April 22 / 18.30 Kempton

18.30

Good

Sri Lanka Paradise Island Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £9505.8
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 11 runners
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Sri Lanka Paradise Island Handicap Chase

Runners: 11 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

4/1 (Won)

  • Win: £5.00
  • Place: £1.90

Form: /11-1P CD BF

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Began chasing career with two 2m5f Hereford wins (good/good to soft) in autumn 2022 and returned from long absence to complete his hat-trick over C&D (soft) in February; didn't fire on heavy ground at Newbury last month but remains open to further progress if back on song.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Highstakesplayer

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

disputed lead, pushed along 2 out, led clearly approaching last, good jump last, pushed out run-in, always doing enough

4/1

1st

6

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Highstakesplayer

11st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

disputed lead, pushed along 2 out, led clearly approaching last, good jump last, pushed out run-in, always doing enough

4/1

9

2nd Mar 2024

Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 1

13:55 Newbury

Highstakesplayer

10st 9lb

J: Stan Sheppard

T: Tom Lacey

prominent, weakened quickly 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

4/1

8/1

  • Place: £2.70

Form: 453241 C

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 6lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Veteran who capitalised upon some significant help from the handicapper when winning under Oscar Palmer at Newbury (2m7f, good to soft) last month; evidently in good heart but not the obvious type to follow up.
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2nd

10

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Fidux

11st 6lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Alan King

midfield, headway 4th, outpaced 2 out, kept on well and went second towards finish

8/1

2nd

10

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Fidux

11st 6lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Alan King

midfield, headway 4th, outpaced 2 out, kept on well and went second towards finish

8/1

1st

10

23rd Mar 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 86y

Class 3

17:00 Newbury

Fidux

11st 1lb

J: Oscar Palmer

T: Alan King

Hasn't won since the summer of 2021 but he's capable of putting that right and has been close up under Oscar Palmer in his last two races (at about 3m); another with each-way hopes.

9/1

12/1

  • Place: £2.90

Form: 78-3P9

Last run: 31 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Pulled up Boxing Day, having bled from the nose, and returned from break with low-key hurdle run last month; however, caught the eye making good late headway for third on seasonal debut at Newbury (2m4f, good to soft) in December and has slipped to an attractive mark.
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4th

3

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:42 Perth

Karl Philippe

11st 4lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

pressed leader, led before 6th, headed just before 13th, hit 13th, lost position before 3 out

4/1

1st

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

jumped slightly right throughout, led, raced in second when headed 2nd, ridden after 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led narrowly last, edged right but kept on well towards finish

7/2

1st

2

6th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

16:05 Kempton

Karl Philippe

12st 0lb

J: Jack Hogan

T: Fergal O’Brien

jumped slightly right throughout, led, raced in second when headed 2nd, ridden after 3 out, pressed leader 2 out, led narrowly last

7/2

Form: 442321

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Steadily progressive 7yo who was placed in his first three chases before weaving through some traffic to lead close home at Ascot (2m5f, good) last month; recent 4lb rise does not look excessive and he could quite plausibly have untapped potential over 3m; must be considered.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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4th

12

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Kings Threshold

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway before 3 out, weakened from 2 out

7/2

4th

12

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Kings Threshold

11st 2lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway before 3 out

7/2

1st

3

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 5f 8y

Class 4

14:10 Ascot

Kings Threshold

11st 11lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Placed in all three chases, most recently when second at Wincanton (2m4f, heavy) last month; 1lb lower today and ought to be better suited by the forecast quicker ground; high on the list.

5/1

Form: 312266 D

Last run: 39 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Ex-Irish 8yo who was runner-up off today's mark at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) and Musselburgh (2m4f, soft) on first two starts for James Owen this season; didn't run badly at last month's Cheltenham Festival and is a contender in these calmer waters.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

7

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Grozni

11st 9lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

held up in rear, not fluent 10th, no impression from 5 out

11/1

5th

7

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Grozni

11st 9lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

held up in rear, not fluent 10th, no impression from 5 out

11/1

6th

20

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Grozni

11st 0lb

J: Mr Alex Chadwick

T: James Owen

Good second under Alex Chadwick on first two starts for yard at Doncaster (3m, good to soft) and Musselburgh (2m4f, soft); however, he needs to step up on that form today and was merely sixth of eight at Sandown last month.

50/1

Form: 133-4P D

Last run: 164 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Dual chase winner for Jane Williams last season, latterly off mark 3lb higher than today's at Ludlow (3m, good); left that stable after two poor performances in the autumn but it will be interesting to see whether Kim Bailey can coax him back to form; had another wind op (his third) last month.
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3rd

3

28th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

18:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Le Cameleon

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

raced in second, mistake 5th, briefly led home turn, no chance with winner from 2 out, no extra and lost second inside final 110yds

6/1

3rd

3

28th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

18:25 Bangor-on-Dee

Le Cameleon

11st 12lb

J: Ciaran Gethings

T: Kim Bailey

raced in second, mistake 5th, briefly led home turn, no chance with winner from 2 out, no extra and lost second inside final 110yds

6/1

Form: 5266-P C

Last run: 71 days

W: 11st 9lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Well treated on old form and well suited by going right-handed over 3m on good ground; pulled up on belated seasonal debut at Exeter in February but the ground was heavy and he ran well to a point; worth a second look.
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2nd

2

1st Jun 2024

Good To Soft

3m 3f 119y

Class 3

19:30 Stratford

Broken Quest

12st 0lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: David Dennis

Only this year returned from a long absence and showed he was no back number with an 11l third at Aintree two weeks ago (3m1f, good); stamina for quite this far is by no means assured but he can't be ruled out.

8/1

OUR TIP

Form: 14P-PP D

Last run: 124 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 135

Form & Verdict
Very creditable fourth in major handicap over C&D (good) in February 2023 but pulled up on all three subsequent appearances and comes with obvious risk attached on this first start for four months.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Bobhopeornohope

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

took keen hold, prominent, jumped slightly left 1st, challenging 5 out, weakened quickly after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

14/1

1

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Bobhopeornohope

12st 0lb

J: David Bass

T: Kim Bailey

took keen hold, prominent, jumped slightly left 1st, challenging 5 out, weakened quickly after 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

14/1

Form: 71-35P C

Last run: 44 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict
Good-ground specialist; not suited by the conditions when pulled up at Sandown last month and much better judged on very respectable fifth in major Ascot handicap (3m, good) in December; a possible.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

20th May 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

16:43 Newton Abbot

Switch Hitter

12st 8lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

Useful handicap chaser on good ground when on song; pulled up on consecutive outings at end of last season and needs to prove his wellbeing, but is in much calmer waters for today's hunter chase debut.

4/6

5th

1

20th May 2024

Soft

3m 1f 170y

Class 5

16:43 Newton Abbot

Switch Hitter

12st 8lb

J: Miss Natalie Parker

T: Paul Nicholls

Useful handicap chaser on good ground when on song; pulled up on consecutive outings at end of last season and needs to prove his wellbeing, but is in much calmer waters for today's hunter chase debut.

4/6

3

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Switch Hitter

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

prominent, bumped 1st, dropped to rear 12th, pulled up before 5 out

8/1

Form: -48175 D

Last run: 29 days

W: 11st 11lb

11 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict
Battled well to win small-field event at Plumpton (3m1f, soft) in January and bounced back from a lesser effort when close fifth in Ascot veterans' chase (3m, good) last month; still on a workable mark but others have more persuasive profiles.
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Verdict Starting price

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

4

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Larry

11st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

took keen hold, held up in rear, no impression before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

12/1

7

24th Mar 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

16:30 Ascot

Larry

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Gary Moore

Twice well beaten over C&D this winter, including last time, but in between he won at Plumpton and he's a two-time C&D winner who was third in this race last year; has won on a variety of ground; not ruled out.

7/1

Form: -2771P D

Last run: 51 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Kept on best in what turned out to be a fairly stern test over about 2m4f at Wetherby (soft) in January and also ran well in Grimthorpe at Doncaster (3m2f, soft) last month, albeit he tired in the straight and was eventually pulled up; also suited by good ground; can feature here if those two hard races have not taken a toll.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

5

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Docpickedme

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Richard Hobson

Has to bounce back from two non-completions but he ran well for a long way in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster and jumping left didn't help at Kempton; he's not easy to predict but a good day would see him have some say off this mark.

25/1

6th

5

4th May 2024

Soft

3m 0f 0y

Class 2

17:45 Uttoxeter

Docpickedme

11st 0lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Richard Hobson

Has to bounce back from two non-completions but he ran well for a long way in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster and jumping left didn't help at Kempton; he's not easy to predict but a good day would see him have some say off this mark.

25/1

5

22nd Apr 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Kempton

Docpickedme

11st 9lb

J: Lilly Pinchin

T: Richard Hobson

jumped left on occasions, led narrowly, not fluent 11th, bad mistake and headed 13th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out

8/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £48.00
Straight Forecast £45.34
Tricast £459.32
Trifecta £395.30

Selections

The Times:

King's Threshold

Telegraph:

Highstakesplayer

TOPSPEED:

Hidden Heroics

WEST COUNTRY:

Docpickedme

RP RATINGS:

Grozni

SPOTLIGHT:

Karl Philippe

The Guardian:

King's Threshold

The Sun:

King's Threshold

The Star:

King's Threshold

Daily Record:

King's Threshold

POSTDATA:

Hidden Heroics

Daily Mail:

Highstakesplayer

D Express:

Highstakesplayer

Daily Mirror:

Docpickedme