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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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

1

4th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 4

14:58 Hereford

Hardy Boy

12st 2lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Largely consistent over fences this season, pipped at Taunton (2m7f) on last two outings; sometimes wears cheekpieces and had a visor on latest start; more to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft.

7/2

2nd

6

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:05 Taunton

Hardy Boy

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Not entirely straightforward but has been largely consistent over fences this season, caught in only the final strides over C&D (good) a fortnight ago; visored first time (has run well in cheekpieces before); another prominent showing is on the cards.

7/2

2nd

4

30th Nov 2023

Good

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

13:25 Taunton

Hardy Boy

11st 7lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Not entirely straightforward but has been largely consistent over fences this season, and shaped as though today's move back up in trip would suit when a strong-finishing third at Doncaster (2m3f, good) a fortnight ago; high on the list.

5/1

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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0

4

5th Jan 2024

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

15:05 Musselburgh

Friary Rock

11st 10lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: L J Morgan

didn't jump well, in rear, mistake and reminder 2nd, struggling before 6th, tailed off 7th

11/4

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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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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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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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

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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3rd

5

10th Sep 2023

Good

2m 3f 49y

Class 3

15:38 Fontwell

Sermando

10st 10lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: Alexandra Dunn

Performed poorly in a chase here 17 days ago and needs to bounce back quickly from that but started off for Alexandra Dunn with three good runs, most recently when winning over hurdles on stable debut at Fakenham (2m4f, good) in June.

9/1

0

6

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 5f 135y

Class 4

19:20 Fontwell

Sermando

11st 3lb

J: David Noonan

T: Alexandra Dunn

in rear, not fluent 5th

4/1

2nd

2

27th Jul 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

14:20 Worcester

Sermando

11st 13lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Alexandra Dunn

Winning stable debut at Fakenham last month and fair effort here next time; both of those over hurdles and was pulled up in only chasing attempt, 13 months ago; soft ground fine but needs to prove he can do it over fences.

11/2

+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