March 19 / 14.05 Chepstow

14.05

Soft

Cazoo Search Drive Smile Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6125.96
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Cazoo Search Drive Smile Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 232-31 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Opened his chase account with an easy success here (2m3f, good to soft; off 10lb lower) last month, having jumped well in reapplied cheekpieces (retained); consistent sort who has form at up to 3m2f; solid claims.
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7th

5

24th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:45 Chepstow

Skinflint

11st 4lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Henry Oliver

held up in rear, outpaced before 5 out

14/1

7th

6

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 2f 40y

Class 3

15:15 Taunton

Skinflint

10st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Henry Oliver

11yo who was in career-best form in refitted cheekpieces at the start of 2023, winning twice at Chepstow; remote fourth when bidding for the hat-trick there in April, though, and off since.

12/1

4th

6

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:55 Chepstow

Skinflint

11st 8lb

J: Harry Bannister

T: Henry Oliver

11yo who has been in career-best form in refitted cheekpieces this year, winning twice here (2m3f/2m7f); moves up in grade today but is pretty versatile regarding ground and must be considered in current mood.

3/1

10/1

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 431554 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Record of 1-5 since switched to chasing, the win gained at Taunton (2m7f, good) on the second attempt; ran creditably there last time but more is required to double his tally.
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3rd

6

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:50 Chepstow

Airtothethrone

11st 6lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Still to add to his sole Taunton success (2m7f) in 2022 but he posted a good second of four on the back of a wind op back there last month; enters calculations eased 1lb.

4/1

2nd

5

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:10 Taunton

Airtothethrone

11st 1lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Not badly handicapped and was still moving with some purpose when coming down three out at Lingfield two months ago (2m7f, good to soft); had wind surgery in the meantime; interesting.

6/4

9/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1P-3F3

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Point/bumper/hurdle winner; faller on chase debut and remote third last time, both at Exeter (3m); still has something to prove over rules fences.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Anglers Crag

11st 0lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Had wind surgery last August and is 3-3 for his new yard since; edged it in a fine duel over 3m2f at Carlisle on first occasion, followed by two wins at about 3m and he drew 11l clear from four out when a heavily backed favourite at Musselburgh on latest; all those were on good to soft but he did well on soft to heavy in Ireland early in career; up another 11lb and markedly in trip too, but he's a rising force and may well have more in the tank.

4/1

1st

7

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Anglers Crag

11st 1lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Sprinted well clear of the others with a well-handicapped rival at Market Rasen (3m, good to soft) last month and is now 2-2 for Brian Ellison; latest 4lb rise does not look excessive and he can complete the hat-trick.

11/4

1st

6

9th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

14:10 Market Rasen

Anglers Crag

10st 10lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Brian Ellison

Point/hurdles/bumper winner who got off the mark over fences on stable debut at Carlisle last time (3m2f, good to soft; first run after wind surgery); stiffer task off this 5lb higher mark and this is a very different track, but worth considering.

3/1

Form: 04-45P

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish 10yo who is still seeking first win over fences and has regressive results for new yard this season; others preferred.
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0

1

13th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

12:50 Exeter

Mormon

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Ended his time with Henry de Bromhead well out of form and there was no revival for new yard last term or on this season's reappearance after wind surgery; he is way down the weights, though, which gives him a chance on two bits of form last term.

25/1

7th

6

20th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

13:50 Exeter

Mormon

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Ex-Irish 10yo who is on a much-reduced mark; reappears having had wind surgery and he showed some spark in March, but it was a patchy campaign otherwise and others are more compelling.

33/1

6

11th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

15:15 Exeter

Mormon

11st 11lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Richard Mitford-Slade

Ex-Irish 10yo who is still seeking first win over fences but he stopped the rot with a respectable fourth at Chepstow (2m7f, soft) when the cheekpieces returned; whether he'll back that up remains to be seen, however.

20/1

Form: 4-1642 CD

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Has a modest strike-rate but his sole win came over C&D, on good ground (off 4lb lower) in November; respectable second at Wincanton last month; has form on soft/heavy and enters calculations back here.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

6

29th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Hereford

Faustinovick

11st 4lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Well weighted on plenty of form but has always been a frustrating sort, as reflected by his overall strike-rate (1-27); his two efforts this autumn don't suggest a second win is imminent.

7/1

7th

5

8th Nov 2023

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

12:55 Chepstow

Faustinovick

11st 4lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Joe Tizzard

prominent, overjumped 9th, outpaced and lost position 14th, weakened 3 out

10/1

Form: -P614P

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Has worn cheekpieces of late, including for Catterick win (chase debut) in December; form dipped badly last time; had wind surgery since and now goes in blinkers, so may bounce back if those factors help.
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Verdict Starting price

1

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Pilot Show

12st 0lb

J: Ben Bromley

T: Warren Greatrex

Versatile ground-wise; form dipped sharply the last twice, following a string of consistent efforts; clear second off this mark over C&D in November and has possibilities granted a rebound.

7/1

8

14th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Pilot Show

11st 1lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Warren Greatrex

3m1f winner on soft ground last winter on chase debut; runner-up on first three runs this season before a poor show at Warwick latest; player if bouncing back from that.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 25/222

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Only 1-22 over fences but is threatening to regain the winning thread having posted form figures of 222 (all over 3m at Ffos Las) for new yard since returning from lengthy absence; shortlisted.
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3rd

2

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:35 Ffos Las

Dentley De Mee

11st 13lb

J: Ned Fox

T: Venetia Williams

Absent since below-par run at Chepstow just over a year ago but was second three times over C&D last season, including short-head defeat on heavy ground; can go well fresh and resumes on good mark; must be considered.

3/1

7th

4

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:05 Chepstow

Dentley De Mee

11st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Only 1-22 over fences but is threatening to regain the winning thread having posted form figures of 222 (all over 3m at Ffos Las) for new yard since returning from lengthy absence; shortlisted.

3/1

2nd

3

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:08 Ffos Las

Dentley De Mee

11st 12lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Nothing like the force of old but returned from long absence with two close seconds over C&D for new stable this season (soft/heavy), and on both occasions there was a big gap back to the third; will be fine on today's forecast quicker ground; leading contender.

100/30

Form: P1-PP5

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Dual chase winner in France; yet to take off in Britain (three attempts) and is best watched unless the market suggests improvement is expected.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Haut Folin

11st 0lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Justified favouritism at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in November for sole British success; has failed to progress since and pulled up the last twice but is back down the weights; revival possible off current mark.

14/1

5th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Haut Folin

11st 0lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

Justified favouritism at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in November for sole British success; has failed to progress since and pulled up the last twice but is back down the weights; revival possible off current mark.

14/1

1

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Exeter

Haut Folin

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Pulled up at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy) recently and hard to be confident on the back of that; however, he's been in pretty good form otherwise this season, winning at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in November, and could bounce back.

10/1

Form: 4FP-86

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
0-4 over fences; comfortably held in two outings for new stable this term, latest with tongue-tie and cheekpieces fitted; needs to be helped by the switch to blinkers.
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3rd

9

17th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

14:15 Worcester

Oneupmanship

11st 2lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Anthony Honeyball

raced wide, in touch with leaders, headway and prominent 4th

5/1

4th

7

1st Apr 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

16:30 Uttoxeter

Oneupmanship

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

0-4 over fences; comfortably held in two runs for new stable this season but a revival is possible off current mark; blinkers replace the cheekpieces worn last time.

14/1

5

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:05 Chepstow

Oneupmanship

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

0-4 over fences; comfortably held in two outings for new stable this term, latest with tongue-tie and cheekpieces fitted; needs to be helped by the switch to blinkers.

8/1

Form: -12414 D BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Both wins in Class 5, including an easy success at Ffos Las (3m, soft) in January; looks potentially better than that grade but was only fourth (below par) when favourite for a Class 4 there last month.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

8

19th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:05 Chepstow

Bobmahley

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Tim Vaughan

Both wins in Class 5, including an easy success at Ffos Las (3m, soft) in January; looks potentially better than that grade but was only fourth (below par) when favourite for a Class 4 there last month.

7/1

4th

2

9th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:08 Ffos Las

Bobmahley

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Opened account on seasonal debut at Fakenham (3m, good) in October and took form to new level when winning pretty comfortably over C&D (soft) last month; commands respect.

11/4

1st

4

23rd Jan 2023

Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Bobmahley

11st 11lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Only a modest fourth on heavy ground at Uttoxeter last time but otherwise in great form this term, opening his account at Fakenham (3m, good) then solid second at Lingfield (2m7f, soft); could well bounce back.

5/1

Form: -36224

Last run: 2 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Good second at right-handed tracks (2m4f/2m5f) on first two chase attempts, despite jumping left; proved rather disappointing (well-held fourth) at left-handed Doncaster on Friday but may do better still.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

1

16th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 5f 28y

Class 5

14:00 Sedgefield

Striking Out

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Henry Oliver

Hurdles winner who has finished runner-up in three of his five completed starts over fences, including when beaten a neck at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) three weeks ago (clear of the third); 4lb rise not the end of the world, though he still has to prove himself on soft ground or worse.

5/4

Non-runners

Oneupmanship, Striking Out

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £32.30
Straight Forecast £28.15
Tricast £146.96
Trifecta £174.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Skinflint

TOPSPEED:

Airtothethrone

WEST COUNTRY:

Anglers Crag

RP Ratings:

Faustinovick

Daily Record:

Dentley De Mee

The Times:

Airtothethrone

D Express:

Anglers Crag

POSTDATA:

Faustinovick

Telegraph:

Skinflint

Daily Mirror:

Skinflint

The Sun:

Skinflint

The Star:

Skinflint