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13:30 Cheltenham

Marsh Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Golden Miller) (Class 1)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 3f 168y
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £150,000 added
  • Winner: £84,405
  • 2nd: £31,800
  • 3rd: £15,915
  • 4th: £7,950
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 7.32s
  • Off Time: 13:30:32
  • 12 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
14/1

    3rd
    Silk -
    1
    Silk - Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves, light green cap
    20/1
    • Form 342716
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 153

    mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced before next, ridden and weakened last

    2
    Silk - Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap
    3/1
    • Form F3P-111
    • Age 12
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 158

    led to after 4th, tracked leader, lost place when pecked 3 out, chased front pair when switched inside between last 2, ridden and switched right after last, rallied flat, not quite able to get back on terms near finish

    3
    Silk - Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap
    7/2
    • Form 234-411
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 155

    held up behind, mistake 4th, blundered and unseated rider 6th

    4
    Silk - Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, black star

    Melon

    40 p
    14/1
    • Form F-70214
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 151

    tracked leader, led after 4th, joined 3 out, ridden after next, headed narrowly after last, rallied gamely flat, upsides near finish, just lost out on nod

    5
    Silk - Emerald green, beige braces, yellow sleeves, orange cap

    Midnight Shadow

    40 CDCD
    22/1
    • Form 0-3F212
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 150

    mid-division on outside, headway before 3 out, soon every chance, driven and one pace approaching next, no impression between last 2

    6
    Silk - WHITE, RED braces, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE check sleeves, WHITE cap, RED star
    • Form 18-7211
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 153

    tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 5th, mid-division after next, headway to chase leaders before 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace in 4th before last, no impression

    7
    Silk - Black, mauve hoops, white sleeves, mauve cap
    100/1
    • Form 210-150
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 137

    close up on outside, lost place 8th (water), in rear when jumped slowly 10th, lost touch 4 out, continued tailed off

    8
    Silk - Royal blue, white hoop, royal blue sleeves, dark blue armlets
    12/1
    • Form 11-1212
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 151

    prominent on inside, ridden and lost place after 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up before next

    9
    Silk - Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap

    Samcro (IRE)

    77 t BFCD
    4/1
    • Form 225-1F2
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 157

    tracked leaders, joined leader going well 3 out, mistake and shaken up after next, ridden to lead narrowly after last, stayed on well under pressure flat, joined near finish, just prevailed on nod

    10
    Silk - Emerald green and white diamonds, emerald green cap
    • Form P-411P3
    • Age 7
    • Weight 11-4
    • Official Rating 149

    held up behind, driven and outpaced after 3 out, ridden after next, kept on under pressure flat, never nearer

    11
    Silk - Royal blue and yellow (quartered), royal blue sleeves, yellow spots, royal blue cap
    • Form 115631
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 145

    mid-division, lost place and behind 11th, headway before 3 out, chased leaders turning in, ridden after 2 out, no impression before last

    12
    Silk - White, royal blue stars and sleeves, royal blue cap, white star
    18/1
    • Form 51-4111
    • Age 6
    • Weight 10-11
    • Official Rating 145

    held up towards rear, outpaced after 3 out, soon ridden, never able to challenge, weakened next, tailed off

    Previous results

    In depth

    Verdict

    Faugheen runs in this rather than the RSA Chase. He is 3-3 over fences and would bring the house down if following up his defeat of three other Mullins’ novices in the Flogas at Leopardstown but he had a hard race that day and, despite his pedigree, 12-year-olds just don’t win tough races like this at The Festival, though he did beat the disappointing Samcro 10 lengths at Limerick on Boxing Day. ITCHY FEET beat Midnight Shadow in the Scilly Isles at Sandown and that is normally a good trial for this. He was third in last year’s Supreme Novices’ and looks a high-class recruit to chasing. Melon and Reserve Tank are both Grade 1 winners over hurdles but still have a bit to prove over the larger obstacles while Mister Fisher still has it all to prove at this level despite having beaten a small field in a Grade 2 at Doncaster last time.

    Formwatch

    Bapaume (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, dropped to moderate last next, weakened, eased inside final furlong, last of 6, dist behind Notebook (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) Yielding in Feb.

    Faugheen (IRE) 13-8jfav (11-10) Raced in 2nd, pecked at 1st, not fluent 8th and 9th, improved to dispute lead on inner before 2 out, not fluent 2 out, led travelling well entering straight, ridden and narrow lead approaching last, stayed on well run-in, all out close home, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f (1) Yielding in Feb beating Easy Game (11-10) by 1/2l, 7 ran.

    Itchy Feet (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Held up in last pair, mistake 4th, outpaced 8th, rallied disputing close 2nd when pecked 2 out, 2nd again before the last, ridden to lead run-in, stayed on strongly, won at Sandown 2m 4f (1) sft in Feb beating Midnight Shadow (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.

    Melon 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 6th, 3rd when mistake 3 out and ridden, dropped to moderate 4th after next, no impression from before last, 4th of 6, 19 3/4l behind Notebook (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 1f (1) Yielding in Feb.

    Midnight Shadow 10-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2 out, led soon after, ridden and headed before the last, stayed on same pace run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Itchy Feet (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f (1) sft in Feb.

    Mister Fisher (IRE) 6-5fav (11-3) Tracked leaders on inside, hit 3rd, slightly outpaced 3 out, switched out and challenged next, led before the last, driven out, won at Doncaster 2m (1) gs in Jan beating Al Dancer (11-3) by 1l, 4 ran.

    Poker Play (FR) 10-1 (10-3) In rear, blundered and behind 11th, 10th of 12, dist behind Oldgrangewood (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Jan.

    Reserve Tank (IRE) 1-2fav (11-7) Jumped left and never fluent, led, mistake 7th, jumped slowly 11th, headed after 13th, chased leader, ridden before 3 out where every chance, chased winner 2 out, ridden and one pace run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 4l behind Danny Whizzbang (11-2) at Newbury 2m 7f (1) gs in Nov.

    Samcro (IRE) 4-6fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, not fluent 9th, progress to dispute from 5 out, led narrowly 3 out, joined again before straight, ridden and not fluent 2 out, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Faugheen (11-10) at Limerick 2m 4f (1) hvy in Dec.

    Tornado Flyer (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders disputing 3rd, bad mistake 3 out, close 4th 2 out, ridden entering straight, 3rd before last, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6 1/2l behind Faugheen (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f (1) Yielding in Feb.

    Saint Sonnet (FR) 1-5fav (11-2) Pressed leader on outside, led narrowly before 9th, hard pressed when not fluent 3 out and again last, pushed out and in command flat, readily, won at Catterick 2m 3f (4) hvy in Feb beating Crixus's Escape (10-12) by 3 3/4l, 5 ran.

    Annie Mc (IRE) 4-5fav (11-10) Tracked leader, led 8th, pressed 2 out, soon shaken up, kept on strongly, won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f (4) sft in Feb beating If You Say Run (11-4) by 5 1/2l, 3 ran.