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Cheltenham

  • 13:10 Independent Newspaper Novices' Chase 2m

  • (registered As The November Novices' Chase) (grade 2) £30,000 added 4yo+ 5 ran
  • 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: 4m 4.20s
  • Off time: 13:10:38

Full result

13:10 Cheltenham Result 14th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Ghizao (GER) 11-2 Timmy Murphy P F Nicholls 6 13/2
Jumped well, chased leader, led after 4th, joined before 3 out, asserted soon after 2 out, shaken up and drew away from last, easily opened 6/1 touched 15/2
2nd 10 Captain Chris (IRE) 11-2 R Johnson P J Hobbs 6 5/2f
Chased leading trio, went 3rd before 4 out, pushed along and not pace of front pair after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on from last, took 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with easy winner opened 11/4 touched 11/4 £1500-£500 £1000-£400
3rd nk Loosen My Load (IRE) 11-8 A E Lynch H de Bromhead 6 7/2
Led until after 4th, chased winner, pressed from before 3 out and every chance, pushed along when not fluent 2 out, soon well held, weakened and no impression when lost 2nd final 100 yards opened 7/2 touched 4/1 £5600-£1400 £2000-£500
4th 12 Kilmurry (IRE) 11-8 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 10/3
Chased leading pair, pushed along after 9th, outpaced next, soon no chance, took modest 4th towards finish opened 3/1 touched 10/3 £3333-£1000 £3000-£900 £1333-£400 £1000-£300
5th 1 Radium (FR) 11-6 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 4/1
Not fluent, held up last, went right 7th and next, headway to 4th when hit 4 out and ridden, beaten soon after, went badly right 2 out, lost modest 4th towards finish opened 4/1 touched 4/1 £2000-£500(x2) £1600-£400 £1400-£350 £3000-£1000

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.50,£1.30
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £39,700.33 carried forward to Wolverhampton, 15th Nov
Placepot: £90.70, Pool: £205485.45, 1652.48 winning tickets
Quadpot: £18.70, Pool: £14914.11, 587.84 winning tickets

Verdict

GHIZAO, who won the bumper on this card 12 months ago, finally lived up to his billing and recorded a very impressive success. Paul Nicholls' gelding comprehensively reversed the form of his seasonal reappearance with Kilmurry who was beaten at the top of the hill. Paul Nicholls reported that Ghizao had needed the run last month (his first since a breathing operation) and that he was better suited by the softer ground; a comment that was echoed by Timmy Murphy. The lead was shared by Loosen My Load, Kilmurry and Ghizao in the opening stages before Timmy Murphy pushed his mount into the lead as they went out into the country. He was joined by Loosen My Load at the top of the hill and ran down towards three from home; Ghizao went on before the second last, was good at the final two flights and was pushed out for a very impressive success to land a race that Paul Nicholls has won with Tataniano and Azertyuiop whilst Best Mate is also on the roster; the Arkle is firmly on the agenda. Loosen My Load jumped well in the main and may have found that the ground was softer than ideal which is also the case with Captain Chris who jumped eyecatchingly well on his chase debut and Philip Hobbs' charge certainly looks capable of fulfilling the high hopes that are held for him. Kilmurry's connections also had concerns about the underfoot conditions but he was beaten a long way from home and it could be that something was amiss. Radium hadn't been all that fluent on his chase bow at Ascot and again made several mistakes which didn't help his cause but connections may not have the same lofty ambitions for their gelding as his four rivals and it would be no surprise to see his sights lowered.