17:15 Southwell 21 Apr 2017

Reach & Flower Pod Handicap Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 10 run - Draw Advantage: None

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531631
iT
White, black triple diamond, black and white striped sleeves, black cap (Mr J Ward)

Riddlestown (IRE)  24 

b g Cloudings - Gandi's Dream (Commanche Run)

10 11-13 b
106
10 11-13 b
106

Last 6 wins have come here, the latest over hurdles late last month, despite considerable market weakness. Escapes a penalty for that success and he should remain competitive here.

Last 6 wins have come here, the latest over hurdles late last month, despite considerable market weakness. Escapes a penalty for that success and he should remain competitive here.

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Riddlestown Score: 371

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2
115854
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Light blue, white and light blue hooped sleeves (Daresbury, Green, Wilson)

Jaunty Thor 16 

b g Norse Dancer - Jaunty Walk (Overbury)

7 11-12 p
105
7 11-12 p
105

Landed back-to-back handicap hurdles in November but form rather tailed off thereafter. Showed aptitude for chasing when fourth at Carlisle (20.9f) earlier this month and he should progress.

Landed back-to-back handicap hurdles in November but form rather tailed off thereafter. Showed aptitude for chasing when fourth at Carlisle (20.9f) earlier this month and he should progress.

Jaunty Thor Score: 329

3
8354P5
iT
Mauve, purple stars, quartered cap (Pete & Pauline Wordingham & Partner)

Minella Forfitness (IRE)  129 

b g Westerner - Ring Of Water (Northern Baby)

10 11-12
105
10 11-12
105

Continues to fall in the weights without showing any sign of taking advantage, typically taking a strong hold and one paced when fifth of 6 at Catterick (15.6f) in December. Given a break since.

Continues to fall in the weights without showing any sign of taking advantage, typically taking a strong hold and one paced when fifth of 6 at Catterick (15.6f) in December. Given a break since.

Minella Forfitness Score: 321

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4-114P3
iT
Pink, dark blue spots on sleeves and cap (The Troubled Pink Partnership)

Thoonavolla (IRE)  32 

ch g Beneficial - Another Partner (Le Bavard)

9 11-10
103
9 11-10
103

Looked better than ever when winning back-to-back races over both fences and hurdles last May. Shaped as if retaining ability on C&D return last month and he's entitled to be sharper here.

Looked better than ever when winning back-to-back races over both fences and hurdles last May. Shaped as if retaining ability on C&D return last month and he's entitled to be sharper here.

Thoonavolla Score: 361

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5
1157P5
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Ever So Much (IRE)  21 

b g Westerner - Beautiful World (Saddlers' Hall)

8 11-8 p
101
8 11-8 p
101

Won twice last May but well below that form in the autumn and Wetherby return from 5 months off in March lacked much in the way of short-term promise. Has fallen below last winning mark at least.

Won twice last May but well below that form in the autumn and Wetherby return from 5 months off in March lacked much in the way of short-term promise. Has fallen below last winning mark at least.

Ever So Much Score: 327

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444243
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Purple, pink triple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, purple cap, pink diamond (The Wolfgangers)

Running Wolf (IRE)  37 

b g Amadeus Wolf - Monet's Lady (Daylami)

Withdrawn

Withdrawn

Produced a big effort (second) at Leicester in January, just denied despite a late flourish. Not disgraced either start since and each-way possibilities again.

Produced a big effort (second) at Leicester in January, just denied despite a late flourish. Not disgraced either start since and each-way possibilities again.

Running Wolf Score: 371

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7
2F752U
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Brown and white (quartered), orange and brown halved sleeves, white and orange quartered cap (Mr J T Brown)

Fuhgeddaboudit 18 

ch g Generous - Serraval (Sanglamore)

10 11-1 p
94
10 11-1 p
94

Patchy profile and yet to win a race of any description, though ran well when second at Leicester (22.7f) last month. Unseated early at Huntingdon since.

Patchy profile and yet to win a race of any description, though ran well when second at Leicester (22.7f) last month. Unseated early at Huntingdon since.

Fuhgeddaboudit Score: 324

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3-P244
iT
Maroon, white diamond and armlets, white cap, maroon diamond (Lady Samworth)

Gorran Haven (IRE)  24 

ch g Stowaway - Diminished (Alphabatim)

7 10-13 p1
92
7 10-13 p1
92

Maiden pointer who has yet to make a significant impact in handful of chase tries under Rules, one paced when fourth of 8 on handicap debut over shorter here last month.

Maiden pointer who has yet to make a significant impact in handful of chase tries under Rules, one paced when fourth of 8 on handicap debut over shorter here last month.

Gorran Haven Score: 411

1
9
6-17P26
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White, black star, striped sleeves and star on cap (Mr A Phillips)

Annamult (IRE)  143 

ch m Beneficial - Summer Smile (Hollow Hand)

9 10-2
81
9 10-2
81

Made light of a 10-month absence when opening account over C&D in May. Only one real effort of note subsequently, but given a break ahead of this, so no forlorn hope.

Made light of a 10-month absence when opening account over C&D in May. Only one real effort of note subsequently, but given a break ahead of this, so no forlorn hope.

Annamult Score: 349

10
32P557
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Yellow, black chevrons, striped cap (Mr J R Cornwall)

That's The Deal (IRE)  37 

b g Turtle Island - Sister Swing (Arctic Lord)

13 10-0
79 9
13 10-0
79 9

Winless since 2013 and well beaten last 4 starts. Hard to fancy from 9 lb out the weights.

Winless since 2013 and well beaten last 4 starts. Hard to fancy from 9 lb out the weights.

That's The Deal Score: 278

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64-P5PP
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Yellow and light green diamonds, white sleeves, yellow cap, light green star (Mrs Ann Binns)

Peak Seasons (IRE)  35 

ch g Raise A Grand - Teresian Girl (Glenstal)

14 10-0 (ow2)
79 23
14 10-0 (ow2)
79 23

Veteran who's on a long losing streak and very difficult to see that ending from miles out of the handicap.

Veteran who's on a long losing streak and very difficult to see that ending from miles out of the handicap.

Peak Seasons Score: 216

Verdict

RIDDLESTOWN escapes punishment for yet another course and distance victory last time in a conditional jockeys' race and the veteran can take advantage of the same mark once again at his beloved Nottinghamshire venue. Running Wolf was third in a useful Huntingdon contest, with the winner racking up a hat-trick since, and could have more to come, while previous C&D victor Thoonavolla was third here last time and has been dropped 2lb by the handicapper which can see him play a part here.

Verdict

THOONAVOLLA shaped as if retaining his ability whilst also suggesting he should come on for the run when third over C&D recently, and he gets the nod to prove as much from a 2 lb lower mark. Course-specialist Riddlestown and likely improver Jaunty Thor head the dangers.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Good to Soft 8 Attimo 7 12 2 101 P34-P21 6 days Sam England (83 miles) J England 7/4 5:42.40
2015 Good 9 Royalracket 7 10 2 81 P96-554 25 days P Webber (84 miles) L Treadwell 5/1 5:18.70
2014 Good 7 Daliance 5 11 12 102 34-3233 25 days N King (136 miles) T Whelan 4/1 5:20.40
2013 Good 9 Haar 9 11 12 105 54-4432 6 days A Turnell (131 miles) J Banks 2/1 5:13.80
2012 Soft 6 Noble Legend 5 11 2 95 5PP-5F1 20 days Mrs C Bailey (74 miles) A Thornton 9/2 5:43.60
2011 Good 9 Persian Gates 7 11 12 98 516224 31 days C Bealby (23 miles) T Messenger 6/1 5:23.80
2010 Good 11 Hever Road 11 11 0 85 PP6124 18 days D Pearson (55 miles) J Cornwall 11/1 5:28.90
2009 Good 14 Apocalozzo 7 10 13 87 1-11524 57 days T Vaughan (178 miles) R Killoran 11/2 5:05.00
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