December 15 / 13.50 Cheltenham

13.50

Soft

Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Series Qualifier)

  • Prize money: £11618.2
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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Cheltenham Racecourse Food Bank Collection Mares’ Handicap Chase (Challenger Series Qualifier)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

7/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.75
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 20-7U3 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 12st 1lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Close relation Stage Star keeps taking higher rank at this track; this mare made her debut only last November, winning a maiden hurdle (2m4f, heavy); sent chasing this season, unseating three out on second attempt but showing improved form when third of nine against classy rivals at Down Royal (2m3f, soft) latest; brings considerable potential to this handicap chase debut, as well as a fair chance on form.
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3

9th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 0f 0y

15:55 Gowran Park

La Malmason

11st 10lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Won at Cheltenham on handicap debut at the December meeting and wasn't beaten far when a beaten favourite at Punchestown in follow up bid; outpaced subsequently and another drop in trip probably against her.

7/1

4th

3

25th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

14:25 Naas

La Malmason

11st 11lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

travelled strongly, in touch with leaders

6/1

4th

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 24y

13:50 Punchestown

La Malmason

11st 12lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, not fluent 6th, headway and prominent on near side of group going okay 2 out, joined leaders when not fluent last, no extra towards finish

7/4

OUR TIP

12/1

  • Place: £3.10

Form: 5P42-8

Last run: 48 days

W: 11st 12lb

5 yo Mare

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Seven wins in the mud in France, two of them over fences; two minor honours stand out among her five runs for this yard and she's now had her second wind operation during her time in Britain; chance if she bounces back from her reverse here in October.
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3rd

5

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

16:25 Cheltenham

Royale Margaux

10st 13lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Ran big race when second to Pink Legend in this contest a year ago (good ground) and also ran very well when second over 2m4f here (soft) in December; reportedly found the ground too tacky when very disappointing on latest outing in February but has a significant role to play if back on song.

4/1

3rd

5

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 62y

Class 3

16:25 Cheltenham

Royale Margaux

10st 13lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Ran big race when second to Pink Legend in this contest a year ago (good ground) and also ran very well when second over 2m4f here (soft) in December; reportedly found the ground too tacky when very disappointing on latest outing in February but has a significant role to play if back on song.

4/1

4th

1

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

15:02 Carlisle

Royale Margaux

12st 0lb

J: Ben Poste

T: Tom Symonds

Having had wind surgery she returned to form when second in Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, soft) in December, and faced a tough task in a Listed race at Doncaster next time; could play leading role now back in a handicap.

5/4

14/1

  • Place: £5.00

Form: 163-83 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; beat just two opponents to win chase/handicap debut at Uttoxeter (2m6f) last November and that's not proved a springboard to better things; edging back down the weights, though, and her third of five at Lingfield (2m7f) last time gives her a chance.
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2nd

1

5th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 110y

Class 4

14:32 Lingfield

Eureka Creek

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

jumped left throughout, raced in last, not fluent 4th, not fluent 10th, went second before 3 out, jumped badly left 3 out, jumped badly left last, no extra and lost ground run-in

3/1

2nd

1

2nd Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 3

15:05 Catterick

Eureka Creek

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

prominent, joined leader after 4 out, led 3 out, headed after 2 out, challenging last, ridden run-in, weakened inside final 110yds

11/8

Form: -423U3 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Reliable; has form in the mud, albeit with peak ratings having come on good to soft and good; close up when unseating at the last here in October and career-best form here in third last month, both over 2m but the first leg of her quick double this spring was registered over C&D and the second came over 3m; back up in trip and has to be in serious calculations.
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5th

7

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Headstrong mare who settled okay in the first-time hood at Ascot last week (2m1f, good) but found nothing significant for pressure once the chips were down; has the form to feature but she's not one to rely on.

12/1

5th

7

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Headstrong mare who settled okay in the first-time hood at Ascot last week (2m1f, good) but found nothing significant for pressure once the chips were down; has the form to feature but she's not one to rely on.

12/1

4th

5

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 0f 167y

Class 2

15:20 Ascot

Walk In Clover

10st 12lb

J: Tristan Durrell

T: Dan Skelton

took keen hold, held up in rear, went third before 4 out

13/2

Form: 7214-3 D

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Easily made all in maiden hurdle at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) for Fergal O'Brien in March; creditable third of eight on handicap/chase debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in October when reappearing for new yard, rallying, but she needs better if she's to turn the tables on runner-up Malaita.
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3rd

3

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Pougne Aminta

11st 4lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Hurdle winner (2m5f) who has had only three runs over fences and was a good front-running second in a Wetherby handicap (2m3f, soft) in January; on same mark after a short break but she still has stamina to prove at this sort of trip and others are more persuasive.

100/30

2nd

4

25th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 4

15:35 Wetherby

Pougne Aminta

11st 7lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alastair Ralph

led

11/2

5th

12

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Pougne Aminta

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Alastair Ralph

Easily made all in maiden hurdle at Wetherby (2m5f, soft) for Fergal O'Brien in March; creditable third of eight on handicap/chase debut at Ludlow (2m4f, good to soft) in October when reappearing for new yard, rallying, but she needs better if she's to turn the tables on runner-up Malaita.

20/1

Form: 322-6P D

Last run: 187 days

W: 11st 13lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner who is 0-6 as a chaser but has finished runner-up on three of those occasions; pulled up in June latest and left Gordon Elliott for £26,000 in September; stays 2m4f and acts on soft but probably requires a career best.
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6th

2

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Happy Dex

11st 13lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Dual hurdle winner who is 0-6 as a chaser but has finished runner-up on three of those occasions; pulled up in June latest and left Gordon Elliott for £26,000 in September; stays 2m4f and acts on soft but probably requires a career best.

20/1

1

11th Jun 2023

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

15:35 Perth

Happy Dex

12st 0lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Gordon Elliott

in touch with leaders, not fluent 9th

7/4

6th

4

14th May 2023

Good To Yielding

2m 4f 0y

16:25 Killarney

Happy Dex

11st 7lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gordon Elliott

Two-time winner over hurdles who has ran to a decent level over fences in her fourt starts so far, finishing runner-up on three occasions; last seen finishing second to Elle Perfecta, beaten 3½l at Kilbeggan; this looks a strong contest so she might find one or two too good again.

13/2

Form: 3133-6 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Won at Carlisle (2m5f, soft) in February when back to her form the previous spring but it hasn't been repeated in her three starts since; had wind surgery in July and well beaten when 16-1 at Kempton last month; competitive if back on song.
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1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:30 Wincanton

Lilith

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Returned to form with small-field win in first-time visor at Carlisle (2m5f, soft) last month; remains on a workable mark and will be fine over today's longer trip but was struggling to keep up with Juniper before falling quite heavily at three out at Taunton (2m5f, soft) on latest outing.

7/2

2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 150y

Class 4

17:00 Taunton

Lilith

11st 12lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Made it 2-2 at Carlisle (2m5f; both on soft) when winning the same race for the second time this month (first-time visor replaced blinkers, as today); acts on sharp right-handed tracks as well and, despite going back up 4lb, her first Carlisle win came off this mark; looks good for a big run.

13/8

1st

3

5th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 198y

Class 3

15:02 Carlisle

Lilith

11st 3lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

Hasn't threatened this season but he faced a tough Listed assignment last time and is now 4lb lower than when winning this last year (soft); not ruled out with a first-time visor replacing blinkers.

11/4

Form: 124P-2 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 1lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 112

Form & Verdict
Won at Newcastle in 2022 in a bumper and a maiden hurdle; had wind surgery in August and her second of 12 at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft; not proven on soft) on chase/seasonal debut was a good effort in the tongue-tie first time; there's room for improvement in her jumping and, although raised 3lb, she could be thereabouts.
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5th

9

18th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

I Am Gonna Be

10st 10lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

in touch with leaders, not fluent and dropped to last 6th

12/1

5th

9

18th Apr 2024

Good

3m 1f 56y

Class 2

14:05 Cheltenham

I Am Gonna Be

10st 10lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

in touch with leaders, not fluent and dropped to last 6th

12/1

0

6

5th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 4f 68y

Class 3

13:20 Musselburgh

I Am Gonna Be

10st 5lb

J: Patrick Wadge

T: Lucinda Russell

She was perhaps fading when badly hampered by a faller three out at Cheltenham (2m4f, soft) three weeks ago; however, prior to that she was a promising second on her chase/stable debut at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) and is in calculations on that form; runner-up in a point on soft ground.

7/2

Form: P136-1

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Two chase wins over about 2m6f last winter but she showed something new when easily accounting for her four rivals over about 3m at Chepstow (soft) on reappearance three weeks ago; 9lb higher today and back down in trip but she did it well last time.
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9th

8

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Mad About Sally

11st 4lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Oliver Signy

Two chase wins over about 2m6f last winter but she showed something new when easily accounting for her four rivals over about 3m at Chepstow (soft) on reappearance three weeks ago; 9lb higher today and back down in trip but she did it well last time.

11/2

1st

2

24th Nov 2023

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:50 Chepstow

Mad About Sally

11st 10lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Oliver Signy

Two chase wins last winter over shorter; hasn't looked the strongest stayer in three runs over 3m under rules and she'll need to be cherry ripe to take this back from 232 days on the sidelines.

7/1

Form: 33-117 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Won at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in May and Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) in October on her first two attempts over rules fences; needs to bounce back from a poor show at Kempton, where she jumped to her left; won a 2021 hurdle race on soft.
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0

9

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 3

13:50 Cheltenham

Petticoat Lucy

11st 2lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won at Newton Abbot (2m5f, good) in May and Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) in October on her first two attempts over rules fences; needs to bounce back from a poor show at Kempton, where she jumped to her left; won a 2021 hurdle race on soft.

14/1

7th

5

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

15:30 Kempton

Petticoat Lucy

11st 3lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won quite cosily at Exeter (2m3f, good to soft) last month, after a break, and is now 2-2 over fences; latest 6lb rise could have been worse and she commands respect in current form.

5/2

Form: 11-224 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
On the up in February-May in handicap hurdles and she's resumed with two good efforts in 2m4f handicap chases, latterly when helping to make the running and finishing on the heels of Game On For Glory at Warwick (soft); dropped 1lb and may have more improvement in her.
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1st

4

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Malaita

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

Won the 2m4f handicap hurdle at this meeting last year (on good); reliable sort who's progressive too, judged on her 9l win in four-runner race at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago, which was her sixth run and first win over fences; often front-runner but not that day; 6lb higher today and could still do with jumping more fluently (earlier fell three out here in December) but she needs plenty of respect.

5/2

1st

4

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Malaita

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Mel Rowley

Won the 2m4f handicap hurdle at this meeting last year (on good); reliable sort who's progressive too, judged on her 9l win in four-runner race at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago, which was her sixth run and first win over fences; often front-runner but not that day; 6lb higher today and could still do with jumping more fluently (earlier fell three out here in December) but she needs plenty of respect.

5/2

1st

4

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

Malaita

11st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Mel Rowley

No match for the winner when runner-up over C&D (soft) the last twice and vulnerable if bumping into anything ahead of the handicapper, but she can give another good account and that might be enough to see her win this.

5/4

Form: 34-12P

Last run: 29 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Unraced on worse than good to soft; easily won a match on chase debut at Uttoxeter (3m) in May; appeared to run creditably, despite jumping to her right, when second at Newton Abbot (3m2f) in July but followed that with a poor show at Market Rasen four weeks ago; that prompts headgear first time.
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1st

5

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Brianna Rose

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Unproven on soft/heavy ground; beat just one rival (who was well below par) at Uttoxeter last May; has a question mark over current form and can be opposed.

8/1

5

14th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 44y

Class 5

15:32 Hereford

Brianna Rose

11st 9lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Martin Keighley

Unproven on soft/heavy ground; beat just one rival (who was well below par) at Uttoxeter last May; has a question mark over current form and can be opposed.

8/1

Non-runners

Game On For Glory

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £31.00
Straight Forecast £28.63
Tricast £347.22
Trifecta £419.90

Selections

TOPSPEED:

Walk In Clover

RP RATINGS:

Mad About Sally

SPOTLIGHT:

La Malmason

POSTDATA:

Malaita

The Star:

I Am Gonna Be

WEST COUNTRY:

Petticoat Lucy

Daily Mail:

La Malmason

D Express:

La Malmason

The Times:

Walk In Clover

Telegraph:

Walk In Clover

The Guardian:

Walk In Clover

The Sun:

Walk In Clover

LAMBOURN:

Mad About Sally

Daily Mirror:

Mad About Sally

Daily Record:

Mad About Sally