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Bella Diosa Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6337.2
  • 2m 3f 200y
  • Class 3
  • 8 runners
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Bella Diosa Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

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6/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: F621P- D BF

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict

Unsuited by slow ground when pulled up at Exeter in March and better judged on narrow win at Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft) two starts ago; drew clear of the others with a progressive rival there and could still be well treated after a 4lb rise.

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2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Raffle Ticket

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mel Rowley

Usually races on easier tracks and less testing ground but useful form when third on Sandown's stiff finish last midwinter; made it three chase wins from six completions when winning at Doncaster (2m4f, good to soft) in January, when beating a good subsequent winner; up 4lb but unexposed for his age and could yet do better.

9/4

1st

2

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Raffle Ticket

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Mel Rowley

led

7/2

5/2

  • Place: £1.20

Form: U3422- D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict

Eight-time hurdle winner; 0-5 over fences but ended last season with two creditable seconds, the latter in valuable race at Ayr (2m4f, soft) last month; today's forecast quicker ground ought to be in his favour; big player.

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2nd

7

19th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:50 Ayr

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11st 5lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Keiran Burke

Back to form with neck second of five in novice handicap chase at Kempton (2m2f, good to soft) last month; also effective over 2m4f and on soft ground; there's a suspicion that latest performance (when he lost a shoe) represents strong form and this 7yo novice could be in the mix once more.

15/2

2

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 2f 0y

Class 3

13:35 Kempton

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11st 6lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Keiran Burke

Better could have been expected in Grade 2 here (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; however, there was promise in his first two chase starts at Wincanton (1m7f, soft; in front when unseating two out) and here (2m, good to soft; third of four in Grade 2), and he remains of interest now back in a handicap.

9/2

9/2

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 54342- D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Good-ground specialist with very good 7-20 strike-rate over fences; made pleasing return from 169-day break when second at Chepstow (2m3f, good) three weeks ago and might be seen to even better effect with usual cheekpieces refitted here; must be considered.

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2nd

7

26th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

18:10 Chepstow

Northern Bound

10st 13lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Beaten when unseating in this last year on return from a similar break, though the good to soft would have been on the slow side; patchy profile but he's on a good mark and conditions will be up his street.

6/1

4th

7

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Northern Bound

11st 4lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: Ben Pauling

towards rear of midfield, headway 11th, in touch with leaders 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened 2 out, tailed off

5/1

Form: P/60P- D

Last run: 75 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Eight-time winner when trained by Paul Nicholls (2m3f-2m4f) but left that stable after lacklustre run in October and has struggled on both starts for new trainer this year; revival needed.

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5

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Flic Ou Voyou

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Henry Hogarth

Eight-time winner when trained by Paul Nicholls (2m3f-2m4f) but left that stable after lacklustre seasonal debut in October and also struggled on first run for new trainer in January.

50/1

Form: 11217-

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 1lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict

3-5 over fences since the autumn, the latest win gained at Doncaster (2m good to soft) in March; well beaten at Grand National meeting here last month and remains on fairly tough mark but should be fine back over 2m4f.

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7th

5

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Homme Public

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Has won three of four chases at about 2m (good and good to soft) this season but the luck was with him on one occasion and he didn't need to improve to win at Doncaster in March; has more to do here and he bypassed two soft-ground races last term, so the state of the ground is a worry.

9/1

1st

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

Homme Public

10st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Took well to fences in the autumn but was fortunate to collect a Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) two starts ago and was probably only third best on merit when second in small-field contest on latest outing; may find that others are better handicapped.

11/4

Form: PP95P- C

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict

Now 10lb lower than when winning major handicap at Newbury (2m4f, good) in first-time cheekpieces in March 2023 but looked out of sorts last season and arrives here with a lot to prove.

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2

10th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 34y

Class 3

15:00 Market Rasen

The Big Bite

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Oliver

in touch with leaders, lost ground and struggling after 11th

11/1

5th

5

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

14:35 Doncaster

The Big Bite

10st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Henry Oliver

Seemingly revived by first-time cheekpieces when narrow winner of valuable handicap chase at Newbury (2m4f, good) a year ago, but was pulled up in both subsequent chases and didn't fire when switched back to hurdling here in January (headgear absent, as today); needs to turn things around.

20/1

Form: 13/25-

Last run: 149 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Low-mileage 7yo who ran big race in defeat on chasing debut at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) in November; well beaten when upped to 2m7f the following month and not seen again since but probably still has potential.

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5th

4

20th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

13:25 Newbury

Amrons Sage

11st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Point and hurdle (2m5f, soft) winner, who took his form to a new level with a bold bid on his chase/seasonal debut at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last month; up 4lb but he pulled 10l clear with the winner last time and is respected on this step back up in trip.

5/2

2nd

6

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

13:30 Exeter

Amrons Sage

10st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Ended his novice hurdle campaign in decent form, winning a handicap at Ludlow (2m5f, soft) then creditable third at Southwell (2m4f, good to soft); should take well to chasing, having won his Irish point in clearcut fashion; one of two interesting contenders for Nicky Henderson.

3/1

Form: 14615- D

Last run: 40 days

W: 10st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict

Six-time chase winner, the last twice off today's mark; probably not ideally suited by heavy ground when respectable fifth in series final at Carlisle (2m4f) last month but others appeal more all the same.

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5th

1

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 210y

Class 2

15:22 Carlisle

Getaway Luv

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

Won three times last year and back on the scoresheet over C&D (soft) last Saturday, following wind surgery; had just a short head to spare in that three-runner race and this is much more competitive, but it was certainly a positive performance and he's gone back up just 1lb; not ruled out.

9/1

1st

1

30th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 207y

Class 4

14:30 Carlisle

Getaway Luv

11st 9lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Lizzie Quinlan

held up in last, went second 2 out, pushed along approaching last, ridden and pressed leader run-in, led final 110yds, kept on well

5/1

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Payout
Exacta £168.00
Straight Forecast £157.00
Tricast £439.50
Trifecta £670.00

Selections

POSTDATA:

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SPOTLIGHT:

Northern Bound

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Telegraph:

Homme Public

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The Guardian:

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The Star:

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RP RATINGS:

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TOPSPEED:

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Daily Mirror:

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