May 19 / 14.05 Stratford

14.05

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William Hill Epic Value Novices’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £3775.91
  • 2m 0f 213y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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William Hill Epic Value Novices’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

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5/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.30

Form: 2/63P- C

Last run: 145 days

W: 11st 11lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Kept on for close third on chase debut at Hereford (2m, good) in November, after a break, but looked badly out of sorts (albeit on soft ground) the following month and now returns from another break with a point to prove.
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Verdict Starting price

1

18th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

15:15 Stratford

Dusky Days

12st 0lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

prominent, lost position before 8th, soon weakened, pulled up after 2 out

7/2

1st

2

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Dusky Days

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

in touch with leaders, disputing third after 2 out, kept on well from last, led towards finish, won going away

5/1

1st

2

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Dusky Days

11st 11lb

J: Gavin Sheehan

T: Jamie Snowden

in touch with leaders, disputing third after 2 out, kept on well from last, led towards finish, won going away

5/1

9/2

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 22/3P-

Last run: 24 days

W: 11st 11lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Runner-up in three chases for Mick Channon in 2022 and, following a long absence, made pleasing stable debut when third at Taunton (2m, soft) last month; contender if judged on that evidence but dropped out of contention very tamely at Warwick a fortnight later.
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Barest Of Margins

11st 11lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

led, pressed leader when headed after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out, kept on run-in, headed towards finish

9/2

2nd

3

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Barest Of Margins

11st 11lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

led, pressed leader when headed after 3rd, led narrowly after 2 out, kept on run-in, headed towards finish

9/2

3

25th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 54y

Class 5

15:45 Warwick

Barest Of Margins

11st 12lb

J: Marc Goldstein

T: Sheena West

Nine-race maiden but he has form figures of 2223 in his completed starts over fences and that latest third was a big run at Taunton (2m; stable debut) after a long absence; seems versatile ground-wise and this prominent-racer should give it another good shot.

13/2

6/1

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 5/725-

Last run: 195 days

W: 11st 6lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 92

Form & Verdict
Dual Flat winner; not bred for fences but was very respectable fifth on chasing debut at Plumpton (2m3f, good to soft) in November; ought to be better suited by today's faster ground and confirmed his wellbeing with a good AW run last month; could have a say.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

3

18th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

15:15 Stratford

Theonlywayiswessex

11st 5lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

midfield, headway 3 out, led going best approaching last, ridden out run-in, went well clear final 110yds, comfortably

7/2

3rd

7

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Theonlywayiswessex

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

in touch with leaders, prominent 7th, pressed leader 2 out, no extra when lost second run-in

6/1

3rd

7

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Theonlywayiswessex

11st 6lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

in touch with leaders, prominent 7th, pressed leader 2 out, no extra when lost second run-in

6/1

Form: 23F05- D

Last run: 25 days

W: 12st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Won twice over hurdles at Taunton in April 2023 and looked back in good nick when fifth of 16 there (2m, good) last month; on workable mark for today's chasing debut and a player if he jumps soundly.
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Verdict Starting price

4th

1

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Phoenix Risen

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear, outpaced after 3 out, headway after 2 out, went fourth before last, kept on but not pace to challenge

5/1

4th

1

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Phoenix Risen

12st 0lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

held up in rear, outpaced after 3 out, headway after 2 out, went fourth before last, kept on but not pace to challenge

5/1

5th

5

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 0f 104y

Class 5

20:10 Taunton

Phoenix Risen

11st 11lb

J: Lorcan Williams

T: Jeremy Scott

Won this 12 months ago (good to soft) and he followed up two weeks later, again here (soft); didn't show a lot back from a break at Newbury but could leave that running behind and he's on a perfectly good mark.

9/1

Form: P/06-6

Last run: 12 days

W: 10st 2lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 68

Form & Verdict
Went close over C&D (good) just under a year ago but soundly beaten on all four subsequent appearances; 6lb wrong today; younger rivals are much more appealing.
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2nd

9

18th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

15:15 Stratford

Invincible Wish

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

midfield, led after 4 out, joined 2 out, headed approaching last, kept on

33/1

4th

8

7th Jun 2024

Good

2m 1f 43y

Class 5

16:20 Market Rasen

Invincible Wish

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

12yo whose last win was on the Flat in 2016 and he's been well held back over fences in last three runs; jumps record now stands at 0-18 and he's 4lb out of the weights here; opposable.

16/1

5th

9

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Invincible Wish

10st 2lb

J: Philip Armson

T: Sarah-Jayne Davies

pressed leader, led after 3rd, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last

25/1

Form: /P3PP-

Last run: 69 days

W: 11st 8lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 94

Form & Verdict
Sold out of Nicky Henderson's stable after disappointing start to chasing career last autumn and was pulled up over C&D (albeit on heavy ground) on stable debut in March; back on a sound surface with cheekpieces added today; others have much less to prove.
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Verdict Starting price

6th

6

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Boom Boom

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 2nd, prominent 3rd, weakened after 2 out

25/1

6th

6

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Boom Boom

11st 8lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Rob Summers

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 2nd, prominent 3rd, weakened after 2 out

25/1

6

11th Mar 2024

Soft

2m 0f 213y

Class 4

15:50 Stratford

Boom Boom

10st 10lb

J: Cillin Leonard

T: Rob Summers

£7,000 buy in January having won a 1m7f Wincanton maiden for Nicky Henderson in April 2023; disappointing on both starts after that; tried in a tongue-tie for stable/chase debut.

33/1

Form: 07PF2-

Last run: 30 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Held every chance before last-fence fall on chasing debut at March (2m, good) and also ran well when second (albeit no match for easy winner) at Exeter (2m1f, good) last month; needs to prove he can handle a left-handed track but otherwise has pretty solid claims.
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Verdict Starting price

7th

5

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Dunstall Rambler

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

midfield, dropped to rear after 3rd, hit 6th, outpaced from 3 out

11/4

7th

5

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Dunstall Rambler

11st 11lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

midfield, dropped to rear after 3rd, hit 6th, outpaced from 3 out

11/4

2nd

1

19th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

2m 1f 109y

Class 5

19:00 Exeter

Dunstall Rambler

12st 0lb

J: Jonathan Burke

T: Tom George

Best hurdling effort came on good ground last spring (1m7f, first-time hood) and he shaped well back on a sound surface on his 2m Huntingdon chase debut last month, upsides under hand riding when falling at the last; capable of winning a handicap chase off a mark in the 90s on that evidence.

9/4

Form: /PP/6/

Last run: 730 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 64

Form & Verdict
Struggled when 33-1 for chase/handicap debut two years ago and not seen since; effectively 3lb higher from 10lb out of the weights today.
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8th

10

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Theoule

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

always behind, weakened after 2 out

33/1

8th

10

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Theoule

10st 2lb

J: James Best

T: Emma-Jane Bishop

always behind, weakened after 2 out

33/1

Form: /420-5

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 11lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 97

Form & Verdict
Displayed significant promise in two slow-ground novice hurdles in the autumn but was safely held in both handicap hurdles this spring; in good hands and remains lightly raced but it's hard to know what to expect from her on this chasing debut.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

4

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Smurfette

11st 2lb

J: Mr Jack Andrews

T: T Ellis

towards rear

12/1

4

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Smurfette

11st 11lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, mistake 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last

8/1

4

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Smurfette

11st 11lb

J: Fergus Gillard

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, mistake 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last

8/1

Form: 4P/PP-

Last run: 24 days

W: 10st 3lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Pulled up on chasing debut for Phil Kirby in November and, following a break, also struggled when he reverted to hurdling for recent stable debut; has travelled from the Scottish Borders to run here and may appreciate the return to decent ground but considered only if lively in the betting.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

10

15th Jun 2024

Good

1m 7f 133y

Class 5

16:52 Hexham

Barley Breeze

10st 2lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Stuart Coltherd

held up in rear

28/1

6th

10

29th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 61y

Class 5

19:50 Cartmel

Barley Breeze

10st 2lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Stuart Coltherd

Pulled up on final two starts for Philip Kirby and also failed to complete both races for new stable this spring; 2lb out of the weights here and it takes a big leap of faith to support him.

25/1

8

19th May 2024

Good

2m 0f 213y

Class 5

14:05 Stratford

Barley Breeze

10st 3lb

J: Ross Chapman

T: Stuart Coltherd

midfield, hampered when unseated 2nd

16/1

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Payout
Exacta £40.50
Straight Forecast £32.91
Tricast £94.98
Trifecta £171.20

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Dunstall Rambler

Telegraph:

Theonlywayiswessex

RP RATINGS:

Dusky Days

POSTDATA:

Barest Of Margins

The Times:

Dunstall Rambler

Daily Mirror:

Dunstall Rambler

The Star:

Dunstall Rambler

Daily Record:

Dunstall Rambler

D Express:

Dusky Days