December 09 / 13.30 Aintree

13.30

Soft

Boylesports Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £25720
  • 2m 3f 200y
  • Class 2
  • 9 runners
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Boylesports Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 1211-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Progressive novice chaser last season and campaign concluded with two wins in a row (2m4f, soft/good to soft); won off slightly lower hurdle mark on reappearance at Wetherby (2m, heavy) three weeks ago and this 7yo could have more left in the tank; he's one to consider.
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1

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 2

15:25 Kelso

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

disputed lead with winner, not fluent 4 out, pushed along 2 out, no extra when lost third before last, weakened and fell last

3/1

9th

1

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Richmond Lake

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Has won five handicaps in the north since last January (one hurdle) but off a career-high mark he was brought back down to earth at Cheltenham on New Year's Day (2m4f, heavy); looks very vulnerable here under his big weight, especially trying 3m for the first time under rules; probably best on softer ground as well.

25/1

4th

3

1st Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:05 Cheltenham

Richmond Lake

10st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders, not fluent 9th, struggling after 4 out, weakened home turn

5/1

14/1

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 431F-7 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Impressed when winning at Exeter in February (3m, good; albeit beat only two rivals) and he was bang there when falling two out at Uttoxeter (3m, soft) next time; soundly beaten on last month's reappearance at Wincanton but he could improve for the run and is not discounted.
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5

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

16:10 Kempton

Gustavian

11st 5lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Sole win from 13 chases came in a three-runner race last February; had wind surgery in July and his four runs since have not seen him in top form, the latest being his first hurdle race since March 2021; it's possible to argue that this drop back from about 3m may help, and he's edging down the weights, but others are more persuasive.

11/2

6th

4

3rd Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 98y

Class 1

15:10 Sandown

Gustavian

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Sole win from 13 chases came in a three-runner race last February; had wind surgery in July and his three runs since have not seen him in the top form he probably needs to win this, his first hurdle race since March 2021.

25/1

4th

7

13th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

13:30 Kempton

Gustavian

11st 2lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Earned a silver medal at Aintree (2m4f) last month without proving a match for the winner; only 1-12 over fences but nicely weighted and this step back up in trip looks a plus, having gained the chase win over 3m.

6/1

7/2

  • Place: £1.60

Form: 111F-1 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 3lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Highly progressive novice chaser last term and he comfortably completed a hat-trick at Newbury (2m4f, soft) in March; early faller at Cheltenham next time and he is prone to making mistakes, as was again the case when he won over hurdles at Wetherby on his recent return; however, if minimising the blunders he could still be ahead of the handicapper now back over fences.
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2nd

6

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

16:10 Kempton

Heltenham

11st 4lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Made no mistake when 4-6 in a novice hurdle on reappearance but he's since suffered heavy defeats at Aintree (a chase on heavy) and Lingfield (soft-ground hurdle race); won three handicap chases in a row at about 2m4f last season and the last of those wins reads well, but he needs to turn things around.

3/1

8th

1

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 110y

Class 3

16:10 Lingfield

Heltenham

12st 1lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Rated higher over fences but he made no mistake in a novice hurdle on reappearance and heavy ground took its toll when a remote third on his return to chasing at Aintree; has a solid chance off this mark.

10/1

OUR TIP

Form: 10PP-6 CD BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict
Easily won this race last year on sole course visit (good to soft; has also won on soft); he may have needed last month's reappearance run at Exeter (tailed off) and is not ruled out off a mark 1lb lower than 12 months ago, but he also ended last season out of form and has something to prove.
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1

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Brave Seasca

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Easily won this race last year on sole course visit (good to soft; has also won on soft); he may have needed last month's reappearance run at Exeter (tailed off) and is not ruled out off a mark 1lb lower than 12 months ago, but he also ended last season out of form and has something to prove.

4/1

6th

3

10th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 1

15:30 Exeter

Brave Seasca

10st 9lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Returns with some questions to answer after last season fizzled out, but he looked good on his reappearance when winning eased down at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) and is now only 2lb higher than that day; the drop back in trip won't faze him and daren't discount following a wind operation.

9/2

1

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Brave Seasca

12st 2lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Landed a hat-trick last winter (2m/2m1f, soft/good to soft) and impressed on reappearance at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) in December; something to prove after below-par runs the last twice but they were at Cheltenham which may not be his course; major player if rediscovering the Aintree promise.

8/1

Form: P2P5-3

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Disappointing in the main last term but he was a promising novice chaser the season before and, following a wind op, he kept on for a promising third on last month's reappearance in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft; also effective on soft); firmly in calculations now back up in trip.
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9th

4

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 0f 78y

Class 2

11:50 Doncaster

War Lord

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Joe Tizzard

Creditable third from out of the weights in Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter (2m1f, good to soft) on seasonal debut in November but well beaten on both outings last month; needs a boost from the first-time cheekpieces here.

10/1

Form: 9-4404 D

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 13lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Beaten on last 14 starts for Joseph O'Brien but ran some good races in that time, including when fourth in the Munster National (3m, soft) in October last time out; this 7yo is versatile in terms of trip and could be thereabouts on his stable debut; remains in ownership of JP McManus.
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7th

3

4th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 2

15:35 Musselburgh

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Ben Haslam

Very useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam but in contention when unseating five out at Doncaster (3m) next time; on a 16-race losing sequence but a case can be made.

20/1

0

1

29th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 3

14:45 Doncaster

A Wave Of The Sea

12st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Ben Haslam

Useful for Joseph O'Brien; respectable fourth in a couple of notable Irish handicaps this term; possibly unsuited by heavy ground on debut for Ben Haslam; on a 15-race losing sequence but now drops in grade off last winning mark; possibilities.

10/1

0

3

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

A Wave Of The Sea

11st 13lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Ben Haslam

Beaten on last 14 starts for Joseph O'Brien but ran some good races in that time, including when fourth in the Munster National (3m, soft) in October last time out; this 7yo is versatile in terms of trip and could be thereabouts on his stable debut; remains in ownership of JP McManus.

10/1

Form: 1P2F-9 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 10st 13lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Made excellent start to chasing career last autumn, winning twice (2m3f, good), and he's a soft-ground winner over hurdles; he could improve for his October reappearance at Chepstow (under pressure when bad mistake two out) but his form has been patchy since those two wins.
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5th

5

10th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 3

14:00 Doncaster

Nothin To Ask

11st 7lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

always behind

16/1

0

7

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Nothin To Ask

10st 13lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Made excellent start to chasing career last autumn, winning twice (2m3f, good), and he's a soft-ground winner over hurdles; he could improve for his October reappearance at Chepstow (under pressure when bad mistake two out) but his form has been patchy since those two wins.

25/1

9th

1

31st Oct 2023

Good To Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

15:15 Chepstow

Nothin To Ask

12st 2lb

J: Liam Harrison

T: Fergal O’Brien

Made bright start to chasing career last autumn, winning on good ground over C&D and at Doncaster (2m3f); off since falling here in April but should be okay on today's ground and could still have more to offer.

8/1

Form: 80P-42 D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
10yo who continues to drop down the weights and there have been hints of promise on both starts this season, showing up well for a long way here (3m1f, good to soft) before 20l second of five at Haydock (2m, soft); this intermediate trip may be ideal but others are still a bit more compelling.
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8

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Daly Tiger

10st 5lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

10yo who continues to drop down the weights and there have been hints of promise on both starts this season, showing up well for a long way here (3m1f, good to soft) before 20l second of five at Haydock (2m, soft); this intermediate trip may be ideal but others are still a bit more compelling.

12/1

2nd

3

25th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 0f 67y

Class 3

12:40 Haydock

Daly Tiger

10st 13lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

Smart 2m-2m4f chaser in Ireland in his prime; this 10yo is nothing like the force of old but he showed some spark at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) on his reappearance, before weakening quickly from two out, and it wouldn't be a shock if he capitalised on his reduced mark and the drop back in trip.

14/1

4th

7

29th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

13:25 Aintree

Daly Tiger

10st 13lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: L J Morgan

Well treated on best Irish form; record for current stable is far from convincing, pulled up in good race here when last seen, but this switch to a veterans' event may help; market support should be noted.

16/1

Form: 1655-3 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Inconsistent during last season's first chasing campaign but he posted a win at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January and was a very close third there (2m4f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; remains lightly raced and is not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.
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10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 3f 200y

Class 2

13:30 Aintree

Donnas Double

10st 3lb

J: Danny McMenamin

T: Sandy Thomson

Inconsistent during last season's first chasing campaign but he posted a win at Ayr (2m4f, heavy) in January and was a very close third there (2m4f, good to soft) on last month's reappearance; remains lightly raced and is not ruled out in a first-time tongue-tie.

10/1

Non-runners

Cracking Destiny

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Payout
Exacta £31.40
Straight Forecast £32.61
Tricast £83.74
Trifecta £127.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Heltenham

Telegraph:

Richmond Lake

RP RATINGS:

Brave Seasca

POSTDATA:

War Lord

The Times:

Heltenham

The Guardian:

Heltenham

D Express:

Heltenham

Daily Mirror:

Heltenham

The Star:

Heltenham

The Sun:

Richmond Lake

Daily Record:

Richmond Lake

WEST COUNTRY:

War Lord

TOPSPEED:

Brave Seasca

Daily Mail:

Brave Seasca