February 27 / 16.35 Leicester

16.35

Heavy

Jumping For Fun Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £5960.4
  • 2m 6f 151y
  • Class 3
  • 7 runners
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Jumping For Fun Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 7 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

13/2 (Won)

  • Win: £9.20
  • Place: £3.40

Form: 2-PP32 D

Last run: 24 days

W: 12st 4lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Had a fine spell in early 2023, culminating in his second in the 2m5f Foxhunters' at Aintree; hasn't been in the same form this winter, even allowing for a close third of six finishers at Taunton (2m5f, soft) in January, and he did miss a heavy-ground engagement in December.
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2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Bennys King

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Never far from the lead when an admirable runner-up to the now-absent Famous Clermont in this 12 months ago (good to soft) and, like last year, he returns on the back of a comfortable hunter chase success (on heavy); teenagers have won this in the past (as recently as 2013) and this veteran needs shortlisting on testing ground he could handle better than most.

15/2

2nd

2

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Bennys King

12st 0lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Never far from the lead when an admirable runner-up to the now-absent Famous Clermont in this 12 months ago (good to soft) and, like last year, he returns on the back of a comfortable hunter chase success (on heavy); teenagers have won this in the past (as recently as 2013) and this veteran needs shortlisting on testing ground he could handle better than most.

15/2

1st

1

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Bennys King

12st 4lb

J: Mr Sean O’Connor

T: Dan Skelton

Had a fine spell in early 2023, culminating in his second in the 2m5f Foxhunters' at Aintree; hasn't been in the same form this winter, even allowing for a close third of six finishers at Taunton (2m5f, soft) in January, and he did miss a heavy-ground engagement in December.

13/2

7/2

  • Place: £4.60

Form: 6808-4

Last run: 37 days

W: 11st 12lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Former Grade 1 winner over fences but nowhere near that level now and his last three wins have been in points; had a tough task in a Thurles hunter chase latest but was a long way adrift and this race is competitive too.
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7th

11

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Hardline

12st 0lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

His Grade 1-winning form is a fading memory and current limitations were ruthlessly exposed by Bennys King last time at Leicester; difficult to envisage him having any notable impact; cheekpieces did nothing for him when last tried on three occasions in 2022.

66/1

7th

11

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Hardline

12st 0lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

His Grade 1-winning form is a fading memory and current limitations were ruthlessly exposed by Bennys King last time at Leicester; difficult to envisage him having any notable impact; cheekpieces did nothing for him when last tried on three occasions in 2022.

66/1

2nd

6

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Hardline

11st 12lb

J: Mr Josh Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

Former Grade 1 winner over fences but nowhere near that level now and his last three wins have been in points; had a tough task in a Thurles hunter chase latest but was a long way adrift and this race is competitive too.

7/2

Form: 5P-35O CD BF

Last run: 29 days

W: 12st 4lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Won this in 2021 (soft) and runner-up in the Foxhunters' at Aintree in 2022; quiet in two runs last winter but in good form over hurdles and fences in France of late; ducked out when a short-priced favourite at Hereford last month but it's easy enough to forgive that lapse; good form chance.
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5

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cat Tiger

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

Runner-up to fancied Grand National contender Latenightpass in this two years ago but his powers would appear to be on the wane these days, last time finishing a remote third to Bennys King at Leicester; there's always a hope that returning here might get his competitive juices flowing.

33/1

5

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cat Tiger

12st 0lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

Runner-up to fancied Grand National contender Latenightpass in this two years ago but his powers would appear to be on the wane these days, last time finishing a remote third to Bennys King at Leicester; there's always a hope that returning here might get his competitive juices flowing.

33/1

3rd

2

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Cat Tiger

12st 4lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

Won this in 2021 (soft) and runner-up in the Foxhunters' at Aintree in 2022; quiet in two runs last winter but in good form over hurdles and fences in France of late; ducked out when a short-priced favourite at Hereford last month but it's easy enough to forgive that lapse; good form chance.

11/4

OUR TIP

Form: U121-3 CD

Last run: 272 days

W: 12st 4lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Two soft-ground wins earlier in career but minor form on that surface now and unraced on heavy, while his front-running win over three rivals in this race last year came on good ground; can be involved if he does cope with the surface.
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4th

3

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Espoir De Teillee

12st 4lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

Two soft-ground wins earlier in career but minor form on that surface now and unraced on heavy, while his front-running win over three rivals in this race last year came on good ground; can be involved if he does cope with the surface.

9/2

3rd

1

31st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

16:30 Newton Abbot

Espoir De Teillee

12st 8lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

jumped right throughout, raced in second, not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, not fluent 10th, dropped to last 4 out, weakened after 3 out

4/7

1st

1

24th Apr 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 5

20:55 Kempton

Espoir De Teillee

12st 6lb

J: Miss Fern O’Brien

T: B F Brookhouse

Useful in the past; opened his hunter chase account at Leicester (2m6f, good) in February and subsequent odds-on defeat is better than it looked on the day (winner franked the form next time); respected.

5/4

Form: 6-U632

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 107

Form & Verdict
Quite useful hurdler/chaser in his prime but can't operate at that level now and although he was second at Ludlow (3m, soft) last time, that was ordinary form with the favourite underperforming; up against it.
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7

21st Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 11y

Class 4

17:20 Ludlow

Shang Tang

11st 12lb

J: Miss Aimee Jones

T: Miss H Brookshaw

Second to Captain Tommy here (3m, soft) last month and bounced back from Leicester flop to win point-to-point (2m4f, heavy) 11 days ago; this may be his best trip and he's an each-way candidate.

8/1

5th

7

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Shang Tang

11st 12lb

J: Miss Aimee Jones

T: Miss H Brookshaw

Quite useful hurdler/chaser in his prime but can't operate at that level now and although he was second at Ludlow (3m, soft) last time, that was ordinary form with the favourite underperforming; up against it.

25/1

2nd

3

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

16:20 Ludlow

Shang Tang

11st 12lb

J: Miss Aimee Jones

T: Miss H Brookshaw

Formerly useful but evidently on the decline and when third at Hereford last week he was comfortably held; will surely need more if he's to give Tea Clipper anything to think about.

11/2

Form: 2P25-7

Last run: 291 days

W: 12st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Formerly useful but just one chase win (in 2022) from 11 attempts and he ended his time with Gordon Elliott on a quiet note; well-held last of four finishers in a point for new yard and his BHA mark likely flatters him.
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4

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Gallyhill

12st 4lb

J: Mr Tom Hutsby

T: F A Hutsby

Formerly useful but just one chase win (in 2022) from 11 attempts and he ended his time with Gordon Elliott on a quiet note; well-held last of four finishers in a point for new yard and his BHA mark likely flatters him.

20/1

7th

2

12th May 2023

Yielding

2m 3f 20y

19:55 Kilbeggan

Gallyhill

11st 10lb

J: Corey McGivern

T: Gordon Elliott

Won a Down Royal beginners' chase over this trip a year ago; has mostly run well in defeat since but never got involved at Naas last time; has to find more just 1lb lower.

12/1

4

18th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 42y

16:25 Tipperary

Gallyhill

11st 7lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Gordon Elliott

Lots of sound runs in defeat over fences since winning at Down Royal last year; doesn't seem to be improving but has his chance in an open race.

4/1

Form: 3P-235

Last run: 45 days

W: 12st 4lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
Last won in May 2022 but has run many excellent races since, over regulation and the big Aintree fences, most recently over 2m5f and 3m2f (both on heavy) on the latter track this winter; found the step up to 3m5f beyond him at Warwick last time but has more obvious claims here.
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4th

4

6th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 54y

Class 5

16:45 Catterick

Percussion

12st 6lb

J: Mr James King

T: L J Morgan

Aintree's National fences bring out the best in him and he was pulled up in a hunter chase at Leicester (2m6f, heavy) only last Tuesday; however, he has run well over regulation fences in the past and he's a key player if leaving last time behind and rediscovering this season's best form.

4/1

5

27th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 151y

Class 3

16:35 Leicester

Percussion

12st 4lb

J: Mr James King

T: L J Morgan

Last won in May 2022 but has run many excellent races since, over regulation and the big Aintree fences, most recently over 2m5f and 3m2f (both on heavy) on the latter track this winter; found the step up to 3m5f beyond him at Warwick last time but has more obvious claims here.

5/2

5th

11

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 5f 54y

Class 1

15:00 Warwick

Percussion

10st 13lb

J: Harry Reed

T: L J Morgan

Last won in May 2022 but has registered career-best form since with three placed efforts over the big fences at Aintree, including on heavy ground over 2m5f and 3m2f for his two starts this season; stayed on stoutly over that longer trip last time, so it's possible that this new distance will spark the improvement he needs.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £67.50
Straight Forecast £75.65
Trifecta £275.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Cat Tiger

POSTDATA:

Espoir De Teillee

D Express:

Hardline

TOPSPEED:

Percussion

The Guardian:

Gallyhill

Daily Mail:

Bennys King

RP RATINGS:

Cat Tiger

WEST COUNTRY:

Cat Tiger

The Times:

Cat Tiger

The Sun:

Cat Tiger

Telegraph:

Espoir De Teillee

Daily Record:

Espoir De Teillee

Daily Mirror:

Hardline

The Star:

Hardline