February 24 / 14.33 Chepstow

14.33

Heavy

Pertemps Network Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £4700.09
  • 2m 3f 98y
  • Class 4
  • 5 runners
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Pertemps Network Novices’ Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Runners: 5 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

2/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.50
  • Place: £2.40

Form: 4-745F

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 113

Form & Verdict
Heavy-ground specialist who looked set to exploit some significant help from the handicapper before last-fence fall at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month; has to take a 4lb rise on the chin but remains well handicapped on older form.
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9

30th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 203y

Class 2

15:15 Haydock

Thor De Cerisy

11st 0lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Neil Mulholland

Easily won five-runner handicap at Chepstow (2m3f, heavy) last month and was travelling well when left alone four out to win three-runner handicap there (2m3f, heavy) a fortnight ago; this is a tougher test of his credentials but he's clearly in good heart and could be in the mix.

13/2

1st

3

17th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 3

15:35 Chepstow

Thor De Cerisy

11st 2lb

J: James Bowen

T: Neil Mulholland

Is progressing steadily for his current yard and he easily got off the mark over fences in five-runner handicap over C&D 22 days ago; hiked up 8lb but he's still not taken lightly.

5/2

1st

2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Thor De Cerisy

11st 9lb

J: James Bowen

T: Neil Mulholland

took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway after 5 out, challenging and going easily 3 out, led before 2 out, not fluent last, quickened clear run-in, comfortably

2/1

7/2

  • Place: £2.10

Form: 122552 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 104

Form & Verdict
Suffered dip in form after going close on chasing debut in November but got back on track with good run in defeat over C&D (heavy) last month and his current mark ought to be workable if he's in the right mood again.
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8th

10

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:12 Ffos Las

Walkinthewoods

10st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

0-7 since switched to fences in November but he's had some close calls at around 2m3f; disappointing at Chepstow last time and now switches back to hurdling but he won over C&D last spring and he seems versatile ground-wise; not ruled out.

7/1

8th

10

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:12 Ffos Las

Walkinthewoods

10st 13lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

always behind, tailed off

7/1

4th

2

1st Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

15:10 Chepstow

Walkinthewoods

11st 12lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

raced in last, detached before 6th, struggling after 11th, soon tailed off

3/1

Form: 423251 C

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Four-time hurdle winner; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish from unlikely position to lead close home here (2m, heavy) last month; that form looks somewhat dubious but she was only raised 1lb and will be fine over today's longer trip.
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3rd

3

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Midnight Ginger

10st 9lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Always ridden these days by claimer James Martin; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; two backward steps since, on heavy ground again over 2m3f and 3m; needs a return to her best but she did run creditably on good ground last spring.

6/1

3rd

3

18th Apr 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

15:15 Cheltenham

Midnight Ginger

10st 9lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Always ridden these days by claimer James Martin; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; two backward steps since, on heavy ground again over 2m3f and 3m; needs a return to her best but she did run creditably on good ground last spring.

6/1

4th

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

15:30 Market Rasen

Midnight Ginger

12st 0lb

J: James Martin

T: Andrew J Martin

Four-time hurdle winner; opened chasing account at second attempt, finishing with a flourish from unlikely position to lead close home at Chepstow (2m, heavy) in January; no impact when third of five at same track (2m3f) last month but she made some late gains and looks worth another try at this staying trip; not ruled out.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: -23121 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Had luck on his side when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) last month, where he looked set to finish third before Thor De Cerisy fell at the last and caused the horse in second to unseat rider; that said, he's now 2-4 over fences and could still have more to offer.
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7

3rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 214y

Class 4

14:40 Doncaster

Good Friday Fairy

11st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Ben Clarke

Front-runner; has improved switched to chasing this term, winning twice but he had luck on his side in a big way when scoring at Uttoxeter (2m4f, heavy) in January; disappointing favourite at Chepstow eight days ago, which is the chief negative but he also has not proved himself beyond 2m4f (one attempt); 5lb claimer is recruited.

7/1

4th

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Good Friday Fairy

11st 6lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Ben Clarke

led, 2 lengths ahead 5 out, faced challenge 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened

3/1

1st

5

27th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

15:08 Uttoxeter

Good Friday Fairy

11st 4lb

J: Nick Scholfield

T: Ben Clarke

Lightly raced 7yo who won a maiden hurdle last spring and is faring better over fences, the only one to finish at Fontwell in December; a promising winner had to work hard to get past him at Exeter since (2m3f, heavy); up 3lb but should have plenty going for him.

2/1

Form: /17-P7 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 11st 6lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Unexposed 7yo who won a heavy-ground bumper in 2022 and scored on hurdle debut at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) a year ago; soundly beaten in both chases this season but faced impossible task in warm Cheltenham novice on first occasion and ran well to a point in Doncaster handicap last time, having been badly hampered by a faller in the early stages; dangerous to ignore.
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5th

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 98y

Class 4

14:33 Chepstow

Blue Hop

11st 6lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

took keen hold, prominent, awkward jump 5 out, not fluent 4 out, weakened before 3 out

7/1

7th

5

28th Jan 2024

Good

2m 3f 31y

Class 4

12:50 Doncaster

Blue Hop

11st 11lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Won a bumper and 2m3f maiden hurdle among his first three starts; his only two runs since have been heavy defeats when big odds at Cheltenham, the latest last month when he switched to fences and had his tongue tied on first run since wind surgery; easily the last exposed, including as it's his handicap debut, but he also has the most to prove.

16/1

0

5

15th Dec 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 2

12:40 Cheltenham

Blue Hop

11st 4lb

J: Jack Quinlan

T: B F Brookhouse

Bumper winner who doubled his tally in an ordinary maiden hurdle at Ayr (2m3f, good to soft) before finishing well held in a novice here in April; had wind surgery in the meantime and a tongue-tie is added, but this represents a severe first assignment over fences.

40/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £21.90
Straight Forecast £23.27
Trifecta £68.60

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

Good Friday Fairy

TOPSPEED:

Walkinthewoods

The Times:

Midnight Ginger

RP RATINGS:

Thor De Cerisy

SPOTLIGHT:

Blue Hop

Daily Mirror:

Good Friday Fairy

The Star:

Good Friday Fairy

Daily Record:

Good Friday Fairy

POSTDATA:

Walkinthewoods

Telegraph:

Walkinthewoods

The Guardian:

Walkinthewoods

Daily Mail:

Midnight Ginger

D Express:

Thor De Cerisy