• 12:45 Aon Chase 3m

  • Winner £17,103 2nd £6,417 3rd £3,213 4th £1,602
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 59.30s
  • Off time: 12:46:37
12:45 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Noland 13/2
2nd What A Friend 4/5


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 61/211-5 White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap What A Friend 90
Distance Winner
8 11-10 P F Nicholls Harry Skelton 159 4/51.80
2 132-82P Yellow, Black sleeves and cap with Yellow tassel Dance Island (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
8 11-2 B I Case D A Jacob 137 16/117.00
3 422112/ Red, yellow seams, chevrons on sleeves, check cap Carronhills (IRE) 733
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
9 11-0 Miss R Curtis J M Maguire 130 20/121.00
4 1570-19 Black and Light Blue (quartered), Black sleeves, White cap Fair Along (GER) 20
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-0 p P J Hobbs R Flint 147 11/43.75
5 3211/2P YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Noland 20
10 11-0 t P F Nicholls A P McCoy 152 13/27.50


WHAT A FRIEND is the clear pick on form as Harry Skelton's mount won Grade 1 contests at Leopardstown and Aintree last season and will be all the better for his fifth to Imperial Commander at Haydock, though the Gold Cup at Cheltenham next month is probably his main objective this year and he does have to give a lot of weight to today's rivals. Noland was pulled up in Grade 3 at Cheltenham last month and doesn't look the force of old while Fair Along is far better over hurdles, though should ensure this is run at a decent gallop. The others may struggle on these terms.