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bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £95659
  • 3m 4f 146y
  • Class 1
  • 22 runners
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bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

7/1 (Won)

  • Win: £9.50
  • Place: £2.60

Form: -31363

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Grade 1 novice hurdle winner who is lightly raced in chases and ran best race yet over fences when third under Danny Mullins in the Irish Grand National (3m5f, heavy) on April 1; versatile ground-wise; one of three for Willie Mullins; could play leading role if last time hasn't left its mark.

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1st

4

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Minella Cocooner

11st 9lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Grade 1 novice hurdle winner who is lightly raced in chases and ran best race yet over fences when third under Danny Mullins in the Irish Grand National (3m5f, heavy) on April 1; versatile ground-wise; one of three for Willie Mullins; could play leading role if last time hasn't left its mark.

7/1

3rd

1

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Minella Cocooner

11st 12lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: W P Mullins

in touch with leaders, headway on inner going okay 3 out, went third when switched left before 2 out, went second when not fluent last, lost second but kept on run-in

16/1

6th

3

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 174y

16:37 Naas

Minella Cocooner

11st 9lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Grade 1 winner over hurdles two seasons ago; interrupted campaign since but off the mark chasing on second start back when readily taking 3m Navan beginners in January (second having won since); below expectations in Grade 2 Ten Up Novice over same C&D since, weakening before the last; likely still more to offer chasing now entering handicap company.

4/1

20/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 86-417

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Won Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and that form has been franked by the runner-up; soft ground against him next time; fair sixth in this race last year (good to soft) and he may be able to improve upon that finishing position if good going prevails this afternoon.

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2nd

9

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Annual Invictus

11st 1lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Won Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and that form has been franked by the runner-up; soft ground against him next time; fair sixth in this race last year (good to soft) and he may be able to improve upon that finishing position if good going prevails this afternoon.

20/1

7th

2

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Annual Invictus

11st 13lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Chris Gordon

Dual course winner who looked as good as ever when winning Great Yorkshire Handicap Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) last time and the runner-up has franked the form; a 7lb rise may not prevent another good run but the ground is likely to be key (well beaten in this race last year on soft).

25/1

1st

8

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Annual Invictus

11st 3lb

J: Freddie Gordon

T: Chris Gordon

Dual chase winner in late 2021 (small fields) but his two subsequent wins have been over hurdles, as was his reappearance when a 12l fourth at Plumpton (3m1f, soft); that could have teed him up nicely for this but others have more going for them.

12/1

15/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 1-4127 BF

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict

Sent off favourite but didn't always jump with fluency when fading into 30l seventh in this month's Irish Grand National (3m5f, heavy), which was his first run beyond 3m; something to prove today but this lightly raced 7yo looked very promising previously and represents the all-conquering Willie Mullins (one of three for yard); possible he'll bounce back with bold show.

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3rd

6

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Nick Rockett

11st 5lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

Sent off favourite but didn't always jump with fluency when fading into 30l seventh in this month's Irish Grand National (3m5f, heavy), which was his first run beyond 3m; something to prove today but this lightly raced 7yo looked very promising previously and represents the all-conquering Willie Mullins (one of three for yard); possible he'll bounce back with bold show.

15/2

7th

3

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Nick Rockett

11st 10lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, weakened after 2 out

7/2

2nd

4

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

15:45 Navan

Nick Rockett

11st 3lb

J: Paul Townend

T: W P Mullins

held up in rear

11/10

22/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: 4352P3 C BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

10yo who was a near-18l seventh in this last year and is 0-6 this season, with mistakes proving an issue; however, in the circumstances he did well to stay on for third at Ascot (3m, good) last month and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will help him jump better; has won here on soft; chance.

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4th

16

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Certainly Red

10st 7lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Lydia Richards

10yo who was a near-18l seventh in this last year and is 0-6 this season, with mistakes proving an issue; however, in the circumstances he did well to stay on for third at Ascot (3m, good) last month and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will help him jump better; has won here on soft; chance.

22/1

6

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Certainly Red

10st 12lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Lydia Richards

Pulled up in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster three weeks ago but that was a highly attritional race in which only two finished; prior to that he returned to form when runner-up at Sandown (3m, good) and he's of interest judged on that penultimate performance.

6/1

Form: U3P-45

Last run: 122 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict

Pulled up when favourite for Irish National last April and hasn't really threatened on either run this season; however, those were still fair efforts (3m1f/3m) and his saddle slipped when he was fourth at Cheltenham in October; remains lightly raced and may yet have more to offer for top Irish yard.

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5th

10

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Amirite

11st 0lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Pulled up when favourite for Irish National last April and hasn't really threatened on either run this season; however, those were still fair efforts (3m1f/3m) and his saddle slipped when he was fourth at Cheltenham in October; remains lightly raced and may yet have more to offer for top Irish yard.

11/2

5th

18

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Amirite

11st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

midfield, some headway home turn, ran on from last, not reach leaders

8/1

Form: 514512

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

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6th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Sam Brown

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

22/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Sam Brown

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won this in fine style in 2022 (good to soft) and he's been running consistently well since this visor went on, winning two veterans' chases from his last four starts (3m, soft/good); edging back up the weights and he was beaten against younger rivals two starts ago, but he's entitled to respect.

14/1

1

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Sam Brown

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won the series final at Warwick (3m, soft) in January in a first-time visor (retained since) and has continued in good form; versatile ground-wise and holds strong claims now back in a veterans' event.

3/1

Form: 20-300 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced since winning the prestigious Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good) in November 2022; hasn't threatened over hurdles on his three runs this season but his trainer excels when it comes to targeting big races; 2-2 here (soft/good to soft) and no surprise if he's in the mix back chasing.

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7th

5

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Le Milos

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced since winning the prestigious Coral Gold Cup at Newbury (3m2f, good) in November 2022; hasn't threatened over hurdles on his three runs this season but his trainer excels when it comes to targeting big races; 2-2 here (soft/good to soft) and no surprise if he's in the mix back chasing.

8/1

13th

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Le Milos

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the 3m2f Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and ended last term with tenth in the Grand National; well beaten back hurdling on both starts this term but thrown in if judged on best chase efforts.

7/1

13th

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Le Milos

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Dan Skelton

Smart chaser who won the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in November 2022 and was tenth in the Grand National last spring; seemed rusty on his return to hurdling in November and now drops back 4f in distance; one of three runners for Dan Skelton and the other two look more obvious candidates for today.

20/1

Form: 035215

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: 470575 CD

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Won this last year (good to soft; placed in 2021/2022); back on song with highly creditable fifth in Grand National at Aintree (4m2f, soft) two weeks ago; had a hard race then which is a worry, but he won this 12 months ago just seven days after landing the Scottish National (good); key player.

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9th

7

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kittys Light

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Won this last year (good to soft; placed in 2021/2022); back on song with highly creditable fifth in Grand National at Aintree (4m2f, soft) two weeks ago; had a hard race then which is a worry, but he won this 12 months ago just seven days after landing the Scottish National (good); key player.

5/1

5th

34

13th Apr 2024

Soft

4m 2f 74y

Class 1

16:00 Aintree

Kittys Light

10st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Stormed home in major staying chases on good/good to soft last February/April, winning the Eider (4m1f), Scottish National (4m) and at Sandown (3m4f); wore cheekpieces with tongue-tie last two occasions; uncompetitive this term, for which the handicapper has dropped him back just the 1lb; the ground is a bigger question (not often seen on soft or heavy) but he's reportedly blossomed since Cheltenham and there's no doubt he'll be suited by every yard of this race if he's back to form.

12/1

7th

10

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Kittys Light

11st 7lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Carried all before him in staying chases last spring, winning the Eider (4m1f, good to soft), Scottish National (4m, good) and bet365 (3m4f, good to soft); easy to excuse hurdle defeats since but he would have finished closer in the Coral Gold Cup in December (cheekpieces/tongue-tie refitted) had he been in top form; turnaround needed with tongue-tie back on after one run without.

33/1

25/1

Form: 6F-423 C

Last run: 47 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

First past the post in this race in 2021 (disqualified due to interference) and 9lb lower today; this 10yo has run well in defeat on his two outings this year (3m7f/3m4f) but needs something extra in this hotter race; pulled up in this contest in 2022 and an early faller 12 months ago.

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10th

17

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Enrilo

10st 6lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

First past the post in this race in 2021 (disqualified due to interference) and 9lb lower today; this 10yo has run well in defeat on his two outings this year (3m7f/3m4f) but needs something extra in this hotter race; pulled up in this contest in 2022 and an early faller 12 months ago.

25/1

3rd

2

11th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 85y

Class 3

15:40 Taunton

Enrilo

11st 13lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, led clearly 3rd

4/1

2nd

2

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Enrilo

11st 10lb

J: Angus Cheleda

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, prominent 3rd

12/1

Form: 3-13P4

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict

Returned from a break with encouraging fourth at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; stayed on well for third of 16 in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) last July, a run that can be upgraded due to jumping errors, and he's an interesting candidate; the drier the ground the better.

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11th

8

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Returned from a break with encouraging fourth at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; stayed on well for third of 16 in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) last July, a run that can be upgraded due to jumping errors, and he's an interesting candidate; the drier the ground the better.

12/1

4th

4

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Pulled up at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October when last seen and unraced on soft/heavy, so the recent rain is a worry; however, this two-time C&D winner was a good third in this last year (good to soft) and if the ground dries he could go well now back on a course he clearly relishes.

16/1

Form: P-3266

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

He has to improve markedly upon his last three performances (3m/3m1f, soft/heavy) to make an impact today; however, before those he stayed on well for third of four on his chase debut in a hot novice at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) and today's expected return to better ground could help him tap back into that promise; on an attractive mark on the chase debut form.

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12th

19

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Weveallbeencaught

10st 4lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

He has to improve markedly upon his last three performances (3m/3m1f, soft/heavy) to make an impact today; however, before those he stayed on well for third of four on his chase debut in a hot novice at Cheltenham (3m, good to soft) and today's expected return to better ground could help him tap back into that promise; on an attractive mark on the chase debut form.

14/1

6th

22

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Has course form over hurdles and was far from disgraced in the Albert Bartlett here (3m, soft) last March; chasing type who made a useful start over fences when third of four over 3m here (good to soft) in October and although he hasn't gone on from that in two runs since, and his handicap debut was disappointing in December, the early form puts him in the picture; fitting a tongue-tie could also help on return from a break.

10/1

6th

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 3

12:40 Cheltenham

Weveallbeencaught

11st 10lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

in touch with leaders, prominent 3 out, weakened 2 out

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: 84-221

Last run: 70 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 156

Form & Verdict

Ran well when fourth in last year's Scottish National (4m, good) and he's been better than ever this year in good handicaps, finishing second twice in a row (3m1f/3m2f, good to soft/soft) before winning at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; carries top weight but holds solid claims.

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13th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Ran well when fourth in last year's Scottish National (4m, good) and he's been better than ever this year in good handicaps, finishing second twice in a row (3m1f/3m2f, good to soft/soft) before winning at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; carries top weight but holds solid claims.

8/1

1st

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, not fluent 1st

4/1

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Threeunderthrufive

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Tough campaigner with an excellent strike-rate; showed himself better than ever when 3l second of 11 in the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) on his reappearance five weeks ago, pulling clear with a progressive rival; a 3lb rise looks fully justified; commands major respect.

5/1

25/1

Form: 9P-901 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Has won over 3m6f and he returned to form with a 4l win at Kempton (3m, good to soft) last month; he's 6lb higher in this much hotter race but his trainer has enjoyed an excellent season and stamina won't be an issue.

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14th

13

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Slipway

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has won over 3m6f and he returned to form with a 4l win at Kempton (3m, good to soft) last month; he's 6lb higher in this much hotter race but his trainer has enjoyed an excellent season and stamina won't be an issue.

25/1

1st

1

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Kempton

Slipway

12st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has 3m course form over hurdles; lightly raced and has shown little since his most recent win, at Fontwell (3m3f, good to soft) in November 2022; has not shifted much in the weights but this is a considerably easier task on his third run back from wind surgery.

16/1

10th

7

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Slipway

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Well beaten on his three starts this year but he ran well for a fair way on last month's reappearance at Cheltenham (3m3f) when soft ground may not have been ideal; won three times in 2022 (3m-3m6f, good to soft) and, having edged back down the weights, is not written off now back on better ground.

16/1

Form: -P8343 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Won three times last season, including over 3m3f/3m4f, and following a wind op he ran well when third here (3m, good to soft) last month; proven at the trip and an each-way case can be made now back up in distance.

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15th

18

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Bangers And Cash

10st 4lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

Won three times last season, including over 3m3f/3m4f, and following a wind op he ran well when third here (3m, good to soft) last month; proven at the trip and an each-way case can be made now back up in distance.

33/1

3rd

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Bangers And Cash

11st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Has got better with each run this season, fading only late on when fourth of eight over C&D (good) five weeks ago; has since had wind surgery; back to his last winning mark and unlikely to be far away.

11/2

4th

6

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Bangers And Cash

11st 8lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Ran respectably in first-time cheekpieces at Newbury (3m2f) five weeks ago while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; only 1lb above last winning mark; enters calculations in the retained headgear.

10/1

40/1

Form: -42722 C

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

10yo who has run well in second on three of his last four starts (heavy/good to soft), including over 3m4f at Haydock; each-way possibilities but he might not want the ground to dry out (well beaten on good going here in February); blinkers (no positive impact in 2023 Grand National) replace visor.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

16th

15

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Fortescue

10st 9lb

J: Hugh Nugent

T: Henry Daly

10yo who has run well in second on three of his last four starts (heavy/good to soft), including over 3m4f at Haydock; each-way possibilities but he might not want the ground to dry out (well beaten on good going here in February); blinkers (no positive impact in 2023 Grand National) replace visor.

40/1

2nd

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Fortescue

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Has slipped to a good mark and positives to take from three of his four runs this season, with his sole blip coming on good ground at Sandown last month; did little wrong here last time (3m2f, heavy) when finding just one too good under Harry Cobden; had wind surgery since; likely to go well provided he takes to the visor (replacing cheekpieces).

3/1

2nd

2

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Fortescue

11st 5lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Henry Daly

Signed off last season in the Grand National (struggled); returned with pleasing efforts over 2m7f and 3m4f (both heavy) before finding good ground on the lively side at Sandown four weeks ago; dangerously well treated given he was a 10l fourth in last season's Becher at Aintree (3m2f) off 10lb higher and the stable form bodes well; strongly considered.

5/1

20/1

Form: -P4P2F

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

10yo whose form is up and down but he's won over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 3m2f and has hinted on occasions that this sort of test may suit; stayed on well for second at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; prominent when falling at Cheltenham Festival last time; not ruled out each-way.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

17th

14

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Rapper

10st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Henry Daly

10yo whose form is up and down but he's won over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 3m2f and has hinted on occasions that this sort of test may suit; stayed on well for second at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February; prominent when falling at Cheltenham Festival last time; not ruled out each-way.

20/1

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Rapper

11st 7lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Henry Daly

Has an inconsistent profile and was pulled up in this race last year (reportedly bled from the nose); however, he won over C&D (soft) last January and returned to form with this visor back on when runner-up at Ascot (3m, good to soft) last month; each-way claims if again on a going day.

20/1

2nd

7

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Rapper

10st 13lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Henry Daly

prominent

25/1

40/1

Form: 1216P1

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

Made it four wins for the season (all on good but has run well on soft) when comfortably beating solid yardstick at Worcester (2m7f) last August; not at that level since and extremely fortunate to win at Hereford last month, after a break, but it was over an inadequate 2m and there was encouragement in that run; Peter Bowen and Sean Bowen won this with 40-1 shot Henllan Harri in 2017 who, like this fellow, was tackling his longest trip yet; one to note.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

18th

12

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Courtland

10st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Made it four wins for the season (all on good but has run well on soft) when comfortably beating solid yardstick at Worcester (2m7f) last August; not at that level since and extremely fortunate to win at Hereford last month, after a break, but it was over an inadequate 2m and there was encouragement in that run; Peter Bowen and Sean Bowen won this with 40-1 shot Henllan Harri in 2017 who, like this fellow, was tackling his longest trip yet; one to note.

40/1

1st

1

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Courtland

12st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

disputed lead, lost position 2nd, soon raced in fourth, went third before 4 out

6/1

Form: 3-P451

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Won at Cheltenham (extended 3m3f, good) in November 2022, and in first-time cheekpieces he returned to winning ways at Doncaster (3m2f, soft) last month; he could have more to offer in the headgear and is not ruled out.

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

2

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Does He Know

11st 12lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Won at Cheltenham (extended 3m3f, good) in November 2022, and in first-time cheekpieces he returned to winning ways at Doncaster (3m2f, soft) last month; he could have more to offer in the headgear and is not ruled out.

28/1

1st

1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Does He Know

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Yet to strike form after three runs this season but faced tough tasks against high-class opposition on last two occasions and has sights lowered here; now 3lb lower than when winning major handicap at Cheltenham (3m3f, good) in autumn 2022; could have a say if first-time cheekpieces have positive effect.

11/1

Form: 31F-0P

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

Has struggled on both runs this season, but the first was his reappearance and the second was on soft ground; progressive last term and if this prominent-racer gets into a rhythm in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces), he'll be just the type Bryony Frost excels with; not written off.

Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

20

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Flash Collonges

10st 2lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Has struggled on both runs this season, but the first was his reappearance and the second was on soft ground; progressive last term and if this prominent-racer gets into a rhythm in first-time blinkers (replacing cheekpieces), he'll be just the type Bryony Frost excels with; not written off.

33/1

7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Flash Collonges

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Belatedly came good over fences with Newbury win (2m7f, good) off 2lb lower a year ago but was well beaten on only appearance this season (at Ascot in December) and may need the ground to dry out here; others have more pressing claims.

20/1

10th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Flash Collonges

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Always front rank in novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) in March to gain first chase win at seventh attempt; should stay beyond that but fell before push came to shove in the Scottish National in April when last seen; something to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft; withdrawn on intended return last month; needs improvement on chase form.

10/1

Form: 53-UP0

Last run: 44 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict

First reserve; third in Scottish National (4m, good) last April; likely to be back on better ground today but has handled testing conditions in the past, so has plenty to prove in view of this season's struggles.

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

21

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 2lb

J: Reserve

T: Liz Doyle

First reserve; third in Scottish National (4m, good) last April; likely to be back on better ground today but has handled testing conditions in the past, so has plenty to prove in view of this season's struggles.

100/1

12th

17

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Flash De Touzaine

11st 1lb

J: Mr J C Barry

T: Liz Doyle

Won at Galway (2m6f, soft to heavy) in October 2022 and last season ended with highly creditable third in the Scottish National (4m, good); however, he's struggled on both runs this season; return to form is needed.

66/1

0

29

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Liz Doyle

never better than midfield, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

Form: 126-22

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict

Second reserve; 4lb out of the handicap today but he's run well in defeat over 2m7f on his two starts this spring and could build on those runs now back up in trip, having won over 3m7f last March; not ruled out.

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

2nd

10

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 7f 68y

15:05 Punchestown

Your Own Story

10st 13lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Respectable sixth in last year's Scottish Grand National having proved his stamina with a 3m7f Wetherby success; runner-up in races over just short of 3m at Newcastle and Kelso in recent months; acts on soft/heavy but better suited by good ground.

12/1

22

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Your Own Story

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Second reserve; 4lb out of the handicap today but he's run well in defeat over 2m7f on his two starts this spring and could build on those runs now back up in trip, having won over 3m7f last March; not ruled out.

20/1

2

15th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 3

15:30 Kelso

Your Own Story

11st 9lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Respectable sixth in last season's Scottish Grand National at Ayr (4m, good) in April; handles slower ground and entitled to come on for his second in a small field at Newcastle (2m7f); chance.

11/4

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