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William Hill Epic Value Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3775.91
  • 2m 0f 213y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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William Hill Epic Value Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 2/63P- C

Last run: 145 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Kept on for close third on chase debut at Hereford (2m, good) in November, after a break, but looked badly out of sorts (albeit on soft ground) the following month and now returns from another break with a point to prove.

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3

26th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 1f 165y

Class 5

13:42 Fontwell

Dusky Days

11st 11lb

J: James Davies

T: Jamie Snowden

Soft-ground bumper winner; placed in four hurdle races at up to 2m4f; improved on his hurdles form when racing prominently and under 2l third on chase debut at Hereford (2m, good) last month; step up in trip looks positive and, if that helps draw further improvement, he's a big player.

3/1

3rd

2

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Dusky Days

11st 13lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Jamie Snowden

Absent since a poor hurdle run in May and not one to rely upon heavily but his clear second off today's mark at Stratford (2m2f, good to soft) was a good effort; a possible if all goes to plan on chasing debut.

8/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 22/3P-

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Runner-up in three chases for Mick Channon in 2022 and, following a long absence, made pleasing stable debut when third at Taunton (2m, soft) last month; contender if judged on that evidence but dropped out of contention very tamely at Warwick a fortnight later.

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25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Barest Of Margins

11st 12lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Nine-race maiden but he has form figures of 2223 in his completed starts over fences and that latest third was a big run at Taunton (2m; stable debut) after a long absence; seems versatile ground-wise and this prominent-racer should give it another good shot.

13/2

3rd

10

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 12y

Class 4

15:18 Taunton

Barest Of Margins

11st 1lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Lightly raced 8yo; runner-up in two good-ground chases (both 2m1f) for Mick Channon in summer 2022, but makes stable debut after 571-day absence and is entitled to benefit from this outing.

20/1

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5/725-

Last run: 195 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict

Dual Flat winner; not bred for fences but was very respectable fifth on chasing debut at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in November; ought to be better suited by today's faster ground and confirmed his wellbeing with a good AW run last month; could have a say.

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2nd

2

(3)

8th Apr 2024

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Theonlywayiswessex

9st 9lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Alan King

Dual-purpose performer who started last year with two 1m4f wins (AW) but he ended 2023 with a remote fifth over C&D; that was behind a handicap blot but he's not easy to predict and comes with risks attached after 103 days off.

10/1

5th

6

27th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 5

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Theonlywayiswessex

9st 10lb

J: Benoit De La Sayette

T: Alan King

Dual 1m4f winner early in the year, latterly off a 2lb lower mark; back on the Flat after an ordinary chasing debut last month; is one to consider.

6/1

Form: 23F05- D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Won twice over hurdles at Taunton in April 2023 and looked back in good nick when fifth of 16 there (2m, good) last month; on workable mark for today's chasing debut and a player if he jumps soundly.

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5th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Phoenix Risen

11st 11lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won this 12 months ago (good to soft) and he followed up two weeks later, again here (soft); didn't show a lot back from a break at Newbury but could leave that running behind and he's on a perfectly good mark.

9/1

14

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 69y

Class 3

15:33 Newbury

Phoenix Risen

10st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Jeremy Scott

Dual Taunton winner who went close at Fontwell on his penultimate run last summer but he's fairly exposed now and has an uninspiring record when fresh; looks opposable upped in grade after 249 days off.

20/1

Form: P/06-6

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict

Went close over C&D (good) just under a year ago but soundly beaten on all four subsequent appearances; 6lb wrong today; younger rivals are much more appealing.

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6th

9

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

20:30 Hereford

Invincible Wish

10st 3lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

Four-time Flat winner; 0-16 over jumps, best run when beaten a neck in a Stratford handicap chase last June (2m1f, good); not fared as well since; others stronger.

66/1

Form: /P3PP-

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict

Sold out of Nicky Henderson's stable after disappointing start to chasing career last autumn and was pulled up over C&D (albeit on heavy ground) on stable debut in March; back on a sound surface with cheekpieces added today; others have much less to prove.

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6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

15:50 Stratford

Boom Boom

10st 10lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Rob Summers

£7,000 buy in January having won a 1m7f Wincanton maiden for Nicky Henderson in April 2023; disappointing on both starts after that; tried in a tongue-tie for stable/chase debut.

33/1

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9

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 4

13:15 Kempton

Boom Boom

10st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Comfortably won run-of-the-mill maiden hurdle at Wincanton (1m7f, good) in April but was pulled up on handicap debut the following month and made disappointing chase debut four weeks ago; now sports blinkers; Nico de Boinville evidently prefers Touchy Feely.

14/1

Form: 07PF2-

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Held every chance before last-fence fall on chasing debut at March (2m, good) and also ran well when second (albeit no match for easy winner) at Exeter (2m1f, good) last month; needs to prove he can handle a left-handed track but otherwise has pretty solid claims.

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2nd

1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Dunstall Rambler

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Best hurdling effort came on good ground last spring (1m7f, first-time hood) and he shaped well back on a sound surface on his 2m Huntingdon chase debut last month, upsides under hand riding when falling at the last; capable of winning a handicap chase off a mark in the 90s on that evidence.

9/4

3

25th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

14:05 Huntingdon

Dunstall Rambler

11st 8lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Showed some promise in a Wincanton maiden hurdle (1m7f, good) last spring but has gone backwards since and was pulled up at Doncaster last month; has something to prove now switched to fences.

14/1

Form: /PP/6/

Last run: 730 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict

Struggled when 33-1 for chase/handicap debut two years ago and not seen since; effectively 3lb higher from 10lb out of the weights today.

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6th

8

20th May 2022

Good

2m 0f 110y

Class 5

17:15 Worcester

Theoule

10st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Pulled up in both hurdling starts for this yard at the end of last year and difficult to recommend on chasing debut after five months off.

33/1

9

10th Dec 2021

Soft

2m 0f 145y

Class 4

15:10 Bangor-on-Dee

Theoule

10st 12lb

J: Harrison Beswick

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

Had excuses on debut over hurdles (final run for Martyn Meade) but showed no promise at Market Rasen for new yard; best watched.

66/1

Form: /420-5

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict

Displayed significant promise in two slow-ground novice hurdles in the autumn but was safely held in both handicap hurdles this spring; in good hands and remains lightly raced but it's hard to know what to expect from her on this chasing debut.

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5th

2

7th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 53y

Class 4

18:00 Hereford

Smurfette

12st 0lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Only seen sporadically and has been expensive to follow, not least on her handicap debut back from four months off four weeks ago, when said to have stopped quickly; that leaves her something to prove off the same mark.

5/1

Form: 4P/PP-

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Pulled up on chasing debut for Phil Kirby in November and, following a break, also struggled when he reverted to hurdling for recent stable debut; has travelled from the Scottish Borders to run here and may appreciate the return to decent ground but considered only if lively in the betting.

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9

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 0f 47y

Class 5

17:20 Perth

Barley Breeze

10st 12lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Ex-Phil Kirby; pulled up in the 2m4f handicap hurdle at this meeting last year; had finished 17l-last of four in a Newcastle novice the previous month (2m1f, heavy), form that gives him a chance here as the three in front of him are now rated over 20lb higher than him; interesting on debut for new yard.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £405.00
Straight Forecast £329.10
Tricast £949.80
Trifecta £1712.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dunstall Rambler

Telegraph:

Theonlywayiswessex

RP RATINGS:

Dusky Days

POSTDATA:

Barest Of Margins

The Times:

Dunstall Rambler

Daily Mirror:

Dunstall Rambler

The Star:

Dunstall Rambler

Daily Record:

Dunstall Rambler

D Express:

Dusky Days