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15:55 Ffos Las

Heavy

Dragonbet The Bookmakers Of Wales Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4700.09
  • 2m 3f 83y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Dragonbet The Bookmakers Of Wales Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: 222112 BF

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict

Ex-Irish; has been in fine form for new yard this season with two heavy-ground wins over hurdles at Uttoxeter (2m) and Newcastle (2m1f) before a creditable second to a subsequent winner on chase debut at Lingfield (2m, heavy); longer trip no problem (has been second over 2m6f); good claims.

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

1st

1

25th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 161y

Class 4

15:50 Exeter

Classic Maestro

11st 12lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Jennie Candlish

raced in second, led after 1st, mistake 4 out, faced challenge when not fluent 3 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on well run-in, gamely

11/8

2nd

1

22nd Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

14:15 Lingfield

Classic Maestro

12st 1lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Jennie Candlish

disputed lead omitted 8th

11/8

Form: 3F-PP8 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Maiden hurdle winner for Gordon Elliott (2m3f, soft) in March 2022; modest form over hurdles and fences for new yard; others appeal more.

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

8th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 3

13:58 Chepstow

Jack In The Box

11st 3lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Bernard Llewellyn

held up in rear

50/1

0

6

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Jack In The Box

11st 6lb

J: Robert Williams

T: Bernard Llewellyn

took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 1st, lost position before 5 out, dropped to last and weakened quickly after 4 out, soon pulled up

33/1

Form: 225522 C

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

Dual hurdle winner, the second over 2m4f here (soft); had been running well over fences recently, finishing runner-up over 2m3f at Chepstow on last two starts (heavy); chance.

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

4th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

raced in last, detached before 6th, struggling after 11th, soon tailed off

3/1

2nd

4

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

16:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 8lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Fair 2m4f winning hurdler who is knocking on the door in this sphere, posting a good second over C&D 22 days ago; he can go well again off the same mark.

11/4

Form: 139024 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won twice over hurdles at around 2m last season, including on soft ground here; mainly disappointing this season, best run in first-time cheekpieces (retained) when second at Leicester in January (1m7f, heavy); bit to prove, including his stamina, on his first run over fences.

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

2nd

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 4

13:40 Chepstow

Double Click

10st 11lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

Quirky customer who has a very mixed record this season, and ran in snatches before eventually keeping on strongly to score over C&D (soft) last month; 3lb rise ought to be manageable but he's not an easy one to predict.

11/2

1st

1

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

14:15 Chepstow

Double Click

12st 0lb

J: Will Featherstone

T: Jamie Snowden

Won back-to-back hurdles at Wincanton (1m7f maiden, good to soft) and Ffos Las (2m handicap, soft) last spring; returned to form when second in new cheekpieces at Leicester (heavy) but then never travelled at all at Lingfield; can't be sure what to expect but ability is respected.

10/1

Form: 4-4721 D

Last run: 7 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict

Off the mark on fifth start over fences when winning a two-finisher novice handicap by 19l at Exeter last week (2m3f, soft); chance with his 7lb penalty, but this may come soon enough.

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

1st

4

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Bonza Boy

11st 8lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

jumped right throughout, raced in second, not fluent 10th, led before 3 out, shaken up when clear before 2 out, ridden out and went further clear run-in, eased towards finish

Evs

1st

3

8th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

14:40 Exeter

Bonza Boy

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Still a maiden but has come down the weights and posted an encouraging effort over C&D (good to soft; fourth chase attempt) last time, keeping on for second; that form is working out well; respected back up just 1lb and kept to same scenario.

9/4

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Verdict

Although last week’s easy Exeter winner Bonza Boy is worth considering with his penalty, this may come soon enough for him and preference is for CLASSIC MAESTRO, who has done really well since joining Jennie Candlish. Walkinthewoods is another with a chance.[Colin Russell]

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Bonza Boy

SPOTLIGHT:

Classic Maestro

TOPSPEED:

Walkinthewoods

LAMBOURN:

Double Click

POSTDATA:

Classic Maestro

Telegraph:

Classic Maestro

WEST COUNTRY:

Bonza Boy

The Times:

Bonza Boy

The Guardian:

Bonza Boy

Daily Mail:

Bonza Boy

D Express:

Bonza Boy

Daily Mirror:

Bonza Boy

The Sun:

Bonza Boy

The Star:

Bonza Boy

Daily Record:

Walkinthewoods