March 19 / 13.50 Carlisle

13.50

Soft

Rockcliffe Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £7921.5
  • 1m 7f 207y
  • Class 3
  • 3 runners
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Rockcliffe Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 3 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00

Form: 751221 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 10st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Only his second win from 18 starts over fences when successful at Newcastle (2m, good to soft) but that was very easy; 8lb out of the weights here but rider's claim helps and he could give the favourite something to think about.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 190y

Class 3

16:00 Newcastle

Baron De Midleton

11st 12lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

11yo who has a patchy profile nowadays and was a disappointing favourite in a claimer at Leicester last time, but he was travelling well when making a bad mistake three out and won a handicap at Market Rasen earlier last month; not discounted.

7/1

4th

1

31st Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 113y

Class 4

13:50 Leicester

Baron De Midleton

12st 0lb

J: William Maggs

T: Brian Ellison

led, bad mistake 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon lost second, lost ground approaching last, no extra and lost third run-in

8/11

OUR TIP

Form: -12521 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict
Quality hurdler who is heading in the same direction over fences after comfortably accounting for the very smart Boothill in a Grade 2 at Doncaster (2m, good); fine on soft ground and disappointing should he not be up to defying top weight.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Two wins and a second from his three starts here, admittedly as a hurdler and over two years ago; a peak chase performance, such as his 2m1f Kelso win in October, would also see him bang there but he has a bit more to prove judged on his few appearances under rules over this sort of trip.

8/1

7th

1

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 128y

Class 2

14:40 Doncaster

Tommys Oscar

12st 0lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

He wasn't at his best last November on his last hurdle start but won this race in the 2021-22 campaign (good to soft) and scored off today's mark over fences at Kelso two starts ago; entitled to respect.

13/2

4th

2

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

14:00 Aintree

Tommys Oscar

11st 11lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Ann Hamilton

Very productive over hurdles and fences, mostly at about 2m; Kelso reappearance success (good to soft) took his chase form figures to 122121; return to 2m4f is the question mark.

11/2

Form: -74656 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 5lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
11lb out of the weights but John Dixon at least claims 7lb; however, this is a belated first run over fences and he hasn't been in great form over hurdles.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

6th Jul 2023

Good

2m 0f 47y

Class 4

15:48 Perth

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Snapped a long losing run when in front at Hexham last month (2m, good) and probably ran to the same level when third back there over 2m4f 19 days ago; exposed but in form and should run well back in a Class 4.

3/1

3rd

5

17th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 28y

Class 3

15:10 Hexham

Captain Zebo

11st 5lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

took keen hold, towards rear, rapid headway and went second after 2nd

13/2

1st

1

3rd Jun 2023

Good

2m 0f 48y

Class 4

14:20 Hexham

Captain Zebo

12st 0lb

J: Mr John Dixon

T: John Dixon

Without a win since 2020 and patently not the force of old but was seemingly aided by cheekpieces when posted two pretty good efforts here last month (2m/2m4f); can make his presence felt again.

5/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £6.40
Straight Forecast £6.33
Trifecta £4.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Tommy's Oscar

TOPSPEED:

Baron De Midleton

RP Ratings:

Tommy's Oscar

Telegraph:

Tommy's Oscar

D Express:

Tommy's Oscar

Daily Mirror:

Tommy's Oscar

The Sun:

Tommy's Oscar

The Star:

Tommy's Oscar

Daily Record:

Tommy's Oscar

POSTDATA:

Baron De Midleton

The Times:

Baron De Midleton