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  • 14:05 Betfred Goals Galore Novices' Chase 2m 2f 110y

  • (For The Hallowe'en Trophy) £11,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £7,148 2nd £2,099 3rd £1,049 4th £525
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 41.00s
  • Off time: 14:05:41

Full result

14:05 Newbury Result 31st December 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cue Card 11-7 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 5 5/2
Made all, clear when hit 2 out, driven out and stayed on well from last opened 11/4 touched 11/4
2nd 4 For Non Stop (IRE) 11-0 N D Fehily Nick Williams 6 9/4
Held up last, left close 3rd at 10th, mistake 4 out, went 2nd after 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, readily held opened 9/4 touched 5/2
3rd 11 Walkon (FR) 11-7 Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 2/1f
Took keen hold, chased winner, dropped to 3rd 9th, left 2nd next, blundered 3 out, held when blundered next, lost 2nd soon after and weakened opened 15/8 touched 2/1 £1000-£500(x2)
UR Minella Class (IRE) 11-0 D Bass (3) N J Henderson 6 13/2
Tracked leading pair, disputing 2nd 5th (water), definite 2nd 9th, challenging when sprawled on landing and unseated rider next opened 11/2 touched 13/2
NR Criqtonic (FR) 11-1 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 4 f

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00

Jackpot: £1,388.80, Pool: £29241.02, 18.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £53.60, Pool: £107103.09, 1457.66 winning tickets
Quadpot: £9.00, Pool: £9785.99, 800.16 winning tickets


CUE CARD may never live up the hype which surrounded him early in his career but he's turning into a bit of a force in this realm and, although it's hard to see the Arkle suiting him ideally, he didn't do his Festival claims any harm here. He got an easy, uncontested lead, and although not electric at his fences he was clever when needed. As Minella Class departed, Joe Tizzard started to wind up the gallop and he was still moving well in-front turning in. He made a mistake at the second-last, but his rivals were jumping stickily by then, and although he idled late on, he never looked like losing. He's exuberant in the way he races and it's hard to crab any of his form this year; he looks tailor-made for Aintree in all honesty. For Non Stop was held up and travelled kindly throughout, making up ground on the inner before the home turn. However he made quite a serious error four from home and, despite running on with a bit of gusto after the last, was never going to claw back the winner. Although not wanting to be harsh, it was slightly disappointing the way the race got away from him and it would be nice to see him put it all together sooner rather than later. Mind you a big field and strong pace at Cheltenham, whether in handicap or graded company, would be likely to bring out the best in him. Walkon was keen early on and, having been niggled along before the final half mile, made a bad error at the final ditch before a blunder at the next fence snuffed out any slim chance he still held. It wasn't a disastrous performance stepping up in class, but it was one which suggested he could have done with a stronger early pace. He's got Cheltenham form though, having finished second to Zaynar in the Triumph, and it would be no surprise to see him run in either the Arkle, or perhaps the new Jewson race. Minella Class had jumped well prior to his departure, which was a result of over-jumping and slipping, rather than anything else. He'll be interesting wherever he goes next.