August 24 / 13.30 Stratford

13.30

Good

Walls & Ceilings International Ltd Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5096.16
  • 2m 0f 213y
  • Class 4
  • 4 runners
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Walls & Ceilings International Ltd Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly sunny

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15/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.50

Form: 24-123 CD BF

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won on stable debut over C&D (good) in May and second to well-handicapped winner at Southwell (2m, good) next time; good to soft ground may have been against him when below par at Newton Abbot last time and he could play a leading role now back on a better surface.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

2

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

13:30 Stratford

First Angel

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Won on stable debut over C&D (good) in May and second to well-handicapped winner at Southwell (2m, good) next time; good to soft ground may have been against him when below par at Newton Abbot last time and he could play a leading role now back on a better surface.

15/8

3rd

1

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:50 Newton Abbot

First Angel

12st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Martin Keighley

Returned to form to make winning stable debut at Stratford (2m1f, good) in May; no match for easy winner when second at Southwell last month and probably doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but is the one with least to prove here; seems best on good ground but handles good to soft.

5/4

4

4th Jul 2023

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

20:10 Stratford

First Angel

11st 12lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Martin Keighley

Won comfortably under a positive ride over 2m1f here (good) in May and was pestered throughout when a well-held second at Southwell; may have no margin for error off this mark (6lb above his win) and may need another easy lead.

7/1

Form: 35-424

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Expensive to follow and made it 0-7 over fences when well-beaten fourth at Bangor (2m1f, good) last time; however, prior to that she was a good second at Worcester (2m, good) and could be in the mix in a first-time visor.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:53 Ludlow

Trapista

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Lost her first two chases but now on a hat-trick after wins at Hereford (2m, soft; by 7l) and Warwick (2m4f, good; narrowly); has more on her plate here under a penalty but something has clicked.

3/1

1st

5

12th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

14:53 Ludlow

Trapista

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Lost her first two chases but now on a hat-trick after wins at Hereford (2m, soft; by 7l) and Warwick (2m4f, good; narrowly); has more on her plate here under a penalty but something has clicked.

3/1

1st

6

6th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Warwick

Trapista

11st 4lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

No win in his first 12 chase starts but he took advantage of reduced mark when scoring in good style at Taunton (2m, soft) last month; 8lb higher in different conditions here but he's versatile regarding trip and ground and remains well handicapped on his best form; respected.

11/4

Form: -32512 D

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Last month's win at Newton Abbot (2m, good to soft) was a first victory at the 24th attempt, and he was a well-beaten second of four at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) last time; however, he bumped into a progressive winner and could be involved today; also effective on good ground.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

0

3

24th Aug 2023

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

13:30 Stratford

Heronord

10st 9lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Last month's win at Newton Abbot (2m, good to soft) was a first victory at the 24th attempt, and he was a well-beaten second of four at Market Rasen (2m1f, good to soft) last time; however, he bumped into a progressive winner and could be involved today; also effective on good ground.

2/1

2nd

5

6th Aug 2023

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

14:45 Market Rasen

Heronord

10st 4lb

J: Conor Ring

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up over hurdles (2m, good) in June and back to form when winning over fences at Newton Abbot (2m, good to soft) three weeks ago; unproven on soft/heavy; that was a first victory at the 24th attempt but he had 4l to spare and remains well treated on past exploits.

4/1

1st

4

17th Jul 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 75y

Class 4

14:50 Newton Abbot

Heronord

10st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Runner-up over hurdles at Ffos Las (2m, good) last month and remains very well handicapped on some of last year's chasing form but weakened rather tamely here (over hurdles) three weeks ago and career strike-rate is now 0-23; all his best form was recorded on good/good to firm ground.

11/4

Form: 56-PP5 D

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 95

Form & Verdict
Lost his form for Nicky Henderson and soundly beaten fifth on stable debut at Worcester (2m, good) three weeks ago; that latest run wasn't devoid of promise and he could improve for it, but his claims aren't compelling.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5th

5

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

12:55 Cheltenham

Full Of Light

10st 5lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Rob Summers

Bumper/two-time hurdle winner who was a fair fourth over fences at Hereford latest, but he's miles out of the handicap here and hard to fancy.

100/1

4th

7

29th Nov 2023

Good

2m 0f 8y

Class 5

13:25 Hereford

Full Of Light

10st 12lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Rob Summers

Left Nicky Henderson after two poor chase runs in May; not disgraced on any of four subsequent chase/hurdle starts for Rob Summers and continues to slip down the weights but others appeal more all the same.

10/1

5th

5

4th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

14:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Full Of Light

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

took keen hold, midfield, some headway 3 out, no impression from 2 out

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £4.20
Straight Forecast £4.56
Trifecta £5.00

Selections

The Times:

Heronord

SPOTLIGHT:

First Angel

RP RATINGS:

Trapista

The Guardian:

Heronord

Daily Mirror:

Heronord

The Sun:

Heronord

Daily Record:

Heronord

TOPSPEED:

First Angel

Telegraph:

First Angel

Daily Mail:

First Angel

POSTDATA:

Trapista

D Express:

Trapista

The Star:

Trapista