April 13 / 14.30 Aintree

14.30

Soft

William Hill Handicap Chase (Registered As The Freebooter Handicap Chase) (Premier Handicap) (GBB)

  • Prize money: £56270
  • 3m 0f 210y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
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William Hill Handicap Chase (Registered As The Freebooter Handicap Chase) (Premier Handicap) (GBB)

Runners: 13 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Cloudy

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £10.40
  • Place: £2.80

Form: 512251

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 10lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 136

Form & Verdict
Progressive over 2m3f/2m4f on good to soft earlier in this novice campaign and, after failing to stay 4m1f in the Eider, he won in good style back at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last month; today's trip looks to be an ideal fit and this 7yo is open to further improvement; one to consider.
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4th

5

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Cruz Control

11st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Progressive over 2m3f/2m4f on good to soft earlier in novice campaign; after failing to stay 4m1f in the Eider, he won in good style over 2m7f back at Newcastle in March; followed up with victory in a valuable 3m1f handicap at Aintree; may stay this far.

5/1

4th

5

4th May 2024

Yielding

3m 0f 104y

16:15 Punchestown

Cruz Control

11st 2lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Progressive over 2m3f/2m4f on good to soft earlier in novice campaign; after failing to stay 4m1f in the Eider, he won in good style over 2m7f back at Newcastle in March; followed up with victory in a valuable 3m1f handicap at Aintree; may stay this far.

5/1

1st

11

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Cruz Control

10st 10lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

Progressive over 2m3f/2m4f on good to soft earlier in this novice campaign and, after failing to stay 4m1f in the Eider, he won in good style back at Newcastle (2m7f, heavy) last month; today's trip looks to be an ideal fit and this 7yo is open to further improvement; one to consider.

9/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.50

Form: P51451 CD

Last run: 20 days

W: 12st 0lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
Won this in fine style in 2022 (good to soft) and he's been running consistently well since this visor went on, winning two veterans' chases from his last four starts (3m, soft/good); edging back up the weights and he was beaten against younger rivals two starts ago, but he's entitled to respect.
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6th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Sam Brown

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

22/1

6th

3

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Sam Brown

11st 12lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

12yo who has been in excellent form in the visor this season, winning twice (3m, soft/good) and posting a fine second at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; he's unproven over today's longer trip but the previous evidence isn't damning and he came from well back with a strong finish last time, suggesting another crack at a marathon distance is well worth a go.

22/1

2nd

2

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Sam Brown

12st 0lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Anthony Honeyball

Won this in fine style in 2022 (good to soft) and he's been running consistently well since this visor went on, winning two veterans' chases from his last four starts (3m, soft/good); edging back up the weights and he was beaten against younger rivals two starts ago, but he's entitled to respect.

14/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.50

Form: 2-6121 D

Last run: 49 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Second-season chaser who was highly progressive this winter, with a win and a near-miss at Doncaster (3m, good to soft/good) followed by a prestigious handicap victory at Kempton (3m, soft) where he stormed home to score; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and this improving 8yo is a strong candidate.
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3rd

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Forward Plan

10st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Second-season chaser who was highly progressive this winter, with a win and a near-miss at Doncaster (3m, good to soft/good) followed by a prestigious handicap victory at Kempton (3m, soft) where he stormed home to score; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and this improving 8yo is a strong candidate.

6/1

3rd

10

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Forward Plan

10st 11lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Second-season chaser who was highly progressive this winter, with a win and a near-miss at Doncaster (3m, good to soft/good) followed by a prestigious handicap victory at Kempton (3m, soft) where he stormed home to score; a 4lb rise isn't harsh and this improving 8yo is a strong candidate.

6/1

1st

7

24th Feb 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:37 Kempton

Forward Plan

10st 9lb

J: Ben Godfrey

T: Anthony Honeyball

Second-season chaser who went very close in major handicap at Doncaster (3m, good; off 4lb lower) most recently; won at same venue the time before; acts on soft; generally progressive and should go well again.

7/1

Form: 33-13P CD

Last run: 168 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 144

Form & Verdict
Pulled up at Cheltenham (3m1f, good to soft) in October when last seen and unraced on soft/heavy, so the recent rain is a worry; however, this two-time C&D winner was a good third in this last year (good to soft) and if the ground dries he could go well now back on a course he clearly relishes.
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3

17th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

19:30 Aintree

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Six chase wins, the latest gained in this contest 12 months ago (good ground); ran another big race over C&D (good to soft) when fourth at last month's Grand National meeting and didn't run badly in major handicap at Sandown three weeks ago; good chance.

11/4

3

17th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

19:30 Aintree

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 12lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Six chase wins, the latest gained in this contest 12 months ago (good ground); ran another big race over C&D (good to soft) when fourth at last month's Grand National meeting and didn't run badly in major handicap at Sandown three weeks ago; good chance.

11/4

11th

8

27th Apr 2024

Good

3m 4f 146y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Kinondo Kwetu

11st 2lb

J: Jonathan England

T: Sam England

Returned from a break with encouraging fourth at Aintree (3m1f, good to soft) a fortnight ago; stayed on well for third of 16 in Summer Cup at Uttoxeter (3m2f, good) last July, a run that can be upgraded due to jumping errors, and he's an interesting candidate; the drier the ground the better.

12/1

13/2

Form: -11202 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 7lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 147

Form & Verdict
Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.
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5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Twig

11st 7lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.

13/2

5th

3

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Twig

11st 7lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Progressive last year, winning three times on good ground, and following a break he was better than ever when runner-up in the Ultima at Cheltenham (3m1f, heavy) last month under regular rider Beau Morgan; up 4lb to a career-high mark but may well play a leading role once more.

13/2

2nd

16

12th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Twig

11st 4lb

J: Beau Morgan

T: Ben Pauling

Runner-up in all three starts at this course, twice when hurdling and once over C&D (good to soft) which followed a successful return to fences at Uttoxeter last July; on the back foot from some way out in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury in December, though, and left on the same mark since.

20/1

Form: -33324

Last run: 32 days

W: 11st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 140

Form & Verdict
Creditable efforts in defeat in Graded novice chases this winter (3m, good/good to soft) and ran well for long way in 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham last month (heavy; beaten 32l); could be in the mix now back down in trip and back in a handicap, provided the removal of cheekpieces isn't an issue.
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11

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Kilbeg King

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

prominent, not fluent 6th, pulled up quickly after 8th, looked to go wrong

20/1

11

2nd May 2024

Yielding

2m 7f 110y

18:35 Punchestown

Kilbeg King

11st 2lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

prominent, not fluent 6th, pulled up quickly after 8th, looked to go wrong

20/1

6th

6

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Kilbeg King

11st 0lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Anthony Honeyball

Creditable efforts in defeat in Graded novice chases this winter (3m, good/good to soft) and ran well for long way in 3m6f NH Chase at Cheltenham last month (heavy; beaten 32l); could be in the mix now back down in trip and back in a handicap, provided the removal of cheekpieces isn't an issue.

12/1

Form: 1-F412

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
He could do with jumping better than in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, but in the circumstances this 7yo did very well to be second; kept on well too and his pedigree also provides optimism that he'll be suited by this step up in trip; could be a key player if finding some fluency.
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7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Crebilly

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

He could do with jumping better than in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, but in the circumstances this 7yo did very well to be second; kept on well too and his pedigree also provides optimism that he'll be suited by this step up in trip; could be a key player if finding some fluency.

7/2

7th

5

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Crebilly

11st 3lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

He could do with jumping better than in the Plate at Cheltenham (2m5f, soft) last month, but in the circumstances this 7yo did very well to be second; kept on well too and his pedigree also provides optimism that he'll be suited by this step up in trip; could be a key player if finding some fluency.

7/2

2nd

10

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Crebilly

11st 2lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Improving hurdler last spring; has kept up the good work since switched to fences and was pressing a smart one hard when falling two out on chase debut (2m4f, soft; has won on good to soft) here in December; had even more to prove in a particularly strong C&D novice next time and he gave best only on the run-in; had plenty in the tank when forging home at Exeter (2m3f, heavy) last month and looks sure to be in the thick of it.

9/2

Form: 3-1334

Last run: 56 days

W: 10st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Lightly raced 3m point winner whose best hurdle run came over 3m, and he tackled that trip for the first time over fences in a Grade 2 novice at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February, travelling well into contention but making a race-losing mistake at final fence (finished 3l fourth of five); there will be a slight doubt about him if he's back on soft/heavy but he's unexposed over staying trips and could be better than his current mark.
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8th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

The King Of Ryhope

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced 3m point winner whose best hurdle run came over 3m, and he tackled that trip for the first time over fences in a Grade 2 novice at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February, travelling well into contention but making a race-losing mistake at final fence (finished 3l fourth of five); there will be a slight doubt about him if he's back on soft/heavy but he's unexposed over staying trips and could be better than his current mark.

5/1

8th

9

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

The King Of Ryhope

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Lightly raced 3m point winner whose best hurdle run came over 3m, and he tackled that trip for the first time over fences in a Grade 2 novice at Ascot (3m, good to soft) in February, travelling well into contention but making a race-losing mistake at final fence (finished 3l fourth of five); there will be a slight doubt about him if he's back on soft/heavy but he's unexposed over staying trips and could be better than his current mark.

5/1

4th

4

17th Feb 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

13:50 Ascot

The King Of Ryhope

11st 2lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Third in Grade 2 novice hurdle over 3m last February and won a handicap on chase debut at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) in October; however, well beaten the next twice (Grade 2 most recently); plenty to prove.

20/1

Form: 3P-574

Last run: 27 days

W: 10st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
His profile is patchy but a case can be made on his best form, which was a cracking third in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, yielding) last February; faced tough task when respectable 24l fourth of five at Down Royal (3m2f, soft) last month and is not a forlorn hope now back in a handicap.
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6th

6

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Now Where Or When

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, went second after 2nd, lost ground after 10th

20/1

6th

6

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

3m 4f 165y

18:20 Downpatrick

Now Where Or When

11st 0lb

J: Sam Ewing

T: S R B Crawford

prominent, went second after 2nd, lost ground after 10th

20/1

9th

12

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Now Where Or When

10st 6lb

J: J J Slevin

T: S R B Crawford

His profile is patchy but a case can be made on his best form, which was a cracking third in a Grade 3 at Fairyhouse (3m1f, yielding) last February; faced tough task when respectable 24l fourth of five at Down Royal (3m2f, soft) last month and is not a forlorn hope now back in a handicap.

25/1

Form: U43411

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 13lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 139

Form & Verdict
10yo who has been rejuvenated this year and arrives on a hat-trick following commanding wins at Thurles (2m6f, soft) and Limerick (2m7f, soft to heavy; veterans' chase); faces a tougher assignment today but there remains mileage in his mark on his peak 2021 form and he's firmly in calculations.
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10th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Falco Blitz

10st 13lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

10yo who has been rejuvenated this year and arrives on a hat-trick following commanding wins at Thurles (2m6f, soft) and Limerick (2m7f, soft to heavy; veterans' chase); faces a tougher assignment today but there remains mileage in his mark on his peak 2021 form and he's firmly in calculations.

16/1

10th

7

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Falco Blitz

10st 13lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

10yo who has been rejuvenated this year and arrives on a hat-trick following commanding wins at Thurles (2m6f, soft) and Limerick (2m7f, soft to heavy; veterans' chase); faces a tougher assignment today but there remains mileage in his mark on his peak 2021 form and he's firmly in calculations.

16/1

1st

1

10th Mar 2024

Soft To Heavy

2m 6f 120y

16:20 Limerick

Falco Blitz

11st 12lb

J: Conor McNamara

T: E McNamara

held up in rear, headway 4 out, led going best 2 out, clear approaching last, ran on well, easily

3/1

OUR TIP

Form: 5-413P

Last run: 30 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict
His last-gasp win over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 2m4f in December (soft) provides some hope he'll see out this trip, and he's back in a handicap after being pulled up in Grade 1 Ryanair at Cheltenham last month; however, it remains to be seen if he stays and he's never shone at Aintree previously.
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1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Fugitif

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

His last-gasp win over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 2m4f in December (soft) provides some hope he'll see out this trip, and he's back in a handicap after being pulled up in Grade 1 Ryanair at Cheltenham last month; however, it remains to be seen if he stays and he's never shone at Aintree previously.

16/1

1

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Fugitif

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Richard Hobson

His last-gasp win over Cheltenham's stiff, extended 2m4f in December (soft) provides some hope he'll see out this trip, and he's back in a handicap after being pulled up in Grade 1 Ryanair at Cheltenham last month; however, it remains to be seen if he stays and he's never shone at Aintree previously.

16/1

7

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:50 Cheltenham

Fugitif

11st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Richard Hobson

Seems to handle any ground; ran respectably in 2m Grade 1 contest here last time, taking Cheltenham record to 222413; has very useful handicap form over C&D, including a second-place finish in the Plate on this card last year and success (came off good pace to nose ahead final strides) in the December Gold Cup; likely to perform well, granted a strongly run scenario.

20/1

Form: 8-0P15 D

Last run: 77 days

W: 10st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Back to form in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) to win six-runner handicap at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December and solid fifth of 18 in Great Yorkshire Chase there since; also effective on soft; however, needs to build on those latest efforts to win this and Doncaster brings out the best in him.
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7

17th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

19:30 Aintree

Erne River

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Perked up by addition of cheekpieces when winning at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December; also ran well when fifth (just behind Sail Away) in Great Yorkshire Chase over that C&D in January but was pulled up here last month and needs to bounce back.

10/1

7

17th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

19:30 Aintree

Erne River

11st 5lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Nick Kent

Perked up by addition of cheekpieces when winning at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) in December; also ran well when fifth (just behind Sail Away) in Great Yorkshire Chase over that C&D in January but was pulled up here last month and needs to bounce back.

10/1

Form: 32/139

Last run: 30 days

W: 10st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Ex-French 7yo who won easily on his stable debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten the next twice and his stamina isn't guaranteed, but he ran well for a long way in a prominent pitch in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) last month and this track is less demanding; not written off.
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13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Demnat

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who won easily on his stable debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten the next twice and his stamina isn't guaranteed, but he ran well for a long way in a prominent pitch in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) last month and this track is less demanding; not written off.

16/1

13

13th Apr 2024

Soft

3m 0f 210y

Class 1

14:30 Aintree

Demnat

10st 4lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who won easily on his stable debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) in February; well beaten the next twice and his stamina isn't guaranteed, but he ran well for a long way in a prominent pitch in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham (3m2f, soft) last month and this track is less demanding; not written off.

16/1

9th

18

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Demnat

11st 1lb

J: Miss A B O’Connor

T: Venetia Williams

Ex-French 7yo who returned from long absence at Ludlow (2m4f, soft) last month and was an impressive winner on stable debut; remains lightly raced and retains potential, but he was a well-beaten third of five at Newbury (2m, heavy) a fortnight ago and isn't bred to be a stayer; others are more solid.

33/1

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £221.30
Straight Forecast £173.59
Tricast £1262.99
Trifecta £2113.70

Selections

Daily Mirror:

Forward Plan

POSTDATA:

Crebilly

D Express:

Cruz Control

RP RATINGS:

Kilbeg King

The Times:

The King Of Ryhope

TOPSPEED:

Erne River

Telegraph:

Twig

SPOTLIGHT:

Falco Blitz

Daily Mail:

Sam Brown

WEST COUNTRY:

Crebilly

Daily Record:

Cruz Control

The Sun:

Forward Plan

The Star:

Forward Plan

The Guardian:

Kilbeg King