April 22 / 16.00 Bangor-on-Dee

16.00

Good To Soft

Stella Artois Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6243.6
  • 2m 4f 72y
  • Class 4
  • 11 runners
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Stella Artois Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £1.70

Form: -1412U D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
2-3 over hurdles since returned to racing under rules in the autumn and ran big race in defeat on chasing debut at Carlisle (2m4f, good to soft) in February; suffered a mishap at Ascot last month but remains one to be interested in.
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0

5

19th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 3

14:40 Fakenham

Allo Allo

11st 3lb

J: Charlotte Jones

T: Stuart Edmunds

in touch with leaders

8/1

0

1

13th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 38y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Allo Allo

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

disputed lead, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last

100/30

0

3

9th Oct 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:45 Stratford

Allo Allo

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

pressed leader, prominent from 7th, dropped to last and struggling after 10th, lost touch 11th, soon pulled up

5/2

10/1

  • Place: £2.40

Form: 614183 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner on soft ground this season (2m3f/2m5f) and ran well for a long way when third of five on last month's chasing debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft); probably needs to find extra to overcome current mark, though.
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4th

1

14th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

16:32 Hereford

Zestful Hope

12st 0lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

pressed leader, lost ground after 3 out

3/1

2nd

6

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Zestful Hope

11st 11lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Charlie Longsdon

3-3 at Hereford (all 2m4f-2m6f hurdles) versus 0-16 elsewhere; bit better again latest and no ground issues, but others convince more.

33/1

5/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 323132 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Useful hurdler who gained hard-fought win over fences at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and ran at least as well when close second at Hexham (3m, heavy) last month; not sure to benefit from today's drop back in trip but still enters calculations.
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6th

2

19th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 210y

Class 4

15:00 Carlisle

Taste The Fear

11st 13lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Fair third at Hereford (2m5f, good) last month on second run of the season; his best efforts last term were over 3m on heavy going and surplus stamina will be no bad thing here given the stiff track and testing ground.

6/1

3rd

2

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Taste The Fear

11st 12lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

Superior strike-rate over hurdles than fences but seems to be as good in this discipline; however, he was beaten when refusing late on at Ludlow last month and couldn't blame the trip (3m1f) or ground (soft) for that.

10/1

Form: 4-2733

Last run: 46 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Safely held on last three appearances but now 10lb lower than when creditable second on seasonal debut at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) in December, and will appreciate today's ease in grade; dangerous to ignore.
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5th

1

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 171y

Class 4

13:55 Musselburgh

Heartbreak Kid

11st 13lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

prominent on inner

11/2

0

3

26th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 188y

Class 4

14:00 Sedgefield

Heartbreak Kid

11st 11lb

J: William Maggs

T: Donald McCain

led, 1 length ahead when ran out 4th

3/1

Form: -36P22 CD

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Triple chase winner last season (2m3f/2m4f); out of form over fences this term but steadied the ship with two novice hurdle seconds in cheekpieces last month (2m/2m5f) and now reverts to chasing on a good mark.
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3rd

2

10th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

16:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Yggdrasil

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

took keen hold, led, mistake 4 out, headed 2 out, soon lost position, weakened run-in

4/1

5th

4

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

16:00 Bangor-on-Dee

Yggdrasil

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

led narrowly or disputed lead, hit 7th, headed when not fluent 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

7/1

2

15th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

13:55 Chepstow

Yggdrasil

11st 13lb

J: David Noonan

T: Jane Williams

Triple chase winner last season (2m3f/2m4f); out of form over fences this term and not yet proven over this far but steadied the ship with two novice hurdle seconds in cheekpieces last month (2m/2m5f) and now reverts to chasing on a good mark.

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: 1UP4U1 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Beat course specialist in small field at Doncaster (2m3f, good) in February and is now 5-12 over fences; doesn't look harshly treated by subsequent 3lb rise and won't mind if there's rain about; visor refitted; respected.
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6th

2

22nd Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

16:00 Bangor-on-Dee

On Springs

11st 13lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

jumped left on occasions, prominent, lost position 9th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off

5/1

1st

4

22nd Feb 2023

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 3

13:50 Doncaster

On Springs

11st 7lb

J: Luca Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Won four times over fences with headgear last summer, all on good ground; hasn't been at his best since and runs without headgear; others appeal more.

7/2

3

9th Feb 2023

Good

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

16:00 Doncaster

On Springs

11st 12lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Pauling

Not entirely disgraced here (2m3f) two weeks ago; dropped 3lb but may still be in the assessor's grip to some extent, having shot up the weights during a productive spell in summer.

15/2

Form: 2F5627 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 11st 10lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Very well treated on old form and seemed to have turned a corner when running well in defeat at Market Rasen (2m3f, soft) last month but was lacklustre at Carlisle a fortnight ago and now has it all to prove again.
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6th

4

23rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 0f 178y

Class 4

17:08 Sedgefield

The King Of May

11st 4lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

held up in last, slow jump 4th, outpaced and lost touch 3 out

12/1

6th

12

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

14:42 Wetherby

The King Of May

10st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

10yo who isn't the force of old and was tailed off at Catterick (3m1f, soft) last month; however, he was in fair form previously over 2m4f/2m3f and has dropped to a dangerous mark; not ruled out now back down in trip.

20/1

8th

2

11th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 71y

Class 4

15:05 Catterick

The King Of May

11st 10lb

J: Nathan Moscrop

T: Brian Ellison

held up in last

7/1

Form: -3PP47 D

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Dual Grade 1 hurdle winner in his prime but this season's chasing form for Peter Bowen has generally been very disappointing; revival needed.
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7

5th Oct 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:05 Warwick

Reserve Tank

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Kickstarted this season with success at Market Rasen (2m3f) in June but he's twice failed to build on it, beating only one at Newton Abbot (2m5f) last month; others are much preferred.

10/1

3rd

3

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:43 Newton Abbot

Reserve Tank

11st 5lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Peter Bowen

raced in second, not fluent 6th, lost second but prominent 7th, weakened before 2 out

13/2

5th

4

29th Aug 2023

Good

2m 7f 0y

Class 4

17:15 Worcester

Reserve Tank

11st 8lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Formerly very smart and belatedly returned to winning ways in a first-time visor (with tongue-tie returning) over 2m3f at Market Rasen (good); only 3lb higher but that was three months ago and trainer turns to more new headgear now; no certainty to be as good again but strong contender if he is.

2/1

Form: 322458 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Placed on first three starts for Jedd O'Keeffe (once over C&D); suffered dip in form after the turn of the year but showed some zest in first-time visor (retained) at Carlisle last month until a jumping error cooked his goose; drops in grade today and is too well handicapped to rule out.
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7th

6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 154y

Class 3

16:35 Wetherby

Ubetya

11st 2lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Runs off a mark 4lb lower than when winning over fences at Cartmel last May and has had jumping issues when struggling in chases on his last three starts, so this return to hurdling is worth a go; showed promise in this sphere early in career but there's a major doubt regarding his current form.

25/1

0

7

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Ubetya

11st 3lb

J: Craig Nichol

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Short-head winner off this mark at Cartmel (2m5f, good) last May; ran respectably on next start but backward steps on both since, on heavy ground last two occasions but he has plenty of form on that; none too solid.

14/1

0

2

13th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 25y

Class 3

15:05 Leicester

Ubetya

11st 4lb

J: Henry Brooke

T: Jedd O’Keeffe

Just held on to double chasing tally at Cartmel (2m5f, good) in May and also has winning form on heavy ground; ultimately well beaten when last of three finishers at Wetherby (2m3f, heavy) last month, after a break, but didn't run badly and the outing might have brought him on.

8/1

Form: 72P-UP

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced for her age and made pretty good start to chasing career when second at Wetherby (2m3f, good to soft) in January but three non-completions have followed since and it's hard to know what to expect from her here.
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0

1

15th Dec 2023

Heavy

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

12:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Lady Of The Night

12st 0lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

Faded rather tamely in home straight at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) last month, after a break, and is now 0-5 over fences; on a tempting mark now and should be fine on today's ground but needs a good boost from the first-time cheekpieces.

10/1

5th

3

21st Nov 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

12:35 Lingfield

Lady Of The Night

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

jumped right on occasions, in touch with leaders, jumped right 3rd

9/2

5th

2

9th May 2023

Good

2m 5f 192y

Class 4

15:35 Ffos Las

Lady Of The Night

11st 10lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Chasing experiment has been shelved after failing to complete the last three times (pulled up latest); return to hurdles may prove beneficial but there is a question mark over her current form.

14/1

Form: 2-2921

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 5lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Came good over fences at fourth attempt, drawing 12l clear at Sedgefield (2m3f, soft) last month; 6lb higher in a stronger race here but will be fine on the forecast faster ground.
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1st

1

10th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 4f 51y

Class 6

15:20 Wolverhampton (AW)

Blue Hawaii

9st 12lb

T: Tjade Collier

Has returned from a summer break in good form, gaining second win on the Flat this year when scoring over 1m6f here last week; 4lb penalty; sound chance in a modest event back at 1m4f.

9/4

1st

12

(2)

4th Dec 2023

Standard

1m 5f 219y

Class 6

18:30 Wolverhampton (AW)

Blue Hawaii

9st 3lb

J: Dale Swift

T: Tjade Collier

took keen hold, midfield

8/1

3rd

8

(7)

14th Nov 2023

Standard

1m 4f 98y

Class 6

12:30 Newcastle (AW)

Blue Hawaii

9st 5lb

J: Millie Wonnacott

T: Tjade Collier

Versatile mare who has yet to win on the AW but has won over hurdles/fences/a bumper and on turf Flat; sound run when runner-up to an easy winner over C&D last time (first three well clear); interesting contender.

7/1

Non-runners

Ubetya, Lady Of The Night

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £36.10
Straight Forecast £28.21
Tricast £156.43
Trifecta £215.40

Selections

POSTDATA:

On Springs

The Guardian:

Zestful Hope

RP Ratings:

Blue Hawaii

D Express:

Taste The Fear

The Times:

Ubetya

The Star:

Allo Allo

SPOTLIGHT:

Heartbreak Kid

The Sun:

Zestful Hope

TOPSPEED:

Blue Hawaii

Daily Record:

Taste The Fear

WEST COUNTRY:

On Springs

Telegraph:

On Springs

Daily Mirror:

On Springs

Daily Mail:

Ubetya