13:50 Towcester 8 Feb 2018

Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Maiden Hurdle (Class 5) (4YO plus)

Winner £3,184 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

1m 7f 151y

Soft

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
1-775
iT
Red, light blue stars, yellow cap, light blue stars (Mark Adams, Andrew Cocks & Tara Johnso)

Court Affairs (IRE)  27 

b g Court Cave - Rock Money (Deploy)

6 11-4
104
6 11-4
104

Fairly useful bumper winner. Yet to make an impact in 3 outings over hurdles but that bumper ability provides hope for better at some point.

Fairly useful bumper winner. Yet to make an impact in 3 outings over hurdles but that bumper ability provides hope for better at some point.

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2
U0
iT
Orange and black (quartered), purple sleeves, orange and black check cap (Mr Gerard Burrow)

Downloadtheapp (IRE)  82 

b g Definite Article - Chase A Dream (Lord of Appeal)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Tailed off on his completed start in maiden hurdles in November.

Tailed off on his completed start in maiden hurdles in November.

3
6P6-73
iT
Royal blue, white star, chevrons on sleeves, white cap, royal blue star (Murphy's Law Partnership)

Flynnvincible 17 

b g Tobougg - Shiny Thing (Lear Fan)

7 11-4
-
7 11-4
-

Well held in bumper/completed starts over hurdles in Ireland for Edward Stanners, but more encouraging signs when third in 2m Fakenham maiden on yard debut 17 days ago.

Well held in bumper/completed starts over hurdles in Ireland for Edward Stanners, but more encouraging signs when third in 2m Fakenham maiden on yard debut 17 days ago.

4
32/3-233
iT
Royal blue, red hoops, red sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap (Mr Peter Mellett)

Piton Pete (IRE)  23 

b g Westerner - Glenair Lucy (Luso)

7 11-4
125
7 11-4
125

Showed improved form after long absence when runner-up at Huntingdon (19.5f) in November. Just as good when third at Hereford (19.5f again) latest and has the speed to cope with drop back to 2m.

Showed improved form after long absence when runner-up at Huntingdon (19.5f) in November. Just as good when third at Hereford (19.5f again) latest and has the speed to cope with drop back to 2m.

5
3/7F42
iT
Black, red sash, white sleeves and cap (The Oakley Partnership)

Pull Together (IRE)  16 

b g Curtain Time - Whos To Know (Bravefoot)

6 11-4
120
6 11-4
120

Maiden pointer who has shown fair form when reaching the frame on both completed starts over hurdles. Down in trip. Likely to be in the shake-up again.

Maiden pointer who has shown fair form when reaching the frame on both completed starts over hurdles. Down in trip. Likely to be in the shake-up again.

6
P33
iT
Orange, white chevrons and armlets (Sheila Schwartz & Lady Eliza Mays-smit)

Shalakar (FR)  29 

b g Cape Cross - Shalanaya (Lomitas)

5 11-4
118
5 11-4
118

Useful on the Flat in France in 2016. Off a year prior to hurdle debut but showed he retains plenty of ability when third over 2m at Ludlow last twice. Could have more to offer and leading claims.

Useful on the Flat in France in 2016. Off a year prior to hurdle debut but showed he retains plenty of ability when third over 2m at Ludlow last twice. Could have more to offer and leading claims.

7
55-2940
iT
Dark blue and yellow diabolo, yellow sleeves, dark blue armlets, quartered cap (Birch, Doel & Parker-jervis)

Some Ambition (IRE)  30 

b g Westerner - Heath Heaven (Alflora)

5 11-4 t
-
5 11-4 t
-

Runner up on final start in points, but went backwards from hurdling bow when tailed off at Taunton last month.

Runner up on final start in points, but went backwards from hurdling bow when tailed off at Taunton last month.

8
9
iT
Pink, light green chevron, pink sleeves, light green stars, pink cap, light green star (The Happy Horse Partnership)

Belle's Spirit 49 

b m Kutub - Dickies Girl (Saxon Farm)

5 10-11
-
5 10-11
-

Well beaten in course bumper on debut 7 weeks ago and looks a longer-term project.

Well beaten in course bumper on debut 7 weeks ago and looks a longer-term project.

9
PF
iT
Beige, dark green cross belts, quartered cap (We Enjoy Racing Club)

Respectability 13 

b m Echo Of Light - Respectfilly (Mark of Esteem)

6 10-11 es1
-
6 10-11 es1
-

No form on Flat for various trainers and pulled up on hurdle debut at Leicester last month. Fell first at Doncaster since. Eyeshields on first time.

No form on Flat for various trainers and pulled up on hurdle debut at Leicester last month. Fell first at Doncaster since. Eyeshields on first time.

Verdict

PITON PETE arrives here with an official rating of 125, having made the frame in all four starts over hurdles to date. If the son of Westerner runs to that level this afternoon then he will be hard to beat. Shalakar has displayed plenty of promise on his last two starts and he could prove to be the main threat to the selection. Flynnvincible and Pull Together could both pick up some minor money as well.

Verdict

SHALAKAR has finished third in similar events at Ludlow on his last two outings and his useful Flat ability provides hope for better still in this sphere. Piton Pete should have little difficulty coping with the step back to 2m and is feared most ahead of the Stuart Edmunds-trained Pull Together.

14:20 Towcester 8 Feb 2018

starsportsbet.co.uk Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4) (5YO plus)

Winner £4,679 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

2m 3f 179y

Soft

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
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Age / Wt / OR
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Timeform says (star rating)
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1
59-64U1
iT
Orange, white seams, grey sleeves, white stars, orange cap, white stars (Mr C J Haughey)

Wood Pigeon (IRE)  17 

b g Presenting - Come In Moscow (Over The River)

9 11-12 p
100
9 11-12 p
100

Made it fourth time lucky for this yard when landing a Fakenham handicap chase event last month, a safe round of jumping proving the catalyst. Claims again from 3 lb higher mark.

Made it fourth time lucky for this yard when landing a Fakenham handicap chase event last month, a safe round of jumping proving the catalyst. Claims again from 3 lb higher mark.

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2
523572
iT
Red and black stripes, red sleeves, white cap (Mr Tony Scrivin)

The Bay Birch (IRE)  8 

b m Beneficial - Tournant Vic (Old Vic)

7 11-6
94
7 11-6
94

Remains a maiden after 21 NH runs. 6/1, first run since leaving F. Flood when very good second of 9 in handicap chase at Leicester (20.2f, heavy) 8 days ago.

Remains a maiden after 21 NH runs. 6/1, first run since leaving F. Flood when very good second of 9 in handicap chase at Leicester (20.2f, heavy) 8 days ago.

3
5-15P66
iT
Brown (The 25 Club)

The Lion Dancer (IRE)  26 

b g Let The Lion Roar - Shesadoll (Naheez)

6 11-6 p
94
6 11-6 p
94

Off the mark at third attempt in Irish points, but has offered little in 4 starts under Rules. Chase/handicap debut.

Off the mark at third attempt in Irish points, but has offered little in 4 starts under Rules. Chase/handicap debut.

4
642-851
iT
Purple, light blue cross belts, white sleeves and cap (Laura Morgan Racing Club)

Skipping On (IRE)  7 

b g Westerner - Skipping Along (Anshan)

9 11-4 h
92 7
9 11-4 h
92 7

Posted improved form, in first-time hood, when winning 7-runner handicap chase over C&D 7 days ago. Carries no penalty for that success and is of obvious interest.

Posted improved form, in first-time hood, when winning 7-runner handicap chase over C&D 7 days ago. Carries no penalty for that success and is of obvious interest.

5
98-534F
iT
Yellow, grey braces, striped sleeves and cap (The Hexagon Racing Partnership)

Tower Of Allen (IRE)  17 

b g Beneficial - Baile An Droichid (King's Ride)

7 11-4
92
7 11-4
92

Maiden hurdler who showed aptitude for chasing on final start for Nicky Henderson in May. Well held first 3 starts for this yard though, falling heavily latest.

Maiden hurdler who showed aptitude for chasing on final start for Nicky Henderson in May. Well held first 3 starts for this yard though, falling heavily latest.

6
53/3-P74
iT
Royal blue, yellow hoop, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, yellow cap (Mrs Bridget O'flynn)

Kavanaghs Corner (IRE)  28 

b g Coroner - Annacarney (Moscow Society)

9 10-3 t
77
9 10-3 t
77

Form patchy and well held both starts in November after 19 months off. Showed a bit more in a tongue strap at Leicester last month, though.

Form patchy and well held both starts in November after 19 months off. Showed a bit more in a tongue strap at Leicester last month, though.

Verdict

SKIPPING ON won well over 2m here last week and he arrives here 7lb well in because he does not have to carry a penalty today, so is taken to follow up. Wood Pigeon is another who arrives here on the back of a victory and a 3lb rise for that success appears to be very lenient on the nine-year-old. The Bay Birch filled second place on his debut for these connections and he can pick up some more prize money this afternoon.

Verdict

SKIPPING ON escapes a penalty for his win over this C&D under this rider last week and has obvious claims if this doesn't come too soon. Wood Pigeon was a good winner on his fourth start for this yard at Fakenham last time and is feared most.

14:55 Towcester 8 Feb 2018

Follow Us On Twitter At starsports_bet Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) (4YO plus)

Winner £6,238 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

2m 3f 34y

Soft

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
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Timeform says (star rating)
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1
312-233
iT
Black, light green armlets (Preston Lodge Stud)

Red Indian 26 

b g Sulamani - Rafiya (Halling)

6 12-0
137
6 12-0
137

Bumper/hurdles winner who has posted fine efforts in competitive handicaps this season, notably when third in the Lanzarote last month. Big shout.

Bumper/hurdles winner who has posted fine efforts in competitive handicaps this season, notably when third in the Lanzarote last month. Big shout.

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2
11-2184
iT
Royal blue, yellow inverted triangle, armlets and diamonds on cap (Mr Oliver Ryan)

Brillare Momento (IRE)  33 

b m Milan - Sunshine Leader (Supreme Leader)

7 11-12
135 WS
7 11-12
135 WS

Has won 3 times, latest at Cheltenham (21f) in October. Didn't shaped too badly back there and again when fourth at Sandown sporting a tongue tie (2m) last month. Interesting.

Has won 3 times, latest at Cheltenham (21f) in October. Didn't shaped too badly back there and again when fourth at Sandown sporting a tongue tie (2m) last month. Interesting.

3
155333
iT
Red, black seams, hooped sleeves, quartered cap (Mr A A Goodman)

I See You Well (FR)  18 

b g Air Chief Marshal - Bonne Mere (Stepneyev)

5 11-1
124
5 11-1
124

Won handicap hurdle at Plumpton over this sort of trip in May. Form solid rather than progressive since, fading back in this sphere at Fontwell last time. Vulnerable.

Won handicap hurdle at Plumpton over this sort of trip in May. Form solid rather than progressive since, fading back in this sphere at Fontwell last time. Vulnerable.

4
4-53263
iT
White, red sash, white sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap (Mr Alan Baxter)

Sleepy Haven (IRE)  12 

b g Indian Haven - High Society Girl (Key Of Luck)

8 11-1 t
124
8 11-1 t
124

Strike rate isn't great but he continues in good heart, not beaten far in re-fitted tongue tie at Uttoxeter last time.

Strike rate isn't great but he continues in good heart, not beaten far in re-fitted tongue tie at Uttoxeter last time.

5
614-433
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Box Office (FR)  227 

b g Great Pretender - Quelle Mome (Video Rock)

7 10-13
122
7 10-13
122

Won 19f Market Rasen handicap chase in March. Contested some good races in the past over hurdles and on a low mark returned to this sphere after 7 months off.

Won 19f Market Rasen handicap chase in March. Contested some good races in the past over hurdles and on a low mark returned to this sphere after 7 months off.

6
631-1F
iT
Brown, dark green sleeves, yellow cap (Kinnersley Optimists)

Lady Karina 54 

b m Kayf Tara - Lady Rebecca (Rolfe)

Non Runner

Non Runner

Successful return in 19f Warwick handicap in November and well backed when falling sixth at Cheltenham next time. Well-bred and on a good mark clearly still if all is well.

Successful return in 19f Warwick handicap in November and well backed when falling sixth at Cheltenham next time. Well-bred and on a good mark clearly still if all is well.

7
6153
iT
Royal blue and light blue (quartered), light blue sleeves, royal blue armlets (Mr R G Whitehead)

Fairy Pol (IRE)  50 

b m Milan - Culmore Lady (Insan)

5 10-8
117
5 10-8
117

Made a successful debut over hurdles here (2m) in October and much better form in defeat when third at Ludlow in December. Opening mark fair on that evidence.

Made a successful debut over hurdles here (2m) in October and much better form in defeat when third at Ludlow in December. Opening mark fair on that evidence.

8
8-79813
iT
Dark green and royal blue diamonds, dark green sleeves, yellow armlets, yellow cap (Mr D Johnston)

Itsnonofurbusiness (IRE)  14 

b g Flemensfirth - Moon Storm (Strong Gale)

6 10-4 p
113
6 10-4 p
113

Off the mark in first-time cheekpieces on handicap bow at Market Rasen (23, heavy) last month then a good third in stronger race at Warwick. Remains with potential.

Off the mark in first-time cheekpieces on handicap bow at Market Rasen (23, heavy) last month then a good third in stronger race at Warwick. Remains with potential.

Verdict

RED INDIAN has continued to progress up the handicap ranks this season without getting his head in front. His third at Cheltenham behind Coole Cody was followed by him finishing in the same position in the Lanzarote behind William Henry at Kempton and that form took a notable boost due to Topofthegame winning at Sandown on Saturday. Alex Ferguson takes 7lb off and it would be disappointing were he not to go well with the yard now back in flying form. Brillare Momento could potentially improve for a wind operation having looked to struggle on softer ground the last twice, while Lady Karina can bounce back having fallen behind Momella at Cheltenham in December.

Verdict

LADY KARINA likely remains on a fair mark and can resume winning ways if none the worse for her Cheltenham spill when well backed. Lanzarote-third Red Indian and Brillare Momento will both rightfully have their supporters here also in what looks a useful handicap.

15:25 Towcester 8 Feb 2018

Star Sports Daily Specials Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) (4YO plus)

Winner £4,159 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 4f 217y

Soft

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Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
321
iT
Purple, large pink spots and armlets (Mr Michael Fiddy)

Seaston Spirit 31 

b g Kayf Tara - Aphrodisias (Double Bed)

5 11-10
-
5 11-10
-

Promise when placed twice in bumpers and clearly suited by increased stamina when scoring on hurdles bow at Fontwell (19f) in January. Entitled to progress and respected under a penalty.

Promise when placed twice in bumpers and clearly suited by increased stamina when scoring on hurdles bow at Fontwell (19f) in January. Entitled to progress and respected under a penalty.

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2
238-721
iT
Purple, orange star, hooped sleeves and stars on cap (Judy Craymer & Nick Skelton)

Tommy Rapper (IRE)  30 

b g Milan - Supreme Evening (Supreme Leader)

7 11-10 t
130
7 11-10 t
130

Hasn’t come back in the same form this term, but he made most of good opportunity to belatedly score at Doncaster (20.8f) recently. Clearly possesses plenty of ability and he should be thereabouts.

Hasn’t come back in the same form this term, but he made most of good opportunity to belatedly score at Doncaster (20.8f) recently. Clearly possesses plenty of ability and he should be thereabouts.

3
2-4F3
iT
Dark blue and orange (quartered), dark blue sleeves, orange stars, dark blue cap, orange star (Lost In 1936 Partnership)

Coeur Pensif (FR)  49 

br g Laveron - Lady Easter (Cadoudal)

6 11-4
-
6 11-4
-

Runner-up only start in points and fair form 2 of 3 starts over hurdles to date, 8 lengths third in a C&D contest in December. Feasible to think his future lies in handicaps.

Runner-up only start in points and fair form 2 of 3 starts over hurdles to date, 8 lengths third in a C&D contest in December. Feasible to think his future lies in handicaps.

4
231/4-
iT
Pink, royal blue spots, pink sleeves and cap (Mrs Karen Drinkwater)

Sergeant Brody 407 

ch g Black Sam Bellamy - Ardent Bride (Ardross)

7 11-4
-
7 11-4
-

Irish point winner who is closely related to useful hurdler/smart chaser The Package. Promise on hurdles debut at Leicester late in 2016 but not seen since. Open to improvement if all is well.

Irish point winner who is closely related to useful hurdler/smart chaser The Package. Promise on hurdles debut at Leicester late in 2016 but not seen since. Open to improvement if all is well.

5
3
iT
Dark blue, yellow hoops, checked sleeves (Transpennine Partnership)

Transpennine Star 16 

ch g Mount Nelson - Brave Mave (Daylami)

5 11-4
-
5 11-4
-

Fairly useful on Flat for Michael Dods, stays 17f. Showed aptitude for hurdling when third on yard debut at Leicester (20.5f) last month, and whilst entitled to do better, he's a likely handicap type.

Fairly useful on Flat for Michael Dods, stays 17f. Showed aptitude for hurdling when third on yard debut at Leicester (20.5f) last month, and whilst entitled to do better, he's a likely handicap type.

6
354
iT
Yellow, purple chevron and star on cap (The Trotters)

Lara Trot (IRE)  81 

b m Scorpion - Honour Own (City Honours)

6 10-11
-
6 10-11
-

Dam unraced, half-sister to fairly useful hurdler/useful chaser (2m-2¾m winner) Ballyholland. Placed in Irish points, made frame last time (Nov 19). Probably best watched on Rules bow.

Dam unraced, half-sister to fairly useful hurdler/useful chaser (2m-2¾m winner) Ballyholland. Placed in Irish points, made frame last time (Nov 19). Probably best watched on Rules bow.

Verdict

Tommy Rapper finally got off the mark when beating Book Of Gold in a maiden hurdle at Doncaster last month but he wouldn't be one to completely rely on having been beaten the time before when also an odds-on favourite over this C&D. Preference, therefore, goes to a stable companion of the horse Dan Skelton's gelding beat last time in the shape of SEASTON SPIRIT. The son of Kayf Tara won well on hurdles debut at Fontwell when shaping as though a step up in trip and a stiffer track would both bring about improvement. Coeur Pensif looks best of the remainder having placed behind Pauls Hill and the aforementioned Tommy Rapper here in December.

Verdict

TOMMY RAPPER made the most of a good opportunity to belatedly open his account at Doncaster last month, seemingly benefiting from being ridden with plenty of restraint. He clearly possesses a lot of ability and can defy a penalty now he's off the mark. Fontwell-scorer Seaston Spirit is open to progress and can give him most to do.

16:00 Towcester 8 Feb 2018

starspreads.com Handicap Chase (Class 5) (5YO plus)

Winner £3,509 - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

3m 102y

Soft

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
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1
4532-10
iT
Red and white stripes, maroon and white striped sleeves (Miss Rowena Edwards)

Golden Milan (IRE)  13 

b g Milan - Belle Provence (Phantom Breeze)

10 11-12 t
98
10 11-12 t
98

Scored in points since losing his way for Rebecca Curtis during 2016, but offered little back under Rules for this yard last month.

Scored in points since losing his way for Rebecca Curtis during 2016, but offered little back under Rules for this yard last month.

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2
232131
iT
White, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Epds Racing Partnership 7)

Dontminddboys (IRE)  16 

gr g Portrait Gallery - Native Ocean (Be My Native)

9 11-11
97
9 11-11
97

Grabbed second success from last 3 starts when landing 6-runner handicap chase at Leicester (22.7f, soft) 16 days ago. Just 1 lb higher here and holds obvious claims.

Grabbed second success from last 3 starts when landing 6-runner handicap chase at Leicester (22.7f, soft) 16 days ago. Just 1 lb higher here and holds obvious claims.

3
0520/PP
iT
Dark blue, maroon epaulets and armlets (Geoffrey & Donna Keeys)

Grand Introduction (IRE)  44 

b g Robin Des Pres - What A Breeze (Naheez)

8 11-9
95
8 11-9
95

Yet to score and failed to complete either start over fences thus far. Hard to recommend.

Yet to score and failed to complete either start over fences thus far. Hard to recommend.

4
P063P3
iT
Yellow and emerald green diabolo, yellow cap (N Allen & P Bowler)

Big Time Frank (IRE)  7 

b g Bienamado - Pure Spirit (Hubbly Bubbly)

7 11-1
87
7 11-1
87

Left chase debut form behind when third of 14 in handicap over C&D (heavy) 7 days ago. Races off same mark here and should go well again.

Left chase debut form behind when third of 14 in handicap over C&D (heavy) 7 days ago. Races off same mark here and should go well again.

5
26-5P34
iT
Orange, emerald green cross of lorraine, sleeves and star on cap (Neil & Jane Maltby)

Leith Hill Legasi 18 

b m Kahyasi - Leith Hill Star (Comme L'Etoile)

9 10-10 t b
82
9 10-10 t b
82

Not scored since 2015, but largely performed with credit this term, doing too much too soon when fourth at Fontwell (26f, heavy) 18 days ago. Not out of things.

Not scored since 2015, but largely performed with credit this term, doing too much too soon when fourth at Fontwell (26f, heavy) 18 days ago. Not out of things.

6
2/P233-P
iT
Dark green, yellow sash (Mr F G Matthews)

Bonds Conquest 20 

ch g Monsieur Bond - Another Conquest (El Conquistador)

9 10-0 p
72 3
9 10-0 p
72 3

Shaped as if better for run, after 13 months off, when pulled up at Chepstow 20 days ago, but is still a maiden and cause not aided by being 3 lb out of the handicap.

Shaped as if better for run, after 13 months off, when pulled up at Chepstow 20 days ago, but is still a maiden and cause not aided by being 3 lb out of the handicap.

7
64PP23
iT
Emerald green, royal blue seams and sleeves, quartered cap (Case Racing Partnership)

Wish In A Well (IRE)  17 

b g Gamut - Lady Bellingham (Montelimar)

9 10-0 b
72 3
9 10-0 b
72 3

Largely disappointed since returning in the autumn and failed to build on promise of his Fakenham second when a remote third at same venue last time. Makes limited appeal from 3 lb out of the weights.

Largely disappointed since returning in the autumn and failed to build on promise of his Fakenham second when a remote third at same venue last time. Makes limited appeal from 3 lb out of the weights.

Verdict

DONTMINDDBOYS has won two of his last three and this consistent nine-year-old has been found another nice opening here by Robin Dickin. In the first three in 10 of his last 12 starts, the son of Portrait Gallery has gone well off similar marks in the past and could have too much know-how for Big Time Frank, who outran lofty 50-1 odds here to finish third a week ago, and Leith Hill Legasi, who didn't quite stay an extra two furlongs at Fontwell last month.

Verdict

DONTMINDTHEBOYS has been a model of consistency this season, and scored for the second time when bagging a Leicester handicap last month. Still fairly treated, he can go in again. Big Time Frank and Leith Hill Legasi may give him most to think about.

16:35 Towcester 8 Feb 2018

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Winner £3,184 - 9 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m 7f 211y

Soft

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Weighed In
No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
5P671P
iT
White, red sash, white sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap (Mr Alan Baxter)

Basford Ben 7 

b g Trade Fair - Moly (Anabaa)

10 11-12 b
99
10 11-12 b
99

Took advantage of a drop in the weights at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, but ran a typical moody race when refusing at the fourteenth last time. Best treated with caution.

Took advantage of a drop in the weights at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, but ran a typical moody race when refusing at the fourteenth last time. Best treated with caution.

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2
774-723
iT
Maroon, blue hoop, black sleeves, gold cap (Mrs S P Elphick)

Fearsome Fred 39 

b g Emperor Fountain - Ryewater Dream (Touching Wood)

9 11-5
92
9 11-5
92

Best effort yet when runner-up at Taunton in December. Bit below that level last time, but each-way claims if bouncing back.

Best effort yet when runner-up at Taunton in December. Bit below that level last time, but each-way claims if bouncing back.

3
8P-412P
iT
Emerald green, yellow braces, yellow and emerald green striped sleeves, yellow cap (The Free Spirits Partnership)

Gonnabegood (IRE)  23 

b g Kutub - Angels Flame (Un Desperado)

7 11-2 p
89
7 11-2 p
89

Pulled up on chase debut at Hereford last month, but was in good form over hurdles prior to that so very much respected.

Pulled up on chase debut at Hereford last month, but was in good form over hurdles prior to that so very much respected.

4
3454-2P
iT
Purple and red (quartered), purple sleeves, red cap (Mr R Morgan Evans And Mrs C Lockett)

Special Princess (IRE)  60 

br m Cloudings - Cockpit Rose (Be My Native)

8 10-11
84
8 10-11
84

Poor maiden hurdler when trained in Ireland and can only be watched returning after 21 months off for a new yard.

Poor maiden hurdler when trained in Ireland and can only be watched returning after 21 months off for a new yard.

5
P805-36
iT
Black, yellow seams, diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap, black diamond (Mr Jeff Mould)

Brother Norphin 10 

b g Norse Dancer - Orphina (Orpen)

6 10-7
80
6 10-7
80

Went backwards from positive reappearance when sixth of 11 in handicap hurdle at Plumpton (15.9f, heavy) last month. However, still early days with this yard and may yet do better.

Went backwards from positive reappearance when sixth of 11 in handicap hurdle at Plumpton (15.9f, heavy) last month. However, still early days with this yard and may yet do better.

6
6/P00-84
iT
White, black star, striped sleeves and star on cap (Mr A Phillips)

Silent Doctor (IRE)  7 

br g Dr Massini - Wild Noble (Aristocracy)

8 10-2 p
75
8 10-2 p
75

Fared better than previously switched to more positive tactics in first-time cheekpieces when fourth of 13 in handicap at this course (19.2f) last week. Claims if building on that.

Fared better than previously switched to more positive tactics in first-time cheekpieces when fourth of 13 in handicap at this course (19.2f) last week. Claims if building on that.

7
0P6P2/0
iT
Brown, light blue hooped sleeves, royal blue cap (Mr Richard Bailey)

Right On Roy 29 

b g Double Trigger - One Wild Night (Rakaposhi King)

8 10-1
74
8 10-1
74

Little sign of ability in 4 starts for Martin Keighley, and similar story on first start for new yard after 27 months off.

Little sign of ability in 4 starts for Martin Keighley, and similar story on first start for new yard after 27 months off.

8
07P-P4P
iT
Purple and yellow diabolo, yellow sleeves, purple armlets and star on yellow cap (Wood Bank Racing)

Dirty Dexter 39 

b g Beat All - Redlands Charm (Classic Cliche)

7 10-0 b1
73 4
7 10-0 b1
73 4

Showed first form when fourth over C&D in December, but failed to repeat that effort when pulled up last time.

Showed first form when fourth over C&D in December, but failed to repeat that effort when pulled up last time.

9
PP5FP5
iT
Red, white disc, red sleeves, white spots (Mr Andrew Gough)

Passing Fiesta 16 

b m Passing Glance - Clarice Starling (Saddlers' Hall)

9 10-0
73 8
9 10-0
73 8

Temperamental sort who continues to show little.

Temperamental sort who continues to show little.

Verdict

STIFF DOCTOR ran his best race to date for Alan Phillips when fourth here last week and this step up in trip could spark further improvement from the eight-year-old, who also has the services of Sean Bowen on board once more. Basford Ben won well at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, though he seemed to struggle off a 7lb higher mark over course and distance seven days ago and eventually refused to jump the 14th hurdle, while Fearsome Friend has been running consistently and could be thereabouts.

Verdict

GONNABEGOOD was in good form over hurdles prior to his chase debut, and he appears the most solid option in a race where many have questions to answer. Silent Doctor would have a chance if building on his latest effort, while Brother Norphin may yet do better for this yard.