Chepstow

  • 12:50 Grand Slam Of Darts At 188Bet Novices' Hurdle 2m 11y

  • Winner £3,899 2nd £1,145 3rd £572 4th £286
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 7.16s
  • Off time: 12:50:22
12:50 Chepstow Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Utility (GER) 11/4
2nd Mister Big (IRE) 3/1
3rd Sweettoothtommy (IRE) 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 P0P-5 Light Blue, White seams and sleeves, Red cap Chantecler 15
5 10-12 t N P Mulholland Mr James King (7) 25/126.00
2 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Cold As Ice (FR)
4 10-12 Miss V Williams Charlie Deutsch (5) 20/121.00
3 375-9 Red, black cross of lorraine, black sleeves, red armlets, black cap El Tiburon (IRE) 202
4 10-12 Sam Thomas J M Davies 100/1101.00
4 5 Violet and white check, white cap Garo De Juilley (FR) 26
4 10-12 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 6/42.50
5 5/ Maroon and Beige (quartered), Maroon sleeves, Beige armlets Mister Big (IRE) 590
5 10-12 P J Hobbs R Johnson 3/14.00
6 4 Royal Blue, Red cross belts, Red and Royal Blue diabolo on sleeves, Red cap Point N Shoot (IRE) 175
5 10-12 N J Hawke Thomas Bellamy 66/167.00
7 420 Purple, yellow disc Quarry Lami (IRE) 22
5 10-12 Mrs S Leech James Best 100/1101.00
8 68- Yellow, Purple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, Yellow cap, Purple diamond Soulsaver 229
4 10-12 A J Honeyball N P Madden 100/1101.00
9 677 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap State The Obvious (IRE) 22
4 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill Killian Moore (3) 50/151.00
10 32F2/6-9 White, Dark Blue stripe, striped sleeves and cap Sweettoothtommy (IRE) 22
6 10-12 D Pipe T Scudamore 16/117.00
11 10-4 Dark Blue Utility (GER) 44
Distance Winner
5 10-12 Jonjo O'Neill Aidan Coleman 11/43.75
12 7 BLACK and EMERALD GREEN diabolo, RED cap, BLACK spots Distant High 10
Course Winner
5 10-5 R J Price Benjamin Poste (3) 100/1101.00
13 444/P-50 White and purple diamonds, white sleeves, purple armlets and diamond on cap Lucky Gal 22
6 10-5 t M Hill J McGrath 14/115.00

Verdict

The Coolmore-owned Utility ran well enough on his hurdling bow but Jonjo O’Neill’s yard continues to struggle for winners and GARO DE JUILLEY is preferred. The latter won four times on the Flat in France last year and this is easier than last month’s hurdling debut at Cheltenham where he faded in the closing stages. Sweettoothtommy finished closer here last time without threatening the winner while Lucky Gal ran better on her earlier start at Newton Abbot than she did over these hurdles on her latest start. Mister Big never figured on last year’s racecourse debut in a bumper while newcomer Cold As Ice is related to a couple of hurdle winners in France.