Musselburgh

  • 15:00 John Smith's Novices' Chase2m 4f

  • Winner £7,806 2nd £2,292 3rd £1,146 4th £572
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 18.00s
  • Off time: 15:05:25
15:00 Musselburgh Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Divers (FR) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 2-03159 Red and Yellow diamonds, Mauve sleeves Divers (FR) 40
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-4 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 131 5/23.50
2 232147 Light green, brown braces and armlets, white cap Film Festival (USA) 40
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-4 B Ellison F Davis 127 10/34.33
4 518-2 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Nafaath (IRE) 34
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 10-9 J Howard Johnson B Hughes 4/51.80
Non runners
36521-13Gilbarry (IRE)611-4J M JeffersonD F O'Regan134

Verdict

NAFAATH made a highly encouraging debut over fences when only going down by a nose to Wind Shuffle at Ayr last month. The five-year-old's jumping should improve with experience and he's probably the one to beat here getting 9lb from the other three. Gilbarry didn't run badly under a penalty at Bangor last time after winning at Wetherby - he'll appreciate the step up in distance and has far more scope than Film Festival. Divers was biting off more than he could chew at Cheltenham in November but, like Film Festival, should strip fitter for a recent run in a jumpers' bumper on the all-weather and has won around here over hurdles.