Aintree

  • 16:55 Totepool Manifesto Novices' Chase 2m 4f

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 4.20s
  • Off time: 16:55:53
16:55 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Mad Max (IRE) 4/1
2nd Somersby (IRE) 6/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 0-2121U Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap Hey Big Spender (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
7 11-4 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 146 13/27.50
3 118-134 Yellow, white cross of lorraine, white and yellow hooped sleeves, emerald green cap Mad Max (IRE) 23
Distance Winner
8 11-4 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 152 4/15.00
4 P-U3622 Red and Grey (quartered), hooped sleeves Othermix (FR) 21
6 11-4 b T R George P J Brennan 142 14/115.00
5 333-112 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 23
6 11-4 Miss H C Knight R Thornton 156 6/42.50
6 00-F341 Black, Yellow seams, Black and White striped sleeves, Black cap, Yellow star The Jazz Musician (IRE) 44
8 11-4 t C L Tizzard T Scudamore 126 33/134.00
7 F164-11 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap The Nightingale (FR) 40
Distance Winner
7 11-4 P F Nicholls R Walsh 151 11/43.75
Non runners
1311U10Gansey (IRE)811-4Mrs S J SmithJ M Maguire135

Verdict

SOMERSBY will be short odds to see off The Nightingale and Mad Max. Henrietta Knight has always spoken of this horse as been a future chaser and her hunch has proved to be right so far. He was best of the Brits behind Sizing Europe at Cheltenham and having already performed well at Aintree over hurdles, we are confident that this visit to Merseyside will be a winning one. The Nightingale was ultra impressive in the Pendil Chase at Kempton. This represents a leap in grade but the trip will not be the problem if any. Mad Max has been a tad disappointing this term. He remains, for all his training infirmities; a useful recruit who is deserving of a place among the top novices in Britain. Hey Big Spender made too many mistakes at Cheltenham and ultimately paid the penalty. Gansey has been a credit to Sue Smith in handicaps but may find this a bridge too far. Somersby is the most progressive of these on the formbook and has to be the selection accordingly.