November 24 / 14.20 Taunton

14.20

Good

Visit racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5990.6
  • 2m 7f 3y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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Visit racingtv.com Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.90

Form: 6343-4

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Hasn't progressed as might have been anticipated after a 2m4f novice hurdle win last autumn but he didn't make too bad a start to his chase career after seven months off when fourth at Bangor (3m, good to soft) 30 days ago; entitled to come on for the run; has first-time cheekpieces added to his tongue-tie.
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4th

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

Kayf Hernando

12st 2lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd, weakened 3 out

11/2

4th

3

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

17:10 Ludlow

Kayf Hernando

12st 2lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

in touch with leaders, not fluent 2nd

11/2

4th

1

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 5

14:00 Newbury

Kayf Hernando

12st 6lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: Dan Skelton

Won two staying chases last season, both Class 4 handicaps at about 3m (good/good to soft); below that level this campaign (following wind surgery) and was particularly disappointing the last time, but might easily turn a corner for his in-form yard.

10/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 134-13 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
This point winner has taken well to fences, winning at Kempton and third at Exeter (every chance when mistake last) in recent weeks (both 3m, good); another 3lb higher now but he ought to remain competitive.
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8th

2

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Minella Buster

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Last season started well before he lost his way; however, he does seem best when fresh and was returning from 153 days off when going close at Stratford in October (2m6f, good); over this more suitable trip, after a break, he has to be of interest.

7/1

8th

2

14th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 152y

Class 4

15:50 Plumpton

Minella Buster

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Last season started well before he lost his way; however, he does seem best when fresh and was returning from 153 days off when going close at Stratford in October (2m6f, good); over this more suitable trip, after a break, he has to be of interest.

7/1

2nd

4

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:45 Stratford

Minella Buster

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, prominent 3rd, pressed winner after 2 out, 1 length down last, kept on towards finish

7/1

7/4

  • Place: £1.20

Form: 221111 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
French bumper winner (good to soft) who has left his hurdle form behind since going chasing, making it 4-4 over fences when cruising home in a match race at Newbury (2m6f, good to firm) three weeks ago; this a much deeper contest but he's only been nudged up another 2lb and there could easily be plenty more to come.
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1st

3

5th Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 122y

Class 4

14:40 Newton Abbot

Huelgoat

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Five-time chase winner who is 0-9 over hurdles but one of his four seconds in this discipline was when beaten by the odds-on favourite at Stratford (2m6f, good) two weeks ago; faces nothing of the winner's calibre here; likes good ground; cheekpieces worn for the first time.

2/7

2nd

3

19th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

15:35 Stratford

Huelgoat

11st 3lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

took keen hold, led, not fluent 3 out, 3 lengths ahead 2 out, much reduced lead last, headed final 110yds, no extra towards finish

100/30

3

19th May 2024

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

15:35 Stratford

Huelgoat

11st 3lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

0-8 over hurdles but a five-time chase winner with some useful form on his record; ran as though something was a amiss last month, after a break, but will be suited by today's trip/ground and can pose a potent threat if back on song.

100/30

Form: 1145-7 C

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Progressive when completing a hat-trick over hurdles to end 2021, the third success coming over 3m here on good to soft; comfortably held since, though, including on Kempton reappearance 17 days ago; also well beaten on previous attempt over fences nearly two years ago; others certainly arrive with more pressing claims.
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3rd

2

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

14:40 Cheltenham

Tip Top Cat

11st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Beat a next-time-out winner to open chasing account at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good to soft) two starts ago and remains lightly raced over fences but didn't fire last time and is seemingly not one to rely upon heavily.

10/1

5th

4

4th Mar 2023

Good

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

16:35 Newbury

Tip Top Cat

11st 4lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

towards rear, slow jump 4th, reminder after 8th, pushed along 5 out, soon no impression and beaten

7/2

1st

5

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 4

15:42 Uttoxeter

Tip Top Cat

11st 9lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

On fire when signing off 2021 with a hat-trick in handicap hurdles, the latest off this very mark; made a belated return to fences last time at Taunton (2m7f) and ran okay despite a 21l defeat; this stiffer test should be in his favour.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 125P-2

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Made a good start to last season with a win (2m5f, heavy) and second in handicap hurdles, and made a solid start to the current campaign when second on his 2m3f Ffos Las chase debut a month ago; may do better with that experience behind him and the step up in trip should help if anything; cheekpieces on first time; in the mix.
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1st

3

29th May 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

14:58 Newton Abbot

Investment Manager

11st 5lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Pulled up when last seen at Exeter in November but he had posted a sequence of good runs at this track previously and these conditions won't faze him; can show his form when fresh.

5/1

0

3

26th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:10 Exeter

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11st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

in rear throughout, jumped left 2nd, reminder with one circuit to go, ridden and weakened after 14th, tailed off when pulled up 15th

9/2

2nd

1

21st Oct 2023

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

14:55 Newton Abbot

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12st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

led at steady pace, joined 8th, headed 10th, led again 14th, good jump and going best 3 out, reduced lead before last, faced challenge run-in, no extra when headed inside final 110yds

5/2

Form: 13P-05

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 4lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Made a winning handicap hurdle debut at Chepstow (2m3f, soft) a year ago; well beaten in France in August but made a respectable British return when fifth in a 3m Ffos Las handicap hurdle 18 days ago; certainly bred to make a chaser and the stable's good form provides hope.
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9th

6

1st Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

16:05 Worcester

Helios Allen

11st 9lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Phillippa Taylor

always behind

25/1

1

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:30 Wincanton

Helios Allen

12st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Jane Williams

Well handicapped on best efforts last term but backward steps this season, chasing on last two starts; returns to hurdling in first headgear.

16/1

Form: 32/04-

Last run: 355 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
In the frame all three starts in Irish points, notably second to now useful chaser Castle Robin; fair form in four outings over hurdles, including fourth on 3m Aintree handicap debut just under a year ago; brings potential to this chase debut but the length of his absence means that a watching brief has to be the percentage call.
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0

18

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:30 Cheltenham

Enemenemynemo

11st 2lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: D J Jeffreys

Jumped well and never headed at Perth (2m4f, good) in July and returned to that level when reeled in late on at Huntingdon (2m4f); not sure the winner of that race was particularly well handicapped and there are stamina doubts over this far.

16/1

2nd

3

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

16:25 Huntingdon

Enemenemynemo

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

raced in second, pushed along after 3 out, good jump and led 2 out

100/30

Form: F53-P1

Last run: 40 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Picked up by new connections for £5,200 in May and got most of it back with when landing a 3m2f Newton Abbot handicap chase (good) last month; it was only a four-runner race but the second filled the same position in a stronger contest at Uttoxeter since.
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10th

10

28th Apr 2023

Good

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

20:10 Chepstow

Potters Venture

11st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Made a winning debut for this yard in a 3m2f handicap chase at Newton Abbot in October; four heavy defeats have followed (one over hurdles) but he's back down to his last winning mark as a consequence; tongue tied on penultimate start and tried cheekpieces on latest; has neither today.

20/1

10

23rd Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 217y

Class 3

16:00 Plumpton

Potters Venture

10st 9lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

Made a winning debut for this yard in a 3m2f handicap chase at Newton Abbot in October; four heavy defeats have followed (one over hurdles) but he's back down to his last winning mark as a consequence.

16/1

8th

6

21st Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:00 Taunton

Potters Venture

11st 6lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Keiran Burke

led, mistake and headed then prominent 4th, mistake and lost ground 8th, in rear when reminder after 10th, reminder 11th, not fluent 12th, got well behind from 5 out

9/1

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Payout
Exacta £27.70
Straight Forecast £31.50
Tricast £86.88
Trifecta £96.50

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Huelgoat

POSTDATA:

Minella Buster

TOPSPEED:

Investment Manager

The Times:

Potters Venture

RP Ratings:

Huelgoat

WEST COUNTRY:

Huelgoat

Telegraph:

Huelgoat

D Express:

Huelgoat

Daily Mirror:

Huelgoat

The Sun:

Huelgoat

The Star:

Huelgoat

Daily Record:

Huelgoat

Daily Mail:

Minella Buster

The Guardian:

Investment Manager