March 10 / 14.15 Leicester

14.15

Good

Weatherbys Retire A Military Animal #DATR Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7393.4
  • 1m 7f 201y
  • Class 3
  • 2 runners
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Weatherbys Retire A Military Animal #DATR Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 2 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: 6231-1 D

Last run: 113 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Free-going front-runner who has won a maiden hurdle and 2m novice handicap (on chase debut; good) the last twice, both at Wincanton; regarded as one who'll cope with slower ground in time but has something to prove around an undulating track following 30l+ defeats in two Exeter bumpers.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

14th Jun 2024

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

19:35 Market Rasen

Stormin Crossgales

11st 10lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Tom George

led

11/4

1st

5

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Stormin Crossgales

11st 5lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Tom George

Free-goer who is still to follow up 2022's Wincanton 1m7f wins (hurdle/chase); irregular heartbeat and soft ground excuse last two runs, but nowhere to hide here with trip, ground and mark all perfect.

16/1

1st

5

9th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 4

15:25 Huntingdon

Stormin Crossgales

11st 5lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Tom George

Free-goer who is still to follow up 2022's Wincanton 1m7f wins (hurdle/chase); irregular heartbeat and soft ground excuse last two runs, but nowhere to hide here with trip, ground and mark all perfect.

16/1

Form: 775121 CD

Last run: 10 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Content to take a lead in recording wins in two small-field C&D chases here this term; well treated under the penalty judged on the RPR of 122 he ran to on the latest of those successes, and handled cut when landing an Irish point two winters back; marginally preferred.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

4

14th May 2023

Good

1m 7f 169y

Class 4

14:35 Ludlow

Great HeartJac

11st 1lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Fair hurdler/chaser who was 2-5 over fences last season; not at best at Ayr last month but will be suited by today's trip/ground and has pretty good chance at the weights on this hurdling return; cheekpieces added.

11/4

4th

4

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Ayr

Great HeartJac

11st 2lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Two small-field wins at Leicester (2m, good to firm/good) from his first three chase starts and again ran well when second of four at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) 12 days ago; needs another step forward here but that's possible, especially if good ground prevails; tongue-tie goes on.

6/1

3

10th Apr 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

13:05 Huntingdon

Great HeartJac

11st 10lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Going great guns in 2m handicap chases, winning two of first three starts (on good to firm/good); failed to find much in one 2m4f handicap but, as an Irish point winner, he should stay this far over fences; ran well when runner-up at Market Rasen yesterday.

100/30

Verdict

Both runners are yet to record an RPR greater than 113 on officially slower than good, but GREAT HEART’JAC can boast an Irish pointing success on yielding to soft, which augurs well should rain and snow have got into the ground. Still on a good mark judged next to the RPR of his latest C&D chase win, he gets the nod over Stormin Crossgales, respected on his hat-trick bid but yet to prove as convincing away from the much flatter Wincanton in his admittedly briefer Rules career. [Jeremy Grayson]

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Stormin Crossgales

SPOTLIGHT:

Great Heart'jac

The Times:

Stormin Crossgales

Telegraph:

Stormin Crossgales

The Guardian:

Stormin Crossgales

Daily Mail:

Stormin Crossgales

Daily Mirror:

Stormin Crossgales

RP Ratings:

Great Heart'jac

POSTDATA:

Great Heart'jac

D Express:

Great Heart'jac

The Star:

Great Heart'jac

Daily Record:

Great Heart'jac