Coral Trophy Handicap Chase Day | Greatness awaits for Pauling

Cheltenham November Meeting

The run-in in the direction of the Cheltenham Pageant continues to shorten and shorten as the times go, and one marker on the street to Prestbury Park is Coral Trophy Handicap Chase Day at Kempton.

As soon as generally known as the Racing Publish Trophy, the £150,000 contest highlights day of motion from the Middlesex-based monitor which additionally consists of the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, Grade 2 Pendil Novices’ Chase, and Grade 2 Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle.

With just a few bets in thoughts, let’s get began.


1:15 Sandown – Joker De Mai @ 4/1 with William Hill – 2pt Win

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Harry Derham may take it to the ‘Max’ on Saturday at Kempton because of plenty of attention-grabbing runners, although the one I’m siding with is Joker De Mai within the opener for owner-jockey David Maxwell.

Backing a Maxwell-ridden horse does require some bravery, however that’s often taken into the worth and this progressive five-year-old can proceed his rise by way of the ranks.

Previously in France, the Balko gelding has loads of expertise on his facet and he even gained two chase contests earlier than his transfer over to the UK. My French kind data isn’t superb, however the horse he beat on his remaining begin – Jardin D’Arthel – beat Excello (now rated 144 and with Nicky Henderson) on his subsequent begin earlier than a good fifth within the Grade 1 Prix Ferdinand Dufaure.

At present we head to @kemptonparkrace with Joker De Mai and Givemefive.

Better of luck to their homeowners David Maxwell and Smash Racing.

Learn my ideas ⬇️

— Harry Derham (@Harry05Derham) February 24, 2024

As for Joker De Mai, he beat Awaythelad, a horse who has gained twice since, on his second begin within the UK and each the fourth, I’d Like To Know, and the fifth, Naturally Excessive, have gone some technique to frank the shape.

Though he did not win final day out, that race got here simply 10 days after his Lingfield win and that probably confirmed with the best way he completed his race.

With a 65-day break on his facet, I’m hoping for a significantly better outing off a mark of 128.


1:58 Chepstow – Zambezi Repair @ 3/1 with BetVictor – 2pt Win

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Zambezi Repair has been a pleasure to look at this season for Bernard Llewellyn; this isn’t pocket discuss, although his success at Chepstow two begins in the past has contributed to this opinion barely.

NAP within the @DubbzysTips competitors lands with ZAMBEZI FIX (13/2) obliging at Chepstow.

Few disappointing runs from the remainder of the fancies however good to see a winner are available on the finish of the day.

— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) December 27, 2023

Connections have combined between hurdles and fences with their nine-year-old and off a hurdles mark of 120, he returns to the smaller obstacles this weekend.

Over fences, he has tended to leap cautiously – one thing which probably misplaced him the race final day out – however he is a reasonably strong jumper over hurdles.

His kind over sticks is fairly good as he was third to JPR One at Taunton in March 2023, although it’s his kind round Chepstow that shines the brightest.

RACE 3 RESULTS – @pertempsjobs Community EMEA Handicap Hurdle (Class 3)

🥇 Zambezi Repair 11/1
🥈 No No Tonic 11/2
🥉 Petticoat Lucy 9/1

Jockey: Robert Williams
Coach: Bernard Llewellyn
Homeowners: Gethyn Mills & BJ Llewellyn

— Chepstow Racecourse (@Chepstow_Racing) February 25, 2023

From 12 runs on the monitor, he has positioned 4 instances behind the likes of Funambule Sivola and Le Cameleon, and he has gained twice.

Delicate floor isn’t any drawback to him and in what’s a winnable contest, he ought to go shut this weekend.


3:00 Sandown – Lump Sum @ 6/4 with BetVictor – 2pt Win

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Visually, Lump Sum is a horse that has happy me up to now this season and Saturday may see him acquire his first piece of graded silverware.

In his formbook, the primary race individuals will have a look at is his effort behind Jeriko Du Reponet at Doncaster within the Grade 2 Supreme Trial Rossington Most important Novices’ Hurdle.

Pulls out extra! 👊

Jeriko Du Reponet grinds out victory within the Grade 2 @SBK Supreme Trial Rossington Most important Novices’ Hurdle at @DoncasterRaces for Mark Walsh and @sevenbarrows!

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) January 27, 2024

I’ll be the primary to confess that my liking for Jeriko Du Reponet isn’t a powerful one, however he made up loads of floor on a possible Grade 1 horse from the rear which might’t be ignored.

Previous to that, he beat Onethreefivenotout, a subsequent maiden hurdle winner, at Wincanton on heavy floor whereas giving seven kilos away.

Wanting even additional again, he tried to present The Doyen Chief, two-time novice hurdle winner, seven kilos in a Hereford bumper and ran with credit score.

If he continues his progress on Saturday, he needs to be the one to beat and his value of 6/4 is truthful.


3:37 Kempton – Bowtogreatness @ 13/2 with William Hill – 1pt EW

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All season, I’ve waited eagerly to see Bowtogreatness in a three-mile handicap chase with race health on his facet, and eventually, the Coral Trophy Handicap Chase is the place we get to see this occur.

Having suffered a setback within the first few months of the season, his opening run of the marketing campaign blew the cobwebs off and his second run was over a visit shorter than very best.

Thanks to those two performances, the handicapper has dropped the eight-year-old by two kilos within the handicap to a mark of 133, only one pound above the mark he was on when second within the beneficial William Hill Handicap Chase at Aintree.

A extra streamlined eagle from @harryskelton89 as he guides Midnight River to glory within the @WilliamHill Handicap Chase for @DSkeltonRacing @AintreeRaces 🦅

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 15, 2023

Ben Pauling has all the time rated this horse in excessive regard, and three miles across the flat nature of Kempton ought to go well with as he doesn’t lack pace.

Apparently, though he has gained on heavy and delicate over hurdles, Pauling has pulled him out of races resulting from delicate floor prior to now.

❌ Ben Pauling confirms that Bowtogreatness has suffered a small setback.

“We’ll most likely return to the novice route now and intention for one thing at Christmas, probably the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

“He is nearly the apple of my eye – he is horse.”@benpauling1

— Ash Symonds Journalism (@ASymondsJourno) November 7, 2023

This can be a small fear because the monitor is formally delicate, however Kempton is unlikely to obtain any extra rain earlier than racing. Moreover, the Westerner blood on his sire’s facet, and the household on his dam’s facet, suggests delicate floor ought to trigger no points.

Author: Patrick Thomas