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15:35 Chepstow

John Smith's Grand National Day Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)

  • 14 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
  • £7,000 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 4m 46.20s
  • Off Time: 15:35:13
  • 14 Ran
1st
20/1

      2nd
      3rd
      40/1

          1
          10/1
          • Form: 06-1F48
          • Age: 5
          • Weight: 11-12
          • Official Rating: 123
          • Trainer: A King
          • Jockey: Gerard Tumelty

          chased leader, ridden approaching 4 out, weakened 2 out

          2

          Levitski

          191 D
          9/1
          • Form: 2-92111
          • Age: 7
          • Weight: 11-9
          • Official Rating: 120
          • Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
          • Jockey: Mr A J Berry

          mid-division, headway after 7th, soon ridden and weakened

          3
          20/1
          • Form: 1P5P-16
          • Age: 7
          • Weight: 11-7
          • Official Rating: 118
          • Trainer: R H & Mrs S Alner
          • Jockey: R Walford

          mid-division, ridden approaching 4 out, weakened 3 out

          4

          Pocket Too

          56 p CD
          11/1
          • Form: 490613
          • Age: 5
          • Weight: 11-6
          • Official Rating: 117
          • Trainer: M Salaman
          • Jockey: K Tobin

          chased leaders, ridden approaching 4 out, one pace from 3 out

          5
          • Form: 3142-PP
          • Age: 8
          • Weight: 11-6
          • Official Rating: 117
          • Trainer: Evan Williams
          • Jockey: Nick Williams

          chased leaders, losing place when mistake 6th, pulled up before next

          6
          • Form: 5-1185
          • Age: 6
          • Weight: 11-4
          • Official Rating: 115
          • Trainer: V R A Dartnall
          • Jockey: Aidan Coleman

          keen early, behind and reminders after 4th, ridden from next, headway and mistake 4 out, one pace from next

          7

          Supsonic

          12 t
          22/1
          • Form: 000494
          • Age: 5
          • Weight: 11-4
          • Official Rating: 115
          • Trainer: R J Price
          • Jockey: Mr M Price

          always behind

          8
          11/4
          • Form: 264461
          • Age: 4
          • Weight: 11-2
          • Official Rating: 113
          • Trainer: P F Nicholls
          • Jockey: Harry Skelton

          held up towards rear, headway after 7th, soon ridden, weakened quikley next, pulled up before 2 out

          9
          12/1
          • Form: 848432
          • Age: 10
          • Weight: 10-11
          • Official Rating: 108
          • Trainer: J Scott
          • Jockey: Ian Popham

          led, ridden and headed after 2 out, held when mistake last

          10

          Rathcor

          70 t
          20/1
          • Form: 1-36240
          • Age: 6
          • Weight: 10-9
          • Official Rating: 106
          • Trainer: Ian Williams
          • Jockey: D R Dennis

          in touch, closed on leaders 4 out, led after 2 out, soon clear, comfortably

          11

          Nick's Choice

          17 p CDD
          20/1
          • Form: 803113
          • Age: 12
          • Weight: 10-8
          • Official Rating: 105
          • Trainer: D Burchell
          • Jockey: L Stephens

          chased leaders until weakened approaching 4 out

          12
          15/2
          • Form: 038542
          • Age: 8
          • Weight: 10-5
          • Official Rating: 102
          • Trainer: Mrs H R J Nelmes
          • Jockey: O Nelmes

          held up towards rear, ridden and headway after 7th, one pace from 3 out

          13
          40/1
          • Form: 86754P
          • Age: 5
          • Weight: 10-3
          • Official Rating: 100
          • Trainer: P G Murphy
          • Jockey: C Bolger

          mid-division, ridden after 7th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3rd approaching last

          14
          16/1
          • Form: 1313/
          • Age: 8
          • Weight: 10-2
          • Official Rating: 99
          • Trainer: C Llewellyn
          • Jockey: R Lucey-Butler

          chased leaders early, struggling and behind from 4th

          In depth

          Verdict

          Qrackers has taken a long time to come good but won tidily in a maiden hurdle at Wincanton on Monday and has to be respected but this looks tougher and, under a penalty, he looks worth taking on with preference for the in-form Levitski, who gets the vote over Pocket Too. The last mentioned has run well in his last two starts and has to be respected although he has gone up another 1lb despite having been beaten into third place behind Arrayou at Newbury last time. Topweight Risk Runner may struggle to give weight away all round, while Supsonic has been well held in recent starts and could do with some help from the handicapper. Purple Patch has been thereabouts in recent starts and again has place claims but a safer option looks to be Levitski, who has done little wrong of late and he is taken to win again.

          Formwatch

          Risk Runner (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Mid-division, effort 6th, no impression after 2 out, 8th of 20, 11l behind Mous Of Men (10-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jan.

          Levitski 4-6fav (11-11) Made all, quickened approaching 7th, shaken up 2 out, ridden out flat readily, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gf in Sept beating Eldorado (10-11) by 5l, 7 ran.

          New Team (FR) 7-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 10, 42l behind El Zorro (10-11) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Feb.

          Pocket Too 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Arrayou (10-13) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.

          Highland Games (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 7th, mistake 12th, weakened 5 out, well behind when pulled up 3 out in race won by The Sawyer (11-0) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) sft in Mar, 10 ran.

          The Apprentice (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Led until 2nd, led again 6th, ridden and headed after 2 out, beaten when mistake last, 5th of 18, 13l behind Pettifour (11-4) at Newbury 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.

          Supsonic 8-1 (10-8) Chased leader, ridden after 4 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 14, 11l behind Border Castle (11-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.

          Qrackers (FR) 4-1 (10-7) Raced wide in touch, headway after 7th, led approaching 2 out, soon clear, pushed out, won at Wincanton 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar beating Petito (10-8) by 10l, 12 ran.

          Purple Patch 10-1 (10-8) Chased leader, led approaching 4th, soon clear, ridden, headed approaching 3 out, stayed on when left 2nd last, ran on flat, just failed, 2nd of 9, nk behind Or Bleu (11-8) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.

          Rathcor 16-1 (9-7) Mid-division, blundered 4th, lost place when mistake 6th, 16th of 20, 33l behind Mous Of Men (10-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jan.

          Nick's Choice 6-1 (10-4) In rear, ridden and some progress after 7th, soon outpaced, stayed on from 3 out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Pistol Desbois (10-11) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Mar.

          Kristoffersen 14-1 (10-8) In touch, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure flat but always held, 2nd of 9, 14l behind Very Cool (11-5) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.

          Tarateeno 16-1 (10-10) In rear, jumped slowly 1st, pushed along approaching 6th, mistake 7th, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Pangbourne (10-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 17 ran.

          Pontiff (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Prominent, ridden to chase winner 4 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 8, 26l behind Blackergreen (11-7) at Worcester 3m nov hdl (4) gd in Apr '06.