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14:00 Leicester

Yuletide Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 3)

  • 7 Runners
  • Distance: 2m 6f 151y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £13,800 added
  • Winner: £8,058
  • 2nd: £2,366
  • 3rd: £1,183
  • 4th: £591
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 8.83s
  • Off Time: 14:00:58
  • 7 Ran
1
Silk - NAVY BLUE, GOLD cross belts, BLACK cap, RED hoop
  • Form 2113-22
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 135

led, ran out on bend before 4 out

2
Silk - Purple, White star, White sleeves, Purple armlets, Purple cap, White star
11/8
  • Form 2575-72
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-12
  • Official Rating 135

close up, pushed along before 2 out, ridden after last, kept on

3
Silk - Maroon and dark green (quartered), maroon and black check sleeves, dark green cap

Rocco (IRE)

20 BF
7/1
  • Form 350-F13
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 133

with leaders, every chance 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on towards finish

4
Silk - Dark blue and white diabolo, emerald green and white check sleeves, white cap, red star
4/1
  • Form 2U2102-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 128

held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, led after 2 out, headed run-in, soon weakened

5
Silk - WHITE, ORANGE and WHITE striped cap
15/2
  • Form S231P-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 11-5
  • Official Rating 128

in rear, headway before 4 out, led run-in, kept on well towards finish

6
Silk - EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap
  • Form 33/1F23-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 11-2
  • Official Rating 125

held up towards rear, headway from 4 out, not much room before last and soon switched right, no extra run-in

7
Silk - Dark Green, White seams, Dark Green sleeves, White cap, Red star
40/1
  • Form 3233-P
  • Age 6
  • Weight 10-13
  • Official Rating 122

close up, left in lead before 4 out, headed after 2 out, every chance last, one pace

In depth

Verdict

Second at Ayr in May on his chasing bow, Commodore Barry wasn’t beaten far on his return to action at Exeter though the form hasn’t worked out. In contrast, COOLANLY’s run behind Esprit Du Large at the same track received a huge boost when the winner landed the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at Sandown on Saturday. Fergal O’Brien’s seven-year-old is also a nice prospect for chasing. Stratford winner Rocco has dropped a pound since his third at Market Rasen while jockey bookings would suggest Before Midnight is preferred to Pistol Whipped of Nicky Henderson’s two newcomers. Mystical Clouds should also have a future over fences but he, too, has an absence to overcome.

Formwatch

Commodore Barry (IRE) 2-1 (11-1) Led, jumped well, sent 6 out, strongly challenged from 4 out, headed approaching last, soon rallied and every chance, stayed on gamely, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Virginia Chick (11-1) at Exeter 3m (2) sft in Nov.

Coolanly (IRE) 13-8fav (11-2) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 6th, hit 11th, lost 2nd approaching 4 out, plugged on in 3rd, went 2nd again post, never going pace of winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Esprit Du Large (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f (3) sft in Nov.

Rocco (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Tracked leader, reminders after 10th, pushed along after 4 out, led next, headed 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression with front pair from last, 3rd of 6, 8 3/4l behind Buster Valentine (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Nov.

Before Midnight 5-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, headway tracking leaders before 4th, led 8th, ridden between last 2, headed last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 7, 3 3/4l behind Aye Right (11-7) at Ayr 3m hcp (3) gd in Apr.

Pistol Whipped (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, behind and pulled up before next, at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar.

Mystical Clouds (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside, ridden and outpaced on long run before 2 out, went modest 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 9, 16 1/4l behind Pym (11-8) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gs in Jan.

Ivilnoble (IRE) 18-1 (10-11) Led, fiddled 3rd, headed 11th, chased leader until next, soon behind, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) sft in Oct.