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15.35

Soft

Betfair Exchange London National Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £31218
  • 3m 4f 146y
  • Class 2
  • 7 runners
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Betfair Exchange London National Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.50
  • Place: £2.50

Form: 4581-B D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Made the frame in three Welsh Nationals over 3m6f at Chepstow and took the Midlands National (4m2f, heavy) in March 2020; first win since came this April at Ffos Las (3m4f, soft) under his now regular partner Freddie Gingell; first-time-out record was the big worry at Cheltenham three weeks ago but he couldn't show what form he was in, being brought down at the third; effectiveness with the trip/ground means he can't be ruled out.
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8

27th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 1

14:50 Chepstow

Truckers Lodge

11st 2lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Second, seventh, third and fourth in the last four Welsh Nationals, as well as winning the Midlands National (4m2f, heavy) in 2020; this year he's added wins in the West Wales and London versions at Ffos Las (3m4f) and Sandown (3m4f, heavy) under his now regular partner Freddie Gingell, the latter race 18 days ago; has 4lb penalty and this probably requires his best form in nearly two years, but he should be on the premises once more.

11/1

1st

5

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Truckers Lodge

11st 11lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Made the frame in three Welsh Nationals over 3m6f at Chepstow and took the Midlands National (4m2f, heavy) in March 2020; first win since came this April at Ffos Las (3m4f, soft) under his now regular partner Freddie Gingell; first-time-out record was the big worry at Cheltenham three weeks ago but he couldn't show what form he was in, being brought down at the third; effectiveness with the trip/ground means he can't be ruled out.

10/1

3/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 249F-5 C BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft, bit below form sole start on heavy; fine record at this track as a hurdler but career over fences at other tracks has not gone smoothly since he won his chase debut in October 2022; this longer trip is an interesting move and there's still time for this 7yo to click as a chaser, but there were jumping blemishes again when he reappeared at Ascot five weeks ago.
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3

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Beauport

11st 9lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Held up last three starts; career over fences has not gone smoothly, including with jumping blemishes, but he might have turned the corner with his second in the London National at Sandown (3m4f, heavy) five weeks ago when stepped up in trip; back up 1lb, he has each-way claims.

7/1

2nd

2

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Beauport

12st 0lb

J: Jordan Nailor

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Acts on soft, bit below form sole start on heavy; fine record at this track as a hurdler but career over fences at other tracks has not gone smoothly since he won his chase debut in October 2022; this longer trip is an interesting move and there's still time for this 7yo to click as a chaser, but there were jumping blemishes again when he reappeared at Ascot five weeks ago.

3/1

Form: 1197-4 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Tailed off sole start on heavy (2021); two wins over Wincanton 3m1f last winter, with another over 2m4f here (soft) in between; not disgraced on last month's reappearance or in the big end-of-season handicap over C&D in April but his seventh that day did not prove his stamina.
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2nd

4

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Certainly Red

11st 10lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Lydia Richards

Record of 4-11 over fences includes a win at this course (2m4f); peak effort this term when third in the London National here (3m4f); on last winning mark and the return to Sandown is another plus; shortlisted.

13/2

5th

1

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 3

14:25 Newbury

Certainly Red

12st 2lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Lydia Richards

Completed a hat-trick (over 2m4f/3m1f) last winter; best effort since when third in the London National at Sandown (3m4f, heavy) three weeks ago; each-way possibilities despite carrying top weight.

10/1

3rd

4

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Certainly Red

11st 12lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Lydia Richards

Tailed off sole start on heavy (2021); two wins over Wincanton 3m1f last winter, with another over 2m4f here (soft) in between; not disgraced on last month's reappearance or in the big end-of-season handicap over C&D in April but his seventh that day did not prove his stamina.

7/1

16/1

Form: 7121-P

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft, unraced on heavy; two wins and a second (to Cyclop) when switched to veterans' races over about 3m this February-April; badly hampered (pulled up) at about halfway on reappearance six weeks ago; not having proved himself beyond 3m (no attempts beyond 3m1f) poses the big question.
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15

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:35 Warwick

Boldmere

10st 7lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

Two wins and a second (to Cyclop) in veterans' chases last season and commands respect on those exploits; badly hampered before pulling up on his reappearance and 3m4f on heavy seemed to stretch him last time at Sandown; it's reasonable to turn a blind eye to both those runs and he could go well at lengthy odds.

25/1

4th

6

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Boldmere

11st 9lb

J: Bryan Carver

T: Alex Hales

Acts on soft, unraced on heavy; two wins and a second (to Cyclop) when switched to veterans' races over about 3m this February-April; badly hampered (pulled up) at about halfway on reappearance six weeks ago; not having proved himself beyond 3m (no attempts beyond 3m1f) poses the big question.

16/1

Form: 68110- C

Last run: 224 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Well on top over 3m at this track last season in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (good) and Grand Military Gold Cup (good to soft); well beaten in the big end-of-season handicap over C&D, which was his only foray beyond 3m but he's worth another go and had an impressive heavy-ground win (2m3f) two winters back; considered.
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2nd

2

15th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:05 Sandown

Broken Halo

12st 5lb

J: Bdr Jody Sole

T: Paul Nicholls

Won the Royal Artillery and Grand Military Gold Cups over C&D last term; still travelling with purpose when falling two out in the London National back here (3m4f, heavy) in December; struggled in Warwick's Classic Chase, but was in contention when blundering here three weeks ago in the Grand Military (race won by Farceur Du Large); that's three non-completions in a row but he'd have a big shout on last season's form.

15/8

0

2

26th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

15:00 Sandown

Broken Halo

12st 5lb

J: Bdr Jody Sole

T: Paul Nicholls

Had already won the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (good) when winning last season's renewal of this race (staged in early March) by a comfortable 5l from Almazhar Garde; still travelling with purpose when falling two out in the London National back here in December (3m4f, heavy) before struggling in Warwick's Classic Chase when 25-1; this is more his scene; respected.

3/1

0

9

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Broken Halo

11st 1lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Paul Nicholls

Well on top over Sandown's 3m last season in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (good) and Grand Military Gold Cup (good to soft); both starts since were over the 3m4f at same course (his only forays beyond 3m) when well beaten in their big end-of-season handicap but yet to be asked for his effort when falling two out five weeks ago in the London National (heavy); not ruled out.

14/1

Form: /140P-

Last run: 268 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Started last season well on soft ground (acts on heavy) with a win over 3m1f at Haydock and fourth at Kempton over Christmas; out of form in her two later starts, including when favourite in the 3m4f Grand National Trial at Haydock on her only venture beyond 3m2f but it's well worth another go; had wind surgery in July; stable form this autumn suggests she could be back with a bang.
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9th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ballooning the first fence resulted in her unseating rider when favourite for the London National (3m4f) on seasonal debut, after wind surgery; drew 14l clear from three out against the only other finisher at Wetherby (3m, soft) 18 days ago; 7lb rise could still leave her well treated and she's well worth this third attempt at a marathon trip.

8/1

5

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

15:09 Kempton

Fontaine Collonges

11st 8lb

T: Venetia Williams

Form: 5-F7U0

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft, unraced on heavy; 1-13 over fences, the win gained in a three-runner race in February; failed to shine in his three outings this autumn but the handicapper is giving him every chance and the trip is interesting, as his only attempt beyond 3m2f (Punchestown 3m7f in April) was a solid effort; place squeak.
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10

9th Dec 2023

Soft

3m 4f 146y

Class 2

15:35 Sandown

Coeur Serein

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Acts on soft, unraced on heavy; 1-13 over fences, the win gained in a three-runner race in February; failed to shine in his three outings this autumn but the handicapper is giving him every chance and the trip is interesting, as his only attempt beyond 3m2f (Punchestown 3m7f in April) was a solid effort; place squeak.

20/1

12th

8

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Coeur Serein

11st 5lb

J: Mr A J O’Neill

T: Jonjo O’Neill

1-12 over fences, the win gained in a three-runner race in February; on a good mark now but has failed to shine in both outings this autumn and needs to turn things around.

40/1

0

8

4th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:45 Ascot

Coeur Serein

10st 6lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Acts on soft, unraced on heavy; sole win from 11 chases came in a three-runner contest this February; sparked only once from four starts since and does not look the percentage call, despite what should be a good mark.

25/1

Non-runners

Cyclop, Fortescue, Rapper

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £21.00
Straight Forecast £21.27
Tricast £67.30
Trifecta £71.50

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Beauport

SPOTLIGHT:

Fontaine Collonges

Daily Mail:

Certainly Red

TOPSPEED:

Fortescue

POSTDATA:

Cyclop

The Times:

Beauport

Telegraph:

Beauport

D Express:

Beauport

The Star:

Beauport

RP RATINGS:

Fontaine Collonges

The Guardian:

Fontaine Collonges

Daily Mirror:

Fontaine Collonges

Daily Record:

Certainly Red