October 24 / 15.00 Exeter

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Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow Best Mate Chase Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £13202.5
  • 3m 0f 54y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Paul Ferguson’s Jumpers To Follow Best Mate Chase Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

8/1 (Won)

  • Win: £23.00
  • Place: £5.70

Form: 323151 C

Last run: 6 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Walked over last week at Wetherby; the ground was too soft the time before and he had previously opened his account over fences by 10l in a small field at Worcester (2m7f, good; 6lb lower); consistency is not his forte.
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1st

2

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Any News

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Walked over last week at Wetherby; the ground was too soft the time before and he had previously opened his account over fences by 10l in a small field at Worcester (2m7f, good; 6lb lower); consistency is not his forte.

8/1

1st

2

18th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

17:15 Wetherby

Any News

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Belatedly opened account over fences with 10l success at Worcester (2m7f, good) last month and remains well handicapped on older form; subsequent defeat on soft ground should not be viewed too harshly; sets his rival a good standard of chasing form.

Evs

4/1

  • Place: £2.60

Form: /112P- D

Last run: 185 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Record of 2-4 over fences and it was always a big ask for one so inexperienced in the Scottish National last time; could yet rate higher and needs considering.
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2nd

2

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Manothepeople

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won 2m7f/3m2f chases at Chepstow last season; just failed to get up on his reappearance at Exeter (3m, good) before unseating early at Ascot; never got involved at Doncaster last month but in a deep race and this isn't so demanding; fine on all ground.

6/1

8th

9

16th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 2

15:15 Doncaster

Manothepeople

11st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Took well to chasing last season (two wins; good/good to soft) and reappeared with neck second at Exeter (3m, good); could continue to progress but early faller in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Ascot last time.

15/2

8/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: 6311-3

Last run: 158 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Won small-field handicaps at Catterick (3m1f, good) and Taunton (2m7f, soft) once the blinkers went on and it was a Class 2 in which he was beaten 20l at Aintree the final time; something to prove off this high a mark but could well have a productive season ahead of him.
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1st

2

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Lounge Lizard

11st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

Dual chase winner who posted career-best performance when dropped back to 2m4f for valuable Cheltenham handicap (good to soft) in January, keeping on well for a clear second; went up 3lb for that but is in calmer waters here and commands respect.

5/2

2nd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Lounge Lizard

10st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Henry Daly

raced wide, in touch with leaders, jumped right 6th, disputing second when mistake 5 out, challenging 2 out, hung left then not fluent last

25/1

5th

13

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 1f 188y

Class 1

14:05 Aintree

Lounge Lizard

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Henry Daly

Won two in a row earlier this year (3m1f/2m7f, good/soft) and he reappearance with a close third at Exeter (3m, good) in October; this 6yo could have more to offer but he's 6lb out of the handicap on this first run over the National fences, and that makes things tough.

14/1

Form: 25214- D

Last run: 199 days

W: 10st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
All three hurdle wins came at Taunton, the latest when cruising home in an uncompetitive handicap (3m, heavy) in March; disappointed the final time off this 6lb higher mark and now switches to fences; could do with rain.
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3rd

4

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 4

15:05 Doncaster

Iberio

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Made bad mistakes at Exeter in autumn on each of his first two chase starts, but showed signs of promise and it wasn't his fault he ran out mid-race at Chepstow last month (short of room); on a competitive mark on last season's hurdle form and can go well if minimising the blunders.

11/2

Form: F175-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Maiden hurdle winner and doubled his tally when comfortably taking a five-runner handicap on his chase debut at Southwell (3m, good to soft) three weeks ago; now 6lb higher in a deeper race but he's the least exposed of these.
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7th

11

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Snipe

10st 3lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Sent chasing for this second campaign under rules and it's gone well, notably at Aintree (3m1f, soft; unraced on heavy) on Boxing Day for his second chase win; that was smooth, asserting well from two out, and he got going much too late when creditable second on good ground at Doncaster (3m) three weeks ago, so this greater test of stamina makes serious appeal for him.

6/1

2nd

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

15:50 Doncaster

Snipe

10st 6lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

Made smooth headway before asserting at Aintree (3m1f, soft) on Boxing Day and is now 2-4 over fences; still has something to prove on good ground but is probably still on the upgrade; good chance.

4/1

1st

5

26th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 3

14:15 Aintree

Snipe

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Chasing this term, comfortably taking a five-runner handicap at Southwell (3m, good to soft) on first attempt; not discredited next time and good second to No But I Will at Wetherby (3m, soft) latest, so he's firmly in the mix.

5/1

Form: 656-22 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Has dropped a long way down the weights for a reason but the signs have been more encouraging on his last two runs and he could have done without jumping out to his right when runner-up over too short a trip at Fontwell (2m5f); might strip fitter for that as well; respected.
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4th

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 2

13:20 Newbury

Copperhead

10st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Winless streak has just passed its four-year anniversary but the frustrating run of defeats has been through no lack of effort against younger opposition and again he ran well for a long way when a 12l third at Sandown two weeks ago (3m, soft); off a light weight and with Freddie Gingell claiming 5lb, he's a major player against fellow oldies this time.

9/2

3rd

7

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

Copperhead

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Nothing like the force of old but has been second or third in four of his last five outings (tongue tied last two); none of those were on worse than good to soft but he used to go well on soft in his heyday; a possible for another minor honour but he has not won for four years.

5/1

3rd

6

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 3

15:45 Wincanton

Copperhead

11st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

All his chase wins have been over 3m+ so it was a good run over 2m5f at Ascot (good) last time where he got outpaced before running on (beaten 11l); the new tongue-tie did him no harm that day and one to consider with Freddie Gingell again up top.

6/1

Form: 14P2P-

Last run: 199 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Up and down last season but he was good on his day, as when successful on reappearance (2m7f, good) and runner-up at Newbury in March off this mark; interesting contender for a yard going well.
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1

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

13:25 Doncaster

Sam Barton

12st 2lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Won over hurdles on this card three years ago and over fences at Worcester (2m7f, good) last season; drops back in grade with Joe Anderson taking off a useful 5lb; interesting contender.

8/1

7th

5

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Sam Barton

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

prominent, mistake 1st

15/2

9

8th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 125y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Sam Barton

11st 10lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Up and down in his four runs this season and there appeared to be no excuses when a 3l second of five at Newbury (2m7f, good; just ahead of Neon Moon); this mark looks challenging.

16/1

Form: 1440-2 D

Last run: 157 days

W: 11st 3lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
On his last winning mark (at Sandown last December; 3m, good; six ran) but seems best in small fields and the winner had him cooked when second at Uttoxeter on final start in May; record fresh is not the best.
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6th

5

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:15 Sandown

I See You Well

11st 4lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Seamus Mullins

C&D winner last winter and respectable fourth in this race; player on that but his second at Plumpton in November has been followed by three lesser efforts, unseating eight out over C&D on latest.

14/1

0

4

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

I See You Well

12st 5lb

J: Sgt Nathan Rahman

T: Seamus Mullins

A little off colour the last twice but his second at Plumpton in November shows that he retains plenty of ability and his last win was over C&D in December 2022 (nine runs back); certainly not without a chance.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 231PP- C

Last run: 192 days

W: 12st 2lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Last season's win came in the 3m6f cross-country chase at Cheltenham in January; not seen since pulled up in Grand National in April and may have cross-country races as his main targets this season.
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10th

6

17th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 5f 56y

Class 2

14:55 Cheltenham

Back On The Lash

10st 3lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Tends to find it tough going off level weights here in March but he's won the last two editions of this handicap, defying a 2lb higher mark in last season's renewal that was rescheduled for January; however, he was entitled to run better than he did at Exeter last month and these conditions will be softer than he cares for.

11/2

0

1

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Back On The Lash

12st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Last season's win came in the 3m6f cross-country chase at Cheltenham in January; not seen since pulled up in Grand National in April and may have cross-country races as his main targets this season.

8/1

Form: P4111- D

Last run: 180 days

W: 11st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Won four of his six starts last season after returning from a long absence, the last three victories all handicap chases from 2m4f to 3m1f; 9lb higher than for his latest 5.5l success and could do with the ground remaining good.
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0

7

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Northern Poet

11st 0lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

Won four of his six starts last season after returning from a long absence, the last three victories all handicap chases from 2m4f to 3m1f; 9lb higher than for his latest 5.5l success and could do with the ground remaining good.

8/1

1st

2

27th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 4

17:00 Warwick

Northern Poet

11st 11lb

J: James Davies

T: Nick Gifford

prominent, nudged along from 10th, ridden after 3 out, led approaching last, went clear run-in, stayed on

5/2

Form: 3/P7-4 D

Last run: 159 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 117

Form & Verdict
Sole win did come off a higher mark when with Oliver Sherwood but he doesn't look the force of old; returns to fences after hurdling for last three runs.
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10th

3

6th Nov 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

12:50 Hereford

Pontresina

11st 11lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

It was a good handicap chase in which he pulled up last time at Exeter but was struggling over hurdles and he's not looking the force of old.

50/1

0

10

24th Oct 2023

Good

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

15:00 Exeter

Pontresina

10st 10lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Ben Lund

prominent

50/1

4th

6

18th May 2023

Good

3m 1f 166y

Class 4

20:15 Fontwell

Pontresina

11st 1lb

J: Ellis Collier

T: Ben Lund

took keen hold, pressed leader, led narrowly 3rd, hit 6th, shaken up and headed before 2 out, lost ground approaching last, ridden and weakened quickly run-in

33/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £182.20
Straight Forecast £156.46
Tricast £985.89
Trifecta £1873.90

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Snipe

TOPSPEED:

Lounge Lizard

SPOTLIGHT:

Sam Barton

POSTDATA:

Copperhead

The Star:

Manothepeople

Telegraph:

Snipe

The Guardian:

Snipe

Daily Mail:

Snipe

Daily Mirror:

Snipe

The Sun:

Snipe

Daily Record:

Snipe

The Times:

Lounge Lizard

D Express:

Sam Barton

WEST COUNTRY:

Copperhead