Wetherby

  • 15:20 totepool Towton Novices' Chase 3m 1f

  • Winner £17,370 2nd £6,518 3rd £3,264 4th £1,626
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 23.80s
  • Off time: 15:22:20
15:20 Wetherby Racecards
No Draw Dist
-1 Shutthefrontdoor (IRE)
1st Ely Brown (IRE) 2/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 9211P2 DARK BLUE, large PINK spots, PINK cap Coverholder (IRE) 14
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-4 Mrs S J Smith Jonathan England 133 6/17.00
2 160-101 Orange, beige spots and sleeves, orange cap Ely Brown (IRE) 36
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-4 p C E Longsdon N D Fehily 140 2/13.00
3 22-1112 Royal Blue, White cross belts, Royal Blue and Yellow chevrons on sleeves Green Flag (IRE) 37
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-4 Miss Lucinda V Russell P Buchanan 143 6/17.00
5 3/12-01F Purple, grey epaulets, halved sleeves Milborough (IRE) 30
Nag me
8 11-0 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne 133 11/112.00
6 313/ Dark blue, orange diamond, quartered cap Strike Fast (IRE) 1001
Nag me
9 11-0 W Kinsey H Challoner 40/141.00
Non runners
4114-124Shutthefrontdoor (IRE)711-4Jonjo O'NeillA P McCoy146

Verdict

GREEN FLAG lost his unbeaten record over fences when second to Annacotty in the Grade 1 Feltham at Kempton on Boxing Day but Lucinda Russell's charge can return to winning ways in this company. Shutthefrontdoor was progressing well before a below-par effort at Cheltenham, though strictly on the book his earlier defeat of Beeves gives him something to find with Ely Brown. The latter won easily at Leicester in December on only his second start over fences and is preferred to Coverholder, beaten a long way when second at Haydock to Tarquin Du Seuil. Milborough came a cropper at Ayr last month having won on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter while Strike Fast is even harder to fancy making his racecourse debut at this level.