May 18 / 18.30 Uttoxeter

18.30

Good

We Are Sparta Paul Yelland 60 Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £6178.77
  • 3m 0f 0y
  • Class 3
  • 12 runners
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We Are Sparta Paul Yelland 60 Handicap Chase

Runners: 12 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

9/2 (Won)

  • Win: £6.00
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 54P74- D BF

Last run: 60 days

W: 11st 9lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
Dual winning hurdler; hinted when fourth at Sandown in December (3m, soft) that he could reach the same heights over fences but hasn't built on that and blinkers now replace cheekpieces.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

8

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Collectors Item

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

prominent

9/2

1st

8

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Collectors Item

11st 9lb

J: Richie McLernon

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

prominent

9/2

4th

2

19th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 45y

Class 3

15:45 Wetherby

Collectors Item

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo O’Neill

raced in second, niggled along briefly after 10th, pushed along from 14th, weakened 4 out

6/1

14/1

  • Place: £8.90

Form: 5242P- D

Last run: 231 days

W: 11st 11lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Ran no race last time (2m5f, good) but had been in career-best form and this 10yo seems to need 3m these days; not ruled out.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

3rd

3

7th Jul 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

16:35 Market Rasen

Saint Arvans

11st 10lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

Never better than last spring/summer and has returned from a break in good form, last time finishing a 9l fourth over C&D; does have little margin for error off this mark and he'd prefer further in an ideal world.

8/1

4th

8

21st Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 89y

Class 3

15:55 Market Rasen

Saint Arvans

11st 1lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

In career-best form last spring/summer (three wins) and returned from layoff with creditable second at Uttoxeter (3m, good to soft) last month; well beaten at Perth since, though, and doesn't have much margin for error off current mark.

16/1

5th

7

9th Jun 2024

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 2

15:42 Perth

Saint Arvans

10st 5lb

J: Conor Rabbitt

T: Maurice Barnes

in touch with leaders

10/1

14/1

  • Place: £4.40

Form: 5/035-

Last run: 138 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 127

Form & Verdict
Lost his way over hurdles for Gordon Elliott and was beaten 26l and 91l when his attentions were turned to chasing; sold on for 22,000euros and he lacks experience for a race of this nature.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

3rd

6

11th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 88y

Class 3

14:45 Southwell

Santonito

11st 0lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: T Ellis

Ex-Irish 7yo who kept on for respectable third at Uttoxeter (3m, good to soft) on last month's stable debut; needs to build on that performance here but the drop back in trip won't be a problem; a possible.

7/1

3rd

4

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Santonito

11st 11lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: T Ellis

midfield

14/1

3rd

4

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Santonito

11st 11lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: T Ellis

midfield

14/1

Form: 43743- C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 9lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 125

Form & Verdict
A lot of his form is over shorter but he proved his stamina for this far when beaten 4.5l over C&D last month (soft; fine on good); overall profile questions whether he'll be so good again.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

7

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Red Rookie

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

midfield

9/1

4th

7

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Red Rookie

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

midfield

9/1

3rd

2

24th Apr 2024

Heavy

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

17:35 Uttoxeter

Red Rookie

11st 9lb

J: Tom Bellamy

T: Emma Lavelle

Form as recent as last May reads very well but he's been underwhelming in his six runs this November-March (best of those runs was three starts back) and others have more pressing claims.

11/1

Form: 7P5P7- C

Last run: 22 days

W: 11st 4lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 120

Form & Verdict
Won five out of six from June 2022 to May of last year but the wheels seem to have come off; hardly the percentage call.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

4th

4

18th Jun 2024

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:35 Stratford

Gloire Dathon

11st 7lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

Very well handicapped on his winning form in 2m4f handicaps at Sandown (good to soft) and Uttoxeter (good) in the spring of 2023; however, his reduced mark is for a reason and others arrive here in better nick.

10/1

6th

5

2nd Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 44y

Class 3

16:15 Fakenham

Gloire Dathon

11st 6lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

Won valuable 2m4f handicaps at Sandown (good to soft) and Uttoxeter (good) last spring but badly out of form since; took small step back in right direction in refitted cheekpieces a fortnight ago but needs to build on that performance.

10/1

5th

13

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Gloire Dathon

11st 4lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah Humphrey

led

16/1

Form: /5335- C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 8lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict
Both novice hurdle wins were over shorter; 0-4 as a chaser but he didn't run at all badly in a vaulable 3m handicap won by the classy Sharjah at Ayr's National meeting; enters the reckoning.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

9

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Hitching Jacking

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

midfield but in touch with leaders

6/1

6th

9

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Hitching Jacking

11st 8lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

midfield but in touch with leaders

6/1

Form: 22116- C

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Has more on his plate than when winning two small-field 3m handicaps at Ludlow (on soft) and late mistakes let him down back there last month; hard to call him well handicapped.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

7th

12

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

One True King

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

towards rear

12/1

7th

12

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

One True King

11st 6lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

towards rear

12/1

6th

2

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 4

15:05 Ludlow

One True King

12st 2lb

J: James Turner

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Coped well with drop to 2m when scoring here last month then followed up over C&D (also on soft) three weeks ago; nudged up only another 2lb for the latter success and today's faster ground will also suit.

9/4

Form: 9354-V CD

Last run: 8 days

W: 11st 7lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 123

Form & Verdict
Ran in a voided race last week; respectable runs prior to that and he won off this mark over C&D last September; possibilities.
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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1

21st Jul 2024

Good

2m 6f 7y

Class 4

13:50 Stratford

Risk And Roll

12st 2lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

Failed to give his running over fences last time but ran really well at Ascot the time before and he's capable over hurdles; not dismissed.

10/1

8th

10

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Risk And Roll

11st 7lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

in rear

9/1

8th

10

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Risk And Roll

11st 7lb

J: Tabitha Worsley

T: James Evans

in rear

9/1

Form: P3445- C

Last run: 33 days

W: 11st 13lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 129

Form & Verdict
His last four wins have been at Wetherby, including two chases; trying 3m for the first time when beaten about 7l at Sandown (good to soft) and was a similar distance away at Kelso (2m7f, soft); can be up and down but has a big run in him.
Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

9th

2

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

No Risk Des Flos

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent

8/1

9th

2

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

No Risk Des Flos

11st 13lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Olly Murphy

prominent

8/1

Form: 2P/78-

Last run: 111 days

W: 11st 3lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 119

Form & Verdict
Has become hard to predict since his last win off a similar mark in October 2022 and he's been getting his favoured good ground; too risky.
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No / Draw
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

10th

14

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Sam Barton

11st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

towards rear

20/1

10th

14

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Sam Barton

11st 3lb

J: Joe Anderson

T: Emma Lavelle

towards rear

20/1

Form: 041P6-

Last run: 47 days

W: 12st 0lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 130

Form & Verdict
Won two chases in Ireland for Willie Mullins, the latest in September; pulled-up outsider in 2m4f Cheltenham Festival handicap for new stable and didn't jump well when tailed off over 2m at Chepstow; this trip is probably better for him but he's hard to weigh up and new headgear is on.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Fighter Allen

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

took keen hold, prominent

25/1

1

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Fighter Allen

12st 0lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

took keen hold, prominent

25/1

Form: 21/43-

Last run: 49 days

W: 11st 6lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 122

Form & Verdict
Low-mileage 10yo; competitive without genuinely threatening in two 3m handicap hurdles following a long absence; on his last winning mark but this is no easy starter over fences (point winner).
Place /
No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Picanha

11st 6lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

didn't jump with fluency, always behind

9/1

11

18th May 2024

Good

3m 0f 0y

Class 3

18:30 Uttoxeter

Picanha

11st 6lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

didn't jump with fluency, always behind

9/1

3rd

9

30th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 0f 58y

Class 2

14:40 Haydock

Picanha

11st 4lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Richard Phillips

Very lightly raced 10yo who made an encouraging return from a long absence when fourth (Judicial Law just over 1l back in fifth) at Newbury (3m, heavy) seven weeks ago; claims if he can build on that.

7/1

Non-runners

Broken Quest, Full Back, Post Chaise

+o+e Accumulators

Payout
Exacta £179.70
Straight Forecast £156.86
Tricast £2750.60
Trifecta £2668.50

Selections

Daily Mail:

Post Chaise

SPOTLIGHT:

Hitching Jacking

RP RATINGS:

No Risk Des Flos

TOPSPEED:

Red Rookie

Telegraph:

Santonito

The Star:

One True King

WEST COUNTRY:

Collectors Item

The Times:

Hitching Jacking

The Guardian:

Hitching Jacking

Daily Mirror:

Post Chaise

The Sun:

Post Chaise

Daily Record:

Post Chaise

POSTDATA:

No Risk Des Flos

D Express:

Red Rookie