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Betfair Esher Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £37017.5
  • 3m 0f 37y
  • Class 1
  • 4 runners
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Betfair Esher Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (GBB Race)

Runners: 4 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

Form: 1214-1 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Won the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in March and beat The Changing Man by about 2l to win on last month's chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft); carries 3lb penalty here but Paul Nicholls believes he'll improve for that reappearance run; strong claims.
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

4

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 56y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Up-and-coming stayer who won last season's Albert Bartlett (Grade 1) at the Cheltenham Festival; 2-2 since switched to chasing, making all in Grade 2 at Sandown (3m, soft) latest; brings plenty of potential to open company and bids to cement his claims for the Brown Advisory (Grade 1 novice here in March); respected.

5/2

1

8th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

Stay Away Fay

11st 7lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in March and beat The Changing Man by about 2l to win on last month's chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft); carries 3lb penalty here but Paul Nicholls believes he'll improve for that reappearance run; strong claims.

10/11

1st

4

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

14:55 Exeter

Stay Away Fay

11st 2lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Winning pointer; only his third run over hurdles when a battling winner of the Grade 1 3m Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival (soft) and he backed that up with a close fourth at Aintree where the sharper track perhaps didn't play to his strengths; reportedly schooled very well over fences at home and the sky looks the limit.

4/5

Form: /U12-5 C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 9yo who is a two-time hurdle winner, but others have considerably better form and his two chase starts have yielded an early unseat and a heavy defeat.
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8th

6

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Conkwell Legend

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Neil Mulholland

Came to grief in three of his five races over fences, but he'd just taken the lead at Exeter (3m, heavy) 13 days ago when falling three out; judged on that, he needs considering on this return to hurdling.

8/1

14

11th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 2

16:35 Exeter

Conkwell Legend

10st 3lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Neil Mulholland

Dual hurdle winner but came to grief in the very early stages of two of his four chasing attempts and was well beaten when completing the other two races (albeit one in a Grade 2); still unexposed over 3m but needs to get his act together over fences.

16/1

OUR TIP

Form: 111-U1 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
3-3 over hurdles last season (including Listed novice) and, after unseating on his chase debut at Carlisle, he defied a lofty mark to win a four-runner novice handicap at Aintree last month (3m1f, soft; three home-straight fences were omitted); an exciting prospect and he could have a big say.
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1st

1

15th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 19y

Class 3

14:15 Newcastle

Giovinco

11st 10lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

led, headed with one circuit to go, pressed leader 6th, led again when mistake 7th, went clear 3 out, not fluent 2 out, going easily and good jump last, canter

2/5

0

1

26th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:20 Kempton

Giovinco

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Didn't hang about over hurdles despite remaining unbeaten and gaining Listed honours; showed his class when defying a big weight to get off the mark over fences in an Aintree handicap (3m1f, soft) and then gave last year's Cheltenham Festival winner Stay Away Fay (now 2-2 over fences) a real fright in a Sandown Grade 2 (3m, soft) when outmuscled by a superior stayer; Kempton's sharper test promises to suit and he is not ruled out.

9/4

Form: 2282-2 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Progressive in handicap hurdles last season (won on good to soft/soft) and form went to new level with near-2l defeat to Stay Away Fay on chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft) last month; the winner arguably has greater scope for improvement but has to carry a 3lb penalty today, and this fellow may also have more to offer; not ruled out.
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4th

3

31st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

14:10 Exeter

The Changing Man

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

towards rear, bad mistake and nearly lost jockey 14th, recovered and steady headway before 4 out, ridden 3 out, outpaced 2 out, jumped left and weakened last

5/2

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

The Changing Man

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive in 3m handicap hurdles last season (including on soft) and took his form to a new level when second at Exeter (3m, good to soft) in November on chase debut, 1l ahead of Grey Dawning who has improved since; unseated six out in Grade 2 at Sandown latest; needs to resume improvement in a major way if he's to beat the best of these.

6/1

4

8th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 1

14:25 Sandown

The Changing Man

11st 4lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive in handicap hurdles last season (won on good to soft/soft) and form went to new level with near-2l defeat to Stay Away Fay on chase debut at Exeter (3m, good to soft) last month; the winner arguably has greater scope for improvement but has to carry a 3lb penalty today, and this fellow may also have more to offer; not ruled out.

9/2

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Stay Away Fay

SPOTLIGHT:

Giovinco

Telegraph:

Giovinco

The Guardian:

Giovinco

Daily Mirror:

Giovinco

The Star:

Giovinco

Daily Record:

Giovinco

POSTDATA:

Stay Away Fay

WEST COUNTRY:

Stay Away Fay

The Times:

Stay Away Fay

Daily Mail:

Stay Away Fay

D Express:

Stay Away Fay

The Sun:

Stay Away Fay