December 23 / 15.00 Ascot

15.00

Good To Soft

Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £56950
  • 2m 7f 180y
  • Class 1
  • 10 runners
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Howden Silver Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

11/2 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 2574-1 CD

Last run: 49 days

W: 12st 0lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Dual chase winner in the mud in France but he was seen in a spectacularly new light when comfortably winning a valuable C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago on second run for this yard; lost momentum at the final fence, where two of his rivals (including the staying-on Yeah Man) came down when disputing second but it's not hard to think that a 4lb rise underestimates him.
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13

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Victtorino

11st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Made bright start to chase career in Britain when winning two 3m handicaps at Ascot (soft and good) before Christmas but he could keep on only at the same pace when beaten nearly 5l back over 3m there 24 days ago and this looks so much harder.

18/1

4th

2

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Victtorino

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

prominent

100/30

7th

5

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:15 Cheltenham

Victtorino

11st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

in rear, slow jump 9th

5/1

11/2

  • Place: £1.90

Form: 210-2F D

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Made debut under rules (after just one run in a point) last October; seen mostly over fences and was in the process of showing improved form when he fell at the final fence in major C&D handicap (soft) seven weeks ago, outpaced from six out but rallying strongly up the straight and only 2l down on Victtorino when departing; should prove well suited by further in due course but only 2lb higher today and has a big shout barring mishaps.
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9th

8

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Yeah Man

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, mistake and weakened 3 out, jumped badly left last

9/1

9th

8

1st Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 5f 24y

17:00 Fairyhouse

Yeah Man

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

didn't always jump with fluency, in touch with leaders, prominent 4 out, mistake and weakened 3 out, jumped badly left last

9/1

1st

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 1

15:15 Haydock

Yeah Man

10st 12lb

J: Sean Flanagan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Made debut under rules (ran in just one point) in October 2022; seen mostly over fences and was rallying strongly when he fell at the final fence in a major Ascot handicap (3m, soft) in November this term; again found his stride late on over that same C&D (good) in December, this time getting away with a last-fence error and running on into second; cheekpieces go on; probably acts on heavy going; second over 3m2f last May and looks the type to come into his own now over 3m4f, barring mishaps.

11/2

10/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: 926-U2 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; last won in early 2022 but nearly took a valuable Kempton 3m handicap in February off 2lb lower; has run creditably both starts this term, including runner-up over 2m5f here on latest; each-way chance.
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8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

8

12th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 1

16:05 Aintree

Flegmatik

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Won at Kempton (3m, good to soft) in January and good runs in defeat there the next twice (3m/2m4f, soft/good to soft), clear second last time; has his first run here and has a particularly good record at Kempton, but he can also be effective elsewhere and this consistent 9yo holds each-way claims.

20/1

2nd

3

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Flegmatik

11st 6lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Ran creditably in major 3m handicap here (soft) three weeks ago, taking Kempton form figures to 3110214; scored comfortably on sole C&D attempt (good to soft); well suited by this venue and holds solid claims, for all that he remains on career-high mark.

5/2

OUR TIP

Form: 21P1-1 D

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 138

Form & Verdict
Ran no race at Uttoxeter in March but has otherwise been a notable improver since joining this trainer and has won three of his five starts for him; latest was on reappearance at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft; acts on heavy) six weeks ago in the Badger Beer, with another 14l back to the third, and this 8yo demands major respect despite 6lb rise.
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6

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Blackjack Magic

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Acts on any ground; largely progressive chase form includes a success in notable handicap at Wincanton (3m1f) in November; disappointing last time but may rebound provided he takes well to first-time blinkers; not written off.

5/1

5th

1

3rd Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 2

15:45 Sandown

Blackjack Magic

12st 0lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Anthony Honeyball

3-6 over fences; useful form in a couple of notable handicaps this term, winning at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) then fourth at Ascot (3m, good); may still have further progress in him; major contender.

3/1

Form: 2/71-3

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced now but won at Wincanton (3m1f) in February and creditable third under Freddie Gingell over C&D four weeks ago (both on good); acts on good to soft but he was withdrawn the last five times he was due to run on soft; probably needs career best.
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3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Switch Hitter

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, bumped 1st, dropped to rear 12th, pulled up before 5 out

8/1

3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Switch Hitter

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, bumped 1st, dropped to rear 12th, pulled up before 5 out

8/1

3

9th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Switch Hitter

11st 13lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Ran respectably in two 3m events at Ascot towards the end of last year, fifth of ten in valuable contest on second occasion; requires more if he's to return to winning ways but drying ground would help his cause (all successes on good).

15/2

Form: 2211-1 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Won six of nine races under rules; all of his five chases have been in small fields but he looks on the up, ending last season with two wins at Catterick (3m1f, soft) in January and reappearing with another at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) last month; up another 5lb and this is much more of a test but he may well pass it.
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3rd

19

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Git Maker

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Mastered Whacker Clan two out in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) five weeks ago and beat him 18l into third, facing an impossible task however against Inothewayurthinkin who has since added an impressive Grade 1 novice win at Aintree; has never been further than that big-race second over 3m2f but has had entries in major staying handicaps and may well be suited by today's test.

6/1

3rd

19

20th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 7f 176y

Class 1

15:35 Ayr

Git Maker

10st 3lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

Mastered Whacker Clan two out in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) five weeks ago and beat him 18l into third, facing an impossible task however against Inothewayurthinkin who has since added an impressive Grade 1 novice win at Aintree; has never been further than that big-race second over 3m2f but has had entries in major staying handicaps and may well be suited by today's test.

6/1

2nd

19

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Git Maker

11st 1lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Jamie Snowden

Last year's hat-trick of handicap chase wins (2m7f/3m1f, soft/good to soft) came in small fields and he was a soundly beaten sixth of ten at Ascot (3m, good) in December last time; however, he's better than that and may be able to rediscover his previously progressive ways now back from a break.

20/1

Form: /664-1 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but he had wind surgery (his third) in August and reappeared with a win at Exeter (3m, good to soft) six weeks ago when he travelled much the best before hanging on by half a length; up 6lb but could have more to offer.
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7th

9

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Make Me A Believer

11st 3lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; unable to hit the same heights over fences last season, following a near-two-year absence, but he had wind surgery (his third) in August and reappeared with a win at Exeter (3m, good to soft) six weeks ago when he travelled much the best before hanging on by half a length; up 6lb but could have more to offer.

11/1

1st

8

10th Nov 2023

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 3

16:00 Exeter

Make Me A Believer

11st 8lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

towards rear of midfield, midfield 10th, prominent 13th, disputed lead 4 out, pushed along when led clearly 2 out, 4 lengths ahead when hung left and ridden run-in, much reduced lead towards finish, all out

9/1

4th

2

1st Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 3

15:55 Uttoxeter

Make Me A Believer

11st 9lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: David Pipe

Very promising novice hurdler in 2020-21; missed all of last season but made encouraging chase/handicap debut in December (2m3f) and didn't run badly before looking a non-stayer over 3m last month; drops back in trip here and is 5lb lower now; dangerous to ignore.

7/1

14/1

Form: 6723-4 CD

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 5lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Last two wins were over C&D (autumn 2021 and 2022) and he's effective on a range of ground; his reappearance six weeks ago was not as good as those in the previous two campaigns but he has a good mark and enters calculations.
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4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

Form: 893U11 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Initially disappointing over fences but won at Galway (2m6f, heavy) and Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last two outings; 9lb raise demands more from him (5lb claimer is recruited) but this 6yo probably has more to give.
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0

13

27th Jan 2024

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:15 Doncaster

Hascoeur Clermont

10st 8lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Lost his first eight chases but came good at Galway in October (heavy) and followed up in a competitive 3m1f handicap at Cheltenham (soft); should have been fine on the good ground at Ascot (3m) two days before Christmas but he dropped away up the straight; he's better than that.

18/1

9th

11

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Hascoeur Clermont

10st 12lb

J: Conor Stone-Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Initially disappointing over fences but won at Galway (2m6f, heavy) and Cheltenham (3m1f, soft) last two outings; 9lb raise demands more from him (5lb claimer is recruited) but this 6yo probably has more to give.

7/1

1st

17

18th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 3

13:10 Cheltenham

Hascoeur Clermont

10st 6lb

J: Mr N McParlan

T: Gavin Cromwell

Initially disappointing over fences but just did enough to open account at Galway (2m6f, heavy) three weeks ago, his eighth attempt; needs to build on that performance but won't mind if the ground dries out.

14/1

Form: 2231F- D

Last run: 245 days

W: 11st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Always front rank in novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) in March to gain first chase win at seventh attempt; should stay beyond that but fell before push came to shove in the Scottish National in April when last seen; something to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft; withdrawn on intended return last month; needs improvement on chase form.
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7

2nd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 1y

Class 2

15:40 Doncaster

Flash Collonges

10st 11lb

J: Bryony Frost

T: Paul Nicholls

Belatedly came good over fences with Newbury win (2m7f, good) off 2lb lower a year ago but was well beaten on only appearance this season (at Ascot in December) and may need the ground to dry out here; others have more pressing claims.

20/1

10th

6

23rd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

15:00 Ascot

Flash Collonges

11st 6lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Always front rank in novice handicap at Newbury (near 3m, good) in March to gain first chase win at seventh attempt; should stay beyond that but fell before push came to shove in the Scottish National in April when last seen; something to prove if the ground is worse than good to soft; withdrawn on intended return last month; needs improvement on chase form.

10/1

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Payout
Exacta £27.20
Straight Forecast £24.66
Tricast £253.16
Trifecta £266.40

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Blackjack Magic

SPOTLIGHT:

Git Maker

The Times:

Yeah Man

RP RATINGS:

Victtorino

D Express:

Hascoeur Clermont

TOPSPEED:

Make Me A Believer

Daily Mail:

Yeah Man

POSTDATA:

Victtorino

LAMBOURN:

Git Maker

The Star:

Git Maker

Daily Record:

Git Maker

Telegraph:

Blackjack Magic

The Guardian:

Blackjack Magic

Daily Mirror:

Blackjack Magic

The Sun:

Blackjack Magic