Grade Two Lightning Novice's Chase Guide 2024

Lingfield - January 21 2024
Lingfield 13:15
1
Charlie Deutsch

Djelo

J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-7
OR: 149
Days: 30

Has won all three starts so far this term including a verdict over Master Chewy on his chasing debut.

Took apart a small but select field in a grade 2 at Ascot last time out when making all.

Carries a penalty here for that success but it's hard to knock what he has done so far.

Drop back to 2m shouldn't be a problem either.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
03/02/24SAN20Gd11-72
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-7F
22/12/23ASC19GS11-41
01/12/23NBY16.5GS11-101
11/11/23AIN16Sft11-121
Lingfield - January 21 2024
Lingfield 13:15
2
Sam Twiston-Davies

Master Chewy

J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-7
OR: 150
Days: 25

Has won two of his four starts over fences this season and managed to bag a grade 2 at Kempton over Christmas.

Form makes him very competitive in this and he is closely matched with Djelo on their meeting earlier in the season.

Holds every chance despite the penalty.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-74
27/12/23KEM16GS11-41
02/12/23NBY16.5GS11-12
11/11/23AIN16Sft12-12
29/10/23AIN16GS10-101
Lingfield - January 21 2024
Lingfield 13:15
3
Harry Skelton

Pembroke

J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-5
OR: 140
Days: 43

Officially a winner of two of his four starts over fences but those two wins have come in a walkover and a four runner race in which he was the only one to complete.

Prior to that he had been well beaten by Master Chewy at Aintree.

Work to do here if he is to take this prize home.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-53
09/12/23AIN20Hy11-81
22/11/23WAR16.5Sft11-41
29/10/23AIN16GS11-104
08/10/23UTT16GS11-22
Lingfield - January 21 2024
Lingfield 13:15
4
Brendan Powell

JPR One

J: Brendan Powell
T: Joe Tizzard
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 11-2
OR: 145
Days: 43

Won on chase debut at Newton Abbott and was about to win at Cheltenham next time before unseating at the last.

That run at Cheltenham was one of the most visually impressive displays you will see all season (until the last).

Maybe slightly disappointing at Sandown in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novice Chase when

third to Le Patron.

Drops down again in grade here and the sounder surface will definitely suit.

Big player in receipt of weight from all his rivals bar Matata.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-21
09/12/23SAN15.5Hy11-73
17/11/23CHL16GS11-4UR
21/10/23NAB16.5Hy10-91
14/04/23AIN16.5Sft11-45
Lingfield - January 21 2024
Lingfield 13:15
5
Daryl Jacob

Matata

J: Daryl Jacob
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 11-2
OR: 147
Days: 20

Winner of a Ffos Las handicap on chasing debut in October.

Off the track for 78 days before being beaten in a handicap at Cheltenham last time out.

Surprised he is the current favourite for this given his form but connections clearly think a lot of him.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
21/01/24LIN16Sft11-22
01/01/24CHL16.5Hy11-102
15/10/23FFO16GS11-101
14/04/23AIN16.5GS11-76
04/03/23NBY16.5Gd12-01