A distant 2nd on return from a 621 day lay off and worth another try with that run under the belt. Finished between a couple of decent sorts that day and comes here getting ideal conditions and with the yard going well. Yard also saddle the short priced favourite who is going the right way but has an extra 9lb to contend with today.
14:50 Hereford 11 Jan 2021
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Endlessly (1pt win only 13/2)Nb
Mark is slowly falling to a more realistic one following a few lack lustre performances in handicap company. Not one to write off just yet with Aiden Coleman back in the saddle. He tackles a big drop in class here today and drops back in trip too. Has conditions to suit and should fare better now.
15:20 Hereford 11 Jan 2021
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To Be Sure (0.5pt EW 16/1 5 places) Iwac
Runner up on his only points start and joined the yard and connections with a 22K price tag. Not been devoid of promise despite how form figures read at a glance and just the sort this yard do well with once sent handicapping. 5 places available and worth a nibble from this shrewd yard, who will be desperate to give these connections a winner.
15:50 Hereford 11 Jan 2021
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Quietlyflowsthedon (1pt win only 12/1)
Well bred and related to point/bumper winners. Yard does very well here at the local track and they too will be desperate to give these connections a winner here. Venetia Williams has the yard in decent form and certainly knows how to get one ready at the first time of asking. Market support would be significant.
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Tintern Theatre (0.5pt EW 22/1 5 places SkyBet)Outsider
Reverts back to hurdles following a poor spell over fences returning from a long lay off. Shaped well enough for a long way on latest effort and is well worth another try over these smaller obstacles from this reduced mark. 18lb below last winning hurdles mark albeit a while back but if able to bounce back for the switch is very well handicapped. Jack Savage is 3 wins from 9 for the yard in the last 12 months which also offers a little encouragement.
14:10 Exeter 10 Jan 2021
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Stormy Flight (1pt win only 7/1)Iwac
Given too much to do last time out and finished very strongly, has gone up a few pounds for that run but the way he finished off the race suggested that there was a little juice left in the tank. Was 3rd in a race this time last year at Taunton that has worked out particularly well and that form line offers plenty of hope that this one can take on this well fancied favourite.
14:40 Exeter 10 Jan 2021
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Flinck (1pt win only 5/1)Nb
Disappointed hugely on chase debut last time out but not one to give up on. Will no doubt have improved and come on for that run as many of this yards runners do. Possibly has the pick of hurdles form on show and based on that here if able to put that last run behind should go close. The short priced favourite has been impressive to date but has gone up another 8lb for latest win making him vulnerable today.
15:10 Exeter 10 Jan 2021
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Ballycross (1pt win only 14/1)Outsider
Off the track 427 days and changed yards and will now have a first run for Nicky Henderson. Interesting jockey booking in 2Lt Billy Aprahamain who has only ever ridden a handful of runners under rules. One of those rides was a winning one for this yard. On previous chase form is pretty well handicapped and goes 5lb below last winning mark. Just remains to be seen as to what if anything the switch to the Seven Barrows yard has done for this ones chances.
15:40 Exeter 10 Jan 2021
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Et Apres Thou (1pt win only 11/2)Nap
A solid return to action when runner up at Wincanton last time out. Gone up just 1lb for that run and the race has produced winners since. Richard Johnson takes over in the saddle and he has a great record for these connections with9 wins and 5 placed from 30 for a 30% strike and a LSP of +52. More to come having been given time to improve and goes in first time cheek pieces which could eek out a little more.
Worth another try dropping in grade here. By far the class act in the race and its a race that trainer Venetia Williams has won on 5 of the last 8 runnings. Disappointing on return which is a slight worry as he often goes well fresh, but we can forgive that as with the year we have had preparations may well not have gone as planned. If able to find the form of his Cheltenham run from this time last year should be bang there today.
12:50 Chepstow 09 Jan 2021
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Ask Dillon (1pt win only 5/1)
Third in this race last year and returns for another try effectively 1lb lower in the weights when taking into consideration Liam Harrison’s 7lb claim. Progressive looking sort who has gone well on his last two outings in similar staying races. Yard are going well and this one comes here in great heart and today’s heavy ground may just eek out a little extra.
13:58 Chepstow 09 Jan 2021
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Highland Hunter (1pt win only 5/1)
Mud loving stayer who went straight in the tracker following an eyecatching run on reappearance. Put in another fine effort next time out and would have finished much closer had he not been badly hampered. Stayed on dourly after that and is worth a try on chasing debut from this very fair mark. Paul Nicholls has a 43% strike with his runners here in the last 12 months and this points winner looks the sort to be even better now tackling the bigger obstacles.
15:10 Chepstow 09 Jan 2021
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Dominateur (0.5pt Ew 5places 16/1)
2 wins and 2 placed efforts from 4 runs at this course. Ran well enough on reappearance on ground that was way too quick for this mud lover. Will stay this marathon trip and looks well enough treated to be involved here today. Still improving and far less exposed than many of his rivals. Gavin Sheehan back on board and his record for the yard is an encouraging one with 6 wins and 5 placed from 20 rides for a 30% strike.
Fair hurdler who looked in need of the run last time out returning from 10 months off the track. Reverts to the bigger obstacles here for the first time from what looks a pretty fair mark. Hails from a yard that does much better with their chasers than other spheres so better can possibly be expected too. Connections are 4 wins and 1 placed from 7 when sending a runner here so no forlorn hope as the market would suggest.
13:25 Fakenham 04 Jan 2021
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Shantung (1pt win only 7/2)Nb
Put in two good efforts this term following wind surgery in races that have worked out since putting this current mark very much thereabouts. Dropped in trip at Southwell last time out which halted the progression a little and steps straight back up here with conditions in favour. Yard have a great record here with just over 50 winners and a strike in the realms of 25% and an LSP of +55. Bryony Frost hangs on to the ride and she is 7 wins and 8 placed from 30 for the yard too.
13:55 Fakenham 04 Jan 2021
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Tippingituptonancy (1pt win only 10/1) Iwac
Not really given a hard time on chase debut running for the first time in 269 days and had to give weight to some pretty good opposition that day. Form of that race is well above average and despite finishing a distant 4th of 7 has to be taken more seriously here in this company. Steps up slightly in trip on handicap debut over fences but there should be plenty more to come from this pretty pricey points recruit with that run under his belt.
14:55 Fakenham 04 Jan 2021
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Orchard Thieves (1pt win only 6/1)Nap
Still holds bags of potential in this sphere despite finishing tailed of on his first two starts over fences. Bred for these marathon trips and will have no problem with the sticky conditions. Eased 5lb from last run and gets a further 5 taken off for the talented Fergus Gillard’s claim which makes him very dangerous here. Fergus has a 21% strike riding for the yard who also do well here with a 42% strike in the last 5 years. They are in great form too with 3 winners from their last 8 runners.
Shaped well on first start for new yard since coming across from Ireland and was a good staying on 3rd to one who has a form line with a few of the market principals in this race. That run was his first in almost a year so will be entitled to come on for that and holds excellent chance if in the same form off the same mark. Could be a few pound well in here by our calculations. Thirsty Farmer is a danger if able to get this longer trip and we wouldn’t put anyone off a small EW on bottom weight Simply Lucky at 80/1 with 4 places available.
14:35 Catterick 03 Jan 2021
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De Forgotten One (1pt win only 4/1)Nb
Made a comfortable winning start for new yard when sent over to France, that win came over similar trip in Heavy ground. Was sent to Cheltenham following that over the Cross Country Course and again performed with credit. Has his sights are lowered considerably from that run and could still be well handicapped returning to class 4 company. Yard do well here and have a record of 4 wins and 3 placed from 11 for a 36% strike. W Kennedy is 3 from 6 for the yard for a 50% strike and loves it here at Catterick.
12:18 Plumpton 03 Jan 2021
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Translink (1pt win only 6/1)
Wide open running of a race that normally goes to the favourite. This years renewal lacks any of the bigger yards that normally send in those favoured runners and a chance is taken on one from the Mulholland yard who goes for family connections. Has an entry tomorrow at the yards favoured track of Fakenham so interesting that they come here instead. Showed plenty of promise in 3 bumper races but was slightly disappointing on hurdles debut so will need to bounce back, but may have been found a race here.
14:25 Plumpton 03 Jan 2021
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Defi Des Carres (1pt win only 10/1)Iwac
Narrowly denied in the Glenfarclas Cross Country race at Cheltenham last month pulling well clear of 3rd place. Has gone up 6lb for that run but possibly still has a little in hand as that run came following a 403 day lay off when making yard debut for the team that won this race in 2017. Will stay and get this ground if this race hasn’t come too soon for him
A 2 times course winner who has not been seen over these larger obstacles for a year now and has instead been doing all of his work over hurdles. Arguably better over the bigger obstacles he comes here having fallen to a mark that 12 months ago would have been considered laughable. Has a bit to prove having been out of sorts and having not been seen in the winners enclosure for almost 2 years but showed signs of a resurgence last time out and certainly on old form has been given a chance to serve it up here. Very well treated on old form and won on this card 2 years back.
13:50 Sandown 02 Jan 2021
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Early Du Lemo (1pt win only 6/1)Nap
Spent almost 2 years off the track and returned only to be denied by a very well handicapped stablemate over CD a month ago. Fell last time out when travelling well and is worth another try from what looks a fair mark. The Moore family often target a few runners at this card and interesting that Jamie opts to ride this one over the victor that day in Darebin. If none the worse for that fall should give the favourite something to think about here.
15:00 Sandown 02 Jan 2021
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Strong Pursuit (1pt win only 8/1)IWAC
3rd following almost a year off the track last time out in behind Potters legend and gets another chance from the same mark. Far less exposed than most if not all of his rivals and could well have more to offer with that run under the belt. A tricky sort who is not guaranteed to give the same running but has to be worth another try in the hands of Richard Johnson based on that run.
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After The Fox (1pt win only 10/1)IWAC
In the process of running a big race when slipping up on the bend moving into contention last time out. Hopefully non the worse for that and comes here from the same mark in what look to be suitable conditions. Gets the added bonus of the family connections 5lb claim here tomorrow an another big run can be expected from a yard who have won with 3 of their previous 5 runners here.
CD winner a couple of years back and has ran with a fair amount of credit more than once this year from this ever decreasing mark. Conditions are ideal here and comes in with the yard well and truly in form. Has on board a very promising claimer from who takes off a massive 10lb which has to put this one right amongst it.
Shah An Shah (1pt win only 10/1)Nb
In need of his first couple of runs this term and quickly reverts back to hurdles following a very poor first attempt over the bigger obstacles. Put in a fine performance back in Feb however when beating a decent looking subsequent winner over 3m and in soft conditions. Often takes his time to get going and can get back to winning ways here with plenty in favour and going from a fair mark.
Pleasing return to action following 13 months off when just running out of steam at the business end. Should come on plenty for that run and will be entitled to go close here judged on that run. Had previously run to a decent level in bumpers most noteably at Fakenham when sandwiched between a couple of sorts that have come on plenty since.
13:15 Market Rasen 30 Dec 2020
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Night Of Sin (1pt win only 10/1)
Underperformed so far this term which has seen this one drop to a very tempting mark. Now sits some 5lb below his last wining mark and drops in grade to class 4 for the first time since that win. Has won 5 of his 7 starts in this grade and can act on any ground. Will need to bounce back from a poor run last time out but has cheekpieces applied for the first time and this yard normally come to life at this time of the year.
Le Cameleon (1pt win only 11/1)
A fair hurdler who did not disgrace when pitched in at the deep end on chase debut. Finished 3rd of 3 but kept company for a long way with 2 very decent horses from level weights and is well worth a tilt here from this very lenient looking mark. Will enjoy these conditions and could well be a horse of promise over these bigger obstacles.
14:15 Market Rasen 30 Dec 2020
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Polydora (0.5pt EW 20/1 4 Places)
Out of sorts in a couple of runs this year since breaking a blood vessel this time last year at Newbury. Had been progressing well until then and could be found putting in a decent effort from a much higher mark. Has had wind surgery and a freshening up before coming here so hopefully that along with first time cheek pieces we will see him back to somewhere near his old form.
14:50 Market Rasen 30 Dec 2020
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Golden Emblem (1pt win only 6/1)
Interesting runner stepping up markedly in trip on handicap debut for Neil Mulholland. A fairly well bred sort who ought to be capable of leaving his novice form behind in this lowly company. Yard does well for these connections and has 3 winners and 3 placed from 9 runners for them. Has has wind surgery and wears a tongue strap here which could prove to be very effective for this shrewd outfit.
Not really set the world on fire in two starts over fences this term but both would appear to have come over a slightly inadequate trip on ground that looks too fast. Steps up in trip here and gets a bit more give in the ground so is worth another look. Has a couple of decent pieces of form over the smaller obstacles back at the start of the year, including when 3rd at Newcastle in a class 2 event finishing well ahead of the favourite Sirwilliamwallace. Too early to write off and worth a small play.
12:00 Doncaster 29 Dec 2020
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Debece (0.5pt Ew 20/1)Iwac
Decent hurdler who made a very promising start to a career over the bigger obstacles until disappointing in a G3 at Aintree. Was not seen back on the track after that for 575 days and struggled in the mud on return 58 days ago. Persevered with by connections and worth one last roll of the dice on that form of old coming here from a 3lb lower mark and having been given time to recover from that reappearance run. The form of that last race has worked out incredibly well so its no wonder he struggled returning from that lay off either.