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15:25 Kelso

Good To Soft

bet365 Premier Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £28475
  • 2m 7f 96y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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bet365 Premier Chase (Listed Race) (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.25
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 62-1P2

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict

Strong form in defeat last term and a clearcut win in four-runner Listed event at Carlisle (2m4f, soft; jumped well) in November; soon struggled with the Cheltenham fences in December but ran on well from off the pace when second in first-time cheekpieces (absent today) at Musselburgh four weeks ago; his only attempt at this sort of trip under rules was in Cheltenham Grade 1 last March and latest run put him firmly back on the radar.

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7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Thunder Rock

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Went back up in trip at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) last month and won that Listed chase in decisive fashion; has also won on soft; this 8yo is unexposed over staying trips and could have more to offer, but others have far more substance to their form and he looks vulnerable in this Grade 1.

25/1

1st

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Thunder Rock

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, pushed along and headway after 3 out, went fourth before 2 out, switched right and went second before last, led last, kept on well run-in, readily

9/2

2nd

2

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Thunder Rock

11st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

Strong form in defeat in Graded novice chases last term and justified 11-8 favouritism in clearcut fashion in four-runner Listed event at Carlisle (2m4f, soft; jumped well) in November; that saw him favourite for Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham but he was soon struggling with the fences; has cheekpieces today and the earlier positive impression cannot be forgotten.

7/2

9/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 13-237 C

Last run: 67 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Usually gives his running, but nowhere near it on last two outings and had wind surgery in between; a hood (absent previous five starts) returned last time, for first hurdle race since 2021, but is removed again today and now he has tongue tied first time; first run beyond 2m5f under rules.

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5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

15:30 Aintree

Minella Drama

11st 10lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Creditable third in this race 12 months ago but isn't sure to repeat the effort in this stronger renewal; possibly flattered when second in the Old Roan here on reappearance (numerous fences were omitted) and not in the same form since; bottom on ratings.

50/1

2nd

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Minella Drama

11st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

took keen hold, prominent, led before 6th

9/1

7th

1

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

13:40 Aintree

Minella Drama

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, not fluent 3rd

11/4

Form: 3U1-17 C

Last run: 77 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Held up; acts on soft and has some form on heavy; tailed off at Cheltenham in December latest but he has a fine record at this track, including wins last March and October; they were 3m2f and there is more for him to prove back at this trip but he's on the shortlist.

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3

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Elvis Mail

11st 3lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

2-3 over fences at Ayr and his fifth chase win came at Carlisle (3m, heavy) 13 days ago; missed this race last year because of good ground, so the furthest he's been is still 3m2f, over which he twice strode out well to win on soft at Kelso; has a career-high mark but the longer trip is interesting.

50/1

2

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 110y

Class 2

16:32 Carlisle

Elvis Mail

11st 7lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Won off this mark at Kelso (3m2f, soft) last October and ran okay when a Listed third there on his latest chase start; excused subsequent below-par run over hurdles (chasing is his game nowadays); Kelso brings out the best in him but he's also run well here and could have a part to play.

4/1

Form: 44-232 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Unraced on heavy; agonisingly missed out in a veterans race at Chepstow in October and ran well again when second in the final of that series at Warwick (3m, soft; ridden by 7lb claimer) seven weeks ago; effective at this track and set for another bold show.

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4th

3

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Aye Right

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

led, headed before 6th

3/1

2nd

3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Aye Right

11st 11lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Harriet Graham & Gary Rutherford

Agonisingly missed out in a leg of this series when tying up close home at Chepstow in October (collared by Good Boy Bobby); there are some course concerns as he wasn't so good when behind Thomas Darby and Mill Green here last time but he's still respected off the same mark as at Chepstow and new partner Dylan Johnston is good value for his 7lb; handles all ground.

13/2

Form: 113-P3 D

Last run: 91 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Third at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival (3m1f, soft) against two rivals who quickly boosted the form no end; got badly messed around on November reappearance and wasn't at his most fluent in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f) three months ago but still rallied into third; absent since with reportedly minor problems; next month's Grand National is his big target and it will be interesting to gauge his market strength.

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5

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Monbeg Genius

11st 8lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Looked destined for big things when first going chasing and the handicap form of his close third in this race (soft; equally effective on good to soft) last year could hardly be bettered; ran up to his best when third in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December but things haven't gone to plan since and he came home a tired horse at Kelso ten days ago; doubts have crept in but cheekpieces are added and the yard has won this race three times.

12/1

5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Monbeg Genius

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders on inner, nudged along 11th, going okay 13th

7/4

3rd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Monbeg Genius

10st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear, jumped right and hampered rival 1st

13/2

Form: -12P22

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

6yo who is 3-10 over fences (the three wins at Ludlow); also five seconds in this sphere, including keeping on well in mares' Listed events over about 2m4f at Doncaster (50-1; best form) and Huntingdon on last two outings; has much more to prove on worse than good to soft, especially as she's unraced beyond 2m5f.

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1st

1

18th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

La Renommee

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

in rear

5/1

6th

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

La Renommee

10st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

raced in last, pecked on landing 2nd, struggling from 12th

12/1

2nd

5

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 1

15:10 Huntingdon

La Renommee

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

towards rear, steady headway after 12th

12/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2-8PPP D

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Mostly ran well last term, culminating in his second in Scottish National (7lb lower today); this season, however, has made for grim viewing.

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1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Coopers Cross

11st 6lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

held up in rear, pushed along briefly and reminder after 9th

66/1

0

11

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Coopers Cross

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Arrived here in much better form 12 months ago and in first-time cheekpieces he got the job done by a length at the expense of Cap Du Nord; later finished second in the Scottish Grand National when 2lb higher; no signs of any of that form this season but perhaps another change of headgear can work the oracle.

14/1

0

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Coopers Cross

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Heavy ground may excuse his poor efforts this term; creditable second in this race last year (soft; off 5lb lower) before winning a major 3m contest at Doncaster and finishing second in the 4m Scottish National; has the ability to take a serious hand.

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £186.00
Straight Forecast £174.40
Trifecta £758.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Aye Right

WEST COUNTRY:

Monbeg Genius

TOPSPEED:

Thunder Rock

The Sun:

Minella Drama

The Guardian:

Monbeg Genius

D Express:

Monbeg Genius

The Times:

Thunder Rock

Daily Record:

Thunder Rock

RP RATINGS:

Aye Right

POSTDATA:

Aye Right

Telegraph:

Aye Right

Daily Mail:

Aye Right

Daily Mirror:

Aye Right

The Star:

Aye Right