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Carlsberg Marston’s Staffordshire Plate Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £18004
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Carlsberg Marston’s Staffordshire Plate Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 22211- D

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Comfortable winner of his last two, though the Chepstow race (2m7f, heavy) fell apart and they weren't an in-form bunch he beat at Wetherby (3m, soft); up another 8lb in a much better race but he's only 7yo and seems to be improving.

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1st

10

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Imperial Alex

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Tom Lacey

Comfortable winner of his last two, though the Chepstow race (2m7f, heavy) fell apart and they weren't an in-form bunch he beat at Wetherby (3m, soft); up another 8lb in a much better race but he's only 7yo and seems to be improving.

5/1

1st

2

28th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:30 Wetherby

Imperial Alex

11st 11lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

After finishing runner-up four times in a row (2m6f-3m1f, soft/heavy) he got off the mark over fences in commanding fashion at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) 11 days ago; well treated under 7lb penalty and holds strong claims.

4/6

1st

10

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:50 Chepstow

Imperial Alex

11st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Yet to score over fences but he's been in excellent nick this season, coming in runner-up for the fourth successive start at Leicester (2m7f) in January; he's a player off an unchanged mark after a break.

5/2

8/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: /241U- D

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict

Delivered on earlier chasing promise to win at Exeter (3m, heavy) before departing mid-race when 5-2 for the West Wales National at Ffos Las; unlike a lot of these, he could still be on the upgrade.

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2nd

9

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Pimlico Point

10st 8lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Delivered on earlier chasing promise to win at Exeter (3m, heavy) before departing mid-race when 5-2 for the West Wales National at Ffos Las; unlike a lot of these, he could still be on the upgrade.

8/1

3

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Pimlico Point

11st 2lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

prominent, bad mistake and unseated 13th

3/1

1st

3

23rd Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:30 Exeter

Pimlico Point

10st 9lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Point and novice hurdle winner who was a good second over C&D (good to soft) in November on his chase debut; beaten nearly 9l when fourth at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) three weeks ago and better ground may be preferable, but he lost a shoe last time and is not discounted today.

4/1

11/4

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 3P527-

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Fourth in a 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival; there have been some bumps in the road since his successful chase debut the following season but he's been back in good form this year and ran well for a long way before the 4m stretched him in the Scottish National; leading player if fully recovered from those exertions.

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3rd

3

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Ballygrifincottage

11st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Fourth in a 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival; there have been some bumps in the road since his successful chase debut the following season but he's been back in good form this year and ran well for a long way before the 4m stretched him in the Scottish National; leading player if fully recovered from those exertions.

11/4

7th

10

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Ballygrifincottage

10st 8lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on soft; fourth in the 3m Grade 1 novice hurdle at 2022 Cheltenham Festival; mostly chasing since and failed to beat a rival in four runs in 2023 but he's been working his way back to form in his two runs this year, second at Sandown (3m) latest; back up 3lb but going beyond 3m1f for the first time is an attractive move.

14/1

Form: P8115- D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; kicked off for Jamie Snowden in winning two military races for amateurs at Sandown (3m, soft) and the horses he beat on both occasions have won handicaps subsequently; didn't get home on heavy in the Midlands National here but ran well enough for long enough to believe he's still in good form.

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4th

4

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; kicked off for Jamie Snowden in winning two military races for amateurs at Sandown (3m, soft) and the horses he beat on both occasions have won handicaps subsequently; didn't get home on heavy in the Midlands National here but ran well enough for long enough to believe he's still in good form.

13/2

5th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

4m 2f 8y

Class 1

15:00 Uttoxeter

Farceur Du Large

11st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Had some smart form in Ireland before losing his way and changing hands for £16,000; a feather in Jamie Snowden's cap to have got him back on track with two 3m soft-ground wins at Sandown; those were military races for amateurs and yet the form has substance with the horses he beat on both occasions subsequently winning handicaps; probably on a good mark and he wasn't in form when pulled up in last season's Irish National on his only previous crack at a marathon trip; effective on heavy.

12/1

1st

1

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Farceur Du Large

12st 10lb

J: Maj Will Kellard

T: Jamie Snowden

Ex-Noel Meade; £16,000 buy last August and surged back to his best form at the first time of asking for his new connections, winning the Grand Military Gold Cup over C&D (soft) three weeks ago under Major Will Kellard, a race in which Fil D'Ariane was about 15l back in third (same weights as today) and Broken Halo unseated before push came to shove; solid chance.

5/4

Form: P28P5- D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Last season was a struggle and his second at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day came in a four-runner race; mark continues to slide but he looks vulnerable to rivals in better form.

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5th

7

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Top Ville Ben

10st 10lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Last season was a struggle and his second at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day came in a four-runner race; mark continues to slide but he looks vulnerable to rivals in better form.

20/1

5th

6

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Top Ville Ben

11st 6lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Philip Kirby

Continues to drop down the weights and he was a fair second of four at Aintree (2m4f, soft) on Boxing Day; however, this 12yo has a patchy profile nowadays and was pulled up over this C&D (heavy) last time out.

9/1

Form: 771PP- C

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict

Has to bounce back from two non-completions but he ran well for a long way in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster and jumping left didn't help at Kempton; he's not easy to predict but a good day would see him have some say off this mark.

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6th

5

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Docpickedme

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Richard Hobson

Has to bounce back from two non-completions but he ran well for a long way in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster and jumping left didn't help at Kempton; he's not easy to predict but a good day would see him have some say off this mark.

25/1

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Docpickedme

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

jumped left on occasions, led narrowly, not fluent 11th, bad mistake and headed 13th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

8/1

8

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Docpickedme

10st 10lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Richard Hobson

Put his stamina to good use when keeping on best in what turned out to be a fairly stern test over about 2m4f at Wetherby (soft; had wind op soon afterwards) in January; sure to be suited by today's move back up in trip but a 4lb rise might be enough to find him out in this stronger race.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 3142P- D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

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.

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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: 44P1P-

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict

Won a four-runner chase at Newcastle in February (2m4f, heavy) and his pull-ups on either side of that were over hurdles; however, he's not as good as he was and this might be too big an ask.

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2

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Cheddleton

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Won a four-runner chase at Newcastle in February (2m4f, heavy) and his pull-ups on either side of that were over hurdles; however, he's not as good as he was and this might be too big an ask.

16/1

2

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 123y

Class 2

13:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Cheddleton

11st 12lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

Slow-ground specialist; no longer the force of old but first-time cheekpieces enabled him to exploit a reduced mark in four-runner chase at Newcastle (2m4f, heavy) last month; not sure to be in same mood here but remains well handicapped over hurdles.

8/1

1st

1

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

15:27 Newcastle

Cheddleton

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Jennie Candlish

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, headway 10th, went second 4 out, pressed leader 3 out, challenging when ridden last, led run-in, kept on well towards finish

9/2

Form: 36131- C

Last run: 46 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Last two wins have been Class 3 handicaps at Exeter over 2m3f on soft ground but he stays this far and his mark remains okay; may need a personal best to win at this level but appeals each-way.

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8

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Stormy Flight

10st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jeremy Scott

Last two wins have been Class 3 handicaps at Exeter over 2m3f on soft ground but he stays this far and his mark remains okay; may need a personal best to win at this level but appeals each-way.

4/1

1st

5

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Stormy Flight

10st 13lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Has won on heavy, and at up to 2m7f, but his latest win was over C&D (soft) in December and he didn't find much back over 2m7f at Taunton since; still of interest returned to this C&D on the testing ground.

11/2

3rd

4

6th Feb 2024

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 3

16:20 Taunton

Stormy Flight

11st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

Cruised clear to win by 7l over C&D (good) just under a year ago and looked back in prime form when scoring at Exeter (2m3f, soft) in December; doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but still features prominently in calculations.

7/2

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Non-runners

Lord Baddesley

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Payout
Exacta £187.00
Straight Forecast £163.90
Tricast £444.30
Trifecta £709.00

Selections

Telegraph:

Imperial Alex

RP RATINGS:

Lord Baddesley

LAMBOURN:

Farceur Du Large

WEST COUNTRY:

Stormy Flight

The Times:

Pimlico Point

SPOTLIGHT:

Ballygrifincottage

POSTDATA:

Flegmatik

D Express:

Imperial Alex

The Sun:

Imperial Alex

The Star:

Imperial Alex

Daily Record:

Imperial Alex

TOPSPEED:

Lord Baddesley

Daily Mail:

Lord Baddesley

The Guardian:

Farceur Du Large

Daily Mirror:

Stormy Flight