November 25 / 15.15 Ffos Las

15.15

Soft

Dragonbet Together Stronger Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4465.72
  • 2m 7f 177y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Dragonbet Together Stronger Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.34
  • Place: £1.20

Form: /23P3- BF

Last run: 272 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 96

Form & Verdict
Kicked off his chase career with a good front-running second at Exeter (3m, good to soft) last November but he struggled in final two runs last season (pulled up/tailed off); on dangerous mark on his return to action but he's still a maiden after 13 starts and others are more convincing.
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1st

2

25th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:15 Ffos Las

Storm Force Ben

11st 12lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs

Kicked off his chase career with a good front-running second at Exeter (3m, good to soft) last November but he struggled in final two runs last season (pulled up/tailed off); on dangerous mark on his return to action but he's still a maiden after 13 starts and others are more convincing.

5/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: /F4P6-

Last run: 389 days

W: 11st 8lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
9yo who returns for another new yard after a year off but he ran respectably over hurdles in his last start and is well treated on some old chase form including over 2m7f on heavy ground; needs checking in the market.
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5th

3

22nd Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

13:05 Ffos Las

Hey Bud

11st 8lb

J: James Best

T: Ella Pickard

in touch with leaders

12/1

5th

10

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 4

15:45 Ludlow

Hey Bud

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Ella Pickard

Ran big race in defeat on stable debut at Ffos Las (3m, soft) just under a year ago but didn't fire on other two starts last season, the latter over hurdles in April; needs 197-day break to have done him good.

20/1

7th

4

26th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 207y

Class 5

16:35 Perth

Hey Bud

11st 6lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Ella Pickard

First run for this trainer (his fourth) when second in a 3m handicap chase on soft ground at Ffos Las in November, but was tailed off the next time when heavy ground wasn't necessarily to blame; others look more solid on this return to hurdling.

5/1

10/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 125-67

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Came good with an emphatic chase win in the mud at Chepstow (3m2f) in February but he ended last season on a low note and has been a long way below form in both runs this term; now returns to testing ground but overall record stands at 1-16 and he needs a major revival.
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13

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Mr Katanga

10st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Won by 47l in first-time cheekpieces here (3m2f, heavy) just over a year ago; well below that form this season but didn't run badly over 3m2f here (good; behind Tudors Treasure) in first-time blinkers last month and today's slower ground is in his favour.

9/1

5th

8

25th Feb 2023

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 5

16:17 Chepstow

Mr Katanga

10st 11lb

J: James Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Galloped rivals into the ground when winning a division of this 12 months ago (heavy; first-time cheekpieces) but the boot has been on the other foot this winter and he again ran moderately last time (first-time tongue-tie, now left off); ringing the changes with blinkers but has much to prove.

6/1

7th

8

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Mr Katanga

10st 11lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Rebecca Curtis

Best effort this season when third, albeit no match for the first two, over C&D (soft) in November; easy winner at Chepstow last February but recent form is below that level; tongue-tie added.

10/1

Form: 4342-6 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 88

Form & Verdict
Triple hurdle winner who is 0-7 over fences but was a creditable second at Exeter (3m, heavy) in final start last season and she shaped as though she needed the run at Hereford (2m5f) on recent return; now goes back up in trip and has claims if she can get back near best.
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3rd

5

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Kestrel Valley

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Front-running mare who overcame a bad mistake three out to trounce her rivals at Ludlow (3m1f, soft) most recently, making it four wins from her last five starts; 2-3 for current stable, thoroughly proven at this sort of trip and may have more to offer but she has plenty to find with three of these on form.

12/1

1st

3

5th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 3

14:45 Ludlow

Kestrel Valley

11st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Possibly did too much up front at Hereford (3m1f) last month when failing to complete a four-timer; better than ever otherwise in 2023 and may cope with career-high mark granted suitable fractions.

4/1

Form: PP7-29 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Won off this mark over fences (3m, heavy) and hurdles (3m2f, soft) early last year but has a very mixed record since and was tailed off at Hereford (3m1f chase) on his seasonal return two weeks ago; new combination of headgear is now tried and he comes with risks attached.
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4th

12

5th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 7f 110y

Class 5

15:25 Lingfield

Eaton Miller

10st 2lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Ryan Potter

5lb out of the handicap today but won off this mark over fences (3m, heavy) and hurdles (3m2f, soft) in February 2021; two seconds (last December and this May) are easily the best of his eight starts since and he's a hard one to rely on.

20/1

5th

9

25th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:15 Ffos Las

Eaton Miller

10st 9lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Ryan Potter

Won off this mark over fences (3m, heavy) and hurdles (3m2f, soft) early last year but has a very mixed record since and was tailed off at Hereford (3m1f chase) on his seasonal return two weeks ago; new combination of headgear is now tried and he comes with risks attached.

9/1

9th

5

8th Nov 2022

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:45 Hereford

Eaton Miller

10st 13lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Ryan Potter

Bounced back from some lacklustre efforts when runner-up at Market Rasen (2m5f, good; refitted blinkers) in May; handicapped to have a say (3lb above last winning mark) but is 0-5 at Hereford, including as a beaten favourite in this race in 2019; isn't easy to predict.

7/1

Form: 64P-4U

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 4lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 74

Form & Verdict
Record of 2-22 in points and 11 defeats under rules have been divided between hurdling and chasing; didn't run badly over fences here (2m5f, good) on her return in October but she was tailed off when unseating at Plumpton eight days later.
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6th

10

25th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:15 Ffos Las

Kind Witness

10st 4lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

Record of 2-22 in points and 11 defeats under rules have been divided between hurdling and chasing; didn't run badly over fences here (2m5f, good) on her return in October but she was tailed off when unseating at Plumpton eight days later.

14/1

4th

6

9th Oct 2022

Good

2m 4f 199y

Class 4

13:25 Ffos Las

Kind Witness

10st 2lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

prominent, ridden after 4 out, kept on from 2 out, not pace to challenge

16/1

Form: FU654- D

Last run: 222 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Four-time chase winner (3m-3m2f) on soft/heavy ground but his last success was in January 2021 and he was out of form last season; now 10lb lower than for his last win but has something to prove back from 222 days off; stablemate of Ring The Moon.
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14

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 5

16:20 Chepstow

Ballybreen

10st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Four-time chase winner but not since January 2021 and has regressed in the meantime; made a lot of the running when placed off today's career-low mark at Hereford (3m1f, soft) in January but others have more persuasive profiles; swaps visor for refitted blinkers; tongue-tie refitted.

9/1

3rd

10

4th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

14:00 Hereford

Ballybreen

10st 7lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Won five times between January 2020-January 2021 but no success since and has rather lost his way (tailed off on return in November); won this in 2020 but only sixth last year (now 21lb lower); needs a revival.

14/1

7th

8

25th Nov 2022

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:15 Ffos Las

Ballybreen

11st 0lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Four-time chase winner (3m-3m2f) on soft/heavy ground but his last success was in January 2021 and he was out of form last season; now 10lb lower than for his last win but has something to prove back from 222 days off; stablemate of Ring The Moon.

13/2

OUR TIP

Form: 22P2-1 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Came good at the 12th attempt when landing a handicap chase at Fakenham (3m, good) last month and he backed that up with a bold bid when a clear second at Lingfield (2m7f) yesterday; on same mark here but that last run was in gruelling conditions and this is a quick turnaround.
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8

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:05 Chepstow

Bobmahley

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Tim Vaughan

Both wins in Class 5, including an easy success at Ffos Las (3m, soft) in January; looks potentially better than that grade but was only fourth (below par) when favourite for a Class 4 there last month.

7/1

4th

2

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:08 Ffos Las

Bobmahley

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Opened account on seasonal debut at Fakenham (3m, good) in October and took form to new level when winning pretty comfortably over C&D (soft) last month; commands respect.

11/4

1st

4

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Bobmahley

11st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Only a modest fourth on heavy ground at Uttoxeter last time but otherwise in great form this term, opening his account at Fakenham (3m, good) then solid second at Lingfield (2m7f, soft); could well bounce back.

5/1

Form: PP11-0 C

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Only 1lb higher than for his 2m chase win here in March but he failed to beat a rival back at this track on his seasonal return 19 days ago; may have needed that but things have not gone well in his three previous runs at around 3m and he looks opposable on this big step back up in trip.
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5th

4

25th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 5

17:10 Ffos Las

Ring The Moon

10st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Downed an odds-on favourite when recording 33-1 win at Chepstow (2m Class 5 conditionals' handicap hurdle; soft) two starts ago but weakened tamely in a Stratford seller subsequently; has won over fences in the past, including here (2m), but couldn't be a confident choice.

11/1

3rd

2

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

15:27 Stratford

Ring The Moon

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

prominent, led narrowly 4th, pushed along home turn, ridden and headed approaching last, soon weakened

13/2

1st

6

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 11y

Class 5

13:25 Chepstow

Ring The Moon

10st 13lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Evan Williams

Placed in modest Ludlow claimer (2m, good to soft) in first-time visor in November but ought to have been suited by the heavy ground when pulled up in a handicap next time and has become very unreliable.

25/1

Form: PPP-03

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 9lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Won off 3lb higher over hurdles at Fontwell (2m3f, soft) in February but he ended last season with three pulled-up efforts and has finished tailed off in both runs this autumn, including when back over fences (2m7f) last time; chase record now stands at 0-8 and others are preferred; tongue-tie removed.
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0

5

7th Oct 2023

Soft

3m 0f 107y

15:05 Fairyhouse

Cest Quelquun

11st 5lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

Modest performer when trained in Britain but has improved since joining yard; on a hat-trick after Downpatrick dead-heat (fourth won since); 7lb higher and takes another step up in grade but good attitude and might be more to come.

3/1

1st

5

15th Sep 2023

Good

2m 7f 110y

17:10 Downpatrick

Cest Quelquun

11st 8lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, prominent before 4th

5/2

1st

5

18th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 120y

17:00 Tramore

Cest Quelquun

11st 12lb

J: Jack Kennedy

T: Gordon Elliott

led narrowly, headed and prominent after 5th, ridden when disputed lead 2 out, soon led clearly, bad mistake and jockey lost irons last, ran on run-in

8/11

Non-runners

Bobmahley, C'est Quelqu'un

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £21.40
Straight Forecast £20.91
Tricast £88.48
Trifecta £126.50

Selections

POSTDATA:

Bobmahley

WEST COUNTRY:

Storm Force Ben

RP Ratings:

Mr Katanga

Daily Mail:

Ring The Moon

SPOTLIGHT:

Kestrel Valley

The Sun:

Ballybreen

The Times:

Bobmahley

Telegraph:

Bobmahley

D Express:

Bobmahley

The Star:

Bobmahley

Daily Record:

Bobmahley

The Guardian:

Storm Force Ben

Daily Mirror:

Storm Force Ben