July 31 / 15.55 Newton Abbot

15.55

Good

John Bond 80th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5527.68
  • 2m 4f 216y
  • Class 4
  • 8 runners
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John Bond 80th Birthday Celebration Handicap Chase

Runners: 8 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

25/1 (Won)

  • Win: £21.00
  • Place: £4.50

Form: 2FP-76

Last run: 15 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Made good start to his chasing career last year but has disappointed in last three runs, most recently when well beaten at Stratford (2m6f, good) 15 days ago; mark continues to fall but he's now 1-10 over fences and has plenty to prove.
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1st

1

26th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 5

13:50 Ludlow

Dans Chosen

12st 0lb

J: Mr Callum Pritchard

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Out of form for much of 2023 but also won at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in July and September; not disgraced when third at Exeter on latest start; has to be considered.

3/1

3rd

2

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 3f 48y

Class 5

16:35 Exeter

Dans Chosen

12st 0lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Very in and out but has won two of his last three starts, both of them at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good); beat only two other finishers latterly but only 1lb higher for this and will go close if continuing the good work.

4/1

1st

4

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:43 Newton Abbot

Dans Chosen

10st 12lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

led, ridden and headed 2 out, rallied and led again inside final 110yds, kept on

7/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 44-742

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Won off 5lb higher at Worcester (2m, good) last August but he hasn't really threatened since and was beaten 12l when runner-up at Southwell (2m4f, good) last time; overall record now stands at 26 and he needs to find more.
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4th

6

25th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:05 Warwick

Glajou

11st 6lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, headway 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, kept on run-in

7/2

1st

4

12th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

14:25 Worcester

Glajou

11st 8lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Often runs well but finds it difficult to win and this far seems to stretch him to the limit.

9/2

3rd

4

22nd Aug 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

16:00 Newton Abbot

Glajou

11st 2lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Neil Mulholland

Often runs well, as he did when second to Dan's Chosen over C&D latest, but finds it difficult to win and record now stands at 2-27; others preferred for win purposes.

5/1

100/30

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 4/75-1 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 8yo who returned from a break with a front-running win in a Perth handicap (2m4f, good; 15-8 favourite) 25 days ago; this is a deeper race but he's only 2lb higher than last time and is open to more progress over fences; interesting contender.
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0

18

27th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

16:30 Cheltenham

Enemenemynemo

11st 2lb

J: Miss Izzie Marshall

T: D J Jeffreys

Jumped well and never headed at Perth (2m4f, good) in July and returned to that level when reeled in late on at Huntingdon (2m4f); not sure the winner of that race was particularly well handicapped and there are stamina doubts over this far.

16/1

2nd

3

17th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

16:25 Huntingdon

Enemenemynemo

11st 7lb

J: Kielan Woods

T: D J Jeffreys

raced in second, pushed along after 3 out, good jump and led 2 out

100/30

Form: -04333 CD

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Still has very good strike-rate over fences (8-29) but he's regressed since last summer and was a well-held third of five behind Lermoos Legend at Worcester last time; won't mind what the weather does but others appeal more.
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0

4

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 3f 48y

Class 3

14:50 Exeter

Kauto The King

11st 3lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Not the easiest to predict but it was career win number nine when returning from wind surgery with a narrow success over Romanor at Newton Abbot (2m, good; fine over this far); Worcester was underwhelming, for all that he was a shade out of the weights.

6/1

5th

7

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Worcester

Kauto The King

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

led, headed before 4 out, weakened before 2 out

7/1

1st

4

2nd Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 75y

Class 2

16:52 Newton Abbot

Kauto The King

10st 2lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Eight-time winner over fences but has regressed since last summer and weakened into fourth after making the running here (2m5f, good) at end of July; will be fine over today's shorter trip but is 4lb out of the weights and needs recent wind op to have made a difference.

12/1

5/1

Form: 16P-22 C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Two wins over hurdles including at this track; had wind surgery in January and he's returned from a break with two runner-up efforts over fences this summer; both of those were in small-field events but he seemed to throw it away when idling in the closing stages at Hexham (2m4f, good) last time; on same mark here and he should have more to offer in this sphere.
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1st

2

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

13:40 Exeter

Glengeever

11st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Lund

Went chasing in May, starting with two seconds in small fields and that was up with his best form; not so good since (chase score is now 0-6) and he's not proved himself over this far, with a remote third when he returned to hurdling on latest start; reverts to usual cheekpieces after three goes in blinkers; clear second best on form.

7/2

3rd

5

25th Sep 2023

Good

2m 5f 0y

Class 4

15:40 Warwick

Glengeever

11st 1lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Ben Lund

0-6 over fences this season; ran quite well when third of five off today's mark at Stratford (2m6f, good) this month and switches back to hurdling on a good mark but others have more convincing profiles.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 336-32 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Four-time chase winner who returned to this sphere with a creditable second of five over C&D (good) last month; that was behind a progressive subsequent winner and he's respected on this drop back in grade.
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6th

4

12th Oct 2023

Good To Firm

2m 2f 111y

Class 4

17:10 Exeter

Fat Sam

11st 6lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: Chris Down

Four-time chase winner on good ground and runner-up in that discipline three starts back; below par last time but that was after a fall and his final run over hurdles (in May) was positive.

7/1

5th

1

13th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:35 Uttoxeter

Fat Sam

12st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Five-time chase winner on good ground; gave good account when second to next-time-out winner at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in June and is still on a good mark, but fell when last in action and the recent rain will not aid his cause.

9/4

0

1

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:55 Newton Abbot

Fat Sam

12st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

took keen hold, midfield, fell 8th

9/2

Form: -52231

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Six-time chase winner who got back on the scoresheet at Worcester (2m7f, good) three weeks ago, despite jumping badly right throughout; up 4lb but this drop back in trip is no problem and new headgear could add focus on this drop back in grade; shortlisted.
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3rd

6

6th Oct 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 2

14:55 Fontwell

Lermoos Legend

10st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

towards rear, jumped right 3rd

4/1

3rd

4

28th Aug 2023

Soft

2m 5f 34y

Class 3

14:20 Cartmel

Lermoos Legend

11st 1lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Peter Bowen

Step up to 2m7f saw him back to winning ways at Worcester two starts ago but flopped at Newton Abbot latest; blinkers tried there quickly discarded in favour of usual cheekpieces; two wins here and soft ground no problem but not so reliable now (well beaten in this race 12 months ago).

11/2

Form: 1-1213 D BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
5yo who has won three times over fences since April, including an easy win at Southwell (2m4f) last month; was disappointing at Stratford last time but he still looks on a workable mark and has claims if he can get back in the groove; his wins have come on good/good to soft.
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5th

5

10th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 4

15:10 Huntingdon

Line Of Descent

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Three-time chase winner since the spring (2m1f-2m4f); gave good account when second of four behind all-the-way winner at Plumpton (2m1f, good) last month and a recent 1lb drop helps; ought to be on the premises.

5/1

2nd

4

24th Sep 2023

Good

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

16:20 Plumpton

Line Of Descent

11st 7lb

J: James Bowen

T: Warren Greatrex

Successful three times (2m1f-2m4f) this year; did not jump perfectly last time and eventually unseated rider; quite interesting on return from 55-day break, having won in April after the same layoff.

7/1

0

6

31st Jul 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 4

15:55 Newton Abbot

Line Of Descent

11st 6lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Warren Greatrex

held up in rear, not fluent 6th, not fluent 10th, mistake and unseated 4 out

11/2

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £123.10
Straight Forecast £180.81
Tricast £964.32
Trifecta £1283.90

Selections

Daily Mail:

Enemenemynemo

SPOTLIGHT:

Fat Sam

TOPSPEED:

Line Of Descent

The Times:

Glengeever

POSTDATA:

Glajou

Telegraph:

Lermoos Legend

WEST COUNTRY:

Kauto The King

LAMBOURN:

Line Of Descent

D Express:

Enemenemynemo

Daily Mirror:

Enemenemynemo

The Star:

Enemenemynemo

Daily Record:

Enemenemynemo

RP RATINGS:

Fat Sam

The Guardian:

Fat Sam

The Sun:

Fat Sam