March 10 / 17.05 Leicester

17.05

Good

Yeomanry Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £2566.5
  • 1m 7f 201y
  • Class 5
  • 6 runners
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Yeomanry Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

OUR TIP

Form: P-PPU1 C

Last run: 10 days

W: 12st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Much his best jumping display of the past year when able to boss a small field here (2m7f, good) latest; likelier than most to cope with the shorter trip (many good wins at 2m4f and below).
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4th

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Espoir De Teillee

12st 4lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

Two soft-ground wins earlier in career but minor form on that surface now and unraced on heavy, while his front-running win over three rivals in this race last year came on good ground; can be involved if he does cope with the surface.

9/2

3rd

1

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

16:30 Newton Abbot

Espoir De Teillee

12st 8lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

jumped right throughout, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, not fluent 10th, dropped to last 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/7

1st

1

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

20:55 Kempton

Espoir De Teillee

12st 6lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

Useful in the past; opened his hunter chase account at Leicester (2m6f, good) in February and subsequent odds-on defeat is better than it looked on the day (winner franked the form next time); respected.

5/4

Form: 90-442 D

Last run: 222 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Winless since summer 2019 and hasn't been seeing out 2m4f in points for current yard; drop back in trip makes sense on that basis but others inspire greater confidence.
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13th

1

19th Aug 2023

Good

2m 2f 140y

Class 5

20:00 Market Rasen

Due Reward

12st 0lb

J: Miss Alice Stevens

T: L J Morgan

Two chase starts since landing a 2m4f point both blighted by a refusal to settle, so some risks attached; current hurdles mark pales next to the mid-130s RPRs he was capable of in Ireland up to mid-2021, however.

7/1

3rd

1

22nd Jul 2023

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

15:50 Market Rasen

Due Reward

11st 13lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

took keen hold, prominent, niggled along after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened from 2 out

6/1

Form: 0/2-

Last run: 322 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Relentless front-running style has netted six pointing wins in the past two years, slamming a next-time open winner by 60l at Revesby Park in the latest (good); the most recent sub-2m4f scorer here; occasional tendency to jump right less of a concern at a clockwise track; player.
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1st

6

5th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:50 Cheltenham

Fier Jaguen

11st 12lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Taken his point form to a new level this season; can jump to the right but he was only 11-2 when unseating at the seventh fence in the big hunter chase at Aintree's National meeting; expect a positive ride dropped to this trip and he's a big player.

5/6

12

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Fier Jaguen

12st 0lb

J: Mr Bradley Gibbs

T: Bradley Gibbs

Touched off at Chepstow a year ago in only previous hunter chase attempt but has taken his pointing form to new levels this season, with three devastating wins; habit of jumping right a concern but fascinating contender representing trainer-rider who landed the Cheltenham prize last month.

5/1

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
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8

5th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 5

16:50 Cheltenham

Josh The Plod

11st 12lb

J: Mr Charles Buckle

T: Rob Cundy

Flat-bred 9yo who has won three of his 20 points; these fences could test him on his belated debut over regulation fences.

25/1

Form: 234P-3

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Former mid-150s performer who fared well for a long way behind Secret Investor on recent return; a step up on that form is required but he should appreciate this course.
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7

17th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

17:00 Fakenham

Mister Whitaker

11st 12lb

J: Miss Gina Andrews

T: Donald McCain

always towards rear

3/1

3rd

4

10th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 5y

Class 4

13:20 Bangor-on-Dee

Mister Whitaker

11st 12lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Donald McCain

Cheltenham Festival winner over fences for Mick Channon; his last success was over hurdles (2m6f) in November 2021 and he found things tough back over fences early last year but his latest run was in the Topham at Aintree; returns from 308 days off but he was won when fresh in the past and should have a future in hunter chases; respected.

9/2

Form: /99-P6 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
More moderate runs than good since the second of two 3m handicap chase wins in 2019 and almost five years since his last 2m start.
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0

9

29th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:30 Hereford

Urbanist

11st 12lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R J Holmes

Sole point win last May but pulled up behind Time Leader in a Cartmel hunter chase later that month and in two points since.

100/1

8

31st May 2023

Good

3m 1f 107y

Class 5

20:20 Cartmel

Urbanist

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: R J Holmes

Easy winner of a five-runner point last time (3m, good) but has a much stiffer task here.

16/1

5th

15

5th May 2023

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:45 Cheltenham

Urbanist

11st 12lb

J: Miss Immy Robinson

T: R J Holmes

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway after 3rd, prominent 7th, ridden after 22nd, weakened after 3 out, tailed off

66/1

Non-runners

Josh The Plod

Verdict

Foot-perfect here last time, today’s drop in trip and likely rivalry for the lead could place Espoir De Teillee’s jumping back under some strain. He’s therefore taken on with FIER JAGUEN (nap), a remorseless front-runner whose occasional tendency to jump right ought to go less punished around this clockwise track. [Jeremy Grayson]

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fier Jaguen

RP Ratings:

Espoir De Teillee

D Express:

Mister Whitaker

TOPSPEED:

Due Reward

The Times:

Fier Jaguen

Telegraph:

Fier Jaguen

The Guardian:

Fier Jaguen

Daily Mail:

Fier Jaguen

The Sun:

Fier Jaguen

POSTDATA:

Espoir De Teillee

Daily Mirror:

Espoir De Teillee

Daily Record:

Espoir De Teillee

The Star:

Mister Whitaker