April 17 / 14.40 Cheltenham

14.40

Good To Soft

Matt Hampson Foundation Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £39865
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 12 runners
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Matt Hampson Foundation Silver Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 2) (A Limited Handicap) (GBB Race)

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Light rain

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.70

Form: 2-32U5

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 137

Form & Verdict
Both wins at about 2m1f and started this season over similar distances; however, he had shown potential for this far before an eyecatching run in the 2m4f Plate at the Festival where he powered up the hill for a close fifth after getting behind early with some untidy jumping; that wasn't his first positive performance here and, with drying ground no hindrance, there's loads to like for yard that won successive renewals of this a few seasons ago.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

In Excelsis Deo

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Both wins at about 2m1f and started this season over similar distances; however, he had shown potential for this far before an eyecatching run in the 2m4f Plate at the Festival where he powered up the hill for a close fifth after getting behind early with some untidy jumping; that wasn't his first positive performance here and, with drying ground no hindrance, there's loads to like for yard that won successive renewals of this a few seasons ago.

3/1

1st

5

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

In Excelsis Deo

10st 12lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Both wins at about 2m1f and started this season over similar distances; however, he had shown potential for this far before an eyecatching run in the 2m4f Plate at the Festival where he powered up the hill for a close fifth after getting behind early with some untidy jumping; that wasn't his first positive performance here and, with drying ground no hindrance, there's loads to like for yard that won successive renewals of this a few seasons ago.

3/1

5th

13

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

In Excelsis Deo

10st 13lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Harry Fry

Both wins, in a French hurdle and on handicap/chase debut for new yard, were at about 2m1f; kept to similar trips this season, finishing close up in both completions here, but he showed some potential for 2m4f at Chepstow (soft; acts on good) last March when not disgraced, after a serious mistake at the last, behind two who have gone on to better things; has a squeak.

10/1

20/1

  • Place: £5.80

Form: 253115 C

Last run: 171 days

W: 11st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict
Conditions will be borderline as he's ideally suited by good/faster ground; two wins at about 2m4f last summer took his strike-rate over fences to 7-11 but a combination of a career-high mark and good to soft ground contributed to his defeat in the Old Roan at Aintree when last seen in October (under Joe Anderson); others would appear to have more going for them.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

1

30th Jun 2024

Good

3m 2f 13y

Class 2

15:00 Uttoxeter

Hang In There

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Seven-time chase winner; creditable second of 12 in Grade 2 handicap at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) in April and one of two to pull well clear of the others when going close in Perth Gold Cup (3m, good to firm) this month; attempts new trip from career-high mark but still respected in current form.

11/2

2nd

1

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:42 Perth

Hang In There

12st 0lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

travelled strongly, held up in rear, not fluent 1st, not fluent 9th, headway before 4 out, went second before 3 out

6/1

2nd

1

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Hang In There

11st 12lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

Conditions will be borderline as he's ideally suited by good/faster ground; two wins at about 2m4f last summer took his strike-rate over fences to 7-11 but a combination of a career-high mark and good to soft ground contributed to his defeat in the Old Roan at Aintree when last seen in October (under Joe Anderson); others would appear to have more going for them.

20/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.20

Form: 331211 D

Last run: 16 days

W: 10st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Improving chaser who has won three of his last four and again impressed with his jumping en route to a clearcut success at Plumpton two weeks ago (2m3f, good); could be progressive enough to deal with the 6lb rise but now tackles some tried-and-trusted handicappers at this loftier level; unquestionably needs his best form yet.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

7

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Scarface

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Improving chaser who has won three of his last four and again impressed with his jumping en route to a clearcut success at Plumpton two weeks ago (2m3f, good); could be progressive enough to deal with the 6lb rise but now tackles some tried-and-trusted handicappers at this loftier level; unquestionably needs his best form yet.

8/1

3rd

7

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Scarface

10st 9lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Improving chaser who has won three of his last four and again impressed with his jumping en route to a clearcut success at Plumpton two weeks ago (2m3f, good); could be progressive enough to deal with the 6lb rise but now tackles some tried-and-trusted handicappers at this loftier level; unquestionably needs his best form yet.

8/1

1st

5

1st Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 3f 164y

Class 2

14:25 Plumpton

Scarface

11st 8lb

J: Brendan Powell

T: Joe Tizzard

Progressive chaser with a course win on the board and produced his best form yet with a workmanlike display at Sandown (2m4f, good to soft); no reason why he shouldn't have a major say off 3lb higher.

7/2

Form: /F6560 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 10st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 126

Form & Verdict
Had a long spell on the sidelines after winning over C&D in January 2022 off 5lb higher (on good); this season's struggles continued when behind In Excelsis Deo and Il Ridoto at the Festival here last month, yet horses from this yard can turn things around in the blink of an eye and James Turner's claim is welcomed from out of the weights.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

10st 6lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Had a long spell on the sidelines after winning over C&D in January 2022 off 5lb higher (on good); this season's struggles continued when behind In Excelsis Deo and Il Ridoto at the Festival here last month, yet horses from this yard can turn things around in the blink of an eye and James Turner's claim is welcomed from out of the weights.

12/1

4th

12

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

10st 6lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Had a long spell on the sidelines after winning over C&D in January 2022 off 5lb higher (on good); this season's struggles continued when behind In Excelsis Deo and Il Ridoto at the Festival here last month, yet horses from this yard can turn things around in the blink of an eye and James Turner's claim is welcomed from out of the weights.

12/1

10th

21

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Torn And Frayed

10st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Acts well here and was a C&D winner (on good; has won on soft) in January 2022; ran as well as could be expected on his first completion after an absence when sixth over C&D in December but subsequent runs, on this track and at Ascot, suggest he needs more weight off his back.

40/1

Form: P5-F16 C

Last run: 113 days

W: 10st 9lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 134

Form & Verdict
Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.

7/1

5th

8

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Idalko Bihoue

10st 9lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Absent since running an inexplicably bad race at Kempton on Boxing Day (2m4f, good; 7-2); that was only his third run over fences and he merely had to be pushed out to win comfortably over this far on the Old course here the time before (good; off 7lb lower); placed in a Grade 1 novice as a hurdler and could be better handicapped than a lot of these.

7/1

6th

2

26th Dec 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 3

12:45 Kempton

Idalko Bihoue

11st 10lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Can lead; usually highly tried after impressive 2m4f hurdle debut win on soft last autumn; took a crashing fall on chase debut in October but no adverse effects three weeks later at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) where he had the race in safe keeping from some way out; up 8lb but future looks bright.

7/2

OUR TIP

Form: F-0149 D

Last run: 151 days

W: 11st 7lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 146

Form & Verdict
Irish challenger who hasn't threatened in two previous visits to Cheltenham but they were in strong handicaps and the ground was soft on both occasions; has the ability to run well off his current mark and has won his last two races when fitted with reapplied cheekpieces, a hurdle in August 2022 and a Flat handicap last summer; respected.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

30th Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 2

15:45 Cartmel

Final Orders

12st 0lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

Has won five times over fences at up to 3m, the latest a 2m1f handicap off 3lb lower on yielding at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February 2023; fair fourth in a Punchestown handicap chase this month (2m, good; cheekpieces); headgear left off today but he's a contender.

11/2

4th

2

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 50y

13:57 Punchestown

Final Orders

11st 7lb

J: Patrick M O’Brien

T: Gavin Cromwell

in touch with leaders, midfield halfway, headway approaching last, kept on well towards finish, not reach leaders

7/1

13th

3

27th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 89y

18:30 Ballinrobe

Final Orders

11st 4lb

J: Keith Donoghue

T: Gavin Cromwell

midfield, lost position and towards rear before 7th

14/1

Form: 6-3123 D BF

Last run: 83 days

W: 10st 8lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
The cheekpieces are working well as he's been competitive in his last three races at about this distance; however, he's come up short in weaker races than this the last twice and Harry Skelton could have ridden him.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Our Jet

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

The cheekpieces had been working well in handicaps at about 2m4f before he came up well short in a strong handicap at Cheltenham 19 days ago; didn't stay 3m here when trying it once before but conditions will be quicker this time and that should help.

10/1

5th

4

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Our Jet

11st 10lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

held up in rear, some headway after 4 out, outpaced from 3 out

10/1

7th

10

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Our Jet

10st 8lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Dan Skelton

The cheekpieces are working well as he's been competitive in his last three races at about this distance; however, he's come up short in weaker races than this the last twice and Harry Skelton could have ridden him.

25/1

Form: 412150 D

Last run: 200 days

W: 10st 10lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Fine strike-rate of 7-17 over fences; won two handicaps last summer (2m4f/3m) before struggling on his last couple of appearances; has been waiting for good ground but he was well beaten in this 12 months ago under suitable conditions on his return from a similar break.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

7th Jul 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:35 Market Rasen

Presentandcounting

12st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

Good-ground specialist so watch the weather; excellent strike-rate over fences and ran a solid race in defeat last time at Perth (2m4f, good to firm); chance if conditions remain favourable.

4/1

4th

2

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 20y

Class 3

15:07 Perth

Presentandcounting

12st 2lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

led, good jump 4 out

14/1

1

10th May 2024

Good

2m 7f 191y

Class 3

15:50 Market Rasen

Presentandcounting

11st 12lb

J: Brian Hughes

T: Donald McCain

pressed leader, pulled up before 8th, race voided

12/1

Form: 1-5644

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 3lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 142

Form & Verdict
Was running well in handicaps (fourth of 18 in the latest; 3m, good) before faring as well as could have been expected when last of the four runners in a Grade 1 at Ascot last month; thankfully, the handicapper treated that 10l defeat with a pinch of salt and he's interesting back in a handicap with this very much his time of year (all three wins during April/May).
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4

17th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

19:30 Aintree

Sail Away

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Below form at Cheltenham last month but was very creditable fourth off today's mark in Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and ran about as well as could have been expected when last of four in Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, good to soft) in February; shortlisted.

4/1

4

17th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 210y

Class 2

19:30 Aintree

Sail Away

11st 12lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

Below form at Cheltenham last month but was very creditable fourth off today's mark in Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster (3m, good) in January and ran about as well as could have been expected when last of four in Grade 1 Ascot Chase (2m5f, good to soft) in February; shortlisted.

4/1

9th

4

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Sail Away

11st 3lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Was running well in handicaps (fourth of 18 in the latest; 3m, good) before faring as well as could have been expected when last of the four runners in a Grade 1 at Ascot last month; thankfully, the handicapper treated that 10l defeat with a pinch of salt and he's interesting back in a handicap with this very much his time of year (all three wins during April/May).

4/1

Form: 123-55 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 6lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict
Came into this in better form 12 months ago when beaten only 4l off a 4lb higher mark; has contested deep handicaps this campaign but was no closer than 17l and he's now on a revival mission with his stable enduring a rocky period.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Gemirande

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Came into this in better form 12 months ago when beaten only 4l off a 4lb higher mark; has contested deep handicaps this campaign but was no closer than 17l and he's now on a revival mission with his stable enduring a rocky period.

11/1

10th

11

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Gemirande

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Came into this in better form 12 months ago when beaten only 4l off a 4lb higher mark; has contested deep handicaps this campaign but was no closer than 17l and he's now on a revival mission with his stable enduring a rocky period.

11/1

5th

13

13th Mar 2024

Soft

1m 7f 199y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Gemirande

10st 6lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Had a good 2022-23 season, winning twice around 2m4f and placed on four other occasions, including over 2m4f here (second past post but demoted to third) in April on final start; not seen again until fifth in a valuable 2m4f handicap at Newbury 11 days ago, fading as if the outing was needed; down in trip; due to be 2lb lower in future handicaps.

33/1

Form: 789183 D

Last run: 32 days

W: 10st 8lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Well held in 2m/2m4f handicaps here earlier in the season before signing off for Lucinda Russell with a narrow defeat of Our Jet at Wetherby (2m3f, soft; closely matched with that rival); his second run since joining this yard was better than the first but he was still beaten 10l at Kempton and this is stronger again.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Do Your Job

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Well held in 2m/2m4f handicaps here earlier in the season before signing off for Lucinda Russell with a narrow defeat of Our Jet at Wetherby (2m3f, soft; closely matched with that rival); his second run since joining this yard was better than the first but he was still beaten 10l at Kempton and this is stronger again.

50/1

11th

9

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Do Your Job

10st 8lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Well held in 2m/2m4f handicaps here earlier in the season before signing off for Lucinda Russell with a narrow defeat of Our Jet at Wetherby (2m3f, soft; closely matched with that rival); his second run since joining this yard was better than the first but he was still beaten 10l at Kempton and this is stronger again.

50/1

3rd

7

16th Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:45 Kempton

Do Your Job

11st 0lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Charlie Longsdon

Grade 2 scorer for Michael Scudamore and took advantage of a handy mark at Wetherby (2m3f, soft) on final start during spell with Lucinda Russell; well held over 3m on debut for Charlie Longsdon but now returns to his usual sort of trip; still favourably treated.

13/2

Form: -32308 CD

Last run: 34 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict
Boasts a solid record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here and he's back on the same mark off which he went so close in the big December handicap; not at his very best the last twice (behind In Excelsis Deo here last month) but couldn't put a line through him.
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3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Boasts a solid record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here and he's back on the same mark off which he went so close in the big December handicap; not at his very best the last twice (behind In Excelsis Deo here last month) but couldn't put a line through him.

9/2

3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

14:40 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 4lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Boasts a solid record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here and he's back on the same mark off which he went so close in the big December handicap; not at his very best the last twice (behind In Excelsis Deo here last month) but couldn't put a line through him.

9/2

8th

3

14th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Il Ridoto

11st 8lb

J: Freddie Gingell

T: Paul Nicholls

Had stamina limitations over 3m recently; has a fine record in competitive 2m4f handicaps on both courses here but he went back up in the weights after his narrow defeat in December (soft; also effective on good to soft) and had no serious say off today's mark in this race last year.

14/1

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Payout
Exacta £118.30
Straight Forecast £100.72
Tricast £735.21
Trifecta £868.60

Selections

WEST COUNTRY:

In Excelsis Deo

RP RATINGS:

Sail Away

SPOTLIGHT:

Idalko Bihoue

Telegraph:

Scarface

POSTDATA:

Il Ridoto

Daily Mirror:

Gemirande

The Times:

In Excelsis Deo

Daily Mail:

In Excelsis Deo

D Express:

In Excelsis Deo

The Sun:

In Excelsis Deo

The Star:

Idalko Bihoue

Daily Record:

Scarface

TOPSPEED:

Sail Away

The Guardian:

Sail Away