Cheltenham 25 January 2020

Going: Soft
Draw Advantage: None
 
Cloudy

Forecast: Cloudy
Temperature: 7.2° - 8.7°
Rainfall: 0.12mm
Wind: 6.9 mph S

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1

12:40 Cheltenham (Class 1) (4YO only)

Jcb Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (grade 2) (registered As The Finesse)

2m 179y

Winner £18,224 - 6 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
6621
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Monte Cristo (FR) 104

b g Montmartre - Rylara Des Brosses (Rapid Man)

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
4 11-3
140

Fairly useful form in France, winning at Auteuil when last seen in October. Joined top yard ahead of British debut and likely tough to beat.

A winner at Auteuil over 2m 2f in October last year, beating Gochetial by 1/2l. Having his first run for a new stable today, previously with Jph Dubois in France.

Fairly useful form in France, winning at Auteuil when last seen in October. Joined top yard ahead of British debut and likely tough to beat.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 4 1 1 25%
Hurdle 4 1 1 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 3 1 1 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 4 1 1 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 0 0 0 -
T N J Henderson 0 0 0 -
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
F1
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Rowland Ward 29

b g Sea The Stars - Honor Bound (Authorized)

Similar Going: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
4 11-3
 - 

Fairly useful on Flat for Ralph Beckett. Staying on well when fell 2 out on hurdles bow and looked useful when scoring at Kempton 15 days later. Highly likely he has more to offer.

A winner at 9-1 in a hurdle race at Kempton over 2m (soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Thyme White by 1 3/4l.

Fairly useful on Flat for Ralph Beckett. Staying on well when fell 2 out on hurdles bow and looked useful when scoring at Kempton 15 days later. Highly likely he has more to offer.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 2 1 0 50%
Hurdle 2 1 0 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 3 1 1 33.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 8 2 2 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J C Gethings 2 1 0 50%
T Stuart Edmunds 2 1 0 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
42
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Galahad Quest (FR) 18

b g American Post - Atacames (Dom Alco)

Similar Going: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
4 11-0
 - 

Failed to meet market expectations on hurdle debut but different proposition when close second at Taunton 2 months later. Another chunk of improvement required if he's to go close here, though.

Placed in a hurdle race from two starts. Beaten a neck by Buzz when second of 11 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race at Taunton over 2m (soft) earlier this month.

Failed to meet market expectations on hurdle debut but different proposition when close second at Taunton 2 months later. Another chunk of improvement required if he's to go close here, though.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 2 0 1 0%
Hurdle 2 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 2 0 1 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 2 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 0 0 0 -
T Nick Williams 2 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
41
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Gerolamo Cardano 22

b g Motivator - Dark Quest (Rainbow Quest)

Similar Going: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
4 11-0
 - 

Fourth in Aintree bumper in November and scored in good style on Hereford hurdle debut at the beginning of this month, forging clear from home turn. Capable of better.

A winner at 13-2 in a maiden hurdle race at Hereford over 2m (heavy) on his latest outing earlier this month, beating Artistic Language by 11l.

Fourth in Aintree bumper in November and scored in good style on Hereford hurdle debut at the beginning of this month, forging clear from home turn. Capable of better.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 1 1 0 100%
Hurdle 1 1 0 100%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 2 1 0 50%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 2 1 0 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Kielan Woods 2 1 0 50%
T D J Jeffreys 2 1 0 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
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Gold Standard (IRE) (162F)

ch g Casamento - Goldplated (Selkirk)

4 11-0
 - 

Modest form at up to 1¼m on Flat for John Joseph Murphy. Joined an in-form yard ahead of this switch to hurdles but would still be a shock winner.

Beaten 19l behind Ultra Pride at 50-1 when 15th of 24 on his latest outing at Curragh over 1m 2f (yielding - soft) in August last year. Having his first run for a new stable today, previously with John Joseph Murphy in Ireland.

Modest form at up to 1¼m on Flat for John Joseph Murphy. Joined an in-form yard ahead of this switch to hurdles but would still be a shock winner.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 0 0 0 -
Hurdle 0 0 0 -
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
Similar Going 4 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Bannister 0 0 0 -
T A W Carroll 0 0 0 -
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
4
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Night Edition (FR) 26

b g Authorized - Night Serenade (Golan)

4 11-0 h
 - 

Fair Flat winner in France and related to the classy jumper Melon. Off 7 months, ran to only a fair level when fourth on Taunton hurdle debut last month but could strip fitter with that behind him.

Finished 14l behind Blacko when fourth of 12 at 9-1 on his NH debut in a hurdle race at Taunton over 2m (soft) in December last year.

Fair Flat winner in France and related to the classy jumper Melon. Off 7 months, ran to only a fair level when fourth on Taunton hurdle debut last month but could strip fitter with that behind him.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 1 0 0 0%
Hurdle 1 0 0 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
Similar Going 1 0 0 0%
Headgear
Today (H only) 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J David Noonan 0 0 0 -
T D Pipe 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Nicky Henderson boasts a strong record in this contest having won four of the last seven renewals and MONTE CRISTO makes plenty of appeal on his UK debut. A winner over 2m2f at Auteuil in October, he stayed on well displaying a likeable attitude so the stamina test on offer will likely play to his strengths. Rowland Ward bounced back from a heavy fall on his hurdling bow at Warwick to score at Kempton and appeals as having further improvement to come along with Galahad Quest, who ran a much better race when runner-up against his elders at Taunton earlier in the month.

2

13:15 Cheltenham (Class 2) (5YO plus)

Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase

2m 4f 127y

Winner £17,204 - 12 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
139-144
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Jarveys Plate (IRE) 30

ch g Getaway - She's Got To Go (Glacial Storm)

Course: 4 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 25%
C has previously won at this course
C
Similar Going: 7 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 42.86%
G has previously won on similar going
G
7 11-9 p
147

Very useful effort when landing 3-runner listed event on chase debut at Chepstow in October. Unable to reproduce that when fourth at Haydock and Kempton (tried in cheekpieces) since. Needs to step up.

He has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 2m 4f on good to soft and soft ground. Well beaten at 10-1 behind Slate House when fourth of 7 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton over 3m (soft) in December last year.

Very useful effort when landing 3-runner listed event on chase debut at Chepstow in October. Unable to reproduce that when fourth at Haydock and Kempton (tried in cheekpieces) since. Needs to step up.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 2 2 25%
Chase 3 1 0 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
C Course 4 1 1 25%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 7 3 0 42.9%
Headgear
Today (P only) 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J C Brace 0 0 0 -
T F O'Brien 9 3 2 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
343-211
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Champagne Court (IRE) 68

b g Court Cave - Lady Taipan (Taipan)

Course: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Similar Going: 8 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 37.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 3 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
7 11-8 t1
143

Has taken extremely well to fences, landing a gamble on chasing debut at Sandown before readily following up at Plumpton. Already an assured jumper so he holds sound claims here.

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m to 2m 4f on good to soft and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 4-9fav at Plumpton over 2m 4f (soft) in November last year, beating Diable De Sivola by 2l. Has also won at Sandown this season.

Has taken extremely well to fences, landing a gamble on chasing debut at Sandown before readily following up at Plumpton. Already an assured jumper so he holds sound claims here.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 9 3 4 33.3%
Chase 2 2 0 100%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 2 0 1 0%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 8 3 3 37.5%
Headgear
Today (T only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 3 0 2 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Nick Scholfield 7 3 1 42.9%
T J Scott 10 3 4 30%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
184-112
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Simply The Betts (IRE) 30

b g Arcadio - Crimson Flower (Soviet Lad)

Similar Going: 8 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 37.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
7 11-5
140

Impressed when scoring at Chepstow and Newcastle on his first two starts over fences this term but jumped sketchily when runner-up at Kempton last time. Needs to brush up his jumping to contend here.

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 9l by Commanche Red when second of 11 at 5-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Kempton over 2m 4f (soft) in December last year. Has won at Newcastle and Chepstow this season.

Impressed when scoring at Chepstow and Newcastle on his first two starts over fences this term but jumped sketchily when runner-up at Kempton last time. Needs to brush up his jumping to contend here.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 4 3 36.4%
Chase 3 2 1 66.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 8 3 3 37.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 12 5 3 41.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 2 0 1 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 1 0%
Connections
J G Sheehan 5 2 1 40%
T H Whittington 12 5 3 41.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
1/11-312
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Imperial Aura (IRE) 43

b g Kalanisi - Missindependence (Executive Perk)

Course: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 5 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 40%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
7 11-1
136

Useful novice hurdler who has made an encouraging start chasing with Fakenham win before runner-up to smart Pym over 25f at Cheltenham. This drop back in trip should suit too so he's not ruled out.

He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 8l by Pym when second of 5 at 6-1 on his latest outing in a chase here over 3m 1f (good to soft) in December last year.

Useful novice hurdler who has made an encouraging start chasing with Fakenham win before runner-up to smart Pym over 25f at Cheltenham. This drop back in trip should suit too so he's not ruled out.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 5 3 2 60%
Chase 2 1 1 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 1 0 1 0%
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 5 2 3 40%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 4 3 57.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 1 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J David Bass 7 4 3 57.1%
T K C Bailey 7 4 3 57.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
178-261
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Encore Champs (IRE) 39

b g Robin Des Champs - Dani California (Beat All)

Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
6 11-0
135

Fairly useful winning hurdler who opened his account over fences in excellent style at Fakenham last month, proving well suited by step up to 21f. This is tougher but he must enter calculations.

He has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race and a chase from 2m to 2m 5f on good and good to soft ground. A winner at 5-2 in a chase at Fakenham over 2m 5f (good to soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Thomas Todd by 17l.

Fairly useful winning hurdler who opened his account over fences in excellent style at Fakenham last month, proving well suited by step up to 21f. This is tougher but he must enter calculations.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 3 1 37.5%
Chase 3 1 1 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 5 3 0 60%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 4 2 40%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 2 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 1 0 0 0%
T W Greatrex 10 4 2 40%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
292P44
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Garo De Juilley (FR) 24

b g Ungaro - Lucy De Juilley (Goldneyev)

Course: 5 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Similar Going: 14 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 14.29%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 20 runs, 2 wins, 7 places, 10%
HG has previously won wearing only a tongue strap

Tongue Strap: 22 runs, 2 wins, 8 places, 9.09%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 6 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 16.67%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
8 10-13 t
134

Useful winning hurdler over this trip and not far off that level over fences though has his work cut out again here having been well held over C&D last time.

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m 3f on good ground. Finished 16l behind Midnight Shadow when fourth of 6 at 33-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase over this course and distance (soft) earlier this month.

Useful winning hurdler over this trip and not far off that level over fences though has his work cut out again here having been well held over C&D last time.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 23 2 8 8.7%
Chase 5 0 2 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 2 0 0 0%
C Course 5 0 1 0%
Distance 3 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 14 2 4 14.3%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 20 2 7 10%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 6 0 1 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 6 1 0 16.7%
Connections
J C Gethings 0 0 0 -
T Mrs S Leech 14 1 3 7.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
352-231
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Mercy Mercy Me 21

b g Shirocco - Monsignorita (Classic Cliche)

Similar Going: 10 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 20%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing cheek pieces
HG
8 10-12 t p
133

Has made promising start over fences and landed Sandown handicap chase 21 days ago in good style. Raised 8 lb but there's better still to come so he's firmly in the mix.

Successful in a NH flat race and a chase at 2m and 2m 4f on good to soft and soft ground. A winner at 9-2 in a chase at Sandown over 2m 4f (soft) on his latest outing earlier this month, beating Dashing Perk by 6l.

Has made promising start over fences and landed Sandown handicap chase 21 days ago in good style. Raised 8 lb but there's better still to come so he's firmly in the mix.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 1 4 14.3%
Chase 2 1 0 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 10 2 4 20%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 1 1 0 100%
HG Cheek Pieces 2 1 1 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 2 1 0 50%
T P F Nicholls 3 1 1 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
23P-1P2
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Gowiththeflow (IRE) 14

b g Westerner - Maryiver (Runyon)

Distance: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 6 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
7 10-12 t
133

Useful hurdler who is without a win over fences but he matched that level of form when runner-up in handicap chase at Kempton 14 days ago. 5 lb rise demands more here but he's still quite unexposed.

He has won two hurdle races and a point-to-point from 2m 5f to 3m on good and good to soft ground. Beaten 3/4l by Erick Le Rouge when second of 8 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Kempton over 2m 4f (good to soft) earlier this month.

Useful hurdler who is without a win over fences but he matched that level of form when runner-up in handicap chase at Kempton 14 days ago. 5 lb rise demands more here but he's still quite unexposed.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 10 2 3 20%
Chase 4 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 2 0 0 0%
D Distance 3 1 1 33.3%
G Similar Going 6 1 3 16.7%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 3 1 1 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Nico de Boinville 6 2 1 33.3%
T Ben Pauling 10 2 3 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
71-42F1
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Cloudy Glen (IRE) 26

b g Cloudings - Ribble (Supreme Leader)

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 14 runs, 4 wins, 3 places, 28.57%
G has previously won on similar going
G
7 10-11
132

Has made a promising start over fences, posting excellent second at Carlisle and easily winning match at Haydock last month. Figures on a good mark so worth a serious look here for his excellent yard.

He has won three hurdle races and a chase from 2m 3f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 5-6fav at Haydock over 2m 4f (soft) in December last year, beating Secret Reprieve by 9l.

Has made a promising start over fences, posting excellent second at Carlisle and easily winning match at Haydock last month. Figures on a good mark so worth a serious look here for his excellent yard.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 13 4 3 30.8%
Chase 4 1 1 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 14 4 3 28.6%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 4 3 30.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Charlie Deutsch 9 2 2 22.2%
T Miss V Williams 14 4 3 28.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
03-4233
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On The Slopes 30

b g Librettist - Dalriath (Fraam)

Similar Going: 8 runs, 1 win, 5 places, 12.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Handicap: 3 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 10-8
129

Fairly useful hurdler who has made the frame all 4 starts over fences this season, good third in Kempton handicap last month. Highly respected.

A winner of a hurdle race at 2m 2f on soft ground. Third of 11 behind Commanche Red beaten 10l at 9-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Kempton over 2m 4f (soft) in December last year.

Fairly useful hurdler who has made the frame all 4 starts over fences this season, good third in Kempton handicap last month. Highly respected.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 9 1 4 11.1%
Chase 4 0 3 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 8 1 5 12.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 15 1 6 6.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 3 0 2 0%
Connections
J Adam Wedge 1 0 1 0%
T C Gordon 11 1 5 9.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
11
11/P-625
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Sully D'oc Aa (FR) 36

b g Konig Turf - Samarra D'oc (Moon Madness)

Similar Going: 4 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Current Handicap: 4 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
6 10-6
127

Lightly raced and saw his promising start over fences (clear Newbury 2nd) come to an end when beating only one in Ascot handicap in the mud last time. He may still do better on less testing ground.

He has won three hurdle races and a NH flat race from 1m 4f to 2m 1f on good ground, but last win was over two years ago. Finished 20l behind Greaneteen when fifth of 6 at 5-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Ascot over 2m 1f (heavy) in December last year.

Lightly raced and saw his promising start over fences (clear Newbury 2nd) come to an end when beating only one in Ascot handicap in the mud last time. He may still do better on less testing ground.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 1 2 16.7%
Chase 3 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 4 0 1 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 8 2 2 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 1 0 0 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 4 0 1 0%
Connections
J R P McLernon 3 0 1 0%
T A J Honeyball 4 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
12
430P-11
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Court Master (IRE) 38

b g Court Cave - Lusos Wonder (Luso)

Similar Going: 7 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 28.57%
G has previously won on similar going
G
7 10-0 (oh 1) t
121 1

Back on track this term following wind surgery to score on his first two starts over fences in handicaps at Musselburgh and Newbury. Low-mileage sort who can do better again so not dismissed lightly.

He has won two chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on good to soft and soft ground. A winner at 8-1 in a chase at Newbury over 2m 7f (soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Jammy George by 3/4l. Has also won at Musselburgh this season.

Back on track this term following wind surgery to score on his first two starts over fences in handicaps at Musselburgh and Newbury. Low-mileage sort who can do better again so not dismissed lightly.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 2 0 33.3%
Chase 2 2 0 100%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 7 2 1 28.6%
Headgear
Today (T only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Brendan Powell 4 1 0 25%
T M Scudamore 7 2 1 28.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

IMPERIAL AURA probably found an extended 3m1f too far when runner-up here to Pym last month. However, his jumping was sound on that occasion and the switch into novice handicap company, with the assessor leaving him unchanged on 136, could see him deliver on the abundance of promise shown throughout his career. Champagne Court has taken a big leap forward since going chasing, winning impressively at both Sandown and Plumpton, and the addition of a tongue tie could unlock further progression. Simply The Betts, who finished second at Kempton on Boxing Day, and Sandown winner Mercy Mercy Me add further spice to the race.

3

13:50 Cheltenham (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Paddy Power 45 Sleeps To Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

2m 4f 127y

Winner £39,389 - 10 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
14/2-246
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Cepage (FR) 24

b g Saddler Maker - Sience Fiction (Dom Alco)

Course and Distance: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 11 runs, 2 wins, 3 places, 18.18%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
8 11-12
154

Fine second in strong C&D handicap on sole start last term, and excellent efforts in defeat first 2 starts this season. Latest sixth in Grade 3 handicap here was below par but type to bounce back.

He has won a hurdle race and three chases from 2m to 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground. Finished 15l behind Oldgrangewood when sixth of 12 at 15-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase over this course and distance (soft) earlier this month.

Fine second in strong C&D handicap on sole start last term, and excellent efforts in defeat first 2 starts this season. Latest sixth in Grade 3 handicap here was below par but type to bounce back.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 2 5 13.3%
Chase 14 2 5 14.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 4 0 2 0%
C Course 4 0 2 0%
D Distance 4 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 11 2 3 18.2%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 15 2 5 13.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 4 0 2 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Charlie Deutsch 7 1 3 14.3%
T Miss V Williams 13 2 5 15.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
13P6-43
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Lalor (GER) 24

b g It's Gino - Laviola (Waky Nao)

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

Course: 4 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 25%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 12 runs, 2 wins, 5 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 9 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-11 p
153

Bright start to chase career when landing Grade 2 here last November. Disappointed after but back to form in first-time headgear in Grade 3 handicap over C&D on New Year's Day. Big player with repeat.

He has won a hurdle race, two NH flat races and a chase from 1m 7f to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. Third of 12 behind Oldgrangewood beaten a short head at 20-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase over this course and distance (soft) earlier this month.

Bright start to chase career when landing Grade 2 here last November. Disappointed after but back to form in first-time headgear in Grade 3 handicap over C&D on New Year's Day. Big player with repeat.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 2 3 18.2%
Chase 6 1 1 16.7%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 0 1 0%
C Course 4 1 2 25%
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 12 2 5 16.7%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 1 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 3 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Aidan Coleman 1 0 1 0%
T Kayley Woollacott 8 2 1 25%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
335-P02
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Spiritofthegames (IRE) 42

b g Darsi - Lucy Walters (King's Ride)

Course and Distance: 4 runs, 0 wins, 3 places, 0%
CD has previously placed at this course and distance

Course: 6 runs, 0 wins, 3 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 6 runs, 0 wins, 5 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 13 runs, 2 wins, 5 places, 15.38%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 6 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 11 runs, 1 win, 4 places, 9.09%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7 p
149

Smart chaser who put a couple of poor efforts firmly behind him when just denied by Warthog in Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over C&D 6 weeks ago. Record is reliable overall so should go well again.

Winner of three hurdle races, a chase and a point-to-point from 2m 3f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten a head by Warthog when second of 13 at 40-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase over this course and distance (soft) in December last year.

Smart chaser who put a couple of poor efforts firmly behind him when just denied by Warthog in Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over C&D 6 weeks ago. Record is reliable overall so should go well again.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 17 4 6 23.5%
Chase 8 1 3 12.5%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 4 0 3 0%
C Course 6 0 3 0%
D Distance 6 0 5 0%
G Similar Going 13 2 5 15.4%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 6 0 2 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 11 1 4 9.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J Harry Skelton 12 4 3 33.3%
T D Skelton 17 4 6 23.5%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
03-2U43
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Highway One O One (IRE) 29

br g Stowaway - High Accord (Accordion)

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

Course: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 16 runs, 6 wins, 5 places, 37.5%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
8 11-3
145

Useful and consistent chaser who might well have won at Kempton last month had his rider not kicked on so soon. Back down in trip now and high on the shortlist.

Winner of three hurdle races, a NH flat race and two chases from 2m to 2m 2f on good to soft and soft ground. Third of 11 behind Just A Sting beaten 1l at 7-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Kempton over 3m (soft) in December last year.

Useful and consistent chaser who might well have won at Kempton last month had his rider not kicked on so soon. Back down in trip now and high on the shortlist.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 5 8 26.3%
Chase 11 2 4 18.2%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 0 2 0%
C Course 4 0 2 0%
D Distance 2 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 16 6 5 37.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 24 6 9 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 6 0 1 0%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 1 0%
Connections
J J E Moore 1 0 1 0%
T C Gordon 20 6 8 30%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
1147-26
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Count Meribel 70

ch g Three Valleys - Bakhtawar (Lomitas)

Course: 4 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 25%
C has previously won at this course
C
Similar Going: 16 runs, 3 wins, 4 places, 18.75%
G has previously won on similar going
G
8 11-3
145

Novice chase winner over C&D last season. Good reappearance second to Lostintranslation in Carlisle intermediate and far from disgraced in BetVictor Gold Cup here. This less competitive.

Winner of three hurdle races and two chases from 2m 3f to 2m 6f on ground varying from good to soft. Finished 17l behind Happy Diva when sixth of 17 at 9-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase here over 2m 4f (soft) in November last year.

Novice chase winner over C&D last season. Good reappearance second to Lostintranslation in Carlisle intermediate and far from disgraced in BetVictor Gold Cup here. This less competitive.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 18 5 5 27.8%
Chase 6 2 0 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 4 1 0 25%
Distance 2 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 16 3 4 18.8%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 21 5 6 23.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 7 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 1 0 0 0%
Connections
J M D Grant 21 5 6 23.8%
T N A Twiston-Davies 21 5 6 23.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
634-184
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Militarian 24

b g Kayf Tara - Mille Et Une (Trempolino)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 11 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 18.18%
G has previously won on similar going
G
10 10-9
142

Sprang a surprise (50/1) when making a winning return in 3m Ascot handicap and quickly back to that level when fourth in 26f handicap here on New Year's Day, though didn't convince with his jumping.

Winner of four chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Finished 9l behind Doing Fine when fourth of 10 at 16-1 on his latest outing in a chase here over 3m 2f (soft) earlier this month.

Sprang a surprise (50/1) when making a winning return in 3m Ascot handicap and quickly back to that level when fourth in 26f handicap here on New Year's Day, though didn't convince with his jumping.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 20 4 4 20%
Chase 16 4 4 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 2 0 0 0%
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 11 2 2 18.2%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 20 4 4 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J Shane Quinlan 0 0 0 -
T Andrew J Martin 21 4 4 19.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
8240/4-6
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Garde La Victoire (FR) 35

b g Kapgarde - Next Victory (Akarad)

Course: 8 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 37.5%
C has previously won at this course
C
Similar Going: 21 runs, 10 wins, 0 places, 47.62%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 14 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 21.43%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 10 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 30%
Hcp has previously won at or above this handicap
Hcp
11 10-13
141

Not the force of old, though handicap mark is beginning to reflect that and was given a considerate reappearance after 14 months off at Ascot, shaping as if he retains a fair amount of ability.

Has won seven hurdle races, a NH flat race and four chases from 1m 5f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over three years ago. Well beaten at 16-1 when sixth of 12 on his latest outing in a chase at Ascot over 2m 3f (heavy) in December last year.

Not the force of old, though handicap mark is beginning to reflect that and was given a considerate reappearance after 14 months off at Ascot, shaping as if he retains a fair amount of ability.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 27 11 4 40.7%
Chase 12 4 1 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 8 3 1 37.5%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 21 10 0 47.6%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 28 12 4 42.9%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 14 3 1 21.4%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 10 3 1 30%
Connections
J T J O'Brien 3 1 0 33.3%
T P J Hobbs 28 12 4 42.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
1P3P-31
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Warthog (FR) 42

gr g Martaline - Shekira (Medaaly)

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

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 12 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 11 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 18.18%
HG has previously won wearing only a tongue strap

Tongue Strap: 12 runs, 2 wins, 4 places, 16.67%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Current Handicap: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Hcp has previously placed at or above this handicap
Hcp
8 10-8 t
136

Quickly made up into a useful chaser last term. Good third in BetVictor Gold Cup on return before outbattling Spiritofthegames to win Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Another bold bid expected.

He has won two chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m on soft ground. A winner at 7-1 in a Grade 3 chase over this course and distance (soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Spiritofthegames by a head.

Quickly made up into a useful chaser last term. Good third in BetVictor Gold Cup on return before outbattling Spiritofthegames to win Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Another bold bid expected.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 2 4 18.2%
Chase 6 2 2 33.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 3 1 1 33.3%
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 12 2 4 16.7%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 11 2 4 18.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 3 1 1 33.3%
Hcp This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 1 0%
Connections
J David Noonan 5 2 2 40%
T D Pipe 13 2 5 15.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
217-653
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Cool Mix 24

gr g Fair Mix - Lucylou (Bob Back)

Similar Going: 11 runs, 2 wins, 6 places, 18.18%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Hood: 10 runs, 1 win, 4 places, 10%
HG has previously won wearing a hood
HG
8 10-1 h
129

Generally held form well in novice chases last term and all the better for first 2 runs this season when third in class 2 handicap at Musselburgh. 2 lb higher in more competitive race now, however.

He has won two hurdle races and a chase from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Third of 14 behind Nuts Well beaten 3 1/2l at 17-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Musselburgh over 2m 4f (good to soft) earlier this month.

Generally held form well in novice chases last term and all the better for first 2 runs this season when third in class 2 handicap at Musselburgh. 2 lb higher in more competitive race now, however.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 3 6 20%
Chase 8 1 3 12.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 11 2 6 18.2%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 10 1 4 10%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 2 0 0 0%
Connections
J C O'Farrell 0 0 0 -
T I Jardine 17 3 7 17.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
328-F42
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My Way (FR) 35

ch g Martaline - Royale Majesty (Nikos)

Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 9 runs, 0 wins, 6 places, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 7 runs, 0 wins, 4 places, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing cheek pieces
HG
6 10-0 (oh 1) t p
128 1

Ex-French. Probably would have won but for falling heavily at the last at Plumpton on return. Creditable efforts both starts since, no chance with winner at Ascot 5 weeks ago. 1 lb out of weights.

Placed in five hurdle races and five chases from 15 starts. Beaten 10l by Espoir De Guye when second of 12 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a chase at Ascot over 2m 3f (heavy) in December last year.

Ex-French. Probably would have won but for falling heavily at the last at Plumpton on return. Creditable efforts both starts since, no chance with winner at Ascot 5 weeks ago. 1 lb out of weights.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 0 10 0%
Chase 7 0 5 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 9 0 6 0%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 1 0 1 0%
HG Cheek Pieces 1 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 5 0 3 0%
T P F Nicholls 9 0 4 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Warthog built on his third in the BetVictor Gold Cup to score in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup over C&D when finding extra to get back up at the expense of Spiritofthegames. A 4lb rise might not be enough to stop David Pipe's grey from backing that effort up. Lalor returned to somewhere near his best in first-time cheekpieces on his first try up in distance at the track and could be a big player if the headgear has the same effect, but a chance is taken on COUNT MERIBEL. Fancied to go well in the BetVictor Gold Cup after chasing home Lostintranslation at Carlisle, it is possible that outing came too quickly and a two-month absence may have done him the world of good. Highway One O One is a model of consistency and can enter the reckoning with Militarian, who shaped well before not seeing out an extended 3m2f here on New Year's Day.

4

14:25 Cheltenham (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2)

3m 1f 56y

Winner £56,270 - 6 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
2/1F34-2
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Bristol De Mai (FR) 63

gr g Saddler Maker - La Bole Night (April Night)

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

Course: 4 runs, 0 wins, 3 places, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 4 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 25 runs, 8 wins, 9 places, 32%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 25 runs, 7 wins, 9 places, 28%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
9 11-6
170

Dual Betfair winner at Haydock who posted another fine effort in that race when second to Lostintranslation on return. Third in Gold Cup here last March. Likely to have a big say.

Has won two hurdle races and eight chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 1 1/2l by Lostintranslation when second of 4 at 5-4jt-fav on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock over 3m 2f (good to soft) in November last year.

Dual Betfair winner at Haydock who posted another fine effort in that race when second to Lostintranslation on return. Third in Gold Cup here last March. Likely to have a big say.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 28 9 10 32.1%
Chase 24 8 8 33.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 0 1 0%
C Course 4 0 3 0%
D Distance 4 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 25 8 9 32%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 29 9 10 31%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 25 7 9 28%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 27 8 10 29.6%
T N A Twiston-Davies 28 9 10 32.1%
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
2
144P1-5
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Mister Whitaker (IRE) 24

b g Court Cave - Benbradagh Vard (Le Bavard)

Course: 6 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 50%
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
Cheek Pieces: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 6 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 50%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 11-6 p
152

Three wins around 2½m here, including career best in Silver Trophy in April. Good third on course return on New Year's Day but likely biting off more than he can chew at this level. Stamina unknown.

Winner of five chases from 2m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Finished 9l behind Oldgrangewood when fifth of 12 at 10-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase here over 2m 5f (soft) earlier this month.

Three wins around 2½m here, including career best in Silver Trophy in April. Good third on course return on New Year's Day but likely biting off more than he can chew at this level. Stamina unknown.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 14 5 3 35.7%
Chase 11 5 2 45.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
C Course 6 3 1 50%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 8 3 2 37.5%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 2 1 0 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 6 3 1 50%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Burke 2 1 0 50%
T M R Channon 16 5 4 31.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
7121-61
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De Rasher Counter 56

b g Yeats - Dedrunknmunky (Rashar)

Similar Going: 12 runs, 5 wins, 2 places, 41.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 11-4
158

Most progressive chaser who posted a smart effort when landing the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November. This a jump in class but he's open to further improvement.

Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. A winner at 12-1 in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury over 3m 2f (good to soft) on his latest outing in November last year, beating The Conditional by 1 1/2l.

Most progressive chaser who posted a smart effort when landing the ultra-competitive Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in November. This a jump in class but he's open to further improvement.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 4 4 26.7%
Chase 7 3 2 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 12 5 2 41.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 22 6 6 27.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 2 1 0 50%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Adam Wedge 3 2 1 66.7%
T Miss E C Lavelle 15 4 4 26.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
31/132-1
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Santini 76

b g Milan - Tinagoodnight (Sleeping Car)

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course
C
Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 8 runs, 5 wins, 2 places, 62.5%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 4 wins, 2 places, 57.14%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
8 11-4
163

One of best staying novice chasers of last term (second in RSA at Festival) and reappeared with small-field Sandown Listed win in November. Had wind surgery since. More to come and leading claims.

Winner of three hurdle races, two chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m 1f on soft and heavy ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 1-3fav at Sandown over 3m (soft) in November last year, beating Now Mcginty by a head.

One of best staying novice chasers of last term (second in RSA at Festival) and reappeared with small-field Sandown Listed win in November. Had wind surgery since. More to come and leading claims.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 5 2 62.5%
Chase 4 2 1 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 3 1 2 33.3%
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 8 5 2 62.5%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 8 5 2 62.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 4 2 57.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Nico de Boinville 7 4 2 57.1%
T N J Henderson 8 5 2 62.5%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
F13-531
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Top Ville Ben (IRE) 30

b g Beneficial - Great Decision (Simply Great)

Similar Going: 20 runs, 8 wins, 4 places, 40%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Hood: 19 runs, 5 wins, 3 places, 26.32%
HG has previously won wearing a hood
HG
Class: 7 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 14.29%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-4 h
164

Made up into a smart chaser last term and progressed again when ready winner of Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day. Won't need to raise his game much to get heavily involved.

Has won three hurdle races, a NH flat race, four chases and a point-to-point from 1m 6f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase when 3-1fav in the Group 3 888Sport Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby over 3m (soft) in December last year, beating Didero Vallis by 8l.

Made up into a smart chaser last term and progressed again when ready winner of Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby on Boxing Day. Won't need to raise his game much to get heavily involved.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 22 7 4 31.8%
Chase 9 4 1 44.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 20 8 4 40%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 19 5 3 26.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 1 1 14.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Thomas Dowson 4 2 1 50%
T P A Kirby 18 5 3 27.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
28-1F11
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Slate House (IRE) 30

b g Presenting - Bay Pearl (Broadway Flyer)

Course: 7 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 42.86%
C has previously won at this course
C
Similar Going: 13 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 30.77%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 10 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 30%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 9 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 22.22%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-3 t
156

Failed to win over fences last term but different proposition since second wind op, winning all 3 completed starts this term, including Grade 1 at Kempton on Boxing Day. Capable of even better.

Winner of two hurdle races, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 3-1 in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton over 3m (soft) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Black Op by 1 1/4l. Has won 3 times this season.

Failed to win over fences last term but different proposition since second wind op, winning all 3 completed starts this term, including Grade 1 at Kempton on Boxing Day. Capable of even better.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 14 5 1 35.7%
Chase 8 3 1 37.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 7 3 0 42.9%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 13 4 1 30.8%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 10 3 1 30%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 2 0 22.2%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J R M Power 5 3 1 60%
T C L Tizzard 14 5 1 35.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

RSA runner-up SANTINI made heavy weather of his winning return at Sandown but a wind operation and the return to a track that will play more to his strengths can see Nicky Henderson's gelding book his Gold Cup ticket. Connections have been positive in the run up to this contest regarding his preparation and the eight-year-old can account for last year's Gold Cup third Bristol De Mai, who went down fighting in his bid for a third Betfair Chase at Haydock, and Top Ville Ben, who was impressive when landing the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby last time.

5

15:00 Cheltenham (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle (Grade 2) (Registered As The Classic Novices' Hurdle)

2m 4f 56y

Winner £18,224 - 8 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
U57-221
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Protektorat (FR) 24

b g Saint Des Saints - Protektion (Protektor)

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

Course: 3 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 33.33%
C has previously won at this course

Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 4 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Hood: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
HG has previously won wearing a hood
HG
Class: 4 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
5 11-10 h
139

Has looked a tricky sort but toughed it out admirably when opening his account in listed C&D event on New Year's Day, proving well suited by the longer trip. Needs more under a penalty now.

Placed in four hurdle races from seven starts. Beaten by Imperial Alcazar when 2nd but disqualified and placed 2nd of 6 at 15-2 on his latest outing in a hurdle race over this course and distance (soft) earlier this month.

Has looked a tricky sort but toughed it out admirably when opening his account in listed C&D event on New Year's Day, proving well suited by the longer trip. Needs more under a penalty now.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 1 3 14.3%
Hurdle 7 1 3 14.3%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 1 0 100%
C Course 3 1 0 33.3%
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 4 1 2 25%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 3 1 2 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 4 1 1 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 6 1 2 16.7%
T D Skelton 6 1 2 16.7%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
21-9212
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House Island (IRE) 50

ch g Casamento - Fuaigh Mor (Dubai Destination)

Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 4 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 3 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
6 11-8
143

Listed bumper winner who has quickly proven himself useful over hurdles, winning at Ludlow (21f) before a fine run in Sandown Grade 2, sticking to his task. Wouldn't rule out.

Successful in a hurdle race and a NH flat race at 2m and 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 3/4l by Enrilo when second of 7 at 20-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Ballymore Winter Novices' Hurdle at Sandown over 2m 4f (soft) in December last year.

Listed bumper winner who has quickly proven himself useful over hurdles, winning at Ludlow (21f) before a fine run in Sandown Grade 2, sticking to his task. Wouldn't rule out.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 1 2 33.3%
Hurdle 3 1 2 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 4 2 1 50%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 2 4 28.6%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 3 1 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J G Sheehan 4 2 2 50%
T P R Webber 6 2 3 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
3-
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French Kiss (IRE) 437

b g French Fifteen - Ms Cordelia (Anabaa)

Similar Going: 5 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
G has previously placed on similar going
G
5 11-5
 - 

Modest Flat maiden who was held in third on hurdles debut at Bangor in November 2018 when last seen. Out of his depth.

Third of 9 behind Nelson River beaten 40l at 33-1 on his racecourse debut at Bangor-on-Dee over 2m 1f (good to soft) in November '18.

Modest Flat maiden who was held in third on hurdles debut at Bangor in November 2018 when last seen. Out of his depth.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 1 0 1 0%
Hurdle 1 0 1 0%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 5 0 1 0%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 8 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Bannister 0 0 0 -
T A W Carroll 5 0 1 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
33-4221
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Harry Senior (IRE) 29

b g Oscar - Surf Like A Lady (Presenting)

Similar Going: 4 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
6 11-5
135

Likeable sort who deservedly opened hurdles account in a Chepstow maiden (19.5f) over Christmas. Feasible to think he will have more to offer at this sort of trip and worth his place at this level.

Won on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race when 4-5fav at Chepstow over 2m 3f (heavy) in December last year, beating Global Fame by 5l.

Likeable sort who deservedly opened hurdles account in a Chepstow maiden (19.5f) over Christmas. Feasible to think he will have more to offer at this sort of trip and worth his place at this level.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 4 1 2 25%
Hurdle 4 1 2 25%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 4 1 2 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 5 1 2 20%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J R M Power 2 1 1 50%
T C L Tizzard 5 1 2 20%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
1/11-21
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King Roland (IRE) 24

br g Stowaway - Kiltiernan Robin (Robin Des Champs)

Similar Going: 4 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 75%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Hood: 4 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 75%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a hood
HG
6 11-5 h
133

Point winner who was one of the top GB bumper performers last season (won both starts) and made it second time lucky over hurdles in taking style at Exeter. Longer trip ideal and a very good prospect.

He has won a hurdle race, two NH flat races and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a maiden hurdle race when 2-7fav at Exeter over 2m 2f (soft) earlier this month, beating Thunderstruck by 19l.

Point winner who was one of the top GB bumper performers last season (won both starts) and made it second time lucky over hurdles in taking style at Exeter. Longer trip ideal and a very good prospect.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 2 1 1 50%
Hurdle 2 1 1 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 4 3 1 75%
Headgear
HG Today (H only) 4 3 1 75%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 0 0