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16:05 Aintree

Heavy

Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £84195
  • 2m 5f 19y
  • Class 1
  • 24 runners
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Randox Supports Race Against Dementia Topham Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 24 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

12/1 (Won)

  • Win: £26.40
  • Place: £5.20

Form: -1PP11 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Now 4-9 over rules fences having won comfortably the last twice at Leicester (2m6f, soft) and Ludlow (3m, soft; despite bad blunder); he's 9lb higher than last time and in much tougher company, but he's clearly thriving and his trainer continues to enjoy an excellent 2024; shortlisted.

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1st

15

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Arizona Cardinal

10st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Now 4-9 over rules fences having won comfortably the last twice at Leicester (2m6f, soft) and Ludlow (3m, soft; despite bad blunder); he's 9lb higher than last time and in much tougher company, but he's clearly thriving and his trainer continues to enjoy an excellent 2024; shortlisted.

12/1

1st

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

16:15 Ludlow

Arizona Cardinal

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Can have his off days but he looked on good terms with himself when a clearcut winner at Leicester (2m6f, soft; 5lb lower; second run after further wind operation) and his yard continues on the crest of a wave; stays this far and there's plenty to like.

2/1

1st

6

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

15:20 Leicester

Arizona Cardinal

11st 7lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

prominent

14/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 3-4437 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Faded into seventh behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month, having travelled well; however, that's not the first time he's weakened up the Cheltenham hill and an each-way case can be made on his Irish handicap form this winter (3m/2m5f, soft/yielding to soft).

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1

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

James Du Berlais

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

disputed lead early, pressed leaders when fell heavily 5 out

100/30

2nd

2

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

James Du Berlais

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Faded into seventh behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month, having travelled well; however, that's not the first time he's weakened up the Cheltenham hill and an each-way case can be made on his Irish handicap form this winter (3m/2m5f, soft/yielding to soft).

9/1

7th

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

James Du Berlais

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: W P Mullins

Made a successful switch to fences in early 2023; Grade 1 races generally asked too much of him subsequently although he was anything but disgraced when sixth in the Turners (soft) over C&D last March; in the frame in valuable Leopardstown handicaps since Christmas over 3m (soft) and 2m5f (yielding to soft) but will need more to win this.

12/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: 2212P2 BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Novice who progressed nicely towards end of last year and bounced back from Doncaster flop when clear second in Newbury handicap (2m4f, heavy) last month behind course specialist Heltenham, who followed up there since; 2lb rise could prove lenient and this improving 8yo is firmly in calculations.

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3rd

9

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Kandoo Kid

11st 1lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Novice who progressed nicely towards end of last year and bounced back from Doncaster flop when clear second in Newbury handicap (2m4f, heavy) last month behind course specialist Heltenham, who followed up there since; 2lb rise could prove lenient and this improving 8yo is firmly in calculations.

12/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Kandoo Kid

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, led 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on

6/1

0

5

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Kandoo Kid

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Not out of the first two in any of his four chases and beat a good yardstick in a 2m4f handicap at Newbury (good to soft); coped well with the step up to Grade 2 level at Ascot last time when going right handed didn't look ideal (jumped out to the left at times); has stamina to prove but remains lightly raced for his top yard and hard to rule out.

10/1

Form: 8-145U

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

12yo; below par on last completed start (hampered/unseated at last month's Cheltenham Festival); however, he caught the eye flying home for 29l eighth in this last year on his first taste of these fences, and he loomed large two out in the Becher (3m2f, heavy) in December only to fade; bolted up on Mildmay course in October on only other visit to Aintree; interesting.

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4th

13

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Celebre DAllen

10st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

12yo; below par on last completed start (hampered/unseated at last month's Cheltenham Festival); however, he caught the eye flying home for 29l eighth in this last year on his first taste of these fences, and he loomed large two out in the Becher (3m2f, heavy) in December only to fade; bolted up on Mildmay course in October on only other visit to Aintree; interesting.

25/1

9

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Celebre DAllen

11st 7lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Bolted up on reappearance at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) last October; also effective on soft; however, this 12yo hasn't been at his peak the last twice and this is a very tough race in which to try to bounce back.

66/1

Form: 103521

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Unexposed 9yo who has shown signs of considerable promise and could have more to offer for top Irish yard; however, improvement is needed off today's mark and his jumping and chasing inexperience could count against him.

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8th

11

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Aime Desjy

10st 13lb

J: Sean O’Keeffe

T: W P Mullins

9yo who is lightly raced for his age and won at Gowran (2m4f) last month on third chase start; creditable fifth in Topham at Aintree (2m5f) since and, while he's unraced beyond that trip and stamina is a big query, he's trained by Willie Mullins and for that reason alone is worth a second look.

28/1

5th

10

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Aime Desjy

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Unexposed 9yo who has shown signs of considerable promise and could have more to offer for top Irish yard; however, improvement is needed off today's mark and his jumping and chasing inexperience could count against him.

14/1

1

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

16:30 Gowran Park

Aime Desjy

11st 12lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Bumper winner; some useful form over timber but has shown his future may be in this sphere in two chase starts; chased home Saint Felicien last time and he's fine on testing ground; leading claims.

4/5

Form: 023-5P D

Last run: 105 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Very disappointing when pulled up at Doncaster in December last time out, but she returned from a similar break (and substandard run) to finish a clear second in this race last year (soft); solid fifth over C&D (heavy) in the Grand Sefton in November on reappearance; capable of a bold show.

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1st

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 6f 164y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Fantastic Lady

10st 13lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

held up in last

16/1

6th

5

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Fantastic Lady

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Very disappointing when pulled up at Doncaster in December last time out, but she returned from a similar break (and substandard run) to finish a clear second in this race last year (soft); solid fifth over C&D (heavy) in the Grand Sefton in November on reappearance; capable of a bold show.

12/1

Form: 59-272

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Made it 0-7 over fences when 13l runner-up in Naas handicap (2m4f, soft to heavy) in February, and Rachael Blackmore rides stablemate Life In The Park; however, he jumped well in front last time and could be the type to relish the National fences; could have a part to play for leading Irish yard.

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7th

16

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Shantreusse

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Made it 0-7 over fences when 13l runner-up in Naas handicap (2m4f, soft to heavy) in February, and Rachael Blackmore rides stablemate Life In The Park; however, he jumped well in front last time and could be the type to relish the National fences; could have a part to play for leading Irish yard.

16/1

2nd

2

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

Shantreusse

11st 12lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, led 4th

11/2

7th

15

25th Jan 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 0y

14:50 Gowran Park

Shantreusse

10st 6lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Henry De Bromhead

Grade 3 novice hurdle winner at Clonmel two seasons ago; stays 3m well; failed to convince as a novice chaser last season, but made a pleasing handicap debut when 9l second over an extended 2m4f at Navan.

10/1

Form: 1-0314 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Made it 3-6 over rules fences when winning six-runner handicap by 5l in first-time tongue-tie (retained since) at Leicester (2m4f, soft) in January; up in grade here and only fourth of six at Kempton latest, but they didn't go a great gallop and he wasn't beaten far; retains potential.

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8th

22

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Grandads Cottage

10st 7lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Made it 3-6 over rules fences when winning six-runner handicap by 5l in first-time tongue-tie (retained since) at Leicester (2m4f, soft) in January; up in grade here and only fourth of six at Kempton latest, but they didn't go a great gallop and he wasn't beaten far; retains potential.

25/1

4th

4

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

16:10 Kempton

Grandads Cottage

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Low-mileage 9yo who hit a new high when winning under a 7lb claimer in a six-runner race at Leicester (2m4f, soft; the third won starts either side) on latest outing, taking his chase score to 3-6; that was when tongue tied (first time), as he is today; 5lb higher today but plenty to like.

7/1

1st

1

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Grandads Cottage

12st 0lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Olly Murphy

Low-mileage 9yo who weent 2-3 over fences last term; stepped up on his reappearance run when a good third of six in 3m1f Aintree handicap 36 days ago; he may do better still so is very much one to consider with tongue-strap added.

9/2

Form: 18-321 D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Following a wind operation he enhanced his excellent record at Kelso when winning a five-runner handicap by 4l in February (2m5f, soft); however, he may be vulnerable now away from Kelso in this hotter race.

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9th

4

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Empire Steel

11st 4lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Following a wind operation he enhanced his excellent record at Kelso when winning a five-runner handicap by 4l in February (2m5f, soft); however, he may be vulnerable now away from Kelso in this hotter race.

25/1

1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made virtually all, going best but faced challenges 2 out, soon shaken up, ridden briefly when good jump last, kept on well run-in, won going away

13/8

Form: -1149F D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Landed four-timer with easy win in desperate conditions on Mildmay course here (2m4f, heavy) in December, and he's just 1lb higher today; however, he hasn't hit the same heights since and needs to get back to his best.

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10th

7

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Richmond Lake

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Landed four-timer with easy win in desperate conditions on Mildmay course here (2m4f, heavy) in December, and he's just 1lb higher today; however, he hasn't hit the same heights since and needs to get back to his best.

25/1

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

disputed lead with winner, not fluent 4 out, pushed along 2 out, no extra when lost third before last, weakened and fell last

3/1

9th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has won five handicaps in the north since last January (one hurdle) but off a career-high mark he was brought back down to earth at Cheltenham on New Year's Day (2m4f, heavy); looks very vulnerable here under his big weight, especially trying 3m for the first time under rules; probably best on softer ground as well.

25/1

Form: 71P030 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won in good style at Navan (2m4f, heavy) in December on second stable start but this 10yo has failed to reproduce that form on his four starts since (most recently at the Cheltenham Festival) and needs to raise his game.

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6th

9

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Embittered

11st 1lb

J: Carl Millar

T: Gordon Elliott

Showed he still had it when winning a Listed handicap chase at Navan in December; not really competitive in the Plate at Cheltenham or the Topham at Aintree. others preferred.

25/1

11th

6

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Embittered

11st 2lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: Gordon Elliott

Won in good style at Navan (2m4f, heavy) in December on second stable start but this 10yo has failed to reproduce that form on his four starts since (most recently at the Cheltenham Festival) and needs to raise his game.

66/1

11th

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Embittered

11st 8lb

J: Mr R James

T: Gordon Elliott

Three chase wins from 25 attempts, ending a two-year losing run at Navan (2m4f, soft) in December; has run really well over hurdles at the Festival but he played little part in the Grand Annual two years ago and was pulled up in this race last March; up against it.

66/1

Form: -53380

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict

Runs off 3lb lower than when 14l third in this last year (soft), albeit no match for Bill Baxter and Fantastic Lady; has run two good races this term but below his best the last twice; others are more compelling.

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4th

7

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Killer Kane

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Goes well over C&D and has never won on ground slower than good to soft, so can be excused his recent failures on soft (still ran well here in February); usual tongue-tie left off with the cheekpieces tried once before reinstated; could easily go well.

9/1

12th

25

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Killer Kane

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Runs off 3lb lower than when 14l third in this last year (soft), albeit no match for Bill Baxter and Fantastic Lady; has run two good races this term but below his best the last twice; others are more compelling.

25/1

15th

20

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Killer Kane

10st 6lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Some creditable efforts in defeat since his latest win, at Kempton (3m, good; has form on soft) last February, but he's been on much the same mark all that time so it's rather doubtful whether he's well enough treated for this race; cheekpieces are added.

33/1

Form: 511735

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 8lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

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13th

19

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Good Boy Bobby

10st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Prominent-racer who won two veterans' chases in a row in the autumn and is now back on his last winning mark; however, his subsequent form has been patchy and this 11yo needs to better this year's efforts.

40/1

5th

1

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Two veterans' chase wins at about 3m (good to soft; has won on soft) in the autumn; he hasn't looked ahead of his mark in refitted cheekpieces since but his proven stamina will be an asset in the conditions now having his first run over 2m3f since winning in late 2021.

15/2

3rd

7

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Good Boy Bobby

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Began this season with hard-fought wins at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Sandown (3m, good to soft) in the autumn, and didn't run badly when seventh in last month's Veterans' Final (first-time cheekpieces); one to consider.

7/1

Form: 8-1122 D BF

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict

Reappeared with two front-running wins (2m3f/2m4f, soft/heavy) and has gone close the last twice (2m3f/2m4f, soft/heavy); today's company is hotter than he's used to but this course should suit his style and he's appeared to idle late on a couple of times, so may have more left in the tank.

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14th

18

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

The Edgar Wallace

10st 9lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Reappeared with two front-running wins (2m3f/2m4f, soft/heavy) and has gone close the last twice (2m3f/2m4f, soft/heavy); today's company is hotter than he's used to but this course should suit his style and he's appeared to idle late on a couple of times, so may have more left in the tank.

20/1

2nd

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

15:27 Newcastle

The Edgar Wallace

11st 13lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

led, awkward jump 3rd, faced challenge 3 out, ridden clear before 2 out, reduced lead last, headed run-in, no extra towards finish

11/10

Form: -60070

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Running a fair race when unseating two out in this last year (soft) and is 22lb lower today; however, below par in September on final run for Willie Mullins and well beaten in three runs since joining this yard.

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15th

24

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Ciel De Neige

10st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Running a fair race when unseating two out in this last year (soft) and is 22lb lower today; however, below par in September on final run for Willie Mullins and well beaten in three runs since joining this yard.

33/1

14th

16

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Ciel De Neige

10st 11lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Ran well in handicap hurdles at earlier Festivals and has since won three chases at up to 2m4f for Willie Mullins; has not yet settled down for new yard (without regular headgear; cheekpieces refitted today) and best watched in such a warm race.

100/1

7th

2

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Ciel De Neige

12st 0lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

On a competitive mark on best form for Willie Mullins and he's one to watch in the betting on this second stable start; however, he was tailed off at 50-1 at Doncaster last time and has to leave that run miles behind.

33/1

Form: 238425 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 10st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

11yo whose performances over these fences have been mixed and he was well beaten at Kempton last time; however, he was fourth in this two years ago and has shown promise in cross-country races at Cheltenham this season; yard has won this race five times and he's not written off.

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16th

21

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Francky Du Berlais

10st 7lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Peter Bowen

11yo whose performances over these fences have been mixed and he was well beaten at Kempton last time; however, he was fourth in this two years ago and has shown promise in cross-country races at Cheltenham this season; yard has won this race five times and he's not written off.

25/1

OUR TIP

Form: 4-P611 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

10yo who has been better than ever the last twice with wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy/soft), latest in the Plate at the Festival when he went clear before appearing to idle close home; a 6lb rise for last time certainly isn't harsh and he's run well on the Mildmay course here; respected.

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17th

3

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Shakem UpArry

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

10yo who has been better than ever the last twice with wins at Cheltenham (2m4f, heavy/soft), latest in the Plate at the Festival when he went clear before appearing to idle close home; a 6lb rise for last time certainly isn't harsh and he's run well on the Mildmay course here; respected.

13/2

1st

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Shakem UpArry

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Finished an honourable third in this race (soft) last year; had a fair stab at his first run beyond 2m5f when fourth at Aintree next time (3m1f, good to soft) but was a non-stayer over 3m2f at Newbury in December and has since confirmed that 2m4f is his trip when coming clear quite readily over C&D (heavy) on New Year's Day; 4lb higher than 12 months ago but he could now be an improved performer.

8/1

1st

4

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Shakem UpArry

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

in touch with leaders, went second 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led approaching last, ridden and kept on run-in

9/2

Form: 4-12P3 D BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 8yo who won a Listed chase at Thurles (2m6f, yielding) in November before Grade 3 second at Tramore (2m7f, heavy); made mistakes when pulled up in Leopardstown handicap in February and 3m2f stretched him last time, but he has a lofty mark to defy even if bouncing back.

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1

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Classic Getaway

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Lightly raced 8yo who won a Listed chase at Thurles (2m6f, yielding) in November before Grade 3 second at Tramore (2m7f, heavy); made mistakes when pulled up in Leopardstown handicap in February and 3m2f stretched him last time, but he has a lofty mark to defy even if bouncing back.

16/1

3rd

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 50y

15:27 Down Royal

Classic Getaway

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

pressed leaders, led after 4th, pressed leader when headed 10th, pressed winner before 2 out, 4 lengths down last, weakened run-in

6/4

2

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Classic Getaway

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

prominent early, bad mistake and lost ground quickly 4th, midfield when not fluent 7th, soon eased and pulled up

10/1

Form: U23142 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

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7th

1

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Flegmatik

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Goes particularly well at Kempton where he posted form figures of 142 in competitive handicaps (2m4f-3m) before pulling up in the Topham at Aintree; can run well away from Kempton but it's never going to be easy off his current mark.

8/1

8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran creditably in major 3m handicap here (soft) three weeks ago, taking Kempton form figures to 3110214; scored comfortably on sole C&D attempt (good to soft); well suited by this venue and holds solid claims, for all that he remains on career-high mark.

5/2

Form: 330504 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

This 7yo returned to form in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) with his strong-finishing fourth behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; he's one to consider under Rachael Blackmore.

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11

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Life In The Park

10st 13lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

This 7yo returned to form in a first-time tongue-tie (retained) with his strong-finishing fourth behind Shakem Up'arry in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) last month; he's one to consider under Rachael Blackmore.

15/2

4th

11

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

One win from nine chase runs, in a 2m6f beginners race at Listowel in September 2022; has been vulnerable in handicaps since last April and there is little reason to think he's well enough treated to play a part today either, unless the first-time tongue-tie makes a big difference.

25/1

12th

19

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Life In The Park

11st 1lb

J: Mike O’Connor

T: Henry De Bromhead

prominent, weakened towards far side home turn

20/1

Form: 3-8114 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Rejuvenated in these blinkers in December, winning two in a row from the front in small fields (2m5f/2m3f, heavy/soft); however, tailed off at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in February last time and isn't easy to fancy after that.

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12

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Quel Destin

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Rejuvenated in these blinkers in December, winning two in a row from the front in small fields (2m5f/2m3f, heavy/soft); however, tailed off at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in February last time and isn't easy to fancy after that.

40/1

4th

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 11y

Class 2

15:43 Chepstow

Quel Destin

11st 13lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

led, outpaced and headed before 5 out, weakened after 4 out, tailed off

15/8

Form: 15P-91 D

Last run: 140 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

He has an in-and-out profile but won in fine style at Ascot (2m5f, good) in November when last seen, landing that race for the second consecutive season, and a 9lb rise may not stop him if he can reproduce that form; won a bumper on heavy and all five of his wins have come when fresh.

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14

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Your Darling

10st 10lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

He has an in-and-out profile but won in fine style at Ascot (2m5f, good) in November when last seen, landing that race for the second consecutive season, and a 9lb rise may not stop him if he can reproduce that form; won a bumper on heavy and all five of his wins have come when fresh.

8/1

1st

5

24th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

14:00 Ascot

Your Darling

11st 1lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Having first run for 231 days when winning this very decisively 12 months ago off 5lb lower; hasn't progressed as expected in the meantime, latterly finishing well beaten at the Galway Festival, but looks on a handy mark if he can revive.

5/2

9th

12

4th Aug 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 6f 111y

18:00 Galway

Your Darling

10st 13lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Won a good 2m5f handicap at Ascot last November; absent since a poor showing in a valuable Cheltenham contest in January; trainer could offer no explanation at the time; interesting that he is sent on this mission after six-month break.

8/1

Form: -38486 CD BF

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

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13

1st May 2024

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 80y

18:00 Punchestown

Bill Baxter

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Warren Greatrex

disputed lead early, led narrowly 2nd, headed before 6th, lost position before 8th, dropped to rear and weakening when hampered by faller 5 out

10/1

20

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Bill Baxter

10st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

6/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Bill Baxter

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

midfield, dropped to rear after 4th, weakened gradually from 3 out

15/2

Form: 232P66

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

On a 15-race losing run and hasn't been at his very best on last three starts; however, last month's sixth in the Plate at Cheltenham was a big step back in the right direction and he's on a handy mark on form such as his third in the Grand Sefton over C&D (heavy) in November; each-way chance.

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23

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Frero Banbou

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

On a 15-race losing run and hasn't been at his very best on last three starts; however, last month's sixth in the Plate at Cheltenham was a big step back in the right direction and he's on a handy mark on form such as his third in the Grand Sefton over C&D (heavy) in November; each-way chance.

16/1

6th

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Frero Banbou

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Latest win in January 2022; the step up to 2m4f wasn't a success in last year's Plate but he ran two good races over C&D in midwinter (soft and heavy; effective on good to soft) and now 7lb lower than the latest of them; out of sorts since but not ignored for yard that has won this three times.

20/1

6th

6

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Frero Banbou

10st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Proving difficult to win with, last scoring in January 2022; however, he was running with great credit this season (2m4f/2m5f, heavy-good to soft) until an early mistake cost him when favourite back over 2m at Lingfield two weeks ago; player.

6/1

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Selections

RP RATINGS:

Bill Baxter

D Express:

Life In The Park

SPOTLIGHT:

Kandoo Kid

WEST COUNTRY:

Your Darling

The Times:

Empire Steel

Daily Mirror:

Life In The Park

Daily Record:

Kandoo Kid

TOPSPEED:

Bill Baxter

LAMBOURN:

Bill Baxter

The Star:

Bill Baxter