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14:05 Aintree 09 Nov 2019

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2m 3f 200y

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Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
23414/2-
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Cepage (FR) 329

b g Saddler Maker - Sience Fiction (Dom Alco)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 8 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 4 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-12
147

Smart winning chaser but lightly raced and not seen out since excellent second to Frodon in 21f handicap at Cheltenham last December. Goes very well fresh so big player for in-form yard.

He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 2m to 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 1 1/4l by Frodon when second of 12 at 12-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good) in December last year.

Smart winning chaser but lightly raced and not seen out since excellent second to Frodon in 21f handicap at Cheltenham last December. Goes very well fresh so big player for in-form yard.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 2 4 16.7%
Chase 11 2 4 18.2%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 8 2 2 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 12 2 4 16.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 4 1 1 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Charlie Deutsch 4 1 2 25%
T Miss V Williams 10 2 4 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
43001-5
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Bigmartre (FR) 13

b g Montmartre - Oh La Miss (Le Balafre)

Course: 4 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Distance: 5 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 40%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 15 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 13.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-12
147

Signed off for last season with win at Perth in April but (17/2) last of 5 in handicap chase over C&D (good to soft) 13 days ago. Something to prove now.

Winner of three hurdle races and four chases from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy. Well beaten at 17-2 behind Forest Bihan when last of 5 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase over this course and distance (soft) last month.

Signed off for last season with win at Perth in April but (17/2) last of 5 in handicap chase over C&D (good to soft) 13 days ago. Something to prove now.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 24 7 4 29.2%
Chase 13 4 1 30.8%
Conditions
Course and Distance 2 0 0 0%
C Course 4 0 1 0%
D Distance 5 2 0 40%
G Similar Going 15 2 3 13.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 20 7 4 35%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 8 1 2 12.5%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 4 0 0 0%
Connections
J Page Fuller 2 1 0 50%
T H Whittington 23 7 4 30.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
1F0P32
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The West's Awake (IRE) 57

b g Yeats - Bilboa (Phantom Breeze)

Distance: 9 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 22.22%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 14 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 14.29%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
8 11-10 b1
145

Useful Irish chaser but not at his best this season, jumping sloppily when second of 5 at Listowel (20f, good to soft) 57 days ago. Blinkers reached for now and has bit to find.

Winner of a hurdle race and four chases from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to soft - heavy. Beaten 1 1/2l by A Toi Phil when second of 5 at 2-1fav on his latest outing in a chase at Listowel over 2m 4f (yielding) in September.

Useful Irish chaser but not at his best this season, jumping sloppily when second of 5 at Listowel (20f, good to soft) 57 days ago. Blinkers reached for now and has bit to find.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 22 5 4 22.7%
Chase 15 4 2 26.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 9 2 1 22.2%
G Similar Going 14 2 2 14.3%
Headgear
Today (B only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J P T Enright 2 0 0 0%
T E J O'Grady 24 5 5 20.8%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
2112U4
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Indian Temple (IRE) 45

b g Indian River - Ballycraggan (Beneficial)

Course and Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 6 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 15 runs, 4 wins, 5 places, 26.67%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 21 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 9.52%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 12 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 25%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 6 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 16.67%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
10 11-9 p
144

Front runner who has developed into a useful chaser, winning at Perth and Market Rasen in summer. Went off too hard when fourth back at Perth 45 days ago so not dismissed here.

Has won seven chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on good and good to soft ground. Well beaten at 11-1 behind Soupy Soups when fourth of 9 on his latest outing in a chase at Perth over 3m (good to soft) in September. Has won at Market Rasen and Perth this season.

Front runner who has developed into a useful chaser, winning at Perth and Market Rasen in summer. Went off too hard when fourth back at Perth 45 days ago so not dismissed here.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 37 7 7 18.9%
Chase 30 7 7 23.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 0 2 0%
C Course 6 0 2 0%
D Distance 15 4 5 26.7%
G Similar Going 21 2 4 9.5%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 12 3 2 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 6 1 0 16.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Harry Reed 26 6 6 23.1%
T W T Reed 26 6 6 23.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
037/1-11
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Duke Street (IRE) 15

b g Duke Of Marmalade - Act of The Pace (King's Theatre)

Distance: 5 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 40%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 7 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 42.86%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 10 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 30%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 11 runs, 1 win, 4 places, 9.09%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-6 p
141

Easy winner of 20f handicap chase at Worcester last June and landed two hurdles since, career best in handicap at Cheltenham (21f, good to soft) 15 days ago. Interesting contender back over fences.

Winner of four hurdle races and a chase from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 9-1 in a hurdle race at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating The Big Galloper by 5l.

Easy winner of 20f handicap chase at Worcester last June and landed two hurdles since, career best in handicap at Cheltenham (21f, good to soft) 15 days ago. Interesting contender back over fences.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 5 6 26.3%
Chase 3 1 1 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 2 0 0 0%
D Distance 5 2 1 40%
G Similar Going 7 3 2 42.9%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 10 3 3 30%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 11 1 4 9.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B S Hughes 0 0 0 -
T Dr R D P Newland 22 6 7 27.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
16/1514-
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The Russian Doyen (IRE) 242

b g Doyen - Namloc (Phardante)

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 6 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Handicap: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 11-5
140

Made up into useful chaser last term, winning at Exeter and Newbury, and travelled well long way when fourth in listed 20f handicap at Cheltenham in March. Yard among winners so firmly in the mix.

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 2m 3f on good and soft ground. Well beaten at 20-1 behind A Plus Tard when fourth of 20 on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (soft) in March.

Made up into useful chaser last term, winning at Exeter and Newbury, and travelled well long way when fourth in listed 20f handicap at Cheltenham in March. Yard among winners so firmly in the mix.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 4 1 50%
Chase 4 2 1 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 6 2 2 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 4 3 40%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 1 0%
Connections
J T Scudamore 0 0 0 -
T C L Tizzard 10 4 3 40%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
0/431FP-
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Riders Onthe Storm (IRE) 202

br g Scorpion - Endless Moments (Saddlers' Hall)

Similar Going: 12 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 11-5
140

Smart Irish chaser at best for Tom Taffe but ended last spring with poor run at Fairyhouse. Figures on attractive mark for his new stable so highly respected on return.

Successful in a hurdle race and a chase at 2m on good - yielding and heavy ground. Pulled up 3 out when 7-2fav at Fairyhouse over 2m 1f (good - yielding) in a chase won by Impact Factor in April on his latest outing. Having his first run for a new stable today.

Smart Irish chaser at best for Tom Taffe but ended last spring with poor run at Fairyhouse. Figures on attractive mark for his new stable so highly respected on return.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 2 2 18.2%
Chase 5 1 0 20%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 3 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 12 2 2 16.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 2 2 15.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Sam Twiston-Davies 0 0 0 -
T N A Twiston-Davies 0 0 0 -
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
2/1080-P
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War Sound 192

b g Kayf Tara - Come The Dawn (Gunner B)

Course and Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 5 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 20%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 15 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 20%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 5 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 20%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 7 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 14.29%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
10 11-3
138

Landed this contest in really good style 12 months ago but went the wrong way after and ended last season out of form. Back from 6-month absence here with lots to prove.

He has won three hurdle races and a chase from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to soft. Pulled up having jumped the last when 10-1 at Punchestown over 2m 4f (yielding) in a chase won by O O Seven in May on his latest outing.

Landed this contest in really good style 12 months ago but went the wrong way after and ended last season out of form. Back from 6-month absence here with lots to prove.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 4 2 21.1%
Chase 13 1 2 7.7%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 2 1 0 50%
D Distance 5 1 1 20%
G Similar Going 15 3 2 20%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 19 4 2 21.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 5 1 2 20%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 7 1 0 14.3%
Connections
J T J O'Brien 3 1 0 33.3%
T P J Hobbs 19 4 2 21.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
4/9693-3
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Oldgrangewood 176

b g Central Park - Top Of The Class (Rudimentary)

Course and Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 5 runs, 0 wins, 3 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 7 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 14.29%
D has previously won at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 14 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 28.57%
G has previously won on similar going
G
This horse has had 1 run wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces without success

Tongue Strap: 10 runs, 1 win, 4 places, 10%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

This horse has had 1 run wearing cheek pieces without success
HG
Class: 5 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 40%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 10 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 10%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
Simon Rowlands
Simon tipped up 13-2 winner Ballyoptic last week and has three selections plus analysis online for Aintree and Wincanton on Saturday.
SR
8 11-1 t p
136 WS

Very useful chaser at his best but without a win last season and cheekpieces tried when below-par third over 3m here in May. Returns now after wind operation so not totally dismissed.

Winner of a hurdle race, four chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Third of 6 behind Minella Daddy beaten 15l at 6-4fav on his latest outing in a chase here over 3m 1f (good) in May.

Very useful chaser at his best but without a win last season and cheekpieces tried when below-par third over 3m here in May. Returns now after wind operation so not totally dismissed.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 21 5 6 23.8%
Chase 15 4 3 26.7%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 0 1 0%
C Course 5 0 3 0%
D Distance 7 1 2 14.3%
G Similar Going 14 4 4 28.6%
Headgear
Today (T & P) 1 0 0 0%
Cheek Pieces 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 5 2 1 40%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 10 1 3 10%
Connections
J Harry Skelton 19 5 5 26.3%
T D Skelton 21 5 6 23.8%
BF Was beaten favourite last time out
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
411-341
i T

Copper West (IRE) 21

b g Westerner - Printing Copper (Blueprint)

Distance: 6 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 33.33%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 3 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 66.67%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 10-10
131

Right back on song after 4 months off with win in 9-runner handicap chase at Market Rasen (21.4f, good to soft) 21 days ago. Up 4 lb and this much tougher though so others appeal more.

He has won three chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. A winner at 16-1 in a chase at Market Rasen over 2m 5f (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Theligny by 1 3/4l.

Right back on song after 4 months off with win in 9-runner handicap chase at Market Rasen (21.4f, good to soft) 21 days ago. Up 4 lb and this much tougher though so others appeal more.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 14 3 5 21.4%
Chase 10 3 3 30%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 6 2 1 33.3%
G Similar Going 8 1 2 12.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 17 4 5 23.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 3 2 1 66.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Burke 3 1 0 33.3%
T T R George 14 3 5 21.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

At The Races Verdict

CEPAGE's sole outing last season saw him finish second to Frodon in the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham and a 4lb rise for that effort could underestimate how well he ran. His form figures when fresh for Venetia Williams reads 122, the other placed effort coming when only a half-length behind Sir Valentino at Ascot in November 2017, so a bold bid is expected. War Sound is only 2lb higher than his impressive display in this contest 12 months ago and this might be the time to catch him once again. The Russian Doyen, fourth in the Close Brothers at Cheltenham, and The West's Awake, an interesting runner for Edward O'Grady, can fight it out for the minor honours.

Timeform Verdict

A clutch of interesting chasers and preference is for CEPAGE. Venetia Williams's low-mileage 7-y-o hasn't been out since a fine second to Frodon at Cheltenham last December but goes really well fresh and he can return in style. There are lots of dangers, notably the well-handicapped Riders Onthe Storm who has his first run for Nigel Twiston-Davies, and Duke Street, who arrives on a four-timer.

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Previous winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Good 11 War Sound 9 10 13 136 234222 196 days P Hobbs (233 miles) Tom O'Brien 11/ 2 4:55.10
2017 Soft 12 On Tour 9 10 11 135 8-20354 273 days E Williams (187 miles) Mitchell Bastyan 4/ 1 5:12.30
2016 Good to Soft 9 Thomas Brown 7 10 13 137 121U74 210 days H Fry (240 miles) Niall Madden 4/ 1 5:02.90
2015 Soft 9 Pepite Rose 8 11 12 148 834264 196 days Miss V Williams (118 miles) Liam Treadwell 10/ 1 5:09.60

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