14:25 Cheltenham

Friday 23 October 2020

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Matchbook Better Way To Bet Novices' Chase (GBB Race)

Class 2  |   3m 80y  |   Good  |   6 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 14:26  |   Winning time: 6m 21.77s
Weighed In
1
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8  |  J: J J Burke |  T: C Byrnes|  OR: 147
12/1

Improved form in a change of headgear in recent weeks, winning twice at up to 25f before an excellent third in the Kerry National. Luckless exit in the Munster equivalent 12 days ago.

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Timeform
2
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-8  |  J: R M Power |  T: G Elliott|  OR: 148
2/1

Nearly landed a valuable pot in a handicap at the Festival, finishing well clear of the rest when finding only another well-backed rival too strong. Retains novice status and been mopping up of late.

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3
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-8  |  J: H Cobden |  T: P F Nicholls|  OR: 144|  D
10/1

Has improved out of all recognition since undergoing a breathing operation, looking the likely winner when falling at Kempton in March and progressed by the run to rack up a 4-race winning sequence.

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4
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: P J Brennan |  T: F O'Brien|  OR: 141|  D
9/2

Useful effort when doubling career tally over hurdles in a novice at Exeter in 2019. Placed in a couple of competitive 3m handicaps last term and this Irish point winner should flourish over fences.

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5
Age: 5|  Weight: 11-0  |  J: Sam Twiston-Davies |  T: N A Twiston-Davies|  OR: 143|  D
5/2

Three wins from 5 in what was a productive novice season over hurdles, his strength at the finish a feature of last 2 victories, including a Grade 2 at Warwick. All over a chaser on physique.

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6
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: B S Hughes |  T: Ruth Jefferson|  OR: 135
17/2

Bumper scorer who won all 3 starts over hurdles last term, including in Grade 2 company taking on males for the first time at Kelso in February. Dam closely related to a couple of useful chasers.

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Betting

Forecast

Galvin (2/1), Mossy Fen (5/2), Ask Dillon (9/2), Clondaw Caitlin (17/2), Soldier Of Love (10/1), Doctor Duffy (12/1)

Verdict

It is to MOSSY FEN's credit that he achieved a useful level over hurdles last season given his build and profile screams chasing, and with the return to this trip sure to suit, he is marginally preferred to Galvin. Gordon Elliott's charge is the most talented of the sextet but his stamina for 3m isn't assured.

  1. MOSSY FEN (IRE)
  2. GALVIN (IRE)
  3. SOLDIER OF LOVE

Previous Winners

2019
Mulcahys Hill
Weight: 11-0  |Age: 7
Weight: 11-0  |  
Age: 7  |  
J: Adrian Heskin
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T: W Greatrex
12/1

Prize Money

1st: £12,512.002nd: £3,696.003rd: £1,848.004th: £924.005th: £462.006th: £232.00

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