February 13 / 16.10 Lingfield

16.10

Soft

Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4700.09
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 4
  • 7 runners
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Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Handicap Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £3.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: 43F-43

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Winning hurdler; tailed off on chase debut but then went in a tongue-tie following wind surgery and duly ran much better to finish a close third at Leicester (2m, soft); open to improvement over this far.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

6th

5

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:20 Perth

Clonakilty

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won when back up in trip at Lingfield (2m4f, soft) in February and bounced back from lesser run to win in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Southwell (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago; had just two rivals to beat last time but he's progressive and entitled to respect today.

100/30

6th

5

24th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

14:20 Perth

Clonakilty

11st 6lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

Won when back up in trip at Lingfield (2m4f, soft) in February and bounced back from lesser run to win in first-time cheekpieces (retained) at Southwell (2m4f, heavy) three weeks ago; had just two rivals to beat last time but he's progressive and entitled to respect today.

100/30

1st

3

4th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

14:35 Southwell

Clonakilty

11st 9lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Olly Murphy

took keen hold, in touch with leaders, not fluent 8th, headway and went second 4 out, challenging 3 out, pushed along and led before 2 out, ridden and 2 lengths ahead when jumped slightly left last, readily

7/2

7/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 3-4341 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
A well-held third behind Sherborne in December but seemed to appreciate the galloping nature of Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) when staying on best to win there three weeks ago; had little in hand but a 3lb rise is fair and he should be thereabouts.
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2

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 7f 3y

Class 4

15:50 Taunton

Kingofthewest

11st 10lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

raced in second, fell 3rd

5/2

2nd

4

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Kingofthewest

11st 9lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

prominent, left in third 9th, stayed on run-in, went third towards finish, no match for winner

7/2

Form: 14241P C

Last run: 43 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Dual hurdle winner; beat his nine rivals well at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) well enough to earn a 7lb rise and was beaten too far out to blame the step up to 3m at Exeter on New Year's Day; hasn't been the easiest to predict but has possibilities if returning to his winning form.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

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: P1F-P3 D

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 98

Form & Verdict
Needed a confidence booster and went down by only 4l from the front at Plumpton a month ago (2m3f, soft); perhaps on a toughish mark (sole chase win off 5lb higher) but unlikely to be far away if building on latest run.
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Verdict Starting price

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:40 Ffos Las

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Still to get his head in front this term and he made mistakes when trailing in last of eight in 2m5f Hereford handicap chase 20 days ago; others appeal more.

4/1

1

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

15:40 Ffos Las

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Still to get his head in front this term and he made mistakes when trailing in last of eight in 2m5f Hereford handicap chase 20 days ago; others appeal more.

4/1

8th

1

27th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 194y

Class 5

16:45 Hereford

Grizzly James

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Won this last year (good to soft) and has run well in defeat on two of his last three starts, most recently at Huntingdon (2m7f, soft) this month; he's a strong candidate today.

3/1

Form: 25-39

Last run: 23 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced; best effort was his close second in a 2m4f novice hurdle at Plumpton in late 2022; only ninth on his handicap debut at Lingfield (2m3f, soft; 28-1) but that was a warm race; goes chasing with low mileage and he's bred for it.
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Tea And Chats

11st 9lb

J: Sgt Nathan Rahman

T: Chris Gordon

Twice placed over hurdles but needs to get back on song as he was disappointing on his chase debut before finishing a remote second back hurdling in a Fontwell maiden; good ground is an unknown.

16/1

6th

8

21st Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 179y

Class 5

13:22 Wincanton

Tea And Chats

11st 9lb

J: Sgt Nathan Rahman

T: Chris Gordon

Twice placed over hurdles but needs to get back on song as he was disappointing on his chase debut before finishing a remote second back hurdling in a Fontwell maiden; good ground is an unknown.

16/1

2nd

3

28th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 49y

Class 4

13:57 Fontwell

Tea And Chats

11st 7lb

J: Rex Dingle

T: Chris Gordon

in touch with leaders, lost ground after 3 out, stayed on after 2 out, went modest second run-in, no match for winner

4/1

OUR TIP

Form: 235-U3

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Winning hurdler; in the process of running well before unseating rider at third-last fence at Southwell (2m, good to soft) on chase debut and didn't run badly at Taunton (soft) for all that he was beaten about 11l in a four-runner race; the cheekpieces tried that day are soon dispensed with but he could go well.
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Verdict Starting price

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

13:45 Southwell

Couldbeaweapon

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Yet to match his hurdle form in three chase runs, the best of them coming when wearing cheekpieces (absent today) in January; dangerous mark but needs to brush up his jumping.

8/1

7

23rd Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

13:45 Southwell

Couldbeaweapon

11st 6lb

J: Ben Jones

T: Ben Pauling

Yet to match his hurdle form in three chase runs, the best of them coming when wearing cheekpieces (absent today) in January; dangerous mark but needs to brush up his jumping.

8/1

Form: /6/P40

Last run: 32 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict
Back from an absence with a good Flat run last May but has offered little over hurdles since, latterly tried in blinkers (replacing cheekpieces); goes in no headgear this time but has questions to answer on chasing debut, for which he's not bred.
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3rd

5

11th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 114y

Class 4

16:30 Plumpton

Casa Loupi

11st 7lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

in touch with leaders, dropped to rear and pushed along 7th, not fluent 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off

20/1

1

13th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:10 Lingfield

Casa Loupi

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

pressed leaders, led after 2nd, pressed leaders when headed 8th, going okay when fell 9th

12/1

12th

1

12th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 3f 179y

Class 4

13:30 Wincanton

Casa Loupi

12st 0lb

J: Niall Houlihan

T: Gary Moore

Last win was at this track in April 2021; returned from an absence with a good Flat run last May but his two runs since (over hurdles in November) were uninspiring; return of cheekpieces did nothing last time and now he tries first-time blinkers; yard is going well.

25/1

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Payout
Exacta £12.00
Straight Forecast £12.79
Trifecta £64.40

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Kingofthewest

POSTDATA:

Clonakilty

TOPSPEED:

Sherborne

SPOTLIGHT:

Tea And Chats

Telegraph:

Couldbeaweapon

RP RATINGS:

Grizzly James

The Times:

Clonakilty

D Express:

Clonakilty

The Guardian:

Kingofthewest

Daily Mail:

Kingofthewest

The Sun:

Kingofthewest

The Star:

Kingofthewest

Daily Mirror:

Sherborne

Daily Record:

Sherborne