June 08 / 16.35 Bangor-on-Dee

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Mike & Jill Medcalf 70th Birthday Mares’ Handicap Chase

  • Prize money: £5281
  • 2m 4f 72y
  • Class 5
  • 10 runners
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Mike & Jill Medcalf 70th Birthday Mares’ Handicap Chase

Runners: 10 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Mostly cloudy

5/2 (Won)

  • Win: £2.38
  • Place: £1.40

Form: 3666-1 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Placed on only one of her six appearances last season but looked back in good nick when winning very comfortably by over 8l at Stratford (2m3f, good) three weeks ago; hard to beat if in similar mood again here.
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

1st

5

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Fancy Stuff

11st 2lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Tom Gretton

in rear

5/2

1st

6

19th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

Fancy Stuff

10st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Tom Gretton

held up in rear, headway after 3 out, led after 2 out, soon clear, easily

10/1

1st

6

19th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

Fancy Stuff

10st 10lb

J: Sean Bowen

T: Tom Gretton

Outran 33-1 odds when placed on stable debut at Ludlow (2m4f, soft; first-time hood) in December but this year's chase/hurdle form has been somewhat underwhelming; has the services of Sean Bowen here but needs to up her game; hood left off today.

10/1

OUR TIP

8/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: P0/54- D

Last run: 392 days

W: 11st 12lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 103

Form & Verdict
Won four in a row over hurdles in 2022 but lightly raced and disappointing since; safely held in two 2m4f Warwick chases last month; revival needed.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Gentle Connections

11st 12lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

towards rear

8/1

4th

4

13th May 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

18:55 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 2lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

prominent, briefly led 7th, lost third 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out

6/1

5th

6

1st May 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 4

16:22 Warwick

Gentle Connections

11st 8lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

in rear, dropped to last 9th, never on terms

8/1

16/1

  • Place: £3.30

Form: 79P4-6

Last run: 18 days

W: 10st 2lb

5 yo Filly

OR: 79

Form & Verdict
Displayed significant promise in bumpers last season but has not yet shown a great deal over jumps; beaten about 29l when sixth of eight on recent chasing debut at Hexham (2m4f, good); improvement required.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

11

28th Jun 2024

Good

2m 5f 34y

Class 5

15:40 Cartmel

Rorys Story

10st 7lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

Gave good account when third at Bangor (2m4f, good) three weeks ago, despite racing a bit too freely, but is 0-10 under rules now and needs to take another step forward today.

8/1

3rd

9

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Rorys Story

10st 2lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

took keen hold, midfield

16/1

6th

6

21st May 2024

Good

2m 4f 15y

Class 5

18:58 Hexham

Rorys Story

10st 12lb

J: Harry Reed

T: Tristan Davidson

in touch with leaders

12/1

Form: 2656-4 D

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 13lb

11 yo Mare

OR: 90

Form & Verdict
Safely held when fourth behind Fancy Stuff at Stratford (2m3f, good) last month, in a race she won last year, and is patently not the force of old but has become too well handicapped to rule out.
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6

2nd Jul 2024

Good To Firm

2m 2f 148y

Class 5

18:40 Stratford

Admirals Sunset

11st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: David Weston

Veteran mare who is better known as a chaser now; no longer the force of old but her recent efforts have been respectable and she runs this track well; of interest off her lower hurdle mark.

7/1

4th

6

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Admirals Sunset

10st 13lb

J: James Davies

T: David Weston

in touch with leaders

8/1

4th

3

19th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

Admirals Sunset

11st 5lb

J: James Davies

T: David Weston

Three-time chase winner, most recently off 3lb higher mark in this race a year ago (good ground); out of form when last seen in the autumn but that latest win came with she was fresh; must be considered.

11/2

Form: 420-5P

Last run: 20 days

W: 11st 2lb

6 yo Filly

OR: 93

Form & Verdict
Failed to deliver on initial hurdling promise for Dan Skelton, then pulled up on last month's chasing debut; recently changed hands for £4,000; needs to have been revitalised by her new surroundings.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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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: 435-56 D

Last run: 9 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Regressive 10yo who failed to build upon a fairly encouraging reappearance run when soundly beaten at Warwick last week and is now 0-12 over fences; needs to turn a corner.
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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

6th

8

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Cotton End

10st 12lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

pressed leader

12/1

6th

5

30th May 2024

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 5

20:40 Warwick

Cotton End

11st 8lb

J: Finn Lambert

T: Sheila Lewis

Multiple hurdle winner at up to 2m3f; acts on a sound surface; 0-11 over fences; below par on her recent reappearance but not ruled out each-way if she comes on for that.

10/1

5th

4

7th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 177y

Class 5

16:00 Ffos Las

Cotton End

11st 10lb

J: Sean Houlihan

T: Sheila Lewis

Not the force of old and 0-10 over fences; returns from seven-month absence on a good mark but has stamina to prove (usually runs over 2m4f) and would appeal more on genuine good ground.

16/1

Form: 22135- D

Last run: 145 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Mare

OR: 89

Form & Verdict
Versatile mare who mixes hurdling with chasing; absent since her respectable fifth (over hurdles) at Hereford (3m1f, good) in January but will be fine over today's shorter trip and has possibilities if fully tuned up.
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Verdict Starting price

5th

5

28th Jun 2024

Good

2m 6f 31y

Class 5

13:55 Cartmel

Stamina Chope

11st 3lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

Versatile mare who mixes hurdling with chasing; safely held this month, after a break, but that run might have done her good and she's now back on last winning mark.

10/1

7th

7

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Stamina Chope

10st 12lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

in rear

8/1

5th

3

15th Jan 2024

Good

3m 1f 119y

Class 5

15:37 Hereford

Stamina Chope

11st 7lb

J: Lee Edwards

T: Dave Roberts

Winning chaser who was off the mark over hurdles at Plumpton (3m1f, good to soft) in October and was then third on heavy ground at Leicester; well held latterly but these conditions should be more favourable.

14/1

Form: 11P-

Last run: 63 days

W: 12st 0lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 105

Form & Verdict
Began rules career with two heavy-ground hurdle wins in February/March (2m1f/1m7f); pulled up when upped to 2m4f and fitted with cheekpieces (retained) for handicap debut in April but has plenty of Irish point experience (including on good ground) to call upon for this chasing debut.
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Verdict Starting price

8th

1

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Emilys Choice

12st 0lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

in touch with leaders

7/1

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Emilys Choice

11st 11lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Took seven goes to win an Irish point (3m, soft) but has gone 2-2 over hurdles in races for mares at about 2m on heavy; this mark looks no gift for handicap debut but the longer trip should suit; cheekpieces go on.

11/4

3

6th Apr 2024

Heavy

2m 3f 207y

Class 4

14:45 Uttoxeter

Emilys Choice

11st 11lb

J: Theo Gillard

T: Donald McCain

Took seven goes to win an Irish point (3m, soft) but has gone 2-2 over hurdles in races for mares at about 2m on heavy; this mark looks no gift for handicap debut but the longer trip should suit; cheekpieces go on.

11/4

Form: P060-2

Last run: 20 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 75

Form & Verdict
Well beaten in first two handicap chases but fared much better when second (albeit well held) to Fancy Stuff at Stratford (2m3f, good) three weeks ago; effectively 2lb higher here but has something to build on now.
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Verdict Starting price

9th

10

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

The Gambler

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Max Young

towards rear

7/1

2nd

9

19th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

The Gambler

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Max Young

Won weak, four-runner bumper on rules debut last June but cut little ice in subsequent maiden/novice hurdles and has also struggled in two handicap chases (2m7f/3m); 8lb out of the handicap here; can't be recommended.

66/1

2nd

9

19th May 2024

Good

2m 3f 98y

Class 5

16:05 Stratford

The Gambler

10st 2lb

J: Charlie Hammond

T: Max Young

took keen hold, held up in rear, headway 6th, prominent 9th, went second after 2 out, kept on but no match for winner

66/1

Form: 030P-8

Last run: 11 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Mare

OR: 73

Form & Verdict
Well beaten over hurdles here (2m7f) on recent return to racing under rules and now 0-7 in that sphere; 6lb out of the weights today and needs the switch to fences to show her in a much better light; swaps usual cheekpieces for first-time visor.
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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

11

8th Jun 2024

Good

2m 4f 72y

Class 5

16:35 Bangor-on-Dee

Oneway Express

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

led but pestered

20/1

8th

10

28th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

18:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Oneway Express

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

0-6 over hurdles; standout piece of form when third of ten on handicap debut at Bangor (2m7f, good; first-time cheekpieces) in August; pulled up twice since including in a maiden point this month, returning from a break; plenty to prove from 5lb wrong back hurdling.

25/1

8th

10

28th May 2024

Good To Soft

2m 7f 32y

Class 5

18:55 Bangor-on-Dee

Oneway Express

10st 2lb

J: Toby Wynne

T: Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

0-6 over hurdles; standout piece of form when third of ten on handicap debut at Bangor (2m7f, good; first-time cheekpieces) in August; pulled up twice since including in a maiden point this month, returning from a break; plenty to prove from 5lb wrong back hurdling.

25/1

Non-runners

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Payout
Exacta £10.50
Straight Forecast £8.59
Tricast £60.55
Trifecta £104.40

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Fancy Stuff

TOPSPEED:

Admiral's Sunset

D Express:

Rory's Story

Telegraph:

Emily's Choice

RP RATINGS:

Fancy Stuff

The Times:

Fancy Stuff

The Guardian:

Fancy Stuff

Daily Mail:

Fancy Stuff

Daily Mirror:

Fancy Stuff

The Sun:

Fancy Stuff

The Star:

Fancy Stuff

Daily Record:

Fancy Stuff

POSTDATA:

Admiral's Sunset