February 25 / 14.25 Kempton

14.25

Good

Coral Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £34170
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 1
  • 5 runners
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Coral Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 67-122 C

Last run: 61 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Has returned better than ever this season, winning comfortably on his Sandown reappearance and has posted the same RPR of 148 in his subsequent defeats (also handicaps); has a bit to find on the figures with Boothill but not a lot and he ran well after his previous wind operation; stable seeking a 15th success in this race.
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6th

1

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:40 Newbury

Solo

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

jumped slightly right throughout, prominent, weakened after 2 out

5/1

2nd

1

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 8y

Class 2

13:15 Ascot

Solo

11st 10lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Best racing right-handed and career-high form in winning last season's Grade 2 Pendil Chase at Kempton (2m4f, good; fine on softer) in February before his only blip all campaign, at Sandown; unable to dominate as he likes when a rallying runner-up in Exeter's Haldon Gold Cup and every chance of getting some freedom up front this time; hard to resist on very favourable terms.

4/6

2/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: -21342

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Receiving 3lb off Boothill when pushing him to within a length at Newton Abbot in October; easy to make a case on that form and he's gone on to better things, notably when second-best to a class act in an always-strong Cheltenham 2m4f handicap on Trials Day; he's not always foot-perfect at his fences and can hit flat spots mid-race, but his ability is much respected.
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0

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Datsalrightgino

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Delivered with a well-timed challenge to win major 3m2f handicap at Newbury (good to soft) eight weeks ago, proving suited by the new trip and taking chase record to 3-10; generally progressive and is unexposed beyond 2m4f; possibilities.

11/2

1st

11

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Datsalrightgino

10st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Jamie Snowden

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and this is a tough race in which to test his stamina; however, he was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 2 novice at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and may well have staying potential; might have needed his reappearance in the Old Roan and is not ruled out.

16/1

Form: P11212 C BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Things have clicked in a big way over fences this season; beat the Betfair Hurdle winner in a 2m Grade 2 here over Christmas and that effort is flanked by respectable efforts behind top-notchers Jonbon and Tommy's Oscar (latterly on good ground); faces nothing of their calibre here and returning to 2m4f shouldn't be a problem; solid claims despite the penalty.
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4th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Boothill

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Kicked off campaign with two handicap wins at Ascot (2m1f, soft/good); however, he fell the next twice, most recently two out at Newbury where he had 9l to make up on Edwardstone; looks up against it today.

40/1

4th

1

27th Apr 2024

Good

1m 7f 99y

Class 1

15:00 Sandown

Boothill

11st 10lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Kicked off campaign with two handicap wins at Ascot (2m1f, soft/good); however, he fell the next twice, most recently two out at Newbury where he had 9l to make up on Edwardstone; looks up against it today.

40/1

Form: 04-113 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler but a much better chaser, raising her RPRs considerably in winning easily over C&D and then taking a competitive handicap for mares at Wincanton; latest Huntingdon defeat provided a reality check but that was a very useful Listed event; dangerous to dismiss; seems fine on all ground.
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4

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Tweed Skirt

11st 3lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Due to take up broodmare duties soon; has won on heavy, raced mainly on good/good to soft; scored readily over C&D on most recent chase start, taking record in Kempton handicaps to 2-2, and remains unexposed at 3m; interesting back here.

7/1

3rd

6

28th Jan 2024

Good

3m 0f 84y

Class 1

14:35 Doncaster

Tweed Skirt

11st 2lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Nicky Henderson

One of three runners for Nicky Henderson; Christmas success at Kempton (3m) took her chase record to 3-7; has a fighting chance at the weights, provided that form is transferred back to hurdles.

7/1

1st

6

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Tweed Skirt

11st 8lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, challenging 3 out, pushed along and led 2 out, quickened clear approaching last, eased final 110yds, readily

9/2

Form: 10-521 C

Last run: 15 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
His narrow verdict in the first-time cheekpieces over 2m2f here (handicap on good ground) 15 days ago tells only half the story as he looked booked for third when making a mess of two out; did well to win all things considered but this is considerably tougher; stays 2m4f.
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7

15th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 56y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Jay Jay Reilly

11st 6lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Campaigned mostly on good/good to soft; contrasting performances since switched back to hurdles from fences, winning major handicap at Kempton (2m5f) under Tristan Durrell then well held at Ascot; the penultimate piece of form gives him a chance.

20/1

12th

3

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 58y

Class 2

14:25 Ascot

Jay Jay Reilly

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Had been competing over fences prior to springing a 33-1 surprise in the Lanzarote at Kempton (2m5f, good to soft) in January, travelling well for a long way and sealing the issue with a good jump at the last; up 7lb but that's solid form and he's likely to be in the thick of things again.

12/1

1st

8

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

14:42 Kempton

Jay Jay Reilly

11st 3lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Successful over hurdles and fences at Kempton; however, hasn't raced in this sphere since a heavy defeat over C&D in March 2022; watching brief is advised.

33/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £12.10
Straight Forecast £10.62
Trifecta £19.90

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Datsalrightgino

SPOTLIGHT:

Boothill

RP Ratings:

Solo

LAMBOURN:

Tweed Skirt

The Times:

Datsalrightgino

The Guardian:

Datsalrightgino

Daily Mirror:

Datsalrightgino

Daily Record:

Datsalrightgino

Telegraph:

Solo

D Express:

Solo

The Star:

Solo

POSTDATA:

Boothill

WEST COUNTRY:

Boothill

Daily Mail:

Boothill

The Sun:

Boothill