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Follow @racingtv.com On Instagram Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £6601.25
  • 2m 4f 25y
  • Class 3
  • 3 runners
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Follow @racingtv.com On Instagram Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Mares’ Chase Series Qualifier)

Runners: 3 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: 23U34P C

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Three-time winner (once here) on soft or quicker; this is weaker than many of the races she's contested this season and she shaped encouragingly on heavy last September, albeit in a match; solid claims.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

7

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Headstrong mare who settled okay in the first-time hood at Ascot last week (2m1f, good) but found nothing significant for pressure once the chips were down; has the form to feature but she's not one to rely on.

12/1

4th

5

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, held up in rear, went third before 4 out

13/2

3rd

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 4

17:00 Taunton

Walk In Clover

12st 0lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Chase wins at 2m4f (good) and 3m (good to soft) but bettered those efforts when a cracking third in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) in November; another useful effort over 2m4f (soft) there next time but out of depth in only start since; good claims down in class.

5/2

Form: 355-27

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Better hurdler than chaser thus far but she did go desperately close in a heavy-ground Class 4 at Ffos Las in December (2m5f), her first run in a tongue-tie; not in the same form at Newbury last month (blinkered) but this isn't so deep and the cheekpieces return today; respected.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 10y

Class 3

15:20 Huntingdon

Gazette Bourgeoise

11st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Ben Case

in touch with leaders

8/1

4th

3

21st Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 3

14:25 Ludlow

Gazette Bourgeoise

11st 0lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: Ben Case

0-8 over fences but went close at Ffos Las (2m5f, heavy) on reappearance; lesser effort at Newbury since came in a deeper race and different headgear; could well rebound in this field with cheekpieces reapplied.

5/1

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Form: /U3-5U

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Ran away with a heavy-ground mares' novice hurdle at Warwick three years ago; some long absences have followed and she's failed to complete in two of her four chase starts (looked in trouble when unseating having swerved to avoid a faller latest); cheekpieces now added; risky.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

3

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

16:29 Market Rasen

Uptown Lady

11st 9lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

disputed lead early, in touch with leaders after 2nd

16/1

3

17th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

16:17 Wincanton

Uptown Lady

11st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Did well as a novice hurdler in early 2021, winning on heavy; hasn't really got things going over fences following lengthy breaks and her best form is over shorter (has tried 3m); always a chance that cheekpieces might trigger something better.

12/1

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Non-runners

Midnight Mary

Verdict

Uptown Lady has more to prove than her rivals but she will handle conditions and she’s tumbling down the weights. Gazette Bourgeoise went close in the mud on her penultimate start and may prove the biggest threat to the class-dropping WALK IN CLOVER.[Paul Smith]