• 14:55 winningexpress.com Novices' Handicap Chase3m 1f

  • Winner £2,339 2nd £687 3rd £343 4th £172
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 40.90s
  • Off time: 14:55:42
14:55 Wetherby Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Thorncliffer 8/1
2nd Whistling Senator (IRE) 9/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 6403-P4 Grey, Pink cross belts, White sleeves, Pink stars, Grey cap, Pink stars Rocking And Reelin 17
5 11-12 Ferdy Murphy Tony Kelly (5) 100 14/115.00
2 F77975 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Whistling Senator (IRE) 33
5 11-11 p1 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 99 9/25.50
3 8323-36 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Overafrica (IRE) 26
6 11-9 b1 D McCain Jnr Henry Brooke (3) 97 4/15.00
4 3P07-43 Orange and White (quartered), White sleeves, Maroon armlets, Maroon cap Gorey Lane (IRE) 21
6 11-4 J R Norton F Davis 92 7/24.50
5 43868-F Red, White diamond, Dark Blue sleeves, Light Blue diamonds, Red cap, White star Jan Jandura (IRE) 30
7 10-8 t W Amos P Buchanan 82 7/18.00
6 73746-3 Red, white cross of lorraine, white and red chevrons on sleeves, red and white hooped cap Thorncliffer 19
8 10-0 t1 D Shaw Mr O Garner (7) 74 8/19.00
7 2/76U-64 Emerald Green, Emerald Green and Dark Blue hooped sleeves Dingo Bay 193
6 10-0 J Wade B Hughes 68 3/14.00


This won't take much winning and you'd imagine that jumping would be paramount. Whistling Senator hasn't shown much over fences so far but is feasibly handicapped while Uttoxeter third Gorey Lane could be improving. Thorncliffer's Fakenham third may not amount to much, however, and Hexham fourth Rocking And Reelin has more scope but also a big weight to carry. OVERAFRICA was tried in cheekpieces at Carlisle last time but never looked liked winning. Blinkers are fitted here and it may pay to give Donald McCain's six-year-old a final chance to confirm the promise he showed over hurdles last year.