April 22 / 15.00 Ayr

15.00

Good To Soft

Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25978.5
  • 2m 4f 110y
  • Class 1
  • 7 runners
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Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £9.40
  • Place: £3.60

Form: 13422P BF

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Favourite for the Plate at Cheltenham last month but ran no sort of race in first-time cheekpieces (now removed); comes into the reckoning on his second of five in Grade 2 Pendil at Kempton (2m4f, good) the time before; serious contender if bouncing back to form.
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0

3

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Datsalrightgino

11st 8lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Delivered with a well-timed challenge to win major 3m2f handicap at Newbury (good to soft) eight weeks ago, proving suited by the new trip and taking chase record to 3-10; generally progressive and is unexposed beyond 2m4f; possibilities.

11/2

1st

11

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Datsalrightgino

10st 7lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Jamie Snowden

Unraced beyond an extended 2m4f and this is a tough race in which to test his stamina; however, he was strong at the finish when winning a Grade 2 novice at Ayr (2m4f, good) in April and may well have staying potential; might have needed his reappearance in the Old Roan and is not ruled out.

16/1

5/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: -11336 C

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Started brightly with two wins over fences and highly tried since, beaten nearly 4l by Balco Coastal in the Scilly Isles at Sandown then never a serious threat behind The Real Whacker at the Cheltenham Festival; today's assignment is easier and he's very much in the mix.
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7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Thunder Rock

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Went back up in trip at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) last month and won that Listed chase in decisive fashion; has also won on soft; this 8yo is unexposed over staying trips and could have more to offer, but others have far more substance to their form and he looks vulnerable in this Grade 1.

25/1

7

11th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:55 Aintree

Thunder Rock

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Went back up in trip at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) last month and won that Listed chase in decisive fashion; has also won on soft; this 8yo is unexposed over staying trips and could have more to offer, but others have far more substance to their form and he looks vulnerable in this Grade 1.

25/1

1st

2

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Thunder Rock

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

held up in rear, pushed along and headway after 3 out, went fourth before 2 out, switched right and went second before last, led last, kept on well run-in, readily

9/2

Form: -23235 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
0-5 over fences but he's a smart novice, seeming to excel himself when a never-dangerous fifth of seven in Grade 1 at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) five weeks ago; finished in front of Balco Coastal that day and has to be considered but the latter has stronger form otherwise.
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3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Unexpected Party

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Delicate in younger days but he had some useful form in Graded chases last season and started this one with a Chepstow win (2m3f) in October; laid fallow through midwinter but he dropped down the weights and gave a near-copybook display back over 2m in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (soft) where he raced prominently and rarely conceded ground at the fences before going on to beat progressive rivals; up 8lb but unexposed at 2m.

6/1

3

11th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 7f 176y

Class 1

16:40 Aintree

Unexpected Party

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Delicate in younger days but he had some useful form in Graded chases last season and started this one with a Chepstow win (2m3f) in October; laid fallow through midwinter but he dropped down the weights and gave a near-copybook display back over 2m in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham (soft) where he raced prominently and rarely conceded ground at the fences before going on to beat progressive rivals; up 8lb but unexposed at 2m.

6/1

1st

11

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Unexpected Party

10st 10lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Smart efforts in defeat over fences last season and came good in Chepstow Listed race (extended 2m3f, soft) on reappearance; has found life tough in strong handicaps and Graded company since but he has been cut some slack by the handicapper as a result.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1111P1 D

Last run: 168 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Made hay in good-ground novices in 2022, winning on his last five completed starts and taking the Grade 2 Rising Stars at Wincanton (2m4f) when last seen in November; he's impossible to discount but a near six-month absence may have checked his momentum and he'll need to be better than ever to defy a penalty.
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1st

1

30th Jun 2024

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Hang In There

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Seven-time chase winner; creditable second of 12 in Grade 2 handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) in April and one of two to pull well clear of the others when going close in Perth Gold Cup (3m, good to firm) this month; attempts new trip from career-high mark but still respected in current form.

11/2

2nd

1

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:42 Perth

Hang In There

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

travelled strongly, held up in rear, not fluent 1st, not fluent 9th, headway before 4 out, went second before 3 out

6/1

2nd

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Hang In There

11st 12lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Conditions will be borderline as he's ideally suited by good/faster ground; two wins at about 2m4f last summer took his strike-rate over fences to 7-11 but a combination of a career-high mark and good to soft ground contributed to his defeat in the Old Roan at Aintree when last seen in October (under Joe Anderson); others would appear to have more going for them.

20/1

Form: 3-5127 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Progressive over fences until coming up short in Grade 1 at Cheltenham in March, finishing two places behind Unexpected Party; had previously chased home high-class Gerri Colombe in the Grade 1 Scilly Isles at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) and a repeat of that form would make him the one to beat; usually races up with the pace; may well get back on track.
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2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 1

15:00 Ayr

Balco Coastal

11st 2lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent, led after 2nd, headed 8th, led again 10th, joined 4 out, weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

2/1

7th

2

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Balco Coastal

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

prominent

10/1

2nd

1

4th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

14:20 Sandown

Balco Coastal

11st 7lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

jumped left on occasions, led, disputed lead after 6th, prominent from 9th

7/2

Form: 0-6121 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Has quickly made into a better chaser than hurdler, notching his second win over fences in handicap at Haydock (2m4f, soft; made all) in March; may have more in the tank but he faces a higher calibre of rival today if turning out again after his handicap win here yesterday.
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10th

7

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Richmond Lake

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Landed four-timer with easy win in desperate conditions on Mildmay course here (2m4f, heavy) in December, and he's just 1lb higher today; however, he hasn't hit the same heights since and needs to get back to his best.

25/1

10th

7

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Richmond Lake

11st 2lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Landed four-timer with easy win in desperate conditions on Mildmay course here (2m4f, heavy) in December, and he's just 1lb higher today; however, he hasn't hit the same heights since and needs to get back to his best.

25/1

1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

disputed lead with winner, not fluent 4 out, pushed along 2 out, no extra when lost third before last, weakened and fell last

3/1

Form: B-F212 D BF

Last run: 58 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Won Grade 2 Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival two seasons ago; has not hit the same heights in three chases, including when beating the only other finisher in 2m4f Naas mares' race in January; needs to up her game but she comes here fresh, handles all types of ground and would be a big player if belatedly translating the pick of her hurdles form to fences.
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4th

5

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

15:42 Punchestown

Telmesomethinggirl

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Right back to her best when putting in a game effort to finish runner-up to Lossiemouth in the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham, with the other three rivals in this contest in behind; return to quicker ground is fine but hard to see how she turns the form around with Lossiemouth given how easily she won that contest.

5/1

4th

5

4th May 2024

Yielding

2m 4f 118y

15:42 Punchestown

Telmesomethinggirl

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Right back to her best when putting in a game effort to finish runner-up to Lossiemouth in the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham, with the other three rivals in this contest in behind; return to quicker ground is fine but hard to see how she turns the form around with Lossiemouth given how easily she won that contest.

5/1

2nd

9

12th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Telmesomethinggirl

11st 5lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

in touch with leaders

14/1

Non-runners

Richmond Lake

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £29.80
Straight Forecast £28.09
Trifecta £164.60

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Balco Coastal

POSTDATA:

Datsalrightgino

Telegraph:

Thunder Rock

Daily Record:

Hang In There

RP Ratings:

Balco Coastal

TOPSPEED:

Balco Coastal

LAMBOURN:

Balco Coastal

The Times:

Balco Coastal

The Guardian:

Balco Coastal

D Express:

Balco Coastal

The Sun:

Balco Coastal

The Star:

Balco Coastal

Daily Mirror:

Datsalrightgino

Daily Mail:

Thunder Rock