• 12:55 Racing Post Lightning Novices' Chase 2m 110y

  • Winner £17,370 2nd £6,518 3rd £3,264 4th £1,626
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 8.40s
  • Off time: 12:55:27
12:55 Doncaster Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Valdez 15/8
2nd Arnaud (IRE) 14/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 13-5221 White, Grey spots, White cap Fox Appeal (IRE) 36
7 11-7 Miss E C Lavelle L P Aspell 152 2/13.00
2 003-111 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Arnaud (IRE) 43
Distance Winner
6 11-4 C Byrnes D F O'Regan 142 14/115.00
3 2292-21 Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap Caid Du Berlais (FR) 50
Distance Winner
5 11-4 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 10/34.33
5 1302-11 Dark blue, light blue hoops and armlets, red cap Valdez 56
Distance Winner
7 11-4 A King R Thornton 152 15/82.88
6 13-U102 Light Blue, Royal Blue star, White and Royal Blue check sleeves and cap God's Own (IRE) 27
Course and Distance Winner
6 11-0 T R George P J Brennan 137 17/29.50
Non runners
43123-21Rock On Ruby (IRE)911-4H FryN D Fehily


All eyes here will be on Rock On Ruby and the former champion hurdler will be heading to the Arkle if all goes to plan. However, he didn't jump with any great fluency when making a winning start over fences at Plumpton and is already a nine-year-old. Fox Appeal was impressive at Ascot last month and boasts a decent level of form. But this looks on the sharp side while God's Own, second in a novices' handicap here on his chasing bow, may need more time. Caid Du Berlais was a decent hurdler and won easily at Exeter while Valdez has done nothing wrong so far but ARNAUD beat a couple of useful rivals at Killarney and Roscommon last summer and an easy recent win over hurdles will have blown away any cobwebs. Charles Byrnes' raider could surprise a few of these.