January 19 / 13.50 Wincanton

13.50

Soft

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  • Prize money: £5809.1
  • 1m 7f 149y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 7-1162 C

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Started off for Philip Hobbs with two good-ground wins at Taunton (both 2m2f; fortunate on first occasion) in the autumn and kept on well for respectable second (flattered by proximity to winner) over C&D (good to soft) 12 days ago; today's forecast slower ground is probably not ideal, though.
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5th

1

19th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:50 Wincanton

Midnight Midge

12st 2lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

led, headed but prominent 10th, outpaced and lost position before 4 out, weakened before 3 out

9/1

5th

6

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:15 Wincanton

Midnight Midge

11st 8lb

J: Elizabeth Gale

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

3-6 over fences for new stable last season, the latest win gained under a patient ride in three-runner C&D (good) contest in March; ought to cope fairly well with today's slower ground but dropped out rather tamely on recent seasonal debut and needs that outing to have brought him on.

9/1

6th

1

24th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 48y

Class 4

16:30 Exeter

Midnight Midge

12st 0lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

led, pressed leader when mistake and headed 10th, hit 3 out, weakened 2 out

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 311-PP D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Very progressive chaser last season, winning four times along the way (1m7f-2m, good-heavy), but pulled up on both outings this term (made bad jumping error on first occasion) and needs to get career back on track.
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4th

5

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

File Illico

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Handles all ground; four chase wins at about 2m, the latest off 29lb higher in April 2022; has had a trying time since early last year but he ran his best race for a while when a close third at Hereford (2m5f, good to soft) last month; looks to be running back into form; dangerous rival.

11/4

3rd

4

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:58 Hereford

File Illico

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Record of 4-16 over fences but he's looking regressive having not produced an effort of note this season; too well handicapped to ignore, mind.

10/1

0

3

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 5

14:05 Leicester

File Illico

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Regressive 8yo who was soundly beaten on both appearances last month (2m4f/2m); ought to handle today's ground and continues to plummet down the weights but needs to turn a corner; goes beyond about 2m4f for first time under rules.

8/1

Form: 24-744 D

Last run: 19 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Always towards rear on seasonal/chase debut in October but shaped with significant promise on next two outings, more recently when fourth at Newbury (2m, soft) on New Year's Eve; well handicapped on hurdle form now and must be considered.
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1

5th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

17:05 Wincanton

Mongol Emperor

12st 1lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

Took a while to get his act together over fences but came good with comfortable win at Doncaster (2m3f, good) last month and is still quite well handicapped if judged on best hurdling form; likely contender.

5/1

1st

4

3rd Mar 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

16:20 Doncaster

Mongol Emperor

11st 8lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Neil Mulholland

travelled strongly, midfield, headway 4 out, pressed leader going easily 3 out, led 2 out, pushed along and went clear approaching last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably

11/4

4th

3

2nd Feb 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 4

14:30 Wincanton

Mongol Emperor

11st 12lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Neil Mulholland

Made more of an impact over hurdles but he's not been discredited in recent chase starts; hooded on last 11 starts but now has cheekpieces.

4/1

Form: 43-53P CD BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 116

Form & Verdict
Reportedly didn't face the first-time blinkers when running very poorly over C&D 12 days ago; needs to bounce back quickly from that but is now 6lb lower than when winning over C&D last winter; cheekpieces refitted today.
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10th

2

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 3

13:15 Wincanton

Another Crick

11st 13lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Noel Williams

Finished with a good rattle to win at Warwick (2m4f, good) in May; successful here too but his best days are probably behind him and some of his younger rivals have more appealing profiles.

10/1

1st

2

1st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Warwick

Another Crick

11st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Noel Williams

prominent, pushed along 13th, ridden approaching last, led run-in, ran on well

11/4

Form: 51332- D

Last run: 304 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Scored at Catterick (1m7f, good to soft) in December 2021 and remained in good form in early 2022; current mark is workable and this C&D suits but he has fitness to prove after a ten-month absence (has had wind surgery).
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3rd

1

18th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

14:25 Southwell

Out On The Tear

12st 0lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Sam Allwood

Four wins divided between hurdles and fences; has raced mostly at about 2m but seemed to stay Sedgefield's extended 2m3f (soft) when runner-up three weeks ago; drops into a Class 5 here and must have a chance.

3/1

2nd

3

26th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 65y

Class 4

14:10 Sedgefield

Out On The Tear

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Todd

T: Sam Allwood

10yo whose wins have come over shorter and he wasn't at his best at Doncaster last month; however, prior to that he made an encouraging reappearance at Huntingdon and has dropped to a tempting mark; not discounted.

5/1

Form: 38-FPP

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
The form of last winter's handicap hurdle win at Lingfield (2m3f, heavy) reads well but he has failed to complete all three chases this season and it takes a leap of faith to support him here.
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5th

3

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:50 Lingfield

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Would have been beaten by Saint Segal at Ascot (2m1f, good) in November but for that rival's final-fence fall (came third); however, he'd won at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) just eight days earlier and was back on the scoresheet at Ascot (2m3f, good) latest; progressive and could be in the mix.

5/1

1st

4

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 2f 175y

Class 2

13:50 Ascot

Triple Trade

11st 1lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Has improved on 2m4f and 2m2f chase wins in April with sterling efforts this autumn, winning at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft) and close up under a penalty (same mark today) in an even better race here four weeks ago; having a longer break this time can suit and he still has potential.

5/2

3rd

7

25th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:15 Ascot

Triple Trade

10st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Comes here in a productive vein of form, with last four races resulting in form figures of 1121, latest at Cheltenham (2m, good to soft; led close home) eight days ago; improving chaser who has clear possibilities despite carrying a 5lb penalty.

7/1

Form: 3315P6 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Five-time chase winner, most recently off 1lb lower at Worcester (2m, good) last summer; ended last year with two disappointing runs, though, and today's ground is likely to be slower than he prefers.
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3

13th Feb 2023

Good

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

14:00 Plumpton

Peterborough

11st 11lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Five chase wins, the latest off 1lb lower at Worcester (2m, good) last summer; ended last year with two very laboured efforts but combination of better ground and ease in grade may enable him to get more competitive here; cheekpieces (left off last time) are back on.

12/1

6th

8

20th Dec 2022

Good To Soft

1m 7f 212y

Class 2

14:50 Ludlow

Peterborough

10st 5lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Didn't lead as usual when ultimately pulled up at Kempton last month; did win his previous chase start at Worcester in August (2m, good) off 4lb lower but just three ran that day and, with competition for the lead seemingly assured, he'll do well to win this.

25/1

Form: 22-134 D

Last run: 62 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Dug deep to win off 3lb lower at Hexham (1m7f, good to soft) last spring but wasn't in same form on either appearance in the autumn and returns from two-month break with a bit to prove.
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0

2

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Fulgurix

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Lacks a recent run but he ran well back from a break last March and always looked like getting there when a narrow Sedgefield winner the following month (2m5f, soft); still relatively unexposed in handicap chases beyond 2m and may have some more to come.

3/1

1st

3

14th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 5f 28y

Class 4

14:45 Sedgefield

Fulgurix

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

Record of 1-9 over fences but his win was off only 1lb lower at Hexham (1m7f, good to soft) last spring and he wasn't beaten far at Wetherby last month after another break; still unexposed at this sort of trip and has claims if he can build on that last run.

9/2

3rd

4

21st Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 4

14:50 Wetherby

Fulgurix

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dr Richard Newland

Failed to threaten last autumn on his last two runs but he returns from a break with his stable in fine form and last spring's performances put him firmly in picture; he's one to consider.

4/1

Form: /3P4-6

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles in France (2m1f, heavy) and bettered disappointing British debut when respectable fourth at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) last March; didn't get home after racing too freely on seasonal/chase debut at Southwell (2m4f, good) in November but significant positives can be drawn from that performance and she may benefit from today's drop back in trip.
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10

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 0f 8y

Class 4

13:50 Hereford

Piccadilly Lilly

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Alan King

Lightly raced mare; won over hurdles in France; not exactly solid on her British form but this drop back to 2m looks a plus on second chase start; may improve.

10/1

6th

5

29th Nov 2022

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

12:25 Southwell

Piccadilly Lilly

11st 8lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Hurdle winner in France in 2020; pulled up on British/handicap debut in February but her fourth at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft; first-time hood) was more encouraging and she's another 4lb lower for today's seasonal/chase debut; hood left off this time; could have a say.

10/1

Verdict

Midnight Midge has done pretty well for his new stable since the autumn but he was flattered by his proximity when second here 12 days ago and would appeal more on good ground. Preference is for MONGOL EMPEROR, who is unexposed over fences and comes here after two promising runs. Piccadilly Lilly weakened rather tamely on her chasing debut in the autumn but might be seen to better effect over this shorter trip and is second choice.[Chris Wilson]