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15.35

Soft

Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2053.2
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 6
  • 8 runners
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Willoughby De Broke Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 21P5-P

Last run: 271 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
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11th

4

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cousin Pascal

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Won this in 2021 and bang there until two out in repeat bid last year (not helped by blunder five out); two wins this season but gives impression he's not as good as he was; still expected to be up there for a long way.

25/1

2nd

1

28th Feb 2023

Good To Firm

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:00 Leicester

Cousin Pascal

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

His second in C&D novice hunter chase two years ago was the start of something big as he went on to win the Foxhunters' at Aintree; was only fifth in that race last year but had useful form at the start of 2022; unraced on good to firm; looks the one to beat after recent spreadeagling point win.

1/3

1

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:10 Hereford

Cousin Pascal

12st 6lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Raced in points this winter, winning at Chaddesley Corbett then disappointing favourite at Larkhill; useful hunter chaser on his day, notably winning the 2021 Foxhunters' at Aintree; close second in this race last year and again looks one of the main contenders.

12/1

Abandoned

Form: 05-00P

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

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6

11th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 207y

Class 3

15:20 Uttoxeter

Mitchouka

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Fiona Kehoe

Smart hurdler/chaser in Ireland and he ran okay in last season's cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival; it's been a poor 12 months otherwise and pulling up in a recent hunter chase makes him very opposable back over hurdles.

50/1

2

9th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Mitchouka

12st 6lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: M Kehoe

Smart hurdler/chaser in Ireland, but although he didn't run badly in the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival last March, 2022 was a bit of a washout and he fell heavily on final appearance; bit to prove.

6/1

Form: U/21-5 D

Last run: 271 days

W: 12st 2lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 137

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5th

5

8th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 5

15:30 Taunton

Shantou Flyer

12st 6lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: S Loxton

raced in second, pressed leader from 3rd

9/4

1st

2

2nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 3

18:05 Stratford

Shantou Flyer

11st 13lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: S Loxton

A teenager now but was excellent third at Cheltenham Festival (3m2f, soft) in March and won by 18l in lesser company at Exeter (3m, good to soft) the following month; might ideally prefer a stiffer stamina test than this but, nevertheless, he's a major player.

11/4

2nd

2

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Shantou Flyer

12st 4lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: S Loxton

prominent, ridden after 3 out, soon went second, kept on but no match for winner

6/4

Abandoned

Form: F4/69-

Last run: 295 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

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2nd

8

30th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 6

16:45 Warwick

Zee Man

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: F A Hutsby

took keen hold, prominent, led after 4 out, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakening when mistake last

6/1

3

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Zee Man

12st 2lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: F A Hutsby

led

40/1

3rd

7

6th Mar 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

14:25 Southwell

Zee Man

12st 2lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: F A Hutsby

prominent, badly hampered 1st, in touch with leaders before 3rd, prominent from 6th

66/1

Form: /PP-PP

Last run: 53 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 137

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2nd

1

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 5

15:50 Wetherby

Bennys King

12st 6lb

J: Miss Heidi Palin

T: Dan Skelton

Won two hunter chases early last year (2m5f/3m) before fine second in the Foxhunters' at Aintree; returned to form when third in hunter chase at Taunton (2m5f, soft) last month and he's a leading contender today.

9/2

Form: /P634-

Last run: 284 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

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5th

5

5th May 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:35 Cheltenham

Encounter A Giant

12st 1lb

J: Mr Henry Crow

T: Tom Britten

Quite a useful chaser for Alastair Ralph; has won his last two points but he was tailed off behind Premier Magic in December and looks up against it.

12/1

Form: 5127-P

Last run: 270 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

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3rd

7

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

12:40 Ludlow

Gaboriot

10st 11lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Perhaps took some time to acclimatise after arriving from France but he's looked good the last twice, especially last time at Doncaster when easing clear over 3m on good ground; that came at a cost (now 9lb higher) but he's a strong traveller who jumps well and remains open to further progress.

2/1

1st

3

17th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

15:20 Doncaster

Gaboriot

11st 12lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Ex-French 7yo who opened his British account at Kempton (3m, good; off 3lb lower) last month, proving suited by the return to handicap level (raced in hunter chases otherwise for current yard); respected in this similar event.

9/4

1st

7

22nd Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:40 Kempton

Gaboriot

11st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

raced in second

11/2

Form: 35-323

Last run: 196 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 90

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1st

4

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Time Leader

12st 6lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

Close behind Bennys King in the Foxhunters' at Aintree (2m5f, good to soft) and two good wins ended the campaign; started the season with a cakewalk at Badbury Rings and he may have found soft ground against him when pulled up in November; bang there on best form.

2/1

1st

2

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Time Leader

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: J J O’Shea

Career-best when fifth in the Aintree Foxhunters (2m5f, good to soft) and has since landed the odds in a modest novice hunter at Kelso (2m5f, good to soft); all chase wins over an extended 2m6f or less, although has won over 3m pointing; one with a chance.

5/4

Verdict

The ex-French Gaboriot needs a market watch and if Bennys King has anything left to offer, he’d better show it quickly. COUSIN PASCAL can throw in the occasional modest effort but he’s taken to beat Shantou Flyer.[Jonathan Neesom]