15:35 Cheltenham

Friday 23 October 2020

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Bentley Flying Spur Handicap Chase (GBB Race)

Class 2  |   1m 7f 199y  |   Good  |   13 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 15:35  |   Winning time: 3m 58.37s
Weighed In
1
Dolost237
Age: 7|  Weight: 11-12  |  J: H Cobden |  T: P F Nicholls|  OR: 161|  BF|  DWS
12/1

Class act who finished second in the Haldon Gold Cup on his return last season before winning 2m Sandown handicap chase that rather fell apart in February. Mighty effort needed off 161 after wind op.

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Timeform
2
Age: 6|  Weight: 11-7  |  J: D A Jacob |  T: H Whittington|  OR: 156|  D
5/1

Quickly made up into a smart novice chaser, successful in the Kingmaker at Warwick before finishing a remote third in a messy Arkle here final start. Connections won this last year with a top-weight.

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Timeform
3
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-10  |  J: Harry Skelton |  T: D Skelton|  OR: 145|  D
14/1

Justified support when making winning return to fences at Southwell (2m) in July, clear when blundering last but getting home for hand riding. Up 6 lb in tougher race now and can finish weakly.

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Timeform
4
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-9  |  J: Tom Cannon |  T: A King|  OR: 144|  D
6/1

Winless last season after a productive 2018/19 but shaped better than the result more than once and made an encouraging comeback behind Beat The Judge at Fontwell 6 weeks ago. Interesting.

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Timeform
5
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-8  |  J: Adam Wedge |  T: C Gordon|  OR: 143|  D
11/2

Did well last season, third in the red-hot 20f Timeform novice handicap chase here on Trials Day before winning twice at Kempton with fine rounds of jumping (lost shoe second occasion). Could go well.

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Timeform
6
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-7  |  J: Joshua Moore |  T: G L Moore|  OR: 142|  D
4/1

Useful hurdler who has made a fine start over fences, putting up a smart performance switched to handicap company when winning at Fontwell (17.8f) last month. Form looks good and can progress again.

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Timeform
7
Age: 9|  Weight: 10-4  |  J: Paul O'Brien |  T: C E Longsdon|  OR: 139|  D
66/1

Butchered his rivals with a superb jumping display on return at Uttoxeter (20f) under this rider but been unable to dominate and well beaten twice since. Drops back in trip here with more to find.

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Timeform
8
Age: 8|  Weight: 10-3  |  J: Bridget Andrews |  T: D Skelton|  OR: 138|  D
80/1

Largely disappointing since his listed handicap win at Ayr in April 2019 but has tumbled in the weights and almost landed a gamble from the front at Southwell in July. Poor at Chepstow last time.

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Timeform
9
Age: 5|  Weight: 10-2  |  J: Charlie Hammond |  T: Dr R D P Newland|  OR: 137|  D
14/1

Successful twice in the mud at Southwell and Wetherby at up to 2m last season and ran well at Doncaster despite losing a shoe final start. Still only 5 and could have more to offer in this sphere.

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Timeform
10
Age: 6|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: Sam Twiston-Davies |  T: N P Mulholland|  OR: 134|  D
9/2

Chasing was always going to be his game and he's made a good start this term, jumping better as the race wore on when scoring at Newton Abbot (extended 2m) last month. More to come from him.

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Timeform
11
Age: 11|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: P J Brennan |  T: P Henderson|  OR: 133|  CD
33/1

C&D winner who scored at Chepstow in December 2019 and ended the season with a fine third in the Topham. Not so good in 3 starts last term and looks to have plenty on his plate.

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Timeform
12
Age: 10|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: Bryony Frost |  T: Mrs L Wadham|  OR: 128|  D
25/1

Successful three times in 2018/19 when also running well in C&D handicap. Limited to just four runs last season, going close over hurdles when last seen in March. Work to do.

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Timeform
13
Age: 7|  Weight: 10-0  |  J: Brendan Powell |  T: M Scudamore|  OR: 127|  CDWS
16/1

Has won 2m handicap chases on the New Course here in each of the last two seasons and ran well back over hurdles at Uttoxeter last time. Surprising if she's winning this, though.

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Timeform

Betting

Forecast

Beat The Judge (4/1), Scardura (9/2), Rouge Vif (5/1), On The Slopes (11/2), Ballywood (6/1), Dolos (12/1), Hatcher (14/1), Katpoli (14/1), Northern Beau (16/1), Movie Legend (25/1), Doitforthevillage (33/1), Western Miller (66/1), Azzuri (80/1)

Verdict

SCARDURA is a likeable young novice chaser who quickened clear in good style when opening his account over fences at Newton Abbot last month. You can expect to hear plenty more of him and he’s taken to land the spoils up in class. On The Slopes boasts some tremendous form and likely has more in the locker for Chris Gordon. The improving Beat The Judge also makes a fair bit of appeal.

  1. SCARDURA (IRE)
  2. ON THE SLOPES
  3. BEAT THE JUDGE (IRE)

Previous Winners

2019
Saint Calvados
Weight: 11-12  |Age: 6
Weight: 11-12  |  
Age: 6  |  
J: G Sheehan
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T: H Whittington
5/2

Prize Money

1st: £30,029.002nd: £8,870.003rd: £4,435.004th: £2,218.005th: £1,109.006th: £557.00

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