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Good To Soft

Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 23-711 CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Talented hurdler who is making a better chaser; said to have improved a lot at home after winning a novice handicap on the Old course here in November and gave another bold display from the front in a novice chase on this course in December (both 2m4f on soft) when he didn't face a serious challenge after the runner-up's bad mistake two out; 14lb higher than previous handicap win but has more to give.

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1st

1

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Ginnys Destiny

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Talented hurdler who is making a better chaser; said to have improved a lot at home after winning a novice handicap on the Old course here in November and gave another bold display from the front in a novice chase on this course in December (both 2m4f on soft) when he didn't face a serious challenge after the runner-up's bad mistake two out; 14lb higher than previous handicap win but has more to give.

3/1

1st

2

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Ginnys Destiny

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

made virtually all, led narrowly from 10th, briefly headed 11th

9/2

1st

2

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Ginnys Destiny

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped well, made all

11/4

6/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 121-23 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

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2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Theatre Man

11st 1lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Made all for two hurdle wins, at 2m3f and 2m5f (both on soft), and an exciting front-runner to watch over fences, albeit meeting stronger stayers in 2m7f Newbury handicaps this winter; his rhythm wasn't upset by being taken on for the lead in December and this trip can suit; interesting.

6/1

3rd

1

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Theatre Man

11st 10lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Front-runner who made it 2-4 over hurdles with an impressive win at Kempton (2m5f, soft) in his final run last season; kicked off his chase career with a creditable second over C&D (good to soft) last month and that was behind a major improver who followed up off a 10lb higher mark; looks interesting on this drop back in grade and he's unexposed at staying trips.

9/4

2nd

4

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

Theatre Man

11st 7lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Richard J Bandey

Front-runner who enjoyed a productive season in novice hurdles and really impressed the final time at Kempton (2m5f, soft); this will be his first handicap but he brings bags of potential to fences; respected.

8/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: /3-323 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

No match for Ginny's Destiny on the Old course here (2m4f, soft) on chase debut in November but a drastic weights turnaround favours him; never in the picture but made late headway into third behind Blow Your Wad at Kempton (2m4f, good) since and there's little between them at the weights; can improve.

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3rd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Es Perfecto

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

No match for Ginny's Destiny on the Old course here (2m4f, soft) on chase debut in November but a drastic weights turnaround favours him; never in the picture but made late headway into third behind Blow Your Wad at Kempton (2m4f, good) since and there's little between them at the weights; can improve.

6/1

3rd

6

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Es Perfecto

10st 12lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

Two hurdle wins but lightly raced and never looked ahead of the handicapper in that discipline; no match for a good novice on chase debut at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) on latest outing but he got his eye in early and was notably quick at the fences; has potential at this level; considered.

5/1

2nd

7

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Es Perfecto

11st 0lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Alan King

Won twice over hurdles in 2020-21 campaign and returned from long absence to post fair thirds in two handicap hurdles in the first half of this year; he won a point in 2019 and is a possible improver now tackling fences.

8/1

Form: 7-2331 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Looks progressive, winning with plenty to spare at Doncaster last month (2m4f, good to soft) on second chase run; needs to prove his mettle against other up-and-coming rivals but his northern yard doesn't venture here often now and is 3-9 with chasers on this track in the last five seasons.

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1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

14:50 Catterick

Prairie Wolf

11st 10lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

Delivered on earlier chasing promise when eased-down winner at Doncaster in December and his subsequent fourth in a hot race at Cheltenham (also 2m4f, good to soft) was very respectable; back in calmer waters today; good chance.

11/10

4th

11

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Prairie Wolf

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Sue Smith

Looks progressive, winning with plenty to spare at Doncaster last month (2m4f, good to soft) on second chase run; needs to prove his mettle against other up-and-coming rivals but his northern yard doesn't venture here often now and is 3-9 with chasers on this track in the last five seasons.

20/1

Form: 5P02-P D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Not yet off the mark over fences (0-7) but should put that right once he recaptures the promise of 2m3f and 3m1f form last winter (both on good to soft); made a disappointing start to this season at Newbury after Christmas, though, and has the same mark today; yard won this in 2019.

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3rd

8

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Bowtogreatness

10st 9lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has possibly needed his two runs this season and may be ready to peak today; 0-8 over fences but ran well in notable handicap at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; clear second) last April and that form puts him firmly in the picture.

7/1

5th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Bowtogreatness

11st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Not yet off the mark over fences (0-7) but should put that right once he recaptures the promise of 2m3f and 3m1f form last winter (both on good to soft); made a disappointing start to this season at Newbury after Christmas, though, and has the same mark today; yard won this in 2019.

25/1

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Bowtogreatness

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Hurdles winner on soft/heavy; 0-6 over fences but ran very well at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft; clear second off 3lb lower) on Grand National day when last seen and remains unexposed at this sort of trip; interesting back down in grade on reappearance.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 19-221 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Lacks Cheltenham experience but he looked a novice to follow when finding plenty to win at Kempton last month (2m4f, good; acts on soft), beating a Nicholls runner with strong handicap hurdle form at the track; up 6lb but every chance he will be running off higher marks before long.

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1st

3

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

14:27 Kempton

Blow Your Wad

11st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Acts on any ground; wears cheekpieces for first time over fences, having never really travelled at Cheltenham four weeks ago; better off with Le Patron on Sandown running in November (chase debut); successful in novice handicap over C&D on Boxing Day, taking Kempton record to 2-2, and warrants respect back here.

9/4

6th

2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Blow Your Wad

11st 8lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Lacks Cheltenham experience but he looked a novice to follow when finding plenty to win at Kempton last month (2m4f, good; acts on soft), beating a Nicholls runner with strong handicap hurdle form at the track; up 6lb but every chance he will be running off higher marks before long.

5/1

1st

3

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Blow Your Wad

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Second over hurdles in a valuable 2m4f Chepstow handicap in October (heavy); no match for a subsequent Grade 1 winner on chase debut at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) but there was plenty of merit in the run; has potential over fences.

9/2

Form: /642-1 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced since successful hurdle debut in late 2021 but he showed plenty of stamina and resolution to win on latest handicap start, at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) in December; up 5lb and cast into turbulent waters today.

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6th

10

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Charles Ritz

10st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Lightly raced since successful hurdle debut in late 2021 but he showed plenty of stamina and resolution to win on latest handicap start, at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) in December; up 5lb and cast into turbulent waters today.

20/1

1st

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

12:25 Exeter

Charles Ritz

11st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Tom George

held up in rear, headway before 4 out, soon went second, pressed leader after 2 out, led run-in, stayed on

5/1

2nd

2

10th Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

Charles Ritz

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

prominent, chased winner and pushed along 2 out, ridden approaching last, no extra run-in

5/1

Form: 1P223F

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Good effort over 2m4f on the Old course here last winter but still met with defeat; almost no leeway in the weights since and not very tempting with a strike-rate of 1-26 over fences, having been well held behind Ginny's Destiny here in November and fallen on this course since (tough task).

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8th

9

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

10st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Gavin Cromwell

Good effort over 2m4f on the Old course here last winter but still met with defeat; almost no leeway in the weights since and not very tempting with a strike-rate of 1-26 over fences, having been well held behind Ginny's Destiny here in November and fallen on this course since (tough task).

16/1

0

12

16th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

10st 2lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

No ground worries; just one win from his 25 chase starts but that came in July and he's been placed in his three races this autumn; the last two were over 2m4f at this track but this is a much better race and he's 7lb out of the handicap, so faces a stiff task.

20/1

3rd

4

19th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 44y

Class 3

13:45 Cheltenham

Railway Hurricane

11st 6lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Just one win from his 24 chase starts but that came in July and he's been a good second in handicaps the last twice at Gowran Park (2m4f, heavy) and over C&D (good); bumped into unexposed winner last time and there's every chance he'll be bang there.

9/2

Form: 3-1554 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Has been chasing since November 2022, sole win coming in 2m3f Listed race (soft) in October this term; often highly tried but he never seriously threatened when third off much the same mark in this race last year, his only previous handicap chase, and he wasn't in peak form last two outings.

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9th

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Has been chasing since November 2022, sole win coming in 2m3f Listed race (soft) in October this term; often highly tried but he never seriously threatened when third off much the same mark in this race last year, his only previous handicap chase, and he wasn't in peak form last two outings.

14/1

1

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Unexpected Party

11st 9lb

T: Dan Skelton

Form: 21-134 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Much too good for his rivals when making all in a 2m4f handicap on chase debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in November; couldn't keep tabs on the principals in Grade 2 and 1 events since (2m4f and 3m) and although this should be more his level he is 14lb higher than at Ludlow.

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0

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Tightenourbelts

11st 5lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Much too good for his rivals when making all in a 2m4f handicap on chase debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in November; couldn't keep tabs on the principals in Grade 2 and 1 events since (2m4f and 3m) and although this should be more his level he is 14lb higher than at Ludlow.

7/1

4th

6

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Tightenourbelts

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

A similar profile to Marble Sands in that he looked good on his chase debut but had his limitations ruthlessly exposed behind Hermes Allen at Newbury (both 2m4f on good to soft); placed at best if he's lucky.

33/1

3rd

6

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:50 Newbury

Tightenourbelts

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Easily defied top weight in novice handicap chase at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) last month, following up his spring hurdle win at same venue; faces a tougher scenario at this different course upped in grade but brings a progressive profile to the table.

7/1

Form: 2P2-21

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced over hurdles after successful debut; up against it on handicap/chase debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) against one who was ahead of his mark and he hadn't entirely shot his bolt when inheriting an Ascot race two out last month; can improve but perhaps lacks the verve at his fences of a couple of these runners and stamina could be an issue at 2m4f.

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0

7

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Persian Time

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced over hurdles after successful debut; up against it on handicap/chase debut at Newbury (2m, good to soft) against one who was ahead of his mark and he hadn't entirely shot his bolt when inheriting an Ascot race two out last month; can improve but perhaps lacks the verve at his fences of a couple of these runners and stamina could be an issue at 2m4f.

9/1

1st

4

22nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 3

13:55 Ascot

Persian Time

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Point runner-up who won here last November on his hurdle debut (1m7f, good) and bumped into the fast-improving Djelo when runner-up at Newbury three weeks ago on his chase/seasonal debut (2m, good to soft; beaten about 6l); open to improvement and perhaps going back right-handed will be a plus.

6/4

2nd

3

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

12:40 Newbury

Persian Time

11st 4lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Struggled in the Ballymore but has a solid record (point/hurdles) otherwise and retains low mileage; won his only attempt at about 2m and should do better still; big player on chase/handicap debut.

2/1

Form: 33-311 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Kept to hurdles for three seasons but he is making great strides as a chaser, following a Leicester win with one from the front at Haydock (both 2m4f on heavy) where he didn't waste an ounce of energy at his fences; a further 8lb rise asks for more in this better company, though.

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8

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Happy And Fine

10st 12lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

Kept to hurdles for three seasons but he is making great strides as a chaser, following a Leicester win with one from the front at Haydock (both 2m4f on heavy) where he didn't waste an ounce of energy at his fences; a further 8lb rise asks for more in this better company, though.

14/1

1st

2

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 3

15:10 Haydock

Happy And Fine

11st 7lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

made virtually all

15/8

1st

3

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 4

13:35 Leicester

Happy And Fine

12st 0lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Alex Hales

Came good over hurdles with two wins in cheekpieces towards end of last year and made very solid start to chasing career when third of 13 against experienced handicappers at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) in November; not yet proven on heavy ground but, otherwise, he has strong claims.

5/2

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Exacta £288.00
Straight Forecast £284.10
Tricast £1517.60
Trifecta £1844.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

Blow Your Wad

The Times:

Tightenourbelts

D Express:

Es Perfecto

LAMBOURN:

Persian Time

RP RATINGS:

Charles Ritz

The Star:

Bowtogreatness

TOPSPEED:

Railway Hurricane

Daily Mirror:

Blow Your Wad

Daily Record:

Blow Your Wad

Telegraph:

Tightenourbelts

The Guardian:

Tightenourbelts

The Sun:

Es Perfecto