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My Pension Expert Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £67524
  • 1m 7f 176y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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My Pension Expert Maghull Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

Form: -12122 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 155

Form & Verdict

Good hurdler but a better chaser and held his own in Grade 1s on last four starts, the last three at about 2m; he was much the best of the rest (including some of these) behind the highly impressive Gaelic Warrior in the Arkle at Cheltenham (soft) and there's nothing of his calibre to fret about here; with the third Il Etait Temps franking that form on Thursday, he's a worthy favourite.

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1st

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Found A Fifty

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Good hurdler but a better chaser and held his own in Grade 1s on last four starts, the last three at about 2m; he was much the best of the rest (including some of these) behind the highly impressive Gaelic Warrior in the Arkle at Cheltenham (soft) and there's nothing of his calibre to fret about here; with the third Il Etait Temps franking that form on Thursday, he's a worthy favourite.

2/1

2nd

2

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Found A Fifty

11st 7lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

prominent

7/1

Form: 12214F CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

Has raised his game chasing this season (first win here) and impressed in all departments when winning a 2m Grade 2 from Nickle Back at Kempton over Christmas (good to soft); luckless since, as he suffered some serious early interference at Lingfield and wasn't without hope of making the frame when coming down two out (jumped it well but stumbled) in the Arkle at Cheltenham; Tom Bellamy gets a tune out of him and they have a big shout.

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2nd

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Master Chewy

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has raised his game chasing this season (first win here) and impressed in all departments when winning a 2m Grade 2 from Nickle Back at Kempton over Christmas (good to soft); luckless since, as he suffered some serious early interference at Lingfield and wasn't without hope of making the frame when coming down two out (jumped it well but stumbled) in the Arkle at Cheltenham; Tom Bellamy gets a tune out of him and they have a big shout.

9/1

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Master Chewy

11st 7lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

midfield

16/1

4th

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Lingfield

Master Chewy

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, badly hampered 1st, soon dropped to last, awkward jump 3rd, no impression after 3 out

3/1

Form: 5-F112 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

He was receiving 11lb from Matata when beating that rival by only a length in a Cheltenham handicap on New Year's Day (2m, heavy) but bettered that form to finish a clear second in the Grand Annual (soft; third favourite); has earned his right to a crack at this level but is perhaps relying on the market leaders being off their game if he's to win.

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3rd

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Libberty Hunter

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

He was receiving 11lb from Matata when beating that rival by only a length in a Cheltenham handicap on New Year's Day (2m, heavy) but bettered that form to finish a clear second in the Grand Annual (soft; third favourite); has earned his right to a crack at this level but is perhaps relying on the market leaders being off their game if he's to win.

10/1

2nd

10

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Libberty Hunter

10st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Evan Williams

Bumper/hurdle winner who has won both completed starts over fences, latterly a 2m handicap on the New Course here (heavy) on New Year's Day; lacks the chase experience of most of these but the upside of his lightly raced profile is that there could be plenty more to come from him.

5/1

1st

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

12:55 Cheltenham

Libberty Hunter

10st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Bumper/hurdle winner who was going well when falling three out on his chase debut at Chepstow (2m, soft) in November, and made amends at Wincanton (1m7f, soft) a fortnight ago; 10lb higher in a better race here but did it very easily last time and he could have lots more left in the tank.

3/1

Form: 211111 D

Last run: 185 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict

Grade 2 winner over hurdles; beaten on chase debut but hasn't looked back in winning his next five; tackles a different calibre of opposition than in his Grade 3s (2m-2m2f) and a lack of recent match practice might not be ideal given this race will take no prisoners, especially as he likes to be up there; however, no ground worries and trained by Willie Mullins, so hard to rule out.

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3rd

2

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 75y

17:25 Punchestown

Hercule Du Seuil

11st 12lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Grade 2 winner over hurdles; beaten on chase debut, but winning his next five; odds-on for three Grade 3 successes, though only scrambled home over 2m2f at this venue last October; should be sharper for his return from a winter break when beaten 12l behind the Arkle runner-up Found A Fifty at Aintree.

16/1

4th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Hercule Du Seuil

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

Grade 2 winner over hurdles; beaten on chase debut but hasn't looked back in winning his next five; tackles a different calibre of opposition than in his Grade 3s (2m-2m2f) and a lack of recent match practice might not be ideal given this race will take no prisoners, especially as he likes to be up there; however, no ground worries and trained by Willie Mullins, so hard to rule out.

11/2

1st

1

11th Oct 2023

Yielding

2m 2f 50y

15:35 Punchestown

Hercule Du Seuil

11st 10lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: W P Mullins

led but pestered, not fluent 1st, raced in second 5th, led again 4 out, went clear before 2 out, shaken up after 2 out, further clear when mistake last, ridden out final 110yds, just did enough

4/7

Form: 3/1618 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

2021 Triumph Hurdle winner; back this season from a long absence and won two minor chases in Ireland; had excuses for his two defeats, with his venture over 3m too bad to be true and losing it at the start when only 11-2 for the Arkle; could easily have a career best lurking over fences and is another to consider.

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5th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Quilixios

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

2021 Triumph Hurdle winner; back this season from a long absence and won two minor chases in Ireland; had excuses for his two defeats, with his venture over 3m too bad to be true and losing it at the start when only 11-2 for the Arkle; could easily have a career best lurking over fences and is another to consider.

10/1

8th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Quilixios

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, slowly away, held up in rear, hampered by faller 2nd, in touch with leaders on outer 3rd, lost position gradually after 4 out

13/2

1st

3

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 0y

12:42 Naas

Quilixios

11st 8lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

travelled strongly, soon disputed lead, led clearly when raced wide before 3rd, faced challenge towards near side before 2 out, went clear approaching last, ridden out

5/1

Form: 311335 D

Last run: 63 days

W: 11st 0lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

Her initial wins over fences included a Grade 2 for mares (2m, soft/heavy) but limitations exposed since, despite raising her game, and this is her first crack at a Grade 1 of any kind; very much up against it.

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6th

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Silent Approach

11st 0lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: C O’Keeffe

Her initial wins over fences included a Grade 2 for mares (2m, soft/heavy) but limitations exposed since, despite raising her game, and this is her first crack at a Grade 1 of any kind; very much up against it.

50/1

5th

3

10th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:40 Naas

Silent Approach

11st 1lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: C O’Keeffe

Maiden hurdler, rated 109; now established as a good chaser; made all for an emphatic win at Gowran; no apparent fluke about her 33-1 win from Harmonya Maker in a mares' Grade 2 Cork event over an extended 2m; another fine effort when third to Spillane's Tower at Punchestown; not quite as good a week later at Thurles, run may have come too soon.

8/1

3rd

2

21st Jan 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 35y

13:05 Thurles

Silent Approach

11st 3lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: C O’Keeffe

led, headed and lost second when weakened before last, no impression when mistake last

9/4

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11/2

Form: 14-111 D

Last run: 58 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Didn't hang about over hurdles and has looked a natural over fences in going 3-3 (at about 2m on soft), latterly impressing in a handicap at Sandown; has a good bit to find on the figures with some of these but it's hard to gauge how good he is and his jumping should be an asset off frenetic fractions.

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7th

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Etalon

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Didn't hang about over hurdles and has looked a natural over fences in going 3-3 (at about 2m on soft), latterly impressing in a handicap at Sandown; has a good bit to find on the figures with some of these but it's hard to gauge how good he is and his jumping should be an asset off frenetic fractions.

11/2

1st

6

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Etalon

11st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fourth of 16 in the EBF Final here (2m4f, heavy) on his final start last term; sent chasing this season, looking a natural on his first attempt at Newbury last month and following up that clearcut win with an easy dismissal of his only rival at Warwick (again 2m on soft); current mark may well be lenient and he has stacks of potential.

2/1

1st

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 54y

Class 3

12:05 Warwick

Etalon

11st 5lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

raced in second, led 8th, clear 3 out, steadied approaching last, easily

1/4

Form: 111F23 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Won his first three over fences, including a narrow defeat of Master Chewy on similar terms around here (soft) and later a Grade 2 at Ascot (2m3f); although placed since in 2m4f Grade 1s, he couldn't lay a glove on Nickle Back at Sandown, nor the front two in the Turners at Cheltenham; won't mind returning to 2m and, with course form, he has each-way claims.

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8th

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won his first three over fences, including a narrow defeat of Master Chewy on similar terms around here (soft) and later a Grade 2 at Ascot (2m3f); although placed since in 2m4f Grade 1s, he couldn't lay a glove on Nickle Back at Sandown, nor the front two in the Turners at Cheltenham; won't mind returning to 2m and, with course form, he has each-way claims.

12/1

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Seems to handle any ground; early faller, having been badly hampered, on penultimate outing; ran creditably, albeit without ever threatening the all-the-way winner, in Grade 1 at Sandown (2m4f) latest when taking form figures in completed chase starts to 1112; Grade 2 winner in December; proving useful over fences but needs further progress in this field.

20/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Djelo

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 7th, mistake 12th, went third but still plenty to do before 3 out, no impression when left in second 2 out, kept on from last, no match for winner

4/1

Form: -11221

Last run: 70 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict

One-dimensional front-runner who has yet to finish outside the top two in his five starts over fences; effective on soft ground but it was good going and the trip was 2m4f when hammering the Turners third Djelo in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown last time, and that was after getting left behind by Master Chewy at Kempton (2m, good to soft); he'll probably be in front for a large portion of this race but staying there could be challenging.

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1

27th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 10y

Class 2

16:45 Sandown

Nickle Back

12st 0lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, led, clear 2nd, not fluent 4th, reduced lead after 6th, mistake 12th

11/4

9th

8

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

One-dimensional front-runner who has yet to finish outside the top two in his five starts over fences; effective on soft ground but it was good going and the trip was 2m4f when hammering the Turners third Djelo in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown last time, and that was after getting left behind by Master Chewy at Kempton (2m, good to soft); he'll probably be in front for a large portion of this race but staying there could be challenging.

10/1

1st

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:35 Sandown

Nickle Back

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

took keen hold, jumped well, made all, 5 lengths ahead 3rd, went further clear 7th, 15 lengths ahead going best 3 out, ridden out run-in, unchallenged

12/1

Form: 6-1224 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict

Front-runner who has to go left handed and this sharp track will suit his style; however, after a typically bold ride, he ended up a weary fourth in the Arkle and there'll be no easy lead here with fellow trail-blazer Nickle Back in opposition.

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10th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

17:00 Aintree

Matata

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Front-runner who has to go left handed and this sharp track will suit his style; however, after a typically bold ride, he ended up a weary fourth in the Arkle and there'll be no easy lead here with fellow trail-blazer Nickle Back in opposition.

11/1

4th

8

12th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Matata

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

led

18/1

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Payout
Straight Forecast £162.80
Tricast £3128.50

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Found A Fifty

SPOTLIGHT:

Master Chewy

The Guardian:

Hercule Du Seuil

POSTDATA:

Djelo

Telegraph:

Etalon

Daily Mail:

Nickle Back

Daily Record:

Hercule Du Seuil

TOPSPEED:

Found A Fifty

The Times:

Found A Fifty

D Express:

Found A Fifty

Daily Mirror:

Found A Fifty

The Sun:

Found A Fifty

WEST COUNTRY:

Master Chewy

The Star:

Master Chewy