Newbury

  • 12:20 Sportingbet Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase3m 2f 110y

  • Winner £6,596 2nd £2,060 3rd £1,030 4th £515
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 44.60s
  • Off time: 12:20:21
12:20 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Battlecry 10/3
2nd Noakarad De Verzee (FR) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 9/51330- Red, Brown sleeves and cap Noakarad De Verzee (FR) 253
Nag me
10 11-12 G R I Smyly Mr D Maxwell (7) 122 16/117.00
2 5-14232 Yellow, Brown disc, striped sleeves, hooped cap Earth Planet (IRE) 21
Nag me
9 11-10 pt P F Nicholls James Cowley (7) 120 11/26.50
3 22P11-1 Royal Blue, Pink hoop Horsham Lad (IRE) 37
Nag me
7 11-6 F O'Brien Mr T Weston 116 2/13.00
4 2/041-5P Purple, pink hooped sleeves, striped cap Meet The Critics (IRE) 14
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-6 B G Powell Mr A J Berry 116 12/113.00
5 22S-722 BLACK, WHITE sleeves, YELLOW cap Battlecry 43
Nag me
10 11-1 N A Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch (7) 111 10/34.33
6 1P64-53 Light Blue, Purple sash, Light Blue sleeves, Purple stars, Light Blue cap, Purple star Double Dizzy 15
Nag me
10 11-0 R H Buckler Mr M Wall (3) 110 13/27.50
8 2/7P4-25 Dark blue, light blue hooped sleeves, yellow cap She's On The Case (IRE) 194
Nag me
6 10-2 J G Cann Mr S Waley-Cohen 98 7/18.00
Non runners
72653-78Dunkelly Castle (IRE)710-11Miss N L-BeavisMr F Tett107

Verdict

Earth Planet is consistent and stays well but usually finds at least one too good and the handicapper has inexplicably put him up 2lb for an 11-length defeat by a progressive type at Sandown. We much prefer the unexposed HORSHAM LAD, who had no trouble landing his first handicap at Carlisle last month and gives the impression today's extra distance will suit him just as well. Fergal O'Brien's former pointer should also prove too strong for the luckless Battlecry while Meet The Critics has disappointed this season. Double Dizzy was third over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham last time but may struggle back on a more conventional track.