15:30 Hereford Tue 13 November 2018

  • Major Courage Bar Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 2m 4f 194y, Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner£12,762.002nd£3,770.003rd£1,885.004th£942.005th£471.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:5m 15.4sOff time:15:30:36
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811-11OR: 137
14/1

A winner at Cartmel in March but was already held when he unseated today's rider at Market Rasen last time out; that effort created the impression the handicapper has him back where he wants him. Vulnerable from top weight.

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2
711-11OR: 137D
9/2

Can make the running if he needs to and winning form when able to dominate. Stiff test from his current mark though and is still 6lb above his latest winning mark.

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3
611-11OR: 137
11/4

Won in good style over hurdles at Fontwell (extended 2m3f, heavy) in January and handicapped on a couple of fair efforts over timber since. Not disgraced on chasing debut last time and possible there's more to come. Worth a betting check.

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4
711-8OR: 134
25/1

Drops in class after finding a Grade 3 too hot for him last time. Had previously held his form well and has some solid form to his name. Goods chance back at this level. Shortlisted.

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5
811-7OR: 133
40/1

Best when racing close to the pace and is only 1lb above his last winning mark. Unseated when last seen out but had previously been struggling. Has a bit more to prove than just his fitness on these terms.

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6
711-6OR: 132CD
6/1

C&D winner in January but disappointed in both starts since (fell at Uttoxeter last time out). Looks weighted to the limit and may just need a run having been off since April.

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7
611-5OR: 131DWS
10/1

Sets out from 7lb above his only previous winning mark over fences but hasn't stood much racing this calendar year. Off since March but has gone well fresh before now. Worth noting in the betting.

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8
1211-3OR: 129BFD
25/1

Veteran with seven wins over fences to his name from a career spanning back to 2011; still retains plenty of enthusiasm though and ;latest from figures read well. Usually takes at least a run to put him right though. (Off since March.)

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9
911-3OR: 129D
25/1

Winner of a small field handicap over fences at Fakenham in March but was well below that level in both subsequent starts. Still 7lb above that winning mark and looks set for a stiff test even though his rider's claim helps at the weights.

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10
711-1OR: 127
6/1

Has ability but is another whose fortunes appear to have been clamped down upon by the handicapper. Conditions should suit but needs everything to go his way from 4lb above his last winning mark.

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11
711-0OR: 126D
13/2

Made a winning start for his current yard but found out by a 7lb higher mark last time out. The trip suits but more rain needed to bolster the gelding's chances from the foot of the handicap.

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Betting

Forecast

De Rasher Counter (11/4), Hogan's Height (9/2), Touch Kick (6/1), Town Parks (6/1), Conna Cross (13/2), Creep Desbois (10/1), Calipto (14/1), Enjoy Responsibly (25/1), Opening Batsman (25/1), Too Many Diamonds (25/1), Dusky Lark (40/1)

Verdict

The ease in grade for TOO MANY DIAMONDS may provide another slice of good fortune for Dan Skelton's tough-as-teak gelding, who edges the nomination as the one to on here. Creep Desbois and De Rasher Counter are a couple of others with leading claims in this company, while a downpour of rain would also aid the cause for Conna Cross, who is respected despite propping up the handicap today.
  1. Too Many Diamonds
  2. Creep Desbois
  3. De Rasher Counter

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