February 23 / 15.20 Warwick

15.20

Heavy

Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 4f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 6 runners
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Feldon Dunsmore Budbrooke Handicap Chase

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

Form: /C32/1 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 12st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; ex-French 7yo who scored easily at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) this month on British debut and return from very long absence; open to further progress over fences and could well defy a 10lb rise provided he doesn't bounce.
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13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Demnat

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who won easily on his stable debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten the next twice and his stamina isn't guaranteed, but he ran well for a long way in a prominent pitch in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) last month and this track is less demanding; not written off.

16/1

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Demnat

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who won easily on his stable debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten the next twice and his stamina isn't guaranteed, but he ran well for a long way in a prominent pitch in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) last month and this track is less demanding; not written off.

16/1

9th

18

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Demnat

11st 1lb

J: Miss A B O’Connor

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who returned from long absence at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) last month and was an impressive winner on stable debut; remains lightly raced and retains potential, but he was a well-beaten third of five at Newbury (2m, heavy) a fortnight ago and isn't bred to be a stayer; others are more solid.

33/1

Form: 2U9425 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Sole chase win came in 2019; however, shaped better than bare result in useful event at Cheltenham (2m4f) most recently and has possibilities off current mark back down in grade; acts on heavy.
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7

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Champagne Mystery

11st 5lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Poor 1-17 strike-rate over fences but fair fifth in hot Cheltenham handicap (2m4f, good to soft) in January on first run back with this yard and ran well when 2l third of six at Kempton (2m4f, soft) last month; this 10yo now contests his first veterans' chase and is firmly in calculations.

7/2

3rd

8

24th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

16:10 Kempton

Champagne Mystery

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Campaigned in France from October 2021 until November 2023, winning once (over hurdles) and making the frame plenty of times; not disgraced in a warm race at Cheltenham four weeks ago on his return to British soil, taking fifth of 13 at 50-1, but he is only 1-16 over fences (the win in 2019) and does not look the percentage call.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: P32141 CD

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Successful in novice handicap over C&D (soft) last month, taking chase record to 2-3; acts on heavy; may prove capable of further improvement in this sphere and commands respect up 5lb.
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2nd

3

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Ballycamus

11st 4lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

2-4 since switched to fences in the autumn, the latter win gained at Warwick (2m4f, soft) in January; posted another good effort when second at Newbury (2m4f, heavy) this month and will be fine back at 3m; probably won't be far away.

4/1

2nd

3

1st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 3

15:00 Newbury

Ballycamus

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Successful in lower grade at Warwick (2m4f, soft) most recently, taking chase record to 2-3; now 5lb higher back in stiffer company and was well behind Passing Well here two starts ago; however, can't rule out further improvement in this sphere.

9/2

Abandoned

Form: 3-3233 C

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; point/hurdles winner who is a consistent sort; has form figures of 233 since switched to chasing, most recently running well in notable novice handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f) won by a leading Turners hope; strong chance off same mark back down in class.
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8th

4

9th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 10y

Class 3

16:40 Sandown

Es Perfecto

11st 6lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

held up in rear

7/4

3rd

12

27th Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Es Perfecto

10st 4lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Alan King

No match for Ginny's Destiny on the Old course here (2m4f, soft) on chase debut in November but a drastic weights turnaround favours him; never in the picture but made late headway into third behind Blow Your Wad at Kempton (2m4f, good) since and there's little between them at the weights; can improve.

6/1

Form: 23U34P D

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Folded tamely in Listed grade eight weeks ago; generally consistent otherwise this term and ran particularly well at Cheltenham in November; first-time hood looks a plus (sometimes pulls hard); not dismissed.
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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

Abandoned

Form: 1P-542 C

Last run: 23 days

W: 10st 5lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; had wind surgery prior to his respectable second at Leicester (2m4f, soft) last month and may build on that effort; remains on a handy mark and gets plenty of weight all round; interesting.
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2nd

2

31st Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 43y

Class 4

16:29 Market Rasen

Will Sting

11st 10lb

J: Dylan Whelan

T: Lucy Wadham

disputed lead, raced in second after 2nd

4/1

4th

6

29th Feb 2024

Soft

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

16:00 Wetherby

Will Sting

10st 10lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Lucy Wadham

Inconsistent but returned to form when runner-up at Leicester (2m4f, soft) four weeks ago on his first run since wind surgery; remains on last winning mark and can be in the mix if backing up that latest performance.

7/2

Verdict

Demnat (second choice) has to be feared, assuming he avoids the bounce factor. ES PERFECTO is a strong alternative back down in grade, while Ballycamus and Will Sting are also respected.[Steve Boow]