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  • 14:40 squareintheair.com Novices' Chase2m

  • £20,000 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner £12,512 2nd £3,696 3rd £1,848 4th £924
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 6.30s
  • Off time: 14:42:22

Full result

14:40 Cheltenham Result 17th October 2014
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Court Minstrel (IRE) 11-7 Paul Moloney Evan Williams 7 6/4f
Raced keenly, held up in touch, slightly hampered 3rd, tracked leaders 3 out, poised to challenge on outside between last 2, shaken up to lead flat, soon clear, ran on opened 6/4 touched 13/8 £6500-£400(x2)
2nd Chris Pea Green 11-2 J E Moore G L Moore 5 9/2
Tracked leaders, left 3rd at 3rd, effort and every chance on inside 2 out, ridden and kept on flat, went 2nd towards finish, not pace of winner opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £2500-£500 £2700-£600
3rd nk Thomas Crapper 11-2 C Poste R Dickin 7 4/1
Mistake 1st, led narrowly, headed 4th, pressed leader, led again narrowly 2 out, ridden after last, headed and not pace of winner flat, lost 2nd towards finish opened 4/1 touched 5/1
4th Howwoulduno (IRE) 11-7 B J Geraghty L Lennon 6 16/1
With leader, led 4th, headed narrowly 2 out, ridden and one pace after last, no impression in 4th flat opened 14/1 touched 16/1
5th 16 Falcarragh (IRE) 11-10 R Johnson Tim Vaughan 7 25/1
Held up behind, mistake 4th, headway and in touch when not fluent 3 out, soon outpaced, no chance with leaders from next opened 20/1 touched 25/1
F Un Ace (FR) 11-2 J M Maguire K C Bailey 6 7/2
Tracked leading pair when fell 3rd opened 7/2 touched 4/1
NR Dr Anubis (IRE) 11-2 R T Dunne Mrs Tracey Barfoot-Saunt 9

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.30,£2.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£1.20 2&3:£2.80 1&3:£1.80

Placepot: £11.50, Pool: £116089.97, 7330.97 winning tickets
Quadpot: £6.80, Pool: £6322.46, 685.4 winning tickets

Verdict

Evan Williams: "I'm thrilled. I was absolutely delighted with the way he jumped because sending him chasing was always my concern. There's never been a doubt about his ability, but the worry was that he was a little hurdler. I'm loathe to say it, really, but he has taken to chasing like a duck to water and it is nice to be surprised like that. You won't see him in the winter - he wants to be nowhere near that deep ground - so we'll just keep our options open."