November 25 / 13.45 Doncaster

13.45

Good

Kellys Soft Mix Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £10562
  • 2m 3f 31y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Kellys Soft Mix Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

OUR TIP

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £4.20
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 111P-1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Began chasing career with three small-field wins in early part of this year and maintained 100% record over fences with hard-fought success at Ayr (2m, good to soft) last month; will be suited by today's move back up in trip and might still be improving; leading contender.
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6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Mackenberg

11st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Talented on his day and he was having one of them at Hereford recently (2m, good to soft) when clear of his rivals until his saddle slipped and he unseated at the last; back up 4lb in a tougher race and has something to prove on this track, having been pulled up in handicaps at this meeting for the last two years, over hurdles and in this race.

50/1

6

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Mackenberg

11st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Talented on his day and he was having one of them at Hereford recently (2m, good to soft) when clear of his rivals until his saddle slipped and he unseated at the last; back up 4lb in a tougher race and has something to prove on this track, having been pulled up in handicaps at this meeting for the last two years, over hurdles and in this race.

50/1

2

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 3

15:27 Hereford

Mackenberg

11st 12lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

jumped left throughout, disputed lead, raced in second before 3rd

100/30

8/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 2214-3 D

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Dual chase winner last season, latterly off 1lb higher mark in three-runner race at Newcastle (2m4f, good) in April; this month's reappearance run was perfectly respectable and he might be boosted by the refitted cheekpieces here.
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9th

5

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 4

17:25 Carlisle

The King Of May

11st 5lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

Four-time chase winner and also won two hurdles; confined to hurdling for this year's three runs (2m1f-3m1f) and hasn't been getting competitive; something to prove right now.

25/1

6th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

17:08 Sedgefield

The King Of May

11st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

held up in last, slow jump 4th, outpaced and lost touch 3 out

12/1

6th

12

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

The King Of May

10st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

10yo who isn't the force of old and was tailed off at Catterick (3m1f, soft) last month; however, he was in fair form previously over 2m4f/2m3f and has dropped to a dangerous mark; not ruled out now back down in trip.

20/1

Form: -F1431 C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Has somewhat mixed record in recent years but looked back in very good form when pushed out to win by 10l at Ludlow (3m1f, good) three weeks ago; 4lb rise for that doesn't seen excessive and 2m3f on this left-handed track should also suit; wears cheekpieces for the first time.
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3rd

4

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

17:05 Ludlow

Topofthecotswolds

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Five-time chase winner (mostly on good ground); needs to bounce back from a below-par run last month and will not be favoured by the forecast rain but was placed on consecutive starts this summer and is suited by this track.

6/1

6th

5

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Worcester

Topofthecotswolds

10st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, not fluent 8th, outpaced and dropped to rear after 5 out, soon no impression

6/1

Form: /131P- D

Last run: 280 days

W: 10st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 7yo; took well to chasing last season, winning twice (2m4f/2m5f), but ran poorly when upped in grade in February and hasn't raced again since; had wind op in September; may still have more to offer but others in this line-up have more pressing claims.
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5

12th Apr 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

14:00 Southwell

The Mighty Arc

11st 11lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Charlie Longsdon

prominent, not fluent 12th, not fluent 13th, soon shaken up and lost ground

12/1

1

15th Feb 2023

Good

3m 0f 45y

Class 4

16:20 Wetherby

The Mighty Arc

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Scored twice as a novice chaser last term (2m4f/2m5f) and fared better than the bare result on reappearance (2m3f); pulled up last time but may still have more to offer; first crack at 3m under rules.

10/1

2

9th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

16:00 Doncaster

The Mighty Arc

12st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Charlie Longsdon

Scored twice as a novice chaser last term and fared better than the bare result here (2m3f, good) on reappearance; pulled up at Wetherby since but may still have more to offer; not dismissed.

13/2

Form: 23-244 CD

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 1lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Three-time C&D winner (all on good ground), including last two editions of this race; ran poorly this month, after a break, but is likely to have been primed for a big performance today and his current mark is workable.
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4th

9

18th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

15:33 Wetherby

Barton Knoll

10st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: John Mackie

led, soon clear, reduced lead 5th, not fluent 8th, headed before 3 out, lost position before 2 out, no extra towards finish

20/1

6th

2

4th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 4

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Barton Knoll

12st 0lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: John Mackie

Fair third at Aintree in June but doesn't appear to be quite as good as he once was; that's reflected by his handicap mark becoming attractive as he seeks a first success since November 2021.

16/1

3rd

3

16th Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 200y

Class 3

19:00 Aintree

Barton Knoll

11st 10lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: John Mackie

in touch with leaders, mistake 11th, disputed lead 2 out, soon led, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened run-in

10/1

Form: 1F12U- CD

Last run: 223 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Made excellent progress after switch to chasing just under a year ago, winning three times along the way; not seen since a mishap in April but seems versatile regarding ground and further improvement is possible if he's fully tuned up.
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6th

6

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Nocte Volatus

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Tom Lacey

led, mistake 1st

15/2

4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:55 Leicester

Nocte Volatus

11st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Winless since early 2022 but he arrives in good nick, undergoing a breathing op before coming in third in 2m4f Newcastle handicap 39 days ago; he must enter calculations off a 2lb lower mark.

7/2

3rd

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

13:40 Newcastle

Nocte Volatus

12st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Three-time chase winner who was placed over 2m3f on consecutive outings at Chepstow in October (soft/good to soft); remains on a workable mark and will be dangerous if last month's wind op has any positive effect.

5/2

Form: 321F-6 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Generally in good form for this stable last season, most notably when winning off 1lb lower at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy) in March; might well have needed last month's reappearance run (beaten about 34l at Ayr) but confidence in him would be higher on soft/heavy ground.
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3rd

3

8th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:50 Carlisle

Buster Valentine

11st 10lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Dual chase winner but not been at his best this season (last twice over hurdles); on a good mark and conditions suit; could go well.

10/1

5th

4

12th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 16y

Class 4

14:40 Market Rasen

Buster Valentine

11st 6lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Useful chaser at his best but didn't fire on either start over fences this season and was unable to land a telling blow when back over hurdles last month; needs to turn a corner.

25/1

5th

9

20th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 61y

Class 3

15:50 Carlisle

Buster Valentine

11st 2lb

J: Jamie Hamilton

T: Mark Walford

Two-time hurdle winner who scored over fences at Wetherby last March; however, this 10yo has been below par in chases on his two outings this season and a return to form is needed.

25/1

Non-runners

Nocte Volatus, Buster Valentine

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £20.30
Straight Forecast £18.90
Trifecta £53.70

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Mackenberg

The Times:

Nocte Volatus

POSTDATA:

Topofthecotswolds

TOPSPEED:

Barton Knoll

Daily Mail:

Nocte Volatus

The Sun:

Nocte Volatus

RP Ratings:

Mackenberg

Telegraph:

Mackenberg

The Star:

Mackenberg

D Express:

Topofthecotswolds

Daily Record:

Topofthecotswolds

The Guardian:

Barton Knoll

Daily Mirror:

Barton Knoll