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Mike & Jill Medcalf 70th Birthday Mares’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 4f 72y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Mike & Jill Medcalf 70th Birthday Mares’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3666-1 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Placed on only one of her six appearances last season but looked back in good nick when winning very comfortably by over 8l at Stratford (2m3f, good) three weeks ago; hard to beat if in similar mood again here.

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6th

4

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 5f 55y

Class 5

16:37 Ludlow

Fancy Stuff

11st 5lb

J: Mr James King

T: Tom Gretton

Inconsistent but has performed well in two attempts at Ludlow, winning bumper (for previous yard) and eyecatching third in 2m4f chase; interesting back here for the return to hurdles.

9/1

8/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: P0/54- D

Last run: 392 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Filly

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Won four in a row over hurdles in 2022 but lightly raced and disappointing since; safely held in two 2m4f Warwick chases last month; revival needed.

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4th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 2lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, briefly led 7th, lost third 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

6/1

5th

6

1st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 8lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

in rear, dropped to last 9th, never on terms

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 79P4-6

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict

Displayed significant promise in bumpers last season but has not yet shown a great deal over jumps; beaten about 29l when sixth of eight on recent chasing debut at Hexham (2m4f, good); improvement required.

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4th

4

30th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 190y

Class 4

16:10 Newcastle

Rorys Story

10st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: Tristan Davidson

took keen hold, in rear

33/1

Form: 2656-4 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict

Safely held when fourth behind Fancy Stuff at Stratford (2m3f, good) last month, in a race she won last year, and is patently not the force of old but has become too well handicapped to rule out.

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Form: 420-5P

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 93

Form & Verdict

Failed to deliver on initial hurdling promise for Dan Skelton, then pulled up on last month's chasing debut; recently changed hands for £4,000; needs to have been revitalised by her new surroundings.

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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: 435-56 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Regressive 10yo who failed to build upon a fairly encouraging reappearance run when soundly beaten at Warwick last week and is now 0-12 over fences; needs to turn a corner.

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5th

4

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Cotton End

11st 10lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Not the force of old and 0-10 over fences; returns from seven-month absence on a good mark but has stamina to prove (usually runs over 2m4f) and would appeal more on genuine good ground.

16/1

Form: 22135- D

Last run: 145 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict

Versatile mare who mixes hurdling with chasing; absent since her respectable fifth (over hurdles) at Hereford (3m1f, good) in January but will be fine over today's shorter trip and has possibilities if fully tuned up.

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5th

3

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:37 Hereford

Stamina Chope

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

Winning chaser who was off the mark over hurdles at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) in October and was then third on heavy ground at Leicester; well held latterly but these conditions should be more favourable.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 11P-

Last run: 63 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict

Began rules career with two heavy-ground hurdle wins in February/March (2m1f/1m7f); pulled up when upped to 2m4f and fitted with cheekpieces (retained) for handicap debut in April but has plenty of Irish point experience (including on good ground) to call upon for this chasing debut.

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3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Emilys Choice

11st 11lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Took seven goes to win an Irish point (3m, soft) but has gone 2-2 over hurdles in races for mares at about 2m on heavy; this mark looks no gift for handicap debut but the longer trip should suit; cheekpieces go on.

11/4

1st

1

7th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 50y

Class 4

14:55 Wincanton

Emilys Choice

11st 7lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Won soft-ground Irish point in October and made all on last month's rules debut at Newcastle (2m1f, heavy); that form isn't anything to get too excited about but she has obvious scope for improvement and Donald McCain has a good strike-rate (7-22) here.

7/4

Form: P060-2

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict

Well beaten in first two handicap chases but fared much better when second (albeit well held) to Fancy Stuff at Stratford (2m3f, good) three weeks ago; effectively 2lb higher here but has something to build on now.

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10th

12

25th Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 5

14:35 Warwick

The Gambler

10st 5lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Max Young

Won weak, four-runner bumper on rules debut last June but cut little ice in three subsequent maiden/novice hurdles and was well beaten on this month's chase/handicap debut at Huntingdon (2m7f, good).

33/1

Form: 030P-8

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 73

Form & Verdict

Well beaten over hurdles here (2m7f) on recent return to racing under rules and now 0-7 in that sphere; 6lb out of the weights today and needs the switch to fences to show her in a much better light; swaps usual cheekpieces for first-time visor.

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0

10

3rd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

17:45 Southwell

Oneway Express

10st 6lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

pressed leader, awkward jump 1st, slow jump and lost position 8th, reminders before 9th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

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