April 11 / 16.05 Aintree

16.05

Heavy

Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase

  • Prize money: £24155
  • 2m 5f 19y
  • Class 2
  • 22 runners
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Randox Foxhunters’ Open Hunters’ Chase

Runners: 22 runners

Type: Hunter Chase

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.80

Form: F1-112 BF

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Very nearly became a rare winning 6yo of the big hunter chase at Cheltenham last season, in which again he went agonisingly close last month with cheekpieces back on (as effective without them); not for the first time, he raced lazily mid-race but was strong when it mattered; could easily win this if bucking up his ideas, with the long run-in very favourable; 8-1 when falling at Becher's in this last year; handles testing conditions.
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1st

7

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Its On The Line

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

Won this race last year after finishing second at Cheltenham and falling at Becher's in the Aintree race won by Famous Clermont; has consolidated his position in this division this term, beat Ferns Lock at Down Royal, denied Billaway at Naas; gallant second at Cheltenham and found extra on the long run-in when going one better; sets the standard now,

7/4

1st

7

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Its On The Line

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

Won this race last year after finishing second at Cheltenham and falling at Becher's in the Aintree race won by Famous Clermont; has consolidated his position in this division this term, beat Ferns Lock at Down Royal, denied Billaway at Naas; gallant second at Cheltenham and found extra on the long run-in when going one better; sets the standard now,

7/4

1st

12

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Its On The Line

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Emmet Mullins

Very nearly became a rare winning 6yo of the big hunter chase at Cheltenham last season, in which again he went agonisingly close last month with cheekpieces back on (as effective without them); not for the first time, he raced lazily mid-race but was strong when it mattered; could easily win this if bucking up his ideas, with the long run-in very favourable; 8-1 when falling at Becher's in this last year; handles testing conditions.

4/1

15/2

  • Place: £3.30

Form: -PP321 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

13 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
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.
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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

11/2

  • Place: £2.60

Form: 1P-1P1

Last run: 33 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Experienced chaser and usually a very good jumper, as he displayed when third in the Topham Trophy over C&D two years ago; an easy winner of a Gowran hunter chase a month ago (3m1f, heavy) but Its On The Line does have his number on their previous clashes, so perhaps placed at best.
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3rd

1

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Annamix

12st 0lb

J: Mr P W Mullins

T: W P Mullins

Experienced chaser and usually a very good jumper, as he displayed when third in the Topham Trophy over C&D two years ago; an easy winner of a Gowran hunter chase a month ago (3m1f, heavy) but Its On The Line does have his number on their previous clashes, so perhaps placed at best.

11/2

Form: 5-1113 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
80-1 when a close fifth in this last year and that was after making a horlicks of The Chair; returns on the back of just about his best form yet when third at Cheltenham last month (soft; just over 5l behind Its On The Line), having been in the firing line throughout; the extended 3m2f ultimately found him out and he's a strong contender with stamina assured back at this trip.
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4th

21

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

80-1 when a close fifth in this last year and that was after making a horlicks of The Chair; returns on the back of just about his best form yet when third at Cheltenham last month (soft; just over 5l behind Its On The Line), having been in the firing line throughout; the extended 3m2f ultimately found him out and he's a strong contender with stamina assured back at this trip.

6/1

4th

21

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Miss Hannah Roach

80-1 when a close fifth in this last year and that was after making a horlicks of The Chair; returns on the back of just about his best form yet when third at Cheltenham last month (soft; just over 5l behind Its On The Line), having been in the firing line throughout; the extended 3m2f ultimately found him out and he's a strong contender with stamina assured back at this trip.

6/1

3rd

11

15th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

16:10 Cheltenham

Time Leader

12st 0lb

J: Mr Toby McCain-Mitchell

T: Miss Hannah Roach

By no means prolific in points (3-13) but he's 5-7 in hunter chases after taking a winnable race at Hereford in January (2m5f, good to soft); showed that he can mix it at this level of competition when not beaten far into fifth (staying on) in last season's hunter chase at Aintree (2m5f good to soft; made bad mistake at The Chair); perhaps relying on some of these being off their game if he's to win, but is no forlorn hope over a longer trip that he might need these days.

25/1

Form: 922323 BF

Last run: 64 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Given the level of form he was showing in good handicaps earlier this season he's been bitterly disappointing in two hunter chases, coming up short at odds of 4-9 and 2-11 (latterly behind Captain Tommy); has been wearing these aids separately and now they're combined, but he remains unconvincing.
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5th

19

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Tea Clipper

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Tom Lacey

Given the level of form he was showing in good handicaps earlier this season he's been bitterly disappointing in two hunter chases, coming up short at odds of 4-9 and 2-11 (latterly behind Captain Tommy); has been wearing these aids separately and now they're combined, but he remains unconvincing.

20/1

5th

19

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Tea Clipper

12st 0lb

J: Mr Freddie Mitchell

T: Tom Lacey

Given the level of form he was showing in good handicaps earlier this season he's been bitterly disappointing in two hunter chases, coming up short at odds of 4-9 and 2-11 (latterly behind Captain Tommy); has been wearing these aids separately and now they're combined, but he remains unconvincing.

20/1

3rd

4

7th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

16:20 Ludlow

Tea Clipper

11st 12lb

J: Mr James King

T: Tom Lacey

Ran well in three strong handicap chases before suffering a surprise odds-on defeat on his hunter chase debut at Warwick, where he appeared to have it in the bag before either idling or tiring late on (3m, soft); that was very much a missed opportunity but he's still the one to beat here; first-time tongue-tie replaces cheekpieces.

2/7

Form: 121

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
The balance of his form in hunter chases and points suggests he might fall short, though it was just about his most convincing performance yet when justifying odds-on favouritism with ease at Down Royal (2m3f, soft) last time and this lightly raced 6yo remains open to plenty of improvement for his ultra-canny trainer; won on heavy at Limerick in December (2m6f) when tried once before in a tongue-tie.
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2nd

3

13th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

19:45 Killarney

Romeo Magico

12st 0lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Emmet Mullins

soon disputed lead on inner, led narrowly before 7th, joined after 4 out

9/2

2nd

3

13th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

19:45 Killarney

Romeo Magico

12st 0lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Emmet Mullins

soon disputed lead on inner, led narrowly before 7th, joined after 4 out

9/2

6th

17

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Romeo Magico

12st 0lb

J: Mr D McGill

T: Emmet Mullins

The balance of his form in hunter chases and points suggests he might fall short, though it was just about his most convincing performance yet when justifying odds-on favouritism with ease at Down Royal (2m3f, soft) last time and this lightly raced 6yo remains open to plenty of improvement for his ultra-canny trainer; won on heavy at Limerick in December (2m6f) when tried once before in a tongue-tie.

8/1

Form: 808-42

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
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.
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7th

9

13th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

19:45 Killarney

Hardline

11st 7lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class performer in his younger days; beat weak opposition at Borris House in December, but has been found wanting since; probably flattered by finishing alongside Romeo Magico in the Aintree Foxhunter; unseated rider at Punchestown.

25/1

7th

9

13th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 0y

19:45 Killarney

Hardline

11st 7lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

High-class performer in his younger days; beat weak opposition at Borris House in December, but has been found wanting since; probably flattered by finishing alongside Romeo Magico in the Aintree Foxhunter; unseated rider at Punchestown.

25/1

6

3rd May 2024

Good To Yielding

3m 0f 160y

17:25 Punchestown

Hardline

12st 0lb

J: Mr J H Williamson

T: Gordon Elliott

midfield early, in rear when hampered by faller 6th, mistake and unseated 7th

40/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-4PP1

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Pulled up in three of his last five appearances but he remains useful on his day, with his fourth in a Grade 3 2m1f handicap at Ascot in November reading well; however, his best form is over shorter than this and it was a very winnable race in which he made a successful hunter chase debut at Leicester (2m, soft); others appeal more over this far.
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8th

3

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cap Du Mathan

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Pulled up in three of his last five appearances but he remains useful on his day, with his fourth in a Grade 3 2m1f handicap at Ascot in November reading well; however, his best form is over shorter than this and it was a very winnable race in which he made a successful hunter chase debut at Leicester (2m, soft); others appeal more over this far.

25/1

8th

3

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Cap Du Mathan

12st 0lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Pulled up in three of his last five appearances but he remains useful on his day, with his fourth in a Grade 3 2m1f handicap at Ascot in November reading well; however, his best form is over shorter than this and it was a very winnable race in which he made a successful hunter chase debut at Leicester (2m, soft); others appeal more over this far.

25/1

1st

1

8th Mar 2024

Heavy

1m 7f 201y

Class 5

16:50 Leicester

Cap Du Mathan

12st 6lb

J: Miss Olive Nicholls

T: Paul Nicholls

Capable chaser, as shown when making pleasing seasonal reappearance (fourth) in a Premier Handicap at Ascot in November; pulled up in both subsequent starts, so seemingly does have something to prove now switching to hunter chases; trip and ground are both fine; major contender.

13/8

Form: 153P11 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
The winner of two small-field hunter chases at Ludlow this year, latterly proving too strong for Espoir De Guye; that form, and the balance of his handicap exploits during the past 12 months, strongly hints at limitations at this level.
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1

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Captain Tommy

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Fred Timmis

2-2 in hunter chases at Ludlow this year (3m/2m4f; soft) and he predictably found it hard work in the Foxhunters' at Aintree the final time; this isn't quite so demanding but he's relying on some of these being off their game.

16/1

1

3rd May 2024

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 4

18:20 Cheltenham

Captain Tommy

12st 4lb

J: Mr Huw Edwards

T: Fred Timmis

2-2 in hunter chases at Ludlow this year (3m/2m4f; soft) and he predictably found it hard work in the Foxhunters' at Aintree the final time; this isn't quite so demanding but he's relying on some of these being off their game.

16/1

Form: 4BU-21 D

Last run: 27 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Couldn't lay a glove on last season's Cheltenham hero Premier Magic when they clashed there last May and a good few of these would have won the Fakenham hunter chase he landed a month ago, and probably a lot more easily; should things go his way he could make the frame, but that might be the limit of his ambitions.
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1st

4

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 1lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

midfield, headway to lead 8th, headed 3 out, led again after 2 out, soon idled and ridden, edged left final 110yds, stayed on

7/2

1st

4

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 1lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

midfield, headway to lead 8th, headed 3 out, led again after 2 out, soon idled and ridden, edged left final 110yds, stayed on

7/2

10th

15

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Rebel Dawn Rising

12st 0lb

J: Mr Dale Peters

T: David Kemp

Couldn't lay a glove on last season's Cheltenham hero Premier Magic when they clashed there last May and a good few of these would have won the Fakenham hunter chase he landed a month ago, and probably a lot more easily; should things go his way he could make the frame, but that might be the limit of his ambitions.

25/1

Form: P-35O3 D

Last run: 44 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
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.
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2nd

5

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Cat Tiger

11st 12lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

prominent, pressed leaders after 3 out, went second after 2 out, slightly hampered final 110yds, stayed on

11/2

2nd

5

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Cat Tiger

11st 12lb

J: Mr David Maxwell

T: S Loxton

prominent, pressed leaders after 3 out, went second after 2 out, slightly hampered final 110yds, stayed on

11/2

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

Form: -66P31 D

Last run: 17 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 121

Form & Verdict
Barely sighted before pulling up in this last year when 66-1 and expectations can be no higher this time despite his recent Exeter success.
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6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Drop Flight

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Barely sighted before pulling up in this last year when 66-1 and expectations can be no higher this time despite his recent Exeter success.

100/1

6

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Drop Flight

12st 0lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Barely sighted before pulling up in this last year when 66-1 and expectations can be no higher this time despite his recent Exeter success.

100/1

1st

5

25th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:50 Exeter

Drop Flight

11st 12lb

J: Mr Ben Sutton

T: S Loxton

Strong claims on last spring's hunter chase form and his recent third to Haven't Time at Southwell (3m, soft) was a step back in the right direction; however, he certainly needs another today, having been beaten 13l.

8/1

Form: 56-312 D BF

Last run: 21 days

W: 12st 0lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 128

Form & Verdict
Nothing like as good he was when at his peak for Venetia Williams and had luck on his side when beating last year's winner of this race at Wincanton in February (2m4f, soft); now has to bounce back from a shock defeat at Ludlow at the hands of Captain Tommy.
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2

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Espoir De Guye

12st 1lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Mrs N Sheppard

midfield, weakened after 12th, left in modest fourth before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out

6/1

2

3rd May 2024

Good

2m 4f 127y

Class 5

20:05 Cheltenham

Espoir De Guye

12st 1lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Mrs N Sheppard

Struggled in Aintree Foxhunters' three weeks ago and is not one to rely upon heavily but his win at Wincanton (2m4f, soft) for Sam Loxton in February makes him of strong interest on this stable debut.

6/1

7

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Espoir De Guye

12st 0lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: S Loxton

Nothing like as good he was when at his peak for Venetia Williams and had luck on his side when beating last year's winner of this race at Wincanton in February (2m4f, soft); now has to bounce back from a shock defeat at Ludlow at the hands of Captain Tommy.

25/1

Form: 4/0/2

Last run: 346 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR:

Form & Verdict
The winner of six points but was no match for Hardline in his penultimate one and fared no better in the latest; runner-up at Down Royal last May in his only previous hunter chase; well down the pecking order here.
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6th

7

6th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 50y

16:30 Down Royal

Focus Point

12st 0lb

J: Mr D T Hyde

T: T E Hyde

in touch with leaders, prominent after 3rd, went second 4th, clear with one other halfway

6/1

7

6th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 50y

16:30 Down Royal

Focus Point

12st 0lb

J: Mr D T Hyde

T: T E Hyde

Has added further point wins to his CV since finishing runner-up in this 12 months ago; had no chance behind Its On The Line at Aintree last time when 125-1; should go well back in the right grade.

6/1

8

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Focus Point

12st 0lb

J: Mr D T Hyde

T: T E Hyde

The winner of six points but was no match for Hardline in his penultimate one and fared no better in the latest; runner-up at Down Royal last May in his only previous hunter chase; well down the pecking order here.

100/1

Form: -21131 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 8yo; suffered some reality checks last term when well held in races won by today's rivals Bennys King and Time Leader but something has clicked this season in winning three of his last four starts, in two 3m handicaps and a hunter chase (beat Windsor Avenue by 6l); this race has been on the agenda for a good while but it demands a career best from him.
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1st

2

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Gaboriot

12st 4lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Productive 2023-24 in handicap and hunter chases (3m-3m1f; good-soft), but longstanding plan to land the Aintree Foxhunters' was scuppered at the Canal Turn; spared a hard race, at least, and the presence of Raz De Maree and Ucello II in the pedigree offers some hope for marathon trips.

7/2

1st

2

3rd May 2024

Good

4m 0f 97y

Class 4

19:30 Cheltenham

Gaboriot

12st 4lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

midfield, went fourth after 21st, led before 2 out, drifted left run-in, stayed on, ridden out

7/2

9

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Gaboriot

12st 0lb

J: Mr Harry Myddelton

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Ex-French 8yo; suffered some reality checks last term when well held in races won by today's rivals Bennys King and Time Leader but something has clicked this season in winning three of his last four starts, in two 3m handicaps and a hunter chase (beat Windsor Avenue by 6l); this race has been on the agenda for a good while but it demands a career best from him.

11/1

Form: 03422P BF

Last run: 23 days

W: 12st 0lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 115

Form & Verdict
Only an 8yo but his rating has capitulated during the last two years and his recent form is nowhere near good enough for a test of this magnitude.
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10

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Grand Roi

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Mrs J Owen

Only an 8yo but his rating has capitulated during the last two years and his recent form is nowhere near good enough for a test of this magnitude.

100/1

10

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Grand Roi

12st 0lb

J: Mr Tommie M O’Brien

T: Mrs J Owen

Only an 8yo but his rating has capitulated during the last two years and his recent form is nowhere near good enough for a test of this magnitude.

100/1

4

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 54y

Class 5

16:30 Exeter

Grand Roi

11st 12lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: Mrs J Owen

Grade 2 hurdle winner in 2020 and bits of form in better races than this in recent times; out of sorts in the autumn but he might well have pegged back Forest Chimes at Stratford (2m5f, heavy) last week with a better jump at the last; this stiffer test can suit; can go well.

5/2

Form: 14-P23 D

Last run: 43 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Looked as though he might develop into a smart handicapper a few seasons back only for injury to intervene; won a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good; has won on heavy) 14 months ago but holding his form has been a challenge and he was well beaten by Espoir De Guye last time.
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13

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Syd Hosie

Looked as though he might develop into a smart handicapper a few seasons back only for injury to intervene; won a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good; has won on heavy) 14 months ago but holding his form has been a challenge and he was well beaten by Espoir De Guye last time.

25/1

13

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 0lb

J: Mr William Biddick

T: Syd Hosie

Looked as though he might develop into a smart handicapper a few seasons back only for injury to intervene; won a Kempton handicap (2m4f, good; has won on heavy) 14 months ago but holding his form has been a challenge and he was well beaten by Espoir De Guye last time.

25/1

3rd

3

28th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 4f 35y

Class 5

17:05 Wincanton

Lieutenant Rocco

12st 6lb

J: Mr George Hiscock

T: Syd Hosie

Front-runner who has an in-and-out profile but he won a handicap chase at Kempton (2m4f, good) last February and ran well when runner-up in a hunter chase at Taunton (2m7f, soft) last Tuesday; can make another bold bid if this doesn't come too soon.

4/1

Form: /229-1

Last run: 334 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
His only win under rules came in a maiden hunter chase at Hexham last May; he was winning for the 11th time in points at Dalton Park last month (heavy) but will soon be out of his comfort zone at this level.
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3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:05 Hexham

Matts Commission

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Prolific winning pointer who won a maiden hunter chase over C&D last May (good to soft); goes on soft ground; one to consider.

9/2

3rd

2

22nd Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 41y

Class 5

17:05 Hexham

Matts Commission

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Prolific winning pointer who won a maiden hunter chase over C&D last May (good to soft); goes on soft ground; one to consider.

9/2

14

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Matts Commission

12st 0lb

J: Miss Lois Teal

T: Jack Teal

His only win under rules came in a maiden hunter chase at Hexham last May; he was winning for the 11th time in points at Dalton Park last month (heavy) but will soon be out of his comfort zone at this level.

100/1

Form: 17/20- D

Last run: 364 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 114

Form & Verdict
Has completed in his own time in the last two runnings of this race when 33-1 and 150-1; there's no reason to expect anything better from him this afternoon.
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16

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Reikers Island

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Cherriman

T: Alan Hill

Has completed in his own time in the last two runnings of this race when 33-1 and 150-1; there's no reason to expect anything better from him this afternoon.

100/1

16

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Reikers Island

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Cherriman

T: Alan Hill

Has completed in his own time in the last two runnings of this race when 33-1 and 150-1; there's no reason to expect anything better from him this afternoon.

100/1

15th

20

13th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Reikers Island

12st 0lb

J: Mr Daniel Cherriman

T: Alan Hill

Beaten nearly 40l when seventh in this last year and recent heavy point defeat doesn't suggest he'll do any better this time.

50/1

Form: P003-1

Last run: 54 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Classy customer in his pomp for Henry de Bromhead and his final run in Ireland last March was highly respectable; back from near enough a year out to make a successful hunter chase debut at Haydock (2m6f, heavy); the fourth in that race filled the same berth at Cheltenham last month (beaten about 12l) and this 11yo could strip a whole lot fitter this time; respected.
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18

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Spyglass Hill

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: R Pallas

Classy customer in his pomp for Henry de Bromhead and his final run in Ireland last March was highly respectable; back from near enough a year out to make a successful hunter chase debut at Haydock (2m6f, heavy); the fourth in that race filled the same berth at Cheltenham last month (beaten about 12l) and this 11yo could strip a whole lot fitter this time; respected.

5/1

18

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Spyglass Hill

12st 0lb

J: Mr James King

T: R Pallas

Classy customer in his pomp for Henry de Bromhead and his final run in Ireland last March was highly respectable; back from near enough a year out to make a successful hunter chase debut at Haydock (2m6f, heavy); the fourth in that race filled the same berth at Cheltenham last month (beaten about 12l) and this 11yo could strip a whole lot fitter this time; respected.

5/1

1st

7

17th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 6f 54y

Class 3

16:55 Haydock

Spyglass Hill

11st 12lb

J: Mr Tom Broughton

T: R Pallas

Very useful for Henry de Bromhead in his heyday and showed considerable spark when third at Clonmel last March on final run for that trainer; non-runner when due to make hunter chase debut at Fakenham yesterday; respected.

5/1

Form: -341P3 D

Last run: 34 days

W: 12st 0lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Formerly useful in Ireland; won a handicap on the Mildmay course here last summer for James Owen; however, good ground seems the key to him and he'll see none of that today; struggled on soft behind Cap Du Mathan last month.
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2nd

5

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:42 Southwell

The Big Lense

12st 0lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Won a handicap chase on Aintree's Mildmay course last summer for this yard and a point this February, again on his favoured good ground; struggles when it's softer and he took a heavy fall at The Chair in the Foxhunters' at Aintree last month; has never been as effective over hurdles.

12/1

2nd

5

7th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 4

19:42 Southwell

The Big Lense

12st 0lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Won a handicap chase on Aintree's Mildmay course last summer for this yard and a point this February, again on his favoured good ground; struggles when it's softer and he took a heavy fall at The Chair in the Foxhunters' at Aintree last month; has never been as effective over hurdles.

12/1

20

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

The Big Lense

12st 0lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Formerly useful in Ireland; won a handicap on the Mildmay course here last summer for James Owen; however, good ground seems the key to him and he'll see none of that today; struggled on soft behind Cap Du Mathan last month.

100/1

Form: 43-352 D

Last run: 36 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Has some strong handicap form but he was pulled up on his previous run over these fences in the Topham two years ago and his recent hunter chase efforts were unconvincing, beaten by Spyglass Hill and Gaboriot the last twice.
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2nd

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

17:25 Kelso

Windsor Avenue

12st 6lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Smart chaser at his best and he still retains quite a bit of ability; has mixed record this year and was pulled up in Foxhunters' at Aintree last time but he's been in much calmer waters now and was runner-up at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on his penultimate run; dangerous if in the mood.

7/2

2nd

4

8th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 96y

Class 4

17:25 Kelso

Windsor Avenue

12st 6lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Smart chaser at his best and he still retains quite a bit of ability; has mixed record this year and was pulled up in Foxhunters' at Aintree last time but he's been in much calmer waters now and was runner-up at Catterick (3m1f, soft) on his penultimate run; dangerous if in the mood.

7/2

22

11th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 5f 19y

Class 2

16:05 Aintree

Windsor Avenue

12st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Teal

T: Jack Teal

Has some strong handicap form but he was pulled up on his previous run over these fences in the Topham two years ago and his recent hunter chase efforts were unconvincing, beaten by Spyglass Hill and Gaboriot the last twice.

66/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £35.80
Straight Forecast £27.24
Tricast £128.15
Trifecta £214.80

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Its On The Line

Daily Mail:

Spyglass Hill

The Times:

Romeo Magico

WEST COUNTRY:

Lieutenant Rocco

SPOTLIGHT:

Time Leader

The Guardian:

Cap Du Mathan

POSTDATA:

Annamix

Telegraph:

Bennys King

Daily Record:

Romeo Magico

TOPSPEED:

Its On The Line

The Sun:

Its On The Line

D Express:

Lieutenant Rocco

Daily Mirror:

Spyglass Hill

The Star:

Spyglass Hill