February 24 / 15.08 Chepstow

15.08

Heavy

Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £10406
  • 2m 7f 131y
  • Class 2
  • 12 runners
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Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Hurdle Series Qualifier) (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Hurdle Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Rain and snow

20/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.00
  • Place: £3.50

Form: 114110 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 7lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 118

Form & Verdict
Often leads; five wins last August-December, the last of which was over C&D (soft) at Christmas; up a further 7lb to another career-high mark at Huntingdon (good to soft) one month ago when that superb sequence came to an end and the scale of his defeat was concerning; needs to bounce back with another career best, aged 11.
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7th

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; an 11yo who has still won six of his last nine races (all staying handicap hurdles) but he bled from the nose when pulled up behind Gwennie May Boy at Uttoxeter last time and this race looks too hot.

33/1

7th

18

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Classic Concorde

10st 7lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; an 11yo who has still won six of his last nine races (all staying handicap hurdles) but he bled from the nose when pulled up behind Gwennie May Boy at Uttoxeter last time and this race looks too hot.

33/1

10

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Classic Concorde

11st 0lb

J: Connor Brace

T: David Brace

Often leads; some feat for an 11yo to have won six of his last eight starts (all staying handicap hurdles) and at his best in the mud, as he showed with an ultra-game defeat of Supremely West at Chepstow three weeks ago; has earned his career-high mark (up 7lb for last time) and there's no knocking him.

14/1

Form: -21122

Last run: 25 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
3-3 in bumpers and 2-5 hurdling; no match for the winner on last two starts but did well to rally for second of eight on handicap debut here (heavy) last time and this first foray beyond 2m5f under rules holds possibilities; Luke Scott, who rode for his last bumper win, returns; not dismissed.
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2nd

14

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Supremely West

10st 13lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

3-3 in bumpers and the winner of two novices; runner-up in all three handicaps (2m3f-2m7f; good to soft/heavy) and the application of some headgear looks a good move as he appeared to be going nowhere before flashing home for second behind Classic Concorde at Chepstow; if the blinkers help in any way then he should be on the scene.

7/1

2nd

10

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Supremely West

10st 9lb

J: Luke Scott

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

3-3 in bumpers and 2-5 hurdling; no match for the winner on last two starts but did well to rally for second of eight on handicap debut here (heavy) last time and this first foray beyond 2m5f under rules holds possibilities; Luke Scott, who rode for his last bumper win, returns; not dismissed.

7/1

2nd

3

30th Jan 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 100y

Class 3

14:45 Chepstow

Supremely West

11st 10lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Dr Richard Newland & Jamie Insole

in touch with leaders, mistake 3rd, not fluent 4 out, outpaced 3 out, rallied after 2 out, no chance with winner but went second approaching last, kept on

6/1

7/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: -38441 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Dual C&D winner over hurdles (2021); this season didn't go well, including over C&D two starts back, before he surged back to his best with a chase win on heavy ground at this track one month ago; that puts him back into serious calculations.
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1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Acts on heavy; form dipped at Bangor last time; well suited by Chepstow and gained his sole chase win, albeit somewhat fortuitously, over this C&D (off 2lb lower in January); return to this track is a plus.

8/1

1st

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 7f 131y

Class 4

14:15 Chepstow

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 12lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Acts on heavy; form dipped at Bangor last time; well suited by Chepstow and gained his sole chase win, albeit somewhat fortuitously, over this C&D (off 2lb lower in January); return to this track is a plus.

8/1

5th

5

23rd Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 30y

Class 3

14:30 Bangor-on-Dee

Bells Of Peterboro

11st 2lb

J: Alan Johns

T: Tim Vaughan

Looked in excellent nick when winning by 29l at Chepstow (2m7f, heavy) in January and has since been placed off today's mark over hurdles there; enters calculations.

5/1

OUR TIP

Form: 247-74 BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile hurdle win from April 2021; ran only once over hurdles last term, when soundly beaten in a Grade 1 on sole attempt both at 3m and in cheekpieces; now reverts from 2m4f chasing again, having been a disappointing favourite on latest outing; too many doubts.
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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Monmiral

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.

9/1

5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 149y

Class 1

13:20 Aintree

Monmiral

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Responded well to first-time blinkers when winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; 25-1) last month, in the process gaining his first success for nearly three years; up 6lb but he's still well treated judged on old form; leading contender again if the headgear has the same effect.

9/1

1st

14

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 7f 213y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Monmiral

10st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Yet to add to his Grade 1 juvenile win from April 2021; down the weights but something's been missing for over a year now, including in two runs over hurdles instead of fences; latest was last month's Chepstow qualifier, in which he kept hanging; tried cheekpieces twice and now it's blinkers.

25/1

Form: 106-20 D

Last run: 59 days

W: 11st 8lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Often leads and often ridden by Bradley Roberts; had a fine season last term, including winning the Warwick qualifier (3m1f, heavy), except for her heavy defeat in the final at Cheltenham; chase/seasonal debut in October looked promising, which was followed by a flop over hurdles (good to soft) but today's more testing ground should help; needs peak form.
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6

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Glimpse Of Gala

11st 6lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Often leads; last season was a good one in staying hurdles; reappeared over fences and then tailed off back hurdling at Kempton; however, getting back on slower ground was a positive when a 13l fifth to Classic Concorde at Chepstow and he was within 2l of Thursday's Cheltenham winner Monmiral; ran in snatches that day but unlikely to be far away.

40/1

5th

4

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Glimpse Of Gala

11st 8lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Often leads and often ridden by Bradley Roberts; had a fine season last term, including winning the Warwick qualifier (3m1f, heavy), except for her heavy defeat in the final at Cheltenham; chase/seasonal debut in October looked promising, which was followed by a flop over hurdles (good to soft) but today's more testing ground should help; needs peak form.

8/1

10th

1

27th Dec 2023

Good

3m 0f 121y

Class 2

15:40 Kempton

Glimpse Of Gala

12st 0lb

J: Bradley Roberts

T: Charlie Longsdon

Often leads; has won on good going and handles good to soft but she improved for soft- and heavy-ground staying hurdles last winter; no great slack in her mark now back hurdling after a promising chase debut on reappearance in October but she shouldn't be far away.

9/2

Form: 3213 C

Last run: 31 days

W: 10st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Irish maiden point winner on heavy; consistent form in his four runs over hurdles; 13l third of four on handicap debut here (2m3f, heavy) one month ago showed that improvement is needed but it's not forgotten how impressive he was in a maiden over that same C&D (soft) time before; early days and new trip, so it will be interesting to see his strength in the betting.
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2nd

2

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Minella Blueway

11st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Impressive in winning his maiden on soft ground and has been running in stronger handicaps than this the last twice (2m7f, heavy); off a reduced mark he could have a part to play.

14/1

2nd

2

16th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 191y

Class 4

16:50 Ffos Las

Minella Blueway

11st 9lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Impressive in winning his maiden on soft ground and has been running in stronger handicaps than this the last twice (2m7f, heavy); off a reduced mark he could have a part to play.

14/1

9th

17

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Minella Blueway

10st 6lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Behind three of these last time at Chepstow (in Classic Concorde's race) but that was only his second handicap start and he was impressive in winning his maiden on soft ground; could outrun his odds.

25/1

Form: 3-454P C BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won a novice here; sent chasing this term, staying on well when good fourth at Sandown (3m, soft) on third attempt but a flop when favourite over 3m4f on heavy at Haydock latest; wore cheekpieces for those last two starts; back hurdling in need of a career best.
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4th

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Collectors Item

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

raced in second, niggled along briefly after 10th, pushed along from 14th, weakened 4 out

6/1

7th

5

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Collectors Item

11st 5lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Won a novice here; sent chasing this term, staying on well when good fourth at Sandown (3m, soft) on third attempt but a flop when favourite over 3m4f on heavy at Haydock latest; wore cheekpieces for those last two starts; back hurdling in need of a career best.

11/1

0

3

30th Dec 2023

Heavy

3m 4f 97y

Class 2

13:25 Haydock

Collectors Item

11st 5lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Went very close in Grade 2 novice hurdle here (3m, good to soft) in February; has matched that useful hurdle form in 3m handicap chases on his last two outings, staying on well in the closing stages after getting outpaced when fourth over 3m at Sandown (soft) in first-time cheekpieces (retained) 22 days ago; the extra 4f now should be very much in his favour.

7/4

Form: 2-53UF

Last run: 13 days

W: 11st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Came to grief in three of his five races over fences, but he'd just taken the lead at Exeter (3m, heavy) 13 days ago when falling three out; judged on that, he needs considering on this return to hurdling.
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2nd

3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Conkwell Legend

11st 1lb

J: James Bowen

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in last

4/1

2nd

3

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 6f 153y

Class 3

15:35 Exeter

Conkwell Legend

11st 1lb

J: James Bowen

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in last

4/1

3rd

1

20th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 4f 97y

Class 3

15:50 Haydock

Conkwell Legend

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Neil Mulholland

held up in rear, mistake 1st

6/1

Form: 2/2P3U D

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Won bumper on heavy; very nearly won Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in 2022 in first-time tongue-tie, which has been kept since; absent 588 days before this season and, after an arguably satisfactory chase debut on return, he's not shone since; 16-1 and back over hurdles when unseating on latest start, going okay at the time but others are higher up the list.
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11th

5

16th Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 70y

Class 2

14:25 Uttoxeter

Alaphilippe

11st 7lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Nearly won Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft) two years ago in a first-time tongue-tie that has been retained ever since; back over hurdles the last twice after not lasting long over fences and he dropped out tamely behind Classic Concorde at Chepstow in the latest; cheekpieces added.

40/1

9th

3

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Alaphilippe

11st 10lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won bumper on heavy; very nearly won Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft) in 2022 in first-time tongue-tie, which has been kept since; absent 588 days before this season and, after an arguably satisfactory chase debut on return, he's not shone since; 16-1 and back over hurdles when unseating on latest start, going okay at the time but others are higher up the list.

12/1

0

4

21st Jan 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 0y

Class 2

14:25 Lingfield

Alaphilippe

11st 5lb

J: Paddy Brennan

T: Fergal O’Brien

Hasn't cut the mustard in three chase runs this season following a long absence; can make a case on his old hurdle form as he very nearly won the 3m handicap at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival when 3lb higher.

14/1

Form: 4101-P CD

Last run: 287 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Cruised to victory in first-time cheekpieces in this race (good to soft) last year off 10lb lower; a slightly disappointing when favourite for Pertemps Final at Cheltenham the following month and followed his Southwell novice win with a poor show on good ground in May; absent since but would have a good shout if returning in the form he showed in this 12 months ago.
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10th

8

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Thanksforthehelp

11st 2lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Cruised to victory in first-time cheekpieces in this race (good to soft) last year off 10lb lower; a slightly disappointing when favourite for Pertemps Final at Cheltenham the following month and followed his Southwell novice win with a poor show on good ground in May; absent since but would have a good shout if returning in the form he showed in this 12 months ago.

13/2

10

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

13:35 Haydock

Thanksforthehelp

11st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Low-mileage 6yo who cruised to victory in first-time cheekpieces at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in February; slightly disappointing when favourite for Pertemps Final at Cheltenham the following month but proved his wellbeing with a recent novice win and still has potential.

4/1

Form: -05107

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Had a career-low jumps mark when winning at Aintree (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to heavy defeats on both starts since; has been wearing cheekpieces but now tries a visor; 7lb claimer is recruited.
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11th

7

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Gentleman At Arms

11st 3lb

J: Harry Atkins

T: Stuart Edmunds

Had a career-low jumps mark when winning at Aintree (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to heavy defeats on both starts since; has been wearing cheekpieces but now tries a visor; 7lb claimer is recruited.

25/1

7th

4

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 2

13:49 Warwick

Gentleman At Arms

11st 2lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down the weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) in November; that was a doughty performance but he reverted to a heavy defeat when back up 5lb at Newbury three weeks later; needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

12/1

11th

5

1st Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:35 Newbury

Gentleman At Arms

11st 4lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Stuart Edmunds

Well down weights and took advantage with Aintree win (3m, soft) three weeks ago; that was a doughty performance but he's back up 5lb and probably now needs more like the novice form he showed in the 2021-22 season.

8/1

Form: 4159-2 D BF

Last run: 56 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
Fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) last March off 1lb lower, doing well considering his jumping wasn't great and he didn't get the best of runs; close call on chase debut at Newbury (2m6f, soft) on sole run this season showed he's better than ever and he also has Grade 1 entry in Cheltenham novice chase; major claims.
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2

24th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 131y

Class 2

15:08 Chepstow

Walking On Air

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Fifth in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham (3m, soft; unraced on heavy) last March off 1lb lower, doing well considering his jumping wasn't great and he didn't get the best of runs; close call on chase debut at Newbury (2m6f, soft) on sole run this season showed he's better than ever and he also has Grade 1 entry in Cheltenham novice chase; major claims.

7/2

2nd

2

30th Dec 2023

Good To Soft

2m 6f 93y

Class 3

15:35 Newbury

Walking On Air

11st 9lb

J: Nico de Boinville

T: Nicky Henderson

2-7 over hurdles; absent since slightly disappointing run at Punchestown in April but was very creditable fifth off today's mark in Pertemps Final at Cheltenham Festival (3m, soft) in March and it will be very interesting to see how he fares on today's chasing debut.

7/2

9th

5

27th Apr 2023

Yielding To Soft

2m 7f 130y

18:00 Punchestown

Walking On Air

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Disappointed as a novice but had back surgery after and back to form to win at Exeter this season; ran well in the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham since but his chance would be enhanced if the ground dried out.

8/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £52.90
Straight Forecast £48.56
Tricast £285.44
Trifecta £233.40

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Walking On Air

TOPSPEED:

Minella Blueway

WEST COUNTRY:

Thanksforthehelp

Daily Mirror:

Supremely West

RP RATINGS:

Bells Of Peterboro

POSTDATA:

Minella Blueway

The Times:

Minella Blueway

The Guardian:

Minella Blueway

Daily Mail:

Thanksforthehelp

D Express:

Thanksforthehelp

LAMBOURN:

Walking On Air

Telegraph:

Walking On Air

The Sun:

Walking On Air

The Star:

Walking On Air

Daily Record:

Walking On Air