19:20 Uttoxeter Sat 18 May 2019

  • Staffs Construction Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 3m 2y, Good
  • 7 Runners
  • Winner£6,498.002nd£1,908.003rd£954.004th£477.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:6m 13.6sOff time:19:20:59
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1
911-12OR: 130D
11/2

A third in the Grand Sefton at Aintree earlier in the year promised much but he's failed to build on that including returned to the National fences last time (Topham Chase). Handicapper now gives him a big chance off this mark/down in grade.

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2
911-12OR: 130D
9/4

Really has come back to his best since having some wind surgery recording two impressive wins over 3m at Exeter and Southwell. Given a hefty 12lb rise for his last 10L win but has coped with this sort of mark before; leading candidate.

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3
811-8OR: 126CD
10/1

Trip (3m2f) looked to test her last time when pulled up at Cheltenham although her earlier form, the Wincanton win especially would give her a sound chance. Has won over C&D; placed off 2lb higher mark in the Badger Ales Trophy; trip to suit better.

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4
Valadomt,v24
1011-7OR: 125CD
5/1

Likeable front-runner although he has had trouble getting his head in front of late; hampered by having a contested lead last time at Perth. Past winner of this race off a 1lb lower mark (2016); could do with an easy lead to show his best.

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5
811-7OR: 125CD
8/1

Course winner (2m4f) when opening his chasing account having had plenty of experience; followed up that run with a thread of consistent performances. His return from five months off was discouraging though; work to do on that performance.

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6
711-3OR: 121BFCD
4/1

Appears helped by having headgear (visor) applied over fences with a C&D win to his name (improved form) in March off a 5lb lower mark. Failed to repeat that effort last time at Perth (right-handed track didn't help); still has jumping frailties.

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7
910-3OR: 107BFCD
15/2

Usually runs his race here (dual course winner) and he's been consistent of late scoring at Chepstow (stayed on well). Showed that he could cope with marks like this with a creditable effort at Warwick last time; this looks a little tougher.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Above Board711-59/2
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: Aidan Coleman

Betting

Forecast

Monbeg Gold (9/4), One Forty Seven (4/1), Valadom (5/1), Kilcrea Vale (11/2), Irish Octave (15/2), Soupy Soups (8/1), Aunty Ann (10/1)

Verdict

The wind op that MONBEG GOLD has had appears to have rejuvenated him and after a sighter over C&D straight after that procedure he found the reduced mark to his liking scoring twice in fine style. A 12lb rise for his last effort looks punitive on paper but he’s coped with such marks in the past and is taken to complete the hat-trick. If Valadom could be guaranteed an easy lead he would go close to repeating his 2016 victory in this and he’s respected along with Kilcrea Vale who the handicapper has taken some mercy on. This may be a little out of the normal pay grade of Irish Octave but he appreciates this C&D and will find out any stamina weakness in his opponents.
  1. Monbeg Gold
  2. Valadom
  3. Kilcrea Vale

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