August 24 / 19.20 Fontwell

19.20

Good

Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 519 Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4858.52
  • 2m 5f 135y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 519 Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.70

Form: /15-52 BF

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Tiring last-flight leap on heavy ground likely cost him a second Uttoxeter hurdles win latest (2m7f); 3lb re-raise not ideal and leaving it a bit late to switch to fences, though presence of useful staying chase scorers Ardaghey and Nuvelli among dam's siblings is encouraging.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

14:00 Fontwell

Tango Echo Charlie

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

held up in rear, weakened gradually from 3 out

25/1

5th

5

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

14:00 Fontwell

Tango Echo Charlie

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

held up in rear, weakened gradually from 3 out

25/1

0

3

8th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Warwick

Tango Echo Charlie

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland

The only one of these with chasing experience, winning on his debut over fences at Fontwell in August; something seemingly amiss when pulled up at Southwell last month; vulnerable to unexposed types.

10/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 321P23 D BF

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Certainly risks attached, given his recent tendencies to lack fluency, whip round at the start, or both; surely good enough to win off his current mark if getting everything right, however, with this drop back from last time's 3m (much extended by rail movements) no bad thing; chance.
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3rd

4

24th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

19:30 Hereford

Hardy Boy

11st 3lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Just 1-11 over fences but scores good marks for consistency; has fitness to prove after 141-day break but ran well on both previous visits here and will be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination; must be considered.

2/1

3rd

4

24th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

19:30 Hereford

Hardy Boy

11st 3lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Just 1-11 over fences but scores good marks for consistency; has fitness to prove after 141-day break but ran well on both previous visits here and will be suited by today's trip-and-ground combination; must be considered.

2/1

Form: 42-134 D

Last run: 64 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Two Perth 2m4f wins (good) since arriving in Britain, latterly off only 1lb lower in May; conspicuously poor effort last time likeliest due to a third quick run back, and he's had a useful two months off since.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

6

23rd May 2024

Good

2m 3f 34y

Class 4

15:28 Market Rasen

Friary Rock

11st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

All wins on good/good to soft (2m-2m5f); won at Musselburgh in November (2m); pulled up on soft ground in January but posted a better effort back on a more suitable surface when third to a 20l winner here (2m5f, good) this month after a four-month break; should be all the sharper for that and he's back on a good mark; each-way claims.

7/1

5th

6

23rd May 2024

Good

2m 3f 34y

Class 4

15:28 Market Rasen

Friary Rock

11st 2lb

J: John Kington

T: L J Morgan

All wins on good/good to soft (2m-2m5f); won at Musselburgh in November (2m); pulled up on soft ground in January but posted a better effort back on a more suitable surface when third to a 20l winner here (2m5f, good) this month after a four-month break; should be all the sharper for that and he's back on a good mark; each-way claims.

7/1

3rd

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 5

14:40 Market Rasen

Friary Rock

12st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: L J Morgan

All wins on good/good to soft; won at Musselburgh in November (2m, good to soft; 3lb lower) and softer conditions were against him last time; stays this far and hard to rule out.

4/1

6/1

Form: -43152 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Too busily campaigned to have many secrets left but more good runs than bad since Easter, going in at Worcester in June (2m7f, good); placed on all three sub-3m starts here, and reasonable place claims once more.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 2f 57y

Class 5

15:20 Taunton

Dindin

12st 0lb

J: Gearoid Harney

T: David Pipe

Not the easiest to predict (to put it mildly) but had one of his good days when runner-up over 2m7f here last month (under Gearoid Harney); whether he'll repeat it is another matter and stamina for this far isn't entirely copperbottomed.

13/2

Form: 15-353 D

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Now back down to the mark of April's Stratford success (2m4f, heavy); exactly three years since he was last able to win after a break of fewer than 50 days, however, so this 30-day turnround rates a negative.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

4th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

14:05 Bangor-on-Dee

Joly Maker

11st 6lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

took keen hold, midfield, headway 9th, outpaced 3 out, kept on from 2 out, no match for first two

8/1

4th

5

9th Sep 2023

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:50 Stratford

Joly Maker

11st 7lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

held up in last, went fourth after 4th, disputing third after 2 out, kept on until no extra from last

7/1

5th

5

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

19:20 Fontwell

Joly Maker

11st 4lb

J: Max Kendrick

T: Jonjo O’Neill

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders

14/1

Form: 6P-225 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Threw it away close home at Hexham two starts back (2m4f, good) but plainly capable of a chase success off this sort of mark; do need to forgive a well below-par effort at Newton Abbot since (hurdles winner there).
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

18th Jun 2024

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:35 Stratford

Glengeever

10st 13lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Ben Lund

Sole chase success came in a match in October; had wind surgery afterwards and he stopped quickly at Southwell after a lengthy break; others safer.

10/1

7

14th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:00 Southwell

Glengeever

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Lund

travelled strongly, midfield

12/1

7

14th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 4

15:00 Southwell

Glengeever

11st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Lund

travelled strongly, midfield

12/1

Form: 47-132 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Has held form since June's winning stable debut over hurdles (2m4f, good); near-2l Worcester second to a prolific scorer on just a second start over fences last time can be built on, albeit he's up from 0-105 class.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5

26th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:50 Fontwell

Sermando

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

Has mainly run well off higher marks since winning at Fakenham (2m4f, good) last summer and his record suggested he would have needed last month's run after 224 days off, but it would still have been preferable had he shown more.

12/1

5

26th May 2024

Good

2m 5f 164y

Class 4

15:50 Fontwell

Sermando

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Alexandra Dunn

always behind, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out

12/1

5

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Sermando

11st 12lb

J: Sgt Nick Oliver

T: Alexandra Dunn

Has mostly run well since joining this yard, with his only blip two runs ago over fences; wasn't far away off this mark at Fontwell (2m3f, good) when last seen in September and hard to rule out.

13/2

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £18.30
Straight Forecast £16.46
Trifecta £60.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Hardy Boy

RP RATINGS:

Friary Rock

The Times:

Sermando

TOPSPEED:

Dindin

POSTDATA:

Hardy Boy

Telegraph:

Hardy Boy

The Guardian:

Hardy Boy

Daily Mail:

Hardy Boy

The Sun:

Hardy Boy

The Star:

Hardy Boy

D Express:

Friary Rock

Daily Mirror:

Sermando

Daily Record:

Dindin