December 29 / 13.38 Kelso

13.38

Heavy

Children’s Immunology Trust Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7951.16
  • 2m 6f 70y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Children’s Immunology Trust Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 524-81

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Came good over fences at second attempt with clearcut success at Lingfield (2m4f, soft) five weeks ago; 5lb higher here but the form has recently been well advertised by the runner-up; due another 2lb rise soon and a major player.
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20

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Bill Baxter

10st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

6/1

20

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Bill Baxter

10st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Enjoyed a progressive campaign prior to winning this last year (soft), whereas he's been unable to get competitive on his five starts this season; however, he's just 1lb higher than 12 months ago and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces and return to these fences will reignite his spark.

6/1

6th

4

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Bill Baxter

11st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

midfield, dropped to rear after 4th, weakened gradually from 3 out

15/2

3/1

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 3-831

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Unexposed 6yo who drew 14l clear to make a winning chase/handicap debut at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) nine days ago; contests a deeper race here but is 3lb well-in under his 7lb penalty and must be considered.
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1

4th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 4

14:50 Plumpton

Old Painless

11st 10lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won by 14l over C&D (soft) on last season's chase/handicap debut for Harry Whittington and remains lightly raced for his age but his seasonal/stable debut in December was very disappointing and he returns here with a point to prove.

5/1

0

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

13:02 Chepstow

Old Painless

11st 8lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Won by 14l on chasing debut for Harry Whittington at Plumpton (2m3f, soft) last December and probably bettered that performance when clear second at Kelso (2m6f, heavy) a few days later; not quite in same form when last seen in the spring but makes stable debut from a workable mark.

12/1

9/1

  • Place: £2.80

Form: 13-1U3

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Battled on well to win chase/handicap debut at Hexham (1m7f, soft) last month but didn't get far on next outing and was slightly disappointing when third of five here (2m4f, soft) last time; others preferred.
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7th

2

22nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

16:43 Newbury

Captain Quint

12st 0lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Returned from a break with a second at Musselburgh last month and he jumped more fluently with cheekpieces added when scoring there (2m7f, soft) 15 days later; that was a narrow success but the first three pulled clear of the rest and he's respected up 5lb.

7/2

1st

2

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

Captain Quint

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Didn't jump well when 11l second over C&D (good to soft) a fortnight ago, but he was behind a thriving winner and perhaps the first-time cheekpieces will help him find greater fluency; versatile ground-wise; a possible.

8/1

2nd

5

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Captain Quint

11st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Rose Dobbin

Made a satisfactory seasonal debut when midfield over 2m4f in October and has not raced since but he has slipped to a workable mark and is unexposed over this sort of trip; not ruled out.

11/1

Form: 131-41 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner, including 2m6f novice hurdle on this card a year ago (soft ground); in process in running well before chance-ending jumping error on chasing debut here (2m7f, good to soft; race won by Brayhill) in November and stayed on well to win four-runner race over that trip here (soft) this month; nudged up only 1lb for that; respected.
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2nd

2

30th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

Ned Tanner

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

in touch with leaders

5/2

3rd

6

10th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 3

15:20 Kelso

Ned Tanner

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

Two-time chasing winner here last term and running another good race at this track when fell two out in 2m5f handicap chase last month; he can't be ruled out reverted to hurdles.

6/1

5

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Ned Tanner

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: N W Alexander

held up in last, steady headway but not fluent 4 out, went third after 3 out, disputing second when fell heavily 2 out

7/2

Form: 12P-34 BF

Last run: 36 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Fair novice hurdler last season (one win) and made a very encouraging start to chasing career when third of six at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft; first-time tongue-tie) in October; below that form last time, though, and needs help from the refitted cheekpieces in this competitive race.
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5th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Readysteadybeau

11st 6lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Returned to form with front-running win at Ayr (3m, soft) in December and is now 3-9 over fences; should be fine on this right-handed track but latest 7lb rise demands more from him and he may not be allowed an uncontested lead this time.

4/1

Form: 7/44P- C

Last run: 251 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Began chasing career with two underwhelming runs in autumn 2021 and was pulled up in April after a break; returns from another 251-day layoff; others have much less to prove.
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4th

4

25th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

15:45 Catterick

Le Cheval Noir

11st 2lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, headway before 5 out, pushed along after 4 out, ridden and weakening when not fluent 3 out

12/1

6th

6

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 70y

Class 3

13:38 Kelso

Le Cheval Noir

11st 4lb

J: Dylan Johnston

T: Rose Dobbin

held up in behind leaders on inner

12/1

Form: 257/64

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Struggled on seasonal/chase debut in October and was soon left behind when the pace lifted at Ayr last month; now very well handicapped on some of his hurdling form but is difficult to enthuse over at present.
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7th

3

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 4

15:20 Musselburgh

No Regrets

11st 7lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Has done very well in these cheekpieces, winning twice in the first half of last year (3m, soft/good) and finishing a close second at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) in November last time out; every chance he'll be bang there.

7/2

Form: 2314-2

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
2-14 over hurdles (both wins at around 2m); very respectable second of four behind the favourite on last month's seasonal/chase debut at Doncaster (2m3f, good); stamina heads into unknown territory here.
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7

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Universal Folly

11st 0lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

held up in rear

7/1

2nd

4

17th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

13:35 Carlisle

Universal Folly

11st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Largely solid record over fences includes form figures of 1112 (over 2m4f-3m1f) this season; latest effort came at Aintree (soft) behind the very useful Giovinco, who has since performed well at Grade 2 level; may still have further progress in him; respected off unchanged mark.

7/2

Form: 12/4

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Very lightly raced mare who was second in a Grade 2 novice hurdle in 2020; made low-key chase/handicap debut when last of four finishers at Bangor last month but that run came after a two-year absence; no surprise if she poses a more potent threat today.
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3

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:55 Chepstow

Wild Romance

11st 13lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

midfield

3/1

3rd

4

12th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 3

16:10 Warwick

Wild Romance

11st 9lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Returned from a very long absence in November and has been soundly beaten on her first two chase starts; however, this very lightly raced 8yo is in top hands and was runner-up in a Grade 2 novice hurdle in 2020; the first-time cheekpieces could be a positive and she's not written off.

10/1

6th

2

28th Jan 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 3

13:57 Uttoxeter

Wild Romance

11st 9lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden 11th, weakened 12th

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 2423-2

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
2-12 over hurdles; returned from one-year absence with very creditable second behind progressive rival at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) last month; contender if he jumps soundly on today's chasing debut.
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3

28th Jan 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:50 Doncaster

Eyeofthescorpion

11st 12lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

held up in last, mistake 2nd

8/1

9

31st Dec 2022

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Eyeofthescorpion

10st 6lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

2-12 over hurdles; back from one-year absence for creditable second of five at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) last month; relatively exposed as hurdler and this is a very warm race for chase debut.

20/1

2

29th Dec 2022

Heavy

2m 6f 70y

Class 3

13:38 Kelso

Eyeofthescorpion

11st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

2-12 over hurdles; returned from one-year absence with very creditable second behind progressive rival at Uttoxeter (2m7f, soft) last month; contender if he jumps soundly on today's chasing debut.

10/1

Form: /O3-13 C BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Returned from 11-month break to make winning chase debut here (2m7f, good to soft) last month and was bowling along merrily in the lead until sprawling on landing and losing momentum at third-last fence here (soft) 19 days later; now sports cheekpieces; shortlisted.
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4

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:05 Newcastle

Brayhill

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: James Ewart

raced in third, lost position briefly 6th, reminders and dropped to last before 8th, detached and struggling from 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 5 out

8/1

4

13th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:05 Newcastle

Brayhill

11st 1lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: James Ewart

Won over C&D (good) in December following a year off and he's also won on soft ground; however, he's been soundly beaten here the last twice (2m7f/2m4f, heavy) and he needs to turn things around.

8/1

4th

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

15:27 Newcastle

Brayhill

10st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: James Ewart

prominent, raced in second 5th, mistake 9th, soon dropped to rear, weakened 4 out

5/1

Form: 8126-3

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
1-4 over hurdles, the win gained over 2m on good ground in February; remote third in useful novice chase at Hexham (3m, soft; had wind op soon afterwards) six weeks ago but might have needed that outing and has a better chance at the weights in this handicap.
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0

10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Donnas Double

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

Inconsistent during last season's first chasing campaign but he posted a win at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January and was a very close third there (2m4f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; remains lightly raced and is not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

Non-runners

Wild Romance, Donna's Double

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £13.40
Straight Forecast £12.54
Tricast £66.40
Trifecta £70.00

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Old Painless

SPOTLIGHT:

Ned Tanner

LAMBOURN:

Bill Baxter

POSTDATA:

Captain Quint

WEST COUNTRY:

Eyeofthescorpion

Telegraph:

Wild Romance

The Times:

Old Painless

The Guardian:

Old Painless

The Sun:

Old Painless

Daily Record:

Old Painless

RP Ratings:

Ned Tanner

Daily Mail:

Ned Tanner

D Express:

Ned Tanner

Daily Mirror:

Ned Tanner

The Star:

Bill Baxter