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Remembering Phillip “Mick” Martin Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £4700.09
  • 2m 3f 83y
  • Class 4
  • 9 runners
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Remembering Phillip “Mick” Martin Handicap Chase

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Windy

10/1 (Won)

  • Win: £7.50
  • Place: £2.20

Form: 6U355- D

Last run: 124 days

W: 11st 12lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Winning hurdler but inferior chase form in eight attempts; left Gavin Cromwell for 12,500gns; had wind surgery and return to goodish ground won't harm; has to be of some interest.
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5th

2

28th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 4

18:13 Bangor-on-Dee

Steppenwolf

11st 13lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Failed to score over fences for Gavin Cromwell but underwent breathing surgery before scoring readily for his new yard in 2m3f handicap chase at Ffos Las 29 days ago; hiked up 8lb but still rates a big player.

13/8

1st

2

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Steppenwolf

11st 12lb

J: Jack Tudor

T: David Pipe

Winning hurdler but inferior chase form in eight attempts; left Gavin Cromwell for 12,500gns; had wind surgery and return to goodish ground won't harm; has to be of some interest.

10/1

5th

6

27th Jan 2024

Soft

2m 1f 65y

13:05 Fairyhouse

Steppenwolf

11st 7lb

J: Kieren Buckley

T: Gavin Cromwell

Winning hurdler; has failed to complete three of his seven starts over fences; made a bad mistake at the eighth when third in a Ludlow handicap; beaten almost 20l in fifth at Leopardstown last time.

14/1

6/1

  • Place: £2.00

Form: P4934-

Last run: 47 days

W: 11st 7lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Became disappointing over hurdles last season but made encouraging chase debut when keeping-on fourth at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last month; now needs to build on that performance.
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1st

3

28th Jun 2024

Good

3m 0f 30y

Class 4

17:40 Bangor-on-Dee

Exmoor Forest

11st 8lb

J: James Davies

T: Nigel Hawke

Unexposed chaser who was runner-up at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last month but he failed to repeat that form at Newton Abbot (3m2f, good), which was disappointing because his hurdle win came over a staying trip; cheekpieces are now added but overall record stands at 1-17 and others are preferred.

14/1

3rd

4

14th Jun 2024

Good

3m 1f 170y

Class 4

19:20 Newton Abbot

Exmoor Forest

10st 13lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

led, pressed leader when headed 6th, lost second after 4 out, weakened after 2 out

4/1

2nd

5

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Exmoor Forest

11st 7lb

J: David Noonan

T: Nigel Hawke

Became disappointing over hurdles last season but made encouraging chase debut when keeping-on fourth at Chepstow (2m3f, good to soft) last month; now needs to build on that performance.

6/1

14/1

  • Place: £3.20

Form: /PP5-4 D

Last run: 26 days

W: 11st 10lb

12 yo Gelding

OR: 108

Form & Verdict
Out of form during light campaign last season and last month's run was no better; looks on the decline.
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3rd

1

25th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 216y

Class 5

15:30 Newton Abbot

Magic Dancer

12st 0lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

On the decline but he arrested the slide with a placed effort at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) and the winner was well handicapped; each-way claims.

12/1

3rd

4

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Magic Dancer

11st 10lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Out of form during light campaign last season and last month's run was no better; looks on the decline.

14/1

6

4th May 2024

Soft

2m 4f 189y

Class 4

16:35 Uttoxeter

Magic Dancer

11st 6lb

J: Richard Patrick

T: Kerry Lee

Useful in his prime but getting long in the tooth now and was out of form during light campaign last season; too well handicapped to rule out here but needs a revival.

10/1

Form: 45-125 D BF

Last run: 9 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Won a Market Rasen hurdle (2m4f) by over 7l before going close over fences at Bangor (3m, good to soft); disappointed only three days later though and they're keeping him busy.
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10th

8

(12)

6th Jul 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 50y

Class 6

17:35 Nottingham

Iron Heart

10st 6lb

J: Miss Abigail Voyce

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

He's been better than this grade in the past and he was in good order over jumps in May, winning a Market Rasen hurdle before a couple of creditable chase outings; first Flat run for this stable; could go well.

14/1

4th

8

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Iron Heart

11st 4lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

Won a Market Rasen hurdle (2m4f) by over 7l before going close over fences at Bangor (3m, good to soft); disappointed only three days later though and they're keeping him busy.

6/1

5th

1

21st May 2024

Good

2m 3f 189y

Class 5

19:10 Huntingdon

Iron Heart

12st 0lb

J: James Bowen

T: Peter & Michael Bowen

Back in good form this month, winning easily by over 7l over hurdles at Market Rasen (2m4f, good) before going close over fences at Bangor (3m, good to soft) on Saturday; obvious contender if tough enough to cope with another quick reappearance.

13/8

OUR TIP

Form: 86PP1- CD

Last run: 38 days

W: 11st 11lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 109

Form & Verdict
Returned to form when jumping well out in front and holding on by a length over C&D last month; beat one chasing a hat-trick so it's solid form; just 3lb higher.
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5th

3

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Ballinsker

11st 11lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Returned to form when jumping well out in front and holding on by a length over C&D last month; beat one chasing a hat-trick so it's solid form; just 3lb higher.

7/2

1st

4

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

14:42 Ffos Las

Ballinsker

11st 8lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Now 9b lower than for his Chepstow win (2m7f, good to soft) last April but he's been pulled up here (2m5f) and at Plumpton (3m1f) in last two runs; cheekpieces return on this drop back in grade but he needs a major revival back in trip; stablemate of Lelant.

16/1

1st

4

22nd Apr 2024

Soft

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

14:42 Ffos Las

Ballinsker

11st 8lb

J: Isabel Williams

T: Evan Williams

Now 9b lower than for his Chepstow win (2m7f, good to soft) last April but he's been pulled up here (2m5f) and at Plumpton (3m1f) in last two runs; cheekpieces return on this drop back in grade but he needs a major revival back in trip; stablemate of Lelant.

16/1

Form: U150-2

Last run: 17 days

W: 11st 5lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Won a Huntingdon handicap hurdle off this mark in October and rediscovered some form after a break when a 12l second at Hereford (2m3f, good; first-time tongue-tie); not bred for fences but a fair shout should he fancy it.
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5th

2

13th Jun 2024

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 5

20:25 Worcester

Jack The Savage

12st 0lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Laura Horsfall

Reverts back to hurdles after making no impression on chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m3f, good) last month; won off this mark at Huntingdon last October and not out of this.

10/1

6th

6

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Jack The Savage

11st 5lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Laura Horsfall

Won a Huntingdon handicap hurdle off this mark in October and rediscovered some form after a break when a 12l second at Hereford (2m3f, good; first-time tongue-tie); not bred for fences but a fair shout should he fancy it.

10/1

2nd

6

13th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 147y

Class 4

14:30 Hereford

Jack The Savage

11st 7lb

J: Kevin Brogan

T: Laura Horsfall

Showed benefit of a wind op when opening account at Huntingdon (2m, good to soft) in October, his fifth start over hurdles, but we haven't seen him since a disappointing effort in December; moves back up in trip with a tongue-tie fitted today; not yet proven on ground slower than good to soft.

16/1

Form: 41315- D

Last run: 36 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict
Won three chases over slightly longer trips last year when the ground was no slower than good to soft; current mark won't be easy but this race is a better fit than the novice hurdle he contested last time.
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5th

7

18th Jun 2024

Good

2m 6f 125y

Class 4

16:35 Stratford

Dans Chosen

11st 2lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won three chases last year from 2m4f to 2m5f when the ground was no slower than good to soft; latest return to chasing at Ffos Las was underwhelming, even allowing for the trip of 2m3f.

7/1

7th

1

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Dans Chosen

11st 12lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Won three chases over slightly longer trips last year when the ground was no slower than good to soft; current mark won't be easy but this race is a better fit than the novice hurdle he contested last time.

11/2

5th

7

24th Apr 2024

Good

2m 3f 1y

Class 4

16:42 Taunton

Dans Chosen

11st 5lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Better known as a chaser these days, with three of his four wins in that discipline gained last year; returns to hurdling over a trip short of his best and looks vulnerable.

8/1

Form: 345-1P C BF

Last run: 12 days

W: 11st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 100

Form & Verdict
Came from off the pace to win comfortably over 2m here (good to soft) this month and reportedly lost his action at Bangor; struggles with consistency but has a big run in him.
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8th

9

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Boston Joe

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Rebecca Curtis

Came from off the pace to win comfortably over 2m here (good to soft) this month and reportedly lost his action at Bangor; struggles with consistency but has a big run in him.

7/2

4

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

18:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Boston Joe

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Rebecca Curtis

led, pressed leader when headed after 1st, hit 3rd, awkward jump and hampered 4th, soon lost action and pulled up

11/4

4

18th May 2024

Good

2m 1f 77y

Class 5

18:15 Bangor-on-Dee

Boston Joe

11st 9lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Rebecca Curtis

Back in excellent nick when coming from off the pace to win comfortably by over 7l at Ffos Las (2m, good to soft) 11 days ago and now 4-11 over fences; 8lb higher here but could still have a bigger performance in him.

11/4

Form: 687PP- C

Last run: 126 days

W: 11st 4lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 102

Form & Verdict
Strike-rate of 6-17 over hurdles and the latest of those wins was off a 3lb higher mark; however, there's been pretty much nothing to take from his last five appearances and would appear to be going chasing under a cloud.
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7

30th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 83y

Class 4

15:00 Ffos Las

Blue Shark

11st 4lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Jonjo & A J O’Neill

Strike-rate of 6-17 over hurdles and the latest of those wins was off a 3lb higher mark; however, there's been pretty much nothing to take from his last five appearances and would appear to be going chasing under a cloud.

12/1

0

8

25th Jan 2024

Good

2m 4f 145y

Class 4

14:35 Huntingdon

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: James Smith

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Six wins between November 2022 and May 2023 included one over C&D (good); back to within 1lb of the final winning mark in that sequence, but too far below par the last four times to expect him to capitalise.

16/1

0

5

16th Dec 2023

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 4

14:48 Hereford

Blue Shark

11st 10lb

J: Benjamin Macey

T: Jonjo O’Neill

Between November of last year and this May he won six times in seven starts (2m3f-2m4f); however, shot up the weights as a consequence and he's beaten only one finisher in his last three appearances; has stamina to prove.

12/1

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Payout
Exacta £46.80
Straight Forecast £45.19
Tricast £386.95
Trifecta £353.80

Selections

RP RATINGS:

Ballinsker

The Times:

Exmoor Forest

SPOTLIGHT:

Steppenwolf

POSTDATA:

Boston Joe

Telegraph:

Magic Dancer

The Guardian:

Exmoor Forest

D Express:

Exmoor Forest

TOPSPEED:

Ballinsker

Daily Mail:

Ballinsker

Daily Mirror:

Ballinsker

The Sun:

Ballinsker

The Star:

Ballinsker

Daily Record:

Ballinsker