Newbury

  • 16:10 IJF 50th Anniversary Novices' Chase 3m

  • Winner £7,798 2nd £2,290 3rd £1,145 4th £572
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 26.20s
  • Off time: 16:10:14
16:10 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Smad Place (FR) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 111-111 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), chevrons on sleeves Mendip Express (IRE) 38
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-8 t H Fry Mr W Biddick (3) 147 11/102.10
2 5103-31 White, dark blue cross belts, red and white check sleeves, red cap Sam Winner (FR) 56
Nag me
7 11-8 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 147 5/23.50
3 3233-U1 GREY and MAROON diamonds, GREY sleeves Smad Place (FR) 87
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-5 A King R Thornton 148 9/43.25
4 2115-36 White, Dark Blue hoops, White sleeves, Dark Blue stars, White cap Danners (IRE) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-0 G R I Smyly Mr M Wall (5) 66/167.00

Verdict

This has cut up badly but three of the four runners have entries in the RSA Chase so it might still provide a few Cheltenham pointers. SMAD PLACE probably has a touch of class that the others lack having been placed in two World Hurdles. He would have won on his fencing bow at Huntingdon had he not blundered and unseated Choc Thornton at the last and made no mistake at Exeter next time. He gets a tentative vote given that he's getting 3lb from likely market rivals Mendip Express and Sam Winner. The latter pair both won at Cheltenham last time with the former showing he was a progressive stayer when defying a big weight against experienced handicappers. The Nicholls' novice stayed on dourly to beat some well-regarded types last time and can't be ignored either but Danners looks up against it.