Aintree 08 April 2021

Going: Good to Soft
Draw Advantage: None
 
Mostly Cloudy

Forecast: Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: 5.8° - 10.2°
Rainfall: 0.12mm
Wind: 21.1 mph SW

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1

13:45 Aintree (Class 1) (5YO plus)

SSS Super Alloys Manifesto Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

2m 3f 200y

Winner £42,202 - 7 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
0-11422
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Eldorado Allen (FR) 23

gr g Khalkevi - Hesmeralda (Royal Charter)

Similar Going: 8 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 6 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 16.67%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-4 t
152

Made good start over fences with wins at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham. Never really competitive next 2 starts and seemingly flattered when second in tongue tie behind Shishkin in Arkle last month.

He has won a hurdle race and two chases at 2m on good to soft and heavy ground. Beaten 12l by Shishkin when second of 5 at 33-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase at Cheltenham over 2m (soft) last month. Has won at Cheltenham and Newton Abbot this season.

Made good start over fences with wins at Newton Abbot and Cheltenham. Never really competitive next 2 starts and seemingly flattered when second in tongue tie behind Shishkin in Arkle last month.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 3 3 27.3%
Chase 5 2 1 40%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 8 2 2 25%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 1 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 6 1 1 16.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 2 0 0 0%
T C L Tizzard 10 3 2 30%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
0-11P12
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Fusil Raffles (FR) 21

b g Saint Des Saints - Tali Des Obeaux (Panoramic)

Distance: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 10 runs, 6 wins, 1 place, 60%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 42.86%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
6 11-4
155

Smart hurdler who made it 3-4 over fences in novice at Cheltenham in December, getting up late on as runner-up faltered. Great effort when runner-up there in Marsh 3 weeks ago and should go close.

Winner of four hurdle races and three chases from 1m 7f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 3l by Chantry House when second of 8 at 14-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Marsh Novices' Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 4f (good to soft) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

Smart hurdler who made it 3-4 over fences in novice at Cheltenham in December, getting up late on as runner-up faltered. Great effort when runner-up there in Marsh 3 weeks ago and should go close.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 10 6 1 60%
Chase 5 3 1 60%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 10 6 1 60%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 10 6 1 60%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 3 1 42.9%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J D A Jacob 9 6 1 66.7%
T N J Henderson 10 6 1 60%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
P1-12F1
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Hitman (FR) 33

b g Falco - Tercah Girl (Martaline)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 4 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 75%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
5 11-4
151

Impressive on British/chase debut at Ffos Las prior to chasing home smart novice Allmankind in Sandown Grade 1. Back on track when scoring easily at Newbury last month and should be spot on for this.

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m to 2m 4f on good and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 1-7fav at Newbury over 2m 4f (good) last month, beating Captain Cuckoo by 10l. Has won 3 times this season.

Impressive on British/chase debut at Ffos Las prior to chasing home smart novice Allmankind in Sandown Grade 1. Back on track when scoring easily at Newbury last month and should be spot on for this.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 3 2 50%
Chase 4 2 1 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 1 0 50%
G Similar Going 4 3 1 75%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 6 3 2 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 2 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 3 1 1 33.3%
T P F Nicholls 4 2 1 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
521/1-1P
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Phoenix Way (IRE) 124

b g Stowaway - Arcuate (Arch)

Similar Going: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
8 11-4 t
145

Winner of 2 of his 4 starts over hurdles and successful start to chase career when landing a 3-runner Warwick novice. Bled in Grade 1 at Sandown back in December so probably best watched for now.

He has won two hurdle races, a chase and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m 1f on good to soft and soft ground. Pulled up 2 out when 11-1 in the Group 1 Planteur At Chapel Stud Henry VIII Novices' Chase at Sandown over 1m 7f (soft) in a Grade 1 chase won by Allmankind in December last year on his latest outing.

Winner of 2 of his 4 starts over hurdles and successful start to chase career when landing a 3-runner Warwick novice. Bled in Grade 1 at Sandown back in December so probably best watched for now.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 6 3 1 50%
Chase 2 1 0 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 5 3 0 60%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 3 2 0 66.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Aidan Coleman 4 2 0 50%
T Harry Fry 6 3 1 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
30-1122
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Protektorat (FR) 48

b g Saint Des Saints - Protektion (Protektor)

Distance: 4 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 10 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 30%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 14.29%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 11-4 t1
150 WS

Useful hurdler who has made excellent start chasing, impressive winner at Carlisle and Cheltenham before runner-up in Dipper at Wincanton. Wind op/now tongue tied after Kelso flop and can bounce back.

He has won a hurdle race and two chases from 2m to 2m 4f on good to soft and soft ground. Beaten 41l by Empire Steel when second of 3 at 1-2fav on his latest outing in a chase at Kelso over 2m 7f (soft) in February. Has won at Cheltenham and Carlisle this season.

Useful hurdler who has made excellent start chasing, impressive winner at Carlisle and Cheltenham before runner-up in Dipper at Wincanton. Wind op/now tongue tied after Kelso flop and can bounce back.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 13 3 4 23.1%
Chase 4 2 0 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 4 2 1 50%
G Similar Going 10 3 1 30%
Headgear
Today (T only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 1 2 14.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 12 3 3 25%
T D Skelton 12 3 3 25%
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
6
141311
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The Shunter (IRE) 21

b g Stowaway - Tornado Lady (Gulland)

Distance: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
D
Similar Going: 23 runs, 5 wins, 4 places, 21.74%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 4 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 75%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap and a hood

Tongue Strap: 4 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 75%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap

Hood: 7 runs, 5 wins, 1 place, 71.43%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a hood
HG
Class: 8 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-4 t h
153

Real success story for this yard, winning the Greatwood and Morebattle Hurdles and better than ever when landing £100k bonus in Paddy Power Plate back at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. More to come.

Winner of three hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase when 9-4fav in the Group 3 Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good to soft) last month, beating Farclas by 3l. Has won 3 times this season.

Real success story for this yard, winning the Greatwood and Morebattle Hurdles and better than ever when landing £100k bonus in Paddy Power Plate back at Cheltenham 3 weeks ago. More to come.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 18 5 2 27.8%
Chase 6 2 1 33.3%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 3 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 23 5 4 21.7%
Headgear
HG Today (T & H) 4 3 1 75%
HG Hood 7 5 1 71.4%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 8 2 2 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B Hayes 9 2 1 22.2%
T Emmet Mullins 8 5 1 62.5%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
0-22111
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Umbrigado (IRE) 33

br g Stowaway - Dame O'neill (Dr Massini)

Distance: 4 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 25%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 10 runs, 5 wins, 1 place, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 4 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 75%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 6 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 4 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 75%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 4 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-4 t p
151

Useful hurdler who has taken very well to chasing this term, improving another chunk when winning Grade 3 handicap at Newbury 33 days ago. Should be more to come and he's respected upped in grade.

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and three chases from 1m 7f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 13-2 in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Greatwood Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury over 2m 4f (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Killer Clown by 1l. Has won 3 times this season.

Useful hurdler who has taken very well to chasing this term, improving another chunk when winning Grade 3 handicap at Newbury 33 days ago. Should be more to come and he's respected upped in grade.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 5 1 45.5%
Chase 4 3 0 75%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 4 1 0 25%
G Similar Going 10 5 1 50%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 4 3 0 75%
HG Cheek Pieces 4 3 0 75%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 4 1 0 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J David Noonan 1 1 0 100%
T D Pipe 12 6 1 50%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

FUSIL RAFFLES has taken well to fences this season, winning three of his five starts and producing a career-best performance when chasing home stablemate Chantry House in the Marsh Novices' Chase at Cheltenham last month. This track could suit the classy six-year-old even better and he might prove tough to beat with a similarly aggressive ride. The Shunter (successful in the Paddy Power Plate) and Eldorado Allen (runner-up in the Arkle) also arrive on the back of cracking efforts at Prestbury Park and both warrant respect, although Hitman might be the bigger threat. He tips up relatively fresh, having sidestepped Cheltenham after easily winning a three-runner race at Newbury 33 days ago, and the demands of this race look just about perfect for him.

2

14:20 Aintree (Class 1) (4YO only)

Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

2m 209y

Winner £42,202 - 6 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
12112
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Adagio (GER) 20

b g Wiener Walzer - Aspidistra (Hernando)

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 6 runs, 4 wins, 2 places, 66.67%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 3 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
4 11-0
147

Improved with each run over hurdles to date, landing Grade 1 Finale Juvenile at Chepstow prior to a fine second in the Triumph at Cheltenham last month. Has to merit respect.

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on good and soft ground. Beaten 3 1/2l by Quilixios when second of 8 at 10-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m 1f (good to soft) last month. Has won 3 times this season.

Improved with each run over hurdles to date, landing Grade 1 Finale Juvenile at Chepstow prior to a fine second in the Triumph at Cheltenham last month. Has to merit respect.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 5 3 2 60%
Hurdle 5 3 2 60%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 1 1 50%
G Similar Going 6 4 2 66.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 4 3 57.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 3 1 2 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J T Scudamore 5 3 2 60%
T D Pipe 5 3 2 60%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
7
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Carlos Felix (IRE) 60

ch g Lope De Vega - Quad's Melody (Spinning World)

Similar Going: 5 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 20%
G has previously won on similar going
G
4 11-0
 -  WS

Fairly useful Flat winner for David Simcock who was possibly unsuited by conditions when well held on yard/hurdles debut at Musselburgh (15.5f) in February. Undergone wind surgery since.

Well beaten at 5-1 behind Fiveandtwenty when seventh of 8 on his NH debut in a hurdle race at Musselburgh over 2m (soft) in February.

Fairly useful Flat winner for David Simcock who was possibly unsuited by conditions when well held on yard/hurdles debut at Musselburgh (15.5f) in February. Undergone wind surgery since.

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 -
G Similar Going 5 1 0 20%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 9 1 2 11.1%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Bridget Andrews 0 0 0 -
T D Skelton 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
4
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John Locke 40

ch g Mastercraftsman - Sacred Shield (Beat Hollow)

Similar Going: 4 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
4 11-0
 - 

Useful on Flat and, having been acquired for 75,000 gns, shaped with abundant promise when fourth in the Adonis at Kempton (2m) in February. Better for that run and open to significant progress.

Well beaten at 11-1 behind Tritonic when fourth of 9 on his NH debut in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Close Brothers Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton over 2m (good) in February.

Useful on Flat and, having been acquired for 75,000 gns, shaped with abundant promise when fourth in the Adonis at Kempton (2m) in February. Better for that run and open to significant progress.

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 -
G Similar Going 4 1 1 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 6 1 3 16.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Harry Skelton 1 0 0 0%
T D Skelton 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
1-111
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Monmiral (FR) 47

bl g Saint Des Saints - Achere (Mont Basile)

Distance: 2 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 3 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 100%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
4 11-0
147

Exciting prospect who arrives unbeaten over hurdles, landing Doncaster Grade 2 prior to accounting for Nassalam at Haydock (15.6f) in February. Likely there is more to come and lead player.

He has won four hurdle races from 1m 7f to 2m 1f on good to soft and soft ground. Won on his latest outing in a hurdle race when evens fav at Haydock over 2m (soft) in February, beating Nassalam by 8l. Has won 3 times this season.

Exciting prospect who arrives unbeaten over hurdles, landing Doncaster Grade 2 prior to accounting for Nassalam at Haydock (15.6f) in February. Likely there is more to come and lead player.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 4 4 0 100%
Hurdle 4 4 0 100%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 2 0 100%
G Similar Going 3 3 0 100%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 4 4 0 100%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 1 1 0 100%
T P F Nicholls 3 3 0 100%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
1481
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Paros (FR) 13

ch g Masterstroke - Soft Blue (Green Tune)

Similar Going: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
4 11-0
135

Winner over hurdles on sole start in France and bettered opening efforts for present stable when running out a comfortable winner of a Musselburgh novice (16.4f) in March. This is much tougher.

Successful in two hurdle races at 2m on good to soft and soft ground. A winner at 9-4 in a hurdle race at Musselburgh over 2m (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Mackenberg by 6l. Has also won at Dieppe this season.

Winner over hurdles on sole start in France and bettered opening efforts for present stable when running out a comfortable winner of a Musselburgh novice (16.4f) in March. This is much tougher.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 4 2 0 50%
Hurdle 4 2 0 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 3 2 0 66.7%
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 James Bowen 1 1 0 100%
T N J Henderson 3 1 0 33.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
111
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Fiveandtwenty 60

br f Farhh - Fen Guest (Woodborough)

Similar Going: 7 runs, 4 wins, 0 places, 57.14%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
4 10-7
132

Fairly useful on Flat for Mark Johnston and has relished the switch to hurdling, making it 3-3 in a listed juvenile at Musselburgh (15.5f) in February. That may not prove her limit.

She has won three hurdle races at 2m on soft ground. Won on her latest outing in a hurdle race when 6-4fav at Musselburgh over 2m (soft) in February, beating Historic Heart by 4l. Has won 3 times at Musselburgh this season.

Fairly useful on Flat for Mark Johnston and has relished the switch to hurdling, making it 3-3 in a listed juvenile at Musselburgh (15.5f) in February. That may not prove her limit.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 3 3 0 100%
Hurdle 3 3 0 100%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 7 4 0 57.1%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 6 0 46.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 1 1 0 100%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B S Hughes 3 3 0 100%
T D McCain Jnr 3 3 0 100%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Adagio has been a massive success story this season, bought out of a claimer in France before Grade 1 success at Chepstow and finishing runner-up in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last time. He looks sure to give another good account, but it might pay to side with the freshness of MONMIRAL. Paul Nicholls' charge has been primed for this assignment since beating Nassalam by seven and a half lengths at Haydock in February (Adagio beat the same rival by two and a half lengths at Chepstow in January) and he may have too much boot for his main rival around here. Paros, representing the stable that have won the last couple of runnings of this contest, might prove best of the remainder.

3

14:50 Aintree (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Betway Bowl Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

3m 210y

Winner £84,195 - 9 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
7-7F228
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Aso (FR) 20

b g Goldneyev - Odyssee Du Cellier (Dear Doctor)

Similar Going: 35 runs, 7 wins, 10 places, 20%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 5 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 23 runs, 2 wins, 5 places, 8.7%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
11 11-7 p
157

Placed twice in the Ryanair but isn't quite at that level these days. Sound second to the much-improved Cloth Cap at Kelso but unable to land a telling blow in the Gold Cup (after a bad error).

Has won three hurdle races, a NH flat race and five chases from 1m 4f to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 150-1 when eighth of 12 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good to soft) last month.

Placed twice in the Ryanair but isn't quite at that level these days. Sound second to the much-improved Cloth Cap at Kelso but unable to land a telling blow in the Gold Cup (after a bad error).

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 37 8 11 21.6%
Chase 29 5 8 17.2%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 4 0 0 0%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 35 7 10 20%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 5 0 2 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 23 2 5 8.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Charlie Deutsch 20 3 6 15%
T Miss V Williams 36 8 10 22.2%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
218-232
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Clan Des Obeaux (FR) 46

b g Kapgarde - Nausicaa Des Obeaux (April Night)

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

Course: 2 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: 21 runs, 6 wins, 6 places, 28.57%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 19 runs, 4 wins, 8 places, 21.05%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
9 11-7 p1
169

Impressive winner of the King George in 2018 and 2019. Placed all 3 starts this term, namely the Betfair Chase, King George and Denman Chase and he should be bang there in first-time cheekpieces.

Has won a hurdle race, a NH flat race and six chases from 1m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten a neck by Secret Investor when second of 7 at 6-5fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury over 2m 7f (good to soft) in February.

Impressive winner of the King George in 2018 and 2019. Placed all 3 starts this term, namely the Betfair Chase, King George and Denman Chase and he should be bang there in first-time cheekpieces.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 24 7 8 29.2%
Chase 21 6 7 28.6%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 0 2 0%
C Course 2 0 2 0%
D Distance 2 0 2 0%
G Similar Going 21 6 6 28.6%
Headgear
Today (P only) 0 0 0 -
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 19 4 8 21.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 12 3 5 25%
T P F Nicholls 24 7 8 29.2%
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
3
1-21321
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Clondaw Castle (IRE) 40

b g Oscar - Lohort Castle (Presenting)

Course: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Similar Going: 18 runs, 7 wins, 4 places, 38.89%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 9 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 11.11%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
9 11-7
160

Ended last season on a high and has improved again this term, looking well served by step up to 3m when landing Close Brothers Handicap Chase at Kempton. This demands further jolt of progress.

Has won two hurdle races, a NH flat race, five chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. A winner at 17-2 in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Close Brothers Handicap Chase at Kempton over 3m (good) on his latest outing in February, beating Erick Le Rouge by 2l. Has also won at Newbury this season.

Ended last season on a high and has improved again this term, looking well served by step up to 3m when landing Close Brothers Handicap Chase at Kempton. This demands further jolt of progress.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 18 7 4 38.9%
Chase 14 5 3 35.7%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 3 0 1 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 18 7 4 38.9%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 22 9 4 40.9%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 1 3 11.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Burke 5 2 2 40%
T T R George 20 8 4 40%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
8450-38
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Militarian 117

b g Kayf Tara - Mille Et Une (Trempolino)

Similar Going: 24 runs, 4 wins, 5 places, 16.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 4 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
11 11-7
133

Established as a useful handicap chaser. Never threatened back in trip in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time and is right up against it.

Winner of four chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Chatham Street Lad when eighth of 17 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (soft) in December last year.

Established as a useful handicap chaser. Never threatened back in trip in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time and is right up against it.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 24 4 5 16.7%
Chase 20 4 5 20%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 24 4 5 16.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 24 4 5 16.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 4 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Mr J Martin 19 4 4 21.1%
T Andrew J Martin 25 4 5 16%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
114-P1P
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Mister Fisher (IRE) 21

b g Jeremy - That's Amazing (Marignan)

Similar Going: 14 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 42.86%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 9 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-7
162

Smart novice who got right back on track with gutsy victory in Peterborough Chase (staged at Cheltenham). In contention for longer than most but ultimately held back by jumping in the Ryanair.

Winner of two hurdle races, a NH flat race and three chases from 2m to 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground. Pulled up 2 out when 8-1 in the Group 1 Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham over 2m 5f (good to soft) in a Grade 1 chase won by Allaho last month on his latest outing.

Smart novice who got right back on track with gutsy victory in Peterborough Chase (staged at Cheltenham). In contention for longer than most but ultimately held back by jumping in the Ryanair.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 5 2 41.7%
Chase 7 3 1 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 14 6 2 42.9%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 14 6 2 42.9%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 3 0 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Nico de Boinville 9 3 1 33.3%
T N J Henderson 14 6 2 42.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
4/11-314
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Native River (IRE) 20

ch g Indian River - Native Mo (Be My Native)

Course and Distance: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 27 runs, 13 wins, 5 places, 48.15%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Blinkers: 5 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 60%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing blinkers
HG
Class: 24 runs, 11 wins, 5 places, 45.83%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
11 11-7 b
170

Produced a superb round of jumping when landing the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in February. Rewarded persistence of rider when plugging on for fourth in the Gold Cup.

Has won three hurdle races and 11 chases from 2m 1f to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 12-1 behind Minella Indo when fourth of 12 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good to soft) last month.

Produced a superb round of jumping when landing the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase in February. Rewarded persistence of rider when plugging on for fourth in the Gold Cup.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 28 14 5 50%
Chase 21 11 4 52.4%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 3 2 0 66.7%
C Course 3 2 0 66.7%
D Distance 3 2 0 66.7%
G Similar Going 27 13 5 48.2%
Headgear
HG Today (B only) 5 3 0 60%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 24 11 5 45.8%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Jonjo O'Neill Jr. 1 1 0 100%
T C L Tizzard 29 14 5 48.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
41P6-3P
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Real Steel (FR) 103

b g Loup Breton - Kalimina (Monsun)

Similar Going: 19 runs, 6 wins, 1 place, 31.58%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 14 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 14.29%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7 t
161

Dual 2½m Grade 2 winner in Ireland last term and travelled well until stamina ran out in Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tongue tied and recoiled from reappearance in the King George.

Winner of a hurdle race and five chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to yielding. Pulled up 2 out when 22-1 in the Group 1 Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton over 3m (good to soft) in a Grade 1 chase won by Frodon in December last year on his latest outing.

Dual 2½m Grade 2 winner in Ireland last term and travelled well until stamina ran out in Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tongue tied and recoiled from reappearance in the King George.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 6 1 31.6%
Chase 13 5 1 38.5%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 19 6 1 31.6%
Headgear
Today (T only) 1 0 0 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 14 2 1 14.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Bryony Frost 0 0 0 -
T P F Nicholls 2 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
8
1/52-P61
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Tiger Roll (IRE) 22

b g Authorized - Swiss Roll (Entrepreneur)

Course: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Similar Going: 38 runs, 12 wins, 6 places, 31.58%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 20 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 30%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap and blinkers

Tongue Strap: 36 runs, 10 wins, 6 places, 27.78%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Blinkers: 20 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 30%
HG has previously won wearing blinkers
HG
Class: 19 runs, 5 wins, 2 places, 26.32%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
11 11-7 t b
167

Grand National hero in 2018 and 2019. Won't be bidding for history this week but showed he retains all his verve when a dominant winner of the Glenfarclas Cross Country for third time last month.

Has won four hurdle races and nine chases from 2m to 4m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 9-2 in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 6f (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Easysland by 18l.

Grand National hero in 2018 and 2019. Won't be bidding for history this week but showed he retains all his verve when a dominant winner of the Glenfarclas Cross Country for third time last month.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 39 13 5 33.3%
Chase 23 9 4 39.1%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
C Course 3 2 0 66.7%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 38 12 6 31.6%
Headgear
HG Today (T & B) 20 6 2 30%
HG Blinkers 20 6 2 30%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 19 5 2 26.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J W Kennedy 4 2 2 50%
T Mrs D Foster 1 1 0 100%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
U23/3-23
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Waiting Patiently (IRE) 75

b g Flemensfirth - Rossavon (Beneficial)

Similar Going: 15 runs, 7 wins, 6 places, 46.67%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 4 runs, 0 wins, 3 places, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 10 runs, 4 wins, 4 places, 40%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
10 11-7 p
167

Top-class form when landing 2½m Grade 1 at Ascot in 2018. Placed all completed starts since at the highest level and has again swerved Cheltenham. Major player back up in trip.

Winner of a hurdle race and six chases from 2m to 2m 5f on good to soft and soft ground, but last win was over three years ago. Third of 8 behind First Flow beaten 9l at 5-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot over 2m 1f (soft) in January.

Top-class form when landing 2½m Grade 1 at Ascot in 2018. Placed all completed starts since at the highest level and has again swerved Cheltenham. Major player back up in trip.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 15 7 6 46.7%
Chase 12 6 4 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 15 7 6 46.7%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 4 0 3 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 10 4 4 40%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J B S Hughes 12 6 4 50%
T Ruth Jefferson 7 1 4 14.3%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record

Clan Des Obeaux warrants respect as he bids to go one better than when chasing home Kemboy in this race two years ago, but he has looked a little flat in two starts since a gruelling comeback in the Betfair Chase and connections now feel the need to fit cheekpieces. Waiting Patiently goes back out in trip after a solid enough third in the Clarence House and will likely run his usual honest race, while Kempton handicap winner Clondaw Castle could be the one that's overpriced. Tiger Roll faces a much different test than when romping home in the Cross Country race at Cheltenham, and NATIVE RIVER is probably the most solid option. There was no disgrace in his Gold Cup effort last time and he has a solid Aintree record, winning on two of his past three visits. Jonjo O'Neill Jr could be allowed to dictate matters aboard the 11-year-old and he will prove tough to peg back if getting into a rhythm on the front end.

4

15:25 Aintree (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Betway Aintree Hurdle (Grade 1) (GBB Race)

2m 4f

Winner £104,963 - 11 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
2-2152F
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Abacadabras (FR) 23

b g Davidoff - Cadoubelle Des As (Cadoudal)

Similar Going: 13 runs, 4 wins, 5 places, 30.77%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
HG has previously placed wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 12 runs, 3 wins, 5 places, 25%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-7 t
158

Smart hurdler who was back on song when second to Honeysuckle in Irish Champion in February. Fell at the third in the Champion Hurdle won by that rival at Cheltenham last time. First try beyond 2m.

Winner of four hurdle races and a NH flat race at 2m on ground varying from good - yielding to soft - heavy. Fell at the 3rd when 10-1 in the Group 1 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (soft) in a Grade 1 hurdle race won by Honeysuckle last month on his latest outing.

Smart hurdler who was back on song when second to Honeysuckle in Irish Champion in February. Fell at the third in the Champion Hurdle won by that rival at Cheltenham last time. First try beyond 2m.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 10 4 4 40%
Hurdle 10 4 4 40%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 13 4 5 30.8%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 3 0 1 0%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 12 3 5 25%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J W Kennedy 8 3 3 37.5%
T Mrs D Foster 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
2
8-22333
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Ballyandy 75

b g Kayf Tara - Megalex (Karinga Bay)

Distance: 4 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 26 runs, 5 wins, 10 places, 19.23%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 22 runs, 5 wins, 7 places, 22.73%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
10 11-7
154

Smart hurdler who returned at the top of his game in finishing placed in Welsh Champion, Greatwood and International Hurdle. Proved a let-down at Haydock last time, though, and others preferred.

Has won three hurdle races, four NH flat races and a chase from 2m to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Last of 3 behind Navajo Pass beaten 19l at 5-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 New One Unibet Hurdle at Haydock over 2m (heavy) in January.

Smart hurdler who returned at the top of his game in finishing placed in Welsh Champion, Greatwood and International Hurdle. Proved a let-down at Haydock last time, though, and others preferred.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 25 4 9 16%
Hurdle 20 3 9 15%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 4 2 1 50%
G Similar Going 26 5 10 19.2%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 31 8 10 25.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 22 5 7 22.7%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Sam Twiston-Davies 28 7 10 25%
T N A Twiston-Davies 31 8 10 25.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
1U-6511
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Brewin'upastorm (IRE) 39

b g Milan - Daraheen Diamond (Husyan)

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

Course: 1 run, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course

Distance: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
D has previously placed at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 13 runs, 6 wins, 1 place, 46.15%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 3 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 66.67%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 9 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 11.11%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7 t
158

Very smart hurdler who has resumed his progress back in this sphere, easily defying top weight in a Taunton handicap and following up in National Spirit at Fontwell. Lots to like and big chance.

Winner of three hurdle races, a NH flat race, two chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft. A winner at 3-1 in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Loch Lomond Whiskies National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell over 2m 3f (good to soft) on his latest outing in February, beating Mcfabulous by 6l. Has also won at Taunton this season.

Very smart hurdler who has resumed his progress back in this sphere, easily defying top weight in a Taunton handicap and following up in National Spirit at Fontwell. Lots to like and big chance.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 5 1 41.7%
Hurdle 7 3 1 42.9%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 1 0 1 0%
C Course 1 0 1 0%
D Distance 3 0 1 0%
G Similar Going 13 6 1 46.2%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 3 2 0 66.7%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 9 1 1 11.1%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Aidan Coleman 4 2 0 50%
T Olly Murphy 14 6 1 42.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
4
1F2/12-2
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Buveur D'air (FR) 75

b g Crillon - History (Alesso)

Course and Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
CD has a 50% or better record at this course and distance

Course: 4 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 50%
C has a 50% or better record at this course

Distance: 2 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
CD
Similar Going: 19 runs, 13 wins, 4 places, 68.42%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 19 runs, 11 wins, 5 places, 57.89%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
10 11-7
158

Fell when bidding for Champion Hurdle hat-trick in 2019. Missed most of last season due to injury and understandably shaped as if needing the run in Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last time.

Has won 13 hurdle races, two NH flat races and two chases from 1m 4f to 2m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 4 1/2l by Navajo Pass when second of 3 at 8-11fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 New One Unibet Hurdle at Haydock over 2m (heavy) in January.

Fell when bidding for Champion Hurdle hat-trick in 2019. Missed most of last season due to injury and understandably shaped as if needing the run in Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock last time.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 21 15 4 71.4%
Hurdle 19 13 4 68.4%
Conditions
CD Course and Distance 2 1 1 50%
C Course 4 2 1 50%
D Distance 2 1 1 50%
G Similar Going 19 13 4 68.4%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 23 15 5 65.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 19 11 5 57.9%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Nico de Boinville 1 0 0 0%
T N J Henderson 23 15 5 65.2%
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
5
14-3125
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Buzz (FR) 46

gr g Motivator - Tiysha (Araafa)

Similar Going: 16 runs, 4 wins, 2 places, 25%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 4 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
7 11-7
153

Useful on the level and even better over hurdles, again shaping well when fifth of 23 in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (16.3f) last time, left plenty to do after blundering 4 out. Remains with potential.

He has won three hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on good and soft ground. Finished 6l behind Soaring Glory when fifth of 23 at 10-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race in the Group 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury over 2m (good to soft) in February.

Useful on the level and even better over hurdles, again shaping well when fifth of 23 in Betfair Hurdle at Newbury (16.3f) last time, left plenty to do after blundering 4 out. Remains with potential.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 3 2 42.9%
Hurdle 7 3 2 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 16 4 2 25%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 22 7 4 31.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 4 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J James Bowen 0 0 0 -
T N J Henderson 7 3 2 42.9%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
151-331
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Jason The Militant (IRE) 40

b g Sans Frontieres - Rock Angel (Desert King)

Similar Going: 6 runs, 2 wins, 2 places, 33.33%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
Class: 6 runs, 2 wins, 1 place, 33.33%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
7 11-7 t
158

Proved better than ever when beating Petit Mouchoir by 7½ lengths to land 2m Fairyhouse Grade 3 40 days ago. Has raced only at 2m but shapes as if he'll stay and shouldn't be underestimated.

He has won three hurdle races at 2m on ground varying from soft to soft - heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 3 hurdle race when 7-4fav in the Group 3 Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Fairyhouse over 2m (soft) in February, beating Petit Mouchoir by 8l.

Proved better than ever when beating Petit Mouchoir by 7½ lengths to land 2m Fairyhouse Grade 3 40 days ago. Has raced only at 2m but shapes as if he'll stay and shouldn't be underestimated.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 3 1 42.9%
Hurdle 7 3 1 42.9%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 6 2 2 33.3%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 2 1 0 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 6 2 1 33.3%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Rachael Blackmore 5 2 1 40%
T H de Bromhead 9 4 2 44.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
7
11-1312
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Mcfabulous (IRE) 39

b g Milan - Rossavon (Beneficial)

Course: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
C has a 50% or better record at this course
C
Similar Going: 11 runs, 7 wins, 3 places, 63.64%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 8 runs, 4 wins, 2 places, 50%
Cl has a 50% or better record in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
7 11-7
158

Ran out an authoritative winner of Relkeel Hurdle at Kempton. Lacklustre effort when second to Brewin'upastorm in National Spirit since but very much the type to bounce back.

Winner of four hurdle races and three NH flat races from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 6l by Brewin'upastorm when second of 6 at 4-6fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Loch Lomond Whiskies National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell over 2m 3f (good to soft) in February. Has won at Kempton and Chepstow this season.

Ran out an authoritative winner of Relkeel Hurdle at Kempton. Lacklustre effort when second to Brewin'upastorm in National Spirit since but very much the type to bounce back.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 8 4 3 50%
Hurdle 8 4 3 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
C Course 1 1 0 100%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 11 7 3 63.6%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 12 7 3 58.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 8 4 2 50%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J H Cobden 11 6 3 54.6%
T P F Nicholls 12 7 3 58.3%
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
1-98121
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Millers Bank 33

b g Passing Glance - It Doesn't Matter (Karinga Bay)

Similar Going: 7 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 42.86%
G has previously won on similar going
G
7 11-7
147

Progressive sort who has won 4 of his 7 hurdle starts, producing his best effort yet when storming clear to land Newbury handicap last month. Clearly likeable, but this is his stiffest task to date.

He has won four hurdle races from 2m to 2m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 7-1 in a hurdle race at Newbury over 2m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Highway One O Two by 10l. Has also won at Kempton this season.

Progressive sort who has won 4 of his 7 hurdle starts, producing his best effort yet when storming clear to land Newbury handicap last month. Clearly likeable, but this is his stiffest task to date.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 7 4 1 57.1%
Hurdle 7 4 1 57.1%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 7 3 1 42.9%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 7 2 3 28.6%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 1 1 0 0 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Kielan Woods 7 2 4 28.6%
T A M Hales 11 4 4 36.4%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
9
10P-R15
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Not So Sleepy 23

ch g Beat Hollow - Papillon de Bronze (Marju)

Similar Going: 33 runs, 6 wins, 7 places, 18.18%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 19 runs, 3 wins, 0 places, 15.79%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
9 11-7
155

Front-runner who has won back-to-back renewals of the Betfair Exchange Trophy (Handicap) at Ascot. Far from disgraced in the Champion Hurdle but likely to prove vulnerable for win purposes again.

He has won four hurdle races from 1m 7f to 2m on ground varying from good to heavy. Finished 13l behind Honeysuckle when fifth of 10 at 125-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (soft) last month.

Front-runner who has won back-to-back renewals of the Betfair Exchange Trophy (Handicap) at Ascot. Far from disgraced in the Champion Hurdle but likely to prove vulnerable for win purposes again.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 10 4 0 40%
Hurdle 10 4 0 40%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 33 6 7 18.2%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 4 2 30.8%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 19 3 0 15.8%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J J J Burke 7 3 0 42.9%
T H Morrison 50 8 10 16%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
10
6-1C216
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Silver Streak (IRE) 23

gr g Dark Angel - Happy Talk (Hamas)

Similar Going: 31 runs, 8 wins, 12 places, 25.81%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 18 runs, 4 wins, 7 places, 22.22%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
8 11-7
163

Smart hurdler who proved suited by a change of tactics when making all in Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Perhaps made his effort earlier than ideal in the Champion Hurdle and should bounce back here.

Has won eight hurdle races at 2m on good and good to soft ground. Finished 14l behind Honeysuckle when sixth of 10 at 22-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 hurdle race in the Group 1 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham over 2m (soft) last month. Has won twice at Kempton this season.

Smart hurdler who proved suited by a change of tactics when making all in Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Perhaps made his effort earlier than ideal in the Champion Hurdle and should bounce back here.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 26 8 9 30.8%
Hurdle 26 8 9 30.8%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 1 0 0 0%
G Similar Going 31 8 12 25.8%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 32 8 11 25%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 18 4 7 22.2%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J T J O'Brien 6 2 0 33.3%
T Evan Williams 23 8 7 34.8%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
11
321-112
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Song For Someone (GER) 47

ch g Medicean - Sweni Hill (Danehill Dancer)

Similar Going: 9 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 66.67%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Class: 7 runs, 3 wins, 3 places, 42.86%
Cl has previously won in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
6 11-7
158

Better than ever when landing Grade 2s at Ascot and Cheltenham on first 2 starts this term. Wasn't in the same form when remote second to Goshen in Kingwell but shouldn't be written off.

Has won seven hurdle races and a NH flat race from 2m to 2m 3f on ground varying from good to soft. Beaten 22l by Goshen when second of 6 at 11-10fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race in the Group 2 Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton over 1m 7f (heavy) in February. Has won at Cheltenham and Ascot this season.

Better than ever when landing Grade 2s at Ascot and Cheltenham on first 2 starts this term. Wasn't in the same form when remote second to Goshen in Kingwell but shouldn't be written off.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 6 5 50%
Hurdle 12 6 5 50%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
Distance 0 0 0 -
G Similar Going 9 6 2 66.7%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 13 6 5 46.2%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 1 7 3 3 42.9%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J David Bass 0 0 0 -
T T Symonds 12 6 5 50%
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

Abacadabras only got as far as the third when an early faller in the Champion Hurdle and could be primed for a bold bid in search of compensation, with this track likely to suit Denise Foster's strong traveller. However, it is fellow Irish raider JASON THE MILITANT who shades the verdict here having skipped a trip to Prestbury Park last month. Beaten less than a length by the aforementioned Abacadabras when third in the Morgiana Hurdle in November, he handed County Hurdle second Petit Mouchoir a beating in a Fairyhouse Grade 3 last time and this sound jumper, representing Henry De Bromhead's thriving stable, could be ready to come to the boil in Grade 1 company. Brewin'upastorm (first) was in receipt of weight from Mcfabulous (second) when drawing the best part of six lengths clear in the National Spirit at Fontwell. Paul Nicholls' seven-year-old could bridge that deficit on the revised terms and both make some appeal, while prior to bumping into an in-form Goshen at Wincanton, Song For Someone racked up a Grade 2 double and has been kept fresh for this. Nicky Henderson has won this four times since 2011 and saddles two, the 2017 winner Buveur D'Air and Betfair Hurdle fifth Buzz, with the latter interesting now upped in trip.

5

16:05 Aintree (Class 2) (6YO plus)

Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase (National Course)

2m 5f 19y

Winner £16,425 - 21 ran

No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1
12-2112
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Billaway (IRE) 20

b g Well Chosen - Taipans Girl (Taipan)

Distance: 1 run, 1 win, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 11 runs, 3 wins, 7 places, 27.27%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Class: 2 runs, 0 wins, 2 places, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
9 12-0
141

Classy hunter chaser who put up a bold showing when just touched off after a sustained duel at Cheltenham. Likeable sort who should be thereabouts again if his jumping holds up.

Winner of four chases and a point-to-point from 2m 5f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good - yielding to heavy. Beaten a short head by Porlock Bay when second of 18 at 2-1fav on his latest outing in a chase at Cheltenham over 3m 2f (good to soft) last month.

Classy hunter chaser who put up a bold showing when just touched off after a sustained duel at Cheltenham. Likeable sort who should be thereabouts again if his jumping holds up.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 11 4 6 36.4%
Chase 11 4 6 36.4%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 1 1 0 100%
G Similar Going 11 3 7 27.3%
Headgear
Today (No Headgear) 15 5 8 33.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 2 0 2 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Mr P W Mullins 7 4 3 57.1%
T W P Mullins 13 4 8 30.8%
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
2
1F22P-2
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Bishops Road (IRE) 9

b g Heron Island - Nice Resemblance (Shernazar)

Course: 3 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
C has previously placed at this course
C
Distance: 4 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 50%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 33 runs, 4 wins, 6 places, 12.12%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Cheek Pieces: 7 runs, 1 win, 1 place, 14.29%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 6 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
13 12-0 p
130

Useful chaser at his peak but well into the twilight of his career and there was little encouragement to be gleaned from his return at Warwick 9 days ago.

Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race, four chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m 4f on ground varying from good to soft to yielding - soft. Beaten 44l by Caid Du Berlais when second of 4 at 11-2 on his latest outing in a chase at Warwick over 2m 4f (good) last month.

Useful chaser at his peak but well into the twilight of his career and there was little encouragement to be gleaned from his return at Warwick 9 days ago.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 36 5 6 13.9%
Chase 34 4 6 11.8%
Conditions
Course and Distance 1 0 0 0%
C Course 3 0 1 0%
D Distance 4 2 0 50%
G Similar Going 33 4 6 12.1%
Headgear
HG Today (P only) 7 1 1 14.3%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 6 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Edward Austin 1 0 0 0%
T D E Hewins 1 0 0 0%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
3
234U-34
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Captain Cattistock 43

b g Black Sam Bellamy - Pearl Buttons (Alflora)

Distance: 2 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 15 runs, 3 wins, 2 places, 20%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 18 runs, 5 wins, 4 places, 27.78%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 8 runs, 1 win, 2 places, 12.5%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
Class: 4 runs, 0 wins, 1 place, 0%
Cl has previously placed in this class
Cl
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
8 12-0 t p
135

Useful at best for Paul Nicholls. Decent return at Wincanton behind Sametegal but not so good at Doncaster since.

Winner of three hurdle races, two chases and a point-to-point from 2m 4f to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Well beaten at 9-4fav when fourth of 11 on his latest outing in a chase at Doncaster over 3m 2f (good to soft) in February.

Useful at best for Paul Nicholls. Decent return at Wincanton behind Sametegal but not so good at Doncaster since.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 19 5 4 26.3%
Chase 11 2 4 18.2%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 2 0 100%
G Similar Going 15 3 2 20%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 8 1 2 12.5%
HG Cheek Pieces 8 1 2 12.5%
Class & Handicap Rating
Cl Class 2 4 0 1 0%
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Mr Albi Tufnell 0 0 0 -
T F O'Brien 2 0 1 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
4
1211P-1
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Cat Tiger (FR) 37

b g Diamond Boy - Miss Canon (Cadoudal)

Distance: 2 runs, 2 wins, 0 places, 100%
D has a 50% or better record at this distance
D
Similar Going: 6 runs, 3 wins, 1 place, 50%
G has a 50% or better record on similar going
G
Tongue Strap: 2 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 50%
HG has a 50% or better record wearing a tongue strap
HG
7 12-0 t
142 WS2

Classy chaser who made a highly pleasing start in this sphere when making all at Leicester last month from Tango de Juilley. Very much the type to take to these fences, so he boasts excellent claims.

Has won three hurdle races and five chases from 2m 1f to 2m 7f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 4-9fav at Leicester over 2m 7f (soft) last month, beating Tango De Juilley by 1 1/2l.

Classy chaser who made a highly pleasing start in this sphere when making all at Leicester last month from Tango de Juilley. Very much the type to take to these fences, so he boasts excellent claims.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 12 6 3 50%
Chase 5 3 1 60%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 0 0 0 -
D Distance 2 2 0 100%
G Similar Going 6 3 1 50%
Headgear
HG Today (T only) 2 1 0 50%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Mr D Maxwell 6 3 2 50%
T P F Nicholls 7 4 2 57.1%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
5
U21-P66
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Clondaw Westie (IRE) 27

b g Westerner - You're A Native (Saddlers' Hall)

Distance: 3 runs, 1 win, 0 places, 33.33%
D has previously won at this distance
D
Similar Going: 14 runs, 4 wins, 1 place, 28.57%
G has previously won on similar going
G
Current Headgear: 14 runs, 6 wins, 1 place, 42.86%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap and cheek pieces

Tongue Strap: 21 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, 28.57%
HG has previously won wearing a tongue strap

Cheek Pieces: 14 runs, 6 wins, 1 place, 42.86%
HG has previously won wearing cheek pieces
HG
10 12-0 t p
119

Fairly useful chaser at best but hard to make a case for based on this seasons exploits.

Winner of six chases and a point-to-point from 2m 2f to 3m on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Well beaten at 13-2 behind Tango De Juilley when sixth of 12 on his latest outing in a chase at Leicester over 2m (heavy) last month.

Fairly useful chaser at best but hard to make a case for based on this seasons exploits.

Race Record Runs Wins Places Win Rate
All Jumps Races 20 6 2 30%
Chase 15 6 1 40%
Conditions
Course and Distance 0 0 0 -
Course 1 0 0 0%
D Distance 3 1 0 33.3%
G Similar Going 14 4 1 28.6%
Headgear
HG Today (T & P) 14 6 1 42.9%
HG Cheek Pieces 14 6 1 42.9%
Class & Handicap Rating
Class 2 0 0 0 -
This Handicap (OR) or Higher 0 0 0 -
Connections
J Miss Izzie Marshall 0 0 0 -
T Mrs Lawney Hill 21 6 2 28.6%
  • Grey = Horse has placed form
  • Blue = Horse has winning form
  • Gold = Horse has a 50% or better win record
6
4P1321
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Cousin Pascal (FR) 29

br g Great Pretender - Tante Zoe (Danzero)

Similar Going: 14 runs, 1 win, 3 places, 7.14%
G has previously won on similar going
G
9 12-0
118