April 12 / 13.45 Aintree

13.45

Soft

Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £67524
  • 3m 0f 210y
  • Class 1
  • 6 runners
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Huyton Asphalt Franny Blennerhassett Memorial Mildmay Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

Runners: 6 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/4 (Won)

  • Win: £2.50
  • Place: £1.40

Form: -22391

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 158

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; ran well behind high-class Gaelic Warrior in November/December; proved a handicap snip in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago, making a mockery of his mark and readily justifying 13-8 favouritism; new rating puts him top in this field.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Inothewayurthinkin

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Acts on heavy ground; ran well behind high-class Gaelic Warrior in November/December; proved a handicap snip in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago, making a mockery of his mark and readily justifying 13-8 favouritism; new rating puts him top in this field.

9/4

1st

5

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Inothewayurthinkin

11st 7lb

J: Mark Walsh

T: Gavin Cromwell

Acts on heavy ground; ran well behind high-class Gaelic Warrior in November/December; proved a handicap snip in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f) four weeks ago, making a mockery of his mark and readily justifying 13-8 favouritism; new rating puts him top in this field.

9/4

1st

1

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Inothewayurthinkin

12st 0lb

J: Mr Derek O’Connor

T: Gavin Cromwell

Only ninth on last month's handicap debut at Leopardstown (2m5f, yielding to soft); however, the way he kept on, allied with his useful pedigree, bodes well for today's step up in trip; good third in Grade 1 novice chase at Limerick (2m3f, heavy) in December behind Tuesday's Arkle one-three Gaelic Warrior and Il Etait Temps; has potential off this mark and he's been the hot ante-post favourite.

3/1

Form: 113-15

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 149

Form & Verdict
Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.
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2nd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.

7/2

2nd

6

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Acts on soft; won on the bridle at Warwick in November then picked up an injury; unable to get competitive in the Turners at Cheltenham (again over 2m4f) on return to action but should still have more to offer; ran well over 3m in the Sefton on this card last year; interesting back up in trip.

7/2

6

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 168y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Iroko

11st 7lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Very progressive over hurdles last term (on good/soft), winning the Martin Pipe at this meeting and third in 3m Grade 1 novice at Aintree; impressive over fences at Warwick (2m4f) in November, cruising home on the bridle in a race that Stage Star won en route to 2023 Turners success; picked up an injury soon afterwards and was deemed out for the season but has recovered faster than expected; exciting contender who brings lots of potential to this second chase attempt.

5/1

Form: /2-221

Last run: 68 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 153

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy going; fresher than most of his rivals, having been absent since opening his chase account in Leopardstown handicap (2m5f) at the Dublin Racing Festival two months ago; may well build on that success; possibilities, provided he stays the new trip.
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3rd

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Heart Wood

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on heavy going; fresher than most of his rivals, having been absent since opening his chase account in Leopardstown handicap (2m5f) at the Dublin Racing Festival two months ago; may well build on that success; possibilities, provided he stays the new trip.

9/2

3rd

4

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Heart Wood

11st 7lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

Acts on heavy going; fresher than most of his rivals, having been absent since opening his chase account in Leopardstown handicap (2m5f) at the Dublin Racing Festival two months ago; may well build on that success; possibilities, provided he stays the new trip.

9/2

1st

16

4th Feb 2024

Yielding To Soft

2m 5f 107y

15:20 Leopardstown

Heart Wood

10st 1lb

J: Rachael Blackmore

T: Henry De Bromhead

took keen hold, in touch with leaders

6/1

OUR TIP

Form: P-1121 D

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Acts on any going; progressive in handicap chases this season, producing form figures of 1121; much too good for his rivals in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f) most recently, having travelled like a classy horse through the race; well worth his place in this field and warrants respect.
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4th

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Chianti Classico

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Acts on any going; progressive in handicap chases this season, producing form figures of 1121; much too good for his rivals in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f) most recently, having travelled like a classy horse through the race; well worth his place in this field and warrants respect.

7/2

4th

2

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Chianti Classico

11st 7lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Acts on any going; progressive in handicap chases this season, producing form figures of 1121; much too good for his rivals in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f) most recently, having travelled like a classy horse through the race; well worth his place in this field and warrants respect.

7/2

1st

17

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Chianti Classico

11st 4lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

Pulled up in the Albert Bartlett last March but 3-3 over hurdles previously; has put those exploits in the shade since going handicap chasing this season, measuring his fences well when winning at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) and Ascot (3m, good) before doing well at the weights against a useful sort over 3m at Kempton last month; can advance further with this stiffer test and he looks a likely type for this race.

7/1

Form: -12113 C

Last run: 90 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 150

Form & Verdict
Front-running stayer who acts on soft going; scoped badly and found to have stomach ulcers after last run (below par, three months ago); progressive otherwise and the form of his Cheltenham handicap win (3m2f) in December is very strong; should rebound provided he takes to first-time headgear.
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5th

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Broadway Boy

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Front-running stayer who acts on soft going; scoped badly and found to have stomach ulcers after last run (below par, three months ago); progressive otherwise and the form of his Cheltenham handicap win (3m2f) in December is very strong; should rebound provided he takes to first-time headgear.

15/2

5th

1

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Broadway Boy

11st 7lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Front-running stayer who acts on soft going; scoped badly and found to have stomach ulcers after last run (below par, three months ago); progressive otherwise and the form of his Cheltenham handicap win (3m2f) in December is very strong; should rebound provided he takes to first-time headgear.

15/2

1

13th Jan 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:24 Warwick

Broadway Boy

11st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Did well in handicap hurdles but he is already a far superior chaser; three wins from four starts in this sphere, on last two occasions from the front at Cheltenham when taking a Listed novice event (3m, soft; by 20l) and Grade 3 handicap (3m2f, soft); the latter, when heavily backed favourite, was despite notable jumping errors and a mighty performance in the circumstances; gives weight all round but will be hard to outmuscle.

9/4

Form: U12P13 CD

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 148

Form & Verdict
Acts on heavy ground; the only C&D winner in this field, ran well in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham (3m) most recently and represents a trainer who landed this prize two years ago; therefore has respected credentials and cannot be dismissed.
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3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Giovinco

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Acts on heavy ground; the only C&D winner in this field, ran well in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham (3m) most recently and represents a trainer who landed this prize two years ago; therefore has respected credentials and cannot be dismissed.

9/1

3

12th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

13:45 Aintree

Giovinco

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Acts on heavy ground; the only C&D winner in this field, ran well in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham (3m) most recently and represents a trainer who landed this prize two years ago; therefore has respected credentials and cannot be dismissed.

9/1

3

13th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 110y

Class 1

14:10 Cheltenham

Giovinco

11st 7lb

J: Stephen Mulqueen

T: Lucinda Russell

Strong traveller who has won two small-field handicaps this season but Stay Away Fay had too much for him in 3m Sandown Grade 2 on soft ground in December; pulled up in Kauto Star at Kempton later that month on his other attempt at Graded level; playing for minor honours unless his form takes a leap forward.

20/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £8.50
Straight Forecast £8.43
Trifecta £32.30

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Iroko

WEST COUNTRY:

Chianti Classico

RP RATINGS:

Inothewayurthinkin

THE NORTH:

Giovinco

Daily Record:

Broadway Boy

The Star:

Giovinco

TOPSPEED:

Iroko

POSTDATA:

Iroko

The Guardian:

Iroko

D Express:

Iroko

The Times:

Chianti Classico

Telegraph:

Chianti Classico

Daily Mail:

Chianti Classico

Daily Mirror:

Chianti Classico