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Broughton Hall Estates North Wales National Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £10288
  • 3m 5f 142y
  • Class 4
  • 14 runners
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Broughton Hall Estates North Wales National Handicap Chase

Runners: 14 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

OUR TIP

Form: 2PP-9P

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Capable of useful form in France but he's yet to translate that form in four runs for his current stable, pulled up at Plumpton last time; others are much preferred.

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2

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Iceo Madrik

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Three chase wins and some useful form in France but it's been a slow process acclimatising in Britain, pulled up over fences in all three starts; continues to drop in the weights but something needs to change.

33/1

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4

7th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 4f 102y

Class 3

14:50 Plumpton

Iceo Madrik

11st 6lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

A foggy case can be made on some of his French form (stayed 2m7f in the mud) but he was pulled up over fences at the Cheltenham Festival (3m1f) and Newton Abbot (2m5f) in the spring for new connections; had wind surgery in July but again ran moderately on his return to hurdles a month ago; hardly the percentage call.

25/1

Form: 2-234P

Last run: 41 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

A fairly useful winner in France but he's not proved the most reliable here and was pulled up at Newton Abbot in December; it's easy to look elsewhere.

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4th

4

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Yes Indeed

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Pretty useful in France; 0-11 in Britain but he went close at Newbury (2m6f, soft; 1lb lower today) last March, among several minor honours last year; the backward steps on his last two outings, however, are offputting.

14/1

8

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Yes Indeed

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Useful in France; 0-10 in Britain but has some encouraging form this year, including narrow defeat at this venue; significant mistake contributed to below-par run last time; each-way hopes if on song.

11/1

Form: 3-0P15 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict

Resumed winning ways over hurdles at Haydock (3m) in December but he came in a well-held fifth back chasing at Catterick 29 days ago; he's not proving the easiest to catch right.

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4

12th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Catterick

Bushypark

11st 1lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Front-runner; Haydock winner in December; won 3m6f North Yorkshire National off 3lb lower here last season but disappointing in that race last month; however, conditions are ideal and he could bounce back.

15/8

5th

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11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 214y

Class 3

14:30 Catterick

Bushypark

12st 0lb

J: Joe Williamson

T: Philip Kirby

Front-runner whose form can be very up and down but he won this eased down last year (heavy) and was back on the scoresheet over hurdles at Haydock (3m, heavy) three weeks ago; strong claims if again at the top of his game.

4/1

Form: 160-2P

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

14 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Found the Welsh National at Chepstow too much from 7lb out of the handicap but he had resumed with a good second in Fontwell's Southern National so this veteran must enter calculations back off his proper mark.

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4th

3

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Max Dynamo

11st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Dashing veteran who has been a regular winner in staying chases for his trainer and gave it a good shot in the Southern National at Fontwell (3m3f, heavy) in November; the Welsh National was a step too far next time and he needs an extra nudge off this mark on his first course run.

20/1

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27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Max Dynamo

9st 9lb

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

13yo whose career best was a 25l win here (3m2f, good to soft) in February, leading from a fairly early stage and going with great verve; creditable second at Fontwell (3m4f, heavy) on reappearance but whether he can cut it in this much higher grade remains to be seen, with two runs last spring casting doubts; 7lb out of the handicap and 7lb-claiming rider is recruited.

50/1

Form: 3-P12P

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Scored at Wetherby (3m) in November but he went with little fluency when pulled up at Haydcock last time; blinkers replace cheekpieces with plenty to prove.

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5th

3

27th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Catterick

East Street

11st 13lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Sue Smith

In good form late last year with a win (3m, heavy) and near-miss (2m7f, heavy) in his regular cheekpieces; however, he was laboured at Haydock two runs back and departed mid-race last week at Carlisle when tried in blinkers; jumping can be an issue.

13/2

4

19th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:00 Carlisle

East Street

11st 8lb

J: Peter Kavanagh

T: Sue Smith

Beaten before stamina may have been an issue at Haydock (3m4f, heavy; pulled up) latest; however, in good form previously with a win (3m, heavy) and near-miss (2m7f, heavy), and first-time blinkers replacing cheekpieces could help (can come under early pressure, and jumping can lack fluency).

7/1

Form: 14-PPP D

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Has failed to complete on all his three starts this term, pulled up in Welsh National at Chepstow last time; this is easier but he still needs to take a big step forward.

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Abandoned

Form: P-250P D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict

Usually goes very well at Warwick but he was pulled up in 3m5f chase there last month; he needs to get back on track.

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2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:10 Hereford

Volcano

11st 12lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sheila Lewis

Has gained most wins at Warwick, the last three over 3m5f; best effort this term came over same distance in cross-country race at Cheltenham; drops back in grade off a workable mark but this doesn't look an ideal scenario; 0-4 at Hereford.

11/4

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13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Volcano

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Sheila Lewis

Often front-runs; Warwick specialist with five wins from six appearances and two of those wins were over 3m5f (one on soft); the defeat, however, came in this race last year (heavy) when beaten 16l in a respectable fifth; best to forgive this season (way out of the weights on Cheltenham cross-country on last two starts) but 2lb wrong today and this task looks a bit too tough.

16/1

Form: 13P-25

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Failed to build on a promising reappearance Chepstow second when only fifth of eight in 3m Exeter handicap in December; he needs to bounce back after a break.

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Form: 5-3P53

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Lightly-raced winning hurdler who went with some promise on just his second run over fences when third of eight in 3m2f Uttoxeter handicap 13 days ago; he's one to consider off a 3lb lower mark.

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6th

8

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Grove Road

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

All three wins on testing ground, in a bumper and two novice hurdles at 2m4f and 3m1f; should be open to some improvement after just two chase runs but has ground to make up on Sporting Ace on a recent Uttoxeter run (3m2f, heavy; first-time blinkers, retained); has to prove stamina up in trip.

7/1

3rd

5

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 2f 13y

Class 4

15:43 Uttoxeter

Grove Road

11st 11lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Archie Watson

Two novice hurdle wins (2m4f/3m1f) on testing ground last season but he was pulled up on his chase debut at Chepstow last month and things didn't go well back over hurdles last time; has a similar profile to Ballydisco and he needs to get back on track; first-time blinkers.

12/1

Form: 522-52 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Winning pointer/hurdler who failed only narrowly to get off the mark in this sphere (pair well clear) in 3m1f Haydock handicap 41 days ago; this longer trip promises to suit so he's a player with few miles still on the clock.

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2nd

5

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

14:00 Haydock

Gold Emery

11st 6lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Winning Irish pointer (3m, good to yielding) who won a Carlisle maiden hurdle (2m1f, heavy) in February 2022: placed on two of his four runs over fences, notably when second at Uttoxeter in April (3m, heavy); not at his best of reappearance but could bounce back.

9/2

Form: 1-3142

Last run: 45 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Scored twice over fences last term and he comes here on the back of a good second in 3m1f Aintree handicap 45 days ago; he can go well again off an unchanged mark.

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2nd

7

26th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 3

14:15 Aintree

Duke Of Deception

10st 7lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

2-7 over fences; his win at Wetherby (3m, good; acts on soft) in October was over hurdles, as was his creditable fourth at Ascot last month; has better chase form, good enough to have a shout in this field.

10/1

Form: 1-3531

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 1lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Cheekpieces fitted when resuming winning ways in 3m1f Warwick handicap chase 18 days ago; up 7lb but this longer trip should prove within her compass so she holds solid claims with the headgear again sported.

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10

13th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 4f 178y

Class 3

15:00 Lingfield

Head And Heart

10st 11lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Winner at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) last April on second chase start; not obviously progressive after but fitting cheekpieces seemed to help when she came home in good style at Warwick (3m1f, soft) recently; up 7lb in a higher grade but has potential as a stayer; better claims than most.

9/2

1st

10

22nd Jan 2024

Frozen

3m 1f 100y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Head And Heart

11st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won under Elizabeth Gale (claiming 10lb) at Huntingdon last April (2m7f, soft) and returned to form when keeping on from off the pace to be a close third at Wincanton (3m1f, soft); seems to have a preference for testing ground; cheekpieces tried.

7/2

Form: 3232/4

Last run: 124 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Reliable sort who has won over both hurdles and fences but he returns after over two years off here; the market can prove a good guide on his comeback run.

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2nd

11

20th Nov 2021

Good To Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

12:40 Haydock

Furius De Ciergues

10st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall

Hasn't looked back since wind surgery at the start of 2021, winning around 3m3f at Sedgefield (heavy) and Stratford (good) in the spring and consistent in defeat since; stayed on for third (Defuture Is Bright seventh) at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) last month and the form received a boost when the winner followed up back there last weekend; 2lb out of the handicap but still much respected with this longer trip likely to play to his strengths.

8/1

3rd

17

22nd Oct 2021

Good

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

15:50 Cheltenham

Furius De Ciergues

10st 12lb

J: Mr J W Hendrick

T: Oliver Greenall

Seemingly better for wind surgery when winning staying chases at Sedgefield (heavy) and Stratford (good) earlier this year and reliable enough subsequently, including a near miss returned to hurdling at Bangor recently; this is his toughest test to date though and perhaps placed at best.

14/1

Form: 4P4121

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Bagged his second success of the season in 3m1f Catterick handicap chase 16 days ago; this demands more though from a 7lb higher mark but he's no forlorn hope.

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7

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Event Of Sivola

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

prominent, jumped left and bumped rival 3rd

5/2

1st

3

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Event Of Sivola

11st 9lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Won narrowly on heavy ground at Hexham (3m) and confirmed placings with the runner-up when a close second over C&D (heavy) three weeks ago; every chance of being involved off an untouched mark.

4/1

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Verdict

A case can be made for a few of these but Donald McCain’s low-mileage 8yo GOLD EMERY (nap) signalled he’s ready to open his account in this sphere when edged out at Haydock last time and can now go one better with this longer distance a positive. Warwick scorer Head And Heart also looks to have better days ahead of her and is next on the list ahead of in-form duo Duke Of Deception and Grove Road. Max Dynamo completes the shortlist.[Peter Entwistle]