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Plate Handicap Hurdle 2022 Racecard

4:10 Thu 17 Mar PLATE HANDICAP HURDLE

Distance: 20f 127y Age: 5yo + Prize: £120,000 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

Cases can be made for several but CELEBRE D'ALLEN had plenty up his sleeve when completing the hat-trick on his first chase start in Britain at Warwick last month, having to pick his way through rivals. He's no ordinary 10-y-o and, ticking plenty of boxes, he can make it 4 on the spin. Grand Paradis, The Glancing Queen and Imperial Alcazar are just a handful of other contenders.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
ODDS
1
jockey silks 1. HARDLINE (IRE)
J: Mr R. James
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
10
11-12
* * *
* * *
It's now thirteen runs since his last win in 2018, but he did take a step back in the right direction when runner-up in Grade 2 at Gowran last month. No forlorn hope with cheekpieces applied.
2
jockey silks 2. SIMPLY THE BETTS (IRE)
J: Harry Cobden
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-12
* * *
* * *
Major improver over fences during 2019/20 season and looked better than ever when runner-up off 153 in Grade 3 handicap over C&D on New Year's Day. Excused the run last time and cheekpieces applied.
3
jockey silks 3. PISTOL WHIPPED (IRE)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
8
11-9
* *
* *
Successful in Plumpton/Perth handicap chases to end last season and returned with a cracking run in deep Uttoxeter contest in May. Off 6 months after and held back by his jumping at Ascot in November.
4
jockey silks 4. IMPERIAL ALCAZAR (IRE)
J: Paddy Brennan
T: Fergal O'Brien
8
11-9
* * * *
* * * *
Very useful hurdler who jumped much better than previously when opening his account in this sphere over C&D on Trials Day. Up 8 lb for that success but there's every chance he will be in the mix.
5
jockey silks 5. FUSIL RAFFLES (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nicky Henderson
7
11-6
* * *
* * *
Very smart chaser who won Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby (24.2f) before good fourth off 152 on handicap debut over C&D in December. Not so good at Doncaster since but the sort to bounce back quickly.
6
jockey silks 6. WISHING AND HOPING (IRE)
J: Alex Edwards
T: Mel Rowley
12
11-2
* * *
* * *
Sound-jumping front runner who bagged Worcester hunter and Aintree handicap this term. Better than ever when runner-up at Warwick last month but not featured in anything so competitive before.
7
jockey silks 7. CAVALRY MASTER (IRE)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
11-2
* *
* *
Completed 4-timer at Killarney in July but beaten a fair way on his last couple of starts, latest when eighth at Leopardstown before the turn of the year. Cheekpieces/tongue tie on but more needed.
8
jockey silks 8. COOLE CODY (IRE)
J: Adam Wedge
T: Evan Williams
11
11-2
* * *
* * *
Tough front runner who has bagged a couple of similar events around here, including Racing Post Gold Cup in December. Not at his best on last couple of starts but impossible to discount.
9
jockey silks 9. SCHIEHALLION MUNRO
J: Conor O'Farrell
T: Micky Hammond
9
11-2
* *
* *
Likeable sort who confirmed the promise of his reappearance when winning at Wetherby on Boxing Day. Followed up on the back of a 4 lb rise there last month but this is much more competitive.
10
jockey silks 10. GRAND PARADIS (FR)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6
11-2
* * * *
* * * *
Dual winner over hurdles and he's taken well to fences, making a third-placed effort in a row at Gowran last month. 1 of 3 for Gordon Elliott so warrants considerable respect on handicap debut.
11
jockey silks 11. STOLEN SILVER (FR)
J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Sam Thomas
7
11-1
* * *
* * *
Made an excellent start for this yard, scoring at Market Rasen in October before an excellent second here next time. Not dismissed having finished with running left when third at Wincanton last time.
12
jockey silks 12. PRESENTANDCOUNTING (IRE)
J: Non Runner
T: Donald McCain
8
11-0
* *
* *
Has impressed since switched to fences, making it 5 wins from 6 starts in Stratford novice in September. Busy spell caught up with him at Chepstow a month later and probably best watched on return.
13
jockey silks 13. THE GLANCING QUEEN (IRE)
J: Tom Cannon
T: Alan King
8
10-12
* * * *
* * * *
Likeable mare who has impressed over fences this term, making it 2-2 in a listed mares' event at Warwick in December. Unable to live with L'Homme Presse in Dipper last time but this more suitable.
14
jockey silks 14. CELEBRE D'ALLEN (FR)
J: Tom O'Brien
T: Philip Hobbs
10
10-12
* * * * *
* * * * *
Off 2 years but stylish winner of two Haydock handicap hurdles for his current yard in December. Completed hat-trick on his first start over fences in Britain last time so rates a leading player.
15
jockey silks 15. ADRIMEL (FR)
J: Stan Sheppard
T: Tom Lacey
7
10-11
* * *
* * *
Grade 2 winning hurdler last season and seemingly revitalised in blinkers recently, scoring in small-field events at Haydock the last twice. This much more competitive but certainly not ruled out.
16
jockey silks 16. BORN BY THE SEA (IRE)
J: Sean Flanagan
T: Paul John Gilligan, Ireland
8
10-11
* *
* *
Doubled his tally over fences at Galway in July but unsuited by the marked drop in trip after 3 months off at Leopardstown on Boxing Day. Off since and percentage call is to look elsewhere.
17
jockey silks 17. FANCY FOUNDATIONS
J: Jordan Colin Gainford
T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
8
10-8
* * *
* * *
Won first couple of starts over fences but below-par fifth of 8 in minor event chase when last seen at Navan 3 months ago, so needs to get back on track. Another handicap debutant for Gordon Elliott.
18
jockey silks 18. SPIRITOFTHEGAMES (IRE)
J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
10
10-7
* * *
* * *
Regular in competitive handicaps and finished with running left when mid-field in the Paddy Power here. Back on track last time after a couple of below-par efforts so certainly not dismissed off 136.
19
jockey silks 19. SLATE HOUSE (IRE)
J: Brendan Powell
T: Colin Tizzard
10
10-3
* *
* *
Stopped the slide at in blinkers when runner-up at Wincanton and filled that same spot next start at Taunton. However finished a disappointing fourth at Ludlow recently and so has plenty to prove.
20
jockey silks 20. FIRE AWAY (IRE)
J: David Noonan
T: L J Morgan
9
10-3
* * *
* * *
Useful chaser who has a terrific strike rate since joining this stable, winning 5 times. Probably needed the run on Newcastle return last month and a career-best is required in a first-time visor.
21
jockey silks 21. CHINWAG
J: Tom Scudamore
T: Neil Mulholland
7
10-3
* * *
* * *
Largely progressive over hurdles and confirmed chase debut promise when winning at Ffos Las in November. Quickly resumed his progressive ways to score at Plumpton recently and it remains early days.
22
jockey silks 22. GUY (IRE)
J: Jordan Nailor
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
7
10-0
* * *
* * *
Fairly useful chaser who was a smooth-travelling second on his first two outings this term. More like it after Ascot blip when collared in the dying strides at Leicester last month. Each-way claims.

Betting Forecast : 11/2 5.5 CELEBRE D'allen, 13/2 6.5 THE GLANCING QUEEN, 7/1 7 IMPERIAL ALCAZAR, 12/1 12 GRAND PARADIS, 18/1 18 SIMPLY THE BETTS, 18/1 18 FUSIL RAFFLES, 20/1 20 FANCY FOUNDATIONS, 25/1 25 SPIRITOFTHEGAMES, 25/1 25 COOLE CODY, 25/1 25 STOLEN SILVER, 33/1 33 WISHING AND HOPING, 33/1 33 HARDLINE, 33/1 33 SCHIEHALLION MUNRO, 33/1 33 PISTOL WHIPPED, 33/1 33 GUY, 33/1 33 ADRIMEL, 40/1 40 CAVALRY MASTER, 40/1 40 CHINWAG, 40/1 40 PRESENTANDCOUNTING, 50/1 50 BORN BY THE SEA, 50/1 50 SLATE HOUSE, 66/1 66 FIRE AWAY

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