• 14:05 GPG Novices' Chase 3m

  • Winner £13,668 2nd £5,129 3rd £2,568 4th £1,279
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 11.20s
  • Off time: 14:06:10
14:05 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Harry Topper 3/1
2nd Benefficient (IRE) 8/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 P107-21 Emerald Green and Red stripes, Red sleeves, quartered cap Benefficient (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
6 11-9 A J Martin A P McCoy 8/19.00
2 1/1F-1 Grey, White epaulets Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 26
Distance Winner
5 11-9 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 8/19.00
3 1/114-1 WHITE, DARK BLUE sash, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap Highland Lodge (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
6 11-9 Miss E C Lavelle D Elsworth 139 10/34.33
4 1046-11 Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 19
Distance Winner
5 11-9 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 153 15/82.88
5 51127-1 BLACK, GREEN hoop and armlets, GREEN cap, BLACK spots Harry Topper 37
Distance Winner
5 11-6 K C Bailey Timmy Murphy 140 3/14.00
6 1611B-1 Dark Green, Dark Green and White diabolo on sleeves Makethe Mostofnow (IRE) 46
Distance Winner
7 11-6 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 137 20/121.00


This may well be the best novice chase to be run so far this season and the form should be worth following in the months ahead. Houblon Des Obeaux made it two out of two over fences when winning a Grade 2 at Wincanton earlier in the month but Hadrian's Approach will have to jump better than he did when just mastering The Druid's Nephew at Ascot if he's to figure here and the runner-up has let the form down since. Highland Lodge jumped impeccably when making all at Towcester and looks a nice prospect but HARRY TOPPER looked like a chaser in the making over hurdles last year and confirmed that impression when rallying to beat hot favourite Rocky Creek on his first start over the larger obstacles at Exeter. He loves the mud and can follow up here. Benefficient won easily at Down Royal and also looks useful but Makethe Mostofnow only won by a short-head at Ffos Las and is taking on better novices now.