December 02 / 15.25 Newbury

15.25

Good To Soft

Coral Get Closer To The Action Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £20812
  • 2m 0f 92y
  • Class 2
  • 6 runners
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Coral Get Closer To The Action Handicap Chase (For The Jim Joel Memorial Trophy) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 292-51 D

Last run: 22 days

W: 12st 1lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
Second of four in the Grade 2 Game Spirit over C&D (good) in February and he returned to form when winning the Haldon Gold Cup Handicap at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft); 5lb higher today and Freddie Gingell's claim has been reduced by 2lb, but he can give another good account.
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2

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 62y

Class 1

14:25 Cheltenham

Elixir De Nutz

11st 10lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Very useful chaser who has done well in high-quality handicaps (good to soft) this term, winning at Exeter (Haldon Gold Cup) and Newbury then respectable third to Editeur Du Gite at Kempton (Desert Orchid Chase); now worse off with that rival and appears unlikely to reverse the placings but should give his running in current form.

12/1

3rd

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Elixir De Nutz

11st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

disputed lead at fast pace, raced in second 3rd, pressed leader when bad mistake 2 out, no extra run-in, lost second final stride

11/4

1st

1

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Elixir De Nutz

12st 1lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Joe Tizzard

Second of four in the Grade 2 Game Spirit over C&D (good) in February and he returned to form when winning the Haldon Gold Cup Handicap at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft); 5lb higher today and Freddie Gingell's claim has been reduced by 2lb, but he can give another good account.

5/1

Form: 688-12 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Comfortable win on chase debut at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in October and went close there (2m, soft) three weeks ago, when well clear of the third; up 6lb for last time but could still have more to offer; key player.
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4th

2

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:15 Lingfield

Master Chewy

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, badly hampered 1st, soon dropped to last, awkward jump 3rd, no impression after 3 out

3/1

10

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:30 Kempton

Master Chewy

10st 7lb

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

1st

6

27th Dec 2023

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:55 Kempton

Master Chewy

11st 4lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Made a bright start over fences, winning a novice handicap at Aintree (2m, good to soft) in October before running into subsequent Grade 2 winner Djelo at the same track next time; ran with credit against fully-fledged chasers at Newbury last time and has earned a tilt at this level.

11/8

OUR TIP

Form: 25P-51 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Won two in a row last winter (2m/1m7f, good/soft) and back to winning ways at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) three weeks ago; might not be far away but probably needs a career-best to defy a 4lb rise in this hotter race.
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4th

3

3rd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 3

15:40 Huntingdon

Xcitations

11st 13lb

J: Alex Edwards

T: Pam Sly

Looked as good as ever when holding on well to win at Sandown (1m7f, good to soft) in November but has lost his way a bit since the turn of the year; stays this trip well enough but arrives here with something to prove.

8/1

6th

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 99y

Class 3

13:55 Sandown

Xcitations

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: Pam Sly

1lb higher than when C&D winner in November, having won well on soft (unraced on heavy) last winter on his only other appearance at Sandown; looked set to finish second when unseating on penultimate start and ran respectably in a warm race on latest; considered.

10/1

7th

6

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

Xcitations

11st 3lb

J: Paul O’Brien

T: Pam Sly

Has pretty good 5-15 strike-rate over fences that includes two C&D wins; probably doesn't have much margin for error off current mark but looked set to finish second before coming to grief at penultimate fence at Wetherby (2m, soft) a fortnight ago and today's faster ground will also suit.

13/2

Form: 82412/ CD BF

Last run: 621 days

W: 10st 2lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
On a competitive mark on his 2021-22 form; off since and, while he returns with his stable in good form, it's a very hefty absence for this 10yo to try to defy.
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4th

1

17th Feb 2024

Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 4

14:35 Wincanton

The Russian Doyen

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

prominent, reminder after 8th, pressed leaders 3 out, weakened 2 out

11/2

4th

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

13:15 Newbury

The Russian Doyen

11st 11lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Jeremy Scott

Acts on soft; missed last season and seemed to need his reappearance run here four weeks ago; two-time C&D winner and ran well (clear second off just 1lb lower) in this race two years ago; possibilities.

9/2

4th

6

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

The Russian Doyen

10st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Jeremy Scott

On a competitive mark on his 2021-22 form; off since and, while he returns with his stable in good form, it's a very hefty absence for this 10yo to try to defy.

14/1

Form: 12-111 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Things have clicked this year and he's won at Kelso on four of his last five starts (2m1f, soft/good to soft); has a progressive profile and further improvement is possible, but he goes up in grade at a different track today and will need to be better than ever to complete a four-timer.
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6th

1

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

1m 7f 182y

Class 3

13:50 Musselburgh

Bollingerandkrug

11st 13lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Enjoyed productive 2023, winning four 2m1f chases at Kelso (good to soft-soft); will find this easier than latest assignment at Newbury but is away from his happy hunting ground again today and remains on a career-high mark.

5/1

5th

5

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Bollingerandkrug

10st 3lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

Things have clicked this year and he's won at Kelso on four of his last five starts (2m1f, soft/good to soft); has a progressive profile and further improvement is possible, but he goes up in grade at a different track today and will need to be better than ever to complete a four-timer.

10/1

1st

1

11th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 14y

Class 4

12:30 Kelso

Bollingerandkrug

12st 1lb

J: Derek Fox

T: Lucinda Russell

led but pestered, headed 4 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and switched right after 2 out, rallying last, kept on run-in, led again final 110yds, gamely

5/4

Form: 5/113- CD BF

Last run: 250 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Made all twice in a row earlier this year (1m7f/2m, good to soft/good) and fair third at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) in March when last seen; this lightly raced 8yo is open to further improvement but he's 12lb out of the handicap for this reappearance, which makes things very tough.
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7

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 2

15:25 Newbury

Calgary Tiger

10st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: William de Best-Turner

Made all twice in a row earlier this year (1m7f/2m, good to soft/good) and fair third at Wincanton (1m7f, good to soft) in March when last seen; this lightly raced 8yo is open to further improvement but he's 12lb out of the handicap for this reappearance, which makes things very tough.

25/1

3rd

6

27th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

1m 7f 149y

Class 3

14:30 Wincanton

Calgary Tiger

11st 2lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: William de Best-Turner

Not without his quirks but he's returned from a long absence better than ever, winning over C&D (good to soft) and even easier at Newbury three weeks ago (good); 10lb higher but he's by no means exposed; Ben Ffrench Davis aboard the last twice.

7/4

9

25th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 0f 92y

Class 3

16:25 Newbury

Calgary Tiger

10st 10lb

J: Ben Ffrench Davis

T: William de Best-Turner

Non-runners

Real Stone

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £8.70
Straight Forecast £8.82
Trifecta £25.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Master Chewy

TOPSPEED:

Real Stone

LAMBOURN:

Calgary Tiger

POSTDATA:

Elixir De Nutz

RP RATINGS:

Master Chewy

WEST COUNTRY:

Master Chewy

Telegraph:

Master Chewy

The Guardian:

Master Chewy

Daily Mail:

Master Chewy

D Express:

Master Chewy

Daily Mirror:

Master Chewy

The Star:

Master Chewy

Daily Record:

Master Chewy

The Times:

Real Stone

The Sun:

Real Stone