February 16 / 15.10 Fakenham

15.10

Soft

Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 5f 44y
  • Class 4
  • 6 runners
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Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

11/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.40
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3-4634

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 5lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles in France (heavy); early days over fences and followed his close third at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) with similar form at Newbury (2m6f), for all that he was beaten further; thereabouts.
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2

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Invincible Nao

11st 11lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

Keen-going front-runner who came good over fences with 14l success at Fakenham (2m5f, soft) last month and took another step forward when close second in valuable event at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; commands respect in current form.

3/1

2nd

7

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Invincible Nao

10st 5lb

J: David Noonan

T: Gary Moore

French hurdle winner who was 0-9 in Britain prior to winning at Fakenham (2m5f, soft) three weeks ago on his fourth chase start; he's up 8lb and today will be a much tougher test of his credentials, but he impressed last time and things may now have clicked for this 6yo.

11/2

1st

4

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Invincible Nao

11st 5lb

J: Caoilin Quinn

T: Gary Moore

Won over hurdles in France (heavy); early days over fences and followed his close third at Lingfield (2m4f, good to soft) with similar form at Newbury (2m6f), for all that he was beaten further; thereabouts.

11/4

13/2

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 5-5P53

Last run: 25 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict
Won off 6lb higher over hurdles and ran his best race yet over fences to finish a near 10l third at Warwick (2m4f, soft; first run in cheekpieces); likely contender if none the worse for trying blinkers.
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3rd

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Pearly Island

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

This trip could be on the short side but it was a likeable display when getting off the mark over fences at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft; fine on drier ground) and, overall, he probably has the least to prove here even off a 7lb higher mark.

7/2

3rd

4

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 0f 214y

Class 4

17:20 Plumpton

Pearly Island

11st 9lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

This trip could be on the short side but it was a likeable display when getting off the mark over fences at Huntingdon (2m4f, soft; fine on drier ground) and, overall, he probably has the least to prove here even off a 7lb higher mark.

7/2

1st

2

13th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

16:30 Huntingdon

Pearly Island

12st 0lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Lucy Wadham

0-5 over fences but headgear seems to have helped on last two outings, and the form of last month's Fakenham second (2m5f, soft; first-time blinkers) was well advertised by the winner in a valuable race at the weekend; has cheekpieces refitted today; course winner over hurdles; high on the list.

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 325-4P

Last run: 106 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Pulled up on his chase debut at Stratford and the excuse that the soft ground was against him didn't really wash when he won over hurdles on heavy; not badly handicapped on the pick of his hurdle form but probably best watched for now in this discipline; has had wind surgery.
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3rd

1

12th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 59y

Class 4

16:20 Fakenham

El Muchacho

12st 0lb

J: Bradley Harris

T: Harriet Dickin

Not an instant success over fences but got his act together and won readily at Plumpton (2m1f, good) 11 days ago; still well handicapped on hurdling form; obvious contender.

15/8

14/1

Form: 65/31- CD

Last run: 458 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 101

Form & Verdict
Won over hurdles here and it was over C&D that he got off the mark over fences at just the second attempt 15 months ago; returns off only 2lb higher but the long absence has to be a concern.
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5th

1

1st Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 38y

Class 5

15:42 Fakenham

Conceroe

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Ben Case

Well beaten here in February, after a long absence, but returned to form with good effort in defeat here (3m5f, good) last month; will be fine over today's shorter trip; high on the list.

7/2

Form: 312131 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 10lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Has not looked back since undergoing wind surgery and it was all fairly straightforward when beating a reliable type at Hereford a month ago (2m5f, good); bumped up 7lb for that but coped with testing ground in France and he makes plenty of appeal.
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2

16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Imac Wood

11st 10lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Has not looked back since undergoing wind surgery and it was all fairly straightforward when beating a reliable type at Hereford a month ago (2m5f, good); bumped up 7lb for that but coped with testing ground in France and he makes plenty of appeal.

5/2

1st

8

15th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 194y

Class 4

14:37 Hereford

Imac Wood

11st 2lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Two-time French chase winner who has turned a big corner since returning from wind surgery, winning his second race of 2023 over C&D (good) in November; patiently ridden when close up off this 4lb higher mark at Doncaster and fully entitled to be in the mix once again.

3/1

3rd

12

15th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 115y

Class 4

13:05 Doncaster

Imac Wood

11st 1lb

J: Chris Ward

T: Deborah Cole

Two-time French chase winner who won at Worcester (2m4f, good) in August on his second British chase start and was back on the scoresheet at Hereford (2m5f, good) last month; a 4lb rise for last time isn't harsh and this thriving 5yo could play a leading role once more.

5/1

Form: 6-2451 D

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Had been struggling but off a reduced mark he finally came good over fences with a narrow success at Kelso (2m5f, soft); this place should suit his prominent running style and Harry Cobden is a good booking; back up 5lb.
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16th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 5f 44y

Class 4

15:10 Fakenham

Tupelo Mississippi

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Brian Ellison

Had been struggling but off a reduced mark he finally came good over fences with a narrow success at Kelso (2m5f, soft); this place should suit his prominent running style and Harry Cobden is a good booking; back up 5lb.

11/4

1st

6

14th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 5f 133y

Class 4

13:50 Kelso

Tupelo Mississippi

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Brian Ellison

His form has gone the wrong way and he was soundly beaten on his last two starts in October; however, he's dropped to a dangerous mark and is worth a second look given the flying form of his stable.

8/1

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Payout
Exacta £7.10
Straight Forecast £8.29
Trifecta £38.50

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Tupelo Mississippi

SPOTLIGHT:

Invincible Nao

Telegraph:

Conceroe

D Express:

Imac Wood

The Times:

El Muchacho

TOPSPEED:

Invincible Nao

POSTDATA:

Invincible Nao

The Sun:

Imac Wood

The Guardian:

Conceroe

Daily Mail:

Conceroe

Daily Mirror:

Tupelo Mississippi

The Star:

Tupelo Mississippi

Daily Record:

Tupelo Mississippi