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Rhino.Bet Your New Bookmaker For 2024 Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5809.1
  • 3m 0f 54y
  • Class 4
  • 10 runners
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Rhino.Bet Your New Bookmaker For 2024 Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £6.20
  • Place: £2.10

Form: 48P-23

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Placed in first two chases, and looked suited by the step up in trip when staying-on third over C&D (good to soft) six weeks ago; handles soft ground (unraced on heavy) and may still have a bigger run in him.
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9

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 3

15:42 Ffos Las

Leissieres Express

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

0-5 over hurdles but he's done well since switched to fences and made it 2-6 in this sphere when forging clear at Chepstow (3m6f, soft) last month; 10lb higher back in trip but his first chase win was at 3m and he's open to more progress; key player for in-form yard.

9/2

9

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

3m 1f 60y

Class 3

15:42 Ffos Las

Leissieres Express

11st 7lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

0-5 over hurdles but he's done well since switched to fences and made it 2-6 in this sphere when forging clear at Chepstow (3m6f, soft) last month; 10lb higher back in trip but his first chase win was at 3m and he's open to more progress; key player for in-form yard.

9/2

1st

6

21st Mar 2024

Soft

3m 6f 130y

Class 4

15:15 Chepstow

Leissieres Express

10st 13lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Consistent gelding but has won only once, over 3m on heavy ground at Exeter on New Year's Day (5lb lower); the obvious worry is that he's unraced beyond 3m1f and was quick enough to be competitive over 2m; might get outstayed but perhaps the most likely winner if he did see it out.

5/2

6/1

  • Place: £1.70

Form: 45-342 BF

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
A maiden after nine starts but began his chasing career with two good efforts in November, latterly when second at Southwell (3m, heavy); moves up in grade today but Beau Morgan claims a useful 5lb; respected.
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3rd

1

24th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

13:50 Catterick

Sadlers Bay

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Tom Gretton

Still a maiden but this is only his fourth run over fences and he beat all bar an in-form rival over 3m at Exeter (heavy) three weeks ago; unlikely to be far away.

3/1

2nd

9

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Sadlers Bay

11st 3lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Tom Gretton

A maiden after nine starts but began his chasing career with two good efforts in November, latterly when second at Southwell (3m, heavy); moves up in grade today but Beau Morgan claims a useful 5lb; respected.

6/1

2nd

3

28th Nov 2023

Good

3m 0f 60y

Class 5

13:10 Southwell

Sadlers Bay

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom Gretton

0-7 over hurdles but might have won at Warwick (3m1f, good to soft) in May had he not lost his footing just after the penultimate fight; satisfactory chase debut at Plumpton (near 2m4f) three weeks ago; probably acts on soft; one to consider seriously.

9/2

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14/1

  • Place: £3.60

Form: 217-2P

Last run: 39 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Grossly flattered by his proximity when second in an eventful race on seasonal/chase debut at Warwick (3m, soft) in November and was pulled up later that month; needs a good boost from the first-time blinkers here.
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1st

6

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

3m 1f 30y

Class 4

15:35 Wincanton

Pachacuti

11st 5lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Won over hurdles last February; placed in three of his four starts over fences and the form is solid; clear second off just 1lb lower at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) most recently and looks poised to go one better.

2/1

2nd

6

1st Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Pachacuti

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: David Pipe

Ran creditably in first-time cheekpieces at Exeter (3m, heavy) on New Year's Day and has now been placed in two of his three chase starts; hurdles success came off just 2lb lower; possibilities.

5/1

3rd

2

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Pachacuti

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Grossly flattered by his proximity when second in an eventful race on seasonal/chase debut at Warwick (3m, soft) in November and was pulled up later that month; needs a good boost from the first-time blinkers here.

14/1

Form: 37-556 C

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Course winner over hurdles; not beaten far in three chases this autumn but never really looked threatening in any of them and still needs to prove he's fully effective on slow ground; others have more pressing claims.
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3rd

18

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Gingerbred

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Came good over fences at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in early February and was runner-up twice on heavy ground last month (3m1f/3m); contests a deeper race here but will be suited by the quicker conditions and is well worth a crack at the marathon trip.

12/1

3rd

18

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Gingerbred

10st 12lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Came good over fences at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) in early February and was runner-up twice on heavy ground last month (3m1f/3m); contests a deeper race here but will be suited by the quicker conditions and is well worth a crack at the marathon trip.

12/1

2nd

3

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

16:20 Exeter

Gingerbred

11st 10lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Course hurdles winner (2m2f, good to soft) who got off the mark over fences at the fifth attempt at Ffos Las (3m, heavy) last month, and he's since been a good second at Wincanton (3m1f, heavy); solid contender.

7/2

Form: 4571U- CD

Last run: 248 days

W: 10st 9lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Returned to form to win by 6l over C&D last April but absent since unseating rider at Chepstow 17 days later and will probably find younger rivals better handicapped today; seems versatile regarding ground.
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5th

8

24th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 4

17:50 Taunton

Kingsmill Gin

10st 5lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Defied a similar mark in good fashion at Exeter 13 months ago (3m, good to soft; only four runs back); ran well for a long way on reappearance but was tired when pulled up again on heavy ground at Exeter 17 days ago; under these less demanding conditions she should go well if as good as she was.

8/1

5th

8

24th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 57y

Class 4

17:50 Taunton

Kingsmill Gin

10st 5lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Defied a similar mark in good fashion at Exeter 13 months ago (3m, good to soft; only four runs back); ran well for a long way on reappearance but was tired when pulled up again on heavy ground at Exeter 17 days ago; under these less demanding conditions she should go well if as good as she was.

8/1

8

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Exeter

Kingsmill Gin

10st 10lb

J: James Best

T: Jackie Du Plessis

Returned to form with 6l C&D (good to soft) win just under a year ago and put in good front-running shift when fifth on heavy ground here on seasonal reappearance in January; one to consider.

8/1

Form: 222867

Last run: 18 days

W: 11st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Very well handicapped on some of last year's placed form but returned from break with three below-par runs in the autumn and needs to turn a corner; won a heavy-ground hurdle in France in 2021 but may be best suited by good ground.
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6th

6

1st Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 4

14:45 Exeter

Balko Saint

11st 10lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Very well handicapped on some of last year's placed form but returned from break with three below-par runs in the autumn and needs to turn a corner; won a heavy-ground hurdle in France in 2021 but may be best suited by good ground.

16/1

7th

7

14th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

14:05 Taunton

Balko Saint

11st 2lb

J: Mr Peter Summers

T: Jane Williams

Runner-up four times over fences at up to 2m5f during the spring/summer but below par in a hurdle race/chase at Wincanton since returning from a break; up in trip; others have less to prove.

20/1

Form: 2313-3

Last run: 54 days

W: 11st 10lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Still 5lb higher than when opening account at Fontwell (2m5f, good to soft) last January but kept on for very respectable third behind two well-handicapped rivals on seasonal debut at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in November and goes on the shortlist here.
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1st

5

31st Mar 2024

Heavy

3m 3f 208y

Class 3

15:25 Ffos Las

Art Decco

10st 10lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

prominent, mistake 12th, went second after 4 out, left in lead 3 out, stayed on, ridden out

4/1

1st

1

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Art Decco

12st 0lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

in touch with leaders, slightly hampered 3rd

5/2

1st

9

14th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 1f 210y

Class 4

14:50 Fontwell

Art Decco

10st 11lb

J: Harry Kimber

T: Robert Walford

Won here (near 2m6f, good to soft; just 3lb higher today) last January; creditable third at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in November on reappearance, before a poor show at Exeter (3m, heavy; made bad mistake at the tenth) on New Year's Day; connections turn to headgear.

11/2

Form: 114241

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won twice over hurdles in the spring (2m4f/2m5f) and came good over fences at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago; recent 7lb rise asks quite a lot of him but he has possibilities if suited by today's step up in trip.
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2nd

5

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 35y

Class 4

14:30 Wincanton

Sherborne

10st 12lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

in touch with leaders, disputing third with one circuit to go, headway after 4 out, led before 2 out

13/2

Form: /33P-1 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Caused 50-1 surprise when winning comfortably by 9l over hurdles on last month's seasonal debut at Wincanton (3m, heavy) and remains well handicapped on older chasing form but has become unreliable and it's hard to predict whether he'll be in the right mood today.
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2nd

11

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Johnny B

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Dominated this race in 2022 and caused 50-1 surprise in heavy-ground hurdle race on seasonal debut in January but his record in recent years is very mixed and it's always hard to predict how he'll run.

16/1

2nd

11

26th Apr 2024

Good

3m 2f 54y

Class 4

17:10 Chepstow

Johnny B

11st 2lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Dominated this race in 2022 and caused 50-1 surprise in heavy-ground hurdle race on seasonal debut in January but his record in recent years is very mixed and it's always hard to predict how he'll run.

16/1

7th

4

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 118y

Class 4

15:55 Ascot

Johnny B

11st 10lb

J: James Davies

T: Chris Down

Caused 50-1 shock at Wincanton (3m, heavy; also suited by good ground) in December, after a long layoff, but pulled up twice since (chase/hurdle); not an easy one to predict.

20/1

Form: 417-42

Last run: 21 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Bettered his satisfactory seasonal/chase debut when staying-on second at Lingfield (2m7f, good to soft) three weeks ago and should be fine on the slower ground here (point winner on heavy); one to consider.
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15

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Stellar Stream

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Improved to win North Wales National at Bangor (3m5f, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces in February and was in front before unseating rider at third-last fence in West Wales National at Ffos Las (3m4f, heavy) last month; also has winning form on good ground, and evidently in very good nick.

8/1

15

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 4f 21y

Class 3

15:15 Cheltenham

Stellar Stream

11st 2lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Kayley Woollacott

Improved to win North Wales National at Bangor (3m5f, heavy) in first-time cheekpieces in February and was in front before unseating rider at third-last fence in West Wales National at Ffos Las (3m4f, heavy) last month; also has winning form on good ground, and evidently in very good nick.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £30.10
Straight Forecast £23.90
Tricast £186.02
Trifecta £301.80

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Leissieres Express

POSTDATA:

Sherborne

D Express:

Art Decco

RP RATINGS:

Balko Saint

The Sun:

Johnny B

The Times:

Leissieres Express

Telegraph:

Leissieres Express

The Guardian:

Leissieres Express

Daily Mail:

Leissieres Express

The Star:

Art Decco

TOPSPEED:

Balko Saint

WEST COUNTRY:

Sherborne

Daily Mirror:

Sherborne

Daily Record:

Sherborne