15:40 Newbury Thu 7 November 2019

  • Micky Rawlings Memorial Handicap Chase (Class 3)
  • 2m 3f 187y, Good to Soft
  • 11 Runners
  • Winner£7,733.002nd£2,271.003rd£1,135.004th£568.005th£350.006th£350.007th£350.008th£350.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Weighed In

Winning time:4m 59.0sOff time:15:43:10
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1
612-0OR: 137D
20/1

5lb higher than when winning a small field mares' chase (Class 3) at Leicester (2m4f, good) in February; largely consistent thereafter until struggling in the Perth Gold Cup (3m) in June.

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2
611-12OR: 135D
10/1

Frustrating until coming good in no uncertain manner at Kempton (2m4½f, good to soft) in March - beat Onefortheroadtom by 6L; the handicapper has had his say since; soundly beaten (lost a shoe) on seasonal reappearance at Perth.

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3
711-12OR: 135D
8/1

Won twice during his first season over fences, admittedly at odds of 1-10f at Ludlow (2m4f, good) in March; still has work to do in order to brush up his fencing technique, but isn't necessarily punitively weighted from a mark of 135.

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4
611-10OR: 133
5/1

Four times a winner in France (hurdles and fences) with cut underfoot prior to joining Dr Richard Newland; was always just held when runner-up to Azzerti at Ascot (2m1f, soft) in December, with that rival progressing more since.

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5
711-9OR: 132BFD
14/1

7lb higher than when landing a Class 3 Haydock handicap chase (2m3f, good) by 11L in May; requires a career best performance in order to make a winning seasonal reappearance; others thought more probable candidates.

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6
811-9OR: 132D
16/1

Capable at or around 2m4f (on good/good to soft ground) until gradually losing his way for Nigel Twiston-Davies - simply became a shade too high in the weights; should revive eventually for Jonjo O'Neill; fitter for his comeback run?

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7
711-7OR: 130D
10/1

A short odds winner over hurdles at Taunton (2m3f, good) in January, but hasn't won over the larger obstacles for the best part of two years; few obvious excuses in the Bobby Renton (fifth) at Wetherby three weeks ago.

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8
811-7OR: 130DWS
6/1

January Wincanton scorer (2m4f, good); soundly beaten (third of five) by Huntsman Son over C&D in March & didn't exactly set the world alight in the Red Rum Handicap Chase (2m) at Aintree either; vulnerable on first start for 194 days; wind surgery.

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9
811-3OR: 126WS
6/1

Progressed after making a winning chasing debut at Ffos Las (2m5f, soft), posting some fair form lines over fences at this track (Class 3, 2m4f-2m7½f); returns from wind surgery and a 201-day absence for an in-form trainer; chance.

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10
611-1OR: 124
4/1

Steadily improving over fences (1-2) when last in competitive action (late 2018); 7lb higher than when comfortably accounting for the now 138-rated Brelan D'As at Hereford (2m, good); stamina reserves/well-being arguably both a slight concern.

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11
610-13OR: 122D
50/1

Former French racer (2-10 for Emmanuel Clayeux); didn't appear to quite stay the 3m+ trip on UK/stable debut at Kempton in May; switches to fences and sports a tongue-tie on his second start for Sean Curran.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
Siruh Du Lac511-07/1
T: Nick WilliamsJ: Lizzie Kelly

Betting

Forecast

Amoola Gold (4/1), Dustin Des Mottes (5/1), Molineaux (6/1), Air Navigator (6/1), Azzerti (8/1), Chef D'Equipe (10/1), Forth Bridge (10/1), Barton Knoll (14/1), Templehills (16/1), Got Away (20/1), Domaine De L'Isle (50/1)

Verdict

In a word, tough. With the Tom George string in excellent order, there's at least scope to expect a relatively strong showing from the Newbury regular Air Navigator who has recently had his wind tinkered with (also wears a tongue-tie). Meanwhile, the likes of Amoola Gold and Templehills are also considered as possible contenders. However, the horse to stick is the Alan King-trained AZZERTI. Although on a strict interpretation of weights and measures he would appear hard pushed to confirm Ascot placings with Dustin Des Mottes, he's clearly progressed quickly since that clash, and remains reasonably weighted from an official BHA handicap mark of 135.
  1. Azzerti
  2. Templehills
  3. Air Navigator

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