• 12:25 Blue Square Donate 5k To Racing Welfare Novices' Chase 3m

  • Winner £5,854 2nd £1,719 3rd £860 4th £429
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 57.40s
  • Off time: 12:26:35
12:25 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Major Malarkey (IRE) 12/1
2nd Promising Anshan (IRE) 6/1
3rd Ikorodu Road 11/1
4th Double Pride 7/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/21-183 Dark Blue, White star, Red sleeves, White stars, Red cap, White star Mostly Bob (IRE) 19
7 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 125 11/26.50
2 31/52-U2 Dark Blue, Pink diamond, armlets and diamond on cap Ikorodu Road 53
7 11-10 M Keighley J W Farrelly 125 11/112.00
3 62-7221 Light Blue and White diabolo, White sleeves, Light Blue cap, White diamonds Key Cutter (FR) 23
Distance Winner
6 11-7 t P R Webber W T Kennedy 122 10/111.00
4 13P34-6 ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW epaulets and sleeves, RED cap Moleskin (IRE) 43
7 11-7 V R A Dartnall D A Jacob 122 33/134.00
5 0UF0/13 Yellow, large Black spots and armlets, Black and Yellow quartered cap Major Malarkey (IRE) 35
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 11-6 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 121 12/113.00
6 1/2110- Beige and Red diamonds, Red cap Topsham Belle (IRE) 263
6 11-6 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 121 13/27.50
7 41/2P1-4 Brown, orange epaulets, beige sleeves, orange cap Promising Anshan (IRE) 222
Distance Winner
5 11-5 P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 120 6/17.00
8 3/2213-3 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Double Pride 32
6 11-2 A King Wayne Hutchinson 117 7/18.00
9 542329/ Dark Green, White seams, Dark Green sleeves, White cap, Red star Space Mission (IRE) 663
8 11-0 P R Webber D Elsworth 115 25/126.00
10 3-12164 Black and Yellow diamonds, Emerald Green sleeves, Black armlets, Yellow cap, Black diamond Alldunnandusted (IRE) 29
6 10-12 J W Mullins Jimmy Derham (3) 113 50/151.00
11 22443-2 Yellow, Light Blue chevron and armlets, Light Blue cap, Yellow star Reblis (FR) 35
5 10-10 p G L Moore J E Moore 111 25/126.00
12 2P4-F51 Royal Blue, Red Cross of Lorraine, Royal Blue cap, Yellow spots Near The Water (IRE) 22
6 10-10 R Rowe Tom Cannon (7) 111 33/134.00
13 15/B34-P Red, White sleeves, Red and Grey quartered cap Pliny (IRE) 24
6 10-9 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 110 33/134.00
14 111-42 Orange, Yellow stars, Yellow cap, Black star Three Chords (IRE) 20
Distance Winner
6 10-9 Mrs Caroline Bailey A Thornton 110 25/126.00
15 PP7-452 Orange, Black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves Russian Song (IRE) 26
6 10-6 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 107 9/110.00
16 218/72-4 Mauve, Pink diamond, diamonds on sleeves and cap Mealagh Valley (IRE) 195
Beaten Favourite
9 10-4 B De Haan Sam Twiston-Davies (3) 102 28/129.00


Paul Nicholls takes the rare step of placing PROMISING ANSHAN in handicap company for his debut over fences but there's a good reason for doing so. A winner between the flags last year, the five-year-old scored over timber for Charlie Mann in March and his new handler is exploiting a low mark over fences. Nicky Henderson is taking exactly the same route with Topsham Belle, a bumper winner and twice successful over hurdles. She has the pedigree for chasing and is another who could be in here off a tempting mark. Another quality hurdler making his chasing bow is Mostly Bob, though he'll do well to concede weight to some potentially very useful rivals. Reblis has been undone by moderate jumping in his races over the bigger obstacles but generally gets round and was only just beaten off today's mark here in December.