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14:45 Catterick 10 Jan 2019

Watt Fences North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase (Class 3) (5YO plus)

Winner £15,890 - 6 run - Draw Advantage: None

3m 5f 214y

Good (Good to Firm in places)

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Top 2 Finish
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W/O Sharp Response And Same Circus
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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
1-41844
i T

Sharp Response (IRE) 19

b g Oscar - Lambourne Lace (Un Desperado)

Course: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Similar Going: 8 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 37.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 6 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 16.67%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-12
134

Has taken well to chasing, scoring over 26f at Carlisle in October. Far from disgraced in defeat on each of his last 2 starts and he's worth a crack at this even longer trip.

He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m 4f to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to soft. Finished 19l behind Daklondike when fourth of 11 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Haydock over 2m 7f (heavy) in December last year.

Has taken well to chasing, scoring over 26f at Carlisle in October. Far from disgraced in defeat on each of his last 2 starts and he's worth a crack at this even longer trip.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 4 4 25%
Chase 8 2 1 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 1 1 0 100%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 8 3 2 37.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 22 4 5 18.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 6 1 2 16.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Danny Cook 4 1 0 25%
T Mrs S J Smith 16 4 4 25%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
14-5F41
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Same Circus (IRE) 27

b m Brian Boru - Curragh Orpen (Orpen)

Course: 4 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 50%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Similar Going: 12 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 6 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 50%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 11-10 p
132 3

Developed into a pretty useful chaser last term, winning twice, including here. Left opening efforts this winter in her wake when adding to her tally at Bangor (3m) in December and not dismissed here.

Winner of two hurdle races, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 11-2 in a chase at Bangor over 3m (soft) on her latest outing in December last year, beating Achille by 3l.

Developed into a pretty useful chaser last term, winning twice, including here. Left opening efforts this winter in her wake when adding to her tally at Bangor (3m) in December and not dismissed here.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 5 3 26.3%
Chase 8 3 1 37.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 4 2 0 50%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 12 2 3 16.7%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 5 3 0 60%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 6 3 0 50%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B S Hughes 8 3 0 37.5%
T D McCain Jnr 19 5 3 26.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
24131-6
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Western Jo (IRE) 11

b g Westerner - Jenny's Jewel (Be My Native)

Similar Going: 14 runs, 2 wins, 5 places, 14.29%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 6 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 11 runs, 0 wins, 5 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 9 runs, 0 wins, 4 places, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
11 11-3 t
125 2

Landed 2 of last 3 starts for this yard back in 2017 and likely first start for 14 months was needed at Haydock (20.6f) in December. This should reveal more upped markedly in trip.

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Well beaten at 28-1 behind Didero Vallis when sixth of 8 on his latest outing in a chase at Haydock over 2m 5f (soft) in December last year.

Landed 2 of last 3 starts for this yard back in 2017 and likely first start for 14 months was needed at Haydock (20.6f) in December. This should reveal more upped markedly in trip.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 25 3 9 12%
Chase 12 2 3 16.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 14 2 5 14.3%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 6 2 3 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 11 0 5 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 9 0 4 0%
Connections
J Jonathan England 6 2 3 33.3%
T Sam Drake 6 2 3 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
1-41FP2
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Little Bruce (IRE) 19

b g Yeats - Lady Rolfe (Alzao)

Similar Going: 12 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 7 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 14.29%
HG has previously won wearing only cheek pieces

Cheek Pieces: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 7 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
7 11-0 p
122

Made it second time lucky over fences at Hexham (3m) in November before failing to complete next 2 starts. However, his latest Newcastle second was very much a return to form.

Winner of four hurdle races and a chase from 2m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 2l by Skipthescales when second of 6 at 9-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Newcastle over 2m 7f (soft) in December last year.

Made it second time lucky over fences at Hexham (3m) in November before failing to complete next 2 starts. However, his latest Newcastle second was very much a return to form.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 23 5 3 21.7%
Chase 5 1 1 20%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 12 3 1 25%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 7 1 2 14.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 3 7 0 2 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Nathan Moscrop 5 0 2 0%
T P A Kirby 23 5 3 21.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
P/645P-7
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Vieux Lille (IRE) 22

b g Robin Des Champs - Park Athlete (Supreme Leader)

Similar Going: 3 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Handicap: 8 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
9 10-12 t1 p
120 WS2

Lost his way for Phillip Hobbs last season and whilst he attracted support he ultimately disappointed on return/yard debut at Newbury last month. Cheekpieces/tongue tie reached for.

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 1m 7f to 2m 7f on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 6-1 when seventh of 11 on his latest outing in a chase at Newbury over 2m 7f (soft) in December last year.

Lost his way for Phillip Hobbs last season and whilst he attracted support he ultimately disappointed on return/yard debut at Newbury last month. Cheekpieces/tongue tie reached for.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 3 1 20%
Chase 9 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 3 1 0 33.3%
Headgear
Today (T & P) 0 0 0 -
Cheek Pieces 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 3 9 0 0 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 8 0 1 0%
Connections
J Page Fuller 0 0 0 -
T Jamie Snowden 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
11P21-2
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Greyed A (IRE) 26

gr g Daylami - Broadcast (Broadsword)

Similar Going: 5 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 20%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Handicap: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
8 10-8
116

Won 3 small-field handicaps over fences last winter and his Hereford second last month (despite jumping left) was a solid return to action. This tougher, but he cannot be dismissed out of hand.

He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 2m 3f to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 8l by Bandon Roc when second of 14 at 9-2jt-fav on his latest outing in a chase at Hereford over 3m 1f (soft) in December last year.

Won 3 small-field handicaps over fences last winter and his Hereford second last month (despite jumping left) was a solid return to action. This tougher, but he cannot be dismissed out of hand.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 16 4 5 25%
Chase 7 3 2 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 5 1 0 20%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 20 4 6 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 3 0 0 0 -
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 3 1 2 33.3%
Connections
J Sam Twiston-Davies 4 1 1 25%
T Dr R D P Newland 14 4 4 28.6%
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

At The Races Verdict

Sue Smith has won the last three renewals of this contest and looks to hold an excellent chance once again with SHARP RESPONSE. A winner at Carlisle in October, he showed the potential to win off this kind of mark when fourth in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle and a return to good ground could unlock further improvement. Same Circus won in good style at Bangor on her latest start and looks a key player at this trip, while Greyed A can improve from his return effort when runner-up at Hereford last month.

Timeform Verdict

SHARP RESPONSE has acquitted himself well in stronger contests than this of late and, with the step back up in trip expected to suit, he is fancied to defy top weight for the stable that took this race 12 months ago. Donald McCain's Same Circus is a threat on her Bangor effort, yet the main threat may come in the shape of Greyed A with a reappearance spin at Hereford under his belt.

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Previous winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2018 Soft 9 I Just Know 8 11 10 131 11P3-34 67 days Mrs S Smith (54 miles) S Quinlan 4/ 1 8:06.98
2017 Good 14 Straidnahanna 8 11 10 132 412P-48 33 days Mrs S Smith (54 miles) D Cook 11/ 2 7:48.20
2016 Soft 12 Lackamon 11 11 4 125 4-38224 34 days Mrs S Smith (54 miles) D Cook 12/ 1 8:18.70
2015 Good to Soft 12 Scotswell 9 10 9 117 56UP62 32 days Mrs H Graham (101 miles) J Reveley 5/ 1 7:46.07
2014 Heavy 9 Sun Cloud 7 11 0 123 2-U0F31 29 days J M Jefferson (49 miles) B Hughes 4/ 1 8:08.60
2013 Soft 14 Chac Du Cadran 7 10 7 115 37-5322 21 days C Bealby (129 miles) T Messenger 11/ 2 8:03.00
2012 Good to Soft 12 Posh Bird 9 10 3 103 2B37-34 56 days P Niven (49 miles) G Lee 8/ 1 7:52.00
2011 Good to Soft 14 General Hardi 10 10 11 115 72-1254 61 days J Wade (24 miles) D O'Regan 16/ 1 7:41.60

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