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13:50 Newton Abbot

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newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £15843
  • 2m 4f 216y
  • Class 2
  • 8 runners
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newtonabbotracing.com Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 145U4- D

Last run: 26 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict

12yo who started last season with a wide-margin win on Aintree's Mildmay course and ran a cracker over the big fences there last month to be close up in the Topham; raised 3lb for that but Elizabeth Gale, aboard for that last win, is reunited with her handy 7lb claim.

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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: 11220- D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict

Began last season with two front-running wins (2m3f/2m4f, soft/heavy) and was bang there in his next two races; can probably turn a blind eye to his heavy defeat over the National fences in the Topham; still on a competitive mark.

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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: 46735-

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Modest strike-rate overall and as a chaser; didn't look straightforward when well beaten over this far at Ayr last month and soft ground was no excuse.

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5th

5

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

Take All

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: John Joseph Hanlon

Following a break he returned to form with a 3l third of six at Cork (2m, soft) recently; his last win came over 2m4f and this Irish challenger could have a part to play now back up in trip.

16/1

Form: /1215- D BF

Last run: 74 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict

Didn't last long over hurdles and has made a progressive start to his chase career with 2m4f wins at Warwick (soft) and Kempton (good to soft); last of the five to complete back at Kempton last time but wasn't beaten far after hitting the last; could easily get back on track.

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5th

7

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

16:10 Kempton

Pepe Le Moko

11st 2lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Winless in a brief hurdle career but this is his game and he's won 2m4f handicap chases this season at Warwick (soft) and Kempton (good to soft) with a close second at Plumpton in between; his last win six weeks ago was in just a five-runner race and he's 9lb higher today but he bounded 14l clear from after two out and looked one to follow.

9/4

1st

6

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:15 Kempton

Pepe Le Moko

10st 10lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Winless in a brief hurdle career but this is his game and he made an immediate impact on the switch to fences with a clear Warwick win (2m4f, soft); found only a fellow improver marginally too good at Plumpton since (2m3f, good to soft; third has won since); up 3lb but a likely type for yard that won this in 2020.

6/4

Form: 1615P- D

Last run: 66 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Good strike-rate in France, winning on the Flat, over hurdles and fences; blew out when 7-1 for stable debut in a handicap chase at Huntingdon two months ago (2m4f, soft) but she's better than that.

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6

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Eximia

11st 7lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Had 10-34 strike-rate when trained in France, including four chase wins; not seen since finishing fifth in Listed handicap hurdle in October but will be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination and it will be interesting to see what Venetia Williams can do with her.

7/2

Form: 4186P- CD

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Strike-rate of 5-12 over fences but has to get back on track after losing his form of late, and never travelled last time at Plumpton on drying ground that looked a positive beforehand; Paul Nicholls, who has a good record in this race, now sees the need for cheekpieces.

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6

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Huelgoat

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Well held the last twice but in muddy conditions and on good to soft at Wincanton in November (2m4f) he was strong in the finish to win his fifth chase; definite contender if returning to that level and has been waiting for the ground to dry out.

8/1

Form: 3412U- D

Last run: 45 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Followed his Fakenham romp (2m5f, soft) with a near miss from the front at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) when just 2lb lower; didn't get far at Ascot last time but he's essentially progressive and hard to dismiss here.

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2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Invincible Nao

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Keen-going front-runner who came good over fences with 14l success at Fakenham (2m5f, soft) last month and took another step forward when close second in valuable event at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; commands respect in current form.

3/1

Form: 6642U-

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict

Unseated early last time; he's only 1-18 over fences (five times runner-up) and it's hard to believe that his winning tally will be doubled from 30lb out of the weights.

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10

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

19:35 Taunton

I Love You Sivola

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Helen Nelmes

0-6 in Britain and was beaten 19l by the winner at Exeter last time (2m3f, soft); others preferred.

8/1

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