/2m7f); moves up in grade today but is pretty versatile regarding ground and must be considered in current mood.

3/1

Form: 31P5-5 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Made low-key seasonal debut in November and has not raced again since but was a clearcut hurdle winner off today's mark at Ffos Las (2m4f, soft) last winter and is still unexposed over fences.

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0

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Kings Keeper

12st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

held up in rear, outpaced 4 out

7/1

5th

3

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 83y

Class 3

14:15 Ffos Las

Kings Keeper

12st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

prominent

7/1

Form: 14-3UP BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict

Caused 50-1 shock in a novice hurdle last season and didn't run badly when well-held third on chasing debut in October but two non-completions have followed and it's hard to know what to expect from him here.

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0

4

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

I Shut That DOr

11st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

in touch with leaders, not fluent 5th

6/1

0

5

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:03 Wincanton

I Shut That DOr

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Low-mileage 5yo who caused a 50-1 surprise in novice hurdle here (2m5f, good to soft) just under a year ago; well held when third of four on seasonal/chase debut at Fontwell (2m3f, good) in October but that form looks much better now than it did at the time; unseated rider last time; could have a say.

6/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £433.00
Tricast £1119.30

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Moonlighter

Telegraph:

Hermes Du Gouet

SPOTLIGHT:

Walkinthewoods

POSTDATA:

Kingofthewest

RP RATINGS:

Rock Of Star

The Sun:

Skinflint

Daily Mail:

Hermes Du Gouet

D Express:

Hermes Du Gouet

TOPSPEED:

Walkinthewoods

Daily Mirror:

Walkinthewoods

The Star:

Kingofthewest

The Times:

Moonlighter

The Guardian:

Moonlighter

Daily Record:

Moonlighter