March 10 / 15.25 Leicester

15.25

Good

Group Captain Keith Mossman RAF Association Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3696.7
  • 2m 4f 25y
  • Class 5
  • 7 runners
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Group Captain Keith Mossman RAF Association Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

Form: 63-2PP

Last run: 106 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 99

Form & Verdict
Well treated on peak 2m-2m5f hurdle form of a year ago; reduced mark owed to two chasing non-completions last autumn but this half-brother to Wayward Prince may yet come good as a chaser if cheekpieces inspire.
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0

6

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 25y

Class 5

13:35 Leicester

Blackcauseway

11st 3lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, bumped 2nd, headway 6th, weakened quickly and pulled up before 9th

33/1

Form: 932532

Last run: 16 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Losing run stands at 18 but has placed three times of late, twice at today's sort of trip; question of whether a 10lb swing (excluding claims) with Arcade Attraction for a 26l defeat at Fontwell last month is enough.
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1

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:55 Southwell

Pawpaw

12st 0lb

J: Nick Slatter

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins at 2m5f (good to soft) for David Bridgwater last spring; form has nosedived since last June, on good and testing ground, and hard to recommend despite today's surface likely to be more suitable.

33/1

0

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

15:20 Exeter

Pawpaw

11st 11lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Two chase wins (2m5f, good to soft) in the spring; disappointing in last three runs and was pulled up at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) on his return from break last month; visor is now reapplied but he needs a major turnaround.

16/1

0

8

20th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:00 Ludlow

Pawpaw

11st 9lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: D J Jeffreys

Won his first two starts in a visor but that aid is now left off after two heavy defeats, including his debut for this yard in July; bit risky.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: -606P1 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Positive tactics in first-time cheekpieces inspired Fontwell win latest (2m4f, good to soft; Pawpaw 26l behind); could crab the form with many fences omitted but did beat two subsequent winners (one next time out), and although back up 7lb is still on a historically workable mark.
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3rd

2

31st Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

18:00 Stratford

Arcade Attraction

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sophie Leech

disputed lead, not fluent and lost position 7th

9/4

1st

2

3rd Aug 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:50 Stratford

Arcade Attraction

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sophie Leech

Stable debut when making most over C&D last month to beat Atlantic Storm (pair well clear): up 7lb but handles softer ground and Brian Hughes again rides; strong claims if able to repeat the effort.

2/1

1st

3

16th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:35 Stratford

Arcade Attraction

11st 9lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Sophie Leech

Made all in first-time cheekpieces at Fontwell (2m3f, good to soft) for Evan Williams in February but was quickly back in the doldrums next time; sold for £6,5000 in May; no cheekpieces for today's stable debut; versatile regarding ground but not an easy horse to predict.

12/1

Form: 044UPP

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 91

Form & Verdict
Nearest miss came the first time the now returning cheekpieces went on; half-brother and dam are both chase winners but his own chasing debut lasted three fences; two failures to finish over hurdles since.
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4th

6

2nd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

16:00 Southwell

Release The Kraken

11st 7lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Martin Keighley

took keen hold, led

16/1

0

6

27th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 174y

Class 5

14:15 Ludlow

Release The Kraken

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Twice runner-up in staying handicap hurdles last year when with Nicky Richards; failed to complete in three runs for another yard but he's on a good mark if Martin Keighley can get him going again; market helpful.

12/1

Form: 563544 D

Last run: 4 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 84

Form & Verdict
Now rated 14lb below the lowest mark he's ever defied and all wins have come under the returning Nathan Moscrop; fair fourth upped to almost 2m6f at Wetherby four days ago (good) but likely a bit more needed again.
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6th

8

18th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 19y

Class 4

14:15 Newcastle

Relkadam

10st 2lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Tim Easterby

Conditions suit and although 2lb out of the handicap is on a good mark; hasn't been in top form this season, though fair run when fourth at Wetherby last time (2m5f, good).

9/1

4th

8

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 75y

Class 5

14:05 Wetherby

Relkadam

10st 7lb

J: Alan Doyle

T: Tim Easterby

He's dropped to a mark 15lb lower than when winning at Catterick (2m3f, good) last January and there have been some fair efforts this season; not ruled out but it's been a patchy campaign and others appeal more.

10/1

Form: P654-P

Last run: 10 days

W: 10st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 81

Form & Verdict
Point win for Phillippa Taylor came around another right-handed, undulating track in Edgcote (3m, good) but that was almost two years ago and just five starts since have included two struggles around here.
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5th

8

5th Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

15:23 Worcester

Guttural

10st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Phillippa Taylor

Posted a return to some form when third at Huntingdon in May and built on it with a C&D win last month, his first in 20 attempts under rules; up 5lb but may defy that now he has hit the target.

6/1

1st

9

15th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Worcester

Guttural

10st 5lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Phillippa Taylor

Long-standing maiden but he posted a creditable third of eight in 2m4f Huntingdon handicap 23 days ago; he needs to back it up now.

25/1

3rd

8

23rd May 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

16:00 Huntingdon

Guttural

10st 2lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Phillippa Taylor

Pulled up after lacklustre performances on final two starts last season (2m6f/3m3f) and now 0-11 over fences; 5lb out of the weights here; very difficult to enthuse over.

25/1

Form: PP-PPP D

Last run: 62 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Didn't appreciate being ridden in behind last time but not one to make too many excuses for having pulled up the last five times, including both chase starts; mixed results the last time cheekpieces were tried.
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8

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

15:50 Hereford

Kenyan Cowboy

10st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Neil King

Won over hurdles in 2021 but has badly lost his way since last winter; pulled up over hurdles in refitted cheekpieces at Chepstow yesterday.

33/1

13

23rd Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 100y

Class 5

15:45 Chepstow

Kenyan Cowboy

10st 2lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Neil King

led

33/1

Verdict

Each runner has something to take on trust, in the case of Fontwell scorer Arcade Attraction (second choice) the belief that the cheekpieces will continue to help him defy historically attractive marks. Yet to complete during a somewhat briefer chasing career to date, but similarly cut some slack by the assessor, BLACKCAUSEWAY is selected as an alternative, assuming an affirmative reaction to first-time cheekpieces is forthcoming. [Jeremy Grayson]

Selections

RP Ratings:

Arcade Attraction

The Times:

Pawpaw

Daily Mail:

Relkadam

SPOTLIGHT:

Blackcauseway

Telegraph:

Pawpaw

The Guardian:

Pawpaw

Daily Mirror:

Pawpaw

POSTDATA:

Arcade Attraction

The Star:

Arcade Attraction

Daily Record:

Arcade Attraction

D Express:

Relkadam