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Never Ordinary At bet365 Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £10562
  • 1m 7f 182y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Never Ordinary At bet365 Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.25
  • Place: £1.30

Form: 25-522 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner who was second in two four-runner chases towards end of last year, more recently at Hereford (2m, good) behind a next-time-out winner; did well to recover from very bad jumping error that day and has good claims off same mark here.

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1st

2

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Beau Balko

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Dual hurdle winner who was second in two four-runner chases towards end of last year, more recently at Hereford (2m, good) behind a next-time-out winner; did well to recover from very bad jumping error that day and has good claims off same mark here.

9/4

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

14:13 Hereford

Beau Balko

11st 5lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

Dropped out of contention very tamely on seasonal/chase debut in October but last month's Wincanton second (1m7f, soft) was a much better performance, albeit his finishing effort was again unconvincing; needs to see this race out more strongly but has possibilities.

2/1

2nd

3

23rd Nov 2023

Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

12:55 Wincanton

Beau Balko

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Pushed the Greatwood winner Iberico Lord to a head on heavy ground in a Stratford novice hurdle in April; chase debut at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) was underwhelming but he raced keenly and probably needed the run.

11/4

6/1

  • Place: £3.40

Form: /54/1F CD

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Returned from mammoth absence with C&D (soft) win in November and didn't run badly at Newcastle (2m4f, good) six weeks ago, albeit well held before last-fence fall; still well handicapped on old form and enters calculations.

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2nd

6

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Mint Gold

11st 8lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Returned from mammoth absence with C&D (soft) win in November and didn't run badly at Newcastle (2m4f, good) six weeks ago, albeit well held before last-fence fall; still well handicapped on old form and enters calculations.

6/1

0

4

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Mint Gold

11st 9lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Lucinda Russell

Off for over 900 days before keeping on strongly to beat three rivals at Musselburgh (2m, soft) last month; contests stronger race here but remains well handicapped on old form and could have untapped potential over 2m4f.

9/2

1st

2

30th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:00 Musselburgh

Mint Gold

12st 0lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Absent since June 2021 and he needs to prove how much ability he retains, but his trainer's horses can go well fresh and he runs off the same mark as when winning over C&D (good) in November 2020; also effective on good to soft; one of two for the yard and he's not ruled out.

9/1

Form: 0-4733 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Seems to have arrested his decline on last two outings, more recently when third of five in first-time visor at Kelso (2m1f, heavy) in December, but is patently not the force of old and others have more appealing profiles.

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3rd

5

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Ganapathi

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

Seems to have arrested his decline on last two outings, more recently when third of five in first-time visor at Kelso (2m1f, heavy) in December, but is patently not the force of old and others have more appealing profiles.

7/1

3rd

2

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 3

13:20 Kelso

Ganapathi

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

raced in second, lost second but prominent after 3rd

6/1

3rd

4

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 51y

Class 3

13:50 Catterick

Ganapathi

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: R Mike Smith

prominent, left in lead 3rd, pushed along 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened run-in

12/1

Form: 21125F CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Ended last year with below-par C&D run (bled from the nose) and was beaten when falling over 2m4f here on New Year's Day; needs to get back in the groove but has very good chasing strike-rate (7-25) and his current mark is workable.

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4th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Cedar Hill

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Ended last year with below-par C&D run (bled from the nose) and was beaten when falling over 2m4f here on New Year's Day; needs to get back in the groove but has very good chasing strike-rate (7-25) and his current mark is workable.

4/1

0

8

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Cedar Hill

10st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

Best to forgive his dip in form here two months ago (bled from one nostril); very consistent otherwise this season and may well bounce back at some stage; however, performed poorly (well-held fifth) in this race last year and now 2lb higher.

14/1

5th

3

8th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 2

15:25 Musselburgh

Cedar Hill

10st 11lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won at Perth (2m4f, good to soft) and Kelso (2m1f, good) three months apart before chasing home the smart Tommy's Oscar back at Kelso a month ago; nothing wrong with that effort and should be a factor.

9/4

Form: 54-3P4 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict

Very well handicapped on some of his 2022 form and made encouraging seasonal debut when third of five over C&D (good to soft) in November, but two disappointing efforts have followed and he needs to turn things around.

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5th

4

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Dreams Of Home

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Very well handicapped on some of his 2022 form and made encouraging seasonal debut when third of five over C&D (good to soft) in November, but two disappointing efforts have followed and he needs to turn things around.

8/1

4th

6

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Dreams Of Home

11st 5lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Three chase wins, the latest in December 2022; has an 11lb lower mark today, having failed to fire on all cylinders since; pulled up on latest start; best efforts have been over 2m/2m1f.

14/1

0

1

8th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:15 Sandown

Dreams Of Home

12st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, bit short of room against rail and lost ground with one circuit to go, slow jump and dropped to last 4th, outpaced 6th

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-1115 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed productive 2023, winning four 2m1f chases at Kelso (good to soft-soft); will find this easier than latest assignment at Newbury but is away from his happy hunting ground again today and remains on a career-high mark.

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6th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Bollingerandkrug

11st 13lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Enjoyed productive 2023, winning four 2m1f chases at Kelso (good to soft-soft); will find this easier than latest assignment at Newbury but is away from his happy hunting ground again today and remains on a career-high mark.

5/1

5th

5

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Bollingerandkrug

10st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Things have clicked this year and he's won at Kelso on four of his last five starts (2m1f, soft/good to soft); has a progressive profile and further improvement is possible, but he goes up in grade at a different track today and will need to be better than ever to complete a four-timer.

10/1

1st

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Bollingerandkrug

12st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

led but pestered, headed 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and switched right after 2 out, rallying last, kept on run-in, led again final 110yds, gamely

5/4

Form: 3/225P C

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Started off for current stable with two seconds at Hexham (2m4f/1m7f) in the autumn but looked out of sorts in two Kelso races at end of last year and arrives here with questions to answer.

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7

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Overcourt

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Started off for current stable with two seconds at Hexham (2m4f/1m7f) in the autumn but looked out of sorts in two Kelso races at end of last year and arrives here with questions to answer.

10/1

0

3

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 70y

Class 3

13:55 Kelso

Overcourt

11st 2lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Runner-up on slow ground at Hexham on first two starts for new stable this season (2m4f/1m7f) and now 2lb lower; needs to bounce back from a below-par run behind Young Buster here a month ago but has run well here in the past and can't be ruled out.

14/1

5th

1

29th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

13:00 Kelso

Overcourt

12st 0lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Missed last year but has shown he retains much of his ability for his new trainer; the return to this much longer trip looks sure to suit and he's an interesting runner.

7/1

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Payout
Exacta £138.00
Straight Forecast £131.20
Trifecta £603.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Beau Balko

D Express:

Ganapathi

TOPSPEED:

Cedar Hill

RP RATINGS:

Mint Gold

POSTDATA:

Beau Balko

WEST COUNTRY:

Beau Balko

The Times:

Beau Balko

Telegraph:

Beau Balko

The Sun:

Beau Balko

Daily Record:

Beau Balko

Daily Mirror:

Ganapathi

The Star:

Cedar Hill