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Thursday 8 April 2021

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  • Rose Paterson Randox Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase (National Course)
  • Class 2  |   2m 5f 19y  |   Good to Soft  |   21 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:06  |   Winning time: 5m 39.57s
1
Billaway20
Age: 9|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr P W Mullins| T: W P Mullins| OR:  141| BF| D
2/1
Classy hunter chaser who put up a bold showing when just touched off after a sustained duel at Cheltenham. Likeable sort who should be thereabouts again if his jumping holds up.
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2
Bishops Roadp9
Age: 13|  Weight: 12-0| J: Edward Austin| T: D E Hewins| OR:  130| D
200/1
Useful chaser at his peak but well into the twilight of his career and there was little encouragement to be gleaned from his return at Warwick 9 days ago.
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4
Cat Tigert37
Age: 7|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr D Maxwell| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  142| D
11/2
Classy chaser who made a highly pleasing start in this sphere when making all at Leicester last month from Tango de Juilley. Very much the type to take to these fences, so he boasts excellent claims.
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5
Clondaw Westiep,t27
Age: 10|  Weight: 12-0| J: Miss Izzie Marshall| T: Mrs L Hill| OR:  119| D
200/1
Fairly useful chaser at best but hard to make a case for based on this seasons exploits.
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6
Cousin Pascal29
Age: 9|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr James King| T: J J O'Shea| OR:  118
66/1
Winning pointer since joining this stable and has made positive start in hunters, scoring easily at Catterick 29 days ago. This is a much stiffer assignment, though.
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7
Dashing Perk36
Age: 10|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr S Waley-Cohen| T: Dr R D P Newland| OR:  134| BF| D
12/1
Useful chaser who wasn't disgraced when third switched to hunters at Wincanton last month but will need to be back at the top of his game if he's to make a serious impact in this better race.
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8
Federicip36
Age: 12|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr Derek O'Connor| T: D McCain Jnr| OR:  122
66/1
Resumed winning ways in a regulation handicap at Carlisle in October. Failed to finish off his race with much conviction in Musselburgh hunters the last twice.
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9
Golden Tobouggan24
Age: 10|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr J Andrews| T: Mrs J Wadland| OR:  119| BF| D
50/1
Good strike rate in points (7-16 in that sphere) and positive start under Rules when second in a hunter at Wincanton. Not in same form when filling same position at Stratford next time, though.
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11
Kashmir Peakt39
Age: 12|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr D Cherriman| T: A Hill| OR:  119
200/1
Solid operator in this sphere and should come on for his fourth at Fontwell 39 days ago. He's not really up to this grade, however.
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12
Killaro Boyh37
Age: 12|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr Z Baker| T: Henry Oliver| OR:  129
18/1
Shaped as if retaining plenty of ability after 15 months off at Leicester behind Cat Tiger, likely to have finished a good bit closer without a bad stumble at an inopportune moment.
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13
Latenightpass20
Age: 8|  Weight: 12-0| J: Miss G Andrews| T: T Ellis| OR:  137
11/2
Has enjoyed plenty of success in points and won first 2 starts in hunters before a fine effort in fourth at Cheltenham last month, albeit having a hard race.
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14
Looking Wellp36
Age: 12|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr J C Barry| T: N G Richards| OR:  127
50/1
Doesn't look the force of old, taking keen hold and not always fluent on first go in hunters at Musselburgh last month. Drops in trip.
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15
Mighty Stowawayb,t20
Age: 10|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr J J Codd| T: Mrs D Foster| OR:  127
12/1
Winning pointer who returned to Rules with a respectable third behind Billaway at Fairyhouse in November but turned in a laboured effort in blinkers at Cheltenham subsequently.
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16
More Buck'st9
Age: 11|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr P Bryan| T: M Bowen| OR:  102| D
125/1
Inconsistent sort who was pulled up at Market Rasen when last seen 4 months ago. Hard to make any sort of case for.
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17
Ravished20
Age: 13|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr H Crow| T: J J O'Shea| OR:  120
66/1
Fair chaser who returned to this sphere with an excellent second to Hazel Hill at Ludlow but has been pulled up twice subsequently.
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18
Rewritetherulest1112
Age: 7|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr T Hamilton| T: J J Hanlon| OR:  122
50/1
Fairly useful chaser who wasn't disgraced on his return to Rules when sixth to Billaway in a hunter at Down Royal 112 days ago but is out of his depth in this. Tongue tied for the first time.
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19
Risk And Rollt32
Age: 7|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr Milo Herbert| T: Mrs N Sheppard| OR:  124| D
40/1
Temperamental hurdler/chaser who won a couple of hunters for new connections early last year. Placed twice this term, not jumping too great at Huntingdon latest. Lot more needed.
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20
Sametegalp,t39
Age: 12|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr W Biddick| T: P F Nicholls| OR:  138| BF
7/1
Useful veteran chaser who didn't need to be at his best to land a Wincanton hunter in February. Disappointing next time but he's proven over these fences and won't lack for assistance up top.
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21
Some Man22
Age: 8|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr B O'Neill| T: D M Christie| OR:  133| D
9/1
Fairly useful chaser who looked as good as ever when making all in a hunter at Down Royal 22 days ago. This is tougher but there could be more to come.
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22
Tango De Juilley27
Age: 13|  Weight: 12-0| J: Miss L M Turner| T: Miss V Williams| OR:  135
25/1
Formerly smart chaser who resumed winning ways in 2m Leicester hunter in the mud last month. Lots more needed in this company.
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23
Ucello Contip,t123
Age: 13|  Weight: 12-0| J: Mr Ben Bromley| T: P Rowley| OR:  125| D
50/1
Completely lost his way for Gordon Elliott last term and, despite finishing fourth in points the last twice, it's hard to make a case for him returning to Rules in such a competitive affair.
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Non-Runners

3
Captain Cattistock43
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 8
T: F O'Brien  J: Mr Albi Tufnell
NR
10
Greensalt44
Weight: 12-0|  Age: 13
T: W H Easterby  J: Mr W Easterby
NR

Forecasts

Billaway (2/1), Latenightpass (11/2), Cat Tiger (11/2), Sametegal (7/1), Some Man (9/1), Mighty Stowaway (12/1), Dashing Perk (12/1), Killaro Boy (18/1), Tango De Juilley (25/1), Captain Cattistock (25/1), Risk And Roll (40/1), Looking Well (50/1), Ucello Conti (50/1), Golden Tobouggan (50/1), Rewritetherules (50/1), Cousin Pascal (66/1), Ravished (66/1), Federici (66/1), Greensalt (100/1), More Buck's (125/1), Clondaw Westie (200/1), Bishops Road (200/1), Kashmir Peak (200/1)

Verdict

CAT TIGER impressed when readily scoring at Leicester in March and, given his ability to travel/jump fluently, he's an ideal sort for this test. He's preferred to his stablemate Sametegal, with Cheltenham runner-up Billaway also worthy of respect.

  1. CAT TIGER (FR)
  2. SAMETEGAL (FR)
  3. BILLAWAY (IRE)

Prize Money

1st: £16,425.002nd: £8,211.003rd: £4,111.004th: £2,054.005th: £1,027.006th: £510.007th: £258.008th: £129.00
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