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Remembering Phillip “Mick” Martin Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4700.09
  • 2m 3f 83y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Remembering Phillip “Mick” Martin Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 6U355- D

Last run: 124 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Winning hurdler but inferior chase form in eight attempts; left Gavin Cromwell for 12,500gns; had wind surgery and return to goodish ground won't harm; has to be of some interest.

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5th

6

27th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 65y

13:05 Fairyhouse

Steppenwolf

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Winning hurdler; has failed to complete three of his seven starts over fences; made a bad mistake at the eighth when third in a Ludlow handicap; beaten almost 20l in fifth at Leopardstown last time.

14/1

5th

9

29th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 5f 70y

12:00 Leopardstown

Steppenwolf

11st 4lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

Winning hurdler; has failed to complete three of his six starts over fences; made a bad mistake at the eighth when third in an ordinary Ludlow handicap last time; trainer appears to have a stronger candidate in Broken Ice.

16/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: P4934-

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Became disappointing over hurdles last season but made encouraging chase debut when keeping-on fourth at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last month; now needs to build on that performance.

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14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: /PP5-4 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict

Out of form during light campaign last season and last month's run was no better; looks on the decline.

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6

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Magic Dancer

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Useful in his prime but getting long in the tooth now and was out of form during light campaign last season; too well handicapped to rule out here but needs a revival.

10/1

Form: 45-125 D BF

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Won a Market Rasen hurdle (2m4f) by over 7l before going close over fences at Bangor (3m, good to soft); disappointed only three days later though and they're keeping him busy.

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OUR TIP

Form: 86PP1- CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Returned to form when jumping well out in front and holding on by a length over C&D last month; beat one chasing a hat-trick so it's solid form; just 3lb higher.

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1st

4

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

14:42 Ffos Las

Ballinsker

11st 8lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Now 9b lower than for his Chepstow win (2m7f, good to soft) last April but he's been pulled up here (2m5f) and at Plumpton (3m1f) in last two runs; cheekpieces return on this drop back in grade but he needs a major revival back in trip; stablemate of Lelant.

16/1

3

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

15:30 Plumpton

Ballinsker

11st 3lb

J: Miss Eleanor Williams

T: Evan Williams

led but pestered, headed 8th, weakened quickly after 4 out, pulled up after 3 out

20/1

Form: U150-2

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won a Huntingdon handicap hurdle off this mark in October and rediscovered some form after a break when a 12l second at Hereford (2m3f, good; first-time tongue-tie); not bred for fences but a fair shout should he fancy it.

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Form: 41315- D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won three chases over slightly longer trips last year when the ground was no slower than good to soft; current mark won't be easy but this race is a better fit than the novice hurdle he contested last time.

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5th

7

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

16:42 Taunton

Dans Chosen

11st 5lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Better known as a chaser these days, with three of his four wins in that discipline gained last year; returns to hurdling over a trip short of his best and looks vulnerable.

8/1

Form: 345-1P C BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict

Came from off the pace to win comfortably over 2m here (good to soft) this month and reportedly lost his action at Bangor; struggles with consistency but has a big run in him.

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1st

8

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:05 Ffos Las

Boston Joe

10st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

held up in rear

8/1

Form: 687PP- C

Last run: 126 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

Strike-rate of 6-17 over hurdles and the latest of those wins was off a 3lb higher mark; however, there's been pretty much nothing to take from his last five appearances and would appear to be going chasing under a cloud.

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0

8

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Six wins between November 2022 and May 2023 included one over C&D (good); back to within 1lb of the final winning mark in that sequence, but too far below par the last four times to expect him to capitalise.

16/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Between November of last year and this May he won six times in seven starts (2m3f-2m4f); however, shot up the weights as a consequence and he's beaten only one finisher in his last three appearances; has stamina to prove.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £468.00
Straight Forecast £451.90
Tricast £3869.50
Trifecta £3538.00

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Ballinsker

The Times:

Exmoor Forest

SPOTLIGHT:

Steppenwolf

POSTDATA:

Boston Joe

Telegraph:

Magic Dancer

The Guardian:

Exmoor Forest

D Express:

Exmoor Forest

TOPSPEED:

Ballinsker

Daily Mail:

Ballinsker

Daily Mirror:

Ballinsker

The Sun:

Ballinsker

The Star:

Ballinsker

Daily Record:

Ballinsker