Racecards

14:00 Fontwell Park

European Office Products Novices' Chase (Class 4)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 4f
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
  • £4,600 added
  • Winner: £2,992
  • 2nd: £879
  • 3rd: £439
  • 4th: £219
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 5m 12.85s
  • Off Time: 14:01:15
  • 8 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
15/2

    1
    Silk - Light Blue, Dark Blue stars, Dark Blue sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Dark Blue cap
    2/1
    • Form 19/81P-
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-3

    jumped well, made all, hung right and reluctant on bend after 9th, pecked 2 out, joined last, strongly pressed when edged left run-in, held on

    2
    Silk - BLACK, WHITE cross belts, WHITE sleeves, RED armlets, RED cap
    11/8
    • Form 274100-
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-3

    tracked leading pair, chased winner 6th, driven to challenge last, upsides when bumped run-in, just held

    3
    Silk - Red and black diabolo, black sleeves, red spots, quartered cap
    • Form 5423/0P-
    • Age 9
    • Weight 11-3

    chased winner until 6th, stayed in 3rd until 9th, soon behind, tailed off

    4
    Silk - Black, Emerald Green hoop, hooped sleeves, Emerald Green cap
    7/1
    • Form F34-223
    • Age 8
    • Weight 11-3

    in touch until ridden and struggling 9th, soon tailed off

    5
    Silk - Purple, Emerald Green diamond, diabolo on sleeves, Purple cap, Emerald Green star
    • Form 293P-9F
    • Age 6
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 95

    behind, went left 7th, driven in rear & struggling 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 10th

    6
    Silk - Dark green, yellow seams, chevrons on sleeves, dark green cap, yellow star
    • Form 102-383
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-3

    chased leading trio, bumped 9th, driven after 4 out, soon no chance

    7
    Silk - Maroon, Yellow braces, striped cap
    100/1
    • Form 376-FP4
    • Age 10
    • Weight 11-3
    • Official Rating 56

    slowly away and reluctant to jump off, jumped poorly well in rear, tailed off when pulled up after 9th

    8
    Silk - Yellow and dark green diabolo, dark green and yellow striped sleeves, quartered cap

    Psi (USA)

    336
    15/2
    • Form 55/0276-
    • Age 5
    • Weight 11-3

    held up in touch, headway to 3rd at 9th, went 2nd briefly 4 out, stayed on same pace after next

    In depth

    Verdict

    Alan King's BALZACCIO sets the standard on hurdles form and should be a nice recruit to this sphere for the yard. A win over timber at Huntingdon and a solid effort in the conditionals race at the Cheltenham Festival helped the gelding reach a rating of 129 when last seen over the smaller obstacles and he won't have to be that good to win this. Bai Zhu was a bumper winner before wining once in four starts over hurdles. He has a bit to do on that form but it is interesting this top yard have turned to chasing so quickly. Psi has claims on his debut behind the classy Zaynar and his yard should always be respected but he'll have to improve to beat Balzaccio.

    Formwatch

    Bai Zhu (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 9th, weakened 3 out, well behind when blundered 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Munlochy Bay (9-11) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr, 20 ran.

    Balzaccio (FR) 14-1 (11-6) In touch, lost place after 2 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 36l behind Ashkazar (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.

    Daring Approach (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up, pushed along after 5th, soon struggling, tailed off, pulled up before, in a race won by Sun Quest (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 10 ran.

    Kitley Hassle 14-1 (10-12) Led, soon clear, ridden approaching 10th, headed before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Darstardly Dick (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f nov chs (3) hvy.

    Notmorebrandy (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Close up when fell 1st, in a race won by Fidelis (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd, 9 ran.

    Not So Sure Dick (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, went 3rd at 10th, no impression, 3rd of 8, 36l behind Golan Way (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd.

    Open Range (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, hit 2nd, pushed along after 7th, soon weakened, 4th of 8, well behind King Raven (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.

    Psi (USA) 14-1 (11-6) Behind, headway from 2 out, never in contention, 6th of 14, 23l behind Zarrafakt (11-8) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.