17:45 Southwell 21 Apr 2017

Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,899 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

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514313
iT
Emerald green, orange star, armlets and star on cap (Mr Russell H Lee)

Chestnut Ben (IRE)  12 

ch g Ridgewood Ben - Betseale (Step Together)

12 12-1
106
12 12-1
106

Resumed winning ways under a more attacking ride than of late at Wetherby on penultimate start. By no means disgraced at Market Rasen next time and should make his presence felt once again.

Resumed winning ways under a more attacking ride than of late at Wetherby on penultimate start. By no means disgraced at Market Rasen next time and should make his presence felt once again.

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Chestnut Ben Score: 455

1
2
53P-175
iT
Black, orange hoop and armlets, quartered cap (Foulrice Park Racing Limited)

Stormbay Bomber (IRE)  239 

b g September Storm - Top Tottie (Alzao)

8 11-12 t1
103
8 11-12 t1
103

Seemed to be going wrong way over fences, but proved different proposition reverted to forcing tactics at Southwell in May, though failed to build on that next 2 starts. Off 7 months and tongue tied.

Seemed to be going wrong way over fences, but proved different proposition reverted to forcing tactics at Southwell in May, though failed to build on that next 2 starts. Off 7 months and tongue tied.

Stormbay Bomber Score: 359

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3
6F3232
iT
Purple, yellow cross belts, yellow sleeves, purple armlets, purple and yellow quartered cap (Tredwell, Robinson, Proctor & Nicholso)

Elkstone 6 

b g Midnight Legend - Samandara (Kris)

6 11-8 h
99 2
6 11-8 h
99 2

On a decent mark judged on some pieces of form, but remains a maiden following 16 starts overall and headstrong tendencies have prevented him from progressing.

On a decent mark judged on some pieces of form, but remains a maiden following 16 starts overall and headstrong tendencies have prevented him from progressing.

Elkstone Score: 375

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4
U8P81U
iT
Yellow, pink cross belts, quartered cap (Mrs R Hurley)

Gwili Spar 172 

ch g Generosity - Lady of Mine (Cruise Missile)

9 10-0 t
77 2
9 10-0 t
77 2

Returned to form out of the blue to make a winning chase debut at Uttoxeter in September, seeing things out better than usual. Let down by jumping following month, however, and not seen since.

Returned to form out of the blue to make a winning chase debut at Uttoxeter in September, seeing things out better than usual. Let down by jumping following month, however, and not seen since.

Gwili Spar Score: 310

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5
0P4P67
iT
Dark blue, white hollow box and armlets (Mrs M A Cooper & Mr J R Cooper)

The Lion Man (IRE)  31 

b g Let The Lion Roar - Just Smart (Anshan)

7 10-0 b
77 5
7 10-0 b
77 5

Form proving patchy in handicap hurdles, and stiff task back over fences from 5 lb out of the handicap.

Form proving patchy in handicap hurdles, and stiff task back over fences from 5 lb out of the handicap.

The Lion Man Score: 254

6
347-P8P
iT
Yellow, black chevrons, striped cap (Mr J R Cornwall)

Flichity (IRE)  143 

br g Turtle Island - Chancy Gal (Al Sirat)

12 10-0 b1
77 28
12 10-0 b1
77 28

Little form of late and no appeal from 2 stone out of the weights.

Little form of late and no appeal from 2 stone out of the weights.

Flichity Score: 242

Verdict

Caroline Bailey's Elkstone has been performing admirably of late with a string of placed efforts, however, may have to settle for minor honours once again with a bold bid expected from CHESTNUT BEN. Peter Wink's veteran is only 2lb higher than when scoring at Wetherby in March and wasn't beaten far when third behind a progressive chaser of Paul Nicholls' at Market Rasen last time. Gwili Spar was travelling well when unseating his jockey at Plumpton last time out and could have more to come on his reappearance.

Verdict

CHESTNUT BEN arrives in decent form and that may prove decisive in this field. Long-standing maiden Elkstone can place again.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2016 Soft 6 Trapper Peak 7 11 10 102 5P243P 19 days A Dunn (211 miles) R Flint 9/2 4:29.50
2015 Good 8 Gin Cobbler 9 10 9 88 U42235 12 days V Thompson (196 miles) Miss E Todd 13/2 4:05.30
2014 Good 6 Tayarat 9 10 8 80 55P641 10 days M Chapman (42 miles) J Cornwall 3/1 4:12.30
2013 Good 8 Sparville 7 11 12 105 24-4932 44 days K Bailey (112 miles) S Thomas 5/2 4:00.60
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