April 22 / 15.35 Ayr

15.35

Good To Soft

Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £112540
  • 3m 7f 176y
  • Class 1
  • 23 runners
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Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 23 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 668731

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Never-nearer second in this race last year; surged back near his best form when back up in trip eight weeks ago for the Eider at Newcastle (4m1f, good to soft; acts on good) and although he made it look very hard work for a long way, including with his jumping, he emerged in front on the run-in; back up 8lb but still 3lb lower than he was 12 months ago; a bit more fluency than last time would be preferable and cheekpieces (tried once, ran well) return; there's no doubting his stamina or that he's well handicapped.
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5th

4

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 3

15:40 Kempton

Kittys Light

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Christian Williams

Completed a notable hat-trick this February/April (3m4f-4m1f, good/good to soft) in the Eider, the Scottish National and the bet365 Gold Cup; hasn't shone over hurdles this term or in top 3m2f handicap chase at Newbury latest (back in headgear, which is now discarded); best watched for now.

33/1

13th

13

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Kittys Light

10st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Christian Williams

held up in rear

16/1

7th

5

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 2

15:00 Kempton

Kittys Light

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

Ended last season with remarkable hat-trick of wins in major staying handicap chases; never really looked dangerous when keeping on from the rear for modest fourth over hurdles at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) last month, though, and needs that run to have brought him on.

14/1

25/1

  • Place: £5.30

Form: 13216F

Last run: 8 days

W: 10st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Cheekpieces last three starts, winning a valuable handicap at Doncaster (3m, good; from Cap Du Nord) on first occasion; reportedly bled when below form there next time but he looked to be in the process of running well at Aintree (2m5f) eight days ago when badly hampered and falling four out; this sort of trip is very new territory but he impressed in that win.
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1

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Coopers Cross

11st 6lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

held up in rear, pushed along briefly and reminder after 9th

66/1

0

11

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Coopers Cross

10st 11lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Arrived here in much better form 12 months ago and in first-time cheekpieces he got the job done by a length at the expense of Cap Du Nord; later finished second in the Scottish Grand National when 2lb higher; no signs of any of that form this season but perhaps another change of headgear can work the oracle.

14/1

0

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Coopers Cross

11st 7lb

J: Sam Coltherd

T: Stuart Coltherd

Heavy ground may excuse his poor efforts this term; creditable second in this race last year (soft; off 5lb lower) before winning a major 3m contest at Doncaster and finishing second in the 4m Scottish National; has the ability to take a serious hand.

16/1

33/1

  • Place: £7.40

Form: -10F95

Last run: 33 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Career best when winning at Galway (2m6f) in October in the mud; best since when fair fifth at Navan (near 3m, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces on latest start, which was also a first run for ages with his tongue tied; plugged on pretty well that day but 4m is quite a step in the dark and good ground would be something new away from his early bumpers.
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0

29

27th Dec 2023

Yielding

3m 0f 100y

15:00 Leopardstown

Flash De Touzaine

10st 6lb

J: P J O’Hanlon

T: Liz Doyle

never better than midfield, weakened from 3 out (usual 4 out), pulled up approaching last

33/1

0

5

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 4f 0y

15:15 Cork

Flash De Touzaine

10st 10lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liz Doyle

prominent, not fluent 1st, weakened before 3 out, no chance when mistake and unseated 2 out

8/1

3rd

14

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Flash De Touzaine

10st 4lb

J: Richard Deegan

T: Liz Doyle

Career best when winning at Galway (2m6f) in October in the mud; best since when fair fifth at Navan (near 3m, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces on latest start, which was also a first run for ages with his tongue tied; plugged on pretty well that day but 4m is quite a step in the dark and good ground would be something new away from his early bumpers.

33/1

20/1

  • Place: £4.10

Form: 6-3U68

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
This season's efforts have failed to live up to initial chasing promise; faded over 3m5f at Warwick in January, on heavy ground but that was his only test at a marathon trip; tongue tied when remote eighth in a hot 3m1f race at Cheltenham last month, failing to jump well; unseated at the first on sole go in cheekpieces, which now return for this recovery mission.
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1st

1

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Threeunderthrufive

12st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

disputed lead, not fluent 1st

4/1

2nd

2

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Threeunderthrufive

10st 13lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Tough campaigner with an excellent strike-rate; showed himself better than ever when 3l second of 11 in the Badger Beer at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) on his reappearance five weeks ago, pulling clear with a progressive rival; a 3lb rise looks fully justified; commands major respect.

5/1

2nd

4

11th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 1

14:25 Wincanton

Threeunderthrufive

11st 3lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Smart novice when winning a couple of Grade 2s at 3m; last season never really got off the ground but he salvaged something when fourth in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr (4m, good; refitted cheekpieces); softer ground here will be in his favour and he remains capable of better after wind surgery.

100/30

Form: 113-P1 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Twice won easily at Musselburgh (3m) last winter for Sophie Leech; absent 267 days before making his debut for new yard in the Edinburgh National back at Musselburgh (near 4m again good to soft) in February and won it in clearcut style; 8lb higher today, though, including 3lb out of the handicap.
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8

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 7f 76y

Class 2

14:15 Musselburgh

Magna Sam

10st 13lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Alastair Ralph

in touch with leaders on outer, midfield 7th

6/1

Form: 423212 D BF

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Chasing this term; took a five-runner handicap at Wetherby (4m, good) by 5l and stayed on very well when close second of eight at Haydock (3m4f, soft) later in March; up another 3lb; trainer and jockey won the big one at Aintree last Saturday and have a good chance with this progressive, strong-staying 7yo one week on.
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6th

17

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Your Own Story

10st 2lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Chasing this term; took a five-runner handicap at Wetherby (4m, good) by 5l and stayed on very well when close second of eight at Haydock (3m4f, soft) later in March; up another 3lb; trainer and jockey won the big one at Aintree last Saturday and have a good chance with this progressive, strong-staying 7yo one week on.

8/1

Form: 113222 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row last autumn and has continued in good form, runner-up to Elvis Mail when upped to 3m2f at Kelso (soft) on latest outing; 7lb out of the handicap today, however, and it's unclear whether the new trip can deliver big improvement.
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11

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Half Shot

10st 5lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Iain Jardine

Took form to new level when beating subsequent Edinburgh National winner Inis Oirr by 7l at Musselburgh (2m7f, soft) in November and is only 4lb higher today, but wasn't in quite the same nick on either subsequent start at Musselburgh and, on balance, others look stronger here.

14/1

4th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 138y

Class 3

16:00 Musselburgh

Half Shot

12st 0lb

J: Conor O’Farrell

T: Iain Jardine

Posted career-best performance when scoring by 7l over C&D (soft) in November; not quite in same form when well-held third here (2m4f, soft) on New Year's Day, though, and might remain vulnerable off a mark this high.

7/1

3rd

7

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

14:20 Musselburgh

Half Shot

11st 3lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Iain Jardine

Proved suited by the return to this venue (2m7f, soft) last time, scoring by 7l and taking Musselburgh form figures to 1321; creditable third in this contest 12 months ago and looks likely to go well again, for all that he's now on a career-high mark.

5/1

Form: 12-701 C

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Nearly won both his chase starts here (autumn 2020); easily best of his three runs this season came in a four-runner Listed race at Kelso (2m7f, good to soft) seven weeks ago when he looked a lost cause three out (including after mistakes five and four out) but snatched a win in the final strides; back up 4lb today; had already proved himself at 3m2f on good last March but he races a bit freely, which may catch him out.
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1st

2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Empire Steel

11st 10lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

made virtually all, going best but faced challenges 2 out, soon shaken up, ridden briefly when good jump last, kept on well run-in, won going away

13/8

2nd

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 1

13:35 Wetherby

Empire Steel

11st 2lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Won the Premier Chase (2m7f Listed) at Kelso last term; ran respectably over 3m2f there two months ago, while shaping as if this drop back in trip will suit; going well and held every chance when falling four out in this contest in 2021 (soft); interesting off just 2lb higher back here.

11/4

Form: 31296P

Last run: 37 days

W: 10st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Well on top at Cheltenham (3m1f, good; 4lb higher today) last October and very good second at Wincanton (3m1f, good to firm) in November; soft ground presumably to blame for heavy defeats on last two starts, so better could again be forthcoming from him today.
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6th

3

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Lord Accord

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Neil Mulholland

Won a valuable chase at Cheltenham (3m1f, good) in October 2022 and next time was runner-up here to Frodon in the Badger Beer; he is back on a favourable mark but this season has yet to get off the ground (chasing the last twice).

9/1

5th

4

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

Lord Accord

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Neil Mulholland

Disappointing at Cheltenham (3m1f) two months ago in a race that he'd won in 2022; well handicapped if back on song but needs the weather to be kind; soft/heavy ground would be a big negative.

8/1

Form: 350219 BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Fifth in the big 3m5f handicap at Sandown (good) in April 2021 but others stayed on more strongly; second to Cooper's Cross at Doncaster in January and went one better at Ascot next time, while his Kempton run one week later almost certainly came too soon; still looks on a competitive mark.
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9th

12

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Cap Du Nord

10st 2lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Christian Williams

Ran in this race for the last three years, producing form figures of 519 (disappointing favourite in 2023); recent form suggests he's unlikely to repeat the 2022 success; 8lb out of weights.

14/1

11th

18

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Cap Du Nord

10st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

1lb out of the weights; placed in the last three renewals of this race, last year going down by only a length to Cooper's Cross off a 3lb higher mark; didn't arrive here then in the best of form so no surprise to see him leave his recent efforts behind and he has been well backed ante-post; respected.

7/1

6th

12

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 2

12:30 Newbury

Cap Du Nord

10st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: Christian Williams

towards rear, not fluent 1st, outpaced when jumped left 3 out

12/1

Form: 453669

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Third in the 3m3f Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen (good to soft) on Boxing Day suggested he can be a thorough stayer but he's not fired in the same way in his three starts since; cheekpieces (tried once last term, ran poorly) return; 8lb out of the handicap.
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11th

23

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Small Present

10st 2lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sue Smith

Third in the 3m3f Lincolnshire National at Market Rasen (good to soft) on Boxing Day suggested he can be a thorough stayer but he's not fired in the same way in his three starts since; cheekpieces (tried once last term, ran poorly) return; 8lb out of the handicap.

50/1

5

21st Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 70y

Class 3

16:45 Ayr

Small Present

11st 10lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Sue Smith

9th

10

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Small Present

11st 7lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Sue Smith

Thorough stayer whose best form this season came when third over 3m3f at Market Rasen on Boxing Day; hammered a distance in his two subsequent starts and looks vulnerable.

10/1

Form: 151-6P C

Last run: 84 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo; his only defeat as a novice last term came in a Grade 1 and he had a fine piece of form in his 3m win at this meeting, looking sure to stay further; had wind and back surgery before this season and underperformed both starts since, admittedly in a tough Grade 2 last time when it's possible that Cheltenham and/or soft ground didn't suit him; headgear today.
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0

4

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Dusart

10st 13lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

raced wide, towards rear, not fluent 1st

20/1

1

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Dusart

12st 0lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

Lightly raced 8yo; his only defeat as a novice last term came in a Grade 1 and he had a fine piece of form in his 3m win at this meeting, looking sure to stay further; had wind and back surgery before this season and underperformed both starts since, admittedly in a tough Grade 2 last time when it's possible that Cheltenham and/or soft ground didn't suit him; headgear today.

16/1

5

28th Jan 2023

Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Dusart

11st 4lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

8yo who's had just seven races; about 14l fifth in Grade 1 novice here (3m, soft; 20-1) last March, with Ahoy Senor well ahead in second, but won his other three races last term; had wind and back surgery before this season but underperformed when favourite for handicap hurdle here on return; best days could still be in front of him but he has a fair bit to prove at the moment.

14/1

OUR TIP

Form: -41113 BF

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Won on good last term, all starts since on softer; kept looking capable of better during his hat-trick this winter; travelled well and bang there from three out in 3m1f handicap at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last month and he stayed on well to the line too, still outgunned however by two rivals headed by last week's National winner Corach Rambler; 5lb rise surely underestimates what he is capable of but this is a big step up in trip.
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5th

6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Monbeg Genius

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

in touch with leaders on inner, nudged along 11th, going okay 13th

7/4

3rd

12

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Monbeg Genius

10st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

towards rear, jumped right and hampered rival 1st

13/2

Form: 1633U1 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Probably okay on good, usually seen on softer; good record here; can throw in the odd mistake and was slow to warm up behind Coopers Cross at Doncaster four starts back; unseated at the first over hurdles in March but bounced straight back with a dominant performance over fences at Kelso (3m2f, soft) four weeks ago, striding clear on the run-in under Bruce Lynn and that was his stiffest test of stamina before today; up 5lb but considered.
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3rd

4

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 96y

Class 1

15:25 Kelso

Elvis Mail

11st 2lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders on outer, mistake 4th, awkward jump 5th

11/2

7th

5

16th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elvis Mail

10st 9lb

J: Bruce Lynn

T: N W Alexander

Thoroughly likeable 9yo who has improved in 2023 since stepping up in distance, patiently ridden as usual when making a winning reappearance at Kelso (3m2f, soft) in October; impossible to discount but all eight of his wins have come in Scotland and he now faces his sternest task to date off a career-high mark.

11/1

Form: 3123P1

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Scored over 2m5f last September and 2m4f in December, but she also stayed on well over 3m1f at Cheltenham (good) in between and took her form to a new level with 3m4f win in the 13-runner Ulster National at Downpatrick (soft) three weeks ago; handicap mark has risen too but she may well have more to offer over long distances.
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5th

4

4th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Malina Girl

11st 11lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Most progressive staying chaser whose best run came when winning valuable 3m4f Cheltenham premier handicap in November on soft; fell at same venue subsequently but encouraging enough Exeter second last month; trip on the short side for hurdles return but 31lb lower hurdles mark can't be sniffed at with added bonus of rider's claim.

6/4

2nd

2

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 1

16:05 Exeter

Malina Girl

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won the Ulster National (3m4f, soft) last April and ran away with a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) in November; also travelling strongly when she fell three out at Cheltenham in December; the problem is her performance in the Classic Chase at Warwick (topweight but favourite) four weeks ago when she made a shortlived effort before four out, before tailing off; big shout if she bounces back.

15/8

7th

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Malina Girl

12st 0lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won the Ulster National at Downpatrick (3m4f, soft) last April and ran away with a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham (3m3f, soft) in November; raised 11lb to today's mark when back to Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago but was travelling strongly when she fell three out; this trip will suit and it's not hard to think that this mark will also prove manageable; big shout.

9/2

Form: P-3PU2

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
1-11 over fences and sometimes makes mistakes but it wasn't his fault when he unseated two out at Doncaster on penultimate start; he was working his way into place contention at the time (3m) and went down by a neck there on latest start (3m2f, good); back up 4lb but he's shaping more and more like an out-and-out stayer and this is his first chance to prove it.
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6

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Undersupervision

10st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Won this race in 2022 and lost out only by a neck when second in it last year; left disappointing seasonal debut behind when placed in big field at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) in November and can be forgiven his non-completion in gruelling race the following month; given 12-week break to recover from that and is likely to be primed for another big run in this contest.

6/1

0

11

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Undersupervision

10st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2lb out of the handicap and he's inconsistent; however, he returned to form with a good third of 16 at Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) three weeks ago and his trainer knows what it takes in this race, having won it a record six times; no surprise if this 7yo is in the mix on his Aintree debut.

11/1

3rd

6

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Undersupervision

11st 7lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Placed in two valuable handicaps last season, including close second off today's mark at Doncaster (3m2f, good), but was pulled up in Scottish National in April and also disappointed over C&D on recent reappearance.

20/1

Form: 6-U215

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Second and first in two 3m2f races at Uttoxeter (good/good to soft) last summer and that's the furthest he's been; jumping badly to his left didn't help when next seen at Ascot three weeks ago and he may have needed that run anyway; not entirely dismissed, for trainer who won this in 2018.
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0

5

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

18:00 Worcester

Ruthless Article

11st 1lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Curtis

Back pretty much at his best when second in the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter in early July; not so good when favourite there (again 3m2f on good) four weeks later, 13l behind Hell Red, and needs to revert to that better form.

9/1

4th

1

30th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:10 Uttoxeter

Ruthless Article

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Rebecca Curtis

prominent, mistake 6th, hit 11th, ridden when outpaced after 3 out (usual 4 out), not fluent 2 out, weakened last

11/8

2nd

7

2nd Jul 2023

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:12 Uttoxeter

Ruthless Article

11st 1lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Rebecca Curtis

Clear second in this contest last year then went one better (off this mark) in C&D event next time out; well-held fourth to Kinondo Kwetu at Aintree most recently but looks interesting returned to Uttoxeter.

9/1

Form: 2-2231

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Had wind surgery after last season and the one before that; hurdles win in March 2021 remains his best form but he took another step closer to it on latest start when always front rank in five-runner novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) to gain his first chase win, at the seventh attempt; should stay beyond that, so not totally ruled out with 4lb rise.
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7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Flash Collonges

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Belatedly came good over fences with Newbury win (2m7f, good) off 2lb lower a year ago but was well beaten on only appearance this season (at Ascot in December) and may need the ground to dry out here; others have more pressing claims.

20/1

10th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Flash Collonges

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Always front rank in novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) in March to gain first chase win at seventh attempt; should stay beyond that but fell before push came to shove in the Scottish National in April when last seen; something to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft; withdrawn on intended return last month; needs improvement on chase form.

10/1

Form: 11-112 BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo, with best days almost certainly still in front of him; raced very prominently to win novice handicaps at Chepstow (3m2f/3m) on first two starts over fences; it's just possible that soft ground was not ideal when second of three at Newbury four weeks ago but he needs to stay on a lot more strongly than he did that day.
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2nd

2

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Manothepeople

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won 2m7f/3m2f chases at Chepstow last season; just failed to get up on his reappearance at Exeter (3m, good) before unseating early at Ascot; never got involved at Doncaster last month but in a deep race and this isn't so demanding; fine on all ground.

6/1

8th

9

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Manothepeople

11st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Took well to chasing last season (two wins; good/good to soft) and reappeared with neck second at Exeter (3m, good); could continue to progress but early faller in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Ascot last time.

15/2

Form: P-3411 C

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Overcame a last-fence mistake to win at Wetherby (2m5f, good) and knuckled down gamely to add a three-finisher race there (3m, soft) later in March; this is only his fifth race over fences and it's hard to be adamant that he will stay but it's unlikely we've seen the best of him.
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6

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Famous Bridge

11st 4lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Won four of first seven chases, notably two over 3m1f in the mud here this winter; on second occasion he came from behind and got to the leader at the final fence in the Tommy Whittle (heavy) and it was good ground when he failed to show anything at Doncaster (3m) three weeks ago, not aided by a bad early mistake; this first attempt at a marathon trip could suit.

13/2

0

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Famous Bridge

11st 5lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Nicky Richards

Brought along steadily as is usually the cases with horses from this yard; made it 4-7 over fences with game success in Haydock's Tommy Whittle (3m1f, heavy) and still looks well handicapped off 4lb higher; won't mind this less taxing surface; heart is in the right place and that should count for plenty when the going gets tough.

13/2

Form: 0785P8

Last run: 41 days

W: 10st 2lb

9 yo Mare

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
2lb out of the handicap; third at Punchestown (good) one year ago showed she stays 3m7f, rallying well after bad interference three out; inconsistent and fair fifth in the Cork National in November was easily the best of her more recent efforts (tried first-time blinkers on latest) but that Punchestown display means she's not entirely ruled out.
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11th

7

25th Aug 2023

Good

3m 1f 0y

19:20 Kilbeggan

Waitnsee

11st 4lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: John Patrick Ryan

Dual chase winner, including a Cork Grade 3 in 2021; has won at this track over hurdles and was also 2nd in the Midlands National over C&D; poor when last seen over fences but a decent hurdles run here since; cheekpieces tried.

14/1

2nd

7

19th Jun 2023

Good

3m 0f 100y

18:13 Kilbeggan

Waitnsee

10st 13lb

J: Liam Quinlan

T: John Patrick Ryan

Course winner 11 months ago but lost her way since and pulled up or tailed off in last three starts; reverts to hurdles.

14/1

16

29th May 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

18:30 Ballinrobe

Waitnsee

10st 5lb

J: Mark McDonagh

T: John Patrick Ryan

Strong stayer but struggled with consistency and only effort of note since her last win (July 2022) was a fifth in November's Cork National; others preferred.

40/1

Form: 0PF765 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Won this race in 2021 but not remotely in the same form since; latest start was probably his best form this term but he had a remote view of Elvis Mail nevertheless and is 3lb out of the handicap today.
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20

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Mighty Thunder

10st 2lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Won this race in 2021 but not remotely in the same form since; latest start was probably his best form this term but he had a remote view of Elvis Mail nevertheless and is 3lb out of the handicap today.

16/1

5th

7

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 39y

Class 2

15:35 Kelso

Mighty Thunder

10st 8lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

midfield on outer, in touch with leaders 4th

12/1

6th

5

25th Feb 2023

Good To Soft

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

15:25 Newcastle

Mighty Thunder

11st 4lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

Career peak when winning the Scottish National in April 2021 off 12lb higher, rounding off an excellent season; nothing resembling that since, taking a step back in the right direction on latest start (ridden by claimer Patrick Wadge) but he needs a great deal better than that.

25/1

Form: 4-3133 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Virtually all her form is on softer than good; well-backed favourite when asserting in good style late on in the Borders National at Kelso (4m, soft) in December; made eyecatching late gains when third to Magna Sam at Musselburgh two months later and had a satisfactory run over hurdles four weeks ago; position 6lb out of the handicap makes her 14lb higher than at Kelso, so that's a stumbling block, but she's one to consider.
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8th

8

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

4m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:08 Newcastle

Flower Of Scotland

10st 8lb

J: Sean Quinlan

T: Sandy Thomson

Unraced on heavy in Britain; passed three on the run-in when third in Edinburgh National at Musselburgh (near 4m, good to soft; 2lb lower today) last February, restating her strength in stamina after 6l win in the Borders National at Kelso (extended 4m, soft) the time before; showed little 111 days ago on her only run this term, but she's a huge player if reverting to what she showed last season over 4m and her stable is in good form.

13/2

0

7

5th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 2f 34y

Class 3

15:40 Carlisle

Flower Of Scotland

11st 3lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sandy Thomson

Returns to action on a mark 10lb higher than when third in this (soft) on last season's reappearance, but she enjoyed a good campaign and her stamina is an asset at this stiff track; a possible if fully tuned up.

11/1

Non-runners

Monbeg Genius, Elvis Mail, Famous Bridge, Waitnsee, Flower Of Scotland

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £140.10
Straight Forecast £109.96
Tricast £3598.66
Trifecta £5373.40

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Your Own Story

RP Ratings:

Kitty's Light

WEST COUNTRY:

Monbeg Genius

LAMBOURN:

Dusart

TOPSPEED:

Cooper's Cross

POSTDATA:

Flash Collonges

D Express:

Flash De Touzaine

Telegraph:

Your Own Story

Daily Mirror:

Your Own Story

Daily Record:

Your Own Story

Daily Mail:

Monbeg Genius

The Sun:

Monbeg Genius

The Times:

Kitty's Light

The Guardian:

Kitty's Light

The Star:

Kitty's Light