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Soft

bet365 Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £5990.6
  • 3m 0f 45y
  • Class 3
  • 4 runners
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bet365 Novices’ Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

OUR TIP

Form: 1 D

Last run: 186 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
Beat a multiple point winner by some 9l in a maiden hunter chase at Down Royal in May (2m7f, yielding), in the process producing a useful RPR of 128; later bought for £90,000; faces a couple of class acts here on British debut but he's clearly quite smart.
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0

8

23rd Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 4

14:35 Newbury

Ballydesmond

11st 9lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Jamie Snowden

Successful in point and hunter chase in Ireland; beaten long way when facing tough task in high-quality novice event at Exeter (3m) for new stable; had wind surgery since; open to progress in handicaps and looks one to consider.

14/1

4th

1

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

14:55 Exeter

Ballydesmond

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Beat a multiple point winner by some 9l in a maiden hunter chase at Down Royal in May (2m7f, yielding), in the process producing a useful RPR of 128; later bought for £90,000; faces some class acts here on British debut but he's clearly quite smart.

20/1

Form: 2111F- C

Last run: 203 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Won a gruelling Grade 2 at Warwick (2m5f, heavy) to bring up his hat-trick over hurdles last season and he was 5-1 for the Grade 1 at Aintree won by Apple Away, only to fall mid-race; a promising chaser in the making and his yard has won this three times since 2017.
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3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy going; unlucky second to Ginny's Destiny at Cheltenham in December (might have won but for a bad error two out) and turned the tables in the Turners there four weeks ago, beating that opponent by 2l; suited by the stiff 2m4f on both occasions and in between he won over 3m (Grade 2); not obviously crying out for this return to a sharper 2m4f, regardless of ground, but otherwise has the best claims on form and is still improving.

10/11

3rd

4

11th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Acts on heavy going; unlucky second to Ginny's Destiny at Cheltenham in December (might have won but for a bad error two out) and turned the tables in the Turners there four weeks ago, beating that opponent by 2l; suited by the stiff 2m4f on both occasions and in between he won over 3m (Grade 2); not obviously crying out for this return to a sharper 2m4f, regardless of ground, but otherwise has the best claims on form and is still improving.

10/11

5

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Grey Dawning

11st 7lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has raced only on ground softer than good; close second to Ginny's Destiny, who received 3lb, in Cheltenham contest (2m4f) in December and might have won but for making a bad mistake two out; that very good effort is flanked by two easy wins, latest in Grade 2 at Warwick (3m; jumped left at last two fences) where he beat a very useful mare by 14l; bypassed the Brown Advisory on Wednesday to go for this option; leading player.

9/4

Form:

Last run:

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

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Form & Verdict
Bought for £14,000 after an improved effort in his final Irish point (3m, good) but he looks to be up against it tackling this level of opposition on rules debut.
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0

1

17th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 5

13:35 Southwell

Warriors Fate

11st 12lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Displayed ability in points in spring 2022 and there was a hint of promise on the second of his three novice hurdle runs, but he's not obviously well treated off this opening mark; wears a first-time tongue-tie.

33/1

0

12

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 88y

Class 4

14:15 Doncaster

Warriors Fate

11st 0lb

J: Robert Dunne

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Fair third in final Irish maiden point but well beaten at big odds on first two hurdle starts and others are readily preferred.

66/1

6th

12

17th Dec 2023

Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 4

13:55 Southwell

Warriors Fate

11st 4lb

J: Lewis Dobb

T: Charles & Adam Pogson

Improved in each of his Irish points, going down by 5l in the final one; however, at 50-1 he dropped right out before pulling up in a 3m1f maiden at Huntingdon.

100/1

Form: 32111- D

Last run: 203 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 141

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive staying novice hurdler last season and signed off with a Grade 1 success at Aintree (3m, soft; beating male opposition) in the same race her stable also won with Ahoy Senor; front-runner who looks an exciting recruit to chasing.
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1st

4

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:25 Perth

Apple Away

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Only chase win was in a three-runner race at Leicester in December (2m6f, heavy); has since run well in graded company at Warwick (3m, heavy; second to Grey Dawning), Ascot (3m, good to soft; close third in the Reynoldstown) and in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham where she didn't get home over 3m6f; bit to find on figures but has a chance.

3/1

1st

4

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:25 Perth

Apple Away

11st 0lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

raced in second, pressed leader 3 out, not fluent 2 out, pushed along to lead last, kept on well

3/1

5th

7

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 5f 201y

Class 1

17:30 Cheltenham

Apple Away

11st 0lb

J: Mr B O’Neill

T: Lucinda Russell

prominent on outer, went second 8th, pecked on landing 14th, mistake 18th, pressed leader 3 out, soon briefly led

9/1

Verdict

An intriguing novices’ chase that will probably concern GREY DAWNING and Apple Away, for all that Ballydesmond is evidently useful. Dan Skelton has a good record in this race and his grey was still moving within himself when capsizing in the Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree that was ultimately won by his market rival.[Alistair Jones]

Selections

The Times:

Apple Away

POSTDATA:

Ballydesmond

SPOTLIGHT:

Grey Dawning

Telegraph:

Apple Away

The Guardian:

Apple Away

Daily Mail:

Apple Away

Daily Mirror:

Apple Away

The Star:

Apple Away

Daily Record:

Apple Away

D Express:

Grey Dawning

LAMBOURN:

Ballydesmond

The Sun:

Ballydesmond